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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/6/2013 2:37:54 PM   
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There goes "knee-jerk" John - sounds like he still expects you to "dance to his tune" though you've done no such thing for quite a while now. Maybe he's expecting a major push in Burma or perhaps Australia?

If he's worried about "up north" too, then his attention is everywhere & nowhere at the same time.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/6/2013 2:43:43 PM   
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At this point, the best thing I can hope for is that John's spidey senses are tingling over the Bay of Bengal and/or the Aleutians. That's been the plan since I stood down from the Aleutians operation several weeks ago. Unfortunately, its unlikely that John will continue to focus at these two points long enough to permit me to waltz where I wish to waltz unmolested. I'll try to keep him intrigued in both regions, but I have a sneaky suspicion that my operation is one of those things that gets pulled together just in time to get lots of SigInt of troops inbound to my targets and the airfields at targeted bases suddenly increasing in size. But I don't mean that in a disparing way - if I don't do anything else in 1942, the current massive operations in Burma and on the Bay of Bengal rim are critical to my longterm plans.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/6/2013 5:57:14 PM   
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Bay of Bengal: Tojo sweep over Ramree downs nine P-39s, but no IJ bombing attacks. Ramree field to 5.11.

Burma: Small Allied attack vs. tank division fails, but the Japanese take more casualties. More of the Brits to try tomorrow. Big enemy sweeps over Imphal down something like nine Hurricanes.

Pacific: Nice and quiet.

My Best Guess: I don't know what John is thinking. I don't think John knows what I am thinking. So we're kinda floundering. My best guess is that he thinks I'm trying to draw the KB to the Bay of Bengal (true!), so he's stubbornly refusing to take the bait because he thinks the Aleutians are the real target (if so, good guessing on his part). If I'm right, and Lord knows I might not be, then it should be easy to "feed his concerns" about NoPac, but it is incumbent that I move before winter weather sets in. That was what prompted me to finally stand down NoPac a few weeks ago. I've got time to get me assets in place and move, the sooner the better. Meanwhile, the Bay of Bengal should continue to bubble and boil, which suits me as long as I'm fighting on the high ground like Longstreet wanted to do.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/6/2013 6:11:50 PM   
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Ramree Island - What about building up the port?? You will need it to unload troops now and lots of supplies later. With Allied engineers, it doesn't take long to get even a 0(0) port to 3(0).

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/6/2013 7:46:25 PM   
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Ramree Island: Quiet day with a few P-39s downed by Tojos and airfield up to 5.20. SigInt in recent days that both 25th and 14th Army HQs are prepping for this post. (Question: Can John get double-the-effect by using HQ, or is this a one-time thing?). I don't need to build the port right now - I have the capability of bringing in enough supply for what I need and reinforcements in an emergency. Right now, building the airfield is job one. If I get it up to seven (or eight), I'll then resume fort building (currently at three). Someday I may want to use Ramree as a port of entry for troops and supplies, at which time I'll want the port built, but right now it's main purpose is to serve as a defensive bulwark and attractor. Plus, John has the hex across the waterway blocked with a division, so I couldn't move stuff out even if I wanted to.

Burma: The Brits maul 2nd IJA Tank Division pretty badly near Magwe (combat report excerpt pasted below). The Japanese lose 100+ vehicles, 30 artillery pieces, and a fair number of support and combat troops. This is the kind of attrition needed to keep the pressure up here. You'll recall that 48th IJA Div. was badly messed up a couple of weeks ago. 41st USA Div. finally reached the front-line jungle hex. It's going to move out in the open to join the Brits.

Ground combat at 57,46 (near Magwe)

Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 13947 troops, 264 guns, 146 vehicles, Assault Value = 495
Defending force 5300 troops, 122 guns, 516 vehicles, Assault Value = 155
Allied adjusted assault: 236
Japanese adjusted defense: 41
Allied assault odds: 5 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
655 casualties reported
Squads: 30 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 30 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 32 (32 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 131 (106 destroyed, 25 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Allied ground losses:
125 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
14th British Brigade
22nd (East African) Brigade
5th British Brigade
23rd British Brigade

Defending units:
2nd Tank Division

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/6/2013 10:15:13 PM   
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The situation in Burma. To this point, John has spread out his divisions in an effort to block the way. This is understandable and it might be effective, but he's also committed two (48th and 2nd Tank) to combat that resulted in big losses for both. As bigger Allied units (41st US, 6th and 7th Oz) begin to emerge from the jungles, the Allies hope to pierce the Japanese MLR and/or maul more enemy units.




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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/6/2013 10:35:11 PM   
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You're not needlessly exposing your troops to aerial bombing, are you? Do you think you can keep them covered or better yet, get to the next set of jungle hexes fast enough?

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/6/2013 10:45:07 PM   
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They're definitely exposed to bombing (as are John's troops). Thus far, John hasn't tried any bombing missions. I probably can't effectively stop him if he does, but the whole point is to present a problem so complex that it makes John's job very difficult. If he diverts bombers to hit ground troops, Ramree, Akyab, and Imphal are unmolested for ships and base building. If he bombs Ramree or any other target, the ground troops are unmolested. There are concentrations of troops in many places. Ships in big numbers in forward points. Airfields with high numbers of fighters at forward points. I don't think John can handle this without an all-out commitment, and I think that is exactly what a player of his disposition is likely to do.

All of this has a three-fold purpose: (1) the Allies intend to ultimately win the campaign in Burma, whether John vigorously contests or not; (2) this is meant to be an effective attritional-campaign; and (3) draw the maximum amount of attention to Burma, even if it means taking hard shots for quite some time into the future.

I'm trying to get a second front established in a location that will require John to commit to another air war. If I can do that, he's going to be pressed pretty hard. So there's a hint - where on the map can the Allies move that would prompt a second air war?


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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/6/2013 11:00:14 PM   
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Ugh, that is a nightmare for Japan at this stage. If he doesn't start preparing positions south of the Central Plains he could be facing a rout. I know you don't want to lose the airframes, but defending your troops in the open from Japanese bombing attacks should be a win/win for you. As you mentioned, targets like Akyab and Ramree are left alone while any aircraft you lose are over your own lines so the pilots most likely live to fight another day.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/6/2013 11:12:39 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

I'm trying to get a second front established in a location that will require John to commit to another air war. If I can do that, he's going to be pressed pretty hard. So there's a hint - where on the map can the Allies move that would prompt a second air war?

Considering the long travel time from Pearl (20-30 days for invasion TF), that can only be somewhere deep in the South Pacific.

New Hebrides, or something in that area area. Gives you a clear line of large numbers of dot bases for an island hopping campaign that he has to oppose, requiring significant air effort to stop.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/6/2013 11:18:13 PM   
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...I know you don't want to lose the airframes, but defending your troops in the open from Japanese bombing attacks should be a win/win for you. As you mentioned, targets like Akyab and Ramree are left alone while any aircraft you lose are over your own lines so the pilots most likely live to fight another day.


Right now I have the luxury of John coming to me - he's in a position where he has too, but that's reinforced by his aggressive disposition. As long as I'm able to fight over my own airfields, I'll be content to do so. If the situation changes, I may have to fight further forward, but for now Longstreet has the high ground and is waiting for Sheridan (not the less aggressive Meade or McClellan) to attack.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/6/2013 11:25:42 PM   
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Actually, it seems a bit more like Longstreet waiting for "Hood" to attack.....I give Sheridan more credit for avoiding obvious "traps" or attacks that never should be launched in the first place.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/6/2013 11:34:47 PM   
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I can't tell yet for certain. I stubbornly clung to the high ground instead of boldly going forward. Smart or too conservative? Only time will tell, although I think solid arguments can be made for both.

John reacted belatedly to the Allied position. I think he's also spread out a little bit too much. Yet he has thrown in quite a few divisions and put up an MLR that may give me trouble. Has he done well or has he grievously miscalculated? The jury is still out on that question.

I'm still feeling my way through this campaign. I am optimistic about Burma in and of itself, but especially so when appropriately measured as part of the entire Bay of Bengal theater and the desire to draw John's full attention even if I take quite a few lumps in doing so.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/6/2013 11:51:50 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

I'm trying to get a second front established in a location that will require John to commit to another air war. If I can do that, he's going to be pressed pretty hard. So there's a hint - where on the map can the Allies move that would prompt a second air war?



Ndeni gets my vote! You have used the Solomons to gut the IJN and IJA air forces before.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/7/2013 2:07:48 PM   
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Bay of Bengal: No sign of enemy carriers or combat ships. Akyab airfield goes to level six.

Ramree Island: Helen raids target 147th US RCT. This is interesting because it shows a marked interest in the ground units at Ramree. John's clearly coming or he would instead be targeting the airfield (which goes to 5.24 on the day). This analysis is consistent with today's SigInt that 10th Div. is prepping for Ramree and recent SigInt that 25th HQ and 14th HQ are too (anybody know if doubling the number of HQ doubles the HQ bonus?). I covet a fight for Ramree - drawing in big enemy units and tying them down in remote terrain with good defensive bonus - as long as I don't under-defend the base. A strong Punjab brigade will move here from Diego Garcia (leaving that island protected by 18th UK Div.). An Indian brigade will report to Chittagong from Bombay. And I'll keep the PP on hand to buy out an Indian division at Akyab if necessary. All those units are prepping for Ramree. The Indian Div. can be moved foward via fast transport if I begin to develop a case of the willies.

Burma: Marauders from Cox's Bazaar rough up an IJA regiment in the open. John will probably return the favor, though today most of his Tojos sweep at Imphal (no Allied CAP present) with some at Ramree.

NoPac: Moving additional units and ships from Seattle up to Alaska, including an AKE and an AD to Kodiak. Fast transport to carry part of a SeaBee unit to a dot hex west of Kodiak tonight. Japanese patrols caught wind of this TF yesterday, which is what I want, though I'm trying not to be too obvious.

CenPac: The two American carriers will be ready in 12 days. The long string of TFs that have departed Pearl and LA make a truly impressive chain of shipping. Both ports have been stripped of non-restricted units.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/7/2013 2:13:58 PM   
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quote:

This analysis is consistent with today's SigInt that 10th Div. is prepping for Ramree and recent SigInt that 25th HQ and 14th HQ are too (anybody know if doubling the number of HQ doubles the HQ bonus?).


No! What will happen is the AI will check both HQ to see if they pass the dice roll. What John did was prep both hoping for the best. If he gets one to pass, it will give him the 10% bonus. In RA, there is more than the 2 mobile Command HQs so he would be wise to have one at Rangoon prepping for this base.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/7/2013 2:16:45 PM   
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Michael, you'll be glad to know I have two Allied command HQs prepping for two targets in my upcoming and very exciting amphibious operations which I am adroitly keeping secret for the time being....

P.S. At Ramree, I have an Indian HQ about 50% prepped for that base.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/7/2013 3:33:47 PM   
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Bay of Bengal: No sign of enemy shipping.

Ramree Island: Uh oh. Big escorted Helen raid pretty much shuts down this field (50% service damage, 96% runway). I don't think I can efficiently base fighters there due to this damage, so I'll try to orchestrate some big LRCAP from Akyab (with Akyab, in turn, receiving help from Cox's Bazaar).

Burma: Another week before the Americans begin to lend a hand with the campaign in the open country.

NoPac: A fair bit of 11th SeaBees comes ashore at the dot hex near Kodiak. The vehicles are aboard an AK a few days out.

CenPac: Some of the advance troop transports replenish after rendezvouing with pre-positioned AOs. Still absolutely no indication of enemy interest in the region I'm heading. By the way, there is a secondary objective just in case the first gets scrubbed for some reason. Hornet and Wasp are at sea well out of Pearl. The other four CVs should get underway in about 10 days.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/7/2013 4:02:31 PM   
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Michael, you'll be glad to know I have two Allied command HQs prepping for two targets in my upcoming and very exciting amphibious operations which I am adroitly keeping secret for the time being....


As we both know, the Americans are short of Corp HQ throughout '42 and it doesn't get better until sometime in '43. So, without a Corp HQ prepping for those two targets, the Command HQs will act like a Corp HQ. "IF" you are attacked a defended base, I would suggest prepping an Aussie Corp HQ if you want to get the Command HQ bonus of 90% (if both HQs pass the dice roll).

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/7/2013 7:55:54 PM   
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I'm interested in seeing how the next turn goes at Ramree. John will likely bring everything he has including 50 to 100 Tojos. The aifield is 96% damaged. I put NZ Kittyhawks and RN Sea Hurricanes there, but the bulk of the CAP will come from Akyab. More than likely things won't go well for the Allies, but this will be a key test. I'll make him work hard to keep Ramree closed in hopes that it allow the ground troops to continue unmolested (or mostly so).

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/7/2013 8:37:51 PM   
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Operations at airfields are stopped after runway damage of {20 + (5 * size) percent} for everything except CAP, and {50 + (5 * size) percent} for CAP. At 96% it sounds like no CAP will fly from Ramree.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/8/2013 4:11:24 PM   
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Bay of Bengal: No menacing reports of enemy carriers or combat ships.

Ramree Island: Massed sweeps by 100+ Tojos and raids by 100+ bombers. Modest losses to both sides, with the Allies on the short end of a 2:1 ratio. The airfield is shut down good now. For the foreseable future, Ramree me become a defensive bulwark standing against enemy land, sea and air attacks. The proximity of Akyab - and the ability to feed in reinforcements by fast transport if necessary - may be key if John really goes "all in." Not sure he'll be able to do that - events in Burma may influence Ramree's fate.

Burma: The Brit army (three UK and one East African brigade) have been joined by an enemy unit - I think a regiment. The Allies will attack tomorrow. To the northeast, near Magwe, an odd thing happened. An Aussie brigade that for weeks was moving one hex due west finally reach the point of leaving its home hex....and instead of going west, somehow leaped through time and distance to arrive one hex southeast! Thus, instead of being mired in the jungle, it's now in the open terrain facing an enemy unit (I think tanks). So the Aussies will attack tomorrow. I'm sending in Marauders and some LRCAP. In coming days, the American division will also move into the open, so the stakes should rise considerably in Burma.

NoPac Lots of Allied shipping in the Gulf of Alaska. I'm not sure John notices, but here's hoping.

Pacific: The titanic movement of ships and men continues. Absolutely no indication (yet) of major enemy attention to the targeted region. As the Allied airfields closest to the targets approach the next level, I'm standing them down as I don't want building to trigger John's spidey senses. So, at about the same time the invasions take place, a bunch of Allied airfields and ports will suddenly increase by one level.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/8/2013 5:03:35 PM   
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Concerning the Aussies, apparently there is such a thing as a Tesseract.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/9/2013 9:20:51 AM   
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9/5/42

Perhaps one of the most important days of the war thus far. While there are some interesting battlefield developments, though, the importance lies in a couple of minor encounters....

John's Spidey Senses: As you will recall, John has recently commented several times that his "spidey senses are tingling." I've been pretty sure, but not positive, he felt like something was up either in the Aleutians or Bay of Bengal or perhaps both. I've been wanting to tweak John's awareness in these areas, plus western Oz, and I think today went about as well as possible.

John's Email Today: "Interesting turn. VERY interesting..." When I received this message, I thought, "Uh oh, something big and bad has happened somewhere - perhaps some raiders stumbled across my line of amphibious TFs moving across the Pacific." Then I wondered if it might have been an encounter with my "feint picket DDs" way up near the Aleutians. Indeed, the latter proved true with some bonus material thrown in.

Phantom Encounter in NoPac: An Allied TF encountered an IJ TF somewhere in NoPac. The encounter yielded no intelligence for either side - both sides avoided contact without disclosing the identity of the foe. The contact led to this report: "Task Force 299 encounters enemy Task Force at 163 , 68." TF 299 is a "feint picket" DD I have on patrol south of the Aluetians. The DD probably came across an enemy picket ship (like an xAKL) that fled. This was the primary "Very Interesting" (to John) encounter in NoPac, but there were two susidiary events - a Lightning recon squadron began work over Akutan today, and an enemy Glen nosed around Prince Rupert.

Meaning: If John's "spidey senses" comments were about NoPac, and I think they were, he just got some very subtle tweaks. (If I were ready to move in the Pacific in the next week, it would be even better, but it's still going to be about four weeks before my operation unfolds.)

Phantom Encounter Western Oz: A second fortuitous encouter perhaps 15 hexes off Oz's SW Cape, where some kind of IJ patrol aircraft reported Allied shipping. The location would be optimal to trigger any concerns John might have about an Allied move on the Exmouth/Port Headland area and perhaps even Cocos Island. The hex is so far from his nearest bsse that I'm pretty sure the sighting was by a Glen or possibly carrier aircraft. (Each of the two Allied TFs consist of an ACM and xAK heading eventually to Chittagong and Akyab - the xAKs are along to provide fuel.) In addition, John reconned Perth for the first time in awhile and found a sizeable "fake amphibious TF" posted there. Meaning: This probably isn't enough to convince John that a major Allied move is in the offing here, but it should be enough to prompt some thought and investigation. He might even conclude that this is a feint while the real move is in the Aleutians.

Bay of Bengal: Enemy minelaying subs have been active recently. One laid mines at Chittagong a few days back (an AMc is working on that). Another one (or possibly two) came in to Akyab today. One sub hit a mine. That sub or another then fired some shots at an RN BB but took in response heavy hits from gunnery. I think at least one of the subs went under. Big enemy air raids again targeted Ramree without opposition.

Burma: Marauders accompanied by escorts and preceded by sizeable sweeps targeted the enemy tank unit adjacent to Magwe. This was the first Allied sweep mission and came off pretty well - both sides losing roughly 25 fighters. The Marauders did pretty good work. The Australian division then crushed the tank unit. Further south, the four UK brigades mauled 143rd Regiment, destroying 100+ squads. The Allies didn't lose any. It's still very early in Burma - where the sitaution is uncertain and fluid - but the campaign has resulted in at least four enemy units getting trashed: 48th Div., 2nd Tank Div.., 8th Tank Regiment, and 143rd Infantry Regiment. A few Allied units have been badly mistreated: Gloucester Battalion, a Punjab battalion, and BFF Brigade. The most serious loss for the Allies was Eastern Army HQ, which lost about 50 of its 250 support.

Pacific: Quiet in all the right places - the Allied shipping continues to move unmolested and apparently undetected. No signs of unusual enemy activity, SigInt, or base building in the targeted region.

Political Points: The Allies have 1750 in the bank. The priority is to have enough to buy an Indian division to insert at Ramree if the need should arise. The next priority is to buy some reserve divisions that will target my secondary objectives in the Pacific just after the main show opens. I need a total of about 3000 AV to cover these two contingencies, so it appears these can be achieved on schedule.

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/9/2013 6:38:32 PM   
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Okay, I've sent the turn back to John. I wanted to strike the right tone - like I am worried about his "very interesting" comment. That I feel compelled to try and find out what he's referring to while seeming not to be worried."

So, in the transmittal email, I wrote: "What's interesting?"

John will reply without specifics, but he might reveal a little more, even if unintentionally. Every fiber of my being tells me he's focused on NoPac.

Meanwhile, a chain of 32 TFs - many of them very large - is on the seas between Pearl Harbor and....somewhere. A 33rd - the USN CVs - will deparat in nine days. And BBs Washington, South Dakota and North Carolina are already enroute.




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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/9/2013 7:15:03 PM   
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Won't John be shocked when you sail right into Tokyo Bay!!!!



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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/9/2013 7:52:51 PM   
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9/4/42

Bay of Bengal: No menacing reports of enemy carriers or combat ships.

Ramree Island: Massed sweeps by 100+ Tojos and raids by 100+ bombers. Modest losses to both sides, with the Allies on the short end of a 2:1 ratio. The airfield is shut down good now. For the foreseable future, Ramree me become a defensive bulwark standing against enemy land, sea and air attacks. The proximity of Akyab - and the ability to feed in reinforcements by fast transport if necessary - may be key if John really goes "all in." Not sure he'll be able to do that - events in Burma may influence Ramree's fate.

Burma: The Brit army (three UK and one East African brigade) have been joined by an enemy unit - I think a regiment. The Allies will attack tomorrow. To the northeast, near Magwe, an odd thing happened. An Aussie brigade that for weeks was moving one hex due west finally reach the point of leaving its home hex....and instead of going west, somehow leaped through time and distance to arrive one hex southeast! Thus, instead of being mired in the jungle, it's now in the open terrain facing an enemy unit (I think tanks). So the Aussies will attack tomorrow. I'm sending in Marauders and some LRCAP. In coming days, the American division will also move into the open, so the stakes should rise considerably in Burma.

NoPac Lots of Allied shipping in the Gulf of Alaska. I'm not sure John notices, but here's hoping.

Pacific: The titanic movement of ships and men continues. Absolutely no indication (yet) of major enemy attention to the targeted region. As the Allied airfields closest to the targets approach the next level, I'm standing them down as I don't want building to trigger John's spidey senses. So, at about the same time the invasions take place, a bunch of Allied airfields and ports will suddenly increase by one level.



At 9/4/42 John can make a fight at Ramree, but that is what you want at this stage, a fight. Ramree is an important base for the Allies to hold but not critical. However, it is bad news for Japan if the Allies hold it. A nice place for a little fighting. Especially as you round into 1943 and your flow of reinforcements increases.

If he has to send KB to the Indian Ocean to support this fight then you have won just by forcing him to use it there...

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RE: The Good The Bad & The Indifferent - 5/9/2013 8:43:15 PM   
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That sub or another then fired some shots at an RN BB but took in response heavy hits from gunnery. I think at least one of the subs went under.


If I'm reading that correctly, it means that the IJN sub surfaced and took on a battlewagon with its deck gun. That alone would make it a "very interesting" turn.

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ORIGINAL: Capt. Harlock

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That sub or another then fired some shots at an RN BB but took in response heavy hits from gunnery. I think at least one of the subs went under.


If I'm reading that correctly, it means that the IJN sub surfaced and took on a battlewagon with its deck gun. That alone would make it a "very interesting" turn.

Looks to me like: Naval Skill 11, Aggression 97 [not 100 because he didn't try to ram], Ego 110
He had these dreams of being like Gunther Prien and sinking a BB - greetings from the PM, parades in Tokyo, an audience with the Emperor - the whole 9 nautical miles ... and then he shot off all his torps for no hits. In a rage, he orders his crew to the deck gun, dreaming of the young women adoring a man with such cojones ... until the BBs main guns open up and blow a gaping hole in the dream!

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NoPac: One of the USN picket ships, DD Blue, moves back a few hexes, but still has another mysterious encounter with an enemy ship. Finally, on the third time being in the same hex on the 7th, the ships give battle, with Blue sinking a picket xAK. John's spidey senses might be on overload. My three pickets will pull back closer to Midway. John might move stouter patrolling forces forward. John didn't reply to my "What's very interesting?" query yesterday, in part because we flipped a turn on the fly. So I followed up with one more: "So, what's very interesting?" No reply to that one, either, so John's making a concerted effort not to reply now. :)

CenPac: All troop transport TFs are long out of Pearl and LA now. The four USN CVs at Pearl will be ready to go in seven days.

Bay of Bengal: Two enemy carrier TFs at Port Blair. They don't appear strong, but the reports might be very incomplete. No enemy air raids at Ramree today.

Burma: The second Oz Div. is 45 of 46 miles in moving one hex to the west. If it does so, it will have to negotatiate that final jungle hex before moving into the open. However, if it teleports like its sister division last week, it might move out into the open tomorrow. 41st USA Div. is about four days from emerging in the open. So the Allies should have a strong and mobile forward force very soon, which will permit more aggressive offensive moves.

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