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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 7:22:27 PM   
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Since they are headed NW and if that is a true course it seems your happy time in DEI is over.

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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 7:55:37 PM   
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Can't you leave just one or 2 battalions of the tank div to support?
accordingly with the Inf Div, one rgt reinforced isn't enough?

Whre were thhe 2 units destined to garrison-guard?

What shall happen if he lands in Phillipines or Palau or MArianas?

I mean: do we have some reaction plan and the proper means allocated (we know you are VERY good. I trust you)?



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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 11:01:07 PM   
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It LOOKS like we have temporarily got things contained in Burma. Maybe...





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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 11:13:49 PM   
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The 1.0x10^6 moves a grand total of THREE hexes. LOVE IT! (93,135 to 93,138)

Got lots of time presently.

Totals from the Victory at Makassar: Japan 725 Cas for Allied 7,321 Cas (781 Squads), 127 Guns, and 47 Vehicles. Scratched off the board are: 1st Aussie ID, 1st Aust Corps, 1st USMC TK Bn, and the 9th RAAF M/W Sqn Eng Bn. The VP total jumps a little over 750 VP into Japan's column. Not too bad.







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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 11:20:31 PM   
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Watampone is now the total focus of the Japanese here. BC Haruna hits Watampone with the last of her Ammo and will return to Bima. During the day the troops and base are hit by 75 Fighters and 171 Bombers. Most of the Bombers concentrate on the beat-up Aussie ID. AF is now 100% damaged and Port is over 80%.


I have two AKE now at Bima that should be able to replenish Haruna's ammo. The two BBs will join her in three days and then the trio will SMACK Watampone in conjunction with an all out assault on the base. I have a Brigade present in the hex. 2nd TK will arrive tomorrow along with two more Brigades. The 19th ID is high-tailing it up from Makassar and made a good 20 miles today.

A Convoy of nearly 65 AK/AKL/AP departs Balikpapan with 35,000 supply (headed to Makassar) and is the EVAC force when the time comes for us to BUG OUT of this area!

Unlike Makassar, I shall have Forts to deal with. Dan raised the AF from 0--3 pretty fast. I am going to HOPE that he only had the engineers building the AFs and not Forts. I know that there has been no construction added for the last 14-18 days since I started working on attacking the base.

Here is a screenshot of the opposition:





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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 11:21:07 PM   
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Open for thoughts gents!



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RE: March 1944 - 1/7/2017 11:23:01 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: adarbrauner

Can't you leave just one or 2 battalions of the tank div to support?
accordingly with the Inf Div, one rgt reinforced isn't enough?

Whre were thhe 2 units destined to garrison-guard?

What shall happen if he lands in Phillipines or Palau or MArianas?

I mean: do we have some reaction plan and the proper means allocated (we know you are VERY good. I trust you)?




Remember that ID and Brigade I pulled out of the Aleutians a couple of weeks ago? They will arrive at Manila in 3-4 days.

Palau and Peleliu are at the limits for garrison. Ditto for the Marianas. We'll see what happens...


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RE: March 1944 - 1/8/2017 2:19:22 PM   
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It does not make any sense to me but Dan's primary force moves just TWO hexes. I am sure he has a 'grand plan' but I could care less about it. This slow movement is opening the door to the chance for another ground victory in the Celebes.

Watampone is hit by just 103 bombers. The AF/Pt are both 100% damaged. The small Brigade that has been in the hex for 3 days is joined by the 2nd TK. Dan doesn't bombard--supply issues?--so he doesn't know. A full strength Brigade arrives tomorrow. We'll launch the first Deliberate Attack then. The 19th ID is probably 3-4 days away.

In the continuing effort to pull troops back, I finish loading at Tagula (SNLF Assault Brigade and 2 Base Force), Load a Naval HQ at Truk, start loading an Inf Reg and two BF at Darwin, and begin loading a Brigade at Ternate. No attempts at resistance so far...

Here is the night screenshot of one of my SS being attacked by parts of Dan's Fleet. The TFs moving up from Normanton are headed for Horn. There are maybe 10 TF already at Horn and the 1.0x10^6 is at hex 93,133.






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RE: March 1944 - 1/8/2017 3:34:05 PM   
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Gooooo---oood news from Makassar Commander.

Well done!

I wonder if so much force in Celebes is needed at this point...but I said it before already.

Whatever shall happen, those crunched units shall not come back any more (for a long long time). Much not realistic for any Allied Commander.

Banzaaaai!



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RE: March 1944 - 1/8/2017 3:46:08 PM   
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The fact he's movin soooo slowly, it signals me that he's moving something big from a totally different direction, whose end most probably is to be close to the Main Carreir Fleets, obviously, and that now he's employing deception AS ALWAYS.

My reasoning is, since he's so interested to keep you where you are and giving you time, where the H is he going to strike. Reasonably, the target should be not far from Celebes...if not that he accepted your DecoyKB as the real one.

My spider senses say: Phillippines, Borneo, Marianas (or further deeper for the latter), in the order. Some advance in the far North, enjoying of the free hand acquired southern more, isn't ruled out at all.

I concede but that three objctives are too much, actually even two is a great risk for him, therefore I am in a rebus. If you detect any amph coming from Western Australia, so Java-Sumatra become no 1 target

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RE: March 1944 - 1/8/2017 7:06:47 PM   
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I have the Decoy KB on the prowl. If he came at java or Sumatra the carriers could actually attack from behind. THAT would be a surprise!

The true Kido Butai guards the North for the time being.

This leaves the Philippines as the only truly open target...

(With that in mind THAT is where he'll certainly go. RIGHT??!!


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RE: March 1944 - 1/8/2017 7:07:47 PM   
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Gooooo---oood news from Makassar Commander.

Well done!

I wonder if so much force in Celebes is needed at this point...but I said it before already.

Whatever shall happen, those crunched units shall not come back any more (for a long long time). Much not realistic for any Allied Commander.

Banzaaaai!





Keep in mind that THAT force in the Celebes should be freed up within a week and transports are waiting. We'll be able to move pretty fast once we've got Watampone.


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RE: March 1944 - 1/8/2017 8:15:21 PM   
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Every where his next offensive shall be , it must be reasonably close to main Carrier Fleet. Unless a big surprise by his side. I don't know. Games are open.

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RE: March 1944 - 1/9/2017 4:09:30 AM   
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Only got in the one turn today. My church is building a shooting range at our Pastor's farm. After a lunch pot luck at the church, I used my 'special' relationship with Union Pacific to gain access to the railyard today to get old RR ties. We pulled about 100 ties (took 3 hours) then hauled them to the farm and unloaded them (1.5 hours). We got home at 8pm and I plan to pour myself into bed knowing that I might need TRACTION in the morning to even be able to get up...

Got two bruised shins and a sunburn for the potential reward of a private shooting range. Think I'll take the short term pain for some long term FUN!


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RE: March 1944 - 1/9/2017 5:30:28 AM   
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What shall you shoot with?

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RE: March 1944 - 1/9/2017 3:21:33 PM   
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We have a small armory here...

My son just entered into the 4-H Shotgun program. So that will be his direction for rest of the year.


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RE: March 1944 - 1/9/2017 3:27:13 PM   
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My Father raised me to enjoy shooting and then I worked four summers running a Boy Scout Rifle/Shotgun Range. Lost a good part of my high-range hearing due to those years (they didn't require hearing protection BACK THEN!). Have always loved shooting and have taught both my sons to do that. Consider it time well spent!



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RE: March 1944 - 1/9/2017 5:38:31 PM   
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I took up target shooting a couple of years ago when I retired. It is a lot of fun. At what distances are you setting up your range?

By the way, I seem to remember in one of CR's prior AARs that he used a bunch of slow moving TFs as a decoy to draw attention away from his real invasion armada. I wonder if he is pulling the same trick here.

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RE: March 1944 - 1/9/2017 5:56:41 PM   
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I think we will be setting up at only about 50 Yards. We have somewhat limited area for the range itself. No houses for about two miles so that helps a bunch. I enjoy the mental discipline of it.



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RE: March 1944 - 1/9/2017 5:58:35 PM   
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I am hanging onto my Burma Line by my fingernails. It really helps when you have 600+ 2EB and 4EB hitting the troops everyday. Result is a 1-2 at Forts 3, Jpn 826 Cas, and Allied 724.

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RE: March 1944 - 1/9/2017 6:07:28 PM   
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The Invasion Armada continues to gather. Everything is moving to Horn Isle or the 1.0x10^6 location.





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RE: March 1944 - 1/9/2017 6:08:27 PM   
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I took up target shooting a couple of years ago when I retired. It is a lot of fun. At what distances are you setting up your range?

By the way, I seem to remember in one of CR's prior AARs that he used a bunch of slow moving TFs as a decoy to draw attention away from his real invasion armada. I wonder if he is pulling the same trick here.


It is possible. The force gathering here is making to previous one a month ago look TINY. There is no way to stop it. That is the simple truth...


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RE: March 1944 - 1/9/2017 6:28:45 PM   
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I am hanging onto my Burma Line by my fingernails. It really helps when you have 600+ 2EB and 4EB hitting the troops everyday. Result is a 1-2 at Forts 3, Jpn 826 Cas, and Allied 724.



Surprised he hasn't surreptitiously tried to fly in base forces for fighter support to those 3 central burma airfields he's recently captured. A fighter base in this area would be a further PITA for your fighter coverage in the area.

Any thoughts on interdiction of some of these strikes with IJ LRCAP?

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RE: March 1944 - 1/9/2017 6:51:32 PM   
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Those bases were crushed by Allied air. It will take them a while. I wager that there are a bunch of C-47 transports flying in BF and supply.

I've got 5 Sentai of Franks about to rotate in and try to do a bit of smacking. He is crushing the AFs at Prome, Rangoon, Moulmein. My LRCAP will have to fly from Caing Mai and elsewhere but we shall give it a try.

TROUBLE: The Chinese suddenly appear all along the Indochina Border. As per discussions with Adar, I have troops en route but will need 4-6 days for them to arrive and be useful.


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RE: March 1944 - 1/9/2017 8:48:33 PM   
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Will you remind me again about your HRs on moving restricted troops across national borders?

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RE: March 1944 - 1/9/2017 9:27:35 PM   
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Yes John 3D... and my opinion, as one who sees things from outside with the advantage maybe of greater relax and objectivness, is that if you don't come up with serious offensive in China (and supportive aggressivness in Burma) to TRY at least to contest Burma access to Allies from China, this my have macro negative consequences on your war in future months.

But you showed to be full of resources more than once, so let's see...


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RE: March 1944 - 1/9/2017 11:03:38 PM   
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I am getting a little tired of being the Little Dutch Boy sticking his fingers in new holes on the dikes! NOT GOOD!

Great Note Chickenboy: You have to pay for moving troops.

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RE: March 1944 - 1/9/2017 11:04:56 PM   
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Here are the original House Rules. We've modified the 4EB section:

RA 5.0
House Rules

1. 1st turn can have multiple port attacks, but ONLY from carriers. Manila and Singapore may have Fighters up and on CAP. Allies cannot transfer new Squadrons reflecting prior knowledge.

2. PPs to move out of national borders (Japan - Manchuria, Thai) and (Allies - India, China)

3. No strategic bombing (Oil, Resources, HI, LI, etc.) on EITHER side until January 1, 1944.

4. Non-historic 1st turn, normal reinforcements, PDUs ON, orders for TF formed already OK, no transfers

5. Aircraft Limitations (reflecting the Mod):
-No A6M3 on CVEs
-No A6M4 on any form of Carrier
-A7M Sam and B7A-D Grace cannot be operated from CVEs

6. Four-Engine Bombers:
a. 4E bombers restricted to 10k or higher for naval and ground attacks (does not include PBY/Mavis type patrol craft)
b. 4E bombers CANNOT bomb troops


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RE: March 1944 - 1/10/2017 12:32:17 AM   
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2. PPs to move out of national borders (Japan - Manchuria, Thai) and (Allies - India, China)


So...all of those Indian Divisions raising Caine in Burma are 100.0% bought out? Okey dokey. Lots of PPs.

The 254th Armored Bgd-Can some AFB cite the organic HQ for that too por favor?

ETA: Forgot sig figs on the percentage.

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RE: March 1944 - 1/10/2017 1:30:28 AM   
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I will hazard a guess and say he will be attacking Northern PI and Formosa, thereby cutting your empire away from it's oil/fuel and like the Mississippi campaign during the Civil War, tearing you in two.

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