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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/20/2013 1:27:58 PM   
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Ambon falls.




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/20/2013 1:29:17 PM   
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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/20/2013 1:31:42 PM   
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Finally, another attack on Singapore.




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/20/2013 2:25:39 PM   
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Port Moresby looks doomed.






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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/20/2013 5:20:00 PM   
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Attu Island, at sea

The Enterprise and Lexington made good their escape, and steamed east their destination Seattle.

The raid on Toyohara had taught the naval aviators, sailors and officers many lessons on strike force management, refueling at sea, and ship management. These lessons would be learned quickly and adopted throughout the Pacific.

Unknown to most sailors in the task force, back in Pearl Harbor, the code breakers got a treasure trove of useful material, which would help them break the Japanese messages and improve their signal intelligence briefings for Admiral Nimitz.

While in Seattle, the Buffalo fighter wing would be replaced with newer F4Fs at Seattle and some ships were slated for upgrades. Needless to say, the sailors were all looking forward to a period of liberty. In the near future, the newsreels in theaters across the country would make them celebrities.








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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/20/2013 5:31:42 PM   
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The latest Beta would have enabled you to better strike a city target like the oil resourses ... [the ability to target city resources out of range and then sail full speed into range then determing range in the day light hours .. striking and then getting out that evening ..] Oh Well maybe next time every upgrading :)

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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/21/2013 1:05:13 AM   
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West of Milne Bay, at sea

Captain Getting ordered his task force of cruisers to return to their patrol area off Milne Bay. The crew had wanted to catch the Japanese cruiser force that was hunting for them, but Getting was fine with punishing the troop transports of the Port Moresby invasion force instead.

Patrolling south and east of Port Moresby, Getting had caught two ships in the dead of night and with radar to guide his ships in the Japanese didn’t stand a chance. Then at dawn they encountered the Hanatsuki Maru.

The Hanatsuki led them on a merry chase, over 120 miles east of Milne Bay, before they caught and sunk her.
Now, they steamed east with the sun setting off their stern as they looked for more prey. Intelligence alerted them to look for the armed merchant cruiser Tone Maru; reportedly loaded with the 80th Infantry Brigade.

Those boys in Port Moresby had enough Japanese to worry about already, and Getting wanted to make the 80th swim to Moresby.





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/21/2013 1:18:15 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Crackaces

The latest Beta would have enabled you to better strike a city target like the oil resourses ... [the ability to target city resources out of range and then sail full speed into range then determing range in the day light hours .. striking and then getting out that evening ..] Oh Well maybe next time every upgrading :)


I am playing v1.71123e which was mid Feb 2013 version of the beta.

I deliberately put the planes on naval strike first, and airport strike second. Those guys would have been very worried about enemy planes I figured.

To tell you the truth, I thought they would all get sunk since I am playing two day turns. Oops, there goes John Ford. :) There was a sub attack as the fleet fled, but it didn't even penetrate the DD screen so I left it out of the narrative....






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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/21/2013 1:55:31 PM   
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East of Milne Bay, at sea

Astern of the cruiser task force several Japanese ships burned furiously. Getting had broken off combat for a chance to rearm and refuel. Once again, his ships performed well together with only the destroyer Edsall taking significant damage from charging the minelayer Yaeyama and her 12 centimeter guns. She would return to Sydney for repairs.

A more aggressive commander would have stayed to finish of the convoy, but Getting worried about the Japanese cruisers in the area that were tasked with protecting these Port Moresby landing forces. It would be trouble if he encountered them without torpedoes and eight inch shells.

While he returned to port, Port Moresby would be protected by the recently arrived British battleship Warspite. Warspite was the first arrival of Allied ships re-routed to defend Moresby and she would take station closer to Port Moresby than the Canberra's patrol area. Intelligence warned that the Japanese were making a major push on Port Moresby, perhaps the first part of an offensive aimed at Australia.

The Japanese troops at Moresby had been quiet since their initial attacks and that hopefully boded well for the future of the garrison.





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/21/2013 2:20:39 PM   
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Funafuti, at sea

Rear Admiral English was out of his comfort zone, and knew it. A capable, hard working submariner, he now held the command of a cruiser task force tasked by Nimitz at disrupting Japanese naval operations around Canton Island.

Yesterday, all had gone well as his ships visited death and destruction on enemy ships at Funafuti. Now his command steamed towards Baker Island. Long range patrol planes reported another concentration of Japanese ships there with no capital ships present.

Soon, English would find out that report was very wrong.






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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/21/2013 4:20:28 PM   
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Palembang

Wavell issued another attack order to the besieged defenders at Singapore. He felt that a pure defense would doom the defenders to slow starvation. His only hope, was an aggressive defense that would force the Japanese back. In addition, the water plants were perilously close to the forward defensive line and if they fell the city was doomed.

He felt every confidence that his troops would be able to defend Singapore as long as supplies held out. Currently a squadron of Lodestar transport planes were flying in supplies and out wounded.

Wavell needed to get freighters in, and had been successful of late sending a lone freighter into Rangoon. Perhaps, that would work at Singapore too until the promised Hurricanes arrived and a proper convoy could get in. The situation was much like Malta, but on a bigger scale.










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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/22/2013 1:25:26 AM   
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Canton Island

Rear Admiral English timed his raid on Baker Island perfectly. Taking advantage of the rain and darkness, his cruisers first came across two cargo ships. They didn’t go down without a fight and the destroyer minesweeper Boggs was hit and sought permission to repair back to port. The damage on Boggs was modest, but she was on fire so English assigned the Worden to help shepherd the Boggs back to Canton Island. Whether he regretted that decision was never known, but his destroyer screen was now performed by only the Trevor and was substantially weakened.

Now, short two destroyers, English pressed his attack and found two more cargo ships and set one ablaze while the other fled into the storm.

English had his ships pursue the fleeing cargo ship, when they chanced across a small patrol boat and another cargo ship. The patrol boat was promptly sunk, while the cargo ship fled on fire.

After sinking the patrol boat, English’s ships were very close to the harbor and it was there that they caught another three more cargo ships sinking them all before the enemy could even get underway.

With dawn approaching and their ammunition at critical levels the task force headed for Canton Island. The rain storm continued into the day and it was approximately 100 miles south southeast of Baker Island that the lookouts spotted the Japanese at a scant 7000 yards.

The range rapidly closed to 2000 yards in a swirling chaotic fight. The heavy seas made spotting torpedo wakes next to impossible and the short range greatly favored the Japanese. Scant minutes into the battle a burst of blinding light enveloped the line -- the magazine of the Louisville had exploded.

English quickly ordered his remaining ships to make smoke and break off but before the order was sent the Pensacola was hit by at least two torpedoes and foundered. Within minutes the two cruisers were gone leaving the Trenton and Trevor alone.

The Trenton, her main gun ammunition expended, managed to increase the distance to 8000 yards when a torpedo spread sent the gallant ship down.

The Trevor, dodging torpedoes and shell fire managed to escape and made her way back to Canton Island with news of the disaster.





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/22/2013 4:28:02 PM   
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Pearl Harbor

The last two days had been very hectic for Admiral Nimitz. Depressed by the loss of the Pensacola and company, the news got worse as the Yorktown was torpedoed by a submarine off Lihue.

Then the reports started coming in from New Guinea.

SigInt had reported the Tone Maru transporting additional troops to Port Moresby and Nimitz had sent almost all available ships to aid the Australians.

His staff was still sorting through the chaotic battle reports, but it seems that first encounter with several Japanese task forces was by the Saratoga now under Halsey’s command. Halsey, deemed too aggressive to command the Sakhalin raid, used his aggressive style to launch three air raids in two days that savaged the Japanese forces.

While the air raids were being fought, the Warspite group, eventually reinforced with a few light cruisers and Le Triomphant, closed with several different task forces. They did yeoman work, shrugging off many hits, and engaged cruisers, light cruisers, destroyer, and all manner of transports and freighters.

Unfortunately, in her last engagement the Japanese cruiser Tone managed to hit Warspite with another of those ungodly long range torpedoes and forced her group to withdraw.





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/22/2013 4:29:39 PM   
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Warspite strikes:





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/22/2013 4:31:34 PM   
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Warspite strikes again.




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/22/2013 4:34:56 PM   
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Warspite group now reinforced with two light cruisers versus the Tone.




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/22/2013 4:36:05 PM   
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The Warspite group finishes of the Tone Maru!




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/22/2013 4:40:05 PM   
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Saratoga strike:




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/22/2013 5:54:12 PM   
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Clearly I need to go back to the drawing board not nasty enough !!!

Hmmmm

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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/22/2013 10:13:40 PM   
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Nimitz could only scratch his head at Japanese naval dispositions. While the invasion fleets in New Guinea were getting destroyed by sea and air, two of the IJN's carrier groups were making raids.

One was south of Midway, while the second was west of Java again.







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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/22/2013 10:20:39 PM   
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Clearly I need to go back to the drawing board not nasty enough !!!

Hmmmm


I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop somewhere....


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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/23/2013 1:24:24 PM   
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Wavell stared at all the maps across the room -- detailed maps of Singapore's defenses. Almost all of his attention was focused there, and for the last several days the Japanese had been content to lick their wounds letting the garrison improve the defenses even more. Good. Now to get more supply there somewhow.

Even though he was focused on Singapore, the Japanese continued to move just yesterday they invaded Balikpapen and Intelligence warned that troops were enroute to Timor too.

Wavell had precious little to stop them as local politics dictated troop dispersal.




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/23/2013 1:33:49 PM   
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South of Milne Bay

Halsey had his strike planes chase the Japanese ships back to Lae. The first wave left burning ships however, the second wave had a rude surprise waiting for them the closer to Lae they got as Zeroes dived down out of cloud cover.

This, the first dogfights between Wildcats and Zeroes was clearly won by the Japanese.

Not willing to further risk his aviators, Halsey pulled the Saratoga further south and west to cover the troop transports of the 5th Australian Division - much needed reinforcements for Moresby.




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/23/2013 1:40:05 PM   
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An unescorted flight of SBDs' run into Zeroes.




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/23/2013 3:42:55 PM   
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Pearl Harbor


With the appearance of enemy carriers near Midway Nimitz pulled his covering ships back to Pearl Harbor.

The Japanese took advantage of this and landed more troops on Midway where the Marine gunners were getting quite proficient at hitting their ships. The attack was easily beaten off.

Sub reports later confirmed two light carriers operating in the Midway sector. Unfortunately, if any of the torpedoes hit, as their commanders swear they did, the torpedoes didn't explode. This had been a worrying trend of the war so far.






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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/23/2013 3:45:33 PM   
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Where were the big fleet carriers? Only light carriers had been spotted since the first week of the war.






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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/24/2013 12:53:11 PM   
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Palembang

Yesterday the Japanese launched their fiercest attack yet upon Singapore, but the heavy defenses held. Wavell felt vindicated by moving his command to Palembang, since the proximity gave his staff a little more influence over the battle.

Wavell had liked very much the move to Palembang. Here was a defenders dream. Swampy terrain full of bogs to deny the attackers mobility, plentiful supply, an anchor base to aid Singapore all made Palembang a good area to strengthen. Its main drawback, like Singapore and Ambon, were the lack of fallback positions.

Although while he focused on Singapore, ABDA rushed reinforcements into the theater. The aircraft carriers Hermes and Indomitable were shepherding the Yanks of the Americal division across the Indian Ocean and Wavell decided to base them at Madras for now or at least until their heavy equipment caught up.

Wavell couldn't complain about the Yanks yet, since they seemed eager to uphold their ABDA charter. He would like to see some of their large carriers, but Nimitz had deferred for now. Perhaps if Port Moresby held then the carriers would come.

Supplies, one of Wavell's greatest problems, were flowing in large quantities into India through Karachi. Large convoys made the run further south into Perth. Several ships had made it into Rangoon, which helped the Burma Army immensely. And now, a few large Yank submarines completed runs into Singapore yet their capacity was quite small and not nearly sufficient to satisfy the garrison.

If the Japanese light carriers would be kind enough to stop circling around Batavia Wavell felt he could dash a few small freighters into Singapore. He really needed Hurricanes and Spitfires and there was good news there as several squadrons would be arriving in Karachi soon. Alas, only of Hurricanes but it was a start at regaining air superiority.







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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/24/2013 4:26:28 PM   
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Near Milne Bay, at sea

Halsey stood on the flight deck looking at the stricken Wildcat. The tail and right wing looked like swiss cheese she was so holed by enemy fire it was a wonder she flew. A stark testimony to the durability of the plane, however, she would now be written off and used for parts. At least the pilot had survived, and after having tangled with Zeroes several times now the Wildcats on Saratoga had won their pilots' affections for getting them home alive. Always a good thing for morale.

Two strong air raids today with several Japanese ships left on fire gave Halsey with the distinct impression that they had decided to cancel the invasion of Port Moresby. Certainly, between his planes, the Canberra and Warspite groups they had devastated the enemy's ships.

The overall success of the Saratoga had shown the superiority of carrier operations over those Mahan zealots. Think of what he could have accomplished if all four carriers were here, rather than scattered over the Pacific. A proper carrier strike force!

The Saratoga could afford to stay for another day or two, to insure that the Aussie 5th Division safely unloaded at Moresby, then he would need to resupply at Brisbane or Sydney. A shame really, because Halsey would have preferred to keep fighting.









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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/24/2013 4:29:59 PM   
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One of the Saratoga's Wildcats:




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/25/2013 1:35:30 PM   
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Palembang

The large counter attack at Singapore failed. The Japanese had been launching attacks almost daily for the first week of February and Wavell felt a sharp counter attack would relieve the siege. Unfortunately, the Japanese soldier proved resilient and fought off two determined attacks.

In Borneo, Balikpapen fell. The garrison fought off several attacks until a combined assault from land and sea turned their flank forcing the defenders to retreat. With no significant forces left in Borneo, Wavell could only assume that the Japanese would target Java next.

Despite Wavell's desire to strengthen Palembang, the politicians had forced his hand and demanded that Java be heavily defended. An island to the west would become a staging area for ABDA troops. The Royal Sovereign surface group was in the area and would help insure the safety of convoys.











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