From: St. Louis
I understand that forum AAR etiquette is that you don't read your opponents AAR (if he has one). I certainly will not and I'm sure vontiger will not either. Nonetheless I intend to keep to myself (for the most part) what my short term plans may be, and would prefer not to get advice on what I should do. I'd like to make my own mistakes and let you know what the results are. This is my first PBEM and I believe vontiger may be somewhat more experienced but I don't think there's a big mismatch here. Although I'd rather not get advice, when I blow it, by all means pile on.
I'm expecting to post about once a week (game time) unless something big happens in between. I've seen the extroardinary effort some of you have put into your AAR's and I don't know where you get the time. I'll just do summaries and point out those details that I think are unusual, interesting or unexpected.
December 13, 1941...
A large Japanese carrier force attacked Pearl Harbor on the 7th and remained and attacked again on the 8th. I responded in the only way I could think of and ordered the subs I had there to lay special mines in the area where the Japanese force had been sighted. (I didn't think to ask vontiger to turn off the auto subs, so I'm going to have lots of fun keeping mine under control). This action turned out to be moot, as the Japanese force was spotted on the 9th heading in the direction of Midway. The losses from the attacks included WV, NV and CA. The other BB's were sufficiently seaworthy so that I ordered them to the West Coast for repairs. Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales and Repulse were attacked off the Malay peninsula from the air. Repulse was sunk outright and POW was so badly damaged and down to 2 kts. that I took her into port at Mersing and scuttled her.
Japanese forces landed unexpectedly at Pakchoi and Kwangchowan and have captured the latter. Dutch submarines have sunk several ships (mostly AKs) at Singora, Patani and Kota Bharu with their excellent torpedoes. Many American ships in the southern Phillipines have managed to escape to the south, including the Houston. Many other ships fleeing the northern Phillipines and from Hong Kong however were ordered to flee along the northern coast of Borneo as a force with two small carriers (one fielding float planes, Chitose or Chiyoda?) appeared to be headed for a position south of Mindinao. This turned out to be a mistake, as many of these fleeing ships encountered the following: One force of four CAs plus DDs, and two CL/DD groups, and many ships were lost including a couple DD's and two AO's (which I really hate). All remaining refugees changed course to the south and to the west of the Celebes, some heading for Darwin. The Japanese carriers are nearby, but can they sink all of them?
Some or all of the carriers that attacked Pearl have passed south of Midway and appear headed straight for Wake Island.
In any case, my brazen plan to force the IJN to use up all its ammunition appears to be succeeding brilliantly.
< Message edited by geofflambert -- 2/6/2012 8:58:22 PM >