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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/14/2013 4:56:09 PM   
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Have to say I am really enjoying this AAR

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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/14/2013 5:04:30 PM   
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It must be like being the mad scientist who created Frankenstien watching the creature terrorize the villagers. Nice work!

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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/14/2013 5:14:34 PM   
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Pearl Harbor

Nimitz had been playing cribbage last night when the news arrived. The Midway Garrison had stopped another assault before the invading troops could land. Elements of the 34th Infantry Regiment had reinforced the Island a few days prior and the covering carriers had just pulled into Pearl for replenishment and to allow Halsey to testify to the Roberts Commission.

It could have been him. Nimitz had been offered Kimmel’s position earlier and luckily, for Nimitz, it didn’t happen. Now, Nimitz knew he was on borrowed time. He didn’t have the trust of King yet, and King was letting it known that he was disappointed with the use of the carrier force since the surprise attack.

King wanted aggressive retaliatory strikes against the Japanese. But what would it gain? Exposing the carriers to land based air was a losing proposition unless you had complete surprise. Halsey, the most experienced carrier admiral Nimitz had, would probably love to attack somewhere. But if the carriers were lost, then Pearl would itself be very vulnerable.

Not to mention the dangerous surface raiders -- a tactic Japan mastered. Another attack, this time on an Australian relief convoy that Kimmel put into action suffered. The headquarters squadron of an Army fighter group sunk at sea.

Another, larger convoy was also attacked, but there a light cruiser managed to fight off the raiders and was steaming for Sydney with no losses. Soon, search planes would be covering this area of the Pacific, but too late to help with these last two attacks.

Certainly, more events like this and Nimitz would be testifying in front of another Roberts Commission. A grim thought.


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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/14/2013 5:17:18 PM   
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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/14/2013 5:18:32 PM   
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Japanese Raiders!




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/15/2013 3:11:00 AM   
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Batavia

On this date, Brooke-Popham learned to his chagrin that Kuching and Kendari had fallen to the ever expanding Japanese assault. Where would the Japanese strike next?

Surviving troops were being evacuated by floatplane since there were quite a few Japanese capital ships present in the area.


Jan 6, 1942
Ambon. The Japanese struck there, but the doughty defenders had fought off the first assault. Thank goodness the Gull Battalion reinforced there.

More Japanese capital ships were located at Ambon, now too. Events seemed to be picking up speed….


Jan 7, 1942
Batavia

The Japanese fleet was on the wrong side of Java now and he still didn’t know what it was doing!

Their fighters were shooting the hapless Dutch out of the air left and right. No scout plane survived long enough to send in a good report of the makeup of the enemy fleet. Transports? Battleships? Carriers, yes, oh my yes.

Their dive bombers had attacked Soerabaja – hitting the Houston once again. That ship just wouldn’t sink. The aerodrome was also hit. Brooke-Popham’s planes proved unable to stop the Japanese.

Bugger all, no one told Brooke-Popham that the Japanese would come from that direction. It was just plain nasty.




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/15/2013 2:24:42 PM   
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Batavia

Brooke-Popham dumped another armful of papers, signals, cyphers and folders onto the fire as the air raid sirens wailed. The Japanese task force was close to Batavia now and panic gripped him.

Brooke-Popham knew, just knew, that the Japanese were coming for him. The large enemy fleet was now just due west of Batavia threatening all of western Java and Borneo. Makassar, Kendari, Watambe had all fallen but Ambon was still in Allied hands putting up a valiant defense -- the first solid fight since the war started.

Brooke-Popham had tried to strike back, really he had, but those horribly ungainly Dutch bombers just weren't up to it.

Attempts to suppress the airfields at Makassar ended with horrible losses to Brooke-Popham’s bombers.

Carrier planes struck at Batavia’s and Oosthavan’s airfields as he burned the files. Luckily heavy rain seemed to reduce their effectiveness even as it grounded his fighters. However, the weather was clear west of Sumatra with terrible results.

The ABDA ships that fled Tjilatjap for Colombo strayed too close to Malaya and were ambushed under bright sunny skies. The light cruiser Enterprise torpedoed and sunk, the Hobart and Cornwall bombed but still steaming towards Colombo.

Only too late did Brooke-Popham realize he had been ambushed. What if the Admiral Lutow was lurking somewhere between Borneo and Colombo….





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/15/2013 11:19:47 PM   
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Pear Harbor

Nimitz stood, looking down at the tracing paper with blue crayon markings in the plot room. They showed another fleet approaching Midway. The only naval assets in the area were three destroyers protecting small supply convoys and a couple of submarine pickets.

Was this another invasion fleet? Midway had been reinforced on the ground, but still was low on supplies of ammunition and aircraft. Signal intelligence seemed to believe the enemy carriers were at Truk – should he commit his carriers to defend Midway?

Planning was now under way for a daring carrier raid against the Japanese, partly to satisfy King, and mostly to show the Japanese that the US Navy still had lots of fight in her. Should he delay that operation?







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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/16/2013 12:58:48 PM   
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Batavia

Brooke-Popham accepted congratulations all night. Yes, technically it was his order although he couldn’t remember issuing it. Several weeks ago, a junior naval officer wanted to lay a minefield at Merak hoping to catch a Japanese submarine that was spotted lurking in the channel.

Of course, now, they couldn’t find the order authorizing it, since Brooke-Popham most likely burned it. But still, the facts were the facts and now Brooke-Popham found himself in an unlikely position as a hero.

The huge Japanese fleets, complete with battleships, carriers, cruisers and who knew what else was traversing the channel when several ships steamed into the minefield. My goodness, you could hear the explosions in Batavia.

On the following morning, Dutch bombers managed to actually hit one of the carriers on the very last of seven sorties and send it up in fire and smoke. A carrier sunk by planes, and cruisers and destroyers sunk by mines. Oh my.

It was odd, that the Admiralty never heard of the ships sunk before. That was their problem not his.





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/16/2013 1:02:14 PM   
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First the mine field:




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/16/2013 1:03:07 PM   
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Dutch bombers strike:





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/16/2013 9:32:54 PM   
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Pearl Harbor

Once again, Nimitz stood in the plotting room looking at crayon markings. This time at Midway Island was added: Guards Mixed Battalion. That was the identified enemy forces landing at Midway.

The three destroyers present, put up a valiant, but losing fight against the invasion troops, but they did damage the troop transports before being driven off.

The Marine coastal defenses managed to hole the Japanese transport once or twice and did set it on fire, but not before most of the troops, about equal in number to the defenders, landed.

Despite an artillery bombardment, the Japanese stormed forward in a bayonet charge only to be cut down by the defenders.

Midway had stymied the Japanese.






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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/16/2013 9:34:03 PM   
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The doomed bayonet charge:






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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/17/2013 2:57:36 PM   
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Batavia

Not a time to rest on your laurels thought Brooke-Popham. The heady hours after the mine attacks and the successful air strike had devolved into trying to rescue Dutch troops out of the jungles and worrying about Singapore, Ambon, and the Germans.

Brooke-Popham had ordered almost all of the float planes into rescuing the beaten Dutch troops, pulling them back to another line of resistance. However, the cost came at the lack of intelligence these planes could have provided. Since most of Brooke-Popham's navy had retreated for points west and south, this was a price he was willing to pay.

Ambon had beat off another attack, but Intelligence warned that more enemy troops were on en route. Brooke-Popham simply had nothing he could get there as reinforcements since the Japanese controlled the seas.






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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/17/2013 3:01:42 PM   
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The lack of long range search planes, tasked with troop transport instead, hurt ABDA's intelligence gathering. Where are the Japanese fleets now?




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/17/2013 3:20:15 PM   
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Singapore

The men cheered, and then cheered some more. The first elements of the Japanese had attempted to storm into Singapore, and had been destroyed.

Under new leadership, the soldiers of the 18th British Division, and the 9th & 11th Indian Divisions (and assorted support untits) held their defensive lines with elan giving the Prime Minister something to crow about back home.

"Fortress Singapore, the Gilbralter of the East, will never fall" he proclaimed loudly before calling for a vote of confidence in his government. The PM won the vote, with but one dissenting ballot, such was the power of his oratory.

However, many more Japanese troops were heading south down Malaya and Singapore was effectively under siege now.





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/18/2013 1:39:17 PM   
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Batavia

With plentiful supplies, for now, the Malaya Army at Singapore, the single strongest concentration of allied forces in theater, repulsed a Japanese shock attack and then counter attacked throwing the Japanese back out of Singapore.

That was the good news. The bad news included a significant attrition of air assets, no chance of resupply and the relentless Japanese juggernaut invading Samarinda. At Samarinda, reinforced by the Australian Sparrow battalion, the defenders held.

Meanwhile, over at Ambon, the defenders beat off two more attacks while the heavy coastal guns continue to inflict damages on ships that resupply and reinforce the Japanese attackers.

At ABDA headquarters, Brooke-Popham felt justified. His transfer had finally come, back to England to run a training school. Brooke-Popham had weathered the initial Japanese storm, held Rangoon and Singapore, and dealt the Japanese a few naval reversals while avoiding a nervous breakdown.

His replacement, Archibald Wavell, had already started changes. The most significant, was the relocating of ABDA HQ to Palembang. Could Wavell halt the Japanese offensive?










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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/18/2013 1:40:49 PM   
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The counter attack!




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/19/2013 2:17:40 AM   
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Pearl Harbor

Nimitz, taking a page from the Australians, ordered a night raid on Baker Island where search patrols had detected several enemy ships.

The cruisers Chicago and Salt Lake accompanied by two destroyers arrived at Baker Island at midnight and gain complete surprise. In the ensuing actions, seven enemy transports are sunk while another eight are heavily damaged.

Despite the success, Nimitz could only ponder where were the Japanese carriers and battleships where?

Meanwhile, Nimitz’s first carrier offensive, a fast raid into Sakhalin with the Lady Lex and Enterprise commanded by Rear Admiral Bellinger had started. Talked into the raid by King, Nimitz had his misgivings about this raid. It seemed too aggressive, too early...





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/19/2013 2:20:54 AM   
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From the plot room, Pearl Harbor, intelligence that prompted the cruiser raid.




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/19/2013 2:41:29 AM   
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Pearl Harbor

A Japanese cruiser force shows up unexpectedly at Midway Island. These ships evaded the air search and land based bombers proved ineffective at stopping them as they fled. Nimitz was right to worry about the Japanese capital ships.

The Japanese seemed intent on capturing Midway, and perhaps this cruiser force was clearing the area for another, larger invasion of the island.








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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/19/2013 1:15:38 PM   
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Palembang

Wavell definitely was in the hot seat at ABDA. Rommel wasn’t here, but it seemed as if the Japanese Generals’ were even more aggressive perhaps even reckless. Both Ambon and Samarinda still held out after daily attacks thanks to Australian units there, but the Japanese were aggressively reinforcing both areas. In Singapore, the fortress defeated another bloody attack with very high casualties inflicted. There had to be a limit to the number of soldiers Japan could throw at ABDA.

While on the ground, Wavell was holding, in the air the Japanese had almost entirely won. A few Buffalo fighters still flew from Singapore, but not for much longer. Air raids were day and night here at Palembung, Rangoon was shut down, but Batavia and Soerabaja still held a few good squadrons.

Yesterday, in the Java Sea, ABDA’s air force managed to hit Japanese troop transports, in what had to be an invasion force for Java itself. Japan was taking a fearsome loss on troop ships across the Pacific, but it was difficult to tell if the losses were slowing them down at all.

Wavell had been promised Hurricanes, but they probably wouldn’t show up until February. Well, the good news was that reinforcements were starting to pour into ABDA. Somehow, the PM managed to get the Yanks to give elements of the Americal division to ABDA and Wavell needed to decide where to commit it: Burma, Sumatra, Java, Timor or as a reserve. They would be here shortly, since they were travelling first class aboard the Queen Elizabeth.

Wavell’s naval forces were strengthening too. Royal Sovereign and Warspite would soon be in theater along with the carrier Indomitable. Perhaps these ships would be able to hunt down the Admiral Lutzow if she was still in the Indian Ocean as Wavell could not risk them too close to Japanese land based bombers.

The supply situation was troubling, too. Burma and Singapore needed large convoys to sustain the troops there. Unfortunately, Wavell didn’t know how to safely get those convoys there. It was going to be another late night.






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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/19/2013 1:20:05 PM   
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Your AAR got me to start a slow paced game using this scenario. I will not be reading it any more as I want to see what surprises Andy Mac has for me. I will be doing 2 day turns to give the AI a chance.

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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/19/2013 1:20:45 PM   
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Another bloody fight at Singapore.




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/19/2013 1:35:59 PM   
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South of Port Moresby

Complacency doomed the freighter Wollongbar. Unloading had taken longer than forecast, and she missed her chance to steam south with the larger convoy guarded by the famous Canberra by eight hours. Wollongbar, running supplies to Port Moresby since the beginning of the war, had her escort Asheville and the run had gotten to be quite routine despite Japanese presence at Lae.

The Japanese however had other plans. Stung by Getting’s cruisers once too often, they had obviously sent cruiser forces of their own to hunt down and destroy the RAN raiders.

It was just bad luck that they found the Wollongbar steaming at a stately 8 knots for Townsville.





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/19/2013 1:44:33 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: ny59giants

Your AAR got me to start a slow paced game using this scenario. I will not be reading it any more as I want to see what surprises Andy Mac has for me. I will be doing 2 day turns to give the AI a chance.



I am supposed to attract readers and not lose them! Oh well, I understand, as your logic is impeccable.


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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/19/2013 3:40:50 PM   
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Pearl Harbor

Nimitz sat down at his desk to compose another message to King in Washington to detail the latest engagement at Baker Island. King was of the opinion that the Japanese were going to strike from that base. Nimitz just didn't see it, since there were no capital ships in the area. If it was a feint, the Japanese were paying a high price for it.








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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/20/2013 1:24:03 AM   
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East of Toyohara, at sea

The planes had returned to Lexington and Enterprise, although the pilot's weren’t happy but satisfied. This raid, the first offensive use of carriers in the war, resulted in bombings of Shimushiri-juri, Paramushiro-jima, Onnekotan-jima, and Toyohara however no enemy convoys had been targeted much to the pilots disappointment.

Hopefully, the raid would convince the Japanese high command to reorganize their forces and delay some of their offensive moves to protect the Japanese Islands.

John Ford, the famous movie director, filmed the planes taking off and landing from a perch high on the island of Lexington. It was hoped that soon the footage would be played in theaters all across the country to restore American morale and sell a few more war bonds.

The Japanese were caught entirely by surprise. No enemy fighters and AA had been very light. However, now the task force had been sighted and she was in danger. With the last of the planes landed, the task force steamed full speed to the east and safety. Darkness was their only shield now. Could they race far enough, fast enough, to avoid the long legged land base air of the Japanese and make good their escape.





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/20/2013 1:21:25 PM   
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Palembang

Wavell looked, with his one good eye, at the burnt out planes on the holed runway; stark testimony to the Japanese effectiveness at night bombing. It had been an exceptionally bad night and this bouncing betty attack, as the lads called it, was the least of Wavell’s worries.

After a valiant defense Ambon had finally fallen. The Japanese had reinforced with the 9th Tank Regiment, and there had been no survivors able to flee into the jungle. Brooke-Popham’s decision to reinforce Ambon with the Gull battalion bought ABDA time, but with hindsight it was easy to see that reinforcing an island defense without air and naval superiority was a death sentence.

And then, at Samarinda, the 90th Infantry Regiment deliberately attacked and forced the Allied forces back to Balikpapan with heavy losses.

And finally, perhaps the worst news, the Japanese landed in force at Port Moresby. The Australians were threatening to recall several divisions if Wavell couldn’t help them immediately as they feared invasion.

The only favorable outcome was that Singapore beat off two more assaults, but these attacks caused the garrison to consume supplies at a prodigious rate.

Perhaps Brooke-Popham had left right during the lull before the storm.





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/20/2013 1:22:46 PM   
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Oops, posted the wrong picture in the last post. A little foreshadowing....

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