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1943 November 01 - 12/30/2013 3:19:11 PM   
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1943 November 01

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The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got a couple of merchants overnight in the Marianas, while our own escorts in various places roughed up a couple of Imperial subs. Battleship Haruna just came off of the sunk ships list. We'll have to sink her again.

The supply situation is improving in the mountains of China. The forces NE of Tsuyung are ready to fight except for supply, but supply is improved. Kunming has more, with even the Aussies getting some. Tsuyung is much better (but still not up to snuff). Supply at Mengtze is poor but there is some. A couple of Chinese base forces at Paoshan that have upgraded to radar and '43 squads are starting out for Kunming in preparation for mounting CAP there.

One more day until the 3,597 AV SW of Toungoo is ordered to attack. Disruption there for many units has not been dropping into the single digits despite the cessation of bombardments (which has improved the situation). Perhaps it is supply, which is adequate but only a little over one month on hand rather than two months on hand. The Empire's 55th Infantry Regiment was finally destroyed near Lashio The bombardment of Moulmein went well (after smashing a sub).
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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: 3 damaged

Allied Ships
CA Cornwall

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

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 11
Port hits 3

CA Cornwall firing at Moulmein


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Over in Lake Marshall success was also had. No troops but perhaps supply? There is a group of 3 or 4 MGB closing in on Kwajalein which will be intercepted when possible.
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Day Time Surface Combat, near Kwajalein Island at 132,115, Range 5,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
LB-113, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LB-114, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
LB-115, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LB-116, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LB-117, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LB-118, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LB-119, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LB-120, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LB-121, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LB-122, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LB-123, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LB-124, Shell hits 2, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Farragut

Poor visibility due to Rain
Maximum visibility in Rain: 5,000 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: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 19,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
Range closes to 5,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 5,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 5,000 yards
LB-124 sunk by DD Farragut at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
LB-123 sunk by DD Farragut at 6,000 yards
LB-119 sunk by DD Farragut at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
LB-116 sunk by DD Farragut at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
LB-122 sunk by DD Farragut at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
LB-114 sunk by DD Farragut at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
LB-121 sunk by DD Farragut at 3,000 yards
LB-113 sunk by DD Farragut at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
LB-117 sunk by DD Farragut at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 4,000 yards
LB-118 sunk by DD Farragut at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
LB-115 sunk by DD Farragut at 2,000 yards
LB-120 sunk by DD Farragut at 2,000 yards
Combat ends with last Japanese ship sunk...


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There was further reduction of the Imperial 1st Infantry Regiment at Biak, and, significantly, the air base services are almost fully repaired. As two base forces will land tomorrow, a group of USMC Corsairs has moved in to provide cover.
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Ground combat at Biak (87,110)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 8401 troops, 80 guns, 40 vehicles, Assault Value = 261

Defending force 3065 troops, 17 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 29

Allied adjusted assault: 182

Japanese adjusted defense: 3

Allied assault odds: 60 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
415 casualties reported
Squads: 20 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)

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

Assaulting units:
22nd Marine Regiment
14th NZ Brigade

Defending units:
1st Infantry Regiment


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The assault forces for Rota are loaded and either adding supply at Manus or en route to doing so.

Here is a look at the mountains of China.




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1943 November 02 - 12/30/2013 6:35:57 PM   
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1943 November 02

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


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There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got one merchant over night.

Another Chinese combat unit was destroyed on the road to Ansi. Next up is a base force at Ansi. More supply is still required to attack NE of Tsuyung, even though it does appear to be building up.

Prince of Wales got under way shielded by heavy rain and is 120 nm west of Cox's Bazar. She will refuel at Madras then make for Colombo. There is an Imperial merchant convoy 80 nm north of Phuket heading NE. We have a force of 3x DD sitting just off the NE tip of Andaman Island for several days now waiting for such an appearance. We will give them a day to get where they are going - Mergui or Tavoy - and then release the dogs of war. A sweep of Chiang Mai went very well, with three P-47 squadrons arriving together. Have a look at the air losses below. The bombardment of Moulmein.
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Night Naval bombardment of Moulmein at 55,55

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 11 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-84a Frank: 5 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Newcastle

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

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 18
Port hits 4
Port supply hits 2

CL Newcastle firing at Moulmein


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The attack SW of Toungoo is on for tomorrow.

Biak is now clear of enemy forces. The Rota invasion convoys plus many of the supporting combat forces are heading to Truk, most from Manus and some from Hollandia, some at sea. There is still a merchant convoy seen at Guam and now we have two task forces six hexes away. One is 4x Fletchers, the other 1x modern CL and 3x Fletchers; both will make a high-speed run to catch what they can. A bombardment of Yap went well.
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Night Naval bombardment of Yap at 96,97

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 7 damaged
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed on ground
H8K2 Emily: 11 damaged

Allied Ships
CA Minneapolis
CA Chester

Japanese ground losses:
295 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 17 disabled

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 28
Port hits 6
Port fuel hits 2
Port supply hits 4

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Minneapolis
CA Minneapolis firing at Yap
CA Chester firing at Yap


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Here are today's air losses.




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1943 November 03 - 1/2/2014 7:02:19 PM   
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1943 November 03

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


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There were Allied amphibious operations at:


A busy day. Our surface combat TFs that sallied to Guam found only two SSX, which they promptly sank. The convoy they were after is seen hundreds of miles to the north, obviously having finished unloading the day before!

The troops NE of Tsuyung are supplied for an attack and will make one tomorrow. The aerial pounding in China continued on both sides, with increased LRCAP of George fighters near Kunming giving the B-24 groups hell.

SW of Toungoo the attack went in and was bloody on both sides, but more on our side than we had hoped for.
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Ground combat at 56,51 (near Toungoo)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 112845 troops, 1752 guns, 2083 vehicles, Assault Value = 3645

Defending force 48812 troops, 437 guns, 95 vehicles, Assault Value = 1473

Allied adjusted assault: 1466

Japanese adjusted defense: 1795

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
2059 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 180 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Guns lost 48 (6 destroyed, 42 disabled)
Vehicles lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
9638 casualties reported
Squads: 268 destroyed, 467 disabled
Non Combat: 36 destroyed, 65 disabled
Engineers: 72 destroyed, 75 disabled
Guns lost 179 (62 destroyed, 117 disabled)
Vehicles lost 128 (33 destroyed, 95 disabled)

Assaulting units:
19th Indian Division
2nd British Division
192nd Tank Battalion
7th Indian Division
20th Indian Division
26th Indian Brigade
50th Tank Brigade
255th Armoured Brigade
23rd Indian Division
I Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
4th Marine Division
14th Indian Division
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion
Rifles of Canada Battalion
13th Indian Brigade
1st Garrison Brigade
17th Indian Division
48th Light AA Regiment
2/11th Field Regiment
IV Indian Corps
2/9th Field Regiment
77th Heavy AA Regiment
2/1st Med Regiment
27th Indian Field Artillery Battalion
78th Light AA Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
53rd Division
14th Division
29th Division
77th Infantry Regiment
44th Field AA Battalion
55th Mountain Gun Regiment
39th Field AA Machinecannon Company



Supply and fatigue penalties against the Imperials are good news, but obviously were not enough. Our troops are already supplied well enough for the next attack but disruption is through the roof. The troops will rest and then attack again as soon as possible. Our troops SE of Prome and at Rangoon have been ordered to bombard to stress enemy supply. Enemy troop movements are seen at Rangoon so more bad guys are on the way. Off the coast it was a very fortuitous turn to have a pause in bombardments of Moulmein - caused by an oversight two turns ago in not ordering the next TF to the staging point - as elements of the IJN battle fleet made an appearance! The bad news is that our various torpedo bombers paid a heavy price trying to get at them, yet failed in all attempts. Here is one representative attack, although faster fighter-bombers made several attacks without escort.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Moulmein at 54,55

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 11
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 10

Allied aircraft
Beaufort I x 9
Hurricane IIc Trop x 11

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufort I: 4 destroyed
Beaufort I: 1 destroyed by flak
Hurricane IIc Trop: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CA Maya
BB Kongo

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x Beaufort I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo

CAP engaged:
21st Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 10 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
77th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 11 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes



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Prince of Wales is 120 nm SW of Cuttack.

A small group of Bettys tried to attack our transports unloading base forces at Biak but were savaged by Corsairs. Biak itself is almost repaired and will build a size 1 port before expanding the airfield. Enterprise has completed repairs and upgrades at San Francisco and will make her way to the Marianas ASAP. Guam airfield damage is still seen at 23% - no engineers on Guam??? The battle fleet elements will make Truk tomorrow and the day after, while the invasion convoys stand off one hex. Some of the CVE fighter groups will upgrade to Hellcats, but that should not delay the invasion as they will come on line quickly enough.

Here are today's air losses.




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RE: 1943 November 03 - 1/2/2014 7:02:51 PM   
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Here is that IJN surface force, with obviously wrong contact reports showing.




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1943 November 04 - 1/2/2014 10:34:30 PM   
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1943 November 04

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


In a night combat plus a day combat, DD Laffey accounted for 12 barges in the Marshalls.

The attack NE of Tsuyung made some progress.
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Ground combat at 69,45 (near Tsuyung)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 42437 troops, 583 guns, 284 vehicles, Assault Value = 1034

Defending force 9839 troops, 87 guns, 37 vehicles, Assault Value = 205

Allied adjusted assault: 687

Japanese adjusted defense: 751

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
542 casualties reported
Squads: 20 destroyed, 39 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1835 casualties reported
Squads: 73 destroyed, 64 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 14 (8 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Assaulting units:
35th Chinese Corps
11th (East African) Division
27th Infantry Division
3rd Prov Chinese Corps
7th War Area

Defending units:
17th/A Division
RGC Capital Brigade
34th/A Division


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The 11th and 27th will need less time to recover than the others, and that might be the key to the next attack. Meanwhile, the bombardments near Prome and at Rangoon gave us current info on what is there. Our troops at Rangoon are now low on supply, but will bombard tomorrow anyway and keep doing so if they can. That will show us just which enemy units pull out, and of course it will burn up enemy supply.
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Ground combat at Rangoon (54,53)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 54846 troops, 873 guns, 629 vehicles, Assault Value = 1952

Defending force 60305 troops, 451 guns, 65 vehicles, Assault Value = 1710

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

Allied ground losses:
75 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd Carabiniers Regiment
3rd Cavalry Regiment
Gardner's Horse Regiment
Americal Infantry Division
44th Indian Brigade
16th LRP Brigade
23rd LRP Brigade
72nd British Brigade
45th Indian Brigade
25th Indian Division
150th RAC Regiment
14th LRP Brigade
5th Indian Division
XV Indian Corps

Defending units:
63rd Inf Group Brigade
1st RTA/A Division
9th Division
16th Garrison Unit
3rd Division
40th Inf Group Brigade
1st RTA/B Division
311th Ship Eng Coy
1st Air Army
1st RF Gun Battalion
34th Field AA Battalion
211th Ship Eng Coy
18th JNAF AF Unit
62nd JAAF AF Bn


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Ground combat at 55,51 (near Prome)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 31966 troops, 421 guns, 151 vehicles, Assault Value = 1079

Defending force 41601 troops, 375 guns, 185 vehicles, Assault Value = 1295

Japanese ground losses:
46 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

Assaulting units:
18th British Division
81st (West African) Division
111th LRP Brigade
46th Indian Brigade
77th LRP Brigade

Defending units:
33rd Division
19th Division
2nd Guards Division
19th Tank Regiment
35th Fld AA Gun Co
21st Fld AA Gun Co
16th AA Regiment



The IJN hulkamonsters are midway between Tavoy and Port Blair.

One CVE has upgraded fighters at Truk. The other candidates arrive there tomorrow. The various elements of the fleet are also topping up fuel and ammo, which exhausts Truk's daily capacity.

Here are today's air losses. The Empire is sweeping Tsuyung and flying LRCAP over the battle hex to the NE. So, we have moved in a rested squadron of P-38 (at 34k) and our first squadron of Spitfire Vc (at 20k) to bolster the battered Chinese Air Force groups (flying at 10k and 15k). Another P-38 group will sweep the battle hex.




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The infantry SW of Toungoo is still heavily disrupted.




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1943 November 05 - 1/3/2014 5:37:43 PM   
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1943 November 05

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The Allies captured:


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There were Allied amphibious operations at:


One of our subs put 4x torpedoes into an AV in the Marianas over night. Another was hit badly in the DEI during daylight. She will probably make it home if she can evade the ASW group.

NE of Tsuyung, an Imperial unit has moved in from the mountains to reinforce their line (drat!), and it looks as though at least one unit is moving off the line, back down the road. Our four combat units all show in the red for supply, with the African and US divisions having enough to attack, and the Chinese units not. No attack tomorrow. There were no sweeps or air attacks on Tsuyung, so our beefed up CAP did not get a workout. Our sweeps over the battle hex NE of Tsuyung were the last mission flown there, so the bombers still met Imperial LRCAP.

The troops at Rangoon have been well resupplied, and their bombardment shows that some troops have indeed moved out.
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Ground combat at Rangoon (54,53)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 54766 troops, 873 guns, 629 vehicles, Assault Value = 1945

Defending force 58226 troops, 435 guns, 65 vehicles, Assault Value = 1698

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

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

Assaulting units:
45th Indian Brigade
16th LRP Brigade
Americal Infantry Division
23rd LRP Brigade
25th Indian Division
3rd Cavalry Regiment
44th Indian Brigade
Gardner's Horse Regiment
150th RAC Regiment
72nd British Brigade
3rd Carabiniers Regiment
14th LRP Brigade
5th Indian Division
XV Indian Corps

Defending units:
1st RTA/A Division
40th Inf Group Brigade
16th Garrison Unit
9th Division
63rd Inf Group Brigade
3rd Division
1st RTA/B Division
1st RF Gun Battalion
1st Air Army
34th Field AA Battalion
62nd JAAF AF Bn


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Comparing the previous day's bombardment with today's, we see the following units missing.
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311th Ship Eng Coy
211th Ship Eng Coy
18th JNAF AF Unit

Quite different from what I assumed was going on! Given that Moulmein still shows airfield and port damage, they might be moving there to effect repairs. The troops SW of Toungoo still need rest before attacking again, a minimum of one day but two of the divisions need two or three days. I doubt they will be given three days, but one for sure. 42 AV was added by a Bn moving up to the line, but without them, AV has recovered to 3,001 - quite a nice gain!

The big news in Burma is off the coast, as the IJN hulks are now 120 nm W of Bassein and heading NE. There are a number of small surface combat TFs at Ramree Island, and rather than combining them and hoping for a big battle I will leave them configured as is and send them all out to try and catch the IJN on the way in (thereby protecting present and inbound convoys). See the map below. Note that the IJN is also covering for its own merchant convoy (3x xAK seen) unloading at Mergui.

A number of CVE fighter squadrons upgraded to Hellcats today, and the fleet is moving out for the invasion of Rota. Tomorrow is D-2, barring changes due to enemy action. Tomorrow also brings rain to the area, so perhaps the fleet will gain a day or so without the Empire being alerted to their presence.




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1943 November 06 - 1/3/2014 9:00:27 PM   
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The Empire captured:
Ansi

The Allies captured:


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Ansi has fallen. Too little supply for the next attack NE of Tsuyung.

As I pretty much expected, there were no battles in the sea off of Burma. Probably one more day before the next attack SW Toungoo, but there is less rush with no reinforcements seen approaching. On that front another Bde of ours has arrived on scene.

Totally not as I expected, USN carrier planes made attacks against shipping at Rota. While they got some, I would rather have not suffered the aircraft losses and sorties expended going into an invasion.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Rota at 107,95

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 5
N1K1-J George x 9
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 4
Ki-84a Frank x 6

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 66
SBD-5 Dauntless x 29
TBF-1 Avenger x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 2 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed by flak
SBD-5 Dauntless: 4 destroyed, 1 damaged
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak
TBF-1 Avenger: 2 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Harukaze
DD Ikazuchi, Bomb hits 2, on fire
PB Lushan Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
E Sanae

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
14 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
6 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (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 11000
Raid is overhead
5th Sentai/A with Ki-84a Frank (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Raid is overhead
204 Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 21000
Raid is overhead
5th Sentai/B with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Ikazuchi


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Rota at 107,95

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 4
N1K1-J George x 8
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 7
Ki-84a Frank x 6

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 39
SBD-5 Dauntless x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 4 destroyed
SBD-5 Dauntless: 6 destroyed, 5 damaged

Japanese Ships
E Sanae
DD Harukaze

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
7 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 11000
Raid is overhead
5th Sentai/A with Ki-84a Frank (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Raid is overhead
204 Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 21000
Raid is overhead
5th Sentai/B with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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



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Fast BB groups will bombard Guam and Tinian, while two CA groups will bombard Saipan. I expect Saipan will be a rough go for them. A 4x DD force will patrol into Rota to clear traffic there, in case it hangs around.

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RE: 1943 November 06 - 1/4/2014 5:24:23 AM   
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Totally not as I expected, USN carrier planes made attacks against shipping at Rota. While they got some, I would rather have not suffered the aircraft losses and sorties expended going into an invasion.


Very annoying aspect of the game. I spend more time trying to avoid strikes then having them fly in truth. I probably lost over 1000 planes to strikes flying against AMcs, PBs and other small shipping.

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1943 November 07 - 1/4/2014 6:13:58 AM   
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1943 November 07

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Significant bombing of our troops NE of Tsuyung. It seems that DAW HQ figured to spoil an attack, but was fooled by our lack of supply!

11 Avengers were lost attacking the IJN surface force, six hexes SW of Bassein. They went despite their escorts - also at Bassein - refusing to fly for some unfathomed reason. The attack is on for tomorrow SW of Toungoo. There will be blood.

The first CA bombardment going into Saipan ran into a Japanese DD and neatly sank it. The two CA bombardments of Saipan together have the airfield at 19% damage. The fast BB bombardment of Tinian missed the base completely, but did rough up the troops. Not the mission. The fast BB bombardment of Guam has the airfield 78% damaged. Despite Tinian being fully operational there was no aerial opposition to several attacks by DB squadrons against DD, E, and PB targets at Pagan. Although they could be lurking just out of search range, there is no sign of Imperial carriers, battleships, or cruisers.
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Saipan at 108,93, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Ikazuchi, Shell hits 11, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CA Northampton
CA Astoria, Shell hits 1
DD Nicholas
DD Stevens

Reduced visibility due to Thunderstorms with 75% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Thunderstorms and 75% moonlight: 2,000 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...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
Range closes to 5,000 yards...
Range closes to 4,000 yards...
Range closes to 3,000 yards...
Range closes to 2,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 2,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 2,000 yards
DD Ikazuchi engages CA Astoria at 2,000 yards
DD Ikazuchi sunk by CA Astoria at 2,000 yards
DD Ikazuchi sunk by CA Astoria at 2,000 yards
Combat ends with last Japanese ship sunk...


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Night Naval bombardment of Tinian at 108,94 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

7 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB South Dakota
BB Washington, Shell hits 1
BB North Carolina

Japanese ground losses:
76 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB South Dakota
BB South Dakota firing at 54th Division
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Washington
3rd IJN Special Coastal Gun Battalion firing at BB Washington
BB Washington firing at 3rd IJN Special Coastal Gun Battalion
BB North Carolina firing at 54th Division


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Night Naval bombardment of Saipan at 108,93 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 11 damaged
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
G3M3 Nell: 3 damaged
A6M5 Zero: 3 damaged
E13A1 Jake: 4 damaged
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 damaged
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed on ground

10 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CA Astoria
CA Northampton

Japanese ground losses:
202 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Airbase hits 7
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 22

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Astoria
CA Astoria firing at Saipan Naval Fortress
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at CA Astoria
CA Northampton firing at Saipan


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Night Naval bombardment of Saipan at 108,93 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 6 damaged
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
G3M3 Nell: 1 damaged
E13A1 Jake: 2 damaged
A6M5 Zero: 2 damaged

13 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CA San Francisco
CA Pensacola

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

Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 9

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA San Francisco
CA San Francisco firing at Saipan
CA Pensacola firing at Saipan Naval Fortress
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at CA Pensacola


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Night Naval bombardment of Guam at 106,95

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 5 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-84a Frank: 9 damaged
Ki-84a Frank: 2 destroyed on ground
N1K1-J George: 6 damaged
N1K1-J George: 3 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
BB Alabama
BB Massachusetts
BB Indiana

Japanese ground losses:
639 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 19 destroyed, 30 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 15 (4 destroyed, 11 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Airbase hits 7
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 29

BB Alabama firing at Guam
BB Massachusetts firing at 12th Division
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Indiana
BB Indiana firing at Guam


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Two CA groups will hit Tinian tonight, and BB Oklahoma will hit Saipan. In the morning, the troops will go ashore at Rota. The two CVE TFs, two small SCTF groups, and an ASW group will stand guard over them. The fleet carriers and other forces will be one hex SE. BB Tennessee has just refueled at Truk and will steam to the fleet carriers to be available for bombardment duty. BB New Mexico is still four days away from Truk. Rain is forecast again tomorrow. The invasion convoy itself has not been sighted, undoubtedly well protected by CAP, but I'm sure it is expected anyway. I am a bit curious as to which island Devious Admiral Wa expected me to land on first.




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RE: 1943 November 07 - 1/4/2014 3:19:56 PM   
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Who knows the mind of the devious one......Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men.  Who knows?  The Shadow knows.  I have no idea, but expect that Rota was not Admiral Wa's guess.  But a good choice by you in my view.  A fighter base should spring up nearly immediately and those seasbees will have bombers spewing from it in no time.

No mines encounterted at any location you bombarded?  Hummmm, interesting.  I would have expected Siapan and Guam to have been heavily mined.

And just where are those mighty CVs?  They could be invasion interruptus.  No turkey shoot for you, admiral.  If he does commit them, they will come with well trained pilots, not the second team bozos that real life Admiral Spurance faced.

Good luck.  This could be a major event in the course of the game.

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RE: 1943 November 07 - 1/4/2014 4:00:02 PM   
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I too suspect that those bases are heavily mined, and recon has consistently been showing 3 or 4 ACM at Saipan, which indicates too many mines to contemplate. I've found that bombardments rarely encounter mines. Perhaps the range setting when bombarding has a great influence? For Saipan I used 20,000 yds and the others were 15,000. In discussions about this I think I recall the devs mentioning that defensive mines are considered to be in the vicinity of the base. I know that invasions seem to always find them, while TFs far at sea (SCTF, air combat) never do.

No data on the Imperial carriers. It's just been too long since their location was last fixed. That's the biggest reason for the focus on shutting down the big bases, and PBYs will be on duty to scout N & NE as soon as the base is captured. The fact that I bombarded the three populated airfields (and the only ones > size 1) in the lower Marianas should provide him with no data about the identity of the target. The position of the Allied armada (across the two hexes) probably will mitigate for either Rota or Guam, but certainly does not rule out Tinian or Saipan. I should only need the first turn (the current one) to get a fast-winning force ashore. So if the IJN carriers do pop up but are out of position for an 8-hex strike, I could even pull back and leave them playing with USN subs while my surface forces rearm. He knows that I have subs covering a broad area beyond search range, and so would have to travel in stealth mode there if he wanted to arrive unnoticed. That would make the carriers more vulnerable to subs. My guess is that the carriers will be saved for defense of targets farther west. After all, the Marianas will not be useful to hit the Home Islands until another year when the Pacific B-29 groups arrive. He knows I'll be very active in the meantime.

An APA convoy is already en route with 10x SeaBee Bns, and two convoys each with a USA base force (72x AV each). Other support troops are at sea also, and more at Truk. Due to the force disparity we should see on Rota, the support troops will probably be a few days behind the capture. The PBY group will move in upon capture with two AVD a couple of days behind. Two elite (for me) P-47 squadrons are resting awaiting transfer. Several Corsair squadrons are also available, but more than the two Thud groups will have to wait for building. Various support ships will also move up from Truk for rearming CA and smaller, and I forgot to look but I should move up AGP to get some PT boats operating. Also at Truk are some combat engineers and a cavalry Rgt that will (at least early on) serve as defensive units on Rota in case of any creative plays sent in to the team by DAW. This will allow all the assaulting combat forces to be pulled off to make maximum room for base building and staffing.

I'm guessing that fortifications on Rota will be minor due to lack of dedicated engineers. The fact that the base at Guam remained damaged at 22% (prior to the last bombardment) tells that either 1) engineers have not yet made it there to build fortifications, or 2) engineers have finished building maximum fortifications there and moved on. A number 1 would be a nice relief, but I expect a stinky number 2.

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1943 November 08 - 1/5/2014 5:37:08 PM   
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1943 November 08

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Rota
Noemfoor

Another day apace in China.

The attack SW of Toungoo went very well! It is clear that the Imperial line will crack.
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Ground combat at 56,51 (near Toungoo)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 111139 troops, 1747 guns, 2072 vehicles, Assault Value = 3312

Defending force 48082 troops, 442 guns, 95 vehicles, Assault Value = 1389

Allied adjusted assault: 1480

Japanese adjusted defense: 1643

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
3354 casualties reported
Squads: 22 destroyed, 286 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 22 disabled
Guns lost 47 (4 destroyed, 43 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2502 casualties reported
Squads: 157 destroyed, 116 disabled
Non Combat: 53 destroyed, 57 disabled
Engineers: 31 destroyed, 87 disabled
Guns lost 92 (42 destroyed, 50 disabled)
Vehicles lost 152 (52 destroyed, 100 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
Winnipeg Grenadiers Battalion
23rd Indian Division
1st Garrison Brigade
632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion
255th Armoured Brigade
1st Gloucestershire Battalion
2nd British Division
19th Indian Division
7th Indian Division
50th Tank Brigade
75th Indian Brigade
I Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
20th Indian Division
13th Indian Brigade
192nd Tank Battalion
4th Marine Division
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
14th Indian Division
26th Indian Brigade
17th Indian Division
2/1st Med Regiment
IV Indian Corps
77th Heavy AA Regiment
48th Light AA Regiment
2/11th Field Regiment
78th Light AA Regiment
27th Indian Field Artillery Battalion
2/9th Field Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
29th Division
14th Division
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
53rd Division
77th Infantry Regiment
44th Field AA Battalion
55th Mountain Gun Regiment
39th Field AA Machinecannon Company


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Our force already has full supply - the sea lift to Burma is truly massive - and need only ready themselves for the next attack. One Allied Bn was destroyed in the attack, and (depending on time of recovery) up to 3 Allied Rgt will arrive for the next attack. A Bn also arrived at the scene too late for today's attack. Meanwhile the IJN surface forces at sea have disappeared from view. Prince of Wales will refuel tonight at Colombo and head for Cape Town, hopefully clearing harbor before any air-search equipped submarines can spot her.

The bombardments of Tinian and Saipan went well.
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Night Naval bombardment of Tinian at 108,94

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 55 damaged

Allied Ships
CA Minneapolis
CA Chester

Japanese ground losses:
525 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 49 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 24 (5 destroyed, 19 disabled)

Airbase hits 14
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 44

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Minneapolis
CA Minneapolis firing at Tinian
CA Chester firing at Tinian


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Night Naval bombardment of Saipan at 108,93 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

17 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Oklahoma

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

OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Oklahoma
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at BB Oklahoma
BB Oklahoma firing at Saipan Naval Fortress


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Night Naval bombardment of Tinian at 108,94 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

21 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CA Salt Lake City
CA Portland

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

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Salt Lake City
CA Salt Lake City firing at 3rd IJN Special Coastal Gun Battalion
3rd IJN Special Coastal Gun Battalion firing at CA Salt Lake City
CA Portland firing at 3rd IJN Special Coastal Gun Battalion
3rd IJN Special Coastal Gun Battalion firing at CA Portland


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Damage shown is Guam airfield 82% (f:7 b:2 a:3), Tinian airfield 16% (f:13 b:0 a:0), Saipan airfield 23% (f:28 b:5 a:3). Pagan will be bombarded tonight by a group built around 3x modern CL. With 4x AR scouted as in port, the hope is to hit the anchorage.

The troops are ashore at Rota looking like they just stepped off of a cruise ship, with ~3% fatigue and all 0% disruption. The only reason that a shock attack has not been ordered is that some units are less than 100% prepared. A deliberate attack should do quite well. One CA group will bombard. No minefield was encountered upon landing, but I'm sure that Saipan will make up for that. Some ships finish unloading supply at Rota while others convoy back to Truk to pick up some of those combat engineers for dual defense/building duty after capture. Another convoy has formed at Truk to carry an air HQ to Rota as soon as it is loaded.
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Ground combat at Rota (107,95)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 3626 troops, 24 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 120

Defending force 29494 troops, 410 guns, 664 vehicles, Assault Value = 838

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

Assaulting units:
66th Naval Guard Unit
86th Naval Guard Unit

Defending units:
2nd Marine Division
1st Arm Amphib Battalion
6th Infantry Division
1st USMC Tank Battalion
Sixth US Army
4th Pioneer Battalion


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Noemfoor is next to Biak and is undefended.

Here are the troops at Rota, showing preparation levels.




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1943 November 09 - 1/6/2014 3:49:03 PM   
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Rota falls! Only got the replay as the turn file was the wrong one. Film at 11:00.

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RE: 1943 November 09 - 1/7/2014 6:14:42 AM   
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1943 November 09

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Noemfoor
Rota

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Over night our subs got a merchant in the DEI, and an IJN sub off the coast of lower Burma.

More of the same in China. Supply NE of Tsuyung is still lacking.

Still waiting for disruption to fall adequately SW of Toungoo, meanwhile bombing the Imperial troops there to keep them as unready as possible. The ground bombardments continued at Rangoon and near Prome as supply-denial missions. I do hope those bombardments are not turning the enemy troops into super-experienced conans. It looks as though getting disruption down in the battle hex will allow all three reinforcing brigades to make the next attack.

The naval bombardments of Rota and Pagan went well, but the anchorage at Pagan was untouched. The ground assault on Rota blew through the defenses.
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Night Naval bombardment of Rota at 107,95

Allied Ships
CA Baltimore
CA Vincennes

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

Airbase hits 3
Runway hits 5
Port hits 3
Port supply hits 2

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Baltimore
CA Baltimore firing at Rota
CA Vincennes firing at 86th Naval Guard Unit


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Night Naval bombardment of Pagan at 110,89

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 11 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 30 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
CL Mobile
CL Columbia
CL Denver

Japanese ground losses:
279 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled

Airbase hits 13
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 26
Port hits 2

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CL Mobile
CL Mobile firing at 15th Division
CL Columbia firing at Pagan
CL Denver firing at 15th Division


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Ground combat at Rota (107,95)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 3585 troops, 24 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 116

Defending force 29572 troops, 410 guns, 664 vehicles, Assault Value = 846

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

Assaulting units:
66th Naval Guard Unit
86th Naval Guard Unit

Defending units:
6th Infantry Division
2nd Marine Division
1st Arm Amphib Battalion
1st USMC Tank Battalion
Sixth US Army
4th Pioneer Battalion


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Ground combat at Rota (107,95)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 26011 troops, 410 guns, 421 vehicles, Assault Value = 846

Defending force 3540 troops, 24 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 111

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Allied adjusted assault: 570

Japanese adjusted defense: 75

Allied assault odds: 7 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Rota !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
880 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 80 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 9 (6 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
99 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Assaulting units:
2nd Marine Division
6th Infantry Division
1st Arm Amphib Battalion
1st USMC Tank Battalion
Sixth US Army
4th Pioneer Battalion

Defending units:
66th Naval Guard Unit
86th Naval Guard Unit


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The convoys with the 10x USN construction Bns and the Forward Air CentPac HQ will both arrive during the 2nd naval movement phase tomorrow and might begin unloading then. Likewise the two AVD will make port. The two P-47 squadrons have moved in with orders to take up CAP duties and a 12-plane PBY squadron has moved in to begin search. The combat troops look as if they haven't even been in battle and will continue attacking to clear the island.

Guam shows 93% airfield damage, Tinian 9% and Saipan 9%, with Pagan to the north at 17% plus 1% port damage. It'll take a little bit to get the first wave of the Guam forces ready for landing, as they are in the Solomons, on New Ireland, in the Admiralty Islands, and on New Guinea. Those units with 100% preparation will land in the first wave and sit there, fully able to defend themselves, until the second wave is brought in. At that point the assault will commence.

Here is a look at the shiny new search pattern out of Rota.




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1943 November 10 - 1/7/2014 3:50:48 PM   
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The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


North of the Marianas Amberjack and Gato teamed up to take out first an E escort then a tanker.

The troops SE of Kunming are getting more effective attention from the air and suffering accordingly. But the troops NE of Tsuyung now have loads of supply and will attack tomorrow. As the enemy position has been reinforced, a tough day is expected.

The bombardment of Moulmein was wimpy and seemed to only harm the air it passed through. A group of Bettys with escort tried to hit the CL on its way out but were treated badly by CAP from Bassein, Prome, and/or Ramree Island. The troops SW of Toungoo are down to teens and single digits for disruption. Less than ideal but recent experience showed it difficult to get them much lower in any reasonable amount of time. So, they will attack tomorrow. Two Bdes that made the hex but are still in the wrong mode will refrain from attacking. That just means they will be fresh for next time (along with the Bde yet to arrive). A total of 3,043 AV (plus or minus changes during the turn) will participate in the attack.

Bombardment of Tinian went well enough, and bombardment of Saipan hit the aircraft revetment areas nicely. Rota has been cleared of enemy forces.
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Night Naval bombardment of Tinian at 108,94 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

20 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Tennessee

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

OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Tennessee
3rd IJN Special Coastal Gun Battalion firing at BB Tennessee
BB Tennessee firing at 3rd IJN Special Coastal Gun Battalion


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Night Naval bombardment of Saipan at 108,93 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 5 damaged
N1K1-J George: 4 destroyed on ground
G3M3 Nell: 1 damaged
G3M3 Nell: 1 destroyed on ground
A6M2-N Rufe: 5 damaged
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed on ground
A6M5 Zero: 4 damaged
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

3 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Alabama
BB Massachusetts
BB Indiana

Japanese ground losses:
205 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 11 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 8

BB Alabama firing at Saipan
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at BB Massachusetts
BB Massachusetts firing at Saipan Naval Fortress
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Indiana
BB Indiana firing at Saipan Naval Fortress
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at BB Indiana


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Ground combat at Rota (107,95)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 26023 troops, 410 guns, 422 vehicles, Assault Value = 839

Defending force 2726 troops, 16 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 34

Allied adjusted assault: 571

Japanese adjusted defense: 7

Allied assault odds: 81 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1686 casualties reported
Squads: 98 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 14 (12 destroyed, 2 disabled)

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

Assaulting units:
6th Infantry Division
1st Arm Amphib Battalion
2nd Marine Division
1st USMC Tank Battalion
Sixth US Army
4th Pioneer Battalion

Defending units:
86th Naval Guard Unit
66th Naval Guard Unit


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66th Naval Guard Unit Wiped Out at Rota by attrition!!!
86th Naval Guard Unit Wiped Out at Rota by attrition!!!

Tojos from Saipan actually swept Rota, but were wiped out. I suspect that only a few got off the ground after the naval bombardment. The two divisions and the USMC armor on Rota has begun preparing for Saipan. Guam is next, with Saipan after that, then Tinian, then Pagan. I think Saipan will be harder on ships but there are already lots of troops prepared for it, while moving on Tinian first would entail waiting for adequate forces to prepare. All of that depends on how cooperative the 30,000 Imperial troops on Guam prove to be. The convoys with the construction Bns and air HQ arrived at Rota but did not begin unloading. The two divisions ashore will pass them on the docks as they load up for R&R.

CV Enterprise has refueled at Pearl Harbor and is on her way to Truk.

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RE: 1943 November 10 - 1/7/2014 9:15:52 PM   
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Well planned, well executed and well done at Rota, admiral.  No KB interference.  That surprises me a bit.  H emay yet commit them in the Mariannas, but there is a time when commiting them is little more than a nuisance.  I think the Mariannas is the last chance for a meaningful KB effort.  The Devious One may have plans that are inscrutible but to all save he.

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1943 November 11 - 1/8/2014 5:46:45 AM   
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1943 November 11

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got a tanker.

In China things went very poorly, and it even looks like the Empire will try to advance into what was our spearhead. Units in the vicinity of Chungking are seen to be moving to the northwest. The USA 27th ID took it on the chin.
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Ground combat at 69,45 (near Tsuyung)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 41165 troops, 574 guns, 283 vehicles, Assault Value = 943

Defending force 13080 troops, 87 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 346

Allied adjusted assault: 197

Japanese adjusted defense: 775

Allied assault odds: 1 to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
228 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1996 casualties reported
Squads: 153 destroyed, 178 disabled
Non Combat: 12 destroyed, 36 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 20 disabled
Guns lost 73 (34 destroyed, 39 disabled)
Vehicles lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Assaulting units:
27th Infantry Division
11th (East African) Division
35th Chinese Corps
3rd Prov Chinese Corps
7th War Area

Defending units:
57th Infantry Brigade
RGC Capital Brigade
34th/A Division


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There was also this in China, flipping a hex side I am sure. There is one more to go.
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Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 1020 troops, 69 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 964

Defending force 283357 troops, 293 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 6276

Japanese adjusted assault: 0

Allied adjusted defense: 4427

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 99 (fort level 6)

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

Japanese ground losses:
46 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 9 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 27 (19 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
260 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
5th Armored Car Co
27th/B Division
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
3rd Mobile Infantry Regiment
17th Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th Tank Regiment
13th/A Division
13th/C Division
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
31st Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
33rd Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Division
79th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
94th Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
34th Separate Brigade
59th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
36th Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
82nd Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
28th Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
89th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
43rd Chinese Corps
129th Red Chinese Division
34th Chinese Corps
64th Chinese Corps
8th Prov Chinese Corps
11th Chinese Corps
65th Chinese Corps
22nd Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
83rd Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
61st Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese Corps
115th Red Chinese Division
81st Chinese Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
39th Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
15th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
69th Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Corps
44th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
23rd Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
47th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
80th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese/A Corps
15th Group Army
10th Chinese Base Force
19th Chinese Base Force
31st Group Army
1st Chinese Base Force
9th Chinese Base Force
1st Artillery Regiment
32nd Group Army
2nd War Area
13th Group Army
33rd Group Army
10th Group Army
17th Group Army
49th AA Regiment
7th Group Army
15th Chinese Base Force
37th Group Army
4th Group Army
25th Group Army
CAF HQ
30th Group Army
18th Artillery Regiment
Central Reserve
3rd Chinese Base Force
3rd Construction Regiment
8th War Area
China Command
12th Construction Regiment
12th Chinese Base Force
7th Chinese Base Force
18th Group Army
14th Group Army
8th Chinese Base Force
5th War Area
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
41st AA Regiment
Red Chinese Army
2nd Chinese Base Force
24th Group Army
3rd Group Army
6th Construction Regiment
56th AT Gun Regiment
34th Group Army
10th Construction Regiment
7th Artillery Regiment
39th Group Army
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
8th Group Army
38th Group Army
7th Construction Regiment
Jingcha War Area
22nd Group Army
36th Group Army
1st War Area
11th Construction Regiment
20th Chinese Base Force


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In Burma the attack got better odds than last time, but far worse casualties. I presume that is the impact of higher disruption. As soon as our troops are ready, they will attack again. A couple of small units are being pulled back to Toungoo to recover. There is again movement seen at Rangoon, one or more units moving east toward Pegu. So in spite of the high casualties we incurred, this point of attack might be close to a breakthrough. Although our troops have disruption too high to attack, it looks lower than last time overall, so I am hoping it will come down faster.
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Ground combat at 56,51 (near Toungoo)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 109942 troops, 1748 guns, 2054 vehicles, Assault Value = 3406

Defending force 46273 troops, 433 guns, 95 vehicles, Assault Value = 1204

Allied adjusted assault: 1397

Japanese adjusted defense: 1135

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1347 casualties reported
Squads: 16 destroyed, 112 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 35 (6 destroyed, 29 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
5545 casualties reported
Squads: 96 destroyed, 328 disabled
Non Combat: 45 destroyed, 93 disabled
Engineers: 35 destroyed, 56 disabled
Guns lost 116 (39 destroyed, 77 disabled)
Vehicles lost 163 (57 destroyed, 106 disabled)

Assaulting units:
19th Indian Division
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
75th Indian Brigade
26th Indian Brigade
192nd Tank Battalion
14th Indian Division
20th Indian Division
1st Garrison Brigade
1st Gloucestershire Battalion
632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion
7th Indian Division
50th Tank Brigade
23rd Indian Division
2nd British Division
268th Motorised Brigade
13th Indian Brigade
I Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
255th Armoured Brigade
29th British Brigade
4th Marine Division
17th Indian Division
27th Indian Field Artillery Battalion
2/9th Field Regiment
77th Heavy AA Regiment
78th Light AA Regiment
2/1st Med Regiment
2/11th Field Regiment
48th Light AA Regiment
IV Indian Corps
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
53rd Division
29th Division
14th Division
77th Infantry Regiment
55th Mountain Gun Regiment
44th Field AA Battalion
39th Field AA Machinecannon Company


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The bombardment of Moulmein went very well.
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Night Naval bombardment of Moulmein at 55,55

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 2 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 damaged

Allied Ships
CA Suffolk

Japanese ground losses:
176 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Manpower hits 1
Fires 152
Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 7
Port hits 5

CA Suffolk firing at Moulmein


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Prince of Wales has passed through the Maldives without appearing to be sighted by the enemy. She picked up a point of sys damage (now 50%) and a little minor flooding. Two more sweeps of Rota from Saipan cost us a Wildcat. See the air losses below.

Don't do this.
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Night Naval bombardment of Wotje at 135,115 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

92 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DD Farragut, Shell hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Laffey, Shell hits 2

Wotje Naval Fortress firing at DD Farragut
DD Farragut firing at Wotje Naval Fortress
Wotje Naval Fortress firing at DD Laffey
DD Laffey firing at Wotje Naval Fortress


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DD Farragut sinks....

The two divisions are almost completely off of Rota, the air HQ is ashore, and the 10x construction Bns are at work. The airfield is 99% to size 2, so it should make size 3 in short order. A (USA air) base force will begin unloading tomorrow night. A batch of auxiliaries will also arrive there tomorrow. CA bombardments of Saipan and Guam are ordered for tonight.

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RE: 1943 November 11 - 1/8/2014 5:48:21 AM   
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ORIGINAL: princep01

Well planned, well executed and well done at Rota, admiral.  No KB interference.  That surprises me a bit.  H emay yet commit them in the Mariannas, but there is a time when commiting them is little more than a nuisance.  I think the Mariannas is the last chance for a meaningful KB effort.  The Devious One may have plans that are inscrutible but to all save he.

Thank you!

Deep in the reptilian bowels of my brain I reflexively figure he's going to use them in concert with LBA Kamikazes. Just a guess.

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1943 November 12 - 1/10/2014 6:43:29 AM   
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1943 November 12

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


IJN subs placed mines at Babeldaob but they were detected and removed without causing harm. Except to Japanese sub RO-108.

The CL heading to bombard Rangoon was ambushed by a sub, one of apparently three that lay in the path of the brave Allied bombarders. CL Ceylon was hit twice by the sub and twice by Bettys in the afternoon, having escaped the morning attacks, before sinking.

The bombardments of Moulmein, Saipan, and Guam all went well.
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Night Naval bombardment of Saipan at 108,93

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 damaged
N1K1-J George: 7 damaged
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
G3M3 Nell: 1 damaged
A6M5 Zero: 1 damaged
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
CA Astoria
CA Northampton

Japanese ground losses:
289 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled

Airbase hits 6
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 35
Port hits 1

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Astoria
CA Astoria firing at Saipan
CA Northampton firing at 4th Division


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Night Naval bombardment of Guam at 106,95

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 6 damaged
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K1-J George: 8 damaged
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
G4M1 Betty: 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
SS I-176, hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
CA Minneapolis
CA Chester

Japanese ground losses:
305 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 30 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 21 (5 destroyed, 16 disabled)
Vehicles lost 11 (4 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 22

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Minneapolis
CA Minneapolis firing at Guam
CA Chester firing at Guam


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Night Naval bombardment of Moulmein at 55,55

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 damaged
Ki-84a Frank: 2 damaged
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
CA Cornwall

Japanese ground losses:
36 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 8
Port hits 1

CA Cornwall firing at Moulmein


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The troops NE of Tsuyung are well supplied but the two non-Chinese divisions are still badly disrupted. One enemy unit has left the hex to the east, but another is approaching from that direction, and possibly is armoured.

Tomorrow all but 32 AV out of the 3,012 AV SW of Toungoo will attack. Fatigue could be lower, many units have disruption in the teens, and another Bde is still on the way, but attacking now will allow time for another go before any Imperial reinforcements can arrive on scene. The aerial bombing will continue with the addition that the B-24 groups, temporarily diverted to the battle NE of Tsuyung, will be back on task and at a mere 5,000 ft. Heavy flak is expected.

Biak and Rota airfields both reached size 2 today, and Rota will reach size 3 tomorrow. The divisions are off Rota and a base force will begin unloading. Other support on the way as noted previously.

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1943 November 13 - 1/10/2014 4:45:45 PM   
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1943 November 13

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Milne Bay

Naval bombardment of Rangoon, intended to slow down whatever unit is moving.
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Night Naval bombardment of Rangoon at 54,53

Allied Ships
CA Dorsetshire

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

CA Dorsetshire firing at 9th Division


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The troops NE of Tsuyung are recovering but are still vulnerable. The 27th ID is degraded to the point that the force will not overcome what is in front of it, so the position is purely defensive at this time.

The attack SW of Toungoo took heavy casualties.
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Ground combat at 56,51 (near Toungoo)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 110503 troops, 1796 guns, 2137 vehicles, Assault Value = 3142

Defending force 45158 troops, 425 guns, 94 vehicles, Assault Value = 1122

Allied adjusted assault: 1194

Japanese adjusted defense: 1681

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
1622 casualties reported
Squads: 104 destroyed, 64 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 35 disabled
Engineers: 9 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 24 (6 destroyed, 18 disabled)
Vehicles lost 6 (6 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
6545 casualties reported
Squads: 244 destroyed, 209 disabled
Non Combat: 22 destroyed, 54 disabled
Engineers: 42 destroyed, 71 disabled
Guns lost 141 (60 destroyed, 81 disabled)
Vehicles lost 82 (40 destroyed, 42 disabled)

Assaulting units:
7th Indian Division
268th Motorised Brigade
I Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
50th Tank Brigade
1st Garrison Brigade
255th Armoured Brigade
1st Gloucestershire Battalion
26th Indian Brigade
4th Marine Division
19th Indian Division
23rd Indian Division
22nd (East African) Brigade
13th Indian Brigade
2nd British Division
192nd Tank Battalion
632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion
14th Indian Division
29th British Brigade
20th Indian Division
75th Indian Brigade
17th Indian Division
IV Indian Corps
2/9th Field Regiment
78th Light AA Regiment
27th Indian Field Artillery Battalion
48th Light AA Regiment
2/11th Field Regiment
77th Heavy AA Regiment
2/1st Med Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
53rd Division
14th Division
29th Division
77th Infantry Regiment
55th Mountain Gun Regiment
44th Field AA Battalion
39th Field AA Machinecannon Company


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We will wait as long as possible to get disruption down for the next attack.

The same amphibious group (APD and AKL) will land a second Bn at Milne Bay. There are also larger forces prepared at Townsville and landing ships/craft will bring them in.
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Ground combat at Milne Bay (101,133)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 3573 troops, 24 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 117

Defending force 1251 troops, 17 guns, 11 vehicles, Assault Value = 47

Assaulting units:
84th Naval Guard Unit
89th Naval Guard Unit

Defending units:
NG Vol Rifles Battalion


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Rota made size 3, size 4 will take at least two days but maybe three.

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1943 November 14 - 1/10/2014 9:36:19 PM   
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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Over night, a DE on ASW duty in our Burma Bombardment Lane savaged an IJN submarine. East of the northern Philippines a sub got an xAP, direction of travel unknown.

Same goings on in China, with the troops NE of Tsuyung recovering.

The troops SW of Toungoo are also recovering, likely needing at least two more days before attacking again. Three units with the most recovering to do have been placed into reserve mode to see if that speeds recovery. Meanwhile the Imperial unit moving has passed from Rangoon to Pegu, so tonight Pegu and Moulmein will be bombarded from the sea. Imperial AV at Rangoon went from 1,740 to 1,502. From comparing combat reports, it looks like the 40th Inf Group Brigade has left Rangoon, and must be presumed to be on its way to the battle line SW of Toungoo.

Yesterday a convoy was seen north of the Marianas. Most of the Empire's fighters also seemed to have moved north to the (somewhat) safer environs of Pagan airfield. Our bombardment of Pagan got things rolling, then sweeps by the P-47 groups at Rota took out a large number of airborne Tojos. The carrier strikes on the convoy lost only 1 Hellcat. A 4x DD TF is heading to Agrihan tonight to try and catch 3x E vessels seen surviving there.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Agrihan at 111,88

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 9

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 14
F4F-4 Wildcat x 16
F6F-3 Hellcat x 28
SBD-3 Dauntless x 7
TBF-1 Avenger x 15

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Johore Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires
APD Hasu, Bomb hits 2, on fire
xAK Kimishima Maru, Bomb hits 1
E W-26
E W-20

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
3 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
4 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
4 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
1 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 10000 feet
4 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 10000 feet
4 x F4F-4 Wildcat sweeping at 10000 feet
6 x F4F-3 Wildcat sweeping at 10000 feet
7 x F4F-4 Wildcat sweeping at 10000 feet
6 x F4F-3 Wildcat sweeping at 15000 feet
2 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 10000 feet

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai/B with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
248th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring APD Hasu
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Johore Maru


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Agrihan at 111,88

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 11
TBF-1 Avenger x 4

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Johore Maru, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Johore Maru


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B-24 groups put a total of 18 air base supply hits (plus other hits) on Woleai and left the air base showing 45% damaged. This is important to stop any future surprise sniping on our SLOC between New Guinea and the Marianas.

A CVL arrived at the Panama Canal, a CVE at Portland, and another B-24J group (from the US) made it to the line at Dimapur to join supporting the battles in Burma and China.

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1943 November 15 - 1/11/2014 7:00:24 AM   
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A busy day as the Empire strikes back... a little. But comes up empty. Our subs got another xAP east of the northern Philippines and, later in the day, a tanker in the DEI. Meanwhile Allied ASW forces gave Imperial subs fits. Our naval bombardments went well, especially against Burma where they achieved 6 supply hits between them. One problem we have in SEAC is that the cruisers are being worn down fast by both subs and sea. Considering that plus the enemy carriers' visit, we have more of them in repair yards than at sea. Those will have to do for now, because no more cruisers arrive in SEAC until March of '44. We will get two battleships and a battlecruiser before the end of the year, but those valuable ships come with more limitations than cruisers carry.
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Night Naval bombardment of Pegu at 55,53

Allied Ships
CA Cornwall

Japanese ground losses:
60 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

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

CA Cornwall firing at Pegu


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Night Naval bombardment of Pagan at 110,89

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 7 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 5 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
CA Salt Lake City
CA Portland

Japanese ground losses:
213 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled

Airbase hits 5
Runway hits 12

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Salt Lake City
CA Salt Lake City firing at 15th Division
CA Portland firing at Pagan


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Night Naval bombardment of Moulmein at 55,55

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
CA Suffolk

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

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 9
Port hits 4
Port supply hits 1

CA Suffolk firing at Moulmein


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Night Naval bombardment of Saipan at 108,93 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

5 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico

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

OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB New Mexico
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at BB New Mexico
BB New Mexico firing at Saipan Naval Fortress


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NE of Tsuyung our forces have recovered disruption and fatigue quite nicely and are nearly fully supplied. While they certainly have enough supply to attack, the 27th ID is 111 infantry squads down and has another 56 disabled. AV for the division stands at 156, a great improvement over a couple of days ago. The air above that battle hex continues to see Imperial fighter sweeps nibbling away at P-38 LRCAP from nearby Tsuyung. We'll try a little rearrangement for tomorrow.

In the air above the battle hex SW of Toungoo is where the real action took place. The Empire staged fighters into Rangoon and, combined with fighters from Chiang Mai and Moulmein, made many sweeps over our troops and placed CAP over their own. While we made more aces than we lost, the pilot casualties for today were heavy at13 MIA, 6 WIA (3 aces), and 22 KIA (3 aces). Here are today sweeps and strikes on that hex.
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Morning Air attack on IV Indian Corps, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 25
Ki-84a Frank x 42

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 20
P-40K Warhawk x 36
P-40N5 Warhawk x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 3 destroyed
P-40K Warhawk: 6 destroyed
P-40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
No.11 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(15 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
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
Raid is overhead
312th BG/388th BS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
51st FG/16th FS with P-40K Warhawk (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
51st FG/25th FS with P-40K Warhawk (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
51st FG/26th FS with P-40K Warhawk (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
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 35 minutes
23rd FG/74th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
80th FG/90th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes



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Morning Air attack on 53rd Division, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 40,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 8
Ki-84a Frank x 49

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 7
P-40K Warhawk x 6
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 7 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 1 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 3 destroyed

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
24th Sentai/B with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 29000 , scrambling fighters to 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
24th Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 19000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
4th Sentai Det B with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
11th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 13 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
47th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
54th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead
77th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 26000 , scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes



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Morning Air attack on 53rd Division, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 44 NM, estimated altitude 41,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 8
Ki-84a Frank x 31

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 3
P-40K Warhawk x 4
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 4 destroyed

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

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead
24th Sentai/B with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 29000 , scrambling fighters to 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
24th Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 19000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
4th Sentai Det B with Ki-84a Frank (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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
11th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 174 minutes
47th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 61 minutes
54th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (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 17000 , scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 312 minutes
77th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 26000 , scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes



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Morning Air attack on IV Indian Corps, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 6

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 2
P-40K Warhawk x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Ki-84a Frank sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
51st FG/16th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 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 27 minutes
No.11 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
312th BG/388th BS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
23rd FG/74th 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 9000 , scrambling fighters to 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes



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Morning Air attack on 29th Division, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 21

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 10
Hurricane IIc Trop x 20
Vengeance I x 27
B-24J Liberator x 9
P-40K Warhawk x 31
P-40N1 Warhawk x 14
P-40N5 Warhawk x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Vengeance I: 1 destroyed, 6 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed

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

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
1 x Vengeance I releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
2 x Vengeance I releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
6 x Hurricane IIc Trop sweeping at 15000 feet *
6 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x P-40K Warhawk sweeping at 15000 feet
9 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
2 x Vengeance I releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
6 x Hurricane IIb Trop sweeping at 20000 feet *
3 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x P-40N5 Warhawk sweeping at 12000 feet
8 x Hurricane IIc Trop sweeping at 22000 feet *
4 x P-40K Warhawk sweeping at 20000 feet
4 x Vengeance I releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
4 x Vengeance I releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
24th Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 19000 , scrambling fighters to 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes
4th Sentai Det B with Ki-84a Frank (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
11th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
47th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes
54th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (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 17000 , scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

Also attacking 14th Division ...
Also attacking 77th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 53rd Division ...
Also attacking 29th Division ...
Also attacking 14th Division ...
Also attacking 29th Division ...
Also attacking 14th Division ...
Also attacking 53rd Division ...
Also attacking 14th Division ...


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Morning Air attack on 53rd Division, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 14

Allied aircraft
Blenheim VD x 11
Hurricane IIc Trop x 1
P-40K Warhawk x 17

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim VD: 2 destroyed, 2 damaged
P-40K Warhawk: 3 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Blenheim VD bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead
24th Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 19000 , scrambling fighters to 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
4th Sentai Det B with Ki-84a Frank (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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
11th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes
47th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes
54th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes



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Morning Air attack on 14th Division, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 7

Allied aircraft
Vengeance I x 24
P-40K Warhawk x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Vengeance I: 9 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Vengeance I releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
4 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
2 x Vengeance I releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
3 x Vengeance I releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
5 x Vengeance I releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
4 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (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 17000 , scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
24th Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 19000
Raid is overhead
11th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 93 minutes
47th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
54th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead

Also attacking 55th Mountain Gun Regiment ...
Also attacking 14th Division ...
Also attacking 55th Mountain Gun Regiment ...
Also attacking 14th Division ...
Also attacking 55th Mountain Gun Regiment ...


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Morning Air attack on 77th Infantry Regiment, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 4

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 15
P-40K Warhawk x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington B.X: 6 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Wellington B.X bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead
24th Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (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 19000 , scrambling fighters to 2000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
11th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
47th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 63 minutes



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Morning Air attack on 77th Infantry Regiment, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 2

Allied aircraft
Vengeance I x 11
B-24J Liberator x 3

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Vengeance I: 1 damaged

Japanese 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 Vengeance I releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
4 x Vengeance I releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (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 17000 , scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
47th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes



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Morning Air attack on 14th Division, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
Blenheim VD x 14

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim VD: 1 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Blenheim VD bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on 14th Division, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 3 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
Beaufighter VIc x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufighter VIc: 5 damaged
Beaufighter VIc: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Beaufighter VIc bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on 77th Infantry Regiment, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.III x 8

No Japanese losses

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Liberator B.III bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (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 17000 , scrambling fighters to 4000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes



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Morning Air attack on 53rd Division, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 19

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead

Also attacking 21st Ind.Mixed Brigade ...
Also attacking 53rd Division ...
Also attacking 21st Ind.Mixed Brigade ...


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Morning Air attack on 53rd Division, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 42,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 6

No Japanese losses

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 37000 feet
3 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 37000 feet

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes



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Morning Air attack on 53rd Division, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 42,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 3

No Japanese losses

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 37000 feet

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on 53rd Division, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 5

No Japanese losses

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (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 17000 , scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes



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Morning Air attack on IV Indian Corps, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 10

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Ki-84a Frank sweeping at 20000 feet



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Morning Air attack on 53rd Division, at 56,51 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 38,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 21

No Japanese losses

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 37000 feet

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai/C with Ki-84a Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead



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The troops SW of Toungoo are doing much better, with only one unit having disruption greater then the teens. Very few have disruption in single digits, however. Perhaps today's air battles will boost morale?

Our own sweeps over Pagan netted about half a dozen Tojos but an accurate count is hard to come by. The destroyer TF sent to Agrihan came up empty, as the remnants of that convoy were seen more than 200 nm to the north. With Pagan being so effectively swept about 25 fighters seem to have made their way back to Saipan. Woleai took another beating from the air. Enterprise is passing just north of the Marshall Islands. Another CVE arrived at Portland. Prince of Wales should arrive at Cape Town in 21 days.

That tanker torpedoing was interesting, as even without air coverage contact has been made with three TFs there: 4 ships = 4x SC; 4 ships = 3x TK; and 5 ships = 2x CVE, 2x TK. They are heading east 'round the corner of SE Borneo possibly heading for Balikpapan, and so are empty, explaining the lack of fire aboard the torpedoed tanker. If headed for Balikpapan there are at least two more subs in their way.

Today's air losses.




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This seems an odd place for a tanker convoy headed east. The contact south of Davao is seen as 4x PG. Call it likely that the TF near Leyte are IJN carriers. 28 hexes from Rota, and 12 hexes from Babeldaob. The juiciest target at Babeldaob is a convoy of 5x USN Patoka class fleet oilers, 9,820 tons capacity, offloading fuel for the submarines and destroyers now based there. Of course there are also a number of auxiliaries at anchor. A total of three 4x DD ASW TFs are pulling back to the base and assuming a surface combat stance, along with two PT boat squadrons on duty. A convoy with part of the USA 37th Infantry Division that did not load with the main body of that unit is just leaving for New Guinea, but is made up of slow 12 and 13 knot ships. The convoy is not known to be spotted and so might make it away without being engaged. A transport is two days out with a 72-air support HQ but will hold at sea. That leaves the base a bit tight on air support to bring in more fighters, so the two DB squadrons are being pulled out and one small one brought in. That makes room to add two more Corsair squadrons. The base display shows a flak score of 24.




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And here are the air units at Babeldaob.




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1943 November 16 - 1/11/2014 7:55:11 PM   
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Turned out no luck either way!


1943 November 16

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Milne Bay

The aerial action continues over the mountains of China, with our units SE of Kunming dangerously depleted and vulnerable. NE of Tsuyung we traded a couple of Spitfire Vc and a P-38 for several George. At Chungking the Empire closed the last hex side, paying the toll as they did so.
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Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 4995 troops, 101 guns, 11 vehicles, Assault Value = 1083

Defending force 290390 troops, 273 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 6340

Japanese adjusted assault: 0

Allied adjusted defense: 2869

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 99 (fort level 6)

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

Japanese ground losses:
1712 casualties reported
Squads: 39 destroyed, 58 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
83 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th/A Division
3rd Mobile Infantry Regiment
13th Tank Regiment
27th/B Division
17th Ind.Mixed Brigade
22nd/B Division
13th/C Division
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
31st Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
2nd Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
64th Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps
89th Chinese Corps
66th Chinese Corps Corps
34th Separate Brigade
83rd Chinese Corps
23rd Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
36th Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
9th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
129th Red Chinese Division
92nd Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
88th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
22nd Chinese Corps
80th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
10th Chinese Corps
61st Chinese Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
79th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
94th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese Corps
65th Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
39th Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
11th Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
69th Chinese Corps
82nd Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
47th Chinese Corps
43rd Chinese Corps
115th Red Chinese Division
77th Chinese Corps
8th Prov Chinese Corps
44th Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
4th Chinese/A Corps
Jingcha War Area
13th Group Army
12th Construction Regiment
7th Artillery Regiment
5th War Area
36th Group Army
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
2nd War Area
8th Chinese Base Force
34th Group Army
37th Group Army
33rd Group Army
10th Construction Regiment
38th Group Army
6th Construction Regiment
7th Group Army
49th Chinese Division
12th Chinese Base Force
19th Chinese Base Force
CAF HQ
25th Group Army
3rd Group Army
8th Construction Regiment
24th Group Army
6th Chinese Base Force
11th Construction Regiment
30th Group Army
39th Group Army
Central Reserve
9th Chinese Base Force
14th Group Army
2nd Chinese Base Force
3rd Construction Regiment
7th Chinese Base Force
31st Group Army
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
China Command
8th War Area
3rd Chinese Base Force
32nd Group Army
8th Group Army
22nd Group Army
40th Group Army
4th Group Army
7th Construction Regiment
18th Group Army
1st Chinese Base Force
1st War Area
18th Artillery Regiment
49th AA Regiment
15th Chinese Base Force
1st Artillery Regiment
17th Construction Regiment
41st AA Regiment
Red Chinese Army
15th Group Army
10th Group Army
17th Group Army
10th Chinese Base Force
20th Chinese Base Force



Over the battle hex SW of Toungoo in Burma the air battle continued but was much smaller, and still lopsided in our favor. CL Caradoc made an ineffectual bombardment of Moulmein, but CA Dorsetshire was on exactly on target at Pegu, hitting the very unit we wished to engage.
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Night Naval bombardment of Pegu at 55,53

Allied Ships
CA Dorsetshire

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

CA Dorsetshire firing at 40th Inf Group Brigade


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They appear to still be at Pegu, and will be bombarded by 3x DD tonight as cruisers are scarce. When they do make the open country to the north, we will hit them with the B-24 groups. The troops SW of Toungoo are in much better shape, but we will wait longer to improve as much as possible before attacking. My presumption is that we will get in one more attack before the 40th arrives to reinforce the Empire's forest orcs. Caradoc was beset by angry, but ably assisted by friends.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Bassein at 52,51

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 16 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 16
N1K1-J George x 5

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 4
P-40K Warhawk x 4
P-40N1 Warhawk x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 6 destroyed, 3 damaged
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CL Caradoc

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

CAP engaged:
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.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
1 planes vectored on to bombers
23rd FG/75th FS with P-40K Warhawk (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
80th FG/88th FS with P-40N1 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 15000
Raid is overhead



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Basically nothing happened at Babeldaob or elsewhere in the Philippine Sea. It is possible that those were carriers, and having been sighted, DAW HQ pulled them back. Both they and the TF to the south have vanished. Of course the weather in the area is overcast to extreme overcast, so they might be bearing down on the Marianas as we speak. BB Oklahoma hit Saipan over night, keeping the naval fortress there honest and sleepless.

The Empire has some guy named Murphy in command at Milne Bay.
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Pre-Invasion action off Milne Bay (101,133)

36 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AM Constant
xAP Kajang

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

AM Constant fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 4,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Milne Bay (101,133)

TF 397 troops unloading over beach at Milne Bay, 101,133

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

11 troops of a NZ Inf Section 43 lost overboard during unload of 15th NZ Bde /10


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Ground combat at Milne Bay (101,133)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 3537 troops, 24 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 116

Defending force 2899 troops, 41 guns, 15 vehicles, Assault Value = 161

Japanese adjusted assault: 28

Allied adjusted defense: 87

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
474 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 44 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

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

Assaulting units:
84th Naval Guard Unit
89th Naval Guard Unit

Defending units:
NG Vol Rifles Battalion
15th NZ Bde /1


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The Bn that was there could have protected themselves fine, and were awaiting friends. Now the final job will be easier. The job of moving things and guys (OK, electrons) around for the Guam invasion continues.

Here are today's air losses.




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1943 November 17 - 1/12/2014 5:40:36 PM   
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1943 November 17

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Milne Bay

Our subs torpedoed a merchant. One of our merchants sank, but I do not know the cause.

The bombardment of Pegu did its job (interrupting movement of the 40th), impressive for small destroyers, and the bombardment of pagan was likewise successful.
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Night Naval bombardment of Pegu at 55,53

Allied Ships
DD Tjerk Hiddes
DD Isaac Sweers
DD Norman

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

Runway hits 6
Port hits 1

DD Tjerk Hiddes firing at 40th Inf Group Brigade
DD Isaac Sweers firing at Pegu
DD Norman firing at 40th Inf Group Brigade


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Night Naval bombardment of Pagan at 110,89

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground
G4M1 Betty: 8 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
CA Salt Lake City
CA Portland

Japanese ground losses:
463 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 29
Port hits 1

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Salt Lake City
CA Salt Lake City firing at Pagan
CA Portland firing at 15th Division


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The aerial bombing of the troops SE of Kunming is beyond annoying, it is annihilating. A breakthrough in Burma is really necessary to provide relief in the mountains of China.

To that end, the attack is on for tomorrow SW of Toungoo. The Imperial 40th, despite two days of successful bombardment, is now seen on the road between Pegu and the battle hex. The P-47 groups will sweep above that unit, while two B-24 groups (one newly arrived) will bomb from 5,000 ft. The other B-24 groups (and other groups) will continue to strike the troops in the battle hex. AV in the hex is back up to 2,892, disruption of all units is in the teens and single digits.

The bad news is that a series of three Imperial convoys is moving northward along the Burma peninsula. Two are merchant convoys and the third is unknown, only a DD identified in that one. One merchant group is 1 hex NW Mergui, the other two hexes WNW Victoria Point in company with the unknown TF. A force of 3x DD will try to intercept the first merchant convoy at Mergui. An Imperial carrier has been identified 2 hexes ESE of Medan - with this early warning of their approach, perhaps our subs will have better chances at them. Is it possible that the 'tankers' seen to the east of the Philippines were indeed tankers, showing themselves on the edge of Allied search in the hope of being misidentified, thereby increasing the chances of surprise in the Andaman Sea?

More troops have landed at Milne bay, and more are on the way. Rota airfield is now size 4. 6 is maximum but will take longer. Rounding up the herd for Guam. 11 units in the first wave and 7 units in the second wave, not counting the command HQ (heading to Rota) nor the amphib force HQ (to aid unloading). Naturally, as many extra supply as we can manage will be landed with them.




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1943 November 18 - 1/14/2014 5:49:55 PM   
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1943 November 18

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Milne Bay

Remember this from yesterday?
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Is it possible that the 'tankers' seen to the east of the Philippines were indeed tankers, showing themselves on the edge of Allied search in the hope of being misidentified, thereby increasing the chances of surprise in the Andaman Sea?

Yup.

First: Night of the bombardments!
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Night Naval bombardment of Guam at 106,95

Allied Ships
BB Tennessee

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

OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Tennessee
BB Tennessee firing at 12th Division


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Night Naval bombardment of Yap at 96,97

Allied Ships
CA Wichita
CA Quincy

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

Airbase hits 3
Runway hits 17
Port hits 4
Port supply hits 2

CA Wichita firing at Yap
CA Quincy firing at Yap


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Night Naval bombardment of Moulmein at 55,55

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 10 damaged

Allied Ships
CA Cornwall

Japanese ground losses:
127 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Manpower hits 1
Fires 320
Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 14
Port hits 3

CA Cornwall firing at Moulmein


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Night Naval bombardment of Tinian at 108,94 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

7 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Oklahoma

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

OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Oklahoma
3rd IJN Special Coastal Gun Battalion firing at BB Oklahoma
BB Oklahoma firing at 3rd IJN Special Coastal Gun Battalion


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Night Naval bombardment of Rangoon at 54,53

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 5 damaged
Ki-46-III Dinah: 2 damaged
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
CA Suffolk

Japanese ground losses:
68 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Manpower hits 1
Fires 302
Airbase hits 3
Runway hits 9
Port hits 2

CA Suffolk firing at Rangoon


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Night Naval bombardment of Saipan at 108,93

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 damaged
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico

Japanese ground losses:
154 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 10 (2 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Vehicles lost 6 (2 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 16

BB New Mexico firing at Saipan


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There are still fires burning at both Rangoon and Moulmein, which is a good thing as those will be the last bombardments there for a while. The Imperial convoy went to Tavoy instead of Mergui, so our 3x DD force missed them. That was still part of the 'good news' for the RN.
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Day Time Surface Combat, near Bassein at 51,52, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Kirishima
CA Chikuma
CA Maya, Shell hits 1
DD Akizuki
DD Hatsuzuki, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Niizuki

Allied Ships
CA Cornwall, Shell hits 11, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Nestor, Shell hits 6, heavy fires

Reduced visibility due to Rain
Maximum visibility in Rain: 15,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 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
Yamaguchi, Jihei crosses the 'T'
CA Maya engages CA Cornwall at 12,000 yards
DD Hatsuzuki engages CA Cornwall at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages CA Cornwall at 7,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages CA Chikuma at 7,000 yards
DD Hatsuzuki engages DD Nestor at 7,000 yards
DD Nestor engages DD Akizuki at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages CA Cornwall at 10,000 yards
CA Maya engages DD Nestor at 10,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages CA Chikuma at 10,000 yards
DD Hatsuzuki engages DD Nestor at 10,000 yards
DD Akizuki engages CA Cornwall at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages CA Cornwall at 11,000 yards
DD Nestor engages DD Akizuki at 11,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages CA Cornwall at 11,000 yards
DD Nestor engages DD Hatsuzuki at 11,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages CA Cornwall at 11,000 yards
DD Nestor engages DD Hatsuzuki at 11,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages CA Cornwall at 11,000 yards
DD Nestor engages DD Hatsuzuki at 11,000 yards
DD Nestor engages DD Akizuki at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages CA Cornwall at 9,000 yards
CA Cornwall sunk by CA Maya at 9,000 yards
DD Hatsuzuki engages DD Nestor at 9,000 yards
Phillips, Tom S.V. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range increases to 12,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages DD Nestor at 12,000 yards
Range increases to 16,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages DD Nestor at 16,000 yards
DD Akizuki engages DD Nestor at 16,000 yards
Range increases to 19,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages DD Nestor at 19,000 yards
Range increases to 22,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages DD Nestor at 22,000 yards
CA Maya engages DD Nestor at 22,000 yards
Range increases to 27,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages DD Nestor at 27,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages DD Nestor at 27,000 yards
Range increases to 30,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages DD Nestor at 30,000 yards
CA Maya engages DD Nestor at 30,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages DD Nestor at 30,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Bassein at 51,52, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Kirishima, Shell hits 1
CA Chikuma
DD Akizuki, Shell hits 2
DD Niizuki, Shell hits 5, on fire

Allied Ships
DD Arunta, Shell hits 1
DD Stronghold, Shell hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Racehorse, Shell hits 4, and is sunk

Low visibility due to Rain
Maximum visibility in Rain: 15,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 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
BB Kirishima engages DD Racehorse at 12,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages DD Stronghold at 12,000 yards
DD Arunta engages DD Niizuki at 12,000 yards
DD Akizuki engages DD Racehorse at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DD Akizuki engages DD Racehorse at 8,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages DD Stronghold at 8,000 yards
DD Niizuki engages DD Racehorse at 8,000 yards
DD Akizuki engages DD Racehorse at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages DD Stronghold at 6,000 yards
DD Niizuki engages DD Stronghold at 6,000 yards
DD Niizuki engages DD Arunta at 6,000 yards
DD Akizuki engages DD Racehorse at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages DD Stronghold at 8,000 yards
DD Akizuki engages DD Stronghold at 8,000 yards
DD Niizuki engages DD Racehorse at 8,000 yards
DD Akizuki engages DD Arunta at 8,000 yards
Woodroffe K. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range increases to 11,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages DD Arunta at 11,000 yards
DD Akizuki engages DD Stronghold at 11,000 yards
DD Akizuki engages DD Arunta at 11,000 yards
DD Arunta engages DD Akizuki at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages DD Racehorse at 12,000 yards
DD Niizuki engages DD Stronghold at 12,000 yards
DD Arunta engages DD Niizuki at 12,000 yards
DD Akizuki engages DD Racehorse at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
DD Racehorse sunk by BB Kirishima at 11,000 yards
DD Niizuki engages DD Stronghold at 11,000 yards
DD Arunta engages DD Niizuki at 11,000 yards
DD Akizuki engages DD Arunta at 11,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages DD Arunta at 11,000 yards
DD Arunta engages DD Akizuki at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages DD Stronghold at 10,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages DD Arunta at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
DD Niizuki engages DD Stronghold at 11,000 yards
DD Akizuki engages DD Arunta at 11,000 yards
DD Arunta engages DD Niizuki at 11,000 yards
DD Akizuki engages DD Stronghold at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
DD Niizuki engages DD Stronghold at 10,000 yards
DD Arunta engages DD Niizuki at 10,000 yards
DD Arunta engages DD Niizuki at 10,000 yards
DD Akizuki engages DD Stronghold at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
DD Niizuki engages DD Stronghold at 11,000 yards
DD Arunta engages DD Akizuki at 11,000 yards
DD Arunta engages DD Niizuki at 11,000 yards
DD Arunta engages DD Akizuki at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 18,000 yards
DD Niizuki engages DD Stronghold at 18,000 yards
DD Arunta engages DD Akizuki at 18,000 yards
Range increases to 24,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages DD Arunta at 24,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Bassein at 51,51

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 14
N1K1-J George x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 11 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Rapid
DD Rotherham
CA Dorsetshire, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage

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



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Bassein at 51,51

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 70 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 22
B6N2 Jill x 6
D4Y1 Judy x 26

Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y1 Judy: 7 damaged

Allied Ships
CA Dorsetshire, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
DD Rapid, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
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 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Rapid
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CA Dorsetshire


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Bassein at 52,52

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 12
B6N1 Jill x 8

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
DD Nestor, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Bassein at 51,51

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 21 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Rapid, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Bassein at 51,51

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 12
B6N1 Jill x 18
B6N2 Jill x 15
D4Y1 Judy x 44

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

Allied Ships
CL Caradoc, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Rotherham, Bomb hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
15 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
16 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
18 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
1 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
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CL Caradoc
Massive explosion on DD Rotherham
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Rotherham


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Bassein at 52,52

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 19 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 22
B6N1 Jill x 17

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
DD Nestor, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp



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See the sunk ships list below. CL Caradoc is still afloat but unlikely to make it back to Ramree Island in light of enemy intervention.

On land, the usual beatings from the air were had in China (by them) and in Burma (by us). The battle SW of Toungoo was at least as bloody as predicted.
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Ground combat at 56,51 (near Toungoo)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 117939 troops, 1905 guns, 2212 vehicles, Assault Value = 2922

Defending force 44570 troops, 424 guns, 90 vehicles, Assault Value = 1133

Allied adjusted assault: 1365

Japanese adjusted defense: 2993

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
1801 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 146 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 44 (10 destroyed, 34 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
7846 casualties reported
Squads: 271 destroyed, 172 disabled
Non Combat: 49 destroyed, 84 disabled
Engineers: 52 destroyed, 77 disabled
Guns lost 131 (27 destroyed, 104 disabled)
Vehicles lost 53 (18 destroyed, 35 disabled)

Assaulting units:
2nd British Division
1st Gloucestershire Battalion
19th Indian Division
268th Motorised Brigade
75th Indian Brigade
632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion
29th British Brigade
22nd (East African) Brigade
255th Armoured Brigade
1st Garrison Brigade
13th Indian Brigade
20th Indian Division
4th Marine Division
50th Tank Brigade
7th Indian Division
23rd Indian Division
14th Indian Division
26th Indian Brigade
I Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
192nd Tank Battalion
17th Indian Division
78th Light AA Regiment
2/1st Med Regiment
48th Light AA Regiment
77th Heavy AA Regiment
2/9th Field Regiment
IV Indian Corps
2/11th Field Regiment
27th Indian Field Artillery Battalion
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
53rd Division
29th Division
14th Division
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
77th Infantry Regiment
44th Field AA Battalion
55th Mountain Gun Regiment
39th Field AA Machinecannon Company


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The defenders had full supply, which really spiked their combat power.

The herding of Guam invaders continues. CV Enterprise has refueled at Truk and is moving to the Marianas to join the other fleet carriers.

Here is the list of today's ships sunk. Allied cruisers in the Indian Ocean just became downright rare.




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Here is a look at the IJN forces in near Burma. There is also a carrier force one hex west of Phuket, moving northwest.




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