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1944 February 23 - 7/8/2014 5:56:57 PM   
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1944 February 23

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got an xAK.

1,608 AV at Chungking.

The Empire made some pretty serious Frank sweeps against Bassein and did all right, but weight of numbers was with us and we came out on top overall. See the plane losses data below. Our movements continue with no visible evidence of being spotted.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
quote:


Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro

The raid by the main body of the fleet carriers went well, but did not find the same convoy with so many destroyers that was seen yesterday. DD Akizuki was reported hit 3 times by search aircraft in addition to being hit by a strike, and is reported sunk. She joined 21 xAK aside from the one taken by a sub. The fleet carriers' fliers had great exercise, although there were some losses. Flak was light as expected with such targets, but with so many planes in the air ops losses are inevitable (again see the plane losses data below).
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Naha at 93,66

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 25 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 142
SBD-5 Dauntless x 76
TBF-1 Avenger x 17

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Bordeaux Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAK London Maru, Bomb hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Tazima Maru, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Hakubasan Maru, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
xAK Tokiwa Maru, Bomb hits 10, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Durban Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Dakar Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Toyama Maru, Bomb hits 3, on fire
xAK Matsue Maru, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Teisin Maru, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
xAK Hauraki Maru, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Mito Maru, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Hakonesan Maru, Bomb hits 3, on fire, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
11 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
10 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
17 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
13 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
5 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
6 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
10 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Toyama Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Durban Maru
Massive explosion on xAK Matsue Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring a Akasi Cargo class xAK
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK London Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Tokiwa Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Dakar Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Matsue Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Mito Maru


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ishigaki at 92,70

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 37 minutes

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 101
SBD-5 Dauntless x 52
TBF-1 Avenger x 36

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 damaged
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak
TBF-1 Avenger: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Kotohira Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Ryoyo Maru
xAK Rasin Maru, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Unyo Maru
xAK Nikki Maru, Bomb hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Tamahoko Maru, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Yuri Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Syunsei Maru, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
xAK Hokusin Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Kiyo Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
8 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
14 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
11 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
3 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
11 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb

Massive explosion on xAK Syunsei Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Kiyo Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Rasin Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Yuri Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Nikki Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Tamahoko Maru


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Naha at 93,66

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 44 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 21
TBF-1 Avenger x 18

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 5 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Tusima Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Mito Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Dakar Maru, heavy fires
xAK Tokiwa Maru, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Toyama Maru, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Hauraki Maru, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Matsue Maru, and is sunk

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



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ishigaki at 92,70

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 15 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
TBF-1 Avenger x 18

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Kiyo Maru, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Unyo Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Ryoyo Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Nikki Maru, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Hokusin Maru, and is sunk

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

Massive explosion on xAK Ryoyo Maru


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Naha at 93,66

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 167
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 20
SBD-5 Dauntless x 80
TBF-1 Avenger x 52

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 11 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Hakonesan Maru, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Alaska Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Wales Maru, Bomb hits 5, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Toyohasi Maru, Bomb hits 15, and is sunk
xAK Dakar Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
DD Kishinami
xAK Hauraki Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Tonon Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
8 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
17 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
5 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
17 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
9 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
14 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
11 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
7 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
7 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
12 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
12 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Hakonesan Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring a Miyati Cargo class xAK
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Toyohasi Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Wales Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Alaska Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Hauraki Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring PB Tonon Maru


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ishigaki at 92,70

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 49
SBD-5 Dauntless x 21

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Akizuki, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Teruzuki

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
1 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
14 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Akizuki


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Naha at 93,66

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 22
TBF-1 Avenger x 17

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Kishinami

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



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Naha at 93,66

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
TBF-1 Avenger x 18

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Kishinami

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



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The fleet carriers and their fast battleship escorts will head to Guam for replenishment, then will head west to cover support forces moving to Talaud-eilanden and a garrison for Sangi.

Various APA/AKA are being dispatched (after filling with supply) for Kaimana to pick up forces for the invasion of Kendari.

Here are today's air losses.




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RE: 1944 February 23 - 7/9/2014 11:36:37 AM   
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Just caught up with your AAR - really nice and informative! And lots to learn from you how to handle allies!

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1944 February 24 - 7/9/2014 6:10:11 PM   
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1944 February 24

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got an xAK and a TK.

1,559 AV at Chungking.

Burma saw only the expected Allied air attacks and our ground movements continue seemingly unspotted. The last of the armour has changed to strat mode and tomorrow will rail to Magwe.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
quote:


Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Anatahan
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro

The fleet carriers are about two days out of Guam, and replenishment there will probably take two days. The units for Sangi and Talaud-eilanden will all be ready when the carriers are ready to sail again, and the invasion forces for Kendari should be nearly ready by the time the carriers are ready for them. Additional support is on the way to Namlea to boost air operations from that base. Having Kendari - and Kolaka beyond - should allow us to shut down Balikpapan and Samarinda. Tarakan won't be far behind.

At first blush (one day of recon) Morotai looks empty and might occupied at the end of the above sequence of ops.

We finally got some AKE to finish loading at Wotje and rearm the CL and BB at Kwajalein. Those will again take up making the short run to bombard Roi-Namur.

BB Prince of Wales, at Eastern USA, has been changed from shipyard mode to pierside mode to see if we can better faster results overall by using that 500 naval support there. If so, the 20 flotation and 1 engine damage will be repaired in the ship yard after the 51 system damage is repaired.

Here is a look at the eastern DEI.




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RE: 1944 February 23 - 7/9/2014 6:10:26 PM   
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ORIGINAL: PetrOs

Just caught up with your AAR - really nice and informative! And lots to learn from you how to handle allies!

Thanks!

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1944 February 25 - 7/10/2014 4:27:36 AM   
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1944 February 25

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got two PB and an xAK.

1,546 AV at Chungking now, and our troops withstood what appeared to be an armour only attack (with other units bombarding).
quote:


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Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 44852 troops, 486 guns, 809 vehicles, Assault Value = 2679

Defending force 157276 troops, 51 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1668

Japanese adjusted assault: 318

Allied adjusted defense: 1571

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 175 (21 destroyed, 154 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2379 casualties reported
Squads: 68 destroyed, 45 disabled
Non Combat: 19 destroyed, 55 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
37th Division
58th Infantry Regiment
39th Ind Engineer Regiment
15th Tank Regiment
5th Tank Regiment
9th Tank Regiment
6th Tank Regiment
19th Ind Engineer Regiment
North China Gsn Brigade
11th Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Regiment
13th Tank Regiment
17th/A Division
12th Tank Regiment
104th/C Division
12th Ind.Infantry Brigade
51st Infantry Brigade
13th Ind.Infantry Brigade
3rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
22nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
17th Tank Regiment
35th Division
10th Tank Regiment
32nd/A Division
14th Tank Regiment
110th/B Division
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
21st Mortar Battalion
1st Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion
4th Mortar Battalion
31st Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
27th Chinese Corps
34th Separate Brigade
94th Chinese Corps
11th Chinese Corps
9th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
82nd Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry Corps
26th Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
66th Chinese Corps Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
36th Chinese Corps
61st Chinese Corps
47th Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese Corps
115th Red Chinese Division
44th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
129th Red Chinese Division
22nd Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
23rd Chinese Corps
69th Chinese Corps
303rd Brigade
43rd Chinese Corps
8th Prov Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
28th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
4th Chinese/A Corps
7th Construction Regiment
4th Chinese Base Force
20th Artillery Regiment
12th Group Army
38th Group Army
22nd Group Army
16th Construction Regiment
17th Group Army
41st AA Regiment
8th Construction Regiment
8th War Area
17th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
18th Group Army
12th Construction Regiment
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
6th Construction Regiment
20th Chinese Base Force
Central Reserve
80th Chinese Corps
5th War Area
18th Artillery Regiment
64th Chinese Corps
13th Group Army
2nd War Area
40th Group Army
24th Group Army
34th Group Army
1st War Area
30th Group Army
9th Chinese Base Force
8th Group Army
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
5th Chinese Base Force
7th Chinese Base Force
Jingcha War Area
29th Chinese Corps
Red Chinese Army
79th Chinese Corps
China Command
6th Chinese Base Force
4th Construction Regiment
37th Group Army
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
89th Chinese Corps
49th AA Regiment
83rd Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Base Force
13th Construction Regiment
259th Brigade
CAF HQ
25th Group Army
21st Chinese Base Force


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It is possible that our intentions in Burma have been divined, or simply that DAW HQ is reinforcing as forces available allow. First is yesterday's bombardment near Prome, then today's:
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Ground combat at 55,51 (near Prome) 1944 February 24 (yesterday)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 33309 troops, 430 guns, 151 vehicles, Assault Value = 1095

Defending force 41705 troops, 389 guns, 194 vehicles, Assault Value = 1294

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

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

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

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


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Ground combat at 55,51 (near Prome) 1944 February 25 (today)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 33290 troops, 430 guns, 151 vehicles, Assault Value = 1095

Defending force 46733 troops, 431 guns, 196 vehicles, Assault Value = 1441

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

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

Defending units:
19th Tank Regiment
33rd Division
19th Division
2nd Guards Division
3rd/A Division
21st Fld AA Gun Co
35th Fld AA Gun Co
16th AA Regiment


The 3rd/A Division regiment has been added for 147 AV, 2 vehicles, and 42 guns. The mass consisting of four Indian infantry divisions and nine assorted Allied armoured units is departing Magwe for the two-day strategic road movement to Prome. There they will shift modes and, in company with the so-tasked units already at Prome (three American divisions, four combat engineer Bns, and eight assorted artillery units), proceed to the battle hex to the SE. The units already in the battle hex are shown above. The current AV total is 4,546; replacements are still being added. We have quite an air armada conducting daily strikes on the battle hex SW of Toungoo, and those groups will all switch to SE Prome on the day of the attack, or a day before if it becomes certain that surprise has run its course. In addition, a number of attack bomber, fighter bomber, and fighter groups have been training in low attack tactics continuously since they were used to support the last attack or, in many cases, since they arrived in theater. They will all strike to support the attack. Our ground troops will be hideously over stacked, but that is the price.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
quote:


Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro

Much Allied activity in the Pacific and the eastern DEI, but all of it in line with what was noted yesterday. Little enemy activity noted.

Iwo Jima scouts as 27,140 troops, 180 guns, and 87 AFV. All units are 100% prepared for Iwo Jima, but the 1st USMC Div needs more replacements and if possible I want to afford them that. In the meantime, assault shipping will support the actions noted in the DEI, plus landing the Tinian invasion forces. Only two divisions anchor that force, so I expect the capture of Tinian to take longer than Guam or Saipan.

Here is the overview map.




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1944 February 26 - 7/11/2014 4:58:45 AM   
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1944 February 26

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got a PB.

1,548 AV at Chungking. Many Imperial troop movements in and out of Chungking are noted.

The armour and Indian infantry is halfway from Magwe to Prome.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
quote:


Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro

Lots of ships moving supply and fuel, plus moving troops to the right places. Some of the carriers will take tomorrow to replenish at Guam, the others are leaving Guam and Truk today and heading west to Talaud-eilanden and Sangi. Morotai is empty so an APD convoy is heading there straight away. We've moved a Spitfire group back to Kalao, which is now completely repaired. The support troops also have recovered their senses, but are still repairing disabled squads.

The calm before the storm.




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1944 February 27 - 7/11/2014 6:19:31 PM   
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1944 February 27

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got an xAKL.

1,543 AV at Chungking now.

There is another Imperial unit moving up toward the battle hex SE of Prome. Again this could be a coincidence or it could signal the loss of surprise. All the units from Magwe have arrived at Prome and will now change mode prior to moving. The new unit appears to be regiment sized and should arrive in a a day or two, certainly before our forces can.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
quote:


Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro

The last TF of fleet carriers is on its way west from Guam.

It looks like the Imperial garrison at Majuro is nearly wiped out.

Here is the Intel screen.




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1944 February 28 - 7/12/2014 8:39:34 AM   
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1944 February 28

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Morotai

Our subs got an xAKL.

1,531 AV at Chungking. An Imperial formation took the measure of some Chinese forces that have been maneuvering to test the Empire flank.
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Ground combat at 67,51 (near Mengtze)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 2576 troops, 20 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 89

Defending force 15799 troops, 18 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 459

Assaulting units:
113th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
50th Chinese Corps
21st Chinese Cavalry Division
3rd Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps


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Preparations continue at Prome.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Iwo-jima
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro
Allied Ships Bombarding Majuro

The IJN also bombarded Kalao, but damage was quite modest. They did damage a Spitfire and shoot down a couple more during a fighter sweep. In return our bombardment of Iwo Jima was much more effective, destroying several Bettys. I forgot to mention yesterday that our P-38 LRCAP shot down several Bettys that had a go at our cruisers on their way to Iwo Jima.
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Night Naval bombardment of Kalao at 66,110

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire VIII: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CL Oyodo

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

Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 15
Port hits 8
Port supply hits 3

CL Oyodo firing at Kalao


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Night Naval bombardment of Iwo-jima at 108,77

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M2 Betty: 16 damaged
G4M2 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground
G4M1 Betty: 5 damaged

Allied Ships
CA Wichita
CA Quincy

Japanese ground losses:
139 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 20
Port hits 6
Port fuel hits 2
Port supply hits 1

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Wichita
CA Wichita firing at Iwo-jima
SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Quincy
CA Quincy firing at 7th Ind.Mixed Brigade


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Although most raids against Kalao were well protected, the last one of the day came in without escort and lost probably 13 Helens after FOW is accounted for.

There is a TF of at least 4x CA in the Sulu Sea heading SW. Meanwhile, at least one IJN carrier (CVE) has been spotted north of Iwo Jima, and a large convoy north of Daito Shoto.
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Sub attack near Torishima at 110,68

Japanese Ships
CVE Shinyo
CA Kumano
CA Takao
CL Yahagi
CL Noshiro
DD Nowaki
DD Kuroshio
DD Suzunami

Allied Ships
SS Amberjack

SS Amberjack launches 4 torpedoes at CVE Shinyo
Amberjack diving deep ....
DD Nowaki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Kuroshio attacking submerged sub ....
DD Suzunami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Kuroshio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kuroshio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kuroshio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kuroshio fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Amami Oshima at 100,66

Japanese Ships
DD Sawakaze
DD Michishio
AMC Gokoku Maru
LSD Akitsu Maru
AK Kaga Maru
AK Sakito Maru
xAP Shanghai Maru
xAP Konron Maru
xAP Brazil Maru
xAP Asama Maru
DD Minekaze

Allied Ships
SS Snook

SS Snook launches 2 torpedoes at DD Sawakaze
Snook diving deep ....
DD Sawakaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Minekaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Minekaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Minekaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Minekaze attacking submerged sub ....
SS Snook eludes ASW attack from DD Minekaze
SS Snook eludes DD Minekaze by diving deep
DD Minekaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Minekaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Here is a look at some of those forces revealed by sub contact.




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RE: 1944 February 28 - 7/12/2014 4:37:26 PM   
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I see Snook ignored the big fat AMC and LSD and took a shot at the DD escort.
Is that an indicator of a skipper with too high an aggression rating or just the chance that the DD was the only
target it could get to?

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RE: 1944 February 28 - 7/12/2014 4:52:31 PM   
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I see Snook ignored the big fat AMC and LSD and took a shot at the DD escort.
Is that an indicator of a skipper with too high an aggression rating or just the chance that the DD was the only
target it could get to?

Based on posts that I loosely recall from developers, I think that most of the time that is abstracting the escort screen or pure chance preventing the sub getting into a position for a shot against a higher value target.

I was just happy for the Intel. Actually, I was even happier for the Intel on the other TF, which shows all warships. I do wonder if that one is screening some LCU transfer to the Bonins, because I can't see all those cruisers being stacked with a CVE in the IJN.

Still wondering if the main IJN carrier force is up north to pounce when the Bonins are invested, or out west waiting for an incursion into the Philippines.

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RE: 1944 February 28 - 7/12/2014 7:35:24 PM   
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In my experience the risk of allied subs going after the escort is very high. I can´t remember the exact numbers (its in my old AAR) but I think well over 50% of my sub kills where PBs. Then another 10-20% or so was other types of escorts.

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1944 February 29 - 7/16/2014 5:49:02 AM   
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1944 February 29

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Morotai

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got a PB and a CL. The CL was Kitakami, near Formosa. Our subs also scored with a mine field laid near Kobe.
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TF 144 encounters mine field at 108,60

Japanese Ships
TK Kyokuyo Maru, Mine hits 1, heavy fires



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1,515 AV at Chungking.

One more day for the remaining assault units at Prome to finish converting out of strat mode. Unfortunately it looks as though a more major reinforcement of the battle hex is underway, with perhaps yet another division or two regiments on the way up from Rangoon. This of course might be in response to recon of our troops movements, which in the end simply can not be avoided. So air attacks and sweeps will switch to the unit(s) moving up as they should have the benefit of 0 forts.

A whole bunch of USA P-40N5 groups have arrived recently and they will help to flood the skies both in defense of our bombers and in warding off Imperial sweeps. There are more in transit and five Chinese Air Force groups will arrive in Calcutta by rail tomorrow. While the three size 9 front line airfields (Toungoo, Prome, and Bassein) can hold plenty air airframes there are already a tremendous number there, with support in place for only about 150 more. So some additional groups can be brought in, but more can be used to fill the gap for combat losses when depleted squadrons are rotated out.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit

Kalao was bombed and swept but our fliers did far better than theirs, losing only two for over a dozen of theirs. Two groups of sweepers came from Koepang, so P-38s and B-24s shall re-close that aerodrome.

With the occupation of Morotai we have reached parity in the number of bases possessed, 457 each side.

The same small carrier/heavy surface group is seen NE of the Bonins, while a large xAP convoy is at Daito Shoto. The main IJN carrier forces are unseen, no doubt by design.

Some of our fleet carriers were close enough to Talaud-eilanden that Hellcats intercepted Helens intent on hitting the small shore and boat squadron guarding the flag there. Tomorrow there will be most of a USA Base Group ashore and the airfield will begin building. Naval search will also begin tomorrow form that base, giving us our first look at the South China Sea (outside the Gulf of Siam) in quite a long time.

The new naval search extension into the South China Sea. So where are the IJN carriers?




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1944 March 01 - 7/17/2014 6:10:41 AM   
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1944 March 01

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs were involved in many, many combats, and finally in the last one of the day got an E.

1,742 AV at Chungking, which includes the 182 AV arrival of the 2nd New Chinese Corps.

The host at Prome is on the move. Likely all units will be in the battle hex and ready for combat in two days. The bombing strikes against the reinforcements coming up from Rangoon went pretty well for a jungle hex, owing to the targets being moving units, I think. They will be hit again tomorrow, then strikes will switch to the battle hex.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit

Support troops are unloading at Talaud-eilanden in spite of a mine field (no damage). A convoy should arrive at Sangi tomorrow, and all the fleet carriers will be in the area then as well. Supply convoys are farther away from those two bases but might be covered by fighters at Talaud-eilanden if the strip is built quickly enough. 11 Helens were shot down over that base today by carrier CAP.

The assault convoys for Kendari are nearing Kaimana where they will unload supply, then load up the assault forces. A convoy from Perth is nearing Darwin and carries the initial base forces for Kendari.

The small IJN carrier force is still NE of the Bonins and is covering a convoy unloading at Chichi Jima. The convoy at Daito Shoto now well NE of that island and retiring.

There is a horde of Imperial troops at Neikiang apparently moving toward Chungking.




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1944 March 02 - 7/18/2014 5:51:50 AM   
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1944 March 02

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Majuro

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got two xAK and a TK.

1,726 AV at Chungking.

The Empire flew Darth Vader in the skies over Burma today, and his minions took a toll on our bombers. It helped that only one out of three P-47 squadrons tasked with sweeping the target hex did so. Thank goodness for that one that did! See the bloody tally below. All B-24 losses have been replaced and almost all other losses as well.

Yet more reinforcements have left Rangoon for the battle hex. Now >38,000 troops are seen in the hex in between, although 5k or 10k were a garrison for that hex previously. It will be quite a battle. All of the armor has arrived in the battle hex, while all of the artillery, engineers, and infantry is still on the way.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit

DD McCall hit a mine at Kalao, so instead of having two DD on station to thwart bombardment we have one. McCall is in port but in great danger of sinking. To the north, our carriers got involved with a convoy at Cagayan.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Cagayan at 79,89

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 66 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 4

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 302
SBD-5 Dauntless x 52
TBF-1 Avenger x 18

No Japanese losses

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

Japanese Ships
xAK Naples Maru, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Glasgow Maru, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Norway Maru, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Florida Maru, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Fujinami, Bomb hits 6, and is sunk
DD Shiranui, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
20 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 10000 feet
18 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
14 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 10000 feet
11 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 10000 feet
3 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
10 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 10000 feet
8 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 10000 feet *
8 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 10000 feet
11 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 10000 feet
9 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 10000 feet
4 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 10000 feet
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
202 Ku S-1 Det A with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 19000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Glasgow Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Norway Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Florida Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Fujinami


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Cagayan at 79,89

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 58 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 2

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 47
SBD-5 Dauntless x 22

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Glasgow Maru, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk
DD Shiranui, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
12 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 10000 feet *
10 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 10000 feet *
3 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
202 Ku S-1 Det A with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 19000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Glasgow Maru



The 2nd Fiji Commando Bn is now in place on Sangi, securing that outpost. The 11th Base Group is 98% ashore at Talaud-eilanden with much supply following in this and then in another convoy. Supply is two days out in 2x AKA for Sangi. A convoy with more troops and some supply will arrive at Morotai tomorrow, supply following to there too. Namlea air field has made size 3, and tomorrow P-38 sweeps of Makassar will begin.

With the auto-occupation of Majuro we have passed the Empire in number of bases owned. The Imperial garrisons at Roi-Namur and Jaluit are fading fast now. The P-47D25 has begun production, and I will probably equip two or three of the five P-47 squadrons in Burma with that version because that is the zone of most intense air control contention.

Here are today's list of air losses.




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1944 March 03 - 7/18/2014 6:57:16 PM   
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1944 March 03

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got a CL (Oyodo), but their subs hit CL Emerald at Ramree Island.

1,691 AV at Chungking.

There are 4,581 AV, 759 Engineers, 54 Engineer Vehicles, 43,581 Troops, 117,842 Second Line Troops, 2,536 Vehicles, and 1,850 guns in the battle hex SE of Prome. Stacking is 162,156 out of 70,000, or 232%. Enemy forces recon as 8 Units, 63,380 Troops, 491 Guns, and 205 AFV, but I expect one or two more units to arrive during the next day. The attack is ordered for tomorrow. Weather is forecast as 'overcast'. The air strikes today went well but did take some casualties from flak. Enemy CAP was handily overcome, and waves of Imperial bombers made little impact but did drop some ready made defensive forts into the jungle for their troops (see air losses below). Tomorrow the strikes will be joined by squadrons of A-20G, B-25H, Hurricane IV, P-39D, P-39N1, and P-40N5 (9 squadrons total) that have been training in LowG and Strafe skills.

A bunch of IJN subs made attacks - maybe they laid mines too? - at Ramree Island and as mentioned earlier one got Emerald. She is in tough shape with 31-71(62)-17(16)-5 damage. The fires are minor and she is in port so I think she will survive, but is out of the fight for a long time. In return we certainly sank one sub and put hurt on others. The final tally will be elusive as always. There are 479 thousand supply sitting on the docks at Ramree Island waiting for transport inland, so it's not like the Empire is about to stop the upcoming offensive for lack of supply. But fear not, yet more Imperial reinforcements are on the way!

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit

Meanwhile, the Empire hit Salajar.
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Night Naval bombardment of Salajar at 66,108

Japanese Ships
CL Tatsuta
CL Tenryu
CL Kuma
CL Abukuma
CL Kinu
CL Jintsu
CL Naka
CL Sendai
DD Karii
DD Murakumo
DD Shirayuki

Allied ground losses:
48 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Port hits 27
Port supply hits 8

CL Tatsuta firing at 2/9 Commando Battalion
CL Tenryu firing at Salajar
CL Kuma firing at 1st Australian Para Battalion
CL Abukuma firing at 1st Australian Para Battalion
CL Kinu firing at Salajar
CL Jintsu firing at Salajar
CL Naka firing at Salajar
CL Sendai firing at Salajar
DD Karii firing at 2/9 Commando Battalion
DD Murakumo firing at Salajar
DD Shirayuki firing at 2/9 Commando Battalion


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Over at Kalao sweeps took out a number of Spitfires, raids hit the base, and DD McCall was sunk when the breeze from a low flying bomber capsized her. There is an IJN convoy at Makassar and two other TF are seen to the west (2 hexes) and the WSW (5 hexes). Kalao base in undamaged but only one spit is operational. That squadron will withdraw and another, of 16 planes, will move in. We have definitely spurred the IJN into action in this area.

Up at Cebu there are three separate TF seen. One is a convoy, one has several cruisers, and the other is only seen to have a heavy complement of ASW escorts and so is judged a convoy. There were three reports of a scout DB hitting a DD there, one a Shikinami class, one a Fubuki class, and one unspecified.

The unloading at Talaud-eilanden and Sangi goes well. T is 26% toward a size 1 airfield, so it looks like five or six more days before a fighter group can be brought in. The mines have been cleared. Unloading at Morotai is underway and will probably take two or three days. The assault shipping at Kaimana is mostly unloaded and should be finished tomorrow, then start loading forces for Kendari. The support troops for Kendari will take up station off Kai-eilanden and so be ready to follow the combat troops in as soon as the port is captured. The sweep over Makassar found nothing and the P-38 jockeys must rest (29 fatigue) from the long, high altitude combat flight.

Here are today's air losses. Scant comfort, but a small measure of revenge for yesterday.




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RE: 1944 March 03 - 7/19/2014 12:08:14 AM   
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Since my game abruptly terminated a couple of months ago, I have not visited the forums as often. It is good to see your AAR is continuing unabated.

An observation: The Burma front has been static for a long time due to the large force the IJ has committed there. Frankly, were I you, I think I would leave it that way or do a seaborne end round on him to unhinge the position. Personally, given your marked success in the Pacific, I would engage in a determined sitzkreig (sp?) and pursue the Pacific route and the DEI routes with gusto. A lot of IJ troops will be left in Burma to be repatriated after the war.

Obviously, he has built some formitable defenses at Iwo and Haha and Chichi (sounds like a Mexican dance) Is there a reasonable chance to bypass them and go straight to Okinawa in the near future? I ask because he seems to have a lot of navy committed to the DEI and well away from action closer to the Home Islands?

Your strategy of holding him by the nose in Burma and kicking him in the posterior in the Pacific/DEI seems a wise course.

Oh how I miss the game, but I just cannot bring myself to start again. Playing Distant Worlds is a poor alternative, but I have enjoyed it even if against AI only.

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RE: 1944 March 03 - 7/19/2014 1:05:34 AM   
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Since my game abruptly terminated a couple of months ago, I have not visited the forums as often. It is good to see your AAR is continuing unabated.

We have slowed down somewhat due to RL but are moving on with a good, competitive, game!
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An observation: The Burma front has been static for a long time due to the large force the IJ has committed there. Frankly, were I you, I think I would leave it that way or do a seaborne end round on him to unhinge the position. Personally, given your marked success in the Pacific, I would engage in a determined sitzkreig (sp?) and pursue the Pacific route and the DEI routes with gusto. A lot of IJ troops will be left in Burma to be repatriated after the war.

If this axis does not work (with adequate patience), that is exactly what I will do. Part of the stalemate in Burma is due to the need of Allied troops to help hold the last redoubt in China, but that just is what it is. As the RN carrier force becomes available, opening a second axis into the DEI will be realistic (if dangerous!), whereas prior to that the only option has been 'send the troops elsewhere for use'.
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Obviously, he has built some formitable defenses at Iwo and Haha and Chichi (sounds like a Mexican dance) Is there a reasonable chance to bypass them and go straight to Okinawa in the near future? I ask because he seems to have a lot of navy committed to the DEI and well away from action closer to the Home Islands?

The forces for Okinawa need a while yet to prepare and to recover (replacements) from Saipan, where most of them were last in combat. Iwo Jima, except for the required shock attack (which is like saying, 'except for the 500 pound gorilla'), might be like Saipan or Guam. Of course there could be a surge of troop strength before we get on the ground there.
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Your strategy of holding him by the nose in Burma and kicking him in the posterior in the Pacific/DEI seems a wise course.

Recently spent a bunch of PP to get a lot of Chinese infantry units into Burma. That gets them upgraded and using supply closer to the source to provide replacement squads. While they are not super offensive units, at least they can contribute to the holding part while other units either punch a hole or pull out for action elsewhere.
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Oh how I miss the game, but I just cannot bring myself to start again. Playing Distant Worlds is a poor alternative, but I have enjoyed it even if against AI only.


Take the plunge!

Oh - I hear an email. The turn is in. What happened in Burma?

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1944 March 04 - 7/19/2014 5:59:13 AM   
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1944 March 04

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Ailinglaplap

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got an xAK and an AO.

1,699 AV at Chungking.

The attack near Prome went poorly IMO. I had hoped for somewhat better from this force in the first go, which was as fresh as it will get.
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Ground combat at 55,51 (near Prome)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 137300 troops, 1850 guns, 2591 vehicles, Assault Value = 4614

Defending force 56137 troops, 510 guns, 198 vehicles, Assault Value = 1706

Allied adjusted assault: 1837

Japanese adjusted defense: 2973

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
4131 casualties reported
Squads: 32 destroyed, 341 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 60 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 23 disabled
Guns lost 64 (17 destroyed, 47 disabled)
Vehicles lost 24 (6 destroyed, 18 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
9859 casualties reported
Squads: 331 destroyed, 241 disabled
Non Combat: 76 destroyed, 78 disabled
Engineers: 133 destroyed, 88 disabled
Guns lost 101 (47 destroyed, 54 disabled)
Vehicles lost 241 (142 destroyed, 99 disabled)

Assaulting units:
IV Corps Engineer Battalion
254th Armoured Brigade
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
27th Infantry Division
17th Indian Division
Provisionl Tank Brigade
20th Indian Division
81st (West African) Division
77th LRP Brigade
150th RAC Regiment
111th LRP Brigade
4th Marine Division
3rd Carabiniers Regiment
255th Armoured Brigade
46th Indian Brigade
50th Tank Brigade
Gardner's Horse Regiment
192nd Tank Battalion
14th Army Engineer Battalion
Americal Infantry Division
14th Indian Division
XXXIII Corps Engineer Battalion
36th Div Engineer Battalion
18th British Division
26th Indian Division
25th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
56th Heavy Regiment
8th Belfast Heavy Regiment
32nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
30th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
21st Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
31st Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
33rd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
3rd Division
33rd Division
19th Division
2nd Guards Division
19th Tank Regiment
21st Fld AA Gun Co
35th Fld AA Gun Co
16th AA Regiment



The only saving grace is the supply (-). As Imperial reinforcements are on the way, the casualty-AV-adjusted AV ratios do not help. All of the armour and engineer units have gone in to reserve to speed recovery. We currently have 3,913 Av there, a reduction of 701 from pre-battle.

The air strikes will continue out. There were a number of groups that struck targets outside the battle hex. I assume that their target orders were lost due to target units either combining or dividing. Two B-24 groups even flew separate strikes on a unit far into China at Neikiang - a little off! The rest of the approach is less clear. can we try and take advantage of the supply situation (which I previously had thought the Empire had solved)?

A large number of mines were cleared at Ramree Island.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit

Plus:
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Japanese Ships Bombarding Kalao
Japanese Ships Bombarding Kalao

There was more to it.
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Kalao at 66,110, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Niizuki
DD Yugumo
DD Kiyonami
DD Kagero

Allied Ships
DD Ralph Talbot, Shell hits 4, heavy fires

Improved night sighting under 75% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 75% moonlight: 12,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 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
DD Ralph Talbot engages DD Kiyonami at 12,000 yards
DD Ralph Talbot engages DD Kiyonami at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
DD Kiyonami engages DD Ralph Talbot at 6,000 yards
DD Ralph Talbot engages DD Yugumo at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
DD Kiyonami engages DD Ralph Talbot at 5,000 yards
DD Kiyonami engages DD Ralph Talbot at 5,000 yards
Earle, R. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range closes to 4,000 yards
DD Ralph Talbot engages DD Kiyonami at 4,000 yards
DD Ralph Talbot engages DD Niizuki at 4,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
DD Kiyonami engages DD Ralph Talbot at 9,000 yards
DD Niizuki engages DD Ralph Talbot at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
DD Kagero engages DD Ralph Talbot at 13,000 yards
DD Yugumo engages DD Ralph Talbot at 13,000 yards
DD Niizuki engages DD Ralph Talbot at 13,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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TF 69 encounters mine field at Kalao (66,110)

Japanese Ships
DD Niizuki, Mine hits 1, on fire



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Night Naval bombardment of Kalao at 66,110

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire VIII: 6 damaged
Spitfire VIII: 1 destroyed on ground

Japanese Ships
DD Kagero
DD Kiyonami
DD Yugumo
DD Niizuki

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

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 43
Port hits 13
Port supply hits 3

DD Kagero firing at Kalao
DD Kiyonami firing at Kalao
DD Yugumo firing at Kalao
DD Niizuki firing at Kalao


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Night Naval bombardment of Kalao at 66,110

Allied aircraft
no flights

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

Japanese Ships
CL Oyodo
DD Hokaze

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

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 4
Port hits 8

CL Oyodo firing at Kalao
DD Hokaze firing at Kalao


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Tanahdjampea at 65,109, Range 18,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Niizuki
DD Yugumo
DD Kiyonami
DD Kagero

Allied Ships
DD Ralph Talbot, Shell hits 1

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions: 30,000 yards
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 26,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 26,000 yards
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
DD Ralph Talbot engages DD Kagero at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
DD Ralph Talbot engages DD Kagero at 14,000 yards
DD Ralph Talbot engages DD Yugumo at 14,000 yards
DD Niizuki engages DD Ralph Talbot at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards
DD Ralph Talbot engages DD Kagero at 12,000 yards
DD Niizuki engages DD Ralph Talbot at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
DD Ralph Talbot engages DD Kagero at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
DD Kagero engages DD Ralph Talbot at 12,000 yards
DD Kiyonami engages DD Ralph Talbot at 12,000 yards
DD Ralph Talbot engages DD Niizuki at 12,000 yards
Range increases to 17,000 yards
DD Kagero engages DD Ralph Talbot at 17,000 yards
DD Ralph Talbot engages DD Kiyonami at 17,000 yards
Range increases to 20,000 yards
DD Ralph Talbot engages DD Yugumo at 20,000 yards
Range increases to 22,000 yards
Range increases to 26,000 yards
Range increases to 28,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Tanahdjampea at 65,109, Range 24,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Oyodo
DD Hokaze

Allied Ships
DD Ralph Talbot

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions: 30,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 30,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 30,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CL Oyodo engages DD Ralph Talbot at 24,000 yards
CL Oyodo engages DD Ralph Talbot at 24,000 yards
Ishiko, Z. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range closes to 23,000 yards
CL Oyodo engages DD Ralph Talbot at 23,000 yards
Range increases to 30,000 yards
CL Oyodo engages DD Ralph Talbot at 30,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Ralph Talbot will make her way to Darwin and then to a shipyard. The full Spitfire squadron at Kalao was effectively knocked out as sweeps and raids followed the bombardments, so they have pulled out. At Kaimana the Kendari invasion force begins loading today. Unloading of troops continues at Morotai.

The various units slated to invest Tinian are on their way to other Mariana Islands bases for transfer to the assault convoys.

Daito Shoto airfield expanded to size 1. I have a feeling that it is planned to use Daito Shoto as part of a kamikaze onslaught during the approach to Okinawa, after we have activated the little beasties by capturing Iwo Jima.

This DD TF is moving to flank the former position of the IJN light carrier force. The purpose is to either intercept or be discovered out there and give DAW HQ more to consider.




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Your post 1815 reported CL Oyodo hit by subs. Is that just FOW and another CL was hit, or is there a sync-bug creeping in?

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Your post 1815 reported CL Oyodo hit by subs. Is that just FOW and another CL was hit, or is there a sync-bug creeping in?

I have no reason to believe it was a sync bug. FOW is pervasive, but I never bother to mention the 'falsely reported sunk' messages replaced by some other similar ship 'reported sunk'. My guess is that better than 50% of the time it's actually another ship similar to the one reported.

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1944 March 05 - 7/22/2014 5:41:14 AM   
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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Ebadon

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got one TK two times.

1,723 AV at Chungking.

Our troops in the battle hex are recovering, but some are still >70% disruption. The garrison at Rangoon has been reduced a great deal but is still quite strong enough to prevent our forces on the scene from assaulting that city.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Roi-Namur
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit

Two hexes NW Iba (on Luzon) a 4-ship TF heading SW is sighted with 1x CA and 2x TK. I think it more likely that the TK are CV of some variety. Five hexes E Mersing a 4-ship TF is sighted with 2x CA heading E. There are also various cruisers seen at Manila, some in convoy escort some in TF. It is possible that the IJN is gathering strength to oppose a move into the Philippines. If so, that's good because we are not moving on the Philippines at this time and it's always good to make the IJN burn fuel.

Roi-Namur appears to be empty and the garrison at Jaluit appears a day or two from destruction. Troops are preparing to land and expedite the change in administration.

The unloading of supply and troops continues at the various points previously mentioned in the eastern DEI with more on the way. One of the carrier TFs refueled.

The invasion forces for Kendari have completed loading troops and are now loading supply.

Here is that DD TF now ordered to make its run.




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1944 March 06 - 7/23/2014 5:49:21 PM   
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1944 March 06

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Tanahdjampea

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got an xAK and an AO.

1,735 AV at Chungking.

BB Valiant has just entered the map after upgrading at Cape Town. Escorts will meet up with her shortly.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Pagan
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit

Our DD TF up north found nothing, and worse yet, was not found. They took on quite a bit of incidental damage from the high speed run and will disband at Truk for TLC. A fighter sweep of Iwo Jima found no Imperials willing to play.

Tomorrow troops for Tinian will begin unloading on various other Mariana Islands in preparation for loading on assault shipping.

Here is a look at the Celebes Sea. Our fleet carriers will stay put for probably two more days, then head SW to cover the invasion of Kendari. An IJN CL TF was seen in the eastern Java Sea during the turn so I expect a bombardment of either Kalao or Salajar, or they are getting into position to oppose invasions. A fighter sweep of Makassar found nothing.




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1944 March 07 - 7/23/2014 10:27:31 PM   
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1944 March 07

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Djailolo

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got a TK, an E, a PB, and an AO. There was a great deal of Imperial sub action at Guam, but our ships were all well protected and report sinking two subs and damaging others.

1,569 AV at Chungking after today's armour only attack.
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Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 7494 troops, 272 guns, 791 vehicles, Assault Value = 3387

Defending force 155180 troops, 98 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1763

Japanese adjusted assault: 530

Allied adjusted defense: 1707

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 264 (9 destroyed, 255 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1930 casualties reported
Squads: 42 destroyed, 66 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th Tank Regiment
17th/A Division
9th Mongol/A Cavalry Division
5th Tank Regiment
North China Gsn Brigade
10th Tank Regiment
22nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
17th Tank Regiment
37th Division
14th Tank Regiment
35th Division
6th Tank Regiment
13th Ind.Infantry Brigade
12th Tank Regiment
9th Tank Regiment
19th Ind Engineer Regiment
11th Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Regiment
12th Ind.Infantry Brigade
32nd/A Division
2nd Ind.Mixed Regiment
34th/B Division
58th Infantry Regiment
15th Tank Regiment
51st Infantry Brigade
104th/C Division
8th Ind Engineer Regiment
22nd/B Division
39th Ind Engineer Regiment
110th/B Division
1st Mortar Battalion
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
4th Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
31st Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
13th Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Corps
44th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
129th Red Chinese Division
93rd Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
115th Red Chinese Division
89th Chinese Corps
22nd Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps
23rd Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
61st Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
82nd Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
259th Brigade
88th Chinese Corps
69th Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
11th Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
9th Chinese Corps
8th Prov Chinese Corps
94th Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
66th Chinese Corps Corps
303rd Brigade
36th Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
47th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
43rd Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
2nd New Chinese Corps
4th Chinese/A Corps
2nd War Area
34th Group Army
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
17th Group Army
27th Chinese Corps
49th AA Regiment
79th Chinese Corps
34th Separate Brigade
China Command
56th AT Gun Regiment
CAF HQ
Jingcha War Area
83rd Chinese Corps
13th Group Army
6th Construction Regiment
64th Chinese Corps
16th Construction Regiment
5th Chinese Base Force
13th Construction Regiment
38th Group Army
8th Group Army
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
7th Construction Regiment
40th Group Army
5th War Area
20th Chinese Base Force
25th Group Army
17th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Base Force
80th Chinese Corps
Central Reserve
4th Chinese Base Force
7th Artillery Regiment
14th Group Army
6th Chinese Base Force
22nd Group Army
41st AA Regiment
9th Chinese Base Force
84th Chinese Corps
30th Group Army
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
29th Chinese Corps
8th War Area
12th Group Army
12th Chinese Base Force
1st War Area
20th Artillery Regiment
24th Group Army
1st Artillery Regiment
31st Group Army
11th Construction Regiment
37th Group Army
Red Chinese Army
21st Chinese Base Force


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There are more units approaching Chungking from the west from both Neikiang and the hex between. At least one unit is pulling out of Chungking heading in that same direction.

All of the armour from the battle hex SE Prome has reached Prome for recovery. The lessened crowding is speeding recovery of the infantry still in the battle hex as well.

The single-CL bombardment of Rangoon went well. Another (with more modern 6 inch guns) is on for tonight.
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Night Naval bombardment of Rangoon at 54,53

Allied Ships
CL Caradoc

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

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 5
Port hits 1

CL Caradoc firing at Rangoon


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Pretty good for an old dog shooting alone.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit
Allied Ships Bombarding Jaluit

Plus this very damaging foray.
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Japanese Ships Bombarding Kalao
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Night Naval bombardment of Kalao at 66,110

Japanese Ships
CL Tatsuta
CL Tenryu
CL Kuma
CL Abukuma
CL Kinu
CL Jintsu
CL Naka
CL Sendai
DD Karii
DD Murakumo
DD Shirayuki

Allied ground losses:
285 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled

Airbase hits 8
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 22
Port hits 21
Port supply hits 1

CL Tatsuta firing at Kalao
CL Tenryu firing at Kalao
CL Kuma firing at Kalao
CL Abukuma firing at Kalao
CL Kinu firing at 14th US Naval Construction Battalion
CL Jintsu firing at Kalao
CL Naka firing at Kalao
CL Sendai firing at Kalao
DD Karii firing at Kalao
DD Murakumo firing at Kalao
DD Shirayuki firing at Kalao


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A bunch of engineers will land overnight at Talaud-eilanden and most likely the airstrip will finally make size 1 tomorrow. Fighters will move in the day after and the fleet carriers will then depart for Kendari.

Our 8x DD TF is at Cagayan (unmolested by Imperial aircraft!) but their quarry is east of Panay. They will withdraw to Babeldaob to refuel, then make for the Talaud-eilanden/Sangi area to support operations there.

The remaining convoys of troops for Tinian are still en route.

Troops will land on Roi-Namur either tomorrow or the day after. Jaluit now appears empty and troops and ships are being rounded up for a landing.

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1944 March 08 - 7/26/2014 6:48:20 AM   
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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Roi-Namur

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs got an LSD, an xAP, and two xAK. Their subs got a YMS. We have a parade of subs going back to Pearl Harbor for repairs and I am sure that there are others damaged that I just didn't look hard enough to find this turn.

1,619 AV at Chungking. 13 of the increase in AV is due to the arrival of a base force, but the rest must be due to repair of disabled squads. Given that many squads were disabled from bombing today, that is quite surprising and might signal that there is some hope for at least putting up an even tougher resistance than I thought.

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Allied Ships Bombarding Rangoon
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Night Naval bombardment of Rangoon at 54,53

Allied Ships
CL Newcastle

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

Manpower hits 2
Fires 300
Airbase hits 6
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 19
Port hits 3

CL Newcastle firing at Rangoon


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This action was not interfered with by the IJN TF sent north, perhaps with that intent. There were welcomed properly in daylight hours, though.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Moulmein at 54,56

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 31 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Allied aircraft
TBF-1 Avenger x 11

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
E Yomogi
E Tsuga
DD Asagiri
DD Sagiri

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



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Moulmein at 54,56

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 62 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Allied aircraft
Beaufighter TF.X x 7

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufighter TF.X: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
E Tsuga, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Sagiri, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Beaufighter TF.X launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Moulmein at 54,56

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 41 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
Beaufighter TF.X x 7
P-51A Mustang x 9

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufighter TF.X: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Asagiri
E Yomogi, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Beaufighter TF.X launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Moulmein at 54,56

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 7 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Allied aircraft
Beaufighter TF.X x 6

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Asagiri

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Beaufighter TF.X launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo



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The armoured units have recovered quite quickly at Prome. The question of exactly what to do next looms, as I am loath to hit the same spot. The British carrier fleet is not quite ready for offensive operations. The Imperial troop count in the battle hex (SE Prome) is now almost 86,000, almost as high as that near Toungoo. There are also now 5 units SW of the battle hex, between there and Rangoon. Counting the previously scouted garrison of 2 units and ~5,000 troops in that spot I figure that there are 3 artillery or (more likely) anti-tank units making their way to the battle hex. I am withdrawing the 3 American infantry units (2x USA ID + 1x USMC Div) to Prome to facilitate taking replacements. And the West African Division for the same reason plus to recover morale (now only 45!). The commander is pretty decent and there are slim pickings to replace him, so I don't want to spend the PP.

One P-47D2 group at Bassein has upgraded to P-47D25. Given the great gap in P-47 replacements that occurs later, I am going to try and nurse the supply as much as possible.

Allied bombardments in the Pacific.
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Allied Ships Bombarding Peleliu
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian
Allied Ships Bombarding Tinian

A whole bunch of mines were cleared at Guam. Some mines were found and cleared at Salajar but there are no mine sweepers there to do a proper job. Roi-Namur is ours even as ships enter the lagoon. Troops will begin boarding tonight for Jaluit.

Talaud-eilanden airfield has reached size 1 as hoped, and two fighter squadrons have transferred in to protect shipping in the area. One USMC 18-plane F4U-1A group, and one 25-plane USA P-39N1 group, both with very experienced pilots. The carriers will now head directly toward Kendari and should take two days to reach station there. The invasion convoy (unspotted so far) is standing one hex SW of Namlea and will require only one day to rendezvous with the battle fleet. The carriers have been doing their anti-submarine/keep IJN carriers from guessing the exact range dance around their present position, and today's dispositions brought some within range of this bold Imperial convoy at Jolo.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Jolo at 74,90

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 54
SBD-5 Dauntless x 28

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAKL Tama Maru, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Yoshinogawa Maru, Bomb hits 6, and is sunk
PB Choko Maru #5, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
3 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Tama Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Yoshinogawa Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring PB Choko Maru #5


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Although there are no fighters in the area, there are now 3x DD at Salajar to protect the 2x AVD that just arrived and dropped anchor. A 9-ship squadron of Catalina also has moved there to extend patrols farther across the Java Sea and to the Indian Ocean side of Java. In addition to aiding our submarines, IJN carriers will have a much tougher time surprising our own carriers as they stand off Kendari. There is also an enemy convoy at Makassar, which DAW HQ must now deem to be imperiled. We have support units on the way to Salajar - and more to Kalao - but it will be a bit before they arrive. Until then the airfield at Salajar will continue snail's pace construction.

The units for Tinian should be finished unloading tomorrow or the day after in the Marianas Islands, then perhaps a day to put the right ships in the right spots to load them.

The supply(-) that the Imperial troops SE of Prome got in the recent battle really surprised me. I thought that the Empire had remedied their supply woes in that area. What is behind the recent shortage? The Marianas garrisons that we have encountered so far were bountifully supplied, so they must have had priority. The campaign to take Chungking certainly requires significant supply. Could it be that the Empire is getting tight enough on supply that big supply runs to Burma are simply not high enough on the priority list?

Here is the course set by the USN fleet carriers.




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Transport will begin moving to roundup the following units assigned to invade Iwo Jima. 1st Marine Division is still taking replacements but should be finished with that and with upgrading squads by the time they embark. I would like to get the two USMC tank Bns' TOE upgraded, but the pool of M4 Sherman Tanks is empty!
Dagua
33rd Infantry Division

Hansa Bay
1st Marine Division
3rd Marine Division
33rd Medium Regiment
2nd Pioneer Battalion

Kavieng
V US Amphib Force

Manus
24th Infantry Division
3rd USMC Tank Battalion
4th USMC Tank Battalion
762nd Tank Battalion
763rd Tank Battalion
198th Field Artillery Battalion
249th Field Artillery Battalion
225th Field Artillery Battalion

Talasea
7th Infantry Division
1st (Spec) Cavalry Division
XI US Corps

The tally comes to:

6 Infantry Divisions
-- 2 USMC Div
-- 3 USA ID
-- 1 USA (Spec) Cav Div

4 Tank Battalions
-- 2 USMC (Stuarts)
-- 2 USA (mostly Shermans + some Stuarts)

4 Artillery
-- 3 USA FA Bn (2 with 155mm, 1 with 105mm)
-- 1 Brit Army Rgt (5.5 inch)

1 Engineer
-- 1 USMC Pioneer (shore party type)

2 HQ
-- 1 USN Amphib Force (facilitate landing)
-- 1 USA Corps HQ


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The Sherman pool is always empty it seems!

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Just finished reading your entire AAR, thanks for taking the time to post it and doing such a nice job making it easy to follow.

To answer your question, I have a stock game in late 1943 where I have an overland route from Singapore to Manchuria (albeit without Changsha) and if my SLOCs were cut it would quickly result in catastrophic economic meltdown. As I've been reading I've actually been wondering why you weren't more aggressively interdicting his supply routes, although it seems like your subs have been doing a fine job on their own.

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ORIGINAL: aaffins

Just finished reading your entire AAR, thanks for taking the time to post it and doing such a nice job making it easy to follow.

To answer your question, I have a stock game in late 1943 where I have an overland route from Singapore to Manchuria (albeit without Changsha) and if my SLOCs were cut it would quickly result in catastrophic economic meltdown. As I've been reading I've actually been wondering why you weren't more aggressively interdicting his supply routes, although it seems like your subs have been doing a fine job on their own.

Thanks! Welcome aboard.

I really concentrated the assault shipping for the Mariana Islands campaign. When it comes to landing 6 divisions plus armor, arty, etc. for one invasion there just isn't enough of it to go around in 1943. I could have pushed earlier with more risk in the eastern DEI but it would have been a double whammy - mostly merchant shipping and very little air cover. I've got lots of CVE now, in fact I have more than a dozen that have yet to sortie on an operation because their pilots are training.

The route of advance to Okinawa is aimed mostly at interdicting supply, etc. Making additional strategic bombing bases available is a secondary objective, and of course, future offensives from there.

Taking bases on the Indochina coast, the speculative operation posed in the graphic above, is solely aimed at interdicting supply, etc. but future operations could also originate there. The reason I'm considering it is I suppose those bases would be less strongly defended than other bases astride the mainland side of the supply line, and they are less exposed to attack from major Imperial bases.

Burma was intended as a breakthrough to move through Thailand, Indochina, and Malaya. As you see it's turned into a giant holding operation. At this point its strategic value is in tying up lots of Imperial troops, both directly and in China (which depends on Burma for its lifeline). There is always the possibility of cutting of and destroying large formations as the Allies get more ability to make major landings behind the defense.

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