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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/3/2012 1:43:20 AM   
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Good points. However none of this has been worked out scientifically. I'm just having fun making it up as I go along :-)


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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/3/2012 2:04:53 AM   
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Speaking of fun ...

I have now actually actioned the hypothetical "plan" elucidated above whereby Emily flying boats will endeavour to attrit the Chinese airforce which may or may not be hiding in the deserts of western China. The Toko Chutai, or as it is now known the "851 Chutai", has been re-based at Tientsin and after a day or two's rest will attempt to deposit some bombs at an appropriate place. If nothing else, this should cause my opponent to experience some small measure of surprise.

On a possibly more serious note, this escapade has led me to think about range in general, and my conclusion is that I want more of it. Therefore, although they are most definitely sub-optimal weapons delivery platforms I have marginally increased production of both the G3M3 Nell and G4M1 Betty. Perhaps more importantly, I have also seriously cranked up R&D on the Ki-74 Patsy, to the tune of an eventual 180 planes a month. Whether I can deliver the Mitsubishi Ha-43 engines for that is another matter though.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/3/2012 5:05:58 AM   
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Am I missing something? You can rename air units? Or is that just something informal you're doing?

Creative thinking with the Emilys by the way.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/3/2012 2:44:20 PM   
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All the IJN airgroups automatically rename in late 1942. They lose the nice names and get numbers instead.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/3/2012 11:00:40 PM   
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There appear to be no planes at Lanchow. More poking around needed ...

Meanwhile, over in blizzard country, we have some intruders. Is this just another bombardment run or an invasion? If it's the latter then it's a bit strange since we have just entered the wintertime.

I have mobilised the fleet anyway just in case.



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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/3/2012 11:51:22 PM   
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Emilies in the Desert ...

Thinking about this more I have conceived a truly evil plan which goes way beyond my initial thoughts. It will have to wait a bit though, in particular I need the Dinah III (arrives in Jan 43) so I do some recon of all those far-flung bases. I could also really use some more Patrol airgroups, but there are none in the reinforcement pipeline until way into 1944.

Stay tuned. Operation Yak will happen some time in 1943

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/4/2012 12:08:18 AM   
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Good idea to mobilize the fleet. Better safe than sorry, and if it's just a probing fleet, you can overwhelm and sink it - as long as you know it's not a potential trap :)

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/4/2012 12:17:30 AM   
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I would happily trade a couple of second line CVs for one or two US ones. The only problem up there is it's blizzard weather, so air strikes will be difficult. Maybe that's part of his plan? Of course the 6 old clunker BBs might prove useful then ... :-)

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/5/2012 1:21:11 AM   
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Well the ships approaching the Kuriles have disappeared. No bombardments, no landings. Either they have retreated due to being spotted, or perhaps they are headed deeper. My Nav Search up there is pretty thin and the weather is bad.

Sakhalin perhaps? It is very poorly defended and there are always lots of xAKs loading and transporting Resources back to the Home Islands.

I have taken what measures I can ...

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/5/2012 10:58:11 PM   
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Another turn played ...

The ships near the Kuriles really do seem to have retreated.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/5/2012 11:11:51 PM   
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Perhaps he was going to launch a raid and thought better of it. Or perhaps this is an ambush attempt....he showed his skirt, wants you to send a SAG to investigate, and has carriers waiting to nail you.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/5/2012 11:16:32 PM   
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Well yes indeed those are possibilities. The Hive is safe though, that is what matters :-)

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/6/2012 1:00:48 AM   
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What I meant to say is that I won't chase him into the Aleutians. Adak is at full size already and he is likely to have a fair amount of stuff in the vicinity.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/6/2012 1:07:23 AM   
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Offensive-Defensive Operations

I now have two deep penetration operations planned, which I will hopefully be able to unleash just at the time when he starts to attack me in a serious manner, and thereby create some distraction and confusion.

Operation Yak - Previously mentioned, this will strike into the Chinese desert and has a real objective, though it doesn't really matter if it's achieved or not.

Operation Kormoran - Not mentioned before, but I have been preparing this for a long time now. We will cause nuisance in the vicinity of Western Australia and fake a strike towards an objective that is important to the Allies.

As I say, neither will happen until the time is right, and indeed the assets for both are not fully ready either. I am thinking that since I have been so utterly passive (defensive) all game these ops may really throw him a curve ball.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/7/2012 2:43:23 AM   
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Another turn ...

The Allies have landed at Hollandia in NG, unopposed, using Fast Transport. I wonder how far he will push along this coast, and to what purpose other than making more green dots? Perhaps the Philippines beckon, even at this stage? They are rather under-manned, with lots of empty bases available.

I don't know what his plan is, but what is certain is that I can deploy about 75% of the IJNAF (including the KB) in this area in two or three days if need be.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/7/2012 3:07:14 AM   
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IJN Recon Aircraft

This is turning out to be a bit of a critical time for the IJN in terms of recon planes. The Judy has recently entered production, and I have one group in service at Truk keeping an eye on Rabaul. The Irving will start outputting next month too, and I do need this plane in order to be able to receive some reinforcement airgroups. Otherwise I would just standardise on the Judy, which has a longer range and only needs one engine.

Most of the few IJN recon airgroups on the map are still equipping the Babs though, which has an inadequate range for the "Carolines vs. New Guinea" battle which seems to be forming. This was not something I anticipated, and is a bit of a problem.

The IJAAAF has refused to help out too, which is even worse.

Note: Due to OCD (or whatever) I hate splitting airgroups, so I can only recon one base per airgroup. This also prevents using Netty fragments for recon, not that they are much good at it anyway.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/8/2012 1:11:05 AM   
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Back to China ...

Emilies from Tientsin bombed Lanchow airfield today. They got a few hits but there were no planes present. I was a bit disappointed to see that they only deploy 2 x 250kg bombs on a GrdB attack not 4 as the aircraft screen would have you believe.

The Oscar Swarm at Canton (now numbering some 350 odd planes) is turning its attention to Kweilin, which is the next objective for the 6th IJA Panzer Armee. I was pleased to see that despite being Wd rather than Clr terrain, and presumably having some reasonable fort level, the casualties were still quite high at around 400 or so. Hopefully I will be able to shoot him off the hill here as I have done previously in Wuchow, Liuchow and other places. Much cheaper than doing expensive ground assaults.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/8/2012 1:32:21 AM   
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The unopposed Allied advance in New Guinea.



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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/8/2012 1:36:09 AM   
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Area of contention in China ...

The stack advancing into Kweilin is about 1,900 AV, is tank heavy, and is intended to take the place, if the Oscars fail to drive him off.

The stack advancing into Changsha is about 3,600 AV, and at this point is simply a pinning operation.



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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/8/2012 8:49:51 PM   
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It looks like shooting them off the hill is working in Kweilin after only a single attack by the Swarm ...



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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/10/2012 2:41:16 AM   
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Today we had the first "recon by bombardment" at Changsha.

His troops are obviously well prepared, and I would guess the fort level is at least 4. So, we cannot even contemplate assaulting at this point. On the other hand I doubt he can drive us out given the Ul terrain.

Sallies at Hankow will be doing airfield attacks on a daily basis to remove supply and prevent further fort additions.


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Ground combat at Changsha (82,52)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 102730 troops, 960 guns, 293 vehicles, Assault Value = 3621

Defending force 144065 troops, 867 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 5479

Japanese ground losses:
     812 casualties reported
        Squads: 3 destroyed, 51 disabled
        Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
        Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
     Guns lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
     50 casualties reported
        Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
        Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
        Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
   71st Division
   13th Division
   36th Division
   26th Division
   6th Division
   40th Division
   34th Division
   8th Division
   2nd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
   15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
   2nd Army
   14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
   3rd Hvy.Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
   94th Chinese Corps
   70th Chinese Corps
   99th Chinese Corps
   37th Chinese Corps
   1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
   20th Chinese Corps
   100th Chinese Corps
   26th Chinese Corps
   74th Chinese Corps
   63rd Chinese Corps
   78th Chinese Corps
   5th Construction Regiment
   87th Chinese Corps
   58th Chinese Corps
   39th Chinese Corps
   10th Chinese Corps
   72nd Chinese Corps
   6th Construction Regiment
   14th Construction Regiment
   30th Group Army
   27th Group Army
   19th Group Army
   33rd Group Army
   9th War Area
   1st Artillery Regiment
   3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
   17th Chinese Base Force
   18th Artillery Regiment
   20th Group Army
   56th AT Gun Regiment



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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/12/2012 2:29:47 AM   
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Movement at Shwebo ... You can also see how the rowboat corps has taken Lashio and Meiktila.

I need to move the excess oil and fuel out of Rangoon before it falls.

My opponent is wondering where my "main defense line" is. I told the truth in a way by responding that "Tokyo is quite important"



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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/12/2012 3:34:01 AM   
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The Oscar Swarm

There are now 18 airgroups attached to the 1st Air Army, of which 17 are F and 1 is FB. In March 1944 this will amount to 882 operational aircraft, so it will require 9 size 2 airfields for basing, or equivalent. China and Manchuria are the ideal places, or maybe Luzon, if the IJN feels the need for some help if any "Decisive Battles" are going on.

The Oscar IIb will start rolling off the production lines soon, either next month (Dec 1942) or at latest in Jan 1943. This plane is a major step up from the Oscar IIa since it can deliver its bombs out to range 7 instead of 6, and also has armor of 1. I will be producing 300 planes a month initially. It is (IMO) the most important aircraft of the whole war, or at least of the war as I am playing it in this game



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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/12/2012 4:38:30 AM   
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I've forgotten but were you planning to make a stand at the Thailand/Burma border? There are some really good spots where you can make a stand and the way burma is set up ingame its really really hard to beat off a determined allied assault across the India/Burma border.

What does your opponent have to say about the Oscar swarm anyway?

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/12/2012 6:31:31 AM   
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quote:

It is (IMO) the most important aircraft of the whole war, or at least of the war as I am playing it in this game


And what about Ki-44. As you are playing PDU On. Did Tojo should not be you major fighter. At lest until Frank arrive. Tojo is far superior even from Ki-43IV (if we do not count range)

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/12/2012 1:26:07 PM   
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Saros,

Yes I will try and hold/delay at Rangoon/Pegu then the Thai border, for a while.

My opponent has not mentioned the Swarm other than to comment that it is a "bit scary". However his actions speak more clearly, and he has abandoned 4 bases now in China to get away from it. I think he will try and hold at Changsha though.


koniu,

The whole point of the Oscar is its use as a bomber. Do keep up old chap

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/13/2012 2:14:52 AM   
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Have you tried the swarm out against Commonwealth or American divisions yet? Seems like your opponent is flanking you from Shwebo and it would be a perfect time to tear up some troops in the open ground. Even better if you can get him to LRCAP loose troops and then sweep his low level fighters into oblivion.
Honestly the current position is about the best chance to engage you will likely get for a while. He has only Shwebo as an airbase and will be forced to split his fighters between defending the troops and the airbase and you can play cat and mouse with your strikes to overwhelm him in one spot.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/13/2012 3:27:11 PM   
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Burma was the birthplace of the Swarm idea.

Now that he has started moving there, and given that I have reached something of a hiatus in China, with only the long siege of Changsha in prospect which will be handled by the legacy Sally Corps, there may be some scope for Swarming over to Burma and Thailand. The only problem is I don't really have enough av support over there, and none to spare anywhere else.

Certainly I am not going to just roll over in Burma. I will fight, but I will not allow myself to be drawn into a costly meat grinder.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/13/2012 3:36:40 PM   
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Are you not afraid that if Burma falls too quickly that the SRA will be incredibly exposed? The source of oil needs to be active and intact at full production through at least the middle of 44 to fight into the middle of 45 I would think.Am I off target here?

Just curious about your thoughts on this. (You may have addressed this all before, but I'm only partially through the previous pages, trying to do a bit of work on my own AAR this week).

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 3/13/2012 4:28:57 PM   
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I have not done any long-term economic calculations. In a way I would welcome not having enough fuel since that is exactly what happened in real life, and since the Allied subs are nerfed invading the SRA is the only way to do it.

That said, the SRA is wide open regardless of what state Burma is in. All he has to do is land 3 or 4 divisions onto any of the numerous unoccupied bases in Java and it's game over.

Remember, it is the Hive which matters, all else is just a raid.

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