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Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs Iroqu... - 4/12/2014 6:48:53 PM   
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Hey again everyone!


For the 4th time I've decided to give in myself to the WitPAE, again commanding the Japanese. We play the latest beta (...p4 or something) and the scenario is a slightly modified RA6.6 with extended map, stacking limits and reduced roads in China and Asia. The changes we've made are availability date of the Ki-84a(6/44 instead of 4/44) and service ratings of most Ki-61s(2 for a, b and c, 3 for IIa).

This time around I'll try to use my experience from conquering the DEI to better use, and the expanded IJN and IJNAF to push the limits of the perimeter beyond historical limits where plausible.

As before I'll also be paying near-OCD class attention to detail in economy and my very favorites that are of course the pilot training and micromanaging the two air forces.

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/12/2014 7:13:54 PM   
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Phase I:


The IJ will move deep into the DEI as rapidly as possible. I have initially more force directed here than most players would probably use. Malayan invasion is pretty standard, while other priority targets are Kuching/Singkawang and of course Palembang, which will be taken before 1942.

Philippines: standard invasions, + I found that I have a full regiment of paratroopers on Peleliu, so I used them to take the mountain base hex on Mindanao so that the defenders cant just turtle up there. Should make conquering the island much quicker and I can use some of the troops landing there elsewhere sooner.

The Pacific: near-standard invasions covered by several strong SAGs and my CVEs. I'll take Nauru and Ocean before Tarawa and Makin though.

China: standard-ish opening moves, I'll be trying a different approach with Sian this time around. And use more bombers and be more active with the few tanks and armored car units. Theres never enough bombers or tanks in China...

Burma: also standard 2½-division(1 still in Japan) push to get over the rivers and into Rangoon asap.

Kido Butai has already dropped its HEAVY hammer on Manila and more or less destroyed the US Submarine Fleet.

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/12/2014 8:17:01 PM   
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Good to see you back. I'll be following. You should have a lot of tools in RA to boldly go where none have gone before.

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/12/2014 8:21:11 PM   
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I'm not so sure, John 3rd has pretty much gone everywhere on the map.

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/12/2014 8:38:38 PM   
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Hey obvert


The first day is pretty promising.


Dec 7 1941

Kido Butai hits manila together with every single bomber and fighter on Formosa. There are 25 confirmed sub kills and the 2 unconfirmed ones both took 4 hits and are listed with "heavy damage". 3 P-40s are also shot down while the port AAA downed a G4M1 and a B5N2. Pretty good start! The ships are also hit well and many sink, including AV Langley and a tanker. KB has achieved best possible result(grand strategy wise) and theres no need to prolong the visit.

Everywhere else: more or less standard stuff as described in previous post. Some highlights though.

Force Z sighted sailing North from Singapore! IJN bombers strike and score 2 hits on BC Repulse. Unfortunately first is a dud and there is no further damage observed by the flight crew. They'll probably escape... Pity, but now the road should be clear.

Makassar:A strong Japanese force with 4 CAs has nearly reached the strait... And is ahead of the yanks that sit in the adjacent hex to the North! A nocturnal intercept is ordered. 2 submarines approaching from South will also attempt to make a contact.

Mindanao: Paratroopers get dropped and despite the terrain and inferiority in numbers, the troopers manage to inflict 11 squads and some other devices worth of losses while suffering none themselves. More will be dropped tomorrow.

Malaya: Brits and Dutchmen sortie with all kinds of antique aircraft against BBs Mutsu and Nagato. They dont achieve anything but get mostly shot down and burn a number of some of the few aircraft they have with capability of hurting big ships. A Dutch submarine sinks an xAK with troops aboard, but I think most were saved. Japanese aircraft bomb British airfields and destroy a dozen-ish Blenheims and Buffalos on ground.

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/14/2014 1:26:32 PM   
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Interesting to hit the subs. I'll be curious to see how it plays out.

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/14/2014 5:25:57 PM   
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Things still mostly on schedule.


Malaya:as half expected, the Allies expect a gambit landing at Mersing(Japanese BBs having been sighted nearby) and send lots of ships to mine the beaches. IJNAF bombers sink a CM while the BBs bombard Kuantan and smash its airfield and air units badly. Something hits the submarine-laid minefield in the Malacca strait, while more Allied air attacks are welcomed by shooting them down in exchange for a Ki-27. Japanese submarines destroy 3 ships. A Japanese armored recce regiment will(most likely)cut off the Allied force retrating from Alor Star tomorrow.

DEI: The Japanese cruiser squadron intercepts a TF with 5 old DDs and CL Marblehead. 4 torpedo hits on the Marblehead are overkill, and a DD is damaged badly. A Japanese CL suffers minor damage from gunfire.


PI: Kido Butai is in pursuit of fleeing shipping, and sinks a number while bad weather grounds some sorties. Allied B-17s sortie in number both on Mindanao and on Luzon... IJNAF fighters moved to Luzon for tomorrow to protect the unloading transports. 2 Jap DDs clash with 2 British DDs, damaging the other. In the air, Zeros shoot down P-40s in masses but the coordinationn also fails and 50 Zeros approach only after the air battle is done: a dozen bombers are lost. Air losses for the day are still 30 Japanese(10 Zeros, 1 Ki-27, rest bombers) to 65 Allied(the majority being P-40s).

South China Sea: Vildebeests operating from Hong Kong badly hit an xAK that is transporting resources.


The following 10-ish days will be critical to the Phase 1. There will be action all over the map...

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/14/2014 5:36:32 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: obvert

Interesting to hit the subs. I'll be curious to see how it plays out.


Just having had the American submarine fleet neutered at Manila by KB in my PBEM, I think the biggest gain for Japan is both tactical and psychological. The loss of the submarines is a blow to Allied search capabilities as usually they can be positioned to provide some form of early warning of impending Japanese moves. As ineffective as the U.S. early torpedoes are, I think having 27 less submarines operating in the Pacific has to make a Japanese player feel a little more secure, even if the chance of an actual hit on anything important was rare to begin with.

Good luck and have an enjoyable game Erkki.

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/14/2014 5:45:42 PM   
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Thanks!

I also believe that once the torpedoes start working, there'll be a certain "critical mass" of subs at which point they'll be becoming considerably more effective, as in, there'll be enough of them to go anywhere in effective numbers and keep their presence time in target area high enough for good effect and lots of attacks. The further away that date is the better: 27 subs less certainly makes me feel more confident already on Japan's ability to run its war economy and compete with its logistics long into the war.

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/14/2014 5:46:45 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: SqzMyLemon

Just having had the American submarine fleet neutered at Manila by KB in my PBEM, I think the biggest gain for Japan is both tactical and psychological. The loss of the submarines is a blow to Allied search capabilities as usually they can be positioned to provide some form of early warning of impending Japanese moves. As ineffective as the U.S. early torpedoes are, I think having 27 less submarines operating in the Pacific has to make a Japanese player feel a little more secure, even if the chance of an actual hit on anything important was rare to begin with.


I agree.

ETA: I'll be following along too, Erkki. Go get 'em.

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/14/2014 6:27:00 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Chickenboy

I agree.


Except in your case, huge mistake.

The main psychological effect on the Allied player is "Remember Manila!" just doesn't have the same appeal.

On an unrelated note, I miss the Banzai's after a successful attack during the replay. The Allied victory cheer is lame in the extreme!


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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/15/2014 9:27:04 AM   
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China:A KMT division gets roughed up in the North... Redeployments still in process and besides the middle, KMT units dont seem to be retreating. Hong Kong deliberate attack reaches 3:1 odds and casualties are easily in the favor of IJ, forts get reduced as well.

Malaya:Ki-21s hit Georgetown and smash the HDMLs, an IJN sub sinks an xAKL. IJA armored units cut off 11k Allied units in Alor Star. 3 units, of 1 is infantry, right?

DEI:IJN CA squadron kills off some old Dutch warships, a PG and a CM, and KB kills some more merchantmen South of Mindanao.

PI:the 2 RN destroyers reach the unloading transports and sink some PBs and xAKLs. No troops or supply is lost, but their presence does make one full amphib. TF to retreat from the area. IJN CAs then destroy them both. A small infantry detachment lands on a hex with a full PI division... Oops! They'll pull back tonight. More air combat over Clark Field where enemy fighters again reach IJNAF bombers and shoot down a handful, but at least fighter combat is one-sided in favor of the IJ. 15 B-17Ds attack Aparri, but are this time welcomed by 15 Zeros. 2 are shot down right away and 3-4 more are reported to have crashed. Good news!

Pacific: Nauru and Ocean captured, Guam attack casualties in favor of Japan.

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/16/2014 8:11:37 PM   
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China: a KMT corps get banged up very badly near Hong Kong and loses over 5000 of its strength to little Japanese casualties... Troops still redeploying and moving. KMT pulling back in center but not elsewhere.

Burma: Allied recce plane over Chiang Mai, looking for possible jungle flankers probably. The base is found empty, but I think I'll find something for the Allies to look at there soon.

Malaya: a heavy IJNAF+IJAAF fighter sweep to the base next to Singapore(dont quite have the range yet, Khota Bharu lacks aviation support) finds and shoots down some Buffalos. Submarine torpedoes a big tanker near Palembang. First units reach Georgetown! IJN BBs under air attack in South China Sea shoot down some Dutch bombers.

DEI: a sub sinks an xAKL near Soerebaja while KB sinks another near Mindanao. SNLF lands Borneo at Brunei.

PI: invasion of Mindanao begins with landings at Surigao. Zero sweep over Clark Field shoots down a couple of P-40s and a P-26, while bombers destroy multiple fighters on ground and damage about 30 other planes. 12 B-17s are reported damaged. More IJ troops land Luzon.

Pacific: IJ troops fail to secure Guam. Gotta send them reinforcements I think...

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/17/2014 3:38:18 PM   
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China: Chinese bombers sortie in the middle front but lose one of their number to a Ki-27. I dont think they have any replacements yet so they probably cant sustain these operations for long.

Burma: -

Malaya: Georgetown and Victoria Point fall! Some Allied units now totally trapped in Alor Star. Ki-43 & Zero sweep finds some fighters and shoot down a dozen-ish for no loss. The enemy is likely to fly CAP because there is heavy naval activity on the coast of Borneo and nearby(and they know the IJ carriers are near) so we'll continue to inflict fighter losses. Dutch bombers fly against BBs but fail again.

DEI: IJ invasion with CV support off Tarnate.

PI: IJ landing at Legaspi, Surigao on Mindanao falls!

Pacific: 6 landings on New Guinea, New Britain and Solomons simultaneously. They're all touch-n-go before the main force that will take Rabaul will arrive.

Today's air losses are 32-5(all Jap losses being OPS).


There should be plenty of action next turn...

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/18/2014 1:19:33 PM   
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Dec 12. 1941 - good to be a Jap again!


China: A KMT corps is mauled very bad near Changsha and is forced to retreat. The road is now open and KMT line broken. To the North, IJA armored units keep pushing in the plains between forests. Hong Kong shock attack nearly reaches 2:1 which would have captured the city!

Malaya: Large reinforcements arrive and are being unloaded. IJAAF sweeps to Johore Bahru and Singapore seem to go badly, but in the end only 2 fighters and 1 pilot are lost, to about 20 CW fighters. Jolly good show chaps! IJA armored spearhead reaches the next base on its way to Singapore, and the enemy hasnt managed to evacuate yet...

DEI: Sub sinks an xAKL near Soerebaja while IJ invades Singkawang and Ternate in force! All troops are unloaded already and take the bases tomorrow! Dutch and British bombers sortie against the Ternate invasion and sink a number of transports though. Zero-CAP shoots down 2 Dutch fighters and 2 bombers.

PI: The Western most peninsula on Mindanao is invaded as is the hex next to Manila(with about 350 av). Catalinas sortie against Legaspi invasion force and sink 2 transports... They'll be gone next morning while the other unloading TF will have a Zero-CAP. Only 3 P-40s are met by our sweeps today, all shot down. More enemy ships hit the sub-laid minefields at Bataan....

South Pacific: 6 different bases including one on Bougainville fall to the Japanese! The enemy has some Hudson bombers operating from Rabaul, but they miss.

Central Pacific: Wake island invaded and captured!!! I dont think the enemy expected this: 12 Wildcats were still on the island and were destroyed. The initial Japanese attack on Manila must have made the enemy to think that Wake invasion must be delayed. During the day phase, 4 enemy DMs arrive at the scene. 1 is probably destroyed by BB Hyuga, while the invasion force loses a PB. Luckily the heavy cover this force had nearby did not react and its presence most likely still unknown to the enemy.

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/19/2014 1:01:03 PM   
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More or less good day... Besides the air losses!


China: A KMT corps is routed in the Southern front while IJ armored regiment inflicts great losses on another one in the center front. It is joined today by an armored recce reg and together they should make the Chinese rout tomorrow. They're retrating any way but I'd love to inflict more losses. 6 KMT units arrive at Inchang and I doubt I can hold the base... But that was more or less expected.

Burma: IJ paratroopers capture Port Blair!!!!! I forgot to raise the transport plane altitude and so several aircraft get shot down by the local AA guns. Damnit. I'll now fly in some aviation support and then float planes... IJN H6K2-Ls will fly the paratroopers out so I can use them for their next mission in 10 days or so.

Malaya: On the ground, IJ armor reaches the next base and attacks, inflicting significant losses to the enemy with few casualties of their own. In the air on the other hand, we lose 18 Ki-21s in an air attack on Singapore. The massive British CAP of mainly Buffalos and Hurricanes simply waltzes through the 35-strong escort without engaging them for more than mere seconds, and the second Ki-21 group arrives without escorts at all. A single Wildebeest is destroyed on the ground. The Zero squadron also loses some planes and pilots to the Buffalos.

DEI: Singkawang captured!! Several Dutch fighters and bombers, about a dozen in total, are lost on the ground to Japanese troops. British bombers of all sorts sortie against the invasion fleet and a nearby heavy cruiser squadron, but only manage a couple of hits on a CA(no serious damage) and getting themselves damaged and shot down by the flak. A Zero unit is flown in for tomorrow while the fleet stays in position to lure the enemy attacks in again. Ternate falls too. IJ sub sinks an xAKL.

PI: Zeros over Manila lose 3 of their number to 2 P-40s. Not too great. In return, Tainan Ku S-1 flyboys shoot down 5 Seagulls and 2 B-17s that attack an unloading IJN TF on the Eastern coast of Luzon. Zamboanga falls while Jolo is invaded.

South Pacific: an Allied recon plane over Truk!!! Elements of Kido Butai are revealed the very turn they arrive there. Not good, but maybe their presence will keep the Allies away when we'll invade Rabaul within a week or so...

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/20/2014 12:46:07 PM   
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No turn today so I'll discuss my favorite topic: IJ aircraft industry!


In the RA, the initial engine factories are MASSIVE! In fact there is already almost too much production and in the beginning some factories start as unrepaired still. There is only need to convert and expand factories for the planes that become available far in the future. My plans for future aircraft production also follows somewhat the limits of the existing engine production - that ought to keep spent HI and supply at minimum. There are some engine factories that I plan to keep running through the war... Also the new aircraft data has I think somewhat changed the balance, especially for the IJAAF. Heres what I have in mind now:


Fighters:

Navy: first of course Zero. RA6.6 has both CV and land-based lines. They'll both get R&D'd and built hopefully in the appropriate ratio... I'll also R&D the A6M7 with one size 30 factory. It should arrive much earlier than the A6M8 that way and while its slower, it does have 1 Centerline mounted heavy machine gun more. The first models will be built just to fill the units and replace losses(A6M2 100/month) but I'm looking to eventually increase the Zero production to 180 to 200/month

A7M Reppu and N1K Shiden series are the 2nd gen. fighters for the Navy(J2M series doesnt exist in RA6.6). There will be a heavy focus on the N1K because it arrives much earlier and its 2nd variant, which is CV capable, is better than the A7M. A7M2 will be built in small numbers, the true prize of the line being the A7M3(9/45) with its SIX cannons! I expect to terminate the Zero production by 6/44 at which point N1K2-J and A7M start to replace the carrier Zeros and all land-based Zeros have been replaced with N1K1-Js. Expected production for the late-war IJNAF fighters is going to be somewhere around 250/month...

Army: heres just waaaay too many Ki-27 groups and the Ki-43-Ic needs mass production. Initial production will be 120/month and other types becoming available will be built at the same time for about half a year or so.

Ki-43 Hayabusa: 120/month until about 10/42, then 30/month until the end of the war probably
Ki-44 Shoki series: 120/month when it arrives until Ki-100 arrives, then probably 30/month just to use that engine type

Above two planes have besides lacking speed for late war and no armor in earlywar, 1 huge problem: crap guns. Ki-84 will fix that issue for good, but it has the problem of having high service rating and using a very needed engine instead of something used in earlier fighters to... Heres how I've planned to rectify that issue:

Ki-45-KAIa: armor and cannon, will be built for the use of probably 2 full Groups until Ki-61 becomes available.
Ki-61 Hien series: now has SR2(3 for IIa) so its useable. Ia will be built because it has armor when Ki-44 doesnt, and is still faster than Ki-43. Theres a HEAVY R&D focus on this line because IIa(4 cannons, 2 centerline!!!) and Ki-100(much faster now) ROCK. 30/month for first types(Ia, Ib, Id) then later up to 120/month(looking for something like 50/50% between Ki-100 and Ki-61-IIa)

Ki-84 will of course be the best late-war fighter and will be heavily R&D'd.

By mid-1942 the fighter production will hopefully look something like the following(may need to scale ALL the numbers up though if the war in the air will be bloodier or if operational tempo in general will be higher than expected):

Ki-44-IIa: 120
Ki-43-Ic: 120
Ki-45: 30
A6M3b: 90
A6M5: 90


By 12/42:
Ki-61-Ia: 30
Ki-44-IIa: 120
Ki-43-IIa: 60
A6M5b: 60
A6M4: 90

And by mid 1943:
Ki-61-Ib: 30
Ki-61-Id: 30
Ki-44-IIc: 120
Ki-43-IIb: 60
N1K1-J: 120
A6M8-J: 30
A6M8: 90


By 1/44:
Ki-84a: 150
Ki-61-IIa: 60
Ki-44-IIc: 60
Ki-43-IIb: 30(kami escorts)
N1K1-J: 150
A6M8: 30

By 6/44:
Ki-84b: 150
Ki-61-IIa: 60
Ki-100-I: 60
Ki-44-IIc: 60
Ki-43-IIIa: 30(kami escorts)
N1K2-J: 180
A7M2: 30

By 1/45:

Ki-84b: 180
Ki-61-IIa: 60
Ki-100-I and II: 60
Ki-44-IIc: 60
Ki-43-(kami use 100%): 30
N1K4-A 210
A7M3: 60



Others, IJNAF:

Attack: initially B5N1 and N2 45/month and the D3A 35/month. I dont think I will be needing more. Later, the D4Y series will be mass-built: very long range for a single-engine attack plane + 500kg bomb + very fast = will be the main light kamikaze. B6N series purely for attack role at expected 40-60/month. B7A will of course be R&D'd and will eventually replace other types somewhat(within the limits of engine production, the Ha-45 will be a popular engine by mid 1944).

Bombers: the production of G4M and G3M series will be kept at where it is now, which is combined 72/month to minimize expenses. P1Y will once it arrives start replacing them both... Looking for about 100/month. G3M3 with its superb range will probably stay in production a bit longer for maritime patrol use though.

Patrol: H8K is available from the start of the war!! I'll keep building H6Ks for a while though as there already is a fully repaired factory. Long-term I'm looking to build H8K series 24/month for all purposes, including troop and supply transport, ASW and attack.

Others: small number of L3Y2(6/month) and later H6K2-Ls(maybe 4/month), small numbers of recce planes etc. E13A 30/month, E14Y for submarine use 6/month. I will probably not build float fighters at all. Existing F1M2s will have to be enough.


Others, IJAAF:

Bombers: Ki-48 will stay in production for a while because it uses the Ha-35 engine which will have overproduction capacity probably through the war(late Zeros dont use it). Ki-48 units will stay in China except the ones with IIa because its armored. Ki-21 will be produced 30/month until first Ki-49-IIa(expecting 60/month) units receive their planes, probably by 7/42. Ki-67 will be produced late in the war in small numbers for torpedo attack, ASW and kami purposes.

Attack: I may conserve the Ki-48 factory and start building the dive-bomber Ki-48 when they become available. In small numbers they could be useful, and probably hit ships much better than the torpedo-equipped Ki-67s...

Recon: as standard, Ki-46 through the war in small numbers. I think 11/month now.

Transports: also as standard, using Ha-5 engines for Ki-57-Is. Ki-56 has longer range though so I will try to have them as much as possible.

Night fighters and fighter bombers other than Ki-45 and A6M7: havent decided yet... Do you think any of the night fighters is any good as daytime interceptors? How do the upwards-firing cannons work any way, in game?

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/20/2014 2:18:25 PM   
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Heres the comparison. There is some difference for Ki-84's advantage in speed, climb and MVR but I think the 2 centerline cannons + wing cannons and slightly better range make the Ki-61-IIa worth it. Their availability date will probably end up being the same, +-1 month.

edit: I dont think the MVR difference matters much, as you can see at the altutudes where most of the battles will be fought in 1944(20-25 kft) the difference in MVR rating is just 1 point.






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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/20/2014 10:34:20 PM   
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China: Hong Kong falls!!! Also IJ some minor skirmishes elsewhere.

Malaya: nothing today

DEI: submarine near Palembang sinks 2 big ships, an AO and a TK! Singkawang now filled with fighters. Jesselton invaded on Borneo.

PI: troops advance on Mindanao. IJN bombers lose 10 of their numbers as Allied fighters again leak through the escorts.

Pacific: KB gets sighted by recon planes again...

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/21/2014 12:25:53 PM   
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Allied carrier sighted!


China: Chinese attack in Singkiang(or whatever) and reach 1:1 but lose 1:3 in troop casualties. They'll still likely take the base tomorrow. Near Changsha a KMT corps is routed.

Malaya: not much today

DEI: Kuching invaded, but the 20-av SNLF unit is not strong enough to take it. Oops. Reinforcements on their way already, though.

PI: IJ B5N1s from Jolo island find USN CVTF between Jolo and Tarakan! The strike planes penetrate the CAP twice without a loss but fail to score hits on CVL Charlotte. IJ will be taking immediate countermeasures. Palawan invaded, Malaybalay on Mindanao falls to IJ paratroopers and Legaspi on Luzon falls! Over Clark Field and Vigan Zeros fight P-40s and shoot down 20 enemy aircraft for the loss of just 1. Unfortunately still I forgot to stand down one small bomber unit, and 7 G3M2s are lost over Clark Field. Catalinas destroy an APD near Vigan while SBDs from CVL Charlotte hurt a xAK near Zamboanga. Damn...

Pacific: IJ submarine attacks and destroys a xAK near Fiji.

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A more or less promising day. I'm finally starting to rectify the early mistakes with understrength invasions especially in the PI and the allied airpower in PI, Burma and DEI is starting to feel the losses, and I've located at least the majority of the enemy fighter and strike aircraft.


China:
Sinkiang 1:1 and forts fall. The base may fall tomorrow but I'm not too worried about the situation. Theres plenty of force to stop these KMT units later and this attacking force will not be defending elsewhere. Near Changsha a big stack of 4 corps is routed with heavy losses.

Burma: Toungoo + Rangoon have nearly 100 fighters together. Thats the AVG.

Malaya Tientsin(or something) captured, IJ armored units in pursuit and followed the enemy to the next hex already. Kuantan invaded!!!! The force is not strong enough to take the base though. Interesting that the Allies havent pulled back the infantry unit. Enemy bombers strike the invasion TF and sink an APD and 2 xAKs. Reinforcements arrive tomorrow and I'll provide a CAP.

Zeros and Ki-43s from Singkawang sweep Singapore and shoot down 21 enemy aircraft for 7 losses(3 pilots lost). For tomorrow we'll be placing a CAP-trap with the IJN battleships.

A Dutch submarine hits CA Takao. Damage is minor but she hopefully wont be seeing combat for months.

DEI: CVL Charlotte and her escorts retreat! Theres a lot of shipping in southern PI still though. Lets see if we can catch some of it. Jolo now has D3As, B5Ns and Ki-15 recces.

PI: Purto Princesa captured. 4 Kingfishers are lost on ground. On Luzon, Zeros shoot down 4 Seagulls that strike unloading TFs at Vigan.

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China: Not much. Bombers are effective when attacking KMT units in open ground...

Burma: RN bombardment TF with BB Prince of Wales visits Port Moresby and completely wiped out a JAAF aviation support company. That small TF alone did more damage than any of my own bombardments ever. Luckily no flying boats are lost and I doubt the Allies are about to invade the place any soon.

Malaya: It seems that bad weather ground not only most of IJ sweeps to Singapore but also British air attacks on IJ shipping. Just a handful of Hudsons from Johore Bahru(apparenly?) sortie but fail to score hits. Zeros score 6-0 vs. Buffalos and Hurricanes over Singapore. 2 Dutch submarines are hit multiple times, but they also torpedo an old CM cruiser off Kuching. IJ invasion forces at both Kuhching and Kuantan receive reinforcements.

DEI: just south of the PIs there are lots and lots of ships sighted(mainly xAKs and such in twos or small groups) but weather grounds all attacks from CVs as well as from Jolo. Hope for a better day tomorrow.

PI: Zeros shoot down 3 P-40s over Clark and 2 Catalinas over Vigan to no loss. A B-17 is damaged also.

Pacific: Guam falls, finally!

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RN bombardment TF with BB Prince of Wales visits Port Moresby and completely wiped out a JAAF aviation support company. That small TF alone did more damage than any of my own bombardments ever.


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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/23/2014 8:37:50 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Capt. Harlock

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RN bombardment TF with BB Prince of Wales visits Port Moresby and completely wiped out a JAAF aviation support company. That small TF alone did more damage than any of my own bombardments ever.


Speak softly and carry big guns!



*cough*



Also oops, I of course meant Port Blair, we havent quite reached Port Moresby yet!

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/24/2014 4:14:28 PM   
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China: that one base in the center falls... While IJ troops enter Changsha hex. I dont think I can take it any time soon but the more defenders KMT pours in the more he cant supply. Secondary offensive in the south from Canton starting in a couple of days.

Malaya: Kuching and 2 other bases on Borneo fall, while on Malaya Kuantan reinforced, Ki-27s shoot down 9 Wildebeests that bomb the transports. Swordfish bombers arrive later and destroy an xAK. 2 Dutch submarines are hurt badly off Singkawang. Allies send what looks like a Cruiser SAG in the middle of the Singapore-Palembang-Singkawang triangle, but the IJN BBTF(that was a CAP trap but weather apparently grounded the bombers) is gone already. CA SAG ordered to intercept(I dont want to have my BBs involved in nocturnal action against cruisers, they work better as bomb sponges...).

DEI: Manado invaded! Yet again understrength invasion but wave 2 is 2 days away already. Lots of xAKs and stuff sighted yet again from Jolo and CVs but no strikes launch.

PI: Zeros shoot down 5 P-40s over Clark. 750 AV at Vigan and about 450 more unloading within 3 days.

Pacific: Tulagi invaded! IJ aircraft sight ships in Santa-Cruz Islands but no strikes. I suppose they're just PGs and DDs or something.

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Good day for the Japanese!

China: not much aroung. A KMT corps get routed in the center. Tsiatsao deliberate attack destroys 2 forts. Can fall tomorrow!

Burma/India: IJN sub sinks AMC Manoora off Ceylon!!

Malaya: CVL Charlotte reappears and her SBDs with Wildcat escorts arrive over Singkawang to bomb IJN warships! However the CAP of 9 Zeros shoots down 1 Wildcat and 12 SBDs. Over Malaya we again trade 2 Zeros for about 12 Allied fighters. Kuantan attack is stopped but Allies are losing this one.

DEI: IJN sub sinks an xAKL.

Pacific: A section of KB returning from its mission gets sighted by Allied "float planes" about 500nm North of Santa Cruz Islands. Interesting. A very lucky Catalina from Ndeni or Espiritu Santo or maybe even Munda? Or a SAG/CVTF. Hmm...

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/25/2014 10:33:09 AM   
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China: Nanyang falls!! Shattered 700 AV of KMT units retreat the wrong way: to East(map). Road to Sian is open! KMT has 2400 AV in Changsha vs. 1200 jap. I wonder if they can supply them all? Ki-27s shoot down 2 DB-3M bombers.

Malaya/DEI: CVL Charlotte retreats to Batavia. IJN Heavy BB SAG is attacked by Dutch bombers but they all miss. Manado invasion reinforced: the base should fall tomorrow. Zeros shoot down 2 Catalinas and 2 Hudsons over Manado. Kudat falls into IJ hands.

PI: On Luzon, theres still no sign of the Allies retreating to either Clark Field or Manila. They've moved a little and taken positions in defensive terrain though. IJA will attempt breakthrough on the Northern front in 2 days.

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/26/2014 12:40:43 PM   
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China: KMT corps routed in the south.

Burma: AVG escorts some Blenheim bombers from Rangoon to an (empty) IJ airfield... My opponent is very aggressive with his air units!

Malaya: Ki-43s sweep Singapore and lose 7 of their number for 7 Buffalos. Oops! Brits and Dutch attack IJN SAGs that swept boldly near Singapore and south near Batavia(attempting to catch CVL Charlotte) and were retreating: Zeros shoot down 8 Wildebeests and BB AA fire downs 3 Dutch bombers. A CA suffers 1 bomb hit. Nice! IJN submarines show their incompetence by attacking 4 different xAPs and xAKs and scoring just 1 hit.

DEI: Manado falls!

PI: Zero sweep over Clark shoots down 5 P-40s for no loss. B-17s bomb IJ troops again but lose 2 or 3 of their number for the Zero-CAP. Catalinas attack shipping at Bedeloap and sink an xAKL.

New Britain: Kavieng invaded! The base should fall tomorrow.



My opponent has been highly aggressive with his air units... He has managed to sink some ships with his strike aircraft and flying boats(but has also ran into Zeros occasionally) as well as put up CAP at times when I thought it'd have been unsensible, which has resulted in bomber casualties when escorts failed and sweeps arrived after bombers. I believe that he has mostly managed to considerably reduce the short-term effectiveness of his air forces while achieving only minor victories that have effected IJ capabilities only indirectly(bomber losses over Clark and some Ki-21s over Singapore, some mostly small and always already empty transports destroyed). The Japanese have plenty of xAKLs still. Heres the Allied air losses so far:






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China: -

Burma: 3 Blenheims strike advancing IJ troops. IJAAF CAP is far out though. IJN sub attacks a CL off Ceylon but misses. Again.

Malaya/DEI: IJN attacks! BB SAG catches a retreating TF with xAPs and a CL but they escape in the night with just 4 hits on an xAP. No troop losses so I suppose the ships were empty. Wheres CL Ceres in the beginning of the war?

Dutch bombers hit the SAG en masse both AM and PM phases and fail to score a single hit. At least 2 get shot down by flak. IJN submarine hits an xAK off the western coast of Sumatra. Subs attack 4 more times but score just more and more misses and duds...

On Malaya, Kuantan finally falls! Looks like the Allies are actually putting up a defensive line near Kuala Lumpur. Interesting...

PI: Cagayan attack scores only 1:2 but the losses favor IJ. San Fernando attack goes very well and the base will almost surely fall as soon as the fresh division reinforces the attackers.

Pacific: Kavieng falls! The Allies have moved the USAAF A-24 Banshees to Rabaul. They attack the unloading TF(warships and AMCs) but fail to score hits. 1 gets shot down by AA fire.


Bad weather again grounded most of the air attacks today, but tomorrow should be interesting. Reinforcements have arrived and Allied air and naval strength has more or less been either neutralized or located elsewhere(A-24s, Force Z, CVL Charlotte, CW torpedo bomber stringbags, AVG, PI P-40s, Singa's Buffalos and Hurris and the Dutch fighters and bombers). The operation to take Palembang is a go!

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RE: Where'd I put that sword again? Erkki(evil IJ) vs I... - 4/28/2014 10:21:11 AM   
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China: the day doesnt go too brilliantly. In Changsha the deliberate attack meets almost 3k worth of KMT AV and gets shattered badly... Its the first time ever that I meet these forces. All my previous opponents have just ran to the hills so I underestimated the KMT strength badly. The good news is that in the North and Center the Chinese are not retreating, and their army group on the plains is in serious risk of getting entirely surrounded and cut off. There is just 1 long dirt road from Sian supplying an army of possibly 500,000 or more. IJA needs to advance 2 more hex and the only way out will be through rough forests, and the KMT probably cant do it without first suffering massive casualties on the plains. Hopefully.

Burma: IJ recce regiment reaches the Bay of Bangal! Hurricane I fighters escort Blenheims on their strike mission that fails to score hits.

Malaya/DEI: IJN SAG enters Palembang hex and takes out 3 PGs(looked like small destroyers). A CA and a CL hit mines. CA will be OK but I give the CL only 50/50% chances to make it. Well, rather a CL when invading Palembang than a xAP full of troops. Palembang still has 7 ships(mostly tankers but reportedly a CA among them?!?) in port. Minesweepers and the invasion TF are a GO for landings just 1 hex out now.

Massed Dutch bombers sortie again against IJ BB SAG but again fail to score hits. 1 strike goes after the Amphib. TF but apparently past action has reduced their fighting morale as the whole unit turned back when a Ki-43 on LRCAP mission shot down 1 of them.

Englishmen dont fly CAP nor strikes. Singapore still has 50+ bombers and 30 fighters. Maybe they were all set to escorts strikes that didnt launch due to bad weather or targets being out of set max range?

IJN CVTF launches a strike on shipping at Singapore that destroys the HDMLs and some AMs. Looks like Singapore only has xAKs left now(30-ish).

PI: -

Pacific: IJN submarine sights 4 DMs that are on their way to mine Wake! Those sneaky basterds!

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