A little shard of good news. I didn't realize I had MTBs there...
ay Time Surface Combat, near Kwangchowan at 73,61, Range 3,000 Yards
DMS W-2, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DMS W-3, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
MTB 27, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
Low visibility due to Rain
Maximum visibility in Rain: 3,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 5,000 yards...
Range closes to 3,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 3,000 yards
DMS W-3 engages MTB 12 at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
DMS W-3 sunk by MTB 27 at 2,000 yards
MTB 27 sunk by DMS W-2 at 2,000 yards
DMS W-2 sunk by MTB 26 at 2,000 yards
Combat ends with last Japanese ship sunk...
Troops are ashore at Balikpapan... well greeted. Coast artillery also landed a bunch of hits, too:
TF 20 encounters mine field at Balikpapan (64,97) - Coastal Guns Fire Back!
6 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.
AMc Seki Maru #3, Shell hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
AMc Fumi Maru #2, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Sonan Maru #6, Mine hits 1, heavy damage
xAK Venice Maru, Mine hits 1, heavy damage
Japanese ground losses:
19 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Balikpapan Defenses firing at AMc Seki Maru #3
AMc Seki Maru #3 firing at Balikpapan Defenses
Balikpapan Defenses firing at AMc Fumi Maru #2
AMc Fumi Maru #2 firing at Balikpapan Defenses
4 mines cleared
Singkawang has fallen.
Most of his air activity has been busy in China, with the usual whizzy single-engine bombers. Of course, with my troops in open ground, they're still suffering from them.
I've been dealing with sweeps over Rangoon. I've been rotating a squadron of Tigers there, and they haven't been coping too well. I'll stand them down until he starts any real attacks.
Since Manado has been stalemated, he's brought in some reinforcements. Namely the 8th Tank Regiment. This probably won't last long.
Also, the reason for the sub in Darwin itself is now showing itself, with a mine hit on an xAK. I had four AMs sitting there in an ASW TF, but they never did any clearing. I set them to anti-mine to see if that helps. I'm going to return the favor and seed all the likely landing points on Java with the Dutch CMs and CMcs.
I've also realized I've neglected the Russians, so I need to get them all building and training. Maybe he'll push his luck in Manchuria. One thing I've noticed is that all the Soviet units look more "complete" than in other scenarios. Airplanes, at least, look up to strength.
Is it bad when I look forward to PI and DEI falling, just to get them off my plate?
< Message edited by Mundy -- 8/7/2014 9:13:46 PM >