AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jun 18, 42
Too late for any surprise i guess Obvert... We're facing what it seems to be a full scale invasion of the Aleutinas. BBs, APs, AKs, CVs... many and many TFs are spotted...even if the identification of all those TFs isn't precise, you can bet QBall has moved there everything but the kicthen sink.
Ok, let's face it: he outplayed me here. All those recons and those ships movements in SOPAC and at Syney were all just baits to drive my attention there, while his target was in up north...
Well played. Ok. I think, however, that this is not completely a seatback. I'll lose ground, for sure. The Kuriles will be far more exposed now, for sure. His subs will have a short trip from Addak to HI, for sure. But we're also not losing anything strategic. Some 10 Naval guards units, 3 base forces and 4 AA units... i can live without them.
In the meanwhile, his presence there it means he's not attacking Tabiutea or PM anytime soon.
So here are my decisions: KB will turn around once again and regain its position in the Mariannas, joining and melting with mini-KB, while Shokaku will reach the Zuikaku to get her upgrades at Hiroshima.
The 56th Division will be moved to Rabaul, while an Air HQ will be placed at Makin Island. Kusiae and Eniwetok will be garrisoned with engineers and we'll also garrison Ocean Island and the nearby places.
More air units will be transfered to the Mariannas (4 IJA bomber sentais and 3 Oscar Sentais)
In China we took Lanchow...with 90 oil and 90 rafineries factories completely undamaged . Now we'll push forward towards Sining with 35,000 men, while the rest of my Northern Armies will be reorganized and sent back to the central front.
The 48th Division arrived in Burma, along with the last regiment of the 55th Div. These big units will free the 18th and the 5th in their guarding role so that the whole 25th Army will be free to march towards Paoshan (western China).
In one week the first 100k supplies will be unloaded at Rangoon...so the air war will be raging again there!
Balikapan is ready to be invaded from Samarinda
The 53rd Division is ordered to be moved to Shimushiri Jiima, that will become my main base in the Kuriles.
Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 34093 troops, 365 guns, 451 vehicles, Assault Value = 1139
Defending force 24611 troops, 154 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 319
Japanese adjusted assault: 728
Allied adjusted defense: 315
Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Lanchow !!!
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Japanese ground losses:
340 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 29 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Vehicles lost 18 (4 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Units pursuing 2
Allied ground losses:
8060 casualties reported
Squads: 299 destroyed, 32 disabled
Non Combat: 222 destroyed, 43 disabled
Engineers: 58 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 85 (64 destroyed, 21 disabled)
Units retreated 13
Units destroyed 3
Defeated Allied Units Retreating!
5th Armored Car Co
61st Infantry Brigade
3rd Tank Regiment
13th Tank Regiment
23rd Tank Regiment
9th Tank Regiment
12th Tank Regiment
10th Tank Regiment
11th Tank Regiment
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
Mongol Garrison Army
1st Mortar Battalion
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
5th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
34th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Corps
36th Chinese Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
82nd Chinese/B Corps
15th Chinese Base Force
8th War Area
7th Group Army
3rd Construction Regiment
22nd Group Army
6th Chinese Base Force
8th Chinese Base Force
6th Group Army
17th Chinese/A Corps