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RE: 1943 June 20 - 7/8/2013 1:58:53 AM   
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Doh!

And I admit that the escort for those bombardment BBs has been light. I've been skimping on it to free up DDs for convoys and so on. The recent outburst by the IJN Ponape Naval Fortress isn't helping matters any. I have a bunch of beat up destroyers needing some TLC.

It's pretty clear that some accurate divining has been going on at DAW HQ. Mississippi was attacked by two different subs, and only 1 hex away a CV TF was also attacked. I've got the bombardment BBs and the CVEs moving south a few hexes to better cover the troops while the CVs and fast BBs move NW to interdict the bit of shipping that is popping up in the Kavieng-Rabaul area.

I forgot to mention that I began loading that infantry division at Nauru even though there are not enough ships there yet. The rest will follow in a couple of turns. I just feel that the sooner we land troops at Kavieng the better, and I don't like leaving the other troops at sea so long waiting for that division. I figure that most of the division's combat power will be available, but a sizable complement of support squads will be in the second wave. The tank units and the other division will make sure there is no disaster in the first few days.

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1943 June 21 - 7/9/2013 12:22:50 AM   
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1943 June 21

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Merauke

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The Empire is getting aggressive in the Arafura Sea. Our boys are fighting back just fine!
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ASW attack near Gove at 81,124

Japanese Ships
SS I-28

Allied Ships
DD Piet Hein
CL Tromp
CL De Ruyter
CL Java
DD Witte de With
DD Evertsen
DD Kortenaer
DD Van Ghent
DD Banckert
DD Van Nes

SS I-28 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Piet Hein
I-28 bottoming out ....
DD Van Ghent fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Banckert fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Van Nes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Van Nes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Van Nes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Van Nes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Van Nes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Van Nes fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Gove at 81,125

Japanese Ships
SS I-23, hits 1

Allied Ships
DD Evertsen
CL Tromp
CL De Ruyter
CL Java
DD Witte de With
DD Kortenaer
DD Piet Hein
DD Van Ghent
DD Banckert
DD Van Nes

SS I-23 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Evertsen
DD Van Ghent attacking submerged sub ....
DD Van Ghent loses contact with SS I-23
DD Banckert fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Van Nes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Van Ghent fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Van Nes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Van Nes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Van Nes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Van Nes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Van Nes fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Boela at 78,113

Japanese Ships
CVL Ryuho, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
CL Jintsu
CL Oyodo
CS Chiyoda
DD Susuzuki
DD Natsushio

Allied Ships
SS Sealion

SS Sealion launches 4 torpedoes at CVL Ryuho
DD Natsushio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Natsushio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Natsushio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Natsushio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Natsushio fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Wessel Islands at 83,125

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 16 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
Boomerang C-12 x 16

Allied aircraft losses
Boomerang C-12: 5 damaged
Boomerang C-12: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
DD Usugumo, Shell hits 6, Bomb hits 1
DD Nenohi, Shell hits 1
CA Tone, Shell hits 2, Bomb hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Boomerang C-12 bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Wessel Islands at 83,125

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 31 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Beaufighter Ic x 14

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Beaufighter Ic bombing from 3000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Wessel Islands at 83,125

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
Beaufighter Ic x 2

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Beaufighter Ic bombing from 3000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Wessel Islands at 83,125

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 41 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Allied aircraft
Boomerang C-12 x 2

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Nenohi, Shell hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Boomerang C-12 bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



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The hit on Ryuho has sightings of damage and so seems more reliable than the last report of torpedoing a carrier. Ground losses do not support its reported sinking.

It appears that Truk is no longer considered a safe naval base. This report of sinking I believe.
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Sub attack near Truk at 113,103

Japanese Ships
ARD Dublon ARD, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Pompon

ARD Dublon ARD is sighted by SS Pompon
SS Pompon attacking on the surface


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The warships and invasion forces danced well enough to evade submarine pursuit. Tomorrow they move again, some to refuel while others did so today. It looks like D-Day at Kavieng in 3 to 5 days. the Manus invasion forces are putting to sea and will move through the umbrella of protection provided by the combat forces at Kavieng. Rabaul, a level 9 airfield, is down to 56% damage so 4EB from the Southern Solomons will bit it tomorrow.

A bunch of AKA conversions finished today, as did 4x CVE upgrades (Wasp had already finished and was waiting for them). They are all heading from Australia back to the battle zone where they are needed for the upcoming Truk operation and others.

Here is a look at that IJN incursion into the Arafura Sea.




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1943 June 22 - 7/9/2013 4:28:35 AM   
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1943 June 22

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


We have an amphibious TF of many small xAP unloading two combat engineer units at Ramree Island. They only about half unloaded today as there were numerous air attacks, but all were handled by LRCAP as they had little or no escort. 14 Betty and 13 Nell were destroyed overall for no hits on our ships. On land in Burma, we have continued bombing that regiment of the 38th Division (which sneaked onto the plain and roughed up our Australian Bn). Today it reconnoiters as 1,020 troops, 4 guns, and 7 AFV; a mere shadow of its former self.

In China the Empire continues to both squeeze and strike, but some of today's results were at least somewhat encouraging.
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Ground combat at 76,46 (near Chungking)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 22803 troops, 117 guns, 355 vehicles, Assault Value = 786

Defending force 41878 troops, 191 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 905

Japanese adjusted assault: 244

Allied adjusted defense: 451

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
2283 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 172 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 50 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 36 disabled
Vehicles lost 46 (2 destroyed, 44 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1542 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 170 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 48 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 16 (4 destroyed, 12 disabled)

Assaulting units:
51st Engineer Regiment
57th Infantry Brigade
15th Tank Regiment
51st Infantry Brigade
17th Tank Regiment
14th Tank Regiment
2nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
12th Tank Regiment
6th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
90th Chinese Corps
74th Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
62nd Chinese Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
1st Artillery Regiment
18th Artillery Regiment
35th Group Army
16th Group Army
20th Artillery Regiment


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Ground combat at 71,48 (near Kunming)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 465 troops, 39 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 640

Defending force 113191 troops, 461 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2978

Allied ground losses:
26 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
5th Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Regiment
6th Division
10th Tank Regiment
23rd Tank Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
11th Tank Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
3rd New Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
99th Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
86th Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
91st Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
75th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
79th Chinese/B Corps
21st Group Army
9th Group Army
57th AT Gun Regiment
4th War Area
9th War Area
56th AT Gun Regiment


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Ground combat at 74,48 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 3873 troops, 26 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 267

Defending force 33275 troops, 119 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 662

Japanese adjusted assault: 0

Allied adjusted defense: 351

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 99

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-), supply(-)

Japanese ground losses:
1826 casualties reported
Squads: 30 destroyed, 115 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
29 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
13th Indpt Infantry Regiment
27th/C Division

Defending units:
20th Chinese Corps
65th Chinese Corps
30th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese/C Corps
9th Chinese Base Force
32nd Group Army
7th Chinese Base Force
2nd Chinese Base Force
20th Chinese Base Force


The first battle was a little better than even for us. The bombardment at the key road junction where DAW has massed most of his armor in China shows that we have a chance of holding. Third is a small victory, but it looks like an IJA unit has blunted its own sword.

There was no further action in the Arafura Sea today. Yorktown and Enterprise will make Sydney tonight and then we'll see the repair estimate. All ships involved in the invasion of Kavieng that need to refuel have now done so. As no shock attack should be required I'll land the troops in waves (as different speed convoys arrive), with the old BBs bombarding for the first wave. In 3 days the mine sweepers will be on site, so that will be D-Day.

Here you can see that soon to be ex-regiment, just west of Taung Gyi.




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1943 June 23 - 7/10/2013 4:34:59 AM   
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1943 June 23

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The IJA 38th/B Division (that regiment in the open) might have been destroyed from the air today. Or it made the jungle but is not scouted there yet.

That no-recon airborne assault on Namatanai ran into a garrison, with predictable results for such a small attack. The remainder of the unit (still at Torokina) will stand down and rebuild.
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Ground combat at Namatanai (107,125)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 668 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 24

Defending force 2613 troops, 19 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 83

Allied adjusted assault: 0

Japanese adjusted defense: 778

Allied assault odds: 1 to 99 (fort level 2)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+)
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(-)

Allied ground losses:
358 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
2/9 Commando Bn /1

Defending units:
1st Engineer Co
Yokosuka 5th SNLF
3rd Indpt SNLF Coy


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Allied Unit(s) Wiped Out at Namatanai by attrition!!!!!!




19 days in Sydney shipyard for Yorktown, but 43 days for Enterprise to repair a bunch of major flotation damage.

Now that I have a good look at the various convoys' progress, this day was D-2 for Kavieng. Tomorrow most of two divisions (the USA 40th and 43rd IDs) plus an amphibious tractor unit will be 1 or 2 hexes away and will land the following day. The tank units and HQ might begin landing later the same day, but more likely the day after. Most of the support elements of the 43rd ID are lagging behind but are on APA and so will catch up quickly enough.

Here is a look at a new operation to un-stick things in Burma, Operation Left Hook. The objective is to seize Prome, allowing both for better flow and affording a more forward air base. Strong forces are moving down the coast road with the objective of expelling the IJA division that is entrenched in the jungle across the river from Prome. Simultaneously, infantry divisions and all of the armor/armour on the Burma plain are making their way out of Magwe to the northwest, then will race down the road toward Prome and force a river crossing. The 2EB are all well rested and the 4EB are commencing to rest now. Air power will be required to disrupt enemy attacks on the column forcing the river crossing, suppress the troops in Prome, and slow movement of IJA reinforcements to Prome.




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1943 June 24 - 7/12/2013 12:46:58 AM   
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1943 June 24

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


By playing with repair priorities at Sydney, we now have an estimate of 11 days for Yorktown. When Yorktown is out of the yard, Enterprise will be placed on high priority and we will see where she falls then. Cleveland has been placed on low priority until the carriers are finished. Essex is now about 3 days out from making Pearl Harbor.

Our subs and dive bombers took out a number of merchants in the Kavieng/Rabaul area today (and the subs did elsewhere too). D-Day there is tomorrow, and as you can see the Empire is sending help. The two TFs toward Truk are both heading in the direction of Kavieng. The southern most scouts as 2 x PB while the other as 2 x CA. The fast battleships are taking up station just NE of the carriers, in position to intercept attacks on them and on the invasion ships at the beaches tomorrow. The carriers will remain just 1 hex E of Kavieng.




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1943 June 25 - 7/13/2013 5:34:36 PM   
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1943 June 25

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Kavieng

A 4 ship TF headlined by CA Suzuya and CL Oyodo sank a sub chaser and 2 slow AK at Merauke after slipping through Allied search to catch the (otherwise) undefended supply convoy.

After a brutal pounding from the air on our massively overcrowded troops they still held off the Imperial armour, but the air stations for squads already disabled suffered.
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Ground combat at 71,48 (near Kunming)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 22737 troops, 179 guns, 426 vehicles, Assault Value = 864

Defending force 130391 troops, 543 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3516

Japanese adjusted assault: 128

Allied adjusted defense: 1030

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 8

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
694 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 74 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 75 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 43 (2 destroyed, 41 disabled)
Vehicles lost 98 (3 destroyed, 95 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2076 casualties reported
Squads: 72 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 13 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (7 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Assaulting units:
6th Division
10th Tank Regiment
23rd Tank Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
5th Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Regiment
55th Infantry Brigade
11th Tank Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
99th Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
97th Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
91st Chinese Corps
86th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
79th Chinese/B Corps
57th AT Gun Regiment
9th Group Army
21st Group Army
4th War Area
9th War Area
56th AT Gun Regiment


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Here is what we are facing at Kavieng.
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Ground combat at Kavieng (106,122)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 3084 troops, 32 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 133

Defending force 19354 troops, 395 guns, 201 vehicles, Assault Value = 733

Japanese ground losses:
69 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
10 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
62nd Naval Guard Unit
84th Nav Gd /1
48th Naval Guard Unit
II/81st Nav Gd /1
11th Air Fleet
15th Naval Construction Battalion
57th JNAF AF Unit
10th JNAF AF Unit
5th JNAF Coy
5th RF Gun Bn /1

Defending units:
43rd Infantry Division
40th Infantry Div /9
2nd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion



Am I correct that 11th Air Fleet is an air HQ? It will be nice to (at least temporarily) take that unit out of play. Our armor should have begun coming ashore today, but for some reason the convoy turned around and headed home without unloading! They are told again and given firmer orders.




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RE: 1943 June 24 - 7/14/2013 3:54:45 AM   
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1943 June 26 - 7/15/2013 3:35:29 PM   
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Thanks.


1943 June 26

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Kavieng

Force R, the older cruisers and some destroyers operating in the Bay of Bengal, have been undetected within striking range of convoys leaving Rangoon for a couple of days now but the only convoy seen is still at Rangoon. Force R will move in tonight at full speed to see if they can force the river and surprise the Imperials.

3 IJN subs made attack runs at carriers and other ships with the carriers today, so the flattops are repositioning northward. The land units are almost totally ashore and are ordered to attack tomorrow. We'll see what the fortifications are and how solid are those defending formations.

The three P-47 squadrons' convoy has made it to Aden, taken on additional ASW escort and is now heading for Karachi. The 4EB in India have taken the stand down as a time to refit airframes. The 2EB are fully ready. We are waiting for ground forces along the coast to get close enough to their objective (the division across the river from Prome) before starting the ground units NW Magwe.




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RE: 1943 June 26 - 7/16/2013 6:38:40 AM   
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1943 June 27 - 7/16/2013 6:29:52 PM   
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1943 June 27

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Kavieng

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Kavieng

Perhaps the tankers (that had been scouted) left in the night, but come daylight Force R found some prey.
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Day Time Surface Combat, near Rangoon at 54,53, Range 13,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
E W-2, Shell hits 9, and is sunk
PB Shoei Maru, Shell hits 18, and is sunk
xAK Asama Maru #2, Shell hits 11, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Mitimei Maru, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Yamabuki Maru, Shell hits 34, and is sunk
xAK Zuisyo Maru, Shell hits 8, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Kyokko Maru, Shell hits 25, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CA Hawkins
CA Frobisher
CL Ceres
CL Caradoc
DD Nestor

Reduced visibility due to Rain
Maximum visibility in Rain: 15,000 yards
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 13,000 yards
Japanese ships attempt to get underway
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 13,000 yards
Massive explosion on E W-2
CA Frobisher engages E W-2 at 13,000 yards
CA Hawkins engages E W-2 at 13,000 yards
CL Caradoc engages E W-2 at 13,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E W-2 at 13,000 yards
CL Ceres engages xAK Mitimei Maru at 13,000 yards
CA Hawkins engages xAK Asama Maru #2 at 13,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
CL Caradoc engages E W-2 at 11,000 yards
CL Ceres engages PB Shoei Maru at 11,000 yards
CL Ceres engages xAK Asama Maru #2 at 11,000 yards
CL Caradoc engages xAK Yamabuki Maru at 11,000 yards
xAK Mitimei Maru sunk by CL Ceres at 11,000 yards
CL Caradoc engages xAK Asama Maru #2 at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
CL Caradoc engages E W-2 at 7,000 yards
CA Hawkins engages xAK Asama Maru #2 at 7,000 yards
CL Caradoc engages xAK Kyokko Maru at 7,000 yards
CL Ceres engages xAK Yamabuki Maru at 7,000 yards
CA Hawkins engages xAK Asama Maru #2 at 7,000 yards
CA Hawkins engages E W-2 at 7,000 yards
CA Hawkins engages xAK Yamabuki Maru at 7,000 yards
CL Ceres engages xAK Kyokko Maru at 7,000 yards
xAK Asama Maru #2 sunk by DD Nestor at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
CL Caradoc engages PB Shoei Maru at 5,000 yards
CL Caradoc engages xAK Kyokko Maru at 5,000 yards
DD Nestor engages xAK Yamabuki Maru at 5,000 yards
DD Nestor engages xAK Yamabuki Maru at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CA Hawkins engages PB Shoei Maru at 4,000 yards
DD Nestor engages xAK Kyokko Maru at 4,000 yards
CL Caradoc engages xAK Zuisyo Maru at 4,000 yards
CL Ceres engages xAK Yamabuki Maru at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
CA Frobisher engages xAK Yamabuki Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Nestor engages xAK Kyokko Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Nestor engages xAK Yamabuki Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Nestor engages xAK Zuisyo Maru at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
xAK Zuisyo Maru sunk by CA Frobisher at 2,000 yards
xAK Kyokko Maru sunk by CA Hawkins at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
CA Frobisher engages PB Shoei Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Nestor engages xAK Yamabuki Maru at 3,000 yards
PB Shoei Maru sunk by CL Ceres at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
xAK Yamabuki Maru sunk by CA Frobisher at 2,000 yards
Combat ends with last Japanese ship sunk...


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The beatings continued in China, but we delivered one of our own at Kavieng.
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Ground combat at Kavieng (106,122)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 25345 troops, 401 guns, 482 vehicles, Assault Value = 870

Defending force 7401 troops, 37 guns, 35 vehicles, Assault Value = 115

Allied adjusted assault: 880

Japanese adjusted defense: 47

Allied assault odds: 18 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Kavieng !!!

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-II KAI Helen: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-57-I Topsy: 1 destroyed
Ki-57-II Topsy: 1 destroyed
Ki-56 Thalia: 2 destroyed

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
3851 casualties reported
Squads: 37 destroyed, 28 disabled
Non Combat: 95 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 39 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 18 (16 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 23 (22 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 7
Units destroyed 3

Allied ground losses:
186 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Assaulting units:
194th Tank Battalion
43rd Infantry Division
40th Infantry Division
193rd Tank Battalion
XIV US Corps
2nd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion

Defending units:
62nd Naval Guard Unit
48th Naval Guard Unit
II/81st Nav Gd /1
84th Nav Gd /1
5th JNAF Coy
11th Air Fleet
57th JNAF AF Unit
10th JNAF AF Unit
15th Naval Construction Battalion
5th RF Gun Bn /1



The combat forces (2x Div + 2x Tk Bn) will pursue to destroy those units plus the ones at Namatanai. Meanwhile, the invasion of Manus will proceed at once as the Manus convoys should be about 2 or 3 days out from that target.

An Allied CA force without fighter cover had a close call with torpedo armed Betty bombers on the other side of New Guinea.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Wessel Islands at 84,122

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 5 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Fletcher
CA Canberra

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp



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I have the replay but not the turn file, so this is a partial AAR installment.

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Finally had time to catch up with your game again!

Welcome back! I see that your games are taking off. I'm still in post-moving heaven (the opposite, actually), but we're getting closer to a turn a day.

I'm trying to make some progress while the IJN carrier forces recover. I'm still not running into big, strong units on defense in the Pacific, so I'm sure that Walter has them farther back in a perimeter that will be one rock-hard tough nut to crack.

Of course in Burma the IJA defense has solidified, so I'm trying really to just bust open the big supply route through Prome, then I'll have to look to sea-borne flanking operations.

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We're beginning to prep units for Sinabang. SigInt does not show any units referencing that target.

Essex is estimated at 49 days to repair, which I guess is the price for big ships with good durability. BB Colorado is about 8 days out from Pearl Harbor, where she will refuel before proceeding to the West Coast for repairs followed by refit.

Here is a look at Force R, upriver at Rangoon in broad daylight, Imperial air power nowhere to be seen.




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I'm caught up with the brawl to date.

Having fun reading your posts.

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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Manus

Near Lashio the Empire is perhaps counter attacking.
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Ground combat at 62,45 (near Lashio)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 10980 troops, 60 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 361

Defending force 3173 troops, 6 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 126

Allied ground losses:
7 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
64th Inf Group Brigade

Defending units:
75th Indian Brigade


Tomorrow the well rested but not quite fully repaired 4EB fleet will hit Lashio airfield, home to almost 60 fighters. Two P-40K squadrons (of 25 and 16 planes) will sweep the skies over the 64th Inf Group Brigade as the B-25 and Wellington units hit them. Hopefully the combination will both disrupt the 64th's chances for a successful assault and take a toll on Lashio's fighter presence. Further, this commitment of force might help to distract from the upcoming Operation Left Hook, on the other side of Burma.

The Chinese held in a crucial battle.
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Ground combat at 71,48 (near Kunming)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 20915 troops, 140 guns, 352 vehicles, Assault Value = 727

Defending force 128184 troops, 524 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3424

Japanese adjusted assault: 60

Allied adjusted defense: 841

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 14

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1836 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 189 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 82 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Vehicles lost 123 (16 destroyed, 107 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1093 casualties reported
Squads: 47 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (2 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Assaulting units:
4th Tank Regiment
5th Tank Regiment
55th Infantry Brigade
6th Division
23rd Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Regiment
11th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
48th Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
86th Chinese Corps
91st Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
99th Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Corps
79th Chinese/B Corps
57th AT Gun Regiment
4th War Area
9th War Area
21st Group Army
9th Group Army
56th AT Gun Regiment


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Over in the Pacific, much of the USA 7th Division is ashore at Manus, but fatigue is high. They will wait at least a day before attacking, even better to wait 2 or 3 days for the remainder of the division, primarily support elements, to catch up. Here is a look at the area.




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RE: 1943 June 28 - 7/19/2013 12:14:21 AM   
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Ring Around Rabaul.  Good idea.

R U going to take the bases along the northern New Guinea coast starting with Lae or just by pass them?  I'd suggest not by-passing too many as he may have considerable supply in some of these bases, transfer in a raiding force and ambush incoming amphibious invasion or supply convoys.  Taking out the largest ones permanently would likely avert this type of surprise.

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I've been thinking of slowly back-filling them. For example I have significant forces prepped for Port Moresby, but there is no longer significant opposition there. So take the base (with some of the forces), then use those forces to take some of the others. He really has pulled out the big stuff where he was able to. Tulagi and Rabaul have >13,000 each, but they were well cut off. I have been concerned about not leaving him anything he could use for raids.

Ships are gathering at LaFoa to carry the Tulagi invasion force, which is basically an INF div, a small ARM unit, an HQ, and a bunch of ART units.

Rabaul I plan to use for air to ground training for some time to come. Recon on the bases starting with Wewak and heading west across New Guinea will be commencing as Manus and Kavieng get up and running. I presume that Biak will be both well defended and have heavy over watch from airfields within range, but I want Biak as a key, large forward base so I have troops already prepping for it (and more will). If I can get it quickly then maybe the bases to its east also become back fill items.

I'm sort of hoping that the recon and other attention to the northern coast of New Guinea provides a bit of cover for Truk, to afford tactical surprise.

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Looks like Hansa Bay is empty?! Grab it if it is. Its the only potential level 9 AF on the whole NG coast. Proved invaluable to me at least.

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Looks like Hansa Bay is empty?! Grab it if it is. Its the only potential level 9 AF on the whole NG coast. Proved invaluable to me at least.

I've not reconn'd it, so that might be an illusion. I'll have a peak and get some paras ready.

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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Manus

A day on the edge in Burma near Lashio. Our 2EB did not fly, and a few B-17 and Liberator II were lost from two squadrons over Lashio airfield. The ground defense is dicey.
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Ground combat at 62,45 (near Lashio)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10980 troops, 60 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 361

Defending force 3182 troops, 6 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 128

Japanese adjusted assault: 287

Allied adjusted defense: 166

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
422 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 42 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
309 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 37 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled

Assaulting units:
64th Inf Group Brigade

Defending units:
75th Indian Brigade




The 7th Division attacks tomorrow at Manus. Air attacks revealed one AF unit, the other remains unclear but even if a combat unit it is small.

The P-47 convoy has entered the map from Aden, bound for Bombay. A P-40N1 convoy is halfway across the map headed for Surat. The P-40N1 squadrons are skeletons and will have to fill out from the 1 month of production in July. Here is a look at the Burma situation.




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I really like this format and have greatly enjoyed reading through this AAR, thanks.

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Glad to hear it!


1943 June 30

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Manus

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Manus

Very close to a 2 to 1 result in Burma, and not on our side.
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Ground combat at 62,45 (near Lashio)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10556 troops, 60 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 318

Defending force 2952 troops, 6 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 95

Japanese adjusted assault: 110

Allied adjusted defense: 64

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), fatigue(-), supply(-)
Attacker: leaders(-)

Japanese ground losses:
131 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
221 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled

Assaulting units:
64th Inf Group Brigade

Defending units:
75th Indian Brigade


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Some steps are being taken to hopefully contain any Imperial advance to only as far as Bhamo, unless they commit more units, which would be good (to get them further away from the scene of intended Allied advance). The 75th will probably take it on the chin no matter what, though.

In the Pacific things went much better. Note that the 11th Air Fleet is being airlifted out.
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Ground combat at Manus (101,119)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 12269 troops, 202 guns, 136 vehicles, Assault Value = 373

Defending force 731 troops, 8 guns, 6 vehicles, Assault Value = 6

Allied adjusted assault: 173

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 173 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Manus !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-)
Attacker: leaders(-)

Japanese ground losses:
983 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 52 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (6 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 8 (8 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
7th Infantry Division

Defending units:
25th JAAF AF Bn


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Ground combat at 106,123 (near Kavieng)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1398 troops, 6 guns, 254 vehicles, Assault Value = 136

Defending force 3295 troops, 18 guns, 13 vehicles, Assault Value = 17

Allied adjusted assault: 63

Japanese adjusted defense: 17

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker: fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
658 casualties reported
Squads: 16 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 61 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 13 (5 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 6
Units destroyed 1

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
194th Tank Battalion
193rd Tank Battalion

Defending units:
5th RF Gun Bn /1
48th Naval Guard Unit
10th JNAF AF Unit
15th Naval Construction Battalion
57th JNAF AF Unit
5th JNAF Coy
11th Air Fleet /1



Kavieng and Manus are both badly damaged and lots of support troops are still en route, but the map already looks much different. Today begins production of the P-47!




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Congrats on getting Manus! And not to mention the start of P47 time. Its a nifty little plane to have on your side...

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Yes, I'd highly recommend taking all the IJA bases along the northern NG coastline.  If repeated recon shows them to be empty, drop those small Aussie commando paras in and grab them on the cheap.  Little planning and no shipping tied up.  Create your own bases and run, don't walk, along the coast to Mindanao and then Luzon...cut off the Admiral's oil and then have fun watching his face turn blue:).

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1943 July 01

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Bathurst Island
Nookanbah

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


A number of ground combats in China. A couple were just pockets being reduced, but two others were significant. This first battle was further stout resistance to the IJA armoured spearhead.
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Ground combat at 71,48 (near Kunming)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1440 troops, 0 guns, 339 vehicles, Assault Value = 610

Defending force 126596 troops, 506 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3350

Japanese adjusted assault: 45

Allied adjusted defense: 709

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 15

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 106 (33 destroyed, 73 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
948 casualties reported
Squads: 41 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Assaulting units:
5th Tank Regiment
6th Division
23rd Tank Regiment
55th Infantry Brigade
4th Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Regiment
11th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
48th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
86th Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
91st Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
99th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
79th Chinese/B Corps
21st Group Army
9th Group Army
4th War Area
9th War Area
57th AT Gun Regiment
56th AT Gun Regiment


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The second was a recon by forces that are forcing the flank of the large defensive formation above.
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Ground combat at 74,48 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 465 troops, 39 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 282

Defending force 33381 troops, 118 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 674

Assaulting units:
27th/B Division
27th/C Division
21st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
20th Chinese Corps
65th Chinese Corps
30th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese/C Corps
7th Chinese Base Force
2nd Chinese Base Force
32nd Group Army
9th Chinese Base Force
20th Chinese Base Force


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In Burma the force NW of Magwe, slated to force the river-crossing into Prome, are ordered to begin moving. This should roughly coordinate their movement with the forces along the coast that will attack the division in the jungle NW of Prome.

BB Oklahoma has finished major refit and it heading for San Francisco where she will escort a large troop convoy. Although slower at 21 knots, 24 knot battleships are now in short supply so her guns will be a welcome addition to invasion bombardments groups when she makes it to the front.





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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


A large Chinese formation was overtaken just one or two days short of slipping away intact.
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Ground combat at 76,46 (near Chungking)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 30047 troops, 187 guns, 364 vehicles, Assault Value = 891

Defending force 38696 troops, 147 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 685

Japanese adjusted assault: 393

Allied adjusted defense: 193

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
2069 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 198 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 20 disabled

Allied ground losses:
5246 casualties reported
Squads: 345 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 537 destroyed, 35 disabled
Engineers: 13 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 32 (32 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 8

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
6th Tank Regiment
2nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
57th Infantry Brigade
17th Tank Regiment
15th Tank Regiment
12th Tank Regiment
51st Infantry Brigade
51st Engineer Regiment
14th Tank Regiment
104th/A Division
13th/A Division

Defending units:
49th Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese Corps
62nd Chinese Corps
74th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
16th Group Army
35th Group Army


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Tomorrow the P-47 convoy will make Bombay and will unload the day after. The P-40N1 convoy has made Surat and will unload tomorrow. All squadrons will entrain to the front, but the P-40N1 units must await production of airframes. It's been quite a while since I dropped any mines in the area, so O19 is setting off to mine the Malacca Straits.

Pacific Ocean Areas HQ begins unloading at Ponape tonight, prepped for Truk they will assist with that invasion.

Just SW of Chungking is where that battle took place. The race continues!




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1943 July 03

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Only bombardments in China today as the race continues.

On New Ireland the 194th Tank Battalion attacked the retreating formations (the 193rd just caught up today).
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Ground combat at 107,124 (near Rabaul)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 708 troops, 3 guns, 127 vehicles, Assault Value = 137

Defending force 1905 troops, 7 guns, 11 vehicles, Assault Value = 17

Allied adjusted assault: 27

Japanese adjusted defense: 7

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
786 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 43 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 6 (2 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Units retreated 5

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
194th Tank Battalion
193rd Tank Battalion

Defending units:
48th Naval Guard Unit
10th JNAF AF Unit
15th Naval Construction Battalion
57th JNAF AF Unit
11th Air Fleet /1


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The first of the troops are loading for Tulagi, and the rest will begin loading tomorrow. One squadron of Corsairs is being sent to CBI. So far we are able to get very little combat with Corsairs in the Pacific, so at least one squadron there will be able to strengthen sweeps, etc. Here is an overview map. South of Truk and west of Ponape is the Battle Fleet, where Wasp has just transferred into a CV TF (from traveling with the CVE group she refitted with).




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Is the Admiral still trying to kick in the back door into China or has he desisted to defend Burma/Thailand?

Do you detect any troops being withdrawn from China and funnelled into other areas?

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The Allies captured:


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More reductions of pockets in China and of course continued movement.

In Burma the Empire has been rearranging forces since we have stopped attacking NW of Toungoo. Whether he divines that Prome will be the target of a coup de main is anybody's guess.

An IJN sub has made an appearance in the western Aleutians! This is the first sign of enemy opposition up there that I recall, perhaps the entire game.

Two regiments land at Port Moresby tomorrow. They are coming off of xAP type ships, so the SWPac 4EB fleet at Portland Roads will pound the defenders beginning tomorrow just to make certain that the assault troops can gather their wits without a harmful counter attack.

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Is the Admiral still trying to kick in the back door into China or has he desisted to defend Burma/Thailand?

Do you detect any troops being withdrawn from China and funnelled into other areas?

He has placed quite strong forces along the corridor to China inside Burma and just over the China border. It was a noticeable sign that he feels Burma has stabilized. Obviously it has, but more than that he must feel he can keep it that way. I presume that some of the troops in Burma have come from China, as the Chinese resistance has diminished continually. If at any time he should choose to hold in place, doing so would require minimal IJA forces.

We'll see what happens with Prome. No matter what does happen there, the answer to Burma at this point is to go around it. Getting Prome will allow some unhinging of the defense and (should) allow a great deal of supply to flow to Allied forces there. But he has so many troops available from gutting China that I'm sure he could establish line after line right to the end of the campaign. So, I'm going to have to keep strong forces in Burma to tie up the IJA troops there, while also going around. Sinabang is the first step. I haven't put together a plan yet, but I am gathering forces and will likely aim at more of Sumatra or at Java. BTW getting Prome will also give a somewhat easier route to pull some key forces out of Burma at the right time to reinforce a bypass movement.

Also key is the upcoming series of invasions of Truk, Saipan, and Guam. Those should compel him to deploy forces to many places earlier than he might have wanted to.

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