From: Planning the end of the world, well out to 2023!
9-4-42 to 9-22-42
Wow, I haven't posted in awhile! Nearly two weeks of game time, it's flying by, as I am able to do turns last couple days, and not a ton going on in the war.
I had to land an extra division, but we wiped-out the defenders on Amchitka Island. After a couple bombing runs and recon on Attu, the defenders there are gone! Must have pulled them via flying boat, because there is no airstrip there, and I didn't see any shipping.
Well, that checked one of my 1942 boxes; clearing the Aleutians. They aren't really important, but a) it's a doable objective without taking on the IJN, and b) will likely put pressure on Greyjoy to garrison the Kuriles. I have already received intel that a Division is located on one of those islands (I think it was the 54th)
I don't plan, though, to attack the Kuriles in the near future. That might change, but for now, I'm pulling most of my forces.
Keep up the traffic in the area to keep him thinking!
The fleet is now mostly at Pearl. There is a big series of upgrades to the USN in 10/42, mostly adding 40mm bofors to everything. That's a worthwhile upgrade, so we are mostly sitting tight for now, probably through October. Look to other AARs for big CV actions!
We are planning, though, a couple minor moves. Horn Island is garrisoned by a single SNLF unit, 1st Maizuru, so I have a couple brigades plus tanks prepped to take it out. I plan a follow-on move to Merauke, as well as a 2-division landing at Port Moresby. I want to re-open the Torres Strait, which will help cause trouble in the DEI.
Exmouth is a major base now. I am planning a landing at Port Hedland, which is garrisoned by 2 SNLF but no base forces, no airstrip. I am going to cover with LBA, so I may suffer some losses. It's worth it though.
Pt Hedland is at least a treasure trove of resources, recapturing this area may not threaten much but it keeps JAAF bombers away from the populated areas of WA.
My attacks have dropped dramatically. Greyjoy hinted at changing his convoys, I think he is moving stuff in larger convoys, and "going coastal". He also has alot more airsearch up over previously good killing grounds, like around Sakhalin, where I have sunk a dozen ships. I havent' tried to break this change, and not sure what to do, but I'm not getting much results, that's for sure.
Will sub-seeded minefields hang around long in a coastal hex??
It might make him think a bit.
Dont dis the Beaufighter, 4 x 20mm cannon works well on unescorted, cigarette paper aroured, japanese bombers
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