From: Upstate New York
Jan 13th 1942
BIG NEWS TODAY!
Iíve been thinking about the situation at Padang. Iím guessing the units Bill has there arenít much, so Iím moving both the 1st and 6th Tank Rgts to the base. Once I can get the 1st Raiding Rgt and the 1st Yokosuka SNLF to a point where I can paradrop them onto Padang, I will try to take the place with the tanks and paratroopers
The anchor symbol is gone from Padang, so those ships are either sunk or heading elsewhere.
Brunei was occupied before the 81st NG detachmentís deliberate attack could proceed. At Jesselton, the other detachment drove part of the 108th RN BF out after getting 3:1 odds.
A detachment of the 3rd Yokosuka SNLF took Sandakan.
Still located a couple hexes NE of Kendari and waiting for Kaga and her entourage to arrive.
The 34th JNAF Unit is 1 mile from Rahaeng. They should cross the river and do a shock attack and hopefully put a hurting on the Tenasserim Battalion in the process.
Recon is still showing Pegu to be unoccupied. The 112th Rgt and 2nd RTA are a day or two away. Hopefully that recon report is right. Crossing the river without incident would be nice.
Sallys, Anns and Sonias from Johore Bahru hit the airfield at Singapore for 23 hits on the airfield and 2 supply dump hits.
The Netties from Singkawang are still resting.
The 25th Army is almost in position. The 5th, 18th and Imperial Guards Divisions are assembling at Johore Bahru. Everyone else is forming up at Kluong to avoid overstacking. The 25th Army and Southern Army HQs are going to stay at Johore Bahru. From there, they both should be able to add their bonus to the attack(s).
Iíve brought some transports to Malacca. The three battalions of the 124th Rgt are located here. Iíve been wondering what I should do with them and have now decided to use them to take the bases along the NW coast of Sumatra which now appear to be lightly defended.
A couple of DDs on ASW duty ran into MMS-94 off of Port Swettenham and promptly sank her with a single shot from a 12 cm deck gun. What the &%$# is an MMS? It doesnít show up in the manual, so Iím assuming itís some kind of Babes add-on.
The 50th JAAF Bn is loaded up in an amphibious TF just off of Billiton and bound for Cheribon. I have a personal HR in which I try to use only IJA aviation support for IJA aircraft and IJN aviation support for IJN aircraft, so Iíll move the Zeros at Cheribon over to Kalidjati and fly in an Oscar Sentai or two to Cheribon.
No B-17s in this theater for the fifth straight day.
Recon is still showing about 70 fighters and 30 bombers at Soerabaja.
I also sent some recon aircraft to scout out Denpasar and found another 60 fighters.
Hereís the BIG NEWS. Clark fell to a deliberate attack! Only the 20th Rgt suffered heavy casualties. Everyone else (most of the 14th Army, the 4th, 21st and 33rd Divisions plus the Hong Kong artillery batteries) is in good shape. Prior to the attack, every available bomber flew ground support Ė not sure if this was much of a factor or not. Hereís the combat report.
Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 54238 troops, 625 guns, 387 vehicles, Assault Value = 1563
Defending force 27802 troops, 374 guns, 93 vehicles, Assault Value = 682
Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0
Japanese adjusted assault: 976
Allied adjusted defense: 472
Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Clark Field !!!
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Japanese ground losses:
2204 casualties reported
Squads: 106 destroyed, 241 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 9 disabled
Guns lost 31 (6 destroyed, 25 disabled)
Vehicles lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Allied ground losses:
7737 casualties reported
Squads: 240 destroyed, 80 disabled
Non Combat: 331 destroyed, 61 disabled
Engineers: 83 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 166 (152 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Vehicles lost 84 (82 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 16
Defeated Allied Units Retreating!
1st Formosa Inf. Regiment
9th Infantry Regiment
16th Recon Regiment
48th Engineer Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
16th Engineer Regiment
20th Infantry Regiment
47th Infantry Regiment
7th Tank Regiment
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
48th Field Artillery Regiment
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
26th PS Cavalry Regiment
91st PA Infantry Division
4th Marine Regiment
71st PA Infantry Division
21st PA Infantry Division
51st PA Infantry Division
31st PA Infantry Division
3rd/12th PA Inf Battalion
11th PA Infantry Division
14th PS Engineer Regiment
200th & 515th Coast AA Regiment
I Philippine Corps
Nichols Field AAF Base Force
Clark Field AAF Base Force
The Tanaka and Kano detachments and the 48th Recon Rgt did another deliberate attack against the 41st PA Division at Subic Bay yesterday. The 2:1 odds resulted in about 100 casualties to each side.
The Nells at Cagayan did not fly due to weather.
Still lots of subs but no attacks - ASW is working nicely.
The detachment from the 8th JAAF Coy that took Lomblen is loading back up on transports.
A couple of 9-plane Zero squadrons at Makassar failed to sweep Denpasar as they were ordered.
A couple of small raids in China and one at Koepang Ė I really think Bill is using the Koepang raids to draw some of my Zeros away from Java.
The 84th NG detachment took Tulagi unopposed.
The 51st, 52nd and 61st NGs are loading onto transports at Jaluit. They will be bound for Makin/Tarawa, Ocean Island and Naru Island respectively. I have a couple of barge TFs following the Makin/Tarawa force. These will be used to transport small detachments of the 51st NG to other islands in the Gilberts chain.
Nothing new to report.
< Message edited by Icedawg -- 8/30/2012 11:32:15 PM >