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Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - RA (n... - 12/26/2011 7:44:52 PM   
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Wolfpack and I are embarking down a new GC. This is the Reluctant Admiral mod, which is worth playing for the Art alone. If you know nothing about it, Yamato wins the political fight with the Army and accelerates Carrier and Zero production. The japanese have more assets deployed forward at the beginning of the war. The changes in this mod are fairly substantial.

Air
Armored Zeroes appear with A6M3 models and the zero continues as the main Navy fighter throughout the war. Zero, Kate, Val and Betty production start already expanded. The Emily is available from the beginning of the war. The A6M3 is available mid 42. Carrier squadrons (on CVs, CVLs, CVEs) and forward based squadrons (Marshalls, Truk, SRE) start upgraded and with full compliments, so Jap carriers are more potent and forward bases better defended. However, there are almost NO air pools at first day of war. So losses will take a while to replace.

Ships
Carrier production has 5 carriers arriving in 42/43 in addition to the normal 6 starting CVs, plus 2 more CVLs by mid-42. The CVL Shoho starts the game already produced and all 3 CVLs are deployed at Babeldaob. The CVEs Taiyu and Hosho start as a separate TF also at Babeldaob. The KB starts as 2 TFs, for operational flexibility. The 4 BBs normally starting in Japan are distributed evenly between Babeldaob and Cam Ranh Bay. Many DDs begin already upgraded for better ASW/AA. What is interesting though is that there's a huge Naval Shipyyard deficit, starting at -1200 points with only 1600 accumulated at the beginning of the game! Even though all this is in production, there isn't capability to build it all. So I expanded naval shipyards by 500 points! That's going to be wildly expensive and halted both BBs and Subs. More will have to be halted until the shipyards are expanded.

Land
There are a few major changes. The 21st Division, normally starting in Shanghai, starts in Takao and the 4th Division, normally in Japan, starts in Samah. Also significant are the 3 paratroop assets (1st and 3rd SNLF plus 1st Raiding Regiment) which start in Thailand along with Transport squadrons. This provides some great flexibility in Malaysia. More on this in another post.

We'll see how this goes! Thanks for reading.

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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 12/26/2011 8:07:41 PM   
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Malaysia

I'm dedicating a post to this because this campaign is going to be different than the usual.

The paratroops in Thailand provide a couple of interesting strategic choices. The Tinas (though none are in production, I'll have to change that), Thailas and Topsies all start in Thailand. 72 transport craft in all. Unfortunately, some of the transports simply don't have the range for total flexibility, so I'll be lifting the paratroops to Singora, Patini and Kota Bharu.

Once in position, the choices I have are to, 1) Land the paratroops at a lightly defended base in rear areas to trap allied troop in the northern peninsula, or 2) allow the northern troops to retreat to Singapore, which is what most allied players do, and use the paratroops to take the 6 bases that secure the rail line from Singora to Singapore.

I'm opting right now for the securing the rail line. If I attempt to trap his units by using all 3 units against one rear base, jap paratroops are pretty weak against defended bases, so even taking the base is not a given, and even if I'm successful, it could give Wolkpack time to mount a counter attack and free up his trapped troops before I can do anything about it. I may still attempt this if Wolfpack mounts a forward defense, but I doubt he will. Very few allied players do.

If he does a pull back to Singapore, I'll take the northern 3 bases in one turn. Strategic move air force engineers to these 3 spots next day and transfer the Transport Squadrons to these bases, load up and take the next 3 on the third day before he can respond. If I'm lucky, the line to Singpore could be open in by mid December.






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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 12/26/2011 8:33:22 PM   
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December Objectives

Though I liked the KB moving through the SRE and forcing a major withdrawl against my game with Witpqs (George), I simply did not do enough damage to him along the way and I worry that I'm going to pay for that later. My Manilla port strike did nothing against George (which was supposed to significantly damage his sub fleet) and his air assets have been allowed to escape. Plus the Pacific fleet is untouched along with the air power that's there.

In this game, I'm going to do the PH strike. The full compliment of squadrons on the 2 KB TFs will move north of PH and conduct a surprise attack and then stick around for a couple of turns. The goal is to annihilate the Pacific fleet and seriously damage his air power there. The KB will then move to support Wake/Tarawa and then onto Truk to support the Solomons and replenishment.

Our house rule does not allow for more than one port strike in a time zone, so I'm concentraing Nellies for out of Takao and Saigon against Manilla, Clark and Singapore with Zero escorts and Sallies and Lillies (Sillies...I think that's appropriate for these crappy bombers), against Georgetown, Alor Star and Kuantan. In addition, the BBs stationed in Baebeldaob will bombard Cagayan. I'll be continuing these airstrikes daily for as long as my squadrons can last without sufficient replacements.

The CVE TF will support invasions of Ternate and Manado. The Mini-KB will support an invasion of Cagayan (I like to deny level 4 airbases wherever possible) as well as picking off fleeing allied assets from Manilla. These are all sporting zeroes and B5N2 Kates, so they are both potent forces. Once Ternate and Manado fall, then Ambon and Samarinda are next. This game, I'm going to supress Ambons Coastal Defense as these guns took out 6 AKs and damaged a couple others in my game with George.

I'm amassing invasions fleets behind a BB SCTF north of Borneo for invasions of Singkawang and Palembang. These will be supported primarily by LBA. I'm expecting a few losses for Singkawang as the invasion will be fairly exposed and without decent air cover. Once that's taken, then Palembang and northern Java should be fairly easy. If I want to be safe, I'll take Miri first, stage some fighter cover there, and then invade Singkawang. It depends on how aggressive Wolfpack is.

In PI, I have invasions slated for Bataan (I like to get air cover that much closer), San Fernando, Vigan and Laoag. These will occur within the next couple of days and enable a more forward deployment.

I just received first turn back from Wolfpack, so here we go!



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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 12/26/2011 10:02:07 PM   
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Not a combat report type of person, but I can't help on this turn. One of my subs got dinged already by the Brits and a few Brit air assets snuck through my Cap of Kota Bharu and sunk an APD and AK, but otherwise the turn went off exceedingly well.

PH:

Allied aircraft losses
P-40B Warhawk: 1 destroyed, 30 damaged
P-40B Warhawk: 4 destroyed on ground
PBY-5 Catalina: 85 damaged
PBY-5 Catalina: 6 destroyed on ground
B-17D Fortress: 55 damaged
B-17D Fortress: 1 destroyed on ground
B-17E Fortress: 14 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed on ground
B-18A Bolo: 32 damaged
B-18A Bolo: 4 destroyed on ground
A-20A Havoc: 24 damaged
A-20A Havoc: 1 destroyed on ground
SBD-1 Dauntless: 59 damaged
SBD-1 Dauntless: 3 destroyed on ground
F4F-3 Wildcat: 13 damaged
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed on ground
C-33: 4 damaged
R3D-2: 3 damaged
P-36A Mohawk: 17 damaged
P-36A Mohawk: 1 destroyed on ground
O-47A: 9 damaged
O-47A: 1 destroyed on ground
SOC-1 Seagull: 3 destroyed
OS2U-3 Kingfisher: 6 destroyed

Allied Ships
BB Nevada, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
BB Pennsylvania, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
CL Raleigh, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
DM Preble
BB California, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 7, and is sunk
BB Arizona, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
BB West Virginia, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 5, and is sunk
CL Helena, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
BB Tennessee, Bomb hits 9, Torpedo hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
DM Sicard
xAP St. Mihel
CM Oglala
BB Oklahoma, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
BB Maryland, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 7, and is sunk
SS Narwhal, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CA San Francisco, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Ralph Talbot, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DMS Wasmuth, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
DD Jarvis, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CA New Orleans, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CL Detroit, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DM Tracy, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Dale, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
AV Wright, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CL Phoenix, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, on fire
AG Aries, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Chew, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DMS Perry, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CL Honolulu, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DM Pruitt, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
AV Tangier, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DMS Trevor, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Phelps, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CL St. Louis, Torpedo hits 1


Sweep over Singapore:

Allied aircraft losses
Buffalo I: 6 destroyed


Sweep over Cagayan:

B-17D Fortress: 14 damaged
B-17D Fortress: 1 destroyed on ground


Airstrike on Singapore:

Allied aircraft losses
Buffalo I: 32 damaged
Buffalo I: 6 destroyed on ground
Blenheim IV: 46 damaged
Blenheim IV: 3 destroyed on ground
Catalina I: 2 damaged
Vildebeest III: 13 damaged
Vildebeest III: 2 destroyed on ground
Swordfish I: 3 damaged
Hudson I: 4 damaged
Hudson I: 1 destroyed on ground
S.19 Singapore III: 1 damaged


Airstrike on Manilla:

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 41 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 4 destroyed on ground
PBY-4 Catalina: 22 damaged
PBY-4 Catalina: 1 destroyed on ground
SOC-1 Seagull: 3 damaged
Beech 18-S: 1 damaged


Airstrike on Clark:

Allied aircraft losses
P-35A: 18 damaged
B-17D Fortress: 40 damaged
B-17D Fortress: 1 destroyed on ground
O-47A: 14 damaged
O-47A: 1 destroyed on ground
P-40B Warhawk: 10 damaged


Shore Bombardment of Cagayan:

Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 38 damaged
B-17D Fortress: 1 destroyed on ground


Remaining airstrikes on Hong Kong, Georgetown, Alor Star and Kuantan netted another 30+ aircraft damaged or destroyed. So 4 BBs sunk on first turn and hundreds of planes damaged, much less destroyed. Not bad. Now if anyone is actually reading this, can someone tell me the changes to airstrikes in beta patch? I see tons damaged but only 1 or 2 destroyed. What has changed?


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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 12/27/2011 2:05:50 AM   
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A cruiser TF, led by the Maya, tenaciously followed a British DD TF moving south from Hong Kong. 4 engagements later, the British TF is sunk. I have to promote that TF commander.

Japanese Ships
CA Maya
CL Natori
DD Fumizuki
DD Nagatsuki
DD Harukaze
DD Hatakaze

Allied Ships
DD Scout, Shell hits 1
DD Thanet

Japanese Ships
CA Maya
CL Natori
DD Fumizuki, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Nagatsuki
DD Harukaze, Shell hits 1
DD Hatakaze

Allied Ships
DD Scout, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Thanet, Shell hits 9, and is sunk

Japanese Ships
CA Maya
CL Natori, Shell hits 1
DD Fumizuki, on fire
DD Nagatsuki
DD Harukaze
DD Hatakaze

Allied Ships
DD Scout, Shell hits 1, on fire

Japanese Ships
CA Maya
CL Natori
DD Fumizuki, on fire
DD Nagatsuki
DD Harukaze, on fire
DD Hatakaze, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
DD Scout, Shell hits 8, and is sunk


Follow up airstrike on Clark, with minimal losses:


Allied aircraft losses
P-26A: 1 destroyed
P-35A: 2 destroyed
P-40B Warhawk: 3 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 2 destroyed
O-47A: 1 destroyed on ground
B-17D Fortress: 1 destroyed on ground


Follow up strike on PH, with larger losses, has me scratching my head if another strike is needed:

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 4 destroyed, 6 damaged
D3A1 Val: 3 destroyed, 17 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-26A: 1 destroyed
P-36A Mohawk: 2 destroyed
P-40B Warhawk: 3 destroyed
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
PBY-5 Catalina: 1 destroyed on ground
B-18A Bolo: 1 destroyed on ground
C-33: 1 destroyed on ground
B-17D Fortress: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
BB Tennessee, Bomb hits 14, on fire, heavy damage
BB Pennsylvania, Bomb hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
CL Phoenix, Bomb hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
CL Honolulu, Bomb hits 2
BB Arizona, Bomb hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
BB Oklahoma, Bomb hits 5, on fire, heavy damage
CL Helena, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAKL Manini, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CA San Francisco, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage
CL Detroit, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
AV Wright, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DMS Zane, Bomb hits 1, on fire
AO Ramapo, Bomb hits 1
DM Ramsay, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
DD Phelps, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AS Pelias, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CL St. Louis, Bomb hits 1
DM Gamble, Bomb hits 1, on fire
AG Argonne, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 2 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
D3A1 Val: 2 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-36A Mohawk: 2 destroyed
P-40B Warhawk: 3 destroyed
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
AK Castor, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CL Helena, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
AV Wright, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Detroit, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
BB Pennsylvania, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Honolulu, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage


A weak counter-attack from PH against the KB:

Allied aircraft
B-18A Bolo x 9
P-40B Warhawk x 23
F4F-3 Wildcat x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-18A Bolo: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
P-40B Warhawk: 6 destroyed


The airstrike against Manilla was cancelled. Kota Bharu and Makin fell. Not sure yet what I'm going to do with KB. Some of my squadrons are 30% depleted. Tomorrow, Sinkawang will be invaded. Wolfpack isn't pulling troops south to Singapore, so looks like I need to do a deep strike and cut them off.

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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 12/27/2011 4:16:40 AM   
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Good Luck!

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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 12/28/2011 2:02:16 AM   
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December 9th, 1941

Marshals
I elected not to stick around for a 3rd day at PH. KB is in route to support Wake.

Phillipines
Landings at Laoang, Vigin and San Fernando. I really wish I could do port strikes everywhere. Alas, multiple subs are harassing my invasion fleets. No damage yet and I have multiple ASW groups returning the favor. Airstrikes continue, this time all against Clark Field. The airfield is showing 70% damage. There's still 15+ ships in Manilla, so a port strike has been ordered.

The little TF that could. The Maya TF continues to aggressively pursue the enemy.

Japanese Ships
CA Maya
CL Natori
DD Nagatsuki
DD Hatakaze

Allied Ships
xAK Bennevis, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Fatshan, Shell hits 2
xAK Hanyang
xAK Hinsang
xAK Ming Sang
xAK Nanning, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
xAK Munlock, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Haraldsvang, Shell hits 2
xAK Hai Lee

Japanese Ships
DD Fumizuki
DD Harukaze


These two DDs were damaged in the previous day's engagement with the British Destroyers as part of the Maya TF. On their way back for repairs, they still get into the mix

Allied Ships
xAK Fatshan, Shell hits 2, on fire
xAK Hanyang, Shell hits 2, on fire
xAK Hinsang, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Ming Sang, Shell hits 1
xAK Haraldsvang, Shell hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Hai Lee, Shell hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage

Japanese Ships
CA Maya
CL Natori
DD Nagatsuki
DD Hatakaze

Allied Ships
xAK Bennevis, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Nanning, heavy fires
xAK Munlock, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage


Malaysia
I'm not seeing a significant pull back from the North. So I've slated a paradrop for tomorrow deep into Malaysia

China
Wolfpack isn't moving anything in China yet. Not sure if he's busy organizing other areas, but I'll capitalize on that while I can.

I'm sold on a PH attack. Though I hate subs, the air losses suffered by the allies is enormous. In my game with George, he's lost 400+ airplanes through the first month. In this game, Wolfpack is already showing over 200 losses by second day.




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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 12/28/2011 4:17:11 AM   
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A very bloody day for the Japanese. I've learned something about my opponent. He's an aggressive player. I usually don't do the Makin and Wake invasions. In retrospect, I should still hold those invasions. The single SNLF is a crapshoot to take Wake and in it's currently floundering right now and vulnerable to a counter attack. Makin went off fine, but moved his carriers more aggressively than I expected.

Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 11
SB2U-3 Vindicator x 18
SBD-2 Dauntless x 18
SBD-3 Dauntless x 9


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Tenyo Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Asanagi
xAK Kamikaze Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Nagata Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
CM Tokiwa, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
CM Okinoshima, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Yunagi


I countered by doing a port strike on Manilla.

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-35A: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
xAK Si Kiang, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Tantalus, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Bisayas, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Ethel Edwards, Bomb hits 2, on fire
AM Lark, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Paz, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Yu Sang, Bomb hits 1
xAKL Sagoland, Bomb hits 1
xAK Capillo, Bomb hits 2
xAKL Princess of Negros, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Compagnia Filipinas, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Palawan, Bomb hits 1, on fire


The large engagement occurred at Sinkawang. Force Z came for the party. It was able to intercept my landing TF with the 93rd Guards and promptly sunk the TF. Then my BB SCTF showed up.

Japanese Ships
BB Nagato
BB Mutsu, Shell hits 5, on fire
BB Fuso
BB Yamashiro, Shell hits 4
CA Takao
CA Atago
CL Jintsu, Shell hits 2, on fire
CL Kitakami, Shell hits 2
DD Asashio
DD Oshio
DD Michishio
DD Arashio
DD Akatsuki
DD Hibiki

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales, Shell hits 11, on fire
BC Repulse, Shell hits 1, on fire
CL Danae, Shell hits 1
CL Dragon
CL Durban
DD Vampire, Shell hits 1
DD Tenedos
DD Electra, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Express, Shell hits 1


Unfortunately, I wasn't able to acutally get any troops on shore yet, so it's now 3 days of exposure to allied air attacks from Singapore with little air support. I see another Allied Light Cruiser TF moving northeast to Sinkawang. My BB SCTF is fine on ammo and lightly damaged. So it's going to stick around. I have a few subs in the area that will attempt to intercept Force Z, which is now moving toward Batavia and this new Light Cruiser TF. I have another CA SCTF moving from Khota Bharu towards Singawang.

Out of Babeldaob, Nellies did some damage

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 3
G4M1 Betty x 17



No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAKL Elcano
TK Manatawny, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Governor Wright, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Ravnaas
xAKL Dos Hermanos, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage


These have now transferred to Roi Namur to defend against the American Carriers. I'm expecting his carriers to turn south, but at this point, I'm not sure what he will do. The KB is running full speed to intercept.

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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 12/29/2011 2:46:52 AM   
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December 12th, 1941

The action around Singawang heats up. Two allied SCTFs, one led by the Boise and one by the Houston, engaged my BB TF, led by the Nagato.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Singkawang at 56,88, Range 9,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Nagato, Shell hits 1
BB Fuso, Shell hits 2
CA Takao, Shell hits 1, on fire
CA Atago
DD Asashio
DD Oshio
DD Michishio
DD Arashio
DD Hibiki

Allied Ships
CL Marblehead
CL Boise, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Paul Jones, Shell hits 1
DD Parrott, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Whipple
DD Stewart, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
DD Van Ghent

Night Time Surface Combat, near Singkawang at 56,88, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Nagato
BB Fuso
CA Takao, on fire
CA Atago, Shell hits 1
DD Asashio
DD Oshio
DD Michishio
DD Arashio, Shell hits 1
DD Hibiki

Allied Ships
CA Houston, Shell hits 4
DD Alden, Shell hits 1
DD Barker
DD Bulmer, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Edsall
DD John D. Edwards

Day Time Surface Combat, near Pontianak at 55,89, Range 29,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Nagato, Shell hits 4
BB Fuso, Shell hits 2
CA Takao
CA Atago, Shell hits 5, heavy fires
DD Asashio
DD Oshio
DD Michishio, Shell hits 1
DD Arashio, Shell hits 1
DD Hibiki

Allied Ships
CA Houston, Shell hits 14, and is sunk
DD Alden, Shell hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Barker, Shell hits 1
DD Bulmer, Shell hits 6, heavy fires
DD Edsall, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
DD John D. Edwards, Shell hits 4, on fire

Day Time Surface Combat, near Pontianak at 55,89, Range 29,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Nagato
BB Fuso
CA Takao
CA Atago, heavy fires
DD Asashio
DD Oshio
DD Michishio
DD Arashio
DD Hibiki

Allied Ships
CL Boise, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Whipple
DD Stewart
DD Van Ghent


The Nagato TF barely held them off, but was successful without loss. The 143rd Regiment landed at Singawang and will shock tomorrow. I'm pull all other forces out of the area a couple hundred miles. Ternate, Manado, Guam all fell. The American Carriers went south of the Marshalls. I'm staging patrol craft to Truk just in case. Vigan, Laoag, San Fenando all fell. The attack on Iba failed.

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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/1/2012 4:53:47 AM   
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Sinkawang, Palembang, Manado, Ternate, Tarakan, Jolo, Kendari fell. Cagayan is still holding out. Samarinda will be invaded tomorrow and Balikpan in the next couple of days. Lucky for the Japanese, the Dutch can't hit the broadside of a barn. 41 Bombers attacked my invasion fleet of Palembang and didn't hit anything, 4 times now over two days!

2 regiments of Paratroopers landed at Malacca and have held out for 3 days now. I doubt they will hold out for long, but they are doing their job. Michael didn't pull anything off front lines, so this has held up their northern troops. 3 Allied units at Alor Star surrendered. In the PI, landings continued with Iba. The 21st Division is supporting the operation.

I'm concentrating extra divisions on PI. I've already destroyed or isolated a number of units so a quick conquest can happen while the malaysian forces march their way down to Singapore. The 4th division is waiting at Singawang. I'm not sure whether to do a Mersing invasion or send it down to Java. Against George moving the 38th to Java was a waste because he stacked almost everything on Batavia. Against Michael, I'm not sure. It's currently in reserve. Nellies have staged to Palembang and search has shown a couple of Allied SCTFs moving towards Palembang.

I asked Michael about his aggressive play and his response was that he wants to slow down the Japanese assault and is willing to take losses because his can be replaced. I received another email a day later saying that he didn't realize the japanese air power in this mod. In truth, there's no more air power than stock with the exception of one more CVL that's built at beginning of war. However, all carrier squadrons on CVEs, CVLs and CVs start upgraded, as well as forward deployed Claudes, and with full compliments, so the carrier forces are much more potent. Plus, the forward deployment of CVEs and CVLs to Babeldaob makes the Mini-KB a much more potent force rather than 1 week later when they normally arrive from the Home Islands. Throw in ARs, AKEs and other support vessels forward deployed to Cam Rahn and Babeldaob and it makes the Japanese in the SRE a juggernaut.

After 9 days of war, Michael's air losses are at 450 planes. That'a more than my game with George after 1 month.

The Repulse and POW showed up on sunk list along with the Houston.


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Sorry that I am late to your party. Hope you have a great time with RA! Glad to see you chose it.

Your note on Tina Production is excellent and shall be corrected. Imagine a small production line of them makes good sense...

Anything else you note or have questions about please put them here and I will attempt to answer them.

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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/1/2012 10:24:49 PM   
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I'm greatly enjoying this scenario. I've often thought about how over-confident the japanese were at the start of the war. So much of their combat fleet was back at the HI, in addition to ground forces and support vessels. It makes a lot of sense from a what if perspective and does give the japanese greater combat readiness at the beginning of the war and more of a fighting chance over time.

December 17th, 1941

I get the sense that I have Michael off balance right now. The pace of the attack has been fast and I'm keeping it up to keep him off balance. I've taken more losses than I normally do, 10-15 xAKs and one precious AO to Brits and the occasional Dutch air forces and subs, but his bases are falling like dominoes and he's thrown about everything he has in terms of surface combatants at me without slowing me up. Sinkawang, Manado and Ternate, Kendari and Samarinda have all fallen. Next will be Ambon, Balikpan, Makassar and Koepang. Cagayen is still holding out. My surface fleets are still combat ready and I've taken no surface fleet losses. The ARs forward deployed to Cam Rahn and Babeldaob make all the difference in the world as do the AKEs.

My recon has detected 54 ships in Batavia. That's not good for him and why I think he's a bit off balance right now. He's not running away fast enough. I have Zeroes and Nellies in Palembang with the 23rd Flotilla Air HQ, so these will be attacking naval forces at sea and in Batavia port as a secondary target. If I'm lucky, I'll be able to bag quite a few ships this next turn. Balikpan will occur within the next couple of days supported by a BB SCTF out of Babeldaob. A CL SCTF is also stationed off Samarinda to support the operation. The 21st Flotilla Air HQ is coming along for the invasion. From Palembang and Balikpan, I'll have Nellies dominating all of Java and surrounding seas. If he hasn't run away within the next couple of days, I believe the sunk list will be growing leaps and bounds.

The Mini-KB is returning to Babeldaob right now for resupply and will continue to support operations in the area. I'm not worried right now about the allied CVs showing up because the Mini-KB (and extra CVL) coupled with LBA is more than a match. This is why I like to target level 4 airfields and make sure I have flotilla HQs staged forward.



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If you spot anything you have questions about please let me know.

Is you opponent gonna do an AAR? If not, please extend the same thought to him. Be glad to help at any time.


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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/2/2012 4:24:46 AM   
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The fight around Sinkawang and Palembang is not over. An Allied CL TF sallied from Batavia

Night Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 49,91, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Mogami, Shell hits 1
CA Mikuma
CA Suzuya, Shell hits 1
CA Kumano
DD Maikaze
DD Nowaki
DD Arashi, Shell hits 1
DD Hagikaze

Allied Ships
CL Marblehead
DD John D. Ford, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Paul Jones
DD Peary
DD Pillsbury
DD Pope


The Betties and Nells out of Palembang did nothing. Perhaps it was the rain.

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11
G4M1 Betty x 27



Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 6 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Van Nes
CL Danae
CL Java
CL Dragon
CL De Ruyter

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
G4M1 Betty x 18



Allied aircraft
B-339D x 1


No Japanese losses

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD Pope
DD Pillsbury
CL Marblehead

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 15
G4M1 Betty x 61

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 11 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Java
CL Dragon
DD Isis
CL De Ruyter
CL Danae
DD Jupiter
DD Van Ghent
DD Tenedos
CL Durban
CL Tromp


So 3 attacks and not one hit. I replaced one commander in one squadron and increased the torpedoes to 200 in the HQ, but still very disappointing.

Multiple Allied TFs out of Batavia are moving north. I'm removing all non-combatants from the area and sending SCTFs from Cam Rahn, Takao and Balikpan to the area. The Mini-KB will resupply and join the fight. According to reports, multiple allied CAs, CLs, DDs in route to Palembang. Hopefully a blown report. I'm not sure where they all come from. Perhaps OZ? We'll see. With my poor Betty/Nell performance, next few days are going to be interesting.




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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/3/2012 4:10:53 AM   
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December 19th, 1941

A sigh of relief. The reports of Batavia were inaccurate. Netties finally did their job and caught a fleeing task force.

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Batavia at 46,98

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11
G3M2 Nell x 28
G4M1 Betty x 32



Allied aircraft
B-339D x 2


Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 3 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-339D: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
AMC Manoora
AVP Merel, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Wulin, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
PC Tydeman, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Zannis Cambanis
CM Rigel, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Bellerophon, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
AO TAN 2, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
AMC Kanimbla
AVP Orion, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Boero, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAKL De Haan, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
AM Toowoomba, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
AM Ballarat, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
ML No. 310
xAKL Meroendoeng, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk


Massakar was invaded today. I'm loading up the 4th for an invasion of Java.

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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/3/2012 5:03:35 PM   
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December 20th, 1941

I don't particularily like subs, especially when they get to one of my carriers, so I'm not really happy about this. I'm not complaining, but I believe carriers should live or die in pitched air battles.

Sub attack near San Clemente Island at 222,82

Japanese Ships
SS I-19

Allied Ships
CV Saratoga, Torpedo hits 2, on fire
DD Preston
DD Smith


There's still 24 ships in Batavia and my Netties are doing damage to the fleeing allies:

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Batavia at 49,98

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
G3M2 Nell x 8
G4M1 Betty x 29

Allied aircraft
B-339D x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 7 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CL Ceres, Bomb hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Devonshire
xAP Tilawa, Torpedo hits 1
xAP Lancashire, Bomb hits 1
xAP Talma

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Batavia at 49,98

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13
G4M1 Betty x 26

Allied aircraft
B-339D x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 6 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-339D: 2 destroyed

Allied Ships
CL Ceres, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Devonshire
xAK Jalajaran, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAP Talma
xAP Tilawa, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Lancashire


It looks like the recon report out of Batavia was not wrong. Numerous Cruisers, Light Cruisers, Destroyers and one BB (possilby, Repulse or POW) was detected close to Koepang. By the looks of it, they are fleeing to either Darwin or Perth. I have numerous Surface Task Forces and the Mini-KB and I'll attempt to catch them. I made a mistake of placing the 21st HQ Flotilla in Balikpan. If I had it in Kendari, I would have been in position to do some serious damage to his combat fleet fleeing Java. If Batavia falls today and he elects not to flee, I'll have 2 more Nettie Squadrons in position to attack by tomorrw.

In other news, I attempted an initial attack against Clark. 4k of casualties, so I'll need more support there. Troops continue their March down to Singapore and invasion of Rabaul is being loaded up.




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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/4/2012 12:20:32 AM   
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December 21st, 1941

Aggressive play continues. Marblehead, dinged up, sallied forth around Makassar.

Day Time Surface Combat, near Makassar at 65,107, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DMS W-7, Shell hits 14, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CL Marblehead
DD John D. Edwards
DD John D. Ford
DD Paul Jones
DD Peary
DD Pillsbury
DD Pope


The turkey shoot around Batavia continues:

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Buitenzorg at 47,99

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12
G4M1 Betty x 29



Allied aircraft
B-339D x 4
CW-21B Demon x 4
75A-7 Hawk x 4


Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-339D: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
xAP Kota Tjandi
xAP Mijer, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAP Van Cloon, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Poelau Bras
xAP Matang
AGP Wega, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Dominion Monarch, Torpedo hits 1
xAP Kepong, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Buitenzorg at 47,101

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 1 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 14



Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
xAP Lancashire, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Jaladuta, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk


If I had landed the Air HQ at Kendari instead of Balikpan (which didn't fall. It held today), I would have bagged quite a few combat vessels. Plus, I should have saved the Mini-KB. Instead of it being in position, it's leaving Babeldaob. It's a game of inches (or days). I'm going to send my Battleship Task Force down to catch the retreating vessels. Mini-KB will also join in the chase. I'm realizing that the Japanese have to do damage to the allies, else suffer later. I'm less convinced about taking territory. Damage is more important.





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Here's the list of sunk ships. This only a partial list. I doubt the Saratoga is sunk. I also think POW or Repulse




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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/4/2012 4:40:43 AM   
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December 22nd, 1941

More sniping with Netties:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Rangoon at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 25 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 22
G4M1 Betty x 23



Allied aircraft
Buffalo I x 4


Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 2 destroyed, 2 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
xAP Dunera, Torpedo hits 1
xAP Rajula, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Nirpura, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAP Dilwara, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Nirvana, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Rohna, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk

Morning Air attack on Batavia , at 49,98

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13
G4M1 Betty x 62



Allied aircraft
B-339D x 2
CW-21B Demon x 12
75A-7 Hawk x 12


Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 9 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
75A-7 Hawk: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
AMc MMS A, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMc MMS C, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMc MMS B, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMc Digoel, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMc Djampea, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMc Salak, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMc Endeh, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMc Lawoe, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMc MMS D, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk


And this game is taking on the all too familiar feel of allies running away (can't blame them at all). Tons of clicking to get supplies from A to B and taking over the 100 bases that need to be taken over. I'm going to push this game because it's RA. Not sure where Phase 2 will be yet. Still deciding.


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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/5/2012 4:32:10 AM   
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December 23rd, 1941

A quiet turn for the most part. Michael is making a defense at Loyang in China. A push has been scheduled there. Clark Field will be assualted as well. Wenchow fell. Rabaul will occur tomorrow. The 4th is still loading. The way things are shaping up, I might opt for a Mersing invasion as there are still at least 10+ units north of Singapore.

Oscars will be sweeping Singapore. Zeroes will be sweeping over Batavia along with an airfield strike. There's 40 Dutch bombers that are attempting to hit my SCTFs at Palembang. The airbase needs to be shut down. Singapore will be next as I've finally repaired Alor Star.

Koepang will be invaded along with Ambon. The Mini-KB is back in position to support operations.

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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/6/2012 3:04:41 AM   
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December 24th, 1941.

Rabaul and Koepang invaded. Balikpan is still a draw. I've started sweeping his fighters in Rangoon, Singapore and Batavia.

The big news was a large victory in China. Loyang fell and fell hard

Ground combat at Loyang (87,43)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 76630 troops, 667 guns, 356 vehicles, Assault Value = 2566

Defending force 51582 troops, 256 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1440

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 1818

Allied adjusted defense: 605

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

Japanese forces CAPTURE Loyang !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
5697 casualties reported
Squads: 68 destroyed, 275 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 64 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 24 disabled
Guns lost 54 (2 destroyed, 52 disabled)
Vehicles lost 13 (2 destroyed, 11 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
17233 casualties reported
Squads: 853 destroyed, 42 disabled
Non Combat: 933 destroyed, 125 disabled
Engineers: 120 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 46 (24 destroyed, 22 disabled)
Units retreated 19
Units destroyed 1


350 squads a month now are chinese replacements, I believe. That's 2-3 months of replacements right there. I'll be pursuing them. Air support from Hankow will slow their movement and I'll see if I crush the northern Chinese army.

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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/6/2012 3:07:37 AM   
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Clark wasn't as bad as I expected. More units are moving into the area.

Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 63489 troops, 637 guns, 429 vehicles, Assault Value = 2164

Defending force 20305 troops, 399 guns, 447 vehicles, Assault Value = 622

Japanese adjusted assault: 1776

Allied adjusted defense: 1021

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
3578 casualties reported
Squads: 145 destroyed, 164 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 99 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 42 disabled
Guns lost 41 (19 destroyed, 22 disabled)
Vehicles lost 37 (2 destroyed, 35 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
757 casualties reported
Squads: 19 destroyed, 201 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 102 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Guns lost 49 (4 destroyed, 45 disabled)
Vehicles lost 116 (27 destroyed, 89 disabled)

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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/7/2012 2:49:37 PM   
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December 26th, 1941

A quiet turn. Mostly ground combat. Rabaul invaded. Koepang fell. Troops still marching towards Singapore. Doing damage to the Chinese. Northern armies are pursing the retreating Chinese from Loyang.

Ground combat at 87,56 (near Chuhsien)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 11232 troops, 102 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 385

Defending force 6691 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 180

Japanese adjusted assault: 349

Allied adjusted defense: 61

Japanese assault odds: 5 to 1

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

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


Allied ground losses:
2847 casualties reported
Squads: 105 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 50 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (3 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Ground combat at 84,55 (near Nanchang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 5592 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 195

Defending force 4139 troops, 43 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 136

Japanese adjusted assault: 195

Allied adjusted defense: 10

Japanese assault odds: 19 to 1

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

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


Allied ground losses:
1919 casualties reported
Squads: 60 destroyed, 36 disabled
Non Combat: 42 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 6 (2 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 44521 troops, 484 guns, 386 vehicles, Assault Value = 1970

Defending force 30677 troops, 571 guns, 515 vehicles, Assault Value = 916

Japanese adjusted assault: 379

Allied adjusted defense: 979

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 0)

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

Japanese ground losses:
2879 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 297 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 47 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 31 disabled
Guns lost 31 (1 destroyed, 30 disabled)
Vehicles lost 125 (58 destroyed, 67 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
608 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 140 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 28 disabled
Guns lost 37 (8 destroyed, 29 disabled)

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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/13/2012 1:01:26 AM   
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December 29th, 1941

Rabaul fell. Michael reinforced Java at Merak on the 27th. His fleet was sunk over the next 2 days.

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Merak at 48,97

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11
G4M1 Betty x 61


Allied aircraft
75A-7 Hawk x 2


Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 11 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
xAK Filleigh
AP Joseph T. Dickman, Torpedo hits 5, and is sunk
xAP West Point, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
AP Leonard Wood, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Clan Alpine, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
xAP Mount Vernon
xAP Wakefield


Allied ground losses:
1911 casualties reported
Squads: 60 destroyed, 48 disabled
Non Combat: 114 destroyed, 54 disabled
Engineers: 15 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 16 (11 destroyed, 5 disabled)




A Cruiser TF came in to catch the rest. Subs picked off 2 stragglers.

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

Allied Ships
AP Leonard Wood, Shell hits 15, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAP West Point, Shell hits 12, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Wakefield, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Mount Vernon, Shell hits 1
xAK Filleigh, Shell hits 4, on fire, heavy damage


Caught a fleet in port:

Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 14
G3M2 Nell x 29
G4M1 Betty x 27



Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 6


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
G3M2 Nell: 2 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
xAKL Chaksang, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Indira, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires
xAKL Ardent, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Chilka, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Agnes, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Hermelin, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
HDML 1102, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Mundra, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage


Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 14
G3M2 Nell x 28
G4M1 Betty x 25



Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 1


Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
H81-A3: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
HDML 1103, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
HDML 1100, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Chilka, Bomb hits 2, on fire
xAK Mundra, Bomb hits 2, on fire
HDML 1101, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAKL Ardent, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAKL Chaksang, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage


Caught another fleet in Darwin.

Afternoon Air attack on Darwin , at 76,124

Weather in hex: Light rain

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 33
G4M1 Betty x 22



Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
xAP Raranga, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAP Marella, Bomb hits 2, on fire
AM Ipswitch, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAP Koolama, Bomb hits 1
AS Platypus, Bomb hits 2, on fire
xAKL Wollongbar, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAP Koolinda, Bomb hits 1
xAP Zealandia, Bomb hits 1, on fire


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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/13/2012 6:25:48 AM   
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December 30th, 1941

Netties are doing some serious damage to his naval forces. Another attack on Darwin

Afternoon Air attack on Darwin , at 76,124

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 107 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 37 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 34
G4M1 Betty x 21



No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAP Zealandia, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Raranga, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
AS Platypus, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Marella, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAKL Wollongbar, Bomb hits 1, on fire
AM Ipswitch, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
TK British Motorist, Bomb hits 1, on fire


Land attacks against Changsha and Clark

round combat at Changsha (82,52)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 61349 troops, 676 guns, 168 vehicles, Assault Value = 2079

Defending force 52682 troops, 316 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1422

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Japanese adjusted assault: 1292

Allied adjusted defense: 3605

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 3)

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

Japanese ground losses:
5288 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 531 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 50 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 62 disabled
Guns lost 35 (1 destroyed, 34 disabled)
Vehicles lost 21 (5 destroyed, 16 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1564 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 188 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 53 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 13 disabled


Assaulting units:
3rd Division
13th Division
13th Tank Regiment
40th Division
39th Division
6th Division
9th Armored Car Co
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Ind. Engineer Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
8th Ind. Engineer Regiment
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
22nd AA Regiment
11th Army
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion

Defending units:
73rd Chinese Corps
99th Chinese Corps
74th Chinese Corps
20th Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
5th Construction Regiment
9th War Area
17th Chinese Base Force
19th Group Army
27th Group Army
29th Group Army
41st AA Regiment


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Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 45980 troops, 523 guns, 478 vehicles, Assault Value = 1894

Defending force 30127 troops, 576 guns, 518 vehicles, Assault Value = 835

Japanese adjusted assault: 1124

Allied adjusted defense: 1021

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
2656 casualties reported
Squads: 150 destroyed, 142 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 81 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 27 disabled
Guns lost 45 (6 destroyed, 39 disabled)
Vehicles lost 51 (7 destroyed, 44 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1225 casualties reported
Squads: 14 destroyed, 97 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 47 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 37 disabled
Guns lost 35 (6 destroyed, 29 disabled)
Vehicles lost 31 (16 destroyed, 15 disabled)


Assaulting units:
20th Infantry Regiment
2nd Division
9th Infantry Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
2nd Tank Regiment
16th Engineer Regiment
7th Tank Regiment
56th Recon Regiment
21st Division
48th Division
16th Recon Regiment
65th Brigade
33rd Division
1st Sasebo SNLF Coy
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
14th Army
2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
21st Ind. Engineer Regiment
3rd Ind. Engineer Regiment
56th Field Artillery Regiment
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
40th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
192nd Tank Battalion
31st PA Infantry Division
26th PS Cavalry Regiment
31st Infantry Regiment
14th PS Engineer Regiment
51st PA Infantry Division
11th PA Infantry Division
194th Tank Battalion
4th Marine Regiment
Subic Bay Defenses
21st PA Infantry Division
57th PS Infantry Regimental Combat Team
1st PA Constabulary Regiment
Clark Field USAAF Base Force
North Luzon Force Corps
1st PI Base Force
Far East USAAF
200th & 515th Coast AA Regiment


The 4th Division is finally loaded and in route to Merak. The 146th Regiment in route also. Air losses right now are 750-350 in my favor. I've sunk at least 60+ xAKs and xAPs, plus Saratoga is still showing on sunk list. I don't believe it, but I'm hopeful. Troops still marching down to Singapore.


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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/13/2012 6:42:46 AM   
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Your LBA appears to be doing quite well. Good work.


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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/13/2012 7:28:27 AM   
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If he's keeping things at Darwin, you might try some other raids, like Sydney and Perth. You might be able to pick off some more valuable pieces slightly behind the lines.

Looks like both Changsha and Clark are going to slogs.

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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/13/2012 4:13:00 PM   
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Yep, I don't have troops enough on either Clark or Changsha. But, I'm happy to be doing damage and not getting slaughtered in the process. I'll replace faster than he will.

Yes, the Mini-KB may take a poke at Perth and the KB is in position for Brisbane/Sydney. I was thinking of doing that, so you've helped with my decision. The Mini-KB with the additional Carriers is probably a match for the 2 carriers he currently has. The Saratoga is either in drydock or sunk. I know that's not around.

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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/16/2012 2:41:13 AM   
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January 5th, 1942

Outer perimeter about taken. PM Invaded. Wake fell. The 4th division landed at Merak. I've been bombing his airfields at Batavia, Soerabaja and Changsha. This is a typical result from Changsha:

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 49
Ki-27b Nate x 21
Ki-30 Ann x 7
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 22

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 1 damaged
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
A-29A Hudson: 4 damaged
A-29A Hudson: 1 destroyed on ground
DB-3M: 3 damaged
SB-III: 9 damaged
SB-III: 3 destroyed on ground


Air losses at 850 to a little more than 350. So I'm happy with the air war. This occurred on Clark. The extreme swings of this combat system are perplexing at times:

Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 40062 troops, 459 guns, 430 vehicles, Assault Value = 1853

Defending force 28149 troops, 559 guns, 492 vehicles, Assault Value = 629

Japanese adjusted assault: 45

Allied adjusted defense: 766

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 17 (fort level 0)

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

Japanese ground losses:
2158 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 127 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 21 disabled
Guns lost 65 (13 destroyed, 52 disabled)
Vehicles lost 97 (8 destroyed, 89 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
116 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 7 (3 destroyed, 4 disabled)


Ok, 2-1 in sheer troops. 3 to 1 in base AV. I don't care WHAT the conditions are, 1800 AV down to 45 AV???? 20 - 1 losses? Big time Hmmm....

Other news:

Ground combat at Nanyang (85,45)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 83251 troops, 766 guns, 396 vehicles, Assault Value = 2482

Defending force 39841 troops, 231 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1104

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 1267

Allied adjusted defense: 371

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

Japanese forces CAPTURE Nanyang !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
2470 casualties reported
Squads: 25 destroyed, 161 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 12 disabled
Guns lost 12 (1 destroyed, 11 disabled)
Vehicles lost 30 (2 destroyed, 28 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
16539 casualties reported
Squads: 677 destroyed, 298 disabled
Non Combat: 294 destroyed, 78 disabled
Engineers: 77 destroyed, 14 disabled
Guns lost 90 (55 destroyed, 35 disabled)
Units retreated 13


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RE: Stepping on the Giant - vicberg vs. Wolfpack464 - R... - 1/18/2012 4:19:28 PM   
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January 7th, 1942

Wake fell. PM holding. Rest of solomons soon. Michael has put forth a forward defense in Malacca with 15 units. So I'm having to move infantry down rather than letting the armor do all the work. Java invaded from east and west. Normal stuff.

But China is going extremely well. After the massive losses at Loyang and Nanyang, sufferred by the Chinese, the northern china army and 1st japanese armies proceeded north toward Sian and won another victory. 31 Chinese units between both Loyang and Nanyang have sufferred massive losses in 4 separate battles. The entire northern chinese army is pretty much destroyed. I have the 11th and elements of the 13th army on Changsha disrupting his industry and rail. Michael looks to be moving everything else there, probably in an attempt to dislodge me.

This provides an interesting choice. Take Northern China or move the majority of the Northern China and 1st Armies down to Changsha area. I'm opting for the north to do some damage to his industry. After Sian falls, I can move the majority of divisions back down to Changsha while leaving a small force to mop up the north. There is an oil field far north, but that will require a division's worth of troops to take and garrison. I'll probably leave the Northern China army to mop up and move the 1st back down.

Ground combat at 85,44 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 82184 troops, 765 guns, 394 vehicles, Assault Value = 2380

Defending force 25379 troops, 179 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 389

Japanese adjusted assault: 1422

Allied adjusted defense: 574

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1662 casualties reported
Squads: 30 destroyed, 94 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 29 disabled
Guns lost 17 (1 destroyed, 16 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
9419 casualties reported
Squads: 540 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 518 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 9 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 70 (34 destroyed, 36 disabled)
Units retreated 12
Units destroyed 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
13th Indpt Infantry Regiment
32nd Division
110th Division
26th Engineer Regiment
63rd Division
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment
37th Division
3rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
16th Ind.Mixed Brigade
12th Tank Regiment
41st Division
36th Division
26th Recon Regiment
1st Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
21st AA Regiment

Defending units:
12th Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
69th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
4th Construction Regiment
22nd Group Army
5th War Area
3rd Group Army
31st Group Army




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