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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/8/2012 8:32:10 AM   
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X-Mas, 1942

Merry X-Mas 1942!

25 december, the enemy is at the gates of Darwin. As predicted, with Christmas Brad has finished his reconquest of Northern Oz. We've used these months to rush to deliver troops to the southern DEI. Now very important base from Sosarbaja down to Taberfane has a garrison and supply and fuel levels are pretty decent everywhere they should be.

Over Burma it has fallen a strange silent. No air missions for almost 3 weeks now...pretty strange if you ask me.

In China things are getting hotter. The air battles over Kunming are becoming Epic. The IJAAF is suffering pretty badly in the last 4 days, with an avg ratio of 1-2...our main problem is the lack of aviation support in our front line bases. To solve this problem, 2 base forces are moving from Pescadores to HK and will be brought ASAP to Kweyjang. We need to clear those skies if we want to breakthrough those mountains passes
On the ground we keep on trying to flank his positions, while in the plains we're isolating Chengtu from kunming-Tsuyun-Paoshan sector.
My idea is to try to force his armies east of Kienko to fall back, so to open the way for the 7 divisions that are currently stuck in front of the Kienko's strongpoints.

No new signs of enemy CVs.... and i lost track of the CVEs also....




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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/8/2012 11:47:05 AM   
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In my defense of China vs Nick (Olorin) I've found that if a Chinese Corp has had a chance to dig in and build up any forts, it will not retreat until the odds are equal to or greater than the fort level. I had a hex with multiple Corps in it and even though he got 2:1 odds, the only Corps to retreat were those that didn't have a fort of 3 or greater. Now, some hexes have a Corp or more with forts at level 4 or 5 now and will be almost impossible to get moved out.

I would suggest trying to use your LBA to ground attack a particular hex for at least a turn or two to raise the disruption levels before attacking. What I have found out is that you will not get many casualties reported in the Combat Report by ground attacks in jungle and/or rough hexes, but the disruption levels can easily get to 70 or worse. That is how I'm being slowly pushed out of Burma. These air attacks involve very large number of bombers.

If either of these observations are incorrect, would someone please enlighten me.

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/8/2012 4:48:47 PM   
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In my defense of China vs Nick (Olorin) I've found that if a Chinese Corp has had a chance to dig in and build up any forts, it will not retreat until the odds are equal to or greater than the fort level. I had a hex with multiple Corps in it and even though he got 2:1 odds, the only Corps to retreat were those that didn't have a fort of 3 or greater. Now, some hexes have a Corp or more with forts at level 4 or 5 now and will be almost impossible to get moved out.

I would suggest trying to use your LBA to ground attack a particular hex for at least a turn or two to raise the disruption levels before attacking. What I have found out is that you will not get many casualties reported in the Combat Report by ground attacks in jungle and/or rough hexes, but the disruption levels can easily get to 70 or worse. That is how I'm being slowly pushed out of Burma. These air attacks involve very large number of bombers.

If either of these observations are incorrect, would someone please enlighten me.



This ain't a good news indeed. My bombers are always pounding those bastards, almost every day and they never show up with any distruption malus when a combat is made...however, recently, i've found that the best way to deal with chinese defences is to prevent him from rotating. Even a victorious battle costs disabled men and if those men cannot be recovered (for lack of supplies or because they cannot be rotated out) sooner or later those men will become dead men in the next battles.

Dec 26, 42


Look, for example, at what happened today in the usual "verdun" battle east of Kienko.... the enemy odds are finally slowing down
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Ground combat at 80,40 (near Kienko)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 27971 troops, 415 guns, 220 vehicles, Assault Value = 741

Defending force 24289 troops, 162 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 352

Japanese adjusted assault: 506

Allied adjusted defense: 481

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
788 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 45 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled

Allied ground losses:
949 casualties reported
Squads: 48 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 38 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 15 (14 destroyed, 1 disabled)

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

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




And at Warazup i think Brad made a mistake...sent a tank bde in a shock attack beyond the river....

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Ground combat at Warazup (63,41)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 765 troops, 22 guns, 94 vehicles, Assault Value = 697

Defending force 32276 troops, 271 guns, 300 vehicles, Assault Value = 936

Allied adjusted assault: 3

Japanese adjusted defense: 1011

Allied assault odds: 1 to 337 (fort level 2)

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

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

Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 86 (14 destroyed, 72 disabled)

Assaulting units:
96th Chinese Division
45th Indian Brigade
16th Light Cavalry Regiment
75th Indian Brigade
88th Chinese Division
2nd Reserve Division
26th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
5th Division
4th Ind Engineer Regiment
7th Ind.Tank Brigade
4th Guards Division
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
21st Army




No air battles over Kunming today. The recon reports 70 enemy fighters there....i'm prepping to send against them 100 Tojos that are regrouping with good leaders and top pilots at Shangai... in few turns we'll begin the fight again!

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/8/2012 4:50:51 PM   
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N1K1 advanced to 5/43...maybe i could have it by Feb 43

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/8/2012 5:46:01 PM   
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Another R&D decision is taken.

The J2M2 will be skipped and the 3 R&D factories immediately moved to the J2M3 (4/44).

So the plan is to get the N1K1 from Feb 43 to Oct 43, then the J2M3 will be online (with 6 months of advance) and then, by april/may 44, the N1K2.
This should give me enough flexibility in terms of Navy fighters and, at the same time, shouldn't stress my industry too much

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/9/2012 3:35:37 PM   
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Dec 28-30 1942

In China we're pushing hard in order to isolate Chengtu and Kienko from Chungking.

Darwin fell and now the door for the DEI is open to the evil allied empire!

Enemy CVs and BBs are supposed to be near Brisbane...at least that's what a glen has just reported. We need confirmation before doing anything with the KB...

The 68Th div arrived at kendari and will be now divided into 3 regiments and sent to different locations for garrisons duties...






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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/9/2012 3:36:19 PM   
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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/9/2012 4:03:48 PM   
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Note - Your IJA Combat Engineers and IJA Heavy Infantry get an upgrade on Jan 1st. The big thing is their increase in Anti-Armor values (hit the "D" button and then the Infantry button). I would start to plan to get this done when and where possible as any invasion by Brad will include tanks. Just a friendly FYI from your adviser.

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/9/2012 5:02:23 PM   
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Look, for example, at what happened today in the usual "verdun" battle east of Kienko.... the enemy odds are finally slowing down."
 
Ahhh, my favorite hedge knight, I am watching and I observe, that despite your incessant whinning, you have trashed the opponent in China....utterly trashed him.  Well done.  Now, stop whinning and press onward.  Even in the aforementioned battle, you destroyed more than 50 enemy squads for 3 of your own.  My math is not strong, but that seems a "success" by any measure.

In the DEI, I have to admit you have organized a nice reception for him defensively, but would caution you only to this extent.  He who defends everything....often defends nothing.  My feeble advice (I know little of war, but a lot about mistreating people) is this.  A crust defense need be broken in only one place to endanger the whole, while a defense in depth is hard to defeat.  This is especially true in the close quarters of the DEI where you enjoy the presence of many big AFs, large ports in the rear in which to hide a large concentration/reserve with which to counterattack a fledgling beachhead and, perhaps smash him for a long time to come.  I would favor keeping a strong reserve and countering over a crust defense in the frontline of the DEI.  If you do perform a counterattack, then remember mass, not driblets, when you strike. 

Just the advice of your old and dear tormentor.   Now, my young knight, go forth and conquer.

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/10/2012 8:25:38 AM   
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Thank you Micheal! Took note of that one

My Master, it's always a pleasure to see you here watching my efforts. I'm doing my best and i can assure you that, no matter what will happen, the Dreadfort's men will make the enemy spit blood untill the very last day!

Dec 31 1942

The year closes with a good news.
The enemy sortied with a huge convoy from Gove, escorted by a cruiser squadron. Pensacola, Leander and Achilles with some DDs are directed to Darwin. 18 Betties take off from Lautem, unescorted.
Despite the presence of 10 P-38s on LRCAP, our crack boys managed to identify and attack the enemy.
CA Pensacola is sunk. CL Leander eats a fish. We lose 4 Betties due to Flak....man in DBB naval flak really works!!!!

The enemy is trying to reinforce Darwin by sea...this is a good moment to strike! BANZAI!!!! Several Daitais are moved to Timor and my SAG TFs are all ready.

In China we are ready to enter in Kienko from south. Now Cenghtu and Kienko are succesfully isolated from Chungking. Tomorrow we'll attack east of Kienko. We're confident!

BANZAI!!!

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Darwin at 80,124

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 13

Allied aircraft
P-38E Lightning x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 4 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CL Achilles
CA Pensacola, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
CL Leander, Torpedo hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

CAP engaged:
18th FG/19th FS with P-38E Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
35th FG/40th FS with P-38E Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

Magazine explodes on CA Pensacola




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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/10/2012 10:19:13 AM   
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The Jills entered into production. We will build 90 of them for the moment, while 3x30 R&D factories are researching the second version.
The Tina factory has been changed into Mavis-L. Producing 20 of them monthly.


I'm not so sure that it's a good thing to keep on investing so much on the R&D. So many supplies spent....mmmm.... is it worth, for example, to research the second version of the Betty? Do i really need it when i have G3M3s and Frances?



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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/10/2012 10:24:12 AM   
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Once again the enemy CVs disappeared from my radars... last time i spotted them they were at Brisbane...where are they now?

With the arrival of 1/43 the strategic bombing is now allowed. So i'm converting all my 1E bombers into FB and equipped with Nicks. They will be placed in all the important backwater bases with some industrial facilities. Bankok, Saigon, Balikapan, Palembang, Batavia, Sosarbaja etc.  The ASW duties will be conducted only by 2E IJAF bombers. They are more or less useless in any other role by now anyway (except in China obviously)

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/10/2012 10:25:40 AM   
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In Burma he seems to be retiring from Wazarup and Mitikyna area. I think he had enough of it
For the rest Burma remains too quiet. I foresee a an upcoming air battle for the oilfields at Magwe... we're ready to meet him!

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/10/2012 1:45:28 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: princep01

Look, for example, at what happened today in the usual "verdun" battle east of Kienko.... the enemy odds are finally slowing down."
 
Ahhh, my favorite hedge knight, I am watching and I observe, that despite your incessant whinning, you have trashed the opponent in China....utterly trashed him.  Well done.  Now, stop whinning and press onward.  Even in the aforementioned battle, you destroyed more than 50 enemy squads for 3 of your own.  My math is not strong, but that seems a "success" by any measure.

In the DEI, I have to admit you have organized a nice reception for him defensively, but would caution you only to this extent.  He who defends everything....often defends nothing.  My feeble advice (I know little of war, but a lot about mistreating people) is this.  A crust defense need be broken in only one place to endanger the whole, while a defense in depth is hard to defeat.  This is especially true in the close quarters of the DEI where you enjoy the presence of many big AFs, large ports in the rear in which to hide a large concentration/reserve with which to counterattack a fledgling beachhead and, perhaps smash him for a long time to come.  I would favor keeping a strong reserve and countering over a crust defense in the frontline of the DEI.  If you do perform a counterattack, then remember mass, not driblets, when you strike. 

Just the advice of your old and dear tormentor.   Now, my young knight, go forth and conquer.


Master, i'm trying to cover the rear areas too. The northern eastern coast of NG is being built and so are bases like Menado, Kendari, Makassar, Balikapan etc. I admit that the mariannas and Luzon are almost empty... But i have to risk something somehwere. Simply don't have the forces to defend everything, nor to build everywhere. It's still 1/1/1943 and i think it's time to oppose some kind of heavy resistance now. I need to fight here and now. I've already waited probably too much in order to estabilish a first defensive perimeter. Now it's time to move back no more. Not a. Single step back from now on. We fight and die here, where we are. I want the southern Dei to be like Burma...a long and bloody statlemate.

If i manage to get the George in Feb, then his 4E will start to have hard times to demolish my front line bases

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/10/2012 3:52:25 PM   
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The second generation of B-24s come out and in numbers in 2/43, so you need to get ready for the onslaught.
B-24D = 15/month
B-24D1 = 48/month

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/10/2012 5:06:42 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: ny59giants

The second generation of B-24s come out and in numbers in 2/43, so you need to get ready for the onslaught.
B-24D = 15/month
B-24D1 = 48/month



Yup, i know. I'm trying to get ready as best as i can. I've saved my best pilots for these days to come. Most of the IJA/IJN crack pre-war pilots are still alive and kicking and i'm determined to use them wisely in order to optimize their effect and to treat their lifes as a primary good.
None (or few) of the top pilots will be used in offensive missions. they'll be always on the defending side.

Even on the KB (which is upgrading their lasts fighter squadrons in these days), the pre-war pilots will be set on purely CAP mission at 0 range. The escort will be provided by 80 A6M2s specifically moved aboard for this task (with some Vals moved out). These planes are piloted by rookies with 30/70/30 stats. Cannon fodder in other words.

Hopefully these strategy will allow me to still have a decent Air Army in late war times

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/10/2012 5:12:43 PM   
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GJ, If he really digs in around Kumming and the Western Chinese cities, I would not worry too much about it. Quite frankly, clearing out the Central Chinese plain and killing the troops there with the taking of Chungking will cripple the Allied effort in China to the point that he really can't do much. If resources and supply are an issue I would not press the issue too hard in Western China. Viberpol took Kumming but I was able to stop him at Tsyung. It is now 1945 and without a major commitment of other Allied troops there is no way even my rebuilt Chinese units are going to make much of an impact. You as Japan can simply dig in and his poorly equipped Chinese units won't get very far.
Things got a lot better for me when I opened a supply line from Rangoon but the war has progressed to the point where China no longer matters for me as the Allied player.

If you have not done so, you should focus on taking Lanchow and all the northern points. It is not hard to do if you use tanks and you will need the oil found there later on in the war.

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/10/2012 5:34:04 PM   
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GJ, If he really digs in around Kumming and the Western Chinese cities, I would not worry too much about it. Quite frankly, clearing out the Central Chinese plain and killing the troops there with the taking of Chungking will cripple the Allied effort in China to the point that he really can't do much. If resources and supply are an issue I would not press the issue too hard in Western China. Viberpol took Kumming but I was able to stop him at Tsyung. It is now 1945 and without a major commitment of other Allied troops there is no way even my rebuilt Chinese units are going to make much of an impact. You as Japan can simply dig in and his poorly equipped Chinese units won't get very far.
Things got a lot better for me when I opened a supply line from Rangoon but the war has progressed to the point where China no longer matters for me as the Allied player.

If you have not done so, you should focus on taking Lanchow and all the northern points. It is not hard to do if you use tanks and you will need the oil found there later on in the war.



The whole Northern China (up untill the Russian border) is in my hands since September/October 1942.
The plains, now isolated from Kunming-Tsuyun and any possible air bridge, are more or less toasted in the long run. I want to have Kunming and Tsuyun in order to have a direct link to Burma. I need to get supplies flow from China to Northern Burma cause Singapore cannot resupply Burma due to the lack of supplies produced in the SRA-DEI area.

I'm still confident i can conquer Kienko, Cenghtu and Kunming. Not so sure for Chungking and Tsuyun...but i'll do my best anyway

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/10/2012 8:50:38 PM   
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China map at 1/1/1943




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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/10/2012 8:55:12 PM   
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Great job. That map of China has the feel of the military situation in Berlin, circa late Spring 1945!

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/10/2012 9:08:05 PM   
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Great job. That map of China has the feel of the military situation in Berlin, circa late Spring 1945!


Let's hope Chan Kai Sheck will end up in Hitler's way

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/10/2012 9:17:12 PM   
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The defences of Kienko appear weak...only 16k men. If i manage to open that way, 2 armies, 8 divisions and 7 artillery units would be free to roam into the plains

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/10/2012 10:06:42 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Cribtop

Great job. That map of China has the feel of the military situation in Berlin, circa late Spring 1945!


Let's hope Chan Kai Sheck will end up in Hitler's way

Forget Chiang-Kai Shek - Mao is the dangerous one. Get rid of him and China will produce IPADs 30 years earlier for us!

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/10/2012 10:46:43 PM   
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GJ, If he really digs in around Kumming and the Western Chinese cities, I would not worry too much about it. Quite frankly, clearing out the Central Chinese plain and killing the troops there with the taking of Chungking will cripple the Allied effort in China to the point that he really can't do much. If resources and supply are an issue I would not press the issue too hard in Western China. Viberpol took Kumming but I was able to stop him at Tsyung. It is now 1945 and without a major commitment of other Allied troops there is no way even my rebuilt Chinese units are going to make much of an impact. You as Japan can simply dig in and his poorly equipped Chinese units won't get very far.
Things got a lot better for me when I opened a supply line from Rangoon but the war has progressed to the point where China no longer matters for me as the Allied player.

If you have not done so, you should focus on taking Lanchow and all the northern points. It is not hard to do if you use tanks and you will need the oil found there later on in the war.



The whole Northern China (up untill the Russian border) is in my hands since September/October 1942.
The plains, now isolated from Kunming-Tsuyun and any possible air bridge, are more or less toasted in the long run. I want to have Kunming and Tsuyun in order to have a direct link to Burma. I need to get supplies flow from China to Northern Burma cause Singapore cannot resupply Burma due to the lack of supplies produced in the SRA-DEI area.

I'm still confident i can conquer Kienko, Cenghtu and Kunming. Not so sure for Chungking and Tsuyun...but i'll do my best anyway


Well anything you can take helps but if you don't take Kumming I don't think it is such a big deal. There will be no supply there until he retakes Burma.

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/11/2012 8:18:10 AM   
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Jan 01, 43


The day didn't go as planned (does in war it ever go as planned???). I sent a light cruiser TF at full speed from Taberfane to Darwin. The idea was to intercept the enemy cruiser force and engage in a night battle.
My cruiser didn't arrive in time for a night battle and, when the dawn came, we were in sight of a transport TF near Bathurst Island... we expended almost all our ammos to sink some useless old tiny xAPs, probably containing a base force

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Bathurst Island at 77,123, Range 20,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Naka
CL Jintsu
CL Nagara
CL Natori
DD Mutsuki
DD Uzuki
DD Satsuki
DD Minazuki
DD Fumizuki
DD Kikuzuki
DD Nagatsuki
DD Hatakaze
DD Sawakaze

Allied Ships
AMC Monowai, Shell hits 47, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Hong Peng, Shell hits 6, on fire
xAP Cremer, Shell hits 7, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAP Mijer, Shell hits 13, and is sunk
xAP Van Cloon, Shell hits 20, and is sunk
xAP Van Imhoff, Shell hits 7, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Allied ground losses:
2733 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 106 destroyed, 101 disabled
Engineers: 49 destroyed, 50 disabled
Guns lost 18 (7 destroyed, 11 disabled)
Vehicles lost 40 (20 destroyed, 20 disabled)

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Bathurst Island at 77,123, Range 18,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Naka
CL Jintsu
CL Nagara
CL Natori
DD Mutsuki
DD Uzuki
DD Satsuki
DD Minazuki
DD Fumizuki
DD Kikuzuki
DD Nagatsuki
DD Hatakaze
DD Sawakaze

Allied Ships
xAP Hong Peng, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Allied ground losses:
591 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 12 destroyed, 37 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)




...and then, almost out of ammos, we found the enemy strong SAG....in daylight

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Darwin at 76,124, Range 23,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Naka, Shell hits 3
CL Jintsu
CL Nagara, Shell hits 2, on fire
CL Natori, Shell hits 2
DD Mutsuki
DD Uzuki, Shell hits 2
DD Satsuki
DD Minazuki, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
DD Fumizuki, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
DD Kikuzuki, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Nagatsuki
DD Hatakaze
DD Sawakaze, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CA Louisville, Shell hits 9, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CL Leander, Shell hits 2
CL Achilles, Shell hits 4
DD Monssen, Shell hits 1
DD Frazier
DD Sims, Shell hits 1
DD Mustin, Shell hits 2
DD O'Brien, Shell hits 1

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards


The enemy was too strong for us... we lost 1 DD and 2 more will be sinking tomorrow ...for negligible damage to the enemy


Then, for the air phase, i had hoped to get a revenge... i had more than 120 Netties and 60 zeros ready to launch.... Guess what? BAd weather everywhere over the enemy TFs (several more TFs are spotted advancing to Darwin from the Gulf of Carpentaria)....

Only in the afternoon, after several messages concerning the inability for x betties to find the target due to weather, some of my guys sortied...but the results were horrible

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Bathurst Island at 76,123

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 70 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12
G4M1 Betty x 13

Allied aircraft
P-38E Lightning x 7
P-40E Warhawk x 15
F4F-4 Wildcat x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 destroyed
G4M1 Betty: 5 destroyed, 5 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD Mustin
CA Louisville, heavy damage
CL Leander

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

12 betties arrived unmolested over the enemy ships thanks to the sacrifice of the escort.... and ALL of them decided that it was wise to make a torpedo attack FRONTALLY!!!! not a single damned hit!



And then some unescorted Netties decided to immolate themself

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Bathurst Island at 76,123

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 57 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 18

Allied aircraft
P-38E Lightning x 3
P-40E Warhawk x 13
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M3 Nell: 11 destroyed, 1 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CL Achilles

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x G3M3 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp




So we lost 3 DDs and some 50 planes (with more than 30 crack bomber crews) for 4 xAPs, an AMC and a torpedo into the CA Luisville??? I'd say this is a marginal defeat....


But we won't give up now. More naval and air units are arriving at Ambon and Timor. He won't have an easy life down there.... the mini-KB is approaching, unseen, the Wingapoe sector



The only good news arrive from China, were we managed to enter at Kienko from the south and to dislodge a strong enemy corp right east of Kienko (south of the known stronghold NE of Kienko).
The battle for the strongpoint continues and, even if we achieved a 1-2 today, the odds are really becoming good. Now that garrison is, de facto, isolated and i think a couple of more attacks will be decisive me thinks.

But the important part is that now Kienko is ready to be attacked and i don't see how he could succesfully avoid its conquest now



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Ground combat at 78,42 (1 hex south of Kienko)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14304 troops, 226 guns, 844 vehicles, Assault Value = 661

Defending force 1978 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 4

Japanese adjusted assault: 629

Allied adjusted defense: 8

Japanese assault odds: 78 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
Units pursuing 1

Allied ground losses:
990 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 62 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 3
Units destroyed 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
4th Tank Regiment
1st Tank Division
2nd Tank Division

Defending units:
35th Group Army
Jingcha War Area
26th Group Army
37th Group Army

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Ground combat at 79,41 (1 hex east of Kienko, right behind the river)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 36461 troops, 269 guns, 8 vehicles, Assault Value = 1148

Defending force 10835 troops, 83 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 326

Japanese adjusted assault: 901

Allied adjusted defense: 40

Japanese assault odds: 22 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
257 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
4295 casualties reported
Squads: 44 destroyed, 83 disabled
Non Combat: 146 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 14 (11 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Units retreated 2
Units destroyed 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
70th Division
13th Division
110th Division

Defending units:
95th Chinese Corps
14th Group Army
33rd Group Army

The enemy retreated south, into the wilderness

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Ground combat at 80,40 (near Kienko)...this is the usual strongpoint

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 28932 troops, 422 guns, 207 vehicles, Assault Value = 798

Defending force 22732 troops, 149 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 316

Japanese adjusted assault: 528

Allied adjusted defense: 580

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
575 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 13 (1 destroyed, 12 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
903 casualties reported
Squads: 19 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 37 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 9 (7 destroyed, 2 disabled)

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

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





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Brad decided to send another unit to cross the river near Akyab...

Ground combat at 56,44 (near Cox's Bazar)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 6311 troops, 54 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 680

Defending force 9416 troops, 83 guns, 27 vehicles, Assault Value = 303

Allied adjusted assault: 10

Japanese adjusted defense: 1927

Allied assault odds: 1 to 192

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

Japanese ground losses:
76 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1355 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 63 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd Carabiniers Regiment
20th Indian Division
6th Chinese/C Corps

Defending units:
18th/A Division
18th/B Division







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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/11/2012 8:39:38 AM   
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Another BIG transport TF has been spotted leaving Brisbane today moving north along the coast. I'm pretty sure Brad is now sending forces to reinforce Darwin. I expect to see the enemy CVs anywhere in the nearby future in the Gulf of Carpentaria...so i'm keeping my engines warm.

The KB is split at the moment cause i'm trying to upgrade to Judys my DB groups as fast as i can...and only few bases are able to do that so we're trying to mimimize the timings

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/11/2012 8:50:13 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: GreyJoy

Another BIG transport TF has been spotted leaving Brisbane today moving north along the coast. I'm pretty sure Brad is now sending forces to reinforce Darwin. I expect to see the enemy CVs anywhere in the nearby future in the Gulf of Carpentaria...so i'm keeping my engines warm.

The KB is split at the moment cause i'm trying to upgrade to Judys my DB groups as fast as i can...and only few bases are able to do that so we're trying to mimimize the timings


Why are You splitting KB? Stay with ships together and fly with air units to ground AF, upgrade and fly back. Small risk of loosing pilot or plane by ops that way, but KB is together i if needed planes can fly in no time back on carriers

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/11/2012 8:55:00 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: koniu


quote:

ORIGINAL: GreyJoy

Another BIG transport TF has been spotted leaving Brisbane today moving north along the coast. I'm pretty sure Brad is now sending forces to reinforce Darwin. I expect to see the enemy CVs anywhere in the nearby future in the Gulf of Carpentaria...so i'm keeping my engines warm.

The KB is split at the moment cause i'm trying to upgrade to Judys my DB groups as fast as i can...and only few bases are able to do that so we're trying to mimimize the timings


Why are You splitting KB? Stay with ships together and fly with air units to ground AF, upgrade and fly back. Small risk of loosing pilot or plane by ops that way, but KB is together.



Is split but, operationally, is still united. I'm doing that, in fact. I have moved part of it close to Truk to upgrade some squadrons and i'm now waiting in safe waters that those damned Judies become available again


Here's a map of China after the last day of battles




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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/11/2012 10:33:38 AM   
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That surface battle might be a marginal loss but it at least stalls something he was trying to do with those troops and lets him know you'll fight hard for this area. The more he has to cover his forces the more clear his intentions will become, and the more you can concentrate. Of course with a player like Q-Ball you have to always be aware of deception. The area of concern is a bit smaller than in previous instances where he would feint in the Aleutians and move in OZ, though.

The IJN CLs are mostly useless in a fighting role against Allied surface ships. They actually seem marginally better after losing some of their 14cm guns and getting a few 12.7cm dual purpose guns, probably from the rate of fire. The DDs almost fight better without them. They're great for fast transports though.

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RE: ONE YEAR OF WAR - 12/11/2012 10:44:31 AM   
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That surface battle might be a marginal loss but it at least stalls something he was trying to do with those troops and lets him know you'll fight hard for this area. The more he has to cover his forces the more clear his intentions will become, and the more you can concentrate. Of course with a player like Q-Ball you have to always be aware of deception. The area of concern is a bit smaller than in previous instances where he would feint in the Aleutians and move in OZ, though.

The IJN CLs are mostly useless in a fighting role against Allied surface ships. They actually seem marginally better after losing some of their 14cm guns and getting a few 12.7cm dual purpose guns, probably from the rate of fire. The DDs almost fight better without them. They're great for fast transports though.



Yes. Our surface battles, so far, hasn't been particularly succesfull for the IJN. Brad was good to avoid any major fight when i still had superiority in terms of quality and numbers...but now he seems to be willing to fight without problems (he has lost very few surface assets so far).
My IJN is very limited and the loss of 25 DDs hurts a lot. I'm trying to be very carefull with them but i know i have to lose them if i want to achieve something. To be honest i was hoping in a night fight... if we had engaged at night and without the previous fight against his transports, i think we could have had a chance of getting some deadly long lances into those cruisers... but, hey, it could have also gone a lot worse, so i don't complain much

Well, i don't believe this is a feint. He needs to build up Darwin in order to start his next stage of advance in the southern DEI. to do that, he needs to move supplies and fuel by sea cause the land route is not up to the task. But, to committ the big guys, i'm waiting for the appearance of the CVs. Untill i know where his CVs are, i won't move down here

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