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RE: Lemon's Japanese economy Pt. 4 - 12/22/2012 6:48:29 PM   
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Aircraft R&D. Stated early in the AAR I'm not overly concerned with running a perfect war effort and maximizing production of just a few key airframes. Having never gone past the first 1/4 of 1943 before, I still want to experience what many different aircraft models are like so that's why a fair number of later aircraft are being researched. I am concentrating heavily on the Frank, George, Karyu and Shinden. I'm still tweaking the numbers, but will have numbers finalized by the end of the month.




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Top Pilots - 12/22/2012 6:55:18 PM   
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Here are the top pilots Pax. Only one Japanese Ace at the moment with a few more poised to reach that status. I've lost some nice pilots already which is unavoidable. I've not invested heavily in TRACOM yet with only 6 naval and 11 army pilots being committed so far. Those numbers will increase sharply over the next few months as I anticipate air combat increasing substantially allowing newly 80+ experienced pilots to be continually added to TRACOM.




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RE: Lemon's Japanese economy...a work in progress - 12/23/2012 1:03:38 AM   
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quote:

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Here are some production screenshots for those interested. First up is the WitP Chart. I've slowly been dropping from a surplus of over 6k HI daily to just over 5.2k and holding. I've been tweaking merchant and naval shipyards while increasing engine production, and these are mainly responsible for the decrease.


Wow, really good. If you can hold that, you will have well over 1M HI in reserve by end of '42. Even higher than the targets that MikeS sets. WOW!!!



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RE: Lemon's Japanese economy Pt. 2 - 12/23/2012 1:05:47 AM   
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Here are regional production totals and nothing is jumping out as a concern at this time.




You have +1000 factories to repair in HI, presumably aircraft and engines mostly. That is +1,000,000 supply ... that is a lot. You only generate about 22K supply daily in the HI, so that is about 500 days supply production. I'm sure you are aware to watch that ...

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RE: Lemon's Japanese economy Pt. 3 - 12/23/2012 1:08:48 AM   
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I usually stop CVL Ryuho for a few months because her air groups are not available for almost 9 months after completion of the carrier. CVL's aren't a real priority for me anyway.


Yeah, one of the most annoying things to account for in '42. Just typical of how messed up the IJ economy was ...

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RE: Lemon's Japanese economy Pt. 4 - 12/23/2012 1:24:19 AM   
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quote:

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Aircraft R&D. Stated early in the AAR I'm not overly concerned with running a perfect war effort and maximizing production of just a few key airframes. Having never gone past the first 1/4 of 1943 before, I still want to experience what tmany different aircraft models are like so that's why a fair number of later aircraft are being researched. I am concentrating heavily on the Frank, George, Karyu and Shinden. I'm still tweaking the numbers, but will have numbers finalized by the end of the month.


I like the above ... would only add SAM to this.

The issue with the Shinden is real short legs. It doesn't allow you to react as its MAX range is so short (390) you can't even move it across the HI in one turn. And SR=3 means you do NOT ever want to RR it unless you are trying to save the group from extinction.

So, yes you need it and I do build it in mass quantities. But I also find I need Sam as well. George is too slow once the last generation TBolts and Stangs arrive in early 45.

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RE: Top Pilots - 12/23/2012 1:27:12 AM   
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Here are the top pilots Pax. Only one Japanese Ace at the moment with a few more poised to reach that status. I've lost some nice pilots already which is unavoidable. I've not invested heavily in TRACOM yet with only 6 naval and 11 army pilots being committed so far. Those numbers will increase sharply over the next few months as I anticipate air combat increasing substantially allowing newly 80+ experienced pilots to be continually added to TRACOM.

Just remember that TRACOM works in groups of 10 for the pilot training shift. And yeah, always a trade-off in early '42 as to whether to use those guys or not. Hard not to, but so hard when you lose one. Tough decisions.

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RE: Top Pilots - 12/23/2012 7:41:19 PM   
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Hi Pax,

Great comments as always.

I'm thinking of converting a couple factories currently researching the George to the SAM instead. I agree, the George is a solid fighter but has a short shelf life. It may be better to focus even more research efforts on faster late war aircraft.

I'll be addressing my TRACOM over the next few months and was aware of the blocks of 10 required. I need to scrounge up four more Navy pilots and even more from the JAAF. As combat increases so will my 80+ pilot pool.

I'm hoping now that I've captured more supply generating bases it will allow the Home Islands to recover. I've stopped exporting supply from Japan and relying on current stocks throughout the Pacific. I moved a lot of supply initially to forward bases. I may have pushed my aircraft and R&D more than anticipated , but have every confidence in my ability to make the necessary adjustments where required. I definitely will keep an eye on things and monitor levels of supply closely. Part of the challenge will be making that surplus grow over the coming months. 1,000,000 supply tied up in aircraft production and R&D is definitely high, but eventually it will be air power alone that protects the Home Islands and provide my best chance to inflict high losses on the enemy. It's a price I'm willing to pay.

I know I push the envelope early with the Japanese economy that make people like Mike and yourself nervous. That's also part of the fun.

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Big trouble in Little Changsha! - 12/23/2012 8:23:27 PM   
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Ok, some hard choices have to be made in the China theatre. The Chinese are aggressively posturing around Changsha and seeking opportunities to strike back. The latest development is an effort to open the west hex side to allow the 7 units currently trapped S.E. of Changsha to escape. I can't prevent the hex side from being opened and the enemy from escaping, but I can try and inflict losses prior to a withdrawal by attacking and catching them overstacked.

I just tried an overstacked attack in Java and the result was prohibitive, there is almost no supply left in the hex. I have now experienced the effects of combat from overstacking and they are severe. Jocke is overstacked in many hexes and could suffer a real supply shortage if I can force it to be used up from combat operations. However, this leads to a serious question of whether or not I should enter into a slugging match against large enemy forces at this time, or pull back and weaken the supply generating capacity of the Chinese further before tackling these large enemy concentrations.

The screenshot shows the situation clearly. Three enemy LCU's are moving to open the west hex side to allow the seven Chinese units trapped at position 1 to escape. To do so they will overstack the hex. I have just under 1100 AV in the hex and am thinking of launching an assault to burn up Chinese supply after the relief force arrives.

I have three divisions at Pingsiang (position 2) which were originally slated to move on Liuchow, but I'm diverting to capture the hex to the N.W. in order to trap the relief force as well. I have the 40th Division (position 3) in reserve. The 6th and 39th Divisions (position 4) were moving to Wuchang to recover, but will be diverted to reinforce my troops at Changsha.

At Changsha I have four divisions, 12th IMB, 13th Tank Regiment and four artillery regiments totalling 1712 AV facing over 190k enemy troops numbering close to 3000 AV.

Do I want to get into a slugging match with the Chinese this early? I see this as an opportunity to bleed a large number of Chinese LCU's and forcing them to burn large quantities of supply. The downside is the casualties I'll sustain will be heavy and the threat of suffering further tactical defeats is high, especially if my forces can't hold against the Chinese at Changsha.

I'll be sleeping on things tonight prior to sending the turn off to Jocke. I'm not assaulting Changsha directly here, that would be foolish, but I can hit the numerous smaller concentrations of enemy forces around the base. Providing my force at Changsha can hold, I see an opportunity to inflict a high number of casualities on the Chinese and burn large amounts of their supply, but it won't come cheaply. Do I risk it at this stage?

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Merry Christmas! - 12/25/2012 1:32:17 AM   
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An early Merry Christmas to everyone. Enjoy the Holidays and time spent with family and friends.

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RE: Merry Christmas! - 12/25/2012 2:24:22 PM   
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An early Merry Christmas to everyone. Enjoy the Holidays and time spent with family and friends.

Joseph

Joseph,

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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RE: Merry Christmas! - 12/25/2012 3:02:27 PM   
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Merry Christmas to you, Joseph.

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March 13/42 Update - 12/28/2012 4:36:31 PM   
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The Christmas ceasefire has ended and hostilities have commenced once again.

March 13/42:

Java:

Soerabaja falls! The 16th Division easily captures the base after the first deliberate assault. Facilities are lightly damaged and Japanese forces gain another important source of fuel and supply. Once Eastern Java is clear of Allied troops, the 16th Division will re-deploy to Oosthaven in preparation for operations against Palembang.

The Philippines:

Bataan is weakly held and 48th Division is ordered to launch a deliberate attack on the 14th. Artillery bombardment indicates the Manila Bay Defenses and 1st PI BF as the only serious opposition.

China:

A small ground action forces back a severely depleted Chinese Corps and two BF's west of Tsiaotso. This will open a direct supply LOC for troops advancing on Sian and Lanchow.

Lots of movement near Changsha and it will be a number of days before I'm in position to launch any attacks. It is vital that my four divisions hold at Changsha while I position additional forces for a number of ground attacks.

Thoughts:

I'm stretched thin at the moment with simultaneous operations in the Philippines, Java, Sumatra, Solomons and Northerm Australia. The Imperial Army is woefully short of combat LCU's available for additional reinforcement and garrison requirements. A number of operations need to be wrapped up quickly in order for the quick re-deployment of sufficient strength to capture Palembang.

The Allies continue to run small xAKL TF's into Port Blair. The 21st Division is prepping and will amphibious assault the base after Northern Sumatra is secured.

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March 14/42 Update - 12/28/2012 5:49:53 PM   
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March 14/42:

The Philippines:

Bataan falls easily. DMS's are deploying to clear the port's minefield. The siege of Manila is next.

Port Blair:

CVL Ryujo and CVL Zuiho are ordered from Singapore to interdict the enemy TF unloading at Port Blair. They should arrive within strike range in two days. Enemy fighter strength at Port Blair is reported to be 14 fighters. Enemy LCU's at the base now count three. Any units Jocke deploys here will be eliminated, so I'm not concerned about the buildup.

Production:

Device Nakajima Ha-45 advances R&D to 8/43

It seems I average about 8 R&D factory points repaired daily.

Thoughts:

I have a ton of shipping sitting idle. The massive task of getting the resource TF's organized and operating from recently captured bases begins.

CV's Hiyo and Junyo are available in 20 and 30 days respectively.

Jocke and I will try and bang out as many turns while Eric is in Australia, so I hope to make some decent progress in the coming days.

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Lots to catch up on... - 1/1/2013 11:29:17 PM   
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March 15/42:

Port Blair:

The CVL Ryujo TF will arrive within range of Port Blair tomorrow to try and catch the Allied transport TF unloading.

New Guinea:

Port Moresby is bombed daily from Lae to prevent further fort construction and destroy supply.

China:

Daily bombing of enemy forces.

A river shock attack by 63rd Division and 60th Inf. Bde. west of Taiyuan forces the Chinese back in disorder. Unfortunately the Chinese retreat onto the secondary road blocking my supply LOC to forward troops once again. AAR follows:

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Ground combat at 89,39 (near Taiyuan)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 16097 troops, 98 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 575

Defending force 13198 troops, 98 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 264

Japanese adjusted assault: 564

Allied adjusted defense: 163

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
552 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 45 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
3683 casualties reported
Squads: 105 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 276 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 9 disabled
Guns lost 22 (8 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Units retreated 4

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
63rd Division
60th Infantry Brigade

Defending units:
35th Chinese Corps
18th Group Army
13th Group Army
12th Chinese Base Force

The DEI:

Fast transport TF's are shuffling small Japanese LCU's around to capture various dot bases. I want these bases under Japanese control as quickly as possible. It's lights out time for the DEI.

Miscellaneous:

DD Fubuki beginning refit in shipyard at Singapore
DD Usugumo beginning refit in shipyard at Singapore
DD Shirayuki beginning refit in shipyard at Singapore
DD Uranami beginning refit in shipyard at Singapore


March 16/42:

Port Blair:

CVL Ryujo and friends come up empty. Allied search spotted the carrier TF the day before and Jocke smartly disbanded the transports in port today to avoid air attack (sneaky bugger).

Oscar sweeps against Port Blair from Rangoon faired poorly. 12 Oscar's are lost against only a couple of Allied Hurricane's. I'll sweep with Zero's from the CVL's tomorrow and bomb the port with Nell's from Rangoon.

Production:

Device Aichi Ha-60 advances R&D to 9/42


March 17/42:

Java:

DMS's arrive at Soerabaja and begin clearing mines.

Port Blair:

The elite pilots of CVL Zuiho ordered to sweep Port Blair rip into the Hurricane CAP while CVL Ryujo remains poised to attack any enemy shipping and provide CAP over the TF. Eight Hurricane's are downed for one Zero lost to Ops. Unfortunately, the Nell's from Rangoon fail to fly due to weather.

Java:

In a surprise move, Allied torpedo bombers (Vildebeest III's) escorted by B-339D's and 75A-7 Hawks sink AMc Wa 3 at Merak today. The enemy fighters are shot out of the sky, but no enemy bombers are hit. Oscar LRCAP from Toboali perform well. I was lucky in that the enemy targeted the AMc rather than an amphibious TF carrying elements of the 5th Division to Oosthaven.

Japanese forces attack Dutch troops recently routed from Soerabaja at 55,103 and force another withdrawal. Elements of the 16th Division continue to advance.

Sumatra:

Langsa is captured by the 21st Division and the Dutch retreat north towards Sabang.


March 18/42:

Port Blair:

Allied transports remain in port at Port Blair and all seven xAKL's are hit by Nell's from Rangoon. A number sink later during the turn.

The Philippines:

Manila's port is bombed today and an Allied PT Boat is sunk and ARD YFD-1 Dewey is damaged and on fire.

Sumatra:

AMc Klias is sunk by Kate's from CVL Ryujo at Sabang. I attempted to disappear this turn while remaining within range of hitting any xAKL's trying to flee Port Blair. Oops, a little too close to Sabang. CVL Ryujo and friends will return to Singapore.

China:

Japanese forces establish a bridgehead in China at 83,39 after shock attacking across the river near Sian. AAR follows:

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Ground combat at 83,39 (near Sian)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 25332 troops, 214 guns, 101 vehicles, Assault Value = 925

Defending force 19723 troops, 157 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 581

Japanese adjusted assault: 542

Allied adjusted defense: 1059

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
3063 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 192 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 35 disabled

Allied ground losses:
656 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 66 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 27 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled

Assaulting units:
36th Division
41st Division

Defending units:
14th Chinese Corps
82nd Chinese Corps
4th Group Army
8th Group Army

Japanese forces defeat depleted Chinese units near Sian forcing another retreat. AAR follows:

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Ground combat at 85,41 (near Sian)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 5943 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 202

Defending force 1549 troops, 29 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 27

Japanese adjusted assault: 184

Allied adjusted defense: 7

Japanese assault odds: 26 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: morale(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
33 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
576 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 48 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 4

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade

Defending units:
22nd Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Base Force
10th Chinese Base Force

So far I've been lucky in destroying Chinese squads without eliminating any LCU's of note. These kinds of battles may not seem like much, but this is exactly what I'd hoped to accomplish in China. Destroy squads while moving forward without creating a free Chinese reserve at Chungking.

Java:

Madion is captured by the 16th/B Division while destroying six CW-22 Falcon's on the ground.


March 19/42:

Burma:

Magwe auto-captures. I have no troops close, but will move AA units immediately to the base and provide LRCAP from Taung Gyi.

Port Blair:

Nell's from Rangoon furtther damage two xAKL's in port.

The Philippines:

ARD YFD-1 Dewey takes two more bomb hits and likely sinks after hearing the sinking sound.

China:

The Chinese 12th Group Army HQ is eliminated S.W. of Changsha. The Changsha - Hengyang railway is now cut. A division will march east and close the remaining Allied hex side to trap eight enemy LCU's S.E. of Changsha.

Screenshots of key theatres on the morning of the 20th follow:

Burma:



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March 20/42:

Port Blair:

No sign of enemy transports in port. I believe I sank all seven xAKL's.

The Philippines:

PT-34 is sunk in Manila harbour by air attack.

Java:

Soerabaja's port is cleared of mines. KB and most of the Imperial Fleet are ordered from Balkpapan to Soerabaja tomorrow.

The 2nd Raiding Regiment captures Banjoewangi and destroys the Banjoewangi BF in the process.

33rd Division has been sitting at Tjilitjap for a number of days awaiting supplies. Supply levels were good on the 19th, so a deliberate attack was ordered. The base fell easily, but surprisingly most of the Dutch bomber force was based here and was destroyed! 102 aircraft were reported as Ops losses today.


Tjepoe was captured by 16th/A Division and the defenders routed.

Dutch resistance is crumbling in the east. Only the forces at Batavia will require a serious effort to dislodge. Supply is now pouring into the island and it's only a matter of time.

Sumatra:

The 21st Division continues to advance towards Sabang forcing Dutch units to retreat once again after a deliberate attack at 45,73.


March 21/42:

Sub Ops:

SS I-166 torpedoes xAK Shirala near Koggala today. The transport does not sink but is reported on fire. A rare sighting and attack by a Japanese submarine.

The Philippines:

A DMS has arrived at Bataan and has begun clearing the minefield.

Java:

My first large scale air attack against the airbase at Batavia destroys a Vildebeest III bomber on the ground. Some training Allied Hurricane's intercepted but the Oscar escorts prevented any bombers being shot down. Damage to the base was minimal and I lost two Oscar escorts.

China:

Ack, sweeps and escorts don't fly and Jocke ambushes 16 Sally's bombing Chinese troops at 83,39 in preparation for a ground assault tomorrow. All sixteen bombers are lost after being jumped by 23 Warhawk's of 1st and 2nd AVG squadrons moved to Sian. I'll sweep tomorrow with Zero's, but the bombers will have to fly again to support the planned attack. It could have been worse, three other Sentai's were grounded due to weather and if they had flown without escort it could have been a disaster for me.

A small Chinese force is roughed up near Nanyang. Another case of destroying enemy squads without destroying the LCU's. AAR follows:

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Ground combat at 86,45 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 6204 troops, 50 guns, 11 vehicles, Assault Value = 240

Defending force 2386 troops, 15 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 26

Japanese adjusted assault: 199

Allied adjusted defense: 16

Japanese assault odds: 12 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: op mode(-), morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

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

Allied ground losses:
660 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 48 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 10 (2 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Units retreated 4

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
9th Armored Car Co
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade

Defending units:
40th Chinese Corps
15th Group Army
24th Group Army
33rd Chinese Corps

These troops will be prevented from moving to cut the railway and no more ground attacks will be launched against them.


March 22/42:

China:

Sweeps over 83,39 find no AVG and the bombers get a clear run against the Chinese defenders inflicting moderate casualties.

The assault to clear 83,39 of Chinese troops is successful. I'm across the river in strength and can move on Kungchang completely bypassing Sian for the moment. Three divisions will be following up as they clear the supply LOC of Chinese troops. AAR follows:

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Ground combat at 83,39 (near Sian)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 39372 troops, 355 guns, 520 vehicles, Assault Value = 1408

Defending force 18582 troops, 157 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 499

Japanese adjusted assault: 1050

Allied adjusted defense: 323

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
865 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 68 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled

Allied ground losses:
5466 casualties reported
Squads: 245 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 271 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 12 disabled
Guns lost 20 (8 destroyed, 12 disabled)
Units retreated 4

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
3rd Tank Regiment
37th Division
12th Tank Regiment
9th Tank Regiment
36th Division
41st Division
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
14th Chinese Corps
82nd Chinese Corps
4th Group Army
8th Group Army

Another small action near Sian causes more Chinese casualties and forces a retreat. AAR follows:

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Ground combat at 84,41 (near Sian)

Japanese Shock attack (River crossing)

Attacking force 5919 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 202

Defending force 1432 troops, 24 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 16

Japanese adjusted assault: 106

Allied adjusted defense: 5

Japanese assault odds: 21 to 1

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

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

Allied ground losses:
463 casualties reported
Squads: 36 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 21 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 21 (21 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 5

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade

Defending units:
38th Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Base Force
22nd Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Base Force

These Chinese forces have been hounded all the way from Tsiaotso and at the end of their tether. I'll have to be careful to not destroy them in further attacks.

Sumatra:

Palembang's airbase shows runway damage at 100%, but that doesn't prevent Jocke from moving Vildebeest III's and Swordfish bombers to the base and a number are destroyed on the ground from further air attacks today. My guess is they are en route to India via Sabang and Port Blair. They shouldn't be able to use the airfield though and if they get away that will be a bit of a burn with the airfield supposedly inoperative.

Java:

Dutch bombers hit Madioen destroying two Zero's on the ground. CAP from CV's at Soerabaja was ineffective with only one 139WH-3 being destroyed. Damage to the airbase is light and I'll have heavier CAP up tomorrow. It does pinpoint KB's position though, as the combat report indicates CAP from all six CV's.

Production:

Device Mitsubishi Ha-43 advances R&D to 8/45

Thoughts:

The war goes well.

The victory in China today opens the route to Kungchang and Lanchow. The goal of cutting fuel to the central plains draws nearer. In the south of China, the last Allied hex side is closed and the eight units S.E. of Changsha are officially trapped. Now to force the Chinese to fight in poor defensive terrain or withdraw from around Changsha and Sian.

Other than Batavia, Java is in mop up stage. KB's position is known, but it may be time to set sail for the IO and see what can be done to cause the Allies problems.

Sumatra is almost entirely in Japanese hands, just Sabang and Palembang remain to be dealt with. Palembang will be a problem, but it is what it is.

Manila is invested and the siege is on with the arrival of Japanese forces to the base. Once the Bataan minefield is cleared, the fun begins in earnest for the defenders of Manila.

That brings everything up to date. The war continues...

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March 23/42 - 1/2/2013 5:07:13 PM   
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March 23/42:

China:

No sign of AVG, but Japanese bombers were redirected to targets out of range of Allied fighters operating from Sian.

Enemy troop movement is indicated from Sian heading east. This would indicate a river crossing to maul a lone Japanese IMB (Independent Mixed Brigade) in clear terrain. I will try to withdraw the unit prior to an enemy assault. I think the Chinese are attempting to threaten my LOC and divert attention away from Kungchang and Lanchow. Considering half the Chinese losses this month have occurred from Chinese offensive operations, I'm not overly concerned with suffering another small tactical defeat if it contributes to further weakening the enemy. I do have three divisions following up and can deal with any local Chinese successes later.

Recon of Kungchang indicates the base is not heavily garrisioned yet. Capturing this base quickly will pay huge dividends later and lead to the blocking of Lanchow fuel from reaching Chinese HI.

Java:

Bandoeng falls to Imperial troops on the second deliberate attack and Java is now officially cut in two. The Dutch defenders were forced to retreat east and won't be a factor in Batavia's defence.

Thoughts:

A massive reorganization of JAAF and JNAF units is required. I'm short of aircraft in China, especially fighters to protect against interdiction by the AVG. With the situation under control in Java, I can divert a number of 3rd Air Division Sentai's to the China theatre. Manila, Batavia and Sian will require a heavy commitment in Japanese air assets to neutralize effectively. My reorganization will focus on providing adequate forces to accomplish the suppression of all three bases. A number of JNAF Zero units are to be withdrawn in April and that will leave me rather short in my best fighter aircraft until new units arrive.

March has seen a lot of real estate change hands and I'm consolidating my position as quickly as possible. There are a number of important battles still to be fought. The operations against Batavia, Manila and Palembang are to begin soon. The success of these operations will free up a large number of combat LCU's for operations elsewhere. In the meantime, fuel/supply and support units are being moved forward. The entire JAAF and JNAF is being reorganized. The Imperial Fleet is repairing minor damage and performing upgrades in preparation for confronting the Allies in Australia, India and the Southeast Pacific in the not too distant future.

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Strategic musings... - 1/3/2013 4:48:33 PM   
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Coming down with a cold and feeling miserable so it seemed like a good idea to start thinking about future operations. I'd like to hit both Australia and India in some form, but with scenario 1 there just isn't the flexibility to do both simultaneously. I'm trying to determine what is the best strategic move here.

I hate Burma and it seems to me the best defence of the theatre is to push the Allied start line for a counterinvasion as far back into India as possible. The problem I see with an Indian invasion is it will bring all the unrestricted Indian units into play. Do I want to provide live fire training for the Indian army? I also think I'd be tackling the stronger of the two Commonwealth options. Can I effectively seal off China from aid with an Indian invasion with the capture of Calcutta and points east as the primary goal?

An Indian invasion would require deployment of substantial naval forces initially until a lodgement was secured on the sub-continent. Once a beachhead was established the operation would become primarily an air and land campaign freeing the Imperial fleet for other operations. The fuel expenditure would be far less for an Indian operation.

Invading portions of Australia was my original thought as stated way back in the AAR. SIGINT is reporting heavy volumes of traffic regularly, so supplying men and material to Australia is already a priority for the Allies. Australia will be a logistics nightmare for me. The amount of supply, fuel and troops needed to draw and quarter Australia will be huge and require massive committments of air and naval forces for an extended period of time. The long distances between bases will play into the hands of the Allied strategic bomber force and any Japanese air operations after initial success would be strictly defensive.

Invading Australia without triggering reinforcements means the entire stratgeic goal is to deny Australia as a springboard for invasions into the DEI and New Guinea for as long as possible. An Australian invasion provides me the best chance to attrition Allied air, land and naval assets but at higher risk to my own forces.

I'm mainly just thinking out loud here and starting to formulate my plans, but comments are always welcome. I'm beginning preparations for an operation against Perth, as that was my original starting point for my Australian gambit, but everything is just on paper at this stage since I still have Batavia and Palembang to capture. Fuel and supply reserves are being accumulated on Java.

Back to work, ugh. More thoughts over the coming days...

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Need to update - 1/8/2013 9:33:01 PM   
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I've been laid out with a bad cold and haven't felt up to updating the AAR, but turns have been progressing and I'll be running the March 31st turn when I get home.

There hasn't been anything exciting of note with the exception of a couple of small naval engagements against Allied transport TF's at Sabang and Port Blair.

China:

China continues to progress nicely and Japanese forces are maneuvering for a series of small offensives in both the north and south. In the north, the Chinese have a blocking force of two LCU's in the hex east of Kungchang which will be attacked on the 31st. The stacking limit is 25k and the Chinese force is exceeding the limit. If I can force a retreat into Kungchang, which also has a 25k stacking limit and is currently occupied by four Chinese LCU's, there's a good chance I can capture the base compliments of low supply and overstacking. If Kungchang can be occupied that will effectively block the flow of Lanchow fuel into Central China.

In the south, I'll be attempting a river crossing with three divisions to capture the base west of Changsha within the next week. The base is currently occupied by only one enemy LCU. I've not been bombing the target in order to try and achieve surprise. Another move about to occur is the river crossing of a Tank Rgt. into the woods hex west of Hengyang. Recon indicates the hex is unoccupied and, if so, this will allow me to race west and link up with the 104th Division currently blocking the Hengyang-Kweilin railway. With the east hex side opened I can move to support operations against Hengyang. I'll try and provide a map soon showing my intent and the current troop dispositions.

Sumatra:

Sabang has fallen leaving Palembang as the last enemy occupied base on Sumatra, but not including the island bases off the west coast. The 21st Division is railing to Medan and will board transports for the immediate invasion of Port Blair. It's time to deal with this base and Jocke's obvious attempt to strengthen his position there.

The entire Japanese 5th Division is now at Palembang and bombers have the airbase shutdown. I'll await reinforcements from Java prior to making the first assault.

Java:

Only three bases remain in Allied hands, Batavia, Djojakarta and Merak. The Imperial Guards, 4th and 18th Division's are marching on Batavia with the 16th Division about to assault Djojakarta in a day or two once supply is replenished. The 33rd Division is mopping up Dutch resistance in the centre of the sland.

Australia:

Port Hedland was recently captured and I now will move against Darwin with the 56th Division.

New Guinea:

Port Moresby is invested by two regiments of the 2nd Division and once the engineer and artillery components of the division arrive the first assault will be launched. I marched overland from Buna rather than attempt an amphibious landing.

Thoughts:

Operations haven't developed as quickly as I had hoped, but I'm now on the move everywhere and consolidating my position while preparing for the major battles to come. I like my position and once Batavia and Palembang fall, I'll be looking for a scrap with enemy forces kept out of harm's way...so far.

Within two weeks I'll have both CV's Hiyo and Junyo available for my next phase of operations. The Helen begins production shortly. I should have 520k of HI pooled after the monthly pilot training expenditure and all war production is running in the black. The first major 100k TF loaded with fuel is en route to the Home Islands. Fuel and oil are being gathered from every production facility I have access to despite the risk of enemy submarines. I must make up for lost time and not having Palembang secured yet.

More to follow when I feel better...

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RE: Need to update - 1/8/2013 9:47:04 PM   
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get well soon mate!

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RE: Need to update - 1/9/2013 4:00:13 AM   
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In a fit of delirium, I think I'm well on my way to crashing the Japanese economy some time in late 1943 after the production tweaking I did today. Pax and Michael, just remember I was sick when doing the turn!

Thanks by the way GreyJoy, I'm hoping today was the worst if it. Perhaps beer and chicken wings on Thursday will kill what germs are still lingering by then.

Off to bed.

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Brief March 31/42 Update - 1/9/2013 5:07:10 PM   
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The attack in mountainous terrain east of Kungchang did not go well. The 41st Division, 8th IMB and two Tank Rgt.'s squared off against two Chinese Corps and I knew I was in trouble when the 8th Ind. Mixed Bde.'s strength dropped from 210 to 0 in the blink of an eye during the replay. Adjusted odds were 1:2 and resulted in the complete trashing of the 8th IMB with an effective AV now of zero. Oucho. The 41st Division was largely untouched, as were the two Tank Rgt.'s, but the Chinese force was largely unscathed.

I didn't get much chance to bomb this enemy force prior to the attack, so that definitely contributed to the stout defence. The range from Tsiaotso and Kweiyang is a factor. When Yenan is built up I can perform more effective air operations in the north. I'm extremely tempted to try another deliberate assault though. I know the Chinese must be out of supply after combat in an overtstacked hex, but do I risk the trashing of a division if I'm wrong. The prudent option may be to hang tough, bomb the enemy and attack again in 3-4 days.

Events in Java went much better. Four Dutch units surrendered to elements of the 33rd Division after a deliberate attack near Semarang. The 16th Division is fully supplied and a deliberate attack against Djojakarta is ordered for today, April 1st. Troops should arrive at Batavia today to start the siege. The initial force of three divisions will await the arrival of 33rd Division before launching an assault. The 16th Division will rail up after the fall of Djojakarta. I hope five divisions can deal with Batavia quickly, but forts may be rather high and it could be a grind.

The Helen will actually start production on April 1st and two factories are assigned to initially provide 50/month. I will keep producing Sally's at 55/month at the moment to keep most bomber Sentai's fully equipped, but eventually this amount will be reduced to 30/month and most likely phased out once Helen production reaches 100/month. I think Ha-34 engine production will need to reach 400 in order to support production of 100 Helen's and 200 Tojo's per month. Too much?

I went a little nuts adding another 200k worth of aircraft R&D last night. I'm investing heavily in late war fighters and that worries me quite a bit, but I do hope to hang on until the bitter end and it could make a difference getting some of these fighters early in large enough numbers. I intend on paying for aircraft production by cutting most of my late war naval and merchant ship production, especially the CV's, if my initial carrier force gets wiped out early. If I have great success against Allied naval forces in 1942, I can always reassess production needs later.

I may be pushing the economy to the brink this time, but it's going to be a fun challenge to see if I can pull it off. If not, well that's historical ain't it.

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RE: Brief March 31/42 Update - 1/9/2013 5:41:41 PM   
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Just a quick hello, enjoying the AAR, SqzMyLemon. Hope you're better soon too.

Can you regail us with an industry screenie or two? Be interesting to compare your situation to my own in late February 1942 (PBEM scenario 2).

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RE: Brief March 31/42 Update - 1/9/2013 6:04:17 PM   
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100 helens are barely enough for me in my game. Considering that, sooner or lateer, the sallies production is gonna get cut off, 100 army bombers will be barely enough to keep up with operational losses and daily costraints. If u use the Helens extensively in Asw role too, you'll see how easy is to accumulate 3/4 ops losses daily just for running asw missions!

200 tojos are more than enough imho. Clearly it depends on how much you use them offensively. For what it worths, in my game, producibg 160 TOJOs monthly, i've switched off the whole production in dec 1942 and now in april 43 i haven't turnt it on yet

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RE: Brief March 31/42 Update - 1/9/2013 6:24:11 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Chickenboy

Just a quick hello, enjoying the AAR, SqzMyLemon. Hope you're better soon too.

Can you regail us with an industry screenie or two? Be interesting to compare your situation to my own in late February 1942 (PBEM scenario 2).


Sure thing, I'll provide some screens showing my totals as of April 1st within a day or two.

quote:

ORIGINAL: GreyJoy

100 helens are barely enough for me in my game. Considering that, sooner or lateer, the sallies production is gonna get cut off, 100 army bombers will be barely enough to keep up with operational losses and daily costraints. If u use the Helens extensively in Asw role too, you'll see how easy is to accumulate 3/4 ops losses daily just for running asw missions!

200 tojos are more than enough imho. Clearly it depends on how much you use them offensively. For what it worths, in my game, producibg 160 TOJOs monthly, i've switched off the whole production in dec 1942 and now in april 43 i haven't turnt it on yet


Thanks GreyJoy, considering your games have gone on much longer than mine, it's good to get a sense of possible numbers required. I'll shoot for 150 Helen's and 100 Tojo's initially, possibly increasing that to 150 fighters if required. That would still keep my Ha-34 needs to the original 400 engines or a slight increase to 450 total. I could also keep the Helen's at 100 and keep Sally production going at 30/month for ASW duties.

That's what is so cool about playing Japan, you can customize your production to suit your style of play. I can see why players are upset that the feature isn't included for the Allies. It's a fun aspect to the game providing it's not abused.

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Brief April 1/42 Update - 1/10/2013 5:17:11 PM   
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Java:

Djojarkarta falls to the first deliberte attack by 16th Division and all seven Dutch units surrender.

Two divisions will arrive at Batavia today, April 2nd, and will be reinforced with three more divisions and heavy artillery within days. Only two Dutch units remain outside of Batavia, one at Merak, the other near Tjilatjap.

China:

Recon indicates movement from Hengyang to the N.W. I'm not sure if this will be a full withdrawal or simply a redeployment of some Chinese units. Three Japanese divisions are ordered to perform a river assault against the base directly west of Changsha. Providing the Chinese do not reinforce the base, the assault should be successful. Japanese bombers are ordered to begin pounding the defenders.

Chinese units continue to harass my LOC around Sinyang and I fear it's time to remove this nuisance. Japanese bombers will be used to eliminate these units. A number of Chinese Corps will be destroyed, but that can't be helped.

New Guinea:

An artillery bombardment is ordered against Port Moresby today to see what I'm up against. FLAK has stopped against bombing raids targeting the airbase indicating low supply.

Thoughts:

Industrial and air/naval production screens to follow later tonight for CB.

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