From: La Salle, Colorado
Dec 27--January 4, 1942
The decoy operation around Hawaii has apparently worked fairly well and is about to jump to a new level as I shall land at Palmyra January 5th.
After taking Amchatka (30th), things up North are fairly calm. Attu continues to develop base-wise and a good amount of Construction Units are landing at both locations. Right now the Kawafuto Brigade and an SNLF Assault Brigade are at Attu prepping for Operations to the east. Need to get AFs to at least 2 before I can do much more so this will have to wait a bit. Plan to get plenty of supplies up there and add some naval assets to the region before moving...
The KB pummels that north-bound TF and then slowly moves west to Midway for refueling. Once they drain three AOs dry, the TF moves east again and works to get close enough to hit an ASW TF working the area. This works well and pummel a group on New Year's Day 1942. The CVs launch a killer strike of 35 Z, 42 V, 20 K. The attack froce sinks a DD and DMS leaving two more DDs in sinking condition. NICE!
My Palmyra Invasion Force advances from the Marshalls and will land on January 5th. KB swings down to Cover the landing and catches 3 AK east of Johnston on the 4th. Down go the AK and the CVs will be in position to protect the landing tomorrow. Once Palmyra falls the Imperial Guards Brigade will immediately re-load and take Christmas. KB has 3 AOs waiting NW of Palmyra and will refuel then sweep east and do a circle around Hawaii ending up at Midway. My follow-on troops will have reinforced Wake, Midway, and the Line Islands so KB will be freed up to move in a new direction starting Feb 1st. Figure they redeploy to DEI to support the India Operations. Each of the above listed Bases shall get a Base Force, CD unit and Naval Guard as garrison troops. This will make things strong enough to require a serious assault but not too costly for me to lose.
The goal is to make Marbakka THINK I am coming for Hawaii. To reflect that I order 4 ID in the Philippines to begin prepping for several points in Hawaii. Where they prep is irrelevant since I plan to land in India PRIOR to the landing bonus ending.
Man---I don't know what to say here. We left off with taking Lunga and having a reinforcement convoy consisting of CA Furutaka, several DDs, 2 AMCs and some AKs hauling a large Base Force to Lunga. My pair of CVEs were riding shotgun protecting the TF from potential trouble. That trouble arrives and creates a WILD--AND--CRAZY set of days down here! The 27th STARTS with my CVEs (Taiyo and Hosho) stumble onto an Allied TF consisting of 3 CL and 4 DD. CRAP! Each CVE takes a single shell hit while several Long Lances end the life of CL Perth. Luckily no more damage occurs and breath a sigh of relief. This thought immediately ENDS when I see CAs Australia, Pensacola, and Indianapolis, a CL and 3 DD appear attacking my convoy. HOLY CATS! I have a tiger by the tail. The ensuing battles see Furutaka, 2 AMC, and 7 AK sunk while Australia takes a pair of bombs from Taiyo's Vals and Pensacola is hit by 6 shells from the escorts protecting the convoy. End Result: Lose the entire Base Force!
The 28th sees more Japanese ships move into the area since I know he cannot have much AMMO left on his ships. This is true as CA Kako, CL Nagara, and 6 DD engage is a long series of engagements throughout the night and morning. The Japanese lose DD Asanagi for DDs Stuart and Kennison. CL Adelaide is crippled by a Long Lance and the 3 Allied CAs are hit by numerous shells. Hosho is damaged enough that I send her to Rabaul while I send Taiyo south to hit the damaged warships.
December 29th begins to see the Allied losses mount as a STF of 3 CL and 4 DD meet a limping CA Indianapolis and pummel her with over a dozen hits and a Torp. She is quite possibly sunk. Taiyo launches one strike of 4 Zero and 10 Val that then nails Pensacola with 3 bombs. NICE! Possibly sunk. The Allied shipping is now starting to get close to Aussieland so I withdraw the STF and hope for one more good day from Taiyo.
I get that day on the 30th as Taiyo launches two strikes that sinks CL Adelaide and places bombs on both Australia and Pensacola. Order the CVE home since she has exactly NO SORTIES left.
Results of the Battle of Coral Sea:
SUNK--CA Furutaka, DD Asagani, 2 AMC, and 7 AK. DAMAGED: 1 CL, 3 DDs, and CVE Hosho (Sys 18, Flot 21--NONE serious).
SUNK--At least one, perhaps two CAs (Australia and Pensacola), 2 CLs (Perth and Adelaide), and 2 DDs. DAMAGED: 1 CA (Indianapolis), 2 CL,and 3 DDs.
Looks pretty favorable but we'll have to see what happens past this. Things calm down for the remainder of the time covered in this Update.
Will cover the Philippines, DEI, Malaya, Burma, and China with the next report.
SS OPs: (Dec 19-Jan 4th)
12-19 I-162 SINKS an AKL off Rangoon
12-21 I-24 hits AK Meigs at Luganville
12-24 I-8 SINKS AP Katoomba with FOUR TTs at Pago Pago
12-25 I-168 hits AKL Atlantic near Pago Pago
12-26 I-168 hits AK Andrea Luckenbach at Savaii
12-27 I-9 hits AP Maui near San Lius Obispo
12-28 I-2 hits AP Republic at Belep Isle, I-169 SINKS AK Andrea Luckenback at Savaii, I-9 SINKS AK Alcoa Pennant at San Luis Obispo
12-30 I-1 SINKS AKL Nicarta AND AKL Tamara off Noumea, I-16 SINKS AK Lorrain off Noumea
1-1 I-24 SINKS AK Peshawar at Luganville
My SS continue to have a record-setting sinking and damaged ships performance. Pretty impressive work so far. Will put together a comprehensive log of the SS performance to date.
Bed Time! Will try to finish the other regions tomorrow.
< Message edited by John 3rd -- 8/12/2012 7:35:25 AM >