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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/2/2016 12:32:10 PM   
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Situation on 3/07/43
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CBI:
Intense air war over Rangoon.
Air-to-Air losses: 87 Ki-43-II Hayabusa vs. 65 F4U-1 Corsair
Allied ground losses: 6 arty, 1 afvs.

150 Liberators from Dacca bombed Haiphong again. This time the supply depots were hit, for light damage.
Air-to-Air losses: 8 B-24 Liberator vs. 6 A6M2 Reisen, 6 Ki-43-II Hayabusa

8 P-38G Lightnings engaged 15 G4M Hamaki bombers during their night raid on Vizagapatam and shot down 5 of them.
The Night-Betties didn't damage any supplies.
Wellingtons from Calcutta bombed Andaman depots at night. They did Moderate & Moderate damage.

Australia:
Air bombing campaign at Townsville.
Japanese ground losses: 10 squads, 18 arty, 3 afvs.
Allied ground losses: 2 squads, 7 arty, 1 afvs.

Central Pacific:
Japanese subs prowl near Ponape. Catalinas damaged one, but the sneaky thing still got away.
Allied B-26s and Corsairs/Dauntlesses have begun bombing Ponape and Nauru. Yes, Nauru is on fire again.

Weekly sub/antisub operations:
We sank 12 Japanese merchants and 1 DE. Mark-14 torpedo problems solved at last?
Japanese submarines sank 1 Clemson DD (convoy escort). We sank 1 Jap sub in retaliation.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/2/2016 12:55:40 PM   
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Situation on 3/14/43
'There are things out there that go bomb in the night and make other things go BOOM! in the night' — old wisdom
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CBI:
Intense air war over Rangoon.
Air-to-Air losses: 120 Ki-43-II Hayabusa vs. 79 F4U-1 Corsair
Allied ground losses: 6 arty, 3 afvs.

Allied long-range bombers pulled off another successful night raid on Andaman depots --- light, Moderate & light damage was reported.
Night-Betties continue harassing Ceylon. They struck Colombo this week. Light damage to supply depot was reported.

Australia:
Air bombing campaign at Townsville.
Japanese ground losses: 7 squads, 9 arty, 2 afvs.
Allied ground losses: 4 squads, 13 arty, 2 afvs.

Central Pacific:
Allied planes in the Marshalls continue bombing Ponape and Nauru depots.
A recon flotilla of x6 Manley APDs has located the hunting grounds waters of Japanese submarines. 7 squares east of Jaluit — that's where most of the sinkings of Allied shipping & escorts happen these days. This needs to stop. CenPac calls for enhanced active ASW measures --- and hunter-killer DD groups finally get the green light. Test deployment of several H-K destroyer groups on the most dangerous convoy routes is approved. Their weekly patrol logs will be given in a separate report, so that we may better evaluate their effectiveness.

Night-Betties struck Wake Island. Light damage to supply depot was reported.

Weekly sub/antisub operations:
We sank 6 Japanese merchants, 1 tanker and 1 CD.
Japanese submarines sank 1 Clemson DD (convoy escort), again. We sank 1 Jap sub in retaliation. Again.
Why the sudden hate of Clemsons?

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/4/2016 3:04:31 AM   
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quote:

Why the sudden hate of Clemsons?


(Sinsister voice) They have . . . outlived their usefulness.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/26/2016 9:31:22 PM   
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Situation on 3/21/43
Rather unlucky turn for the Allies; for the Americans particularly so.
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CBI:
Intense air war over Rangoon is getting less intense.
Air-to-Air losses: 75 Ki-43-II Hayabusa vs. 32 F4U-1 Corsair
Allied ground losses: 5 arty, 2 afvs.

Andaman depots continue to be the RAF's favourite target.

Australia:
Air bombing campaign at Townsville.
Japanese ground losses: 1 arty.
Allied ground losses: 4 squads, 8 arty, 5 afvs.

So few casualties on the Jap side this turn. Strange.

Central Pacific:
USN raid on Ponape ends on an unpleasant note.

What happened: I sent 2 tfs to Ponape (standoff 0 for both), in a move that might be best described as "aggressive reconnaissance".
My Bombardment TF did its job and retired without problems. My Air TF --- did not.
The latter was attacked by Betties from Rabaul and Saipan, and by Zeroes from Truk. Air opposition was not even THAT heavy.
I'd say it was rather moderate. (Zeroes were kinda numerous though) Anyway, this is how it all went:

1st Betty strike from Rabaul -- all 12 bombers are shot down.
1st Zero strike from Truk -- 21 Zeroes shot down for 18 Wildcats lost.
2nd Zero strike from Truk -- 12 Zeroes shot down for 25 Wildcats lost.
2nd Betty strike from Rabaul -- only 2 Betties out of 8 get through (6 are shot down), but one of them puts a 4**** 250kg bomb into Lexington!
3rd Zero strike from Truk -- 8 Zeroes shot down for 16 Wildcats lost.
Betty strike from Saipan -- Woohoo, night strike. Does nothing, everybody lives.

By the way, this was the first time in our game that I saw Betties performing a Night Naval Interdiction attack.
Thankfully, the bombers in that squadron were "unable to locate targets at night".

Result: Mitscher is KIA.
The orphaned task force has violated its return orders and keeps running circles 'round Ponape. Now I have to get this TF out of the harm's way somehow.

Zeke, apparently willing to capitalize on this sudden success, has recalled his squadrons to Ponape. Ponape (Airfield size 4) is currently isolated, so all flights from that base are reduced, but I can see why Zeke would try his chances.
Never miss an opportunity to sink your opponent's flattops, right?

Weekly sub/antisub operations:
No convoy sinkings this week. Zero convoy contacts, which is bizarre in itself.
One H-K DD group spotted a Japanese sub, but not before this sub greeted the leading DD with a 1* torpedo.
Clemsons depth charged the sub, but the sub got away. Definitely an unlucky turn.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/26/2016 9:40:28 PM   
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Situation on 3/28/43
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CBI:
Rangoon was quiet-quiet-quiet.

Australia:
Air bombing campaign at Townsville.
Japanese ground losses: NONE.
Allied ground losses: 3 squads, 11 arty, 4 afvs.

What is this? I'll sack all responsible for this unauthorized suspension of air operations!

Central Pacific:
I sacrificed 6 British merchants to help the orphaned (formerly Mitscher's) ACTF get to safety.
These six cargo ships did their job just fine, I guess -- distracted Zeroes and Bettys long enough to allow my ACTF an opportunity to escape to Maloelap unattacked.
I'm not sure if this sacrifice was a practical thing to do, though. Probably not.
I was expecting ACTF reaction strikes and submarine attacks from the Japanese, but none occurred. Oh well. You never know.

Weekly sub/antisub operations:
We sank 3 Japanese merchants, 1 tanker and 1 DE.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/30/2016 6:20:25 PM   
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Situation on 4/04/43
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CBI:
Night-Betties (Medan-based) raided Calcutta this week.
The Japs expected they'd pull off a perfect bombing run on Calcutta's military warehouses, but something went wrong. Their squadron was caught into an awesome lightning storm instead.
No damage was done to Allied supplies or fuel and 9 out of 15 Betties were shot down by Lightnings on night duty.

Australia:
Air bombing campaign at Townsville.
Japanese ground losses: 7 squads, 16 arty, 4 afvs.
Allied ground losses: 2 squads, 4 arty, 2 afvs.

Close-Air-Support ops have resumed after I sacked some useless senior air officers.
I wish I could do the same to all those useless logistics officers. It sure seems like I have plenty of them. The supply situation in Australia is ugly and is not improving at all. We all know that supply must flow. Like a river or something. My supply river, overheated by the fires ignited by Japanese bombs, has been reduced to a weak, tiny stream.

Central Pacific:
Ponape and Nauru islands continue to be hot zones. The USAAF bombs them every week.

I feel threatened by Zeke's carriers. There are just too many of them around.
If my estimates are correct, he should have 8 CVs, 4 CVLs, 4 CVEs operational at the moment.
I only have 4 CVs and 2 CVEs operational. The fifth (Lady Lex) is being repaired in a dry dock, so she doesn't count.
That translates to approx. x2.5 advantage over me, if not more. In reality, it's probably closer to x3. Clearly not a ratio favoring any Allied offensive naval ops.

Weekly sub/antisub operations:
We sank 7 Japanese merchants and 1 tanker.
Japanese submarines sank 1 Allied merchant.
Twice my H-K DD groups spotted Japanese subs and twice those subs dived and evaded the hunters.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/30/2016 9:20:18 PM   
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Situation on 4/11/43
Now is a happy time for offensive night air operations everywhere. Both sides are doing them.
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CBI:
Night-Wellingtons struck Nanning depots for light & light damage.

China doesn't often figure in my reports. The situation here is quite static and has been so for months.
It's a rare day/night in Kweilen when air sirens don't ring and AA guns don't fire. Kweilen has been bombed by the IJAAF for... I don't know how many weeks straight. Yet despite all this attrition the Chinese spirit has not been broken and KMT still has the will to resist. By now, world-class experts in aerial bomb dodging, the KMT armies shrug off most of the punishment that enemy planes deliver. Also present here is the 18th CW Div, nicknamed "The Stuck One", as the new game rules prevent it from moving to any other KMT base (and likely prevent it from retreating too!). It guards the gates of Kweilen against the possible Japanese advance from the south. The Brits lose afvs nearly every week.

Australia:
Air bombing campaign at Townsville.
Japanese ground losses: 4 squads, 11 arty, 4 afvs.
Allied ground losses: 4 squads, 5 arty, 2 afvs.

Night-Betties (from Milne Bay) struck Rockhampton and did light damage to the supply depot. An audacious raid.
I'm struggling to keep my units near Townsville supplied and those Betties come and ruin my supply lines even further.
And they dare to do it at the time when my own planes sit it out in the hangars instead of bombing that undefended Townsville depot.
It's not the first (or fifth, or tenth) time my squadrons refuse to attack designated targets for no apparent reason and simply waste their turns.

Weekly sub/antisub operations:
We sank 8 Japanese merchants and 2 tankers.
Japanese submarines sank 1 Allied merchant.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/30/2016 10:19:29 PM   
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Situation on 4/18/43
This week brings in a nasty surprise for the Japanese Empire.
FLASH: B-24 Liberators attack the Home Islands from bases in Nationalist China. Bomb Nagasaki in broad daylight.
4000 civilians killed. Heavy industry damaged. (Moderate & light damage is reported)
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CBI:
The CBI HQ has been planning this raid for more than a year (both game time and real time), and it succeeded!
Seven B-24 squadrons departed from their bases Chungking and Kweiyang and headed for Nagasaki. 105 bombers participated in the attacks and 14 of them were damaged/destroyed by Japanese flak fire. I hope it was indeed a huge blow to Japanese morale, not to mention industry.

Australia:
Air bombing campaign at Townsville.
Japanese ground losses: 6 squads, 14 arty, 8 afvs.
Allied ground losses: 2 squads, 13 arty, 7 afvs.

Allied night raid on Cairns destroyed a few tons of enemy supply.
Night-Betties from Milne Bay tried another raid on Rockhampton, but this time my Lightnings were prepared to intercept them.
9 out of 25 Betties were shot down. Allied supplies weren't damaged.

Central Pacific:
Allied air attacks are becoming more organized. B-26 Marauder pilots are working hard indeed.

Weekly sub/antisub operations:
We sank 1 Japanese merchant and 1 tanker.




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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 8/31/2016 11:38:47 AM   
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Situation on 4/25/43
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CBI:
Lightnings and Beaufighters destroyed 18 planes on the ground at Andaman. Andaman lost large quantities of supply & fuel this turn.

Australia:
Air bombing campaign at Townsville.
Japanese ground losses: NONE.
Allied ground losses: 1 squad, 2 arty, 5 afvs.

I rebased 6 squadrons of B-24s to Rockhampton and attacked Cairns with them. 156 bombers struck Cairns airfields.
Losses: 23 Liberators vs. 28 Japanese fighters damaged/destroyed in the air. 40 enemy planes were destroyed on the ground.

Weekly sub/antisub operations:
We sank 14 Japanese merchants.
Japanese submarines sank 1 Allied merchant.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 9/1/2016 3:29:18 AM   
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quote:

Weekly sub/antisub operations:
We sank 14 Japanese merchants.
Japanese submarines sank 1 Allied merchant.


A considerable improvement on last turn's results! Did you shift some subs around to new patrol areas?

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 9/3/2016 8:12:51 AM   
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After months of planning and preparation the Japanese did a surprise attack and took Rockhampton after fierce fighting.

The main Australian LCUs are now trapped in Townsville, a Stalingrad moment looming?

Allied HQ should be in panic by now

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 9/3/2016 11:28:35 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Capt. Harlock
A considerable improvement on last turn's results! Did you shift some subs around to new patrol areas?

I shift my subs around nearly every turn. I usually assign 3/4ths to the known chokepoints with heavy convoy traffic, usually close to the Home Islands. The rest are sent to hunt on less travelled & less defended routes. I also employ a few tiny "scout" groups for spotting Zeke's tf movements in areas beyond the search range of Catalinas.

The x10 Gato sub group assigned to the square 42,19 (southwest of Nagoya) attacked convoys 19 times this turn. The rest of attacks (11 in total) came from 4 different sub groups. Allied submarine ops are incredibly random in our game. One turn the number of sunk Japanese convoys is in the dozens; next turn it's zero.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 9/3/2016 11:31:39 AM   
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ORIGINAL: zeke99
The main Australian LCUs are now trapped in Townsville, a Stalingrad moment looming?

"Main"? They aren't. Even in the worst-case scenario I'll still have enough divisions and brigades to kick the Japs out of Australia.

By the way, Zeke's continued fixation on Stalingrad is decidedly unhealthy.
It's the second time I see him mention Stalingrad when talking about Australian bases.
Cairns was to be my Stalingrad last spring, you know. It didn't happen.
That said, current situation in northern Australia is looking bad for us Allies.
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The Allied HQs are not panicking; they don't have time to.
They are preparing a major Allied (counter-)offensive.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 9/3/2016 1:24:24 PM   
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""Main"? They aren't." For me the 6th & 7th Aust.Div always were, but this is only my take

"By the way, Zeke's continued fixation on Stalingrad is decidedly unhealthy." I hope I get well soon

Anyway, have there been big encirclement battles in the Pacific theatre?

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 10/10/2016 4:31:41 AM   
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update: we like to wait for the program update before continuing as we both have convoy supply problems.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 1/24/2017 3:41:58 AM   
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Unfortunately Istfemer has no longer time to continue the game.

Is anyone interested in a game???

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 1/24/2017 11:34:14 PM   
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Yeah, I'm in kind of a crisis right now. Have been in one for a while.

Our game is not abandoned, however. I don't like to keep Zeke waiting like this (judging from his post above he's full of energy and would do a dozen turns in a row), but...

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 1/30/2017 6:39:14 AM   
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Happy to hear that, ready when you are

In the mean time I hope someone is willing for an other game.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 1/2/2019 1:22:06 PM   
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Good news: I'm ready and willing to resume this game. I'm sure Zeke is pleased as much as I am, if not more.
Before we can resume though, I'll have to make and post a long overdue report on the current situaton in our game. Shouldn't take long.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 1/2/2019 2:19:14 PM   
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Situation on 5/2/43
Japanese forces succeed in cutting off a bunch of Australian land units in a surprise invasion.
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Australia:
Following a major Allied SIGINT blunder (a 'most regrettable failure of intelligence, both on part of the equipment and the brains', as one intel official unrelated to the incident privately characterized it), the Japanese launched a massive amphibious assault at Rockhampton -- and pulled it off, capturing the beat up base in the process.

The Japanese sent every major warship they could muster to Rockhampton, together with the bulk of imperial merchant fleet. I'm not kidding here; I could count at least 20 Jap Tfs in total splashing around off the coast of Rockhampton.
Among them:
Two strong CVTfs to screen the rest of the invasion fleet.
Three strong BBTfs, each of them consisting of 1 CVE,3 BBs,3 CAs,3CLs/CLAAs commanded by Kondo, Yamada and Kusaka.
One Tf composed of 5 CAs,2 CLs, commanded by Takahashi.
One Tf composed of 5 CLs, commanded by Omori.

Total Allied Lcu casualties from naval bombardments:
41 squads
76 arty
99 afvs

An extended series of amphibious landings followed. After initial supply troubles the invading forces of Lt.Gen Mutaguchi overwhelmed Rockhampton (Odds: 6), costing me quite a lot of capable aircraft. Prolonged lack of supply (primarily due to much too severe penalties to effectiveness of distant supply convoys that were present in recent EXE versions) was the deciding factor in its fall. General Wavell surrendered with the base. HQ Malaya is no more. A few badly battered Australian units retreat to Brisbane in the aftermath of the brutal end-of-turn battle, but others continue to hold their ground.

Also, I think the aforementioned intelligence fail contributed a lot. SIGINT failed to get the destination info from a suspicious enemy task force I spotted earlier. It failed 3 times in a row and I had no SIGINT points left to try my luck some more. I made a guess and boy, did I guess wrong. A D-Day scale Japanese invasion of the fortified Allies-controlled Australian mainland is not what I expected this week to bring about.


Total Allied & Japanese Lcu casualties from land combat:
Japanese lost:
546 squads
38 arty
16 afvs

Allies lost:
340 squads
27 arty
4 afvs

Also, 7 of my Rockhampton-based MCSs were either sunk in port or later at sea, as part of an escaping Tf.

The rest:
Nothing of much importance happened elsewhere this week. Just the small opportunistic raids on exposed supply depots & lcus -- the regular (and boring) Pacific War stuff.

Weekly sub/antisub operations:
We sank 4 Japanese merchants and 1 tanker.
Japanese submarines sank 2 Allied merchants.
1 Allied sub was lost to Japanese ASW.
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We require more carriers. Any carriers will do, really.




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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 1/2/2019 7:32:35 PM   
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I had been glued to this thread and despaired when it appeared to have ended. That the epic contest in the Pacific between the wily Zeke99 and the indefatigable Istfemer might resume bodes well for 2019. Good Luck.

-C

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 1/4/2019 4:21:42 PM   
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Thank you for watching this AAR. I appreciate your interest and only hope that our game will keep entertaining you.

While I have been issuing orders during my current turn, an unpleasant development happened.
Vizagapatam apparently decided it had nothing better to do than to jump into the Indian Ocean AGAIN.

Here's how it looked the previous time this bug happened to me: Vizag goes for a swim for the first time ever
Since I have no easy means of fixing this bug, I'll just have to redo my turn. Again.




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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 1/6/2019 3:23:21 AM   
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Ok, that's a new bug for me!

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 1/6/2019 3:51:48 PM   
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Situation on 5/9/43
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CBI:
The oil industry in Japanese held Haiphong was lightly damaged in a nightly raid by Wellingtons B24 Liberators from Dacca.
My Rangoon-based squadrons bombed unprotected Japanese LCUs stationed at Bangkok. Japanese flak fire did down several Allied planes though.
Jap casualties: 1 squad, 7 arty, 9 AFVs.

Australia:
Tough air battles were fought over Rockhampton and Brisbane.
Losses at Rockhampton:
10 Allied fighters, 124 bombers damaged/destroyed in the air.
68 Japanese fighters damaged/destroyed in the air and 9 Japanese a/c destroyed on the ground.
Losses at Brisbane:
112 Japanese fighters, 20 bombers damaged/destroyed in the air.
66 Allied fighters damaged/destroyed in the air and 11 Allied a/c destroyed on the ground.
Japanese fighters also executed a few unpleasant sweeps over Brisbane. Both the Japanese supply depot in Rockhampton and the Allied one in Brisbane sustained Moderate damage.

4 P-38G Lightnings attempted a TF strike! Their target was a very lightly defended 4-AV,2-DD,CD,4-AP,4-MCS TF, but 4 fighter-bombers by themselves are no credible threat to a TF this big.
2 planes got through the CAP before realizing that the numbers weren't on our side that day. They disengaged.

At Townsville, the cutoff Australians shrug off numerous aerial bombing raids on their positions (including those launched from nearby Japanese carriers) while Japanese bombardment TFs are grinding down their fortifications.
I think I have managed to isolate Rockhampton after all.

Central & South Pacific:
Many Allied TFs were sailing around all over the Pacific Ocean this week. I fortified Tarawa and Ellice Island. Ponape and Nauru continue to attract Allied bombs.

Weekly sub/antisub operations:
My subs off the coast of Japan spotted a fat Japanese AP (Aikoku Maru-class, likely carrying LCUs) and attempted an intercept. Alas, Japanese patrol planes chased my subs away before they could get into a proper firing position. Curses. Foiled again.
We sank 5 Japanese merchants.
Japanese submarines sank 1 Allied merchant near Trincomalee.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 1/6/2019 7:42:38 PM   
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Thanks for the write up Istfemer.

Re CBI: my VCR showed the attack been done by B24's not Wellingtons, interesting.


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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 1/6/2019 7:53:36 PM   
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You are quite right, Zeke. It was a squadron of B24s, not Wellingtons, that bombed Haiphong. My mistake.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 1/12/2019 10:29:53 AM   
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Situation on 5/16/43
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CBI:
We bombed the supply depots of Andaman I. for light & Moderate damage, and those of Bangkok for light damage twice.
At Kweilen, the IJA airforce resumed their anti-LCU operations. 4 arty, 2 afvs destroyed.

Australia:
Cloncurry. A squadron of Wellingtons from Adelaide pulled off a night raid at max range, targeting the exposed depots of occupied Cloncurry. Light damage.
Meanwhile, 25 Jap night bombers from Cloncurry staged a raid of their own. (on the supply depots of Brisbane) No damage was done though.
Townsville. The Japanese aerial & naval bombardments continued, same as the previous week. Amazingly enough, two imaginary land battles were fought at Townsville this week. In those two battles the Allied defenders of Townsville soundly kicked Japanese ass, inflicting on the enemy approximately 11 times the losses they took themselves. The dreamscape was shaking under the weight of Allied artillery barrages. In the closing hours of the second battle, after repelling the final wave of Japanese attackers, the triumphant Aussies proudly raised the Australian flag atop Castle Hill. And then the Aussies woke up from their collective dream.
Well... it was a morale booster for sure, but I'd have liked it better if the results didn't evaporate at the break of dawn. Or at the break of the Allied Orders phase for that matter.
Rockhampton. My aerial bombing effort in the area failed to suppress Rockhampton properly enough. One asterisk of suppression achieved intead of the needed two. Rockhampton regained its AZOC.
Some very good news: the CMF and ABDA commands successfully executed a joint resupply operation!
The brave Australian Rear Admiral J.Crace made a perilous dash from Sydney to Rockhampton aboard the destroyer HMAS Vampire. Moving stealthily along the Australian coast (like her namesake, I suppose), Vampire successfully evaded all enemy aircraft. By using mad deception tactics Crace forced the Japanese resupply TF 93 bound for Rockhampton to abort its mission. The Japanese TF's leader must have been very surprised to see active Allied ships in this area and possibly mistook my scrap iron DD for a modern CL. Crace even bombarded the base afterwards a little. Did not hit anything worthwhile, sadly. Dutch Rear Admiral K.Doorman brought a TF of x24 cargo ships that delivered loads of supplies directly to the frontline at Rockhampton. 5 Ki-27 Setsus tried to strafe his force, but Doorman was not in the least intimidated. 2 enemy fighters shot down by flak; the rest dispersed. No damage done to our side whatsoever.

Central Pacific:
Allied surprise (or not?) invasion of Ponape went smoothly. Two CVTFs screened my transports from air attacks. Fighters had a very busy time defending the carriers.
We shot down scores of Betty bombers and with incredible ease too. 62 Betties shot down.(from Kavieng and Rabaul) Only 1 of them made it through the CAP intact, only to be instantly torn down by flak.
Ki-43-II Hayabusas from Truk were another matter. They did hurt. 57 Ki-43-II Hayabusas shot down for 76 F4F Wildcats destroyed/damaged. Must have been some well-experienced squadrons.

No preparatory bombardment was done or even necessary.
41st Inf Div took the base in one go. Odds 8. Allied losses: 11 squads, 1 arty.
41st Inf Div & 503rd Par Rgt attacked together at the end of turn and eliminated all opposition on the island (represented by the battered Mai 3rd Bn). Odds 122. Japanese losses: 44 squads, 12 arty.

Weekly sub/antisub operations:
An enemy submarine spotted a large Allied supply convoy midway between Wotje and Johnston. The sub tried to get closer for an attack but was detected by Allied escorts on its approach. Manley APDs swiftly sent it to the bottom of the sea.
We sank 5 Japanese merchants, 1 tanker and 1 DE.




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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 1/15/2019 7:08:48 PM   
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Situation on 5/23/43
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My squadrons from Rangoon (x2 Lightnings & x2 Beaufighters) re-focused on harassing the Japanese LCUs at Bangkok: 5 squads, 7 arty, 11 afvs destroyed.
Allied long-range bombers raided Medan. Huge quantities of ordnance were dropped on defenseless Japanese warehouses and refineries. Among the many 2-engined frames passing overhead in the clear morning sky, the Japanese onlookers on the ground could spot a conspicuous 4-engined silhouette: B-17 Fortress, last seen operating in this area about 8 months ago. Supply depot received Moderate damage; oil industry received Moderate, light & light damage. Smoke rises high above Medan, reaching stratosphere.

Australia:
Wellingtons hit Cloncurry depots for light damage again, except they did so in a day raid this time.
Indeed, it can be said that in this particular theater the current week was a repeat of the previous week in almost everything. Sole exception: Allied cargo ship losses.
5 Allied cargo ships (including one EC2 Liberty) were sunk by Japanese LBA during the 2nd Allied resupply mission to Rockhampton. Crace and Vampire kept enemy transport TFs at bay before finally retiring to Sydney. Japanese TF 3 led by Rear Adm. Shima was forced to abort its mission twice. One Seiwa/Africa Maru-class AP in TF3 was hit 3 times by Beaufighters -- and not a single asterisk from three 500 lb. bomb hits. ... This is ridiculous, and not in a funny way either.

North Pacific:
With this year's summer nearly upon us, the Japanese decided it would be a perfect time to pay the Aleutians another visit. 1st (INA) Div captured Attu I., which was empty.

Central Pacific:
Predictably enough, Ponape endured multiple airstikes on its airfield. (from Truk and Saipan)
36 Japanese fighters and 20 bombers shot down in the air.
22 P-38Gs shot down in the air. 21 Allied plane destroyed on the ground. Ponape supply depot received Moderate damage.

Weekly sub/antisub operations:
Allied submariners were fantastically effective this week. We sank 17 Japanese merchants and 5 tankers.
1 Allied sub (a Dutch one) was lost to Japanese ASW near Tokyo.

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 1/16/2019 4:53:52 AM   
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RE Aleuttans: I thought it would increase the low experience level of that unit but it did NOT

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RE: AAR: Istfemer (A) vs zeke99 (J) - 1/20/2019 9:41:07 AM   
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Situation on 5/30/43
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CBI:
Allied anti-LCU air ops at Bangkok continued: 8 Jap squads, 16 arty, 8 afvs destroyed.
Japanese anti-depot air ops in China continued as before.

Australia:
Wellingtons continued their ops against Cloncurry. Its depots were hit twice for light damage.
Japanese naval bombardment ops against Townsville continued as well. Two land battles (the real, not imaginary ones) were fought here this week, initiated by Zeke.
1st land battle of Townsville. Odds 2.
Japanese losses: 108 squads, 13 arty, 9 afvs. Allied losses: 55 squads, 1 arty.
2nd land battle of Townsville. Odds 2.
Japanese losses: 108 squads, 9 arty, 8 afvs. Allied losses: 30 squads, 6 arty.

Allies kept to their routine of bombing Rockhampton.
9 Allied cargo ships were sunk off Rockhampton by Japanese LBA while trying to retire to a safe area. Most of the sinkings came from torpedoes.

Central Pacific:
C-47 Dakotas airlifted some supplies & fuel to Ponape from Maloelap. Ponape continues to be a hot spot, with constant Jap raids on its airfields and the like.
Our intelligence (not SIGINT specifically) reports that the Combined Fleet HQ is seriously obsessed with Ponape for some reason. Could Ponape be a target for an imminent invasion then, hmm?
Or maybe it's just a decoy, like that recent Japanese adventure in the Aleutians. We'll see.
Nauru continues to be the favorite target for Allied aircraft to practice their bombing skills on.

Weekly sub/antisub operations:
We sank 5 Japanese merchants.

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