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AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 7/24/2014 6:11:17 PM   
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My first PBEM game! Allied side. And experienced zeke99 is my opponent.
Will I be able to stop him from overrunning the Hawaii Isles and West Coast (or in less extreme case India and Australia)? The time will tell.

Scenario is Rising Sun (PBEM), Even, Historical move.
We are playing by Zeke's house rules, so no invasion of Japan mainland until Philippines are taken.


We are a few turns into the game already.
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12/7/41
Jap airstrikes on PH sink "only" 2 BB's: Maryland and California. A DD, AV and a Henderson AP are sunk there as well.
Strikes on Force Z sink Repulse and 2 DD's, leaving the Prince of Wales heavily damaged. Airstrikes on airfields destroy quite a high number of aircraft, unfortunately.

68 fighters shot down in the air and 136 a/c destroyed on the ground at Pearl Harbor and in counterattacks nearby.
15 fighters shot down in the air and over 80 a/c destroyed on the ground at Singapore.
26 fighters shot down in the air and 64 a/c destroyed on the ground at Clark Field.

All the usual bases Japanese can take during a historical turn are taken. (except Wake, of course, which is bombarded)

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 7/24/2014 7:34:03 PM   
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12/14/41
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Kido Butai evidently splits into 3 roughly equal-sized TFs, one of which hits Wake. Losses small there.

Japs bombard Lingayen and land there. Likely due to overwhelming odds, General Emmons and 3 (I think) Phillippine Divisions surrender.
Cagayan is also bombarded and is later taken by Jap land forces. Hong Kong falls too and after a brief struggle its garrison is eliminated.
Japanese land at Mindoro and capture it.
Bangkok is taken overland.

In DEI Japanese take Tarakan and land on Menando, but fail to take the empty base.

Rabaul and Milne Bay are bombarded and captured. Air forces at Gasmata take a few shots at passing TFs to little effect.
Hudsons at Port Moresby manage to sink a Katori-class CL. Yay!
New Georgia is captured.

Landings at Kendari and Ellice Island (going after SoPac HQ here, Zeke? It was there ) are successfully repelled by surface forces.

Japanese Air TF is sighted near Kendari and attacks MCSs in port at Ambon. 3 are sunk. Forgot to move them. Maybe that's why my SCTF at Kendari survived.
This very Air TF (2 CVLs) also strikes Kendari but its planes only hurt themselves on flak. Air counterattacks against it are unsuccessful.
3 enemy cargo ships sunk in Philippines by LBA.

I am busy assembling my forces and evacuating LCUs at the moment and am very short on preparation points. There is never enough of them in the first weeks.
I also lost an oiler somewhere.

Ah yes, how could've I forgotten? Zeke took Attu island.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 7/24/2014 9:20:01 PM   
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12/21/41
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Not a very good turn. Lost 3 APs, 2 of which I really shouldn't have.
Surprisingly few landings this turn, one on Adak island in the Aleutians and another one on Ambon. Japs bombard it and capture the base but the Aus Sprwforce Bn is not finished yet.

British TFs bombard Rangoon... aaand take a few unpleasant hits from LBA.

Kendari is bombarded by surface units AND hit by KB made of 5 fleet carriers. My Tenedos DD from Hong Kong is sunk there (surface combat).
LBA at Kendari puts an asterisk in each of Zeke's two escaping CVLs but this is not nearly enough.

There is a HUGE Japanese fleet at Palau. 9 TFs, about 125 ships in total. 5 of them contain carriers... And KB is not there as it happens. It is in fact still between Kendari and Menando, ready to attack my vulnerable spots. Yet another CV TF is at Truk. I am not intimidated.. much.

Jitra, Manila, Gasmata all captured by land forces. Menando is finally taken. Makin island is now under japanese control.
In China IJA forces march on Nanhsiung.

1 MCS sunk near Rangoon.

I am still somewhat short on pps, ferrying LCUs and all that. Also I am obviously reinforcing Rangoon.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 7/25/2014 1:05:52 PM   
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12/28/41
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Kendari and Cape Gloucester taken by the enemy.

Negros, Panay, Leyte, Samar, Cebu&Bohol all captured. Clark Field (which is fortunately empty of aircraft) yields to the Japanese.
Philippines are now almost completely controlled by Japanese. Zeke did a good job here. Bataan is expected to fall soon.

In Malaya region Kuantan falls, the defending division surrenders.

Morotai, Manokwari, Kavieng, Bougainville, Green island all captured by Zeke's landing forces.

Allies are thoroughly whacked at Rangoon by Zeke's steamrolling divisions and are forced to retreat. The base is lost. Bad. (alas, 2 squad defence)
Another Allied AP is sunk here. Argh.

As a small consolation in the Aleutians Allies retake Adak island.
Aus Sprwforce Bn in Ambon still holds.

4 Allied MCSs lost for 11 Japanese.
Some of my ships refused to move last turn. What gives?

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 7/25/2014 7:30:37 PM   
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quote:

Some of my ships refused to move last turn. What gives?


Sounds like the Stuck TF bug that you occasionally see in PacWar. My advice: disband the TF in port, and re-create it, with a different TF number if possible.

Out of curiousity, did the Prince of Wales make it to a port for repair?

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 7/25/2014 8:55:58 PM   
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Out of curiousity, did the Prince of Wales make it to a port for repair?

Prince of Wales is not completely safe at the moment, but I think she will get away.

I have also evacuated some units from the Philippines. The transports must now make a very dangerous run. Zeke's carrier groups are not that far away.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 7/28/2014 1:50:45 PM   
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1/4/42 - 1/11/42 battle report. The date is now 1/11/42.
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FLASH: Japs capture Darwin!
To lose Darwin that early does not bode well for me.

/edit/
Darwin was hit by 5 CV KB and heavily bombarded.
Zeke landed at least 4 waves of troops there, the 4th wave took the base while suffering significant losses.
Or maybe not 4th, as my battle report shows that the garrison suffered a 2 squad defence at the first sight of attackers.
So it was a fever dream, then. The VCR is lying again, isn't it?
/edit/

In Malaya region Kuala Lumpur falls. Allied forces prepare to make last stand in Singapore.
In the Philippines Bataan garrison endures air bombings.

Transports on the run from Philippines take heavy casualties - 4 of them are sunk by LBA. And what's worse, they stopped in a very BAD place.
Allies lost a british CV this turn. My luck didn't hold.
IJA captures Akyab. US Philippine Div safely arrives in India.

Ambon is captured. Sorong and Waigen are captured too.
Cape Gloucester and Hollandia taken by Japanese.
Allies bombard Milne Bay.

Allied subs started hunting the Japanese shipping. Results are modest so far.
Lost more than a dozen of MCSs this turn. I need to rethink my tactics here a bit.

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Looks like it's going to turn into a very challenging game. (for me :))

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 7/30/2014 7:40:36 PM   
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Or maybe not 4th, as my battle report shows that the garrison suffered a 2 squad defence at the first sight of attackers.
So it was a fever dream, then. The VCR is lying again, isn't it?


Did the defending units manage to retreat, or were they destroyed in place? If the latter, it's more likely you had the 2-squad collapse.

Incidentally, the manual is incorrect about the formula used to calculate defensive collapses. IIRC, LCU experience needs to be above 55 to prevent them, which means that the Dutch and Phillipine troops are not very useful -- they only train to 40.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 7/30/2014 7:47:48 PM   
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quote:

Did the defending units manage to retreat, or were they destroyed in place? If the latter, it's more likely you had the 2-squad collapse.

The former, they managed to retreat.

quote:

Incidentally, the manual is incorrect about the formula used to calculate defensive collapses. IIRC, LCU experience needs to be above 55 to prevent them, which means that the Dutch and Phillipine troops are not very useful -- they only train to 40.

What about the LCU tool formula that comes with latest pacwared22.xls editor? Is it incorrect too?

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/4/2014 7:40:32 PM   
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quote:



quote:

Incidentally, the manual is incorrect about the formula used to calculate defensive collapses. IIRC, LCU experience needs to be above 55 to prevent them, which means that the Dutch and Phillipine troops are not very useful -- they only train to 40.


What about the LCU tool formula that comes with latest pacwared22.xls editor? Is it incorrect too?


To the best of my knowledge, yes. The manual gives multiplier numbers of 900 and 2500 for the two LCU experience checks. My information is that the actual numbers in the code are 3000 and 5000. This means that an LCU's experience rating needs to be 55 to always pass the first check (failure reduces readiness to 1) and 71 to always pass the second check (failure reduces readiness to 1/4 of what it was).

I tend to believe this, because I have seen the two-squad defense for units with 40 experience and 99 readiness. This should not be possible under the values given by the manual.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/5/2014 10:48:53 AM   
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Situation on 1/18/42
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Several land battles occurred.

1. Singapore is pounded by air raids. Two land battles are fought here.
In the first one Allies attack with 2 squads of troops. In the second one Japs defend with 2 squads of troops. The base holds, Japanese do not retreat.
2. Broome is shore-bombarded. Allied LCUs there try to fight the invaders but are not very effective. The base holds.
3. In Dacca Allies hold the ground. My divisions try hard to push Japanese out of the base, but they resist fiercely.
Bataan was strangely quiet this turn.

Japanese continue to seize land.
In DEI Palembang, Timor and Tenimbar Island are captured.
In Australia Cloncurry is taken overland.
In New Guinea region Wewak, Madang and Admiralty Island are captured.
4. Chinese Nanhsiung falls at the end-of-turn. KMT forces retreat.

More action in New Guinea:
Two Zeke's landing TFs are repulsed at Port Moresby (which is empty of LCUs), yet the third still manages to slip through. Fortunately it fails to take the base.
5. Allies continue to bombard Milne Bay (lots of enemy supplies destroyed) and land some troops there. Risky move, I know. We'll see what comes of it.

My nearby Air TF approached Milne from the wrong side (argh!) and raided Cape Gloucester (argh 2x!!), losing much of its air power in the process.
Meanwhile Zeke's 5-CV Air TF showed up near Milne Bay and guess what - it opened fire on my CVs.
Result: Enterprise is sunk. One CV is heavily damaged, the other one less heavily. (could've been much worse)
I really should have set destination to 0, instead of 1.

Upd:
Lost an Australian Grimsby DE en route to Los Angeles. IJN sub attack.

Australia and Southern New Guinea are quickly heating up. (well, it IS January)


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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/5/2014 12:08:37 PM   
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Situation on 1/25/42
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India/Burma region:
Good news! US units rescued from the Philippines arrive in Calcutta.
Though they suffered some losses from AP sinkings, they are in good shape enough to help stall the Japanese.

Allies in Dacca continue to fight but take high losses this turn. (130men/135men+1art; 770+6art/45+1art)
Some EXP checks were failed + my main Bombardment TF here failed to accomplish its mission.
My squadrons continue to bomb Jap land units at Dacca and Mandalay.
Also I forgot to mention that I relocated SW Pacific HQ to India/Burma. MacArthur's skills are needed here.

China:
Battles rage at Kweilen. Losses not too bad for KMT.
Suichuan taken by Japanese.

Malaysia and Philippines:
Singapore and Bataan were quiet this turn. Palawan captured.

DEI:
Surabaya, Oosthaven and Halmahera captured. Biak and Noemfar are also captured by Japanese.

Australia/New Guinea:
Broome endures naval bombardments. Land combat is disastrous. Poor EXP and low readiness result in high losses for the Allies.
Land battles in Cairns. Losses are small on both sides but are in our favour.
Allied airforce raids the Cloncurry airfield. It's not as effective as I hoped.

Japanese capture Port Moresby, Lae and Buka Island.
Alas, we lose a CA and 2 MCSs near Milne Bay. Halsey was on that battered Heavy Cruiser.
Luckily, he managed to escape unharmed. I am relieved as I really do not want to lose him.

I withdrew my brigade from Milne, as it was protected by (likely undivided) 4th SBF. (the one with 243 squads).

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/5/2014 1:11:42 PM   
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Situation on 2/1/42
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It is the first day of February and my submariners decide to celebrate it with expedited sinking of Japanese shipping. Result: 20 Jap MCSs and 3 Jap TKs sunk.
No Allied ship losses this turn.

India/Burma region:
Battles in Dacca as usual. Allied airforce is quite effective at bombing Japanese LCUs.

China:
KMT forces suffer significant losses at Nanning and Kweilen. (especially at the latter. My LCUs there perform a 2 squad attack)
Changsha is captured.

Malaysia and Philippines:
Singapore is captured but the fighting there is not over yet.
Bataan falls. All defenders surrender.

DEI/Papua New Guinea:
Sarmi, Kolombangara and Emirau Island are captured.

Australia:
Broome is completely evacuated and in time too!
Zeke brings 3 big and 2 small Bombarment TFs there which proceed to pound the empty base. Much to my surprise, Broome is not captured this turn.
Battles near Cairns continue. Allied Bombardment TFs assist our defenders somewhat.

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North Pacific:
Allies retake the Attu Island with whopping 3 squads versus the garrison's 2.
SIGINT told me it was empty and I acted on it.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/19/2014 2:54:20 PM   
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Situation on 2/8/42
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Not a good turn for the Allies.

Australia:
FLASH: Disaster at Cairns!
2 BBs, 1 CA, 4 CLs, 5 DDs and 1 APD lost for a SINGLE Japanese CL sunk.
Surface engagement happened and Allies lost it.
My SCTF (2-BB,2-CA,5-CL + others) ran into enemy BBTF (7-BB,1-CA,3-CL + others) + got hit by 5-CV KB.
I hoped for some reaction strikes, but no luck.

No land combat at Cairns occurred.
Broome is captured unopposed.

India/Burma region:
No land combat here. Air war only.
My air raid from Imphal & Khoma hits Rangoon airfields. It was not very effective. At least Oil Industry there sustained Moderate damage.
Japanese raid Calcutta from Akyab and my fighters take significant losses defending the airfield.

China:
Hengyang is captured. A KMT army there surrenders.

Malaysia and Philippines:
8th Australian Inf Div and friends still remain near Singapore.
Medan and Jolo are captured. Philippines are now completely under Japanese control.

DEI:
Macassar is captured.

Papua New Guinea and vicinity:
D'Entrecateaux, Shortland and Guadalcanal are captured.

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Wow, from bad to worse - 8/19/2014 3:56:50 PM   
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Situation on 2/15/42
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So I screwed up my TF orders big time.

Australia:
FLASH: Even worse disaster at Cairns/Townsville!
9 CAs, 5 CLs and 5 DDs were sunk, most of them lost in surface battles with overwhelming enemy forces.
1 IJN DD sunk in return. Talk about unequal exchange...

Japs land in Townsville and capture it, cutting my forces at Cairns from supply lines. Bad.

India/Burma region:
Air war continues, as do my shore bombardments.
Allies raid Akyab's airfield 3 times.
Results are quite good: 27 Allied fighters and 4 Allied bombers lost for 52 Jap fighters shot down and 44 Jap aircraft destroyed on the ground.

Malaysia and DEI:
8th Australian Inf Div and friends are finally eliminated. Malaysia is now too under complete Japanese control.
Batavia and Bali are captured.

Papua New Guinea:
Aitape and Buna&Gona taken overland. New Guinea island is now fully occupied by Japanese forces as well.

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Tough turn. I see Zeke decided to crush Australia first and leave India for later.
Let's not despair though. Australia may hold yet.
The Allied counteroffensive, however, will have to wait.

Cargo ship losses this turn: 1 IJN / 8 Allied

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/19/2014 5:19:00 PM   
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Situation on 2/22/42
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Australia:
Not wanting my LCUs now locked at Cairns encircled and destroyed, I decide to evacuate them despite the heavy enemy presence in the area.
And so they embark on transports and bravely sail away from Cairns under the hostile skies.
Unfortunately 7 of my APs were still sunk by enemy LBA. High flak values did not help them much. *sigh*

Meanwhile Cairns is bombarded by 2 Japanese Bombardment TFs and hit by strong LBA from Port Moresby and Townsville.
Fortunately Cairns was not captured this turn. Every little bit such as this helps me.

Allies initiate land combat at Rockhampton and as usual lose more squads than Japanese.

India/Burma region:
Same old here. Air war continues. My shore bombardments do too.

China:
Japanese squadrons are building up their experience bombing supply depots everywhere. LCUs at Nanning suffer regular bombings too.

DEI:
Tjilatjap and Soembawa captured.

Central Pacific:
Wake atoll is bombarded by Japanese 4-CL, 3-DD Bombardment TF.

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|Ship losses|
My 3 AVs were ambushed by IJN subs en route to Pearl. Pocomoke was sunk, two others were damaged.
I also lost a DD somewhere.

10 IJN MCSs sunk for 1 Allied.

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RE: Wow, from bad to worse - 8/21/2014 7:35:42 PM   
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Australia:
FLASH: Even worse disaster at Cairns/Townsville!
9 CAs, 5 CLs and 5 DDs were sunk, most of them lost in surface battles with overwhelming enemy forces.
1 IJN DD sunk in return. Talk about unequal exchange...


It looks like you will have to risk your high-value BB's now if you want to win any surface actions. And that may have to wait until the KB is dealt with. Pity.

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RE: Wow, from bad to worse - 8/23/2014 2:25:59 AM   
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It looks like you will have to risk your high-value BB's now if you want to win any surface actions. And that may have to wait until the KB is dealt with. Pity.

Yeah, pity, as I am just as a fan of surface battles as you are. I don't think Zeke will allow me to execute any major surface action now that will not result in severe losses to my ships.
My best bet would be to watch SIGINT and try to ambush his weaker task forces. Alas, Zeke's carriers are everywhere and where they aren't there is Zeke's LBA.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/23/2014 5:10:43 AM   
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Situation on 3/1/42
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It is the 1st of March — the start of monsoon season in India/Burma in the alternate reality that is PACWAR.
Of course my submariners couldn't possibly pass this opportunity. 35 Jap MCSs and 4 Jap TKs were sunk in wild celebrations.
No ship losses on my part except for one poor torpedoed MCS.

BTW, I've just noticed an asterisk near Zeke's Production Score. As it turns out it was hanging there for a month already, right since my submariners' last celebrations.
So Zeke is having oil problems. Good for me. Maybe this'll eventually slow down his naval juggernaut. (among other things)

India/Burma region:
Air war continues. Allies raid Akyab's airfield 3 times, again. This time it is better defended.
Total losses: 47 fighters, 11 bombers for Allied / 45 fighters, 30 a/c on the ground for Japanese.
My British TF which has been bombarding Dacca under regular air attacks for many weeks now was unimpeded by enemy aircraft this time. It pulled off 3 bombardments, destroying 14 squads of infantry and 9 arty in total.
Akyab, Rangoon and especially Bangkok gained much bigger AZOC circles. I'm pretty sure some naval bombers were transferred to one of these bases to deal with my British TF. I should watch out.

DEI:
Flores finally falls to Japanese. Occupation of DEI is now complete.

Australia:
Cairns is finally taken by Japanese troops. Cairns and Townsville now sport huge AZOC circles. G4 Betty nav bombers must be somewhere there and if they aren't I'm sure they'll soon be.
Allies stage a few air raids on Japanese LCUs near Rockhampton. Only 2 enemy arty destroyed. I hoped it would be much more.

A 3-CV TF, a large Transport TF and 3 more TFs are spotted at Coral Sea. Another large Transport TF is spotted between Darwin and Port Moresby.
Looks like an invasion of New Caledonia is in the works. Stay tuned.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/23/2014 4:52:24 PM   
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BTW, I've just noticed an asterisk near Zeke's Production Score. As it turns out it was hanging there for a month already, right since my submariners' last celebrations.
So Zeke is having oil problems. Good for me. Maybe this'll eventually slow down his naval juggernaut. (among other things)


This is good news indeed, for it means he's low on Preparation Points.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 9/2/2014 2:47:44 PM   
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Situation on 3/8/42
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The 8th of March - International Women's Day.
Hip hip hooray - We sank our first IJN sub today.

In less pleasant news, CV Lexington was torpedoed by an IJN sub (probably not the one we later sank) not far away from Sydney.
The CV survived, but that was VERY inconvenient.
Saratoga and Lexington now sport equal damage levels - what a coincidence.
1 Allied MCS was also sunk by enemy subs.

CBI:
Air war and my naval bombardments continue. Japanese squadrons at Rangoon raid my Imphal&Khoma airfield.
I lost 36 fighters, Zeke lost 24 fighters and 7 bombers total. Plus several of my Martin bombers were destroyed on the ground.
Allied squadrons continue to heavily pound the Jap troops near Dacca and Mandalay. China was quiet this turn.

Australia and vicinity:
New Caledonia was captured by Japanese. Not good at all, but what could I do?
Unfortunately there were too few of my forces in the region, so I had to withdrew my troops and ships to the east.
3 big Japanese Bombardment TFs pound the empty base, then the South Seas Brigade lands.

Japanese squadrons at Cairns raid Rockhampton airfield with 80 fighters and 25 bombers.
Later 15 bombers from Townsville bomb my LCUs - no losses to my troops.
Later yet Cairns squadrons bomb my supply depots with 65 fighters and 20 bombers.
Then Jap squadrons from Townsville make a final raid on my depots with 75 fighters and 25 bombers.
My small air force at Rockhampton couldn't hold off the enemy waves. Total losses: 18 Allied fighters and 2 a/c on the ground - 5 Japanese fighters and 7 bombers.
My Australian squadrons continue bombing enemy LCUs near Rockhampton and inflict decent losses on them.

That was it - a relatively uneventful turn.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 9/8/2014 5:21:30 PM   
Istfemer

 

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Situation on 3/15/42
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Beware the Ides of March!
Actually, not much exciting happened during last week.

CBI:
Air war and my naval bombardments continue.
Zeke's ground forces near Dacca continue being cut down like grass under the British lawn mower.
17 enemy infantry squads and 16 enemy arty were destroyed in total.
75 Jap fighters and 25 Jap bombers bombed the supply depots of empty Imphal&Khoma.
China was quiet, still.

Australia:
Rockhampton was hit hard by Japanese air attacks.
First wave: 70 f. and 25 b. from Cairns. Losses: 13 f. and 17 b. for Japanese vs 13 f. for Allies + 7 a/c on the ground.
Second wave: 90 f. and 25 b. from Townsville. Losses: 24 f. for Japanese vs 47 f. for Allies + 4 a/c on the ground.
Third wave: 50 f. and 10 b. from Cairns. Losses: 5 f. for Japanese vs 11 f. for Allies. Supply depot sustained light damage.
Fourth wave: 55 f. and 25 b. from Townsville. Losses: 3 f. and 2 b. for Japanese vs 3 f. for Allies.
3 enemy infantry squads and 4 enemy arty were also destroyed near Rockhampton.

Elsewhere:
Japs bombarded Espiritu Santo and captured it. Wake was captured as well.
I keep fortifying my own defensive perimeter, from Midway to Fiji.

Allies and Japanese both lost 3 MCSs to submarines.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 9/17/2014 7:04:54 PM   
Istfemer

 

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Situation on 3/22/42
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What could have been... but fortunately didn't happen. Still was bad enough.

Zeke was planning a MAJOR invasion of Rockhampton. I think he was going to bring the whole of Combined Fleet here.
However, since Zeke was short on fuel and preparation points, some of his ships did not make it to Rockhampton.
Still 3 enemy Bombardment TFs got through and wreaked havoc on my forces.
The rest of Combined Fleet is now either stuck at Coral Sea not far from Australia or floating around near Cape Gloucester—Guadalcanal line.
A second invasion attempt is expected.

CBI:
Allies bomb Akyab airfield once more.
Losses: Allied - 13 fighters and 5 bombers vs Japanese - 16 fighters and 17 a/c on the ground.
Japanese make a small strike on my British Bombardment TF at Dacca:
1 MCS sunk, 10 LBA fighters lost for 9 enemy fighters and 6 enemy bombers.
Japanese also bomb Mandalay and inflict some losses on my unprotected LCUs.

Australia:
SURFACE COMBAT! And a mighty weird one, too! The story of it will be in the next post.

Rockhampton was bombed by LBA and bombarded by 3 TFs.

Japanese air losses: 5 fighters and 20 bombers shot down in the air.
Allied air losses: 21 fighters shot down and 100 a/c lost on the ground.
Japanese LCU losses: Tiny. 2 squads and 2 arty.
Allied LCU losses: Very high, unfortunately. Many, many squads, 65 arty and 41 afvs.

My squadrons at Rockhampton also attacked a carrier task force stuck 3 hexes away from the base.
Too few planes were available for this raid, especially fighters. They were all shot down and Allies claimed only 3 Zeroes in return.
3 P-40s and 43 Mitchells were destroyed in two attacks. Not a single Allied bomb fell on Jap CVs.

Elsewhere:
Supply depots at Nauru are being bombed by enemy fighters for experience gain.

Allies and Japanese both lost 2 MCSs this turn.

< Message edited by Istfemer -- 9/18/2014 2:11:41 AM >

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