From: Alberta, Canada
8 March 42:
No Allied reaction to the massive reinforcement of Kalidjati other than a half-hearted PT Boat attack that withdrew after one shot was fired from an xAP. Troops are pouring ashore, but I'll need another day or two yet to get everything unloaded.
No sign of Allied air attack. I wonder if KB's presence persuaded Jocke to save his bombers for another time. I actually withdrew KB this turn to Balikpapan for fuel and to avoid enemy submarines. KB's been moving erratically lately and thought I better top off the bunkers to avoid further issues. With KB out of the picture maybe the Allies will strike today, but now I've based a large Zero unit at Kalidjati and LRCAP is still available from Toboali, so the window of opportunity for an easier strike against my transports is quickly closing.
A Allied TF of ten ships recently spotted near Port Blair is sailing N.E. towards Akyab/Chittagong. I tried for an intercept today with CA Chokai and friends, but came up two hexes short. I've ordered another attempt to engage this enemy force and have assigned LRCAP protection from Rangoon in case I'm caught within range of Allied LBA from Akyab, Cox's Bazar or Port Blair.
Ouch! I misplayed Changsha and allowed an opportunity for a Chinese shock attack prior to Japanese reinforcements arriving and I paid the price. Kudo's to Jocke for risking the attack knowing reinforcements might have spoiled his attack. AAR follows:
Ground combat at Changsha (82,52)
Allied Shock attack
Attacking force 101204 troops, 572 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2673
Defending force 26932 troops, 232 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 788
Allied adjusted assault: 3427
Japanese adjusted defense: 795
Allied assault odds: 4 to 1
Defender: terrain(+), op mode(-), leaders(+), preparation(-)
Japanese ground losses:
6918 casualties reported
Squads: 254 destroyed, 74 disabled
Non Combat: 237 destroyed, 83 disabled
Engineers: 22 destroyed, 26 disabled
Guns lost 47 (16 destroyed, 31 disabled)
Vehicles lost 13 (5 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Units retreated 3
Allied ground losses:
6018 casualties reported
Squads: 78 destroyed, 610 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 60 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 44 disabled
Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!
53rd Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
74th Chinese Corps
58th Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
20th Chinese Corps
94th Chinese Corps
19th Group Army
14th Chinese Base Force
29th Group Army
17th Chinese Base Force
1st Burma Auxiliary AA Regiment
30th Group Army
27th Group Army
9th War Area
57th AT Gun Regiment
138th Infantry Regiment (only this unit was in move mode)
Despite the losses, these units are still in relatively good shape. However, I was forced to retreat into the wooded hex N.E. of Changsha so movement out will take some time. Four more divisions will arrive in Changsha today though, they were only two miles short of arriving in time to save the day. Fault lies with me as a result of a poor choice and sequence of movement modes.
The Chinese won a tactical victory, but I hope to turn this into a strategic voctory for Japan. The attack had to have used up a lot of supply and 610 disablements has to hurt in the long term. The losses suffered today pale in comparison to what I'd have suffered launching an attack against Changsha myself to inflict the same casualties on the enemy. I'll recover my losses, the Chinese most likely won't.
I'm firmly established on Java and a screenshot after the next turn will provide troop dispositions. I've invested Soerabaja with two infantry regiments and an artillery bombardment is ordered to scout the defending forces. Only four enemy units are defending the base so I don't expect a long siege. Already securing a number of larger airbases on Java reduces the need to have naval assets on hand. Once the remaining troops are ashore at Kalidjati and the transports withdrawn, only smaller sized TF's will be required to land additional units and supply.
The next turn could be bloody though. The withdrawal of KB gives the Allies the green light to launch large scale air attacks. I only have one Zero unit and LRCAP from Toboali to counter. Factor in the risk of PT's and submarines and I could lose some ships today. I won't rule out Allied naval forces making an appearance, but naval search and submarine patrols so far indicate no enemy TF's within range. With Jocke, you never know. Give him an inch and...
What I'm hoping most for today is CA Chokai catching that enemy TF off the coast of Burma. I want to let Jocke know that Port Blair is now off limits.
< Message edited by SqzMyLemon -- 12/15/2012 6:48:31 PM >
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