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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/4/2012 9:51:04 PM   
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The Dutch air force is down to 3 fighters & 29 other planes. 2 USAAF P-40E squadrons helped out for a bit but have now been ordered to Australia.

The Japanese are mostly rolling over eastern Java but there was one good moment when Dutch troops routed a Japanese para unit.

I did not want to fight here so early. Kudos to my opponent. Quixote's offensive against the SRA has been masterful. Either that or my defense has sucked...




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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/4/2012 10:03:57 PM   
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Burma

After taking Rangoon the IJA is driving. I think we've established a couple good roadblocks in the area however.




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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/4/2012 10:17:08 PM   
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South China

I've successfully surrounded two Japanese brigades east of Nanning. I'm getting nowhere in eliminating them but the Chinese did just thwart a Japanese relief effort.




Edit: next turn is in. Central China & the Gobi desert deserve updates but will have to wait...

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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/5/2012 10:42:01 PM   
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So Pac

On the 9th Kido Butai sprinted west and attacked shipping in port at Brisbane, Newcastle & Sydney. I had some P-39Ds training at Brisbane and had them on CAP, just in case:

Afternoon Air attack on Brisbane , at 96,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 75 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 29
D3A1 Val x 58

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 48 These guys hold their own

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 6 destroyed
D3A1 Val: 5 destroyed, 5 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 2 destroyed

Allied Ships
xAKL Bidelia, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
xAKL Prusa, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Merkur, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Malaita, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAKL Nevadan
xAK Momba, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
PG Isabel
xAP Lycaon, Bomb hits 1
xAP Morinda, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Ormiston, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Port supply hits 1


The Newcastle attack damages 1 of 3 xAKs there. I didn't recognize that Sydney was in range of KB - no CAP with a few warships in port - the attack there was more significant:

Afternoon Air attack on Sydney , at 90,167

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 110 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 46 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 88

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
CM Bungaree, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CL Java, Bomb hits 3
DD Alden, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Houston, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Centaur, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Parrott, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CL Tromp, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Port hits 1
Port supply hits 1


2 xAKs & 1 xAP were lost to the raids. Barring further attacks all other ships will survive but will be in port longer than I had been preparing for.

In the meantime on New Caledonia Japanese naval infantry continue to march on Noumea. USAAF & USMC air has just been staged back in to hopefully disrupt Japanese reinforcement/resupply. We'll see...




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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/5/2012 11:07:38 PM   
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On the 9th the Japanese send an air raid against Horn Island which destroys an alarmingly large portion of the remaining supplies there. On the 10th USAAF fighters were staged in. My crafty opponent seemed to anticipate that - a night bombardment & a daytime fighter sweep killed @ 10 planes and left 17 damaged on the runway. I'm preparing to defend further - Horn Island has given the Japanese two bloody noses so far.

Java

Dutch forces are "consolidating". Not retreating, dammit!

Burma

Prome falls. More of an update later.

South China

Quixote is trying to surround my forces currently investing Canton. I was a little slow to react to this - the next turn or two could be decisive.

Central China

A few turns ago 4 IJA tank regiments took Ankang and seem to be marching forward - either towards the Chungking area or the oilfields at Lanchow. Trying to prepare against both. In about a week I should have enough forces at Sian to launch a counter-offensive against Ankang (right now intel reports only one unit there).






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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/5/2012 11:25:22 PM   
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Gobi Desert

I'm not sure who is surrounding who here! We're both blocking each other's supply lines. I mostly like my position here: the IJA has stopped advancing for a while, I might even be able to launch Operation Vodka.

One weak link is a Chinese roadblock just north of Paotow:

Ground combat at 92,33 (near Paotow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 7022 troops, 40 guns, 45 vehicles, Assault Value = 241

Defending force 4337 troops, 43 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 144

Japanese adjusted assault: 54

Allied adjusted defense: 201

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
260 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 20 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
368 casualties reported Chinese "win" the battle but still take more casualties
Squads: 2 destroyed, 31 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
15th Ind.Mixed Brigade
8th Recon Regiment

Defending units:
11th Chinese/B Corps
11th Chinese/A Corps
11th Chinese/C Corps


Despite good odds the Chinese are taking more casualties than the IJA. The IJA appears to be bringing in reinforcements as well.




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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/7/2012 12:03:13 AM   
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South Pac/SW Pac

Kido Butai sprinted 16 hexes southwest to threaten shipping in the Sydney/Melbourne area. Fortunately there wasn't much. One lone Dutch destroyer was spotted by KB planes but wasn't attacked.

Anyone have any idea how the KB will be doing for fuel and on system damage? It's been hanging around New Caledonia/Australia for @ 2+ weeks now & from the best I can tell has done 2 full-speed sprints.

In the meantime an ad-hoc USAAF/USMC group at Noumea does not launch against nearby Japanese shipping. They remain on naval/port attack. At Sydney 40+ B-26s are also ordered onto naval attack and some escorts are scraped up in case KB stays within 6 hexes or so.

I re-read some old combat reports. I think KB is currently only operating with 4 carriers. (Akagi, Hiryu, Soryu, Suikaku.) Both Kaga & Zui have eaten sub-launched torpedoes. @ 80 fighters & 170 bombers. Baby KB certainly has less than that though combined they may have 100-120 fighters & 300 bombers. The 4 USN CVs are carrying @ 140 fighters & 240 bombers when considering the USMC squadrons aboard. If I can engage either separately from the other I think I have good odds. While Task Force 16 is still 2-3 days distant they've been ordered to approach.




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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/7/2012 12:18:13 AM   
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Sumatra

The Japanese are starting to mop up bases on North Sumatra. (West Sumatra? Northwest Sumatra?) Dutch forces here have mostly been evacuated to reinforce Port Blair and more recently Little Andaman. The last two Dutch squads will load & leave tonight.

South China

IJA forces have launched a credible threat to surround the Chinese at Canton. I probably should have started to withdraw a couple turns a ago - we'll see what happens. AVG did stage a successful intercept over the critical hex - for the day the Japanese lost 50 planes to 20 allied. A2A was 38 Japanese vs 12 allied. 2nd Lt J.G. Bright of 2nd Squadron AVG just became the first allied triple ace of the war.




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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/7/2012 2:02:55 PM   
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ORIGINAL: ctangus
I re-read some old combat reports. I think KB is currently only operating with 4 carriers. (Akagi, Hiryu, Soryu, Suikaku.) Both Kaga & Zui have eaten sub-launched torpedoes. @ 80 fighters & 170 bombers. Baby KB certainly has less than that though combined they may have 100-120 fighters & 300 bombers. The 4 USN CVs are carrying @ 140 fighters & 240 bombers when considering the USMC squadrons aboard. If I can engage either separately from the other I think I have good odds.


Chuck, if so and it isn't a bait itself, I say: ATTACK KB.
Position your CVs close to your port to achieve extra CAP + possibility of LBA's strike against KB, that will surely engage and react closing to the trap.
This way you have the opportunity to damage all 4 carriers. Add your SS well positioned both on the path towards your TF AND possible retreat route.
If you can choose the time of encounter, choose bad weather conditions 'cos you don't want a mutual annihilation here...
With the leaking CAP as it is half of your bombers shall get through no matter what.
Your CVs will surely be damaged too, but being close to your major port brings you great benefit!
Imho better use more DBs than TBs to damage the deck and let them burn...

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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/7/2012 10:01:19 PM   
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ORIGINAL: viberpol

Chuck, if so and it isn't a bait itself, I say: ATTACK KB.


Hi! Thanks for the advice - after our game I'm always nervous about using USN CVs!

I had confirmation this turn that KB only has those 4 CVs (Akagi, Hiryu, Soryu, Shokaku) - my B-26s launched. No hits but they broke through KB's CAP - mutliple attacks vs only those 4 CVs. The only CAP was from the 4 CVs + a small land-based group. KB also launched an attack against a transport TF - attack planes were all from those 4 CVs.

Zuikaku might be with Baby KB - certainly her fighters are beacuse they were flying LRCAP over Koumac this last turn.

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Position your CVs close to your port to achieve extra CAP + possibility of LBA's strike against KB, that will surely engage and react closing to the trap.
This way you have the opportunity to damage all 4 carriers. Add your SS well positioned both on the path towards your TF AND possible retreat route.
If you can choose the time of encounter, choose bad weather conditions 'cos you don't want a mutual annihilation here...
With the leaking CAP as it is half of your bombers shall get through no matter what.
Your CVs will surely be damaged too, but being close to your major port brings you great benefit!
Imho better use more DBs than TBs to damage the deck and let them burn...


I might be able to lure KB towards Noumea by landing reinforcements there. Noumea's only a level 2 port but Auckland isn't far away & is level 7 & expanding. I have at least one AR nearby. I still don't have many subs but I'm sending a lot of them to the area. More of an update once I get the turn back to my opponent.

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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/7/2012 11:27:05 PM   
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Only time for a short update.

South Pac

2 USMC DB squadrons launch from Noumea against Koumac. SBD-1s are escorted - don't accomplish much but mostly live. A squadron of Vindicators goes in and is slaughtered. One good bit of intelligence: Zuikaku's fighters were flying LRCAP over Koumac. I'm not sure if Zui is still around or the fighters were transferred to Baby KB:

Afternoon Air attack on Koumac , at 113,156

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8

Allied aircraft
SB2U-3 Vindicator x 14

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SB2U-3 Vindicator: 9 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x SB2U-3 Vindicator releasing from 3000'
Port Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb


Near Sydney B-26s escorted by P-39Ds launch in several uncoordinated attacks against KB. I lose roughly half of the 44 B-26s I had. I don't start receiving replacements until next month.

Not a single hit against KB. Overall air losses this turn were 52 allied vs 13 Japanese. Hopefully I scared my opponent though. Some good intelligence too: as mentioned just above I've confirmed that KB is now operating with only 4 fleet carriers.

Baby KB has disappeared but at the very least it's within LRCAP range of Koumac.

After standing off for a few turns Task Force 16 is ordered into the area. Perhaps I'll have a chance to tangle with a small KB. At the very least TF 16 should be able to successfully escort some reinforcements & supplies into Noumea.




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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/8/2012 9:04:57 PM   
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Just got the replay for 2/15 and should get the turn soon - I'll try to do an update or two before I see the turn. The main allied attention remains on...

South Pac

Baby KB remains unspotted and for the first turn in many turns so does KB. A Jap cruiser TF that was with KB was spotted 17 hexes from Noumea - possibly in range of a bombardment there in two turns. Not knowing exactly where KB is I ordered TF 16 9 hexes SE of Noumea. The SAG attached could be in range to intercept a bombardment.

A P-40E sweep over Koumac nets 8 A6M2s for 2 P-40s, however the airfield does expand to size 1. 6 Japanese units enter Noumea. Queen Elizabeth arrives at Auckland and will start unloading the lead elements of the Americal Division. The question remains - can I get them to Noumea safely?




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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/8/2012 9:36:42 PM   
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South Pac

I have a ton of naval search covering the area but weather remains bad & the only IJN TF spotted consists of BBs heading southwest. Sent to provide fuel for KB maybe? It did two 16-hex sprints without refueling. Oh - there's also a transport TF heading towards Koumac. USMC dive bombers are ordered to Noumea to attack the transports.

Task Force 16 remains unspotted. Task Group 16.5 (cruiser SAG) is ordered to bombard Noumea and/or maybe intercept encroaching Japanese. The rest of TF 16 will head to within 6 hexes of Noumea. Each CV has one slow BB escorting. This will put the BBs within sprinting distance of Noumea of I decide to split them off.

Japanese infantry does a recon bombardment against Noumea:

Ground combat at Noumea (115,160)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1471 troops, 19 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 334

Defending force 6079 troops, 128 guns, 45 vehicles, Assault Value = 167

Japanese ground losses:
18 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


I have level 3 terrain & level 3 forts here. I can hold with what I have if I can get in supplies and if the Japanese don't bring in reinforcements. We'll see...




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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/12/2012 12:46:49 AM   
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I've been remiss in updating this.

South Pac

Events proved anti-climactic. Looking back I had a chance of engaging KB on favorable turns on the 14th. However my intel was spotty & I probably only had a one-day window where my CVs were both close enough to engage & I could also outnumber KB. By the 15th KB started sailing with Baby KB again & I now believe Kaga has repaired & rejoined Combined Fleet.

The bombardment TF I had ordered to Noumea ended up in disaster on the 15th. Instead of retreat orders I had left them on patrol/do not retire orders. For some reason they never bombarded - & KB air devastated them while they were loitering around. I lost two Brooklyn class CLs & 2 modern destroyers. ARRRGHH!!!

KB also launched 2-3 airstrikes against Noumea & there was one ground attack on the 16th:

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 8974 troops, 101 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 336

Defending force 5910 troops, 128 guns, 45 vehicles, Assault Value = 165

Japanese adjusted assault: 256

Allied adjusted defense: 256

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2


How close is that? If my cruisers had actually performed their orders & bombarded I'm sure they would have reduced the Japanese adjusted AV by at least 1 point. C'est la guerre.

Supply is very problematic on Noumea right now. I had a number of troop reinforcements on ships ready to reinforce Noumea but I'm going to let them disembark for the moment. I will try to fight some supplies through & if that's successful I'll send in some reinforcements one unit at a time.

I'm far from certain but I believe KB is finally going back to port in order to resupply.

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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/12/2012 12:54:48 AM   
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SW Pac

Horn Island has frustrated the Japanese so far & some Aussie cruisers tried to escort a supply TF there. With low moonlight an IJN TF avoids the Aussie cruisers & sinks all the transports without anything unloaded:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Horn Island at 91,128, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Tone
CL Kitakami
CL Tatsuta
CL Yubari
DD Urakaze
DD Tanikaze
DD Mikazuki
DD Mochizuki

Allied Ships
AM Mildura, Shell hits 11, and is sunk
xAKL Karuah, Shell hits 6, and is sunk
xAKL Kindur, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
xAKL Mulubinda, Shell hits 12, and is sunk


The Aussies eventually catch up & extract a small bit of revenge:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Horn Island at 91,128, Range 1,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Tone
CL Kitakami, Shell hits 2, on fire
CL Tatsuta, Shell hits 1
CL Yubari, Shell hits 35, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
DD Urakaze
DD Tanikaze
DD Mikazuki
DD Mochizuki

Allied Ships
CA Australia
CA Canberra, Shell hits 4, on fire
CL Perth
CL Hobart
DD Stuart
DD Napier
DD Nestor
DD Nizam


Canberra will probably need about a month of yard time.

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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/12/2012 1:21:36 AM   
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Ugh. It deserves a detailed update but since it's so ugly I don't really want to. More detailed report sooner or later.

China

Perversely China remains the lone allied theater that I'm really happy about. In the Gobi desert the glorious Chinese route an IJA recon regiment. Near Canton the Chinese not only escape an encirclement attempt but put some hurt on the IJA division that was trying to do so:

Ground combat at 77,58 (near Canton)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 51696 troops, 387 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1590

Defending force 12450 troops, 104 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 454

Allied adjusted assault: 1061

Japanese adjusted defense: 273

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(+)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
6870 casualties reported
Squads: 81 destroyed, 263 disabled
Non Combat: 85 destroyed, 44 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 26 disabled
Guns lost 36 (8 destroyed, 28 disabled)
Vehicles lost 11 (7 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Allied ground losses:
2536 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 317 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 12 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/13/2012 11:32:15 PM   
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Mostly quiet turns. I'll try to catch up on some other theaters.

South Pac

KB has now been out of sight for 3 turns. It must be going back to port to replenish. I'm not sure how far back the IJN needs to go - Tulagi is now port size 3. Is that enough to replenish air sorties if there's an AE there? Might be going to Rabaul or even Truk too. May even intend to use it somewhere else. Dunno, sending out subs to scout & maybe provide some intel.

More reinforcements have been landed at Samoa & Fiji. Noumea's essentially out of supply now but more is close by: an amphib TF is 2 days out with 7200 supply, a fast transport TF is 3 days out with 1500 and a transport TF is 5 days out with 9600. 2 SAGs will provide night naval cover. I'm not going to try to provide air cover. Quixote has no offensive airfields nearby. So I either won't need aircover or will likely be overwhelmed by a KB/Baby KB combination again.

If I can get some supply in and if my opponent doesn't continue to use KB in this area I think I can hold Noumea. We'll see. The last ground combat on the 21st was a cause for modest optimism:

Ground combat at Noumea (115,160)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 8554 troops, 100 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 295

Defending force 5896 troops, 128 guns, 45 vehicles, Assault Value = 161

Japanese adjusted assault: 263

Allied adjusted defense: 310

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
983 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 76 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
138 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 28 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled


Java

As in Malaya & Luzon Quixote has done a good job in chopping my troops to pieces. A current sit map is below. I'm hoping to consolidate at Bandoeng but I don't think it's likely:




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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/13/2012 11:38:00 PM   
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Burma

IJA troops have approached my delaying line south of Mandalay. The western flank is weak. With an attack suspected tomorrow 3 RAF squadrons are flying LRCAP but that's about all I can do.

Burma Corps has a Pyrrhic victory as an empty Prome is re-taken by Rangoon refugees.




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South/Southeast China

This is going relatively well. In the south Chiang Kai Shek's forces route an IJA Div outside Canton. I might reinvest there - haven't decided yet. The Chinese also continue to surround two IJA units & the last deliberate attack gets the best odds to date:

Ground combat at 73,55 (near Nanning)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19692 troops, 221 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 634

Defending force 6928 troops, 72 guns, 11 vehicles, Assault Value = 200

Allied adjusted assault: 327

Japanese adjusted defense: 219

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
492 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
457 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 68 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
31st Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
9th Group Army

Defending units:
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment


It will take a while to destroy them though.

Further east things are mostly stalemated which I consider good: more training opportunity for the Chinese. An IJA unit shows up near Changsha - not much of a threat. 4 units pop up near my troops outside Nanchang. That could be more problematic.




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Central China

Quixote has sent several tank units west of Nanyang to sweep into my rear. I think I'll be ok here. 3 tank units just entered Kungchang but they'll be faced by 130 AV already there plus another 240 AV & one of the two Chinese AT Regts. (The latter 2 will still be in move mode next turn.)

Closer to Sian 240 AV of Chinese & the second Chinese AT Regt just met up with another IJA tank regiment in clear territory. A shock attack is ordered. If that goes well I'll try to close the door behind the Japanese at Kungchang.




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Still not sure who's chasing who or who's surrounding who but it's interesting!




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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/15/2012 5:20:46 PM   
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I recommend you consider doing the following on Java: What squadrons you have left are probably not accomplishing much now. If there are any recruits available, put your best pilots in general reserve, replace them with recruits and withdraw the units. The reserve pilots will be available to Dutch squadrons that appear in Oz. I don't know for a fact if the squadrons themselves reappear in Oz, Capetown or India in sixty days, but it serves no purpose to have them destroyed on the ground.

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I recommend you consider doing the following on Java: What squadrons you have left are probably not accomplishing much now. If there are any recruits available, put your best pilots in general reserve, replace them with recruits and withdraw the units. The reserve pilots will be available to Dutch squadrons that appear in Oz. I don't know for a fact if the squadrons themselves reappear in Oz, Capetown or India in sixty days, but it serves no purpose to have them destroyed on the ground.


That's a good idea, Mr. Lizard. I've now done so. Don't the squadrons reappear somewhere in the Gorn Confederation?

Most of the Dutch squadrons are permanently restricted at start though. Any idea if they remain so?

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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/16/2012 9:11:09 PM   
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2/22 - 2/26/42

Yikes, 5 turns since an update.

South Pac

No signs of KB.

My resupply efforts of Noumea have some success but not without cost. On the 23rd Koumac became a level 2 airfield (and I didn't notice it). On the 24th the first resupply convoys start to unload but are attacked by Vals based on Koumac. A New Zealand AMC on fast transport duty was sunk outright. A USN xAK was mortally wounded. @3000-4000 supply did get to shore though.

On the 25th now that there were supplies ashore, USMC & USAAF fighters were sent in to provide CAP. Two SAGs (one USN, one NZ) rushed in to provide some cover against a Japanese SAG lurking nearby. The NZ cruisers never found the enemy but the USN did and the slow BBs saw their first action of the war. They inflicted absolutely no damage & received some minor damage in return. It would have been nice to inflict some damage but they kept the IJN away from the transports at least.

The CAP proved modestly effective. Air losses were 12:7 in the allies favor but enough Vals got through to sink 2 more xAKs.

On the 26th the Japanese fly a sweep over Noumea. A2A losses for the day were 12:9 in favor of the Japanese. They also try a deliberate attack and the allies hold:

Ground combat at Noumea (115,160)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10903 troops, 115 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 379

Defending force 5746 troops, 127 guns, 45 vehicles, Assault Value = 142

Japanese adjusted assault: 253

Allied adjusted defense: 325

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
967 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 81 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 41 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
247 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 11 (3 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Assaulting units:
48th Engineer Regiment
Sasebo 2nd SNLF
Kimura Det
53rd Naval Guard Unit
2nd Indpt SNLF Coy
Kure 2nd SNLF
66th Naval Guard Unit
Sasebo 8th SNLF
51st Nav Gd /1
16th Army

Defending units:
161st Infantry Regiment
New Caledonia Det
111th USN Base Force
112th USA Base Force
56th Coastal Artillery Regiment
21st NZ Pioneer Coy
B Det USN Port Svc


@9000 supply is on shore at Noumea now. It was down to 7 a few days ago with several units in the red too. I've now loaded an air HQ to send in as a reinforcement. If that gets in safely I'll try to establish air superiority & send in more ground troops. Two regiments of the Americal Div are now on shore at Auckland.

Of course if KB comes back Noumea will be doomed. However that would give more time to build the defenses in Northern Oz & India.




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SW Pac

Looks like the third time might be the charm for the Japanese at Horn Island. This time the IJN comes with 4 naval infantry units:

Ground combat at Horn Island (91,128)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 4755 troops, 56 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 181

Defending force 1489 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 65

Japanese adjusted assault: 69

Allied adjusted defense: 24

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
1278 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 139 disabled They're pretty beat up though!
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
255 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
Kure 1st SNLF
Sasebo 1st SNLF
Maizuru 1st SNLF
II/81st Naval Guard Unit

Defending units:
2/3rd Ind Coy
Torres Strait Battalion
Thurday Island Det. Battalion
2/4th Ind Coy
Horn Isl Det.


We're out of supply, the airfield's closed & Netties are flying out of PM. I'd like to get some supply in there but I'd need to commit CVs. It's been nice to slow down the IJN there but I don't think it's worth much further effort.

Java

It's so ugly I don't really want to update it. I will say this: I'm in danger of losing my last base & my last 25K supply on the island. Next update I'll post more.

Philippines

Bataan falls. That ends any allied presence on Luzon.

Allied forces do continue their vain struggle on Mindanao & few other locations in the central Philippines.

Ground combat at Bataan (78,77)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 53232 troops, 597 guns, 342 vehicles, Assault Value = 1524

Defending force 24117 troops, 378 guns, 326 vehicles, Assault Value = 318

Japanese adjusted assault: 1855

Allied adjusted defense: 235

Japanese assault odds: 7 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Bataan !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), fatigue(-), morale(-)
experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
2927 casualties reported
Squads: 17 destroyed, 256 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 39 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 34 disabled
Guns lost 33 (2 destroyed, 31 disabled)
Vehicles lost 15 (2 destroyed, 13 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
27684 casualties reported
Squads: 614 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1709 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 138 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 476 (476 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 378 (378 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 36


Burma

My line south of the central plains is holding for now. Even managed to (temporarily) surround the IJA units on my western flank.

South China

The IJA has appeared to abandon a relief effort against the two units I have surrounded near Nanning. Here's the last Chinese attack:

Ground combat at 73,55 (near Nanning)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18922 troops, 221 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 534

Defending force 5530 troops, 68 guns, 11 vehicles, Assault Value = 66

Allied adjusted assault: 296

Japanese adjusted defense: 27

Allied assault odds: 10 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
743 casualties reported
Squads: 63 destroyed, 29 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Guns lost 15 (3 destroyed, 12 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
112 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
31st Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
9th Group Army


North China

3 IJA tank units have surprised me in clear terrain near Sian. They have a one-turn window to route 210 AV there. 600 AV reinforcements arrive in 2 turns. I do have an AT gun regiment there so maybe that will help.

Gobi Desert

Chinese infantry successfully withstand an IJA tank attack.

Next replay is in. I may or may not try to do a new map.

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quote:

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quote:

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I recommend you consider doing the following on Java: What squadrons you have left are probably not accomplishing much now. If there are any recruits available, put your best pilots in general reserve, replace them with recruits and withdraw the units. The reserve pilots will be available to Dutch squadrons that appear in Oz. I don't know for a fact if the squadrons themselves reappear in Oz, Capetown or India in sixty days, but it serves no purpose to have them destroyed on the ground.


That's a good idea, Mr. Lizard. I've now done so. Don't the squadrons reappear somewhere in the Gorn Confederation?

Most of the Dutch squadrons are permanently restricted at start though. Any idea if they remain so?


I'll report back as soon as I know. I'm down to only Soerbaja left in the DEI with many sqds due to return in about 40 days. Obviously I haven't tried this tactic before. In a previous game (against the AI) I did evacuate a Dutch HQ and some other LCUs, I failed to this time but don't know if that makes any difference.

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They will return at Aden as an ABDA unit.  I disbanded them to keep what little I had left from being destroyed and the points going to Koniu.  Next thing I know they are popping up at Aden.

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They will return at Aden as an ABDA unit.  I disbanded them to keep what little I had left from being destroyed and the points going to Koniu.  Next thing I know they are popping up at Aden.

Fighters too? That would be excellent.

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RE: Tilting at Windmills - Adm Bonnie (& ctangus) vs. Q... - 12/20/2012 11:57:32 PM   
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Thanks DOCUP!

2/27 - 3/3/42

Due to the upcoming Mayan Apocalypse this may be this AAR's last update.

South Pac/SW Pac

Most the action is around here.

Near PM/Horn Island/Townsville the KB shows up for 3 days and makes multiple attacks against Aussie cruisers that were trying to get supply into Horn Island. Two cruisers are sunk and one is heavily damaged. To add insult to injury Horn Island finally falls on the 2nd.

At Noumea Japanese troops launch an assault on the 1st and come closer to breaking through the defenders' lines:

Ground combat at Noumea (115,160)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10574 troops, 114 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 349

Defending force 5258 troops, 83 guns, 30 vehicles, Assault Value = 126

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 271

Allied adjusted defense: 277

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
503 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 45 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 26 disabled

Allied ground losses:
322 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 12 disabled


Then on the 2nd Japanese air at Koumac attacks allied cruisers shepherding an Air HQ into Noumea. CAP shoots down a few planes but CA New Orleans & CL Helena take damage that will keep them out of the war a month or two at least.

Some revenge on the 3rd as the remaining allied cruisers stay on station:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Noumea at 115,160, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Kako, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage Sunk later by a sub
CL Naka, Shell hits 1
DD Suzukaze
DD Shirayuki
DD Mutsuki
DD Yayoi
DD Uzuki
DD Yuzuki
DD Oite
DD Asanagi, Shell hits 1, on fire

Allied Ships
CL Leander
CL Achilles
DD Le Triomphant, Shell hits 2
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Noumea at 115,160, Range 4,000 Yards

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
E7K2 Alf: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CL Naka, Shell hits 10, and is sunk
DD Suzukaze, Shell hits 1
DD Shirayuki, Shell hits 1
DD Mutsuki
DD Yayoi, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Uzuki
DD Yuzuki
DD Oite
DD Asanagi, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
CL St. Louis
DD Mustin
DD Russell, Shell hits 2
DD Morris, Shell hits 1


So in 5 days the allies lose 1 CA, 1 CL with 1 CA & 2 CLs damaged. IJN loses 1 CA, 1 CL. Strategically Horn Island wasn't relieved but the Noumea Air HQ made it ashore unharmed. I've flown in 2 DB squadrons to attack Japanese shipping & 2 B-17 squadrons to start attacking the AF at Koumac.

I thought I had spotted KB heading east towards Rabaul but this last turn I spotted a task force allegedly of transports in an odd location for them. Two days steaming from where I last definitely spotted KB. Hmmm...

I'll try to update other theaters later tonight. The little admiral is about to drag me to a Christmas party.




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3/4/42

China

The Chinese finally destroy 2 IJA units near Nanning. It's not decisive in any way but it is a boost to the ally's morale:

Ground combat at 73,55 (near Nanning)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18853 troops, 221 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 525

Defending force 2659 troops, 28 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2

Allied adjusted assault: 350

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 350 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
2580 casualties reported
Squads: 29 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 426 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 31 (31 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 2

Allied ground losses:
9 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
14th Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
9th Group Army

Defending units:
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment


South Pac

At least some of KB is approaching New Caledonia. Wish I had a little more confidence in my patrol planes at the moment. It looks weak but I suspect it's much stronger.

La Foa has been abandoned by the Japanese and was just auto-occupied by the allies. I had already been prepping a USMC para battalion for that base and am now flying them in. Hopefully this will help Noumea hold for a bit.




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