From: Wichita KS
I haven't updated in what feels like a week. It's been a busy couple days for me. I love being on call 24 hours, 7 days a week. :-P
So, where to begin?
How about China? Why not China? It is December orders phase for Dec 24th, by the way.
China: I am continually amazed by the number of troops there are here. I can't be the only one. We had an attack in the last turn that inflicted just under 13,000 casualties on the Chinese. It included 405 squads and 405 non-combat squads. Actually I'll just post the combat replay.
Japanese ground losses:
127 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 43 (2 destroyed, 41 disabled)
Allied ground losses:
12899 casualties reported
Squads: 405 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 405 destroyed, 164 disabled
Engineers: 55 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 41 (41 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 5
Units destroyed 2
What is that? 100-1 loss ratio. Keep it up!
We have 22 Chinese units trapped in Chengchow. 9-10 of them were just in the battle I just quoted so they're pretty much done.
Lets go to... Malaya.
Malaya: One more hex and the rail line will be clear all the way down to Singapore. We're marching that direction and should have it clear in a day or two. I made some mistakes here. I should have had the siege started at least a week ago. I played it more cautious than I should have. I should have been more aggressive than I was. I sent too much up to Singora to come down the rail line. If I'd dropped more at Mersing I would be clearing the rails at my leisure and Singapore would be under siege. Live and learn.
Speaking of this area, we landed at Singkawang. Took the base and flew in some fighters to cover the base. It was all good until we found Force Z. They came in, along with some Dutch and American forces, and bombarded the place. The following day all the air forces that he's been conserving in the area plastered the air base. It is officially closed.
Pacific: Not a lot has gone on here since his CV came through and wrecked me at Tarawa and Ocean Island. We've spotted a force showing six ships. The only type that shows up on the mouse over are xAP. They're on a course due West that heads right for Ocean Island. I have 4 PB's that were left over from the invasion force that was destroyed. They're covering Ocean and a force of 3 CL's and 8 DD's is the only force of note, except my Netties which haven't flown the entire war... sigh...
I'd like to pay him back for what he did at Hollandia and Aitape. My patrols missed it completely. He outplayed me here. I hate showing just combat replays in AAR's but here's what he did to me:
PB Toshi Maru #3, Shell hits 9, and is sunk
PB Tama Maru #8, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
AV Kamoi, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAKL Muko Maru, Shell hits 10, and is sunk
xAKL Kanaiyama Maru, Shell hits 5, and is sunk
xAKL Shoyu Maru, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
xAKL Honan Maru, Shell hits 6, and is sunk
DD La Triomphant
PB Takunan Maru #5, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
xAKL Indus Maru, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
xAK Kotobuki Maru #5, Shell hits 5, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAKL Shoan Maru, Shell hits 30, and is sunk
xAKL Konsan Maru, Shell hits 16, and is sunk
PB Sento Maru, Shell hits 10, and is sunk
CL Concord, Shell hits 1
DD Preston, Shell hits 1
DD La Triomphant
All I can say is, at least they were mostly unloaded. It will take forever but we'll march overland to the neighboring bases and take them that way. It is all part of my devious plot to force him into submission by running him out of ammunition! If he's out of bullets he can't shoot me!!! :-P
Plus KB is at Truk. Maybe we can intercept and sink the lot! That would be nice. I'll look on the bad side and assume we won't but you never know...
Additionally we've finally landed at Menado. I tried to send a TF that way almost a week ago. I have no idea why but they seem to have refused to get on the way. In fact, I think they still haven't left. Somebody else I decided to send was up to it. We'll take Menado tomorrow and a follow on force with some aviation support will land. Fritos are good. Even stale, eating them from the chow hall in Spain Fritos are good. I should quit drinking...
Covered by mini-KB and a CL/DD force is an invasion fleet headed for Tarakan. They're 1-2 days out.
He's doing fortress Clark. Manilla fell. Whatever. Most of his guys are in Clark. Hell, all of them probably are. We'll get him sooner or later.
I got nothing else.
Lift with your Airmen, not your back!