From: La Salle, Colorado
July 11-16, 1942
Just when I think Lew and I's game was winding down, we do a flurry of turns over the last couple of days. Actually did THREE turns on Thursday! Wow. Got in two yesterday.
OK. Let us go around the horn:
I have been running a couple of little 1250 TK between Sapporo and Paramushiro Jima to build a stockpile of fuel up there and totally neglected to place any at Attu. My NorPac Strike Force is based there as well as my SS. Oops. Correct that and send some fuel up there as well as draft two more of the small TKs to shuttle fuel from PJ and Attu.
After my recent SS successes around Christmas I have a small TF of 5 DD sweep into the base and find nothing present. Too bad.
I order home most of the Fleet assets in the Marshalls. The pair of CAs, 3 CLs, and 8-10 DDs all need repairs and upgrades. Will leave this area bare of warships for about a month but that is OK.
Need fuel badly at Jaliut and have a major TK TF coming with 50,000+.
Major supply convoy unloading at Luganville, Efate, and Noumea.
Spot consistent Allied shipping at Suva and New Zealand.
FINALLY winding down here.
Cairns surrenders on the 11th and 9,888 troops become POWs: NICE!
More units surrender SW of Townsville over the coming days. A total of 7 more units give it up including the HQ for 1st and 2nd Aust Corps.
Order the 4 TK Reg up here and an Inf Div to jump on trains and head for Adelaide to join the attack going into central Aussieland.
Alice Springs is swept everyday by two Daitai of Zeros and a Sentai of Oscars (cannot wait for Tojo next month!). Losses are only a little better then 2-1 but the P-40s are falling. I've got 81 Kate at Tennant Creek (AF3) that strike here about once every 3 days. When they do they kill SBDs, B-17s, Hudsons, and A-29s. 65th Brigade is advancing from TC towards Alice.
In the south are two ID, an Army Para unit, and a TK Reg driving on the base south of Alice (Oodnadatta). The AF at Port Augusta just went to 3 so I have about 100 planes flying from here hitting troops. There is no Allied supply here so I expect a day or two of serious fighting and then surrenders.
Three additional Brigades bought from China arrive and they should be enough for me to garrison the continent. Will begin moving everyone around to satisfy requirements and then begin gathering troops for the New Zealand Operation (4-5 ID). Need to do a bit of mopping up as well and take Horn Island and Port Moresby.
Most of the Fleet is fully repaired and gathering at Soerabaja. Only Akagi and Kaga are doing any repairs right now for the CVs while all BBs and BCs look good except Yamato who just just entered the yard at Singapore. My 3rd Inf Div is about to arrive there and this will give me enough troops to--hopefully-- take Cocos fairly easily.
With the Allied disaster at Benkoelen finished, I move AKs and APs to that base so I can load Imperial Guards for a return to Port Blair after taking a couple of small bases I have skipped in all the action.
Am happy with my lines here with the exception of hex 86,56 where 7 Chinese Corps have been fighting for a month. Just upgraded all my old Sonias and Mary's to Lilys and Sallys. The increased bomb weight might be enough to disrupt them so I can take the hex.
A group of Chinese units are at Wuchow in a hex I fully control. They cannot retreat and I am attacking them getting 7-1/10-1 right now. Expect a surrender at any time.
CVL Nisshin arrives at Kobe for repairs and CV Junyo arrives a few days later. CVL Ryujo is due to arrive in 10 days. Will form them into their CV TF. Not sure as to where they will go.
Research into future Japanese fighters is humming along. The fighters of 1943 and 1944 look pretty good: George, Tony, and Frank move along.
Will make sure my engines are fine like how FatR describes in my other AAR.
Got probably 20+ SS in repair right now but some are still prowling around.
7-16 While laying mines at Diego Garcia, I-124 gets a DOUBLE sinking! She sinks AK's Borgfeld and Kainalu. Both were carrying troops and equipment so that is nice. She and her sister deposit a gift of 80 mines there.
7-11 Kalgoolie AF-2
7-13 Darwin AF-6
7-14 Taihoku AF-4, Mukden AF-9, Pt Augusta AF-3
Will Post a current Screen shot in a few minutes.
< Message edited by John 3rd -- 12/1/2012 4:38:41 PM >