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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/17/2013 3:57:50 AM   
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Burma: RAF hits the IJA positions outside Akyab. Little damage to the Japanese, but RAAF losses are light and P38s get a couple of CAPing Zekes.




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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/17/2013 10:33:52 AM   
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There are midget subs at Tarawa.


Those two ACMs you put holes in during the bombardment indicate that there are also mines at Tarawa (probably quite a few of them given multiple ACMs) - careful on your next run there. Granted the mines won't sink a BB, but if the KB is around, or if there are any Netties in range, they could slow you up enough to get caught.

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/17/2013 4:57:02 PM   
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Yes, I assumed as much when I caught 7 CMs and 3 CMs departing the AO a couple of days ago. No mine icon appeared and I was confused as I thought there was virtually no FOW in that regard. There still is no mine icon there. Did he retreat his mine layers? Do mine symbols sometimes not appear? At any rate I may have been lucky as I believe they can activate entering or leaving the hex. Spying those CMs is one reason the North Carolina TF was diverted away from it's bombardment mission at Tarawa and sent to join the assault forces. I was (obviously) willing to risk the older battle line. I have seen the replay now and there was no sign of the Kido Butai nor any action sans recon and navy search missions today. There are at least half a dozen IJN subs watching my egress which will commence at nightfall. Everyone is ashore with 20,ooo pts of supply behind level 1 forts (23% to level 2) and patch of palms being carved into a strip for some lucky marine aviators.

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/18/2013 2:40:40 AM   
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NorPac: The IJAF flies some search and recon from Adak. They made quick work getting a level 4 AF. A second Bn of Seabees due in port tonight at Dutch Harbor.

CenPac: Orders to the fast attack groups and the assault TFs to retire due south to the staging areas for DROPSHOT. I hope this will also allow them to escape the subs to the east. Refueling oilers waiting at an atoll 72 hours to the SSE.

SoPac: Liberators hit the Suva fields and B17s are ordered to hi the port. It’s a fortuitous decision. The Forts claim I-22 sunk and a maru set alight.

SwPac: 6th Tank Rgt closes on an Aussie Bn guarding the crossroads. Bombing ineffective again against them. Beaufighters ordered to attack them again tomorrow. B26s will join B17s in central Australia to join in the effort.


MAJ Enlai R. of 4th FG/21st FS CAF is credited with kill number 7
MAJ Enlai R. of 4th FG/21st FS CAF is credited with kill number 8
2LT Zuolin J. of 4th FG/22nd FS CAF is credited with kill number 5
2LT Zuolin J. of 4th FG/22nd FS CAF attains ace status!!


China: The IJAF shifts focus to Kienko. Three raids: 210 sorties: 107 casualties. The Chinese fighter jocks are making fun of the US fly boys at the O club. There are not many, but there are some good ones. The IJA shock attacks SSE on Chungking on what is left of the Yangtze line left flank and is repulsed with heavy combat unit casualties, buying time, precious time. 5,ooo Japs vs 1500 Chinese. The best part is in the destroyed squads. 175 to 5.


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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/18/2013 5:11:02 AM   
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Yes, I assumed as much when I caught 7 CMs and 3 CMs departing the AO a couple of days ago. No mine icon appeared and I was confused as I thought there was virtually no FOW in that regard. There still is no mine icon there. Did he retreat his mine layers? Do mine symbols sometimes not appear? At any rate I may have been lucky as I believe they can activate entering or leaving the hex. Spying those CMs is one reason the North Carolina TF was diverted away from it's bombardment mission at Tarawa and sent to join the assault forces. I was (obviously) willing to risk the older battle line. I have seen the replay now and there was no sign of the Kido Butai nor any action sans recon and navy search missions today. There are at least half a dozen IJN subs watching my egress which will commence at nightfall. Everyone is ashore with 20,ooo pts of supply behind level 1 forts (23% to level 2) and patch of palms being carved into a strip for some lucky marine aviators.


One possibility is that yes, he did retreat his minelayers before they put a field in place. Another possibility is that there still is a field in place, but that you got lucky and didn't hit it on your bombardment. Whatever the case, you won't see the mine icon until either A) One of your ships hits a mine (your troops now know there's a minefield there), or B) You capture the base, and there are still enemy mines present (you'll get automatic intel.) In your case, either you got lucky or there really are no mines there, but you won't find out for sure until later.

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/19/2013 12:29:47 AM   
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It is quiet except over the skies of Kienko where the IJAF is now focusing. Allied fighters in China desperately need rest and I may rotate in another squadron. In the central Pacific the North Carolina's crew fixes most of the torpedo damage and the ship can easily keep pace with the assault TF's. I am going to try and sneak the USMC armor into Tabiteuea in 48 hours.I hope for a few days of quiet to begin some future planning and touch up the final plans for DROPSHOT.

In regards to the mines, I was beginning to think there was NO FOW concerning their emplacement. This is good news.

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/20/2013 11:21:53 PM   
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NorPac: Dutch Harbor: RECON: Adak shown to have over 100 aircraft of all types. An IJN TF spotted in the Bering Sea NNW of Dutch Harbor. No TFs or major surface warships spotted.

CenPac: Fast attack groups routed to an atoll for refueling before proceeding to DROPSHOT. The amphibious component and North Carolina Surface attack group breaks off for Pago Pago. Liberators and B17s (three squadrons presently on the island) ordered over Suva along with a full recon of Nadi, Suva, and an outer island. There should be 30 additional transports (mostly xAP) for DROPSHOT bringing the total number of AP and xAP types to 45 or so. I want a big D-Day offload and be finished with the initial lift within 48 hours.

China: Bombings ease a bit and formations are not coordinated. A ground attack breaks the Chinese line and almost dissolves the front completely.

Ground combat at 78,42 (near Kienko)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 57876 troops, 487 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 1590

Defending force 13007 troops, 137 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 444

Japanese adjusted assault: 2068

Allied adjusted defense: 30

Japanese assault odds: 68 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
777 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 77 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled

Allied ground losses:
5645 casualties reported
Squads: 274 destroyed, 81 disabled
Non Combat: 65 destroyed, 77 disabled
Engineers: 17 destroyed, 14 disabled
Guns lost 67 (37 destroyed, 30 disabled)
Units retreated 3

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
17th Ind.Mixed Brigade
116th Division
6th Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th Division
3rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
35th Division
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
North China Area Army
NCPC Army

Defending units:
8th Route Army
6th Chinese Corps
Red Chinese Army






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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/20/2013 11:44:44 PM   
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Nothing out of the ordinary, It's what IJ is giving me. IMHO.





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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/20/2013 11:50:42 PM   
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And a little break from the war and a visit to the home front, or just a peek over the bunks on Tabiteuea.





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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/22/2013 2:09:09 PM   
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China: The front has disintegrated in the north. IJA units must be hurting on supply and I may be forced to counter attack just when my own supply is at a trickle. Another USAF fighter squadron transfers into China giving me two solid US squadrons and three smaller Chinese squadrons facing some 300+ IJAF bombers and maybe 100 fighters.

Burma: I am presently studying the feasibility of raids against the only known used airbase at Prome. Does getting a lot of IJAF aircraft on the ground and shutting the base down actually mean anything or provide any value in exchange for the possible losses? The basic plan involves recon and Lighting sweeps from Akyab followed by a B17 group raid from Dacca. The next day, the RAF would hit the fields. Wellingtons would accompany the Fortresses on day one. If I wait a week the B17 group would expand from 32 to 48. Even if I could get air superiority, there is not enough deployed ground force in Burma proper to exploit it.

Australia: More IJA sighted SSW of Darwin.

CenPac: SoPac: The fast attack groups refuel. The bombardment TF will refuel in the next 48 hours and proceed to Pearl for rearming. The Oklahoma is finished repair on the west coast and is ready to join a newly constituted Battleship Division 2. The Arizona is almost to the west coast now as well, and will refit and repair. I have spent the past two days planning transport for DROPSHOT. I did notice a few things. The IJ have a major aerodrome at Shortland Island and Rabaul. A probable seaplane base at Tulagi and on Esprito Santo. Support and seaplane squadrons are being assembled to occupy something in the Santa Cruz, Koumac, and maybe central Solomons. This could give us a very early warning of approaching IJN forces at DROPSHOT.



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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/24/2013 11:54:29 PM   
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NorPac: Dutch Harbor waits on the USS Houston. Some shuffling of air squadrons to meet possible threat from Adak is done.

United States: San Francisco awaits the arrival of the Arizona for repairs. She is making good time. San Diego awaits escorts for transports.

SoPac: Hiva Oa: The 135th USA base force loads for DROPSHOT staging area. Fuel is starting to accumulate again. The 47th construction Rgt and 808th EAB wait for transports.

Pago Pago: The IJN has concentrated submarines here. 52 ships lay at anchor with more at the docks and underway. The fast attack groups will arrive in 36 hours. The Army Air Corp has a 75 plane CAP to assist the USMC over the island. B17s and B24s ordered to hit the Fiji’s again tomorrow. After the sweet raid in Burma today I order some on port attack as there are IJN warships in the harbor. P38s will sweep the Fiji’s from the Tonga’s. Norfolk Island prepares to relocate (N-Force) to New Caledonia. APD Waters forces I-6 to the surface and finishes her off. There are no survivors. I-23 is hit as well but only slightly.

CenPac: General Quarters on Tabiteuea. IJN cruisers spotted bearing down on the island. Forts go to 2 and the AF as well. The Taney and Teal depart Baker for the Reef Islands. Pearl Harbor: SoPac command, under Ghormley boards transports for Pago Pago. Fuel is right behind them. 100,ooo pts of additional fuel and supply should reach Oahu soon. I hope to have 1,ooo,ooo each before the next Ops in CenPac begin. The Long Island is 40nm to the sw of Pearl and will ferry planes to Tabiteuea tomorrow.

Burma: Recon spotted IJN shipping in port at Rangoon on the 24th so I ordered the first two operational squadrons of B17s to fly from forward bases in India on a port raid. P38s swept first to no resistance. The raid was a smashing success and should be a harbinger of things to come. Mines are still in the river and I hope we get a leaky sneaker on the way out. Night raids over Prome are a miserable failure. At least it keeps some Zekes busy.

China: The IJA enters Kienko. Not good. Trying to shift my lines and cut off all his supply to the spearheads. P39s join a squadron of Warhawks against the relentless bombing campaign.


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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/24/2013 11:55:38 PM   
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Afternoon Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 3 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 8

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
CL Jintsu, Bomb hits 4, on fire
CA Suzuya, Bomb hits 5, on fire
DD Murasame, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CL Isuzu, Bomb hits 4, on fire, heavy damage

Japanese ground losses:
6 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Port hits 4
Port supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Afternoon Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 8

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
CA Suzuya, Bomb hits 7, heavy fires
CL Isuzu, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Tachikaze, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
CL Jintsu, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires

Port hits 1
Port supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb





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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/25/2013 5:41:37 AM   
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How much AV do you have at Chungking?

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/26/2013 12:36:05 AM   
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SoPac: DROPSHOT area: Latest recon over the objectives: Nadi: 1-unit (3080/30=103av x 2 =206av (jungle)). This is probably high as there were quite a few aircraft being serviced here. Suva: 4-units: 16,260 troops/542av unadjusted. 89-guns. DL is 9/10 on both. The 132nd Rgt begins to load tonight. It will be followed by the 164th, 182nd, 754th tank rgt. This is the initial lift. I should be able to unload all combat troops on D-Day with an expected av of 443 on Nadi where I realistically think IJA av to be around 60 unadjusted. The North Carolina is detached and ordered to Sydney for repair and rearming. She shows 4-major float damage. In New Zealand, the 21st pioneer C and 2nd RNZ BF awaits RADM Boyd who will break his flag on the Perth tonight and head to Auckland for escort duty. The New Zealanders will head for Noumea and establish a base for search aircraft.

SwPac: A large IJA force is spotted SSW of Darwin. More later. B17s are staging to hit them in the open. I am trying to smuggle supply under the jap noses on Horn Island to Darwin. They are down to 30,ooo.

CenPac: The Long Island arrives Pearl and loads VMF-211 and VB-8. She will ferry them to Tabiteuea. Can I fly them off when the carrier is overloaded?? I’d like to stand off 600nm and fly them in. Not to mention I have not constructed a pier yet. The IJN most likely laid their mines yesterday as the cruisers were seen egressing in the afternoon to the NW.

Burma: Indian Ocean: Prince of Wales leaves Colombo for another run on Diego Garcia. Four RN BBs are 120nm NNW of Diego now, unspotted, and will hit the island tonight. The IJA concentration due east of Akyab appears to be trying to infiltrate across the river to NE of our positions. The RAF is going to try and hit them in daylight with US fighter cover. The entire B17 group is assembled in southern India and will begin to hit strategic targets (air fields, ports, and troops in central Burma) very soon. I do not want to risk strategic bombing as it could back fire on me at this point.

China: Deep deep deep do do





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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/26/2013 12:39:28 AM   
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Cannon: I have 682 unadjusted av in Kienko. I'm doomed!
The base has supply 20. The units have about 70%.

IJA recon by fire

Ground combat at Kienko (78,41)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 57687 troops, 487 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 1656

Defending force 33002 troops, 228 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 691

Allied ground losses:
5 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Assaulting units:
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
6th Ind.Mixed Brigade
12th Tank Regiment
13th Division
3rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
35th Division
116th Division
17th Ind.Mixed Brigade
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
North China Area Army
NCPC Army

Defending units:
72nd Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
58th Chinese Corps
8th Route Army
100th Chinese Corps
6th Chinese Corps
1st Group Army
30th Group Army
25th Group Army
Red Chinese Army
6th Chinese Base Force

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/26/2013 12:41:14 AM   
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Chunking has about 1800av but it is mostly broken units trying to recover losses from the spring. I have begun to pull units from the Yangtze line, but it may be to late.

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/26/2013 5:39:11 AM   
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Zulu,
With the road cut to Ankang, his supply can't be that great in the central plains unless he stockpiled at Ankang before you cut the road, or unless he's using most of his available transport planes to help out. You'll find out how good (or not) his supply situation is soon based on his pace of ops. If he can bombard every turn that he's not conducting a deliberate attack, you're in trouble. If he can only attack every three or four days, then you're probably still in trouble, but you may be able to hold quite a bit longer.

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/28/2013 2:59:53 PM   
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NorPac: The Houston is ordered back to Anchorage. Supply is loaded for Dutch Harbor. I do not like IJ intentions in the Aleutians.

CenPac: Supply and fuel will reach Pearl tonight. The old BBs of battleship division 1 drop anchor for minor repairs. The Long Island is well to leeward.

SoPac: The 164th begins loading for DROPSHOT. The North Carolina escapes through the IJN sub screen to the SW and the yards in Australia.

Australia: B17s are ordered over the IJA SSW of Darwin. They crossed the river last night and are 45-40mi from our recon unit. A brigade of the 7th Australian reaches Melbourne last night and begins to unload.

Indian Ocean: The Royal Navy is attacked by carrier forces after their bombardment mission at Diego Garcia last night. We only spot one CVE but I suspect a second. Prince of Wales and two RN carriers are in rout from the NE and I anticipate an exchange in the next 48 hours.

Burma: Dacca airfield: B17s are ordered to go to Prome. P38s will sweep and ample recon assets are assigned.

China: Kienko hold on day 1 at a 1:1. The Chinese lose a lot more squads and we know what happens next.

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/28/2013 3:02:51 PM   
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Night Naval bombardment of Diego Garcia at 11,62

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 5 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
BB Resolution
BB Ramillies
BB Royal Sovereign
BB Revenge
CL Dauntless
CL Danae

Japanese ground losses:
44 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled

Airbase hits 8
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 11
Port hits 16
Port supply hits 1

Morning Air attack on TF, near Diego Garcia at 15,59

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 2 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 2 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
BB Revenge
BB Ramillies, Torpedo hits 2
BB Resolution, Torpedo hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Diego Garcia at 15,59

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 56 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 2 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
BB Ramillies, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage
BB Resolution

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

Ground combat at Kienko (78,41)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 58730 troops, 487 guns, 176 vehicles, Assault Value = 1668

Defending force 32516 troops, 227 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 677

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 523

Allied adjusted defense: 319

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+), supply(-)

Japanese ground losses:
2920 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 288 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Guns lost 10 (1 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Vehicles lost 17 (1 destroyed, 16 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2338 casualties reported
Squads: 80 destroyed, 71 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 144 disabled
Engineers: 20 destroyed, 25 disabled
Guns lost 45 (37 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Assaulting units:
35th Division
6th Ind.Mixed Brigade
12th Tank Regiment
13th Division
17th Ind.Mixed Brigade
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
116th Division
3rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
North China Area Army
NCPC Army

Defending units:
9th Prov Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
8th Route Army
100th Chinese Corps
58th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
6th Chinese Corps
Red Chinese Army
30th Group Army
1st Group Army
25th Group Army
6th Chinese Base Force




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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/28/2013 6:01:48 PM   
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NorPac: Houston makes Anchorage.

CenPac: quiet

SoPac: Heavies raid the Fiji’s. No ships in port or aircraft on the ground. The 182nd loads transports. N Detachment loses some men loading on Norfolk.

SwPac: The IJA is hit by raids in the open causing little apparent damage. More B17s stage in. Horn Island is hit by 2 squadrons of Forts and levels the empty airfield there. Merchants try and slip by the IJ and get to Darwin with supply. My SSTs are not in theater.

Indian Ocean: Both sides spot each other and several licks against the carriers are attempted by both sides. The 2 heavily wounded BBs are left alone but they make little progress and are still very vulnerable. Prince of Wales is ordered directly to the spotted IJN carriers. We score a couple torpedo hits and hope it hurts IJN Ops for tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

Burma: B17s hit Prome to find little on the ground for the first time and experience long range Zero CAP. He may have staged into Magwe so I will recon central Burma, Prome and Rangoon tomorrow while the bombers recover. The RAF raids over the IJA outside of Akyab also yield little results even with some nice size and coordination.

China: Kienko falls today and I wonder what to do. A general movement from the Yangtze line is ordered even as we cut off more routes of supply from the east and south.


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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/28/2013 6:07:07 PM   
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Addu at 19,58

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10

Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 10
Martlet II x 6
Swordfish I x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Albacore I: 3 damaged
Martlet II: 3 destroyed
Swordfish I: 3 destroyed, 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVE Hosho, Torpedo hits 1
CVE Taiyo, Torpedo hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Swordfish I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo
5 x Albacore I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo
5 x Albacore I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo

Morning Air attack on TF, near Addu at 16,57

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 84 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 35 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 7
B5N2 Kate x 4

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Martlet II: 2 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Illustrious

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Addu at 19,58

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9

Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 10
Martlet II x 6
Swordfish I x 2

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Albacore I: 3 destroyed
Martlet II: 3 destroyed
Martlet II: 1 destroyed by flak
Swordfish I: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CVE Unyo
CVE Hosho, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Addu at 16,57

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 32 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3
B5N2 Kate x 2

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Ground combat at Kienko (78,41)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 56435 troops, 486 guns, 175 vehicles, Assault Value = 1434

Defending force 29810 troops, 193 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 579

Japanese adjusted assault: 440

Allied adjusted defense: 207

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Kienko !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-), supply(-)

Japanese ground losses:
1462 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 127 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Vehicles lost 29 (2 destroyed, 27 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
13043 casualties reported
Squads: 237 destroyed, 111 disabled
Non Combat: 634 destroyed, 80 disabled
Engineers: 98 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 73 (62 destroyed, 11 disabled)
Units retreated 12

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/28/2013 6:38:28 PM   
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Any subs nearby to finish of the two damaged CVEs?

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/28/2013 8:02:11 PM   
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No, They are on patrol off Sumatra and Burma. Trusty is on a mine laying mission. Funny, I have no idea what else is escorting the CVE.

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/28/2013 10:21:34 PM   
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Nice job on the CVEs. he will probably head to Diego Garcia or Colombo. I would bet Colombo.

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/29/2013 1:06:31 PM   
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I hope he heads for large over stuffed royal navy base on Ceylon. Diego Garcia is under the Japanese boot and a possibility, however I have put some hurt on the port and airfields there. Another BB from Cape Town is due to hit Garcia again in 48 hours as well. I think he either stands and fights because he knows something I don't, or runs for the first time. My orders for Prince of Wales are for a patrol zone which is shaped to protect my two damaged battleships more than threaten his naval assets. If I had thought it through a little further, I may have adjusted the patrol to make a daylight engagement more likely than a night.

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/29/2013 4:23:08 PM   
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July 29, 1942

SoPac: The 754th tank and 1st amphib. HQ loads.

Australia: Nothing flies against the IJA SSW of Darwin.

Indian Ocean: The Royal Navy is dealt a hammer blow in two days of fighting. Action on the 30th could neuter the Royal Navy for good. The Prince of Wales and escorts close on the IJN at night. Both sides are surprised at 1,ooo yards. The IJN lands critical hits in the opening salvo and four IJN destroyers savage the Brits. It’s like a rape and difficult to watch, capital ship succumbing to tin cans. The IJN did indeed bring more to the party as more assets are spotted in the morning. The carrier exchange wipes out the rest of the Royal Navies air arm as well. Less than 120nm separate the various task forces by dusk with the Royal Navy in a precarious situation. I can’t see anything close to promising on the 30th as more than one ship is reduced to a crawl with an IJN battleship spotted just over the horizon.

Burma: P38s sweep Rangoon and drop a fair number of A6M2s. We lose a couple but are at last bloodied in Burma after months of trying to get at the IJAF. The B17s lack adequate ground support at Dacca and wait for the a support unit which detrained in the middle of the jungle and have to march to the nearest railhead. Bonehead move.

China: The Chinese evacuating the Yangtze line fight an exemplary rear guard action on the left flank while the IJAF shifts to the center. An absolute deluge of bombers hits the center of the line which is disintegrating due to the hard left move of IJ forces which turned the line several days ago. There will be a colossal if not fatal Chinese counter attack on the right if all else fails.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Addu at 19,58, Range 1,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Maikaze, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Arare
DD Kasumi, Shell hits 22, and is sunk
DD Harusame
DD Samidare, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales, Shell hits 2
BC Repulse, Shell hits 14, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CA Dorsetshire, Shell hits 1
CL Hobart, Shell hits 11, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Fortune, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Griffin, Shell hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
DD Hotspur, Shell hits 2

Low visibility due to Thunderstorms with 96% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Thunderstorms and 96% moonlight: 2,000 yards


Heroic rear guard action on Chinese in combat mode attempting to fall back:
Ground combat at 78,49 (near Chihkiang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 47614 troops, 616 guns, 153 vehicles, Assault Value = 1366

Defending force 54891 troops, 358 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1861

Japanese adjusted assault: 431

Allied adjusted defense: 4045

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 9

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
5509 casualties reported
Squads: 84 destroyed, 221 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 70 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 73 disabled
Guns lost 58 (8 destroyed, 50 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
721 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 65 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Assaulting units:
15th Division
22nd Division
3rd Division
32nd Division
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
1st Mortar Battalion
China Expeditionary Army
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
11th Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
99th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
25th Chinese Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
65th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
29th Group Army
12th Group Army
27th Group Army

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/29/2013 5:09:54 PM   
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Wow Zuluhour - your game has not lacked for action over the past few turns!
Tough break on Force Z. They are beasts during the day, but at night, in bad weather, against a good Japanese DD force....Tough matchup, and even tougher rolls of the dice. If you finish off those CVEs it may still end up a fair trade, though.

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/29/2013 9:56:24 PM   
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Indian Ocean: Our TFs are spotted and on their own. We have no search assets left. The Royal Navy tries for Colombo.

SoPac: The initial lift ordered for objective volley tonight. Tomorrow support units will load.

NoPac: Zeros sweep Dutch Harbor. The sparring is in our favor.

CenPac: The Long Island should be able to launch planes to Tabiteuea tomorrow.

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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 9/30/2013 11:12:17 PM   
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United States: Orders are issued to 30th AAA, 13th Naval Construction, 3rd USMC Para to plan for Dutch Harbor. Units are reading for railhead north to ports of embarkation. The Arizona is due in port tonight for overhaul and repair. There is a lot to transfer to the Pacific and escorts are ordered east from CenPac.

NorPac: Dutch Harbor: Seabees speed the airfield construction but the project is still under manned. The IJ sweep with Zeros over Dutch harbor again but our boys take a day off. Maybe there are further intentions by IJ up north.

CenPac: The Long Island reaches point luck and launches Wildcats to Tabiteuea. She will return to port, refuel and set out again with another squadron. Support ships are half way to the Reef Islands to set up a seaplane base. The 118th USAF BF loads transports for objective VOLLEY.

SoPac: DD Gwin finds I-28 off Pago Pago, forces her to the surface and finishes her. There are no survivors. S-40 misses IJN transports off Milne Bay. The amphibious task forces close on objective DROPSHOT. We are at D -2. Three Rgts of infantry, reinforced by armor will make the initial assault. The 139th USABF loads at the staging area tonight. No sign of the IJN. We are unspotted at 480nm out ESE. The 2nd NZ pioneer Co is at sea in rout to Noumea. They have no escort. A RNZ base force is loading for Noumea as well. They will be escorted by cruisers an destroyers. N-Det is finished loading at Norfolk Island and should make Noumea first.

Australia: B17s hit the IJA for 379 casualties today. It is the best ground attack by the allies of the war. The squadrons here go to 12 planes with the August expansion. II Fighter command should arrive shortly to boost coordination and strike efforts.

Indian Ocean: There is no sighting by either side. I hope the IJN has also decided to break off the fighting here. The BB Valiant with Caradoc are unspotted from Africa 240nm due west of Diego Garcia. They are scheduled to bombard tomorrow.

Burma: It looks like a lone IJA unit crossed the river east of Akyab today and I order a two division counter attack for tomorrow. The B17 group takes additional planes expanding the group to 48 aircraft.

China: The bombing has shifted to the right flank of the Yangtze. Casualties are light today.






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RE: Zuluhour vs Zigurat666: Summer of '42 - 10/1/2013 11:57:01 PM   
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The admiral sits relaxed. The view from CenPac is spectacular, if not practical, as masts, superstructures, and cranes mark Pearl from the hillside. Progress on the Tennessee is notable as all of her structure above the water line has been repaired and repainted. The parked Catalina’s on Ford Island are surrounded by ground crews performing routine maintenance while several P40’s are serviced for training flights outside the rebuilt hangers. Several loose deuces of Wildcats scream through the mountain draw, the marines in the cockpits aware they will be steaming west on the Long Island to the Gilberts on Monday. Moral is high on the island. I observe the admiral with admiring eyes as he is the inspiration for this recreation of events now buried in history books, nary mentioned in classrooms anymore.

Adm. Nimitz is well aware the war was won and his role in it. This is merely an exercise in which he is a part. We have had long talks on the subject and he is resigned to his fate. There is no mutual respect. Beating the admiral on the tennis court does not equate to winning a war. I know he would prefer another to share fictitious gin and tonics and debate war strategy with. I am okay with this. Within the confines of a day in the war in the Pacific, I review the actions of the day before, check a few details, and hit the couch. This is when Zuluhour, CnC TWIT pays a visit to the front. Before me is my favorite character and sounding board. Strategy in the Pacific starts here.

The concern today is the landings in the Fiji’s. There is no sign of the Kido Butai nor surface elements of the IJN. Their subs and radio intercepts must have sent up a red flag over a week ago. Our landing force with the fast attack groups are 120nm unspotted in heavy rain from the beaches at Nadi. The 139th Army BF is 120nm to sea in the van. The Noumea operation looks to be a smooth one but could bear the brunt of an IJN move on the beaches to the east. There is too much at stake tonight to plan future operations. Our concerns are of little matter now; the die is cast in the Fiji’s.

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