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RE: Back from London - 11/3/2012 3:46:58 PM   
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We ran a bit and we already reached Semptember 10 1942

In the last two weeks the allies have seriously begun to apply pressure all over the map.
Let's get some order...

NOPAC: my subs confirmed the foreseen invasion of Amechtika. After more than one months of daily bombings with the B17s from Addak, on the 2nd of Sept the I-19 attacked a convoy between Ducth Harbour and Addak. We didn't score a single hit, and the brave sub took some 75 flt damage from the escort, but it was able to spot nearly 15 between APs and AKs... I've ordered all the subs i had in the are to get close, and sent 6 more from the sub base i have at Etorofu (Kuriles). The Mavis and Emilies were busy evacuating my units from there and we managed to get out the equivalent of 2 and 1/2 SNLF units... not much but better than nothing.
The americans landed on the 9th with 3 units...we're out of supplies and without firepower so i'm sure we'll capitulate on the morrow...

SOPAC: with the 1st of semptember the allied started to bomb with 80 B17s and B24s Tulagi from Lungaville. We didn't engage cause i wanted to be sure what he was up to... now, on the 9th, a big TF is spotted NW of Ndeni... BBs and CAs and some cargos... probably an invasion force? I allerted all the Netties in the area and we're ready to engage. 3 BBs, 4 CAs, 4 CLs and 15 DDs are moving to Shortland from Rabaul and 2 CVEs are moving from Truk back to Rabaul.

The KB is parked at Mariannas...too far away to arrive in time both in NOPAC and in SOPAC...plus i'm short of 2 CVs which are getting the badly needed AA upgrades...so we're stuck :-/

N-OZ: the Aussies started to bomb Port Hedland from exmouth...and a lot of ships are spotted near Perth...a CV too!!! We must get aware that this area is in real danger! More Netties and Zeros are moved to Timor and i'm seriously thinking of getting the KB back to DEI....

BURMA: he keeps his daily bombing runs against Mitikina. We also spotted the 6th Indian Division moving to Cox Bazar...he massed 40,000 men and some 500 tanks at Cox...we're reinforcing Akyab so.
AT the same time, N-E of Mitikina, not less than 7 enemy units are flanking Wazrup...
At Kalemnyo, 8 enemy units are spotted.... pressure is rising in Burma...and we feel very weak here


CHINA: We achieved a series of 3 1-1 at Chikkiang... the damned place doesn't want to give up!!!! Wonder if i'll ever breach here....


Hollandia is being built finally and we're now moving some 200 engineers to Ambon area in order to start building.

An Air HQ is being moving to Sumatra...and a division is bound for Sebang...

Almost ready to invade Cebu and get rid of it.

The new convoys system is working fine... very few attacks lately!


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RE: Back from London - 11/3/2012 5:16:24 PM   
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Man, you guys are moving along! We do on average 2-3 turns a day and you're still going faster! At this rate you'll pass us in late 44 and I can learn from your defense of the HI before I have to go through it myself!

Interested to see what happens in So Pac. Looks like a big clash on the horizon.


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RE: Back from London - 11/3/2012 5:22:16 PM   
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Some scattered infos from the last two weeks...

Artillery and Engineers units recently arrived at Truk. They will be moved to Tarawa and Makin, in order to fufill the stacking limits there. Forts are up to 3 and 4 in both Islands and they should become two great strongpoints.

Marshall islands are getting more reinforcements. Wotje, Kusiae, Ponape, Kwejalein...all these atolls will soon get enough forces to sustain any assault. With Marcus and Wake already heavily garrisoned, my right flank should be more or less secured for the time being.

Some artillery units are also reaching Rabaul in these days, along with 2 para regiments. All these units, along with the two divisions and one guard regiment, will be ready to counterattack any allied landing in SOPAC/SWPAC.

In few days (2 or 3) 80k supplies will be landed at Rangoon. More 50k supplies are moving towards Singapore.

The "new convoy system" implies a slower general movement of fuel/res/oil... in pratice, i'm forming groups of convoys that load at different stages at the major ports, then, once they are all loaded, they re-group following a couple of ASW TFs. Several AVs and one CVEs with crack ASW trained Kates will be part of this system. So far, the enemy subs managed to sink only 1 xAK in the last 15 days

By October i should get both the A6M3a and the A6M5. The A6M2 factories will be changed (yes, i know they cannot "upgrade") so that to have 60 A6M3a and 70 A6M5s in production by the end of the year.


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RE: Back from London - 11/3/2012 5:24:43 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: obvert


Interested to see what happens in So Pac. Looks like a big clash on the horizon.



Damn...if i only hadn't sent those two CVs back to Japan to upgrade.......well, sooner or later i had to do that so...well, c'est la guerre


Yes, we're moving fast in these days... we'll slow down for sure next week a bit... but we should be able to manage an average of 2-3 turns/day

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RE: Back from London - 11/3/2012 6:35:14 PM   
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Defenetly something is going on in NW Oz... one of my subs was attacked by what seemed to be a big cruiser TF! More air bombings against Port Hedland



In NOPAC a british cruiser TF bombed Amchitka, avoiding (and damaging) one of my RO-boats... while another sub of mine was pretty damaged by his ASW assets near Addak.

The Yankees attacked at Amichtika... the base is without supplies and most of the combat power has been already evacuated...but the americans only managed a 1-2 . The heores of Amichtika really make me proud!

Ground combat at Amchitka Island (158,52)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 13061 troops, 188 guns, 151 vehicles, Assault Value = 404

Defending force 5079 troops, 36 guns, 12 vehicles, Assault Value = 94

Allied adjusted assault: 146

Japanese adjusted defense: 175

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 3)

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

Japanese ground losses:
332 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 33 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
467 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 54 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 16 disabled
Vehicles lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Assaulting units:
27th Infantry Division
151st Cmbt Engineer Battalion
2nd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion

Defending units:
87th Naval Guard Unit
42nd Naval Guard Unit
63rd Naval Guard Unit
2nd Air Defense AA Regiment
5th JNAF AF Unit


In China we got another 1-1 on the mountain passage east of Kienko...and a mere 2-1 at Humruchi.... but we're getting there... these 1-1 means my disablement squads can be put back into action after some time, while his cannot!


Ground combat at 81,40 (near Ankang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 23753 troops, 232 guns, 207 vehicles, Assault Value = 775

Defending force 28998 troops, 192 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 957

Japanese adjusted assault: 523

Allied adjusted defense: 400

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
784 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 97 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1147 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 141 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Assaulting units:
15th Tank Regiment
69th Division
13th Tank Regiment
59th Division
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
5th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
96th Chinese Corps
8th Route Army
33rd Chinese Corps
39th Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
15th Group Army
18th Artillery Regiment






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But the real action took place in SOPAC. I fear that TF NE of Ndeni was just a decoy TF...a CAP trap... it didn't move and i bet he had several fighters CAPPING it... thanks God my Betties didn't launch!
However, at tulagi, his 4Es came, once again, unescorted... but today they found opposition! 2 Zero Daitais and one Nick sentai were there to fight! The zeros did go really bad, even with super crack pilots, while the KI-45s did incredibly well, shooting down more than 13 enemy 4Es
We lost 1 Nick and 14 zeros (8 pilots KIA)...but was a good price for taking fown 13 enemy monsters

One more Nick Sentai is being transfered to the Solomons....


Morning Air attack on Tulagi , at 114,137

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 45
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 31

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 23
B-17F Fortress x 3
B-24D Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 destroyed, 18 damaged
B-17F Fortress: 3 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged

Runway hits 2
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Morning Air attack on Tulagi , at 114,137

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 19
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 18

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 3
B-17F Fortress x 7
B-24D Liberator x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
B-17F Fortress: 1 destroyed, 6 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 6 damaged
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Morning Air attack on Tulagi , at 114,137

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 7
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 3

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 8

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 6 damaged



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Ground combat at Urumchi (79,11)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1536 troops, 0 guns, 283 vehicles, Assault Value = 175

Defending force 2671 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 94

Japanese adjusted assault: 92

Allied adjusted defense: 39

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Allied ground losses:
438 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 30 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
23rd Tank Regiment
12th Tank Regiment
5th Armored Car Co
9th Tank Regiment
11th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
259th Brigade
10th Chinese Base Force
5th Chinese Base Force
6th Chinese Base Force
19th Chinese Base Force
15th Chinese Base Force
8th Chinese Base Force
21st Chinese Base Force







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RE: Back from London - 11/3/2012 7:01:56 PM   
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Hi GreyJoy, have you a link to the map that you use?
I've dowloaded it many month ago, but now I'm unable to find any link.
Thanks.

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RE: Back from London - 11/3/2012 7:22:35 PM   
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Found it in the DBB site...it's the extended map with stacking limits

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RE: Back from London - 11/3/2012 7:26:48 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: GreyJoy

Found it in the DBB site...it's the extended map with stacking limits


Thanks a lot

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RE: Back from London - 11/3/2012 7:28:40 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: cohimbra


quote:

ORIGINAL: GreyJoy

Found it in the DBB site...it's the extended map with stacking limits


Thanks a lot


figurati

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RE: Back from London - 11/4/2012 8:17:37 AM   
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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Sep 07, 42

As the first attack on Amichtika was repulsed, Brad sent in another division. Really glad he has to deploy two full divisions with some powerfull combat eng units to get rid of a tiny garrison with no supplies at all and no heavy arty... this is teaching me a lot!
Our subs are being very ineffective this time... 10 subs didn't manage to score a single hit on his upcoming ships...i'll retire them now. No reason the remain there with high DLs and got sunk for no gain...


In China we had a good day. After a couple of 1-1 east of Kienko, i've ordered a shock attack: 5-1 and the mountain passage is finally ours! Now we're advancing once again west! GO WEST! The northern enemy army must really be in a bad shape after all these retreats.... we also conquered Humrachi almost intact! more oil to be flown to Shangai

Tomorrow at chikkiang another deliberate attack is ordered. The 39th Division has been brought in, rotating the 63rd which was in bad shape. Bought out another division that will be available very soon for the Adamans

Brad is sending some scouting ships between Cylon and Port Blair. Moving some Nells in...but, above all, i'm rushing to get some substantial reinforcements to the Adamans: 2 Divisions at Sebang, 1 division at Nicobar and 1 mixed bde for Little Adaman and Port Blar. With 2 Air HQs present in the area (Port Blair and Sebang) an operation here would be very risky for him.

Also sending a division at Padang and Bankolen (western Sumatra)...just to be sure no "coup de main" can be made.

4 SNLF units are moving to the Marshalls as we speak.

After the beating over Tulagi, no more 4Es showed up in the last 2 days in the Solomons, while his bait-TF (CAP trap) retired south of Ndeni.

It's now time to apply more pressure in China. More engineers are bought out and sent to the DEI.



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Amphibious Assault at Amchitka Island (158,52)

TF 3 troops unloading over beach at Amchitka Island, 158,52

Allied ground losses:
137 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 16 (0 destroyed, 16 disabled)
Vehicles lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)

13 troops of a USA 41 Rifle Squad lost from landing craft during unload of 40th Infantry Div /2
Motorized Support lost in surf during unload of 40th Infantry Div /18


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Ground combat at 81,40 (near Ankang)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 22761 troops, 260 guns, 206 vehicles, Assault Value = 626

Defending force 26387 troops, 189 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 737

Japanese adjusted assault: 871

Allied adjusted defense: 163

Japanese assault odds: 5 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
546 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 78 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
7938 casualties reported
Squads: 237 destroyed, 66 disabled
Non Combat: 279 destroyed, 49 disabled
Engineers: 16 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 15 (12 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Units retreated 7

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
15th Tank Regiment
69th Division
13th Tank Regiment
59th Division
1st Mortar Battalion
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment
5th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
8th Route Army
33rd Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
39th Chinese Corps
15th Group Army
18th Artillery Regiment









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RE: Back from London - 11/4/2012 11:49:36 AM   
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The Burma front... with the monsoon season ending soon, i have to plan and move fast!




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Chikkiang fell! - 11/4/2012 6:19:48 PM   
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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Sep 08, 42

Finally, after more than 4 months of constant battles, the brave 11th Army (5 divisions strong, constantly rotating) managed to dislodge the enemy from the key base in central china.
Now we have a solid breakthrough behind the river and we will press on! The 11th Army is already moving westwards, chasing the enemy towards Kweiang (another key base), while the 13th Army will attack and open the right flank of the 11th.
The 12th and 14th Army will follow and will fill the gaps. 2nd Tank Division is almost ready to be assembled (still need 440 PPs in order to buy the last bde of this big unit), while the 1st Tank Div is waiting for some medium tanks to be filled in her ranks.

The pressure towards Kianko (northern China) is rising... 7 divisions are marching west...


In NOPAC, the americans attacked and managed to get only a 2-1 (using 2 full divisions!!)... Amchitka is still ours


Still no sign of the US CVs... this is not good, not at all... i wonder if he's really trying to surprise me in western Oz...



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Ground combat at Chihkiang (78,50)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 39976 troops, 412 guns, 256 vehicles, Assault Value = 1188

Defending force 41093 troops, 255 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1079

Japanese adjusted assault: 1085

Allied adjusted defense: 475

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

Japanese forces CAPTURE Chihkiang !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
1715 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 173 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Vehicles lost 25 (1 destroyed, 24 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
6589 casualties reported
Squads: 476 destroyed, 52 disabled
Non Combat: 323 destroyed, 66 disabled
Engineers: 87 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 52 (52 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 7

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
39th Division
4th Tank Regiment
68th Division
51st Division
2nd Tank Regiment
21st Mortar Battalion
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
11th Army
12th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
20th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
50th Chinese Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
7th Artillery Regiment


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Ground combat at Amchitka Island (158,52)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 24780 troops, 390 guns, 274 vehicles, Assault Value = 712

Defending force 4942 troops, 36 guns, 12 vehicles, Assault Value = 81

Allied adjusted assault: 264

Japanese adjusted defense: 97


Allied assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
939 casualties reported
Squads: 19 destroyed, 24 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 36 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
602 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 6 disabled
Vehicles lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Assaulting units:
40th Infantry Division
27th Infantry Division
151st Cmbt Engineer Battalion
2nd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion

Defending units:
42nd Naval Guard Unit
87th Naval Guard Unit
63rd Naval Guard Unit
2nd Air Defense AA Regiment
5th JNAF AF Unit



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RE: Chikkiang fell! - 11/4/2012 6:48:02 PM   
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RE: Back from London - 11/4/2012 8:27:07 PM   
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Field day in Burma skies

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Sep 09, 42

While the americans finally managed to conquer Amichtika and started to bomb Attu Island...
...while in China the japanese armies are marching towards the Glory fields...

...in Burma the japanese air force just had its best day of the war.

He has been bombing Mitikyna for months now. 70 bombers, heavily escorted, every day brought their cargo of death to the tiny jungle base in japs hands.
I haven't tried to contest it...for months i let him bomb... and, as foreseen, he forgot i was there too... and probably got a bit sloopy!

So today we managed to ambush the Bukas! 2 Zero, 1 Nick and 2 Tojo Sentais were put on LRCAP over Mitikyna.
We lost 1 nick, 2 zeros and 1 Tojo... for 64 enemy planes!!!!! (only 1 KIA and 1 WIA ).

A great day. Really a great day.


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Morning Air attack on 4th Ind Engineer Regiment, at 63,41 (Warazup)

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 26

Allied aircraft
Lysander II x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Lysander II: 3 destroyed



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Morning Air attack on Myitkyina , at 64,42

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 15
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 22
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 7

Allied aircraft
P-43A-1 Lancer x 6
Blenheim I x 10
Blenheim IV x 3
Hurricane IIc Trop x 6
B-26B Marauder x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-43A-1 Lancer: 3 destroyed
Blenheim I: 6 destroyed
Blenheim IV: 2 destroyed
Hurricane IIc Trop: 1 destroyed
B-26B Marauder: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged


CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (15 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
11th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Raid is overhead
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Raid is overhead
264th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on Myitkyina , at 64,42

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 14
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 18
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 5

Allied aircraft
P-43A-1 Lancer x 6
Blenheim IV x 15

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 7 destroyed, 1 damaged


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Morning Air attack on Myitkyina , at 64,42

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 14
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 15
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 3

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 6 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Myitkyina , at 64,42

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 9
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 2

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 16
B-26B Marauder x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-26B Marauder: 1 destroyed, 9 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 8



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Ground combat at Amchitka Island (158,52)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 23911 troops, 390 guns, 240 vehicles, Assault Value = 670

Defending force 4102 troops, 36 guns, 12 vehicles, Assault Value = 27

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Allied adjusted assault: 401

Japanese adjusted defense: 52

Allied assault odds: 7 to 1 (fort level 1)

Allied forces CAPTURE Amchitka Island !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
592 casualties reported
Squads: 23 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 14 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 12 (11 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 8 (8 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
172 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled

Assaulting units:
40th Infantry Division
27th Infantry Division
151st Cmbt Engineer Battalion

Defending units:
63rd Naval Guard Unit
87th Naval Guard Unit
42nd Nav Gd /1
2nd Air Defense AA Regiment
5th JNAF AF Unit



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RE: Back from London - 11/4/2012 9:08:02 PM   
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He didn't lose many valuable a/c. Mostly Blenheims IV...but hopefully this defeat will keep him honest and force him to use more fighters on sweep role and, maybe, the loss of some experienced british crews will hurt him a bit.
They key of my defence, however, it's this: an active defence but minimizing the expenditure of assets (men, supplies, planes, fuel etc...). I wanna be able to bite him back as long as possible.

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RE: Back from London - 11/4/2012 10:44:01 PM   
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Pondering about CS conversions... what to do? November is right behind the corner and i have to plan accordingly.

I love the CSs ability to give extra 90 search planes (at 10 hexes!) for the KB...at the same time 4 CVLs would be very interesting for mid-late war japanese carrier capabilities.... I'm thinking about leaving the slower CS (22 knots) as a CS,while converting the other 3...what do you think?
Also 300 days is A LOT!!! means not having CSs for the decisive 1943 year... but 3 CVLs...mean more 90 planes...not bad

I'm really puzzled

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RE: Back from London - 11/4/2012 10:59:05 PM   
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Pondering about CS conversions... what to do? November is right behind the corner and i have to plan accordingly.

I love the CSs ability to give extra 90 search planes (at 10 hexes!) for the KB...at the same time 4 CVLs would be very interesting for mid-late war japanese carrier capabilities.... I'm thinking about leaving the slower CS (22 knots) as a CS,while converting the other 3...what do you think?
Also 300 days is A LOT!!! means not having CSs for the decisive 1943 year... but 3 CVLs...mean more 90 planes...not bad

I'm really puzzled


I really value the extra search. During the critical stages in late 42 into mid 43, when you have a superiority, these ships let your eyes be extended without over-burdening the strike groups. Also, they can really serve well in an ASW role. If you do want more CAP, you can always use Rufes/Rexes down low, flying these where they will get the TBs.

I did convert one, the Mizuho, as it's so slow it can't keep up with the KB, but gains speed in conversion. By the time the conversions would arrive the 90 planes are great to have, but they're completely outclassed by the Hellcats he'll be using.



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RE: Back from London - 11/4/2012 11:16:51 PM   
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quote:

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Pondering about CS conversions... what to do? November is right behind the corner and i have to plan accordingly.

I love the CSs ability to give extra 90 search planes (at 10 hexes!) for the KB...at the same time 4 CVLs would be very interesting for mid-late war japanese carrier capabilities.... I'm thinking about leaving the slower CS (22 knots) as a CS,while converting the other 3...what do you think?
Also 300 days is A LOT!!! means not having CSs for the decisive 1943 year... but 3 CVLs...mean more 90 planes...not bad

I'm really puzzled


I really value the extra search. During the critical stages in late 42 into mid 43, when you have a superiority, these ships let your eyes be extended without over-burdening the strike groups. Also, they can really serve well in an ASW role. If you do want more CAP, you can always use Rufes/Rexes down low, flying these where they will get the TBs.

I did convert one, the Mizuho, as it's so slow it can't keep up with the KB, but gains speed in conversion. By the time the conversions would arrive the 90 planes are great to have, but they're completely outclassed by the Hellcats he'll be using.





Thx Erik!
Agree on what u say. I already have the Chitose equipped with Rufes for some extra cap.
Like the idea of coverting only the mizhuo. Think i'll go for it.
The Nisshin and Chyoda will have a dedicated ASW FP group and a dedicated search FP group.

Today, the 10th, the 13th army got another 1-2.... But the 11th army managed ro advace and got again in cntact with the enemy. We'll immediately attack. Don't wanna give hom time to breathe!

Hollandia is finally being built by 5 engineers units.

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RE: Back from London - 11/5/2012 4:47:10 AM   
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Definitely convert the Mizuho. I would probably only retain 1 CS as while the floatplanes are useful you have them flying from your CA's and in bad weather they cant take off so you cannot rely on them alone for naval search.

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RE: Back from London - 11/5/2012 8:52:51 AM   
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Definitely convert the Mizuho. I would probably only retain 1 CS as while the floatplanes are useful you have them flying from your CA's and in bad weather they cant take off so you cannot rely on them alone for naval search.



They can't fly in bad weather? Didn't know the FPs had a different code...

mmm.... the more i think of it, the more i'm puzzled. I'll go back reading some threads about it and see what does the community think.



About my R&D efforts:

recently i've been reading a lot of PaxMondo's comments about certain plane types...and i understood that i had really messed up with my long term R&D.
Invested too much in the Tojo line and converted to many R&D factories to normal factories (playing with realistic R&D ...so this is a problem).
My investment in the SAM line was too little and too late. Only have 3x30 factories researching it, while too many little factories are wasting time researching less usefull planes (the Peggy for example). I have all these small factories because i thought they would be usefull, once a certain type becomes available, in converting to normal factories so that i wouldn't be forced to change the production of the already existing factories... that is a mistake cause you end up having so many R&D factories completely useless for any serious R&D pourpose. Live and learn!

So, we're now waiting for the A6M5s to arrive along with the A6M3a (both should be available for 10/42) and then we'll convert the two existing A6M2 factories to these two models, while switching the 5 R&D factories to the SAM line (hopefully it's not too late).
Once the N1K1 becomes available, i'll research the N1K2 to some extent, but i'll end up there (i'm not interested in the K5 variant cause the service rating sucks back again at 3) and will switch some factories to the KI-84b (i was too stupid not to understand that the two CL cannons make this the best late war fighter, hands down).

More efforts will also be put on the Ha-43 engine (at the moment i only have 2x30 R&D factories researching it) as soon as the Ha-45 will become available (probably by the end of semptember 42).

Also the production of the Tojo IIa will be slowed. At the moment i have more than 350 Tojo IIa standing in the pool, taking dust... and i have too many little factories producing it. More factories will be devoted to different models (probably more Jakes....never have enough of them, and i'm already producing 100!!!!)

I'll probably add 1 more R&D factory to the Grace research also...

So far, the only balanced line has been the Oscar one... the most useless plane in my arsenal...

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RE: Back from London - 11/5/2012 8:05:47 PM   
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GJ, Good work in China. Once you crack that crust the rest falls pretty fast. For the Allies, China is the one real theater where you cannot afford to make mistakes. And it is easy to do.

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RE: Back from London - 11/6/2012 12:12:04 AM   
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Seaplanes can launch from a catapult in bad weather, but landing in big waves or poor visibility is another matter. If they can't land safely, they won't launch either - would you?

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RE: Back from London - 11/6/2012 3:42:54 AM   
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They can't fly in bad weather? Didn't know the FPs had a different code...


In fact the "advanced weather" gives the Allies a tremendous advantage in 1942 if used smartly .. basically the world is more like planet Hoth than the Pacific Ocean .. expect patrol planes not to fly ... but the Mavis' and Cat's will fly and if the IJN are adventuresome outside of Mavis range it could be an Allied first strike ..

I have two such occurances with disasterious results for the IJ ;)

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RE: Back from London - 11/6/2012 11:39:34 AM   
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Well, guys, it seems everybody has his own opinion about the CS-CVLs conversion. I think i'll keep 2 CSs and convert the Nisshin and the Mizuho. In medio stat virtus....

Sep 9-18, 1942

With order:

NOPAC: the enemy started to use 4Es against troops. This is the first time Brad does it...and the results were terrifying: 2 SNLFs and one base forces completely destroyed at Attu Island in less than 10 days No Attu is empty and our dominions in the Aleutinas are no more.

I tried to track the enemy surface fleet down with my subs...but no luck this time...lost a glenn-equipped sub (I-8) due to DC racks in deep waters


CENTPAC: The enemy has fortified Baker, while we're sending reinforcements to Makin, Tarawa and all the other islands in the Marshalls.

SOPAC/SWPAC: The enemy started to recon Horn Island: i'm sure he will follow this route of advance... We're building Hollandia and some nearby bases in order to prepare our future defensive positions. Many enemy fighters were retired from the front at Portland Roads, CookTown, Ndeni... where are they going? My guess? Exmouth and NorthWest Oz

NWOZ: The enemy activity around Perth is rising. Exmouth is now a major base, along with Carnavon. Many ASW TFs are patrolling those areas and i already got two subs badly damaged. I will try to buy some time here, while building my deep defences in the DEI.

COCOS Is: Enemy fighters appeared at Cocos, along with several TFs.... i could not send my bombers due to the presence of enemy fighters in strenght.... but one thing is sure: the fastest i start to dig in western DEI/SRA, the better!

BURMA: see map

China: Well CrSutton, it's not like that. The terrain and the stacking limits mean that every enemy stack i defeat and force to retreat becomes another PITA the very next hex. There's no steamroller in this game. I have to fight for every damned inch of ground i conquer! For example: once the enemy army at Chikkiang was defeated, i immediately followed it. 3 turns later we attacked it again and we obtained two 1-1 in a row... then we shock attacked and pushed them back with a 3-1. We followed up (rotating my divisions) and, with the next attack, only managed another 1-1... it's tough, believe me!

Anyway, we're advancing in China. The norther front seems where we are making better progresses (while in the south the 13th Army keeps on being repulsed). I'm pretty confident that, by the end of october, we will be running our tanks in the plains around Kienko.


R&D: Ha-45 arrived! We'll start to produce 250 of them/monthly, while 2 engineR&D factories are changed to research the Ha-43 (for a total of 3).

ASW: we're doing well. It's been now 20 days without any significant enemy sub attack!







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RE: Back from London - 11/6/2012 11:40:19 AM   
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RE: Back from London - 11/6/2012 12:27:00 PM   
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The good thing is in Burma that he'll face similar difficulties with the stacking that you've had in China. It should give you some time to re-enforce if needed.

The flanking and maneuvering in China is really great to watch. So much more interesting, even if hard n the nerves, than the usual giant stack approach. I admit although it's fun to roll through with 6k AV, this takes more patience skill and planning. Much closer to a real scenario, if still difficult on the Allied player.

Have you been hitting the troops North of Chikhiang that you're flanking toward with air bombardment? They're in the rough only, so you should be able to nail them.

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RE: Back from London - 11/6/2012 3:41:42 PM   
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The good thing is in Burma that he'll face similar difficulties with the stacking that you've had in China. It should give you some time to re-enforce if needed.

The flanking and maneuvering in China is really great to watch. So much more interesting, even if hard n the nerves, than the usual giant stack approach. I admit although it's fun to roll through with 6k AV, this takes more patience skill and planning. Much closer to a real scenario, if still difficult on the Allied player.

Have you been hitting the troops North of Chikhiang that you're flanking toward with air bombardment? They're in the rough only, so you should be able to nail them.



Hi Erik. No, i haven't bombed yet those units. Will soon. My bombers in China are busy keeping the enemy AFs damaged and the enemy stacks suppressed... but there are so many of them that it's a difficult task to accomplish!

YEs, it's completely a different game using the stacking limits map. And a better game i'd say. Much more realistic and the land warfare aspect of WITPAE gets a lot of improvements!


Sept 19, 1942

The enemy started to bomb Horn Island. As i was saying, my bet is that the allied main vector of advance will be a double hook from NorthEastern and NorthWestern Oz towards Darwin and Timor. I'll try to gain as much time as possible and, in the meanwhile, building up a good defensive perimeter.


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RE: Back from London - 11/6/2012 4:36:36 PM   
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Sept 20, 1942

Another quiet day.

Still no subs attacks! It's nearly a month now since the last enemy attack...it's working!

Oh, yeah, i sent 4 midget sub carriers to PH... results? 3 out of 4 midgets hit mines and sunk...a 4th is detected and didn't engage anything... will be lost.
An attempt...but defenetly i'm not doing it again... you risk 4 good subs (the carriers) for nothing.

Again heavy enemy activities reported around Perth.

KB is almost ready to move (all ships have been upgraded so far).

A shock attack is ordered for tomorrow in China. The 11th Army will again attempt to break the enemy backbone east of Kweiyang

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RE: Back from London - 11/6/2012 5:54:43 PM   
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Sept 20-21, 1942

Brad is scouting my whole perimeter, in order o find a weak spot.

picket ships suddenly appeared near Wake, south of Tarawa, North of Exmouth and south of Cylon... he wants to see where i do have my Netties and how good my search arcs are...be sure of that!

My sense was right...his next move will come from Western Oz. Suddenly the number of a/c present at Exmouth doubled! and now also a BB is spotted (maybe FOW, but for sure is a BIG ship). Moving some subs from SOPAC to Kendari while we speak. The KB will be moved to Babedoleab...

We finally landed at Cebu. He has a full division there and some forts, while i brought the 16th Division, the 65th Bde and an Artillery regiment. It's taking foreever to unload tough... Gotta get rid asap of Cebu so that we can then move two divisions to Northern Oz...time is running up!

In China the shock attack went well. 3-1 and the enemy is backed again... but my 2 divisions are very tired and would need some rest...but we cannot. Orders are given to keep on marching, while the 22nd division is coming to give an hand.
The flanking moving 68th Division north of Chikkiang has made contact with the enemy. Tomorrow tanks and artillery will arrive, along with the 12th Army HQ.

The 41st Division is ready to be loaded and moved to Sebang, along with 2 artillery pieces and 2 AA units.

The whole map is heating up now...The allied navies are clearly trying to strangulate me...


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Sep 20, 42



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TF 83 encounters mine field at Pearl Harbor (180,107)

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-6, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage



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TF 83 encounters mine field at Pearl Harbor (180,107)

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-6, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage



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TF 83 encounters mine field at Pearl Harbor (180,107)

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-6, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage



And here goes the last midget sub....


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Ground combat at 76,50 (near Tuyun)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 28724 troops, 348 guns, 277 vehicles, Assault Value = 805

Defending force 34917 troops, 229 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 582

Japanese adjusted assault: 794

Allied adjusted defense: 262

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1197 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 64 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Guns lost 19 (1 destroyed, 18 disabled)
Vehicles lost 15 (1 destroyed, 14 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
11887 casualties reported
Squads: 217 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 464 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 53 (49 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Units retreated 11

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!



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Ground combat at 80,40 (near Kienko) Tomorrow we'll attack here!

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 2121 troops, 148 guns, 110 vehicles, Assault Value = 827

Defending force 43586 troops, 321 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1165

Allied ground losses:
140 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)



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Ground combat at Cebu (80,86)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 3405 troops, 59 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 128

Defending force 11088 troops, 51 guns, 29 vehicles, Assault Value = 504

Japanese ground losses:
6 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
81st PA Infantry Division
PAF Aviation
202nd PA Construction Battalion

Defending units:
38th Division
65th Brigade
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment




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sept 21-24, 1942

NOPAC: The enemy landed at Attu and found it desert. What was left of my two naval garrison units had been destroyed by his 4Es last week. 7 of my subs didn't manage to make a single attack on his transports that were lightly escorted...damn!

BURMA: the enemy seems to be very committed here. A chinese corp made contact with my RTA Cav Division holding the right flank of Mitikina front. We'll see what he's up to here...if it's just a feint or not.
The 48th Division managed to reach a position in the jungle hex right in front of where the 20th Indian division has breached the burmese border. We'll see if and when he'll advance to Akyab or to Shweebo. I have now two divisions in reserve for Burma (one at Rangoon and the other one at Mandalay).
After the beating the RAF took two weeks ago, no more bombings have occurred
ADAMANS: Port Blair and Little Adaman are being well built and soon they will be garrisoned heavily. Sebang and Nicobar will get a division each, along with an air HQ at Sebang. The 41st Div is already being sailed towards Sebang.

PI: Cebu fell at the very first attack. Good. Maybe it was an overkill here, but i had to be sure to conquer the only supply producing base left in the PI. The catalinas that were operating from there gave him a too good insight of my naval movements. Now i have 2 divisions that can be sent to somewhere else!

SRA/DEI: we're very busy to reinforce the whole area. Padang, Siberoet, Sebang are being garrisoned, while we're trying to save some PPs to buy a couple of Base forces to be sent to estabilish a minimum naval search from Sosarbaja to Timor.

Timor: Timor is being built very well. We now have 4 operational bases here and several reinforcements are being sent here (Air and Land HQs, BAse forces, AA units etc). The 2nd Area Army and the 2nd Army HQ are present. the 1st Air Division HQ is being trasnfered from Singapore to Alor.

The enemy is clearly focused in Northern Oz now. The air attacks against Horn Island continue, while at Exmouth are confirmed 20,000 men, 200 planes and several TFs (among which, for sure now, a big SCTF, with a BB and several cruisers).
Considering the fact that the enemy CVs are unseen since 40 days, they may be lingering around Perth.
Port Hedland is the most obvious target. He has bombed it daily untill i showed him a couple of Nicks and Zeros on LRCAP from Broome. But i cannot deny the fact that he may be going for something bolder. All the islands between Timor and Java are ungarrisoned and, with some heart, he could chose to land directly here and cut in two pieces my defences.
I don't have enough forces to estabilish a decent perimeter here. Not now anyway. My only hope is on LBA and on KB. Timor, Sosarbaja and Makassar/Kendari will rapresent my LBA defensive triangle....not enough, but still... Also i'm assembling a new sub flottilla at Sosarbaja (using the subs scattered, uselessly, around the Indian Ocean) and a surface force composed of 3 BBs, 3 CAs, 5 CLs and 15 DDs...not much, i know... Also sending a fuel convoy to Timor

For Horn Island there's nothing much i can do. I have a tiny SNLF unit there... i knew i would have lost it when i conquered it... time gained anyway.

The scheldued reinforcements for SOPAC, however, aren't detached to the DEI. I cannot change my plans. So Russel Island will get a second SNLF unit, along with Lunga. Tulagi will get an extra AT unit, while Munda will benefit from the arrival of 2 AA units. Torokina will get a SNLF and a base force. WoodWork Island will get its third SNLF unit and another base force (getting so an AS of 48). Mylne Bay another SNLF and some engineers. Port Moresby, Buna and Lae will get some garrison units and some engineers. Hollandia will recieve a Garrison unit and a base force and Biak (recently conquered by a SNLF company) will get its first engineer unit in order to start building it asap.

It must, however, underline that all his fighters and bombers have vanished from the whole N-E Oz in the last weeks, and so they are from Ndeni and Lungaville... he must have transfered there somewhere else...where? Western Oz, i can bet on it!

CENTPAC: Tarawa and Makin are now two real strongholds. They both have some very good artillery pieces, forts, tanks and decent infantry. Makin also have an air HQ with torpedoes. I'm now busy getting ready at Ponape and Kusiae Islands. These are very important cause the cover the right flank of Truk. He could easily bypass the Marshalls if he decides to land direcly here, so i'm sending SNLF units to support the base forces already present here, that are busy building forts and AFs.
Majuro, Jaluit etc are also being slowly garrisoned. Wake and Marcus are firmly held...i'd love if he'd come for these twos...

KURILES: With the winter at the gates, i think we're safe. Paramushiro is held by 350 AVs, with base forces, a CD gun unit and substantial AA guns. Onnekotan Jiima is held by 150 AVs, with 5 forts, a Tank regiment and some AA. Shimushiri Jiima has 500 AVs (a full division here), an Air HQ, AAs and Artillery units. 215 planes are resident in these bases. Etorofu has several base forces, and it rapresents my main port in the area (with an AS, an AKE, an AD and several ASW units).


CHINA: Here is where we're doing well. As you may see in the map, we're making good progresses in the central front. The 12th Army succesfully flaned the enemy stack NE of Chikkiang, while the 13th Army keeps it pinned down and will now attack what seems to be a somehow less strong enemy army,s upported by 80 bombers from Hankow. The 11th Army is keeping up with its glorious march towards Kweiyang and will attack tomorrow, in the hope to open the gates of Kweyang and open the road from Tsuyun (so shortening our supply lines).
In the north we are still stuck in the same hex. The attacks didn't work. We're now rotating two more fresh divisions in, and we'll resume the attacks in 3 days.

ECONOMY: the economy hasn't any real problem. 700k HI are stockpiled and fuel and resources are flowing steadly (even if slower than before due to my new convoy system...better slow but safe that fast and sorry, right?). The R&D program is reaching its goals (that weren't exceptional btw) and we should have all the planes we wanted on the scheldued time. I even stop producing Tojos cause i'm stockpiling way too many of them lately. Oscars IIb and A6M5 should arrive between october and november 42. The A6M3a will enter into produciton in 3 days. George should arrive on march 43 (if Gods are good) and Franks and Tojo IIc on september 43. Judys will arrive in mid november 42, while Jills in Jan 43.

KB: the Kido Butai is waiting at the Mariannas for Akagi to finish her upgrades (1 day left) and then will recombine and sail towards Babeldolaeb.




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