What are you going to do with the Batavia troops once you are done ? It is late in the game but then again the sooner you give up the initiative, the sooner you start merely reacting to his moves instead of doing something proactive..
Sincerly? I think i already lost the initiative long ago when QBall slowed my advance in the DEI and at Darwin with stiff defences that i didn't foresee. Now he has already built up several bastions, clearly too big and strong to be assaulted so late in the game. Moreover, my supply situation is so bad overall the map that i cannot even think of sustaining any offensive operations (except the conquest of Balikapan and Manila). From now on we're on the defensive...i'll try to be as flexible and re-active as i can and won't throw away my precious and fragile assets for dreams of conquest that cannot ever be accomplished
AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jun 03,04 42
A couple of important days.
After the fall of Batavia, the troops are resting for a week and then will be sent into different theatres in order to prepare the defences.
The Imperial Guards Div and the 4th will stay guarding Java, along with 2 Tank Regiments and 6 SNLF units.
The 21st Division will partecipate in the next offensive for Balikapan
The 48th and the regiments of the 5th Guards Div, along with a regiment of the 55th, will get to Burma in order to recombine with their regiments and substitute the 18th Army around Akyab. The 18th Army will be so free to be moved to Western China (Poshan).
The Guards Tank Division will be kept in reserve at Singapore, while the 5h Amphib Bde will be moved, along with 2 Indipendent Rgts to Timor and nearby Areas.
The 33rd Division, along with the 16th Army HQ and some smaller units, will be kept at Darwin and Northern Oz.
In CHINA we managed to conquer Kweilling on the 3rd of June. This is an important victory cause now the railroad from Liuchow to Changsha is completely in my hands...and i have 5 Divisions that can be moved towards the next objectives (Chikkiang). The Chinese army has been pushed in the woods east of Kweilling, as planned. Will be now chased down by 2 divisions, while the rest of the 23rd Army will be shifted to different locations.
In the North we assaulted Kuchang and we achieved immediately a good result. The city will be ours within the next week, then we'll march towards Lanchow.
In NW Oz he's building up Exmouth... need to reinforce the western DEI Asap!
In NW Oz he finally started to build Portland Roads... i'm evacuating Horn Island, leaving only a small garrison there... no need to waste experienced units in a base i cannot defend.
Port Moresby is being reinforced. He started to recon it from CookTown...i fear he's gonna attack sooner than later.
In the SWPAC our defences are getting better anyway... around Rabaul lots of AFs are springing and fortifications are rising...
In SOPAC we're managing to slowly reinforce and garrison sensible targets like Eniwetok, Kusiae and Ponape.
In CENTPAC we're moving an air HQ in the Mariannas, along with some Airgroups (2 Nells Sentais and 1 Zero Daitai).
The Kuriles are being slowly garrisoned. Some more units are now on their way from Tokyo.
His subs are really getting better. Lost Marus ships in the last 5 days, despite having all my convoys heavily escorted... but in DBB the japanese ASW sucks so much... Bradd confirmed that he lost only 1 (ONE!) sub due to my DC attacks, while 3 were sunk by air bombs... a terrible score if you ask me, but i really think it's not because of me but because of the horrible asw ratios given with DBB mod
In BURMA nothing is happening, just waiting for the supplies to arrive before starting the new operation (the 100k tons convoys just finished loading at Tokyo).
On the 4th of June not less than 100 enemy fighters from Imphal swept my ground units guarding the borders north of Shwebo (hurricanes and P-39s). Probably preparing the ground for a bombing campaign against my troops. Gotta reinforce those hexes on the borders ASAP!
More Tojos are flowing to Burma while we speak.
A Huge naval activity spotted at Pago Pago, Sydeny and Kodiak, while heavy volume of radio transmissions are detected at PH. I'm pretty sure Brad is up to something. My nose tells me that Port Moresby or Tabiutea are the most probable options, but i fear for my western flank (the islands from Timor to Java) and the Mariannas, which are sensible targets where, at the moment, i'm very weak. The other options could be the Solomons starting from Ndeni (but i'm pretty confident my defences are stiff there) or even the Kuriles (but that would be a "GreyJoy" ).
Anyway, i'm blind at the moment. The only countermeasure i can take is to place the KB right in the middle of the ocean and wait for the inevitable counterstrike...possibly avoiding his damned subs that infest the whole pacific!
The Yamato BB has arrived and has now joined the KB. They will recombine at Saipan and wait in the shadows...
Ground combat at Kweilin (76,54)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 69971 troops, 652 guns, 187 vehicles, Assault Value = 1985
Defending force 39146 troops, 153 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 903
Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1
Japanese adjusted assault: 1763
Allied adjusted defense: 403
Japanese assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 1)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Kweilin !!!
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Japanese ground losses:
1976 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 165 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 32 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 21 disabled
Vehicles lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Allied ground losses:
10806 casualties reported
Squads: 329 destroyed, 44 disabled
Non Combat: 361 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 54 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 32 (32 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 5
Defeated Allied Units Retreating!
19th Ind Engineer Regiment
21st Mortar Battalion
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd Mortar Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
4th Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
16th Group Army
2nd Chinese Base Force
Sub attack near Toyohara at 125,48
xAK Nitiho Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PB Yachiyo Maru
xAK Hoshi Maru
xAK Nasusan Maru
xAKL Nagano Maru
xAKL Daigen Maru
PB Ryusei Maru
PB Lushan Maru
PB Toshi Maru #3
Ground combat at Kungchang (81,36)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 17313 troops, 231 guns, 545 vehicles, Assault Value = 696
Defending force 31641 troops, 217 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 602
Japanese adjusted assault: 519
Allied adjusted defense: 241
Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 2)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 1
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), disruption(-), preparation(-)
Japanese ground losses:
204 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 15 (1 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Vehicles lost 29 (1 destroyed, 28 disabled)
Allied ground losses:
2749 casualties reported
Squads: 45 destroyed, 124 disabled
Non Combat: 13 destroyed, 46 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 17 disabled
Guns lost 40 (11 destroyed, 29 disabled)
9th Tank Regiment
10th Tank Regiment
23rd Tank Regiment
13th Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Regiment
12th Tank Regiment
11th Tank Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
5th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
42nd Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
17th Chinese/A Corps
6th Chinese Base Force
7th Group Army
22nd Group Army
6th Group Army
15th Chinese Base Force