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15 jan 1942 - Flash Report to GHQ - 9/11/2012 12:28:27 AM   
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DATE: 15 JAN 1942

TO: GHQ

FROM: KB 1

TEXT: ALLIED CARRIERS DISCOVERED NW MACASSAR. FULL STRIKE LAUNCHED. WE ARE UNDER ATTACK. CV AKAGI IS ON FIRE. BB NAGATO HIT BADLY.








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15 jan 1942 - Combat Report to GHQ - 9/11/2012 12:59:58 AM   
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KB 1 (ADM NAGUMO)

Enemy losses:
1 CV (Enterprise) major damaged (sunk?),
1 CV (Lexington) on fire (fuel explosion).
1 CA (Canberra) damaged
1 CL (Hobart) severely damaged
1 DD (Vendetta) damaged

Own losses:
1 CV (Akagi) medium damage, no flight op possible
1 CV (Kaga) damage
1 BB (Nagato) major damage
1 CVL (Ryujo) damage, flight op might be possible
2 DD (Murasame, Hatsushima) damage



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RE: 15 jan 1942 - Combat Report to GHQ - 9/11/2012 8:26:26 PM   
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Enterprise sunk in the second month of the war?? Okay -- this is going to be a little different from the usual sequence.

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15 jan 1942 - Reports to GHQ - 9/11/2012 10:18:41 PM   
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Combined Fleet
The first carrier battle happened today as two enemy carriers suddenly appeared NW of Makassar (southeast of Borneo). Initial combat reports from Adm Nagumo (KB1) indicates that our own CAP was rather ineffective, despite clear weather over KB1. Over 60 enemy divebombers attacked and hit several ships, most notable Akagi and BB Nagato. The sacrifice of Combined Fleet's flagship BB Nagato most likely saved Akagi and Kaga from being sunk/severely damaged. Due to the presence of many enemy subs in the area, the possibility of losing Nagato tomorrow might be as high as 50%. The possibility of losing one carrier is perhaps 25%.

However, Adm Nagumo also reports that the two identified enemy carriers (Enterprise and Lexington) were hit and are most likely incapable of further flight operations. The enemy lost at least 60 aircraft, especially fighters and torpedo bombers.

Nonetheless KB1 will withdraw to the north as three of the four carriers have sustained damaged. The risk of operating close to several enemy airfields is too high.
Additional reinforcements (two CVEs) have been ordered to reinforce KB1.

Due to the enemy appearing in full force, 16th Army TFs are, for the moment, withdrawing to the north. This does not include the Balikpapan units, since they have already disembarked and have begun advancing from Samarinda.

In order to regain the initiative, 2nd Fleet has been ordered to launch an ALL-OUT surface attack.

11th Air Fleet has been ordered to provide massive LR CAP over the two main attack TFs:

TF MUTSU (BB Mutsu, CA Ashigara, CA Chokai, 4 DDs)
TF MIKUMA (CA Mikuma, 2 CL, 8 DDs)(this was actually a fast transport TF - a SNLF is still embarked)

Furthermore, two additional (unspotted) TFs (TF Kuma (a suiraisentai) and TF Haguro) will cover the withdrawal of KB1, BB Nagato as well as two 16th Army transportation TFs. This is in case the allies also launch their own surface attack, which intelligence assume they will do as it fits the offensive spirit displayed so far. However, the imperial japanese navy is well trained in night fighting and it is time to teach the enemy a lesson in naval warfare!

See map below.



China Expeditionary Army
13th Army reports that they have succeded to cross the river. They then shock attacked the enemy frontline and won a great victory!

Up to seven chinese corps are in danger of being isolated as Operation Dragon King continues.
The victorious 17th Division and 11th Brigade will now advance to nearby Pingsiang (where the enemy retreated).



Ground combat at 82,55 (near Pingsiang)(ASSUALT ACROSS RIVER)

Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 17855 troops, 140 guns, 70 vehicles, Assault Value = 640
Defending force 16390 troops, 140 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 556

Japanese adjusted assault: 657
Allied adjusted defense: 192
Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1399 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 62 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 13 disabled

Allied ground losses:
6260 casualties reported
Squads: 106 destroyed, 76 disabled
Non Combat: 126 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 9 destroyed, 10 disabled
Guns lost 40 (10 destroyed, 30 disabled)
Units retreated 4











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RE: 16 jan 1942 - Mikuma TF - 9/13/2012 8:25:19 PM   
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A Long Lance into the Big E? This is going to get messy . . .

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RE: 16 jan 1942 - Mikuma TF - 9/13/2012 9:22:33 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Capt. Harlock

A Long Lance into the Big E? This is going to get messy . . .


Sweet!

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16 jan 1942 - Reports to GHQ - 9/13/2012 10:46:41 PM   
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2nd Fleet attack (Battle of Makassar, 2nd day)
Intensive sea battles are reported. A complete report will be posted below.

The following has been confirmed regarding enemy losses: one carrier confirmed SUNK (Enterprise), one carrier (Lexington) severely damaged, severel DDs and a couple of cruisers damaged, and finally one heavy cruiser severely damaged (the last one by an air strike from KB1).

Own losses: 2nd Fleet, Mikuma TF, has lost one CL (Izuzu) and four DDs. Another CL (Naka) and one DD are in sinking condition. Those losses will be clarified by 2nd Fleet in another post below.

2nd Fleet has been ordered to continue the attack operation.

Combined Fleet reports that BB Nagato is actually in a pretty good shape (despite getting hit yesterday by two torpedos and severel bombs). In fact, Nagato has overtaken KB1 withdrawing northwards. KB1 reports that all carriers can now make at least 23 knots.

11th Air fleet reports that 30+ enemy aircraft (dutch fighters and US divebombers) have been shot down during an air attack on 2nd Fleet (Mutsu TF). No own losses.

16th Army has been ordered by Southern Army to split into two formations; the western formation will land on western JAVA in one week, while the smaller eastern formation will complete the conquest of Borneo as well as Makassar.



Burma
Several xAPs at Rangoon were hit again by the 3rd Air Division. Intelligence cannot comprehend what the allies are doing there since they are losing many valuable ships.



China Exp Army
1st Army has advanced along the road to Sian and reached the next chinese defence position. An all-out attack will be launched the day after tomorrow.




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16 jan 1942 - 2nd Fleet Battle Report - 9/13/2012 11:41:03 PM   
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16 jan 1942 - 2nd Fleet Battle Report

The enemy did not move northwards in an "offensive spirit" as intelligence had suggested. This meant that the enemy carriers were well protected with several layers of CA/CL/DD screens.


1st contact: Mutsu TF
Night Time Surface Combat, near Makassar at 65,106, Range 9,000 Yards
Allies open fire on surprised Japanese ships at 9,000 yards Not a good start.

Japanese Ships
BB Mutsu, Shell hits 1
CA Chokai
CA Ashigara
DD Yukikaze
DD Amatsukaze
DD Shigure
DD Sagiri

Allied Ships
CA Salt Lake City, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Fanning


2nd contact: Mutsu TF (extra DDs)
Night Time Surface Combat, near Makassar at 65,106, Range 6,000 Yards
Japanese open fire on surprised Allied ships at 6,000 yards
DD Inazuma launches Long Lance Torpedoes at CL Marblehead at 6,000 yards
DD Inazuma launches Long Lance Torpedoes at DD Voyager at 6,000 yards

Japanese Ships
DD Ikazuchi
DD Inazuma

Allied Ships
CL Marblehead, Shell hits 2
DD Voyager, Shell hits 1


3rd contact: Mikuma TF
Night Time Surface Combat, near Makassar at 64,106, Range 12,000 Yards
Sakiyama, Shakao crosses the 'T'

Japanese Ships
CA Mikuma
CL Naka
CL Isuzu, Shell hits 1
DD Natsushio
DD Maikaze
DD Hagikaze
DD Asashio
DD Arashio
DD Asagumo
DD Shikinami, Shell hits 1
DD Asagiri

Allied Ships
CA Salt Lake City, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Fanning


4th contact: Mikuma TF
Night Time Surface Combat, near Makassar at 64,107, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Mikuma
CL Naka, Shell hits 1
CL Isuzu
DD Natsushio
DD Maikaze
DD Hagikaze
DD Asashio
DD Arashio
DD Asagumo
DD Shikinami
DD Asagiri

Allied Ships
DD Piet Hein, Shell hits 1
DD Van Ghent, Shell hits 1


5th contact: Mikuma TF
Night Time Surface Combat, near Makassar at 65,107, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Mikuma
CL Naka, Shell hits 1
CL Isuzu
DD Natsushio
DD Maikaze
DD Hagikaze
DD Asashio
DD Arashio
DD Asagumo
DD Shikinami
DD Asagiri

Allied Ships
CA Northampton, Shell hits 2
CA Chicago
DD Craven
DD McCall, Shell hits 2, on fire


6th contact: Mikuma TF
Night Time Surface Combat, near Makassar at 65,107, Range 11,000 Yards
Sakiyama, Shakao crosses the 'T'

Japanese Ships
CA Mikuma, Shell hits 1
CL Naka
CL Isuzu, on fire
DD Natsushio
DD Maikaze
DD Hagikaze
DD Asashio
DD Arashio
DD Asagumo
DD Shikinami
DD Asagiri

Allied Ships
CA Australia, Shell hits 2
CL Leander, Shell hits 1, on fire
CL Perth
DD Benham
DD Flusser, Shell hits 2, on fire


7th contact: Mikuma TF
Night Time Surface Combat, near Makassar at 65,107, Range 10,000 Yards
Getting, F.E. crosses the 'T'

Japanese Ships
CA Mikuma, Shell hits 2
CL Naka, on fire
CL Isuzu, on fire
DD Natsushio
DD Maikaze
DD Hagikaze
DD Asashio
DD Arashio
DD Asagumo
DD Shikinami
DD Asagiri

Allied Ships
CA Canberra, Shell hits 1
DD Stuart


8th contact: Mutsu TF
Night Time Surface Combat, near Makassar at 65,106, Range 9,000 Yards
Japanese launch Long Lance torpedoes at 9,000 yards before allies detect Japanese presence
BB Mutsu fires at CL Marblehead at 9,000 yards
CA Ashigara launches Long Lance Torpedoes at DD Voyager at 9,000 yards
DD Sagiri launches Long Lance Torpedoes at DD Voyager at 9,000 yards

Japanese Ships
BB Mutsu
CA Chokai
CA Ashigara
DD Yukikaze
DD Amatsukaze
DD Shigure
DD Sagiri

Allied Ships
CL Marblehead, Shell hits 1
DD Voyager, Shell hits 1


9th contact: Mikuma TF vs enemy carriers
Night Time Surface Combat, near Makassar at 65,107, Range 11,000 Yards
CV Enterprise sunk by DD Asagumo at 4,000 yards
CA Portland collides with DD Drayton

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-2 Dauntless: 4 destroyed
TBD-1 Devastator: 2 destroyed
SB2U-3 Vindicator: 12 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CA Mikuma, Shell hits 1
CL Naka, Shell hits 1, on fire
CL Isuzu, Shell hits 5, on fire, heavy damage
DD Natsushio
DD Maikaze, Shell hits 2
DD Hagikaze, Shell hits 2
DD Asashio, Shell hits 1
DD Arashio, Shell hits 1
DD Asagumo
DD Shikinami
DD Asagiri, Shell hits 3, on fire

Allied Ships
CV Lexington, heavy fires, heavy damage (perhaps the fires went out of control during this battle?)
CV Enterprise, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CA Portland, Shell hits 1
CA Chester
CA Astoria, Shell hits 1
DD Gridley
DD Ellet
DD Dunlap
DD Mahan, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Drayton, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Lamson, Shell hits 2, on fire


10th contact: Mikuma TF (-)
Day Time Surface Combat, near Salajar at 66,108, Range 24,000 Yards
The Mikuma TF is suddenly divided into two groups. The Mikuma TF (-) is then, in this encounter, stopped from withdrawing northwest and instead decide to withdraw to the east (out of LR CAP)!

Japanese Ships
CA Mikuma, Shell hits 2
DD Natsushio
DD Maikaze, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
DD Hagikaze
DD Asashio
DD Arashio
DD Asagiri, Shell hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
CA Australia
CL Leander
CL Perth
DD Benham, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Flusser, Shell hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage


11th contact: 2nd Mikuma TF (-)
Day Time Surface Combat, near Makassar at 65,106, Range 25,000 Yards
This TF manage to withdraw to the northwest as planned, but since it is a new TF, there is NO LR CAP assigned to this TF.

Japanese Ships
CL Naka, Shell hits 1
CL Isuzu, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Asagumo, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
DD Shikinami, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
CA Canberra, Shell hits 3
DD Stuart, Shell hits 4, on fire, heavy damage


1st enemy air attack: 2nd Mikuma TF (-)
Morning Air attack on TF, near Makassar at 64,104
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms
Those aircraft came probably from Kendari.

Allied aircraft
B-339D x 12
P-40E Warhawk x 7
F4F-3A Wildcat x 1
F4F-3 Wildcat x 2
SBD-2 Dauntless x 19
SBD-3 Dauntless x 5

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CL Naka, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Shikinami, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Isuzu, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Asagumo, heavy fires


2nd enemy air attack: 3rd Mikuma TF (-)
Morning Air attack on TF, near Salajar at 66,108
Weather in hex: Heavy rain
Those DDs were apparently in another detached TF.

Allied aircraft
B-339D x 11
SBD-3 Dauntless x 7
TBD-1 Devastator x 8

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Asashio, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Maikaze, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage


3rd enemy air attack: 3rd Mikuma TF (-)
Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Salajar at 66,108
Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 7
F4F-3A Wildcat x 1
F4F-3 Wildcat x 2
SBD-2 Dauntless x 9
SBD-3 Dauntless x 12
TBD-1 Devastator x 8

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Arashio, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
DD Asagiri, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Asashio, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage


4th enemy air attack: 3rd Mikuma TF (-)
Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Salajar at 66,108
Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Allied aircraft
SBD-2 Dauntless x 8

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Asashio, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
DD Asagiri, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk


5th enemy air attack: Mutsu TF
Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Donggala at 66,99
Weather in hex: Severe storms

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 21

Allied aircraft
B-339D x 22
A-24 Banshee x 18

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-339D: 8 destroyed
A-24 Banshee: 6 destroyed, 5 damaged
A-24 Banshee: 2 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CA Ashigara
BB Mutsu


KB1 air attack
Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Makassar at 65,106
Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 14
B5N2 Kate x 20

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 10
F4F-3A Wildcat x 1
F4F-3 Wildcat x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CA Salt Lake City, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires



SUMMARY:
More than 30 long lance torpedo salvos launched, and only one observed hit (CV Enterprise).
The failure to retreat as planned, and the division of the Mikuma TF, meant that no air support (fighters) were available. Thus enemy aircraft once again inflicted severe losses. However, CA Mikuma and 2 DD did manage to escape.
Finally, one enemy CV was sunk and another was confirmed to be severely damaged.



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17 jan 1942 - Reports to GHQ - 9/16/2012 8:26:28 PM   
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Southeast Borneo-Makassar area
2nd Fleet reports that no enemy warships has been encountered. Makassar was bombarded:

Allied aircraft losses
F2A-3 Buffalo: 7 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 3 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 damaged
SBD-2 Dauntless: 1 damaged
F4F-3A Wildcat: 3 damaged

Japanese Ships (Mutsu TF)
BB Mutsu
CA Ashigara
CA Chokai

Combined Fleet reports that CV Kaga (KB1) was hit by one torpedo. Minor damage sustained. Since KB1 carriers are damaged, the air groups (Akagi & Kaga) will support 11th Air Fleet, operating from land bases.

Furthermore, the submarine flottilla operating in the JAVA-TIMOR island chain reports only two pairs of DDs heading southwest (from Makassar area). An enemy force (with one PG?) is however spotted moving northwest toward JAVA (from west of TIMOR).



Jaluit
4th Fleet reports that two enemy cruisers bombarded the port. One small minewseeper sunk.



Malaya/Sumatra
3rd Air Division, 1st Sentai conducted a sweep over Oosthaven and shot down about 12 enemy fighters. Both AVG1 and AVG2 are located at Oosthaven (AVG3 is located in China/Changsha).

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 36

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 23
Buffalo I x 12
P-40E Warhawk x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
H81-A3: 1 destroyed
Buffalo I: 2 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 3 destroyed


25th Army will launch the attack on Singapore tomorrow.



China Exp Army
1st Army will launch a shock attack tomorrow.



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18 jan 1942 - Reports to GHQ - 9/17/2012 8:55:08 PM   
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SINGAPORE is captured!
Early this morning 25th Army (5th and 18th Divisions) crossed the strait into Singapore island. The enemy surrendered during the afternoon. Losses are very light and about 75 percent of all facilities at Singapore are undamaged. Minesweepers are on its way to clear the main shipping channel to the port.

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84) - Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 33268 troops, 447 guns, 274 vehicles, Assault Value = 1138
Defending force 11383 troops, 200 guns, 67 vehicles, Assault Value = 176

Japanese adjusted assault: 1087
Allied adjusted defense: 145
Japanese assault odds: 7 to 1 (fort level 3)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Singapore !!!

Allied aircraft losses: Buffalo I: 1 destroyed

Japanese ground losses:
785 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 115 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled

Allied ground losses:
11175 casualties reported
Squads: 207 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1258 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 67 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 218 (218 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 57 (57 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 12

Defending units:
2nd Malay Battalion
SSVF Brigade
1st Malay Battalion
3rd SSVF Battalion
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
AHQ Far East
Singapore Base Force
109th RAF Base Force /1
3rd HK&S Light AA Regiment
Malayan Air Wing
Singapore Fortress
1st ISF Base Force /1



China Exp Army
1st Army defeated the enemy.

Ground combat at 86,42 (near Loyang) - Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 40566 troops, 364 guns, 170 vehicles, Assault Value = 1353
Defending force 14848 troops, 78 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 424

Japanese adjusted assault: 992
Allied adjusted defense: 466
Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), op mode(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
1617 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 167 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2496 casualties reported
Squads: 204 destroyed, 31 disabled
Non Combat: 213 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 12 disabled
Guns lost 25 (5 destroyed, 20 disabled)
Units retreated 5



2nd Fleet/Southern Fleet/Combined Fleet
Intelligence reports that it is highly likely that Lexington sank today. This means that the Battle of Makassar (15-16 january) was a major japanese naval victory.

Sunk ships
CV Enterprise
CV Lexington (most likely)
CA Salt Lake City (probably)
CL Hobart (probably)
2 DDs (probably)
CL Naka
CL Isuzu
5xDDs

Damaged ships
Several CAs
CV Akagi
CV Kaga
BB Nagato
CVL Ruujo
2 DDs




11th Air Fleet
Air Search reports one enemy repair ship one hex to the north of Koepang (west Timor) heading northeast. Several submarines are alerted.



Luzon
14th Army will launch the 3rd major attack in 3-4 days.

Clark Field (79,76) - Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 5235 troops, 342 guns, 357 vehicles, Assault Value = 1830
Defending force 35572 troops, 539 guns, 528 vehicles, Assault Value = 733

Japanese ground losses:
7 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (3 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
88 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)



Summary
Today, the Empire of Japan took the lead in victory points.


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RE: 18 jan 1942 - Reports to GHQ - 9/18/2012 5:47:06 AM   
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Just read through your AAR, glad you are posting it as it seems like a very interesting game. I have not read a ton of these, but this seems like about as aggressive as an allied can be. He's obviously made Sumatra a very tough nut for you, but if you can handle it without it taking forever and having Palembang wrecked you would have an opportunity to really push him hard.

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RE: 18 jan 1942 - Reports to GHQ - 9/18/2012 9:56:58 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: aaffins

Just read through your AAR, glad you are posting it as it seems like a very interesting game. I have not read a ton of these, but this seems like about as aggressive as an allied can be. He's obviously made Sumatra a very tough nut for you, but if you can handle it without it taking forever and having Palembang wrecked you would have an opportunity to really push him hard.



Thanks! Yeah, it is very interesting. It is also a slow moving game. SUMATRA is going to be very interesting (see OPLAN TORA above). The challange is to keep the operational tempo. JAVA will be next...


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RE: 18 jan 1942 - Reports to GHQ - 9/18/2012 9:45:19 PM   
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Yeah once you control Batavia and Soerbaja you control all the major bases in the region so supply will become a big issue for him, particularly once you capture Cocos Island to prevent airgroups for ferrying in and out. I know Palembang generates supply, do you know if it is enough to sustain what must be several divisions worth of troops he now has in position on Sumatra?

I would try to implement the airdrop you mentioned in plan b as soon as you can. If all those units he currently has stationed at Oosthaven get to Palembang and dig in you could be looking a long siege, which deprives you of oil and could lead to heavy damage to the refineries.

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19 jan 1942 - Reports to GHQ - 9/18/2012 10:34:43 PM   
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Luzon
The next attack by the 14th Army will be launched in 48 hours.



East of Borneo
Southern Fleet reports about 30 enemy submarines near Tarakan-Samarinda.

16th Army will attack Balikpapan tomorrow.



Sumatra
3rd Air Division reports that the 9th Indian Division is located at Palembang.

Southern Fleet has begun the operation to capture western JAVA.

About 20 4E bombers (B-17E) bombed Muntok air base. Three Zeros destroyed on the ground (CV Kaga fighter group).



China Exp Army
The enemy (AVG/3) has established local air superiority around Changsha. About 12 aircraft lost today.

Operation Dragon King continues. A SITMAP will be provided tomorrow.



4th Fleet
The next operation has begun and the 144th infantry regiment is embarking at Truk.



Combined Fleet: CL Boise is reported to have been sunk near Tandjoengpinang on Dec 18, 1941.



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Yeah once you control Batavia and Soerbaja you control all the major bases in the region so supply will become a big issue for him, particularly once you capture Cocos Island to prevent airgroups for ferrying in and out. I know Palembang generates supply, do you know if it is enough to sustain what must be several divisions worth of troops he now has in position on Sumatra?

I would try to implement the airdrop you mentioned in plan b as soon as you can. If all those units he currently has stationed at Oosthaven get to Palembang and dig in you could be looking a long siege, which deprives you of oil and could lead to heavy damage to the refineries.




He might have moved additional supplies into Sumatra as well. The next phase is to isolate Sumatra by capturing western JAVA. Then plan B should be executed (as of now). The entire 25th Army will soon be available for operations on Sumatra - I will also, as soon as practical, make a few (unopposed) minor landings in northern Sumatra and see if he moves some forces away to the north.



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20 jan 1942 - Reports to GHQ - 9/19/2012 11:17:42 PM   
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Luzon
The next attack by 14th Army will be launched in 24H.

Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76)
Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 5235 troops, 342 guns, 355 vehicles, Assault Value = 2401
Defending force 35592 troops, 537 guns, 528 vehicles, Assault Value = 735

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




East of Borneo

16th Army
The attack at Balikpapan - river crossing and para drop - reduced the forts to 0. A second attack will be made in 1-2 days.

Landings were sucessfully made at Macassar, and an attack will be made tomorrow. However, Southern Fleet and 2nd Fleet are engaged by many submarines, aircraft and a single dutch DD.


2nd Fleet
One dutch DD (Van Ghent) guarded the approach to Makassar. It swept passed the escorting suiraisentai after a short battle and then attacked the transports AND escorts very effectively:

Japanese Ships
DD Satsuki
DD Tachikaze, Shell hits 1, on fire
APD Shimakaze, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Yugao, Shell hits 1, on fire
PB Shosei Maru
xAK Nagara Maru
xAK Matsukawa Maru, Shell hits 2, on fire
xAK Toho Maru
xAK Takao Maru
xAK Imizu Maru
xAK Asahisan Maru, Shell hits 2, on fire
xAK Kensin Maru, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage (SUNK)
xAK Mikage Maru
xAK Shinko Maru
xAK Toko Maru
xAK Yamayuri Maru
xAK Taian Maru
xAP Yoshino Maru
xAP Atsuta Maru
xAP Kanzyu Maru
xAP Baikal Maru

Allied Ships
DD Van Ghent, Shell hits 1

Then, CL Kuma was hit and damaged by a torpedo from a dutch submarine.

Eventually, the heavy cover intervened:

Japanese Ships
BB Mutsu
CA Chokai
CA Ashigara
DD Yukikaze
DD Amatsukaze
DD Shiratsuyu
DD Shigure
DD Sagiri

Allied Ships
DD Van Ghent, Shell hits 7, and is sunk


Finally some 20 A-24 Banshees attacked the transports, but LR CAP (11th Air Fleet) shot down several as well as many escorting dutch fighters. Only one smaller transport was hit and damaged.




Sumatra/Java

3rd Air Division
Severel fighter sweeps were made at Oosthaven. Loss ratio are about 4 to 1.

About 17 B-17E hit Muntok again. This time a fighter unit with 9 Ki-44 Tojo defended the airfield. Four Ki-43s were destroyed on the field.


Southern Fleet
The first submarine was lost today (I-153). It sank southeast of Port Blair. RO-33 was unable to tow the crippled submarine to a nearby port.




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Luzon
The attack (3rd) will be launched by 14th Army tomorrow.

Clark Field (79,76)
Attacking force 63479 troops, 833 guns, 456 vehicles, Assault Value = 2499
Defending force 35579 troops, 537 guns, 528 vehicles, Assault Value = 737


West of Borneo
3rd Air Division conducted fighter sweeps above Oosthaven.

1st sweep (by 1st Sentai)
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 26

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 8
Buffalo I x 12
P-40E Warhawk x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
H81-A3: 1 destroyed
Buffalo I: 3 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed


2nd sweep
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 17

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 2
P-40E Warhawk x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
H81-A3: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed


2 B-17E (out of ten) were shot down over Muntok by Kaga Air Group.


16th Army (west) is waiting for KB1 (Three CVEs and 50 Zero fighters) to catch up. KB1 will provide LR CAP when the landings on western JAVA take place in a few days.


East of Borneo
16th Army (east) captured Makassar (incl the airfield):

Allied aircraft losses - Enterprise's and Lexingon's air wings
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F2A-3 Buffalo: 7 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 destroyed
SBD-2 Dauntless: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed
TBD-1 Devastator: 1 destroyed
F4F-3A Wildcat: 3 destroyed


Allied ground losses:
748 casualties reported
Squads: 14 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 13 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 2

Assaulting units:
24th Infantry Regiment
1st Ind. Engineer Regiment
2nd Field Artillery Regiment
34th JNAF AF Unit

Defending units:
Makassar Garrison Battalion
Makassar Base Force


11th Air Fleet attacked the following TF south of JAVA, near Tjilatjap:

Allied Ships
AMC Manoora, Torpedo hits 1
AM Abraham Crijnssen
xAP Kedah, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAP Kelantan, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk


Southern Fleet
The enemy used about 10 patrol aircraft (Catalinas) to attack shipping northwest of Makassar. One empty xAK hit by one torpedo. This useage however means that the transportation TF and the heavy cover force, and the suiraisentai, are no longer spotted by the enemy. The three TFs are heading southwest towards Bandjermasin (southern Borneo).

The enemy has massed 40-50 submarines between Java and Makassar. There are no enemy submarine activites reported elsewhere.

RO-33 sink one xAK near Port Blair (it probably had unloaded supplies).


China Expeditionary Army
Se SITMAPS below.


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The enemy is in full retreat to the west. 1st ARMY will advance to the open terrain east of Sian.








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The enemy is withdrawing to the west.






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22 jan 1942 - REPORTS TO GHQ - 9/22/2012 9:41:46 PM   
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Luzon
The third attack at Clark Field by 14th Army was a sucess. The next general attack will start in 48H.

Attacking force 75404 troops, 867 guns, 878 vehicles, Assault Value = 2516
Defending force 35657 troops, 540 guns, 528 vehicles, Assault Value = 737

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 1467
Allied adjusted defense: 1156

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
3902 casualties reported
Squads: 21 destroyed, 212 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 36 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 55 disabled
Guns lost 51 (1 destroyed, 50 disabled)
Vehicles lost 28 (2 destroyed, 26 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2516 casualties reported
Squads: 74 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 39 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 29 disabled
Guns lost 88 (37 destroyed, 51 disabled)
Vehicles lost 30 (1 destroyed, 29 disabled)



East of Borneo
Balikpapan was captured by 16th Army. Oil producing facilities are 90% undamaged.


West of Borneo
Operation Tiger (Tora Sakusan) has begun. See the next post below for SITMAP as well as intelligence brief.



Southeastern Fleet
A french DD (Le Triomphant) sank one xAK and one PB at Rabaul. There is a great possiblity that a suiraisentai (CL Nagara and five DD) will intercept the enemy tomorrow.





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22 jan 1942 - SITMAP TORA SAKUSEN - 9/22/2012 9:53:14 PM   
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3rd Air Division made two fighter sweeps over Muntok today.
Due to heavy enemy fighter presence, 11th Air Fleet will provide Zero fighters tomorrow (Akagi Air Group).

The enemy's use of B-17E bombers has stopped - for now.

The landing (16th Army) at west JAVA will commence in a few days.
However, due to a likely concentration of enemy bombers, there might be recommendable to force the enemy to commit his bomber reserves prematurely.
Southern Fleet is advised to proceed with caution.
KB1 will reinforce Southern Fleet.
11th Air Fleet will, as soon as the current landing in south Borneo is finished, deploy all fighter units to support Southern Fleet.





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23 jan 1942 - Reports to GHQ - 9/23/2012 2:35:46 PM   
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Luzon
Tomorrow 14th Army will launch the 4th attack.
At least one enemy unit is retreating toward the Bataan position.

Japanese Bombardment attack at Clark Field (79,76)
Attacking force 5222 troops, 342 guns, 357 vehicles, Assault Value = 2194
Defending force 33817 troops, 512 guns, 527 vehicles, Assault Value = 592

Japanese ground losses:
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

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


TORA SAKUSEN (Operation Tiger)
11th Air Fleet (Akagi Air Group) made a sweep over Oosthaven:

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 9
P-40E Warhawk x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed (only one pilot lost (KIA))

Allied aircraft losses
H81-A3: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 3 destroyed


AVG/1st Sqn with H81-A3
AVG/2nd Sqn with P-40E Warhawk
3rd PS (P) with P-40E Warhawk
17th PS (P) with P-40E Warhawk


However: Oosthaven expands airfield to size 5.
The enemy must have concentrated a lot of engineer units at Oosthaven.

Due to bad weather over Singapore, the 100+ bombers (Ki-21) of the 3rd Air Division were grounded and could not attack the other enemy air fields in SUMATRA (in particular Palembang).


Southern Fleet
KB1, TF Kongo and the main 16th Army transportation TF (BB Fuso: Adm Tanaka) are in position SE Billiton. Tomorrow all TF will move closer to JAVA. 11th Air Fleet is in support. A small special attack TG (DD/DMS) will recce the planned landing area and will be protected by CAP (LR).

Bandjermasin was captured!


2nd Fleet
One single dutch DD was sunk south of Balikpapan.

Japanese Ships
DD Akatsuki, on fire
DD Ayanami

Allied Ships
DD Piet Hein, Shell hits 5, heavy fires




China Expeditionary Army
Kanhsien was captured by 23rd Army.

Pingsiang will be attacked in a few days by 13th Army, supported by 11th Army.

Japanese Bombardment attack at Pingsiang (82,54)
Attacking force 29323 troops, 281 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 1461
Defending force 45111 troops, 286 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1457

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

Allied ground losses:
10 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd Division
11th Ind.Mixed Brigade
17th Division
22nd Division
8th Armored Car Co
13th Army
4th Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
63rd Chinese Corps
79th Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
99th Chinese Corps
74th Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
7th War Area
30th Group Army


Some (one or all) of those above are withdrawing to the west.



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24 jan 1942 - Reports to GHQ - 9/24/2012 8:53:54 PM   
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Luzon (14th Army)
Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76) - Japanese Shock attack (only armoured units shock attacked)

Attacking force 73687 troops, 871 guns, 919 vehicles, Assault Value = 2264
Defending force 33929 troops, 514 guns, 526 vehicles, Assault Value = 604
Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 1149
Allied adjusted defense: 886

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
2244 casualties reported
Squads: 43 destroyed, 197 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 29 disabled
Guns lost 23 (6 destroyed, 17 disabled)
Vehicles lost 64 (10 destroyed, 54 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1138 casualties reported
Squads: 89 destroyed, 124 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 58 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 22 disabled
Guns lost 75 (15 destroyed, 60 disabled)


The attack will continue in 48H.



TORA SAKUSEN (Op Tiger)
Palembang airfield was bombed by 3rd Air Division. At least two enemy bombers (Hudson) were destroyed on the ground.

The enemy has concentrated all fighters on SUMATRA/JAVA at Oosthaven.

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12 (Akagi Air Group)

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 10
P-40E Warhawk x 32


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 3 destroyed


CAP engaged:
AVG/1st Sqn with H81-A3
AVG/2nd Sqn with P-40E Warhawk
3rd PS (P) with P-40E Warhawk
17th PS (P) with P-40E Warhawk
20th PS (P) with P-40E Warhawk



Southern Fleet
The enemy has deployed DD/PT-boats at every port on the north coast of JAVA.
Thus the recce mission toward Kalidjati failed. No divebombers took off from KB1.

Japanese Ships
DD Yanagi, Shell hits 9, and is sunk
DMS W-5, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Craven
DD Maury



Tomorrow is going to be very interesting as Southern Fleet *will* land on JAVA. There are indications that the enemy is moving aircraft from Horns island to Timor, thus reinforcing his position in SUMATRA-JAVA-TIMOR. Therefore, is is essential to implement TORA SAKUSEN as soon as possible.

Furthermore, I-15 (Combined Fleet) reported three enemy TF at Cocos island, incl at least two tankers.



China Expeditionary Army
The enemy has evacuated Pingsiang and withdrawn westward - 13th Army will capture this resource area tomorow.



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25 jan 1942 - Reports to GHQ - 9/26/2012 11:03:35 PM   
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Luzon
14th Army will attack again tomorrow.
Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76) - Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 5217 troops, 342 guns, 357 vehicles, Assault Value = 2073
Defending force 32414 troops, 500 guns, 526 vehicles, Assault Value = 485

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
63 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)



TORA SAKUSEN (OP TIGER)
Intensive naval battles are reported by Southern Fleet near Kalidjati. Enemy DD and PT-boats launched many attacks.

After more than twenty (22!) reported engagements, the following is reported:

own losses:
1 CA (Myoko) severely damaged (sinking) and on fire - anchored at Kalidjati: 90% risk of sinking tomorrow due to two torpedo hits and many 5inch hits.
1 DD lightly damaged


No transports hit. This was mainly due to the skillfull handling by a certain Admiral Tanaka R. in charge of the main transportation TF (which carried the 'elite' 38th Division of 16th Army) - all troops have landed at Kalidjati on JAVA and naval paratroopers captured the area beyond the beachhead.

Enemy losses:
5 DD sunk (4 US, 1 AUS)
1 DD damaged
4 PT-boats sunk



11th Air Fleet and 3rd Air Division
The enemy attacked the transports at Kalidjati.

Own losses
2 fighter aircraft (one pilot WIA)


Enemy losses
60+ aircraft: 18 Vindicator, 20 Catalina (in a TB-role), 17 P-40E and 10 dutch bombers (139 WH-3).



4th Fleet
There was a naval battle at Wake island as one enemy light cruiser and three DD suddenly appeared, despite KB2 being in a position to the NE (one possibility is that the enemy arrived from the NW).

Own losses:
6 large xAK (Lima class)
1 DMS
1 PB severely damaged - sinking
75% of one SNLF (was in the process of embarking at Wake)


Enemy losses:
1 CL (USS Trenton)
3 DD



Below is the detailed report from the second encounter in daylight, there was an earlier night battles as well. Despite two CA as heavy escorts the enemy DDs sank every xAK (the sixth was sunk during the night). Soon after this battle KB2 aircraft attacked and sank the three remaining enemy DD.

Day Time Surface Combat, near Wake Island at 136,98, Range 25,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Aoba
CA Kinugasa, Shell hits 1
DD Fuyo, Shell hits 1
DMS W-8, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
PB Choko Maru #2, Shell hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Matsue Maru, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
xAK Tatuno Maru, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Toyama Maru, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Turuga Maru, Shell hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Venice Maru, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
CL Trenton, Shell hits 11, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Downes, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD MacDonough
DD Dale


Japanese ground losses: - 75% of one SNLF
592 casualties reported
Squads: 29 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 14 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 12 (7 destroyed, 5 disabled)


SUMMARY: the actual landing on JAVA was a success and the island will be split in two parts in 24-72H. Sadly, the bad luck with the CA continues as most likely the 4th japanese CA (Myoko) will founder tomorrow. However, today's enemy losses in DD was almost similar in numbers to all japanese DD lost so far.


FYI, below is one of the 22 engagements posted - the one regarding CA Myoko:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Kalidjati at 50,99, Range 8,000 Yards - TF Kongo's third engagement during the night.

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo, Shell hits 1
CA Maya, Shell hits 1
CA Myoko, Shell hits 17, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CL Oi, Shell hits 1
DD Kikuzuki
DD Nagatsuki
DD Yuzuki
DD Sanae

Allied Ships
DD Anderson, Shell hits 2
DD Russell, Shell hits 3, and is sunk


Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 60% moonlight: 12,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
...
DD Russell sunk by BB Kongo at 2,000 yards




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Despite two CA as heavy escorts the enemy DDs sank every xAK (the sixth was sunk during the night).


Yeah, but the CA's were only Aoba-class. Not exactly the first-stringers . . .

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Despite two CA as heavy escorts the enemy DDs sank every xAK (the sixth was sunk during the night).


Yeah, but the CA's were only Aoba-class. Not exactly the first-stringers . . .


Still would think they should be able to handle a WWI era CL...bit of back luck I think

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quote:

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Despite two CA as heavy escorts the enemy DDs sank every xAK (the sixth was sunk during the night).


Yeah, but the CA's were only Aoba-class. Not exactly the first-stringers . . .


Still would think they should be able to handle a WWI era CL...bit of back luck I think



Yes, especially during daylight... I belive that the TF commander must have been really awful. The US DDs were very effective in hitting (and sinking) all xAk.


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26 jan 1942 - Reports to GHQ - 9/29/2012 9:48:33 PM   
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Luzon
14th Army reported that the allies are fighting hard. However, they are taking heavy losses. Unfortunately, no air support from 5th Air Division was available due to bad weather.

Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76)

Japanese Shock attack - only armoured units shocked attacked
Attacking force 72748 troops, 868 guns, 914 vehicles, Assault Value = 2170
Defending force 32502 troops, 499 guns, 525 vehicles, Assault Value = 498

Japanese adjusted assault: 1192
Allied adjusted defense: 673

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0) almost 2-1
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
2218 casualties reported
Squads: 54 destroyed, 94 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 49 disabled
Guns lost 24 (5 destroyed, 19 disabled)
Vehicles lost 78 (20 destroyed, 58 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1951 casualties reported
Squads: 76 destroyed, 65 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 76 disabled
Engineers: 10 destroyed, 18 disabled
Guns lost 64 (34 destroyed, 30 disabled)
Vehicles lost 23 (1 destroyed, 22 disabled)




TORA SAKUSEN
Southern Fleet
All TFs withdrawn as planned from the Kalidjati area. The enemy committed several TFs to attack the landing area. Enemy units included: 10+ PT-boats, 2 DD, 3 CA (Chicago, Chester, Portland) and one BR/AUS TF (CA Australia, CL Enterprise and CL Perth). 5 PT-boats were sunk due to efficient rear-guard action by CL Kiso and 2 DD.

Intelligence reports that the enemy is using Cocos island (southwest of Sumatra) as their main base for surface units. Combined Fleet's 1st Sub flottilla is alerted.

Southern Fleet will conduct the second JAVA-landing tomorrow.

The fires raging on CA Myoko is getting out of control (from 17 to 33). She will remain at anchor near Kalidjati as a decoy unitil the very last.

Another enemy cruiser/DD TF is spotted just southeast of JAVA. 2nd Fleet and 11th Air Fleet are alerted.



China Exp Army
According to delayed reporting from 1st Army, the vanguard, the 37th Division, did cross the river on 25 january and captured the area two hexes east of Sian, defeating five chinese units in the process! Today, the enemy ineffectively used bombers (A-29A Hudson) flying from Sian. However, the other two divisions have now crossed the river as well. All three will pivot and march as quickily as possible west toward Sian and cross the final river obstacle. Indications are that the enemy is rushing out of Sian eastward to meet this unexpected? threat. However, three IJA divisions should defeat whatever the chinese can initially muster since the area east of Sian it is an open area.






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Luzon
Tomorrow 14th Army will attack again.

Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76) - Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 5204 troops, 342 guns, 357 vehicles, Assault Value = 2105
Defending force 31044 troops, 469 guns, 523 vehicles, Assault Value = 409

Japanese ground losses:
Guns lost 8 (3 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
37 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (2 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)



TORA SAKUSEN
The second landing was a major success. All enemy naval units retreated and no battle occured. The only enemy attack took place during the night when a handfull of dutch bombers attacked the port at Kalidjati. No damage reported. CA Myoko fires went to 37 (from 33). Four engineer regiments are now working to construct proper harbor facilities. Southern Fleet has ordered a naval base force to Kalidjati. Depending on the situation tomorrow, a repair ship might be able to depart Balikpapan and head for Kalidjati as well.

16th Army attacked Bandoeng just to the south of Kalidjati - Japanese Shock attack.

Attacking force 999 troops, 5 guns, 96 vehicles, Assault Value = 60
Defending force 2029 troops, 12 guns, 1 vehicles, Assault Value = 34

Japanese adjusted assault: 91
Allied adjusted defense: 46

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 2)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), op mode(-), leaders(+)
preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

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

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

Assaulting units:
6th Tank Regiment
Yokosuka 1st SNLF

Defending units:
4th KNIL Landstorm Battalion
MLD
Bandoeng Base Force



Bandoeng should fall tomorrow and then JAVA will be divided into two parts.


Naval High Command - Submarine and ASW branch
Severel attacks by submarines are reported.

Losses
CM Tsugaru (east of Borneo)
CM Saishu east of Borneo)

Enemy losses
xAP Rangitata (Johnson island) - Johnson island is the next target of 4th Fleet
CL Sumatra (east of JAVA) - she must have departed Surabaya shipyard, that was why the enemy deployed a CA/DD TF southeast of JAVA yesterday - to provide escort.
xAKL Meroendoeng (south of Ceylon)


China Exp Army
The enemy launched a major attack against 1st Army. See map below. Reinforcements are on its way. The enemy should have very little supplies left after this attack.

Ground combat at 85,43 (near Loyang) - Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 54533 troops, 277 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2053
Defending force 11180 troops, 105 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 343

Allied adjusted assault: 1533
Japanese adjusted defense: 1180
Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-) - the terrain: hills and forest
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
1864 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 153 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Allied ground losses:
5648 casualties reported
Squads: 145 destroyed, 211 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 69 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 16 disabled
Guns lost 67 (5 destroyed, 62 disabled)


Assaulting units:
84th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
36th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
22nd Group Army
24th Group Army
39th Group Army


Defending units:
3rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
16th Ind.Mixed Brigade
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment






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