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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/2/2012 6:15:56 PM   
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quote:

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Sorry guys if it took so long to reply but was a busy night yesterday


Same girl friend from the summer or have you 'moved on?'



unfortunately i'm getting old...and my sexual mobility, once pride of mine, has absolutely slowed down lately...too lazy to hunt anything outside the couple...also i'm getting sorrounded by friends who father childs and who get married....it doesn't help, believe me


13 dec 1942

Usual shifting of ships spotted from Syndey to Perth. He's moving A LOT of troops to Northern Oz but my perimeter there is pretty solid now.

In China we overstacked against the Kienko Fortress...and we obtained a 1-1 with a deliberate attack....not bad but we need something more. hopefully the flanking movement we're doing will pay off

Enenemy CVs should all be at Sydney by now, while i lost contact with his CVEs which should be near Perth by now....

Ground combat at 80,40 (near Kienko)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 41310 troops, 516 guns, 249 vehicles, Assault Value = 1185

Defending force 26618 troops, 168 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 528

Japanese adjusted assault: 607

Allied adjusted defense: 442

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
654 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 154 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Vehicles lost 36 (5 destroyed, 31 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
405 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 38 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
27th Division
37th Division
26th Division
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment
Mongol Garrison Army
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
9th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
4th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Army
5th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
40th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
64th Chinese Corps

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/3/2012 5:59:57 PM   
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The enemy is really growing strong everywhere. The air balance is clearly shifting to the allied side everywhere on the map.

In China we've been ambushed again over Kunming, with 42 planes shot down for only 20 enemy fighters... These ambushes have finally forced the IJAAF HQ to stop the IJA fighter training program and to send 4 Sentais from Manchutko to China. We need to estabilish again a complete air superiority in this theatre if we want to have a chance of achieving something anytime soon!

In Burma he's testing my defences at Mandalay....i'm pretty sure he'll be coming with a HUGE raid in the next weeks...

In Oz he's moving very very fast towards Darwin...and i have nothing to stop him. All his movements are covered by a HUGE LRCAP and i have no intentions of throwing away my air assets on suicide missions... but i now need to worry cause the inner perimeter is getting really close now... his Catalinas are now able to reach Kendari from the Gulf of Carpentaria...which ain't not a good thing...not at all!!!!

Fearing for a para-drop at Medang...will try to reinforce that empty base with a naval unit asap!

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/3/2012 6:53:13 PM   
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here's what's left of the Empire's dominion in Northern Oz... Darwin will be invested very very soon, while the rest of the sorrounding bases are being built fast by the allied seabees




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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/3/2012 6:57:06 PM   
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In China we're trying to flank the enemy strongpoints east of Kunming and of Kienko... and we're also trying to open the main road to Neikiang (Central Plains)...but the situation is far from being good




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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/3/2012 7:04:12 PM   
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Here are my defences in the southern DEI. With red circles you can see the places i'm planning to fortify in the next couple of weeks, picking up forces from HI and from the pacific




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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/3/2012 7:23:43 PM   
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He will not be willing to risk his CVs at this point until he gets the Hellcat in April '43, so if he goes into the SRA from Northern Australia, the place I would go is due north map wise from Darwin. That means Babar, Selaroe, and/or Saumlaki. He may quickly build up Bathurst Island so he can use his short legged fighters (P-40s) to cover a landing while his P-38s can use drop tanks from Darwin. Anything else means exposing his CVs too much and KB is still too powerful at this time.

OT - I just lost Port Hedland, but in my game as Japan its the end of Dec '43.

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/3/2012 7:29:55 PM   
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He will not be willing to risk his CVs at this point until he gets the Hellcat in April '43, so if he goes into the SRA from Northern Australia, the place I would go is due north map wise from Darwin. That means Babar, Selaroe, and/or Saumlaki. He may quickly build up Bathurst Island so he can use his short legged fighters (P-40s) to cover a landing while his P-38s can use drop tanks from Darwin. Anything else means exposing his CVs too much and KB is still too powerful at this time.

OT - I just lost Port Hedland, but in my game as Japan its the end of Dec '43.


Yup, I agree. Saumlaky already has a strong SNLF unit behind 3 forts. It will get another regiment but i won't build up any AF there. Same for Babar, which is getting a regiment. Selaroe will probably be occupied by a small SNLF garrison...just to avoid a para drop...nothing more. I'm counting on a strong air force based at Timor to threaten these leaps.
Very far LRCAP doesn't work that well thou, so it may be quite risky for him to count only on LRCAP for these adventures... also the combined fleet is still pretty strong and i am willing to contest any attempt of landing anywhere north of Darwin line

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/4/2012 7:01:00 AM   
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The allies seems already too strong to be countered in Northern Oz and in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Today they arrived at night at Taberfane and sunk a convoy full of engineers!!!... this hurts a lot... none of my Netties managed to detect the enemy and my patrol planes were clearly sleeping...
I simply cannot cover the whole perimeter... i have not enough forces and Brad is very good at threatening everything everywhere

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Taberfane at 82,117, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Banshu Maru #8, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PB Sozan Maru, Shell hits 14, and is sunk
xAK Meiyo Maru, Shell hits 32, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Syohei Maru, Shell hits 10, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Unkai Maru #3, Shell hits 23, and is sunk
xAP Kashima Maru, Shell hits 34, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CA Louisville
CA Pensacola
CL Leander
CL Achilles
DD Monssen
DD Frazier
DD Sims
DD Mustin
DD O'Brien

Japanese ground losses:
2852 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 150 destroyed, 90 disabled
Guns lost 13 (6 destroyed, 7 disabled)

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Now i see my mistakes... I should have expanded and held my southern perimeter way longer....but the more you expand, the more you leave vital areas undefended in the rear...but still, despite having started very soon to build up my rear area defences, the southern DEI seems now completeley undefended...too many bases to cover...too many bases to garrison and to build up....too few engineers and too few means to do a proper job.
Gove (east of Darwin) reached today lvl 1 port and AF... you know what it means right?

I'm a bit frustrated right now. I invested a lot in China...probably too much...and despite some successes i'm still stuck. The KB hasn't seen any action for a LOOOONG time and i never have the chance to come out and play. Same for my surface assets... always too late (i had a cruiser TF 9 hexes close to Taberfane) or too far away...
Brad's really good and he's teaching me how the allied player should play it out


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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/4/2012 7:12:28 AM   
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Dec 15, 42

The allies seems already too strong to be countered in Northern Oz and in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Today they arrived at night at Taberfane and sunk a convoy full of engineers!!!... this hurts a lot... none of my Netties managed to detect the enemy and my patrol planes were clearly sleeping...
I simply cannot cover the whole perimeter... i have not enough forces and Brad is very good at threatening everything everywhere


Sad news. Losing those engineers is not good. Losing half of ID will hurt less.
Buy them back ASAP. In month You should have them ready to back in action.

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/4/2012 9:16:08 AM   
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Yes, i'm building them back...but it takes some time and i need engineers in southern DEI now!

Ok, the bad mood has passed. It's damned hard to play as Japan guys and Brad is that kind of player who never commits any major mistake and who always makes you feel uncertain.
He's reconning Sumatra from Cocos Island, so i cannot simply move everything down to southern DEI...an invasion of western Sumatra could possibly be worse than an invasion of Timor.
I decided to follow Cribtop's advice...moving back some units from SOPAC and CENTPAC and reinforcing the DEI even more... the point is that my air force is already thin everywhere and i cannot defend all those theatres at the same time (Burma, Sumatra, Southern DEI, CENTPAC and SOPAC). I'm trying to keep track of his movements but from western Oz he can go almost everywhere and my naval search is very limited with Cocos Is. in his hands.... for those who are listening: remember to conquer Cocos Is. ASAP...before it's too late

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/4/2012 12:50:21 PM   
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Now i see my mistakes... I should have expanded and held my southern perimeter way longer....but the more you expand, the more you leave vital areas undefended in the rear...but still, despite having started very soon to build up my rear area defences, the southern DEI seems now completeley undefended...too many bases to cover...too many bases to garrison and to build up....too few engineers and too few means to do a proper job.


In late 43 I'm just now feeling that I have the kind of defense of the SE DEI that can provide some hurt if attacked. For the past year I've been looking at these areas and thinking how much I still had to fill in and build up. Brad is moving really fast, and these surface incursions will increase I'm sure, but with them you gain the opportunity to make him pay for getting to far forward as well. You seldom let the same trick fool you twice, I've noticed.

He still has to get across a stretch of water that will be tough to do without losses. If you win a victory with the KB that could give you a year of respite before he gains strength to go again. The decisive battle right? Its what Japan is all about.

Do you have night search Jakes flying around here? That will help a bit to see them before they're right on you. If he's threatening the DEI why not move all air and sea assets form Cent Pac back to the DEI and let him go nuts there?

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/4/2012 4:01:53 PM   
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I decided to follow Cribtop's advice...moving back some units from SOPAC and CENTPAC and reinforcing the DEI even more... the point is that my air force is already thin everywhere and i cannot defend all those theatres at the same time (Burma, Sumatra, Southern DEI, CENTPAC and SOPAC).


This is Japan's problem in a nutshell. So don't try. Choose your battleground and ramp up your defences. If Sumatra and the DEI are your concern then that is where your forces should be concentrated. The lack of air support is a real hindrance in this mod, so don't compound the problem by dispersing your forces to the point of ineffectiveness.

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/4/2012 6:49:20 PM   
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quote:

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Now i see my mistakes... I should have expanded and held my southern perimeter way longer....but the more you expand, the more you leave vital areas undefended in the rear...but still, despite having started very soon to build up my rear area defences, the southern DEI seems now completeley undefended...too many bases to cover...too many bases to garrison and to build up....too few engineers and too few means to do a proper job.


In late 43 I'm just now feeling that I have the kind of defense of the SE DEI that can provide some hurt if attacked. For the past year I've been looking at these areas and thinking how much I still had to fill in and build up. Brad is moving really fast, and these surface incursions will increase I'm sure, but with them you gain the opportunity to make him pay for getting to far forward as well. You seldom let the same trick fool you twice, I've noticed.

He still has to get across a stretch of water that will be tough to do without losses. If you win a victory with the KB that could give you a year of respite before he gains strength to go again. The decisive battle right? Its what Japan is all about.

Do you have night search Jakes flying around here? That will help a bit to see them before they're right on you. If he's threatening the DEI why not move all air and sea assets form Cent Pac back to the DEI and let him go nuts there?


Yes, I'm actually transfering some air units from Kuriles, HI and CENTPAC back to the DEI. Some 80 Nells are now based in Java, with 27 Betties at Timor plus some 200 between Kates,Vals and Helens from Sosarbaja to Ambon. More fighters are arriving from China, Kuriles and SOPAC. 3 SAGs are already operating in the southern DEI, along with 3 CVEs and 2 CVLs. The KB will wait to get engaged untill we know where his CVs will be moved next.

My fear is that, with all those islands, he could easily grab one with a para-drop or a fast transport and then fufill it with hundreds of engineers that will build up a big AF in no time...this is what he has done so far...

I still think he'll be landing anytime soon at Tabiutea in CENTPAC in order to build a great base right at my doorstep in the CENTPAC, that's why i'm really anxious of keeping all my forces in the DEI and leaving the pacific alone...


However, at Kunming, my flanking movement seems to be working...his stack is retreating back to Kunming...so now we'll be fighting in a base hex (which is good!). 3 Divisions will keep on pushing here...hopefully, sooner or later, i'll be get there!

In Burma i'm still waiting for a big raid against Mandalay...it's just a matter of days now, i'm pretty sure of that.

The KB, in the meanwhile, has upgraded most of its fighter Daitais into the A6M5 and already 2 Vals Daitais have been converted to the Judy mk.1. The Jills will be available by 1/43 if God's good!

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/4/2012 7:43:23 PM   
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He probably will hit TB soon, but which would you rather lose - TB or Taberfane?

Don't panic. He is moving very fast for the Allies. Concentrate air, surface assets and all flat tops near the SE DEI and hammer his first move "over the top." As other state - go for a big win and set him back on his timeline.

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/5/2012 7:14:38 AM   
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Sorry guys, busy days at work... Just a few words to say we reached dec 17, 1942

The enemy, again, landed paras via subs at Boela! This time is more than just a nuisance: i need to get that base back and garrisoned ASAP!

Enemy's CVEs are detected at Port Hedland....

One of my CVLs spotted and attacked ( with bombs ) a ducth CL south of cocos island, while 4 BBs are spotted at Cocos!! Surface TFs are dispatched and Vals are transfered to christmas i.o..... Netties based at Batavia are all at DefCom 1.

In china we're massing some 100 tojos to begin to sweep Kunming's air defences, while our army is fighting at just one hex east of the city. In the plains we're moving 3 divisions eastwards, towards Chungking.... We're on the move again!

In Burma we stopped a shock attack NE of shweebo. 3 indian divisions and 1 chinese division attacked 5 RTA regiments and 2 regiments of the 5th guards div and obtained a plain 1-2 with heavy losses....we're doing very well in Burma! We just need to hold for 4 more months...then the monsoon will do the rest

A bde is unloading at christmas i. O., bringing the local AV up to 250 ....enough for the moment.

The 68th div is finally bought out and is moving towards Kendari!

Fenton, south of darwin, has been conquered....in a week the enemy will be dining at Darwin....

60k supplies are arriving in the southern DEI, along with one more air HQ and some more DDs....

A brand new CVE arrived today...will probably be used for escort duties with 27 kates on ASW...

More news tonight

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/5/2012 12:01:00 PM   
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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 18, 42
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Christmas Island IO at 44,116

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 16
B5N2 Kate x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Caradoc, Bomb hits 3, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 6000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

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Ground combat at 70,48 (near Kunming) The enemy retreat stopped here, one hex east of Kunming, while the bulk of his armies retreated into the city...we're gonna attack tomorrow, as soon as the 3rd division will arrive

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1984 troops, 132 guns, 133 vehicles, Assault Value = 320

Defending force 8463 troops, 33 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 175

Allied ground losses:
64 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
22nd Division
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
11th Army
2nd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
7th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
20th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
93rd Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
34th Separate Brigade
79th Chinese/B Corps
79th Chinese/C Corps





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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/5/2012 12:12:29 PM   
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Holding the line in Burma!!!

Ground combat at 58,43 (near Kalemyo)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 37659 troops, 411 guns, 410 vehicles, Assault Value = 1360

Defending force 20615 troops, 163 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 749

Allied adjusted assault: 489

Japanese adjusted defense: 813

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
694 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 81 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 16 disabled

Allied ground losses:
4501 casualties reported
Squads: 29 destroyed, 485 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 58 disabled
Engineers: 10 destroyed, 31 disabled
Guns lost 63 (1 destroyed, 62 disabled)

Assaulting units:
25th Indian Division
23rd Indian Division
7th Indian Division
36th Chinese Division

Defending units:
5th Guards/A Division
3rd RTA/C Division
7th RTA Division
3rd RTA/B Division




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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/5/2012 12:14:40 PM   
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The air battles over Kunming are getting hotter... 16 to 14 in his favour...but attrition is what we want here!


Afternoon Air attack on Kunming , at 69,48

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 23

Allied aircraft
Hurricane I Trop x 6
Hurricane IIb Trop x 1
P-400 Airacobra x 11
P-40E Warhawk x 29
P-40K Warhawk x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-400 Airacobra: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 3 destroyed

CAP engaged:
No.67 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
No.261 Sqn RAF with Hurricane I Trop (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Raid is overhead
35th FG/39th FS with P-40E Warhawk (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Raid is overhead
35th FG/41st FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 29000 , scrambling fighters to 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
347th FG/67th FS with P-400 Airacobra (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
23rd FG/75th FS with P-40E Warhawk (4 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes





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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/5/2012 5:25:42 PM   
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The apperance of the american CVEs at Port Hedland does't bring any good news to the Empire. Don't know how many of them Brad already has, but, if not properly countered, they could rapresent, along with the BBs at Cocos, a mortal threat to the southwestern DEI. I need to be very very carefull now. I need to garrison any possible easy target and start massing my air assets in key places.
I showed him part of my Mini-KB yesterday south of Christmas I.O....this could be enough to make him think twice before committing his CVEs without the CVs against Western DEI. Matarapan is getting a garrison right now and so is Denpassar. Saumlaki is already garrisoned by the Shangai SNLF (...yeah, i know it sounds strange but it costed me few points and those strong snlf units can be usefull anyway) and Babar will get soon another couple of naval guard units. Boela, as soon as we get those paras out, will be garrisoned ...just the minimum to avoid an easy capture... the idea is to prevent any easy capture anywhere north of Darwin.

With the heart full of pain, i'm ordering the Netties and Zeros present at Makin to move back to Rabaul and then to Ambon...stripping the CENTPAC means leaving an open door to Tabiutea and from there to Ocean Island, Naru Island etc.... but, as many of you have said, i have to make decisions and fight for what really matters

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/5/2012 5:38:00 PM   
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The apperance of the american CVEs at Port Hedland does't bring any good news to the Empire. Don't know how many of them Brad already has, but, if not properly countered, they could rapresent, along with the BBs at Cocos, a mortal threat to the southwestern DEI. I need to be very very carefull now. I need to garrison any possible easy target and start massing my air assets in key places.
I showed him part of my Mini-KB yesterday south of Christmas I.O....this could be enough to make him think twice before committing his CVEs without the CVs against Western DEI. Matarapan is getting a garrison right now and so is Denpassar. Saumlaki is already garrisoned by the Shangai SNLF (...yeah, i know it sounds strange but it costed me few points and those strong snlf units can be usefull anyway) and Babar will get soon another couple of naval guard units. Boela, as soon as we get those paras out, will be garrisoned ...just the minimum to avoid an easy capture... the idea is to prevent any easy capture anywhere north of Darwin.

With the heart full of pain, i'm ordering the Netties and Zeros present at Makin to move back to Rabaul and then to Ambon...stripping the CENTPAC means leaving an open door to Tabiutea and from there to Ocean Island, Naru Island etc.... but, as many of you have said, i have to make decisions and fight for what really matters

At this date IIRC (from my own scen 28-C game as Allies) he should have 4 x USN CVE plus Long Island (which has less capacity), plus RN CVE Hermes (which also has less capacity). Very soon - if he has not begun receiving them yet - he will receive 3 more CVE at the Panama Canal. How long it takes them to reach whatever scene of action...?

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/5/2012 5:47:49 PM   
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The apperance of the american CVEs at Port Hedland does't bring any good news to the Empire. Don't know how many of them Brad already has, but, if not properly countered, they could rapresent, along with the BBs at Cocos, a mortal threat to the southwestern DEI. I need to be very very carefull now. I need to garrison any possible easy target and start massing my air assets in key places.
I showed him part of my Mini-KB yesterday south of Christmas I.O....this could be enough to make him think twice before committing his CVEs without the CVs against Western DEI. Matarapan is getting a garrison right now and so is Denpassar. Saumlaki is already garrisoned by the Shangai SNLF (...yeah, i know it sounds strange but it costed me few points and those strong snlf units can be usefull anyway) and Babar will get soon another couple of naval guard units. Boela, as soon as we get those paras out, will be garrisoned ...just the minimum to avoid an easy capture... the idea is to prevent any easy capture anywhere north of Darwin.

With the heart full of pain, i'm ordering the Netties and Zeros present at Makin to move back to Rabaul and then to Ambon...stripping the CENTPAC means leaving an open door to Tabiutea and from there to Ocean Island, Naru Island etc.... but, as many of you have said, i have to make decisions and fight for what really matters

At this date IIRC (from my own scen 28-C game as Allies) he should have 4 x USN CVE plus Long Island (which has less capacity), plus RN CVE Hermes (which also has less capacity). Very soon - if he has not begun receiving them yet - he will receive 3 more CVE at the Panama Canal. How long it takes them to reach whatever scene of action...?



well, 7 CVEs means nearly 200 fighters on CAP...pretty a lot and pretty enough for a fast amphib operation...i need to be very very carefull from now on...

from Panama, however, it should take at least 1 month for a 18 knots ship to reach Port Hedland....

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/5/2012 6:03:45 PM   
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You are wise to put Batavia on alert. Although it seems wildly overaggressive at this stage of the game, the moves around Cocos could be preparatory for a landing on Java or at Benkolen - target Palembang.

I'd still watch the Timor region more closely, but with four BBs at Cocos, you never know.

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/5/2012 7:13:28 PM   
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You are wise to put Batavia on alert. Although it seems wildly overaggressive at this stage of the game, the moves around Cocos could be preparatory for a landing on Java or at Benkolen - target Palembang.

I'd still watch the Timor region more closely, but with four BBs at Cocos, you never know.


Well, untill his CVs are in the Sydney area (out of contact at the moment, but i'm pretty certain they haven't made to Perth yet), a move to Sumatra or Java would be really risky. In a couple of days i can easily transfer there 300 torpedo bombers and several hundreds fighters. Even if he lands and conquer a base, how can he hope to keep it open? I have Air HQs at Singapore, Sebang, Palembang, Batavia and Sosarbaja. Benkolen, Padang and Sebang are heavily garrisoned and so is Siberoet. In Java i have 3 full divisions plus 2 regiments in reserve at Singapore... no, he'll need his CVs to provide cover, not only for the landings but also for the following days... and he knows the KB can travel fast through interior lines... moreover, i can reinforce faster than him.

No, i don't think i'm risking at the moment...nonetheless he could invade Christmas Island or another island west of Sumatra...so i need to be ready for this option (which is the most plausible imho). Those BBs at Cocos are really a strange move... why should he risk them if not for a precise plan?

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/5/2012 8:33:43 PM   
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He could be feinting before a move near Taberfane. He could be about to invade Christmas IO (most likely). He could be doing either just before a move near Timor to buy 48 hours without concentrated IJNAF LBA in the neighborhood.

Odd though. I agree a "mainland" invasion would be nuts (see the outcome of such a move in one of John 3rd's recent games), but you never know. Don't discount the possibility those BBs are misreported CAs or even CLs, but it's still a sign something is up.

Whatever the case, he seems determined to repeat his strategy in the game against Cuttlefish, namely invasion of the DEI.

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/6/2012 10:12:01 AM   
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It's confirmed. 2 BBs and 2 CLs moved 4 hexes southeast of Cocos... quite a strange move if you ask me. At Cocos only 6 fighters are present, so it's not a CAP trap...but if it's so, what are those BBs doing in the middle of noone's land? My Netties are in range, even if the distance is pretty long, but i have 27 Vals at Christmas, and my mini KB is still lingering - undetected - west of Christmas I.O.... really don't understand. 4 CLs+8 DDs are based at Christmas in order to prevent a bombardment run...those should be those slow british BBs...so why risk them against the nimble japanese CLs and DDs?

However, at Port Hedland enemy CVEs are spotted once again. Tomorrow we'll start to recon the base also with our Judy (oh, by the way, i have completely cancelled the Irving program and concentrate on the Judy-C for IJN recon planes. It only uses 1 engine and it can also be based on carriers....), in order to confirm at 100% the enemy presence there.

In China he managed to push back my tiny chinese bde from Kunming, while tomorrow 2 divisions, heavily supported by a huge artillery train, will attack the enemy stack east of Kunming. 80 Tojos will sweep Kunming (which is heavily defended now).
In the plains we are moving finally! 2 Tank divisions plus 3 infantry divisions are on the move. We will try to isolate Chengtu from Chungking and Kienko and destroy all those corps that Brad left out of the cities.

Still no sign of the enemy USN CVs... i bet they are still at Sydney.

A HUGE Convoy is departing from Singapore. 250k tons of oil, 600k tons of fuel and 300k tons of resources are now moving. 1 CVEs + 5 AVs are providing air ASW cover, while 4 different task forces, composed by Es and DMSs are doing naval ASW job.

250 enemy 4Es bombed PM today, trashing the field completely. Don't know what is the pourpose of these attacks. PM isn't an active airfield for me. It has never been. I only use as base for my Dinas that recon the enemy bases on NE coast of Oz... is it worth to send 250 4Es to trash that AF?

Medang has been reinforced. Now he's reconning Terapo, where i have 180 AVs behind 3 forts... i can reinforce it even more, but i'll wait and see what he has in mind before committing more infantry.

R&D: Jills have been accellerated. They will arrive on Jan 1 1943. Good. We'll immediatly R&D the next model that uses the Ha-32 engine so we'll be able to get 6 R&D points daily with the engine bonus.
      Frank: none of my R&D factories have fully repaired yet
      Frances should be accelerated within the next 10 days, while the N1K1 should be available for march 43, along with the Jack.


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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/6/2012 1:28:19 PM   
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Port Moresby - Brad will want to invade here at some point, but right now he wants it closed so he can move ship past Horn Island safely.

Judy and Jills - I would start with building 90 per month, but if you can expand to 120 per month. Their increased range and the payload of the Judy is worth the price.

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/6/2012 2:55:09 PM   
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250 enemy 4Es bombed PM today, trashing the field completely. Don't know what is the pourpose of these attacks. PM isn't an active airfield for me. It has never been. I only use as base for my Dinas that recon the enemy bases on NE coast of Oz... is it worth to send 250 4Es to trash that AF?



I think he wants to prevent you from quickly moving aircraft in there when you detect a target of worth. If he leaves the airfield open, you could move planes from 1000 miles away and then strike the same day.

I was wondering why you don't use your carriers if you know where a large concentration of his ships are. It seems like the risk of him knowing where they are is balanced by the fact that you could have a significant impact. That way, you are striking when it is good for you rather than waiting for him to come to a location of his choosing. Just curious; not saying that you are wrong.



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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/6/2012 3:31:51 PM   
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It is not even a question of striking, but actually showing. Yes the KB has to be kept alive as long as possible to force the allies to be careful, but if it is always hidden and never comes out to play, the allies even prudent, eventually do whatever they want.

the DEI is the key to you, sure if you were in late 43 or 44 maybe losing the eastern DEI while bad would not be an utter complete total catastrophy. But now it would the DEI is completely vital to you this early. I mean even if he went for a deep move a conquered the marianas. in late 42 who cares ! without B29 en masse they are useless anyway...

But if he gets a foothold in the DEI now, you could end up with Palembang and others oil wells being bombed in the second semester of 43 !!!

IN this mod the KB is even more vital for it is transportable Aviation support. Right now rather than defeating him, you want to stop him so that you can get more time to get organised.

Just sortie the KB near Timor or whatever, get it seen, and then retreat a bit.. but that way he will know it is near and will have to think long and hard before he goes for a move.

By wanting to hide the KB and wait for the "right moment" you have let him reconquer the whole northern OZ, Horn Island, Merauke, etc. without doing anything to slow him down.

you could have hurt his move in western OZ with it, but better even, just slowed him down.

Your most vital area is threatened, time to show you will fight to the death for it ! Let him have fun in Centpac if he wants, it doesn't matter.

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/6/2012 9:17:24 PM   
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I concur. I may not show the whole KB, but if your mini-KB can hit those UK BBs go for it.

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/7/2012 6:55:56 PM   
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I do get your point guys and, in general terms, i agree.
But (there's always a "but", right?!) my current threatened fronts are split in two and the whole NG stands in the middle.
if i show him the KB now in the DEI, i may convince him to strike elsewhere and i'm not so sure i want this to happen.
Actually my DEI perimeter isn't that bad at the moment. Most of the key areas have been garrisoned and, with the arrival of the Air HQ at Ambon, i now have a chain of air HQs from Sebang down to Palembang, Batavia, Sosarbaja, Timor, Kendari and Ambon, with several inter-connected bases. A net of glenn-equipped subs + Emilies/Mavis should be able to give me quite a decent early warning so to let me concentrate my air forces and surface assets in time to strike back before he actually lands anywhere and the KB, based at Bab, can be everywhere in the DEI within 3 days. There are fuel depots at Ambon, Makassar, Koepang and Kendari (each with 100k fuel) and a replenishment TF ready to be moved if needed. AKEs and ADs are spread over the major ports, with Naval HQs at Kendari, Sosarbaja and Singa.

So, , all considered, the southern DEI now doesn't seem anymore a weak spot. On the contrary, a strike in the Marshalls, with the KB deep into the DEI, could be fatal for the whole pacific front at this point. I really prefer to keep the KB hidden and in a good position to be able to strike when and where needed.


Dec 23, 1942

Near Kunming we obtained another 1-2, while our Tojos keep on fighting for the airspace against several waves of allied fighters. These battles are fierce but the outcome is somehow positive for the Empire...we're trading nearly a 2-1 overall ratio and i'm confident to be able to break the backbone of those air units within the next weeks. The chinese army, however, managed to extabilish another good defensive position and it won't be either easy nor fast for us to dislodge them from there.

Same for Kienko. The attacks aren't leading me anywhere... Our tanks in the plains have now been ordered to cut in two the plains, so to isolate Cengtu from Chungking and so cutting the last supply route for the chinese capital.


Enemy CVs are believed to be lingering at Perth. I had a sub there that got sunk by not less than 6 attacks made by SDBs...so many dountless on ASW duties can only mean....CVs!
We are on max allert now. Babar is getting a regiment in these days. Roti another SNLF and a gun regiment. the 68th division will arrive at Ambon within a week.
The mini-KB is now regrouping at Sosarbaja, while Christmas Island is getting an additional base force and 27 Vals.
The KB refueled today and is ready to be moved to Kendari as soon as we have an evidence of the CV presence. More subs are dispatched to Exmouth and Perth.

In Burma everything's quite for the moment. He stopped his bombing runs to Akyab and Mitikyna

Those enemy's BBs have disappeared in the Indian ocean and are nowhere to be seen anymore.

The Eastern Coast of Oz is now completely quiet.... he must have moved everything to Perth!

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