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Dec. 10/41 - 8/25/2012 7:52:26 AM   
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121041 Update:

Sub Ops:

SS I-162 sinks xAKL Isla Filipinas near Balabac.
SS I-155 sinks xAKL De Haan near Toboali.
SS I-162 sinks xAKL Dos Hermanos near Jesselton scoring 5 shell hits.
SS I-155 sinks xAKL De Klerk near Toboali scoring shell 10 hits.

SS KXIV torpedoes xAK Hokko Maru near Soc Trang. (She'll most likely sink tomorrow)


Naval Ops:

Japanese SCTF's sink the following Allied ships today in numerous actions:

xAK Ravnaas near Balabac.
xAKL Cebu and xAKL Latouche near Balabac.
xAKL Anakan near Puerto Princesa.
xAKL Sagoland and xAKL Paz near Puerto Princesa.
xAKL Don Jose near Jolo.


Air Ops:

I won't document the initial bombing campaign in China since they consist of numerous small raids. Other theatres will get the same treatment unless there is something of note.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ternate at 78,102

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A5M4 Claude x 3

Allied aircraft
139WH-3 x 3

No Japanese losses

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
Ryujo-1 with A5M4 Claude (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

CVL Ryujo's CAP covered the landing at Ternate. The Dutch bombers aborted their mission.

Daily Air Losses (Tracker):

Japan: 12 (All Ops losses!) Allied: 2 (Ops)


Ground Operations:

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Ground combat at Hong Kong (77,61)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 22004 troops, 281 guns, 217 vehicles, Assault Value = 637

Defending force 7270 troops, 132 guns, 80 vehicles, Assault Value = 224

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Japanese adjusted assault: 483

Allied adjusted defense: 277

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 2)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
912 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 85 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 26 disabled
Guns lost 16 (1 destroyed, 15 disabled)
Vehicles lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
432 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 54 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)

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Ground combat at 89,39 (near Taiyuan)

Japanese Shock attack (River Crossing)

Attacking force 23044 troops, 243 guns, 101 vehicles, Assault Value = 756

Defending force 5375 troops, 43 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 125

Japanese adjusted assault: 1136

Allied adjusted defense: 25

Japanese assault odds: 45 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
154 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
2448 casualties reported
Squads: 64 destroyed, 53 disabled
Non Combat: 88 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 18 (18 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 2

The Celebes:

Talaud-eilanden is liberated.

Japanese amphibious landing at Ternate.


Miscellaneous:

Nothing to report.

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Dec. 11/42 - 8/25/2012 8:00:15 AM   
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121141 Update:

A much better turn sinking higher value Allied ships. I was afraid of only catching xAKL's. The CA's Ashigara and Maya did stellar work in the Celebes Sea and off the coast of Borneo, but both TF's must now retire to rearm/refuel. The lack of an Allied naval presence has allowed me to intercept more fleeing ships than I had intended. I have a feeling that may change soon as I prepare to push deeper into the Celebes.

There has been little sign of any Allied air presence since Dec. 7th. Most likely withdrawn to train up prior to the invasion of Java and Sumatra.

I pulled the Kuching and Singkawang amphibious TF's back to Saigon. I decided I'd await the capture of Kuantan before proceeding, which will allow better LBA coverage than from Kota Bharu. This is also part of my strategy of changing up the timetable. I believe the Allies are expecting an early move to Sinkawang, Palembang and Balikpapan. If so, they will not be in position to contest my operations against Ambon and Kendari until after I've been able to establish LBA cover from Manado.

I have substantial numbers of units arriving at Babeldoab in a matter of days, they will reorganize and strike for Ambon and Kendari. Support units will follow up the early capture of Manado and Ternate. The 23rd Air Flotilla HQ will arrive shortly and deploy to Manado upon liberation. I need to quickly get an airbase established at Legaspi, in the Philippines, to allow me to hop air units down to the Celebes from Formosa.

I'll begin providing screenshots after completion of the next turn. On with the update.

Sub Ops:

Japan

SS I-123 sinks xAP Elcano near Donggala.
SS I-165 sinks xAKL Fortuna near Miri.
SS I-158 sinks PG Tulsa near Kuching.
SS I-165 shells xAKL Palawan with 21 shell hits. (Presumed sunk, not confirmed)
SS I-165 sinks xAKL Compagnia Filipinas near Miri.

Allied

SS S-40 duds on xAK Aki Maru near Calayan.

Naval Ops:

xAKL Bisayas, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

CA Ashigara and DD's Natsugumo, Minegumo and Asagumo account for the following Allied ships today:

AM Whippoorwill, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
AM Finch, Shell hits 6, and is sunk
AM Tanager, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
AM Quail, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
AS Otus, Shell hits 10, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Fatshan, Shell hits 26, and is sunk
xAK Hanyang, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Nanning, Shell hits 5, heavy fires

CA Maya and DD's Murasme, Harusame, Yudachi and Samidare account for the following Allied ships today:

TK Gertrude Kellogg, Shell hits 18, and is sunk
AS Canopus, Shell hits 13, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
AO Trinity, Shell hits 26, and is sunk
xAP Neptuna, Shell hits 9, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAP Rochambeau, Shell hits 40, and is sunk
TK Hai Kwang, Shell hits 30, and is sunk

Malaya:

Amphibious landing at Kuantan. More supply needs to be offloaded before an assault can be made. Bombers are ordered to hit enemy ground troops tomorrow.

Kota Bharu is now torpedo capable with 22nd Air Flotilla HQ deployed. Aircraft now based here are A6M2 Zero's (45) and G4M1 Betty's (27).

Alor Star is abandoned and will be occupied tomorrow.

China:

Artillery bombardment at Hong Kong. Bombers based on Formosa will ground attack tomorrow prior to another DA.

Tsiaotso captured.

New Guinea:

Amphibious landing at Sorong.

The Celebes:

Amphibious landing at Sidate.

Ternate is liberated. Ternate Det. Base Force destroyed.

KB:

Has replenished fuel and resumes heading East. Submarine screen has lost the xAP Lurline and will shift southeast in case the enemy is taking a more southerly route. I fear this TF has gotten away, hopefully I'll bag the next one.

Daily Air Losses (Tracker):

Japan

4 (Ops!)

Allied

0

Miscellaneous:

Japan

Pagan expands fortifications to size 1

xAK Ishikari Maru arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo

Allied

Nothing

< Message edited by SqzMyLemon -- 8/27/2012 9:44:10 PM >


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Dec. 12/41 - 8/26/2012 8:44:12 PM   
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121241 Update:

Japanese submarines find no targets today and the remaining SCTF's patrolling for fleeing ships find none either. Ground combat and some successful Betty strikes dominated the day's events.

Sub Ops:

Japan

Nothing to report.

Allied

SS Sealion misses CA Maya near Jolo.
SS KXIV sinks xAKL Assam Maru near Soc Trang. (First Japanese ship sunk, the xAK Hokko Maru is still afloat)
SS KXVII receives a direct DC hit near Kuantan.
SS KXI receives a direct and two near miss DC hits near Kuantan.
SS Permit misses DMS W-18 near Hengchun.

Air Ops:

Betty's based at Kota Bharu sink the following Allied ships today:

xAKL Halvdan near Port Dickson.
xAKL Lematang, xAKL Siberoet, xAKL Bust and xAKL Sibolga near Tandjoengpinang.

Burma:

Victoria Point is liberated.

China:

Kanshien's defenders are hammered by Betty's and Nell's from Takao prior to a DA attack. The Chinese suffer 0(41) infantry, 0(37) non-combat and 0(6) engineer squads disabled totalling 650 casualties. The following DA attack is successful.

Ground combat at Kanhsien (81,57)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1065 troops, 0 guns, 163 vehicles, Assault Value = 94

Defending force 9326 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 214

Japanese adjusted assault: 63

Allied adjusted defense: 12

Japanese assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 2)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Kanhsien !!!

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

Allied ground losses:
2669 casualties reported
Squads: 106 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 126 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 35 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (8 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 2

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
4th Tank Regiment
7th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
25th Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Base Force
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Another DA is launched against Hong Kong.

Ground combat at Hong Kong (77,61)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 21633 troops, 281 guns, 216 vehicles, Assault Value = 575

Defending force 6964 troops, 131 guns, 80 vehicles, Assault Value = 173

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 433

Allied adjusted defense: 373

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:
668 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 33 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 24 disabled

Allied ground losses:
431 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 43 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
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Japanese troops clear the rail line to Shanghai.

Ground combat at 90,49 (near Pengpu)

Japanese Shock attack (River assault)

Attacking force 5562 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 177

Defending force 647 troops, 14 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 6

Japanese adjusted assault: 280

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 280 to 1

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

Allied ground losses:
501 casualties reported
Squads: 43 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 18 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (5 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
13th Ind.Mixed Brigade

Defending units:
89th Chinese Corps
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The Chinese launch a river assault!

Ground combat at 88,43 (near Kaifeng)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 9341 troops, 86 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 302

Defending force 5527 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 180

Allied adjusted assault: 360

Japanese adjusted defense: 141

Allied assault odds: 2 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1387 casualties reported
Squads: 41 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 42 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 5 (3 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Allied ground losses:
437 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 66 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
40th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps

Defending units:
3rd Ind.Mixed Brigade

Recon didn't indicate the pending river assault and the 3rd Ind. Mixed Brigade got caught in move mode. It's nice to see the Chinese fighting back, but if they continue to advance it will be a mistake.

Air attack is becoming more effective as my bomber force moves forward and coordinates in larger raids. Chinese disablements and casualties are increasing daily.

Malaya:

DA is ordered against Kuantan tomorrow as all assault troops are ashore and well supplied now.

New Guinea:

Sorong is liberated.

Daily Air losses (Tracker):

Japan: 4 (Ops) Allied 1 (Destroyed on ground)

Miscellaneous:

Nothing to report.

< Message edited by SqzMyLemon -- 8/27/2012 9:41:44 PM >


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Dec. 13/41 - 8/27/2012 4:20:48 AM   
SqzMyLemon


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121341 Update:

Sub Ops:

Japan

SS I-158 sinks xAKL Princess of Negros near Miri.
SS I-164 sinks xAP Legaspi near Singkawang.
SS I-164 sinks xAK Capillo near Singkawang.

Allied

SS Seadragon duds on xAK Nanrei Maru near Ternate.
Japanese transport xAK Hokko Maru succumbs to damage from previous torpedo hit by SS KXIV and sinks.
SS KXIV receives three near miss DC hits from SC Ch 8 near Saigon. (My favourite SC)

Naval Ops:

xAKL Dai Tung, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAKL Pahang, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

CL Jintsu and DD Oshio sink xAP Candioa near Muntok.

CL Sendai, DD's Shikinami, Ayanami and Sagiri account for the following Allied ships:

xAP Candesa, Shell hits 3, and is sunk near Soebi-besar.
xAKL Chengtu, Shell hits 7, xAKL Kanchow, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk and xAKL Yat Shing, Shell hits 12, heavy fires, heavy damage near Groot Natoena.
xAKL Chengtu, Shell hits 14, and is sunk near Miri.
xAKL Escalante, Shell hits 17, and is sunk near Kuching.

Air Ops:

Same group of Betty's based at Kota Bharu as yesterday, but today they drop bombs instead of torpedoes despite no change in settings. The 22nd Air Flotilla HQ was topped up with torpedoes to ensure enough were on hand. So once again, everything looks good on paper, but the AI does its own thing.

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Tandjoengpinang at 50,85

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13
G4M1 Betty x 13

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAKL Circe
xAKL Lipis, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
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Malaya:

Alor Star is liberated.

Kuantan is liberated. AAR follows:

Ground combat at Kuantan (51,79)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 15679 troops, 144 guns, 55 vehicles, Assault Value = 431

Defending force 2781 troops, 38 guns, 35 vehicles, Assault Value = 100

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 286

Allied adjusted defense: 87

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

Japanese forces CAPTURE Kuantan !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
163 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 7 disabled

Allied ground losses:
638 casualties reported
Squads: 24 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 68 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 19 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 27 (27 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 23 (23 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 2
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China:

A follow up Shock Attack at Hong Kong fails to take the base. Another Shock attack is ordered for tomorrow.

Ground combat at Hong Kong (77,61)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 21156 troops, 282 guns, 218 vehicles, Assault Value = 535

Defending force 6571 troops, 131 guns, 79 vehicles, Assault Value = 123

Japanese adjusted assault: 306

Allied adjusted defense: 273

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
1560 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 90 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 35 disabled

Allied ground losses:
417 casualties reported
Squads: 54 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 10 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Vehicles lost 24 (5 destroyed, 19 disabled)
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The Philippines:

Laoag is liberated.
Calayan is liberated. (Auto occupation)

Daily Air losses (Tracker):

Japan: 4 (Ops) Allied: 1 (A2A)

Miscellaneous:

Japan

Jehol expands airfield to size 4

Allied

Nothing to report.

First screenshot of the AAR is of Northern China, more to follow tomorrow. Compass directions are related to screen view, not according to the map orientation.




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< Message edited by SqzMyLemon -- 8/27/2012 9:47:09 PM >


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Dec. 14/41 - 8/27/2012 5:54:01 PM   
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121441 Update:

Sub Ops:

Japan

SS I-157 misses xAKL Surigao near Tambelan-eilanden.
SS I-156 torpedoes AV Langley near Pontianak, but takes a shell hit causing moderate damage. (Presumed sunk, not confirmed)
SS I-169 torpedoes AD Whitney near Christmas Island. (Presumed sunk, not confirmed)

SS I-123 avoids an ASW attack from DD Parrott near Donggala.

Allied:

SS Skipjack duds on xAK Keihuku Maru near Samah.
SS Permit misses APD Nadakaze near Calayan.

Naval Ops:

CL Sendai and company account for the following Allied ships today:

xAKL Taurus, Sheel hits 14, and is sunk
xAKL Corregidor, Shell hits 7, and is sunk

Japanese SCTF's covering the landings at Laoag on Luzon sink two MTB's for no loss. Two PT Boats were sunk the day before. So far my screening vessels have performed great and kept the enemy away from the transports.

Air Ops:

Betty's based at Kota Bharu sink CM Gouden Leeuw and AM Warrnambool near Singkawang.

China:

Japan is handed it's first bloody nose in the air today over China, compliments of AVG/3rd Sqn. near Kukong. 21 crack G4M1 Betty pilots were lost today. I usually replace crack pilots with rookies when flying in China, however I neglected to account for this unit flying from Formosa. A costly mistake as those pilots were deadly against shipping, but simply thrown away for nothing over China. I'll be looking to settle the score.

A consecutive Shock Attack against Hong Kong failed to take the base and was extremely costly. I don't know why the result was so poor. Allied raw AV was exactly the same as the previous attack despite losing 54 infantry squads the day before. Lesson learned, bomb the airbase/port after reducing forts to zero to prevent them rebuilding the next day. My infantry wasn't touched, but my engineers were almost wiped out to a man . I'll have to rest and recover disruption before continuing.

Ground combat at Hong Kong (77,61)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 19988 troops, 282 guns, 218 vehicles, Assault Value = 429

Defending force 6099 troops, 130 guns, 74 vehicles, Assault Value = 123

Japanese adjusted assault: 255

Allied adjusted defense: 261

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 1)

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

Japanese ground losses:
1536 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 24 destroyed, 40 disabled
Engineers: 69 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 7 (7 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
399 casualties reported
Squads: 31 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 10 (9 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 9 (2 destroyed, 7 disabled)
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Japanese units maul the 3rd New Chinese Corps near Nanchang in clear terrain. Japanese troops suffer 4(107) infantry, 0(7) non-combat and 0(5) engineer squads lost including 1(5) guns totalling 630 casualites. Chinese forces take 148(44) infantry, 76(0) non-combat and 8(6) engineer squads lost including 7(15) guns totalling 3856 casualties.

Japanese armoured units roll over the 65th Chinese Corps near Kanshien. For the loss of 1(4) vehicles, they rout the Chinese and inflict 89(0) infantry, 41(0) non-combat and 1(1) engineer squads lost including 5(0) guns totalling 693 casualties.

Chinese forces launch another river assault, this time at Tsiaotso. The 16th Ind. Mixed Bde. holds, but Chinese forces heavily outnumber the defenders and additional enemy troops will arrive soon. AAR follows:

Ground combat at Tsiaotso (88,42)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 27153 troops, 114 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 852

Defending force 5606 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 185

Allied adjusted assault: 766

Japanese adjusted defense: 493

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
221 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled

Allied ground losses:
841 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 145 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled

Assaulting units:
27th Chinese Corps
80th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps

Defending units:
16th Ind.Mixed Brigade
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The Chinese are not laying down and determined to strike back. I will have to take this into consideration, as there are some threats developing to my positions around Ichang, Nanchang, and Tsiaotso. I'll just have to weather the initial Chinese storm until I can counter effectively. The first month in China always has me scrambling until I get garrisons sorted out and move troops forward. We'll see how long it takes to turn the tables on these upstart Chinese.

Malaya:

The 56th Inf. Rgt. pushes back the displaced defenders of Kota Bharu along the railway further towards Singapore.

New Guinea:

Manus is liberated.

The Philippines:

Nell's based at Takao bomb Manila's port today with 800kg bombs with the following results:

xAK Cape Fairweather, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
SS Porpoise, Bomb hits 1

Daily Air Losses (Tracker):

Japan: 24 (21 A2A, 3 Ops) Allied: 1 (Ops)

Miscellaneous:

Japan

Nothing to report.

Allied

Nothing to report.

Thoughts:

Have to stay sharp in China and use the aggression of the enemy to my benefit. Jocke likes to threaten LOC's so I'll be looking at ways to prevent/exploit this.

Some important intelligence was gleaned today. Force Z is suspected near Billiton after a BB sighting is reported by naval search. This confirms my suspicion that the Allies are waiting to pounce on a move against Singkawang or Kuching. Recon of Singapore indicates 40+ fighters and 40+ bombers present, yet no CAP responds against Japanese sweeps. I've ordered more Zero sweeps of Singapore, to be followed by Sally's escorted by Oscar's to hit the airbase.

I suspect another SCTF composed of CL Boise or the Dutch CL's moving to interdict my operations around Manado and Ternate. A submarine screen in the deep sea hex separating Borneo from the Celebes indicated an enemy SCTF sailing into the Celebes Sea. I've sortied a strong force of surface ships supported by CV Kaga, CVL Ryujo, CVL Zuiho and CVE Hosho from Babeldoab to support additional landings at Manado and Ternate. Ambon amphibious TF's have set sail from Babeldoab and will rendezvous with the carriers and surface ships near Sorong, before the run for Ambon. By then I hope to have LRCAP available from Manado. An Inf. Rgt. is set to DA the base today.

KB is still coming up empty, but continues SSE for a few more days. If nothing is spotted she'll have to set course for home. skirting south of the Hawaiian Islands, or possibly doubling back north again. I'd like to swing by Christmas Island as submarines are picking up some activity around there, but I'm far from home, the Allied cruiser and CV force is intact and I'm starting to be concerned about fuel. It may not be worth the risk. Hopefully Glen recon of Christmas Island will shed some light.

Submarines are located at most SoPac bases now, so I hope to start getting some information on Allied movements and sink ships.

Time to crack some heads and pick up the pace. Ambon, here I come.

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Dec. 15/41 - 8/27/2012 7:04:48 PM   
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121541 Update:

The big news of the day was KB finally found something, however, the attack was less than stellar considering the force committed. This seems to happen far too often for my liking and there's really nothing I can do about it. It's a combination of poor AI target selection, weather and bad luck in my opinion. Anyway, I found some nice targets so I won't complain. I'm hoping to find more tomorrow and we'll see if Jocke's pucker index has just spiked.

Sub Ops:

Japan

SS I-166 torpedoes CL De Ruyter near Boetan. (no heavy damage or fires)
SS I-8 misses DD Mugford near Christmas Island.
SS I-164 misses xAKL Dona Nati. (This is one skilled transport Captain!)
SS I-153 sinks AS Zuiderkruis near Pamekasan.

SS I-8 avoids damage from an Allied DD ASW attack near Christmas Island.

Allied

SS S-40 elects to not fire on Japanese transports near Calayan.

Naval Ops:

KB finds a small replenishment TF of large AO's at hex 207,108 and launches two strike packages. Weather was overcast, but the strikes were extremely poor considering the targets in my opinion. Three large AO's and the Kate's did not target a single one, they all went after the DD's (old ones at that) and wasted all but one torpedo. WTF? The Val's luckily performed better, but those tankers should have been easily meat for KB. AAR follows:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Lahaina at 207,108

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet. (Val's at 13k, Kate's at 9k)
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 52 (Not one tanker targeted!)
D3A1 Val x 39

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Kilty
AO Sabine, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
AO Platte, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
DD Lawrence, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Crane, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
DD King
AO Kaskaskia, Bomb hits 1, on fire
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The second strike:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Lahaina at 207,108

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet. (Val's at 13k)
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 13

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
DD Kilty
DD Crane, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD King

China:

Troops at Hong Kong get a rest, while the artillery bombard.

The Philippines:

Tuguegarao is liberated.

The Celebes:

Manado falls easily. AAR follows:

Ground combat at Manado (75,99)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 3515 troops, 32 guns, 17 vehicles, Assault Value = 120

Defending force 1854 troops, 2 guns, 3 vehicles, Assault Value = 58

Japanese adjusted assault: 103

Allied adjusted defense: 33

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

Japanese forces CAPTURE Manado !!!

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

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

Allied ground losses:
1928 casualties reported
Squads: 79 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 113 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 2
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Malaya:

Air operations against Singapore go as planned and the results are good.

A6M2 Zero's tangle with P-40E Warhawk's and British Buffalo's. Losses are (4) A6M2's against (19) Buffalo I's and (9) P-40E Warhawk's. The escorted bombers follow unopposed and hit the airfield for 8 AB, 1 ABS and 20 Runway hits. Another attack is ordered for tomorrow.

Daily Air Losses (Tracker):

Japan: 15 (4 A2A), (2 FLAK) (9 Ops) Allied: 30 (28 A2A), (2 Ops)

Miscellanneous:

Japan

Takao expands port to size 5
Laoag expands fortifications to size 1
Kuantan expands fortifications to size 1

Sendai-1 converting to E13A1 Jake

Allied

Nothing to report.

Thoughts:

I contemplated splitting KB, but CV Saratoga could be out there and I see no reason to risk anything close to a 2:1 carrier engagement this early. I did split of CA Chokai and two DD's to try and intercept the damaged AO's.

The Dutch CL's are reported at Ambon, so I think the damage to CL De Ruyter was light. The Manado and Ternate follow up TF's go ahead supported by a heavy cruiser force, while the carriers split off to provide CAP for the Ambon invasion TF's. The area is beginning to swarm with Allied submarines so I'm doing my best to maneuver around them. If all goes well, the 23rd Air Flotilla HQ will unload at Manado and Ternate will get a JNAF AF Bn. Zero's have transferred to Babeldoab and will be available at Manado tomorrow to provide LRCAP.

No sign of CL Boise or Force Z, I think being spotted kind of ruined the surprise.

22nd Air Flotilla HQ should arrive at Kuantan today. Then Zero's and Betty's will cover the Singkawang invasion TF's. If Force Z makes another appearance, they may be in for a surprise.

Things are progressing, adequate LBA coverage will now allow me to pick up the pace and provide a means to strike at any Allied attempts to interdict my operations. My spidey sense is tingling though, I think the Allies try something in the next day or two.

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KB Strikes! - 8/28/2012 7:36:47 PM   
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KB won't return empty handed after all. Hopefully more targets tomorrow.






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Here we go. - 8/28/2012 7:39:20 PM   
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Here's the situation around the Celebes and Moluccas. Ambon invasion is a go. Will the Allies respond, and with what?





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RE: Here we go. - 8/28/2012 9:10:51 PM   
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Your KB raid looks to be paying off. Those AOs are pretty valuable, and you'll pick up the rest tomorrow I'm sure. Most other stuff will scatter if it's there but you might run over something that can't get away.

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RE: Here we go. - 8/29/2012 6:19:38 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: obvert

Your KB raid looks to be paying off. Those AOs are pretty valuable, and you'll pick up the rest tomorrow I'm sure. Most other stuff will scatter if it's there but you might run over something that can't get away.


Hi Erik,

Well, I zigged and Jocke zagged. No love for KB. In two PBEM AAR's, KB has just performed brutally for me. When I get the chance and catch Allied ships, KB lays an egg. I don't know why and I don't know what I can do differently. The AI just doesn't do me any favours. 91 attack aircraft sink a DD (confirmed), but enemy fleet oilers loaded with fuel aren't the primary target in essentially a merchant TF? 51 torpedoes were wasted on DD's . If Kate's target those AO's, they are goners, instead they just might survive a couple of 250kg bomb hits despite being loaded with fuel. FOW makes it tough, no sinking sounds today, but I'm not optimistic that they are in danger of sinking. My gut tells me I sank two old DD's.

Fuel is becoming an issue for KB and I can't risk wasting more trying to track down the AO's. I chose to continue heading SW, hoping to chase down something else. Wrong decision I guess. I have no idea which direction the AO's headed and they've disappeared. The small CA force and numerous submarines that were patrolling the area came up empty.

So, what to do with KB? I've decided to run straight through Indian Country. KB remains on course, steaming SSW and will sail between Hawaii and Christmas Island. There is lots of activity in SoPac, especially enemy DD's on ASW patrolling a number of bases already, so that's where I'm going. Intelligence picked up radio transmissions SE of Fiji. An AMC is heading to investigate as KB won't have the fuel and is too far away anyway. KB should have enough fuel to reach the Marshall's easily if I don't deviate too much from my course. Maybe I'll get lucky and Jocke won't think I'd risk my fleet oilers, or KB for that matter, sailing through SoPac at this time. All my submarines are ordered to support KB, they will screen ahead and search for any sign of enemy forces.

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Second guessing and quick update - 8/29/2012 4:53:08 PM   
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I received and ran a turn this morning and KB is off the radar SE of Hawaii, but there is no enemy shipping to be found. I should have turned NE after spotting the oilers. I think my original reasoning was sound, the oilers were fast ships and slower transports might have been following. Unfortunately, submarines still fail to to spot anything, and there's always the possibility there isn't anything to be found at all. It's time to move on though. I may or may not have sunk three valuable AO's, I'll just have to be patient and await Ops Report confirmation.

Ambon:

Ambon was delayed, as I realized I don't have a single minesweeper attached to any amphibious TF . The pause did allow me to sweep Ambon with Zero's from Manado and bag a few Dutch fighters and P-40's. The CAP was light, which takes a load off my mind. I thought Ambon might be loaded with fighters, and I didn't want to risk my CV air flying into a hornet's nest. It appears Allied shipping has pulled back and no enemy TF's were located at, or near, Ambon. The majority of Allied submarines are patrolling around Manado, so the route between Sorong and Ambon appears to still be the best move. Everything now moves on the 18th and landings will occur on the 19th or 20th. Once troops are ashore at Ambon, landings will commence at Kendari.

Once more supply reaches Manado, I can cover Tarakan, Balikpapan, Makassar, Kendari and Ambon with naval search and torpedo bombers. The 23rd Air Flotilla HQ arrived safely. The 11th Air Fleet HQ and 21st Air Flotilla HQ's arrive at Babeldoab on the 18th, and the 11th Air will sail for Ambon.

Borneo:

The Miri amphibious assault began today and no sign of Allied interdiction. I landed a little light, just a small SNLF force, but two Naval Guard units are inbound.

The Singkawang and Kuching invasion TF's should start landing on the 18th or 19th depending on movement. No sign of Force Z, but torpedo bombers based at Kuantan are hitting everything in sight, so it's unlikely Jocke will risk the POW. Zero's at Kuantan are providing LRCAP.

Burma:

Supply is being offloaded at Rangoon, but I want to shift a Zero unit up there to deal with AVG and the British fighters, before I risk my torpedo bombers. Recon indicates 60 enemy fighters at Rangoon.

China:

Jocke is still being very aggressive and moving forward and I see an opportunity to make a big push on Sian right away. He's moving forward near Tsiaotso, moving SE from Yenan to block me in the mountain hex and still maneuvering around Ichang in rough terrain. This will slow his ability to respond to a drive on Sian from Nanyang. How do I take advanantage of this?

I abandon Ichang and drive for Nanyang. Troops from Sinyang move on Nanyang. I have 5 Divisions and 3 Armoured Rgt.'s about to be unleashed from Kaifeng. I pull back from marching on Yenan and rail to Kaifeng. Bombers slow his ability to respond and I drive hard for Sian while trying to block his withdrawal from the Loyang area.

Chinese forces appear to have abandoned Wenchow and are attempting to drive NE, not west and safety. So I hope he continues to advance, while I close the door at Pingsiang. Kanhsien is already under my control, so a large Chinese force will be cut off.

I botched Hong Kong. In the past, I've usually sent the 104th Division from Canton to join the 38th Division and deal with it quickly, this time I didn't and I'm stuck. I'm turning the 104th Division around and railing it to Hong Kong. A delay to be sure, but I think this will encourage Jocke to move forward even more. I need the 38th at Singapore, so I must finish Hong Kong without trashing my troops, so help is on the way.

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Other thoughts. - 8/29/2012 6:54:51 PM   
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The 21st Division has left Shanghai, but there is a problem. There is a fragment of one support squad that became separated from the parent, and would not recombine. I'm loading it onto a small xAKL and sending it on a suicide mission to be sunk. Heartless, I know.

A note on R&D. I'm researching the George, Frank and Jack as my primary mid/late fighters. The A6M3a and Tojo are receiving attention too, but I'm not trying to advance anything too quickly. A six month advance would be the most I'd hope to gain for an airframe, and I'm not sure that's possible these days or not. I haven't spent much time on R&D so far to be honest. That's not to say I've been neglectful, but my priorities are elsewhere at the moment. Come January, I'll go over eveything in detail.

I also haven't streamlined HI production yet. I'm currently banking around 2500 HI a day, but I want that closer to 4-5k a day by 1942. I've started to shut off Merchant Shipyards and will look at Armaments soon. I think producing 200-250 armaments a day is sufficient, it's currently around 650. Vehicle production is being expanded.

I have a lot of merchant shipping idle at the moment. Once new resource sources are secure and shipping lanes patrolled, the movement of raw materials will begin in earnest. Until my PB conversions are complete, there just aren't enough escorts available to risk the merchants in submarine infested waters. I notice a marked decrease in Japan's already woefull ASW capability under DaBabesLite.

A critique of my performance so far. I'm a lot more disorganized than I thought I would be second time around. In some areas I've got things under control, but I'm rather sloppy with my TF composition and struggling to get the troops moving for other operations. I also need to be more decisive and go with my initial thoughts. They tend to be closer to the mark and I waste too much time second guessing them. I do have a long term plan and am moving towards its completion, but I'm making far too many errors. Forgetting to re-route something, failing to bring enough supply, failure to provide minesweepers, unintentionally unloading at the wrong base...etc.

Luckily, it's only mid-December. After the next few turns I'll take a day or two to get everything sorted out and get all my ships and troops moving in the right direction. With KB causing delay and ansgt in the Pacific, I need to push harder and faster. If I fail to start grabbing bases in New Guinea, the Solomons and the Gilberts, I'll have wasted KB's effect on slowing Allied preparations and the threat she poses.

Immediate additional priorities are fuel and troops to Truk and the Marshall's. Take Guam, Wake, Tarawa, Makin, Ocean and Nauru Islands. Rabaul and PM will be dealt with when KB arrives back. By then I should have Ambon, Kendari and Timor dealt with and can threaten Darwin directly. Singkawang will allow me to push on Palembang and land on Java. Singapore is going to be a bear, but I won't let it slow down operations elsewhere.

The Philippines will remain in Alllied hands for a long time, but I'll begin chipping away on Mindanao and the central islands shortly.

Still lots of room for improvement on my end, but by the end of December I better be operating at close to 100%.

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RE: Other thoughts. - 8/29/2012 9:07:18 PM   
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I so don't feel like working today and my mind is elsewhere...obviously.

I'm really looking at ways to keep KB in SoPac for as long as possible. I've been re-evaluating my initial thoughts on KB's raid. What at first glance (to me) seems a failure, may in fact, have a bigger impact strategically. I definitely have caused Jocke a reason to pause. KB has disappeared again and it's location can only be guessed at. Did it swing back NW, or indeed continue heading SW? The threat of KB lurking along the LOC from the West Coast to Hawaii/SoPac must delay the Allied buildup.

If KB moves on Christmas Island and area, that will disperse any Allied shipping already operating in the area, and the Achilles Heel for any forward operations right now is fuel/supply. If I can disrupt the Allied logistics timetable from the get go, and continue to for some time, that should buy me time to get sorted out and move forward at small risk. The Allied CV's can appear anywhere, but it's a safe bet they won't linger close to KB, and if KB is heading towards the Gilbert's along the Christmas Island/Canton Island route it should be clear sailing.

I'm thinking if I missed any TF's NE of KB's current position, they most likely fled to the map edge or back to the West Coast. I don't think they'll move out until KB is spotted again, would you? Once KB is spotted near Christmas Island they will race for Hawaii while the getting is good. If I can get KB back to the Marshall's in a timely fashion, and have sufficient fuel available to replenish both KB and the fleet oilers, I can turn around and head right back out, possibly catching or at least preventing any TF's leaving Pearl Harbor for SoPac.

My plans for Australia will become clearer over the next month. If my pace of operations can be quickened in the DEI, that will open up early opportunities towards neutering Australia as a base of operations against the DEI for some time. I will rely on LBA and surface forces primarily in the DEI, but KB is given the greenlight to raid SoPac as often as possible in the early going to hunt for Allied naval and merchant vessels until needed for Australian operations.

Sorry for so non-turn related posts. I'm bored and just thinking out loud (relatively speaking) until I get home and can start figuring everything out.

Any recommendations for a movie? I might catch a flick tonight and wondering if "Lawless" or "The Bourne Legacy" are worth seeing.

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Dec. 18/42 teaser. - 8/30/2012 5:12:43 PM   
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I just realized I've been talking about so much other stuff that I've fallen 3 days behind with turn updates. I'll try and get caught up tonight. Here's a brief summary of what happened the last turn, Dec 18th.

China:

Japanese units begin the shift to try and concentrate on Nanyang and catch the Chinese in open terrain and bloody them. Troops are moving to cross the river south of Loyang and hopefully the armour will be fast enough to get in behind the Chinese, or keep them stuck in rough terrain and moving slow.

Borneo:

Japanese troops began landing at Singkawang and Kuching today. One transport hit a mine at Singkawang and CD guns damaged another transport and CL Kashii. PB's swept some mines at Singkawang, but a DMS did not. More DMS's will arrive tomorrow.

Troops at Miri have enough supply to launch an assault now, but I'll wait until a Naval Guard units lands. Another Naval Guard unit will land at Jesselton tomorrow. Amphibious TF's sail for Puerta Princessa and Jolo.

No sign of Allied SCTF's. I think the torpedo bombers from Kuantan are keeping them away. They sank another two small transports today S.W. of Singkawang.

The Philippines:

60+ Betty's and Nell's target Manila's port and land one 60 kg bomb on a sub. I switched out the good pilots and replaced with rookies to avoid what happened in China. I needn't have worried, no CAP, and my raid would have been far more effective with experienced pilots. I'm surprised the rookies could even get off the ground after the dismal bombing results.

Singapore:

The airbase and port are bombed. A Dutch sub takes three 250kg bomb hits, I hope she's done for.

The Celebes:

An enemy TF is spotted West of Manado, but is still 6 hexes away. SS I-123 puts a fish into CL Marblehead and that may be why the TF halted? My guess is it was a bombardment run or attempt to hit shipping at Manado that didn't move as planned.

CVL Ryujo gets a scare. A Dutch sub misses with a torpedo spread, there were no duds. I hate using carriers around the Celebes, but I need the air cover, especially now if the Allies do plan on shutting down Manado's airbase.

Val's from CV Kaga find two empty xAP's at Ambon and sink them. I do not know if they had been loading/unloading troops. My guess is Ambon is being reinforced, so the sooner I land the better. The amphibious TF's will arrive tomorrow. I don't know if that will tip Jocke off to a fleet CV being on hand, or think I switched out some Kate's for Val's on one of the CVL's.

SoPac:

A Japanese AMC that found and attacked four small enemy transports yesterday far to the SW of Penrhyn Island was spotted and attacked by Allied carrier DB's! The CV launched from a base hex so only a partial strike flew. The AMC took a number of bomb hits, but is relatively undamaged. Needless to say, knowing an American CV location at this stage is huge. I can't remember the names of those bases since I rarely have anything around these islands, I'll provide a screenshot later to clarify.

KB is still undetected and is moving SSW. She's at least 16 hexes east of Christmas Island to avoid being spotted. What's the effective search radious of a PBY? Is 16 cutting it close? I will try and remain undetected for as long as possible, but when I shift west I hope to be close enough to attack something before being spotted. Perhaps heading SSW will pay off, especially when I see there is an American CV snooping around. The AMC will be ordered west, I want to see if the enemy CV is moving towards Fiji. There are a number of submarines that can be vectored into the area, maybe I'll get lucky.

I spent a fair bit of time getting organized yesterday. I've completely neglected Truk and the Marshall's. I've got amphibious TF's now moving on the Gilberts and Nauru and Ocean Islands. I am sending a small SCTF to cause trouble around Baker Island and maybe a shot around Canton to look for Allied ASW TF's. Canton is mined though, I just lost an RO Boat the turn before, doing something I never do, and that is sailing right into a base hex. Serves me right. The fact that Canton is already mined sends up a red flag that Jocke might try and defend it. Hopefully I can learn more through Glen recon.

So, more action is forthcoming and the Allies are very active in these initial stages. Should be fun times ahead.

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Tomorrow - 8/30/2012 8:03:00 PM   
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Here's the plan for tomorrow's operations.

I'm going to risk sending the carriers into the Banda Sea. They will sail to the east of Boela and take up station S.E. of Ambon. Originally, I wanted to take up station one hex N.E. of Ambon to provide CAP for the amphibious landings, but the number of subs that can coverge on that position is frightening. Sailing past Ambon may be unexpected and will put my carriers in a position to strike at any Allied SCTF's that are being staged to strike the landing forces on the second day. The problem once the CV's are in the Banda Sea is how do I avoid the enemy submarines getting them out?

I will hammer Ambon's airbase and defenders with a BB bombardment prior to the landings. If Jocke moves aircraft to Ambon, hopefully this will be enough to close the airfield and prevent any strikes. There is a small enemy SCTF spotted near Timor that could interdict the landings at Ambon tomorrow, but I also have additional strong cover forces of CA's and DD's to deal with them. In fact I have 4 BB's, 8 CA's and enough CL's and DD's to take on anything Jocke can throw at me.

The enemy SCTF's around Manado most likely will attempt to bombard Manado during the night and prevent them flying LRCAP over the Ambon invasion TF's. I will move the fighters to Ternate and set them on CAP. Ternate is a level 1 airbase, so I know they can't LRCAP from there, but I hope CAP set to within range of Ambon will. If not, I may not have air cover, but I'd rather that then see my Zero's trashed at Manado.

I am shuttling Claude fighters to Takao to upgrade to A6M2 Zero's via CVE Taiyo. I need more Zero coverage. Right now I have 63 at Kuantan, another 9 on Malaya and 45 at Manado. Oscar production is ramping up, but it takes time to provide the numbers needed to upgrade the Nate's. This is why I'm trying to conserve the fighters at Manado.

I have a small supply TF unloading at Manado, they will have to withdraw from the threat the enemy SCTF poses. I have four submarines between the enemy SCTF and Manado, and one has already hit CL Marblehead.

On Borneo, I don't think I have to worry about enemy SCTF's intervening with the threat of torpedo bombers. Here too, I've amassed strong surface forces to cover the landings, even if POW arrives on the scene I'm confident I'd prevail.

KB will continue to sail SSW and out of PBY range of Christmas Island for now. Knowing that at least one American CV is in SoPac, means I best strike at the Gilberts quickly while there is little threat from at least one enemy CV. The Guam invasion force is en route, the 252 Bde. Overkill I know, but then it will sail for Rabaul.

I'm thinking if I can deal with Ambon quickly and get onto Timor and Saumlaki to provide LBA coverage. I may try and take Horn Island and Port Moresby from the DEI side. Once Rabaul and Lae can provide LBA coverage I don't think the Allies can stop me doing what I want here. If needed, KB can always swing by to lend a hand.

Again, most of my strategy is based on not hitting Jocke in the traditional way, or along the commonly accepted timeline. I want him scratching his head and whiffing at empty Ocean, while I go about my business. So far, I've seen a lot of movement of various enemy TF's, but not one so far has been in position to cause me any grief, I plan on keeping it that way.

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Dec. 19/41 Summary - 8/31/2012 4:58:52 PM   
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I've been concentrating on getting turns to Jocke rather than doing detailed updates at this time. My evenings have been pretty busy this week, but with the long weekend upon us I hope to catch up on detailed updates.

SoPAC:

The AMC attacked by an American CV on the 18th near Penryhn Island was ordered south rather than west to hopefully provide further intelligence on the enemy CV if attacked again. As luck would have it, the enemy CV was ordered southwest and the two TF's crossed paths during the movement phase. Both sides evaded combat, but the "Lady Lex" is definitely southwest of Penryhn Island. I will presume she is heading to Fiji. During the air phase, the AMC was sunk by DB's. I'm setting up a submarine screen east of Pago Pago and Suva to try and provide further information. There has been no sign of CV Enterprise.

KB continues steaming S.W. and remains undetected, but she'll be within PBY range of numerous bases soon and most likely spotted.

Borneo:

Singkawang falls easily to the 124th Inf. Rgt. A base force and construction engineers have already unloaded. The airbase is fully operational and I've already deployed Zero's. They will sweep Batavia tomorrow. The 22nd Air Flotilla HQ will be air transported from Kuantan to Sinkawang to provide torpedo capability.

Kuching's invasion forces have enough supply to launch an attack tomorrow. I expect the base to fall easily.

Miri was liberated. The damage to both fuel and oil production facilities was minimal, current stats are 149(151) for both. A small Zero unit has based here to provide some CAP.

A Naval Guard unit began landing at Jesselton. Supply is offloaded and an attack will go ahead tomorrow.

China:

I've just been bombarding Hong Kong as the 38th Division recovered. I'm launching another deliberate attack tomorrow. If the base doesn't fall, the 104th Division will arrive from Canton in 6 days. Hong Kong may hold out longer than historical, but that's my own fault and not a concern.

Japanese troops are driving on Nanyang. I should be in good shape here.

Chinese units N.W. of Wenchow now occupy a hex that contains two components of a Japanese division. Chinese troops bombarded and AV comparison is 800 vs. 240 in China's favour. These enemy troops were to be bombed today by 100+ bombers, but the flights were grounded. I'll try again tomorrow. The plan was to cause such massive disruption that an enemy attack would fail, if the bombers don't fly again tomorrow, my troops might get roughed up badly.

Malaya:

No flights against Singapore, grounded. The 33rd Division has arrived, followed by the 4th Division in a few days. Jocke has withdrawn almost completely to Singapore. There are still some troops near Temuleh. The pace down the penninsula is agonizingly slow. Kuantan is the place to land if the Mersing Gambit isn't tried. When the 38th is freed up, it will join the 4th, 5th, 18th, 33rd and Imperial Guards Divisions for the assault on Singapore.

Sumatra:

No fortress Palembang, but there are five enemy units there, so no cake walk either. I won't leave this much longer. Now with Singkawang providing LBA, I can suppress Allied air attack against my invasion TF's.

Philippines:

Slowly consolidating my position and building up forts and airbases. No hurry here. It's going to be a tough nut no matter what I do, so I'll deal with it when I'm ready.

DEI:

Allied naval forces appear to have bugged out. Manado is torpedo capable and supply TF's will unload shortly. Ternate is secure and expanding.

The invasion TF's came up two hexes short of Ambon today. I expect mines and the nasty CD guns to account for their pound of flesh. I'm landing three Inf. Rgt.'s and an Eng. Rgt. to storm the base quickly. I've diverted the Kendari invasion TF for a quick grab of Dili on Timor. I want to neutralize Darwin and prevent Allied shipping movements quickly.

My carriers arrived at their patrol zone and CV Kaga launched a number of small naval strikes against some Allied support ships caught within range. If Jocke didn't know there was a fleet CV here, he does now.

Thoughts:

The priority now is speed and keep pressure on the Allies. I hope I'm moving deeper than Jocke expected initially. I want to push back his ability to interfere with my naval operations by the quick establishment of torpedo capable LBA. So far so good. The DEI is starting to get smaller for Allied shipping to operate.

I like to send strong surface support for all my operations, it prevents loss and is a huge deterrent. The complete absence of Allied SCTF's shows it's effective so far against Jocke. I suspect things will change when I head for Java, but it's going to be covered by Japanese LBA and any Allied interdiction from air or naval units will be costly.

Guam invasion force is days away.

Troops and ships are being shifted to Truk to allow for immediate operations against New Guinea. It's time to get Rabaul, Lae and see what's waiting for me at Port Moresby.

Tarawa invasion TF is loading at Jaluit. The next ten days will see many small invasions in the Gilberts and maybe a quick grab of Baker Island if undefended.

Lots do do yet, but I think I'm rolling now. I just have to keep it going and make sure I'm constantly moving forward and providing the logistics to maintain the pace.

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Dec. 16/41 - 9/2/2012 2:24:53 AM   
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I've fallen way behind updating the AAR. You'll have to excuse me for repeating some information already mentioned in the previous summaries.

121641 Update:

Sub Ops:

Japan

SS RO-63 hits a mine at Canton Island and sinks later in the day. The first Japanese submarine lost since hostilities started.
SS I-10 is spotted by an enemy surface TF composed of one CL and 4 DD's near Pago Pago. No ASW attack.
SS I-155 sinks xAK Ming Sang near Singkawang.

Allied

SS KXI is spotted near Kota Bharu. No ASW attack.
SS Seawolf is spotted near Manado. No ASW attack.

China:

Bombers hit targets of opportunity across the country.

Artillery bombardment against the defenders of Hong Kong destroys one non-combat squad.

Miscellaneous:

Japan

Jehol expands airfield to size 5

Allied

Nothing to report.

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121741 Update:

Sub Ops:

Japan

Nothing to report.

Allied

SS KXI is spotted near Kota Bharu. No ASW attack.

Borneo:

Amphibious operation against Miri.

A small Allied tanker TF is spotted near Kuching and Nell's at Kuantan sink all three ships, two YO's and TK La Estrella Caltex.

China:

Japanese troops fail to dislodge Chinese forces at Paotow. Japanese reinforcements will arrive shortly.

Japanese armour and infantry punish the Chinese 51st and 69th Corps blocking the road from Kaifeng to Nanyang east of the river. Japanese troops suffer a few disabled infantry squads, while the Chinese lose 157(0) infantry, 30(0) non-combat squads and 2(0) guns totalling 1417 casualties.

Japanese artillery bombardment at Hong Kong destroys one non-combat and two infantry squads.

SoPac:

AMC Aikoku Maru finds a small Allied TF near Manihiki and attacks. AAR follows:

Day Time Surface Combat, near Manihiki at 159,166, Range 15,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
AMC Aikoku Maru

Allied Ships
xAKL Neo Hebridais, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
xAKL Nicarata, Shell hits 15, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Tamara, Shell hits 1
xAK Lorrain, Shell hits 6, heavy fires

Malaya:

Nell's from Kuantan sink a small Allied transport TF near Singapore. Three xAKL's are sunk.

Singapore is bombed and damage to the airbase is 11 AB, 4 ABS and 12 Runway hits.

Another small Allied TF is spotted near Singapore and Nell's based at Kuantan sink an AM and xAKL.

The 1st Tank Rgt. captures Georgetown. The Allied Penang Fortress unit is destroyed and a Blenheim IF wrecked on the ground. Japanese losses are 1(2) vehicles lost.

Ambon:

Fighters from Manado are ordered to sweep Ambon. A number of Dutch B-339D's and American P-40E's are shot down for no loss.

Babeldoab:

Allied B-17D's (13) based at Cagayan bomb the port at Babeldoab. The CM Yaeyama is heavily damaged and will mostly sink at some point. I was sloppy and left a number of ships disbanded in port. Jocke immediately seized the opportunity and struck.

Miscellaneous:

Japan

Aparri expands airfield to size 2
Kuantan expands fortifications to size 2

xAK Uzan Maru arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka

Allied

Nothing to report.

Thoughts:

With the sighting of Allied shipping by the AMC in SoPac, KB will continue on her S.W. course staying out of PBY range from Christmas Island. So far, KB remains undetected.

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121841 Update:

Sub Ops:

Japan

SS I-123 is spotted near Donggala and avoids damage from an ASW attack by American DD's.
SS I-123 torpedoes CL Marblehead near Donggala. Damge is listed as, on fire, heavy damage.

Allied

SS Pickerel duds on DMS W-15 near Calayan.
SS KVIII misses CM Shirakami near Morotai.
SS KXI is spotted near Kota Bharu. No ASW attack.
SS KVIII misses CVL Ryujo near Morotai. A big miss and a big pucker moment for me.
SS Sculpin duds on DD Umikaze near Gebe.

A busy, but frustrating day for Allied submariners. I'm the first to admit I've been lucky with the number of duds/misses.

Malaya:

A small Allied tranpsort TF is spotted near Singkep and attacked by Nell's from Kuantan. Two more xAKL's are sunk. I'm really impress with the effectiveness of this torpedo bomber unit. They are sinking anything that comes within range. Simply deadly.

Another bombing attack against Singapore. The airbase is damaged with 3 AB, 2 ABS and 25 Runway hits and the port suffers 2 Port hits while HDML 1063 and AMc Gemas are sunk. SS KXVII receives three bomb hits, damage is listed as heavy.

The Philippines:

Port strike against Manilla by Betty's (50) and Nell's (33) cause two port hits and a 60kg bomb hit on SS Snapper. Pathetic results, but I'm responsible for exchanging experienced pilots with rookies. They will be switched back immediately.

Ambon:

xAP Zealandia and xAP Marella are sunk by Val's from CV Kaga at Ambon. Both transports were empty of troops.

SoPac:

AMC Aikoku Maru is attacked by enemy carrier DB's near Manihiki. The AMC is lightly damaged, but the intelligence gained is huge.

Borneo:

Kuching amphibious operation begins.

Singkawang amphibious operation begins.

China:

The Japanese 5th Tank Rgt. attacks the Chinese 69th Corps near Kweiteh. No Japanese losses, but the Chinese lose 53(0) infantry and 37(0) non-combat squads totalling 743 casualties.

Artillery bombardment at Hong Kong disables a few Allied squads.

Miscellaneous:

xAK Biwa Maru arrives at Tokyo
TK Meizan Maru arrives at Kagoshima

I/84th Naval Guard Unit arrives at Saipan

Thoughts:

At least one Allied CV in SoPac! KB still undetected and steaming S.W. The AMC will be ordered southeast to hopefully provide more information on enemy dispositions, or at least draw any enemy TF's closer towards KB, prior to being sunk. The plan is to now take KB farther south than originally intended. These sightings indicate to me it may be worth my while to stay hidden as long as possible and that means staying away from Christmas Island. KB has no chance to catch the enemy CV, so I'll continue on course and remain undetected for now. I have a large number of submarines patrolling the LOC's between Pearl Harbor and bases at Baker, Christmas, Palmyra and Pago Pago island's. Nothing is being spotted, so I think Jocke is routing further south to avoiding any chance of KB catching anything between SoPac and Hawaii on her return journey. So that's where KB is heading, well south of Christmas Island towards Tahiti. My other AMC in SoPac remains undetected and will screen ahead of KB, hopefully providing similar information to that of her sister ship.

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121941 Update:

Sub Ops:

Japan

SS I-172 sinks xAKL Hirondelle near Enderbury Island.

Allied

SS KX is spotted near Gebe. ASW attacks scores no hits.
SS Seadragon duds on CM Sokuten near Batjan. One near miss DC hit is recorded.
SS O19 is spotted at Sinkawang. TB Kari and TB Kasasagi score one direct and 3 near miss DC hits. (Sorry Michael )

Borneo:

CL Sendai and DD's Isonami and Uranami sink Dutch CM Krakatau at Ketapang.

I didn't imbed DMS's within my amphibious TF's and that was a mistake, they are being shredded by CD guns. Totally forgot they'd be shell magnets on their own...really dumb on my part. One has sunk, three others are banged up pretty good, but in no danger of sinking yet.


Singkawang is captured.

Miri is captured.

SoPac:

AMC Aikoku Maru does her job and runs across the enemy CV TF during the day. Both sides evade combat. AAR follows:

Japanese Ships
AMC Aikoku Maru

Allied Ships
CV Lexington
CA Portland
CA Chicago
CA Astoria
DD Mahan
DD Drayton
DD Lamson
DD Flusser
DD Porter

Hard intelligence of the composition of one Allied CV TF. No sign of CV Enterprise. AMC Aikoku Maru is then sunk during the air phase.

Malaya:

Two xAKL's are spotted near Singkep, Nell's from Kuantan sink one xAKL, but the other escapes.

The Banda Sea:

CV Kaga takes position S.E. of Ambon and Val's sink PC Zeeman and AVP Arend near Selaroe. Kate's then target and sink xAKL Wollongbar and AM Deloraine near Moa, xAKL Patras survives.

Singapore:

Bombing causes 4 AB, 15 Runway and 1 Port hits.

China:

Taiping captured.

Artillery bombardment at Hong Kong destroys two infantry and two non-combat squads.

Chinese forces bombard elements of 22nd Division near Chuhsien. I'm going to get spanked here unless my bombers can disrupt this Chinese force. So far the bombers have been grounded due to weather.

Wenchow was abandoned by the Chinese and it took me awhile to realize it. 1st Raiding Rgt. was airdropped from Shanghai to capture the base and prevent further damage from being ungarrisoned.

Miscellaneous:

Babeldaob expands airfield to size 4
Laoag expands fortifications to size 2

SC Ch 24 arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
SC Ch 26 arrives at Okayama
xAK Hoshi Maru arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
xAK Sugi Maru arrives at Bangkok
xAK Setsuzan Maru arrives at Saigon
xAK Kaiyo Maru #3 arrives at Tsingtao

Maloelap Base Force arrives at Maloelap

Thoughts:

Allied CD guns so far have caused few outright sinkings against my amphibious TF's. A few small transports have been sunk including a DMS Minesweeper. Other ships are banged up including a CL and DD, but nothing is in danger of sinking. In fact, under DaBabesLite I've noticed my ship captains are more of a hazard than the enemy. I've never encountered so many ship collisions and running aground in stock, as I have already in this PBEM under DaBabes.

KB continues S.W. and remains undetected.

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Update the rest tomorrow - 9/2/2012 4:48:27 AM   
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We've reached the Dec. 24th turn, but I'll have to try and finish catching up tomorrow.

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122041 Update:

Sub Ops:

Japan

SS I-175 misses DD Ralph Talbot near Manihiki. No damage from ASW attack.

Allied

Nothing to report.


Borneo:

DMS's clearing mines at Singkawang.

Brunei is captured.

Kuching is captured.


China:

A deliberate attack fails to dislodge the defenders at Hong Kong. AAR follows:

Ground combat at Hong Kong (77,61)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19616 troops, 279 guns, 210 vehicles, Assault Value = 485

Defending force 5851 troops, 121 guns, 71 vehicles, Assault Value = 117

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 160

Allied adjusted defense: 213

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 0)

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

Japanese ground losses:
408 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled

Allied ground losses:
339 casualties reported
Squads: 14 destroyed, 27 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 10 (5 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)

The Japanese 115th Inf. Rgt. captures Pucheng and routes the Chinese 16th Construction Rgt. Chinese losses are 12(0) non-combat and 22(1) engineer squads totalling 251 casualties.

The 10th and 15th Tank Rgt.'s attack the Chinese 85th Corps near Nanyang in clear terrain. Chinese forces suffer 4(13) infantry and 0(3) engineer squads lost totalling 228 casualties.

Chinese forces attack near Chuhsien. AAR follows:

Ground combat at 87,55 (near Chuhsien)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 24982 troops, 114 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 806

Defending force 7763 troops, 74 guns, 29 vehicles, Assault Value = 268

Allied adjusted assault: 339

Japanese adjusted defense: 457

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
900 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 50 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 8 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
439 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 67 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
70th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
86th Chinese Corps
32nd Group Army

Defending units:
22nd/A Division
22nd/B Division

Bombing in China has been sporadic at best due to weather. I was relying on causing heavy disruption to Chinese forces launching attacks against my forces, but it just isn't happening and my ground troops are vulnerable to these larger Chinese units.

Ambon:

Invasion TF's begin unloading assault forces. Allied CD guns hit the following ships:

xAK Igasa Maru, Shell hits 1
BB Ise, Shell hits 2
DD Kuretake, Shell hits 1, on fire
CL Kiso, Shell hits 1
DD Shiokaze, Shell hits 1, on fire
xAKL Chosen Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire
xAKL Jokuja Maru, Shell hits 1


Malaya:

Singapore bombed for 1 AB, 6 Runway, 1 Port and 1 Repair Shipyard hits.


The Phillipines:

Amphibious landing at Puerto Princesa.


Miscellaneous:

Jehol expands airfield to size 6

AMC Kiyosumi Maru arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
xAK Rozan Maru arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka

18th I F Chutai Det converting to Ki-46-II Dinah


122141 Update:

Sub Ops:

Japan

SS I-18 sinks xAK Ludington near Pukapuka.

Allied

Nothing to report.

The Philippines:

Amphibious landing at Jolo.

Bayombong, Legaspi and Vigan are captured.


Malaya:

Bombing at Singapore causes 1 AB and 1 Port Fuel hits.

Japanese deliberate attack near Temuloh forces Allied units to retreat. Allied losses are 19(0) infantry, 28(0) non-combat and 1(0) engineer squads and 1(2) guns. Japanese troops suffer 3 disabled squads.


Borneo:

B-17's (19) target Miri's oil facilities and cause 2 Oil hits.


China:

Japenese forces launch a deliberate attack against Paotow. Chinese forces suffer 68(19) infantry, 54(0) non-combat and 2(2) engineer squads lost and 4(2) guns totalling 1867 casualties. Japanese losses are 1(35) infantry and 0(3) non-combat squads lost totalling 262 casualties.

Artillery bombardment at Hong Kong destoys 1 non-combat and 2 engineer squads along with 1 gun.

Chinese attack at Tsiaotso. AAR follows:

Ground combat at Tsiaotso (88,42)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 35537 troops, 200 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1023

Defending force 5343 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 158

Allied adjusted assault: 1179

Japanese adjusted defense: 208

Allied assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Tsiaotso !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
2078 casualties reported
Squads: 57 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 61 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 10 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 15 (11 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Allied ground losses:
1586 casualties reported
Squads: 16 destroyed, 69 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
27th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
80th Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
14th Group Army
15th Group Army

Defending units:
16th Ind.Mixed Brigade
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Chinese forces attack near Chuhsien. AAR follows:

Ground combat at 87,55 (near Chuhsien)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 24606 troops, 114 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 756

Defending force 7100 troops, 74 guns, 29 vehicles, Assault Value = 194

Allied adjusted assault: 441

Japanese adjusted defense: 173

Allied assault odds: 2 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
2318 casualties reported
Squads: 68 destroyed, 20 disabled
Non Combat: 82 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 10 disabled
Guns lost 18 (12 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (3 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 2

Allied ground losses:
1407 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 85 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
28th Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
86th Chinese Corps
32nd Group Army

Defending units:
22nd/A Division
22nd/B Division


Ambon:

AAR follows:

Ground combat at Ambon (76,109)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 16660 troops, 133 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 475

Defending force 3761 troops, 44 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 106

Japanese adjusted assault: 182

Allied adjusted defense: 64

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
149 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 25 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled

Allied ground losses:
670 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 65 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Assaulting units:
56th Engineer Regiment
56th Recon Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
113th Infantry Regiment
144th Infantry Regiment
56th Field Artillery Regiment
15th Base Force

Defending units:
Molukken Garrison Battalion
4th Coastal Gun Battalion
Gull Battalion
Ambon Base Force


Miscellaneous:

Fusan expands port to size 5
Lao Cai expands airfield to size 1
Singkawang expands fortifications to size 1

xAKL Amoy Maru arrives at Amoy
xAK Yulin Maru arrives at Bangkok


Thoughts:

A rough day in China. Jocke's doing well here, but I'm relying on air power too much and it's letting me down. Once I consolidate a few areas and get consistent air support, we'll see what happens. I'm not reconning enough. Bombing raids are not recording the movement of Chinese forces and I'm getting caught out of position to counter.

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122241 Update:

Sub Ops:

Japan

Nothing to report.

Allied

SS Seadragon duds on xAK Kuraido Maru near Boela.

South Pacific:

AMC Hokoku Maru sinks the AE Mauna Loa near Caroline Island. The AMC then runs across a larger Allied TF and engages it briefly before retiring. AAR follows:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Caroline Island at 178,164, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
AMC Hokoku Maru

Allied Ships
AD Rigel
AE Pyro
AG Vega
AG Arctic
PC Reliance
PC Tiger, Shell hits 1, heavy fires

KB is one day away to the N.E. and I've ordered an intercept at mission speed. I've set all Kate torpedo planes to use bombs to conserve their use against non-SCTF's. I was not impressed with KB wasting 50 torpedoes against DD's earlier, so I'll save them for more important targets or an enemy CV force.


New Guinea:

A small two ship SCTF was picked up by air search off the coast of New Guinea near Sarmi on the 21st. Luckily I had CA Maya and DD's Amatsukaze and Oboro heading to Truk, so I ordered an intercept. A number of sharp naval actions occurred. AAR follows:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Sarmi at 92,111, Range 9,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Maya, Shell hits 2
DD Amatsukaze
DD Oboro

Allied Ships
CL Achilles, Shell hits 1
CL Adelaide, Shell hits 11, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Sarmi at 93,111, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Maya, Shell hits 1
DD Amatsukaze
DD Oboro

Allied Ships
CL Achilles, Shell hits 1, on fire
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Hollandia at 94,112, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Maya
DD Amatsukaze
DD Oboro

Allied Ships
CL Achilles, Shell hits 2, on fire
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Day Time Surface Combat, near Hollandia at 95,112, Range 14,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Maya, Shell hits 2
DD Amatsukaze, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Oboro

Allied Ships
CL Achilles, Shell hits 11, heavy fires, heavy damage

CA Maya is in rough shape. System and Float damage are in the 40's. The DD's were the heroes of these running battles and CA Maya was lucky to not have been sunk, CL Adelaide hit her with a dud torpedo.


Borneo:

B-17D's (15) again target Miri and cause 7 Oil hits. One bomber is shot down by Zero's on CAP. This is why there is no hurry for me to grab fuel or oil facilities still within range of 4E's.


Malaya:

Bombing of Singapore inflicts 3 AB, 2 ABS, 11 Runway, 3 Port and 1 Port Fuel hits. SS KXVII, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage.


China:

Artillery bombardment of Hong Kong destroys one 1(1) infantry and 1(2) non-combat squads.


Ambon:

The second deliberate attack succeeds and the base is captured. Allied units destroyed:

Molukken Garrison Battalion
Gull Battalion
4th Coastal Gun Battalion
Ambon Base Force


Central Pacific:

Tarawa is captured by the 52nd Naval Guard unit.



The Philippines:

Puerto Princesa is captured. The 2nd PI Base Force retreats into the jungle.

Jolo is captured by the 15th Naval Guard unit.


Borneo:

Sandakan is captured by the 2nd Saebo SNLF Coy.


Miscellaneous:

Nothing to report.


Thoughts:

Hopefully, KB finds and sinks the TF located by my AMC. Sinking an Australian CL and heavily damaging a second was good, but the CA Maya will out of commission for repairs, providing she avoids enemy submarines and makes it home.


122341 Update:

Central Pacific:

Amphibious landing at Nauru Island. Nauru Island is captured by the 66th Naval Guard unit, and the Australian Wren Det. is destoyed.

Amphibious landing at Guam.

Amphibious landing at Taytay.


Southern Pacific:

AMC Hokoku finds the AG Argonne near Mataiva and both ships engage. AAR's follow:

Day Time Surface Combat, near Mataiva at 176,173, Range 4,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
AMC Hokoku Maru, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
AG Argonne, Shell hits 2
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Day Time Surface Combat, near Mataiva at 176,173, Range 4,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
AMC Hokoku Maru, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
AG Argonne, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
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KB finds and attacks multiple enemy TF's near Mataiva. AAR's follow:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Mataiva at 176,173

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 39
D3A1 Val x 36

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 2 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
AE Pyro
AG Vega, Bomb hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
AD Rigel, Bomb hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
PC Reliance
AG Arctic, Bomb hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Rangiroa at 178,173

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
CL Trenton, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Mataiva at 177,172

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 15

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
AG Argonne, Bomb hits 10, and is sunk
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Rangiroa at 178,173

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 29

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Trenton, Bomb hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Mataiva at 176,173

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 39

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
PC Reliance, Bomb hits 6, and is sunk
AE Pyro, Bomb hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage
AD Rigel, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Manihi at 180,174

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 16

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
AVD Hulbert, Bomb hits 6, and is sunk

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Flint Island at 174,170

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
CA Minneapolis, Bomb hits 4, on fire
CL Honolulu
CA New Orleans

I made the decision to use bombs, and in this case it's unfortunate that I didn't have torpedo equipped Kate's available against these cruisers. However, it's likely they'd have used them up in the morning attacks. 50 Kate's aborted because of weather, but weren't targeting these cruisers. I'm lucky to have gotten at least one strike against this TF.


China:

Another attack fails at Hong Kong. AAR follows:

Ground combat at Hong Kong (77,61)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19577 troops, 279 guns, 208 vehicles, Assault Value = 923

Defending force 5586 troops, 115 guns, 70 vehicles, Assault Value = 97

Japanese adjusted assault: 370

Allied adjusted defense: 261

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
564 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 59 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled

Allied ground losses:
244 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 10 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 7 (3 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 14 (12 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

The 104th Division arrived today, Hong Kong's resistance will finally end tomorrow. DMS's are standing by to clear the port and an amphibious TF is standing by to re-deploy the 38th division to Sumatra.

The Japanese 9th Ind. Mixed Bde. defeats the 83rd Chinese Corps near Chengting. Chinese forces suffer 42(0) infantry, 17(0) non-combat and 0(2) enginner squads lost including 1(0) guns totalling 474 casualties. The 9th has a few disabled squads.


Malaya:

Bombing of Singapore causes 8 AB, 1 ABS, 29 Runway and 1 Port hits. HDML P 10, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk.


Miscellaneous:

Cam Ranh Bay expands fortifications to size 2

xAK Fukuzan Maru arrives at Osaka/Kyoto

31st Special Base Force arrives at Takao


Thoughts:

KB will not pursue the cruisers which will full speed out of the area. KB will continue S.W. one more day, then definitely it's time to head for home. I've set half the Kate's back to using torpedoes.


122441 Update:


Sub Ops:

Japan

Nothing to report.

Allied

SS KXVIII torpedoes xAP Haruna Maru near Cotabato.

This Dutch Captain knows what he's doing and targets the largest transport in the TF, a 3800 troop capacity. A good portion of my invasion force will be lost if she sinks tomorrow. I under escorted this TF. I pay for every mistake I make in this game.


The Philippines:

Amphibious landing at Davao.

San Fernando and Taytay are captured.

A Port strike finally flies from Takao. Betty's (25) attack xAK Fairweather, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage.


China:

Amphibious landing at Pakhoi.

Hong Kong finally falls. AAR follows:

Ground combat at Hong Kong (77,61)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 31803 troops, 383 guns, 250 vehicles, Assault Value = 884

Defending force 5270 troops, 112 guns, 59 vehicles, Assault Value = 75

Japanese adjusted assault: 506

Allied adjusted defense: 105

Japanese assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Hong Kong !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
143 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Allied ground losses:
6435 casualties reported
Squads: 135 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 399 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 19 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 133 (133 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 53 (53 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 5

Japanese armour units attack near Kanshien. AAR follows:

Ground combat at 83,57 (near Kanhsien)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1815 troops, 0 guns, 279 vehicles, Assault Value = 161

Defending force 13189 troops, 134 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 353

Japanese adjusted assault: 115

Allied adjusted defense: 139

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Allied ground losses:
730 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 39 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
4th Tank Regiment
2nd Tank Regiment
7th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
21st Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps


Malaya:

Bombing of Singapore results in 3 AB, 5 Runway and 2 Port hits.


Central Pacific:

Guam is captured. Guam USN Base Force is destroyed.


Miscellaneous:

Kota Bharu expands airfield to size 5
Ambon expands fortifications to size 1


Thoughts:

KB finds nothing so will now head home. Not a spectacular success, but I did sink some ships and upset the Allied timetable I'm sure. KB will now head N.W. to support landings at Baker and Canton Islands before returning to replenish aircraft, sorties, torps and fuel.

There are now seven Allied units reported at Palembang. It's time to move on Sumatra before I face a "Fortress Palembang" style defence! The 21st and 33rd Divisions are ordered to take the base. I'm prepping and amassing a large invasion TF. I will face stiff opposition from enemy naval and air forces this time.

More operations in the Celebes and Banda Sea's are about to commence. These will be supported solely by LBA and surface forces. CVL Ryujo is going to upgrade her Claude fighters to Zero's and some minor damage to the CV TF need to be repaired after a mistaken second turn run at full speed. I'm making far too many errors this game.

The "follow" command is still buggy after all the patches. Despite ordering my armour units in China to follow infantry units, they are constantly arriving first. This is really screwing me in China and is causing me days of delay and risk of having my armour units decimated from Chinese attacks. The latest is Nanyang where 3 Tank Regiments and 4 infantry divisions were to arrive at once. Instead, the tanks have arrived first and the only way the infantry will arrive next turn is if they are in "move" mode. I can't attack with the armour alone, so if I wait until the infantry arrive in "move" mode and Jocke attacks, I'll get slaughtered. Thanks buggy movement. I had hoped this had been fixed, because the last time I encountered this was almost two years ago.

This won't happen though, as I've approached Jocke about this issue and he's graciously accepted to let me withdraw my armour units out. However, I now lose my chance to attack Nanyang before reinforcements arrive. I have three small units about to get creamed S.W. of Nanyang which will allow these troops to join the defenders at Nanyang. So ends a quick dash to Sian, all thanks to faulty movement routines still plaguing this game. It just shows how one mistake or glitch has huge ramifications for game play. This needs to be fixed...period.

In the future, I will move my infantry and armour units separately so I don't get burnt anymore. This changes everything at the moment. The quick dash to Sian is pooched. In light of this, my strategy reverts to what worked last time in China. Kill everything.

Ok, I'm caught up. I'm working on the orders for Dec. 25th and will keep the AAR updated from now on. It sucks having to go back over things and present them days after the fact. I'll provide screenshots soon to bring things up to speed again and start preparing a month end summary.

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Stacking Limits - 9/2/2012 10:06:19 PM   
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I like stacking limits, but it definitely changes tactical play and logistics. It's a change for the better and forces one to plan differently, which brings an added element of realism into the game. I won't miss the ground unit Death Star.

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China - 9/3/2012 7:01:33 AM   
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I devoted a large portion of the time I spent completing the next turn looking over the situation in China. I'm not happy with my progress. I've made some serious errors that have contributed to not quickly breaking the Chinese defence around Yenan and Nanyang. I've been too reliant on bombing missions to provide intelligence on enemy troops movements, rather than using dedicated reconnaissance assets. It's been a huge mistake on my part. I've been operating blind to Chinese troop movements and I'm finding myself out of position, or understrength, to counter.

I completely dropped the ball at Yenan, which allowed the Chinese to mass seven units to block my advance on the base. If I had attacked immediately, I believe I'd have routed the defenders blocking my path and Yenan would now be under siege.

The same situation applies to Nanyang, but it's a combination of error on my part and the bugged "follow" command which allows armour to arrive before the infantry it's set to follow. I've had to attack with armour units numerous times without infantry support and failed to dislodge enemy units. The further threat of Jocke attacking right after my armour arrives, but prior to the infantry, means I have to switch the infantry to combat mode to avoid being attacked in move mode when they arrive, a severe disadvantage. In most cases, my armour arrives in a hex two days prior to the infantry and it's killing my operations. I will not combine infantry and armour movement using the "follow" command any further, it doesn't work.

That aside, the main reason China isn't going as planned is on me. I'll reorganize and start moving forward. My inital plan still holds. Fight anywhere except in 3x defensive terrain, unless absolutely necessary, and force the Chinese to garrison their bases to prevent supply reaching forward areas. I won't kill off Chinese units, but stick to my plan of straining the supply until the Chinese defence collapses of it's own accord. I've been roughed up early, but it's taken Chinese shock attacks to do it, and that burns supply.

I plan on posting monthly Chinese losses, as many others seem to be doing, to have a clearer idea on the state of the Chinese Army as the war progresses. I did a quick tally out of curiousity and it's not bad considering my slow advance to date.

Chinese losses (all causes) as of Dec. 24/41:

873 Infantry squads.
534 Non-combat squads
72 Engineer squads
53 Guns
0 Vehicles

Screenshots of China follow with the yellow circles showing problem areas.

Northern China:



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RE: China - 9/3/2012 7:05:07 AM   
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RE: China - 9/3/2012 9:55:47 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: SqzMyLemon

the bugged "follow" command which allows armour to arrive before the infantry it's set to follow. I've had to attack with armour units numerous times without infantry support and failed to dislodge enemy units. The further threat of Jocke attacking right after my armour arrives, but prior to the infantry, means I have to switch the infantry to combat mode to avoid being attacked in move mode when they arrive, a severe disadvantage. In most cases, my armour arrives in a hex two days prior to the infantry and it's killing my operations. I will not combine infantry and armour movement using the "follow" command any further, it doesn't work.


Have you posted in the Tech Support forum on this? I haven't seen this, but then I can't remember the last time I was operating ARM and INF units together ...

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RE: China - 9/3/2012 8:29:09 PM   
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ORIGINAL: PaxMondo

Have you posted in the Tech Support forum on this? I haven't seen this, but then I can't remember the last time I was operating ARM and INF units together ...


Hi Pax,

I believe I encountered this issue years ago when I first started and brought it up, but I don't think it was treated seriously or even fully understood what the implications of it not working were. I'm going to try setting infantry to follow the armour and see if that makes any difference. If that doesn't work, I'll manually adjust my movements to ensure my units arrive at the same hex, at the same time, without using the follow command.

I can't say for sure, but it probably cost me an early chance to seize Nanyang before Chinese reinforcements arrived and would have blocked two large formations of Chinese from being able to join up.

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Shameless B-day plug - 9/4/2012 4:22:06 PM   
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Turned 44 today and definitely feeling older and fatter! I notice that B-day's just aren't the same the older you get. I usually take the day off work and do my own thing, but this year I'm working, and better yet, taking my Mother grocery shopping this evening for 10% off Tuesday...sigh.

At least I'll have a turn to run when I get home to salvage the day.





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RE: Shameless B-day plug - 9/4/2012 4:25:39 PM   
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Happy birthday, junior!

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