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RE: 2 Feb 1942 - 4/13/2012 7:59:54 AM   
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ORIGINAL: JWE

Bit of a hint. As you may have discovered if one is defending, one doesn't conduct assaults. Yes, yes, I know, the best defense is a good offense, but this is the game, and you are doing a 'last stand' defense. Bad time to get aggressive But there are some things you can do to prolong the agony.

Be very careful about the 'posture' of your support units (anything that doesn't AV). Keeping them in Defend mode just makes them susceptible to the combat algorithm. And then, they can't provide the support that they could. HQs, AA Rgts, RAF Base units, Fortress units, have no business in the front line, so put them at Rest. They can still provide their services without getting knocked in the head, so Sup and AirSup will survive and keep your operational troops going a skoosh better.

Then there is 'rotation'. This one is a real bitch because it requires some knowledge of the other guy's forces. Rotation involves keeping back a certain percentage of your front line troops in a Rest posture. While they are there, and so long as the Sup units haven't got knocked in the head, they will recover; step-by-step. Then sub them back in for your most depleted "Defending" units and put those at Rest. This won't prevent the final debacle, but it just might flatten out the slippery slope to oblivion.

Btw, don't take the Combat Report as Gospel, but still look at it closely. 65,000 troops attacking might not really be 65,000 troops attacking. Well, maybe in this case it is, because CT Grog is assaulting with only assault capable units, but a lot of people just assault with a stack (100,000 troops attacking, of which 471 are capable of AV with an AV value of 13, woof!). You are playing a guy who understands wtfo. So I'll be watching and adding some more hints as appropriate.

To keep from accusations of fanboism or favoritism, hints can't be a priori, but must only be the result of what is seen in a turn. But the game takes a long time, and hints are generally applicable, so if the hints don't help ya now, maybe they will do so later.

And then again, I have some hints for Japan in my other pocket




Hi John,

Thanks for the tips, I take it you'll mosey on by both our AARs once in a while then? Great stuff if so, the LCUs at rest/reserve thingy I've always wondered about. You mentioned putting the support units on "reserve" (Like obvert, I'm also guessing it's reserve you mean, not rest), would the units still go into action when needed? Ie. will AA units still put up flak when bombers fly over? Will engineer units in support LCUs still contribute to fort/airfield/port construction? Never tried rotating the combat units before so that's something I'll try with the troops on Java and Palembang.

Totally get you on the limits of your help so no worries there, a couple of hints and observations here and there like this one above works for me. I've been meaning to put down some observations about playing the mod so I guess there's some feedback you can look at as well.

< Message edited by Arnhem -- 4/13/2012 2:41:06 PM >

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3 Feb 1942 - 4/13/2012 8:14:59 AM   
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China
Aircraft sighted over Changsha, Wuchow, Nanning, Pakhoi so CTG is definitely not going to leave this theatre as some backwater.

Burma
Aircraft sighted over Prome.

DEI
Aircraft sighted over Palembang.

Singapore
We're still in business!

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 64400 troops, 798 guns, 423 vehicles, Assault Value = 1344
Defending force 42494 troops, 505 guns, 300 vehicles, Assault Value = 226
Japanese adjusted assault: 698
Allied adjusted defense: 329
Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 1)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
799 casualties reported
Squads: 65 destroyed, 68 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 14 (1 destroyed, 13 disabled)
Vehicles lost 10 (1 destroyed, 9 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2593 casualties reported
Squads: 104 destroyed, 33 disabled
Non Combat: 19 destroyed, 65 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 20 disabled
Guns lost 50 (22 destroyed, 28 disabled)
Vehicles lost 10 (4 destroyed, 6 disabled)


SWPAC
Darwin is bombed by Betties again, am in the process of moving a squadron of P-40s up here to ambush them but it's slow going. Might work in my favour though, settling into a pattern makes people lazy and lets down their guard.

Sub War
Sub launched float fighters sighted in the vicinity of Christmas Island and Horn Island

There's another I-boat just off Sydney, don't know if it's the same one from a couple of turns back or a new one, attempts to chase it off/sink it come to naught, have some DDs escorting some troopships that are coming into port, might detach them when they're done to see if they can kill the sub. Am very antsy about keeping too many ships near easy striking range of KB after the debacle at Darwin so lots of search planes in the air over SOPAC islands hoping to give some early warning of enemy movement.

Another I-boat takes a shot at an AVD travelling as part of a group of auxiliaries (stragglers from DEI/PI) off Brisbane but misses.

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RE: 3 Feb 1942 - 4/13/2012 8:27:58 AM   
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Darwin is bombed by Betties again, am in the process of moving a squadron of P-40s up here to ambush them but it's slow going. Might work in my favour though, settling into a pattern makes people lazy and lets down their guard.



So true....



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4 Feb 1942 - 4/13/2012 8:45:34 AM   
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SIGINT
2/144th Infantry Regiment is planning for an attack on Rabaul. No previous intel on where 2/144th is located but I'm assuming Truk.

China
Aircraft sighted over Changsha, Wuchow, Pakhoi, Nanyang and Nanning

Burma
Aircraft sighted over Taung Gyi.

SWPAC
Aircraft sighted over Darwin, Sydney

DEI
Aircraft sighted over Palembang.

I might have done something stupid because the last turn because 7 B-10s lift off from Titsup (tjliatipup?) and attempt to strike shipping at Oosthaven, promptly running into more Zeroes than you can shake a stick at, none return home. Gotta love Charles Darwin.

Morning Air attack on TF, near Oosthaven at 48,96
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms
Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 38

Allied aircraft
139WH-3 x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
139WH-3: 5 destroyed

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (38 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
38 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

Singapore
I've run out of things to say about the tenacity of the defence (either that or it's just bad rolls for CTG)

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 63439 troops, 796 guns, 422 vehicles, Assault Value = 1284
Defending force 40882 troops, 490 guns, 297 vehicles, Assault Value = 194
Japanese adjusted assault: 501
Allied adjusted defense: 395
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
966 casualties reported
Squads: 18 destroyed, 63 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 20 (2 destroyed, 18 disabled)
Vehicles lost 21 (2 destroyed, 19 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1909 casualties reported
Squads: 65 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 17 destroyed, 112 disabled
Engineers: 20 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 24 (14 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Vehicles lost 20 (5 destroyed, 15 disabled)

Sub War
Aircraft sighted by TFs near Christmas Island

I-26 continues to trail her coat just outside Sydney, she hasn't shot at anything important yet thank goodness but I don't like that she's snooping around there.

Lots of I-boats around Horn Island, 2 of them take shots at a resupply convoy bound for Darwin but nothing connects.

Mod Corner
Going to start a little corner that will appear every so often, it will detail observations about playing DBB-C, most of it will be based on observations, throw in some gut feels, in short, nothing that can be backed up with evidence, take with a grain of salt.

Sydney expands to port size 9 this turn, that's starting from size 8 and 60 days from the start of hostilities, I reckon expansion started on something like the 2nd/3rd day? I don't have the game opened so I don't know exactly how many engineers I have working there, just putting it out here.

Also, I have to mention that the number of US Base Groups that start on the map are just insane, the mod is supposed to have fewer Aviation Points to go around than stock but I'm just swimming with Base Groups at the moment, 3 of them (72 AV each) grouped together with an air HQ is enough to hit the 250 AV limit, some judicious arrangement of base groups on CONUS has freed up quite a few of them for deployment across the Pacific while allowing me to setup what will be a size 9 airfield at Alameda for training reinforcement/restricted groups. I haven't taken a look at the reinforcement queue so I don't know if supply is forthcoming but as it stands right now I'm not in want of aviation support.

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RE: 3 Feb 1942 - 4/13/2012 8:54:33 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Cannonfodder



SWPAC
Darwin is bombed by Betties again, am in the process of moving a squadron of P-40s up here to ambush them but it's slow going. Might work in my favour though, settling into a pattern makes people lazy and lets down their guard.



So true....




ROFL, I'm not saying anything in a bid to avoid incriminating myself.

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5 Feb 1942 - 4/14/2012 7:53:23 AM   
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SIGINT
51st Infantry Brigade is planning for an attack on Changsha.
6/4th Division is planning for an attack on Port Moresby.

China
Aircraft sighted over Changsha, Pakhoi, Changteh, Nanyang, Nanning.

Stacking limits are quite annoying when you're transiting LCUs through to other points beyond, carefully built stockpiles evaporate into thin air just cos a traffic jam ensues in that particular hex for 2-3 turns before the transiting units move off. Apart from that minor annoyance the theatre is fairly quiet these past few turns although SIGINT tells a different story.

Singapore
Guess who's still singing God Save The King?

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 62700 troops, 794 guns, 420 vehicles, Assault Value = 1236
Defending force 39613 troops, 470 guns, 293 vehicles, Assault Value = 188
Japanese adjusted assault: 891
Allied adjusted defense: 321
Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 1)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
902 casualties reported
Squads: 24 destroyed, 28 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 29 (8 destroyed, 21 disabled)
Vehicles lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1289 casualties reported
Squads: 65 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 28 destroyed, 107 disabled
Engineers: 17 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 21 (11 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Vehicles lost 11 (4 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

SWPAC
KB is on the move again, CTG skirted my sub screen at Truk and search planes picked it up about a day and half's steaming north of Truk. I expect she's screening the Rabaul invasion force, if she comes south past Rabaul everything afloat from the Australian coast to Pago Pago is legging it to safer waters.

Sub War
KIX takes launches torpedoes at an xAK till she's winchester for no hits, pretty rare for a Dutch sub

That I-boat off Sydney sinks an AM.

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6 Feb 1942 - 4/14/2012 10:45:21 PM   
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SIGINT
41st Division is planning for an attack on Sian.

China
Aircraft sighted over Changsha, Nanyang, Changteh, Wuchow, Nanning. Loyang is attacked this turn but holds.

Ground combat at Loyang (87,43)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 6147 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 523
Defending force 4138 troops, 2 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 104
Japanese adjusted assault: 63
Allied adjusted defense: 56
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 3)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: forts(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
290 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 31 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
117 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
36th Division
59th Infantry Brigade

Defending units:
15th Chinese Corps
5th New Chinese Corps
24th Group Army

Singapore
I have to say the engineers working overnight to bring the fort level back to 1 has saved my skin here quite a few times already.

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 62446 troops, 787 guns, 419 vehicles, Assault Value = 1231
Defending force 38638 troops, 454 guns, 290 vehicles, Assault Value = 183
Japanese adjusted assault: 384
Allied adjusted defense: 483
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 1)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1275 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 57 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 12 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 15 (8 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Vehicles lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1413 casualties reported
Squads: 57 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 19 destroyed, 94 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 27 (13 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

DEI
Lots of naval activity sighted at Singkawang and Kendari. No specific details of TF composition though.

SWPAC
Aircraft sighted over Sydney.

An empty resupply convoy leaving Darwin for Perth is detected by Nells, this should be the first time CTG has caught on to traffic off the shores of northern Oz, the detected convoy *should* be out of range of the level bombers by the next turn and as a precaution I've order an inbound convoys both east and west of Darwin to pull up for a turn or two while waiting for the heat to die down.

A P-40 squadron is flying CAP over Darwin but the bombers haven't reappeared since the strike a couple of days ago, I'll be ready for him when he comes back though.

Rabaul is seeing a lot of activity, it looks like everything that was at Darwin plus the invasion fleet, KB is now withing easy striking distance of Rabaul but no attacks of any kind as yet. Rabaul might not be the only stop if I were him, question is will he turn towards Port Moresby or push to the end of the Solomons or even points beyond to Noumea?

Sub War
Glugglugglug sounds make me pretty sure that S-38 breaks the no-hits streak that's been going on for a while by sinking the same xAK that KIX tried to sink the previous turn.

I had some SIGINT indicating heavy activity in Shanghai and put Searaven out there to see if she could snag anything, she detects a convoy coming out of Shanghai but is sighted by the escorts.

I've got 3 subs off Rabaul but they can't even get into position for a shot because the skies over KB are littered with Kates on ASW patrol. DLs for all 3 subs are 10/10

Allied Sub killboard
KXIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
S-38 - xAK Gyoun Maru (1,900t), xAK Kikuryu Maru (1,900t)
KXV - xAK Nojima Maru with O19(3,425t)
Sargo - xAK Gosei Maru (3,425t)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Seadragon - xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
Perch - DD Sazanami (2,090t)
Tarpon - TB Manazuru (775t)
O20 - xAP Taizan Maru (on 27 Dec 1941)

Probable
S-38 - xAK Tamon Maru (torp hit 1, on fire, 12/12/41), xAK Kano Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires/dmg, 06/02/42-Oosthaven 49,96)
KXI - xAK Kogyo Maru (torp hits 2, hvy fires/dmg, 07/12/41)
Seadragon - xAP Rakuyo Maru (torp hit 1, hvy dmg, 21/01/42)

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RE: 4 Feb 1942 - 4/15/2012 5:16:00 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Arnhem
Mod Corner
Also, I have to mention that the number of US Base Groups that start on the map are just insane, the mod is supposed to have fewer Aviation Points to go around than stock but I'm just swimming with Base Groups at the moment, 3 of them (72 AV each) grouped together with an air HQ is enough to hit the 250 AV limit, some judicious arrangement of base groups on CONUS has freed up quite a few of them for deployment across the Pacific while allowing me to setup what will be a size 9 airfield at Alameda for training reinforcement/restricted groups. I haven't taken a look at the reinforcement queue so I don't know if supply is forthcoming but as it stands right now I'm not in want of aviation support.

Brilliant, Arnhem! Just what I'm looking for!

Yep, there's about 6 of those that show up through the end of '42 that need to be cut back and take replacements until they build to strength. The Groups at CONUS bases (the ones that have AAF Names, like Wendover, Elmendorf, etc..) are "supposed" to stay where they are, but I guess that wasn't very obvious. However, we've developed an interesting static device, for these and certain Japanese base infrastructure that will keep them from going out-about-town, as it were. Nothing that can be done for your present plethora of riches, but definitely something for the future.

Thank you. Ciao. John

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7 Feb 1942 - 4/15/2012 5:54:19 PM   
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SIGINT
2/4th Division is planning for an attack on Port Moresby.

China
Aircraft sighted over Wuchow, Nanning, Changsha,

Loyang falls this turn.

Ground combat at Loyang (87,43)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 17985 troops, 136 guns, 36 vehicles, Assault Value = 492
Defending force 4046 troops, 2 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 92
Japanese adjusted assault: 324
Allied adjusted defense: 20
Japanese assault odds: 16 to 1 (fort level 2)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Loyang !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
504 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 47 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1892 casualties reported
Squads: 46 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 38 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 3

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
36th Division
59th Infantry Brigade

Defending units:
15th Chinese Corps
5th New Chinese Corps
24th Group Army

Singapore
Singapore is bombed by no ground attacks this turn, as clued in by JWE, I rested a couple of units just for fun (they're basically shot to pieces with most combat elements destroyed) and a couple get a nudge upwards in their AV.

DEI
Aircraft sighted over Palembang.

An enemy convoy docks at Oosthaven, doubtless unloading reinforcements to backup 38th Div in the attempt to take Palembang. One more Dutch battalion joins the defenders of Palembang. I've got 2 more at least a week's march away. Apart from irregular bombings the garrison is untouched, I suppose Singapore will fall first before the full attention of the IJA/IJN turns towards Palembang.

I've got what looks like an invasion fleet a day's sailing from Koepang, I'm assuming that's the target. An A-24 squadron has been flown in from Java to see if it can pick up one or two transports, assuming Zeroes aren't LRCAPing the fleet.

SWPAC
Glens sighted over Sydney, damned pests are really beginning to annoy me.

Simultaneous landings at Cape Gloucester, Talasea and Kavieng. Rabaul and Lae are bombed by KB. I expect landings at Lae, Buna and perhaps Milne Bay shortly while on the other side of the Solomon Sea perhaps Shortlands and if CTG is feeling really confident perhaps Guadalcanal and even points further south? The initial wave of landings are one thing, it's how far and fast he pushes immediately after that would give some insight to how aggressive his expansion of the perimeter in this theatre will be.

Sub War
Dolphin latches shoots and misses at an APD that looks like it's part of another invasion convoy, no idea where it's going, Dili/Lautern perhaps?

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RE: 4 Feb 1942 - 4/15/2012 6:02:31 PM   
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ORIGINAL: JWE


quote:

ORIGINAL: Arnhem
Mod Corner
Also, I have to mention that the number of US Base Groups that start on the map are just insane, the mod is supposed to have fewer Aviation Points to go around than stock but I'm just swimming with Base Groups at the moment, 3 of them (72 AV each) grouped together with an air HQ is enough to hit the 250 AV limit, some judicious arrangement of base groups on CONUS has freed up quite a few of them for deployment across the Pacific while allowing me to setup what will be a size 9 airfield at Alameda for training reinforcement/restricted groups. I haven't taken a look at the reinforcement queue so I don't know if supply is forthcoming but as it stands right now I'm not in want of aviation support.

Brilliant, Arnhem! Just what I'm looking for!

Yep, there's about 6 of those that show up through the end of '42 that need to be cut back and take replacements until they build to strength. The Groups at CONUS bases (the ones that have AAF Names, like Wendover, Elmendorf, etc..) are "supposed" to stay where they are, but I guess that wasn't very obvious. However, we've developed an interesting static device, for these and certain Japanese base infrastructure that will keep them from going out-about-town, as it were. Nothing that can be done for your present plethora of riches, but definitely something for the future.

Thank you. Ciao. John


Well, I did try to stay honest and leave the named base units where they were, after all, most of them have reinforcement groups coming throughout the duration of the game and it'd be a pita to have stranded air groups. I did move the 2 furthest inland (ie closest to Eastern USA), can't remember their names. I like the idea of making them static, that way there's no thinking about whether you should strip them from their assigned bases.

I think there are 6 Base Groups alone at March Field and since they could be bought out with PPs I figure they're fair game for deployment overseas. Were those meant to stay at home too?

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RE: 4 Feb 1942 - 4/15/2012 7:00:19 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Arnhem
Well, I did try to stay honest and leave the named base units where they were, after all, most of them have reinforcement groups coming throughout the duration of the game and it'd be a pita to have stranded air groups. I did move the 2 furthest inland (ie closest to Eastern USA), can't remember their names. I like the idea of making them static, that way there's no thinking about whether you should strip them from their assigned bases.

I think there are 6 Base Groups alone at March Field and since they could be bought out with PPs I figure they're fair game for deployment overseas. Were those meant to stay at home too?

Di'na fash yer'sel Laddie. 'Twer my fault, 'twer my fault, 'twer my most grevious fault. If it's a "named" unit with a BF suffix, it was "intended" to stay home. If it's a Base Group (i.e., with a number, and no BF suffix) it can go wherever it pleases you (so long as you buy it out ). Nothing you have done is bad. Just a bit premature. But harmless in the long run.

Just fyi, and this is just the USAAF.

You get 683 squadrons; 564 come in with 12 – 27 planes (13 with more), of that, 198 come in with 12 – 15, 366 with 16 – 27. Roughly 11,280 planes (20/Sqdn)
The game average is roughly 3.3 Sqdns/Group, (66 Planes/Group), suggesting roughly 171 Groups, with 66 AvSup per group, if perfect.
But, you only get 73 deployable Base Groups, having 72 AvSup, “max”, which is 5250 AvSup, “max”, till 01/44, and upgrading to 96 AvSup, “max” which is 7000 AvSup, “max”, after that. So you average out to 50% AvSup during ’42 and ’43, and 70% AvSup during ’44 and ’45. So you see that, in the long run, things do tend to work out.

Keep going. Like, very much, your comments. Ciao. John


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RE: 4 Feb 1942 - 4/15/2012 7:44:13 PM   
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ORIGINAL: JWE


quote:

ORIGINAL: Arnhem
Well, I did try to stay honest and leave the named base units where they were, after all, most of them have reinforcement groups coming throughout the duration of the game and it'd be a pita to have stranded air groups. I did move the 2 furthest inland (ie closest to Eastern USA), can't remember their names. I like the idea of making them static, that way there's no thinking about whether you should strip them from their assigned bases.

I think there are 6 Base Groups alone at March Field and since they could be bought out with PPs I figure they're fair game for deployment overseas. Were those meant to stay at home too?

Di'na fash yer'sel Laddie. 'Twer my fault, 'twer my fault, 'twer my most grevious fault. If it's a "named" unit with a BF suffix, it was "intended" to stay home. If it's a Base Group (i.e., with a number, and no BF suffix) it can go wherever it pleases you (so long as you buy it out ). Nothing you have done is bad. Just a bit premature. But harmless in the long run.

Just fyi, and this is just the USAAF.

You get 683 squadrons; 564 come in with 12 – 27 planes (13 with more), of that, 198 come in with 12 – 15, 366 with 16 – 27. Roughly 11,280 planes (20/Sqdn)
The game average is roughly 3.3 Sqdns/Group, (66 Planes/Group), suggesting roughly 171 Groups, with 66 AvSup per group, if perfect.
But, you only get 73 deployable Base Groups, having 72 AvSup, “max”, which is 5250 AvSup, “max”, till 01/44, and upgrading to 96 AvSup, “max” which is 7000 AvSup, “max”, after that. So you average out to 50% AvSup during ’42 and ’43, and 70% AvSup during ’44 and ’45. So you see that, in the long run, things do tend to work out.

Keep going. Like, very much, your comments. Ciao. John



Thanks for throwing the numbers out, forewarned is forearmed.

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8 Feb 1942 - 4/15/2012 8:04:54 PM   
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SIGINT
1st Mortar Battalion is planning for an attack on Changsha.

China
Aircraft sighted over Changsha, Wuchow, Nanning, Nanyang, Pakhoi.

I've got a stack of IJA LCUs in Nanyang and to top it off a critical supply situation as well. Been that way for the past 10 turns, just can't push enough supply forward to where I need it. We'll just have to see what kind of pain 1.7k AV behind level 2 forts can inflict.

Singapore
Think CTG is becoming a little more than annoyed with my corner of the world.

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 62525 troops, 780 guns, 424 vehicles, Assault Value = 1249
Defending force 37701 troops, 431 guns, 288 vehicles, Assault Value = 179
Japanese adjusted assault: 920
Allied adjusted defense: 387
Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 1)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
1125 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 73 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled
Guns lost 17 (2 destroyed, 15 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1580 casualties reported
Squads: 14 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 161 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 12 (7 destroyed, 5 disabled)

DEI
Aircraft sighted over Palembang

Koepang was the target, the A-24s didn't take off so that's a wipe. Indomitable is 5 days sailing away, opportunity missed but I'll continue heading that way to see what turns up.

SWPAC
Aircraft sighted over Sydney

Arawe, Gasmata and Rabaul are invaded this turn. Adding assaults from the previous wave, every location on New Britain has been landed on. Namatanai, a base just 1 hex east (true) of Rabaul is also taken this turn. Cape Gloucester and Talasea are under new management.

In other news
I don't know if this is my imagination or the mod at work but merchies unloading at the smaller ports take *forever* to empty their holds, making the Port Maint Eng Bns worth their weight in gold.

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RE: 8 Feb 1942 - 4/16/2012 12:47:44 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Arnhem

[In other news
I don't know if this is my imagination or the mod at work but merchies unloading at the smaller ports take *forever* to empty their holds, making the Port Maint Eng Bns worth their weight in gold.

That was my perception in the pre-update version of the game as well. I get so frustrated with this that I give priority to building the port to level 2 ahead of airbase development. What good is an air base if you can't land the supplies for it to operate!
I think AKs are supposed to offload slightly faster than xAKs because they have on-board lighters to ferry in cargo. Trouble is, they are all so large they cannot dock at all so they lose any offloading advantage of docking. APDs can drop a small amount of cargo quite quickly.

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I have not yet begun to fight! OTOH I have not yet begun to flee. Hmmmmm - choices, choices -always with the choices.

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RE: 8 Feb 1942 - 4/16/2012 3:27:36 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: BBfanboy


quote:

ORIGINAL: Arnhem

[In other news
I don't know if this is my imagination or the mod at work but merchies unloading at the smaller ports take *forever* to empty their holds, making the Port Maint Eng Bns worth their weight in gold.

That was my perception in the pre-update version of the game as well. I get so frustrated with this that I give priority to building the port to level 2 ahead of airbase development. What good is an air base if you can't land the supplies for it to operate!
I think AKs are supposed to offload slightly faster than xAKs because they have on-board lighters to ferry in cargo. Trouble is, they are all so large they cannot dock at all so they lose any offloading advantage of docking. APDs can drop a small amount of cargo quite quickly.


AKA>AK>xAK but even then it just feels like everything's mired in mud, that said the handful of APs/AKs I have on the map at the moment do unload much faster than their civie counterparts, more so when in amphib mode so I guess everything is in it's proper place. I didn't convert the Clemson DDs to APDs in my other game but have started to do so for this one, not going out of my way to convert them as the process will take them out for nearly a month so the process is decidedly slow.

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9 Feb 1942 - 4/16/2012 4:27:11 AM   
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SIGINT
6/4th Division is planning for an attack on Port Moresby.

China
Aircraft sighted over Changsha, Nanning, Wuchow, Nanyang, Pakhoi

Recon by fire at Nanyang, 6 Divisions not counting the supporting elements, I'm beginning to feel a little concerned about my ability to hold China if the pressure keeps piling on.

Ground combat at Nanyang (85,45)
Japanese Bombardment attack
Attacking force 51835 troops, 403 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 2788
Defending force 65882 troops, 277 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1792

Japanese ground losses:
166 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
32 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
37th Division
5th Armored Car Co
41st Division
4th Ind.Mixed Brigade
110th Division
35th Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
116th Division
32nd Division
1st Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
41st Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
7th New Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
40th Chinese Corps
4th Construction Regiment
3rd Group Army
5th War Area
22nd Group Army

DEI
Ditto for Palembang. Hopefully the lessons learnt at Singapore will make Palembang a little more costly for the IJA to take. Aircraft sighted over Batavia and landings at Dili.

Ground combat at Palembang (48,91)
Japanese Bombardment attack
Attacking force 12671 troops, 106 guns, 36 vehicles, Assault Value = 387
Defending force 13419 troops, 66 guns, 95 vehicles, Assault Value = 426

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

Assaulting units:
38th Division
Yokosuka 3rd SNLF

Defending units:
Zuid KNIL Battalion
Tapanoeli Gsn Battalion
So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion
Medan Garrison Battalion
44th Indian Brigade
Van Aaran Garrison Battalion
Padang Garrison Battalion
45th Indian Brigade
Padang Base Force
Palembang ML Base Force
24th NZ Pioneer Coy

Burma
Aircraft sighted over Mandalay.

The speed bump at Toungoo is swept aside, looks like it's just a division(+) for the moment, if it's just the 33rd I intend to make it bleed badly enough to have CTG bring up reinforcements if he wants to close the Road.

Ground combat at Toungoo (57,50)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 6048 troops, 79 guns, 10 vehicles, Assault Value = 567
Defending force 654 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 32
Japanese adjusted assault: 124
Allied adjusted defense: 9
Japanese assault odds: 13 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Toungoo !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
31 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
121 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
33rd Division
143rd Infantry Regiment
55th Engineer Regiment
15th Army
55th Mountain Gun Regiment
21st Medium Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
Railway BAF Battalion

Singapore
The Fortress's engineers are doing stalwart service, pushing fort levels back to 1 immediately on the next turn after they've been reduced. I keep wondering if the 18th Div would have been profitably spent if I had sent them on as planned.

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 61989 troops, 778 guns, 424 vehicles, Assault Value = 1215
Defending force 36684 troops, 422 guns, 288 vehicles, Assault Value = 168
Japanese adjusted assault: 435
Allied adjusted defense: 393
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 1)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1308 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 64 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 22 (7 destroyed, 15 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1775 casualties reported
Squads: 24 destroyed, 17 disabled
Non Combat: 16 destroyed, 140 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 11 disabled
Guns lost 26 (21 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 20 (3 destroyed, 17 disabled)

DEI
The other invasion convoy was headed for Dili, Indomitable has dropped her DDs and is proceeding at flank with her escorting cruisers to Timor, it will take 2 turns to get in place and I'll drain her fuel bunkers but there's a chance at messing with his plans so I'm going to give it a go.

I'm torn between her keeping her in my back pocket for when the invasion of Java begins but I figure by the time that happens Singapore would have fallen as well as Palembang and most of Borneo including Balikpapan. This would mean the invasion would be well covered from the air and Indomitable is all by herself, by striking at the ships off Timor I might get a chance to get a quick stab in, the only risk I can forsee would be Betties out of Kendari. I have another turn before battle is joined so I'll make the final decision to get in close once I get the next turn. I've got a resupply convoy from Perth heading into Darwin, if they're spotted by Betties I might pull the CV back and bide my time.

SWPAC
Namatanai, Gasmata and Arawe are captured this turn.

KB planes in action over Lae, Rabaul, Kavieng

CENPAC
California and West Virginia slip anchor at Pearl to return to CONUS for repairs and upgrades, Oklahoma is fully repaired and undergoing the first of her upgrades, the other 2 are still reducing system damage before making the trek back to the US for completion of repairs.

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10 Feb 1942 - 4/16/2012 7:16:34 PM   
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Burma
Aircraft sighted over Mandalay.

China
Aircraft sighted over Changsha, Wuchow, Nanning, Nanyang.

Nanyang attacked. The good news is the Chinese army came out on top for this round, the bad news is fort levels have dropped and I'm still in zero supply, the next round will hurt and I'm sure CTG will push it knowing that.

Ground combat at Nanyang (85,45)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 90664 troops, 752 guns, 131 vehicles, Assault Value = 2825
Defending force 65925 troops, 277 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1788
Japanese adjusted assault: 1258
Allied adjusted defense: 765
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 3)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
6492 casualties reported
Squads: 145 destroyed, 406 disabled
Non Combat: 12 destroyed, 96 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 95 disabled
Guns lost 80 (7 destroyed, 73 disabled)
Vehicles lost 25 (4 destroyed, 21 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
5010 casualties reported
Squads: 108 destroyed, 316 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 57 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 12 disabled
Guns lost 39 (1 destroyed, 38 disabled)

DEI
Lost Dili this turn. Ground attack at Koepang but it's still holding. The invasion fleet is still offshore at Koepang and Indomitable will be in position to strike tomorrow, here goes nothing.

SWPAC
Aircraft sighted over Sydney.

Rabaul and Kavieng fall. Southeast Area Fleet, a Base Force and a Naval Construction Bn were inserted as part of the Rabaul invasion force so it's going to be used as a hub for operations in the area, no big surprise there.

Sub War
Plotting 2 separate sub contacts off Sydney.

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11 Feb 1942 - 4/16/2012 8:25:43 PM   
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China
It's Nanyang again this turn but we give as good as we get so that's good right?

Ground combat at Nanyang (85,45)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 84041 troops, 753 guns, 200 vehicles, Assault Value = 2194
Defending force 62178 troops, 276 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1496
Japanese adjusted assault: 1169
Allied adjusted defense: 1241
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 2)

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

Japanese ground losses:
5476 casualties reported
Squads: 49 destroyed, 255 disabled
Non Combat: 14 destroyed, 26 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 30 disabled
Vehicles lost 29 (16 destroyed, 13 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
3095 casualties reported
Squads: 49 destroyed, 274 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 65 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 19 (1 destroyed, 18 disabled)

DEI
Zeroes sweep Batavia today but there's nothing in the air to meet them. Also, Palembang is running low on supplies, have detailed supply flights out of Batavia to try and stem the bleed.

Sub War
A good day for the subs, during the night pulse KXI torpedoes the Kinugasa Maru off Oosthaven, setting her ablaze. A little later on the day, her sister KX puts one into the side of Azuma Maru near Pontianak, also setting her ablaze, am putting these 2 down as probable kills due to glugglugglug sounds during the replay.

Allied Sub killboard
KXIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
S-38 - xAK Gyoun Maru (1,900t), xAK Kikuryu Maru (1,900t)
KXV - xAK Nojima Maru with O19(3,425t)
Sargo - xAK Gosei Maru (3,425t)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Seadragon - xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
Perch - DD Sazanami (2,090t)
Tarpon - TB Manazuru (775t)
O20 - xAP Taizan Maru (on 27 Dec 1941)

Probable
S-38 - xAK Tamon Maru (torp hit 1, on fire, 12/12/41-Laoag 80,72), xAK Kano Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires/dmg, 06/02/42-Oosthaven 49,96)
KXI - xAK Kogyo Maru (torp hits 2, hvy fires/dmg, 07/12/41-Kota Bahru 53,74), xAK Kinugasa Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires/dmg, 11/02/42-Oosthaven 49,96)
Seadragon - xAP Rakuyo Maru (torp hit 1, hvy dmg, 21/01/42-Oosthaven 49,96)
KX - xAK Azuma Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires, 11/02/42-Pontianak 54,90)

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12 Feb 1942 - 4/17/2012 11:06:22 PM   
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Fairly uneventful turn.

SIGINT
China Expeditionary Army is planning for an attack on Wenchow.
Southern Army is planning for an attack on Singapore.
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade is planning for an attack on Lanchow.

First 2 seem kind of pointless but I'll take a waste of time preparing prep points any way it comes. The last one is the stinger, in conjunction with the move on Nanyang it reinforces my hunch that CTG is making a move on the north and north west in a big way, trying to unhinge my MLR and come in the back way to Chungking through Kienko as it were. Stacking limits will come into play here once Nanyang falls and he has to move into the wooded and mountain hexes, it's because of this that I'm seriously considering cutting and running at Nanyang, the AV there will be useful in delaying the onslaught coming in from the central plains.

DEI
A6Ms sweep Batavia again today. If I can hold out till March one of the Dutch squadrons will upgrade to P-40Es, as it is I'm building up stock to convert another to Hurricanes. Won't do much in the overall scheme of things but it's just nice converting my squadrons from flying death traps to airframes that will give my boys a fighting chance.

Singapore
IJA doing a little bit of recovery, been quiet the past couple of turns, if I'm still here in another 3 days I will have matched historical performance.

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13 Feb 1942 - 4/18/2012 8:15:28 PM   
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13 Feb 1942

Singapore
We start off with the event of the day, Singapore capitulates, one of my better results for this particular hex. Lots of lessons learnt and hopefully kept in mind. I've got subs in the waters off Singapore in preparation for shipping traffic area in the area.

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 64375 troops, 784 guns, 433 vehicles, Assault Value = 1395
Defending force 36494 troops, 403 guns, 285 vehicles, Assault Value = 166
Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0
Japanese adjusted assault: 1669
Allied adjusted defense: 313
Japanese assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Singapore !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
1499 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 155 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 33 disabled
Guns lost 13 (1 destroyed, 12 disabled)
Vehicles lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
48444 casualties reported
Squads: 390 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2961 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 99 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 544 (544 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 401 (401 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 29

Assaulting units:
18th Division
Imperial Guards Division
2nd Division
23rd Ind Engineer Regiment
56th Engineer Regiment
4th Ind Engineer Regiment
113th Infantry Regiment
124th Infantry Regiment
15th Ind Engineer Regiment
41st Infantry Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
5th Division
1st Tank Regiment
6th Tank Regiment
3rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
25th Army
1st RF Gun Battalion
34th Field AA Battalion
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
3rd Mortar Battalion
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
5th Mortar Battalion
56th Field Artillery Regiment
36th Field AA Battalion

Defending units:
11th Indian Division
9th Indian Division
SSVF Brigade
27th Australian Brigade
2nd Gordons Battalion
III Indian Corps
111th RAF Adv Base Force
109th RAF Adv Base Force
112th RAF Adv Base Force
3rd Heavy AA Regiment
224 Group RAF
Malayan Air Wing
1st Indian Heavy AA Regiment
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
Malaya Army
Singapore Fortress
AHQ Far East
110th RAF Adv Base Force
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
3rd HK&S Light AA Regiment
113th RAF Adv Base Force
1st Manchester Battalion
2nd ISF Base Force
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
22nd Australian Brigade
Singapore Base Force
223 Group RAF
2nd Loyal Battalion
109th RN Base Force

China
Nanyang is shock attacked, I probably will be ejected the next turn, left it too late to cut and run. Looking at Tracker I still can't understand why supply dropped so drastically about 15 turns back.

Ground combat at Nanyang (85,45)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 79982 troops, 753 guns, 184 vehicles, Assault Value = 1786
Defending force 59789 troops, 275 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1283
Japanese adjusted assault: 1186
Allied adjusted defense: 502
Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 2)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
4086 casualties reported
Squads: 242 destroyed, 347 disabled
Non Combat: 18 destroyed, 130 disabled
Engineers: 34 destroyed, 20 disabled
Guns lost 73 (43 destroyed, 30 disabled)
Vehicles lost 20 (11 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
3016 casualties reported
Squads: 87 destroyed, 440 disabled
Non Combat: 17 destroyed, 112 disabled
Engineers: 12 destroyed, 18 disabled
Guns lost 27 (3 destroyed, 24 disabled)

Assaulting units:
116th Division
4th Ind.Mixed Brigade
5th Armored Car Co
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
110th Division
37th Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th Tank Regiment
41st Division
35th Division
32nd Division
1st Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
92nd Chinese Corps
7th New Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
22nd Group Army
3rd Group Army
5th War Area
4th Construction Regiment

Burma
Oscars sweep Lashio, I had a squadron of AVG training there and luckily there weren't caught in the sweep. I've withdrawn the AVG for now and am concentrating all 3 squadrons in a bid to ambush the Oscars.

DEI
A second wave of transports comes in and reinforces Koepang. Unfortunately Formidable is out of position and low on fuel so I won't even try running back.

In other news
Major uh-oh moment here as KB drops out of sight, I'm going to start moving squishies away from the east coast of Oz and the SOPAC island groups till I'm reasonably sure it's not making a run south.

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RE: 13 Feb 1942 - 4/19/2012 9:58:20 PM   
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14-15 Feb 1942
Fairly quiet turns so I'll be combining reports.

SIGINT
15th Army is planning for an attack on Meiktila.
2nd Formosa Inf. Regiment is planning for an attack on Darwin.
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment is planning for an attack on Changsha.
Paramushiro-jima airfield expanded to size 2.

I've had no reason to doubt SIGINT reports thus far, they've proven to be an indicator of CTG's intentions. It might be a setup but I cannot just not do anything. The 2nd Formosa was last seen on Luzon about a month ago game time. I presume it still is there. Will watch closely for any reports mentioning this unit, especially if it comes south or if additional forces are prepped for Darwin. Per our HRs Batavia and Soerbaja will have to fall before CTG can turn his attention on Oz.

In the meantime, the Australian 6th is 4 days out of Perth, that division will head for Darwin when it disembarks, the 7th has just loaded onto transports at Aden, I do not expect that division to reach home waters for another 2 weeks. The militia divisons have moved out to their assigned cities to help bring up fort levels. These cities are Brisbane, Townsville, Darwin and Sydney. Most of the armored battalions have moved north to cover points west of Darwin, the motorised brigades are covering other significant objectives like Cairns or being kept as strategic reserve together with the 5th Aus ID. HRs will compel me to give priority to the defence of Australia should it be invaded so I will be prepping at least 1, maybe 2 US divisions for service in Oz. The Americal Division and 2nd MARDIV(-), currently missing a regiment can also be pulled out of defensive duties in SOPAC should the need arise.

House rules pertaining to the invasion and defence of Australia
- The Japanese player may only invade Australia once Timor, Ambon, Kendari, Mindanao, Batavia and Soerabaja are in Japanese hands and once he has saved a reserve of 3000 political points. These political points should be kept in reserve until (1) the capture of all ports in northern Australia (Port Hedland; Broome; Derby; Wyndham; Darwin) or (2) the capture of Perth, or Sydney, or Brisbane
- IJA units invading Australia need a minimum of 80 preparation points (not needed for IJN units)
- If Australia is invaded, the Allied player may not spend PPs on anything except sending forces to Australia by any means or medium, whether land or air force (with the exception of reassigning leaders)

China
Nanyang is shock attacked but holds out fairly well for an out of supply stack. Lots of disabled squads though. The IJA stack at Wenchow is reinforced but the Chinese hold out for another day.

Ground combat at Nanyang (85,45)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 73749 troops, 720 guns, 170 vehicles, Assault Value = 1361
Defending force 55622 troops, 269 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 960
Japanese adjusted assault: 552
Allied adjusted defense: 313
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: preparation(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
4688 casualties reported
Squads: 49 destroyed, 314 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 73 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 34 disabled
Guns lost 48 (3 destroyed, 45 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1635 casualties reported
Squads: 73 destroyed, 261 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 85 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 25 (2 destroyed, 23 disabled)

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Ground combat at Wenchow (89,58)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 32499 troops, 289 guns, 38 vehicles, Assault Value = 820
Defending force 13527 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 361
Japanese adjusted assault: 1364
Allied adjusted defense: 1063
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 2)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
3506 casualties reported
Squads: 64 destroyed, 178 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 54 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 38 (22 destroyed, 16 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
849 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 62 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
102nd Infantry Regiment
15th Division
62nd Infantry Brigade
56th Infantry Brigade
52nd Infantry Brigade
58th Infantry Brigade
2nd Ind.Mixed Regiment
China Expeditionary Army
13th Army
4th Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
100th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
25th Group Army

Singapore
CTG doesn't waste time clearing the minefield at Singapore.

DEI
Bombers start working over the airfields of Batavia and pretty much close it. I'm husbanding the glass cannon that is the Dutch airforce for the invasion fleets.

Koepang is attacked over the 2 days but holds out. The first of 2 garrison battalions has reached Djambi, it shock attacked over the river but casualties were light, the 2nd battalion should be a day behind, don't know whether I should try for an attack or just march on through to Palembang.

Ground combat at Djambi (48,88)
Allied Shock attack
Attacking force 694 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 25
Defending force 834 troops, 8 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 31
Allied adjusted assault: 3
Japanese adjusted defense: 35

Allied assault odds: 1 to 11 (fort level 0)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), preparation(-)
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(-), fatigue(-)

Allied ground losses:
35 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
Sabang Garrison Battalion

Defending units:
Yokosuka 1st SNLF

Sub War
Confirmation of O 20's kill of Taizan Maru in late Dec 1941.

Allied Sub killboard
K XIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
S-38 - xAK Gyoun Maru (1,900t), xAK Kikuryu Maru (1,900t)
K XV - xAK Nojima Maru with O 19(3,425t)
Sargo - xAK Gosei Maru (3,425t)
O 20 - xAP Taizan Maru (3,380t)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Seadragon - xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
Perch - DD Sazanami (2,090t)
Tarpon - TB Manazuru (775t)

Probable
xAK Kogyo Maru (torp hits 2, hvy fires/dmg, 07/12/41-Kota Bahru 53,74) - K XI
xAK Tamon Maru (torp hit 1, on fire, 12/12/41-Laoag 80,72) - S-38
xAP Rakuyo Maru (torp hit 1, hvy dmg, 21/01/42-Oosthaven 49,96) - Seadragon
xAK Kano Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires/dmg, 06/02/42-Oosthaven 49,96) - S-38
xAK Kinugasa Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires/dmg, 11/02/42-Oosthaven 49,96) - K XI
xAK Azuma Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires, 11/02/42-Pontianak 54,90) - K X

SWPAC
Hollandia is occupied. Here's a snapshot of where the IJN heavies are, they've moved on from taking New Britain and are poised to invade PM.





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16 Feb 1942 - 4/20/2012 9:07:29 AM   
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Will give mini wrap ups for each theatre

China
Odd combat result, Japanese AV got knocked way down and casualties on both sides were very light for a shock attack. Apart from Nanyang and Wenchow there hasn't been much activity on the other fronts, am still concerned about Lanchow but I've got 900+ AV there now. The 2 corps of Chinese troops detailed to help the British hold Lashio are on route, there are another 2 corps that will reach Paoshan in about 2 weeks time.

Ground combat at Nanyang (85,45)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 69781 troops, 717 guns, 170 vehicles, Assault Value = 1033
Defending force 53126 troops, 267 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 746
Japanese adjusted assault: 27
Allied adjusted defense: 255

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 9 (fort level 0)

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

Japanese ground losses:
190 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
137 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
116th Division
110th Division
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
41st Division
4th Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th Tank Regiment
37th Division
35th Division
32nd Division
1st Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
41st Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
3rd Group Army
7th New Chinese Corps
5th War Area
22nd Group Army
4th Construction Regiment

DEI
Batavia has been emptied of airplanes, hope CTG continues bombing and doesn't check his recon. Koepang still stands, Indomitable has her bunkers topped up and will be in the area in case CTG feels the need to reinforce here.

I imagine most of the Japanese activity here would be to straighten things out in Singapore and get the port and airbase operational again. With KB and most of the heavies off PM I'm expecting maybe mini KB to cover the landings in Java. I have 2 redoubts Bandeong and Tjilatap that have been setup, looking at the stacking limits, I should have perhaps concentrated all my forces at the latter instead of the former but Bandeong is mountainous so the defensive bonus should count for something.

Ground combat at Koepang (68,116)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 3311 troops, 30 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 85
Defending force 1469 troops, 10 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 25
Japanese adjusted assault: 20
Allied adjusted defense: 27
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 0)

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

Japanese ground losses:
346 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 26 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
78 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF
15th Naval Guard Unit

Defending units:
Timor Garrison Battalion
Dili Detachment
1/10th Avn Sup Afd

SWPAC
Port Moresby receives the undivided attention of the IJN battle line. I'm expecting KB to sweep south towards Sydney and maybe loop east around Suva before returning to Truk after it's done covering the PM operation.

Night Naval bombardment of Port Moresby at 98,130 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!
4 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
BB Hyuga
BB Ise
BB Yamashiro
BB Fuso
BB Nagato
BB Kirishima
BB Kongo
CA Kako
CA Furutaka
CA Kinugasa
CA Aoba
CL Abukuma
CL Natori
CL Nagara
CL Jintsu
CL Naka

Allied ground losses:
258 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 35 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Vehicles lost 10 (1 destroyed, 9 disabled)

Airbase hits 11
Runway hits 25
Port hits 14
Port fuel hits 1
Port supply hits 3

CENPAC
Tabi is taken by an SNLF, I'll have to keep tabs on this place, it's where I would have preferred to start prying open CTG's defence of the Central Pacific. However, falling into a pattern is death so I'll be relooking at how to make life miserable for CTG when the time comes.

Ground combat at Tabiteuea (137,134)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 1780 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 59
Defending force 0 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 0
Japanese adjusted assault: 52
Allied adjusted defense: 1
Japanese assault odds: 52 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Tabiteuea !!!

Combat modifiers
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(-)

Assaulting units:
53rd Naval Guard Unit

Sub War
Lost my first sub, Finback got stomped a couple of turns back by KB's Kates somewhere just north of New Britain and sank while trying to make port.

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17-18 Feb 1942 - 4/21/2012 9:30:31 AM   
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17-18 Feb 1942

SIGINT
8th Ind Engineer Regiment is planning for an attack on Changsha.
Ominato expands port to size 7

Changsha is pretty well defended and fortified and I'm sure CTG knows that it is, however from reading other AARs I'm also sure the IJA in China has enough combat power to make for a really good go for it, I have a War Area's worth of LCUs prepped for Changsha that isn't in the hex so plenty of warm bodies to pad the road to oblivion on my side.

China
Finally ejected from Wenchow, the surviving units will try to make for friendly lines.

Ground combat at Wenchow (89,58)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 30065 troops, 276 guns, 38 vehicles, Assault Value = 685
Defending force 12710 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 294
Japanese adjusted assault: 1334
Allied adjusted defense: 310
Japanese assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 1)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Wenchow !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
815 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 113 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 12 (4 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1905 casualties reported
Squads: 119 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 114 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (6 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 3

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
62nd Infantry Brigade
102nd Infantry Regiment
56th Infantry Brigade
15th Division
58th Infantry Brigade
52nd Infantry Brigade
2nd Ind.Mixed Regiment
China Expeditionary Army
13th Army
4th Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
100th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
25th Group Army

DEI
Zeroes continue sweeping Batavia. Palembang supply levels are dropping, I thought it had some organic self sustaining refining capacity? Or was it fixed in DBB? Lautern (hex next to Dili) falls this turn. And in Djambi, the casualties make it look like both sides are fighting each other with soft pillows. Palembang is reconned by fire.

17 Feb 1942
Ground combat at Djambi (48,88)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 2326 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 82
Defending force 834 troops, 8 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 31
Allied adjusted assault: 29
Japanese adjusted defense: 31
Allied assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 0)

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

Japanese ground losses:
33 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
10 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
Korps Marechausee Battalion
Sabang Garrison Battalion

Defending units:
Yokosuka 1st SNLF

18 Feb 1942
Ground combat at Djambi (48,88)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 2336 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 81
Defending force 811 troops, 8 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 30
Allied adjusted assault: 14
Japanese adjusted defense: 59
Allied assault odds: 1 to 4 (fort level 0)

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

Japanese ground losses:
16 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
88 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
Korps Marechausee Battalion
Sabang Garrison Battalion

Defending units:
Yokosuka 1st SNLF

Ground combat at Palembang (48,91)
Japanese Bombardment attack
Attacking force 13100 troops, 106 guns, 36 vehicles, Assault Value = 430
Defending force 13566 troops, 66 guns, 95 vehicles, Assault Value = 436

Assaulting units:
38th Division
Yokosuka 3rd SNLF

Defending units:
Padang Garrison Battalion
Zuid KNIL Battalion
Tapanoeli Gsn Battalion
Van Aaran Garrison Battalion
Medan Garrison Battalion
So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion
44th Indian Brigade
45th Indian Brigade
Padang Base Force
Palembang ML Base Force
24th NZ Pioneer Coy /1

SWPAC
Port Moresby is invaded and falls to the IJA's 4th Division over the past 2 turns. Foregone conclusion really, only mentionable is the shore defences do well enough to hurt a merchie or two quite badly.

17 Feb 1942
Pre-Invasion action off Port Moresby (98,130) - Coastal Guns Fire Back!
37 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
CL Katori
xAP Kamakura Maru
DD Yugao
TB Hato
xAP Asama Maru, Shell hits 2
AMC Bankok Maru

Invasion Support action off Port Moresby (98,130) - Coastal Guns Fire Back!
13 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
CL Katori
DD Yugao
AMC Bankok Maru
APD Tade
xAP Asama Maru, Shell hits 1
TB Hato

Invasion Support action off Port Moresby (98,130)
17 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAP Asama Maru, Shell hits 1
APD Tade
xAP Kamakura Maru, Shell hits 2, on fire
AMC Bankok Maru
TB Hato
DD Yugao

18 Feb 1942
Invasion Support action off Port Moresby (98,130)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

10 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAP Asama Maru, Shell hits 1
xAP Kamakura Maru, Shell hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
AMC Bankok Maru

Invasion Support action off Port Moresby (98,130)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

9 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAP Asama Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire
AK Yamasimo Maru
AMC Bankok Maru

Ground combat at Port Moresby (98,130)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 12667 troops, 93 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 408
Defending force 3356 troops, 37 guns, 30 vehicles, Assault Value = 83
Japanese adjusted assault: 514
Allied adjusted defense: 29
Japanese assault odds: 17 to 1 (fort level 2)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Port Moresby !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
332 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 33 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1561 casualties reported
Squads: 49 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 30 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 9 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 34 (34 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 31 (31 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 4

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
4th Division

Defending units:
49th Australian Battalion
Papuan Inf Battalion
13th Field Regiment
15th RAN Base Force

Sub War
Today's Allied sub drat moment goes to Salmon, she duds on a small TK outside of Cam Ranh Bay.

S-40 stumbled on this just outside Singapore, I can't figure out if it's coming into or out of Singapore, if it's coming out then I'm guessing Batavia is the target, only logical conclusion when taking into account KB's move west from PM instead of south to Sydney or east back to Truk. Pretty odd TF configuration to boot, what are those merchies carrying that needs that kind of close protection?

ASW attack near Tandjoengpinang at 51,85

Japanese Ships
DD Oshio
CA Ashigara
CA Nachi
CA Myoko
CA Chokai
CL Oi
CL Kitakami
CL Tama
CL Kuma
CL Yura
DD Mikazuki
DD Ushio
DD Shirakumo
DD Shinonome
DD Hibiki
DD Wakaba
DD Nenohi
TB Kari
TB Tomozuru
TB Hatsukari
TB Chidori
PB Fuji Maru #3
PB Muro Maru
AV Sanyo Maru
AV Sagara Maru
AV Kamikawa Maru
AK Tosan Maru
AK Kinka Maru
AK Sagami Maru
AK Hirokawa Maru
DD Tachikaze
DD Yakaze
DD Sagiri
DD Inazuma

Allied Ships
SS S-40, hits 1

SS S-40 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Oshio

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RE: 17-18 Feb 1942 - 4/21/2012 9:56:33 AM   
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Addendum
In case you're wondering why about that comment on KB in the last section, if you will recall, KB was just off PM on the 17th, I expected it to move south for a sweep of ANZAC waters after PM had fallen but the morning of the 18th finds it 1 hex off Horn Island in the Torres Straits and heading west. Taken together with that odd looking TF S-40 stumbled on, I can only assume the invasion of Java is imminent. With the capture of Singapore port, KB will have a port that can support it's logistical requirements in that part of the rapidly expanding Empire so that's another reason to go west right there.

Since KB this way comes, I can only assume CTG will bomb Darwin for old time's sake, I've got nothing worth mentioning there so he's welcome to it, I've got a small convoy of 3 small merchies that might get caught up if they can't make port and disband in time otherwise everything else is well out of range and going the other way. Formidable will move well out of the neighbourhood but will stay close enough to see if it can pounce on an unprotected target as KB passes.

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19 Feb 1942 - 4/23/2012 5:07:50 AM   
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China
Wuchow falls to the Japanese.

DEI
The IJA bombers switched targets this turn, bombing Kalidjati, the hex is empty but I had planes there that were from Batavia, they've been hurriedly relocated.

Moar bombardment of Palembang. Koepang survives another ground attack.

I try again at Djambi but no dice, I'm going to carry on to Palembang and join the defence there since I'm not making any headway here.

Ground combat at Djambi (48,88)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 2274 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 73
Defending force 821 troops, 8 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 29
Allied adjusted assault: 4
Japanese adjusted defense: 105
Allied assault odds: 1 to 26 (fort level 0)

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

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

Allied ground losses:
81 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Where are the carriers?
KB, preceeded by the IJN heavies, is now NNE of Darwin and proceeding west at a stately pace. I expect it to be off Java in about 4 days time if it continues at this pace. The American CVs are on the move.

Sub War
O 23 just outside Singapore stalks and kills Manzyu Maru putting 1 fish each into her side over 2 successive attacks. Good start to the turn.

But no, the gods decide to be cruel and an I-boat (or two, can't be sure about I-boat pennant numbers, intel on them is always screwy) stalks an unescorted merchie group just outside Melbourne and sinks a small xAP, an xAKL, a large xAK and a TK (a big one, the Pan Scandia - 9,700t). Much cursing and swearing ensued, this group of merchies were survivors from the Darwin debacle and having them sunk so close to port after surviving so much really bites. I have no ASW assets nearby to prosecute the subs, every little Aussie AM is out and about escorting merchies near the front lines or other high value merchies/auxiliaries.

Allied Sub killboard
K XIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
O 23 - xAP Manzyu Maru (5,830t)
S-38 - xAK Gyoun Maru (1,900t), xAK Kikuryu Maru (1,900t)
K XV - xAK Nojima Maru (3,425t)
Sargo - xAK Gosei Maru (3,425t)
O 20 - xAP Taizan Maru (3,380t)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Seadragon - xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
Perch - DD Sazanami (2,090t)
Tarpon - TB Manazuru (775t)

Probable
xAK Kogyo Maru (torp hits 2, hvy fires/dmg, 07/12/41-Kota Bahru 53,74) - K XI
xAK Tamon Maru (torp hit 1, on fire, 12/12/41-Laoag 80,72) - S-38
xAP Rakuyo Maru (torp hit 1, hvy dmg, 21/01/42-Oosthaven 49,96) - Seadragon
xAK Kano Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires/dmg, 06/02/42-Oosthaven 49,96) - S-38
xAK Kinugasa Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires/dmg, 11/02/42-Oosthaven 49,96) - K XI
xAK Azuma Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires, 11/02/42-Pontianak 54,90) - K X

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20 Feb 1942 - 4/23/2012 9:20:15 AM   
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SIGINT
1 men are based at Aogashima (112,65).

Wonder who he offended.

China
Nanyang is attacked again this round, the defenders should be out of the hex by the next turn, they're scattered to the 3 winds due to stacking limits, probably a good idea as any pursuers would have to split up as well.

Ground combat at Nanyang (85,45)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 71690 troops, 723 guns, 170 vehicles, Assault Value = 1180
Defending force 53159 troops, 260 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 752
Japanese adjusted assault: 31
Allied adjusted defense: 429
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 13 (fort level 0)

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

Japanese ground losses:
1068 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 68 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
604 casualties reported
Squads: 45 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 11 (7 destroyed, 4 disabled)

DEI
Koepang falls, that's a level 4 AF so just about everything that sails along the north coast of Australia is now under threat from Betties once that airfield becomes operational.

SWPAC
Darwin's port is visited by Betties and KB, sinking 3 minor ships in the process.

Sub War
Heavy activity by Allied subs and IJN ASW in the waters off Singapore but no significant damage is sustained or inflicted by either side. The Oh-Come-On award for the day goes to Snapper, who fires her entire load of torpedoes at an xAK, plenty of hits but not a single fish works. Many soiled pants on that Maru tonight.

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21 Feb 1942 - 4/23/2012 6:56:33 PM   
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SIGINT
SS I-6 is moving to Kwajalein Island (132,115).
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment is planning for an attack on Changsha.
6th Division is planning for an attack on Changsha.
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment is planning for an attack on Nanning.

China and DEI
Bombardments at Nanyang and Palembang. In Burma, I am trying to stay as close to historical as possible when it comes to Chinese LCUs committed to crossing the border with Burma to aid in Lashio's defence, the 5th Corps is just outside Lashio and will stay there till contact is made at which time it will move into Lashio to aid in it's defence. I'm trying to surprise CTG as I'm counting on him not doing recon of non-base hexes. The 6th Corps is coming up from Tuyun while the 66th Corps is at Nanning and will stay there, it's slated to withdraw in about a year anyway, will detail another corps to replace it. That would leave me free to committ one last corps for a total of 4 corps as dictated by HRs regarding deployment of Chinese combat units in Burma.
Chinese Expeditionary Force

SWPAC
KB raids Darwin again but this time the equivalent of a full strength P-40 squadron rises up to meet them. Over the course of the morning and afternoon I lose 16 Warhawks in exchange for what Tracker claims are 8 Zeroes and Vals each and a Kate. Here's a look at the afternoon attack and what's left in Darwin. Van Ghent didn't stand a chance, she had just repaired from 98 to 97 system damage when KB showed up.

Afternoon Air attack on Darwin , at 76,124
Weather in hex: Clear sky
Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 40
B5N2 Kate x 38
D3A1 Val x 26

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
D3A1 Val: 3 destroyed, 2 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 2 destroyed

Allied Ships
AM Deloraine, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
DD Van Ghent, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
HDML P 14, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AVP Reiger, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
AMc MMS B, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAKL Kooyong, Bomb hits 1
AMc MMS A, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
PC Zeeman, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Toendjoek, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage
HDML P 8, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMc Lawoe, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMc Djember, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMc Cheribon, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMc Smeroe, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AVP Poolster, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Sub War
An RO boat camping Noumea port might have caught on to the location of at least one of my CV's, Yorktown's screen did it's job and the sub never did manage to catch a look at the flattop but one look at a USN CA/DD TF in '42 and you know it's got to be screening a CV.

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22 Feb 1942 - 4/24/2012 3:15:49 AM   
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SIGINT
Heavy radio traffic detected at Kota Bahru, Manila, Kwajalein, Truk and Cam Ranh Bay. Lots of things on the move.

China
Changsha reaches fort level 6. Nanyang is bombarded, about half of the defenders have exited the hex and the other half should be following suit in a day or two.

The remnants of the defenders of Loyang are attacked and pushed back on the road to Sian by the IJA's 36th Division, given they're a spent force, am going to let them die on the road to buy me some time.

DEI
Unescorted Betties raid Soerbaja, let's see them try that again next turn. Palembang is bombarded yet again, I don't suffer any casualties but I suspect CTG is doing it to make me burn supplies? The supply situation in Palembang has stabilised due to supplies being flown in by air from Java but I'm diverting precious training time from my level bombers in order to do so, give some, take some.

The Japanese paratroopers at Djambi decide it's their turn to go on the attack.

Ground combat at Djambi (48,88)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 826 troops, 8 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 31
Defending force 2130 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 57
Japanese adjusted assault: 18
Allied adjusted defense: 17
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
65 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

SOPAC
Suva expands to port size 5 from a starting size 3 in about 70 days.

SWPAC
A pair of DDs out of Sydney try to DC an I-boat just outside the harbour limits but no dice.

Sub War
Sub pickets pick up a heavy SAG putting into Kendari so it looks like we've a split of the IJN battle

ASW attack near Kendari at 70,107

Japanese Ships
DD Yukikaze
BB Ise
BB Kongo
CA Kako
CL Abukuma
DD Nowaki
DD Asagumo
DD Minegumo
DD Yamagumo
DD Natsugumo

Allied Ships
SS S-39

So here's the thing
As you can see from the screenshot below the invasion force that dropped the IJA's 4th Division at PM is still there, a mouseover of the hex indicates the port suffered 95% damage so I'm guessing the already slow unload process is compounded by the damaged port, no other LCUs seem to be present except for the assaulting unit so I guess it's a case of too much teeth, not enough tail.

Anyways, the idea was for the American CVs to sneak up on PM and bomb the TF there to kingdom come and then perhaps raid the Solomon Sea and it's environs for follow on forces for the area coming down from Truk before legging it out of there, all this while KB was busy in the DEI.

I do not know if the RO boat spotting Yorktown's TF at Noumea has made CTG respond to it by turning KB around or was it CTG's plan all along to turn around after bombing Darwin, whatever the case, at least 4 CVs are making their way back east with 54 fighters and 72 bombers. What do those numbers correspond to? Am I dealing with the CVLs and CVEs here? Mouseover indicates 4 CVs. My other CVs haven't been detected as far as I know and it could be that CTG is coming for what he thinks is 1 deck.

If recon doesn't show more decks in another TF and it's just 4 of them I'm tempted to give battle to those 4 CVs coming back down the Torres Strait, I fancy my chances with my 108 fighters and 144 bombers vs his, what do you guys think? In the meantime, the CVs have been ordered to halt their northward advance and close to the Australian coast near Townsville while I wait to see what the next turn's naval search reveals.

So come on peanut gallery, whatchu gonna do if you were me? Fight or flee?




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RE: 21 Feb 1942 - 4/24/2012 7:00:04 AM   
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Are all of your bombers Dauntlesses? Are all of your fighters Wildcats? Are they all fully qualified in carrier ops or are some of them Marine units recently empbarked and not yet fully ready?
If the answer to all those questions is 'yes', I still only give a 50/50 chance of coming out even on the exchange. In Feb. 42 his fighters are just too good and too numerous. If you want to try some early attrition and damn the cost, take the gamble. Personally, I wouldn't tackle KB in 1942 without a 4-2 advantage in carriers [or aircraft] and good AA support.

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I have not yet begun to fight! OTOH I have not yet begun to flee. Hmmmmm - choices, choices -always with the choices.

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RE: 21 Feb 1942 - 4/24/2012 7:46:38 AM   
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...I wouldn't tackle KB in 1942 without a 4-2 advantage in carriers [or aircraft] and good AA support.



Ah, yup, what he said. Land based air support also helps.

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