From: San Antonio, TX
September 2, 1943:
ASW: A busy night. Three separate attacks on Allied submarines during the night by ASW TFs. In the Sea of Japan, Sc Ch48 damaged the Snook with 3 hits, including a penetrating shot. Off of Rangoon, the ASW TF that is leading KB attacked Haddock, hitting her four times-including a penetrating shot. Lastly, off of Singapore, an ASW TF beat up on SS KXIV, hitting her 8 times, including a penetrating shot.
All of these attacks were in shallow water hexes. All will likely result in some yard time for the damaged subs. I doubt the verity of the Ships Sunk list, which claims Haddock and KXIV as being sunk.
Ongoing air attacks on the Chinese stack west of Changchow deliver 220 casualties. 8/B ID arrives tomorrow. Will consider a deliberate attack sometime later in the week.
Unwelcome Allied 4EB and 2EB attacks on Kweiyang cause some 386 Japanese casualties.
The IJAAF 25th Sentai (42 Ki-61a) is ordered from Patung to Tuyun. From Tuyun, it will LRCAP Kweiyang. At Canton, the IJNAF 261 Ku-S1 (27 A6M3a) is assembling. This unit was recently 'bought out' of the mainland and consists of mostly pretty green pilots. Perfect for China.
The crack N1K1 (George) unit that had briefly served in Tuyun is now in Davao, heading for the area around Rabaul. Likely it will be tasked with LRCAP to help break up some bomber formations.
West of Patung, a deliberate attack dislodges the Chinese on the trail to Chungking. The Chinese suffer heavy losses in their retreat.
Ground combat at 77,47
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 83972 troops, 1029 guns, 801 vehicles, Assault Value = 2952
Defending force 12371 troops, 67 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 462
Japanese adjusted assault: 1851
Allied adjusted defense: 883
Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Japanese ground losses:
602 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 88 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 87 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Allied ground losses:
2639 casualties reported
Squads: 145 destroyed, 166 disabled
Non Combat: 67 destroyed, 170 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 12 disabled
Guns lost 6 (4 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 5
Defeated Allied Units Retreating!
3rd Tank Division
13th Indpt Infantry Regiment
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
4th Mortar Battalion
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
31st Mountain Gun Regiment
7th Chinese Corps
17th Chinese Corps
18th Artillery Regiment
32nd Group Army
22nd Artillery Regiment
Allied DB attacks, supported by preceding fighter sweeps and escort, wreck Magwe airfield.
IJAAF strikes on the 268th Motor Brigade (NW of Rangoon, manuevering behind Prome) are modestly effective, causing some 75 casualties and probably taking them out of 'move' mode. An IJA ID, antitank gun battalion and artillery support were ordered to greet the interlopers yesterday. They're 23 miles to the hex of the meeting engagement.
Supply for the theatre is loading at Palembang in an amphibious TF.
Another notification of 'heavy radio traffic at Colombo' today too. Interesting...
Rabaul: Fighter sweeps above Rabaul and Manus. More (yawn) bombing of Manus. Total air losses on the day are approximately equal, with a modest A2A advantage on the Allied side. Flak and OPS losses from ground strafing evened out the record for the IJ.
Resources: 17.578 MM
12 DDs refitted at Singapore, Soerbaja, Hiroshima or Manila. Several more DDs are due for upgrade from the TFs currently at sea and will upgrade at their earliest convenience.
CVL Chiyoda arrives tomorrow. Other CVL conversions will arrive in 25 days (Nishin), 27 days (Mizuho) and 72 days (Chitose). CV Katsuragi arrives in 19 days. She's the last of the quite capableUnryu class carriers to arrive until mid-1944. The next few months should be the high water mark for the IJN KB. Still, it will be nice to go into 1944 on a high note and these should be a nice addition to the carrier strike forces' capabilities.
In the next month, Escort (E) class vessels Kanju and Mikura will arrive. Though not "super E"s (these seem to routinely have ASW ratings above 12), these two vessels do sport ASW values of 7 and 9 respectively. Mikura is leader of a class of escort vessels, so it will only get better for ASW capabilities from here. First priority-kill Allied submarines operating within 200 nm of the home islands.
Miscellaneous: I replaced some H8K2 search aircraft with H8K1 or H6K5 (Emily). Will pause H8K2 production for a month and use these reserves to build Mitsubishi Ha-32 engine pools.
Edited to fix a few typographical errors...
< Message edited by Chickenboy -- 6/10/2012 7:06:37 PM >