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RE: Zen and the Art of Waging War - TLG (J) vs adsoul64... - 9/6/2012 12:17:29 AM   
TheLoneGunman


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adsoul sent me turn 2.

The replay took an hour to watch!

I laid a trap near Pearl with the Kido Butai to see if adsoul would try and attack by sea or by air, no dice.

Nearly all of my initial landings made it without incident, though I did lose one ship to a collision off of Iba when he sent a small squadron of PT boats after my landing force.

Force Z also made its first appearance attempting to disrupt my landing operations at Singkawang. The battleships Kongo and Haruna as well as a compliment of cruisers and destroyers were there to meet them in a vicious night battle that ended up being nearly half the time it took for me to watch the replay. Tune in later to hear about the results!

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RE: Zen and the Art of Waging War - TLG (J) vs adsoul64... - 9/6/2012 3:50:22 PM   
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"To overcome the intelligent by folly is contrary to the natural order of things; to overcome the foolish by intelligence is in accord with the natural order. To overcome the intelligent by intelligence, however, is a matter of opportunity."
Zhuge Liang


December 8th, 1941

There can be no doubt that catching the Allies off guard with a number of deep penetrating strikes is critical to achieving rapid victory across numerous fronts. If one understands this, it is easier to see why utilizing the surprise attacks on December 7th to their full potential is so important. Only on that day is there available a single advantage that is capable of setting a pace for the entire duration of offensive actions. Those who take their time to restructure and alter the order of battle in that opening day, lose the ability to strike long distances into an unprepared enemy's belly. Such petty details can be corrected at a later time, when such an advantage can no longer be conferred. These opportunities once lost, are lost forever.

Hawaii

The Kido Butai, now divided into the 1st and 2nd Carrier Divisions moves under cover of darkness to a distance of approximately 240 miles from Pearl Harbor. As day breaks, a small contingent of Zeroes sweep the area south of Pearl Harbor in order to determine the enemy's air strength, only a handful of P-40 Warhawks offer resistance and one of these is shot down. None of the Zeroes are lost in the operation. As the day progresses, Allied aircraft spot the 1st Carrier Division, but no strike is launched against the Japanese carriers. The Kido Butai had left the majority of its fighters on alert, actually hoping for such an attempt. Now the carriers will slip away from the Hawaiian theater and begin to cover the next phase of operations.

Philippines

The invasion of Luzon continues, ships and men pour into Iba from the Japanese landing forces. The Allies attempt to disrupt the landings with a squadron of PT boats, but none of the PT boats manages to land a single successful torpedo strike. In the confusion of the battle however, the xAK Keiyo Maru collides with xAK Kurama Maru while attempting to avoid the enemy torpedo salvo, the Kurama Maru sinks from the damage.

Following the brief naval battle, Japanese aircraft launch attacks on Clark Field and Iba. One group of bombers arrives over Iba without an escort and suffers losses, but the rest of the operations are considered successful. Air strikes against Manila are aborted due to poor weather.

Japanese ground forces then launch an attack on the defenses at Iba. The meager defenses are decimated and the base falls to Japan. As the base falls, the Allies are forced to abandon 3 P-40E Warhawks at the airfield.

quote:

Ground combat at Iba (78,75)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 18846 troops, 190 guns, 295 vehicles, Assault Value = 577

Defending force 4193 troops, 56 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 130

Japanese adjusted assault: 751

Allied adjusted defense: 28

Japanese assault odds: 26 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Iba !!!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 3 destroyed

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

Japanese ground losses:
390 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1208 casualties reported
Squads: 47 destroyed, 39 disabled
Non Combat: 57 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 10 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 18 (18 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 2


Assaulting units:
41st Guard Battalion
47th Infantry Regiment
1st Formosa Inf. Regiment
Kanno
4th Tank Regiment
48th Recon Regiment
Tanaka
3rd Ind Engineer Regiment
21st Ind Engineer Regiment
7th Tank Regiment
14th Army
51st Field AA Battalion
31st Fld AA Gun Co
40th JAAF AF Bn
2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
3rd Construction Battalion
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
28th JAAF AF Bn
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
56th Const Co
30th Fld AA Gun Co
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
9th Field Construction Battalion
9th JAAF AF Coy

Defending units:
31st PA Infantry Division
1st PI Base Force


Malaya

Landings at Kota Bharu are completed without incident. The Japanese plan to cripple British air power in the area via striking key airfields appears to be paying dividends. Japanese bombers attack Kuantan and level the airfield, damaging and outright destroying several aircraft on the ground.

quote:

Morning Air attack on Kuantan , at 51,79

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11
G3M2 Nell x 35
G4M1 Betty x 13
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 3



Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim I: 7 damaged
Blenheim I: 1 destroyed on ground
Hudson I: 5 damaged
Hudson I: 1 destroyed on ground



Airbase hits 27
Airbase supply hits 13
Runway hits 58


Close air support is also provided over Kota Bharu to suppress the enemy ground forces and ensure that the attack later in the day succeeds.

quote:

Morning Air attack on 8th Indian Brigade, at 51,75 (Kota Bharu)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 47
Ki-30 Ann x 12
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 9
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 17



Allied aircraft
Blenheim IF x 2
Buffalo I x 9


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ia Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IF: 1 destroyed


Allied ground losses:
238 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled


Kota Bharu then falls to our ground forces as planned.

quote:

Ground combat at Kota Bharu (51,75)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 14966 troops, 151 guns, 21 vehicles, Assault Value = 561

Defending force 4004 troops, 39 guns, 1 vehicles, Assault Value = 106

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 421

Allied adjusted defense: 2

Japanese assault odds: 210 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Kota Bharu !!!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
Vildebeest III: 5 destroyed
Buffalo I: 1 destroyed

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(-), disruption(-), preparation(-), morale(-)
experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
153 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 27 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Allied ground losses:
2573 casualties reported
Squads: 135 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 62 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 21 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 18 (18 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 2
Units destroyed 1


The Allies appear to have either been oblivious to the risks of leaving aircraft at invaded bases, or did not believe that those bases would be seized within such a short time span, as this invasion, much like the capture of Iba yields Allied aircraft abandoned on the ground in the face of ground occupation. Either way, these aircraft will not be able to assist the British in the future defense of Singapore now.

Moluccas and Celebes

Invasions of Kendari and Ambon wrap up after an unsuccessful air attack on the landing forces at Ambon. Japanese ground forces launch their attacks, and Kendari succumbs to the assault.

quote:

Ground combat at Kendari (70,106)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 2787 troops, 27 guns, 5 vehicles, Assault Value = 71

Defending force 962 troops, 15 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 22

Japanese adjusted assault: 114

Allied adjusted defense: 35

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Kendari !!!

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

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


Allied ground losses:
491 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 24 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 7 (5 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 2


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
Sasebo 1st SNLF
24th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
Kendari Garrison Battalion
Kendari Base Force


The defenders of Ambon manage to hold out for the day, but Japanese engineers manage to breach their fortifications. They are expected to fall within the next two days.

quote:

Ground combat at Ambon (76,109)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 4668 troops, 24 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 134

Defending force 2199 troops, 30 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 51

Japanese adjusted assault: 114

Allied adjusted defense: 70

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
126 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
190 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
15th Naval Guard Unit
16th Naval Guard Unit
6th JNAF Coy
8th JNAF Coy

Defending units:
Molukken Garrison Battalion
Ambon Defenses
Ambon Base Force


China

There is no major ground action in China today. Japanese fighters and bombers attack Chinese ground troops once more and cause some minor losses, but every loss confers further advantage to the Japanese efforts in this theater.

Burma

Pegu is sweeped by 9 Zeroes and discovers AVG. The Zeroes gain the upper hand in the engagement.

quote:

Morning Air attack on Pegu , at 55,53

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9



Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 9
Buffalo I x 4


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
H81-A3: 3 destroyed
Buffalo I: 1 destroyed


Those losses will hurt early Allied efforts in the region.

Rabaul

Referred to earlier as the highlight of Japanese opening strategy, Rabaul's early capture is the Japanese gateway to Port Moresby and Northeastern Australia. The crowning achievement of the surprise strategem, Japanese forces manage to take the base a day after landing.

quote:

Ground combat at Rabaul (106,125)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 6654 troops, 54 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 183

Defending force 1787 troops, 16 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 49

Japanese adjusted assault: 72

Allied adjusted defense: 21

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Rabaul !!!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
Hudson I: 3 destroyed
S.23 Empire: 1 destroyed

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(-), preparation(-), fatigue(-)
morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
265 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled


Allied ground losses:
327 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 13 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Units retreated 3


Assaulting units:
Kimura Det
Kure 1st SNLF
II/81st Naval Guard Unit
1st JNAF Coy
5th JNAF Coy
2nd JNAF Coy
1st Naval Construction Battalion

Defending units:
A Coy/NG Rifles
Lark Battalion
Rabaul Base Force


Japan has also moved a number of engineering units to the area as well as aviation support. Getting air operations going in this area will be critical to isolating the surrounding bases.

It is also believed that a victorious broadcast by Radio Tokyo as early as December 8th to the Allies will contribute to crippling their morale.

Borneo

Singkawang was previously identified as the most crucial base to capture in the area surrounding Singapore and Palambang, because its large airfield and close proximity to those two key bases allows the Japanese to cut the area off from Allied shipping and begin an aggressive air superiority campaign.

The Allies, apparently aware of the dangers of losing such a base, and eager to strike a blow to the Japanese conducting landing operations there, undertake a daring night raid of the area with Force Z. The Imperial Japanese Navy had planned for such an action and had ordered a task force composed of the battleships Kongo and Haruna, 2 heavy cruisers, 1 light cruiser, and 6 destroyers to steam for Singkawang and cover the invasion fleet.

In the middle of the night under poor weather conditions, both task forces meet. Heading up Force Z are the battleship Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser Repulse, the British also dispatch 3 light cruisers and 4 destroyers.

The combat begins at a mere 3,000 yards, and the Japanese quickly get the better of the engagement as the Kongo and Haruna strike the Prince of Wales multiple times. Meanwhile, the Repulse never manages to make herself an effective factor during the battle. As the cruisers for both sides square off, the Japanese cruisers launch their 61cm torpedoes, with one hitting each of the Allied cruisers. The cruisers are devestated by the attack and slip beneath the waves. By the time the task forces finally break off the engagement, the Prince of Wales is a burning beacon as fires rage across her superstructure.

quote:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Singkawang at 56,88, Range 3,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo
BB Haruna, Shell hits 3
CA Takao, Shell hits 1
CA Atago
CL Jintsu, Shell hits 1
DD Asashio
DD Oshio
DD Michishio, Shell hits 1
DD Arashio
DD Akatsuki
DD Hibiki

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales, Shell hits 25, heavy fires
BC Repulse, Shell hits 1
CL Danae, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CL Dragon, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CL Durban, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Vampire, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
DD Tenedos
DD Electra, Shell hits 1
DD Express, Shell hits 12, and is sunk


Following the battle, it appears that the Prince of Wales is no longer able to match speed with the Repulse. The two battlewagons separate, with the destroyers Vampire and Elektra remaining with the Prince of Wales in a desperate attempt to screen it from further attacks. Unfortunately for the British warships, the Japanese task force finds them once more before they can escape. The Prince of Wales suffers another agonizing onslaught with the mortal blow being dealt by the Kongo, and finally sinks. It is also believed that the DD Vampire will be unable to reach a safe port in time to avoid sinking.

quote:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Singkawang at 56,88, Range 2,000 Yards

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
Walrus II: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo, Shell hits 1
BB Haruna, Shell hits 1
CA Takao
CA Atago
CL Jintsu
DD Asashio
DD Oshio, Shell hits 1
DD Michishio, Shell hits 1
DD Arashio
DD Akatsuki
DD Hibiki

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales, Shell hits 19, and is sunk
DD Vampire, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Electra, Shell hits 1


A battleship, 3 light cruisers, and 2 destroyers are sunk, for no loss to the Japanese and only minor damage to her warships. A truly great victory! The Kongo and Haruna will now head back to port in order to repair and rearm.

Singkawang is then seized.

quote:

Ground combat at Singkawang (56,88)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 4115 troops, 21 guns, 6 vehicles, Assault Value = 118

Defending force 1226 troops, 9 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 30

Japanese adjusted assault: 113

Allied adjusted defense: 3

Japanese assault odds: 37 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Singkawang !!!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
139WH-3: 5 destroyed
B-339D: 3 destroyed

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), preparation(-), fatigue(-), morale(-)
experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
130 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
821 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 23 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (3 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1
Units destroyed 1


Assaulting units:
II/124th Infantry Battalion
III/124th Infantry Battalion
4th Naval Construction Battalion
4th JNAF Coy
97th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
West Borneo KNIL Battalion
Singkawang Base Force


Overall

Great progress has been made. The pressure on the Allies must be maintained. A speedy capture of the Philippines and of Singapore would be a boon to Phase 2 operations. With Force Z no longer a threat and Singkawang captured, the invasion of Mersing becomes a real possibility. There is an invasion task force that is bound for Palambang that may now be diverted for this operation.

There are still other plans being hatched elswhere, all has not been revealed yet.

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RE: Zen and the Art of Waging War - TLG (J) vs adsoul64... - 9/13/2012 12:58:40 AM   
TheLoneGunman


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December 10th, 1941

Mistakes, miscalculations, and errors have contributed to two days of losses that should not have happened. It is essential for one to learn from their mistakes if one is to find the Way. Much reflection should be made on this.

China

Several Japanese ground units conduct shock attacks on the 9th, these forces end up getting decimated by a higher than expected level of Chinese resistance. Only one of the attacks succeeds in actually dislodging the Chinese. The battered units are ordered to retreat, while reinforcements are desperately brought forward to prevent a total route. In the Ichang sector, the Chiense appear to be far more interested in isolating and encircling Ichang than in marching into the city to seize it. Imperial Japanese Army troops are moving to intercept this move.

On the 10th, the Japanese recover some initiative in China and deliver their own share of devestating counter-attacks on Chinese positions. Well over 6,000 casualties are inflicted upon the Chinese during the two days of combat. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, the Japanese manage to reduce the fortification levels of the city.

Malaya

Malaya gives the Japanese a bloody nose. The Mersing invasion force arrived on the 10th, without cruiser cover or the intended CAP coverage. British bombers pound the fleet and sink a number of ships quite easily. A handful of the ground forces manage to make it ashore despite the onslaught. If the Japanese are to survive on the beaches, they will need cover both by sea and air, and possibly some more ground forces. This was a major blunder, not war-ending, but if we are to prevent British forces in Northern Malaya from reaching Singapore, we may have already lost crucial time.

quote:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Mersing at 51,82

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
Swordfish I x 5
Vildebeest III x 2
Hudson I x 9


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Kinkasan Maru
xAK Anbo Maru
APD Aoi, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Hokko Maru

Japanese ground losses:
40 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


quote:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Mersing at 51,82

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes


Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 10
Hudson I x 4


Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Anbo Maru
xAK Hokko Maru
xAK Gosei Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Meiten Maru

Japanese ground losses:
65 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


quote:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Mersing at 51,82

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes


Allied aircraft
Vildebeest III x 21


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Meiten Maru
xAK Gosei Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Hokko Maru
xAKL Kembu Maru
APD Aoi, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Kinkasan Maru, Torpedo hits 1

Japanese ground losses:
113 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


quote:

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Mersing at 51,82

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
Swordfish I x 5
Vildebeest III x 12
Hudson I x 6


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAKL Kiko Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Zinzan Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Gosei Maru, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kinkasan Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Hokko Maru
xAK Meiten Maru

Japanese ground losses:
367 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


quote:

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Mersing at 51,82

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes


Allied aircraft
Vildebeest III x 11


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAKL Kembu Maru
xAK Hokko Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAK Gosei Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Zinzan Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire

Japanese ground losses:
283 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 11 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


The only good news is that no major Japanese warships have been lost yet. It is but a small consolation for a very egregious error.

On a good note, Japanese recon had spotted a number of ships anchored at Georgetown. Several sweeps followed by a mass of bombers were launched at the site. The results were pleasing.

quote:

Morning Air attack on Georgetown , at 49,74

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 63



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
xAK Wing Sang, Bomb hits 8, and is sunk
xAK Demosthenes, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Kelantan, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
xAKL Nam Yong, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Raub, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Hong Siang, Bomb hits 8, and is sunk
HDML Pennigat, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
HDML Panji, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMc Medusa, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
HDML Panglima, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
HDML Pahalwan, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk



Port hits 5


Seven ships sink outright - the HDMLs are blown to bits - and it is believed that most of the others sank before the end of the day.

Moluccas and Celebes

Allied destroyers bombard Kendari. They hit nothing and do no damage. Japanese forces at Ambon rest for the day awaiting a new opportunity to attack the island's defenders. An Allied cruiser is spotted northwest of Ambon, approximately 40 miles away. Japanese cruisers are in a position to intercept at night, but the Ambon invasion fleet has already fled to the southeast to avoid a confrontation.

Philippines

Landings at Laoag occur and the area is captured without a fight. Several US submarines launch attacks at the Japanese invasion force, all but one either miss or dud. Laoag should be ready for Japanese air operations on December 11th. Southwest of Luzon, Japanese surface forces intercept and sink a handful of Allied merchants and a single PT boat fleeing from the Philippines. These forces are attacked by American B-17s, but the heavy bombers score no hits and take flak damage for their trouble.

In Luzon there is a race between Japanese and Allied ground forces for Clark Airfield. If the Japanese win the race, they will be able to sever the forces located at Bataan and Subic Bay from the forces in Manila. Divide and conquer is critical in order to quickly eliminate Allied resistance in the region. Once Clark is captured, it will leave Japanese troops the freedom to mop up resistance in Bataan and Subic Bay, and the Japanese Navy will be able to clear the area of mines. Manila will be bombed daily during this campaign as soon as total air superiority is achieved.

Kido Butai

The Allies have kept tabs on the Kido Butai since its attack on Pearl Harbor on the 7th. They know that the Japanese carriers are northwest of Johnston Island now, what the Allies don't know is what they are planning to do in that area. Enemy carriers have yet to turn up, it is possible that they fled south after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Overall

Things could be far worse for Japan, but once the Mersing landing is solidified, a week's time will be needed to reorganize the Navy, get wounded ships to port, and rearm our large battlewagons. Recommendations regarding the best places for rearmament of large capital ships and what auxiliary ships are needed would prove helpful. The Empire is converting a few large capacity, but relatively slow-speed vessels into AKE class ships to help expedite re-arming, but these will not be ready until the end of December.

Currently the only Japanese warships lost have been PB escorts, an APD, and a DMS. Around the Home Islands, merchants are shuffling around to get started on large resource convoys. These should be starting in a day or two, as planning important military actions dominated the first three days of Japanese strategy.

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