From: Chicago, Illinois
Flight of the HOBART:
HOBART finished the prior turn with 58 float damage, and making 10 knots. Somehow, she survived encounters with 3 IJN TFs, including one with some DDs that pumped another dozen hits into her! Sadly, she finished the turn floating, but barely, with 94 flt. damage, and fires raging. I went ahead and scuttled her to not give GJ the satisfaction of seeing her sink, but amazing she survived even a day.
I am pulling back the DEI naval forces to a point in the Timor Sea beyond his air search, and we will await developments. I have 2 AOs there (the ones that escaped from Manila, which I fueled up at Balikpapan), so we can maintain station for awhile.
At the moment, I have roughly the ENTERPRISE CV TF, plus REPULSE, 5 good CL/CAs, and a light TF of 3 old CLs (Dragon plus dutch CLs). I lost 5 cruisers in the Battle of Tarakan, so I'm sitting tight for now, seeing if there is an opportunity. If GJ brings KB through the Torres strait, we will flee the area immediately.
Naval Losses to Date:
BB ARIZONA (Forgot to mention; CALIFORNIA survived PH, in bad condition, but alive)
CA: CORNWALL, EXETER
CL: DeRuyter, BOISE, PHOENIX, MAURITIUS, ENTERPRISE, HOBART
7 DDs, but all of them are Dutch or Clemson-class; nothing special
1 CA (Ashigara)
2 CL (Kiso, Kashii)
12-14 DDs, most of them modern types; that's quite a few
Of course, I'm not 100% sure on the IJN losses, but pretty sure on these.
Of mine, I have lost some good CLs, and the other notable one is that the RN has had the lion's share of the losses. I probably need to take it easy on those. (PHOENIX, btw, sank at Pearl Harbor; bad luck that one)
I hate China, but duty compels me to defend it and report on it.
So far, GJ has done a good job in the south, where he replused an attempt to halt production at Canton, and is herding my cut-off forces into Wenchow. I have some problems down there. He is also pressing me around Changsha.
Strangely, no move on the Central Plains. I am not going to attempt to hold the RR line from Loyang to Sinyang or whatever that is, but he hasn't made a move for it. Strange. I'm already planning a fallback on the woods SE of Sian.
I have received a couple intel reports of planning for SIAN, so I think this may be some sort of target.
As far as supplies, I managed to get a few ships into RANGOON, but GJ put an Air HQ at Bangkok with Betties, and shut that down. The last couple convoy attempts have been sunk. I may try one more just to get some supplies there. The Burma road is open, but I don't think for long.....
< Message edited by Q-Ball -- 7/27/2012 9:19:21 PM >