March 4, 5, 6:
Shwebo switched possession back to Japan.
My first success with B-25D1s on LowN attack.
Key: TT = Torpedo; bb = ground bombardment; c = casualties; b = base hits; s = supply hits; r = runway hits; p = port hits; f = fuel hits; AV = Assault Value; DC = Depth Charged; (*) = destroyed aircraft; If odds are underlined, they are the Allies; BG = Bomber Group of 48 planes (4 x 12 bomber squadrons)
Salmon get a TT hit on an xAK off Cairns.
Mine are at Melbourne repairing minor damage and having the remaining SBD group fill out after re-sizing to 36.
4th - 42 Tojo sweep in despite the severe storms. 17 Hurricanes and 14 P-40s are there as LRCAP from Katha and Kalemyo. I do well this time as he loses 4 to my 2. 35 more Tojos come in to see my LRCAP down to 12 fighters. I lose two of them. 92 Oscars with 45 Helens attack two BFs. The skies are now clear for the afternoon sweep of 30 Tojo vs 26 P-40/Hurricanes. I lose another 4 fighters to 2 for Japan.
5th - battle shifts to over Mandalay
6th - 6 of 22 Oscars are lost, but get the 50 Helens by the 17 P-40/Hurricanes to attack my tanks. I lose 2 vehicles with 6 disabled. The 37 Tojo sweep in 'after' to find I still have 13 fighters on LRCAP. I lose 3:1. Another 42 Tojo sweep in to destroy 2 more fighters.
Ground combat at Shwebo (59,45)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 6594 troops, 113 guns, 482 vehicles, Assault Value = 372
Defending force 8768 troops, 99 guns, 218 vehicles, Assault Value = 115
Japanese adjusted assault: 478
Allied adjusted defense: 92
Japanese assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 2)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Shwebo !!!
Defender: leaders(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)
Japanese ground losses:
97 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 33 (2 destroyed, 31 disabled)
Allied ground losses:
1129 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 206 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 101 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 84 (71 destroyed, 13 disabled)
Vehicles lost 176 (174 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 10
Defeated Allied Units Retreating!
9th Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Division
1st Gloucestershire Battalion
150th RAC Regiment
21st Light AA Regiment
1st Bengal Base Force
170 RAF Base Force
3rd (Special Force) Division
1st Burma Auxiliary AA Regiment
Clark Field AAF Base Force
803rd Aviation Engineer Battalion
22nd US Naval Construction Battalion
I saw this coming a few turns ago, but was unable to get sufficient troops back from the west. A lesson learned, but not too expensive of one, except the number of vehicles lost.
5th - I lose 2 of 27 P-38Fs vs 57 Tojo on 5th as I try to clear the way for my B-24s to hit his troops and hopefully slow down his crossing of the Irrawaddy River back into Shwebo. The 26 P-38Es destroy 4 Tojo in the second sweep (observation - my first sweep usually comes out on losing end of A2A, but the second sweep usually does very well). Only 20 B-24s attack the troops and face 37 Tojo and 4 Nicks on CAP. I lose one, but hit do hit the 23rd Division lightly.
6th - 21 P-38Es go in again and find 44 Tojo. I lose 3:1. 5 B-24s find 33 Tojo on CAP. 21 P-40Ks sweep in now to still find the 33 strong Tojo CAP. Again, I lose 3:1.
Sian - AF is attacked by up to 12 Sonia daily.
Lanchow - Up to 89 Sally/Helen attack AF along with he troops daily with some Oscars for escort.
Urumchi - On 5th,
Ground combat at Urumchi (79,11)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 360 troops, 0 guns, 69 vehicles, Assault Value = 38
Defending force 2269 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 77
Japanese adjusted assault: 31
Allied adjusted defense: 89
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 1)
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), leaders(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(+), leaders(-)
Allied ground losses:
23 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
12th Tank Regiment
Lord Howe Island - 6 Beaufort VIII reach out from the mainland to attack 2 DD without success just NE of island. 13 B-25D1s come in at 1000' to straf and bomb the 4 DDs off the island. I get 3 bomb hits on DD Isonami, sinking her. 36 Australian Mitchells from Brisbane hit the troops as I stand down 48 B-24 BG at Sydney. They join 73 B-17/24s attacking the AF and troops.
From Melbourne, I have two SC TF each with 2 Cleveland CLs, 4 Fletcher DDs, and 2 Mahan DDs patrolling to the west of island to see if I can intercept the Fast Transport TF off to the east.
Winton - My tank force here is attacked by 27 Helens at 6000' with 13 escorting Oscars on 6th. I have one vehicle destroyed and 29 disabled.
Note to self - have an AA unit with your tank units moving cross country in clear terrain.
South Pacific: -
Multiple TFs headed for Australia
Central Pacific: -
Engineering: - Wotje P3; Ceduna AF4; Attu P2; Wotje F1; Abadan AF8; Amchitka AF5; Nauru F5;
Burma - I learned a lesson here about ensuring my bases are properly garrisoned. Thanks to some recent postings by Jocke and Crackace I got needed feedback on my supply situation that I've taken steps to correct. I will need to retake Shwebo and build up the AF before going further. My P-40Ks have done well and I'm on the wrong side of the numbers every time in A2A combat with his Tojo. My pools of P-40s is deep, so I can afford some attrition. Overall, I'm far enough into Burma that it will become mine around the Irrawaddy river sooner, rather than later.