From: De Eye-lands, Mon
Cool, Berto, thank you. I think you will like them. People have asked what 'reinforced' Philippines means. Okay, A lot of the impetus came from work on Don Bowens early Zygotes. The premise is a few people got their butts kicked off the dime and things happened with a bit more sense of urgency.
Philippine mobilization started a few weeks earlier. Not long enough for a full training cycle for everybody, but long enough for the first set of units to get through at least Bn scale and the remaining units to complete individual/company level. Later formed units are in the box on opening day and although not all units are up to authorized strength, some are. Many units have much of their TOE equipment, the rest at least have their infantry heavy weapons, because ...
Convoy 4002 departed SFO three weeks earlier along with two others carrying equipment that had been sitting on the docks at SFO since 3 November. The physical count of Arty, AA, AT, MGs, mortars, rifles (including Garands), helmets, mess kits, canteens, web gear, uniforms, tents, and yes, saddles, boggles the mind (lot of this was dug up by Don). Mac had been told this was coming (a dissemblement as it turns out) so there were plans in place to re-equip the US and PS units with the more modern stuff and pass their present equipment, along with the rest of the goodies, down to the PA forces, first come, first served. So some PA units, while not trained-up as much as necessary, will have considerably better bang-for-the-buck. Other PA units might have to do with 2.95" Mtn guns on wooden wheels, but they will have some AT guns, mortars (with ammo), and HMGs. Not a total walk-over anymore.
US and PS forces get 105s and other neat stuff. The air forces get the 27th BG(lt), uncrating in Manila (ground crews were already in-country), 70th pursuit squadron and 35th pursuit group admin, 9th and 11th bomb squadrons (22nd bomb the 88th recce arrive later at Darwin). The Philippine AF gets a few more B-10/B-18s in service and another squadron of P-26s.
The 4002 convoy also drops off a provisional Arty Brigade, comprising 4 field Bns with equipment. Pensacola and Niagara, unfortunately, have to go home, as do all the transport ships; no joy for the Navy.
Nous n'avons pas peur! Vive la liberté! Moi aussi je suis Charlie!
Yippy Ki Yay.