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RE: 1944 January 24 - 5/14/2014 8:06:35 PM   
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Could be misdirection. Part of getting to the Marianas as soon as possible was the state of the IJN carrier fleet, it having been battered. A bunch sunk, a bunch more sent to the yards with significant damage. Now I've got two bases in the Marianas plus almost all the USN carriers. I figure that he figures (correctly) that he can't contest the Marianas at this point.

Iwo Jima is beyond much or all LBA help for the Allies, so that land grab might be a different story.

BTW, I didn't mention that the TF almost due (map) north of the IJN carriers is carrying a BDE from Africa. They're now heading for a run along the coast to seek fighter cover.

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1944 January 25 - 5/15/2014 9:58:21 PM   
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1944 January 25

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got two xAK and a TK.

Heavy air attacks on Chungking. 3,020 AV there now.

The IJN carriers are deep in the Bay of Bengal but they came within range of no targets. See the map below. From Intel gained during the replay, apparently there are two TFs at that location. The third TF, near Andaman Island (>100 mi NE of Port Blair), appears to be made up of smaller combatants. One DD there was attacked by Allied FB but no damage resulted to either side. The Bde convoy at sea will put in to Diamond Harbour and wait there until the crisis passes. The convoys just west of Diamond Harbour are empty and waiting to return to Madras.

BC Renown has finished upgrade at Aden and will make for Colombo in company with CVL Unicorn and DD Rocket. Prince of Wales has finally made it to the East Coast US, and is estimated to need 105 days in the shipyard. It's possible that the 2/44 upgrade will change that one way or the other.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Yap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan

There is still an Imperial convoy at Iwo Jima. The Saipan invasion lands tomorrow, all except the one division which will follow ASAP from Rota. An IJN sub is on station at Saipan, but considering escorts, two ASW TF, and the many aircraft searching overhead it is hoped that sub will be ineffective.

The two CVE that collided at sea have both now finished repairs at Pearl Harbor and will make their way forward, although it might be safer to send them in opposite directions.

Kalao is at 98% and 99% toward size 1 for port and airfield. Hopefully both with make size 1 tomorrow. Transport subs are standing by with supply, and a Spitfire VIII squadron is standing by to transfer in.

Here is the snapshot of the Bay if Bengal.




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1944 January 26 - 5/16/2014 7:01:40 PM   
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1944 January 26

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Saipan

Our subs got two TK and one xAK.

Heavy bombing of Chungking, with 2,934 AV left there now.

Carrier raids! Three ships have been lost but others have serious damage; one will sink and two more might sink. The troop convoy was not hit and will move to Calcutta this turn. The empty convoys, which were the ones hit, will move into Diamond Harbour tomorrow, where two P47 squadrons will add to the battered CAP.

They got separated from their P-38 escorts!
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Diamond Harbour at 48,43

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 71 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 33 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 40

Allied aircraft
TBF-1 Avenger x 20

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 7 destroyed
TBF-1 Avenger: 2 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CV Zuikaku

CAP engaged:
Soryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 2 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 9 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 2 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 33220.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes



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Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Yap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan

The invasion of Saipan went in and the hotly contested landing reveals a strong defense. That remaining division will definitely be needed. And so will the replacement destroyers that are already on station! Ships sunk at Saipan this turn include 3x DD, 2x AK, and 1x LST. Many more are damaged, mostly destroyers. They did their job. Ships seriously damaged, meaning any stat in red, include 12x DD, 1x AP, 1x AK, 1x LSD, 1x LST, 1x APA, 1x AKA. A few have serious fires. All troops unloaded but much more supply remains to unload, most of all in the supply only convoys. All unloading has ceased. Transports will unload their supply back at Rota, where a large TF will load the 2nd Marine Division and the balance of capacity of supply. All available LST will be used and the convoy filled out with escorts and APA. That should get the division ashore with very little fuss and then a lot more supply too. The supply only convoys will stand off Saipan and unload the same turn as that remaining division. The first attack will follow, although I am toying with the idea of attacking once before then. Any division trashed would be pulled out to alleviate over stacking, which is already at 80,859/35,000, and the USMC division will add 15,520 to that; 231% now, 275 with the USMC Div. The most damaged ships are heading to Guam, a size 5 port (vs 3 for Rota) that has more than 500 naval support (vs >200 for Rota).

It looks like it's a good thing we were able to upgrade to '44 standard USA and USMC squads before the assault.
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Ground combat at Saipan (108,93)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 21875 troops, 190 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 728

Defending force 66723 troops, 1056 guns, 1306 vehicles, Assault Value = 2182

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

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

Assaulting units:
4th Division
49th Infantry Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
33rd JNAF AF Unit
51st Air Division
Saipan Naval Fortress
5th Base Force
64th Field AA Battalion
63rd Field AA Battalion
18th Army
6th Port Unit
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
115th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
6th Infantry Division
767th Tank Battalion
766th Tank Battalion
41st Infantry Division
1st USMC Tank Battalion
25th Infantry Div /9
40th Infantry Division
194th Tank Battalion
193rd Tank Battalion
43rd Infantry Div /10
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
XIV US Corps
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion


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Kalao has made size 1 port and airfield. Maybe, with all the excitement elsewhere, DAW HQ even missed the event? We'll see. Unfortunately, even with the port completed I am getting a message "unable to unload there due to coastal conditions". Maybe trouble. The Spitfires have transferred in.

Attached is the complete combat report, for those interested.


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RE: 1944 January 26 - 5/16/2014 7:02:12 PM   
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Today's ship losses.




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RE: 1944 January 26 - 5/16/2014 7:02:36 PM   
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Today's air losses.




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RE: 1944 January 26 - 5/16/2014 7:03:03 PM   
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The Bay of Bengal.




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1944 January 27 - 5/16/2014 11:20:26 PM   
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1944 January 27

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs came up empty. Miraculously, no Allied ships sank from prior damage.

An even 2,900 AV at Chungking.

The IJN carriers chose to withdraw, but B-24 attacks showed that this is indeed their main carrier force. Only a little convoy movement will recommence at once, the rest will wait until they are too far to double back quickly.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Port Blair at 44,52

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 75 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 40

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 9 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Soryu
CV Zuikaku

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 10 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Soryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 9 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Port Blair at 44,52

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 26

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 5 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CV Zuikaku
CV Shokaku

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 10 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Soryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Port Blair at 44,52

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 31 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 21

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 6 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Zuikaku
CV Soryu

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 10 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Soryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Port Blair at 44,52

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 44 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 17

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Soryu

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 2000 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Soryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 11 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (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 13000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes



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The fliers at Bassein even pushed through this attack at Tavoy.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Tavoy at 54,60

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 34 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Beaufighter VIc x 18
A-36 Mustang x 17
P-40N5 Warhawk x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufighter VIc: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Hokutai Maru
xAK Senyo Maru, Bomb hits 2
xAK Daiya Maru, Shell hits 4, Bomb hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Beaufighter VIc bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
6 x Beaufighter VIc bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 plane(s) with no ordnance {Ever see this before?!}
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
21st Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (6 airborne, 13 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes



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Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Yap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap

On land, the two USMC artillery units were much over matched by the defending artillery on Saipan and will not bombard again except to support an assault. The 2nd Marine Division is loading now on 59 ships including more than 30 LST. The straggling support elements of the 41st ID will arrive at Rota tomorrow and will follow in a separate convoy. Most of the significantly damaged ships are heading for Truk, where some will repair and others will move on to other facilities.

Here is the overview map.




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RE: 1944 January 27 - 5/17/2014 12:35:24 PM   
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during the replay you should see "bomber jettisons ordnance" or the like, that's when you see "x plane(s) with no ordnance" in the combat report. Only works for fighters and fighter bombers.

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RE: 1944 January 27 - 5/17/2014 2:31:48 PM   
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ORIGINAL: castor troy

during the replay you should see "bomber jettisons ordnance" or the like, that's when you see "x plane(s) with no ordnance" in the combat report. Only works for fighters and fighter bombers.

Sure, but they attacked anyway! Very cool.

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1944 January 28 - 5/19/2014 5:11:24 AM   
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1944 January 28

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got an xAK.

Damaging air attacks at Chungking, 2,825 AV there now.

A boring day in Burma and IO by comparison to recent events. The IJN carriers are now 5 hexes west of Car Nicobar. Supply convoys are running, and will have time to seek shelter should those carriers reverse course.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Yap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap

The 2nd USMC Div and much additional supply will land tomorrow at Saipan. There are 70k supply in the troop convoy, and 72k, 52k, and 6k in three other convoys. We'll see how much gets ashore.

Transports for the Yap and Marcus invasions are being dispatched from Rota to pick up the troops for rendezvous.

Courtesy of the secret underground lair at Kalao, we now have search over most of the Java Sea, as far as Cheribon, and of the Makassar Strait just past Samarinda. So far there is no indication that DAW HQ has discovered the gallants at this outpost. We're just waiting for the next tanker convoy to pass through.

Here is the position of the IJN carriers in the Indian Ocean.




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1944 January 29 - 5/21/2014 2:00:50 AM   
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1944 January 29

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Saipan

Our subs got two xAK and an xAKL.

The usual damaging air attacks on Chungking. 2,785 AV there now.

Just the (our) air attacks in Burma as we upgrade and reposition (more on that later) forces.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Yap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap

Our bombardments at Saipan were almost universally ineffective last night, although they must still contribute to disrupting Imperial forces. Tonight all assigned TFs will again bombard, and the the two fast battleship TFs will join in also. Tomorrow the troops attack! Here is the line up.
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Ground combat at Saipan (108,93)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 21831 troops, 190 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 723

Defending force 80527 troops, 1257 guns, 1429 vehicles, Assault Value = 2596

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

Allied ground losses:
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Assaulting units:
49th Infantry Regiment
4th Division
148th Infantry Regiment
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
33rd JNAF AF Unit
Saipan Naval Fortress
5th Base Force
18th Army
6th Port Unit
51st Air Division
64th Field AA Battalion
63rd Field AA Battalion
115th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
25th Infantry Division
1st USMC Tank Battalion
193rd Tank Battalion
40th Infantry Division
766th Tank Battalion
6th Infantry Division
194th Tank Battalion
41st Infantry Division
43rd Infantry Division
2nd Marine Division
767th Tank Battalion
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
XIV US Corps
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion


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Stacking for our side is at 96,321 out of 35,000. The amphibious tractor Bn will not attack as it is more important that their squads be functional to speed unloading of supply.

No sign of enemy activity against our brave lads on forward Kalao. Meanwhile, naval search from there have spotted a convoy leaving Balikpapan and another at Soerabaja. A convoy of APD will land most of the 503rd Para Rgt at unoccupied Boela tomorrow.

Naval and air bombardment forces continue to reduce the Imperial Garrison at Maloelap so that our three Bn can seize the atoll.

More traffic into Iwo Jima, and that's how one of the IJN xAK was sunk.

Here are today's air losses. It's tough to fly at even 5,000 ft over Saipan.




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RE: 1944 January 29 - 5/21/2014 2:01:21 AM   
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Here is the position of the IJN carriers as they continue their withdrawal.




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RE: 1944 January 29 - 5/22/2014 12:31:18 AM   
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Little results for lots of heavy caliber bombardment is an indicator of high level forts.
Hope your forces include lots of combat engineers! Luck!

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RE: 1944 January 29 - 5/22/2014 3:07:00 AM   
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Got the replay earlier, had to go out, and still awaiting the full turn. Fortifications were presumably level 7, because they were 'reduced' to 6! Isn't that the same as Guam? Anyway, we got 3 to 1 odds and seemed to do OK. Need to see the troops to determine if there is another attack right away versus rest.

That IJN carrier TF moving up and duking it out with the fly boys from Colombo is another story.

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RE: 1944 January 29 - 5/22/2014 10:52:01 PM   
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Still waiting for the turn, but here is an appetizer. It looks like the IJN carriers pulled up 9 hexes away from Colombo and so could not launch their own raids against TFs there. Our LBA raids did not do any damage.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Koggala at 31,55

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 45 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 35

Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 3
Wildcat V x 2

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Albacore I: 2 destroyed
Wildcat V: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
Soryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 8 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
Shokaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuikaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Koggala at 31,55

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 47 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 36

Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 2
Martlet IV x 16
Wildcat V x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Albacore I: 1 destroyed by flak
Martlet IV: 4 destroyed
Wildcat V: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CV Soryu

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x Albacore I bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Soryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 8 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 33220.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuikaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers


It's anybody's guess what might happen tomorrow. There is ample air support at Colombo, so we can fly in some P-47 groups. A torpedo armed DB group, fresh from upgrading, is just coming on line at Koggala and can add to attacks from Colombo and the carriers (a CVE and CVL) present there. Another group of Corsairs and two groups of torpedo armed DB could be brought in from Madras, or could remain there to sting the KB should it venture north in range of the convoy lanes again.

Will the KB stick around, go north to the convoys again, or withdraw?

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RE: 1944 January 29 - 5/23/2014 2:21:58 AM   
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Hummmm, I wonder what the purpose of this KB (half KB?) meandering about is all about? Is this some precursor to a late war invasion of Ceylon by the daring Japanese admiral? Is it just a sustained raid to disrupt shipping in the Bay of Bengal? Is it just a measuring of what the Allies can bring to bear in southeast Indian? Unless some invasion is afoot, it is hard to discern any meaningful purpose to offset the risk of losing a major fleet unit(s).

Meanwhile you action in the Mariannas is intensifying. That constitutes a near term, major threat to the integrity of the Home Island industry. The big bad beasts are going to be available soon and Saipan makes a nice base from which to use them. While it looks like he is building Iwo into a base, it has surprised me that he continues to be so passive in the Mariannas. Oh well, we all have our way of playing this out. We'll see what the Devious One does.

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1944 January 30 - 5/23/2014 4:30:16 AM   
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1944 January 30

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Ruteng

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Boela

Our subs got a TK and an xAK.

Air attacks on Chungking were of the more damaging nature today. 2,700 AV there.

The same in Burma, on land at least. At sea the IJN carriers darted back to SE of Ceylon and repelled air attacks thrown against them. Curiously they made none of their own on the TFs at Colombo. See map below for their exact position. So are they making their way back into the Bay of Bengal or was/is this an effort to strike the RN at Colombo? Perhaps is was to catch damaged ships making their way past Ceylon (they missed them already!).

Some clarifications from the preliminary post earlier. First, the IJN carriers are 7 hexes from Colombo so they must have set their groups to torpedo range only. Second, the Albacores which attacked them were from our carriers, not LBA. Also, our P-47 groups do not have the range to transfer directly to Colombo. But Corsairs, P-51, and P-38 all do have the range. So, we are moving a squadron of P-51 to Colombo, USMC Corsair to Colombo, P-38 to Trincomalee, and two (6-plane) squadrons of Barracuda II to Trincomalee (to augment the 12-plane squadron at Koggala). We should have stout CAP and good escort for strikes.

There is more IJN combat and convoy traffic moving up the coast, passing Victoria Point.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Yap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap

The attack at Saipan went pretty well.
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Ground combat at Saipan (108,93)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 21648 troops, 189 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 715

Defending force 80638 troops, 1259 guns, 1432 vehicles, Assault Value = 2601

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

Allied ground losses:
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Assaulting units:
4th Division
49th Infantry Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
64th Field AA Battalion
Saipan Naval Fortress
5th Base Force
6th Port Unit
63rd Field AA Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
51st Air Division
33rd JNAF AF Unit
18th Army
115th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
1st USMC Tank Battalion
193rd Tank Battalion
2nd Marine Division
6th Infantry Division
40th Infantry Division
194th Tank Battalion
41st Infantry Division
25th Infantry Division
766th Tank Battalion
43rd Infantry Division
767th Tank Battalion
XIV US Corps
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion


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Ground combat at Saipan (108,93)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 77184 troops, 1258 guns, 1378 vehicles, Assault Value = 2601

Defending force 30058 troops, 270 guns, 104 vehicles, Assault Value = 706

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 6

Allied adjusted assault: 3050

Japanese adjusted defense: 807

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 6)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 6

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

Japanese ground losses:
2046 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 110 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 37 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Guns lost 67 (6 destroyed, 61 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2794 casualties reported
Squads: 147 destroyed, 89 disabled
Non Combat: 36 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 39 (17 destroyed, 22 disabled)
Vehicles lost 77 (55 destroyed, 22 disabled)

Assaulting units:
25th Infantry Division
40th Infantry Division
766th Tank Battalion
6th Infantry Division
43rd Infantry Division
193rd Tank Battalion
41st Infantry Division
194th Tank Battalion
1st USMC Tank Battalion
2nd Marine Division
767th Tank Battalion
XIV US Corps
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion

Defending units:
49th Infantry Regiment
4th Division
148th Infantry Regiment
Saipan Naval Fortress
33rd JNAF AF Unit
51st Air Division
63rd Field AA Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
5th Base Force
64th Field AA Battalion
6th Port Unit
18th Army
115th JAAF AF Bn


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The bombardments were better than the day before but not stellar. The fact that fortifications were 'reduced' to level 6 is a clue to why naval and air bombardments usually have mild effect. The additional 54x 16 inch guns hurling projectiles at the defenders also helped. Disruption is high, as you can see below (subsequent post). Four of the divisions and two of the armored units are being put into reserve to recover more quickly. The battleships will stand down as well to preserve their hard-to-repair guns tubes. Perhaps with the large amount of supply we will be able to attack after only one day of rest. The remaining support elements of the USA 41st ID are still at Rota as there are no assault ships free to ferry them. The troop convoy at Saipan still has 35k supply to unload.

The air and naval bombardments against Maloelap must have been finishing off fragments of units because (again this turn) several air groups lost target assignment and four raids went against Kwajalein instead. Maloelap now scouts as i unit, 1,360 troops, 0 guns, 0 AFV. The 88th Naval Guard Unit might be all that remains.

The landing at Boela was made with zero preparation by the troops and it showed, with many squads disabled upon landing. The only saving grace is that there is no opposition.

The jig is up at Kalao; detection is now 2/3 and nearby Ruteng auto-captured!

Tomorrow two Australian Cdo Coy will para-assault Namlea, which recon has shown as undefended for a long time. As soon as it can be arranged, two other units will board subs to assault Salajar.

You can see by today's air losses that flying against Saipan in a stout 2EB is just as dangerous as flying against the KB.




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RE: 1944 January 30 - 5/23/2014 4:30:50 AM   
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Here is the position of the IJN carriers in the IO.




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RE: 1944 January 30 - 5/23/2014 4:31:15 AM   
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The status of the troops on Saipan.




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RE: 1944 January 30 - 5/23/2014 4:37:28 AM   
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ORIGINAL: princep01

Hummmm, I wonder what the purpose of this KB (half KB?) meandering about is all about? Is this some precursor to a late war invasion of Ceylon by the daring Japanese admiral? Is it just a sustained raid to disrupt shipping in the Bay of Bengal? Is it just a measuring of what the Allies can bring to bear in southeast Indian? Unless some invasion is afoot, it is hard to discern any meaningful purpose to offset the risk of losing a major fleet unit(s).

Meanwhile you action in the Mariannas is intensifying. That constitutes a near term, major threat to the integrity of the Home Island industry. The big bad beasts are going to be available soon and Saipan makes a nice base from which to use them. While it looks like he is building Iwo into a base, it has surprised me that he continues to be so passive in the Mariannas. Oh well, we all have our way of playing this out. We'll see what the Devious One does.


I think he has no choice in the Marianas right now. I simply have too much there for him to challenge with any hope of doing serious damage to Allied forces.

The Indian Ocean thing is more interesting. I've been watchful for the possibility of a Ceylon operation. No troops have been pulled off of that island, plenty of AA and fighters stay on station to protect the RN and other ships there. I think it is partly an opportunistic raid and partly to protect Imperial convoy activity along the coast of Burma. Prior to an active IJN presence I was able to interdict Imperials convoys pretty successfully, so it's really been a long term response.

As for the small size of the KB, my guess is that those are the fast carriers that were available when the group was dispatched.

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1944 January 31 - 5/23/2014 6:11:18 PM   
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1944 January 31

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Boela
Namlea

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got a TK, an E, and an xAK.

Damaging attacks at Chungking. 2,799 AV there.

It's unclear where the KB has got to. They most likely did not sprint NW toward the convoy lanes as there were no attacks and no sightings. But, even if they sprinted in the southern half of the compass they are in areas covered by search, so we know that we missed them wherever they are.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Yap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap

Most units on Saipan have nice low disruption of 10 or less, but two of the USA ID have disruption of 30 and 33, so the attack will wait one more day. The Yap and Marcus convoys are nearing their pick up points. The Agrihan convoys have formed; all Agrihan assaulters are at Guam and Rota. Loading will wait until the Yap and Marcus invasions are on the way.

Scouted troop levels at Maloelap continue to drop. Will a starving garrison vanish before we invade?

Kalao saw a recon plane overhead.

Here are the troops at Saipan.




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1944 February 01 - 5/23/2014 9:49:41 PM   
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1944 February 01

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got two xAK.

2,758 AV at Chungking amid the usual bad air attacks.

It looks like the IJN carriers are near Great Nicobar, where they probably were yesterday as well. Uncertain, though.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Yap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap
Allied Ships Bombarding Maloelap

The troops on Saipan are ready and will attack tomorrow. All battleship TFs are ordered to join the nightly bombardments.

Maloelap looks deserted, so we will send in the troops without further ado. The Yap and Marcus invasions forces are loading. The transport subs can't seem to pick up the troops for Salajar, so they will carry supplies to Kalao instead.

As you can see, the Spitfire pilots at Kalao are earning their pay against sweeping Georges and bombing Helens.




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1944 February 02 - 5/26/2014 6:30:00 AM   
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1944 February 02

The Empire captured:
Ruteng

The Allies captured:
Maloelap

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Saipan

Our subs got a TK and an xAK.

2,781 AV at Chungking. The Evil Empire bombarded today.
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Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1050 troops, 86 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1125

Defending force 197858 troops, 78 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2889

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

Assaulting units:
8th Ind Engineer Regiment
17th Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th/A Division
15th Tank Regiment
6th Tank Regiment
5th Tank Regiment
10th Tank Regiment
39th Ind Engineer Regiment
9th Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Regiment
104th/C Division
11th Tank Regiment
35th Division
110th/B Division
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
31st Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
1st Chinese Corps
303rd Brigade
77th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
89th Chinese Corps
8th Prov Chinese Corps
11th Chinese Corps
69th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
9th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
27th Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
83rd Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese
39th Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
36th Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
129th Red Chinese Division
8th Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
115th Red Chinese Division
42nd Chinese Corps
47th Chinese Corps
43rd Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
259th Brigade
81st Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Corps
17th Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
44th Chinese Corps
94th Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
61st Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
65th Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
22nd Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
82nd Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
23rd Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
66th Chinese Corps Corps
29th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese/A Corps
11th Construction Regiment
7th Chinese Base Force
56th AT Gun Regiment
15th Group Army
8th Group Army
12th Chinese Base Force
7th Group Army
China Command
36th Group Army
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
24th Group Army
1st War Area
37th Group Army
41st AA Regiment
13th Group Army
4th Construction Regiment
32nd Group Army
10th Group Army
5th Chinese Base Force
57th AT Gun Regiment
Jingcha War Area
18th Group Army
4th Chinese Base Force
19th Chinese Base Force
20th Chinese Base Force
15th Chinese Corps
3rd Construction Regiment
25th Group Army
10th Construction Regiment
17th Group Army
8th Chinese Base Force
39th Group Army
1st Chinese Base Force
80th Chinese Corps
14th Group Army
Central Reserve
10th Chinese Base Force
31st Group Army
CAF HQ
9th Separate Brigade
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
4th Group Army
79th Chinese Corps
33rd Group Army
3rd Group Army
17th Construction Regiment
12th Construction Regiment
40th Group Army
6th Chinese Base Force
1st Artillery Regiment
7th Artillery Regiment
Red Chinese Army
12th Group Army
9th Chinese Base Force
5th War Area
64th Chinese Corps
49th AA Regiment
22nd Group Army
2nd Chinese Base Force
5th Construction Regiment
30th Group Army
2nd War Area
15th Chinese Base Force
8th War Area
21st Chinese Base Force


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Not sure where the IJN carriers have got to, best estimate is still that they are or were near the northern end of Sumatra.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro
Allied Ships Bombarding Yap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Kwajalein Island
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro

The attack at Saipan went well. When disruption is recovered enough for the next attack, a shock attack will most likely be the order.
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Ground combat at Saipan (108,93)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 13203 troops, 144 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 587

Defending force 78622 troops, 1242 guns, 1399 vehicles, Assault Value = 2429

Japanese ground losses:
134 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Assaulting units:
49th Infantry Regiment
4th Division
148th Infantry Regiment
5th Base Force
63rd Field AA Battalion
33rd JNAF AF Unit
Saipan Naval Fortress
51st Air Division
18th Army
64th Field AA Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
6th Port Unit
115th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
1st USMC Tank Battalion
2nd Marine Division
194th Tank Battalion
766th Tank Battalion
25th Infantry Division
40th Infantry Division
193rd Tank Battalion
43rd Infantry Division
6th Infantry Division
41st Infantry Division
767th Tank Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
XIV US Corps
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion


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Ground combat at Saipan (108,93)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 75178 troops, 1242 guns, 1347 vehicles, Assault Value = 2428

Defending force 28487 troops, 267 guns, 104 vehicles, Assault Value = 575

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 5

Allied adjusted assault: 2342

Japanese adjusted defense: 433

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 5

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

Japanese ground losses:
1107 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 192 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 13 disabled
Guns lost 41 (9 destroyed, 32 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1599 casualties reported
Squads: 102 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 36 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 12 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 56 (19 destroyed, 37 disabled)
Vehicles lost 114 (73 destroyed, 41 disabled)

Assaulting units:
766th Tank Battalion
25th Infantry Division
40th Infantry Division
43rd Infantry Division
194th Tank Battalion
41st Infantry Division
6th Infantry Division
2nd Marine Division
193rd Tank Battalion
1st USMC Tank Battalion
767th Tank Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
XIV US Corps
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion

Defending units:
4th Division
49th Infantry Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
Saipan Naval Fortress
18th Army
33rd JNAF AF Unit
64th Field AA Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
51st Air Division
63rd Field AA Battalion
5th Base Force
6th Port Unit
115th JAAF AF Bn


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Kalao and Namlea took beatings from the air. We gave as good as we got in the air, but our guys will shortly be overwhelmed. We've pulled out the Spitfire squadron that had only 3 operational aircraft remaining and rotated in another, which made it on duty with 13 up and running. In return our bombers hit Kendari pretty hard, so it will likely make little contribution to subsequent attacks on Kalao.

The Yap invasion force is heading to a rendezvous point; the Marcus invasion force is heading to Truk to pick up escorting forces; the Agrihan invasion force needs a little more preparation time.

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1944 February 03 - 6/3/2014 5:51:29 AM   
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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Saipan

Our subs got an xAK, xAKL, SC, AO, and two TK. Enemy subs took an AO near Saipan (but missed our carriers) and lost at least one of their number.

That Chinese unit in the mountains is pushed back onto the road (joining other units).
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Ground combat at 69,44 (near Tsuyung)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 9480 troops, 58 guns, 10 vehicles, Assault Value = 313

Defending force 2352 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 46

Japanese adjusted assault: 221

Allied adjusted defense: 67

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
86 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
936 casualties reported
Squads: 29 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 23 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
60th Infantry Brigade
34th/A Division

Defending units:
55th Prov Chinese Division


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2,913 AV at Chungking.

Lots of Imperial sweeps over the battle hex SW of Toungoo, pretty well repulsed by our swarms of fighter groups. The IJN carriers' locations are unknown.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Yap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Kwajalein Island
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit

Most units at Saipan are ordered to shock attack tomorrow. The 2nd USMC Div still has disruption of 29; the 766 Tank Bn has disruption of 44, so both of those units will sit out the attack. There only being one day between this and the previous attack might allow us to catch the Imperials with extra high disruption. Of course all battleships will join the bombardments.
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Ground combat at Saipan (108,93)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 18795 troops, 187 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 439

Defending force 77114 troops, 1229 guns, 1353 vehicles, Assault Value = 2264

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

Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 3 (2 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Assaulting units:
49th Infantry Regiment
4th Division
148th Infantry Regiment
5th Base Force
Saipan Naval Fortress
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
63rd Field AA Battalion
51st Air Division
6th Port Unit
18th Army
33rd JNAF AF Unit
64th Field AA Battalion
115th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
194th Tank Battalion
766th Tank Battalion
40th Infantry Division
1st USMC Tank Battalion
41st Infantry Division
43rd Infantry Division
2nd Marine Division
193rd Tank Battalion
6th Infantry Division
25th Infantry Division
767th Tank Battalion
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
XIV US Corps
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion


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There were no attacks on Kalao today, so the suppression of Kendari has helped. Namlea was not hit either.

Here is a look at China, notice the number of Imperial units seen to be moving.




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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Saipan

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got four xAK.

The aerial bombings of Chungking were comparatively light: probably less than 2,000 casualties today. 2,849 AV there now.

Again sweeps by the Empire of the battle hex near Toungoo, again well dealt with.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Kwajalein Island
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Yap
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Kwajalein Island
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Kwajalein Island
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit

The attack at Saipan was a blowout.
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Ground combat at Saipan (108,93)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 18709 troops, 189 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 444

Defending force 77349 troops, 1232 guns, 1360 vehicles, Assault Value = 2300

Japanese ground losses:
227 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

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

Assaulting units:
4th Division
49th Infantry Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
18th Army
51st Air Division
5th Base Force
63rd Field AA Battalion
6th Port Unit
33rd JNAF AF Unit
Saipan Naval Fortress
64th Field AA Battalion
115th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
193rd Tank Battalion
41st Infantry Division
43rd Infantry Division
6th Infantry Division
194th Tank Battalion
25th Infantry Division
766th Tank Battalion
1st USMC Tank Battalion
2nd Marine Division
40th Infantry Division
767th Tank Battalion
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
XIV US Corps
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion


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Ground combat at Saipan (108,93)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 61005 troops, 1024 guns, 1138 vehicles, Assault Value = 2297

Defending force 26326 troops, 263 guns, 103 vehicles, Assault Value = 423

Allied adjusted assault: 4470

Japanese adjusted defense: 251

Allied assault odds: 17 to 1 (fort level 5)

Allied forces CAPTURE Saipan !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
2853 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 148 disabled
Non Combat: 67 destroyed, 42 disabled
Engineers: 48 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 111 (91 destroyed, 20 disabled)
Vehicles lost 95 (95 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2183 casualties reported
Squads: 97 destroyed, 85 disabled
Non Combat: 22 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 33 (19 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Vehicles lost 68 (34 destroyed, 34 disabled)

Assaulting units:
193rd Tank Battalion
43rd Infantry Division
40th Infantry Division
766th Tank Battalion
6th Infantry Division
25th Infantry Division
1st USMC Tank Battalion
194th Tank Battalion
2nd Marine Division
41st Infantry Division
767th Tank Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
XIV US Corps
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion

Defending units:
4th Division
49th Infantry Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
33rd JNAF AF Unit
64th Field AA Battalion
51st Air Division
5th Base Force
6th Port Unit
63rd Field AA Battalion
18th Army
Saipan Naval Fortress
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
115th JAAF AF Bn


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All other units will stand down tomorrow, while the USMC division attacks with only the two dedicated artillery units in support. The bombardments (cruisers but no battleships) should be much more effective without the base fortifications to protect the Imperial defenders. The 2nd Marine Division is in good shape (20% fatigue and 9% disruption) after the day off and should meet Imperial troops that are on the ropes after having been defeated today. A port advance base force will begin landing at Saipan tomorrow, but the devastation of the port facilities means that will likely take time. A local mine sweeping TF will move to Saipan during the night.

Kalao was hit from the air today, and there might be an IJN ship or more on the way. The fighters held their own but were bloodied worse by the bombers when on the ground. In return our guys destroyed even more Bettys and Georges on the ground at Kendari, which is well and truly closed to all air traffic save small birds.

There is also undetermined IJN traffic in the Celebes Sea and heading SE, possibly aiming past Manado. Air and small naval forces are rearranged a bit to provide more cover for Boela in case that is a target. The Yap invasion forces are ordered to a point 1 hex SE of Yap for tomorrow, where they will be met by a DD TF from Babeldaob and covered by a P-38 group from there. The fleet carriers will make their way to the scene but will still be at long range by tomorrow.

A supply convoy has been dispatched from San Francisco to Marcus Island. I hope we capture it before they arrive.

Here is the prize.




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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got a xAK and two PB.

Air attacks back in form on Chungking, maybe ~2,700 casualties. 2,767 AV.

Not much to report here. Still some IJN activity at Tavoy but no sight of carriers. Our repositioning in Burma goes on, as does recovery and build up of our forces.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
quote:


Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Yap
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Kwajalein Island
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Kwajalein Island
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro

The attack at Saipan went somewhat poorly, as I was hoping for light casualties on our side. No more attacks this small on the trapped troops. In fact, the Japanese' own bombardment was almost as effective against them! The naval bombardments were ineffective, so the range has been reduced to 10,000 yards for tomorrow. No land attack tomorrow, we'll wait for more supply and a larger force with lowered disruption.
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Ground combat at Saipan (108,93)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 16734 troops, 100 guns, 5 vehicles, Assault Value = 282

Defending force 78247 troops, 1214 guns, 1328 vehicles, Assault Value = 2093

Japanese ground losses:
242 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (2 destroyed, 1 disabled)

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

Assaulting units:
4th Division
49th Infantry Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
51st Air Division
33rd JNAF AF Unit
5th Base Force
64th Field AA Battalion
6th Port Unit
Saipan Naval Fortress
18th Army
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
63rd Field AA Battalion
115th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
193rd Tank Battalion
6th Infantry Division
194th Tank Battalion
1st USMC Tank Battalion
41st Infantry Division
25th Infantry Division
766th Tank Battalion
40th Infantry Division
2nd Marine Division
43rd Infantry Division
767th Tank Battalion
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion
XIV US Corps
6th Port Advn Base Force /1


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Ground combat at Saipan (108,93)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 13451 troops, 241 guns, 153 vehicles, Assault Value = 2092

Defending force 23212 troops, 151 guns, 39 vehicles, Assault Value = 274

Allied adjusted assault: 212

Japanese adjusted defense: 207

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
361 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
356 casualties reported
Squads: 17 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Assaulting units:
40th Infantry Division
766th Tank Battalion
43rd Infantry Division
193rd Tank Battalion
25th Infantry Division
2nd Marine Division
6th Infantry Division
1st USMC Tank Battalion
194th Tank Battalion
41st Infantry Division
767th Tank Battalion
XIV US Corps
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion
6th Port Advn Base Force /1

Defending units:
4th Division
49th Infantry Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
63rd Field AA Battalion
33rd JNAF AF Unit
51st Air Division
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
18th Army
6th Port Unit
Saipan Naval Fortress
5th Base Force
64th Field AA Battalion
115th JAAF AF Bn


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The Yap invasion lands tomorrow, and so far as I can tell it is unseen by the Empire. The Marcus invasion forces will all be at Truk tomorrow to merge, pick up destroyers, and then set out in company with carriers and battleships for protection.

Here is a look at the area centered at Kalao. An IJN TF with at least a CL is heading toward our valiant vanguard. The Spitfire squadrons have been pulled out and the cat squadron moved to Namlea (two AVD on the way), but damaged aircraft remain on the ground.




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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Yap

Our subs got a TK.

Seemed like significantly less than 2,000 casualties at Chungking. 2,760 AV there now.

Same status in Burma: movements continue, no significant enemy naval movements noted. British fighter pilot pools are empty, so two night fighter squadrons have dumped their pilots into the pool and taken on rookies to train.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Japanese Ships Bombarding Kalao
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Yap
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Yap
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding enemy troops at Saipan
Allied Ships Bombarding Kwajalein Island
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro

The troops are all ashore at Yap and will attack tomorrow.
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Ground combat at Yap (96,97)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1830 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 62

Defending force 12146 troops, 92 guns, 110 vehicles, Assault Value = 382

Assaulting units:
62nd Naval Guard Unit
6th Air Div /1

Defending units:
34th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
11th NZ Brigade
12th NZ Brigade
3rd Pioneer Battalion
3rd NZ Division


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Tomorrow should see a significant boost in supply at Saipan, which is still in the yellow. But the Imperials are doing a fine job of eliminating themselves.
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Ground combat at Saipan (108,93)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 16438 troops, 97 guns, 5 vehicles, Assault Value = 263

Defending force 78716 troops, 1231 guns, 1344 vehicles, Assault Value = 2085

Japanese ground losses:
252 casualties reported
Squads: 20 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
49th Infantry Regiment
4th Division
148th Infantry Regiment
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
6th Port Unit
5th Base Force
18th Army
63rd Field AA Battalion
33rd JNAF AF Unit
Saipan Naval Fortress
51st Air Division
64th Field AA Battalion
115th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
25th Infantry Division
40th Infantry Division
194th Tank Battalion
1st USMC Tank Battalion
193rd Tank Battalion
766th Tank Battalion
2nd Marine Division
41st Infantry Division
6th Infantry Division
43rd Infantry Division
767th Tank Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
XIV US Corps
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion
6th Port Advn Base Force


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The runways are all but 3% repaired, so there will be lots of airfield service repairs tomorrow.

Kalao was blasted from the sea and later insulted from the air. 3x Spitfires were lost on the ground for the day. Amazingly, a Spitfire and a Catalina were flown out to catch up to their squadrons. The base is severely damaged, but has performed its mission well.
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Night Naval bombardment of Kalao at 66,110

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire VIII: 11 damaged
Spitfire VIII: 1 destroyed on ground

Japanese Ships
BB Fuso

Allied ground losses:
320 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 9
Port hits 10
Port supply hits 1

BB Fuso firing at Kalao


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Here is an overview map.




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Hark! A new green light appears in the Marianas. Saipan falls! Excellent.

Your subs are scoring frequently now, especially on tankers. Has the Devious One been compelled to apply heavier escorts? Those tanker losses are going to be a real problem. Nice to have torpedoes that explode.

I had reached 1/4/43 and the torpedoes had just improved (in theory) when my opponent crapped out on me. Sad, as we had invested more than 2 years into the game. Oh well. I'd have played the computer if that was a concern. that is the furtherest I had gone in a PBM game.

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I'm not really sure if he has increased escorts or not. I've been holding back some subs, rotating some in and now and then sending in a whole fresh batch as I figure a bunch on patrol are due to get worn out. With new production I now have a number at Truk and I think I am going to re-base them to Guam (I seem able to build up enough fuel at Guam and Rota bases now) and increase the patrol presence in several sectors.

One thing I've found curious is that I am seeing tankers moving on a line south of Okinawa, south of Formosa. I'm not sure if he is trying to avoid subs that he knows are closer to Japan and the Asian mainland or maybe trying to bait in carriers and surface forces to an area he considers favorable for some sort of engagement.

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