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RE: AAR from a sleepy lagoon - 9/3/2013 2:14:55 AM   
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5/3/42:
The usual airstrike from Guadalcanal hits Espiritu Santo ... Jap CVs have now combined into 1 TF with 4CVs and a CVL, it stands off Espiritu Santo; strikes from B17s, B26s and SBDs get some hits but nothing critical, however 1 CV shows some accrued damage (perhaps low 20% range) ... a Jap transport TF of just APs approaches New Caledonia but does not reach the base, airstrikes sink 1 AP ...

5/10/42:
A whole lot of action this turn as the Japs pour in an all-out effort for Espiritu Santo. First the airstrike from Guadalcanal shoots down 9 F4Fs and destroys 16 aircraft on the ground, for the loss of only 3 bombers.

Then IJN transport TFs move in - airpower on Espiritu is down but not out; SBDs getting several hits on AVs, DDs, APs and MCS on the way in. TF6 commanded by Adm Izaki takes what looked like heavy damage to 2 AVs and 1 AP sunk, a TF of just MCS lost 2 sunk, TF under R. Tanaka loses an AP on the approach, another under Nishimura lost an AP and the admiral killed! (hope this was not fog-of-war).

TF51 (Hornet and Formidable) is hanging off Espiritu with standoff range 2 (around Efate) and gets a couple of strikes on the IJN SCTFs - 1 CA sunk Meanwhile KB stands off halfway to Rennell Island and does very little.

Then the surface battles begin - Japs bring TF3 (appears to be a bombardment TF with 4 BBs plus escorts), TF4s and 5 (both composed of about 4-5 CAs, 3-4 CLs and DDs). The Allies have 2 TFs - Adm Halsey with BBs Colorado, Maryland, Idaho and Pennsylvania plus 3 CAs (San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Portland) and 3 CL (Durban, Marblehead and Adelaide) plus DDs; TF54 under Adm Scott has New Mexico, Ramilles and Revenge plus 7 CAs (Vincennes, Pensacola, Louisville, Chester, Dorsetshire, Australia and Canberra) plus DDs.

3 combat actions result in both sides getting a pounding; Japs lose 5 CAs (looked like 2 Myoko-types, a Tone, Mogami and Aoba), a Kuma-type CL and about 3 DDs. Allies lose the Maryland, 7 CAs (San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Portland, Chester, Dorsetshire, Australia and Canberra) and about 4 DDs.

Several ground units land but Gen Geiger and his troops hold firm





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5/10/42: CA sinkings abound - 9/3/2013 2:17:56 AM   
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End-of-turn Summary: I have often kidded myself that I am tough on CAs in this game, but this turn it turned out true in spades. Only the New Orleans (just arriving at American Samoa escorting troop reinforcements) and the Vincennes (16% damaged) are left operational. The others are scattered across the Pacific - Houston (45% dmg) and Astoria (33% dmg) arrived on the West Coast for repairs, Chicago (56% dmg) just got back to Pearl Harbor, Indianapolis (78% dmg) is at American Samoa, Minneapolis (82% dmg) at Fiji, Northampton (38% dmg) repairing at Sydney; Pensacola (37%) and Louisville (33%) are with Adm Scott looking to retire towards Fiji.

The Battleship list of damage is getting long also - Prince of Wales (69% dmg) is languishing away in New Zealand, Pennsylvania (60% dmg) and New Mexico (73% dmg) will be looking to get back to the West Coast; the Revenge (32% dmg) and Ramillies (28% dmg) will likely retire also; they are not the most survivable platforms even when undamaged.

So I can scrape up about 1 SCTF now - Colorado (6% dmg) and Idaho (13% dmg) will rendezvous with the West Virginia and Tennessee (just finished repairs and arrived at Fiji), with 2 CAs and a collection of CLs (ANZAC types Leander, Achilles, Perth and Hobart, U.S. Marblehead, Detroit and Raleigh, British Danae, Dragon, Durban and Enterprise). Other CLs (Phoenix, St. Louis, Helena, Atlanta, Van Heemskerk, Nashville) will be CV escorts while the rest (Boise 60% dmg in Melbourne and Honolulu 22% dmg in San Francisco) are under repair.

I have to hope the Japanese are have an equally large number of surface units under repair





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RE: 5/10/42: CA sinkings abound - 9/13/2013 12:47:30 PM   
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Skipjack,

Thanks for this AAR.
I have just got a colleague interested in Pacwar and this will help him immensely

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RE: 5/10/42: CA sinkings abound - 9/14/2013 1:08:28 PM   
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Skipjack,

Thanks for this AAR.
I have just got a colleague interested in Pacwar and this will help him immensely

Cuthalin


Thanks for following this thread

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Counter moves in Alaska and Gilberts - 9/14/2013 4:24:39 PM   
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5/17/42:
Espiritu Santo: Air raid from Guadalcanal (100 A6M & 25 G4M) shoots down 22 F4Fs for the loss of 11 A6M, then a fighter sweep follows - 6 A6M vs 12 F4F lost. Invading Japanese troops evacuated by IJN TFs - 1 TF lost 6 APs to allied airstrikes retiring. During the movement phase the 65th Ind Bde lands alone and does little vs the U.S. divisions defending.

At Brisbane - 165 fighters and 25 bombers are intercepted by 62 allied fighters - IJA losses are 13 fighters, 2 bombers, 58 allied fighters shot down

Elsewhere in the South Pacific, IJN TF of 2 BBs and 3 CAs bombards New Caledonia ... Combined Fleet Engineers take Santa Cruz ... U.S. Fleet units from Fiji are sent on a counter-move north, retaking Ellis Island with the 41st U.S. Inf Div.

Reviewing my commanders, I see Adm Halsey has increased his surface rating to 8 - now he is as good as R. Tanaka!

5/24/42:
Espiritu Santo's airfield has increased to size 5, so P40s have been staged in, this helps even the losses to the airstrikes from Guadalcanal (losses 20 vs 41). Airstrikes on Brisbane are still going heavily against the allies (losses 29 vs 63).

Battleship duel at New Caledonia costs the IJN a BB, CA and CL, allies lose a CL and DD. Allied airstrikes sink 3 APs retiring from the area.

Tarawa taken by the U.S. 41st Inf Div.

Alaska: Japanese open a new front by taking Attu Island.





5/31/42:
The usual airstrike from Guadalcanal hits Espiritu (losses 27 IJN vs 48 U.S.). Airstrikes on Brisbane from Rockhampton continue to hit the allied squadrons heavily (losses 22 IJA vs 65 Allied). I would like to withdraw my air groups but that would leave the ground troops and fighter factory unprotected.

At New Caledonia, the IJA leaves the 2/5 Inf Bde behind - it is attacked by the Australian / New Zealand troops present but holds out against surrender.

Alaska: Japanese increase the pace of operations, Adak Island is taken and Dutch Harbor is bombarded by a SCTF of 3 CLs and escorting DDs / CDs.

6/7/42:
Air raids on Espiritu and Brisbane continue with results similar to previous turns.

China: Japanese attack Kumning and take it - several Chinese armies surrender due to no retreat path

Alaska: Kiska taken, Dutch Harbor again bombarded by CLs.

End-of-turn Summary. I am sending what I can to Tarawa (2 breakdown U.S. Inf Bdes and an Engineer unit) and Ellis Island (Seebees and a Marine Bn). I want to start developing airfields in this area without risking anything I cannot afford to lose. Hopefully the Engineers can be evacuated if the Japanese move to retake these islands.



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RE: Counter moves in Alaska and Gilberts - 9/14/2013 6:57:07 PM   
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Battleship duel at New Caledonia costs the IJN a BB, CA and CL, allies lose a CL and DD.


That's what we like to see! Any idea of the identity of the Japanese battlewagon?

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RE: Counter moves in Alaska and Gilberts - 10/1/2013 11:32:12 PM   
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That's what we like to see! Any idea of the identity of the Japanese battlewagon?


It was reported as a Fuso-class. The sunk menu shows I have lost 7 BBs, but I can only account for 5 (California, Oklahoma, Arizona, Maryland and Royal Sovereign). I wonder if the number 5 reported on the first turn is hard-coded?





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RE: Counter moves in Alaska and Gilberts - 10/1/2013 11:36:44 PM   
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6/14/42:
Japanese Army attacks the Chinese at Kwengyang, but the Chinese manage to hold ... with the increased airbase size at Espiritu Santo, the defenders do better dueling with A6Ms from Guadalcanal (losses 30 IJN vs 39 Allied) ... Brisbane air battle remains in Jap favor (30 IJA vs 54 Allied) ... An IJN CL force bombards Dutch Harbor ...

6/21/42:
Air Losses: Espiritu 40 IJN vs 48 Allied, later 30 vs 36. Brisbane 28 IJA vs 54 Allied.
Allied ground forces launch and ill-advised attack at Brisbane and suffer 1741 casualties vs 441 IJA.

6/28/42:
No raid on Espiritu this turn ... Brisbane air defenses still suffering 2:1 losses ...

The buildup in the Central Pacific gradually continues - Tarawa and Ellis Island have 2-factor airfields with F4Fs and SBDs.

7/5/42:
IJN ground based squadrons have moved into the Marshall Islands and strike U.S. bases in the Gilberts.
Brisbane air battle continues with similar results to previous turns

IJN then launches an attack on Tarawa! U.S. responds with a BB TF under Halsey - IJN losses are a Kuma CL, Nagato BB and 4 DDs vs CL Achilles and 3 DDs. KB with 5 CVs patrols from a distance, a CA/CL TF bombards.

End of turn: Adm. Theobald is bringing damages ships to the West Coast, but en route detects the IJN CL that has been bombarding Dutch Harbor and reacts! Pennsylvania, Durban and 2 DDs (Echo and Tenedos types) sink a Kashii-type CL with modest additional damage in return

Reinforcements: The BB Mississippi arrives (finally! Must have been delayed due to heavy shipyard repair activity).




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RE: Counter moves in Alaska and Gilberts - 10/2/2013 8:26:02 PM   
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IJN then launches an attack on Tarawa! U.S. responds with a BB TF under Halsey - IJN losses are a Kuma CL, Nagato BB and 4 DDs vs CL Achilles and 3 DDs. KB with 5 CVs patrols from a distance, a CA/CL TF bombards.

End of turn: Adm. Theobald is bringing damages ships to the West Coast, but en route detects the IJN CL that has been bombarding Dutch Harbor and reacts! Pennsylvania, Durban and 2 DDs (Echo and Tenedos types) sink a Kashii-type CL with modest additional damage in return

Reinforcements: The BB Mississippi arrives (finally! Must have been delayed due to heavy shipyard repair activity).


Nice work! It looks like you're slowly tipping the scale back towards parity in surface combat units. (Though I would have assigned the Brooklyn-class CL's to surface combat and used the Achilles and other CL's for CV escort.)

At this stage of the game, it strikes me that a worse than 1:1 loss ratio in air-to-air combat is acceptable. You badly need more experienced pilots, and as long as most of the squadron survives, the increase in experience seems to me to be worth it. And soon, you'll have plenty more fighters where those came from.

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RE: Counter moves in Alaska and Gilberts - 10/3/2013 2:13:11 AM   
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Nice work! It looks like you're slowly tipping the scale back towards parity in surface combat units. (Though I would have assigned the Brooklyn-class CL's to surface combat and used the Achilles and other CL's for CV escort.)

At this stage of the game, it strikes me that a worse than 1:1 loss ratio in air-to-air combat is acceptable. You badly need more experienced pilots, and as long as most of the squadron survives, the increase in experience seems to me to be worth it. And soon, you'll have plenty more fighters where those came from.


I agree I have made headway wearing down IJN surface power, but this air battle in Brisbane is costing too many pilots, so experience is tough to maintain. I have extra squadrons to rotate them, but resistance is getting tough to keep up. I need better aircraft.

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CV Disaster - 10/3/2013 2:17:44 AM   
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7/12/42:
Jap squadrons based in the Marshall Islands strike Tarawa and Makin Island ...
Brisbane hit again from Rockhampton - Losses are getting severe, IJN lose 20 aircraft while the allies lose 64 in the air and 9 on the ground ...

Off Tarawa, exactly what I did not want comes to pass - a CV battle. I was hoping to lay off Tarawa by 2 squares, thus keeping a distance from KB coming from Kwajelein, but somehow the IJN appears off the east side of Makin, close enough for a big CV duel. Adm. Spruance gets the first strike (123 aircraft intercepted by 61 zeros) but only 4 1000 Lb bomb hits are made, yielding no critical damage.

The Japanese pilots do much better - 240 aircraft strike, sweep aside the F4Fs on CAP, sinking Yorktown and crippling Hornet. Wasp fights on alone in a hopeless 2nd round, a few more bomb hits from her strikes and the SBDs on Tarawa are made, adding up to modest damage to 2 Jap CVs before a further strike sinks Wasp and CL Nashville.

IJN Transport TFs do not arrive so Tarawa remains in U.S. control - for now.





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Taking Stock - 10/4/2013 2:18:36 AM   
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7/19/42:
Kweiyang attacked by the IJA and the Chinese manage only a 2-squad defense, the defenders retreat to Chungking ...
KB is observed with oilers off Makin, so they appear to have remained on station for more action ...
Brisbane is bombed by strikes from Rockhampton, no air resistance (all squadrons withdrawn south for retraining and recover of strength).

7/26/42:
Tarawa has gone to a 3-factor airfield, so with 2 F4F Marine squadrons and 1 SBD squadron, the Engineer unit is evacuated south towards Ellis Island ...

Brisbane attacked by air once again, again no air resistance ...

Tarawa is attacked - first bombarded by a CA TF, then the 48th IJA Inf Div lands and quickly overcomes the 2 U.S. Army Bdes defending, Gen. Emmons (former SWPAC commander) surrenders.

KB gets some strikes on the evacuation TF heading for Ellis, 1 AMC sunk along with a couple of MCS, but the other AMC survives, so the Engineer unit makes it out with 8 squads left.

Alaska: CL task force again bombards, this time Anchorage, where U.S. P40s and B26s manage to sortie, sinking 1 DD and getting a hit on a CL

8/2/42:
Brisbane struck again, still no air cover. That may need to be rectified soon, the factory here has production of 1* (close to being knocked out )

Makin Island: A Kongo BB plus CAs bombard, then the 18th IJA Div lands - but it cannot take the base and evacuates after 4 rounds of combat

2/5 IJA Bde on New Caledonia finally mopped up after over of month of trying.

Taking Stock:
With Allied carrier forces at low tide, I turn to take stock of my defenses. Espiritu and Noumea are well defended, but Fiji looks a bit thin (1 U.S. Div, 1 NZ Bde and a couple of Engineers) - an 8-factor airfield helps, so does the presence of most of my Surface units, plus the Enterprise and Formidable.

American Samoa and Canton both have a U.S. Div plus an additional Rgt/Bn, so that is as much as I am willing to use to defend atolls. Palmyra has a Marine Bn plus U.S. Army Bde, so the defense of Hawaii is taking priority. the 1st Marine Division will be sent to Oahu, so that it plus 1 Army Div (24th) should be a reasonable defense, it also allows for the other Division (25th) to be sent to Kauai - to resist an attempt by the Japanese to seize this and establish a G4M base. Also this allows me to pull the Marine Bn to Maui, so it and the big island have 2 Marine Bns each. Johnson Island has its Bn plus an Army Rgt arrived from West Coast. All airfields are maxed out, and squadron reinforcements will be sent here first. Not that am worried





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RE: AAR from a sleepy lagoon - 11/6/2013 3:14:39 AM   
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Adm Phillips brings his British TF with 3 R-class BBs to New Caledonia and surprises a transport TF - 3 AVs, 6 DEs and 2 APs sunk.


Dang, Skip. Looking at that screenshot of the Ramilles trashing that IJN DE is a lot like looking at a picture of someone swatting a fly with one of those big ol' solid oak tables...!

Nicely done, though.

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RE: Taking Stock - 11/7/2013 7:31:32 PM   
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Tarawa has gone to a 3-factor airfield, so with 2 F4F Marine squadrons and 1 SBD squadron, the Engineer unit is evacuated south towards Ellis Island ...


Does that mean you evacuated the air units before the base fell?

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RE: AAR from a sleepy lagoon - 11/7/2013 8:20:50 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Cerran


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Adm Phillips brings his British TF with 3 R-class BBs to New Caledonia and surprises a transport TF - 3 AVs, 6 DEs and 2 APs sunk.


Dang, Skip. Looking at that screenshot of the Ramilles trashing that IJN DE is a lot like looking at a picture of someone swatting a fly with one of those big ol' solid oak tables...!

Nicely done, though.


Thanks, it was fun seeing BBs pounding on a transport TF. Does not happen too often.

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RE: Taking Stock - 11/7/2013 8:25:24 PM   
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quote:

Tarawa has gone to a 3-factor airfield, so with 2 F4F Marine squadrons and 1 SBD squadron, the Engineer unit is evacuated south towards Ellis Island ...


Does that mean you evacuated the air units before the base fell?


Not 100% sure, but I think the squadrons were flown to Ellis Island. Sorry I have not posted for a while, I am recovering from surgery right now.
Hope to post more updates next week.

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8/9/42:
Allies bring squadrons back to Brisbane to defend against airstrikes, which the Japanese send (200 IJA vs. 98 Allied) - losses 34 vs 78.
Makin defenders take airstrikes from Tarawa, Maleolop and Kwajelein.

8/16/42:
Airstrikes on Brisbane and Makin continue with similar results ...

8/23/42:
Brisbane raided again, losses remain around 2:1 favoring the IJA ...
Makin is invaded - first a Kongo-type BB plus CAs bombard, then the 56th Inf Div lands but cannot take the base over 4 rounds of combat ... the 16th Inf Div follows and overcomes the 2 U.S. Army Bdes on the 2nd combat round

8/30/42:
Air raid on Espiritu Santo from Guadalcanal resumes ... 125 A6M and 25 G4M vs 31 F4F, but the Marines acquit themselves well (24 vs 35 lost).
Brisbane losses 36 IJA vs 85 allied ...

Ellis Island attacked - first a bombardment TF centered on Musashi and Mutsu, SBD strike on KB manages a ** hit on Akagi, then the 16th Inf Div takes the base on the first combat round





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9/6/42:
Air raid on Espiritu Santo comprised of 130 A6Ms and 35 G4Ms is received by 76 a mixture of Allied fighters - P40s, P39s and F4Fs. Losses 50 IJN vs. 86 Allied.
Brisbane raid again results in about 2:1 losses allied vs. IJA.

South Pacific / SWPac commands determine to try a counter-attack on Rockhampton whilst the IJN is busy in the Central Pacific. Covered by CVs Enterprise and Formidible, BBs bombard then the landings begin - 5 Infantry Divisions, 1 Inf Bde and the 1st Armoured Bde land but it is not enough to overcome the defenders - 2 IJA Divisions and 2 SNLF units. The odds did get above zero by the end, so it was close.

9/13/42:
Allies try a ground attack in Brisbane but it does not dislodge the Japanese, Rockhampton invaders are withdrawn before the IJN can arrive to wreak havoc (the KB did arrive off the coast of Australia to try and get some licks in, but the evacuation got away to the south).

Air raid on Espiritu Santo now includes strikes from Santa Cruz also.

9/20/42:
Air battles over Espiritu and Brisbane continue but are smaller in scope ...

9/27/42:
The Japanese try a counter-move against Espiritu Santo while the Allied fleets recover from the failed attempt at Rockhampton.
Although thanks to SIGINT 2 U.S. SCTFs are able to respond - Adm Halsey brings the North Carolina with 2 CAs, 3 CLs and DDs; Adm Lee brings the South Dakota with 3 CAs, 3 CLs and DDs.

What transpires is a confusing air-sea melee - the VCR does not appear to be accurate which does not help.
The first IJN TFs to move in are a CA TF and a Transport TF which lose 4 DDs and an AV to allied air strikes; KB stands off Espiritu and hits the U.S. SCTFs on the way in - Lee suffers 1 DD sunk while a BB and 2 CAs, 2 CLs take damage - Halsey takes slight damage to a BB and 1 DD sunk.

Halsey then hits hard in the surface action - IJN losses are 2 of 3 BBs (Musashi, Kongo-type) while the U.S. lose a CA and a DD.
One IJA Div manages to land but the U.S. / N.Z. Defenders hold them off.

U.S. fleets retire, most notable damage is South Dakota (47%) CAs Astoria (35%) and Houston (61%) and CL Enterprise (56%).
Other ships (North Carolina 18%, Quincy 20%, Hobart 21%, Perth 12%) are not too badly off.





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RE: Sept 1942 - 11/19/2013 7:25:51 PM   
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Halsey then hits hard in the surface action - IJN losses are 2 of 3 BBs (Musashi, Kongo-type) while the U.S. lose a CA and a DD.
One IJA Div manages to land but the U.S. / N.Z. Defenders hold them off.


The audience wants blood -- the audience is pleased!

(But once again you're hard on your CA's ... you're going to need those Baltimore-class units.)

Was there any damage to Japanese transports?

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RE: Sept 1942 - 11/20/2013 6:32:10 PM   
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The audience wants blood -- the audience is pleased!

(But once again you're hard on your CA's ... you're going to need those Baltimore-class units.)

Was there any damage to Japanese transports?


Sunk menu did not show any additional APs sunk . Current total claimed is 23. As long as the IJN has a decent fast AP force, they can threaten a counter-attack, so chipping away at the AP fleet is something I hope to do. Trimming down the surface combat ability of Kaigun helps also

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RE: Sept 1942 - 11/20/2013 6:34:29 PM   
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10/4/42:
Airstrike on Espiritu - 110 A6 / 25 G4 vs. 74 Allied fighters - losses 37 vs 59. Follow-up strikes come in from Rennell Is. and Santa Cruz.
Surprisingly no IJA airstrike on Brisbane, so allied AC can attack Japanese ground forces ...
SIGINT showed Perth unoccupied, so the Allies send Enterprise, Formidible and a bombardment TF to retake it, along with the 7th Aus Div and 2nd Brit Div.

10/11/42:
Airstrikes continue on Espiritu - originating from Guadalcanal, Rennell Is. and Santa Cruz ... Brisbane attacked from Rockhampton (losses were rather even this time, 56 vs 66).
U.S. SCTF patrols Espiritu but only action is IJN airstrikes from land bases, a Sims DD is sunk with some other minor hits incurred ...

End-of-turn summary: With Perth back under allied control, reinforcements begin moving from Ceylon to Australia - Warspite, Resolution, 5 CLs and 6 DDs along with the 23rd PG.

10/18/42:
Air strikes on Espiritu and Brisbane continue with heavier losses incurred by the allies, but resistance is kept up ...
IJN moves on Midway, bombarding with a BB and 3-4 CAs - then the 18th IJA Div takes it from the Marine Bn on the 3rd combat round ...

10/25/42:
Airstrikes on Espiritu and Brisbane show much more even losses this turn - then a B17 raid on Guadalcanal destroys 66 aircraft - managing to give a little back
Japanese move on Dutch Harbor - bombardment for now, but more TFs appear to be on their way ...





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Nov 42: Alaska heats up - 11/22/2013 10:11:31 AM   
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11/1/42:
P38s make their appearance at Espiritu, and the show the ability to even the odds vs the raid from Santa Cruz ...
Brisbane still making due with P39s/P40s, and the exchange still reflects that (42 IJA lost vs. 74). A B17 raid from New Caledonia on Rockhampton manages to destroy 44 Japanese aircraft

Alaska: Japanese bring 2 BBs, 4-5 CAs to bombard Dutch Harbor, still no invasion - yet.

11/8/42:
Allied attack at Brisbane drives the Japanese back - only 1 Bde was left at this point, the IJA appears to be pulling back ...
Air raid on Espiritu now turning in U.S. favor with 2 squadrons of P38s present
Brisbane still the same (IJA raid lost 31 A/C vs. 54 allied).

Alaska: Several TFs move on Dutch Harbor, U.S. sub active and get some hits in on APs and AVs - then Adm Halsey engages with BBs Indiana and Washington, 3 CAs and 3 CLs plus DDs - looks like IJN brought 2 BBs, a CA, 3 CLs and DDs. Losses: lots of damage on both sides, a Fuso BB and some DDs sunk. Then the IJA 48th Div, Karafu Div and 1st Para Bde land and take the base.





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Losses: lots of damage on both sides, a Fuso BB and some DDs sunk. Then the IJA 48th Div, Karafu Div and 1st Para Bde land and take the base.


You are certainly whittling down the number of Japanese battlewagons. How far up had the airfield at Dutch Harbor been built?

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