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15 Apr 1942 - 5/29/2012 9:32:16 AM   
Arnhem


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DEI
Second round of attacks on the Tjilatap garrison.

Ground combat at Tjilatjap (51,102)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 24234 troops, 219 guns, 78 vehicles, Assault Value = 684
Defending force 10643 troops, 42 guns, 139 vehicles, Assault Value = 310
Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0
Japanese adjusted assault: 338
Allied adjusted defense: 275
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
507 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 61 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
608 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 58 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Sub War
Drum which is operating just off the Home Islands tags a Maru but the torp is a dud. I only have a few subs operating this far behind enemy lines, the convoys don't come by too often and when they do I either miss or dud.

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16 Apr 1942 - 5/29/2012 9:54:09 AM   
Arnhem


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SIGINT
113th Infantry Regiment is loaded on xAK Hakubasan Maru moving to Kalidjati.
11th Army is planning for an attack on Changsha.

DEI
The pressure on Tjliatap continues

Ground combat at Tjilatjap (51,102)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 23878 troops, 217 guns, 78 vehicles, Assault Value = 644
Defending force 10005 troops, 42 guns, 139 vehicles, Assault Value = 247
Japanese adjusted assault: 158
Allied adjusted defense: 145
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
312 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 34 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
527 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 32 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 20 (1 destroyed, 19 disabled)
Vehicles lost 26 (5 destroyed, 21 disabled)


SWPAC
I always hate it when I get comments in the email, it never bodes well for my pixel warriors, especially when it's something I could have avoided. This turn, KB shows up again about 8 hexes to the northwest of Koumac (that's the base on the northern (true) tip of New Caledonia). The bulk of the 164th Infantry Regiment pays the price of leaky naval search and it is almost totally destroyed together with the 2 xAPs and 4 APDs carrying it from Ndeni to Brisbane.

On hindsight I thoroughly deserve this setback. I have been relatively unmolested by IJN subs except near Sydney and apart from KB raids have not had to deal with SAGs. This led me to being a little complacent and taking one too many risks with my convoys. Running a troop convoy on a route that essentially runs through no-man's land between the front line bases of both sides with nothing but the organic defences of the ships was just asking for trouble. Chutzpah knows no borders.

The loss of the regiment stings but ultimately doesn't matter as men and material are easily replaced and I already had a sliver of the 164th at Brisbane waiting to mate up with their now destroyed parent unit. The loss of the APDs is a major dent to my fast transport capability although to be fair I've never been one to use APDs in a major way so I guess I can't miss what I don't use so I guess most of the damage thus far is psychological.

What concerns me most at this point is my very porous naval search, I've been concentrating Cats on Oz's east coast and on the SOPAC islands and tweaking their search arcs such that they're covered during both the morning and afternoon phase and that's the second time KB has gotten through. Wondering if I'm doing it wrong or CTG's just had the devil's luck when it comes to getting past the Cats.

Of course now this means I get a chance for some payback, KB is carrying on a southeasterly course so I'm moving up an FG I have on Suva to Noumea and am going to try and set a little trap for it. Hope he bites hard.

Morning Air attack on TF, near Belep Islands at 107,153
Weather in hex: Overcast
Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 26
B5N2 Kate x 49
D3A1 Val x 41

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
APD Pope, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
APD John D. Ford, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAP Tjitjalengka, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
APD Edsall, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
APD Peary, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAP Tjinegara, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

Allied ground losses:
2078 casualties reported
Squads: 81 destroyed, 66 disabled
Non Combat: 90 destroyed, 49 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 15 (15 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
15 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
14 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
12 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
20 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Belep Islands at 107,153
Weather in hex: Overcast
Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 26
B5N2 Kate x 14
D3A1 Val x 10

Allied Ships
xAP Tjitjalengka, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
APD John D. Ford, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
APD Peary, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied ground losses:
166 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
14 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb


< Message edited by Arnhem -- 5/29/2012 9:57:08 AM >

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RE: 16 Apr 1942 - 5/29/2012 4:16:35 PM   
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I've always wondered how much of a role weather plays in search failures. Are you playing with realistic weather "ON"?

What kind of experience levels in search do your pilots have?

What altitude(s) do you use? The FAQ for newbies says 6000 is the best for range of detection but lower is better for chance of detection [below most clouds, I suppose]. I tend to use 4000 but have no idea if it works better.

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RE: 16 Apr 1942 - 5/29/2012 5:07:56 PM   
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I feel my detection rate is fairly good and I almost never use search arcs.. Perhaps try running without them for a while? Normal patrol altitude for me is 6000 feet, normal range.. (almost never extended).

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17 Apr 1942 - 5/30/2012 2:25:10 AM   
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@Cannonfodder and BBfanboy,
BB, realistic weather is ON, exp levels for the Cat drivers are in their 50s with skill levels in the 50-60s, CTG didn't bomb the Pacific AF to bits on Dec 7 so I have full crews and intact squadrons.

Roel, I use mostly random search arcs for our own game and I've been happy with the results. Wanted to give specific search arcs a go since it's a new game but it's looking like I'm borked (most likely) or by setting specific search arcs I'm actually making it easier to the enemy CVs to dash between zones of no cover during the movement phase of the day/night pulses.

I've had horrendous ops losses for Cats in my other PBEM before I figured out what was causing the losses so one of the first things I did in this game was to set their patrol attitudes to 6k and normal range which again is my usual setting for my other PBEM and that one seems to be working fine when it comes to spotting enemy TFs.

SWPAC
Have to stop calling every enemy CV TF I see KB unless I know for sure the composition of the TF. Anyways, the CV TF that appeared off New Caledonia the last turn has disappeared so no IJN Elite Pilot Massacre Part 2 (phooey). Have reset all my Cat search arcs to random to see if that works a little better.

I've got a couple of troop convoys in Suva that have had to move east to avoid the threat posed by the enemy CVs, at least till I have a fix on where they are. Everything else from the east coast of Oz to Pago Pago is either disbanded in port or moving east. Talk about spanner in the works, all those purdy TFs I had running around, and nicely labelled too. This random raiding surely is annoying but I see opportunity here, my CVs are all out of the yards and are waiting for their escorts to do the same, the TFs should be up in about 10 days game time, the numbers of Vals and Kates that have been spotted thus far seems to indicate not all his CVs are in one basket so if CTG keeps doing these raids without the full might of KB and comes away feeling like he can do it anytime he wants perhaps I can do something about it the next time he comes back.

Charters Towers is now a level 5 airfield and ready to operate 4Es, next up would be Cloncurry which would bring everything everything up to Katherine within range of my 4Es, only thing to do now is to wait for Base Groups to arrive and support the heavies.

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18 Apr 1942 - 5/30/2012 8:33:36 AM   
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SWPAC
First turn of having all my Cats set to random search arcs, no hits on the enemy CV TF, still no idea if it has penetrated further into the US-Oz SLOC or if the previous attack was just a hit and run. The random search arcs have revealed a couple of subs in the vicinity of Noumea though. I've got TK convoys inbound to Suva and Sydney, the former is in a holding pattern 2 days out from Suva while the latter is headed for Auckland for the time being. Troop convoys are either holding or unloading at Suva, I've got fighter cover over Suva and Noumea but nowhere else in SOPAC, convoys carrying base groups and more bombers and fighters are inbound from Pearl but won't be in the area anytime soon.

Sub War
S-34 claims her second kill of the war, sinking the Kotobuki Maru #5 off Cape Gloucester. Skipjack reveals her location just off Takao when she shoots at and misses a PB.

Allied Sub killboard
Seadragon - xAP Rakuyo Maru (7,470t), xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
K XIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
O 20 - xAP Taizan Maru (3,380t), PB Hirota Maru (2,780t)
K XI - xAK Kinugasa Maru (5,935t)
O 23 - xAP Manzyu Maru (5,830t)
S-34 - xAKL Kanaiyama Maru (1,650t), xAK Kotobuki Maru #5 (2,375t)
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)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Snapper - DD Hatsuyuki (2,090t), APD Hagi (935t)
O 21 - DD Urakaze (2,553t)
K XVII - CM Itsukushima (2,400t)
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
xAK Kano Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires/dmg, 06/02/42-Oosthaven 49,96) - S-38
xAK Azuma Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires, 11/02/42-Pontianak 54,90) - K X

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19 Apr 1942 - 5/31/2012 3:02:28 AM   
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DEI
I saw a couple of ships unloading at Kali and set the B-10s to take a look, they and their escorting P-40s ran into a wall of Zeroes (or is that Zeros? Da-nit, now I'll have that thought racing about inside my head all day). 11 B-10s shot down without even having a look at the TF composition. This is followed by a shock attack at Tjilatjap by the IJA, it's a good thing the engineers managed to bring the fort levels back up to 1 the previous turn. Still, shan't be long now.

Ground combat at Tjilatjap (51,102)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 23953 troops, 217 guns, 78 vehicles, Assault Value = 660
Defending force 9632 troops, 41 guns, 135 vehicles, Assault Value = 190
Japanese adjusted assault: 357k
Allied adjusted defense: 185
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 1)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
685 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 92 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
505 casualties reported
Squads: 31 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled



SWPAC
So CTG goes "why Hello HMW Warspite and HMS Prince of Wales" in his email. Drat. Turns out it wasn't a hit and run. Zeros sweep Sydney (action, reaction) before Vals and Kates descend on it on a port attack. The BBs came off better than the attack suggested, Warspite is barely scratched at 6/0/0 while PoW is at 42/12(3)/5(2), up from 18/0/0 (she was repairing after an incident in port had bumped her to 62/0/0 in Feb '42). The way things are going either she sinks or by the time I get her back in action it'll be V-Day.

I had a 4 DD ASW group trying to sweep away some pesky subs off Sydney and they weren't attacked, pretty ballsy move by CTG not setting a reserve on naval attack. Anyways, that 4 DD TF and a TF centred around Warspite are going to pay a night visit to those CVs to see if we can put a couple of holes in them pretty CVs. The DDs and Warspite are set to run for NZ after their attack to put some distance between them and the enemy CVs. I've even thrown in the kitchen sink in the form of a TF centred on Adelaide and consisting of 3 AMCs and that old Dutch gunboat Soerabaja, the Kitchen Sink TF will make a 3 hex run out and back in again so I don't expect it to hit anything.

I have a motley group of fighters over Sydney, 1 P-40E, 1 Buffalo, 1 Blenheim and 1 Kittyhawk squadron. They're set on layered cap over Sydney. Not expecting to stop the buzzsaw as apart from the P-40s the other 2 squadrons have exp levels in the 30-40s.

So that's the plan, the turn is all done but I've still got a couple of hours before I have to send it off. I'm considering the following alternatives to what I've set.

1) I have 30+ Hudsons and 40+ Wirraways in Sydney training, I'm tempted to throw them at the enemy CVs but they'll probably be massacred and if they survived probably wouldn't be able to hit anything.
2) I'm thinking of having Warspite, the DDs and the Kitchen Sink stick around instead of scooting off after trying a night intercept (which may or may not happen) and having them react into the enemy CVs come daylight. Risking a BB to mess up some CVs is ok by me anyday.
3) Having set all his planes on port attack and seeing I had a 4 DD element so close to his CVs, what do you think CTG will do next? He's obviously excited he caught 2 BBs in port so I reckon he's going to want to stick around and finish them off but the thing is, will he reserve some planes on naval attack knowing that I have surface assets in the area or is he still going to go all in on Sydney?

Peanut gallery, do your thing.

Morning Air attack on Sydney , at 90,167
Weather in hex: Overcast
Raid detected at 90 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 26
B5N2 Kate x 73
D3A1 Val x 83

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 3 damaged
D3A1 Val: 6 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales, Bomb hits 19, heavy fires
BB Warspite, Bomb hits 14
CL Hobart, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CL Glasgow, Bomb hits 2
CL Durban, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CL Danae, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Cagou, Bomb hits 1
CA Exeter, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CL Adelaide, Bomb hits 1
AMC Westralia, Bomb hits 1
xAP Idomeneus, Bomb hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
15 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 6000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
13 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
15 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 6000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
17 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
18 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
22 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 6000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
City Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
21 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 6000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
14 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb


Sub War
The S boats continue to represent, this time it's Daifuku Maru going down to S-35 just north of Rabaul. Greyback plays surface warship and tries to sink an xAK by shellfire in the same vicinity.

Allied Sub killboard
Seadragon - xAP Rakuyo Maru (7,470t), xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
K XIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
O 20 - xAP Taizan Maru (3,380t), PB Hirota Maru (2,780t)
K XI - xAK Kinugasa Maru (5,935t)
O 23 - xAP Manzyu Maru (5,830t)
S-34 - xAKL Kanaiyama Maru (1,650t), xAK Kotobuki Maru #5 (2,375t)
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)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Snapper - DD Hatsuyuki (2,090t), APD Hagi (935t)
O 21 - DD Urakaze (2,553t)
K XVII - CM Itsukushima (2,400t)
S-35 - xAK Daifuku Maru (2,375t)
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
xAK Kano Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires/dmg, 06/02/42-Oosthaven 49,96) - S-38
xAK Azuma Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires, 11/02/42-Pontianak 54,90) - K X




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RE: 19 Apr 1942 - 5/31/2012 3:55:10 AM   
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CTG is very experienced and has shown himself to be aggressive but not foolish in previous encounters. Remember how slippery his carriers were north of Oz when you tried the intercept? I wouldn't expect him to stay in the same hex or to not reserve a naval strike. I would run able ships north and south in hopes of saving some.

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20 Apr 1942 - 5/31/2012 4:32:43 PM   
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SWPAC
Events conspire to make it a quiet turn, the enemy CVs moved SW in the night and are now 7 hexes SE of Sydney. Warspite's TF sat at anchor in Sydney and made no attempt to either escape or intercept the enemy CVs. The DD TF also didn't manage to intercept, daylight finds the DDs well to the east of Sydney, they'll move to Noumea to top up their bunkers. As for Soerabaja she's out all by her lonesome 4 hexes SE of Sydney after failing to connect with the enemy, she'll make her way back to port.

An additional 2 P-39 squadrons have joined the CAP above Sydney, making for a total of 120+ fighters.

Sub War
An I-boat enters Sydney and is engaged by Warspite's screen, hitting a mine on it's way out. Hope she sinks

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21-22 Apr 1942 - 6/2/2012 1:53:20 AM   
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SWPAC
Warspite sallies out on the night pulse of 21st April in a bid to intercept the enemy CVs, she doesn't connect and retires towards NZ. She's out of harm's way as of 22nd April.

As for the enemy CVs, naval search now shows a majority, if not all of Japan's CVs/CVLs are operating together. Current position of the CVs is 7 hexes due south (true) of Sydney. They moved west for the 21st April turn and I was concerned he was looking to strike at Melbourne where I had quite a few merchies from the DEI and Perth in the yards but it seems they've reversed course and were last seen headed east. 2 more fighter squadrons join their brethren at Sydney.

Apart from ships in port in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, I do not have any shipping in range of KB at this moment, I do have 2 troop convoys inbound Sydney but they've been routed to Auckland for the time being until I'm sure KB has cleared the neighbourhood. The SOPAC area is busy as I'm taking advantage of the knowledge of KB's whereabouts and am unloading troop/supply convoys as fast as the docks will take them.

Sub War
Shark, doing picket duty outside Palembang, sinks a small TK. She's heavily damaged in the process and is limping for Soerabaja.

Allied Sub killboard
Seadragon - xAP Rakuyo Maru (7,470t), xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
K XIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
O 20 - xAP Taizan Maru (3,380t), PB Hirota Maru (2,780t)
K XI - xAK Kinugasa Maru (5,935t)
O 23 - xAP Manzyu Maru (5,830t)
S-34 - xAKL Kanaiyama Maru (1,650t), xAK Kotobuki Maru #5 (2,375t)
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)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Snapper - DD Hatsuyuki (2,090t), APD Hagi (935t)
O 21 - DD Urakaze (2,553t)
K XVII - CM Itsukushima (2,400t)
S-35 - xAK Daifuku Maru (2,375t)
Perch - DD Sazanami (2,090t)
Shark - TK Arima Maru #4 (1,120t)
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
xAK Kano Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires/dmg, 06/02/42-Oosthaven 49,96) - S-38
xAK Azuma Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires, 11/02/42-Pontianak 54,90) - K X

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23-24 Apr 1942 - 6/4/2012 2:00:55 AM   
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DEI
Tjilatjap falls, as per our house rules, the Dutch AF was not to be disbanded no withdrawn so most of them are destroyed here as well. I think that's a total of 20+ B-10s, and about 30+ fighters of assorted types together with around 10 search planes.

Ground combat at Tjilatjap (51,102)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 23923 troops, 217 guns, 78 vehicles, Assault Value = 653
Defending force 9127 troops, 41 guns, 134 vehicles, Assault Value = 173
Japanese adjusted assault: 462
Allied adjusted defense: 139
Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Tjilatjap !!!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
139WH-3: 6 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 5 destroyed
Hurricane IIb Trop: 4 destroyed
B-339D: 11 destroyed
Do-24K-1: 2 destroyed
PBY-5 Catalina: 4 destroyed

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

Japanese ground losses:
332 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 29 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Allied ground losses:
4057 casualties reported
Squads: 114 destroyed, 17 disabled
Non Combat: 198 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 29 (27 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 94 (94 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 10
Units destroyed 2

Assaulting units:
38th Division
18th Division

Defending units:
4th KNIL Landstorm Battalion
1st Regt Cavalerie
Afdeling Ritman
Tjilatjap KNIL Battalion
3rd KNIL Landstorm Battalion
2nd KNIL Landstorm Battalion
1st KNIL Landstorm Battalion
Van Altena Battalion
ABDA
Tjilitap KM Base Force
ML-KNIL
4th Avn Sup Groep


24 Apr 1942

China
I've been sneaking in units to surround Lanchow the past couple of turns, CTG latched onto that and is trying to break out of the cordon.

Ground combat at 82,34 (near Lanchow)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 6699 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 208
Defending force 10338 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 294
Japanese adjusted assault: 16
Allied adjusted defense: 207
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 12

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

Japanese ground losses:
332 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
408 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 47 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Assaulting units:
6th Ind.Mixed Brigade

Defending units:
27th Chinese Corps


For the record, the following units were present at Lanchow.
11th,12th and 13th Independent Infantry Regiments
6th and 7th Independent Mixed Brigades

I've set the Lanchow defenders for a deliberate attack for the next turn on the remaining 4 LCUs in Lanchow, if he's going to run for it might as well kick him while he's down as he's probably suffering from a lack of supply by now and as evidenced from the combat report.

SWPAC
KB makes it's leisurely way east towards the gap between New Caledonia and NZ. Auckland has emptied her port and everything there is moving towards South Island to put some land between them and KB while I'm shifting fighters from Sydney and Fiji to cover Noumea.

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25 Apr 1942 - 6/4/2012 2:32:54 AM   
Arnhem


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China
Kukong, the last base I have south (or is that east?) of my Changsha-Nanning MLR falls, nothing but a base force there so no surprise really. However, CTG has got a quite a large force there so he's probably going to hit somewhere along the rail line soon enough now that he's cleaned up his interior.

Ground combat at Kukong (79,57)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 32170 troops, 251 guns, 38 vehicles, Assault Value = 899
Defending force 2030 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 41
Japanese adjusted assault: 766
Allied adjusted defense: 9
Japanese assault odds: 85 to 1 (fort level 2)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Kukong !!!

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

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

Allied ground losses:
1527 casualties reported
Squads: 37 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 23 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 1 disabled
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

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

Defending units:
11th Chinese Base Force


Over in Lanchow, the hunted become the hunters but don't do very well. Should I give it another go? He's obviously hurting from the lack of supplies and most of my casualties were disabled rather than outright destroyed.

Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 31474 troops, 185 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1041
Defending force 14204 troops, 91 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 313
Allied adjusted assault: 643
Japanese adjusted defense: 355
Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
894 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 68 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 26 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 10 (1 destroyed, 9 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2124 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 185 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 27 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled

Assaulting units:
43rd Chinese Corps
23rd Chinese Corps
17th Chinese Corps
61st Chinese Corps
1st Construction Regiment
81st Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
2nd Construction Regiment
8th Group Army
8th War Area
6th Group Army
8th Chinese Base Force

Defending units:
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment
13th Indpt Infantry Regiment
12th Indpt Infantry Regiment


SWPAC
KB is now 6 hexes southwest of Norfolk Island and continuing east. Looks like SLOC Raid Part 2.

Sub War
O20 kills a PB off Saishu To, Drum over in the next hex misses a large Maru.

Allied Sub killboard
Seadragon - xAP Rakuyo Maru (7,470t), xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
O 20 - xAP Taizan Maru (3,380t), PB Hirota Maru (2,780t), PB Teshio Maru (830t)
K XIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
K XI - xAK Kinugasa Maru (5,935t)
O 23 - xAP Manzyu Maru (5,830t)
S-34 - xAKL Kanaiyama Maru (1,650t), xAK Kotobuki Maru #5 (2,375t)
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)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Snapper - DD Hatsuyuki (2,090t), APD Hagi (935t)
O 21 - DD Urakaze (2,553t)
K XVII - CM Itsukushima (2,400t)
S-35 - xAK Daifuku Maru (2,375t)
Perch - DD Sazanami (2,090t)
Shark - TK Arima Maru #4 (1,120t)
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
xAK Kano Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires/dmg, 06/02/42-Oosthaven 49,96) - S-38
xAK Azuma Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires, 11/02/42-Pontianak 54,90) - K X

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26 Apr 1942 - 6/4/2012 8:22:26 PM   
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China
The defenders of Lanchow continue to harass the IJA as it (presumably) retreats to prevent itself being surrounded and cutoff

Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 28500 troops, 185 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 860
Defending force 13599 troops, 90 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 260
Allied adjusted assault: 627
Japanese adjusted defense: 283
Allied assault odds: 2 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
885 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 72 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
556 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 90 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled


SWPAC
Zeroes sweep Darwin today, first time enemy airplanes have been seen in the skies over Darwin since the Great Darwin Turkey Shoot, the 2 P-40 and 2 P-39 squadrons flying CAP over Darwin take down 14 Zeroes in exchange for 30 of their own. Ouch. Losses were heavily skewed towards the P-40s (25 vs 5) which were flying top cover for their comrades.

Morning Air attack on Darwin , at 76,124
Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 17 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 44

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 24
P-40E Warhawk x 47

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 9 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet *

CAP engaged:
49th PG/8th PS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 11 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 19000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
49th PG/9th PS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 12 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
35th PG/39th PS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
35th PG/40th PS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Darwin , at 76,124
Weather in hex: Heavy cloud
Raid detected at 24 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 39

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 11
P-40E Warhawk x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 2 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 6 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
23 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet *

CAP engaged:
49th PG/8th PS with P-40E Warhawk (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 17000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
35th PG/39th PS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 27950.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
35th PG/40th PS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 25950 and 29950.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
49th PG/9th PS with P-40E Warhawk (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 18000 and 28950.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes


KB lies off the coast of NZ and pounds and empty Auckland harbour, that's gotta piss CTG off a little.

Afternoon Air attack on Auckland , at 115,185
Weather in hex: Severe storms
Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 91
B5N1 Kate x 15
B5N2 Kate x 116
D3A1 Val x 79

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N1 Kate: 1 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 10 damaged
D3A1 Val: 6 damaged

Allied ground losses:
51 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Repair Shipyard hits 1
Port hits 6
Port fuel hits 2
Port supply hits 1


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27 Apr 1942 - 6/5/2012 7:29:06 AM   
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China
Haven't tallied the total losses on both sides over the past few days but I should have more warm bodies and he's got to be hurting by now.

Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 28108 troops, 185 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 809
Defending force 12934 troops, 89 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 208
Allied adjusted assault: 701
Japanese adjusted defense: 141
Allied assault odds: 4 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
757 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 38 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 33 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
620 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 80 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)


SWPAC
I've lost KB, it's either Noumea or Suva now, hope the Cats pick him up the next turn.

Sub War
An unescorted resupply convoy from Perth to Darwin pays the price of being well, unescorted as a lurking I-boat in the Darwin hex itself either torpedoes or sinks by gunfire 2 xAKLs.

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28 Apr 1942 - 6/5/2012 9:15:28 AM   
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China
I think the IJA stack at Lanchow is in a world of hurt, combat animation shows AV values of 0 for the 5 brigades/regiments still at Lanchow. This turn the number of squads destroyed goes up from the 1 or 2 per turn previously, a sure sign his units are near breaking point.

Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 24479 troops, 182 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 759
Defending force 12219 troops, 86 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 150
Allied adjusted assault: 330
Japanese adjusted defense: 49
Allied assault odds: 6 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
635 casualties reported
Squads: 18 destroyed, 33 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
481 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 61 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


SWPAC
Zeroes sweep Darwin again but my fighters have been stood down to recover morale and bring in replacements.

KB is 3 hexes to the east of Lord Howe Island and heading northwest, I'm guessing he's going to bomb Brisbane next turn unless he suddenly turns west and guns for Sydney again. I've got a bunch of S-boats that just completed refit at Townsville, going to bring 'em down to see if I can place a couple in KB's path.

Also, the US CVs are back in action this turn, the TFs are formed up and will steam SSE, was thinking of raiding Truk but I'll have to see if KB is still hanging around Aussie waters in a couple of turns.

The Brit CVs now number 3, Illustrious, Formidable and Indomitable. They'll probably steam for Oz once I get everyone together.

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29 Apr 1942 - 6/6/2012 6:58:04 AM   
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China
Oscars on CAP over Patung (which is now a level 1 airfield) are swept aside easily by the AVG before the CAF bombers visit. Am burning supplies flying sorties but I don't know how seriously CTG is about using Patung to unhinge my defensive lines so I have to keep the pressure up.

The IJA LCUs are Lanchow have been surrounded but the Chinese units there are a little too fragile to try a shock attack so they'll be steadily worn down by repeated deliberate attacks. Mouseover indicates that at least 2 units out of the list below have moved east out of Lanchow as of the current turn, I have a corps east of Lanchow so that unit will do a deliberate attack as well on the next turn.

Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 24171 troops, 182 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 716
Defending force 11635 troops, 85 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 114
Allied adjusted assault: 332
Japanese adjusted defense: 19
Allied assault odds: 17 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
643 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 28 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
361 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 46 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
61st Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps
23rd Chinese Corps
17th Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
43rd Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
1st Construction Regiment
2nd Construction Regiment
8th War Area
6th Group Army
8th Group Army
8th Chinese Base Force

Defending units:
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th Indpt Infantry Regiment
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment
12th Indpt Infantry Regiment

Japanese Unit(s) surrounded at Lanchow


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Morning Air attack on Patung , at 81,46
Weather in hex: Clear sky
Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 36

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 27

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 2 destroyed

CAP engaged:
11th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (20 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
20 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
59th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 16 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Patung , at 81,46
Weather in hex: Clear sky
Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 12

Allied aircraft
A-29A Hudson x 9
SB-III x 44

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
A-29A Hudson: 2 destroyed
SB-III: 1 destroyed, 6 damaged

Airbase hits 7
Airbase supply hits 7
Runway hits 37

CAP engaged:
11th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 459 minutes
59th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 446 minutes


SWPAC
Netties visit Darwin after the Zeroes are done and catch a couple of planes on the ground, going to pull the airplanes back to Fenton and Katherine and let him bomb his heart out.

Morning Air attack on Darwin , at 76,124
Weather in hex: Heavy cloud
Raid detected at 53 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 22
G4M1 Betty x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 2 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 35 damaged
P-39D Airacobra: 2 destroyed on ground
Hudson III (LR): 12 damaged
Hudson III (LR): 1 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 18
Airbase supply hits 11
Runway hits 55


This comment came with the turn "Never before has so much expensive ordnance been wasted on such trivial targets". KB is now due east of Brisbane and headed northwest.

Afternoon Air attack on Brisbane , at 96,160
Weather in hex: Clear sky
Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 80
B5N1 Kate x 13
B5N2 Kate x 103
D3A1 Val x 105

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
B5N1 Kate: 2 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed, 16 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
xAKL Lematang, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS Boggs, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires
PT-33, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Baranof, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires
DMS Zane, Bomb hits 10, heavy fires, heavy damage
PT-43, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAP North Coast, Bomb hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
ML No. 310, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAKL Schouten, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
PT-45, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
PT-38, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
PT-37, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
PT-36, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
PT-44, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Bintang, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
PC Wilcannia, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
xAKL Silindoeng, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
AM Eland Dubois, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
AMc Gunbar, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAKL Parigi, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
PT-40, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
PT-42, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
PT-46, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
PT-34, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
ACM YP-143, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMc Gemas, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
HDML P 19, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
PT-39, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMc Jerantut, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage






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RE: 29 Apr 1942 - 6/6/2012 12:03:11 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Arnhem

Afternoon Air attack on Brisbane , at 96,160
Weather in hex: Clear sky
Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 80
B5N1 Kate x 13
B5N2 Kate x 103
D3A1 Val x 105

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
B5N1 Kate: 2 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed, 16 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed


Well that's encouraging - 22 P-40Es take on 80 Zeros and come out ahead 3-1 plus the bombers downed and damaged. Your experience levels must be rising and his falling, or you got a very good roll of the virtual dice!

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RE: 29 Apr 1942 - 6/6/2012 4:23:12 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: BBfanboy

Well that's encouraging - 22 P-40Es take on 80 Zeros and come out ahead 3-1 plus the bombers downed and damaged. Your experience levels must be rising and his falling, or you got a very good roll of the virtual dice!


There was another engagement involving P-40s in China during the turn so I can't be sure how well the P-40s did here as I didn't break down the numbers Tracker gave out for the turn, but yeah I guess they did better than I hoped for against KB's flyers.

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30 Apr 1942 - 6/6/2012 4:38:44 PM   
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China
The CAF is unmolested in the skies over Patung as they continue bombing the airfield. The Chinese continue with the reduction of the IJA at Lanchow, I had hoped to catch all 5 brigade/regiments in the bag but it looks like I'll have to be content with maybe destroying 2 outright and damaging the other 3 badly enough I won't see them for a while.

Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 24030 troops, 182 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 693
Defending force 8135 troops, 62 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 84
Allied adjusted assault: 289
Japanese adjusted defense: 11
Allied assault odds: 26 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
466 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 42 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
259 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 33 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
17th Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
1st Construction Regiment
61st Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
23rd Chinese Corps
43rd Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps
2nd Construction Regiment
8th War Area
6th Group Army
8th Group Army
8th Chinese Base Force

Defending units:
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th Indpt Infantry Regiment

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Ground combat at 82,34 (near Lanchow)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 10092 troops, 37 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 262
Defending force 6572 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 193
Allied adjusted assault: 126
Japanese adjusted defense: 415
Allied assault odds: 1 to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
32 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
168 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
27th Chinese Corps

Defending units:
6th Ind.Mixed Brigade


SWPAC
Nettties and Zeroes over Darwin for the 2nd consecutive day. The airfield is now at 50+% damage. KB now northeast of Brisbane and still headed north, no strikes from the IJN this turn.

Sub Wars
I've got a half-dozen S-boats and 3 modern fleet subs in the path of KB, this turn both Haddock and Grayback took shots at KB, with the latter lining up on Zuikaku herself and missing with a spread of 6. It's the turn of the S-boats next, if I lined 'em up right, KB should land right on top of at least 1 of them at the end of the next turn. Elsewhere, Drum sinks a PB off Saishu To.

Allied Sub killboard
Seadragon - xAP Rakuyo Maru (7,470t), xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
O 20 - xAP Taizan Maru (3,380t), PB Hirota Maru (2,780t), PB Teshio Maru (830t)
K XIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
K XI - xAK Kinugasa Maru (5,935t)
O 23 - xAP Manzyu Maru (5,830t)
S-34 - xAKL Kanaiyama Maru (1,650t), xAK Kotobuki Maru #5 (2,375t)
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)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Snapper - DD Hatsuyuki (2,090t), APD Hagi (935t)
O 21 - DD Urakaze (2,553t)
K XVII - CM Itsukushima (2,400t)
S-35 - xAK Daifuku Maru (2,375t)
Perch - DD Sazanami (2,090t)
Shark - TK Arima Maru #4 (1,120t)
Drum - PB Ichiyo Maru (830t)
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
xAK Kano Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires/dmg, 06/02/42-Oosthaven 49,96) - S-38
xAK Azuma Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires, 11/02/42-Pontianak 54,90) - K X

In other news
Got myself a couple of Marine fighters and divebombers this turn, together with 2 PBY squadrons.

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1 May 1942 - 6/7/2012 7:25:07 AM   
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China
Patung bombed again, no opposition in the air. One of the IJA divisions has moved west of Patung and is continuing west. I expect it would be extremely difficult for him to supply his 4 divisions in the area as it is so I do not know what intends to accomplish by striking out from Patung, I'll elaborate more on the situation here the next turn as I forgot to take a screenshot, would make things easier to understand.

The Chinese LCUs at Lanchow will shock attack the next round, time to end this.

Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 23878 troops, 182 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 671
Defending force 7804 troops, 62 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 52
Allied adjusted assault: 433
Japanese adjusted defense: 7
Allied assault odds: 61 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
516 casualties reported
Squads: 14 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
119 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


SWPAC
A convoy carrying 2 complete bomb groups and a fighter group reaches Suva safely.

Sub War
KB heads NNE and misses my line of S-boats by a couple of hexes, the S-boats don't have the legs and speed to do a stern chase so they will disperse and take up positions in the Solomons chain right up to Rabaul as originally planned.

In other news
A lean month ahead as the only reinforcements of note are Long Island (probably use her to train Marine squadrons for carrier ops) and CLAA San Diego. In the air, I will get another BG coming in at CONUS while a second FG comes in at Aden, it will join the 51st (currently training in Calcutta) in the CBI theater. Monsoon rules come into effect in the middle of this month so that will definitely put a crimp on ops in the area.

Mod Corner and wrap up of the war to date
CTG commented on how the 30% drop in cargo caps is slowing his operational tempo down a fair bit and it shows, he hasn't come down further down the Solomons chain from the Shortlands and I'm wondering if his concentration of assets on getting the invasion of Oz going will cost him in the long run.

As for the Allies, I don't really have much to move around at this moment so I'm not feeling it as much as he does and I pretty much told him as much. To give you an idea, Suva is awash in fuel (110k+ with 2 fuel convoys still to unload another 80k fuel) and supplies (78k) and Noumea (61k supply, 53k fuel) is doing well, Oz is good on supplies but running on empty for fuel (only 63k fuel for the whole country) but that's more a result of KB disrupting the supply train more than my inability to push fuel forward. With KB moving out of the neighbourhood I expect the first fuel resupply convoy to unload at Brisbane in about a week's game time. Supply levels just about everywhere else in the Pacific are healthy.

Ship losses have been acceptable for the most part(at least in my mind), freighter type losses while significant in terms of hulls lost are bearable where tonnage is concerned, out of the 98 freighter types lost only 23 were above 4,000t. What bites more is the fact that I've lost 2 precious APs and 12 large xAPs, smaller pool of those to draw from but the jury's still out on whether my ability to move personnel is drastically affected. I've also lost 6 medium/large TKs and 7 AOs so I'm a little more leery of exposing them to any potential enemy action, especially the AOs.

As for warships, most of the losses were sustained in the initial 3 months of the war so that's good. On the flip side the IJN is very much intact so that's not so good.

On land, the theatre I'm most concerned about is China, supply shortages and the relative weakness of the Chinese army compared to the assets the IJA has in theatre is giving me headaches. Elsewhere I'm confident of holding Oz if he comes for me and I'm looking to reinforcing Guadalcanal and taking Tabi back as my goals through till end '42. I'll update with screenshots if I don't feel too lazy about it.




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2 May 1942 - 6/7/2012 3:48:18 PM   
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China
Oscars come out to play over Patung but the AVG gives a good account of itself, however the unescorted bombers of the CAF following lose a couple of SB-IIIs so Patung will get a reprieve from the bombing for the next couple of turns.

Yeah, I'm bad.
Ground combat at Patung (81,46)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 37711 troops, 304 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 1090
Defending force 28084 troops, 116 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 728
Japanese adjusted assault: 683
Allied adjusted defense: 574
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
4550 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 461 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Guns lost 23 (1 destroyed, 22 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
707 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 84 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
110th Division
13th Division
32nd Division

Defending units:
18th Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps


Have a lot of disabled squads but taking down a division(+) worth of troops is worth it.

Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)
Allied Shock attack
Attacking force 22217 troops, 164 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 664
Defending force 7430 troops, 62 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 26
Allied adjusted assault: 871
Japanese adjusted defense: 7
Allied assault odds: 124 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1001 casualties reported
Squads: 53 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 10 (2 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
66 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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RE: 2 May 1942 - 6/7/2012 7:52:12 PM   
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Good job in China! Good to see the IJA get its comeuppance in at least one part of the country.
Hope your weary troops can keep the pressure on.

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RE: 2 May 1942 - 6/10/2012 12:13:35 PM   
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China
Patung is about to be surrounded, thing is, CTG probably has enough AV to punch his way out as the hexes east Patung are lightly held, I have 2 half strength corps in Patung itself and another one moving in from the southwest hex. At the very least I'll maul a division badly as it breaks out back towards the east across the riverside so it's all good.

The AVG is engaged by Oscars and it's 7 vs 5 in favour of the Oscars in the air.

Shouldn't be long for Lanchow now.

Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)
Allied Shock attack
Attacking force 22217 troops, 164 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 66
Defending force 4243 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 7
Allied adjusted assault: 448
Japanese adjusted defense: 3
Allied assault odds: 149 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
977 casualties reported
Squads: 91 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 9 (9 destroyed, 0 disabled)

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


SWPAC
Netties come in low and unescorted over Darwin, P-39s LRCAPing Darwin from Katherine will be in the air next turn.

I've lost track of KB, last seen in the Coral Sea, headed in the general direction of PM, presumably to get in position to support the landings at Darwin and Derby? All the same, I don't want to be caught by surprise again so Cats and fighters continue their patrols and CAPing ports.




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4-5 May 1942 - 6/15/2012 6:04:53 PM   
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Going on holiday rots your brains, hope I didn't forget to do something important in the turn.

China
The noose around Patung tightens, I look forward with interest to CTG's next move here.

SWPAC
Netties have been visiting Darwin the past few turns, coming in at low level to bomb the port and/or airfield, P-39s are there to meet them on 5 May, claiming a dozen Netties and a couple of Zeroes for the loss of 2 P-39s. Bounce is the great equalizer.

Sub Wars
O 20 is on a roll, taking down another PB off Saishu To.

Allied Sub killboard
Seadragon - xAP Rakuyo Maru (7,470t), xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
O 20 - xAP Taizan Maru (3,380t), PB Hirota Maru (2,780t), PB Teshio Maru (830t), PB Tatsumi Maru (830t)
K XIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
K XI - xAK Kinugasa Maru (5,935t)
O 23 - xAP Manzyu Maru (5,830t)
S-34 - xAKL Kanaiyama Maru (1,650t), xAK Kotobuki Maru #5 (2,375t)
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)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Snapper - DD Hatsuyuki (2,090t), APD Hagi (935t)
O 21 - DD Urakaze (2,553t)
K XVII - CM Itsukushima (2,400t)
S-35 - xAK Daifuku Maru (2,375t)
Perch - DD Sazanami (2,090t)
Shark - TK Arima Maru #4 (1,120t)
Drum - PB Ichiyo Maru (830t)
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
xAK Kano Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires/dmg, 06/02/42-Oosthaven 49,96) - S-38
xAK Azuma Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires, 11/02/42-Pontianak 54,90) - K X

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6-7 May 1942 - 6/19/2012 8:41:05 PM   
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SWPAC
I lose 4 xAKs and 2 PCs on the Perth-Darwin route when I forget to set them to hug the coast and Netties get to them.

Milne Bay and Tagula Island are invaded. If he builds up bases here thru to PM he'll be able to cover a fair bit of Oz's east coast as well as see me from miles away if I initiate any offensive action in the direction of the DEI or towards Rabaul from the SOPAC islands. The Solomons could be the stage for a major furball in the later half of '42 and early '43.

Sub Wars
The British get on the killboard and it's courtesy of Truant, on patrol in the Straits of Malacca, she takes down an AS, the fact that the AS was heading into the Indian Ocean is of concern, at the very least I expect increased sub activity in the IO which to date has been non-existent, at worst this could be a prelude to increased IJN *and* IJA activity although that's a little bit of a stretch considering CTG has quite a few assets in the DEI for what I presume to be the invasion of OZ although that seems to be becoming less likely as we march into mid-1942.

Allied Sub killboard
Seadragon - xAP Rakuyo Maru (7,470t), xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
O 20 - xAP Taizan Maru (3,380t), PB Hirota Maru (2,780t), PB Teshio Maru (830t), PB Tatsumi Maru (830t)
K XIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
Truat - AS Nagoya Maru (6,400t)
K XI - xAK Kinugasa Maru (5,935t)
O 23 - xAP Manzyu Maru (5,830t)
S-34 - xAKL Kanaiyama Maru (1,650t), xAK Kotobuki Maru #5 (2,375t)
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)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Snapper - DD Hatsuyuki (2,090t), APD Hagi (935t)
O 21 - DD Urakaze (2,553t)
K XVII - CM Itsukushima (2,400t)
S-35 - xAK Daifuku Maru (2,375t)
Perch - DD Sazanami (2,090t)
Shark - TK Arima Maru #4 (1,120t)
Drum - PB Ichiyo Maru (830t)
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
xAK Kano Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires/dmg, 06/02/42-Oosthaven 49,96) - S-38
xAK Azuma Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires, 11/02/42-Pontianak 54,90) - K X

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8-10 May 1942 - 6/27/2012 5:27:49 PM   
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It's been a little crazy in the real world and quiet in this one so I beg forgiveness in the brevity of the reports. Things are beginning to settle down and I hope to be a little more regular with the updates.

SIGINT
16th Division is planning for an attack on Darwin.

Don't know how serious CTG is in invading Oz but he's leaving it awful late if he still intends to do so. I'm planning a smash and grab elsewhere if he does come for Oz.

SWPAC
Katherine has been the visited by Netties the past couple of days, they've been preceeded by Zero sweeps and I don't see the point of wasting valuable airframes and pilots against the cream of the IJN, would rather conserve my assets for the invasion when it happens.

The big news of these past couple of days would be landings at Tassafaronga and Lunga, so there goes the plan for reinforcing the islands. There's upwards of 13k troops on Lunga so I guess he means to stay.

There's also a troop convoy at Tabi which is still a dot base, at least half a dozen xAPs, I'm tempted to blitz it with my CVs but KB was spotted on 9 May just west (true) of the Hebrides so I'm little leery of sticking my neck out with trouble just around the corner.

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11-13 May 1942 - 7/3/2012 6:34:23 AM   
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Burma
Increased recon activity over Lashio and SIGINT points to an imminent attack. Units of the IJA have been spotted on the move towards Lashio. I have the 1st Burma Div in Lashio proper and the 7th Armd Bde and a Chinese corps is just 1 hex out in a bid to mask the additional strength I have in the area, no moves yet on Mykitnananana that I can see. There's an Indian Division stationed there and I have 2 more Chinese corps just across the Chinese border waiting to be bought out with PPs once the music starts.

Oh and monsoon rules come into effect on 15 May, should be fun trying do anything then.

SWPAC
P-39s covering Darwin and Katherine have tangled with Zeroes and Netties with mixed success. In one unescorted raid on Darwin, P-39s took down 20 Netties (hey, how about Bellies for a shortcut?) while in instances where the Zeroes were present the defenders usually came out a little behind, although given the disparity in terms of pilot quality, anything less than a 2:1 in favour of the IJN has got to be a bit of a blow.

Supply-wise it's a mess in north Oz, there's a trickle coming in from the south through Alice Springs up through Tennant Creek but not enough to support what I have up there.

Sub War
The I-boat camping Sydney sinks an AVD which was in turn part of a TF camping over the I-boat in the hopes of sinking it. Confirmation of S-38's kill of Tamon Maru

Allied Sub killboard
Seadragon - xAP Rakuyo Maru (7,470t), xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
S-38 - xAK Tamon Maru (6,400t), xAK Gyoun Maru (1,900t), xAK Kikuryu Maru (1,900t)
O 20 - xAP Taizan Maru (3,380t), PB Hirota Maru (2,780t), PB Teshio Maru (830t), PB Tatsumi Maru (830t)
K XIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
Truat - AS Nagoya Maru (6,400t)
K XI - xAK Kinugasa Maru (5,935t)
O 23 - xAP Manzyu Maru (5,830t)
S-34 - xAKL Kanaiyama Maru (1,650t), xAK Kotobuki Maru #5 (2,375t)
K XV - xAK Nojima Maru (3,425t)
Sargo - xAK Gosei Maru (3,425t)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Snapper - DD Hatsuyuki (2,090t), APD Hagi (935t)
O 21 - DD Urakaze (2,553t)
K XVII - CM Itsukushima (2,400t)
S-35 - xAK Daifuku Maru (2,375t)
Perch - DD Sazanami (2,090t)
Shark - TK Arima Maru #4 (1,120t)
Drum - PB Ichiyo Maru (830t)
Tarpon - TB Manazuru (775t)

Probable
xAK Kogyo Maru (torp hits 2, hvy fires/dmg, 07/12/41-Kota Bahru 53,74) - K XI
xAK Kano Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires/dmg, 06/02/42-Oosthaven 49,96) - S-38
xAK Azuma Maru (torp hit 1, hvy fires, 11/02/42-Pontianak 54,90) - K X

In other news
I get a couple of USN CBs and a base group that was originally in the Philippines and bought out after it got destroyed.

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14 May 1942 - 7/5/2012 1:42:55 AM   
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China
There's a stack of IJA units just south of Kweilin, I'm assuming he's going to have a go at it as detection levels there indicate he's been looking at it for a while now. Am moving an army from nearby Liuchow and another one from up north near Chungking to reinforce the place. The rest of this front is static for now, the northern flank with Lanchow is quiet since I ejected that 5 brigade force a couple of months ago, the approaches to Sian show only 1 LCU guarding the road to Nanyang and the MLR is clear with the exception of Kweilin.

Burma
Monsoon rules go into effect.

- From 15 May to 15 October each year (Monsoon Season) offensive operations in the jungle and mountain hexes on the Burmese front (everything above “Thailand” label within Burma and Thailand borders plus the few jungle hexes going 3 or 4 hexes into “India” – Kohima, Ledo, Imphal area) is highly restricted:
- No shock or deliberate attacks in jungle hexes within the area;
- Deliberate attacks allowed in non-jungle hexes;
- Bombardment attacks allowed everywhere;
- Movement into friendly/empty hexes allowed
- The percentage of aircraft allowed to fly from an airfield in this region during this time is a factor of its size*10% (so an air unit flying from a level 2 airfield can only fly 20% of its aircraft, and must set Rest to 80%)
- No carrier aircraft strikes on Burma from the Gulf of Bengal during this time (however, carrier aircraft can still strike Bengal, Northern India or Malaya from carriers in the Gulf of Bengal)

SWPAC
The USN CVs go into action next turn against the supply convoy unloading at Tabi, the airfield there just turned operational and Tabi just seems vulnerable right now jutting so far out from the Marshalls. I was also torn between keeping their location from him and taking out some merchies on the cheap but decided in the end that I need to start opposing his actions at some point rather than just giving him a free ride.

Sub War
CTG is using some of his boats to mine the approaches to Suva, wasting mines like that in open water is bordering on the futile imo but it's his mines.

In other news
The 23rd FG arrives in Aden, the CBI theatre now has 2 complete US FGs in addition to the Brit fighter complement, coupled with the building of the Burma-Indian border airfields to level 9 I'm feeling pretty confident about taking on the IJAAF.

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RE: 14 May 1942 - 7/7/2012 2:55:30 PM   
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Never pass up on a chance to lay the hurt on to the enemy! BANZAI.... eeerrr, ATTACK!

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15-16 May 1942 - 7/9/2012 3:04:37 AM   
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SIGINT
15th Army is planning for an attack on Lashio.
15th Ind.Mixed Brigade is planning for an attack on Lanchow.
1st Raiding Regiment is planning for an attack on Fenton.
3rd Division is planning for an attack on Chungking.

Mixed bag of intel these past 2 turns. Looks like I was wrong about Lanchow being left alone for the rest of the war. Fenton is just south of Darwin and a dot base at the moment, so I'm assuming prepping a parachute unit for it means he's going to try and cut me off from the rear either before or after the initial landings.

CENPAC
Unfortunately CF that dance didn't come to pass, with my impeccable timing I arrive for my date only to find out everyone had left hours ago.

Sub War
Lots of misses on both sides these 2 turns. At least 4 I-boats are in the waters around Suva. They're a little too close to shore to be effective, land based ASW is picking them up during the day pulse.

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