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YUM! - 3/31/2013 5:56:35 PM   
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Just sent the June 22nd turn back to Dan. Got two days off now and will get some Posting done catching everyone up on the action and planning.

We (Dan and I) are both enjoying Easter today with our families and wish all the readers a Happy Easter as well.

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Currently... - 3/31/2013 8:37:51 PM   
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Won't have time to do a detailed update until later tonight but thought I would show the current screenshot.

Here is June 22nd:
1. The American CVs move southwards away from the fight and we REALLY like this!
2. Juggling aircraft, resting some, bringing others, and preparing to renew the fight.
3. Exmouth's troops have been abandoned by the Americans. They are soon to be dead.
4. Major reinforcements are now here: 65th Brigade is going to Exmouth, I shall lift out the Inf Regiment and pull out an SNLF Assault Brigade back to Port Hedlund. This should put AV at Exmouth at over 500. There are several more Engineering units going in as well to help.
5. Nearly 75,000 in supply is on the way.
6. I have 15,000 fuel unloading at Exmouth and 65,000 unloading at Koepang. Koepang is the fallback and safe anchorage.
7. Mini-KB is moving slightly away but close enough for Cover if needed.






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Northern Lights - 4/1/2013 2:45:29 PM   
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All the pieces shall be in place for a major operation in the Aleutians. The screenshot details the highlights. All LCU are 100% prepped for their targets. The goal shall be to take Dutch Harbor, Akutan, and Cold Bay. The plans are simply to kill troops and then pull back the major LCU. We'll probably leave just enough to make a combat landing needed to reclaim them...these landings will then free-up all the Fleet assets in this region.

The CV's Mission is to remain hidden and HOPE for an Allied response. We're going to try and be SNEAKY because we are hunting WABBITS...I really mean USS Wasp...this is the only US CV not seen in the last month...





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Dutch Harbor - 4/6/2013 6:57:46 PM   
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The month is ushered in with a very nice gift from the Allies. The Japanese land with a pair of SNLF Assault Brigades on the 30th and find none other then a major HQ unit based at Dutch Harbor: North Pacific. The surrender that follows brings in over 7,000 POWs. NICE!

In taking time with this operation we hope to draw the Americans North. The 7th ID and friends begins loading for Akutan. Maybe this will add a bit of help for Dan making a move.

This is said due to FAR to the SE a TF of Hiryu, Soryu, and 2 CVLs slowly move due north towards Anchorage. This TF is on total EMCON and is relying on the Emily's flying from Adak to spot targets. If nothing happen within two days then we shall spring a surprise and see what slips into the bear trap...





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Dutch Harbor - 4/6/2013 7:01:54 PM   
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Sorry about not doing much with the AAR over the last week. The week has been BUSY!


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Battle of Exmouth Summary - 4/7/2013 3:28:30 PM   
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Summary for the Battle of Exmouth Bay
June 15-23, 1942

Since I have been able to get a lot written, I thought perhaps some summary might work best in describing the action over the last several weeks. We'll start with the Battle of Exmouth.

This fight occurred when Dan decided to go after Exmouth and Carnavon and I had decided to withdraw the major ground units used to threaten Geraldton. Dan brought the kitchen sink (4 US CVs and LOTS of escorts) while I had begun moving troops, had brought in SS and LBA, and had the little KB lurking in the shadows near the fight.

Over the course of roughly ten days we slugged away at each and both of us might just proclaim it a victory. The Japanese managed to withdraw their major combat units as planned, as well as reposition them and others, and seriously blood the Allies. Japan loses Carnavon but that was part of the plan to begin with so no big loss there. The Allies could call it a victory because they inflicted damage to a number of Japanese ships and captured 50% of their objective. Definitely a toss-up when one looks at the results.

This is the first time I have gone back through my notes so lets see just what the losses turned out to be:

Japanese Ship Losses:
10 DD (7 Old--3 New), 3 SC, 3 AP, 3 AK

Aerial losses were fairly light considering I was flying into the teeth of 4 US CV's airpower. Roughly 80 planes were lost during the entire fight. These have been made up for with replacement pilots and aircraft at little expense to the Pool.

Allied Ship Losses
BB New Mexico, CA Astoria, 7 DD, 4 AP, 10 AK
Several American CAs, CLs, and DDs were seriously damaged.

Japanese SS did QUITE well with the following results. Some of these ships were sunk and others just damaged:
6-15 I-158 AK Alchiba (Exmouth)
6-16 I-153 AK Tweedbank (Exmouth), I-153 AK Testbank and AP Ormiston (Exmouth)
6-17 Ro-33 AP Ormiston--SUNK (Carnavon)
6-18 I-157 AK Trieste and AK Arctusus (Carnavon)
6-20 I-157 CA Astoria (Exmouth)

The loss of 10 DDs hurts but the majority were older so (I guess) that helps some. His losses were serious but inconsequential.

The real determination as to the results of this battle shall be in Dan's moves coming up. If there is little action in this arena for the next couple of months then we did well. If he tries to follow-up the attack then things are up in the air.







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Burma - 4/7/2013 3:47:02 PM   
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The Burma Theatre is bound to explode in action ASAP. The Japanese are trying to get the punch in first.





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Aleutians - 4/7/2013 4:03:38 PM   
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The capture of Dutch Harbor on the 1st was a good thing with bringing in 7,000 prisoners. Next on the list is Akutan where the 7th Marines sit ready to be taken down. This has been a drawn out Offensive built around the premise of drawing in Allied Forces. Warships has been spotted at Kodiak and the trap is about to be sprung. CarDiv2 sits slowly approaching from due south. The force consists of CVs Hiryu and Soryu with CVLs Zuiho and Shoho, 3 CA, 1 CL, and 8 DD. The air complement is 124 Zero, 45 Val, and 45 Kate.

It is my profound HOPE that CV Wasp is up here. We'll see what is located up in this arena of action. At worst we'll have a bunch of surrenders and destroyed units. Once we have taken Akutan and, possibly, Cold Bay then 7th ID and two SNLF Assault Brigades will be pulled back to the MLR.





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Hitting the Curve - 4/8/2013 6:19:41 AM   
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The Japanese CV TF may or may not have been spotted this turn. No actual air search hit it but the TF did appear on the map board. There was no call of 'enemy carriers' so we're hopeful that things might still work out in a positive manner with this short raid. The screenshot details the move for tomorrow. The CVs are prepped: CAP 60% (7--15--18--21 K Feet), Vals set on Naval Attack, and Kates on Naval Attack--Port Attack (Kodiak). The 10 Jakes fly air search while one recons Anchorage and two get at Kodiak.

The 7th ID and an SNLF Assault Brigade are loaded at Adak and headed for Akutan. Nagato, Mutsu, and Yamato sail to cover. Yamato will embed in the Invasion TF while the other two bombard. No AA has been fired the last couple of days so I have hopes of the enemy being out of supply.

Dan tried to bring supply into Cold Bay today and a DD as well as AK were hit by my Vals.

We'll see what the morrow may bring...






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Goin' Fishing - 4/8/2013 6:31:36 AM   
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The KB has kept up a high profile around the Gilberts and now a sweep into the Allied territory. This force (CarDiv1, CarDiv5, and two CVLs) make presence known and move between Suva as well as Pago Pago. The CVs sink two AKLs and are SEEN. Now that the Aleutian CVs (CarDiv2) are being revealed, there is no reason for my KB to be risked or use up any more fuel. They are ordered back to Jaliut.

Good news comes in that Tabiteuea goes the AF-3 this day. Order in a Daitai of Zeros and add another 12 Emily to the base complement. There shall be no surprise appearances of the American Fleet this time! Another group of 12 Emily fly out of Koumac on New Caledonia. A final group of 12 fly from Ndeni. To say that the area is saturated with LR Air Search is a bit of an understatement.

Now have two ID at 100% prep for landing at Luganville. Time to get those boys loaded and into action. Luganville has two Brigades of Infantry and a pair of BF keeping it Allied for the moment. Been bombarding it every 2-3 days as well as hitting it with Bettys everyday. Looks like it is out of supply as well. Be nicve to wipe out those units if possible and secure the only real headache behind my lines.

Speaking of headaches, Tarawa is also hit by Betty everyday (and Makin) and regular bombardments nail the atolls. No AA fire here as well. The Allied troops here haven't been given a single day to build Forts so we should be OK when the Assault landings occur here in about 12-14 days. We'll do Luganville first and then move on to Tarawa.

We've the four old BBs working from Tulagi hitting Luganville and then the 4 BCs as well as 6 CAs hitting the Gilberts from Jaliut.





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Grab an' Go! - 4/8/2013 6:42:16 AM   
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Don't think that I mentioned on July 1st (the day Dutch Harbor fell) that the south saw a surrender as well.

Horn Island is an important priority in making sure one can move ships back-and-forth between the DEI and SE Pacific. The Gilberts Landings made me think about abandoning the Horn Island Operation but Japan remained focused on its objectives. An SNLF Assault Brigades lands under the protective fire of BBs Fuso and Yamashiro, find three small units, and CRUSH them! The Landing scores a 20-1 result and three units surrender yielding just over 1,000 more POWs. While these were token troops, the landing could have been a lot rougher.

The BBs pull out to get back to Tulagi while the escorts form into FTF landing troops at Mornington Isle, Groote Eylandt, and Portland Roads. All these bases will fall on the 4th. Don't intend to garrison them but don't want Dan slipping anything into any of these bases and making bases of them. A contingent of about 800 men are about to land at Normanton to lightly hold that base. Have already lifted off about 30,000 resources from there without being seen and want to grab as much as I can before it is closed down by Allied Air.

All the troops landing at the first three bases will be lifted back to Horn where the SNLF shall remain to hold this important base. Will move a pair of Engineer units there and a small Base Force.





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Assault Brigades - 4/8/2013 6:48:27 AM   
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Reluctant Admiral is built on Naval Minister Yamamoto having a greater impact on all facets of the Imperial Fleet. One area reflecting this is the combining of three 'standard' SNLF units from Scen 1 and combing them to form Brigades. These Brigades have some striking power (190+ AV) but can easily be broken down into three Battalion units to spread out if needed.

Let us be clear. There are no additional SNLF troops in RA. The Assault Brigades are simply three of the old combined upwards into something stronger. We've found that SNLF Leaders are thin in RA so a few were added to strengthen a few for better leadership. Thanks to Michael finding this, we added about 6-8 new leaders with 'decent' abilities to lead. There are certainly no Vandergrift's present though...

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Air Production - 4/8/2013 6:52:06 AM   
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Here is the current air production screen of what I am building--researching along with their numbers. Thought it might be interesting a produce some commentary:





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The Deep Six - 4/8/2013 7:17:28 AM   
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This is the current Allied Ship Loss Screen from July 3rd. Fog of War is on (of course) but it does provide an indication of the Southern Paddler's losses currently:





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The Deep Six - 4/8/2013 3:37:18 PM   
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Probably no turns today due to CR going to Chattanooga for the day.

Need to touch on RA and CVs in mid-42. The KB all gets upgrades in mid-42 and I need to begin those. This is a big upgrade that takes each CarDiv out of action for about 8 weeks or so of time. The CVs all get early radar and conversion of their AA armament to the 100MM guns. This REALLY bumps their AA Firepower so it is a great and highly needed Upgrade. Current Operations shall conclude I will pull CarDiv1 and CarDiv2 back home to begin work on this ASAP. It also means there will be little possibility of the Carrier engagement until the Fall. We'll stay active but be VERY careful. Looks like we'll be relying almost exclusively on LBA in about two weeks...



With Australia winding down and Dan moving his CVs to a new location, I need to wrap-up the current slew of events planned:

1. Akutan is underway and we'll strongly examine the Cold Bay Option. Not a priority to go after Cold Bay so it will probably be a no-go.

2. Luganville will roll within a week or so...

3. We're probably about 2-3 weeks from taking Tarawa and Makin back.

Once these Operations are concluded then we are FINISHED in the Pacific. Have already begun shifting troops and engineers around working on the normal locations for defense and base expansion. The New Guinea--Solomons Area looks to be quite tough at this early stage of things. The Marshalls and Gilberts need to be slightly beefed up but are in fair shape. Have already got a few units in the Marianas. Marcus and Wake are currently as full as allowed.

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RE: The Deep Six - 4/8/2013 6:19:24 PM   
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Your position on the map looks good-especially in OZ, but you have not sunk enough of the Allied fleet.

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RE: The Deep Six - 4/8/2013 6:26:12 PM   
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Don't I know it CR! The only really good hunting I did was that first massed raid around Aussieland.

It is my hope to smack him some with the Gulf of Alaska and IO Raids about to commence. As said earlier I am now fairly hamstrung with CV Upgrades...



EDIT: When did the the Postings begin automatically correcting or starring out borderline words? Used it instead of 'smack him.' I just wrote the word that rhymes with MICK but with a PR and it starred the word after I posted. Never seen that before...



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RE: The Deep Six - 4/8/2013 6:32:44 PM   
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If anyone has any suggestions for causing chaos and getting some serious sinkings I would be ALL EARS! With knowing where at least six of his CVs are, I felt semi-safe launching the two raids I detailed above.


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Kodiak Crush! - 4/9/2013 4:15:52 AM   
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Gulf of Alaska

The Japanese CVs move into a striking position in the central Gulf of Alaska and find easy pickings to begin with. A strike of 15 Zero and 21 Val blasts an AK and lots of shipping is spotted at various Ports. The afternoon Port Strike of 20 Zero and 45 Kate run into a WALL of Allied Fighters. A total of 68 Fighters (Army and Navy) blast their way through the desperate fighters trying to protect their charges. While the Zeros do fairly well (down 12-14 of the enemy), they can do nothing for the vulnerable Kates.

EVERYONE of them is shot down for nothing. Just kind of how this war has been proceeding at nearly every turn. Crap...

Only real explanation is that he saw my CVs last turn and put EVERYTHING at Kodiak.

I dread opening the Orders side of the turn but then am relieved to find some very strange numbers. Both Hiryu and Soryu have exactly ZERO Kates left but they didn't lose very many crews. A quick check shows that Hiryu still has 21 Crews with an average of 67 Experience while Soryu has 19 with an average of 62. Can anyone explain that one?

This Admiral will gladly embrace his pilots living but am flummoxed at the simple fact that they are there to be counted at all...





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RE: Kodiak Crush! - 4/9/2013 4:20:38 AM   
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I suspect a lot of damaged Kates were write offs after landing. Airframe gone, pilot in ready room.

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RE: Kodiak Crush! - 4/9/2013 8:14:03 PM   
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quote:

Both Hiryu and Soryu have exactly ZERO Kates left but they didn't lose very many crews.


I don't suppose the game is sophisticated enough to estimate the warmer water in July, allowing ditched pilots to survive?

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Ramree Roulette - 4/11/2013 10:15:33 PM   
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As normal the week gets crazier as it progresses for me at work. I can Post frequently on the AAR on Sat--Sun--Mon but Tues--Fri are usually a no-go. Wanted to do a small one here as the Mini-KB makes its presence known in good fashion in the IO. Shipping was spotted on the 8th headed for Ramree and THIS time we're positioned to do something about it.

Ramree is swept by 27 Zero who smash through 12 P-40 without much issue. The CV Strike then bores in with 37 Zero, 63 Val, and 12 Kate. The pickings are quite good as an AM, 2 AP, and 6 AKs are smashed during the attack.

This attack should stir things up.

Tomorrow sees the release of the forces gathered in Burma and the IO over the last week or so. Mini-KB moves SE to the ocean hex South of Rangoon and Junyo--Hiyo's Zeros are set to Sweep Ramree. Three Daitai of Betty--Nells are set to Naval Attack with 3 Daitai of Zeros acting as escorts. The real punch comes squarely at Ramree where over 200 Sally, Lily, and Helen (covered by 100+ Oscars) will--HOPEFULLY--blast the AF there.

A STF of 2 CL and 8 DDs are set for a full speed sweep of the coastal hexes from Ramree up to Akayb.

A Bombardment TF of 2 CA, 1 CL, and 4 DD will hit Ramree and brave the mines there.

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KB Notes - 4/11/2013 10:18:12 PM   
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It should be added that on July 8th, CARDIV1 and CARDIV5 depart Jaliut for the Home Islands for upgrades. They take several cruisers and DDs scheduled for upgrade as well.

To keep up some pretense of them still being in the Marshalls, I leave the Zeros and Kates from CARDIV1 to fly against Tarawa.

Going to be pretty vulnerable in the Central Pacific for the foreseeable future.

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Northern Lights - 4/11/2013 10:21:20 PM   
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The Japanese land as planned at Akutan on the 7th. The Landing goes without a hitch. The Allied units don't even bombard the Japanese as they settle into their beach-head. All three days see bombardments by BBs and CAs as well as air strikes. We'll bombard tomorrow and see just what even got to be worried about. My personal bet is that he has withdrawn by SS (CHEESY!) many of the troops there. We shall know what is there next turn...

CarDiv2 refuels and replace Kate airframes at Attu and moves back into the area tomorrow before heading south to join-up with the CVLs left at Jaliut.


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RE: Ramree Roulette - 4/11/2013 11:46:45 PM   
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As normal the week gets crazier as it progresses for me at work. I can Post frequently on the AAR on Sat--Sun--Mon but Tues--Fri are usually a no-go.


No worries, we all know work sucks. That's why we all enjoy the weekends to kick back some, enjoy an adult beverage or two, and catch up on your AAR.

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Ramree Roulette - 4/12/2013 4:16:25 AM   
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The aerial offensive goes pretty well on Day ONE. A BUNCH of Allied Fighters are shot down (appears to be over 40) for only 10 Japanese Losses. Most enjoyably, the Betty's somewhat fly (only 25 of 81 due to bad weather) and they plaster USS Houston with 3 TT. Scratch one CA. The Devonshire, Pensacola and CL Enterprise all take damage.






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Northern Lights - 4/12/2013 4:17:44 AM   
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Looks like my prediction is fairly accurate. There are four units at Akutan and they appear to be at about 50% strength. Biggest and best is the 8th Marines.

Order a Deliberate Attack tomorrow...


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RE: Northern Lights - 4/12/2013 9:15:08 AM   
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Good job at Ramree island! There is plenty of shipping between Calcutta and Ramree, perhaps some good opportunities to do damage. His British CVs and Hornet are probably around, so maybe even big prizes? The British bombers at this point are not a big concern for Zero covered carriers, nor are the British fighters except perhaps the Hurricanes. I would probably try something here. Too bad your carriers are split up between so many theaters at this point.

You probably also noted the little movement marker of the heavy stack in Akyab? Pointing East... Dan is probably sending reinforcements or orchestrating something bigger?

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RE: Northern Lights - 4/13/2013 3:03:59 AM   
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Good job at Ramree island! There is plenty of shipping between Calcutta and Ramree, perhaps some good opportunities to do damage. His British CVs and Hornet are probably around, so maybe even big prizes? The British bombers at this point are not a big concern for Zero covered carriers, nor are the British fighters except perhaps the Hurricanes. I would probably try something here. Too bad your carriers are split up between so many theaters at this point.

You probably also noted the little movement marker of the heavy stack in Akyab? Pointing East... Dan is probably sending reinforcements or orchestrating something bigger?


Great thinking, however, an S-Boat just ruined the plans by planting a fish into Junyo's side on 7-11. No crisis since her damage isn't too bad (SYS 7 FLOT 32) but it does throw a pickle into things.

That stack is moving east but Dan has quite possibly forfetted his window of opportunity. I am moving an Inf Div into each jungle hex where those Aussie ID are. Given just a couple of days they will be in the jungle bonus realm. NICE! Two full strength ID are now unloading at Rangoon. They move to Prome and then advance along the coastal road towards Ramree. He'll have to react to this...


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Akutan FALLS - 4/13/2013 3:09:07 AM   
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Aleutians

The 7th ID and an SNLF Assault Brigade launch their attack against the 8th Marines and three other units. The weakened units immediately surrender to a 5-1 assault. Wouldn't you SURRENDER if you were left all alone by a Commander who DOESN'T CARE??!! The Japanese lose only 297 men while the Allies surrender over 5,750 POWs. Damn. Another 6,000 men into the Camps! BANZAI! Still fairly respectable...

Do I continue on to Cold Bay or say good enough? I have a Brigade 100% prepped for Cold Bay...

CARDIV2 and 3 BBs are still up here. If I attack, they stay. If I do not they head for Singapore. Any comments/ideas?





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