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1943 October 10 - 11/26/2013 6:09:39 PM   
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1943 October 10

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The Chinese troops SE of Kunming are getting truly annihilated by IJA air attacks. Reinforcements are on the way, and even more are being dispatched.

Caradoc did not catch the Japanese merchant convoy at Rangoon, but she and her escort did cause them to flee and obviously not unload much if any cargo. Our air forces caught them and sank many in attacks repeated all day long. A sub also took out one. Similar attacks on Caradoc were handily repulsed with only a small group of surviving Helens making an attack (which missed). The Nells and Bettys were even less fortunate. See the air losses and ship losses below. There appear to be 4 merchants still in that convoy and Caradoc will try to catch them on her way out.

An unknown number of Imperial units are moving east out of Rangoon.

The enemy holdouts at Truk have reduced by another ~4,000 troops after this.
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Japanese Unit(s) surrounded at Truk

The troops are ready and will attack tomorrow in concert with the daily CA bombardments and a fast BB bombardment.

Here are today's ship losses.




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RE: 1943 October 10 - 11/26/2013 6:10:20 PM   
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Here are today's air losses.




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RE: 1943 October 10 - 11/26/2013 6:10:40 PM   
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Here are the troops at Rangoon, still recovering nicely.




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1943 October 11 - 11/26/2013 10:13:22 PM   
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1943 October 11

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The same activity continues in the skies over China, but the casualties SE of Kunming were a bit lighter today, and the first of the reinforcement units has arrived there. Tsuyung airfield is accumulating damage again as the IJA bombers pay it more attention. The two Allied divisions will leave the city tomorrow, reducing stacking. Synchronized with that event will be the attack across the river 92 mi to the NE against what appear to be two unprepared IJA units (at least one of them is still moving to the NW). Three corps, two divisions, and one HQ are forming the spearhead of the effort to open a route to Chungking.

Only a little air action over Rangoon. Caradoc did not get those 4x merchants, which have morphed into 1x E and 3x merchants now 80 nm NW Tavoy and heading SW. The 4th USMC Div is ready to leave Lashio and will take two days to reach Toungoo.

The Imperial defenders at Nadzab and Truk have been wiped out. Supply at Truk dropped by more than 7,000 tons this turn, which includes rearming ships, such as 3x fast BB. Removal of combat forces to reduce stacking commences at once.
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Ground combat at Truk (112,108)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 33904 troops, 581 guns, 616 vehicles, Assault Value = 830

Defending force 3644 troops, 13 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 43

Allied adjusted assault: 1392

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 1392 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
2298 casualties reported
Squads: 240 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 49 destroyed, 74 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 12 (12 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
138 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Assaulting units:
762nd Tank Battalion
3rd Marine Division
1st Marine Division
763rd Tank Battalion
24th Infantry Division
Otago (Mtd) Rifles Regiment
1st Fleet Advn Base Force
3rd NZ Division

Defending units:
30th Infantry Regiment
41st Infantry Rgt /2


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Japanese Unit(s) surrounded at Truk

The Babeldaob invasion force has finished taking on supplies and will head to Manus to refuel and meet up with the battle fleet.

Here are the troops at Rangoon.




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RE: 1943 October 11 - 11/26/2013 10:13:49 PM   
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We have an operation underway to harass shipping at Guam. The 4x unspotted task forces 8 hexes from Guam will move in there at high speed and wreak what havoc they can, then retire to Truk. The CVE fleet will meet them at about this spot to provide cover from LBA reprisal.

The submarine icon to their NW is actually 10x submarines, including some SSX which were attacked by search out of Truk.

Our TF are:

3x Fletcher DD

1x modern CL + 4x Fletcher DD

1x modern CL + 4x Fletcher DD

3x modern CL + 4x Sims DD

Now the wild card. The Allied TF you see only 200 NM S of Guam is unspotted, and is a rogue bombardment TF that was supposed to hit the Imperial troops at Truk! Somehow its order got messed up (either a bug or I just did not notice the mess up last turn) and they were headed deep into Imperial territory. They will attempt to bombard Rota, which scouts as having only 22 guns.




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RE: 1943 October 11 - 11/26/2013 10:57:29 PM   
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The Battle of the Mariannas is starting to heat up.  Good luck .  Admiral Wa appears to be willing to put up a fracas.

Just curious.  I saw that the APA Calvert was lost to unknown causes a couple of days ago.  Was it a victim of an "uncharted rock" or was enemy action the culprit?  I have had two nice APs hit uncharted rocks while landing troops (amphibious invasion).  I wonder if this type of calamity is a result of me launching invasions with troops at 40-60% preparation?  Fortunately, neither were lost, but both suffered very heavy flotation damage.

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RE: 1943 October 11 - 11/27/2013 1:25:37 AM   
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I have a total of four xAK - two each from two different task forces - on their way to Hawaii (they were in the general vicinity) to repair after collisions at sea.

But Calvert's damage was from the most recent combat landing at Truk, when she sustained 88 major float damage along with other injuries. She almost made it back to where a dry dock could help her out.

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RE: 1943 October 11 - 11/27/2013 7:12:08 AM   
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I´ve lost 11 APAs in my game. I would say 8 of them due to striking reefs and then getting sunk the following day due to being left behind.

Stupid rocks!

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1943 October 12 - 11/28/2013 1:38:19 AM   
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1943 October 12

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The river crossing attack NE of Tsuyung went better than I expected odds-wise, almost (but not) achieving 2 to 1, but the casualties were heavy.
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Ground combat at 69,45 (near Tsuyung)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 31449 troops, 193 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 987

Defending force 7689 troops, 51 guns, 28 vehicles, Assault Value = 280

Allied adjusted assault: 542

Japanese adjusted defense: 286

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
619 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 72 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
4081 casualties reported
Squads: 120 destroyed, 335 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 12 destroyed, 16 disabled
Guns lost 33 (6 destroyed, 27 disabled)

Assaulting units:
58th Chinese Corps
22nd New Chinese Division
35th Chinese Corps
3rd Prov Chinese Corps
2nd Reserve Division
7th War Area

Defending units:
RGC Capital Brigade
17th/A Division


We continue to take a toll in the air over Rangoon, and they will be joined in two or three days at most by a fresh division (now switched to combat mode). Imperial troops there are now scouted at about 54,000, but indications are that one or more units are moving into Rangoon from Pegu. So units were rotating, which makes sense after the costly battles.

The sea battles around Guam went well. Two of our destroyers got roughed up, one quite badly, but they will make it back to Truk.
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Guam at 106,95, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Oyashio, Shell hits 2
DD Maikaze, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
DD Isokaze, Shell hits 3, on fire

Allied Ships
CL Santa Fe
DD Ammen
DD Claxton
DD Stanly, Shell hits 1
DD Taylor

Improved night sighting under 96% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 96% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 23,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 7,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Taylor at 7,000 yards
DD Taylor engages DD Oyashio at 7,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Claxton at 7,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Ammen at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CL Santa Fe engages DD Isokaze at 4,000 yards
DD Taylor engages DD Maikaze at 4,000 yards
DD Stanly engages DD Isokaze at 4,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Claxton at 4,000 yards
DD Ammen engages DD Maikaze at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
DD Stanly engages DD Isokaze at 3,000 yards
DD Taylor engages DD Maikaze at 3,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Stanly at 3,000 yards
DD Claxton engages DD Oyashio at 3,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Ammen at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 5,000 yards
CL Santa Fe engages DD Isokaze at 5,000 yards
DD Taylor engages DD Maikaze at 5,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Stanly at 5,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Claxton at 5,000 yards
DD Ammen engages DD Maikaze at 5,000 yards
Toyoshima, Shunichi orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 7,000 yards
CL Santa Fe engages DD Isokaze at 7,000 yards
DD Stanly engages DD Maikaze at 7,000 yards
DD Stanly engages DD Maikaze at 7,000 yards
DD Claxton engages DD Oyashio at 7,000 yards
DD Ammen engages DD Maikaze at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Claxton at 6,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Taylor at 6,000 yards
DD Stanly engages DD Oyashio at 6,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Claxton at 6,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Ammen at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
CL Santa Fe engages DD Isokaze at 10,000 yards
DD Stanly engages DD Maikaze at 10,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Claxton at 10,000 yards
DD Ammen engages DD Maikaze at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Stanly at 13,000 yards
DD Claxton engages DD Maikaze at 13,000 yards
DD Stanly engages DD Maikaze at 13,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Claxton at 13,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Guam at 106,95, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
E Maeshima, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
PB Tamazono Maru #2, Shell hits 6, and is sunk
PB Keijin Maru, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
PB Aioi Maru, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CL Santa Fe
DD Ammen
DD Claxton
DD Stanly
DD Taylor

Improved night sighting under 96% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 96% 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: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 7,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
Shafroth, John F. crosses the 'T'
Massive explosion on E Maeshima
CL Santa Fe engages E Maeshima at 7,000 yards
PB Aioi Maru sunk by DD Stanly at 7,000 yards
Shiwa, R. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range closes to 3,000 yards
CL Santa Fe engages E Maeshima at 3,000 yards
DD Taylor engages E Maeshima at 3,000 yards
E Maeshima sunk by DD Claxton at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
DD Taylor engages PB Tamazono Maru #2 at 2,000 yards
PB Keijin Maru sunk by CL Santa Fe at 2,000 yards
DD Taylor engages PB Tamazono Maru #2 at 2,000 yards
PB Tamazono Maru #2 sunk by DD Stanly at 2,000 yards
Combat ends with last Japanese ship sunk...


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Guam at 106,95, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Kaiun Maru, Shell hits 31, and is sunk
PB Daitei Maru, Shell hits 12, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CL Cleveland
DD Charles Ausburne
DD Maury, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Sterett
DD Farragut

Improved night sighting under 96% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 96% 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: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 7,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
CL Cleveland engages PB Daitei Maru at 7,000 yards
CL Cleveland engages PB Kaiun Maru at 7,000 yards
DD Charles Ausburne engages PB Daitei Maru at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CL Cleveland engages PB Daitei Maru at 2,000 yards
PB Daitei Maru sunk by DD Sterett at 2,000 yards
DD Maury engages PB Kaiun Maru at 2,000 yards
Amino, M. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 3,000 yards
CL Cleveland engages PB Kaiun Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Farragut engages PB Kaiun Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Sterett engages PB Kaiun Maru at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CL Cleveland engages PB Kaiun Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Farragut engages PB Kaiun Maru at 2,000 yards
PB Kaiun Maru sunk by DD Sterett at 2,000 yards
Combat ends with last Japanese ship sunk...


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ASW attack near Guam at 106,95

Japanese Ships
SS I-27

Allied Ships
DD Hammann
DD Russell
DD Mustin

SS I-27 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Hammann
DD Russell fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Mustin fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Russell fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Russell fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Russell fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Russell fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Night Naval bombardment of Rota at 107,95

Allied Ships
CA Astoria
CA Northampton

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

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 4
Port hits 2
Port fuel hits 2

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Astoria
CA Astoria firing at 66th Naval Guard Unit
CA Northampton firing at Rota


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Guam at 106,95, Range 19,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Oyashio, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Maikaze, Shell hits 15, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
CL Cleveland
DD Charles Ausburne, Shell hits 1
DD Maury, Shell hits 2
DD Sterett, Shell hits 1
DD Farragut

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 27,000 yards...
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 19,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 19,000 yards
Merrill, A.S. "Tip" crosses the 'T'
CL Cleveland engages DD Oyashio at 19,000 yards
DD Sterett engages DD Oyashio at 19,000 yards
CL Cleveland engages DD Oyashio at 19,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Sterett at 18,000 yards
DD Sterett engages DD Maikaze at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
CL Cleveland engages DD Maikaze at 14,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Farragut at 14,000 yards
DD Maury engages DD Maikaze at 14,000 yards
DD Charles Ausburne engages DD Oyashio at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 13,000 yards
CL Cleveland engages DD Maikaze at 13,000 yards
DD Farragut engages DD Oyashio at 13,000 yards
DD Sterett engages DD Maikaze at 13,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Maury at 13,000 yards
DD Charles Ausburne engages DD Oyashio at 13,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
DD Farragut engages DD Maikaze at 10,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Maury at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
CL Cleveland engages DD Maikaze at 7,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Farragut at 7,000 yards
DD Maury engages DD Maikaze at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Farragut at 9,000 yards
DD Farragut engages DD Oyashio at 9,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Sterett at 9,000 yards
DD Maury engages DD Oyashio at 9,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Charles Ausburne at 9,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Charles Ausburne at 9,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Farragut at 9,000 yards
DD Sterett engages DD Oyashio at 9,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Charles Ausburne at 9,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
CL Cleveland engages DD Maikaze at 7,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Sterett at 7,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Sterett at 7,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Charles Ausburne at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
DD Maury engages DD Maikaze at 6,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Farragut at 6,000 yards
DD Sterett engages DD Oyashio at 6,000 yards
DD Maury engages DD Maikaze at 6,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Charles Ausburne at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
CL Cleveland engages DD Maikaze at 7,000 yards
DD Sterett engages DD Maikaze at 7,000 yards
DD Maury engages DD Oyashio at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Farragut at 6,000 yards
DD Sterett engages DD Oyashio at 6,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Charles Ausburne at 6,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Guam at 106,95, Range 17,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Isokaze, Shell hits 30, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CL Denver
CL Columbia
CL Mobile
DD Hughes
DD Hammann
DD Mustin
DD Russell

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 17,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 17,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Hammann at 17,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Mustin at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
CL Mobile engages DD Isokaze at 11,000 yards
CL Columbia engages DD Isokaze at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
CL Mobile engages DD Isokaze at 9,000 yards
CL Mobile engages DD Isokaze at 9,000 yards
CL Columbia engages DD Isokaze at 9,000 yards
DD Mustin engages DD Isokaze at 9,000 yards
Toyoshima, Shunichi orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DD Mustin engages DD Isokaze at 8,000 yards
DD Mustin engages DD Isokaze at 8,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Hammann at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
CL Mobile engages DD Isokaze at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
CL Mobile engages DD Isokaze at 10,000 yards
CL Columbia engages DD Isokaze at 10,000 yards
DD Hughes engages DD Isokaze at 10,000 yards
CL Mobile engages DD Isokaze at 10,000 yards
DD Hammann engages DD Isokaze at 10,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Hughes at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
CL Denver engages DD Isokaze at 7,000 yards
DD Hammann engages DD Isokaze at 7,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Mustin at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
DD Mustin engages DD Isokaze at 6,000 yards
DD Isokaze sunk by CL Columbia at 6,000 yards
Combat ends with last Japanese ship sunk...


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According to Tracker the tally is 2x DD, 5x PB, 1x E, and 1x xAK. It looks like there is at least a third DD. Whatever the tally, that should put a damper on convoy activity in the area.

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RE: 1943 October 12 - 11/28/2013 2:47:08 AM   
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Thats a nice haul! Erik is always telling me how much losing DDs sting.

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RE: 1943 October 12 - 11/28/2013 2:54:45 AM   
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Double checking that recent sunk ships report and adding those 3, that would bring the total of sunk IJN DD to about 40. Hopefully enough to pinch operations.

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RE: 1943 October 12 - 11/28/2013 3:05:32 AM   
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I think someone told me the Japanese get/have 120 DDs in total. If that is correct you sunk 1/3 of his DDs. That got to hurt.

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RE: 1943 October 12 - 11/28/2013 9:20:27 AM   
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I think someone told me the Japanese get/have 120 DDs in total. If that is correct you sunk 1/3 of his DDs. That got to hurt.


In Scen 1 anyway the IJN gets 237 DD. Of course that includes a lot that come late. The critical thing is making sure to keep the decent modern ones for the KB and better SCTFs.

Losing 40 is bad, but not too terrible by late 43. It may mean he can't be as aggressive with small SAGs at this point, but he shouldn't want to anyway since it's ... Fletcher time.

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RE: 1943 October 12 - 11/28/2013 9:23:59 AM   
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ORIGINAL: obvert


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ORIGINAL: JocMeister

I think someone told me the Japanese get/have 120 DDs in total. If that is correct you sunk 1/3 of his DDs. That got to hurt.


In Scen 1 anyway the IJN gets 237 DD. Of course that includes a lot that come late. The critical thing is making sure to keep the decent modern ones for the KB and better SCTFs.

Losing 40 is bad, but not too terrible by late 43. It may mean he can't be as aggressive with small SAGs at this point, but he shouldn't want to anyway since it's ... Fletcher time.


Looks like I was off with about 100 DDs then! Perhaps I misunderstood and they started the war with 120 DDs. Or got 120 in reinforcements.

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RE: 1943 October 12 - 11/28/2013 1:50:01 PM   
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I forget exactly - it's in this AAR - but I got a pretty good bunch of DD early on so I assume that has had an effect on operations, which is nice during the pivotal, more balanced phase of the campaign game.

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1943 October 13 - 12/3/2013 5:46:42 AM   
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1943 October 13

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The troops SE of Kunming are - still - getting annihilated. Tsuyung is beginning to clear over stacking to where supplies will be present and we can see about a CAP. Still several days away. The Imperial vermin in the area are responding to the point of our attack, hoping to hold the line before our troops recover from the shock attack for another, hopefully even better blow. Current disruption among the combat units ranges from 11% to 71%.

Ambush!

The KB was completely unseen before this turn. Considering our extensive search coverage it is most likely that they made a high-speed run to attack.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ramree Island at 47,48

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 29
B6N1 Jill x 14
B6N2 Jill x 6
D4Y1 Judy x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N1 Jill: 2 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 1 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 6 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
DD Tjerk Hiddes
BB Prince of Wales, Bomb hits 10, Torpedo hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Norman
DD Quadrant, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
6 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
14 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
3 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
3 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring BB Prince of Wales


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ramree Island at 52,50

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 69 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 9
B6N1 Jill x 10
D4Y1 Judy x 24

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
B6N1 Jill: 3 damaged
B6N1 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
D4Y1 Judy: 9 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CL Kenya, Torpedo hits 1
CA Suffolk
CL Hobart, Bomb hits 2, on fire
DD Redoubt
DD Isaac Sweers
DD Relentless

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
3 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.11 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
No.258 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CL Hobart


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ramree Island at 52,50

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N1 Jill x 8

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 10
P-39N1 Airacobra x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N1 Jill: 5 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
312th BG/389th BS with P-39N1 Airacobra (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
No.11 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
No.258 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ramree Island at 52,50

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 9

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 10
P-39N1 Airacobra x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 6 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
No.11 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
No.258 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
312th BG/389th BS with P-39N1 Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes



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Prince of Wales is in bad shape {50-54(33)-8(1)-0}, but should stay afloat barring enemy intervention. She will head directly for Ramree Island at flank speed to try and escape such intervention, which will be hard on her injuries, but one turn will get her under solid fighter cover.

4th USMC Div has made it to Toungoo. The attack SW of Toungoo will take place 3 days from now with about 3,000 AV.

In just more than one day the Babeldaob invasion force will be at Manus to refuel and join up with escorts. Most of the surface forces will depart directly from Truk so as to give minimum warning to the Empire.

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Here are the troops at Rangoon.




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PoW should make it, It's a very tough ship.

On the other side, troops at Rangoon...ooh, boy. They are very eroded. 16thLRP, and two indian brigades are almost out of combat... They need R&R.

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PoW should make it, It's a very tough ship.

On the other side, troops at Rangoon...ooh, boy. They are very eroded. 16thLRP, and two indian brigades are almost out of combat... They need R&R.

Yes, but go back to just after the river-crossing attack - the comparison is amazing! And after the first couple of turns I have not been allowing any units with '43 standard Indian squads to take replacements because I am juggling to upgrade the last few large formations makes it even more amazing. I think even if DAW HQ had not started reducing troops at Rangoon I would still have the 1/3 needed to avoid further shock attacks.

The first relief division should cross the river this turn and the next in less than a week. Of course the push south of Toungoo will come first, so any assault on Rangoon will likely only be against forces that didn't make it out before that drive hits Pegu or which were left behind on purpose.

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1943 October 14

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Two of the Chinese units that attacked across the river still need recovery time before attacking again, one of them with significant disruption. But most of the troops there are ready, and so all will attack with the aim of dislodging the defenders before they are reinforced. The point of attack has been receiving significant 2E and 4E bomber support.

POW made harbor at Ramree Island and went automatically into pier side repair. I will leave her there until all minor flooding is repaired. One of the 3 destroyers that detached to make an attack run at KB was torpedoed during the day, but took surprisingly light damage and can still make better than 30 knots. That group is heading for Ramree as well.

The 5th Indian Division has added its 449 AV to the troops already at Rangoon, wiping out the possibility of forced shock attacks when crossing from Bassein. Two of the units moving from Toungoo to the attack position made 23 miles and have another 23 miles to go, leaving the slight possibility that the attack could be delayed by a day if one of them does not make it in time.

Babeldaob invasion force will refuel at Manus tomorrow. All four Essex class carriers have finished upgrades and are back in the two fleet CV TFs at Manus.

Here is the situation in the Indian Ocean. The main KB is to the NW, but there are also carriers with what appear to be both surface combat and support forces to the SE.




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1943 October 15

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


CL Hobart was torpedoed during the night while heading for Calcutta for repairs. She was lost.

The slayings from the air SE of Kunming continue, but some days are not as bad. The attack on the other side of the river NE of Tsuyung failed to impress the defenders.
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Ground combat at 69,45 (near Tsuyung)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 28052 troops, 187 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 643

Defending force 7117 troops, 51 guns, 28 vehicles, Assault Value = 215

Allied adjusted assault: 430

Japanese adjusted defense: 388

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
220 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
961 casualties reported
Squads: 22 destroyed, 63 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 7 (3 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Assaulting units:
35th Chinese Corps
58th Chinese Corps
22nd New Chinese Division
3rd Prov Chinese Corps
2nd Reserve Division
7th War Area

Defending units:
RGC Capital Brigade
17th/A Division


Some rest and try again. Meanwhile DAW HQ is on to our push SW of Toungoo. At least partly. They did some recon.
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Ground combat at 56,51 (near Toungoo)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 480 troops, 40 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1396

Defending force 88184 troops, 1413 guns, 1316 vehicles, Assault Value = 2563

Allied ground losses:
23 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
29th Division
53rd Division
14th Division
77th Infantry Regiment
44th Field AA Battalion
55th Mountain Gun Regiment
39th Field AA Machinecannon Company

Defending units:
2nd British Division
23rd Indian Division
632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion
I Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
Winnipeg Grenadiers Battalion
26th Indian Brigade
20th Indian Division
1st Garrison Brigade
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
13th Indian Brigade
19th Indian Division
14th Indian Division
17th Indian Division
2/1st Med Regiment
77th Heavy AA Regiment
IV Indian Corps
2/11th Field Regiment
48th Light AA Regiment
2/9th Field Regiment
27th Indian Field Artillery Battalion
78th Light AA Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment


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As fate would have it the 4th USMC and the USA 192nd Tank Bn came up 1 mile short and so their presence is still probably a pending surprise, with 479 AV between them. They will arrive tomorrow and the attack commences the day after. The Empire tried air strikes against our positions SW of Toungoo but they got a bloody nose. See the air losses below.
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Morning Air attack on IV Indian Corps, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 28

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 10
P-40K Warhawk x 16
P-40N1 Warhawk x 6
P-40N5 Warhawk x 3
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 1 destroyed
P-40K Warhawk: 4 destroyed
P-40N1 Warhawk: 2 destroyed
P-40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
No.11 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
No.60 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
312th BG/388th BS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
51st FG/16th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
51st FG/25th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
51st FG/26th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
23rd FG/74th FS with P-40K Warhawk (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
80th FG/89th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
80th FG/90th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on 17th Indian Division, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 7
Ki-84a Frank x 12

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 5
P-40K Warhawk x 10
P-40N5 Warhawk x 7
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
Ki-84a Frank: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed

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

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
80th FG/90th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
4 planes vectored on to bombers
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
51st FG/26th FS with P-40K Warhawk (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
51st FG/16th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
51st FG/25th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
23rd FG/74th FS with P-40K Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
1 planes vectored on to bombers
No.11 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 59 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
No.60 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 77 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers



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The IJN also bombarded at Rangoon, but for only trivial effect.
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Naval bombardment of Rangoon at 54,53

Japanese Ships
CA Maya
CL Tatsuta

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

CA Maya firing at Americal Infantry Division
CL Tatsuta firing at Americal Infantry Division


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The Babeldaob invasion force is setting out from Manus. Support troops will be picked up shortly. Still another convoy will head to Lae to pick up the Biak invasion force (2x Rgt). A convoy with the second of the two division for Rota will unload at Finschhafen within the week. Let's see how much we can get done before the IJN carriers are back on the scene.

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1943 October 16

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The Allies captured:


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There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Lots of sub contacts overnight (only one of which was by an enemy sub) but no hits.

The days of freedom at Sining are numbered.
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Ground combat at Sining (80,32)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 21564 troops, 142 guns, 87 vehicles, Assault Value = 724

Defending force 12024 troops, 34 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 207

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Japanese adjusted assault: 308

Allied adjusted defense: 244

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
593 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 51 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled

Allied ground losses:
359 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 46 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
1st Recon Battalion
37th Division
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment
71st Engineer Regiment
13th RGC Temp. Division

Defending units:
27th Chinese Corps
9th Chinese Corps
66th Chinese Corps Corps
4th Chinese Base Force
5th Chinese Base Force
40th Group Army
6th Chinese Base Force



An attack SE of Kunming was repulsed yet again, although many disabled squads were destroyed. It seems the 50th Indian Para Bde, with anti-tank weapons, was critical to the defense. The USA 754th Tank Bn is moving down from Kunming to stiffen the defense. BTW, the 25th Chinese Corps arrived just in time for this combat (in combat mode) and with low disruption certainly was a key part of the defense.
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Ground combat at 69,49 (near Kunming)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10896 troops, 90 guns, 514 vehicles, Assault Value = 490

Defending force 35910 troops, 40 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 688

Japanese adjusted assault: 125

Allied adjusted defense: 622

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 4

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

Japanese ground losses:
930 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 74 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 45 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 37 (15 destroyed, 22 disabled)
Vehicles lost 159 (9 destroyed, 150 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2671 casualties reported
Squads: 130 destroyed, 66 disabled
Non Combat: 16 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
5th Tank Regiment
58th Infantry Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
14th Tank Regiment
6th Tank Regiment
23rd Tank Regiment
17th Tank Regiment
12th Tank Regiment
104th/B Division
1st Mortar Battalion
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion

Defending units:
14th Chinese Corps
86th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
21st Chinese Cavalry Division
50th Indian Para Brigade
76th Chinese Corps
25th Chinese Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
27th Group Army


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Our troops NE of Tsuyung are in similar shape to when they last attacked, that is only one unit needing more time. They attack tomorrow.

All units are in place for the attack SW of Toungoo, so tomorrow is the day. 118,571 troops, 3,028 AV, 140 tanks, 12 armored cars, and plenty of artillery.

The IJN carriers are heading into the Strait of Malacca. It looks as though the subs we dispatched to cover the Java Sea will be on station in time, should the carriers transit there.

Another TF, this one a two-CA bombardment/SC TF took off from Truk on its own. It's about 9 hexes NE of Truk and was on its way to one of the northern Marianas Islands. It's been recalled, but is spotted at 8/8 so maybe at least it will give some misinformation.

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1943 October 17 - 12/6/2013 7:52:23 PM   
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1943 October 17

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The IJN carriers appear to have steamed into the Strait of Malacca and are no longer detected.

The Australian division tasked with protecting Tsuyung overshot the mark, some staff flunky forgetting their original orders to march to Kunming, so they are one hex SE and marching back to Tsuyung. The attack NE of Tsuyung made progress, but will it prove quick enough? The commander of 7th War Area HQ has been replaced.
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Ground combat at 69,45 (near Tsuyung)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 27390 troops, 184 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 578

Defending force 6822 troops, 51 guns, 28 vehicles, Assault Value = 195

Allied adjusted assault: 229

Japanese adjusted defense: 367

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
380 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 30 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled

Allied ground losses:
799 casualties reported
Squads: 23 destroyed, 91 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 13 (2 destroyed, 11 disabled)

Assaulting units:
35th Chinese Corps
58th Chinese Corps
3rd Prov Chinese Corps
22nd New Chinese Division
2nd Reserve Division
7th War Area

Defending units:
RGC Capital Brigade
17th/A Division



The attack SW of Toungoo went poorly.
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Ground combat at 56,51 (near Toungoo)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 98701 troops, 1528 guns, 1392 vehicles, Assault Value = 3052

Defending force 44850 troops, 412 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 1395

Allied adjusted assault: 1422

Japanese adjusted defense: 1543

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
2682 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 150 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 31 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 47 (2 destroyed, 45 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
6677 casualties reported
Squads: 99 destroyed, 436 disabled
Non Combat: 21 destroyed, 70 disabled
Engineers: 10 destroyed, 48 disabled
Guns lost 100 (21 destroyed, 79 disabled)
Vehicles lost 52 (5 destroyed, 47 disabled)

Assaulting units:
4th Marine Division
14th Indian Division
I Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
20th Indian Division
1st Garrison Brigade
13th Indian Brigade
19th Indian Division
2nd British Division
26th Indian Brigade
192nd Tank Battalion
Winnipeg Grenadiers Battalion
23rd Indian Division
632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion
17th Indian Division
48th Light AA Regiment
2/1st Med Regiment
IV Indian Corps
78th Light AA Regiment
2/9th Field Regiment
77th Heavy AA Regiment
27th Indian Field Artillery Battalion
2/11th Field Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
53rd Division
14th Division
29th Division
77th Infantry Regiment
44th Field AA Battalion
55th Mountain Gun Regiment
39th Field AA Machinecannon Company


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Seeing that the defenders there are short of supply means that we should press them. Weatherall, although a good commander overall, has been sacked in favor of Alexander at IV Indian Corps HQ, which is on scene. He has much higher inspiration and leadership skills, although his more aggressiveness might be a double-edged sword. 4th USMC Div is 92% disrupted. The commander - quite good - has been swapped out for Noble, who has a significantly higher leadership rating, higher ground rating, and (double-edged sword) is even more aggressive. BTW, supply in Burma might well become an issue for this offensive. While supply shipment to Burma was continued during the KB outing, it was reduced but is now back in full swing.

Regarding Imperial supply in Burma, SW of Toungoo I will order artillery units' bombardments to continue while the assault troops rest, even though that will raise experience of the defenders. The three P-47 squadrons will sweep Pegu while five B-24J squadrons at Dimapur (34 ready aircraft) will bomb the airfield, hoping for supply hits.

The only shining light in the CBI theater was an accidental ambush of bombers over Kunming. Both P-38 squadrons were assigned to LRCAP Tsuyung but their aggressive commanders brought them farther south. In two raids some 27 Judy DB were accounted for (26 were A2A), and a handful of other bombers in subsequent raids.

Recon show the troop count increasing at Babeldaob, now 10,800, and search shows a convoy there. Our invasion force is undetected and the carriers will be in range to launch air strikes tomorrow, so hopefully they will catch some troops at sea.

You gotta love these monkey wrenches.
"AK Autauga collides with xAP Corio at 101 , 116 "

Here are today's air losses.




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RE: 1943 October 17 - 12/6/2013 7:53:46 PM   
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Here is the situation in Burma and the mountains of China. Forget about juggling priorities, we're up to our balls in jugglers.




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1943 October 18 - 12/10/2013 5:22:16 AM   
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1943 October 18

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Sining is falling slowly but falling all the same.
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Ground combat at Sining (80,32)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 21329 troops, 142 guns, 87 vehicles, Assault Value = 695

Defending force 11280 troops, 34 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 163

Japanese adjusted assault: 440

Allied adjusted defense: 97

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
372 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1102 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 45 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 81 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
1st Recon Battalion
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment
37th Division
71st Engineer Regiment
13th RGC Temp. Division

Defending units:
9th Chinese Corps
27th Chinese Corps
66th Chinese Corps Corps
40th Group Army
4th Chinese Base Force
5th Chinese Base Force
6th Chinese Base Force


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The 4th USMC Div is now only 68% disrupted. The bombardment there by our artillery seemed to favor the defender, but hopefully it kept up their disruption and made them burn precious supply.
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Ground combat at 56,51 (near Toungoo)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1458 troops, 126 guns, 74 vehicles, Assault Value = 2532

Defending force 43107 troops, 410 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 1223

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

Allied ground losses:
Guns lost 9 (5 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Assaulting units:
632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion
I Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
26th Indian Brigade
192nd Tank Battalion
19th Indian Division
14th Indian Division
4th Marine Division
20th Indian Division
13th Indian Brigade
23rd Indian Division
Winnipeg Grenadiers Battalion
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
2nd British Division
1st Garrison Brigade
17th Indian Division
77th Heavy AA Regiment
48th Light AA Regiment
78th Light AA Regiment
2/11th Field Regiment
IV Indian Corps
2/1st Med Regiment
2/9th Field Regiment
27th Indian Field Artillery Battalion
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
29th Division
53rd Division
14th Division
77th Infantry Regiment
55th Mountain Gun Regiment
44th Field AA Battalion
39th Field AA Machinecannon Company

Our B-24s got through to Pegu without loss, but supply hits were hard to come by (only 1 that I counted in the various raids). They will continue, especially since the P-47 sweeps also came out clean but took out a number of Imperial tie fighters. As the second relief division pulls into Rangoon in two days, two armored regiments are pulling out to make their way up to Toungoo and join the battle to its south. Their tanks might make a critical difference.

Due to sightings of my subs in the area plus time and distance from the last sighting, I consider it likely that the main IJN carriers are somewhere in the triangle of water between Borneo, Sumatra, and Malaya, possibly transiting to the Java Sea.

Our carriers, technically unspotted although their planes did harass an IJN sub, will take up station 1 hex NE of Babeldaob tomorrow along with the invasion convoy. Fleet elements from Truk are almost a day behind and will be on site for the landing the day after. Recon of Babeldaob shows 10,500 troops, 120 guns, and 45 AFV. That Imperial convoy is now at Peleliu although it was spared by heavy weather. Rain is predicted for tomorrow. The B-24 raids on Babeldaob went well enough, but did cost 4 of the big guys. 3x Fast BB will bombard tonight in an attempt to catch some of the many ships in port by surprise.

The two regiments for Biak will begin loading at Lae, then pick up supply at Manus on their way to Biak.




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1943 October 19 - 12/10/2013 5:15:40 PM   
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1943 October 19

The Empire captured:
Sining

The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs did very well, scoring with torpedoes against four xAK ships.

Sining fell.
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Ground combat at Sining (80,32)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 21093 troops, 142 guns, 87 vehicles, Assault Value = 672

Defending force 10243 troops, 34 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 117

Japanese adjusted assault: 506

Allied adjusted defense: 70

Japanese assault odds: 7 to 1 (fort level 2)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Sining !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
209 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
13111 casualties reported
Squads: 232 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 908 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 29 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 49 (49 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 7

Assaulting units:
1st Recon Battalion
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment
37th Division
71st Engineer Regiment
13th RGC Temp. Division

Defending units:
27th Chinese Corps
66th Chinese Corps Corps
5th Chinese Base Force
40th Group Army
9th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Base Force
6th Chinese Base Force


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The air battles over China and Burma continue. Our hyper aggressive P-38 groups again wound up over Kunming even though orders strictly limited them to Tsuyung. They lost 4 to a sweep by Jacks, and insultingly, the Helens did not show up over Tsuyung to be ambushed. The B-24 groups got a total of 5 supply hits on Pegu, and their brethren on the sea did pretty darn well.
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Night Naval bombardment of Moulmein at 55,55

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 26 damaged
Ki-84a Frank: 5 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Newcastle

Japanese ground losses:
275 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Manpower hits 1
Fires 122
Airbase hits 6
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 34
Port hits 7
Port supply hits 1

CL Newcastle firing at Moulmein


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Night Naval bombardment of Moulmein at 55,55

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 9 damaged
Ki-84a Frank: 5 damaged

Allied Ships
CA Suffolk

Japanese ground losses:
143 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Manpower hits 1
Fires 463
Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 6
Port hits 4

CA Suffolk firing at Moulmein


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The 4th USMC Div is now 47% disrupted. The bombardment went better than yesterday, but counter-battery fire must be fierce as the guns are still being savaged. However, when I look at the artillery units in the orders phase, they have very few disabled or destroyed guns, so maybe those are temporary disablements.
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Ground combat at 56,51 (near Toungoo)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1446 troops, 121 guns, 74 vehicles, Assault Value = 2577

Defending force 43226 troops, 410 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 1238

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

Allied ground losses:
26 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 20 (8 destroyed, 12 disabled)

Assaulting units:
26th Indian Brigade
20th Indian Division
19th Indian Division
192nd Tank Battalion
2nd British Division
Winnipeg Grenadiers Battalion
I Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
4th Marine Division
1st Garrison Brigade
14th Indian Division
23rd Indian Division
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
13th Indian Brigade
632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion
17th Indian Division
78th Light AA Regiment
48th Light AA Regiment
IV Indian Corps
77th Heavy AA Regiment
27th Indian Field Artillery Battalion
2/11th Field Regiment
2/9th Field Regiment
2/1st Med Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
53rd Division
29th Division
14th Division
77th Infantry Regiment
44th Field AA Battalion
55th Mountain Gun Regiment
39th Field AA Machinecannon Company


The fast battleships took full advantage of the surprise at Babeldaob.
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Night Naval bombardment of Babeldaob at 90,97

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 7 damaged
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed on ground

Japanese Ships
ARD Meyungs ARD, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
AG Kinesaki, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Rumeo Maru, Shell hits 1, heavy damage
xAKL P-29, Shell hits 1, heavy damage
DD Naganami, Shell hits 5, on fire, heavy damage
AG Hayasaki, Shell hits 2
xAK Kozui Maru, Shell hits 2, on fire
xAK Toa Maru, Shell hits 2, on fire
xAKL Kakyu Maru, Shell hits 1
xAKL P-11, Shell hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
BB South Dakota
BB Washington
BB North Carolina

Japanese ground losses:
482 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 20 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 9 (2 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Airbase hits 7
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 16
Port hits 5
Port fuel hits 4

BB South Dakota firing at Babeldaob
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Washington
BB Washington firing at Babeldaob
BB North Carolina firing at Babeldaob


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DAW HQ might have gotten that whiff of our carriers after all, because the convoy at Peleliu yesterday is nowhere to be seen. However, an aggressive captain commanding a TF centered on CL Birmingham (+ 4x Fletchers) seems to have chased them nearly to Mindanao and now is being recalled.

Here are today's air losses.




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