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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 11/1/2012 1:16:18 PM   
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What the hell is a shellback and pollywog?  Educate this soldier.  Swabby

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 11/1/2012 2:21:24 PM   
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What the hell is a shellback and pollywog?  Educate this soldier.  Swabby


A shellback is a sailor who has crossed the equator and been fully initiated into the secrets and duties inherent in being a subject of His Royal Highness King Neptune. A pollywog is everyone else, IOW, whale scum at the bottom of the slimy sea.

And yes, I am a pollywog. I've crossed the equator a couple of times at 35,000 feet, but boomers of my era tended to go closer to the Arctic Circle than the equator. My dad is one of the rarest of creatures: a Golden Shellback. One who became a trusty shellback AT the International Date Line.

He frequently reminds me of this.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 11/1/2012 3:31:54 PM   
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There otta be something similar for those sailing across the Arctic Circle - making the transition from jellyfish to Icemen!

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 11/1/2012 11:00:29 PM   
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I should learn to write less from memory and actually look up my sources. Thank you Moose for the clarification. Hey what would you expect from TWIT HQs?

January 21st 1942

Bad news everywhere. I open my mouth about Port Morseby and insert entire Japanese army boot. Really, I need 24 hours to off load the rest of a unit and repair my facilites and the Kido Butai or some elements of it show up, PRESTO, port, airfield, and maintenence areas creamed. Not only that but I spy more than one BB in the mix less than 100nm from Milne Bay. All mine sweepers are sunk as well as a hit on my ASW DD and a valuable xAP (long legged and fast)

Pacific Ocean Areas: Now under Nimitz: Our carriers are over 1400nm from the west coast heading SSW. Moral is recovering at Pearl but the fighter strength is not. Every available P40E (none really) replacing losses to the ABDA squadron being cut up on New Guinea. The fuel transfer supply depot in SoPac needs 24-48 hours to get to the next level so we can begin transferring fuel to the front. Tankers laden with supply and fuel await. The short legged tankers bring in the fuel from San Diego and return without refueling and the long range ones make the journey to Melbourne, Aukland, and Suva.

Australia: SwPac: 79 escorted carrier strike aircraft with their trusty A6M2s hit Port Morseby with ships unloading and the solitary fighter squadron recovering. We do claim one Zeke by a pilot with "38" experience. In four days some more 60ish pilots will arrive. Our first replacements do survive the strike. Needless to say I have not added up all the damage yet. Bettys arrive in the morning to, lest I forget, and score well on port attack. I cannot remember total AV there yet but I think it to be about 250. IJ must bring a division to this party? We do have submarine patrols watching the waters for a carrier shot off New Guinea. A bit better news a large fast xAK escapes unscathed from a sub off New Castle.

Malaya: The real disaster is here today. At Malacca: Malayan Army HQ with III Corp HQ, two brigades and support are heavily bombed and wiped out by direct assault by the Imperial Guards reinforced with many tanks and other formations. The losses are over 7ooo KIA/MIA. To the Northeast the 8th Indian Brigade repulses an assault but is short everything and it shows in AV.

Bataan: Nothing unusual; heavy air raids but the jungle is thick and casualties are very light.

Burma: The tenasserin Bn sent to recon accross the Sittang is forced to shock attack (a day late and pound short) and wiped out. The actual combat report is more gruesome:

Assault collapses, attacking force wiped out

China: The two corps surrounded east Ichang are in big trouble. They are the only units not saved in the great retreat of 1941 less the Wenchow and Hong Kong garrisons.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 11/1/2012 11:07:52 PM   
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There otta be something similar for those sailing across the Arctic Circle - making the transition from jellyfish to Icemen!


I think it's called The Order of the Blue Nose. You get a certificate and they paint your nose with prussian blue. Not as famous as being a shellback, which goes back centuries.


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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 11/2/2012 2:57:34 AM   
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Thanks for the education Bull.  That hurts Kurt.  I kinda agree with you putting up atleast some of a fight for PM.  I have that dream but know its really a nightmare.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 11/3/2012 1:34:36 PM   
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The war still moves along slowly as Terry's tour of China continues. He reports having asian biologies attacking the body and I fear his trip will be memorable for more than he bargained for. In the mean time I will put together the rest of southern China for posting. It may be a good tool for locating the the big group armies with their general locations for planning Ops.




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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 11/12/2012 8:35:11 PM   
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updates dang it

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 12/5/2012 12:55:23 PM   
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It is now March 1st '42 and the battle for Port Morseby rages. I appologize for the lack of updates.

RL updates:

Zulu staff car hit by large stupid deer.
Youngest was issued a driving license
New BMW C600 sport added to motor pool
and
we are back to three a day turns.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 12/6/2012 11:06:46 PM   
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Sorry about your car.

But its damn time you updated.

So you have an American Kamikaze driving a German Vehicle.  Ironic

Also how do you know the deer was stupid?  Maybe it was an assasin from the evil Japanese.  I trained squirrels to spy on Koniu.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 12/27/2012 7:20:15 PM   
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April 26th 1942

Burma Headquarters: Lt General Christison CnC Burma Command: 3km south of Katha.
"the Dutch are making a last stand on Java sir."
"and Sumatra?" echoes the Burmese theater commander.
"radio intercepts reports the last support personel are heading for the northern coast." replied the orderly. "doubtful any evacuation for them now, under the present conditions, sir."
"Yes, the Japs hit Port Blair yesterday and the bloody bastards may have gotten the best of the fleet to boot." The general opined.
"Whats our situation Major?"
"Thiry-one hundred rifles with a furtherseventy-five hundred support personel,fifty-nine guns, mostly two pounders and morters, and one hundred and seven trucks and carriers, sir." came the crisp reply.
"Major?"
" Sir the moral is at best shaken, most of the boys are strung out from Katha over 75km of trail. They will not withstand a regimental sized assault."
"Sir, we just received word Akyab was hit lst night by battleships of the Imperial navy, most of the aircraft were destroyed or damaged including the Americans. The town is on fire, the airfield wrecked, and the port smashed. I think we are done in Burma sir."
" Good night Major, give orders for all the ground crews to break camp and head north first light. And Major?"
"Sir?"
"Any word about Australia?"
"The lead elements of the 4th Australian Cavalry Brigade has made Terapo Sir." The Major was staring at the dirt floor of the leanto, "There are reports of a large naval engagement, we are hopeful.."

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 12/27/2012 7:29:39 PM   
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Welcome back.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 12/31/2012 11:29:08 PM   
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Terapo: Australian I Corp HQ: MGen Savige: April 30, 1942

"Sir"
"Yes Captain, your report, please."
"1800 infantry, 52 vehicles, 40 guns and mortars, 6200 2nd echalon troops, sir." Stated the XO of the 4th Aussie Bde. He continued:
"Over 100km through jungle and swamp, the men are actually in good spirits.....considering."
"Yes, they came through it well and the supplies which reached the beaches these last two days will go along way to restoring the force."
"HQ on the mainland reports two thirds of the relief ships were sunk, sir." replied the XO.
"It's far worse than that though..." a long pause.." Sydney reports the loss of the US carriers Lexington and Saratoga." still looking at the maps on the bamboo table under the leanto. " The Australia and Canberra are gone to along with the US cruiser Chester." The I Corp commander was tired.
"We are going to march back." another pause. "get another strip carved out of the jungle, and get it done now."
"Sir." The XO turned smartly, even with the fever, and retired.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 12/31/2012 11:30:17 PM   
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Game: I hearby concede Port Morseby cannot be held against a quick and determined Japanese player.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 12/31/2012 11:31:27 PM   
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I miss the forums. The flurry of turns is withering on the AAR.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 1/1/2013 1:34:06 AM   
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Happy New Year zuluhour!
You just have to tell your opponent that you have to take some time to deal with "real life issues", such as updating your AAR.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 1/3/2013 12:59:40 PM   
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Early May 1942

SwPac: Japs hit Cairns with point blank BB fire and do damage to the facilities. 350 dead or wounded. They do miss small transport unloading at Terapo where the Aussies are in full supply for now. Surface group headed by Prince of Wales declines intercept when Zeros appear over the IJN BBs during some LBA attacks on the task force. Fighter squadrons are staging through Noumea to the mainland for support. The three heavy groups are resting and refitting with aircraft in the Australian interior. Two squadrons of Canadians have also arrived. Suva is almost fully developed and well defended. Hiva Ova is also developed and providing refueling and tanker support for Australia.

India: Marauders are embarked on transports from Cape Town and make for the Indian mainland. "Pappy" is now heading up a P38 squadron, almost filled out with aircraft, and some of our best pilots in Bombay. 10th Airforce HQ and support have arrived and our taking up positions in eastern India to support a small manouver operation scheduled for mid summer.

CenPac: Enterprise and Yorkown will link up with Hornet in June after some more training and aircraft upgrades. Pearl has three quarters of million pts of supply and fuel and continues to build up for fall Ops. We scrounge everyday for long range transports. Sub warfare has been completely ineffective as well as ASW. IJN subs have scored well.

Burma: Chinese forces, finaly defeated, make their way north for another stand at Bhamo. Armor is trying to meet them there but it is unlikely to arrive in time. Stockpiles of defensive mines, saved up til now, are being deployed along the Akyab coast, IJN BBs have already paid respects to the garrisons.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 1/5/2013 7:04:15 PM   
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Late May 1942

SwPac: SoPac: IJN carrier forces rotate between the Coral Sea and areas to the east of the Solomons. IJN forces continue the slow occupation of the chain. Noumea is now operational with a base force and being reinforced. Fighter squadrons stage through Suva through Noumea for the mainland. A slow battleship division is now in SoPac to be joined by another in June. More air groups make their way into theater. B17s groups stage back to the northern coast and launch a high altitude raid on Port Morseby, we wait for the results. Zeros CAP all of New Guinea. Terapo still loses transports but enough get through to keep I Corp supplied. Fuel shortages in SoPac, SwPac, and Australia are close to accute.

India: Burma: The IJA advance into northeast Burma has slowed north of Bhamo and the pass through the mountains. "Pappy" drills his new squadron hard in Bombay while a fresh group arrives at Karachi. We anticipate the arrival of the B26s in the next ten days on the Indian mainland. Akyab is the scene of fighter combat about once a week. The Oscars appear in droves than vanish for days. Aerial recon assets are few and a P38 recon squadron shipped out for Africa to arrive at the end of June to help spot the Jap fields.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 1/6/2013 4:31:00 PM   
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SwPac: Raid over Port Morseby at 24,ooo' comes in with small parcels of 6-12 planes. Little damage apparent, 3 hits for some losses to our big boys. P39s stage into Terapo but the Japs spot it and fail to raid. The pilots are tired and may retire tomorrow to try again in a few days. Darwin sees the arrival of a RCAF squadron which is beat up in its first escort misson.

Burma: IJA makes for the mountains on the road to China. They make contact with a small divison and 11th Army Group HQ. IJA forces appear to be massing between the Pearle and Yangtze.


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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 1/7/2013 7:34:53 PM   
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June 1st 1942

Zulu HQ: Losing Port Morseby un nerved HQ a tad. We just wasted May trying to reduce it scoring (1) hit. Be that as it may, we sent in a low level raid at 9,ooo' today with some results. There are no other prime targets reachable by the "forts" at this time, so it is as much for experience. Twenty-seven fortresses find the port and finaly lay a little wood. They are met again by KI-45s and A6M2s. The Japs fighters damage thirteen but flak gets one down. 47 base hits, drinks at the O club tonight. The bad news comes at the debreif where a new spot shows a 26,ooo man garrison. A6M2s wreak havoc on the P39s at Terapo and are withdrawn to the mainland. It is time for a massive strategy re-think. Kira Kira and Nendni are still free, but I doubt for long. IJ forces occupy almost every dot north of Darwin. The central Pacific may be the main event.

CBI: The IJAF reappears over Akyab and we are ready. Oscar Ics at 37,ooo. A little parity now as 3 US and 1 Brit are downed to 5 meatballs. The more impending battles are in the northeast by Bhamo and the passes to China. Wellingtons finaly kill some ground troops, only a pin **** but good for moral.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 1/8/2013 7:30:16 PM   
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June 4th 1942

Australia: B17s set some fires at Port Morseby, I hope its getting expensive supplying all those troops.

China: The AVG stages in to give some air cover to the rear guard on the mountain roads.

Burma: Four fighter squadrons train hard in western India hoping to stay put untill more recon aircraft arrive. Two squadrons of Marauders train with "Pappys" P38 squadron awaiting the rest of the group. A brittish surface TF put to sea yesterday as well as a US surface TF.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 1/9/2013 9:07:12 PM   
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June 5th 1942

West Coast: Today we disband B17 "training" squadrons to gain air frames. The pool reaches twenty-six spares after replacements are taken at the front. Losses to the forts have been far higher than in the classic WITP-AE version. We anticipate Wasps arrival shortly to give us four operational fleet carriers. Hornet is at sea on overwatch of a slow battleship division on a raid. If detected over 320nm out we will retire post haste.

Overall: It's all logistics for now. Planning, training, and assembly. The loss of two carriers to none (one CVL damaged and BB damaged) forces me to reign in Major Fauxpas and Sgt Kneejerk and listen to reason. In this case Erwin Rommel, "Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything from winning." (1937).

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 1/11/2013 2:09:56 AM   
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SoPac: Kida Butai 240nm NNW of Suva. Half the CAP never engages on the combat screen. The raiders are on naval attack and get at some large empty APs, a mine sweeper, and a destroyer. I spot so many carriers I have to trust it's the combined mobile force and will mobilize the Brittish navy in the Indian Ocean. It may be possible to retake Port Blair.

Australia: All B17 groups are at full strength. Construction nears completion at Townsville and is being accelerated at Cairnes. Prince of Wales is at sea but needs refueling but will open the party.

US: Wasp is nine days from the west coast. Many xAKs are getting upgrades; the subs and destroyers are almost finished.

Middle East: The Australian division, held in reserve at Aden, is released to South East Asia and prepares to board transports.

India: P38s, P40Es, and B26s finish filling out the squadrons and are completing training. Most of the fighter pilots will enter combat with 70+ air and defensive skills. I really want the recon squadron still over two weeks away. I am going to scrounge another squadron or two off the west coast for 1943.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 1/11/2013 11:32:13 PM   
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June 14th 1942

Pride of the Brittish navy and the largest capital ship in Australia waters, Prince of Wales takes two long lances 50nm NNE of Sydney. She make port in the evening and should survive to fight again in '42.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 1/12/2013 3:23:57 AM   
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I've said it before - that ship is a torpedo magnet! I am sure it is in the game code somewhere!

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 1/13/2013 3:23:53 AM   
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GEEEEEZ, Terry just sunk two big tankers and holed POW, all with in 80nm of heavily defended (ASW) ports. I'm in that "black" time of the war. Nothing goes according to plan and I am constantly ambushed. I am building up however and Japan will taste the terrible swift sword. BB Fanboy, POW was within 2 squadrons of ASW, two squadrons of search aircraft, and two ASW TF's. I believe your spot on.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 1/13/2013 2:43:54 PM   
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Late June: It appears Marcus and Wake are abandoned as Battleship Division 1 and Hornet return from raiding. I don't know if it's worth an operation so deep in the pacific to reclaim them. The 1st Marine Division should depart the west coast on the morrow. Terapo: out of supply and not enough transports to really help.

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 1/13/2013 4:16:27 PM   
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The Babes has some quirks. I brought up a smallish xAK escaping from the PI and lo and behold the art had a pretty sleek looking battlewagon.


I just saw this, here is the link for the DBBB artwork.
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http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=2784760&mpage=1&key=

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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 1/17/2013 10:02:17 PM   
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Thanks for the link. I appreciate it. Presently, first week of July '42, Final touches on the broad plan to take Japan down are being realized with OOB's and positioning. I hope to post at least one "front" with maps etc. over the weekend. Right now I'm dealing with the IJN off Townsville-Cairnes in a shell game and it requires the utmost guess work. It will not be long before I will not have to "guess" his intentions as air cover and ground formations are in place. It's the US Navy taking new air craft and final AA upgrades. As I phased this, there are available naval air assets to intervene should the IJN error in there judgement.




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RE: Rewind, DaBigBabes. 1941 - 4/9/2013 1:39:34 AM   
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December 18th 1942

The Empire of Japan has sued for peace.

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