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RE: March 1944 - 1/5/2017 4:43:09 PM   
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I am headed over to the store. It is mighty convenient to work just 150 yards from your house. Got up and used the snow blower on the driveway and sidewalk then hauled it over to the store. Work a lunch shift and you can guarantee a BUNCH of idiots will be out braving the 'terrible' roads and wanting lunch at Subway.

Hans: I could not imagine not having the mountains in plain view. Paula and I are looking at buying a spot of ground about 5-7 miles east of here that sits on a low ridge. Magnificent view of the mountains!

Looks like Dan and I have our internet issues handled. Just ran a turn--no major developments--without issue and sent it to him.


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RE: March 1944 - 1/5/2017 5:33:17 PM   
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Haha, schools not cancelled cuz you only got 6-7 inches. I lived in Colorado (Vail) for a year, 6-7 inches was a sprinkling. I lived in Illinois and if there was a fresh 6-7” at 6AM, school was cancelled. Now I live in South Carolina, and if snow of any depth (like maybe 1/4 “ of snow) is forecast, school is closed.

Snow was always a reason to take out a rear-wheel drive car and do donuts in a parking lot.

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RE: March 1944 - 1/5/2017 5:54:59 PM   
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We didn't get any new snow last night, but it did drop down to -39F this morning.

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RE: March 1944 - 1/5/2017 6:06:05 PM   
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Grew up in a small farming town about 20 miles south of Utica, NY. Part of the school district was a small town called Paris on Rte 12 which run north/south in middle of state. The snow drifts in one part required a permanent snow blower higher than a tracker trailer. Some winters the drift was around 30 feet high or worse.

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RE: March 1944 - 1/5/2017 9:07:10 PM   
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How's weather in Kurilis today?

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RE: March 1944 - 1/5/2017 10:58:10 PM   
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The Kuriles has a very balmy 29* with 5/10 clouds. EXCELLENT compared to the Aleutians!

@Nomad: That is mighty cold! Brrr...

I don't think we take it very serious here until we go over 10" of snow. Wind is the key. We are just far enough out on the Front Range to be technically on the edge of the plains. Wind can be VERY bad!

This is Colorado though. We got this storm on Wed--Thurs with bitter cold temps but it will be 50* on Sunday and--get this--60* on Monday. NUTS!




Waiting on my turn from Dan. If I don't see his armada moving this coming turn then I think I will get a seriously free shot at Makassar. The 2nd TK unloaded about 80% of its load in one day and I have ordered it due south ASAP. The rest will be unloaded before it clears the hex. The 19th is halfway through its hex and will enter Makassar's hex in two turns.

I pulled BB Mutsu out of the shipyard at Singapore. Damage is SYS 0, FLOT 10, ENG 12 but I really want those 16" guns. Am now forming two Bombardment TFs: BB Musashi and Mutsu with 6 DD and BC Kongo, 2 CL, and 8 Escorts. He has SS EVERYWHERE trying to catch my shipping around Makassar, Pare Pare, and Watampone. This is providing a great opportunity (as long as I don't get hit) for my ASW IJA Bombers to THUMP some Allied subs! Have a full Sentai at Bima, another at Kolaka, and a third at Kendari. Each of these 27 plane units is flying 60% ASW with a skill of 60+. Should be fun to watch the hits occur. Have a large Daitai (48) of Jills flying out of Bima as well doing the same thing.

Will send the BC against Watampone one more time to keep that AF a mess.

The BB TF will nail Makassar, rearm at Soerabaja, then hit it again (with the BC TF) in conjunction with the assault. Currently have about 100-125 Bombers hitting the base/troops every day. Want disruption as high as possible get win the hex on the FIRST attack. Figure D-Day in about 5 turns--March 23, 1944.



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RE: March 1944 - 1/5/2017 11:29:04 PM   
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March 18, 1944

Thought I would provide a screenshot of the Celebes action.

GROUND
1. We see the 19th ID and 2nd TK moving along the coast towards Makassar.
2. Cutting off retreat from Makassar is an Inf Reg and Brigade.
3. Two Infantry units move to cut the ground between Watampone and Palapo.

I'm making it look like we're moving everywhere when the real target is Makassar.

AIR
The bases are teaming with Fighters and Bombers. Main operation bases are Balikpapan, Kendari, and Soerabaja. Manado is flying sorties against Palapo as well. Pare Pare and Madjene are AF-1 with 40-50 Fighters flying CAP. There is roughly 700 aircraft flying here.

NAVAL
1. Have already detailed the Bombardment TFs.
2. Decoy KB is now 3 CV and 4 CVL with 353 planes. Tomorrow it sails slightly east (not far enough into those darned SS) and will launch its Jills on Ground Attack missions in the afternoon. This is a set-up to show him how much is presently here and give him a moment of 'pause.' Perhaps ALL of John's CV are here? Hmmm...maybe...maybe not...
3. After the attacks the DKB will scoot towards Cocos and hunt a possible convoy spotted by my SS on the edge of the map. Screenshot coming there.





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RE: March 1944 - 1/5/2017 11:33:59 PM   
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Here is the edge of the board with notes.





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RE: March 1944 - 1/5/2017 11:43:01 PM   
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Here is the disaster of Burma.

In yet another example of the computer choosing the exact OPPOSITE direction to retreat, an ID, Inf Corps HQ, and an Art unit are attacked north of Magwe and the way they SHOULD retire to (marked) is not at all where they do in fact retire to. LORDY. What a mess.

Had the 70th ID destroyed last turn and have already bought it out to rebuild.

Two ID remain up there and the chances of getting them out are about 20%.

Lashio fell this turn.

The hex in orange next to Prome is a race currently. Three Artillery units are there and my one intact, full strength ID is moving as fast as possible from Prome to get into the hex before the Allies shock attack acrost the Irrawaddy. Give that about a 1 in 3 chance of working.

As mentioned earlier I continue to freely get the chance to unload in Rangoon's spacious Port. The TF shown there just unloaded, as mentioned earlier, a full strength Brigade and two TK Regiments.





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RE: March 1944 - 1/5/2017 11:43:57 PM   
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Don't know where Dan is. Usually have a turn whenever I want but no luck so far. Am done with Postings for a while.


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RE: March 1944 - 1/6/2017 4:53:46 AM   
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quote:

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This is providing a great opportunity (as long as I don't get hit) for my ASW IJA Bombers to THUMP some Allied subs! Have a full Sentai at Bima, another at Kolaka, and a third at Kendari. Each of these 27 plane units is flying 60% ASW with a skill of 60+. Should be fun to watch the hits occur. Have a large Daitai (48) of Jills flying out of Bima as well doing the same thing.


The sound of music.


My sincere condoleces for the cut off units in north Burma....I'm very sorry.

What are your intentions regarding the Chinese theatre, now that Burma road is open?



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RE: March 1944 - 1/6/2017 1:21:01 PM   
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Quick Post before getting the kids to school.

The DKB makes its presence known flying off a pair of ground attack strikes at Makassar. As seen as it is well and truly SEEN the carriers will scoot away heading for Cocos.






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RE: March 1944 - 1/6/2017 1:24:45 PM   
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Five Allied SS in the Celebes were smacked this last turn. Good start.


It is BITTER cold this morning. The report is we hit -33F just a few minutes ago. YIKES!

The Superintendent of Schools did a robo-call to all parents telling them to make sure their kids are bundled up with caps, gloves, hoods, and long sleeves. Didn't know whether I should be happy with a thoughtful reminder or stupified over the fact they felt like SOME parents are too stupid to actually take care of their kids!


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RE: March 1944 - 1/6/2017 3:32:50 PM   
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Option B. I see parents like that every day There should be a intelligence test before you are allowed to procreate.

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RE: March 1944 - 1/6/2017 4:28:44 PM   
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Option B. I see parents like that every day There should be a intelligence test before you are allowed to procreate.


Many people today would FAIL it!

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RE: March 1944 - 1/6/2017 4:31:59 PM   
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March 20, 1944

The 19th ID arrives at Makassar. The 2nd TK and a Brigade are two days away. Order the 19th to Bombard so we have a clear picture of what's there. Two BBs will hit the base tomorrow.

BC Haruna (I was wrong as to which of my BCs she was) arrives at Bima and will skirt the Allied SS by going to Kolaka. She will then bombard the following day.

I think the 25th for D-Day looks pretty firm. The only issue might be timing the assault with the bombardment TFs.

The DKB makes good its exit and will arrive at Cocos tomorrow.


He is definitely gathering his shipping at Horn and Normanton. Still have plenty of time but am very watchful of his moves.

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RE: March 1944 - 1/6/2017 6:01:53 PM   
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Meanwhile, they are already freaking out over "MAYBE" up to 1 inch of snow tonight here in NE Tennessee. The county schools will be closed tomorrow due it being more up on the mountain roads. It has given me a chuckle or two since I moved 'south' in '92.

Signed,
former upstate NYer and native Vermonter


Have you ever seen southerners drive in the snow? You wouldn't want your kids out on those roads!

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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 2:21:27 AM   
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Michael provides me all sorts of 'colorful' descriptions regarding the driving he sees at home.


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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 1:24:13 PM   
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I haved lived in Northern Ill, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Colorado and Ohio. Areas that get a lot of snow days have better drivers than areas that get fewer and the amount of ice makes a difference. I never had a problem in Wisconsin or Illinois, generally just packed snow. Ky and Southern Ohio when there was a film of ice was sometimes a problem, not much you can do when going up a hill and having to stop and then you just slide backwards down the hill into a ditch.
The worst storm was in Colorado, the only true blizzard I have ever experienced, they sent us out to rescue people on I-25, most of the ground was bare, but wherever there was an obstacle, like a car, there would be a snow mound, it literally took about 10 minutes to bury a car. We pulled around 100 people out, only 2 dead. If you are stuck in snow deep enough to bury your exhaust pipe, get out and clear it periodically; you can die from CO poisoning

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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 2:24:15 PM   
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Dan seems to have gone dark so he may be having some weather issues or maybe he just wondered off into the woods again

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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 3:16:32 PM   
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Hi John, glad to see you're still battling! I have to admit I thought your desire was waning.

What does your kamikaze training situation look like and hopefully you're building the planes that give you the best bang for the buck while doing the deed.

Best of luck and health!

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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 4:04:28 PM   
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Hi John, glad to see you're still battling! I have to admit I thought your desire was waning.

What does your kamikaze training situation look like and hopefully you're building the planes that give you the best bang for the buck while doing the deed.

Best of luck and health!


Good to hear from you Sir.

I was mentally exhausted when I cut back on the number of games I was playing. Even once I was down to just Dan's game that feeling persisted. Burn out was quite real. Am sure everyone has experienced it periodically. I've had matches running constantly for ten years and simply needed a break. Couple of months took care of that and we're doing OK presently. As said before, the biggest regret is half-assing those months away in early 1943 with attention divided between separate matches.

Hope you are well. Have you been doing any of that FANTASTIC artwork?

EDIT: Just realized that I did not answer any of your actual questions!

I have SOOOOOOOOOO many planes training in Japan right now. There must be 3,000+ aircraft in the Home Islands presently. Ran some of the numbers by Michael yesterday--CRAZY. Everyone is training!

SIDE NOTE: Just got MISS PEGGY (with Torp) this day--March 21, 1944. Will commence immediate traing as I change out the Helen's for this marvelous aircraft.



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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 4:14:08 PM   
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March 21, 1944

Major development has the troops moving out of Makassar. This upsets the whole applecart. My troops moving to cutoff his retreat are still 4 days (hence the March 25th D-Day) out. He will get out prior to that. CRAP!

OK. Time to amend the plan.

The 19th bombards the base and finds a very weak (less then 100 AV) 1st Aust ID, 1st Aust Corps, 1st USMC TK Bn (also beat-up), and the 9th RAAF M/W Sqn Eng Bn. The BBs hit the base and troops nicely doing over 500 Casualties and starting numerous fires.

His troops are SOOOOOOO weak. Order the 19th to Shock Attack tomorrow. The BBs will hit again and I order ALL Theatre air to hit the troops. This should be over 250 bombers. Place over 150 Fighters on LRCAP over Makassar. We'll force the retreat and open the Base for Japan.


Continuing the watch his shipping and see no movement towards anything. GREAT!

A Brigade arrives at Watampone and the hex north of it. Order a bombardment of Watampone to get an idea of what--exactly--is present.

Assuming we take Makassar next turn we'll then pursue into corner hex and drive him to Watampone. If no movement by Dan then we'll force the surrender there. Once again, if there is movement and/or imminent danger then we lift off the 2nd TK and 19th ID.




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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 4:15:56 PM   
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I had nine separate hits scored of Allied SS this turn and got the hear the pleasant sounds of two SS sinking. NICE!

DKB arrives at Cocos. Will refuel then head out for hunting.

Looks like I might stabilize the Burma line. Should know tomorrow.

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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 4:30:48 PM   
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Amen to the burnout! Even us inferior newbies get it too! <grin>

I actually took the game off my hard drive when I moved and between my video card going bad and some health issues over the last six months, I literally made the New Years resolution to dive back in to this awesome game. So far I've agreed to start two games against previous opponents.

Glad to see you are still working so hard on improving WitP-AE(and your mods), Your entertaining and informative threads are a wealth of information on tactics and strategy. and how is the caboose project going?

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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 5:29:41 PM   
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Hey Sir. UP 25251 is doing quite well. She is probably 80-85% rebuilt and looks great. We actually have to do some painting this coming summer. First routine maintenance we have had to do since we started with her. To go with 25251 we bought a 1951 Chevy Five-Window pick-up. She has been affectionately named 'Clara' and we'll begin work on her in the spring.

Boy---I understand about the health issues. Glad you are back and Posting.


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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 5:31:06 PM   
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As I've been hitting these units and watching the troops attack in Burma it really becomes apparent that Dan has a crap ton of American troops somewhere. Through the DEI campaign I have seen the 1st-2nd--3rd Marine Divisions and only one Army ID. Wager that this is the force that will get thrown into the fray next...


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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 5:54:49 PM   
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Where are they OR where have they been recently??

Americans: (divisions only)
1 Marine...2 Marine...3 Marine...4 Marine...5 Marine...6 Marine (two regiments coming in soon)
41...32...Americal...25...27...40...24...37...7...1 Cav...33...6...38...39
In next month or two - 31...77...98 (restricted and will need PP)

Over 20 American divisions!! It will just be shipping that limits Dan. Make a list and keep track of them.

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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 6:44:19 PM   
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REED ALERT!

The enemy is spotted. He is a LOOOOOONG ways from anything important.





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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 6:46:40 PM   
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March 22, 1944

Score one for the GOOD GUYS! Makassar falls to a 6-1 assault. I let out a war hoop when ALL four Allied units surrender.

BANZAI!

Losses are nearly 8,000 troops (780+ Squads) to just 500 Japanese.

BANZAI!!!

More when I get home. Does anyone know the way to Watampone?






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