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RE: Let's start! - 9/20/2012 6:53:12 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

Stepping back for a moment to look at the game overall, I am amazed at how well GJ has handled himself. This is his second game. This is his first game as Japan. His opponent is very experienced and capable. By all rights, the wheels should have come off long ago. GJ's empire should be in tatters, so that he ought to be looking forward to ending this game and starting a new one.

While everything hasn't gone the way he'd like, GJ has performed very credibly and hasn't done anything to skewer himself.

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Well, actually i've been playing for a couple of weeks a third game, as allies. Unfortunately my japanese opponent had to resign due to RL problems and the game has been halted on mid Jan 1942...

Let's say that I was so scared of committing some bad and fatal mistakes that i moved very very cautiously...maybe i was even too cautious! Gotta say that i made some mistakes...mostly strategical...Not to have conquered Balikapan early on for example...or not to have exploited the first chinese breakthrough the way I should have... but, overall, i cannot say i'm not happy with the overall situation!

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RE: Let's start! - 9/20/2012 7:06:50 PM   
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And, for what it's worth, i gotta say that i strongly suggest to all the AFBs out there (and you all know i am an AFB) that playing on the evil side is defenetly cool. It's challenging and it teaches you a lot about the weaknesses and the strenghts of japanese power.
Now that i've played Japan for 6 months, i can say that i feel i become a stronger allied player than i was before.
Moreover, managing the economy is really interesting!!!

Strongly suggested

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RE: Let's start! - 9/20/2012 8:46:57 PM   
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I find it interesting that you are concentrating on a land war in China. You have already proven in your game with Radar that one can lose China and win the war. Looking at it from another angle, the Japanese foes that have given me the most trouble in games are those that basically ignore China and devote their resources to other areas.

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RE: Let's start! - 9/21/2012 4:18:18 AM   
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I find it interesting that you are concentrating on a land war in China. You have already proven in your game with Radar that one can lose China and win the war. Looking at it from another angle, the Japanese foes that have given me the most trouble in games are those that basically ignore China and devote their resources to other areas.



No, I think the Japanese player should always take China because it can be done without too much pain and "it is there to take." Taking it does not win the war but frees up Japanese troops and resources for the later Allied onslaught. A nerfed China is just one less theater to have to fret over. And, if you don't, the Allies will sooner or later be basing bombers out of China. Not a good thing at any time. I think the Japanese player need only take Chunking. Taking Lanchow is OK if it can be done but not a real problem if it can't Take Chungking and drive the Chinese into the mountains near Kummin and I doubt that they will ever recover.

I will say that if the Japanese player opts to take out India or OZ then it just might be necessary to give up the China dream. However, if I were bold enough to try and take India then I would want to take China as well as doing both just compliments each.

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RE: Let's start! - 9/22/2012 12:19:33 AM   
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Slow turns. I've shocked attacked once again in the contested hex in china, but managed only a 1-1 and he reinforced the place with another cavalry corp. Need to start the process all over again ...my troops need some rest and am moving them back, being substitued by 3 fresh divisions.... But yes, Brad has won this battle!

KB is stationing at her secret hancor at Saipan, waiting for 3 CAs and 12 DDs to arrive from tokyo after their upgrades. Then my KB would be complete once again.

2 tojo sentais are now ready at Rangoon... Soon we'll start the new air offensive in India!

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RE: Let's start! - 9/24/2012 10:22:50 AM   
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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 21, 42


We reached May 21st.
The new chinese breakthrough has failed miserably. Bradd's chinese heroes managed to stop two more shock attacks of mine and we have been forced to move our units back again for rotation. The Mix Bdes are the units that suffer most usually. He reinforced the hex with 4 more corps and we've been statlemated once again.
We're now changing strategy: a good portion of my bombers will be now devoted exclusively to AF bombings. If i cannot push him back with brute force i'll target his supply. There's no other way.

At Kweiling we've now massed an army of 80,000 men (2,000 AVs). In one week we'll begin the siege against his 1100 AVs. Will be bloody but i hope to be able to get there.

In the pacific everything is quiet...too quiet i'd say!
We've recieved several "heavy volume of radio trasmissions" from Perth and Sydney lately... which can mean he's up to something on Eastern and Western Oz.... KB has moved in the MAriannas so to be able to move fast to one point or to another, while Mini KB will remain between Singa and Sosarbaja, along with a strong surface force (4 BBs and 6 CAs).
He may try to reinforce Batavia or one of the DEI island that are still in allied hands...maybe even Balikapan!... However that would be a mistake. At Koepang i have an Air HQ with 200 aviation support points and Sosarbaja is now a fully operative base with an Air HQ (and so is Palembang).

In NE Oz he may be up to an operation against Horn Island, Port Moresby, Milne Bay or Rossel Island as Crsutto suggested. However it would seem strange to me that he'd avance towards any of these places without having built first the AFs in the NE coast of Oz (Portland Roads, Cairns, Cooktown etc)... would be too risky imho.

I do believe his first targets will be in the Marshalls/Gilberts. He could be moving from Pago Pago to Tabiutea and from there build up a series of islands and start an offensive in the Marshalls.
I'm pretty weak in that area, having garrisoned and built only Tarawa and Makin.
If he goes bolder and try to reach something north of Makin, that would be cool!. KB can be there in no timw and i have 2 Air HQs in the area. Can transfer in 2 days something like 300 Netties and 200 Zeros, along with 22 subs... and the americans aren't really ready yet for any atoll-amphib operation...

Burma is the most interesting front right now. Our 15th Army reached the dot base north of Mitikina where 32,000 enemies are waiting for us. The Monsoon season has started so his supply situation there must be worse than us.
Today also started our first air offensive operation beyond the border. 75 zeros and 42 Tojos swept Dimamphur (the base from where all his B26s missions have been launched against my armies in Mitikina area), followed up by 60 Sallies of 3 Crack Sentais. We caught him with his pants down cause no CAP was present... 25 enemy planes torched on the ground and several more damaged. He will have the rail them all out.
This was the first mission of the Tojo. Unluckly we didn't have the chance to see how it performs... but we're confident.
Gotta say that it's difficult to mount any offensive operation without overstacking my AFs... I have Mandaly which is a level 5 AF and Magwe (a level 3) as the only decent AF north of Rangoon. From there the max offensive effort we can make without overstacking is something like 150 fighters and 80 bombers...probably less.

Now we'll reorganize and soon we'll attack one of his crowded AFs in southern India once again. Tomorrow 42 more Tojos will be transfered at Rangoon.

The main problem remains the supply.... too low in Burma to be able to do anything...i cannot even use the drop tanks for my fighters...



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Morning Air attack on Dimapur , at 62,38

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 75



No Japanese losses




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Morning Air attack on Dimapur , at 62,38

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 27
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 60



Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 3 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIb Trop: 89 damaged
Hurricane IIb Trop: 9 destroyed on ground
F4F-3A Wildcat: 9 damaged
F4F-3A Wildcat: 1 destroyed on ground
B-26 Marauder: 61 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 5 destroyed on ground
Hurricane I Trop: 17 damaged
Hurricane I Trop: 2 destroyed on ground
Hurricane IIa Trop: 11 damaged
Hurricane IIa Trop: 3 destroyed on ground


Allied ground losses:
19 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Airbase hits 12
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 49




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RE: Let's start! - 9/24/2012 1:50:37 PM   
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Strange he didn't have CAP up. Great attack.

It's tough to get those planes to fly together from different bases during the monsoon. Beware your bombers flying but the sweeps being grounded.

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RE: Let's start! - 9/24/2012 3:01:17 PM   
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Strange he didn't have CAP up. Great attack.

It's tough to get those planes to fly together from different bases during the monsoon. Beware your bombers flying but the sweeps being grounded.


I know. I've always suffered from that feature...i remember when i was bombing Rader's HI, my B29s always arrived before the P47s and got slaughtered

However i always try to give my bombers a decent escort..just in case.


AFAIK monsoon doesn't effect the weather. It will always be the same in Burma (AKA, horrible). What the monsoon does is to effect the flow of supplies among small bases (< lvl 5 Port+AF) and via "trails"

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RE: Let's start! - 9/24/2012 3:24:13 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

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Strange he didn't have CAP up. Great attack.

It's tough to get those planes to fly together from different bases during the monsoon. Beware your bombers flying but the sweeps being grounded.


I know. I've always suffered from that feature...i remember when i was bombing Rader's HI, my B29s always arrived before the P47s and got slaughtered

However i always try to give my bombers a decent escort..just in case.


AFAIK monsoon doesn't effect the weather. It will always be the same in Burma (AKA, horrible). What the monsoon does is to effect the flow of supplies among small bases (< lvl 5 Port+AF) and via "trails"


I didn't realize the weather was not affected. It must just be always bad there then!

For supply I've pumped so much in there I'm doing fine for a good while.

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RE: Let's start! - 9/24/2012 4:05:12 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: GreyJoy


quote:

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Strange he didn't have CAP up. Great attack.

It's tough to get those planes to fly together from different bases during the monsoon. Beware your bombers flying but the sweeps being grounded.


I know. I've always suffered from that feature...i remember when i was bombing Rader's HI, my B29s always arrived before the P47s and got slaughtered

However i always try to give my bombers a decent escort..just in case.


AFAIK monsoon doesn't effect the weather. It will always be the same in Burma (AKA, horrible). What the monsoon does is to effect the flow of supplies among small bases (< lvl 5 Port+AF) and via "trails"


I didn't realize the weather was not affected. It must just be always bad there then!

For supply I've pumped so much in there I'm doing fine for a good while.


in Stock it's easily done using PAlembang as a supply factory. In DBB everything west of Luzon is always so low on supply that it's impossibile to bring more than 20k supplies every two months to Burma...and i bet the situation will get worse in late 42...

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RE: Let's start! - 9/25/2012 5:27:38 PM   
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May 22-23 1942

In Burma we exchanged several blows above the last contestex hex of Warazup. Our zeros are sweeping as best as they can, achieving a not favourable 1,7-1 ratio. The Tojos are out of the equation because lack of supplies prevents me from using droptanks and so their max range is 6...too far from Mandalay so...

He has placed several good units in that hex. I have the whole 15th Army, but supply is less than 75% of the needs... i'll try to push them out of Burma once for all, but i doubt i'll be able to...
Tomorrow another raid is planned...finger crossed



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Morning Air attack on 103rd RAF Base Force, at 63,41 (Warazup)

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     A6M2 Zero x 36



Allied aircraft
     Hurricane I Trop x 3
     P-39D Airacobra x 32
     P-40E Warhawk x 11


Japanese aircraft losses
     A6M2 Zero: 7 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
     P-39D Airacobra: 3 destroyed
     P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed


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Morning Air attack on Warazup , at 63,41

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 44 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     A6M2 Zero x 35



Allied aircraft
     P-39D Airacobra x 25
     P-40E Warhawk x 9


Japanese aircraft losses
     A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
     P-39D Airacobra: 6 destroyed
     P-40E Warhawk: 2 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
     11 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet




In China on the 22nd we achieved another 1-1 with a deliberate... so tomorrow we'll try to shock, no matter what! In case we don't succeed 3 more fresh divisions are ready...again!

Ground combat at 82,38 (near Tienshui)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 37145 troops, 360 guns, 251 vehicles, Assault Value = 1120

Defending force 17651 troops, 115 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 259

Japanese adjusted assault: 800

Allied adjusted defense: 622

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
     244 casualties reported
        Squads: 1 destroyed, 34 disabled
        Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
        Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
     Vehicles lost 11 (3 destroyed, 8 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
     620 casualties reported
        Squads: 41 destroyed, 50 disabled
        Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 10 disabled
        Engineers: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
     Guns lost 17 (1 destroyed, 16 disabled)
     Units destroyed 1


Assaulting units:
   23rd Tank Regiment
   11th Tank Regiment
   41st Division
   8th Recon Regiment
   61st Infantry Brigade
   32nd Division
   12th Indpt Infantry Regiment
   1st Mortar Battalion
   1st Army
   14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
   6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
   76th Chinese Corps
   92nd Chinese Corps
   2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
   23rd Chinese Corps


...in the rest of the map, we're preparing our defences. Port Moresby is being fortified and so Lunga, Tulagi, Makin, Tarawa and Wake. The external eastern perimeter should be, more or less, safe from anything that isn't an hammer.

Batavia will fall soon. 3000 AVs are ready to storm the city and the southern area HQ is 100 prepped for Batavia... then it will be Benjarmais, with 2 divisions and, maybe...cocos...

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FINALLY! - 9/25/2012 7:10:10 PM   
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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 26, 42

a very good day for Japan!

Despite the constant loss of ships due to his incredible silent service, the Emperor can smile today... in China we managed to push out of the contested hex what remained of the chinese army! and the road is now finally open! We will now push fast northwards, in order to cut once for all the oil line from Lanchow... and i'm confident, now that the road is free, that we can conquer the whole north! BANZAI!!!!!

In Burma i didn't expect anything like that...the first deliberate attack made by the 15th Army pushed back the whole allied army (among them two strong australian brigades!)...and now we can declare that the conquest of Burma is finally over. We can now get into the defensive positions we've planned and dig in deeply!

Very very happy about these outcomes...

Enemy CAs spotted by a Glenn south of Kodiak... will the Yankees attack in Nopac? Should i really care about the Aleutinas?


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Sub attack near Eniwetok at 126,113

Japanese Ships
xAKL Kanaiyama Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Nitiai Maru
PB Kyo Maru #2

Allied Ships
SS Thresher

Till now 67 ships have been sunk by his subs...really a record! But, in my defence, gotta say that in DBB japanese ASW capabilities have been really nerfed (which is a good thing IMHO!)


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Ground combat at 82,38 (near Tienshui)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 36832 troops, 360 guns, 251 vehicles, Assault Value = 1082

Defending force 16849 troops, 114 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 209

Japanese adjusted assault: 1759

Allied adjusted defense: 289

Japanese assault odds: 6 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
889 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 89 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled


Allied ground losses:
5768 casualties reported
Squads: 209 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 196 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 12 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 12 (7 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Units retreated 3


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
41st Division
11th Tank Regiment
23rd Tank Regiment
32nd Division
8th Recon Regiment
61st Infantry Brigade
12th Indpt Infantry Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
92nd Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps


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Ground combat at Warazup (63,41)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 35366 troops, 322 guns, 253 vehicles, Assault Value = 1162

Defending force 17755 troops, 139 guns, 79 vehicles, Assault Value = 418

Japanese adjusted assault: 670

Allied adjusted defense: 259

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Warazup !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), fatigue(-), morale(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1134 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 117 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 23 (1 destroyed, 22 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
6643 casualties reported
Squads: 149 destroyed, 61 disabled
Non Combat: 130 destroyed, 48 disabled
Engineers: 42 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 64 (50 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Vehicles lost 57 (56 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 12


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
4th RTA Division
5th Division
4th Ind Engineer Regiment
4th Guards Division
14th Tank Regiment
5th Guards Cav Regiment
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
15th Army
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
2nd Burma Brigade
21st Australian Brigade
18th Australian Brigade
13th Indian Brigade
22nd New Chinese Division
36th Chinese Division

103rd RAF Base Force
101st RAF Base Force
104th RAF Base Force
Burma Corps
221 Group RAF
1st Burma Brigade







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RE: FINALLY! - 9/25/2012 7:10:55 PM   
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RE: FINALLY! - 9/25/2012 7:26:21 PM   
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ORIGINAL: GreyJoy

Enemy CAs spotted by a Glenn south of Kodiak... will the Yankees attack in Nopac? Should i really care about the Aleutinas?






Great job thus far GJ!

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RE: FINALLY! - 9/26/2012 8:16:47 AM   
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May 27-28 1942

CHINA:

2 of our Tank Rgts reached the between Tsienshui and Kuan(whatever), one hex north of the hex where we just won the battle for the gates of northern China. There only an enemy HQ unit was left and it was retiring north. We shock attacked with one unit, while the other one was on pursuit. Now the oil-road is finally cut and we're already threatening the flank of the chinese army that was guarding the southeastern approaches. This army, 600 AV strong, is already moving back, trying to cover the nearest city (kuanwhatever). To slow them down we're sending 200 bombers every day and our 12th Army is attacking them (even if getting only a series of 1-2s).
I think i can say that the north is isolated once for good. Probably less than 1500 AVs are present north and east of Tienshui (the dot base just west of our position) and the bulk of Q-Ball's armies are massed in the northeastern Sector (around Kienko).
Now it's time to get rid of Kweilling in the south (so to clear the railroad Liuchow-Changsha). I'm almost ready there... 80,000 of my men have circled the town, organized around the 23th Army. Among them the crack 38th Division (this will be the last battle in china for this glorious unit, then it will be moved out). The city is "de facto" isolated and should be out of supply for a while now. Q-Ball has there 1,100 AVs... not bad... but i'm confident i can smash them (i'm leaving a open retreat path for them...in the woods ).
Once Kweilling is conquered, we'll have to reorganize our armies once again. The glorious 1st Army (the one that opened the path towards Sian and, recently, fought this 2-months-battle on the mountains and finally won) will take care of the north. I'll assign it 3 full divisions, 6 tank regiments and several artillery units, plus a couple of mixed Bdes. Should be enough. While the bulk of my northern Armies will be moved south once again. The next objective is Chikkiang, where we had estabilished a bridgehead few months ago but never able to push any further.

SWPAC: the only news of these two days is in NG, where a TF composed of 3 cruisers and probably 5/6 DDs popped up out of nowhere and bombed Milne Bay. Damages are minimal, but probably QBAll is testing our defences in the area with this move. I'll place some subs in defensive postures in the area and thinking about placing some mines... we'll see.

Our defensive plans in the pacific sector are proceeding well. Garrisons and Engineers are being moving everywhere and the needed AFs are being built with decent speed (altough i must admit that the lack of Engineers in this mod really nerfs the japanese abilities to estabilish a decent defensive perimeter).

Another Air HQ is arriving in SOPAC, along with 2 Para Regiments (recently extracted from China via Shangai).

NOPAC: The aleutinas (am i wrong spelling this name??) cannot be succesfully defende if Brad really wants them. I should committ too much and divert too many assets in order to get there in time if he really wanna invade there.
Addak, Attu and Amitchika are decently garrisoned. Level 3 forts with 200/250 AVs each. He can have them if he really wants (my naval guard units are just paper tigers, without any decent artillery), but the overall idea beyond the conquest of the Aleutinas was to slow him down and gain time to build up the Kuriles...so it doesn't matter much.

In The Kuriles i have moved an air HQ at Shimushiri Jiima, with Onekkotan and Paramushiro being built at decent stages. These bases are defended by second line units (some BNs, some AA units and base forces), but i'm keeping a decent air army in reserve at Hokkaido (just in case) and a strong surface fleet (2 CAs, 4 CLs, and 12 DDs) in the area. I really do think it would be too early for him to try something here...


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RE: FINALLY! - 9/26/2012 12:39:08 PM   
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RE: FINALLY! - 9/26/2012 12:50:45 PM   
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The economy has been saved (thank God!). Now we have 37 days of resources stockpiled in Japan and, by the end of August 42, we should be able to get back to those 5milions tons of resources which was the starting reserve with which Japan begun the war.

Nakashima Ha-45 engine has been advanced till 5/43 (i'd like to have it by 1/43 so to start stockpiling them up to the magic limit of 500!), while the Tojo IIc and the A6M5 have been advanced of 1 month each

The fuel convoys have been estabilished and the process seems to be working fine.

I have convoys that suck oil and fuel from Palembang and bring them to Singa. from there several fast convoys (using fast TKs and fast xAKs) bring everything to HK. At HK 4 convoys keep on loading oil and fuel and move them to Sasebo.

From Tarakan 2 convoys move fuel to Babedolab. From there 3 small convoys move fuel to Truk, and from Truk several small convoys move everything to Rabaul and Kwalajein.

Now as soon as Batavia falls (should be a matter of 4 days i hope)we'll start to suck fuel from Java too.

Already 150 Tojos are online in Burma and the Air army, overall, is in good shape. Unfortunately the supply issue is limiting my ability to conduct any offensive operations in Burma, which is the only theatre where i could really attritt him....

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RE: FINALLY! - 9/26/2012 6:44:35 PM   
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Looks good in China. Your persistence paid off.

I just noticed you have Anking. That 'road' starting a hex away is a good sneaky way to get troops to the plain, once you finish the North. He must have it covered, but if not ... .

Even with stacking limits you're pushing very hard on all fronts in China and it's not even June 42. Impressive.

The bombing of the supply centers will now make a huge dent after the oil has stopped.


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RE: FINALLY! - 9/27/2012 1:56:14 AM   
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The Other LYBs seems to be suffering from a rice ball shortage. 

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RE: FINALLY! - 9/27/2012 2:44:07 AM   
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The Other LYBs seems to be suffering from a rice ball shortage. 

Their supply was diverted to producing Little Red Books ...

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RE: FINALLY! - 9/27/2012 1:44:17 PM   
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Looks good in China. Your persistence paid off.

I just noticed you have Anking. That 'road' starting a hex away is a good sneaky way to get troops to the plain, once you finish the North. He must have it covered, but if not ... .

Even with stacking limits you're pushing very hard on all fronts in China and it's not even June 42. Impressive.

The bombing of the supply centers will now make a huge dent after the oil has stopped.



Hi mate,

i've already tried that approach a couple of months ago. Sent there a division supported by 3 tank regiments... the supply flow was horrible and my movement rate too slow...he managed to reinforce the approaches with several corps, thus preveniting me any breakthrough in that sector. So i moved back and reallocated my units to the northern front.

However, we reached June 1st 1942.

We tried a deliberate attack at Batavia and we achieved a 3-1 with forts down to 1. Losses are sensible to both parts but, after a day of rest, we should be able to get there tomorrow.

In china the 1st Army finally reached Kunchang, while his 600 AV army managed to retreat into the city despite my air attacks. Stacking limit is at 25,000 men, so i can master only 1 division plus 3 Arty units, 3 Tank rgts and the Army HQ...but 3 divisions are sorrounding the city, ready to be rotated in if needed. Tomorrow we'll start the bombardment.
Tomorrow also we'll make our first attempt for Kweilling. 79,995 men will attack a 1000 AVs chinese Army...will be bloody!

13 units spotted at Cocos, for 14,000 men, 100 guns and 80 vehicles...i think it's too much for an atoll-assault....

We are planning the operarion "ZIRCONIUM": the reinforcement of Burma in preparation for the upcoming air campaign against India. 100,000 supplies are being loaded at Tokyo. Destination Rangoon. As soon as we manage to get a decent supply level in Burma we'll be able to launch 200 Tojos, 150 Zeros, 150 Oscars and 300 bombers against Ledo and other important enemy bases...will be fun!

Also shifting several air units to the Kuriles. With the arrival of an Air HQ and 10 AA units, along with several small infantry units, i wanna secure my flank.

Also sending AMCs between Aleutinas and Midway, along with several subs with gleens. I still don't know if it's worth defending the Aleutinas in force... for the moment i'm loading the 53rd Infantry Division (recently bought out) at Tokyo. It should go to Saipan/Guam but i'm still not certain if it's better to send it to the Kuriles until i'm still i'm time to do so....

A CV division is moving for a trip to the Indian Ocean...

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RE: FINALLY! - 9/27/2012 3:51:18 PM   
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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..

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RE: FINALLY! - 9/28/2012 10:31:13 AM   
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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...

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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 !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

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!

Assaulting units:
38th Division
3rd Division
40th Division
51st Division
22nd Division
19th Ind Engineer Regiment
21st Mortar Battalion
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
23rd Army
2nd Mortar Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
4th Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
16th Group Army
2nd Chinese Base Force




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Sub attack near Toyohara at 125,48

Japanese Ships
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

Allied Ships
SS Plunger



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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

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), disruption(-), preparation(-)
experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

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)


Assaulting units:
9th Tank Regiment
27th Division
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
1st Army
5th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
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




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MR.TOJO - 9/29/2012 12:27:55 AM   
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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jun 06, 42

Well, june 6th rapresents the "first time" of the Ki-44a. QBall decided it was a good idea to move his sweeps a bit south... Mandalay! We had 150 fighters distributed in 4 different AFs in a range of 3 hexes, with the 11th Air Army for coordination bonus (no overstacking!).
Well, we saw several small groups (Hurricanes - 3 different models-, P40Es, P-39s and Wildcats)...overall nearly 100 enemy planes...
We had 3 Tojos groups at 25k and 3 zeros sentais between 15 and 20k feet... WE MAULED THEM!!!!!
We lost 7 zeros and 3 tojos, in exchange of 60 enemy fighters! WOW!
And, above all, not a single pilot killed or MIA!!!!!


Nothing much is happening in other fronts... we landed a regiment at Samarinda (empty)...without preparation.... 50% of the unit is disabled during the landings ... gotta remember that the amphib bonus has expired....and this is a good reminder that after April 1 it's almost impossible to land on a defended beach

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Ground combat at Kungchang (81,36)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 17118 troops, 230 guns, 545 vehicles, Assault Value = 671

Defending force 29460 troops, 208 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 451

Japanese adjusted assault: 502

Allied adjusted defense: 169

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
180 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Vehicles lost 38 (1 destroyed, 37 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
3297 casualties reported
Squads: 63 destroyed, 100 disabled
Non Combat: 31 destroyed, 71 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 20 disabled
Guns lost 43 (8 destroyed, 35 disabled)


Assaulting units:
3rd Tank Regiment
9th Tank Regiment
12th Tank Regiment
10th Tank Regiment
27th Division
13th Tank Regiment
23rd Tank Regiment
11th Tank Regiment
1st Army
1st Mortar Battalion
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
5th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
42nd Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Base Force
22nd Group Army
6th Chinese Base Force
7th Group Army
6th Group Army
17th Chinese/A Corps


At Kunchang we're getting close...




Paras landed at Rossell Island and in all the other nearby bases, while Woodwark Island reached level 2 AF





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Amphibious Assault at Samarinda (65,96)

TF 115 troops unloading over beach at Samarinda, 65,96

Japanese ground losses:
447 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 71 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 7 (0 destroyed, 7 disabled)



15 Support troops lost in surf during unload of 124th Infantry Rgt
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RE: MR.TOJO - 9/29/2012 4:10:09 AM   
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Yep, have some fun while you can. Until the hellcat comes along, the tojo is king.

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RE: MR.TOJO - 9/29/2012 11:40:05 AM   
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Yep, have some fun while you can. Until the hellcat comes along, the tojo is king.



When the Hellcat will come along i really hope to be able to fill my IJN air units with Georges, which are just as good as Hellcats! I've been there mate, the Hellcat is a good plane but it's not superior to the Tojo. probably just as good as it. No, the real problems will arrive with P-38s. I think QBall is massing them in SWPAC. But, once again, the counter is simple for Japan: numbers and attrition! I won't do the same mistake as Rader did against me. I won't send thousands of planes into the jaws of his CAP. Let him come to me. Even the P-47s don't arrive in infinite numbers...yes, they can get a kill ratio of 10-1... but i can outproduce him, and i will


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jun 08, 42

A part from the supply-production problem, what in DBB really changes the tide is the ASW... Japan is simply harmless, even in mid 42... no matter what you do, no matter how good your escorts are... enemy subs will always be untouched and they will always slip behind your escort and sink ships... I'm already losing 1 ship every day due to his subs...and i sunk only 4 of them... i foresee a terrible future for my navy...

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Sub attack near Emirau Island at 107,118

Japanese Ships
xAK Syunko Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PB Hirotama Maru
SC Ch 27
SC Ch 18
SC Ch 17
xAK Daihachikyo Maru
xAK Bandoeng Maru
xAK Yae Maru
PB Tama Maru #8
PB Kyo Maru #6
PB Mikitade Maru
PB Koei Maru

Allied Ships
SS Saury



SS Saury launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Syunko Maru
Saury diving deep ....
PB Tama Maru #8 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kyo Maru #6 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Mikitade Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Koei Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Tama Maru #8 attacking submerged sub ....
PB Tama Maru #8 is out of ASW ammo
PB Kyo Maru #6 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Mikitade Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Tama Maru #8 fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Kyo Maru #6 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kyo Maru #6 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kyo Maru #6 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kyo Maru #6 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub




The good news of the day is in China. We broke at Kungchang and now Lanchow is next. I don't think he'll be able to create another new perimeter in Northern China...my troops will be able to roam freely till Sining, while, in the south central area, we're organizing our next push towards Chikkiang. The 15th Division has arrived in place and we're now chosing the units for the next push...probably scheldued for the beginning of July. In the meanwhile we're repositioning our bombers squadrons.
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Ground combat at Kungchang (81,36)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 17011 troops, 230 guns, 545 vehicles, Assault Value = 656

Defending force 26643 troops, 196 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 284

Japanese adjusted assault: 522

Allied adjusted defense: 112

Japanese assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Kungchang !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), disruption(-), preparation(-)
experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
228 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 24 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 17 (1 destroyed, 16 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
11380 casualties reported
Squads: 278 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 409 destroyed, 27 disabled
Engineers: 78 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 72 (72 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 11


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
12th Tank Regiment
9th Tank Regiment
10th Tank Regiment
13th Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Regiment
23rd Tank Regiment
27th Division
11th Tank Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Army
5th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
42nd Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
22nd Group Army
7th Group Army
6th Chinese Base Force
6th Group Army
15th Chinese Base Force
17th Chinese/A Corps




So an empty Samarinda falls in japs' hands today. We now have to decide how to approach Balikapan. I have 2 divisions prepped for it, but i fear a landing directly on Balikapan...mines and, above all, disablement and distruption caused by the landing... would it be better to land at Samarinda and then march? But there's a river crossing to face and so the consequent shock attack...my fear is to ruin the refineries and oil pumps with the shock attack... what would you suggest?

Thinking of using 4 BBs to get rid of Manila...is it worth the risk of taking some mines there? What would u think?

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RE: MR.TOJO - 9/29/2012 11:45:39 AM   
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and here's a list of the ships sunk by enemy torps so far... astonishing...and depressing




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RE: MR.TOJO - 9/29/2012 12:40:59 PM   
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I won't send thousands of planes into the jaws of his CAP. Let him come to me. Even the P-47s don't arrive in infinite numbers...yes, they can get a kill ratio of 10-1... but i can outproduce him, and i will


That's it exactly! You've got it right there. The more he comes to you, the more he wastes those good pilots with all of those kills. If he doesn't come to you, then you keep massing numbers and building forts and fields. Taking Chinese industry and building up HI in various spots like Singapore and Soerabaja really let you make planes to your heart's content.

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RE: MR.TOJO - 9/29/2012 2:03:21 PM   
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I'm in Nov 43 and it isn't the P-47 or Hellcat, but those damn Corsairs. It doesn't make any difference if I throw George, Frank, and/or Tojo IIc at them, they just keep coming. I don't have any fighters until 45 that can match their speed (over 400 for any model).

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