From: The Big Nowhere
OK, before we start yep, I finally decided to play as Allies. This is a scenario 2 grand campaign. After 3 turns, I can sympathize with the AFBs on how lopsided the first part of the game seems to be. But its fun too, I'm not used to starting off the game as the underdog, that happens later when playing as the IJN.
Comments are welcome, so is criticism.
And I promise there will be pictures in later posts.
We've already progressed to day 4, so this AAR will start with brief synopsis of the first 3 turns. 1 Day turns:
Day 1: Since I got the turn, clicked end turn, and resent it with no changes (I chose to start historically on my part) I got the expected results. Pearl Harbor was hit with the lost of 2 Battleships, 1 Destroyer and an AV. Repulse and Prince of Wales have been sunk. Laong taken by paratroops.
Day 2: I decided to try and fight, rather than turtle up or use a Sir Robin strategy.
Formed a SAG based on Houston, Boise, and the 4 DDs out of Manila by having them meet and merge. Imagine my surprise when Kirishima and Hiei appear in the Leyte Gulf and engage them. I got lucky here, the battle ended with Boise and Houston taking only a couple of small caliber hits each...insignificant damage.
Marblehead group is turned around and told to patrol the area around Tarakan, no contacts.
PT boats out of Manila formed up and sent to Vigan, Iba, and San Fernando.
All submarines sortied to attack patrols, 1 amphibious group engaged at Kota Bharu, no hits.
Remaining DDs from Force Z ordered to Rendevous with Durban, Danae and Dragon...sent to intercept IJN fleet sighted near Mersing.
Lexington group is to complete assigned mission. Enterprise group ordered away from Pearl Harbor.
Air Forces and cargo/support type ships are dispersed. B-17s out of Cagayan orderd to attack the port at Pelilieu, I was rewarded by scoring a hit on a docked ship.
British forces at Kota Bharu ordered to attack the IJN/IJA landing force...attack collapses, one unit wiped out (well I tried).
Overall, day 2 went exactly as expected...badly.
Day 3: Finally something went my way.
Marbelhead group makes contact with IJN SAG at Tarakan, the battle ends in a draw, but Marblehead is successful in pulling the SAG away from the amphibious group it was guarding.
Houston group, having been orderd to Tarakan engages a large IJN amphibious group at Tarakan, Minor damage to allied ships. Invasion repulsed, 3 IJN CLs seen withdrawing burning heavily, 1 IJN DD on fire, 4 IJN cargo ships damaged and burning.
Surface battle near Mersing sees Durban, Danae and Dragon group engaging Kongo and Haruna group. Combat is a draw, though Durban is heavily burning as it withdraws. Durban and Express are later sunk by torpedo bombers near Singapore.
Kido Butai, which I thought had withdrawn shows back up east of Pearl Harbor. It would seem that my opponent wanted to catch my ships fleeing from Pearl. They hadn't. Additional airstrike on PH results in loss of Oklahoma. LBA counterstike is ineffective.
LBA strike out of Singapore sinks 2 APs and damages a third at Mersing. The Vildebeasts performed well.
Fleeing cargo ships engaged by Kirishima and Hiei near Cebu, heavy losses.
Marblehead group attacked by short ranged torpedo aircraft near Celebes, Marblehead and 2 destroyers are lost in the attack. It is safe to assume a IJN carrier is operating in the area.
1 IJN DD engaged by USN sub near Takao, hit but the torpedo was a dud.
Kota Bharu falls, Vigan falls, Brunei falls, Miri falls, Kuching falls, Ternate falls, Makin falls, Guam falls.
Up next update: Day 4
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