28th-31st December 43
Port Moresby area
Milne bay is in allied hands! After resting for 3 days and allowing an additional bombardment from the sea Milne Bay is liberated after just a week of fighting. This is a huge relief as I feared another PM taking several months. BFs will land next turn under a massive CAP. Tanks will be dropped off at Buna by barge within the next month.
Erik now has 55.000 troops stuck on the peninsula including a division. I may have found Eriks weak spot. Recon show only very lightly held bases all the way up to Medang. I ordered a massive recon effort next turn. Looks like Erik is flying in everything from the outskirts in to Rabaul. Its now listing 44 units there. He might not have more then a few divisions in the area though as its still under 100.000 troops. I will go over SigInt tomorrow and see what I can find.
I have 8 divisions including two Marine IDs. Two more US ID will arrive in the area within the next two months.
Here is the second and final assault on Milne Bay!
Ground combat at Milne Bay (101,133)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 22287 troops, 427 guns, 596 vehicles, Assault Value = 888
Defending force 13253 troops, 170 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 282
Allied adjusted assault: 1871 <-- Looks like reprepping the Command HQ payed off! Good call Michael
Japanese adjusted defense: 107
Allied assault odds: 17 to 1 (fort level 4)
Allied forces CAPTURE Milne Bay !!!
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), disruption(-), experience(-)
Japanese ground losses:
4327 casualties reported
Squads: 104 destroyed, 74 disabled
Non Combat: 111 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 37 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 78 (65 destroyed, 13 disabled)
Vehicles lost 14 (14 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 11
Allied ground losses:
502 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 58 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 52 disabled
Perhaps this is where Erik left the door open? I will know more in the coming days as I shift recon north.
Very quiet. My troops crossed the river untouched. Armour decided to go another way though. Splendid Erik is showing signs of moving into the same hex. Thank you? No idea why he would do this. But I guess he wants to try and contain my forces. I will need to defeat his stack in order to move on.
In the meantime I have 2400 AV that will move on Rangoon shortly flanking Prome! In 10 days I can buy out another Indian division that will follow!
Erik refuses combat in the air over Burma. Some Oscars leak over into a sweep though indicating he has a LRCAP up. Possible over his big stack.
The assault on Baker begins! Iīm very happy with the results from my experimental CVE strike TF! They did the same amount of damage my BB TF did. But they can keep up for a long time while the BB has to withdraw and rearm.
Afternoon Air attack on 61st Naval Guard Unit, at 149,136 (Baker Island)
Weather in hex: Light cloud
Raid detected at 50 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes
F6F-3 Hellcat x 120
SBD-5 Dauntless x 27
TBF-1 Avenger x 71
No Allied losses
Japanese ground losses:
145 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Pretty good results from just 4 CVEs huh? The Hellcats came from the other CVEs. No sign of Erik trying to intervene. In two turns Intrepid and Langley will join the force bringing the total AC up very close to 1000!
< Message edited by JocMeister -- 1/19/2013 8:54:24 PM >