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RE: 1943 July 04 - 7/24/2013 6:05:54 AM   
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I bet he sent that sub to the Aleutians because he is worrying about a move on the Kuriles.
The Centpac invasions should be a surprise to him.

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RE: 1943 July 04 - 7/24/2013 6:39:57 AM   
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I bet he sent that sub to the Aleutians because he is worrying about a move on the Kuriles.
The Centpac invasions should be a surprise to him.

So far and kind of by mutual unspoken actions, we've both left the far north pretty much alone. I decided just for the fun of it that I didn't want to do much up there this game. I have built bases and now have the farthest one almost maxed out. I have nothing prepped for the Kuriles, but the groundwork is laid.

I'm really wondering if either Truk or the Marianas right after will surprise him. I just don't know. At least I'll be able to rearm at Truk!

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1943 July 05 - 7/27/2013 9:27:49 PM   
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1943 July 05

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Port Moresby

The China squeeze continues, and even if we win the various foot races, I'm not sure we have enough to hold out indefinitely in the mountains.

Force R took a shot at intercepting a convoy coming out of Rangoon but missed. They are now on their way back to Colombo to disband and repair so much high-speed running damage. More than 20 Nell and Betty were downed over Ramree Island today as they tried to get at a convoy unloading there. This was the first action for CAP flying from the base, an experienced Hurricane IIb squadron. They were joined by some Hurricane IIc from Akyab. The other remaining Hurricane IIb squadron has been moved to Ramree Island to stiffen defenses further, the two groups at different altitudes to help guard against sweeps.

At Calcutta there are 3x 16-plane and 3x 25-plane USA fighters groups preparing. One flies the Mustang A-36 and two the P-39N1. The three 25-plane groups are the P-47 squadrons. In addition there are 3x P-40N1 squadrons training, but production will not fully equip those units until the end of the month (when that happens, the trainee pilots will be swapped out for front-line ready pilots). Those first six squadrons, 123 additional fighters, will provide additional cover to support the ground troops in Operation Left Hook.

The forces on the plain (which will race to make the river crossing into Prome) will pull even with Magwe tomorrow. Then the Americal Division, already in that hex, will start moving with them. The forces along the coast will begin moving toward the division across from Prome the day after tomorrow. Relief forces will move in behind to swap places as needed after the first attack. The 2EB have simply not flown at all against the IJA forces near Lashio/Bhamo as ordered. I hope with the additional fighter cover they do fly for Left Hook (as they did NW of Toungoo).

The assault force at Port Moresby is in fine shape but needs another full day of unloading, maybe a little more. They were not even bombarded, and I am ordering them to attack tomorrow (they should have 90% strength by the ground phase). Yorktown is estimated to be ready tomorrow, then we'll see how long Enterprise will take with the additional resources then available. The Battle Fleet is heading to Nauru to replenish from the AE contingent there (the ships, not some rogue players who found their way into the code). We now have aircraft operating out of Darwin and Merauke. Hollandia recon reports are strange, indicating 2 ships in port for the last few days but no ground units. Continued observation should confirm or debunk that information. Dagua shows as empty (and is only a dot base). USMC paratroopers for both are being airlifted to Manus where Coronados will take them to target when ready.

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RE: 1943 July 05 - 7/29/2013 9:20:30 PM   
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Wow the skytrains take a real beating here, Were they flying the hump non stop?

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RE: 1943 July 05 - 7/30/2013 1:16:26 AM   
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Wow the skytrains take a real beating here, Were they flying the hump non stop?

In this game I've been using them mostly to get supplies into Burma, although they were flying supplies into China before that (and a few still are).

One problem with supply missions flying all the time is that when the weather is really bad you can lose a bunch all at once to ops losses.

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RE: 1943 July 05 - 7/30/2013 2:06:52 AM   
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Never watched the weather with them. Never stop learning in here.

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RE: 1943 July 05 - 7/30/2013 2:07:26 AM   
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...and Wow on his G4M1 Betty losses, almost 70% Ops. Was he using these on night bombing?

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RE: 1943 July 05 - 7/30/2013 2:39:42 AM   
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...and Wow on his G4M1 Betty losses, almost 70% Ops. Was he using these on night bombing?

No. I really don't know why that one is so high.

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RE: 1943 July 05 - 7/30/2013 5:51:23 AM   
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quote:

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...and Wow on his G4M1 Betty losses, almost 70% Ops. Was he using these on night bombing?

No. I really don't know why that one is so high.

I'm guessing that he set the Betties to Naval Attack and left the range at maximum. They would then launch way early on an approaching TF and if they took any damage at all, there is a higher chance that they would not make it back.
Operating from damaged bases also increases Ops losses.

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1943 July 06 - 7/30/2013 9:05:42 PM   
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1943 July 06

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Rambutyo

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Port Moresby

In China the chase is heating up.
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Ground combat at 71,48 (near Kunming)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 20154 troops, 140 guns, 327 vehicles, Assault Value = 656

Defending force 125667 troops, 486 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3336

Japanese adjusted assault: 134

Allied adjusted defense: 961

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 7

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

Japanese ground losses:
2149 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 277 disabled
Non Combat: 10 destroyed, 61 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Guns lost 22 (1 destroyed, 21 disabled)
Vehicles lost 82 (21 destroyed, 61 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1255 casualties reported
Squads: 154 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 29 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 21 (19 destroyed, 2 disabled)

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

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


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Ground combat at 74,48 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 465 troops, 39 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 576

Defending force 33372 troops, 118 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 673

Assaulting units:
27th/C Division
32nd/A Division
9th Tank Regiment
27th/B Division
36th/B Division
21st Mortar Battalion

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


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Ground combat at Kienko (78,41)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 21647 troops, 165 guns, 28 vehicles, Assault Value = 699

Defending force 69580 troops, 250 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1630

Japanese adjusted assault: 114

Allied adjusted defense: 541

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 4 (fort level 3)

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

Japanese ground losses:
6926 casualties reported
Squads: 184 destroyed, 222 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 20 disabled
Guns lost 38 (6 destroyed, 32 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
912 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 11 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Assaulting units:
64th Infantry Brigade
31st Infantry Regiment
15th RGC Temp. Division
12th Indpt Infantry Regiment
60th Infantry Brigade
32nd/B Division
34th/A Division
34th/C Division

Defending units:
55th Chinese Corps
83rd Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
80th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry Corps
4th Group Army
10th Chinese Base Force
14th Group Army
Jingcha War Area
15th Group Army
33rd Group Army
15th Chinese Base Force


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First came the battle near the mountainous last redoubt. We lost more (already disabled) squads, but took a bite out of the Empire's current combat power. The third battle, near Kienko, was a major victory and some Imperial units can now be seen withdrawing to the SW. Near Kweiyang the Imperials now have enough for a successful attack and it is doubtful our forces will make their withdrawal before being routed.

Over Burma the Empire had a good day in the air, taken 6x Hurricane IIb and 4x P-40K to only two or three of their planes. The Hurricanes were swept of Burma by Zeros believed from Rangoon.

Our two regiments at Port Moresby are actually two battalions. Details, details. They attacked successfully but need more supply before they continue, although they might have enough for one attack after the transports finish unloading. Considering the weak resistance, that might be enough.
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Ground combat at Port Moresby (98,130)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 2188 troops, 37 guns, 16 vehicles, Assault Value = 88

Defending force 1304 troops, 10 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 10

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Allied adjusted assault: 57

Japanese adjusted defense: 15

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 3

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

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

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

Assaulting units:
NG Vol Rifles Battalion
49th Australian Battalion

Defending units:
3rd JNAF AF Unit



Yorktown is ready and will proceed to rendezvous with the fleet. Meanwhile reallocating the Sydney yard resources shows that Enterprise should be ready in 19 days. Back at Pearl, Essex is 40 days.

Here is a look at China.




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1943 July 07 - 7/31/2013 2:16:34 AM   
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1943 July 07

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Derby
Dagua

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Port Moresby

Those Chinese forces near Kweiyang are in a worse predicament today as there are several hundred additional AV of Imperial troops on the scene now. I expect an attack tomorrow.

The Zero sweeps continued with some success over Ramree Island. I pulled back one squadron yesterday and today am doing so with the other one. Hopefully it will look like we've been pushed back. The first six reinforcement squadrons (discussed earlier) are now at Akyab, ready to go. The 3x P-47 groups are flying 0 range CAP at 30,000 ft just in case of a massed Japanese effort to get at a convoy or hit the airfield. There is a convoy offshore with an RN base force bound for Ramree Island. They will proceed when we spring forward a large fighter presence at Ramree.

The leading coastal component of Left Hook is on the way toward the target division, which is across the river NW Prome. That first line is 1,510 AV, and is over stacked by a little more than 25%. As the combat will take place adjacent to Ramree Island, fighter cover from that base should be strong, while our own bombers have it a bit easier. Prome is only a level 1 airfield while Ramree Island is 2 + 78%. The three component regiments of a decoy division are beginning to move south from Meiktila to show a threat on the other route to Toungoo. At about the same time those regiments emerge on that road between Meiktila and the forest to the south, the main force now west of Magwe should make another hex and be just NW (and across the river) from the forest hex where the main battles took place a few weeks ago. How quickly the main force will be scouted is unknown.

Meanwhile a second enemy unit of unknown strength has arrived at the battle hex SW of Bhamo. Our paratroop regiment should arrive in combat formation tomorrow as they have 4 miles to go. The 268th Motorized Bde will arrive probably 2 days after. The USA 4EB are still constantly bombing the opposition here, hoping both to stave of the retreat of our defenders and to reinforce the notion of a weak spot being defended.

Iwo Jima and Rota airfields both expanded to 1 today, signalling priority. A large convoy with 2x divisions and a corps HQ all prepping for Guam will leave San Francisco tomorrow, first stop Hawaii. Finding staging areas close enough to the front for all the divisions amid the large cadre of support units is becoming challenging. The farther back they are, the longer the pause between invasions and the longer the Empire has to prepare for the next battle. Within 10 days a total of 1x Essex CV and 2x Independence CVL will arrive at Balboa. The first Independence CVL and 2x CVE just refueled at Tabiteuea and are proceeding to Nauru to integrate with the fleet.

The Bns at Port Moresby will attack tomorrow. One is still low on supply, but the additional supply that will be unloaded tomorrow show cover them.




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1943 July 08 - 8/1/2013 6:42:35 AM   
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1943 July 08

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Port Moresby

The D is for devious!
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AK Mintaka hits Type 88 Mine at Kavieng

She is OK and will make temporary repairs at Kavieng.

The anticipated attack in China did not occur. There were others on pockets resulting in continued destruction of forces, but no blow against the main retreat.

We now have two supply convoys unloading at Ramree Island and are sending forward the convoy with the RN base force. Two P-40K squadrons have flown in and will CAP at 20,000 ft while a Hurricane IIb group (we found a third one!) will fly at 10,000 ft. In three days the entire first line of ground troops in the jungle will be in place to attack the following day. The main river-crossing group on the plain is making good progress and is several days behind the jungle group as planned.

Near Bhamo the paratroop reinforcements made it to the defensive positions without the IJA attacking, and in two days the additional Bde will arrive on scene.

The attack at Port Moresby went well, and again brought a Bn below full supply. Also again, that will be taken care of with tomorrow's unloading and they will attack again.
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Ground combat at Port Moresby (98,130)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 2486 troops, 37 guns, 22 vehicles, Assault Value = 88

Defending force 1263 troops, 10 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 9

Allied adjusted assault: 45

Japanese adjusted defense: 13

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
141 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
57 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
NG Vol Rifles Battalion
49th Australian Battalion

Defending units:
3rd JNAF AF Unit




Tomorrow the new CVL and 2x CVE will arrive at Nauru where the fleet is waiting for them. Yorktown is still some time away. the Tulagi invasion forces are all loaded and the last convoy is leaving La Foa. The others will wait for them near Lunga so all can land together.

Here is a look at the movement in Burma.




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1943 July 09 - 8/3/2013 11:19:26 PM   
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1943 July 09

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Port Moresby

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Port Moresby

A stack of Chinese units in the mountains north of Kienko was destroyed today. That Imperial attack near Kweiyang finally came and did smite our erstwhile defenders.

In Burma the Empire has launched an air offensive against our main river-crossing force on the plain. So, they were spotted right away. The Empire conducted several recon bombardments today, including some in Burma.
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Ground combat at Taung Gyi (59,48)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 288 troops, 29 guns, 24 vehicles, Assault Value = 872

Defending force 31445 troops, 574 guns, 419 vehicles, Assault Value = 953

Assaulting units:
146th Infantry Regiment
11th Garrison Unit
55th Engineer Regiment
53rd Division
38th/C Division
23rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
25th Army
44th Field AA Battalion
20th AA Regiment
39th Field AA Machinecannon Company

Defending units:
19th Indian Division
2nd British Division
29th British Brigade
IV Indian Corps
48th Light AA Regiment


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Ground combat at 62,45 (near Lashio)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 3882 troops, 26 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 427

Defending force 5397 troops, 46 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 182

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
55th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
75th Indian Brigade
50th Indian Para Brigade


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Ground combat at 56,49 (near Toungoo)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 660 troops, 61 guns, 15 vehicles, Assault Value = 1951

Defending force 57338 troops, 790 guns, 569 vehicles, Assault Value = 1412

Japanese ground losses:
36 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 19 (1 destroyed, 18 disabled)

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

Assaulting units:
2nd Guards Division
29th Division
9th Division
56th Infantry Regiment
3rd Division
114th Infantry Regiment
21st Fld AA Gun Co
1st RF Gun Battalion
55th Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
14th Indian Division
6th Australian Division
17th Indian Division
9th Australian Division
14th Army
XXXIII Indian Corps
2/11th Field Regiment
21st Light AA Regiment
2/1st Med Regiment
77th Heavy AA Regiment
2/9th Field Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment


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Over in the Pacific, our forces captured Port Moresby.
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Ground combat at Port Moresby (98,130)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 2465 troops, 37 guns, 22 vehicles, Assault Value = 84

Defending force 1163 troops, 10 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 5

Allied adjusted assault: 47

Japanese adjusted defense: 5

Allied assault odds: 9 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Port Moresby !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), morale(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
209 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 20 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)

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

Assaulting units:
NG Vol Rifles Battalion
49th Australian Battalion

Defending units:
3rd JNAF AF Unit



A supply convoy for Darwin ventured too far from the coast and three Liberty ships were torpedoed by a flight of Betty bombers. They came all the way from Ambon AFAIK.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Wessel Islands at 84,122

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 3 damaged

Allied Ships
xAK Ikauna, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Clan Cameron, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Empire Baxter, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires

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



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Tomorrow we sent paratroopers against Hollandia and set up strong CAP in Burma using most of the new groups.

Here is a look at today's air losses.




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1943 July 10 - 8/4/2013 6:09:51 AM   
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1943 July 10

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Hollandia

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The Empire finally attacked with its second unit in place near Lashio and was rebuffed. Tomorrow we have the remaining reinforcements arriving.
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Ground combat at 62,45 (near Lashio)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14149 troops, 86 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 427

Defending force 5404 troops, 46 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 182

Japanese adjusted assault: 334

Allied adjusted defense: 703

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
529 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 56 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
255 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 36 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
64th Inf Group Brigade
55th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
75th Indian Brigade
50th Indian Para Brigade


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As you can see by the air losses below, the fighting over Burma was tough today. It is much more difficult even for P-47s to CAP own targets than to attack. An unknown number of IJA units are moving SW from the battle hex NW of Toungoo, now that DAW HQ is certain we are racing to bypass that line of defense. Today all 4EB and 2EB in the area began hitting the division in the jungle across the river from Prome. The first of our ground units arrived there today and the remainder will be in place for attack in one or two days at the most.

Enemy carriers are seen at Ambon and possibly at Babo. Holding IJN carriers here while we push in CentPac would be great. We've closed the point gap to less than 2,000, although our progress there continues in a painfully slow period. D-Day at Tulagi is 2 days from now. Yorktown will refuel at Ndeni tomorrow and proceed to rendezvous with the fleet at Nauru.




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1943 July 11 - 8/5/2013 3:12:51 AM   
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1943 July 11

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Namatanai

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Search failed to spot these guys. Only Pillicula survived the night (she is now at Darwin unloading) and now we are again just below 2,000 points behind. If this helps advertise this axis of advance, then it's an inexpensive investment.
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Bathurst Island at 77,123, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Suzuya
CL Oyodo
CL Jintsu
DD Susuzuki
DD Natsushio

Allied Ships
AM Tamworth, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Islami, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
xAK Pellicula, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
xAK Silverteak, Shell hits 5, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Silverwillow, Shell hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK City of Agra, Shell hits 10, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK City of Pretoria, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
xAK Empire Condor, Shell hits 12, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Empire Curlew, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Empire Peregrine, Shell hits 9, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Itaura, Shell hits 16, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk


Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 67% moonlight: 12,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 12,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 12,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages AM Tamworth at 12,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages xAK Empire Curlew at 12,000 yards
CL Jintsu engages xAK Empire Condor at 12,000 yards
CL Jintsu engages xAK Silverwillow at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
CL Jintsu engages AM Tamworth at 11,000 yards
CL Jintsu engages xAK Empire Peregrine at 11,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages AM Tamworth at 11,000 yards
CL Jintsu engages xAK Empire Condor at 11,000 yards
CL Jintsu engages xAK City of Agra at 11,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages xAK Silverwillow at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages AM Tamworth at 8,000 yards
CL Jintsu engages xAK Itaura at 8,000 yards
AM Tamworth sunk by CL Oyodo at 8,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages xAK Empire Curlew at 8,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages xAK Empire Condor at 8,000 yards
CL Oyodo engages xAK City of Agra at 8,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages xAK Silverwillow at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages xAK Itaura at 5,000 yards
CL Jintsu engages xAK Empire Peregrine at 5,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages xAK Itaura at 5,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK Itaura at 5,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK City of Agra at 5,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages xAK Itaura at 5,000 yards
CL Jintsu engages xAK Itaura at 5,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages xAK Empire Curlew at 5,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK City of Pretoria at 5,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages xAK Silverwillow at 5,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages xAK Silverteak at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK Itaura at 7,000 yards
xAK Itaura sunk by CL Oyodo at 7,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages xAK Empire Condor at 7,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK City of Agra at 7,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK Silverwillow at 7,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages xAK Islami at 7,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages xAK Empire Peregrine at 7,000 yards
CL Oyodo engages xAK Empire Condor at 7,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK City of Agra at 7,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK Silverwillow at 7,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages xAK Silverteak at 7,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK Pellicula at 7,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK Islami at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK Empire Peregrine at 6,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK Empire Curlew at 6,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK Empire Condor at 6,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages xAK City of Pretoria at 6,000 yards
CL Jintsu engages xAK City of Agra at 6,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages xAK Silverwillow at 6,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages xAK Pellicula at 6,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK Islami at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages xAK Empire Peregrine at 8,000 yards
CL Jintsu engages xAK Empire Peregrine at 8,000 yards
CL Oyodo engages xAK Empire Condor at 8,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK Empire Peregrine at 8,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages xAK Pellicula at 8,000 yards
CL Jintsu engages xAK Empire Curlew at 8,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK Empire Condor at 8,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages xAK City of Pretoria at 8,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK City of Agra at 8,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK Silverwillow at 8,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK Pellicula at 8,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK Islami at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
xAK Empire Peregrine sunk by CA Suzuya at 9,000 yards
DD Susuzuki engages xAK Empire Curlew at 9,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages xAK City of Pretoria at 9,000 yards
Allied Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...


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We likely traded a DE for an IJN sub near Tarawa, an S boat hit a mine at Truk but will make port, and a Trident sank another merchant off of Malaya. Tulagi invasion lands tomorrow.

The first attack 1 hex NW Prome is tomorrow. DAW HQ is rushing troops to the scene!





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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
New Hanover

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Tulagi

Houston, we've had a problem in China. Some much needed formations retreating toward Kunming were attacked, punished, and pushed off the road today. DAW HQ might not realize it but all remaining strength is critical to holding the mountains, which incidentally holds the flank of Burma.
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Ground combat at 73,47 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 16721 troops, 121 guns, 103 vehicles, Assault Value = 550

Defending force 29884 troops, 112 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 490

Japanese adjusted assault: 226

Allied adjusted defense: 112

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1041 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 85 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled

Allied ground losses:
8919 casualties reported
Squads: 325 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 391 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 14 (13 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 10

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
52nd Infantry Brigade
32nd/A Division
9th Tank Regiment
27th/C Division
116th/C Division

Defending units:
30th Chinese Corps
20th Chinese Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
65th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese/C Corps
6th War Area
32nd Group Army
9th Chinese Base Force
7th Chinese Base Force
2nd Chinese Base Force
1st Group Army
20th Chinese Base Force


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In Burma near Prome the attack went well but failed to dislodge the stubborn IJA opposition. It is still very much a foot race as Japanese reinforcements stream toward the battle area.
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Ground combat at 54,49 (near Ramree Island)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 45600 troops, 720 guns, 686 vehicles, Assault Value = 1510

Defending force 10560 troops, 60 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 330

Allied adjusted assault: 714

Japanese adjusted defense: 604

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1056 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 109 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
954 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 98 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 14 disabled
Guns lost 15 (1 destroyed, 14 disabled)

Assaulting units:
7th Indian Division
77th LRP Brigade
111th LRP Brigade
3rd Cavalry Regiment
46th Indian Brigade
18th British Division
5th Indian Division

Defending units:
63rd Inf Group Brigade


All across the front lines in Burma Imperial units are seen pulling back and heading toward the SW. This signals that Prome is a thin spot in the Empire's defense. One division and one brigade have disruption >20, but time if critical so they all attack again tomorrow. See map below.

There are tankers in port at Rangoon, with at least one CA as escort! Palliser's force with 2x CA and 2x DD will take up intercept position tomorrow for a possible run up the river.

Tulagi should fall quickly enough.
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Ground combat at Tulagi (114,137)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 6545 troops, 39 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 232

Defending force 17944 troops, 264 guns, 281 vehicles, Assault Value = 495

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

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

Assaulting units:
87th Naval Guard Unit
83rd Naval Guard Unit
Bandasan SNLF
61st Naval Guard Unit
7th Naval Construction Battalion
A/50th JNAF Coy
10th Special Base Force
1st JNAF Coy
Maizuru 3rd SNLF /1

Defending units:
34th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
37th Infantry Division
627th Tank Destroyer Battalion
223rd Field Artillery Battalion
I Marine Amphib Corps
4th Field Artillery Battalion
97th Field Artillery Battalion
1st Pioneer Battalion


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The troops at Namatanai have been supplied and will resume their attacks to eliminate the enemy pocket (and increase their experience).

There continue to be Imperial carrier(s) and battleship(s) at Ambon, and various smaller warships at Boela. Tomorrow CV Nanumea arrives at Balboa.




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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Broome

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Tulagi

Our attack NW Prome ran into the original defenders plus a regiment rushed in to reinforce them, but routed them both!
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Ground combat at 54,49 (near Ramree Island)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 44876 troops, 719 guns, 686 vehicles, Assault Value = 1404

Defending force 13673 troops, 80 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 359

Allied adjusted assault: 848

Japanese adjusted defense: 304

Allied assault odds: 2 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
4582 casualties reported
Squads: 106 destroyed, 63 disabled
Non Combat: 108 destroyed, 27 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 18 (6 destroyed, 12 disabled)
Units retreated 2

Allied ground losses:
819 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 89 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 26 disabled
Guns lost 5 (2 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
111th LRP Brigade
46th Indian Brigade
77th LRP Brigade
7th Indian Division
3rd Cavalry Regiment
18th British Division
5th Indian Division
14th Indian Light AA Regiment

Defending units:
63rd Inf Group Brigade
78th Infantry Regiment


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Our troops need to recover some disruption before moving on. The plan for assaulting Prome calls for their river crossing to be coordinated with the main river-crossing from the plain. In preparation, Prome will now be the target of sweeps and continuous aerial bombing.

1 hex NW Prome, the former point of main attack, seems to be the scene of a pullback. At least one of the units scouted by this bombardment is moving SW.
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Ground combat at 56,49 (near Toungoo)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1173 troops, 104 guns, 74 vehicles, Assault Value = 1431

Defending force 21411 troops, 218 guns, 64 vehicles, Assault Value = 655

Japanese ground losses:
36 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
17th Indian Division
14th Indian Division
6th Australian Division
9th Australian Division
XXXIII Indian Corps
2/9th Field Regiment
77th Heavy AA Regiment
2/1st Med Regiment
21st Light AA Regiment
14th Army
2/11th Field Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
2nd Guards Division
56th Infantry Regiment
114th Infantry Regiment
21st Fld AA Gun Co
55th Mountain Gun Regiment


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I'm mulling over whether to attack here. I think so. To spoil their withdrawal and take advantage of moving troops that don't get a fortification bonus.

That tanker convoy at Rangoon now scouts as being escorted by 4x CA plus other warships. The RN is sortieing 3x TFs, one of a CV (Victorious), one a CVL (Hermes), and one a BB (Prince of Wales), to a point where they have the option of intercepting when the targets put back to sea.

Meanwhile our first attack at Tulagi was handled well by the enemy, but our own casualties were light. The troops will rest to recover disruption. I suppose it was a bad die roll that none of the engineers took down the fortification level.
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Ground combat at Tulagi (114,137)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14562 troops, 264 guns, 278 vehicles, Assault Value = 494

Defending force 10611 troops, 68 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 230

Allied adjusted assault: 714

Japanese adjusted defense: 832

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 3)

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

Japanese ground losses:
271 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 39 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
471 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 30 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 25 disabled
Guns lost 21 (1 destroyed, 20 disabled)

Assaulting units:
37th Infantry Division
34th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
627th Tank Destroyer Battalion
223rd Field Artillery Battalion
97th Field Artillery Battalion
I Marine Amphib Corps
4th Field Artillery Battalion
1st Pioneer Battalion

Defending units:
83rd Naval Guard Unit
87th Naval Guard Unit
Bandasan SNLF
61st Naval Guard Unit
10th Special Base Force
7th Naval Construction Battalion
A/50th JNAF Coy
1st JNAF Coy
Maizuru 3rd SNLF /1


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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Tulagi

Intel says that CV Junyo is still in service, which is what we expected.

We hold in China.
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Ground combat at 71,48 (near Kunming)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18747 troops, 140 guns, 342 vehicles, Assault Value = 526

Defending force 96509 troops, 263 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2621

Japanese adjusted assault: 119

Allied adjusted defense: 814

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 6

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

Japanese ground losses:
3002 casualties reported
Squads: 93 destroyed, 147 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 47 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Guns lost 19 (4 destroyed, 15 disabled)
Vehicles lost 127 (6 destroyed, 121 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1972 casualties reported
Squads: 102 destroyed, 31 disabled
Non Combat: 26 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 9 (7 destroyed, 2 disabled)

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

Defending units:
70th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
91st Chinese Corps
99th Chinese Corps
9th War Area
9th Group Army
21st Group Army
4th War Area
57th AT Gun Regiment
56th AT Gun Regiment


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The IJN sent a raider to Ramree Island!
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Ramree Island at 54,48, Range 3,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Asanagi

Allied Ships
CA Dorsetshire, Shell hits 1
CA Cornwall, Shell hits 1
DD Stronghold
DD Thanet

Poor visibility due to Rain with 96% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Rain and 96% moonlight: 6,000 yards
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 3,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 3,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 3,000 yards
DD Asanagi engages CA Cornwall at 3,000 yards
DD Asanagi engages DD Stronghold at 3,000 yards
Hanami, Kouhei orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range closes to 2,000 yards
Range increases to 5,000 yards
DD Asanagi engages DD Stronghold at 5,000 yards
CA Dorsetshire engages DD Asanagi at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
DD Asanagi engages DD Stronghold at 7,000 yards
DD Asanagi engages DD Stronghold at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
DD Asanagi engages DD Stronghold at 11,000 yards
DD Asanagi engages DD Thanet at 11,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Ramree Island at 53,48, Range 13,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Asanagi, Shell hits 7, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CA Dorsetshire, Shell hits 1
CA Cornwall
DD Stronghold
DD Thanet, Shell hits 1

Low visibility due to Rain
Maximum visibility in Rain: 15,000 yards
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 13,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 13,000 yards
Hanami, Kouhei crosses the 'T'
CA Dorsetshire engages DD Asanagi at 13,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
DD Asanagi engages DD Thanet at 8,000 yards
CA Dorsetshire engages DD Asanagi at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
DD Asanagi engages DD Thanet at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 14,000 yards
DD Asanagi engages DD Thanet at 14,000 yards
CA Dorsetshire engages DD Asanagi at 14,000 yards
Range increases to 16,000 yards
DD Asanagi engages DD Thanet at 16,000 yards
CA Dorsetshire engages DD Asanagi at 16,000 yards
DD Asanagi engages DD Thanet at 16,000 yards
Range increases to 18,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages DD Asanagi at 18,000 yards
Range increases to 19,000 yards
CA Dorsetshire engages DD Asanagi at 19,000 yards
Range increases to 21,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages DD Asanagi at 21,000 yards
Range increases to 24,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages DD Asanagi at 24,000 yards
CA Dorsetshire engages DD Asanagi at 24,000 yards
Range increases to 26,000 yards
CA Dorsetshire engages DD Asanagi at 26,000 yards
CA Dorsetshire engages DD Asanagi at 26,000 yards
Hanami, Kouhei orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 28,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages DD Asanagi at 28,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages DD Asanagi at 28,000 yards
Range closes to 27,000 yards
CA Dorsetshire engages DD Asanagi at 27,000 yards
CA Dorsetshire engages DD Asanagi at 27,000 yards
Range closes to 26,000 yards
CA Dorsetshire engages DD Asanagi at 26,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards
CA Dorsetshire engages DD Asanagi at 24,000 yards
CA Dorsetshire engages DD Asanagi at 24,000 yards
Range closes to 21,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages DD Asanagi at 21,000 yards
CA Dorsetshire engages DD Asanagi at 21,000 yards
Range closes to 19,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages DD Asanagi at 19,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages DD Asanagi at 17,000 yards
CA Dorsetshire engages DD Asanagi at 17,000 yards
Range increases to 21,000 yards
DD Asanagi sunk by CA Cornwall at 21,000 yards
Combat ends with last Japanese ship sunk...


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ASW attack near Nauru Island at 126,130

Japanese Ships
SS I-7

Allied Ships
DD Braine

SS I-7 is located by DD Braine
DD Braine fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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On land our casualties were higher than hoped for.
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Ground combat at 56,49 (near Toungoo)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 50457 troops, 730 guns, 432 vehicles, Assault Value = 1440

Defending force 21385 troops, 218 guns, 64 vehicles, Assault Value = 654

Allied adjusted assault: 969

Japanese adjusted defense: 903

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1622 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 77 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 20 (1 destroyed, 19 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1669 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 257 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 31 disabled
Guns lost 38 (1 destroyed, 37 disabled)

Assaulting units:
6th Australian Division
14th Indian Division
17th Indian Division
9th Australian Division
77th Heavy AA Regiment
XXXIII Indian Corps
2/1st Med Regiment
21st Light AA Regiment
2/11th Field Regiment
14th Army
2/9th Field Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
2nd Guards Division
56th Infantry Regiment
114th Infantry Regiment
21st Fld AA Gun Co
55th Mountain Gun Regiment


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Next door (1 hex NE Toungoo) we will make a similar opportunistic attack after seeing this Intel.
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Ground combat at 57,49 (near Toungoo)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 16043 troops, 194 guns, 169 vehicles, Assault Value = 652

Defending force 6067 troops, 52 guns, 19 vehicles, Assault Value = 250

Allied ground losses:
51 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
Winnipeg Grenadiers Battalion
13th Indian Brigade
20th Indian/A Division
Rifles of Canada Battalion
I Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
20th Indian/B Division
20th Indian/C Division

Defending units:
4th RTA Division
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion




The troops at Tulagi will attack tomorrow, but those at Namatanai need another day both to recover and draw more supply.

Here is a contact near Babar. We have a supply convoy near Groote Elyandt making their way up the coast to Darwin, so they will hold behind Gove.




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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Grampus had a good night.
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Submarine attack near Naha at 93,66

Japanese Ships
xAK Yosyu Maru, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Grampus

xAK Yosyu Maru is sighted by SS Grampus
Massive explosion on xAK Yosyu Maru
SS Grampus launches 4 torpedoes at xAK Yosyu Maru


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Sub attack near Naha at 93,66

Japanese Ships
xAK Tohuku Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Grampus

SS Grampus launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Tohuku Maru


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The attack NE Toungoo favored us but only by a little. The troops will rest tomorrow and then do it again.
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Ground combat at 57,49 (near Toungoo)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 17952 troops, 194 guns, 193 vehicles, Assault Value = 647

Defending force 6070 troops, 52 guns, 19 vehicles, Assault Value = 251

Allied adjusted assault: 447

Japanese adjusted defense: 461

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
252 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 54 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 29 (12 destroyed, 17 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
567 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 48 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled

Assaulting units:
20th Indian/A Division
13th Indian Brigade
20th Indian/B Division
I Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
Winnipeg Grenadiers Battalion
Rifles of Canada Battalion
20th Indian/C Division

Defending units:
4th RTA Division
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion



The force NW of Toungoo sees only 3 enemy units remaining in-hex. Those could be the 3 infantry units, but the troop count is only 10,000, so we attack again tomorrow. Those tankers at Rangoon might have escaped as they are not seen by naval search today.

Tulagi continues to be a tough slog. The only consequence is that the infantry division can not re-task for another target until Tulagi is secure.
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Ground combat at Tulagi (114,137)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14348 troops, 265 guns, 278 vehicles, Assault Value = 457

Defending force 10287 troops, 68 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 203

Allied adjusted assault: 375

Japanese adjusted defense: 436

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 3)

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

Japanese ground losses:
612 casualties reported
Squads: 18 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 8 (4 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
387 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 32 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 6 disabled
Vehicles lost 16 (1 destroyed, 15 disabled)

Assaulting units:
34th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
37th Infantry Division
627th Tank Destroyer Battalion
4th Field Artillery Battalion
223rd Field Artillery Battalion
97th Field Artillery Battalion
I Marine Amphib Corps
1st Pioneer Battalion

Defending units:
Bandasan SNLF
87th Naval Guard Unit
83rd Naval Guard Unit
61st Naval Guard Unit
A/50th JNAF Coy
10th Special Base Force
1st JNAF Coy
7th Naval Construction Battalion
Maizuru 3rd SNLF /1


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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Tulagi

A busy day! There was no ground action in China. In Burma that division moved off NW Toungoo, leaving behind the 2x Bde to hold the line. They are not seen to be moving, so we should get a chance to attack them again tomorrow.
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Ground combat at 56,49 (near Toungoo)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 49063 troops, 729 guns, 432 vehicles, Assault Value = 1260

Defending force 8189 troops, 104 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 234

Allied adjusted assault: 806

Japanese adjusted defense: 425

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1139 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 59 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
265 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 26 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled

Assaulting units:
14th Indian Division
6th Australian Division
17th Indian Division
9th Australian Division
21st Light AA Regiment
2/11th Field Regiment
14th Army
77th Heavy AA Regiment
2/1st Med Regiment
XXXIII Indian Corps
2/9th Field Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
56th Infantry Regiment
114th Infantry Regiment
55th Mountain Gun Regiment


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At Taung Gyi and near Lashio our recon bombardments show the pull-out of enemy forces. The task force at Taung Gyi will attack tomorrow.
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Ground combat at Taung Gyi (59,48)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 28546 troops, 540 guns, 325 vehicles, Assault Value = 955

Defending force 5469 troops, 81 guns, 36 vehicles, Assault Value = 160

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

Assaulting units:
19th Indian Division
2nd British Division
29th British Brigade
IV Indian Corps
48th Light AA Regiment

Defending units:
11th Garrison Unit
23rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
20th AA Regiment


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Ground combat at 62,45 (near Lashio)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 8589 troops, 110 guns, 203 vehicles, Assault Value = 266

Defending force 3882 troops, 26 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 127

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

Assaulting units:
268th Motorised Brigade
75th Indian Brigade
50th Indian Para Brigade

Defending units:
55th Infantry Regiment


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Also tomorrow our group NE of Toungoo will attack again, having rested enough.

Over near Rabaul, Namatanai has been secured. Mr Battleship paid a visit to Darwin.
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Darwin at 76,124, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna
CA Tone
CA Chikuma
DD Nenohi
DD Ayanami

Allied Ships
xAK Pellicula, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Japanese Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Allied TF begins to get underway
Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 100% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages xAK Pellicula at 8,000 yards
xAK Pellicula sunk by DD Nenohi at 8,000 yards
xAK Pellicula sunk by DD Nenohi at 8,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...


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Night Naval bombardment of Darwin at 76,124

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
B-26 Marauder: 5 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 1 destroyed on ground
B-25C Mitchell: 19 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 destroyed on ground
P-38G Lightning: 18 damaged
Beaufort VIII: 5 damaged
Beaufort VIII: 2 destroyed on ground
P-40E Warhawk: 2 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground
B-25D1 Mitchell: 7 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna
CA Chikuma
CA Tone

Allied ground losses:
143 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Airbase hits 13
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 19
Port hits 4

BB Haruna firing at Darwin
CA Chikuma firing at Darwin
CA Tone firing at Darwin


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The base is at Port:9%; Service:24%; Runway:19%. As you can see from the results below, fighters are very much in business. P-38G and P-40E flying from Darwin massacred the Betties and kept them totally away from the supply convoy that should arrive at Darwin tomorrow night. The good news, of course, is the continued interest in this axis by DAW HQ.

BB Colorado will make it to Alameda tomorrow to enter dry dock. CVL Belleau Wood arrived at Balboa but will await the arrival of CVL Princeton tomorrow before setting off for the front.

All the Betties shown below were lost attacking that convoy.




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Looks like that naval bombardment didn´t do much harm!

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No, not really. I'm hoping those were some of the best Betty pilots waiting to sto pan invasion of the DEI!

The size of the airfield has been the limiting factor so far, which is why the torpedo-armed Beauforts were stood down. They are on alert now, with the P-38 group to escort them.

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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Taung Gyi

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Lots of action and pending action today. In China, Imperial troops have crossed the river near Tsuyung before we could get troops in their way. They are off the road, but now threaten to cut the road and we have hardly any forces available to interfere. We'll make do.

In Burma the air war was tough, with the Tojos doing better today against the P-40K units and also slipping through to get a few 2EB. Our own air attacks continued pummelling the Empire's troops at Prome. Our three ground attacks went well overall. NW Toungoo we achieved 2 to 1 odds but failed to dislodge the enemy. Our troops have only moderate disruption and will attack again tomorrow. NE Toungoo the odds were worse but the casualties almost all disablements. So that attack, too, served its purpose of grinding the Imperials, eating their supply. Taung Gyi was taken quite handily from a much weaker enemy that was also on the move. One division from that task force will move east and fortify a blocking position at the road junction.
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Ground combat at 56,49 (near Toungoo)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 48863 troops, 730 guns, 434 vehicles, Assault Value = 1225

Defending force 7463 troops, 104 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 159

Allied adjusted assault: 596

Japanese adjusted defense: 273

Allied assault odds: 2 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1123 casualties reported
Squads: 31 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 35 (16 destroyed, 19 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1011 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 119 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Assaulting units:
17th Indian Division
14th Indian Division
6th Australian Division
9th Australian Division
77th Heavy AA Regiment
21st Light AA Regiment
2/11th Field Regiment
2/9th Field Regiment
XXXIII Indian Corps
14th Army
2/1st Med Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
56th Infantry Regiment
114th Infantry Regiment
55th Mountain Gun Regiment


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Ground combat at 57,49 (near Toungoo)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 17576 troops, 194 guns, 193 vehicles, Assault Value = 597

Defending force 5824 troops, 45 guns, 19 vehicles, Assault Value = 215

Allied adjusted assault: 280

Japanese adjusted defense: 363

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
205 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 34 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 17 (12 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 12 (2 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
760 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 42 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Assaulting units:
Winnipeg Grenadiers Battalion
Rifles of Canada Battalion
20th Indian/A Division
13th Indian Brigade
I Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
20th Indian/B Division
20th Indian/C Division

Defending units:
4th RTA Division
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion


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Ground combat at Taung Gyi (59,48)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 28544 troops, 540 guns, 325 vehicles, Assault Value = 1010

Defending force 5460 troops, 81 guns, 36 vehicles, Assault Value = 159

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Allied adjusted assault: 1201

Japanese adjusted defense: 91

Allied assault odds: 13 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Taung Gyi !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), op mode(-), leaders(+), preparation(-)
fatigue(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1419 casualties reported
Squads: 43 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 70 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 43 (28 destroyed, 15 disabled)
Vehicles lost 27 (26 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Allied ground losses:
451 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 65 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 23 (1 destroyed, 22 disabled)

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
1st Burma Brigade
2nd British Division
19th Indian Division
29th British Brigade
IV Indian Corps
48th Light AA Regiment

Defending units:
11th Garrison Unit
23rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
20th AA Regiment



Combat on Tulagi is turning a corner. Perhaps some additional air units attacking has helped. The combat engineer regiment has taken it on the chin, but overall disruption is light so the attack will continue tomorrow.
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Ground combat at Tulagi (114,137)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14718 troops, 265 guns, 280 vehicles, Assault Value = 427

Defending force 9897 troops, 68 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 184

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Allied adjusted assault: 388

Japanese adjusted defense: 328

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
509 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 58 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 17 (2 destroyed, 15 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
439 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 9 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
34th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
37th Infantry Division
627th Tank Destroyer Battalion
223rd Field Artillery Battalion
I Marine Amphib Corps
4th Field Artillery Battalion
97th Field Artillery Battalion
1st Pioneer Battalion

Defending units:
83rd Naval Guard Unit
87th Naval Guard Unit
Bandasan SNLF
61st Naval Guard Unit
10th Special Base Force
7th Naval Construction Battalion
A/50th JNAF Coy
1st JNAF Coy
Maizuru 3rd SNLF /1


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There was fierce action at sea 2 hexes NE Darwin as Allied air units from Gove made numerous low level cannon and bomb runs at IJN cruisers and a battleship. Strikes from Darwin were thwarted by severe weather, those that took off failing to find the target (the airfield is still damaged which might have made things worse). And there is a second Imperial battleship TF 2 hexes ESE Saumlaki. A supply convoy just made Darwin and hasn't even begun unloading. A mixed Allied TF of CA Australia, CA Canberra, DD Fletcher, DD Benham, and DD Sterett is 5 hexes to the SE of the first IJN TF and is ordered to Darwin at full speed. Commanded by the hyper-aggressive Swales, they are likely to find combat. But with what results? The saving grace might be that the IJN TF attacked by air today is the same one that bombarded Darwin yesterday. That means they can not have rearmed and must be low on main gun ammo. Today's combat sightings of that TF.
Battle Date       Location         Hex     Near                 Type Unit               Damage Noted                                               Action                    
019587 1943-07-17 77,122           77,122  Bathurst Island      BB   Haruna             No Damage Noted                                            Morning Air attack        
019588 1943-07-17 77,122           77,122  Bathurst Island      BB   Haruna             No Damage Noted                                            Morning Air attack        
019602 1943-07-17 77,122           77,122  Bathurst Island      BB   Haruna             No Damage Noted                                            Morning Air attack        
019605 1943-07-17 77,122           77,122  Bathurst Island      BB   Haruna             No Damage Noted                                            Afternoon Air attack      
019587 1943-07-17 77,122           77,122  Bathurst Island      CA   Chikuma            Shell hits 8                                               Morning Air attack        
019605 1943-07-17 77,122           77,122  Bathurst Island      CA   Chikuma            No Damage Noted                                            Afternoon Air attack      
019604 1943-07-17 77,122           77,122  Bathurst Island      CA   Tone               Shell hits 2                                               Afternoon Air attack      
019587 1943-07-17 77,122           77,122  Bathurst Island      DD   Ayanami            No Damage Noted                                            Morning Air attack        
019604 1943-07-17 77,122           77,122  Bathurst Island      DD   Ayanami            Shell hits 3                                               Afternoon Air attack      
019604 1943-07-17 77,122           77,122  Bathurst Island      DD   Nenohi             Shell hits 2                                               Afternoon Air attack      

We also had a sub take it on the chin near Rangoon, and one of ours got a tanker near Babo. BB Colorado will be in the yard more than 4 months, plus upgrade time. CVL Princeton has arrived, and both CVLs plus CA Baltimore are setting sail for the Central Pacific. CVL Ryuho is now believed to have been falsely reported sunk. I am having trouble getting enough supply to feed to the front lines at the India/Burma border. Here are today's air losses.




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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Kokoda

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


China was the disaster it is. Today just air attacks and the hideous, ugly, nasty, Imperial formations moving to cut the road near Tsuyung.

In Burma things went better. NW Toungoo our attacks finally bore fruit.
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Ground combat at 56,49 (near Toungoo)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 48149 troops, 730 guns, 433 vehicles, Assault Value = 1131

Defending force 6082 troops, 58 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 80

Allied adjusted assault: 767

Japanese adjusted defense: 33

Allied assault odds: 23 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
3292 casualties reported
Squads: 136 destroyed, 44 disabled
Non Combat: 36 destroyed, 31 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 16 (10 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Allied ground losses:
250 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 32 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
17th Indian Division
6th Australian Division
14th Indian Division
9th Australian Division
2/9th Field Regiment
2/1st Med Regiment
XXXIII Indian Corps
2/11th Field Regiment
21st Light AA Regiment
14th Army
77th Heavy AA Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
56th Infantry Regiment
114th Infantry Regiment


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At Tulagi we continued making progress, and likely the next attack (tomorrow) will seize the base.
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Ground combat at Tulagi (114,137)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14475 troops, 265 guns, 281 vehicles, Assault Value = 411

Defending force 9105 troops, 64 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 120

Allied adjusted assault: 722

Japanese adjusted defense: 205

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
795 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 10 (3 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
231 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Assaulting units:
34th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
37th Infantry Division
627th Tank Destroyer Battalion
I Marine Amphib Corps
97th Field Artillery Battalion
223rd Field Artillery Battalion
4th Field Artillery Battalion
1st Pioneer Battalion

Defending units:
Bandasan SNLF
87th Naval Guard Unit
83rd Naval Guard Unit
61st Naval Guard Unit
1st JNAF Coy
10th Special Base Force
7th Naval Construction Battalion
A/50th JNAF Coy
Maizuru 3rd SNLF /1


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Our boys at Darwin sacrificed Canberra to screen the supply convoy. the supply convoy pulled up anchor before beginning to unload and left a big wake aimed toward Normanton. But they shall return!
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Darwin at 76,124, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna
CA Tone
CA Chikuma, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1
DD Nenohi, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Ayanami, Shell hits 4, on fire

Allied Ships
CA Australia, Shell hits 1
CA Canberra, Shell hits 18, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Fletcher
DD Benham
DD Sterett, Shell hits 1

Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 100% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
Allies open fire on surprised Japanese ships at 7,000 yards
CA Canberra launches Torpedoes at CA Chikuma at 7,000 yards
CA Australia launches Torpedoes at CA Chikuma at 7,000 yards
DD Sterett launches Torpedoes at CA Chikuma at 7,000 yards
DD Sterett launches Torpedoes at DD Ayanami at 7,000 yards
DD Fletcher launches Torpedoes at DD Ayanami at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages CA Canberra at 2,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages CA Australia at 2,000 yards
CA Canberra engages CA Tone at 2,000 yards
DD Benham engages DD Ayanami at 2,000 yards
DD Sterett engages DD Nenohi at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 5,000 yards
DD Sterett engages DD Nenohi at 5,000 yards
DD Nenohi engages DD Benham at 5,000 yards
DD Nenohi engages DD Fletcher at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
CA Australia engages BB Haruna at 6,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages CA Canberra at 6,000 yards
DD Sterett engages DD Nenohi at 6,000 yards
DD Ayanami engages DD Benham at 6,000 yards
DD Fletcher engages DD Ayanami at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
CA Canberra engages CA Tone at 8,000 yards
DD Ayanami engages DD Fletcher at 8,000 yards
DD Nenohi engages DD Fletcher at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
BB Haruna engages CA Canberra at 11,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages CA Canberra at 11,000 yards
BB Haruna engages DD Sterett at 11,000 yards
DD Sterett engages DD Ayanami at 11,000 yards
DD Fletcher engages DD Nenohi at 11,000 yards
Tanaka, Raizo orders Japanese TF to disengage
Task forces break off...


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There were numerous followup air attacks from the runways at Darwin, plus some on tankers at Babo from both Darwin and Gove. Here is a compilation of enemy combat sightings.
Battle Date       Location         Hex     Near                 Type Unit               Damage Noted                                               Action                    
019615 1943-07-18 52,89            52,89   Muntok               PB   Yokae Maru         No Damage Noted                                            Sub attack                
019615 1943-07-18 52,89            52,89   Muntok               xAK  Daifuku Maru       Torpedo hits 1                                             Sub attack                
019615 1943-07-18 52,89            52,89   Muntok               xAKL Kaishi Maru        No Damage Noted                                            Sub attack                
019616 1943-07-18 76,124           76,124  Darwin               BB   Haruna             No Damage Noted                                            Night Time Surface Combat 
019616 1943-07-18 76,124           76,124  Darwin               CA   Chikuma            Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1                               Night Time Surface Combat 
019616 1943-07-18 76,124           76,124  Darwin               CA   Tone               No Damage Noted                                            Night Time Surface Combat 
019616 1943-07-18 76,124           76,124  Darwin               DD   Ayanami            Shell hits 4,  on fire                                     Night Time Surface Combat 
019616 1943-07-18 76,124           76,124  Darwin               DD   Nenohi             Shell hits 2,  on fire                                     Night Time Surface Combat 
019617 1943-07-18 80,110           80,110  Boela                E    Hachijo            No Damage Noted                                            ASW attack                
019618 1943-07-18 49,65            49,65   Victoria Point       E    Hato               No Damage Noted                                            ASW attack                
019618 1943-07-18 49,65            49,65   Victoria Point       E    Yomogi             No Damage Noted                                            ASW attack                
019640 1943-07-18 83,111           83,111  Babo                 DD   Takanami           No Damage Noted                                            Morning Air attack        
019640 1943-07-18 83,111           83,111  Babo                 TK   Arita Maru         No Damage Noted                                            Morning Air attack        
019640 1943-07-18 83,111           83,111  Babo                 TK   Kyokuho Maru       No Damage Noted                                            Morning Air attack        

019644 1943-07-18 83,111           83,111  Babo                 DD   Takanami           Shell hits 9, Bomb hits 1                                  Morning Air attack        
019644 1943-07-18 83,111           83,111  Babo                 TK   Arita Maru         Shell hits 9                                               Morning Air attack        
019644 1943-07-18 83,111           83,111  Babo                 TK   Kyokuho Maru       Bomb hits 1,  on fire                                      Morning Air attack        
019648 1943-07-18 83,111           83,111  Babo                 DD   Takanami           Shell hits 13, Bomb hits 2,  heavy fires,  heavy damage    Morning Air attack        
019648 1943-07-18 83,111           83,111  Babo                 TK   Arita Maru         Shell hits 2, Bomb hits 1,  heavy fires                    Morning Air attack        
019648 1943-07-18 83,111           83,111  Babo                 TK   Kyokuho Maru       Shell hits 6, Bomb hits 3,  heavy fires,  heavy damage     Morning Air attack        
019656 1943-07-18 74,119           74,119  Babar                CA   Suzuya             No Damage Noted                                            Afternoon Air attack      
019656 1943-07-18 74,119           74,119  Babar                CL   Jintsu             No Damage Noted                                            Afternoon Air attack      
019656 1943-07-18 74,119           74,119  Babar                CL   Oyodo              No Damage Noted                                            Afternoon Air attack      
019657 1943-07-18 74,119           74,119  Babar                CA   Suzuya             No Damage Noted                                            Afternoon Air attack      
019657 1943-07-18 74,119           74,119  Babar                CL   Jintsu             No Damage Noted                                            Afternoon Air attack      
019659 1943-07-18 74,119           74,119  Babar                CL   Jintsu             No Damage Noted                                            Afternoon Air attack      
019659 1943-07-18 74,119           74,119  Babar                CL   Oyodo              No Damage Noted                                            Afternoon Air attack      
019659 1943-07-18 74,119           74,119  Babar                DD   Natsushio          Shell hits 4                                               Afternoon Air attack      
019659 1943-07-18 74,119           74,119  Babar                DD   Susuzuki           No Damage Noted                                            Afternoon Air attack      
019660 1943-07-18 83,111           83,111  Babo                 TK   Arita Maru         Torpedo hits 1,  heavy fires,  heavy damage                Sub attack                
019661 1943-07-18 120,113          120,113 Ponape               SS   I-31               No Damage Noted                                            Sub attack                



Victorious and Hermes, with POW in escort, are going to try and intercept some (I believe due to SigInt) troops moving from Rangoon to Sabang.




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The Allies captured:


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Our subs got two tankers today. Numerous air attacks on that second IJN BB TF menacing Darwin resulted in many cannon/MG hits on ships and a total of 6 bomb hits on Kirishima. Flak is tough on low altitude attackers. That supply convoy is about to pull into Darwin, and will be well protected by the arrival today of the Dutch Navy. There is a troop convoy farther behind that is now fully spotted by enemy search planes, and they will withdraw for a day or two.

In the seas off Burma, Victorious' fliers got in some licks, but on the wrong convoy. Another attack was thwarted by weather. Drat!
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Victoria Point at 49,63

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 14
Martlet IV x 8
TBF-1 Avenger x 17

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Tokusima Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Sinsei Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Ume Maru

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.



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No doubt the Imperial air forces are rearming with torpedoes as we speak, so the RN must withdraw.

On land there was a modest set back, as the force NE Toungoo achieved nearly 2 to 1 odds but took massive casualties.
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Ground combat at 57,49 (near Toungoo)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 17211 troops, 193 guns, 193 vehicles, Assault Value = 546

Defending force 5497 troops, 39 guns, 17 vehicles, Assault Value = 174

Allied adjusted assault: 216

Japanese adjusted defense: 121

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
337 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 11 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 9 (6 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 12 (12 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2050 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 193 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 41 disabled
Guns lost 24 (1 destroyed, 23 disabled)
Vehicles lost 9 (2 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Assaulting units:
20th Indian/B Division
I Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
Rifles of Canada Battalion
Winnipeg Grenadiers Battalion
13th Indian Brigade
20th Indian/A Division
20th Indian/C Division

Defending units:
4th RTA Division
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion


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A stunning result against an RTA division. I did not tend to the leadership of some of those units as PP is limited. NW of Toungoo our troops are splitting up, some moving down the road to Prome and others against Toungoo. The troops NW and NE of Prome are beginning their coordinated movement to cross the river into Prome. With all the recent combat, supply is tight in Burma.

Defenders at Tulagi continue their stubborn refusal, but the base is now on the knife's edge of falling.
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Ground combat at Tulagi (114,137)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14339 troops, 264 guns, 281 vehicles, Assault Value = 401

Defending force 8290 troops, 61 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 80

Allied adjusted assault: 394

Japanese adjusted defense: 136

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
336 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 17 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 5 disabled

Allied ground losses:
121 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Assaulting units:
34th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
37th Infantry Division
627th Tank Destroyer Battalion
223rd Field Artillery Battalion
4th Field Artillery Battalion
97th Field Artillery Battalion
I Marine Amphib Corps
1st Pioneer Battalion

Defending units:
87th Naval Guard Unit
83rd Naval Guard Unit
61st Naval Guard Unit
7th Naval Construction Battalion
Bandasan SNLF
1st JNAF Coy
A/50th JNAF Coy
10th Special Base Force
Maizuru 3rd SNLF /1


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Here is the Intel screen. We are finally doing some damage to the Japanese Army.




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1943 July 20

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Tulagi

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The reduction of Chengtu has begun. The IJA has been moving in more troops and preparing for some time, but we still got the better of them today.
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Ground combat at Chengtu (75,41)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 54562 troops, 425 guns, 45 vehicles, Assault Value = 1826

Defending force 32695 troops, 161 guns, 68 vehicles, Assault Value = 646

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Japanese adjusted assault: 681

Allied adjusted defense: 2129

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3 (fort level 3)

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

Japanese ground losses:
5043 casualties reported
Squads: 16 destroyed, 381 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Guns lost 41 (1 destroyed, 40 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1271 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 98 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 56 disabled
Engineers: 10 destroyed, 25 disabled
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
58th Infantry Regiment
41st/C Division
3rd Infantry Regiment
41st/B Division
34th/B Division
8th Ind.Mixed Brigade
39th Division
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
110th/A Division
31st Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
8th Construction Regiment
81st Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
13th Construction Regiment
38th Chinese Corps
11th Construction Regiment
17th Construction Regiment
16th Construction Regiment
5th Construction Regiment
7th Construction Regiment
10th Construction Regiment
Fourteenth USAAF
1st Chinese Base Force
33rd Base Group
3rd Chinese Base Force


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On the other hand, we cut off and waited out two IJA units that long ago encroached on the road east of Paoshan. Today we bagged one of them.
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Ground combat at 66,44 (near Paoshan)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 21001 troops, 106 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 742

Defending force 647 troops, 34 guns, 62 vehicles, Assault Value = 16

Allied adjusted assault: 411

Japanese adjusted defense: 4

Allied assault odds: 102 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
380 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 42 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 34 (34 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 33 (9 destroyed, 24 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

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

Assaulting units:
54th Chinese Corps
35th Chinese Corps
7th New Chinese Corps

Defending units:
1st Tank Regiment
5th Mortar Battalion



Tulagi is ours. The secret of the Imperial defence there has been discovered - after accounting for the supply that our units had on hand (which immediately dumps into the base upon capture), the defenders still had between 10,000 and 20,000 tons on hand! There are still >12,000 enemy there, but without access to replacement supply they should be easier to wear down.
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Ground combat at Tulagi (114,137)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14533 troops, 269 guns, 283 vehicles, Assault Value = 415

Defending force 7538 troops, 62 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 47

Allied adjusted assault: 382

Japanese adjusted defense: 64

Allied assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Tulagi !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
787 casualties reported
Squads: 36 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 21 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 29 (26 destroyed, 3 disabled)

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

Assaulting units:
37th Infantry Division
34th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
627th Tank Destroyer Battalion
97th Field Artillery Battalion
223rd Field Artillery Battalion
I Marine Amphib Corps
4th Field Artillery Battalion
1st Pioneer Battalion

Defending units:
87th Naval Guard Unit
83rd Naval Guard Unit
61st Naval Guard Unit
A/50th JNAF Coy
10th Special Base Force
1st JNAF Coy
7th Naval Construction Battalion
Bandasan SNLF
Maizuru 3rd SNLF /1


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In Burma there was no land combat today, but the skies were busy over the IJA formations leaving Prome. Flak was very, very tough. Imperial air made attacks against the troops NW Prome in the jungle, but those attacks were largely unsuccessful. The Allied attacks on Prome continued degrading the troops moving through there. And, significantly, I am definitely having problems with having enough supply at the front in Burma and in the front line Indian bases. on many turns the air groups at Comilla, Cox's Bazar, Akyab, and Ramree Island do not have enough supply to provide replacement air frames. Chittagong was so unable to sustain needed supply for convoys loading to bring it further forward that convoys no longer even attempt to load there.




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Bonus post and pic for the day. Here are the forces prepped for Truk. Attack transports are making there way to these locations now and the invasion of Truk will proceed just as fast as we can get units loaded. One of the USMC divisions will have to load on slow AK and xAP ships as there simply are not enough APA and AKA available. The USA division along with one USMC division plus all the supporting units will constitute the first wave. The other two USMC divisions will rotate ashore as spent divisions are pulled off. Hopefully that will be enough to do the job. There is another division's worth of xAP which will be brought along empty for the express purpose of pulling off a spent division if that division's own transports are still tied up unloading supply. In addition, there will be a number of AK and LST available loaded only with supply to keep the troops in beans and bullets. If the bullets don't do the job on the enemy then I figure maybe the beans will.

The battle fleet for the invasion will consist of 12x CVE, 1x CVL, 5x CV, 5x fast BB, 2x BB, and numerous CA, CL, CLAA, DD, DMS, and AM. Another BB in on the way and might arrive in time. CV Nanumea is farther away, as are 2x CVL, and CV Enterprise is estimated to finish repairs at Sydney in 5 days (probably also too far away).

I would like to follow up with the invasion of Saipan right after, but troop preparation probably needs another 1-1/2 months. Within a day or two the 22nd USMC Regiment will leave Munda to invade Gasmata. The NZ 2nd Fiji Commando Bn will leave Ndeni in three days to invade Talasea, which I believe is ungarrisoned. I am hoping that this will give the impression that Rabaul is next and I am cutting off retreat paths.





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1943 July 21

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Victory in China! Intel predicts that all Imperial armoured units will run away in terror!
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Ground combat at 66,44 (near Paoshan)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 20952 troops, 106 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 734

Defending force 156 troops, 0 guns, 53 vehicles, Assault Value = 2

Allied adjusted assault: 70

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 70 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 77 (77 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
54th Chinese Corps
35th Chinese Corps
7th New Chinese Corps

Defending units:
1st Tank Regiment



The reduction of the holdouts on Tulagi is proceeding. They are disrupted, fatigued, inexperienced, and low on supply.

Near Phuket one of our subs got a merchant but no troops were seen in the water. In return, though, another sub was sunk by heavy ASW escort farther south. On land in Burma, there is only 1 unit in Toungoo, but still 2 units NE Toungoo which are withdrawing through that city. 9 units appear in Prome with at least one moving SE. The units which must cross the river need at least 3 more days to do so, but the 2 divisions (plus 2x AA and 1x HQ) which have come down the road to the east will be there in 2 days.

Here is a look at Burma with the Allied forces bearing down on Prome, and the part of China where we are trying to hold the line. Note the combat hex near Paoshan where that dastardly Imperial walker formation was destroyed by Ewoks.




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Tulagi has been secured, a little earlier than I thought.

It looks like tomorrow the various convoys will be in place to begin loading the assault troops for Truk. Gasmata will also be invaded tomorrow, and the troops will load for Talasea. By the time they arrive the armada should be on its way to Truk, hopefully good timing for a minor diversion. Logistics is continuing to rear its head. The June upgrade of so many tankers is being felt and the tanker/oiler fleet is racing to catch up with forward demand. Supply in India and beyond is in a crunch and will be for some time. Several US Liberty ship convoys are either carrying supply to Aden from the US and en route to carry supply from Cape Town or Aden to India. The planners are screaming for additional forward bases with large stacking limits to house units preparing for objectives, lest the units have to prepare too far back and incur undue disruption and fatigue at sea en route to invasion points.

It was tough in the skies over Burma, with an Oscar sweep taking a bit out of a P-40K squadron that was also on sweep without losing any of their own number. At least one 4EB was lost to flak, and in reprisal various 2EB mercilessly pounded the flak unit. Our fighters took a bunch of Imperial bombers and Tojos, so it worked out in our favor overall. 3 aces were KIA and 2 more WIA, all flying out of Akyab. I have a feeling that Oscar unit might be made up of ringers.




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Always thought Burma/China were the most interesting parts of  this mid Game.  "He  can`t be strong everywhere" as they say, sorry if I missed it above, and you may not want to talk about it, but  are you thinking of a push South and/or open the Burma Road to start a 2nd. Front in N. China ? 

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