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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/19/2012 8:28:35 PM   
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Dont call it quits! There are at least two of us reading.

I am currently the other side of Rumble in the Southwest (or whatever the name is) with witqps. I tend to lurk on the Japanese side of DBBs games.

Do not discount China. Opening the land route from Singapore to Korea has some major advantages in this mod since shipping capacity is reduced. Work out the garrisons, herd the cats in the south and take Wuchow (or whatever that city on the coast is) fairly early. Watch the stacking because if he stacks near the limit in favorable terrain, it will be hard to move him.

Any sign of the USN cruisers around Borneo? I hate those guys ...

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/20/2012 1:10:53 PM   
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KB


Bill's carriers still look to be heading west toward Rabaul. Currently, they are 4 hexes east of Kavieng. KB is about 6 or 7 hexes SE of Wake. They'll head in the general direction of Kwajalein.

Malaya

My mini Mersing gambit had a wrench thrown into it. The two battalions from the 124th Rgt that I loaded up from Singkawang unloaded on Serasan Island. I had set the amphibious TF carrying them to follow a SCTF centered around a couple of Kongos and used Serasan as on of the patrol zone hexes for the SCTF. Apparently, if you set an amphibious TF to follow a SCTF it will unload at the waypoints/patrol zone hexes you set for the SCTF. This is going to cause a couple days delay on getting these guys to Mersing. I think this means I'm going to have to paradrop the 1st Yokosuka SNLF from Soc Trang onto Mersing. This will save a day.

He is bailing out everywhere along the peninsula. Recon shows that many of the bases are empty. After the 1st Yokosuka SNLF takes Mersing, I'll have it take these empty bases as well. This will speed up my pursuit of his units fleeing to Singapore.

The 11th SBF has arrived at Victoria Point. The 15th and 17th JAAF Bns and the 1st Royal Thai Division are all on the way as well.

Singkawang

The airfield expansion is up to 58%. I moved a JAAF Coy to Pontianak to keep that base from possibly autoswitching. I'm marching the two detachments from the 81st NG along the road to the SE of Singkawang. The base force at Pontianak retreated there. I hope that if I hit it again, I can get it to retreat to Sambas. Down the road I'm going to take Kuching and get the garrison there to also retreat to Sambas.

Philippines

The 48th Division elements and 65th Bde are still marching toward Clark. The Tanaka Detachment is marching from Vigan toward Tuguegarao.

The detachment from the 24th JAAF Bn took Baler and the 9th Rgt started unloading there. It will march west to take Cabanatuan. The rest of the 16th Division as well as the 4th and 33rd Divisions unloaded at Mauban. The 21st Division is also enroute.

The Miura Detachment arrived at Davao. It will perform a deliberate attack tomorrow.

Zeros from Vigan swept Clark and shot down 11 P-40s for a loss of 2 Zeros.

Ambon/Celebes/Timor

Bill showed up off Ambon with a huge SCTF. Houston, Boise, Marblehead, Java, De Ruyter and Tromp plus a large number of DDs engaged the Myoko, Haguro and Nagara plus 4 DDs. In a wid night action followed by another round during the day, both sides sustained moderate damage. The Houston got roughed up pretty badly and will probably sink. More importantly, the Boise got hit by a couple of 20cm shells. She'll be at reduced effectiveness for a bit! The Myoko and Osashio sustained a good deal of damage. I think the Osashio is probably going to sink. The Myoko will be fine but will be out of commission for a month or so. Overall, I'd consider it a victory. Bill didn't get at the troopships, and since one of his moderately damaged ships is the Boise, I'd say the IJN won the day.

Hong Kong

The base fell today to a deliberate attack by the 104th Division and 38th Division.

Allied B-17s

B-17s hit Lingayen and Takao for no damage and no loss.

Central Pacific

Bill's carriers moved further west and are now four hexes east of Kavieng.


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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/22/2012 2:10:34 AM   
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Bill's carriers turned south and are one hex SE of Shortlands. Unfortunately, my search planes only spotted one TF, and it apparently contains seven CVs! Can you say "fog of war"? I'm not quite sure what Bill is planning to do with these two carriers. Is he going to sail along the southern coast of New Guinea to the SRA? Or is he going to double back and try to disrupt landings he is anticipating at Makin and/or Wake? I'm going to try to cover both contingencies by eventually splitting off Akagi from KB and sending her west to join up with Kaga and Ryujo. Should Bill try anything in the SRA, I'm hoping that some LBA Zeros and Netties at either Singkawang or Ambon can assist them in any tangle with Bill's carriers. The other four CVs will remain in the Central Pacific and support landings at Wake and in the Gilberts. Four CVs vs two sounds like pretty good odds to me.

Malaya

Mersing was taken by a paradrop by a fragment of the 1st Yokosuka SNLF at Soc Trang.

Georgetown was taken by a deliberate attack by the 114th Rgt and the 22nd Recon Rgt. The only defending unit there was the CD unit that starts the game there. Bill is definitely in all out retreat toward Singapore.

Victoria Point was taken by the 11th SBF. The 15th and 17th JAAF Bns and the 1st Royal Thai Division arrived there as well. There was a slight problem though. I thought that the base force that the allies have there would have surrendered. However, it retreated toward Mergui. I figured that since Victoria Point and Mergui are separated by four jungle hexes, there would be no valid supply path, and hence no retreat would be possible. With each hex at a supply value of 25, I figured the total value of 100 would reduce the supply path to zero. I guess I don't understand supply paths. The 1st Royal Thai Division will be tasked with cleaning up this unit.

Singkawang

The airfield expansion is up to 74%. The two detachments from the 81st NG continue moving toward the allied base force displaced from Pontianak one hex SE of Singkawang.

Philippines

Aparri fell to the row boat corps.

The 48th Division elements and 65th Bde are getting very close to Clark. The Tanaka Detachment is getting closer to Tuguegarao.

The 9th Rgt finished unloading at Baler and will march west to take Cabanatuan. The rest of the 16th Division as well as the 4th, 21st and 33rd Divisions are unloading at Mauban.

The Miura Detachment took Davao and the 1st Kure SNLF took Cotobato with a deliberate attack that caused the defending battaliion to surrender. That should help speed my advance toward Cagayan and Oroquieta.

The 2nd Kure SNLF arrived at Dadjangas. It will perform a deliberate attack tomorrow.

Zeros from Vigan swept Clark and shot down 2 P-40s for no loss.

Ambon/Celebes/Timor

Ambon was pretty quiet today. I was hoping Bill would press his attack as I had brought two more 2-CA TFs from the general area to Ambon. I figured Bill's guns would be running low on ammo. Combined this with the damage to several of his ships, and I would expect that my fresh CAs would have been able to do some damage in any surface engagement that may have ensued. No such luck. It looks like he fell back to whatever port he is using to resupply his ships. I had some Netties at Ambon set to naval search and naval attack. I hoped that maybe they'd spot and hit any damaged ships that may have detached from the main body of Bill's main SCTF. Again no such luck. I didn't even get any spotting reports in the area (except for two subs SW of Ambon). I hope this lack of sightings may mean that some of the damaged ships in that TF sank. I suspect I'm being overly optimistic about this though.

Hong Kong

The 104th Division is heading back to Canton and the 38th Division is waiting for transports to arrive to take them to Cam Ranh Bay where they will join the 21st Bde prepping for an invasion of Java.

Allied B-17s

B-17s hit Vigan and caused moderate damage to the airfield, destroying 4 Topsys and a Val on the ground. I made a mistake and forgot to set my Zeros based here to CAP. They performed a sweep at Clark, but I didn't set any CAP percentage. I won't make that mistake again. Well, actually, it's a long game, so I bet I will.

Central Pacific

As mentioned above, Bill's carriers have moved south and are now located one hex SE of Shortlands.

Guam fell to a deliberate attack by the 144th Rgt. It will load back up and head toward Rabaul eventually.

Now that Bill's carriers are safely out of the picture, the two AMCs that started out in the SE Pacific are closing in on Kwajalein. The 53rd NG was dropped off here when I was in retreat mode after spotting Bill's carriers early on. The AMCs will pick this unit up and join up with ships carrying the Maizuru 2nd SNLF which is currently at Saipan. This will be my force slated for taking Wake.

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Palembang


I have changed my mind about passing through Merak and landing in Benkoelen. Instead, I landed the 21st, 42nd and 143rd Rgts along with the 2nd and 4th Yokosuka SNLFs and the 91st NG at Palembang. I led with a minesweeping TF and had a few DMS vessels in the amphibious TF just in case Bill mined heavily. No mines were found and the troops landed uneventfully.

Offshore is another amphibious TF with support troops. In particular, I brought 5 AA units with a total of about 100 8cm AA guns. I'm anticipating Bill trying to hit the oil wells and refineries with whatever aircraft he has within range.

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/22/2012 9:55:12 PM   
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KB


Bill's carriers disappeared this turn. I think I'll just send KB to Truk to refuel before covering the invasions of Wake and the Gilberts.

Malaya

A couple of allied units were detected by recon at Johore Bharu. I'm thinking this means one of two things. Either Bill is sallying forth from Singapore to take the rail line back so the rest of his troops trapped in the north can make it to Singapore, or he is trying to set up a working level four airfield in the area as Singapore is pretty well shot.

Other than that, a sweep of Singapore by some Oscars and Zeros from Kuantan met no opposition. It looks like Bill has pulled his aircraft out of the demolished airfield at Singapore.

The debacle with the 124th Rgt just got worse! I reloaded them onto their transports at Serasan and set them to follow a SCTF containing two Kongos and they promptly unloaded themselves at Serasan AGAIN! I don't know what's going on here. I did not set Serasan as a patrol zone hex for the Kongos. They started at Serasan with one patrol zone located a few hexes NW and a second patrol zone at Mersing. I was hoping the amphibious TF with the 124th Rgt embarked would follow them to Mersing and unload THERE, not at Serasan. I've set amphibous TFs to follow SCTFs to their desired unloading location like this several times without incident. I don't know what the difference is in this case. If at first, you don't succeed, try, try again. Right?

Singkawang

The airfield expansion is up to 90%. It should be at level four by tomorrow. The two detachments from the 81st NG are still marching SE to engage the base force displaced from Pontianak.

Philippines

The 48th Division elements and 65th Bde arrived at Clark. Clark is overstacked with allied troops (if recon values can be trusted), so I'm just going to sit there for now and let him pile up fatigue and disruption while his supplies get drained away by the overstack penalty. The Tanaka Detachment arrived at Tuguegarao. It will take the base tomorrow.

The 9th Rgt continues marching toward Cabanatuan. The rest of the 16th Division finished unloading at Mauban and will march toward Batangas. The 4th, 21st and 33rd Divisions are still unloading.

The 1st Kure SNLF is marching toward Cagayan along with the Kimura detachment. The 1st Sasebo SNLF Coy is marching toward Oroquieta.

The 2nd Kure SNLF captured Dadjangas. It will march toward Cagayan to help take that base if it is needed.

Zeros at Vigan intercepted a raid from Clark and shot down 8 P-40s and 1 B-17 and damaged several other B-17s for a loss of one Zero.

Ambon/Celebes/Timor

Pretty quiet again today. It looks like Bill has withdrawn his SCTF that tried to disrupt the landing at Ambon a couple turns ago and left a couple subs two hexes W and SW of Ambon. I diverted the Makassar invasion TF temporarily to Ternate. If Bill stays fixed on Ambon, he's only going to hit a 2-CA SCTF and some transports unloading supplies.

Allied B-17s

As mentioned above, B-17s hit Vigan and caused minimal damage for the loss of one of their number (plus several damaged) and the loss of 8 escorting P-40s.

Central Pacific

With Bill's carriers gone (or apparently so), I feel a bit more comfortable about heading to Wake. The AMCs that started in the SE Pacific have arrived at Kwajalein. They will load up the 53rd NG and move NW to meet up with the bulk of the invasion fleet sailing out of Saipan. The Maizuru 2nd SNLF is loading onto transports here and, together with the 53rd NG, should be enough to take the base. I hope.

Edit

Palembang


I performed a bombardment attack just to confirm that my recon planes based at Singkawang had been accurate when they reported only two allied LCUs present and only a total of about 2k troops. They were correct. Bill just has the original garrison there. I'll do a deliberate attack tomorrow.

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/22/2012 11:31:40 PM   
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Palembang


I took Palembang with a deliberate attack at 356:1 odds. The only damage to the infrastructure was 9 damaged oil wells and 10 damaged refineries. For only 19k supplies, I'll have the fuel pumping out at maximum capacity! Nice. I will land the support troops and get those AA guns in place. I will also transfer a couple of Oscar squadrons and a Zero squadron to provide CAP against the inevitable 4E retaliation.

A couple of Swordfish from Batavia put a bomb into the Nojima Maru off of Palembang. She had already unloaded the troops and supplies she was carrying and the damage wasn't too severe.

SS-020 tried hitting the transports unloading at Palembang and was chased away by a couple of escorting DDs.

KB

Bill's carriers have not reappeared. Nagumo is on the way to Truk to refuel.

Malaya

Since the two battalions of the 124th Rgt that I had hoped would be at Mersing right now are still playing in the surf at Serasan, I moved a ton of transport aircraft to Singkawang and airlifted the bulk of the third battalion to Kluong in case Bill tries to reopen the rail line to Singapore. I'll transport the rest today. In addition, I'll start airlifting the 42nd Rgt from Palembang to Kluong. I really want to get some troops there just in case he is trying to open a path for his troops trapped in the north. In addition, I am forming up a small cargo TF and a small fast transport TF at Singkawang to bring some supply to Mersing.

The transports for the 124th Rgt returned to Serasan and are reloading the two battalions there. This time, I am not doing anything as far as having the amphibious TF follow the SCTF with the Kongos. Instead, I will just set the Kongos to patrol near where I anticipate the amphibious TF ending its turn. The amphibious TF will just move to Mersing - nothing fancy with its orders. We'll see if that does the trick and actually gets them to Mersing.

Singkawang

The airfield has reached level four. Currently the field is loaded with transports lifting the remaining battalion of the 124th Rgt to Kluong, so there's no room for Netties. Once the transports are done, I'll get them out of there and get some Netties and Zeros in there. From here, I will hit Bill's level four airfields within B-17 range of Palembang.

Philippines

The 48th Division elements and 65th Bde are sitting patiently at Clark. The Tanaka Detachment tookTuguegarao with a deliberate attack. It is heading to Clark along with the Kanno detachment which is currently at Lingayen.

The 9th Rgt arrived at Cabanatuan. It will take the base tomorrow with a deliberate attack. The rest of the 16th Division is marching toward Batangas. The 4th, 21st and 33rd Divisions finished unloading and are on there way there too.

Troops continue marching toward Cagayan and Oroquieta.

The 2nd Kure SNLF captured Dadjangas. It will march toward Cagayan to help take that base if it is needed.

Netties from Takao and Anns and Sonias from San Fernando hit Clark and caused moderate damage. I'm not too interested in disabling the airfield. Instead, I just want to keep his engineers busy repairing a cratered runway so they can't build fortifications.

Ambon/Celebes/Timor

Pretty quiet again today. Other than an ineffective attack on the supply transports unloading by SS-41, not much happened. The Makassar invasion TF moved out and is now located five hexes to the east of Ternate escorted by a 2-CA SCTF.

An amphibious TF from Babeldoab carrying three of the small SNLF Coys of the SE Area Fleet is on its way to Dili. These guys will secure Dili and Lautem so that once I take Koepang, the garrison will have no retreat path and will be forced to surrender. These troopships are being covered by a SCTF based on the Fuso and Yamashiro.

Allied B-17s

Three Zeros intercepted 8 unescorted B-17s over Haiphong. One B-17 was shot down and several more were damaged. No Zeros were lost.

Central Pacific

The 53rd NG is loaded on its AMCs and will head NW to link up with the rest of the invasion TF bound for Wake. Again, no sight of Bill's carriers.

Other Stuff

Kaga and Ryujo caught a couple of TFs off the south coast of Java. They were located a couple hexes off the north coast near Kalidjati. Vals and Kates sank the xAP Hong Peng and put a bomb into the AVP Pollux. A fair number of Vals were shot down or damaged, but the sinking of the Hong Peng made the losses worth it. Based on the combat report, he lost a good chunk of some LCU. A few turns earlier, I had spotted a TF off the south/west coast of Sumatra in the area of Benkoelen. I'm guessing he loaded the Zuid Knil Battalion that starts out at Benkoelen and was trying to reinforce Java.

Kaga and Ryujos Zeros feasted again on Dutch and British bombers and their escorts. For the loss of one Zero, seven bombers and nine escorts were shot down.

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/23/2012 12:14:22 AM   
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Palembang - don't forget the need to expand the AF to size 5 so the total Port + AF = 9 and eliminate spoilage of your Fuel. Thus, some engineers will be need over there ASAP.

Malaya - I was able to rail in my troops from the north into Kluong and then move them south into Singapore eventually. I got the 11th Indian Division back from Alor Star and Taiping this way. You will need to get control of another hexside of Kluong other than the one to Mersing to halt this movement.

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/23/2012 2:29:16 AM   
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Nice to get an AP with troops aboard. Any AP sunk in that area is a plus.

Nice your only restriction on strategic bombing is no light industry, Zeros will be required at Palembang for a long time. The good news is it looks like the Dutch are thrashing themselves against CV CAP. I would expect B-17s over Palembang pretty soon.

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/23/2012 3:29:24 AM   
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ORIGINAL: ny59giants

Palembang - don't forget the need to expand the AF to size 5 so the total Port + AF = 9 and eliminate spoilage of your Fuel. Thus, some engineers will be need over there ASAP.

Malaya - I was able to rail in my troops from the north into Kluong and then move them south into Singapore eventually. I got the 11th Indian Division back from Alor Star and Taiping this way. You will need to get control of another hexside of Kluong other than the one to Mersing to halt this movement.


Thanks for the reminder of the AF increase. I probably would have completely forgotten.

As for Malaya, I'll give you a screenshot so you can see what's going on. The 1st Yokosuka SNLF has been busy taking vacated hexes all along the peninsula.




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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/23/2012 3:32:09 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Andav



Nice to get an AP with troops aboard. Any AP sunk in that area is a plus.

Nice your only restriction on strategic bombing is no light industry, Zeros will be required at Palembang for a long time. The good news is it looks like the Dutch are thrashing themselves against CV CAP. I would expect B-17s over Palembang pretty soon.

Wa


Yeah, it was nice to see that xAP sinking, especially with troops aboard.

I agree about the B-17s. I think it's just a matter of time before they show up.

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/23/2012 8:34:33 AM   
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Palembang

The support troops started unloading today. Included in this follow up TF are the 1st and 6th Tank Rgts. They will pursue the Palembang garrison and drive toward Oosthaven.

The Nojima Maru sank off Palembang. I guess the damage was worse than I thought.

SS-020 hit one of my ASW TFs at Palembang and sank DD Nowaki.

KB

KB is refueled and will cover the invasion of Wake

Malaya

Another paradrop by the 1st Yokosuka SNLF took Batu Pahat. I did this to free up another retreat path if Bill ends up doing some sort of counterattack with the allied units that have sallied forth from Singapore at Johore Bahru.

The transports for the 124th Rgt finally loaded the troops and kept them loaded long enough to be underway and heading toward Mersing. I don't know what the deal was with this TF. A lot of time was lost. I hope it doesn't end up costing me.

Singkawang

The two detachments from the 81st NG hit the base force displaced from Pontianak and sent it packing to Sambas.

Philippines

The 9th Rgt took Cabanatuan and the 16th Recon Rgt took Batangas. The 9th Rgt is marching toward Manila where it will meet the 20th Rgt and the 16th Engineer Rgt. The 16th Recon Rgt is heading south east to take the bases on the southern end of the peninsula.

Netties and Sallies from Takao hit Clark and Anns and Sonias from San Fernando hit Batan and caused slight damage.

Ambon/Celebes/Timor

The Makassar invasion TF is one hex SE of Kendari. The 3rd Yokosuka SNLF is going to land at Watampone today. The troops slated to take Makassar are slated to land here the following turn. Again, the purpose of this sequence is to keep Bill guessing as to what LCUs are where.

Allied B-17s

Nothing to report. Since they didn't show up anywhere, I assume that means Bill is sending them somewhere where they can hit Palembang. I noticed the sig int screen showed radio transmissions at Madioen, the level four airfield near Soerabaja. I wonder if the radio transmissions are the B-17s landing here via transfer mission. Kaga and Ryujo are in the area. If B-17s show up over Palembang this turn, perhaps their Vals and Kates will pay that airfield a visit.

Central Pacific

TFs from Kwajalein and Saipan are moving to link up northeast of Truk and then to Wake. KB and a surface TF centered around the Nagato and the Mutsu will cover this operation.


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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/23/2012 12:06:59 PM   
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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/23/2012 1:50:22 PM   
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It looks like you trapped a good number of units before they could get to Singapore. Very nice work there.

If Kaga and company have some CAs with float planes, using them to recon the level 4 airfields in Java could provide better intel. You just have to remember to switch them back once they are done. Nothing like realizing your float planes are "reconning Batavia" when you are hoping they will sport something while you cruise around the South Pacific.

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/24/2012 12:45:08 AM   
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Hopefully I can keep it that way.

I don't have much at Kluong (just a battalion from the 124th Rgt and about half of the 42nd Rgt which I am airlifting from Palembang) and Bill has moved a couple units out of Singapore to Johore Bahru. Is he planning a counterattack to reopen the rail line. I hope not - at least not until I can get a bit more friendly firepower here.

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/24/2012 1:25:33 PM   
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Overall, a pretty quiet day.

Palembang

The support troops are still unloading. The 2nd and 4th Yokosuka SNLFs that helped take the base are marching toward Praboemoelih, the base to the SW of Palembang. This is where the Palembang garrison retreated to. I don't want my tank regiments crossing that river and doing the shock attack. I'll let them take over the pursuit once the river is crossed and the base is taken. The three battalions of the 143rd Rgt are also in Palembang. They will march to Benkoelen. From there, I am thinking of loading them back up onto transports and sending them to take Port Blair. The 91st NG will garrison Palembang and the Yokosuka SNLFs will garrison Oosthaven and Benkoelen once it is taken.

Bill has been usiing his subs quite aggressively off of Palembang. I think its time for me to get some CMs and and an ACM or two down there and leave him some presents in the harbor.

KB

Moving to meet up with the Wake invasion TFs.

Malaya

I continued airlifting the 42nd Rgt to Kluong from Palembang. Once it is all there, the 21st Rgt will be airlifted there from Palembang as well.

The transports carrying the two battalions of the 124th Rgt arrived at Mersing. They will start unloading immediately. The other battalion is at Kluong after having been airlifted from Singkawang.

Singkawang

The two detachments from the 81st NG are marching back to Singkawang after having forced the displaced allied Pontianak garrison to retreat to Sambas.

Philippines

Not much to report.

Netties and Sallies from Takao hit Clark again and Anns and Sonias from San Fernando hit Batan again and caused slight to moderate damage.

Ambon/Celebes/Timor

A detachment from the 3rd Yokosuka SNLF took Watampone today. The unit is based at Jolo and was airdropped using some Mavis transports. The 146th Rgt and the 2nd and 8th Tank Rgts are on transports just offshore. They will start unloading today. Then they will march to and take Makassar. Also included in this TF are the 5th and 6th JNAF Coys. One will stay and garrison Watampone and provide some aviation support for some floatplanes that will temporarily be based here and the other will march to Pare pare to cut the Makassar garrison's retreat path, hopefully forcing them to surrender.

The Dili invasion TF is four hexes out. The slowest ship in the TF moves at 12 knots, so they should be landing tomorrow. The amphibious TF is being covered by a SCTF consisting of Fuso, Yamashiro, a couple Cls and a half dozen DDs. DDs Yakaze and Yukaze are the only escorts actually in the TF. I sure hope they don't find any of Bill's subs.

Allied B-17s

5 of these guys hit the 13th Division in the open terrain one hex W of Sinyang causing moderate casualties. Other than that, nothing. I'm assuming Bill is moving them into position to hit Palembang. I hope I'm wrong, but I doubt it as that is what I would do if the roles were reversed.

Central Pacific

TFs are converging west of Wake for the invasion of that island. I hope Bill hasn't reinforced it with anything. I'm only bringing the 53rd NG and the 2nd Maizuru SNLF. If he hasn't reinforced, this should be enough. If he has, I'm in trouble. I doubt he has though. KB passed through the area a few days ago and didn't spot anything. I also have a dozen or so subs patroling around the island and they haven't spotted anything either.

SS I-26 likely sank two xAKs (the Ohioan and the Ensley City) a couple hexes SW of Pearl. She's the only sub I have still lingering in the area. I've sent the rest SW hoping to catch Bill's carriers. Right now they are moving in formation covering an area roughly five hexes wide and five hexes deep.

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/24/2012 4:11:15 PM   
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I bet you will be OK at Wake. Reinforcing Midway is one thing. Wake is pretty far out there and his troops are still pretty limited.

So how is the economy coming along? Probably only minor tweaks at this point I assume.

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/24/2012 6:18:43 PM   
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I bet you will be OK at Wake. Reinforcing Midway is one thing. Wake is pretty far out there and his troops are still pretty limited.

So how is the economy coming along? Probably only minor tweaks at this point I assume.

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I hope you're right about Wake.

As for the economy, I've expanded every naval shipyard by one point each day so far. I'm up to 1554 naval shipyard points per day from an original of 1384. I'm going to keep expanding until each is expanded by 30 from its original value (so +390 in all). I'm doing this so I can accelerate all of the Unryus to the greatest extent possible while simultaneously completing both the Yamato and Musashi on schedule. I'm also thinking of accelerating the Taiyo, Hiryu and/or Soryu as well.

I expanded vehicle factories a bit. I'm up to 85 from an original of 72.

I've expanded 8 research factories to size 30 for the A6M2 Rufe. I'm not interested in the Rufe. I just want to get those factories repaired to the magic 30 mark and switch them over to A6M3s intact. I've also expanded 8 factories to size 30 for the Ki-44a Tojo, the D4Y1 Judy and the B6N1 Jill. I'll do more expanding for other, later-to-arrive aircraft a bit further down the road.

For aircraft currently being produced, I'm at 80 A6M2s, 12 B5N1s, 12 B5N2s, 10 C5M2s, 24 D3A1s, 27 E13A1s, 10 E14Y1s, 25 G3M2s, 25 G4M1s, 10 H6K4s, 10 Ki-15-IIs, 25 Ki-21-IIas, 12 Ki-32s, 56 Ki-43-Ics, 30 Ki-51s, 18 Ki-57-Is and 12 L3Y2s. I'm going to expand the A6M2s and the Ki-43-Ics to 120 each. The B5N2s and D3A1s will be expanded to 30 each and the Ki-57-Is and L3Y2s will be expanded to 20 each. Once the Topsys use up all of their available engines, I'm going to convert the factory over to Thalias. Once the H6K2-L becomes available, I'm switching the Tina factory over to these.

I haven't expanded any refineries or heavy industry, although I am entertaining thoughts of expanding some in the SRA just so I don't have to haul as much of the resources, oil and fuel back to Japan. (I can't take credit for this idea. It comes from the JFB Economy Guru, Mike Soli.)

Thanks for reading along and chiming in. It was getting a bit demoralizing going through all of the work for this AAR and getting no feedback.

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/24/2012 6:33:37 PM   
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While I'm waiting for the turn from Bill, here is a screenshot from the Ambon/Celebes/Timor theater.




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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/24/2012 6:51:49 PM   
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And here's the Singkawang/Palembang area.




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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/24/2012 7:12:46 PM   
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And here's what's going on in the Philippines.




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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/26/2012 12:08:36 AM   
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Dec 19th 1941

Another rather quiet day.

Palembang

The support troops are still unloading (actually, just a detachment of the 20th AA Rgt remains on an xAP). The 2nd and 4th Yokosuka SNLFs have reached Praboemoelih. I had hoped the Palembang garrison would still be there to trigger a shock attack, but it had moved on - I assume toward Oosthaven. These SNLFs will take the base tomorrow with the two tank regiments hopefully catching up with them.

KB

Thirteen hexes west of Wake along with a couple SCTFs and the invasion TF carrying the Maizuru 2nd SNLF and the 53rd NG.

Malaya

Most of the 42nd Rgt has been airlifted to Kluong from Palembang. Another turn or two and they'll all be there.

The two battalions of the 124th Rgt unloaded at Mersing. They will move west to join the rest of the battalion at Kluong. Elements of the 2nd and 56th Division are nearing Mersing. They will be unloaded there to shore up the line I have from Mersing to Kluong to Batu Pahat. It's looking like I've got close to 20 of his units trapped in the northern part of the peninsula. Hopefully, this will make taking Singapore a bit easier.

Singkawang

Transports are airlifting elements of the 42nd Rgt from Palembang to Singkawang. From there they will go to Kluong. I know it's a bit inefficient doing it this way (using Singkawang as a stopover rather than sending them directly to Kluong), but Palembang's airfield is at capacity with the transports already there and about 100 fighters flying CAP.

Philippines

Not much to report.

Netties and Sallies from Takao continue to hit Clark and Anns and Sonias from San Fernando hit Batan again. Clark is sustaining a good amount of damage, but Batan is barely touched.

Ambon/Celebes/Timor

The 146th Rgt and the 2nd and 8th Tank Rgts are unloading at Watampone. The 5th, 6th and 8th JNAF Coys are also unloading. The 8th was dropped off by mistake. I had intended it to join the Dili invasion. Luckily, I can bring the Mavis transports from Jolo to Watampone to airlift them to Dili once it falls.

The Dili invasion TF is at Dili but hasn't started to unload yet.

Allied B-17s

Nothing from these guys this turn.

Central Pacific

Nothing to report. The last exciting thing going on here was Bill's mini carrier raid into the Marshalls. His CVs were last spotted off of Shortlands on the 14th. That means he has had five days to move them elsewhere. Where could that be?

I'm banking on him taking the southern coast of New Guinea and showing up near Ambon. I have Kaga, Ryujo, Zuiho and Hosho about to meet up near Ternate. In addition, I'll have about 50 Zeros, 12 Vals and 60 Netties based at Ambon. All told, I'll have about 125 Zeros, 25 Vals, 65 Kates, 30 Nells and 30 Bettys to about 35 Wildcats, 20 Buffalos, 70 Dauntlesses, 20 Vindicators and 25 Devastators. I like those odds. Alternatively, he could swing the two CVs back east and join them with Saratoga and try to interdict my invasion at Wake. In that case, it would be about 100 Zeros, 100 Vals and 120 Kates against 55 Wildcats, 20 Buffalos, 110 Dauntlesses, 20 Vindicators and 40 Devastators. I don't like that match-up at all.

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/26/2012 12:24:14 AM   
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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/26/2012 12:59:06 AM   
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Dec 20th 1941

Still another rather quiet day.

Palembang

The 20th AA Rgt is STILL unloading. I guess those guys must have had first class cabins and don't want to give up their accomodations. The 2nd and 4th Yokosuka SNLFs captured Praboemoelih without opposition. The two tank regiments caught up with them. One will advance toward Oosthaven with the 2nd Yokosuka SNLF following them. The other will advance along with the 4th Yokosuka SNLF toward Benkoelen. Benkoelen has a decent sized garrison. I don't want those tanks meeting up with those guys in the jungle without infantry support. I think my fear of this garrison force may not be necessary though. I suspect it went down with the Dutch xAP I sank south of Java a couple days ago.

KB

Two hexes west of Wake along with the SCTFs and the invasion TF carrying the Maizuru 2nd SNLF and the 53rd NG. I think I will make one of these SCTFs (4 old CAs that start the game at Chichijima) a bombardment TF. The other will transfer one of its BBs to the amphibious TF to give it some extra CD suppression power. I have had a screen of nine subs four hexes east of Wake for a few days now and they haven't stumbled upon any allied shipping. I hope that means he has nothing in the area.

Burma

First noteworthy event to mention from this area - the 55th Cavalry Rgt captured Tavoy without opposition. I am marching elements of the Royal Thai Army and the 15th Army to Moulmein via Pisanuloke. In another day or so the 2nd Royal Thai Division will reach the coast one hex SW of Moulmein. The same day, the 112th Rgt should arrive at the hex SE of Moulmein (the hex the 2nd RT Div is currently in). This should effectively cut off a single allied unit I spotted on the road from Tavoy to Moulmein. It's probably just the Mergui garrison, but every little bit helps.

Malaya

Almost all of the 42nd Rgt has been airlifted to Kluong from Palembang. Another turn and it will all be there. Then I will start with the 21st Rgt.

The elements of the 5th Division that landed at Kuantan arrived at Temuloh. Unfortunately, the garrison has fled, so no shock attack was triggered. This will cost me a day as I will now have to take the base this turn.

Alor star fell to the land-based version of the row boat corps. The Imperial Gds Division and the 14 Tank Rgt are almost there. Bill moved the two Indian brigades that start the game there to the hex east of Georgetown. I have a couple of Rgts from the 18th Division there (55th and 56th) along with the 18th Mtn Gun Rgt. I will do a deliberate attack and see what happens.

The 2nd Division is starting to unload at Mersing.

Netties from Saigon put a serious hurting on the airfield at Johore Bahru. I want to make sure Bill won't be building any forts there. Unfortunately, I think I hit the place too hard. When I capture it, I bet there's going to be a ton of repair work to do to get it operational.

Singkawang

Airlift operations are about half done. I can't wait to finish and get those transports out of there so I can get the Netties based at Saigon here. From Singkawang, I hope they can start putting a hurting on some of his level four airfields in the area. I'm really worried about hordes of B-17s showing up over Palembang soon, so I really want these Netties at Singkawang.

Philippines

Bill hadn't been sending up any fighters over Luzon the last few days and I got a little too relaxed. I gave my Zeros at Vigan the day off from sweeping, so when some Sonias and Anns escorted by a handful of Oscars bombed Batan, they were met by 8 P-40Es. I lost 2 Oscars and had a bunch of Anns damaged without shooting down a single P-40E. To make matters worse, the airfield only sustained two hits.

Netties from Takao hit Clark again. For some reason, the Sallies there didn't fly today.

The Kimura Detachment and the 1st Kure SNLF took Cagayan today. The base was empty. The 1st Kure SNLF is marching toward Butuan. It looks like Bill is trying to make a stand at Malaybalay. That sounds fine with me. I have a JAAF Bn at Cagayan. I can transfer a couple light bomber units here and use Malaybalay as target practice to get their experience up.

The 1st Sasebo SNLF Coy is two miles SE of Oroquieta. They should arrive tomorrow and take the base the next day.

Ambon/Celebes/Timor

The 146th Rgt is still unloading at Watampone. The 2nd and 8th Tank Rgts are already unloaded. The JNAF Coys are also unloaded.

The Dili invasion TF unloaded and headed north. I had it set to "retirement allowed". I'm just waiting for Bill's carriers to show up here, so I wanted to try to get the transports as far out of harm's way as possible. I have Nells at Ambon heavily searching the Arafura sea as this is the path I expect Bill to take to get here, but nothing has been spotted yet. A small group of subs is patroling off of Saumlaki just in case the carriers sneak past the Nell patrols.

Allied B-17s

A couple of raids hit the 13th Division again causing a few casualties.

Central Pacific

Landings at Wake should commence tomorrow!

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/26/2012 1:00:52 AM   
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very clear maps! - keep up the good word!


Very nice avatar! I'd even say better than my maps!

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/26/2012 6:10:58 PM   
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A bit more exciting today.

Palembang

The 20th AA Rgt finally finished unloading. Another TF with the 96th JAAF Bn and the 36th Field AA Bn aboard just arrived and will begin unloading. The 6th Tank Rgt arrived at Lahat. It will take the base tomorrow. The 1st Tank Rgt moved one hex closer to Oosthaven. In three more days, it should be there. The SNLFs and the 91st NG are following closely.

DMS W-4 hit a mine and sank while sweeping the harbor. I also lost two PCs in a minesweeping TF a few days ago at Hong Kong. I think I have to get some AMcs down here quick. AMcs can be replaced by converting xAKLs and PBs. The DMS variety canít.

KB

Uneventfully provided CAP for the Wake invasion.

Burma

Everyoneís still plodding along toward Moulmein.

Malaya

Just nine more squads of the 42nd Rgt have to be airlifted to Kluong from Palembang.

Elements of the 5th Division took Temuloh with no opposition.

The 11th Rgt is going to march one hex NE along the rail line to Kota Bharu as that is where the remnants of the Kota Bharu garrison are located. The rest will head directly west to the main north-south road that runs the length of the peninsula.

The 55th and 56th Rgts and the 18th Mtn Gun Rgt attacked the 6th and 15th Indian Brigades one hex SE of Alor Star. 5:1 odds brought about a slightly favorable casualty ratio, but did not cause a surrender. This is one of the few things that really irk me about the game engine. Why do troops only surrender at bases? If this had happened at Alor Star, they would all be in the bag and I could continue heading south. But no, I now have to sit here for several turns slowly whittling them down to zero. Itís a very time consuming process that really causes havoc with timing/plans.

The Imperial Gds and the 14th Tank Rgt arrived at Alor Star. They will move south to assist the 55th and 56th Rgts in their fight with the 6th and 15th Indian Brigades.

The 2nd Division is almost finished unloading at Mersing. The TF carrying the 56th Division arrived at Mersing and will begin unloading.

The AVG reared its ugly head for the first time today. Unescorted Netties from Saigon were intercepted over Johore Bharu by a couple of H81-A3s. Two Nells were shot down. Iím lucky it wasnít more! I'm not sure if Bill is intending to keep these guys at Singapore, or move them to Java to assist in the defense there. I'll sweep Singapore tomorrow with about 20 Oscars and 8 Tojos just in case he is keeping them here.

Singkawang

Nine Zeros of the Yamada Detachment and a 27-plane Betty unit were transferred here. Once the 21st Rgt is completely airlifted to Kluong and the transports are relocated, I will bring in more Zeros and Netties and will start hitting the surrounding level 4 airfields.

The airfield is 70% of the way to level 5. That will allow more room for Netties and should help a bit with OPs losses.

Philippines

The Zeros at Vigan resumed hunting today. They swept Clark and shot down 5 P-40Es for no loss.

Sallies and Netties from Takao and the Sonias and Anns from San Fernando failed to launch today. I have no clue why.

The 1st Kure SNLF is on its way to Butuan.

The 1st Sasebo SNLF Coy arrived at Oroquieta. It will take the base tomorrow.

Ambon/Celebes/Timor

The 146th Rgt is STILL unloading at Watampone.

Dili fell to the 1st Independent and Bandasan SNLF Coys and the III/66th NG. The SNLF Coys will move to Lautem and the III/66th NG will move one hew NW of Dili to cut the retreat path to Koepang. The 8th JNAF Coy will be airlifted to Dili from Watampone to prevent any auto switching.

Allied B-17s

None showed up today.

Central Pacific

Wake fell to the 2nd Maizuru SNLF and the 53rd NG. I think bombarding with the four old CAs and placing the Mutsu in the invasion TF really helped as the landings produced practically no casualties or disruption.


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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/26/2012 8:13:34 PM   
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You are correct about those DMS being tough to lose.

Looks like you are nearing the point where B-17 raids at Palembang will be at least contested. Hopefully that will be enough to keep the accuracy down. The crews must have been fatigued or something to keep them grounded this long.

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/26/2012 8:37:41 PM   
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Two B-17s managed to hit 3 xAKs in Ambon harbor. Either those bomber crews are magicians, or my ships were moored too closely. I didn't have anything for CAP available, so I transferred some Petes from Ternate. I know they won't be able to bring any down if they show up again, but at least they'll harrass them a bit and throw off their aim. I have a small squadron of Claudes at Ternate. I chose to leave them there and use the Petes at Ambon because the damaged APDs from the Ambon invasion have been sent to Ternate for repairs. These ships are moderately damaged and I fear a bomb from a B-17 might just finish them off.




This is the danger you evil imperialists have penetrating deep int the DEI early in the war. I've managed to hit a couple of xAKs disbanded in ports just captured.... Be careful, capturing a base within range of the level four airfield at Batavia, Soerbaja, Balikipan, etc... the Dutch might not be able to hit ships, but they can tear up resources, airfields, planes, and unloading ships. If I was playing the Japanese I would land a BF with the invasion troops and land fighters the day after capturing the base.


Where is the AVG at?


Hey, someone is actually reading this AAR! I had been getting discouraged by the fact that I'm pretty much the only person posting on this thread. (In fact, I was about to call it quits.)

I usually bring the aviation support units along in a separate TF when possible. Once the base is taken, they offload the next turn. I was just surprised at how aggressively he is using his B-17s. Now that he has hit a few ports with docked ships, I have small fighter units CAPing any such base.

The AVG has only shown up escorting a couple of small raids on empty airfields in Thailand. We have a house rule about units operating only in historical (or semi-historical) locations, so the AVG shouldn't be seen in the SRA.



I follow it. Don't be discouraged. Peeps rarely post in mine other than team memebers..

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/26/2012 8:39:01 PM   
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What is your plan for KB after Wake? Raids up and down Aus tend to produce juicy rewards..

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/27/2012 3:38:18 AM   
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What is your plan for KB after Wake? Raids up and down Aus tend to produce juicy rewards..


Right now I'm leaning towards covering an invasion of Rabaul, then the Gilberts. A lot though will depend on what Bill does with his carriers. If he tries to interfere with operations in the SRA, I may divert them there.

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/27/2012 4:26:53 AM   
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Just popping in to say I'm also following, so please keep updating.

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RE: August 4th - A Day That Will Live In Infamy (No Khy... - 7/27/2012 3:20:51 PM   
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Good to know people are following along. For a while, I felt like I was just carrying on a pointless monologue.

Here's the next update.

Dec 22nd 1941

Palembang


The TF with the 96th JAAF Bn and the 36th Field AA Bn unloaded. This brings me to a total of 204x8 cm AA guns and 8x20 mm AA guns (plus a handful of the 13.2 mm AA MGs, but these are pretty much useless). Iím also thinking of spending a few PPs to bring down some 10 cm AA guns in those tiny AA units that start the game in Japan and Korea. Theyíre really cheap (5 PPs each) and based on their stats, they really pack a whallop. Iím almost hoping Bill decides to send his 4Es on a raid to Palembang. With all these AA guns in place, his bombers are going to get roughed up pretty good.

The 6th Tank Rgt took Lahat unopposed. The 1st Tank Rgt moved one hex further SE. ETA Oosthaven Ė two days.

KB

Still hanging out providing CAP for the transports unloading supply at Wake.

Burma

The 2nd RTA Division reached the coast one hex SW of Moulmein.

Malaya

The entire 42nd Rgt is in Kluong. It will now start marching toward Johore Bharu to join other troops from Mersing that are on there way there as well.

The 11th Rgt started its march NE from Temuloh along the rail line hit the old Kota Bharu garrison. The 41st Rgt, 5th Eng Rgt, 5th Recon Rgt and 5th FA Rgt are all heading west to get to the main road.

The 55th and 56th Rgts and the 18th Mtn Gun Rgt performed another attack against the 6th and 15th Indian Brigades one hex SE of Alor Star. This time the odds were 6:1and again brought about a slightly favorable casualty ratio. This is going to grind out for a long time I think.

The Imperial Gds and the 14th Tank Rgt are heading SE from Alor Star to help out the 55th and 56th Rgts.

The 2nd and 56th Divisions finished unloading at Mersing and are heading to Johore Bharu.

The AVG and some Oscars from Patani tangled in the skies above Singapore. No planes were lost by either side directly, but the aircraft losses screen shows that 2 H81-A3s were OPs losses.

Singkawang

Nine Zeros of the Yamada Detachment swept Batavia and shot down one of the Dutch Buffalos. It looks like Batavia is his main bomber staging area. Recon showed 67 bombers here, but only 5 fighters. Recon also shows that Merak now has three units there. Iím guessing these might be aviation support units as Palembang would just in range of H81-A3s if they were stationed there. With his bombers at Batavia, he could escort them with H81-A3s at Merak. Not a good thing for me.

Iím going to see if the AVG is still in Singapore by sweeping the place with some Oscars again. If theyíre not there, Iím going to hit Merak and Batavia hard. I have a few SCTFs in the area that can have their mission changed to bombardment. These could bombard Merak (after the DMSs at Palembang get down there and gauge the mine threat). I can get Netties to Singkawang. From there, they can hit Batavia.

The airfield is 83% of the way to level 5. Two more turns and I can fit 50 more engines there.

Miri fell to the 4th Rgt. I forgot to mention this operation in my last couple of updates, so here it is in a nutshell. The 4th Rgt sailed with the TF carrying the 2nd Division to Mersing. About a dayís sail from Mersing, the transports carrying the 4th Rgt detached and headed to Miri. They landed yesterday without incident and took the base today with a deliberate attack.

Philippines

Manila fell to the 9th and 20th Rgts and the 16th Eng Rgt. The only damage incurred was one point to the light industry.

Sallies and Netties from Takao and the Sonias and Anns from San Fernando failed to launch again today, but at least now I know why. I had set their escorts to target Batan. I assume that with no escorts set to target Clark, they didnít want to fly. That has been remedied. Weíll see if the fly now.

The 1st Kure SNLF is still marching to Butuan.

The 1st Sasebo SNLF Coy arrived at Oroquieta yesterday and the base fell to the land-based row boat corps (occupied before the attack actually commenced). From here, they will march to Dumanquilas.

Ambon/Celebes/Timor

The 146th Rgt is finally finished unloading at Watampone. It will march to Makassar along with the 2nd and 8th Tank Rgts.

The 1st Independent and Bandasan SNLF Coys are on there way to Lautem and the III/66th NG is on its way to the hex NW of Dili.

Allied B-17s

None showed up again today.

Central Pacific

Transports at Wake are unloading extra supply.

Up next, Rabaul. I am going to use the 144th Rgt and the Maizuru 1st SNLF to try to take the place. I hope this is enough. I doubt it though. Iím suspecting that Bill may have had his carriers down here earlier to cover a TF carrying reinforcements. If so, Iím thinking of buying out some units to assist. Right now, Iím leaning toward a couple of high-experience infantry Rgts from Manchukuo.

Java

Yes, Iím thinking about Java already. I was going to wait a bit, but with Bill massing his bombers at Batavia (presumably to hit Palembang), Iím getting nervous. The 38th Division is loaded up on transports and on its way to Cam Ranh Bay from Hong Kong. The 121st Bde is already there and also boarded onto ships waiting to join up once they arrive.

From here, Iím thinking of two landing sights Ė Kalidjati and Semarang. Kalidjati has a nice level four airfield and Semarang has a level five port. Also, a quick march to Djokjakarta from Semarang cuts the island in two.

I know Iím going to need more than just these troops, so hereís a list of what else may be available in the next few days: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Saseblo SNLFs (the 8th will garrison Koepang), 4th Rgt (currently at Miri), 124th Rgt (currently at Kluong), 91st NG (currently at Praboemoelih) and the 146th Rgt and 2nd and 8th Tank Rgts (currently on their way to take Makassar).

(in reply to TheLoneGunman)
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