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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 2/25/2012 9:27:11 PM   
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Turn sent ...

I just plotted more of the same, various pinprick operations. There is a lot of airpower which is just not ready for commitment yet. Kamis and TBs. In the meantime my fighter pilots are training up nicely under live fire, albeit at a terrible cost in planes.

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 3/2/2012 1:59:10 AM   
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Next turn sent ...

Most of the Allied TFs seem to be moving away from the Home Islands now. I guess the main objective i.e. Fukue-Jima has been taken so it's time to let the LBA take over for a bit. Nowhere is safe now from the evil P-47s and P-51s.

Game on

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 3/4/2012 4:25:58 PM   
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A US Army infantry division has landed on Aogashima, which like Fukue-jima is a potential size 7 airbase with unlimited stacking. The landing was rather disorderly though so I am going to try and repulse the invaders. The Garrison SNLF there is currently in good shape. It really depends on whether he bombs them into smithereens next turn or not.

Other than that just more hanging on by the skin of our teeth, as usual.

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 3/6/2012 10:20:47 PM   
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Well some B-25s did a low-level ground attack at Tanegashima (not Aogashima) which prevented the garrison from achieving success in their deliberate attack, getting only 1-2 odds against the partially landed US army division. The SNLF unit is not dead yet though, just very disrupted.

Other than that it was just the usual round of PT boats and mini-subs getting sunk by US DDs ...

I really don't have any initiative at this point. Mostly I'm just waiting for my air to train up until they stand any chance of being able to hit something and then attempting to drive the US Navy away. It's frustrating but I can see no other options. Acepylut's close surface blockade has really scuppered any other ideas. I can't reinforce any islands and can move nothing over from China.

The one bright spot is that he's not really bombing either my industry or airfields. So we are not currently short of either aircraft or places to put them.

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 3/31/2012 12:50:29 AM   
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Tanegashima falls. Osaka gets bombed, HI steadily decreasing ...

Overall situation unchanged.

The attack below was fun though. I actually won this turn in the air.



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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 4/2/2012 2:00:29 AM   
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Musings ...

The naval battle is already lost.
The defensive air battle can be won, at some point. I am almost certain of this.
Landings in the Home Islands cannot be prevented.

The only question then is can I somehow "win" by retaining the important cities until the game ends and forcing some kind of stalemate? I am not sure of this at all, but the key factor may be whether I can transport the huge relatively high quality army that is currently in China back home. The shipping capacity to do this still exists, but how to get past the blockade?

One thing about playing this scenario, it's very intense. So, I feel like I've been playing for several years when it's actually only been half a month and there are still 15+ months to go.

I must try and get some perspective and come up with a long-term plan ...


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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 4/6/2012 10:59:33 PM   
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Quite a good turn for a change. A US DD was sunk by mixed air off Ominato, while Nells out of Indochina dinged two CVEs at Manila in a night attack.

The below amused me. E W-30 was originally in a Fast Transport TF and has some AA guns loaded, but I can't get it to unload. So I have been sending it on suicide missions to Fukue-jima. It just keeps coming back though.

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Fukue-jima at 101,58, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
E W-30

Allied Ships
PT-61, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-76, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
PT-78, Shell hits 4, and is sunk
PT-80, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-81, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
PT-112, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Improved night sighting under 92% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 92% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
PT-81 engages E W-30 at 8,000 yards
E W-30 engages PT-78 at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
E W-30 engages PT-112 at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
PT-81 sunk by E W-30 at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 5,000 yards
PT-112 sunk by E W-30 at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
E W-30 engages PT-80 at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
PT-76 engages E W-30 at 6,000 yards
E W-30 engages PT-76 at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
PT-78 sunk by E W-30 at 3,000 yards
PT-76 sunk by E W-30 at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 5,000 yards
PT-80 sunk by E W-30 at 5,000 yards
Massive explosion on PT-61
PT-61 sunk by E W-30 at 5,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 4/7/2012 2:21:46 AM   
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The Air War

I currently have around 9,200 ready aircraft, having started with 12,000 or so. About 75% of these are on Training, mostly for Air skill or LowN. The only airgroups flying CAP are those with useful planes and pilots. Since he is not bombing my airfields, I have this luxury. At least for the moment.

The pools are looking good for everything except legacy Zero types. I am not really going all out with production yet, since I would prefer to preserve HI for when the uber-planes are available and perhaps more importantly for when I can see what his plan is.

Ramping up to 12,000 ready planes again is possible, but will take a while.

Despite putting huge efforts into Kamikaze, I do not regard this is as the key thing. There is no way I can stop him landing somewhere and absolutely no chance of destroying all his ships. The main aim is to be able to gain air superiority over any single contested hex in the Home Islands.

I am not training GrdB or LowG anywhere, but a few thousand planes depositing ordnance on either Airfield Attack or Ground Attack with low skill may still be quite effective.


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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 4/12/2012 12:19:56 AM   
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Midget subs sink a DD. I cheered ...

Kamis sink a couple of transports at Fukue-jima.

Samah airfield gets destroyed. This base is thankfully now nearly emptied out though.

Otherwise quiet. He is clearly consolidating before the next big move.

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 4/12/2012 12:58:25 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Captain Cruft

I am not training GrdB or LowG anywhere, but a few thousand planes depositing ordnance on either Airfield Attack or Ground Attack with low skill may still be quite effective.



Nemo mentioned that he often used this in the late war, both during the day and at night. Low attacks by 2E with virtually no training but used en masse, and that it worked well to shut down Allied air bases.

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 4/12/2012 6:34:36 PM   
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It's pretty obvious really. I'm going to try it next turn at Fukue-jima, which only seems to have a single Corsair unit defending it.

Not the kitchen sink, but a large number of planes.

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 4/13/2012 2:42:24 AM   
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Orders plotted and turn sent back ...

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 4/22/2012 1:54:17 AM   
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A good day over Yokohama. According to the intel screen we shot down 26 of the evil P-47 beasties. I think that's an over-estimate though.

Why they came in at 5,000ft I don't know.

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Afternoon Air attack on Yokohama/Yokosuka , at 113,61

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 11 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     J7W1 Shinden x 18
     N1K5-J George x 14
     Ki-84a Frank x 15

Allied aircraft
     P-47N Thunderbolt x 33

Japanese aircraft losses
     Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
     P-47N Thunderbolt: 6 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
      3 x P-47N Thunderbolt sweeping at 5000 feet

CAP engaged:
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
     (15 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
     6 plane(s) intercepting now.
     0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
     Group patrol altitude is 15000
     Raid is overhead
Yokosuka Ku S-1 with N1K5-J George (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 10 scrambling)
     3 plane(s) intercepting now.
     0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
     Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 39370.
     Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
Yokosuka Ku S-2 with J7W1 Shinden (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 13 scrambling)
     1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
     Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 39370.
     Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 4/28/2012 4:18:13 PM   
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Yakushima has fallen.

I am now thinking that I may be able to break the China blockade by running convoys from Tsingtao to Korea, then railing units down to Fusan. There are now resource and oil convoys successfully moving from Fusan to Shimonoseki and Maizuru, which do not suffer from the retreat dynamics which afflict convoys to Fukuoka.

The 81 plane fighter unit at Tsingtao, currently equipping the A6M2 Zero, has been designated as a special anti-DD blockade breaking unit. Every decent IJN pilot from TRACOM and Reserve is on their way to the unit and once there will train up on LowN. Fuchida has been installed as the group leader.

Desperate times call for desperate measures ...



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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 4/28/2012 7:00:14 PM   
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Air War

I now have just over 9,000 ready aircraft, the vast majority of which continue to be used for training. The IJN Reserve and TRACOM pools are completely empty, and the replacement pipeline is about half drained. The IJA Reserve has about 300 GrdB pilots in it, TRACOM is empty and the replacement pipeline is about one quarter drained.

The P-47s and P-51s are starting to be seriously challenged on their Sweeps by Franks, Georges, Shindens and Karyus with good pilots.

Why he does not bomb my airfields is hard to understand.


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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 5/5/2012 6:25:13 PM   
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Nagasaki airfield gets bombed. It will be out of action for a while, but there's nothing important based there. All my best fighter groups are at non-obvious airfields.

During the night phase my PT boats finally had some success. One less evil DD to worry about ...

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Fukue-jima at 101,58, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-2
MTB G-3, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
MTB G-548, Shell hits 1
MTB G-555, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Braine, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
DD Colahan
DD Thompson, heavy damage

Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
Grygiel, N.W. crosses the 'T'
DD Colahan engages MTB G-555 at 8,000 yards
DD Thompson engages MTB G-3 at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
DD Colahan engages MTB G-555 at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
MTB G-555 engages DD Colahan at 2,000 yards
MTB G-3 engages DD Colahan at 2,000 yards
MTB G-3 engages DD Braine at 2,000 yards
MTB G-2 engages DD Braine at 2,000 yards
Grygiel, N.W. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range increases to 3,000 yards
MTB G-555 sunk by DD Thompson at 3,000 yards
DD Thompson engages MTB G-2 at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
DD Braine engages MTB G-548 at 2,000 yards
DD Colahan engages MTB G-3 at 2,000 yards
DD Braine engages MTB G-548 at 2,000 yards
Magazine explodes on DD Braine
DD Braine sunk by MTB G-548 at 2,000 yards
MTB G-3 sunk by DD Colahan at 2,000 yards
DD Thompson engages MTB G-548 at 2,000 yards
MTB G-2 engages DD Colahan at 2,000 yards
DD Thompson engages MTB G-548 at 2,000 yards
DD Thompson engages MTB G-2 at 2,000 yards
orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 3,000 yards
DD Colahan engages MTB G-548 at 3,000 yards
DD Colahan engages MTB G-548 at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
DD Thompson engages MTB G-548 at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
DD Thompson engages MTB G-548 at 12,000 yards
DD Colahan engages MTB G-2 at 12,000 yards
Task forces break off...
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Then in the daytime Patsys from Truk did quite well at Guam ...

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Morning Air attack on Guam , at 106,95

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 149 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 41 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-74-I Patsy x 31

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-74-I Patsy: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
B-29B Superfort: 1 damaged
B-29B Superfort: 2 destroyed on ground
B-29-25 Superfort: 11 damaged
B-29-25 Superfort: 2 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 3
Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x Ki-74-I Patsy bombing from 16000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
6 x Ki-74-I Patsy bombing from 21000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 6/1/2012 2:23:02 AM   
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Jills out of Yokohama sank a DD today. Otherwise just the usual drubbing, as per normal.

My opponent has alluded to a "1,500 ship invasion" being in the offing. I can only think this will be on Kyushu, perhaps even at Nagasaki, which is not as well-protected by CD guns as you might think. Or perhaps more likely at multiple places.

We will see. I do not envy him the task of arranging it all that's for certain.


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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 6/1/2012 2:30:28 AM   
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Musings ...

I have 9,400 ready aircraft. Mostly the game is a matter of waiting until such time as this weapon can become effective.

Supply is currently OK, and there is some luxury fort-building and R&D which I can turn off should things become tight.

Despite feeling rather beaten up at the moment, I still feel confident for the long-term.

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 6/15/2012 2:21:02 AM   
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Intruders!

I have been slightly asleep at the wheel. There are some surface ships, possibly including transports, which have penetrated my rear area in the Sea of Japan.

If I had to guess this may be an attempt to take Ulleungdo by coup-de-main. This base, which is empty and relatively isolated, sits astride the Kanko->Maizuru route which I have been gearing up to use for troop evac from Korea. It can be built to a size 4 airfield and size 3 port.

The KB will have to be scrambled ...

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 6/16/2012 4:08:20 PM   
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The Sea of Japan.



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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 6/16/2012 4:10:09 PM   
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Also last turn, this made me LOL. Battleship guns obliterating PT boats ...

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Naval Gun Fire at Iki-shima - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

180 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
PT-175, Shell hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
PT-174, Shell hits 1, on fire
PT-171, Shell hits 1, Mine hits 1, heavy damage
PT-170, Shell hits 2, Mine hits 2, heavy damage
PT-169, Shell hits 3, heavy damage
PT-168, Shell hits 2, Mine hits 2, heavy damage
PT-167, Shell hits 2, Mine hits 1, heavy damage
PT-163, Shell hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PT-162, Shell hits 1, Mine hits 1, heavy damage
PT-161, Shell hits 3
PT-160, Mine hits 1, heavy damage
PT-159, Mine hits 1, heavy damage

Iki Fortress firing at PT-175
Iki Fortress firing at PT-174
Iki Fortress firing at PT-171
Iki Fortress firing at PT-170
Iki Fortress firing at PT-169
Iki Fortress firing at PT-168
Iki Fortress firing at PT-167
Iki Fortress firing at PT-163
Iki Fortress firing at PT-162
Iki Fortress firing at PT-161
Iki Fortress firing at PT-160

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 6/17/2012 12:59:24 AM   
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Battleship guns obliterating PT boats ...


It looks to me like most of the heavy lifting was done by mines -- but it's all good!

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 6/17/2012 1:36:20 AM   
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Target Ulluengdo

I am going to try and deposit a quantity of varied LCUs on this WR terrain island as quickly as possible. This will be via Air Transport plus Fast Transport and Amphibious TFs. Even if he's not going for it the place should be garrisoned anyway. I notice that it has a starting fort level of 4, which is nice.

The "KB" and the remaining few heavy surface vessels of the IJN will attempt to interpose in the vicinity.

None of this affects the main game, which I perceive to be in Kyushu. Once he has all the outlying islands I believe he will try to land at Kumamoto or Nagasaki or both. These are clear hexes, whereas Kanoya is WD terrain and out on a limb.

I have no expectation of being able to prevent these landings, my vague plan therefore is to prevent a progress from Kyushu onto Honshu, which must pass across the straits to Shimonoseki.

Side note: I have hundreds of evil Type 93 mines in the pool, but only two ships which can lay them. These are heading towards the Tsushima/Iki-Shima axis.

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 6/26/2012 10:36:38 PM   
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I was mistaken. There was nothing heading towards Ulleungdo at all.

What we did have was a DD raid from the east on my ASW TFs covering the Fusan->Shimonoseki route. This only comprised two ships but they managed to erase 8 SCs before being totally obliterated at Tsushima.

Kamis out of Gunzan also took care of 2 or 3 more of the evil DD monsters off of Korea.

Not bad really.

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Naval Gun Fire at Tsushima - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

43 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DD Hank, Shell hits 25, Mine hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Hugh W. Hadley, Shell hits 10, Mine hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

Tsushima Fortress firing at DD Hank
Tsushima Fortress firing at DD Hugh W. Hadley

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Moppo at 98,52

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 67 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-K Zero x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-K Zero: 10 destroyed

Allied Ships
DD Willard Keith, Kamikaze hits 1
DD Walke II, Kamikaze hits 1, on fire
DD De Haven II, Kamikaze hits 1, heavy damage
DD Laffey II

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 7/11/2012 1:38:39 AM   
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Finally September is over ...

By virtue of drawing loads of pilots out of the pipeline and into the kami/training units I have managed to weather the HI tax and start October with a massive pool of around 40,000 pts. Not exactly a luxurious position but slightly better than a total demise. I have not had a single industry failure yet (in the HI) but this could be because I am producing nothing but fighters and not many of those either.

During the course of the month I have eradicated between 10 and 15 of the evil Allied DDs. However since my opponent informs me that he has some 380 available this is in no way good enough.

In the air, unless you are flying a Me-262 clone it is clear you WILL be shot down by the P-51s and P-47s. This makes life extremely difficult, but on the bright side on those occasions where there has been no Allied Sweeping pretty much any massed fighters do quite well against the bombers.

October will likely be another month of hanging on, and I fully expect landings on the mainland in Kyushu which I will struggle to oppose other than on land.

It's all great fun though, the only problem with this scenario is finding the time to do each turn properly.

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 8/27/2012 12:29:19 AM   
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Nothing of real significance has happened since the last report.

I enjoyed this turn though. Two surface TFs impaled themselves on the Hakodate Fortress and got more or less annihilated. Two cruisers , 3 DDs and 4 DEs.

Neither I nor my opponent has any idea of what triggers the CD guns to fire when it's not an actual landing, but I enjoy these occasions immensely. It's the only weapon I've got that works ...

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Naval Gun Fire at Hakodate - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

144 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CA Columbus, Shell hits 7, Mine hits 1
DD Duncan II, Shell hits 10, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Everett F. Larson, Shell hits 9, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Rogers, Shell hits 15, Mine hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

Hakodate Fortress firing at CA Columbus
CA Columbus firing at Hakodate Fortress
Hakodate Fortress firing at DD Duncan II
DD Duncan II firing at Hakodate Fortress
Hakodate Fortress firing at DD Everett F. Larson
DD Everett F. Larson firing at Hakodate Fortress
DD Rogers firing at Hakodate Fortress
Hakodate Fortress firing at DD Rogers

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Naval Gun Fire at Hakodate - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

124 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Detroit, Shell hits 30, Mine hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DE Gunason, Shell hits 8, Mine hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DE Greenwood, Shell hits 12, Mine hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DE William C. Cole, Shell hits 7, Mine hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DE Ahrens, Shell hits 11, Mine hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Hakodate Fortress firing at CL Detroit
CL Detroit firing at Hakodate Fortress
Hakodate Fortress firing at DE Gunason
DE Gunason firing at Hakodate Fortress
DE Greenwood firing at Hakodate Fortress
Hakodate Fortress firing at DE Greenwood
Hakodate Fortress firing at DE William C. Cole
DE William C. Cole firing at Hakodate Fortress
Hakodate Fortress firing at DE Ahrens
DE Ahrens firing at Hakodate Fortress

< Message edited by Captain Cruft -- 8/27/2012 12:37:53 AM >

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 9/4/2012 1:01:44 AM   
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I think this was a good day, if the intel can be believed. The B-29s attacked all over the place and encountered some of my spare fighter groups.



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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 9/6/2012 2:01:59 AM   
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On the downside, my HI is now slightly decreasing each turn rather than slightly increasing. This is precisely due to his bombing my HI with the B-29s, which do a lot of damage regardless of the attrition I am causing.

I am repairing HI in places where I perceive that I have sufficient supply to do so, but this can only add around 4 or 6 points per turn, whereas his bombing depletes I would guess at least 20 per turn. So it's a losing battle. Therefore I have now "temporarily" stopped building pretty much everything except for Armaments, Vehicles and Fighters.

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 9/12/2012 12:53:06 AM   
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HI is now in precipitous decline, so I have turned off all Mitsubishi and Nakajima engine production. The pools are ample at the moment since I am producing so few planes.

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RE: Downfall Revisited - Cruft vs. Acepylut (JFBs only) - 9/25/2012 12:41:51 AM   
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HI is still decreasing and the pool is now down to 23k. I have switched the 3 biggest Armaments factories off.

I think I have a plan to break the blockade (once only) and get some of the huge fuel/resources pile over from Shanghai, along with a few troops. It will involve basically sacrificing what's left of the IJN in the attempt. Give it a couple of weeks to get everything in place.

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