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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 3/29/2013 7:03:14 PM   
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You're going wabbit hunting!!!


Uh-oh, right before Easter weekend? Watch out for scattered baskets of grass and colored easter eggs, how to explain to the kids that the Easter Bunny got a load of buckshot...

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 3/29/2013 9:01:44 PM   
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You're going wabbit hunting!!!


Be wehry, wehry qwiet . . .

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 3/29/2013 9:23:02 PM   
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What the heck?  Do you mean, "Be vewy, vewy quiet"? 

Whatever rabbit you're referring to must've been speakin' Arapaho.

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 3/29/2013 11:36:11 PM   
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What the heck?  Do you mean, "Be vewy, vewy quiet"? 

Whatever rabbit you're referring to must've been speakin' Arapaho.


Nah, your Elmer just has a southern accent.

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 3/30/2013 12:14:47 AM   
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April 7, 1942

Probe Bombing

No, not the name of a band.

1) I read other AARs and I see all these highly-planned, well-disguised operations and I look at FUDD and I see, well, I see Elmer. It'll be a dog's breakfast, but it might work.

What I need is information, so today the Allies continue the 1942 probe bombing tour, including one unscheduled date which yielded goodies, but no groupie phone numbers.

Night bombed Toungoo AF, not for info, but to check on night CAP and to try to throw a veil of misdirection over the whole thing. Yeah, right. No damage from 2000 feet. Maybe no planes there?

Day bombed empty hex on west coast of Borneo same as yesterday. Hit Recon unit again, 18 casualties. Have to be knocking this guy out of Move mode, which amuses me at least, given Mike has done it every day for three months on a couple of rags trying to march north to Lanchow.

Back in Burma/Malaysia, hit Prome again and found 2nd RTA again. No "Also bombed . . ." note on the report, but this is not always determinative of only one unit being in the hex. Hit Victoria Point and the former tank regiment there is still there. Liberators bombed Bangkok. I did not tell them to do this on purpose; I must have canceled yesterday's target intending to come back, left them on Ground, and then didn't come back. A nice mistake since they found 1st RTA Div there, which is a good place for it FUDD-wise. I now have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd RTA IDed. It's odd, but even now my Recon missions don't ID LCUs at these bases. I know training is light, but come on.

2) USS Pollack almost shoots at a 2-xAK, 1-DD TF near the HI. With radar I think this would have been an attack.

3) Palembang is swept by 45 Zeroes which stuff my 2 P-40s. I want to empty this base of aircraft and stop throwing them away, but I have about ten xAKs, veterans of the Singers run, loading fuel to take to Oz. Oz needs it badly. So my scraps stay on CAP to try to give them a smidge of cover while they load. Forts at P. should go to 4 in two days.

4) In China the road-marchers from Tsuyung are bombed with no casualties, and the stack in the NE mountains is as well with a dozen.

Trying an experiement. Tracker and PBEM have made me dig into the inner workings of LCUs to a far greater extent than I ever did playing the AI. Despite Paoshan only having Forts 1.5, I turn off building this turn to see if the LCUs will be able to suck in some organic supply, or if the base account will grow first. Ledo is shoving all it can in here now, and Lashio has all its LCUs but two topped off and should be able to begin passing through in a week or so. The Paoshan move seems like a better trade-off for now to me. I'll watch it in Tracker and try to get some idea of degrees.

5) Another experiment in China. Two days ago I split the Hudsons at Chungking (8 planes) three ways, put them on recon, and ordered them to recon open hexes around the city at road junctions. Today a tank regiment sprung forth from nowhere on the road and the Chinese fighters in Chungking, with remarkably good strafing skills, attacked. No losses, but it should have slowed the tanks down. I don't want Japan to think central China is a complete freebie zone.

6) Naval action. Sent Yorktown, with only fast CAs and DDs for escorts, over to within 5 hexes of Johnson I. at Full speed. Most days there's one sub there, sometimes two, and the recon reads less than 20 fighters and nothing else. LRCAPed as far out as I could, put the Wildcats on 50% CAP, the attackers on Naval plus Port. Not good results. One DB squadron flew with 15 Wildcats and got chewed up. I hoped the USN pilot skills would help more, but in retrospect I didn't need 50% CAP and that made the difference in non-penetration. With the DBs set to go at Range 6 and the TBs not able to, as soon as the TF hit 6 the DBs launched. TBs sat at home. My mistake again.

Afternoon Air attack on Johnston Island , at 164,112

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 25 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 16

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 15
SBD-3 Dauntless x 18

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 5 destroyed, 4 damaged

Hornet and Saratoga are about four days out of Pearl.

7) Japan takes vacant Vanimo near the PI. An Allied fragment, walking across northern Mindanao for over two months to rejoin its parent, passes by Oroquieta and re-takes it. Just a little PITA service courtesy of the Allies. Rowboat Corps will probably have it back soon, but for now it's mine. Mine! I say!

8) Forts at Singers go back over 3. The Yo-Yo Corps takes tips, thanks.

Mike will be out of touch this weekend until Sunday, and that day I have a family commitment, so turns might be slow again. If I have time tomorrow I may try to outline FUDD as it currently stands.

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 3/30/2013 8:06:33 AM   
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3) Palembang is swept by 45 Zeroes which stuff my 2 P-40s. I want to empty this base of aircraft and stop throwing them away, but I have about ten xAKs, veterans of the Singers run, loading fuel to take to Oz. Oz needs it badly. So my scraps stay on CAP to try to give them a smidge of cover while they load. Forts at P. should go to 4 in two days.


Have you turned off the HI in OZ? I do this early game so I´m able to store fuel in mainland OZ without the industry sucking it dry. Another option could be to to dump fuel in Tasmania if you don´t want to turn off the HI. You would then have fuel ready for operations there.


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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 3/30/2013 3:00:10 PM   
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Suggestion - I trained up one 12 plane group (that can be divided) of B-17Ds in recon skill to help fill in the gap until the F-4s come in later in 42. They have great range, but without the rear gun are nothing but targets to Japanese fighters.

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 3/30/2013 7:09:53 PM   
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3) Palembang is swept by 45 Zeroes which stuff my 2 P-40s. I want to empty this base of aircraft and stop throwing them away, but I have about ten xAKs, veterans of the Singers run, loading fuel to take to Oz. Oz needs it badly. So my scraps stay on CAP to try to give them a smidge of cover while they load. Forts at P. should go to 4 in two days.


Have you turned off the HI in OZ? I do this early game so I´m able to store fuel in mainland OZ without the industry sucking it dry. Another option could be to to dump fuel in Tasmania if you don´t want to turn off the HI. You would then have fuel ready for operations there.




Yep. HI has been off in OZ since mid-December. Fuel is low because I haven't done cross-Pac convoys and it takes awhiel to fill the pipeline between EC and CT. The mass of initial convoys--probably 50 or in total--has now done a round trip and are coming into CT daily. About 15,000 fuel a day I'd say. Some goes to Oz, some I'm holding. As above, I'm trying to get soem "free" fuel from Oosthaven and Palembang south while I can, but it's in xAKs and they aren't very efficient. The great thing about EC to CT is I don't have to refuel the ships at CT. Just spin them around and send them back at Full speed. No fuel, no damge, top speed. Why do LA to Sydney again?

Oz is light on fleet ops fuel, but I haven't done much down here except some supply runs to NG, a few sub patrols from Brisbane, Sydney ASW, runs from Perth to Cocos I, etc. LI is carying the supply load just fine right now. If the Solomons heat up I'll need fuel, but so far my escorts have been free to help around Hawaii and be there for upgrades.

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 3/30/2013 7:11:43 PM   
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Suggestion - I trained up one 12 plane group (that can be divided) of B-17Ds in recon skill to help fill in the gap until the F-4s come in later in 42. They have great range, but without the rear gun are nothing but targets to Japanese fighters.


I have used Forts for some naval search, but have never used them for recon. It's a good idea. My D-models are all used up and gone now though. I used them on Oil strikes and Johnson I. suppression.

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 3/30/2013 8:04:37 PM   
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I trained up a couple of B-17 groups in recon for just that purpose early on. They achieved crap. I was lucky to get the very smallest DL with days - nay - weeks of recon missions. It seems that the 'camera' device makes a huge difference. Not sure, but maybe the plane's type classification maters too. I'm thinking that recon planes and maybe search planes get bonuses, but bombers don't.

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 3/30/2013 8:24:22 PM   
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Operation FUDD

Overview

Operation FUDD is a multi-phase operation aimed at re-taking Rangoon and selected associated targets in mid-1942. It will employ forces from the British, Australian, Indian, and Chinese military establishments. Following each phase an examination of enemy reaction will be mounted and adjustemnts, postponement, or cancellation of follow-on phases will occur.

Strategic and Tactical Objectives

1) Consolidate Oil/Fuel denial in Burma

2) Achieve roughly 1500 VP swing in the Allies' favor

3) Deny Japan theater industrial assets of Rangoon

4) Make the sub-region a no-go area for the IJN by use of Pt. Blair and the linked air fields at Rangoon and nearby

5) Enable armored thrusts down the Burmese coast from Pegu to potentially cut the Bangkok-to-Singapore supply line and force any resource flows toward Korea onto the water.

Phases

1) Phase 1 will be an opposed amphibious landing at Rangoon by combined arms forces led by Indian Army units, launching from Madras and Calcutta. Escort and CAP will be provided by RN heavy units from Colombo, accompanied by minesweepers.

2) Phase 1.5 will be a para-assault on Bassein from Pt. Blair.

3) Phase 2 will be a ground assault on Prome by Chinese infantry with an objective, at minimum, of pinning the RTA division there.

4) Phase 3 will be second-wave landings at Rangoon by more division-sized infantry, as well as substantial armor sourced from theater reserves as well as India garrisons released by re-location of Chinese Army units to India.

5) Phase 4 will be capture of Pegu by forces from Rangoon.

6) Phase X, depending on enemy reactions and solid intel gains from previous phases, will be movement forward in force from the Mandalay sector to either take Toungoo if abandoned, or to invest the garrison there if not, after its supply lines are cut by the taking of Pegu. Air support from Mandalay group bases.

7) Phase Y, investment of Chiang Mai by three Chinese corps moving overland. FUDD will not be delayed while these units reach position. This phase is considered a "nice to do" portion of the operation. These units are considered expendable and are intended mainly as a prod to draw a response to this supply line threat and reduce combat forces available to react to the north for the time needed to consolidate the landings and initial supply of Rangoon.

8) Phase Z, feint toward Ramree I. by lone Chinese corps, overland, underway for several weeks now in plain sight. Ramree I. is valuable if Rangoon is not held, but is exposed unless total air superiority is achieved, doubtful at this stage of the war. It is also a dot base, and engineering assets will be better used at the other targets. Ramree I. is intended to draw off Japanese air assets.

The following screens show an overview map of FUDD with my first attempt to annotate a screenshot (be kind. ) Following screens show the OOB and full statuses of units detailed to Rangoon and Toungoo as of the last turn. Not shown are Pt. Blair units, the Chaing Mai units, or Prome/Bassein forces.

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 3/30/2013 8:36:38 PM   
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Me likey!

You probably know this, but just in case - there is a tonnage limit on the size of ship that can go upriver to Rangoon. I forget the limit, but generally cruisers can while battleships can not.

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 3/30/2013 8:47:59 PM   
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Me likey!

You probably know this, but just in case - there is a tonnage limit on the size of ship that can go upriver to Rangoon. I forget the limit, but generally cruisers can while battleships can not.


Yep. CAs yes, BBs no. I initially was going to go in at Pegu and hit Rangoon from the east so I could have my BB security blanket, but RockyRoo helpfully smacked me upside the head and suggested I take a look at the piers in Pegu versus unload rates at Rangoon.

I'm still very leery of the lack of intel, or better said, its shifting nature. The stack at Toungoo read as four LCUs this last turn, which could be given the railroad. If a lot of that stack shifted into Rangoon (my probe bombing didn't see them, but they could be in transit) I could be refused on the beach. Which would be unfortunate, but OTOH it makes Toungoo fall pretty easily and accomplishes the central objective of putting him back at 1/1/42 in Burma terms.

I want to get this thing on track before Singers falls. I want to add to the psychological stress of not having Singers OR Palembang in April, and now Burma being a major campaign demand on Japan's resources. So much combat power sitting in the Himalayan foothills as well.

If FUDD made him send the Singers stack north rather than at Palembang I would be happy with that as well.

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 4/1/2013 2:41:00 PM   
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I like that FUDD is close to "Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt".

I encourage you to continue playing with annotated maps. I for one really enjoy them in AARs. Thanks!

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 4/1/2013 5:06:02 PM   
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I like that FUDD is close to "Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt".

I encourage you to continue playing with annotated maps. I for one really enjoy them in AARs. Thanks!


I thought of the Internet Age's FUD when I decided on the name, but mostly Elmer's personality. This thing is not elegant, well-planned, or certainly well-timed.

I use Paint, which is free and I already know how to do basic stuff. Annotation was easier than I thought once I figured out you don't have to write with the "pencil" cursor.

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 4/1/2013 5:20:33 PM   
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I like that FUDD is close to "Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt".

I encourage you to continue playing with annotated maps. I for one really enjoy them in AARs. Thanks!


I thought of the Internet Age's FUD when I decided on the name, but mostly Elmer's personality. This thing is not elegant, well-planned, or certainly well-timed.

I use Paint, which is free and I already know how to do basic stuff. Annotation was easier than I thought once I figured out you don't have to write with the "pencil" cursor.

Paint.net (found at http://www.getpaint.net/) is also free and you might find it even easier to do these sort of things.

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 4/1/2013 5:28:04 PM   
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I like that FUDD is close to "Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt".

I encourage you to continue playing with annotated maps. I for one really enjoy them in AARs. Thanks!


I thought of the Internet Age's FUD when I decided on the name, but mostly Elmer's personality. This thing is not elegant, well-planned, or certainly well-timed.

I use Paint, which is free and I already know how to do basic stuff. Annotation was easier than I thought once I figured out you don't have to write with the "pencil" cursor.

Paint.net (found at http://www.getpaint.net/) is also free and you might find it even easier to do these sort of things.


Thanks. I'll take a look today.

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 4/1/2013 5:37:29 PM   
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Annotation was easier than I thought once I figured out you don't have to write with the "pencil" cursor.




Edit:

Paint.net is really nice. You can do really cool looking maps with bending arrows and stuff like you see in the "Battlefield" TV series. But as it is more advanced it takes a little bit longer to fiddle with.

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 4/1/2013 5:41:37 PM   
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April 8, 1942

Workmanlike

Now that FUDD is out of the bag and progressing, much of each turn is spent watching progress toward launch points, tweaking replacement settings and op modes, and counting assets versus jobs. The rest of the day was low-key.

1) A fair bit of air activity in China. Continuous bombing of the mountain stack, which has to be costing more in ops losses than it's costing China. The Tsuyung Japan stack has not moved even as the former defenders' retreat to Paoshan continues. Turning off fort-building there did result in very moderate supply growth inside the garrison LCUs, but only about 40 supply per day is accruing. The transports for Ledo are in the Aden wormhole bound for Karachi.

2) Near Chungking the road-recon has now picked up three LCUs in two locations. Each is bombed and strafed. No losses, just harassment.

3) In Burma, the Chinese corps looking to merge for the attack on Prome have been seen and the cross-river one is bombed again in the open. Losses are light, but they'll be happy to get across the river.

4) Singers gets very light sweeps and bombing. No CAP is present. Forts build on from 3.

5) The recon unit approaching Ponianak is twice bombed by 4Es, recording 3 squads of disabled. Samarinda, on the other side of Borneo, is hit by B-17s at 1000 feet, which seems to handcuff the CAP severely. 3 Oil hits and no damage on the Forts at all.

6) Bataan gets a large amount of bombing. As an experiment and to keep Japan on its heels, the Allies launch a lone xAK with supply from Palembang toward Bataan at Full speed. I give it 10% odds at best, but 1200 supply would keep Bombardment as an Allied option.

7) USS Arizona finishes repairs at EC. Probably destined for Colombo.

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 4/1/2013 6:28:49 PM   
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Annotation was easier than I thought once I figured out you don't have to write with the "pencil" cursor.




Edit:

Paint.net is really nice. You can do really cool looking maps with bending arrows and stuff like you see in the "Battlefield" TV series. But as it is more advanced it takes a little bit longer to fiddle with.


Yep. I did look and I will d/l it today. It does look like it has a learning curve. But Paint's Undo set-up makes me want to scream. I need a lot of Undoing . . .

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RE: Nothing Up My Sleeve: Magical Moose Tricks--Bullwin... - 4/1/2013 7:42:24 PM   
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Annotation was easier than I thought once I figured out you don't have to write with the "pencil" cursor.




Edit:

Paint.net is really nice. You can do really cool looking maps with bending arrows and stuff like you see in the "Battlefield" TV series. But as it is more advanced it takes a little bit longer to fiddle with.


Yep. I did look and I will d/l it today. It does look like it has a learning curve. But Paint's Undo set-up makes me want to scream. I need a lot of Undoing . . .

Paint.net has a fairly small learning curve (for steep try some like GIMP). Here is one hint that will save you massive amounts of time. Work with different layers. So you take a screen pic, say in a jpg file. Edit it with Paint.net. If all you want to do is annotate/add stuff (as opposed to changing colors or other fancy stuff!), you should immediately create a second layer. Then you put your arrows, etc. in that second layer. Move them around as you want to without destroying the pic underneath!

The trick is that nothing you do in a layer affects other layers. Just remember that higher layers over-write what is underneath them. When you are satisfied that you have everything the way you want it, you 'merge down' that layer onto the original layer (that action combines the layers). Then you save the file (jpg files can only have one layer so you have to merge them down together before you can save to jpg file type).

A mini-moose tutorial:
Some times you want to write text and put it in a box with a solid background so it is more readable. Use multiple layers, like so.

Layer 4 (highest layer) = text
Layer 3 = boxes around text
Layer 2 = arrows and such
Layer 1 (lowest layer) = original screen pic

Edit the file. Immediately click on 'create new layer 3 times to make three new layers. Select Layer 2 and put in your arrows, etc. Select Layer 4 and add text where you want it. Select Layer 3 and (using the rectangle tool) make boxes around the text. Then use the paint can tool to fill the boxes with the color you want behind the text. When down, select Layer 4 and click on 'merge layer down', then do it again, then do it again. Now you are back to one layer, so save the file. Done!

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Double post - I had an Internet hiccup at this end!


That's OK. My head is spinning from the first one.

I'm a hands-on learner when it comes to software. Ill poke around.

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April 9, 1942

'Round And 'Round It Goes, Where It Stops Nobody Knows

Right on cue with the thread in the main forum on PBEM cover messages sent with moves I got the mail for 4/9 with the title "Sucky Movie." I knew I had not done anything which could have resulted in this (soon I hope!), so I assumed I had sunk a carrier or something. Instead, the Singapore Rope-a-Dope continues. I need a strutting Ring Girl to tell me which round this is. Anybody got some poster board and bangles?

1) Singers. Intense day. Saturation bombing with just massive Japanese losses and damage to heavy bombers. One raid with 17 damaged and one lost did no damage or injury to the Allies at all. Zip. Oscars spend over 50 sorties attacking two MLs and sink one, for a lone VP and one probable ops loss. Then the attack. Once again (Ring Girl?) it is a Deliberate attack with no different OOB than last time, except, probably, a lot of un-recovered engineers. I don't understand the division of labor in the Japanese land forces between Singers, China's 109,000-man stack sitting in the mountains, and premium forces refusing to finish off Bataan.

Here it is:

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 17398 troops, 485 guns, 247 vehicles, Assault Value = 3347

Defending force 41014 troops, 565 guns, 366 vehicles, Assault Value = 888

Japanese adjusted assault: 175

Allied adjusted defense: 5423

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 30 (fort level 3)

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

Japanese ground losses:
2726 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 208 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Guns lost 41 (1 destroyed, 40 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
277 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 27 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Guns lost 5 (2 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Assaulting units:
2nd Tank Regiment
Karafuto Mixed Brigade
55th Infantry Regiment
41st Infantry Regiment
5th Division
113th Infantry Regiment
12th Engineer Regiment
24th Infantry Regiment
114th Infantry Regiment
15th Ind. Engineer Regiment
Imperial Guards Division
56th Recon Regiment
16th Infantry Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
21st Division
4th Division
53rd Division
56th Infantry Regiment
56th Engineer Regiment
4th Guards Division
3rd Mortar Battalion
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
3rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
23rd Ind. Engineer Regiment
18th Mountain Gun Regiment
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
25th Army
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
4th Ind. Engineer Regiment
1st RF Gun Battalion
2nd Mortar Battalion
20th AA Regiment
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
56th Field Artillery Regiment
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
5th Mortar Battalion
34th Field AA Battalion

Defending units:
2nd Loyal Battalion
2/17 Dogra Battalion
3rd Cavalry Regiment
27th Australian Brigade
3rd SSVF Battalion
11th Indian Division
1st Hyderabad Battalion
22nd Australian Brigade
SSVF Brigade
9th Indian Division
110th RAF Base Force
Singapore Fortress
3rd HK&S Light AA Regiment
Singapore Base Force
3rd Heavy AA Regiment
FMSV Brigade
Malaya Army
Malayan Air Wing
1st ISF Base Force
3rd ISF Base Force
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
24th NZ Pioneer Coy
2nd ISF Base Force
III Indian Corps
111th RAF Base Force
109th RAF Base Force
1st Manchester Battalion
112th RAF Base Force
1st Indian Heavy AA Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
109th RN Base Force

Casualties this time are overwhelmingly Japanese. Forts are not reduced. (They were 3 + 1%) Prior to the attack the Allied units in the base had done a good job with what they have to work with. The Aussie 6th had recovered AV from 6 to 18 due, I think, to lavish supply available to use for disabled squads. Anyway, status quo here, and more time for FUDD to kick off.

2) At sea, the sub war picks up near the PI. The first evidence seen that tankers are indeed calling on northern Borneo. No sign of them around Balikpapan, but an RN sub sniffs one out today, headed north.

Sub attack near Kanoya at 106,66

Japanese Ships
xAK Asakaze Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires (sunk sound heard)
xAK Onoe Maru
xAK Toa Maru
PB Shinko Maru #2

Allied Ships
SS Pollack

Sub attack near San Fernando at 79,73

Japanese Ships
xAK Toyu Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (confirmed sunk in Ops Report)
xAK Yamahagi Maru
PB Fuji Maru #3

Allied Ships
SS Trusty

ASW attack near Hengchun at 81,68

Japanese Ships
DD Asagiri
TK Kyoko Maru

Allied Ships
SS Truant

SS Truant launches 6 torpedoes at DD Asagiri (No!)

Listed only because this kind of follow-up by a different boat is so rare:

Sub attack near Laoag at 80,72

Japanese Ships
xAK Toyu Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
PB Shonon Maru #10

Allied Ships
SS KXI

3) Bataan is bombed, but not attacked.

High levels of China bombing, mostly Sallys. A rag-end marching north for months is finally killed off near Sian by about 40 Sally sorties. This unit consumed, probably, 800 sorties for a one-third A/ fragment of a 30% TOE unit beginning in January and continuing roughly daily.

4) The hovering stack NE of Tsuyung is bombed again. The other two stacks on the yellow road are nearing merge with it. Down NW of Chungking, the tank unit seen and strafed the last two days looks like it is trying to reverse stopper the yellow road to prevent supply from flowing up the yellow road through the mountains. Right now there is still a clean route, but it might be closed soon. If it is I may have to sally forth, or attack Tsuyung, mega-stack to mega-stack. For now, the clock runs. Paoshan gets stronger.

5) Forts re-hit Samarinda at 1000 feet, and do 9 Oil hits. Interesting no CAP has been shifted here. Balikpapan has a stong one, and recon shows no Oil damage, or perhaps what was done has been repaired. But Japan seems willing to lose pieces of any Oil base except Big B.

6) The BB TF seen last week is re-spotted hovering near Kendari. Don't know why.

7) The three incoming USN carriers are near Pearl. Yorktown takes DB replacements in-port Pearl. The ships are ready at Pearl, the landing forces are there as well. As soon as the carriers come in Operation RIFF-RAFF, the assault on Johnson Island, will load and weigh anchor.






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...Anybody got some poster board and bangles?



Do you mean "pasties"?

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quote:

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...Anybody got some poster board and bangles?



Do you mean "pasties"?


Up here that's a meat pie!

I was trying to keep it G-rated.

I assume you are far too young to recognize the cartoon character?

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Fortress Palembang

1) Today I am prepared to begin calling it by this name. After months of sweat in the sun and snakes the Dutch and British engineers go over Level 4. Each man is issued a cookie (OK, a "biscuit"), and sent back to work on Level 5. Supplies are near 130,000 and growing daily. Fuel is well over 300,000, but the Allies are pulling that out for use in Oz as fast as it will load.

2) Based on the last attack Japan knows Singers got back to Forts 3 in record time. Air assaults on the air field step up again with over 130 heavy bombers overhead, and circa 60 Oscars hitting the ML tooling around the harbor. The former do easily-handled amounts of damage and the latter do sink the ML for a 1-VP bag. Three Oscars leave with damage. The battle at Singers left the base with about 42,000 supply. More can be sent in if needed.

3) The lone xAK sent arrowing toward Bataan with a load of 2400 supply retreats from surface forces north of Singkawang. I don't see the TF, but then again I also forgot to put the ship on Absolute routing. No attacks on Bataan today except some light bombing. There might be time to get the supplies in.

4) In China the daily bombing of the NE Tsuyung stack continues with light casualties. About half of the incoming LCUs have joined this stack now and it is becoming quite substantial. Down NW of Chungking Chinese fighters strafe the tank regiment threatening to close the yellow road through the mountains and find two tank regiments now, 5th and 12th. This is a very good chess move by Japan if the supply stopper is put in place. It leaves a very large Chinese force between two Japanese-held endpoints, one near Chungking and one at Tsuyung. The internal supply levels in the stack are poor. But as a force in being it is holding the Tsuyung 110,000 men in place. Tanks coming through the mountains are no danger to the Chinese by themselves. If the tanks do penetrate up the yellow road China will consider re-stoppering the road behind THEM. But that decision is weeks away.

5) Re FUDD, key minesweepers are about four days from coming out of upgrade at Colombo. As well, Allied HQ blew it by not buying-out the core 100% prepped assault division for Rangoon, sitting at Madras. Need about 5-6 days of PPs to get that done. FUDD has a lot of moving parts and I'm getting some light intel and recon hints Japan's spidey senses are tingling. Hitting Prome will be possible before the landings, so the phasing might be shuffled.

Good news at Toungoo though. The Japanese stack there seems to have grown and shows no movement dots. I have sent some Chinese units forward from the Mandalay group which will eventually invest that base, but for now only to wave their arms and jump up and down. I have seen no air or naval clues that Japan knows a move on Rangoon is imminent. I am sending enough that a stand-up fight will be a good risk for the Allies, especialy in the area of heavy armor from India. The first Chinese garrison-relief corps are on trains and well on their way to Bombay and Hyderabad.

6) RIFF-RAFF escorts need a couple of days pierside and they're ready. The carriers from CONUS should make Pearl tomorrow. Will detail the landing force when they load. Intel today shows "10th JAAF Base Force is located at Johnston Island(164,112)." Recon says there are two LCUs at Johnson. I'm sending enough that even a full regiment should be possible to handle. And I suspect the other is more a Naval Guard than a regiment.

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