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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/25/2013 2:48:03 PM   
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Pearl Harbor

The Japanese seemed to be regrouping after their recent setbacks. Port Moresby, thanks to the 5th Australian Division, seemed safe for now while Midway and Canton Islands had been quiet allowing resupply.

Warspite and Yorktown were safe in drydock undergoing repairs and convoys escorted troops and planes across the pacific securing a patrolled route across the southern Pacific. American fighters and bombers could be seen over Noumea, Pago Pago, Suva, Tahiti, and Sydney while construction engineers worked at improving those bases.

To Nimitz, it seemed that the operational tempo of the war had changed and he needed to think of enlarging bases for upcoming allied offensives or raids.






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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/25/2013 5:53:00 PM   
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Palembang

The Japanese landed on Java's southern tip, albeit with only a small force so far. Wavell, using the excellent railroads of Java, sent reinforcements to repulse the landings.

Further north, The Royal Sovereign group caught some enemy ships west of Sumatra and destroyed them. Perhaps this was the beginning of a new push towards Sumatra and Java now that Borneo and the Celbes were conquered.










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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/25/2013 6:05:55 PM   
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West of Java

They struck from out of the clouds, although radar had given the sailors ample time to prepare a welcome. The Royal Sovereign proved too slow to avoid the torpedoes and now she was limping at 6 knots to Cocos Island and sanctuary beneath a squadron of Hurricanes there.

The British carriers Indomitable and Hermes steamed east from Cocos in an attempt to hit the Japanese carriers, in the area west of Batavia, with torpedo planes of their own.

On Java the appearance of the enemy carriers could not save the last of the Japanese invasion force down south as they were destroyed by fierce Dutch counter attacks.








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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/25/2013 6:08:24 PM   
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East of Singapore

A second Japanese light carrier confirmed sunk.





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/26/2013 2:05:34 AM   
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Wavell looked at the list again. Intelligence had identified at least six full divisions and 15 regiments plus assorted specialty units attacking Singapore. In addition, it seemed weekly that more troops joined the fight. This meant fewer troops in Burma or China most likely.

Against this, Wavell had been unable to help the garrison except for running supplies in by plane and submarine. Now, he would try to run a freighter in at full speed. The crew, volunteers all, would race in and hopefully unload before they were sunk.

Captain Swales, master of the Filleigh, wasn’t much of a sailor according to the Admiralty but he was willing. The Filleigh was damaged by bombs in the air raid yesterday, but Swales was still game to go on tonight. If Wavell could get this ship in the supplies she carried would see to the garrisons’ needs for almost a week.

If Wavell couldn’t get more supplies into Singapore then the garrison would fall within two to three months. The longer they fought here, at Singapore, the more time Wavell had to reinforce Burma and Java -- perhaps launch some type of counter attack.

His position was directly the consequence of Brooke-Popham getting the British 18th Division into Singapore early in the war.





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/26/2013 1:13:15 PM   
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With reckless abandon the Japanese continued to hurl wave after wave against the defenders of Singapore.

The Filleigh was able to maker her high speed run into Singapore bringing much needed supplies of ammunition, food, and medical supplies.

However, the fortifications were being destroyed as rapidly as the garrison erected them.




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/27/2013 1:31:24 PM   
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Pearl Harbor

Since the Saratoga had taken up position protecting Port Moresby the Japanese slowed their advances and seemed to be more cautious.

Under fighter protection the Japanese landed troops at Milne Bay which routed a small base force there. In addition, they also took Woodlark Island continuing their isolation of Moresby. The Saratoga's planes hit some transports but now the Japanese have Zeroes to protect their ships.

Japanese raiding ships continue to pester convoys across the Pacific but no losses have been suffered so far this month. Their submarines have been more effective sinking several freighters and also the light cruiser Adelaide.

Signal intelligence still predicted attacks on Midway and Canton Island, but Nimitz had heavily reinforced these and at least for now supplies were flowing in with only minor opposition from the Japanese.












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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/27/2013 5:35:10 PM   
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General games notes. Ironman nasty, hard, two day turns.

The Japanese should take Clark AF base soon. They have continually attacked it and left Manila alone. Supplies are getting scarce, and what is worse is that supplies no longer flow from Manila thru Clark to Bataan. Overall, I think the Japanese have done a good attack in PI. I don’t think Manila can hold out until April if the Japanese attack as furiously there as they did at Clark. The PT boats stung the Japanese early twice before I stopped using them as it seemed gamey to me…

In China the 104th Division, 19th Indep Mxd Brgde, and 23rd Army were surrounded and destroyed at Kukong. Two other LCU groups could be surrounded and destroyed west of Kukong but I have elected to fight defensively there for now. Wenchow fell to a combined land and sea assault. Very large enemy air force units roam most of China while the Flying Tigers are based at Kunming and have only been in one or two small fights. In the north, there is a stalemate in the mountains.

The north Pacific is quiet, and Allied base building is slowly working its way west to Attu.

No sight of the main KB has been seen since Dec. The Japanese have been using CVL task forces to raid around Java, Midway and once Palmyra. The Yamoto has not been seen since the first week of the war, although there is a BB fleet now cruising around north of Java.

In Burma, the Japanese have built up 8 units at Moulmein.

Once Singapore and PI fall, the Japanese will be left with lots of troops. It will be interesting to see where they go.

The victory point ratio is 1.4 down from a high of 1.7. I am expecting a lot of bad events in March: the fall of PI, Singapore, Java, Sumatra and perhaps Port Moresby. Port Moresby is being heavily reinforced, but I suspect once Japanese bombers show up it will become untenable.

This game is great fun...many thanks to AndyMac for making it.

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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/28/2013 1:37:44 PM   
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Across the World

From convoys that ply the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Japanese surface raiders threaten sudden swift attacks.

West of Perth the raider Orion became the prey instead of the hunter and was caught before she could disrupt the heavy Cape Town to Perth shipping lines. Convoys on this run have been reporting enemy planes scouting them far from Perth and the Admiralty is quite concerned that the Australian lifeline could be cut in the future.

The Shichiroji Maru struck three times at a troop transport on the West Coast to Pearl Harbor run but was eventually driven off her ammunition spent.

Additional raiders have been spotted in Tahiti and Noumea threatening the troop buildup in the Pacific.





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/28/2013 1:38:42 PM   
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The Pearl Harbor run:




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/28/2013 1:41:27 PM   
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At Noumea, the convoy thought they were safe under protective Allied air cover.




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/28/2013 1:44:33 PM   
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Ineffective air strikes on a raider at Noumea.




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/28/2013 2:00:13 PM   
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Manila

Dugout Doug strode confidently onto the PBY that would fly him and his baggage to Australia.

Clark Air Force Base had fallen, and the fight for Manila was on, but Doug would miss it all. Recalled by the President, his horrendous performance since the beginning of the war overlooked, he would be tasked with the defense of Australia.






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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/29/2013 1:31:19 PM   
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Pearl Harbor

Nimitz groaned as the staffer drew two red crayon slashes through the battleship Colorado's blue image on the tracing paper. She had been hit by two torpedoes.

The Colorado and accompanying destroyers had been sent to bolster the defense of Port Moresby, but instead she fell victim to the enemy subs off the eastern coast of Australia. The subs were as thick as flies there and no amount of planes or ship groups seemed to inhibit them.

The Colorado, if she could make Sydney, would fight again but it was a dear blow to Nimitz's strength in the area. The Warspite was already at Sydney undergoing repairs from torpedo hit earlier in defense of Moresby.

The Saratoga group was on station, led by Halsey, while Getting's RAN cruisers were hunting enemy raiders in the Noumea area.

Enemy air strength was strengthening rapidly around Moresby and Intelligence warned of future invasions. For now, only the Saratoga and her planes stood in the way.




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/29/2013 7:19:23 PM   
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Milne Bay at sea

The sun was setting in the west as the planes made their final approach. Halsey could only wonder at the fickle weather patterns as the pilots reported heavy storms 180 miles to the north and east.

The poor weather didn't stop the planes from stopping another Japanese convoy headed towards Port Moresby. The Japanese troops there were probably eating shoe leather by now, but they tenaciously clung on and refused to be defeated by the Aussie troops there despite the presence of some Matilda tanks.








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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/29/2013 7:35:00 PM   
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Milne Bay at sea

Rarely had a human being ever cursed as fluidly and frequently as did Halsey. He ranted and raved. Then cursed some more. Then he composed himself as he watched the last SBD on final approach.

The plane approached, belching smoke from the engine, and had the landing gear collapse upon setting down -- the the tail hook arrestor caught and then ripped the plane in half behind the pilot as the engine, pilot, wings and half the fuselage cartwheeled across the carrier before turning into a giant fireball. Thankfully the fuel hoses had been filled with carbon dioxide and the fire never had a chance to spread.

The Japanese had ambushed his strike planes. The escorts were no match as the Zeroes dived down and slaughtered the SBDs. Halsey's staff had been worried they had overstayed their welcome in the Milne Bay area and now they had been proved right in blood and planes.

With a final curse, Halsey turned the fleet towards Australia his tail firmly between his legs.




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/30/2013 12:33:02 AM   
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Palembang

Wavell reviewed the latest casualty reports from Singapore and they definitely trended up at an alarming rate. The Japanese continued to attack daily and each day more troops appeared at Singapore while their stocks of supplies shrank.

The Filleigh had completed one run, but on the second run she was caught and sunk outside of Singapore. Now Wavell had a few smaller freighters on the way with hopes that the smaller ships could evade the Japanese planes. He had to get supplies into Singapore.

To compound his problems the Japanese landed with more troops on Java and their ships roamed unmolested around Java.










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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/30/2013 12:34:14 AM   
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Intelligence identified the following Japanese units at Singapore:





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/30/2013 1:31:34 PM   
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Milne Bay

Not willing to allow Japanese convoys to resupply Port Moresby Halsey detached the cruisers Northampton and Chester from the Saratoga so they could patrol the southern New Guinea coast. They were joined by the Le Triomphant and Halsey deemed they would be a match for the known cruiser force operating in the area. However, the Japanese had slipped in another cruiser group.

Halsey and the Saratoga were at Townsville replenishing supplies when the the news of the engagement came in. In the light of a quarter moon, the Northampton group was outmaneuvered by the canny enemy but after the initial onslaught engagement distances stayed long and the cruisers gave almost as good as they took.

Here Halsey thought was the blueprint for cruiser fights with the Japanese. Don't let the Japanese close and stay away from their terrible torpedoes.









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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/30/2013 3:16:43 PM   
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Milne Bay area at sea

Although Halsey figured out how to fight Japanese cruisers, the Northampton didn't. For the second time that night, she was outmaneuvered this time with catastrophic results.

The initial long lance spread was well timed and took the Northampton quite by surprise and no amount of counter flooding could prevent her listing. In the ensuing fight at extremely short range the brave ship Le Triomphant took tremendous amounts of damage and finally went down albeit still fighting.

Le Triomphant's sacrifice allowed the the Chester and destroyers to break contact, however the Chester was unable to make port and subsequently sank despite the efforts of her crew. Halsey's cruisers were gone.

As the Chester went down and the sun came up, Getting's RAN cruisers approached too late. Their excellent radars would probably have meant a very different outcome but the Japanese ships had been fought off and retired to Lae and safety.

Could the Canberra and Australia prevent the Japanese from getting reinforcements and supplies to Moresby? Getting very much doubted it but had not a second to waste as further to the west a troop convoy was ferrying reinforcements to Moresby and needed protection.








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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/30/2013 3:40:32 PM   
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Port Moresby

Getting and his RAN cruisers successfully shepherded a convoy into Port Moresby, but the recent intelligence reports were quite alarming to say the least.

An entire Japanese armada was approaching and only Getting could stop it. Surely the Admiralty would pull his task force back to Townsville and safety. Wouldn't they?






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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/31/2013 12:42:49 AM   
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Ellice Islands

Nimitz had responded to the crisis in New Guinea by sending the Enterprise west on a southerly route past Canton Island and by the Ellice Islands before steaming to New Guinea.

Acting on PBY scout plane information the Enterprise conducted two quick air raids around the Ellice Islands and scored. The planes caught several enemy ships and definitely one loaded troop ship.

Hopefully with this strike, Canton Island would be safe for a little while allowing the Enterprise time to reinforce Halsey and come to the aid of Port Moresby and Getting's cruisers.

Would she be in time...






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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/31/2013 12:43:56 AM   
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The afternoon raid in the rain.




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/31/2013 12:27:01 PM   
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Near Milne Bay

Getting received orders to retire to Townsville, where they could replenish torpedoes from an ammunition ship, but it was never that simple.

Leaving Port Moresby at night, the RAN Cruiser force steamed right into an ambush. Silent death approached from the underwater ambush and only the expertly trained crew of the Canberra gave her any chance.

A keen eyed lookout spotted the spread of torpedoes and bearing while Getting turned Canberra into the approaching torpedoes. Skill and a not a little luck saved Canberra.

During the hectic maneuvering the escorts lost contact with the enemy submarine.





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/31/2013 12:28:18 PM   
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In the confusion of escaping from the first spread of six torpedoes the submarine got another chance:






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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/31/2013 12:29:51 PM   
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And then, as the Canberra left Townsville:






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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/31/2013 12:34:48 PM   
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The Canberra and her elite crew:


The Japanese command made it a high priority to sink her!




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/31/2013 12:41:39 PM   
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The Port Moresby garrison attempted a large attack to expel the Japanese before they could be reinforced and resupplied to no avail:





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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/31/2013 12:43:22 PM   
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But for some reason the Japanese armada retired north of Port Milne instead of pressing their advantage. There was nothing to stop them...




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RE: IronMan Nasty! - 3/31/2013 2:14:36 PM   
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Suscribed. Lots of nasty surprises !!!

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