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Eyebrow on the Money witpqs (A) vs vicberg (J) {No vicb... - 12/7/2011 4:11:35 AM   
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1941 December 6

"Sir, we've confirmed it!"

>"Confirmed what?"

"The attack, sir. It's imminent."

>"The whole world knows that. But where?"

"Pearl Harbor, sir."

>"Huh? Just how have you confirmed this?"

"We decrypted this routine looking banking message."

>"Banking message? Are you kidding me?"

"No sir! It looks like a banking message but it was transmitted over Japan's Imperial Navy radio network. That means the banking stuff was baloney to throw us off the trail!"

>"Oh. If it was over the navy radio net, was it in the Imperial Navy's code?"

"Yes sir."

>"Can we read that now?"

"No sir. That's why we used Google Decrypt."

>"G... Goo... WHAT!?"

"Google Decrypt sir. It's software"

>"Is this some kind of a joke?"

"No sir!

>"So how does lingerie help read codes?"

"No, no! Software isn't clothing sir. It's very specific mathematical logic based on computational..."

>"Whoa! Skip that part!"

"Yes, sir. Here is the original intercept. I'm afraid the intercept station operators couldn't make out the station call sign. That happens sometimes." Hands a typed sheet to CincAE. It reads:

quote:


Hello, i am seek for your assist,support on this claim, my name is John Great, our late client Dr. Kenneth Adams died on painful motor together with his family, wife and with 2 sons on 12th June 2007 here in africa and before the death of Dr.Kenneth Adams leaving the sum of Eleven million Euros with the Security Company here Lome-Togo and i am senior head manager which I discovered original copy of certificate issued after the money was deposited by Dr. Kenneth Adams on his file with the company. Please I apply for your help on the collect/claim of this deposit I will give you more details when I get your assurance and willingness to help. I will come over to your country immediately the successful conclusion of the collection and invest my % on a good profitable project. 35% for you and for your time. Please get back to me as quick as possible; please keep this strictly confidential due eyebrow on the money. Please confirm your reply to this private email: {Call Sign Unintelligible} Thanks John Great.


>"Holy smokes, how do you make sense of that?"

"We got a partial decrypt sir. See the part about keeping this confidential? "eyebrow" means attack and "money" means the target. Up here "painful motor" means aircraft carriers, sir. And "Thanks John Great", well John Great must be their code for Pearl Harbor, and Thanks means to execute the attack, and..."

>"Wait a minute! You said "must be their code for Pearl Harbor? It doesn't decrypt that way?"

"Well, it's a very early version of the software, sir. You know that even with modern methods we get a little here and there. With this future stuff..."

>"Huh?"

"I mean that this new tool is in the very early stages. You might even say pre-embryonic. But we're very certain of this sir. It happened that way before."

>"What!? What!? Sergey, I know they say you're some kind of genius from the future, but don't get carried away, OK?"

"Yes, sir."

>"So you show up, supposedly dropped out of some weird tornado or something, and Washington sends you out here to take over SigInt because they can't figure out what to do with you. Fine. You took a knock on the head and it made you a genius. But are you certain of this? An attack on Pearl Harbor is imminent?"

"Yes sir! Absolutely!"
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It's deja vu all over again. vicberg and I are embarking on a new venture, and thanks to Vic's understanding and kindness, we are using the same set up, scenario, HRs, etc. etc. as in my game just begun with Andav (the Devious Admiral Wa). This AAR is open to Vic and Andav until I post for December 7th, at which time I will change the title to close it. The games are just too close in time otherwise, 'cause I only get so many good ideas at a time and I'll need some of them in both games!

As time goes by the games will obviously diverge and probably prgress at different rates. In the very early going I am going to try and pace things so that the game with Andav (which began first) is about a week ahead of this game. That's my likely futile attempt to keep my head from exploding due to trying to move ships in the wrong game and so on.

The rest of this post is almost identical to the similar part of the opening post in the other game.

The field of battle is Da Babes Scenario 28-C, Extended Map, Stacking Limits, beginning with Beta 1008r3 and progressing from there. Our house rules, et al:

quote:

- Ignore point totals - you decide your own victory conditions and me likewise. At the end maybe we both consider we 'won' or 'lost'!


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*** House Rules ***

General:

- Respect boundaries and pay PP's on units belonging to restricted commands as appropriate (pay full PP for all such units). Exceptions:
* Restricted units can go up to 3 hexes outside their border without paying PP.
* US and Canadian units can cross their borders without paying PP in the event of invasion.
* Units restricted to Manchuria/Manchukuo can invade Soviet Union without paying PP.


First Turn Restrictions:

Japan:
- Multiple Port Attacks restricted to areas with somewhat close sunrise times (i.e. no port attacks many time zones apart).

Allies:
- No new TF's formed.

- Orders may be given to TF's already formed.

- Ground units everywhere may be given orders regarding Replacements (on/off), Operations Mode, Targets, etc. but no movement orders.

- Air units everywhere may be given orders regarding Replacements (accept/not), Pilots, and Limited Mission Orders, etc. but no Transfers. Limited Mission orders means that current mission orders may be tailored (change altitude, etc.), but no groups may be given attack orders. In other words, only groups already with attack orders at scenario start may have attack orders.

- China, no restrictions (exempted from all first turn restrictions). China excludes Hong Kong.


Clarifications:

- Invasions are allowed at non-base/non-dot hexes.

'No gaminess' and 'be realistic'.

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Realism Options

Fog of War = Yes
Advanced Weather Effects = Yes
Allied Damage Control = Yes
Player Def. Upgrades = Yes
Historical First Turn = No
December 7th Surprise = Yes
Reliable USN Torpedoes = No
Realistic R&D = Yes
No Unit Withdrawals = No
Reinforcements - Allied = +/- 15 Days
Reinforcements - Japanese = +/- 15 Days


Game Options

Combat Reports = Yes
Auto Sub Ops = No
TF Move Radius = No
Plane Move Radius = No
Set All Facilities To Expand At Start = No
Automatic Upgrade Ships And Air Groups = No
Accept Air And Ground Replacements = No
Turn Cycle = 1 (1 day turns)


Preferences (Delays and Animations should be set as you like them.)

Map Style = With Hexes
Hexside Detail = Off
Map Scroll Delay = 2
Message Delay = 0.1
Air To Air Delay = 0.0
Air To Ground Delay = 0.0
Air To Naval Delay = 0.0
Naval Vs Naval Delay = 0.0
Sub Vs Naval Delay = 0.0
Troop Vs Troop Delay = 0.0
Bombardment Delay = 0.0
Show Combat Animations = Yes
Show Combat Summaries = Yes
Show Clouds = Yes
Main Volume = 0
Music Volume = 0
Background FX = 0
Unit Sounds FX = 0


The Imperial Leader might grace this ARR before the December 7th post. Treat him harshly!

We're looking forward to seeing how the new stacking limits work out, plus so many other improvements in Babes over the months. We began with the newest version with the devices updated for new bomb devices calculations.

Be sure to participate as you like. I intend to try the same style as my previous AARs, namely an accounting of what's going on, some planning info (not all - the audience needs surprises!), and a screen shot with almost every post. Combat report excerpts only (and only when relevant).

Wish us luck!


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RE: Eyebrow on the Money witpqs (A) vs vicberg (J) - 12/7/2011 4:33:28 AM   
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Good luck, witpqs!

Eyebrow doesn't have anything to do with GreyJoy and "Suddenly Hairy," does it?

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RE: Eyebrow on the Money witpqs (A) vs vicberg (J) - 12/7/2011 5:21:01 AM   
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Thanks!

I hadn't considered that... maybe it's what GreyJoy keeps doing at the office between AE turns!

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1941 December 7 - 12/9/2011 5:38:10 PM   
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1941 December 7

Sergey was wrong, and for now he's been tasked with watching the horizon around Pearl Harbor, with strict orders to report any Japanese carrier planes he sees. In his place, the Intel Monkeys are back.

SVC - Supreme Vic Command - went with his trademark Far East opening. In contrast to earlier 12/7 attacks the KB was tasked with smashing Singapore (which they did) while LBA pounded Manila. As a result, the sub fleet in Manila is in much better shape than it might have been. Singapore has port damage 49 while Manila has port damage 5. The airfields were untouched, but Clark and Georgetown airfields were hit hard. Cagayan, the B-17 base on Mindanao, was bombarded from the sea, but mercifully the airfield was missed.

Batan Island was lost, and Kota Bharu was also invaded. No landings on Luzon, and there are not seen any convoys clearly headed for Luzon. KB is ~120nm SE Kota Bharu/~120nm NE Kuantan. It seems that SVC intends to go for deep invasions to cut off the Philippines and pierce the eastern DEI, while preventing any build up of defenses at Palembang.

Midget subs did attack shipping in Pearl Harbor and hit West Virginia hard. Here is an accounting of all ships sunk and all ships damaged. This is from Tracker, so ships currently damaged but uninvolved in combat are included.





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RE: 1941 December 7 - 12/12/2011 9:27:20 PM   
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Here are the locations of KB and an sKB. You can see the major exit routes are designed to escape with as much as possible by outrunning the hunters or saturating them. Any surface forces that pursue to the east will also burn as much fuel as we can make them.




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1941 December 8 - 12/13/2011 10:11:04 PM   
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1941 December 8

There is only one HDML left in Singapore, and no ships at all in Manila. A number of vessels that sortied from Singapore sank, some from torpedoes or gunfire of I-boats and a number from mortal 800kg AP hits at anchor the day before. Amphibious operations occurred at
Kota Bharu
Wenchow
Aparri

The Empire captured
Kota Bharu

The landing at Wenchow encountered a game-glitch as only part of the unit loaded and so only a small fragment landed there. I won't attack it.

DM Thracian carried out the first deep penetration raid of the war by laying a minefield at Pescadores and blasted AG Chiyo Maru (Shell hits 15, heavy fires, heavy damage). Thracian herself did not escape enemy waters, nor did DD Thanet. DD Scout is nearly out of fuel close to an sKB and will try to quietly slip into port to top up and make an escape. xAK Teihoku Maru is likely sunk by a Dutch sub.

Air losses over Singapore and Luzon were frightful. KB made sweeps over Singapore while equally concentrated and devastating sweeps bloodied the skies over Luzon. I've ordered all air units pulled out of Singapore. Java will offer a better chance to do some damage with its more numerous airfields. Here is a look at the day's ship losses and air losses. At the bottom is the current position of KB. Where will the beast go? Has SVC ordered a quick sweep through the Java Sea before the even meager defenses are ready?





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1941 December 9 - 12/14/2011 4:17:56 AM   
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1941 December 9

KB did not raid the Java Sea, but a powerful cruiser task force did pound Singkawang. Amphibious operations took place at
Aparri
Wenchow
Laoag
Singkawang

The Empire captured
Itbayat Island
Aparri

Imperial surface groups intercepted shipping escaping Hong Kong. Of more concern is the group built around CL Nagara (+~6 DDs) that found ships near Cagayan and points east. EHQ might have noted the Manila Refugees fleeing eastward. I-boats took more of the Singapore refugees, but at least one shark is thought to have run out of ammo. At GR88,50 (near Hwainan) the 48th Chinese Corps got the better of the IJA 138th Infantry Regiment.
quote:


Japanese Shock attack

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

Defending force 5362 troops, 43 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 165

Japanese adjusted assault: 44

Allied adjusted defense: 53

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
599 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 137 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

It's always nice to see an enemy unit rendered hors de combat. USMC Regiments are prepping for Maleolap and Wotje. We might not get the chance to send them, but if the bulk of the IJN is still busy when we are ready the objective will be to smash the Mandates.

Here is a look at KB covering the Singkawang invasion. A foray into the Java Sea is still a possibility. Note the mid-ocean minefields already in place. Additional loaded mine layers are ready to make night runs in front of KB if it does transit the Java Sea.





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1941 December 10 - 12/14/2011 6:17:03 PM   
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1941 December 10

Replay available at this writing. Screen captures will come later.

The Empire captured:
Langkawi
Hong Kong
Laoag
Singkawang

Amphibious operations took place at:
Singkawang
Laoag
Digos
Wenchow
Cagayan
Dadjangas

Allied forces liberated:
Ichang

This day saw many Imperial hammers fall. KB stood within range of Palembang while powerful naval forces dropped anchor and methodically reduced the area to a landscape of smoking ruins.
quote:


Naval bombardment of Palembang at 48,91

Japanese Ships
CA Chokai
DD Shirayuki
DD Isonami
DD Shirakumo
DD Usugumo
DD Shinonome
DD Fubuki

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

Refinery hits 1
Runway hits 9
Port hits 2
Port supply hits 1

CA Chokai firing at Palembang
DD Shirayuki firing at Palembang
DD Isonami firing at Palembang
DD Shirakumo firing at Palembang
DD Usugumo firing at Palembang
DD Shinonome firing at Palembang
DD Fubuki firing at Palembang

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Naval bombardment of Palembang at 48,91

Japanese Ships
CA Kumano
CA Suzuya
CA Mikuma
CA Mogami
DD Hagikaze
DD Arashi
DD Nowaki
DD Maikaze

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

Manpower hits 1
Fires 319
Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 18
Port hits 4

CA Kumano firing at Palembang
CA Suzuya firing at Palembang
CA Mikuma firing at Palembang
CA Mogami firing at Palembang
DD Hagikaze firing at Palembang
DD Arashi firing at Palembang
DD Nowaki firing at Palembang
DD Maikaze firing at So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion

CL Sendai sis hit a mine. Air attacks neither hit nor deterred the Imperial Japanese Navy. Another Imperial TF composed of
CA Aoba
CA Kinugasa
CA Furutaka
CA Kako
DD Oboro
DD Uzuki
DD Kikuzuki
DD Yuzuki
found and destroyed several of the Manila refugees seeking escape through the Philippine Sea. These were the lower value ships sent on the most likely route. Higher value ships are taking a somewhat more northerly course. Tankers are already en route to possible refueling points to allow USN carrier TFs to provide escort to any escapees that get far enough. All ships are traveling independently. Some ships disengaged while still afloat, including two USN WWI DDs. Special mention of Pillsbury's performance, as she hit 2 x CAs and 1 x DD before taking a large caliber hit and making her escape.

A strong Zero sweep of Rangoon tore through the defending Buffaloes and littered the countryside with their remains.

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RE: 1941 December 10 - 12/15/2011 6:38:08 AM   
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Palembang invasion is imminent. Mindanao will probably fall quickly as it is squeezed from north and south. Recon of Bangkok shows about 36 fighters and 75 bombers.




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1941 December 11 - 12/16/2011 5:04:11 PM   
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1941 December 11

The Empire captured:
Hwaiyin
Cagayan
Digos
Dadjangas
Atimonan

There were amphibious operations at:
Cagayan
Digos
Dadjangas
Wenchow
Guam
Palembang

Engagements of refugees in the Philippine Sea continued, now prosecuted by surface force, carrier force, and land based air. I-boats were active in the DEI. IJA forces are pressing on Wuchow, catching and smashing a Chinese unit before it could make the relative safety of the fortified city. Two AMC raiders found and sank an xAK at GR150,154 NE of Savii. Newly designated Force K, built of Leander, Achilles, and Le Triomphant, will sprint and shortly be on station to protect the vital re-supply of Pago Pago.

Recon show 63 auxiliary class planes at Bankok. Since the fix of this display in the recent Betas (previously fighters were being extra-counted as auxiliaries), I presume this means a large number of transport planes are present, probably to support an airborne invasion. I consider Port Blair to be the most likely target. Victoria Point is less likely, as are various points in Burma.

Overall, I judge India to be under the greatest threat. As the USA fighters in the Philippines are still fairly intact, I am pulling them out. The P-40E squadrons have ferried to Kweilin in China and will move on to India. The P-35A squadron will do the same tomorrow when PPs allow. The P-40B group and the HQ mini-squadron (also P-40B) will move to Australia and likely be shipped to India. The B-17s from the Philippines have already moved into or toward India. Some of the British/Australian/New Zealand air units have moved to India (or still in transit) but others are deployed throughout the DEI and will likely only be able to escape to Australia.




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RE: 1941 December 11 - 12/16/2011 5:15:14 PM   
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Here is an overview map with some key naval forces identified. Notice the total lack of enemy activity along the northern coast of New Guinea and points east of there. Undoubtedly that will change as the DEI is conquered, but it puts the Allies in a position where reinforcing those areas is easy while reinforcing India is already difficult in terms of forces currently in the DEI. Land units at Singapore are essentially trapped except for the prospect of cadres being evacuated, certainly no combat capable units can be extracted. With KB already in the area to lend its air power, it is uncertain if Java can be held long enough even for the scratch USA fighter and dive bomber squadrons to arrive, train well enough to land on purpose, and then deploy.




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1941 December 12 - 12/17/2011 1:52:05 AM   
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1941 December 12

The Empire captured:
Calayan
Palembang
Guam

There were amphibious operations at:
Guam
Palembang
Wenchow
Merak
Miri
Kuching

KB has transited the Sunda Strait into the Indian Ocean! A risky move, banking on either the Allies not having mined the strait or the KB's ships' abilities to avoid any minefields. The only refugees spotted so far by this maneuver are four xAKL towing dry docks Tandjon Kv-1 and -2. Allied aircraft made numerous attacks on the Imperial convoys and TFs at Merak, but despite heavy losses only managed to torpedo xAK Kaiko Maru, causing heavy damage and minor ground casualties.

Chinese corps were punished near Hawinan and Chengchow, the 8th New Chinese Corps was destroyed utterly while the 48th Chinese Corps retreated with heavy casualties.

Fewer refugees were brought down in the Philippine Sea today, but three mine sweepers were dispatched by a surface group of 4 x BB, 5 x CL, and 4 x DD. Lexington is getting into waters where she might be spotted. An extra complement of Marine fighters is on board from Wake, but her main fighters are Buffaloes, hardly confidence inspiring.




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Nice maps, my Argletonian colleague. Too bad you're fighting for the wrong side!

Did you want to mention those hordes of Japanese troops ashore at Batavia? Seems like that may be important for your consideration in your 'fortress Java' plans?

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1941 December 13 - 12/17/2011 6:01:59 PM   
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That would be "Merak", my fine feathered friend! Duly noted as the site of far too many failed Allied air attacks. There are additional Dutch forces rushing to aid Batavia's defense, but Java simply has too few troops almost all trained to too low a standard to hold much hope. I find solace in thinking about "Fortress Salt Lake City"...


1941 December 13

The Empire captured:
Tuguegarao
Vigan
Georgetown
Merak
Miri
Kuching

There were amphibious operations at:
Merak
Wenchow
Kuching
Miri

The rapid pace of invasions continues. KB is still in the Indian Ocean, drifting along the coast of Java as her fighters cover the Merak invasion. Today heavy attacks against those intruders scored no hits at all, even though CAP was penetrated for many bomb and torpedo runs. Clearly our fliers and planes are not up to the task.A sweep of Rangoon treated a squadron of the AVG just as roughly as the British flying Buffaloes had been treated.

It seems the movement of USN carriers across the Pacific was unexpected by SVC. Lexington aerial warriors made their presence known when juicy targets came into range.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Chichi-jima at 117,73

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 11
SBD-3 Dauntless x 9

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
AMC Saigon Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Hakaze
xAP Baikal Maru, Bomb hits 1

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

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring AMC Saigon Maru

Scouting reports at least 3 x DD and 2 x xAP present, so the convoy is probably much larger than the group of ships attacked under heavy cloud cover.

KB is remaining focused on supporting invasion and is not hunting down refugees.




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1941 December 14 - 12/18/2011 1:33:53 AM   
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1941 December 14

The Empire captured:
Baler

There were no amphibious operations.

Batavia received port, airfield, and sweep attacks by LBA and the KB. Chinese pulling out of Chengchow withstood a river-crossing shock attack that hopefully will give them time to finish their withdrawal. At Wenchow a shock attack by a greatly more numerous IJA was soundly repulsed, although it did reduce the fortifications and was close to dislodging the defenders.
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Ground combat at Wenchow (89,58)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 39856 troops, 313 guns, 22 vehicles, Assault Value = 1512

Defending force 14394 troops, 37 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 344

Japanese adjusted assault: 1110

Allied adjusted defense: 553

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
3008 casualties reported
Squads: 122 destroyed, 37 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 13 disabled
Guns lost 20 (5 destroyed, 15 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
474 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
2nd Ind.Mixed Regiment
4th Division
21st Division
22nd Division
33rd Division

Defending units:
100th Chinese Corps
25th Group Army
14th Chinese Base Force


Part of Exodus East:




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1941 December 15 - 12/18/2011 5:48:29 AM   
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1941 December 15

The Empire captured:
Camiguin
Taiping
Alor Star
Praboemoelih

There were amphibious operations at:
Oosthaven

Wenchow held again, disabling and destroying more than a division's worth of IJA combat squads! KB has transited the narrowest of straits to leave the Indian Ocean, just east of Mataram.




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1941 December 16 - 12/18/2011 6:45:49 PM   
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1941 December 16

The Empire captured:
San Fernando
Chengchow
Davao
Oosthaven


There were amphibious operations at:
Oosthaven

KB found a couple of victims in the Banda Sea, as did an I-boat south of Timor. Otherwise there was the continued domination of the skies by the Empire, pounding ground troops where they pleased and downing Allied fighters wherever they encountered them. One or more IJA units are seen leaving Wenchow to the east, the direction in which reinforcements to the invasion arrived overland. These reports began yesterday after the stiff rebuff, so there are probably one or more units pulling out to R&R.

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1941 December 17 - 12/18/2011 10:45:53 PM   
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1941 December 17

The Empire captured:
Bayombong

There were no amphibious operations.


Today was a rare day of unbridled good news for the Allies, meager though it was. The only significant engagements were sub KX torpedoing xAKL Kiko Maru for heavy fires and heavy damage, and an opportunistic attack against a lone IJA unit guarding the forest across the river from Ichang.
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Ground combat at 84,48 (near Ichang)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 73717 troops, 387 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1924

Defending force 7931 troops, 78 guns, 12 vehicles, Assault Value = 104

Allied adjusted assault: 900

Japanese adjusted defense: 125

Allied assault odds: 7 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
2599 casualties reported
Squads: 128 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 67 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 17 (8 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Allied ground losses:
942 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 102 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
32nd Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
94th Chinese Corps

Defending units:
34th Division

Air attacks by the IJA were too little to rescue the 34th Division from the advancing Allied horde. Here is an overview map. Notice the KB alone in the Banda Sea.




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RE: 1941 December 17 - 12/19/2011 2:13:31 AM   
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Interesting! So what's your assessment of his choice to send KB to Singapore instead of Pearl or Manila? Seems like he'd have gotten more warships at Pearl or, as you said, more subs at Manila. Playing as Japan, those subs annoy me more than anything else in the early going. Even if they fire lots of duds, they're still scary.

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RE: 1941 December 17 - 12/19/2011 2:56:50 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Grotius

Interesting! So what's your assessment of his choice to send KB to Singapore instead of Pearl or Manila? Seems like he'd have gotten more warships at Pearl or, as you said, more subs at Manila. Playing as Japan, those subs annoy me more than anything else in the early going. Even if they fire lots of duds, they're still scary.


It's beyond scary .. imagine all the "free cards" the Allies have each and every torp that goes out and hit .. sure "Hit no explosion .. Hit no explosio"n then Boom .. every single torp is 4:1 against, but again it is a free card because you do not expect anything to happen. In my game I defied the odds sinking 10 xAK/XAP's full of troops with 21" USN torps ..not counting the contributions of the Dutch ..

The IJ might have a plan to take out Singapore early .. I mean for the effort the USN are a coming anyway in '44 and some old battleships are not going to make a difference but speed of conquoring malay and then Festung Sumatra might be worth the KB's effort ..

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RE: 1941 December 17 - 12/19/2011 3:08:35 AM   
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Grab the oil....Grab Singers...... and then go West, young man. It was probably Japan's best option in real life as more than a few Indians had felt the heel of colonialism for too long.

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1941 December 18 - 12/19/2011 4:01:49 AM   
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In the last game Vic and I did (multiple starts but really one game) he hit Manila and blasted the heck out of the subs there. This game, I just checked this turn, not one Allied sub down so far. Some were hit bad at Manila but barring temporary repairs failing all should make Pearl Harbor while those with no or trivial damage are on station prosecuting the war. You don't know for sure until you try, and I suspect he was trying it out. After the fact the difference is obvious: the KB's fliers at campaign start are the bees knees, and the LBA that hit Manila just could not do what the KB's fliers could do.

There is a different aspect to the KB's assignment, though. The air forces out of Singapore were shut down fairly early with the presence of the KB's fighters being the decisive factor. The same thing happened with Air Singapore's remnants plus the Dutch stalwarts on Java. And now, when the KB has moved off there are no ships for them to attack and Batavia is being suppressed by LBA.

Malaya seems to be under slow attack, so Singapore might hold out for a bit. If the pattern holds, Burma will be assaulted to rupture the defenses before they can amount to anything. Singapore, Luzon, Java, and the rest of the Philippines and DEI will be rolled up at will. The KB plus the LBA already in place at Palembang, Merak, etc. make pulling any resources out of the DEI impossible so they will be there when the Empire comes for them, stockpiled by the docks!

I am glad to have the subs of course. I'm going to pull (via air) what large unit cadres I can out of Singapore in the time allotted - make lemonade! I shall try to hold China of course, but we are learning how to fight with the new every-hex stacking limits in place. I just violated those limits at Nanyang simply by pulling units back, some merely passing through. Interesting times! I'm being very careful with PPs and replacements and upgrades. My suspicion, which I mentioned earlier but did not emphasize, is that Vic will go for at least part of India. The question is when, and how much will he do in the Pacific before then. I have troops prepping for Maloelap, Wotje, Roi-Namur, and Kwajelein. Will I have the opportunity to use them any time soon? Soon in this case means more than two months from now when they have substantial prep.

One thing is certain - it's a very different early game with the KB assisting in the DEI right from the get go!


1941 December 18

The Empire captured:
Tsiaotso
Kweiteh

There were no amphibious operations.


We might be in trouble at Wenchow. The IJA has discovered the deliberate attack. Defenders held but forts were reduced (and immediately rebuilt) and squad losses roughly even. With the Empire's superior numbers time is limited.

A glimpse of one or more units approaching Moulmein. The reinforcements for Burma and Singapore were instead directed straight to India. Burma is a lesser paper tiger than usual. Units of the UK 18th Division, currently bound for Tjilatjap, will be redirected to India. If the Empire focuses on Australia instead, then they can form part of an attack from the other direction.

KB has vanished. Most likely it is under severe storms and both could not be spotted and could not launch search aircraft. Probably in or near either the Timor Sea or the Arafura Sea, if indeed hunting refugees is their mission. This is one of the fantastic things that I love to hate and hate to love about AE. Here is the search plan for tomorrow.




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1941 December 19 - 12/19/2011 11:13:40 PM   
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1941 December 19

The Empire captured:
Muntok
Cabanatuan

Amphibious operations today:


Today saw light sparring between Allied subs and IJN escorts, continued aerial suppression of Allied airfields and ground troops, and Wenchow continuing to hold out against IJA deliberate attacks. Odds were better at 1 to 2 but this time our boys took more casualties. The meat grinder has only one exit.

KB is still missing. Considering Allied search coverage, I believe it moved north through the Ceram Sea under heavy weather. Perhaps SVC even has visions of catching USN carriers dallying near Wake Island while protecting refugees? In case of that, or a sweep in concert with the next phase of Imperial expansion in the Pacific, subs have been dispatched to intercept positions. In any event the refugees are almost away, and only three small ex-Philippines ships are making their way along the northern coast of New Guinea. In part my estimate is based upon this report:
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ASW attack near Gebe at 82,104

Japanese Ships
DD Yamakaze

Allied Ships
SS Spearfish

SS Spearfish launches 4 torpedoes at DD Yamakaze
Spearfish diving deep ....
DD Yamakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yamakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yamakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yamakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yamakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

Here is a look at the area where the contact occurred and tomorrow's search plan.




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1941 December 20 - 12/20/2011 2:14:50 AM   
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1941 December 20

The Empire captured:
Lingayen
Pakhoi
Kuala Lumpur
Lahat
Sambas

Amphibious operations today:


In the sub vs targets department the IJN scored twice today (xAK and xAKL) and the Allies came up empty. Wenchow held again but took more grinding casualties. The relief column was bombed and its progress slowed, perhaps too much. KB has turned up in the Ceram Sea, just 80nm NE of Ambon. So there was no sprint - perhaps that contact was the next invasion force meeting up with its KB shepherd. Soerabaja was hit by LBA, stopping fortification building.

Here is a look at southern China.

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1941 December 21 - 12/21/2011 11:02:13 PM   
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1941 December 21

The Empire captured:
Siquijor
Wenchow

The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:
Ambon
Brunei

There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The loss of Wenchow devastated the defenders, as did an attack at GR87,46 (near Sinyang). Loyang held on, but has no defenses remaining. Soerabaja was bombed heavily again. KB is off Manikwari puttering along the northern New Guinea coast while an sKB in the Celebes Sea ended the escape of the Dewey Dry Dock and her tow ship, xAKL Corregidor.

Here is a look at more of China.




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1941 December 22 - 12/22/2011 1:52:23 AM   
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1941 December 22

The Empire captured:
Mauban
Cotabato

The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:
Ambon
Brunei

There were Allied amphibious operations at:


KB stayed backed up a bit and made a large air strike on Ambon, wrecking the air base. Imperial LBA made a telling attack on Madioen on Java, and so appears to be intent on closing down all air fields. Dutch air meanwhile is intent on trying hard, real hard, but is being destroyed in the process as many planes were lost bu no hits obtained at Oosthaven. Dutch 2EBs flying out of Kendari did better, setting xAK Nittai Maru afire at Ambon with a bomb hit. The play of the day goes to USN SS Sturgeon:
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Sub attack near Donggala at 68,97

Japanese Ships
CVL Zuiho, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
BB Hyuga
CA Nachi
CS Chiyoda
DD Shigure
DD Amatsukaze
DD Hayashio
DD Hatsukaze
DD Wakaba
DD Hatsushima
DD Nenohi
DD Hatsuharu

Allied Ships
SS Sturgeon

SS Sturgeon launches 4 torpedoes at CVL Zuiho
Sturgeon diving deep ....
DD Wakaba fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatsushima fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Nenohi fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hatsuharu fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Wakaba fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Wakaba fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Wakaba fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Wakaba fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Wakaba fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Wakaba fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Wakaba fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub






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1941 December 23 - 12/22/2011 4:30:47 AM   
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1941 December 23

The Empire captured:
Loyang

The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:
Ambon
Brunei
Samarinda

There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The guns at Ambon might claim a victim: "xAK Nittai Maru, Shell hits 4, on fire, heavy damage". Otherwise the day was filled with Imperial air attacks that damaged bases and caused ground casualties. Dutch aerial attacks on shipping were fruitless. On the ground scouting tells of 23 Imperial units at Kuala Lumpur. A first Imperial unit has made Moulmein, and more are following. KB is off the radar, but must be close to yesterday's position.




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1941 December 24 - 12/22/2011 5:23:00 PM   
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1941 December 24

The Empire captured:
Beaufort

The Allies captured:
Beaufort (Units from Brunei retreated to Beaufort.)

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:
Samarinda
Brunei

There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The shore guns at Samarinda set one transport afire, but the damage did not look severe. Imperial air strikes hit bases that had repaired fully (and begun building fortifications again!). Clark Field and Singapore are again building forts anyway. KB is still off the radar, so is presumed to be either heading to the area of New Britain or toward the Central Pacific. Ominously, Imperial troops are now marching out of Merak toward Batavia.

The selected hex is shown by SigInt as the location of the call sign of BB Mutsu. The TF in the Celebes Sea scouts at 8 x CVL and 2 x BB.




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1941 December 25 - 12/22/2011 8:45:01 PM   
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1941 December 25

The Empire captured:
Butuan

The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:
Manado

There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Air attacks against the landing ships at Manado were ineffective, and there seems to be a substantial enough force ashore to force the issue. That Mutsu TF has passed all the way through the Makassar Strait and is entering the Java Sea. The sKB is handing back, all the way in the Celebes Sea.

Orders are given for two x PBY-4 squadrons to move to Tjilatjap, arm with torpedoes, and fly naval attack missions tomorrow. Search is being maxed out by Dutch assets in coordination with that effort. Operations Xmas Present is a go!




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1941 December 26 - 12/22/2011 11:28:08 PM   
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1941 December 26

The Empire captured:
Dumanquilas
Port Swettenham

The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:
Manado
Ambon

There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The Mutsu TF disappeared as though it switched on a cloaking device. The PBYs attacked shipping at Merak, which just showed up under heavy CAP. No hits scored, 8 shot down, 5 were written off after landing. SVC's Scrooge-like timing was in full evidence, as an amphibious TF showed up at Ambon the exact, and one and only, turn we chose to attack the lonely besiegers there. Instead of wiping out a tiny beachhead our boys went into the teeth of the reinforcements. It was ugly!

Exodus West is over but for one straggler repairing in a Sumatran port. Exodus East is near over. The bulk of the escapees have joined in an escorted convoy now making its way to Pearl Harbor from the vicinity of Midway. One merchantman is heading direct to Seattle, and two damaged mine sweepers are proceeding independently to Pearl Harbor. So far all subs are still alive, albeit two are having trouble with repairs at sea and are moving very slowly.




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