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30 Nov - 1 Dec 43 - 5/24/2018 12:44:59 AM   
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30 Nov - 1 Dec 43

Highlights – Another major IJN push against Babar; US subs still terrible!

Jpn ships sunk:
DD: 1 (Shiratsuyu - old)
PC: 1
AMc: 4

Jpn ships un-sunk:
DD: 2 (Teruzuki, Uranami)

Allied ships sunk:
SS: 1 (O-19)

Air loss:
Jpn: 148
Allied: 99

Subwar:
Jpn: 2 Attacks, 0 ships hit
Allies: 7 Attacks, 1 ships hit (PC sunk) US subs missed BB Hiei, CV Shokaku and CA Aoba, but hit CV Hiryu….with a DUD!!!! Geeze! I’ve heard of bad luck….but this is ridiculous!

Jpn Amph Inv:
Damar (SWPAC)

Allied Amph: None

Bases lost:
Damar (SWPAC - was unoccupied)

Bases Liberated:
Aitape (SOPAC)

SIGINT/Intel: KB and likely most of the IJN focused on Babar again!

West Coast/Admin: CVL Langley arrives at Balboa; will head to join the fleet in the IO.

In NOPAC, NSTR.

In CENPAC, CV Bunker Hill TF refuels again draining the AO, and will head to a position ENE of Truk to support raids. Jaluit Amphib TF completes loading at Tarawa and will proceed to Mili to stage and link up with BB TF (2BB, DDs) heading out of PH to support landings. The BBs (New Mexico and Tennessee) are heading from repair/refit on the West Coast and enroute to join BB Pennsy currently in SOPAC; a small detour enroute to provide support.

In SOPAC, preparations for Manus continue. LBA begins hitting Manus port and AF, will start hitting ground troops next turn. Amphib TFs at Buka and Torokina begins loading, and will then head to Namatanai where the 1st Mar Div will load, beginning next turn. BB Wash TF will head to bombard Manus, and should be able to bombard 3 times prior to the invasion. IJA activity remains confined to the Biak area, but barges are hit by LBA out of Merauke loaded with troops off Nabire, due south of Biak on the New Guinea coast. About 20 barges sunk along with 1600 troops. Lastly, USMC Raiders clear out enemy remnants from Aitape, taking the base.

In SWPAC, all hell breaks out with another major IJN push on Babar. Begins quietly enough with US DM dropping 40 more mines before the IJN arrives. IJN effort begins with minesweepers (AMc and AM), and one of the three Minesweeping TFs is intercepted by PTs, which don’t engage. USMC Def Bn CD guns do engage, sinking 4 AMcs, and heavily damaging 3 AMs and remaining 4 AMcs - but the minesweepers do their jobs under fire, clearing almost 200 mines (leaving 466). This is followed up by the KB moving in to support, and troops being put ashore - an unknown number, and no mines were hit. The KB was stalked by subs, SS Gato, Runner and Trout all failing to score with torpedo spreads, missing opportunities against the BB Hiei, CVs Hiryu and Shokaku. Daylight brings airstrikes, and heavy engagements between Allied LRCAP over Babar and IJN CAP supporting from CVEs and the KB. By the second day, Allied LRCAP had worn down the cap to where strikes were having an effect. By the end of the two days, CVEs Chuyo and Kaiyo were hit by at least 4x500lb bombs each, both with heavy fires and heavy damage. BB Mutsu was also hit repeatedly, but nothing penetrated. About 4xAKs were left burning from numerous hits, but nothing sunk. Still, the CVEs are in trouble, surrounded by sub infested waters. Cost was high of course, 24 Mitchells (US and Aus), 13 TBFs and about 6 fighters from the LRCAP were lost in exchange for 36 Zeros of the CAP - including the first encounter with the A6M8! IJN remained in position at the end of the two days, assuming still offloading. Will continue air attacks and LRCAP cover over Babar, hopefully the SBDs will launch this time. Three 8 boat PTs squadrons will also head to Babar to disrupt operations. And of course, US subs are still thick in the area. Figure another expensive day ahead! Lastly, an Aussie PBY squadron was tasked to pick up troops from Babar - a small cadre of the 40th ID Bde there, just in case the island falls - which it might.

In China, the LRCAP trap near Chengtu actually worked well! 37 Lilys and 12 Helens shot down in exchange for a single Beaufighter due to ops loss. The Allied long range fighters need a rest, but hopefully this may give L_S_T pause on sending out unescorted raids - and I haven’t seen many fighter squadrons (only one Oscar squadron comes to mind) operating in China for quite some time. On the ground, a major IJA force with plenty of artillery is heading south out of Chungking aiming straight at Kweiyang. Its currently just probing - bombarding the outlying Chinese defenders; I can expect an attack next turn. Once the Heavies rest a bit in India, I’ll commit at least one bomber group to ground support against the IJA in China, it won’t offset the artillery balance against Chinese, but at least its something.

In Burma, the attacks against the RTA at Bhamo begin to make progress. In two attacks, forts are reduced from 3 to Level 1, but Allied losses were heavy at 1400 to only 400 IJA. Fortunately, mostly all the Allied losses were in disabled squads. Still, the Allied force needs to rest, and I may wait until the US 27th ID is brought up. Elsewhere, its pretty quiet. Brit Heavies hit both Alor Star and Bangkok at night with no effect. Heavies will try hitting Saigon port (harassment) and Medan AF (assist the Sabang effort) next.

In the IO, the IJA subs have moved off, removing the threat at least for now. US CV TF takes on F6F replacements and is back up to strength, and some ships, detached, take on fuel. Next turn will return to support the reinforcement group landing support troops from Trinkat - where they are currently still loading at the end of the two days. So far no interference against the shipping at Trinkat. Instead, the LBA is thrown against Sabang, strikes come in before sweeps for a change. P-47s do well, but are worn down by repeated sweeps by Franks and Tojos. After the two days, DD Mugford takes a single bomb hit, and 14 P-47s are written off (7 ops) in exchange for 21 Tojo, 5 Oscar, 3 Franks and 6 Judys. Have reinforced the AF at Sabang with a fresh P-47 squadron, P-40K and Spit V squadrons, layering the CAP from 30k to 15k. No naval targets will be at Sabang next turn, other than PTs, but there will be DD ASW TFs nearby which could be targeted. I expect heavy sweeps again - there are a reported 300+ fighters at Medan, so hopefully the Sabang CAP can attrit them some BEFORE the reinforcement group convoy comes in from Trinkat in a few days. Still no indication of any IJN effort in the Malacca straits - KB seems fully engaged off Babar.




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2-3 Dec 43 - 5/29/2018 2:04:44 AM   
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Highlights – Bloodbath over Babar

Jpn ships sunk:
CVE: 1 (Chuyo - was seen smoking in a combat report, but no plane ground losses)
CL: 1 (Sendai - replaces Isuzu)
SS: 1 (RO-33)
xAKL: 1

Jpn ships un-sunk:
CL: 1 (Isuzu)

Allied ships sunk:
SS: 1 (Runner - another victim on a/c ASW)
PT: 2

Air loss:
Jpn: 195
Allied: 316

Subwar:
Jpn: 1 Attacks, 0 ships hit
Allies: 0 Attacks, 0 ships

Jpn Amph Inv: None

Allied Amph: None

Bases lost: None

Bases Liberated: None

SIGINT/Intel: IJN committed at Babar.

West Coast/Admin: NSTR.

In NOPAC, NSTR.

In CENPAC, CV Bunker Hill TF in position ENE of Truk to support upcoming bombing effort of Truk, starting next turn. Jaluit Amph TF completed loading and arrived at Mili; will continue on to Jaluit this turn to link up with BB bombardment TF. No enemy air or naval activity observed, other than a/c search, in CENPAC.

In SOPAC, BB Wash TF (BB, 4CA, CL, DDs) bombards Manus with good effect; 450 casualties reported. The one and only shot fired from a CD gun hits CA Indianapolis inflicting 14sys!!! From an 80mm!!! LBA begins focused attacks on Manus with little to show for it. BB Wash TF will head back to pound Manus next turn, and continue these runs from New Hannover until the Amph TF arrives. The Amph TF main body starts loading 1st Mar Div and support at Nam, while the other elements completed loading troops at Buka and are heading to Nam to link up. IJN barges are caught again by Mitchells and Beaufighters off Nabire sinking 11, but no troop losses are reported. Still much light shipping traffic reported in the Biak area, so 3DDs currently at Sarmi will raid west, hoping to catch barges and other shipping, but hoping to also to avoid a CA TF that has been in the area a few days prior. Focus remains Manus in Theater, but threatening the potential next target area doesn’t hurt.

In SWPAC, not a good turn at Babar. First, the KB moves onto Babar hex with the transport TF, and neither TF obliges by hitting any of the 450+ mines. Mines also don’t interfere with an ineffective bombardment TF (2BB, 3CA, 2CL, DDs) which doesn’t do much. Daylight brings the three PT squadrons into the area, but don’t accomplish much; two are lost in exchange for a reported collision between the CVE Kaiyo and a PC. Daylight also of course brings airpower into play, starting with numerous ASW sorties sinking SS Runner outright and damaging 3 other subs forcing them to withdraw - while they can be replaced on station, the ASW a/c remain a potent threat not only at sighting subs, but their skill is such at this point in the war, they are lethal. Then comes the Allied air attacks - was hoping to target the Amph TF, not the KB. Even with the usual robust LRCAP on station over Babar, totaling upwards of 100 fighters, they could not cope with the 225+ fighters on CAP over the KB, now at Babar. Carnage ensued, but eventually some strike a/c made it through to make bombing or torpedo runs, but without success. And of course, with the KB close, I should have shut down the air transport supply bridge, but failed to do so, and the LRCAP didn’t keep the fighters off the transports, they were slaughtered. The only bright spot to the air transport mission was a small fragment of the 40th ID Bde was successfully brought out. Which was a good thing, as the IJA managed two successful attacks on the defenders, reducing the forts to level 1 - the end is near. Next turn, I’m again sending in the flyers - I got to figure that if the KB remains, its fighters are attrited and fatigued, while Bathurst will have over 250 fresh fighters, including over 125 P-47s. Attack squadrons are also swapped out, so fresh TBFs and SBDs will make the attempt, with a few surviving Beauforts and B-25s. Babar will fall, I just hope to make it a Pyrrhic victory for the Japanese.

In China, the drive from Chungking south has begun with two IJA corps sized attacks coming towards Kweiyang - multiple divisions with plenty of armor and artillery. Both attacks easily push back the defenders, but at least in one attack, the price was high on the attackers. Will continue to delay north of the river, and hopefully get some AT assets in place to defend the river line and Kweiyang. While the increase in supply has helped with Chinese manpower, the Chinese units are still woefully lacking guns.

In Burma, NSTR.

In the IO, the ground attack towards Medan along Sumatra’s north coast cleared off the remaining IJA troops falling back from Sabang - they withdrew into the interior, leaving the road clear. Will still be a few days before the 3rd USMC Div will be in position to attack Langsa, the base two hexes from Medan. In the air, IJA LBA strike at PTs off Sabang, supported by heavy sweeps. The sweeps grind down the three squadron CAP, but losses are heavy to both sides. The CAP will be swapped out with fresh fighters. On the naval side, the support convoy has completed loading at Trinkat and will head to Sabang, supported by the Brit CA TF and the US CVs will close to provide LRCAP. At Colombo, the Sinabang Amph TF begins loading, with the US 7th ID spearheading the assault. Based on what was encountered at Sabang, its probably overkill, but all troops are well prepped and the landing will go in as planned. Also loading at Colombo are a Brit In Bde and BF to reinforce Sabang.






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RE: 2-3 Dec 43 - 6/5/2018 4:36:26 PM   
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... reported collision between the CVE Kaiyo and a PC.


Your secret weapon!

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RE: 2-3 Dec 43 - 6/9/2018 6:05:45 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: jwolf

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... reported collision between the CVE Kaiyo and a PC.


Your secret weapon!



Sad....but true! Collisions and mines have done well. The rest....not so much!

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4-5 Dec 43 - 6/9/2018 6:16:01 PM   
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Highlights – Good day over Sabang, not so much for PTs at Babar

Jpn ships sunk:
DD: 3 (Teruzuki, Ushio, Harukaze)
xAK: 1
xAKL: 1

Jpn ships un-sunk:
SS: 1 (RO-105)

Allied ships sunk:
PT: 13

Air loss:
Jpn: 117
Allied: 49

Subwar:
Jpn: 0 Attacks, 0 ships hit
Allies: 0 Attacks, 0 ships hit

Jpn Amph Inv: None

Allied Amph/Airborne Assault:
Taongi (CENPAC)

Bases lost: None

Bases Liberated:
Taongi (CENPAC)

SIGINT/Intel: KB withdraws from Babar and sighted at Boela.

West Coast/Admin: NSTR.

In NOPAC, NSTR.

In CENPAC, CV Bunker Hill TF supports LBA out of Ponape hitting Truk. No enemy CAP, but bombers do not accomplish much damage to the AF either. Will continue with strikes for a few days. Northern most atoll in the Marshalls, Taongi, was seized by USMC Paratroops. It was undefended, and the paras will be pulled off by PBY next turn. Jaluit Amphib operation still gathering a few loose TFs and is postponed for a turn. Still no IJN activity in CENPAC.

In SOPAC, BB Wash TF again bombards Manus and returns to New Hannover to replenish without incident. Will continue the bombardments as the Manus Amph TF gathers at Nam and will proceed to stage at Mussau Island. DD TF (3DD) has good success in disrupting barge traffic near Biak; encountering barges or light shipping at Biak, Noemfoer and Manokwari. Even though about half the convoys were able to break contact, about 30 barges and an xAKL were sunk along with a PB damaged. Will continue to attempt to disrupt local shipping, but will also be able to put LBA to work soon as Sarmi AF is now at Level 1 and progressing rapidly. I am a bit concerned that the KB withdrew to Boela, and not Ambon however -at Boela, KB aircraft can range to the Biak area.

In SWPAC, PTs were slow to withdraw from Babar due to fuel issues and were mauled by a CA TF (2CA, 3CL, 5DD) but did manage to put a torpedo into DD Harukaze, which was claimed as sunk. The cost was excessive though - 13 PTs lost. The CA TF went on to bombard Babar inflicting over 100 casualties, but surprisingly that was all the activity - the expected ground assault didn’t happen. Still, with the KB remaining in the vicinity, Babar’s fall is imminent.

In China, it was pretty quiet. IJA LBA has hit Chengta north of Changsa with unescorted Sonias for a few turns in a row, so will send P-47s to hopefully catch some easy prey next turn.

In Burma, a renewed Allied attack at Bhamo reduces the fortifications to zero, but the defenders retain the base (unfortunately, the replay had a synch bug, and it showed Bhamo falling!). Cost was again high, with over 1600 Allied troops lost to 800 IJA. Troops are now fatigued, so will wait until the fresh US troops arrive to continue the attack. US Heavies tried their first “manpower” strategic bombing attack with a B-24 Group hitting Bangkok in daylight. Although fires were started, no damage was inflicted on industry. No CAP, and only one plane was lost to AA.

In the IO, the support troops convoy arrived at Sabang and was targeted by heavy Judy strikes, escorted only by Oscars and no supporting sweeps. Heavy CAP took a severe toll, downing 50 Judys and 24 Oscars for a loss of only 3 F6F and a P-40. All transports unloaded, and will return to Colombo. The Brit CA TF covering force will head to bombard Medan, preceded by a CL TF (CL, DDs) to tangle with any shipping in the area. Both TFs will head in at fast speed and then return to Sabang to disband. Meanwhile, the CVs will move off to link up with the Repl TF to take on more fuel and prepare to support the Sinabang Amphib which have just completed loading at Colombo and will depart next turn. On the ground, the 3rd Mar Div and lead supporting elements begins its move into the Langsa hex.








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6-7 Dec 43 - 6/13/2018 4:20:17 PM   
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Highlights – KB moves off Babar hitting subs; another good day over Sabang.

Jpn ships sunk:
DD: 1 (Yunagi)
xAP: 1
xAKL: 1
ACM: 1

Allied ships sunk:
SS: 2 (Tinosa, S-47)

Air loss:
Jpn: 140
Allied: 47

Subwar:
Jpn: 3 Attacks, 1 ship hit (crippled SS sunk)
Allies: 5 Attacks, 2 ships hit (xAP, xAKL sunk)

Jpn Amph Inv: None

Allied Amph Inv: None

Bases lost: None

Bases Liberated:
Cape Gloucester (SOPAC - flipped)

SIGINT/Intel: KB remains in the Babar area.

West Coast/Admin: NSTR.

In NOPAC, NSTR.

In CENPAC, CV Bunker Hill TF continues to support LBA out of Ponape hitting Truk, with its SB2Cs hitting the port sinking an ACM. AF reported to be closed after strikes. Heavies will continue with strikes, but CV TF will head to Tulagi for minor repairs and replenish a/c. Jaluit Amphib in position and landings will begin next turn; expecting minimal losses with the constant bombardment Jaluit has been under for the past month plus.

In SOPAC, BB Wash TF bombards Manus with good effect, and will now move to bombard in support of landings. Amph TF will depart Mussau and begin landings next turn, also supported by the CVE TF. Expecting a tough fight once landed, and will not attack until additional ground troops are brought in. Another USMC Regiment begins loading at Buka to be brought in, and once the Amph TF offloads, most will head to Umboi Is to bring in the Americal Div. With the KB still committed to Babar, I don’t expect any IJN interference with Manus, nor any major daylight airstrikes. On the New Guinea coast, one DD from the DD TF (3DD) at Sarmi takes a bomb from a patrol plane, damaging it enough to force it to head to Tulagi for repairs. The remaining two DDs will sweep the Biak area again looking for light shipping. Sarmi AF now at Lvl 2, Beaufighters are brought in for low level naval attacks. Once Manus landings go in, will bring some additional DDs in to continue the naval sweeps.

In SWPAC, the KB comes out of port and positions just north of Babar, putting a lot of effort into ASW, with numerous ASW a/c strikes - 2 boats crippled and sunk, with another two heading for repairs. US subs have their chances, missing both CA Tone and BB Hiei with torp spreads. Just can’t buy a torpedo hit on a bloody warship!!! BB Hiei TF (2BB, 3CA, 4CL, DDs) bombards Babar (400 casualties), but no ground assaults. Babar is ripe for collapse, I’m not putting in any more forces, just sustaining the troops on the ground with minimal air resupply and maintaining a heavy LRCAP.

In China, P-47s manage to catch unescorted Sonias near Changsa, downing 19 without loss. IJA continues to move toward Kweiyang from the north, Chinese troops will attempt to delay, but the situation isn’t promising.

In Burma, NSTR.

In the IO, the Brit CA TF (2CA, 3CL, DDs) bombards Medan with good effect, inflicting over 900 casualties and destroying about 25 fighters on the ground - and likely disrupting their sweeps over Sabang. No IJN shipping was found however, and all Allied ships returned to Sabang. IJA fighter sweeps did hit Sabang, but CAP did well; 59 Tojos and 15 Franks lost in exchange for 9 F4Us, 7 P-40s and 4 P-47s. While most of the warships head to Port Blair to refuel and rearm (as well as sort those that need to head to Colombo for repair), a smaller CA TF (CA, CL, DDs) will bombard Medan again next turn. US CVs take on fuel at sea in preparation to support incoming Amphib landings, still a few turns away. IJN subs continue to be a nuisance between Trinkat and Sabang, keeping ASW TFs busy, damaging at least 3 subs with another hit by a/c. On the ground, 3rd Mar Div will attack Langsa next turn with 2 Bdes supported by tanks, the third Bde will be kept in reserve to pursue. Expect a single SNLF or garrison as the defenders, with the main enemy force at Medan. Lastly, CV Long Island II reached Aden from East Coast repairs, and will head to Colombo along with BC Renown and DD escorts.









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Highlights – Babar FALLS; Landings at Manus and at least part of the KB moving north of New Guinea

Jpn ships sunk:
SS: 2 (I-162, RO-105)
E: 1 (W-18)
xAK: 2
AMc: 1

Jpn ships unsunk:
DD: 2 (Yukikaze, Usugumo)
SS: 1 (I-35)

Allied ships sunk: None

Air loss:
Jpn: 49
Allied: 42

Subwar:
Jpn: 0 Attacks, 0 ship hit
Allies: 5 Attacks, 2 ships hit (2 xAK sunk)

Jpn Amph Inv: None

Allied Amph Inv:
Jaluit (CENPAC)
Manus (SOPAC)

Bases lost:
Babar (SWPAC)

Bases Liberated:
Jaluit (CENPAC)
Langsa (IO)

SIGINT/Intel: At least part of the KB is spotted by PBYs heading east well north of the New Guinea coast. Worst case, this is to disrupt or counter the Manus operation.

West Coast/Admin: NSTR.

In NOPAC, NSTR.

In CENPAC, Jaluit falls in the first assault, about 600 remaining Jpn troops destroyed from the Base Force; only 9 US casualties. The troops will re-embark an position for future operations. CV Bunker Hill TF should arrive at Tulagi next turn for minor repairs, but with the KB north of New Guinea, all three carriers send their F6Fs to the New Hannover area. Bombers hit Truk again, but that may be put on hold with the KB heading east. Otherwise, CENPAC will be a backwater for a while, repositioning troops for landings not before Jan ’44.

In SOPAC, landings go in at Manus without issue, the transports complete offloading by the end of the second day. With the KB potentially approaching (still well to the west), shipping and warships will clear the area, less a pair of AKs delivering an FA Bn and supplies and a pair of LSTs. Most shipping and the CVE TF will withdraw to Umboi Island to be in position to pickup the American Div should the KB not come on. BB Washington TF needs minor repairs, and this as good a time as any to pull the venerable TF out of harms way, and it will head to Buka to see what develops. Throughout Theater, west of Rabaul, shipping makes for ports - primarily Hollandia and New Hannover which have the largest concentration of fighter cover. Still, some shipping needs to complete offloading at other ports, such as Sarmi, and will remain vulnerable should the KB come calling. In addition to the F6Fs from CENPAC, a P-47 FG is brought up from SWPAC, and more planes are prepared to return to Theater if it becomes necessary. Right now, it’s a waiting game to see where the KB heads as troops are established on Manus, but except for the additional FA Bns enroute, other anticipated troops are put on hold - and air forces rest in preparation for encountering the KB.

In SWPAC, unfortunately, but expected, Babar falls in the first assault, with over 6000 Allied troops lost in exchange for only 550 Jpn. All but one Army engineer unit had fragments brought out prior, and are starting to rebuild the eliminated units from these cadres in NW OZ. Fighters will remain on LRCAP over Babar, B-24s will hit the port and mine the base, and strike aircraft will be ready to strike at any IJN naval forces that move to the island. So, was this a Japanese pyrrhic victory? Since Babar was re-taken, it certainly can’t be claimed as an Allied Triumph, but to take an island with only Port level 1 and no AF cost the IJN dearly. Estimates still look to be a CVE, 2xCL, 24 DDs plus assorted shipping lost in exchange for 4 DDs, 7 subs and numerous PTs in the two plus month campaign. Both sides suffered very heavy air losses, especially Jpn fighters and US strike a/c. While the Allied force has been removed from the island, the question is what’s next for the Japanese. There are over 25k men on the island that will need to either be supplied or pulled out - hopefully I can make that an expensive endeavor. For the Allies, its still a waiting game to see what the Combined Fleet does. I’m still thinking at some point (and frankly surprised, the actions in Sumatra hasn’t triggered it) the Combined Fleet will move to other areas. If not, may consider bringing the US CVs in now that Sumatra Campaign has begun - and the primary naval operations of getting troops ashore at Sabang have been accomplished. Not till ’44 at least though.

In China, the two IJA major attack groups continue to grind closer to Kweiyang.

In Burma, its quiet, and will resume the attack on Bhamo next turn as US troops arrive.

In the IO, on Sumatra, 3rd Mar Div takes Langsa easily, only a JNAF defending while a small CA TF (CA, CL, DDs) bombards Medan with good effect, but no planes were present. In fact, it looks like the IJA is pulling out of Medan! Again, I’m surprised that L_S_T isn’t defending this perimeter harder. Only a nuisance raid by Jakes in daylight gets lucky hitting a reinforcement convoy off Sabang while Sabang fighters apparently were grounded by weather. One LSI(L) was hit by 4 small bombs and damaged enough to require repairs, although the troops aboard will be landed next turn without issue. The next major event will be the landings at Sinabang, which should begin at the end of the second day next turn, covered by US CVs. US CVs took on more fuel as the Amph TF still needed to close, draining an AO which will head back to Colombo.








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10-11 Dec 43 - 6/22/2018 7:06:03 PM   
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Highlights – No sign of IJN north of New Guinea; Sinabang landings, Burma road cut - BY THE ALLIES!

Jpn ships sunk:
DD: 1 (Uranami - by type 93 mine!)
xAP: 1

Allied ships sunk:
SS: 2 (Permit, Sailfish - both to a/c ASW)

Air loss:
Jpn: 17
Allied: 23

Subwar:
Jpn: 0 Attacks, 0 ship hit
Allies: 1 Attacks, 0 ships hit

Jpn Amph Inv: None

Allied Amph Inv:
Sinabang (IO)

Bases lost: None

Bases Liberated:
Bhamo (Burma)

SIGINT/Intel: No sign of the IJN TF sighted north of New Guinea - perhaps ships head north from Ambon to Japan for 1 Jan refit? Elements of KB are confirmed still over watching Babar area.

West Coast/Admin: NSTR.

In NOPAC, NSTR.

In CENPAC, Truk hit again by Heavies, but bombers need a rest.

In SOPAC, with no sign of IJN heading to interfere with Manus, operations will continue and shipping resumes normal operations north of New Guinea. USMC Reg will depart Buka for Manus to reinforce, and Americal Div begins loading at Umboi. Only when Americal is ashore will attacks begin. The big surprise were two “Banzai” attacks by the Kavieng garrison against the US Reg and supporting assets left to contain them - both attacks achieved 1-1 odds, but Jpn losses were heavy - after two attacks, over 4000 lost to about 250 US. Still a concern that future attacks may happen, so will march the 33rd ID overland from Nam to take over the garrison - maybe launch attack to take the weakened defenses?

In SWPAC, its quiet except for the usual heavy a/c ASW effort that kills two US subs - one previously crippled. No IJN effort to Babar - so I’m curious to see what L_S_T does with the 25K of men on the island. US bombers hit the port and lay mines with no opposition, and CM Ogala is on her way to lay more mines. Goal is to keep those 25k IJA troops pinned on Babar, and not able to redeploy to other potential targets.

In China, NSTR.

In Burma, an interesting turn. Bhamo falls on the first attack (although the synch bug had it hold through 2 attacks!), with about 1100 troops lost to both sides after two attacks. That was the “good” news. Chinese troops also managed a successful attack on the isolated troops NW of Lashio - 800 troops lost to only 7 Allied, but the remaining IJA troops withdrew right to the Burma Road hex west of Lashio! Argh!! My unit in that hex of course just pulled out! I hate the land game mechanics! So, now I’ve provided an IJA blocking position astride the Burma road until troops from Lashio can come and clear it. Not good!

In the IO, the US 7th ID is landed at Sinabang without issue, and will attack to seize the base next turn, believed to be lightly defended by a single Naval Garrison Unit. Will detach a few empty transports back to Ceylon to bring in more units for the upcoming Sibolga landings - where two Bdes and Engineers have begun loading for at Trincomalee. Most transports will remain to reload the 7th ID and other elements to shift them to Sabang, where it will relieve the 3rd Mar Div, freeing up the Marines for other amphib ops. Colombo also remains a busy port as additional support troops and supplies are loaded and headed to Sabang. Troops on the north coast of Sumatra will continue their drive toward Medan. Still no indication of any IJN commitment back to the IO.


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RE: 10-11 Dec 43 - 6/22/2018 7:52:42 PM   
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My unit in that hex of course just pulled out!


This kind of timing error is very easy to make. Sympathies.

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RE: 10-11 Dec 43 - 6/28/2018 5:31:13 PM   
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Highlights – Sinabang taken in without issue; KB remains just north of Ambon.

Jpn ships sunk:
DD: 3 (Yukikaze, Usugumo, Yukaze - all old, apparently from Babar actions)
SS: 1 (RO-35)
xAKL: 1

Allied ships sunk: None

Air loss:
Jpn: 80
Allied: 25

Subwar:
Jpn: 1 Attack, 0 ships hit
Allies: 4 Attacks, 1 ship hit (xAKL sunk)

Jpn Amph Inv: None

Allied Amph Inv: None

Bases lost: None

Bases Liberated:
Sinabang (IO)

SIGINT/Intel: At least a good part of the KB remains north of Ambon in the Ceram Sea; able to strike at Allied SOPAC or SWPAC efforts.

West Coast/Admin: NSTR.

In NOPAC, NSTR.

In CENPAC, NSTR.

In SOPAC, IJA Kavieng garrison again launches attacks against the US Regiment and supporting troops, and again are heavily repulsed. In two attacks 4000 IJA casualties to about 275 Allied. But the defenders are heavily outnumbered, and are being slowly attrited, even in their victories. 33rd ID is starting to slowly make its way to Kavieng. At Manus, transports offload the 8th Mar Reg, and one transport gets plucked by a CD gun with minor damage. Americal Div completes loading at Umboi and will head to Manus. I’ve also decided to send the venerable BB Washington to Auckland for some needed minor repairs; repairs that require a yard. Focus remains Manus while building up newly acquired bases on the northern New Guinea coast.

In SWPAC, CM Ogala successfully lays mines at Babar, and apparently an IJN fast transport TF dropped off supplies without issue. Will send in some DDs to disrupt the next “Tokyo Express” run to Babar, but that’s a gamble - they are just as likely to bump into a mine than find the Express. I am a bit surprised that L_S_T hasn’t moved to pull out troops from Babar yet.

In China, P-47s do well sweeping over Chungking, downing 30 Oscars for a pair of P-47s. But the IJA is still rolling back the Chinese delaying troops north of Kweiyang, trading heavy manpower losses to buy more time to reinforce the river line defenses. I’ve moved a B-24 Bomb Group to Ledo, they will be used against moving IJA troops massing near Kweiyang in the coming days.

In Burma, the Burma road remains blocked as Allied troops are still moving to attack the roadblock west of Lashio - this should be attacked next turn, so the route will stay closed for a week at least. Not good. Meanwhile, the first of the West Coast xAK convoys have arrived in the Bay of Bengal and supplies in Rangoon should be increasing rapidly shortly. I’m also pulling out a number of engineer units from Burma/India to bring into Sumatra.

In the IO, Sinabang was only defended by a single construction battalion and the base fell easily. 3rd Mar Div troops push closer to Medan, and should enter the base next turn. All indications are that Medan won’t be strongly defended. Once Medan has been taken, 3rd Mar Div will pull back to Sabang and prepare for future operations elsewhere along the Sumatra southern coast. The Sibolga Amphib TF completed loading at Trincomalee with two infantry Bdes and an Eng Reg, and will head toward target accompanied by a CVE TF (2CVEs, DD/DEs). US CV TF remains off Sinabang, providing LRCAP to transports offloading supplies, and picking up some troops (AR Bn) shifting to Sabang. Remaining transports off Sinabang will head back to Ceylon to pick up additional troops for Sumatra operations.






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RE: 10-11 Dec 43 - 6/28/2018 5:50:31 PM   
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Is there a hex the Tokyo Express has to go through before it enters Babar hex? Why not patrol and intercept there instead of in the minefield at Babar?

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RE: 10-11 Dec 43 - 6/30/2018 10:04:41 PM   
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ORIGINAL: BBfanboy

Is there a hex the Tokyo Express has to go through before it enters Babar hex? Why not patrol and intercept there instead of in the minefield at Babar?


Yes, its one of the two hexes north of the island - which would mean keeping a TF on patrol well within enemy LBA range. Not feasible right now. I'm not even leaving a TF at Babar, despite a sizeable LRCAP out of OZ. Still reluctant to risk any sizeable Allied TF right now there.

In '44, that will likely change....

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14-15 Dec 43 - 6/30/2018 10:13:31 PM   
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Highlights – KB remains in the Ceram Sea; Oscar raid at Langsa is bloodied.

Jpn ships sunk:
E: 1 (Maeshima)
xAK: 1

Allied ships sunk:
SS: 1 (Raton - another victim to airpower)

Air loss:
Jpn: 50
Allied: 20

Subwar:
Jpn: 0 Attacks, 0 ships hit
Allies: 4 Attacks, 1 ship hit (xAK sunk)

Jpn Amph Inv: None

Allied Amph Inv: None

Bases lost: None

Bases Liberated: None

SIGINT/Intel: KB remains north of Ambon in the Ceram Sea staying focused on being able to strike at Allied SOPAC or SWPAC efforts.

West Coast/Admin: NSTR.

In NOPAC, NSTR.

In CENPAC, NSTR.

In SOPAC, IJA Kavieng garrison AGAIN launches attacks against the US Regiment and supporting troops, and AGAIN are heavily repulsed, this time only one attack that only managed 1-4 odds; 800 IJA casualties to 20 Allied. Will this be the last Banzai attack? Still bringing in the 33rd Div just in case, and with the weakening of the IJA garrison, perhaps will attack to take the base now? In any case, focus remains on Manus where the Americal Div was landed with some difficulties despite good 85% prep, over 200 troops lost in coming ashore. Division is also fairly well disrupted, so will wait till next turn before launching attacks. BB Pennsy bombarded, with minimal effect, but will continue the shuttle bombardments, and airpower will shift from Kavieng back to Manus. Most SOPAC fleet elements remain at Tulagi undergoing minor repairs and some upgrades. As transports return from Manus, will start sorting them out to begin overdue upgrades and shift some to SWPAC.

In SWPAC, US DD TF (4DDs) succeed in intercepting an IJN fast transport run (DD, 3E) into Babar, but only land one hit on the DD. US warships continue to underwhelm. Other than that minor skirmish, its pretty quiet. Shipping has been reported by PBYs at Koepang, and will look at launching some SBD strikes out of Truscott, supported by sweeps. Its worth a shot, and will continue to maintain LRCAP over Babar.

In China, IJA forces continue to push back the delaying force north of the river screening Kweiyang. Will commit a B-24 group out of Ledo to ground support next turn, hitting IJA troops moving north of the river. The goal at this point is to attempt to hold both Changsa in the east, and the Kweiyang river line back towards Kumning - and holding that river line will be the challenge with all the IJA troops freed up from Chungking.

In Burma, Allied troops finally in position to clear the Burma Road west of Lashio and will attack next turn. IJA troops at Bhamo will also be attacked to clear up the rear area. Also bringing in more troops to China, not only AA, but also some AT and Brit Armor Reg and now looking to bring in the African Division - sort of “corset stays” to bolster the Chinese lack of AT and artillery capability is the thought in China - hopefully getting into position before the IJA makes a major push across the river to secure Kweiyang.

In the IO, Oscars attempt an attack on PTs at Langsa, and Spits do well on CAP, downing 20 for no loss. Ground troops reach Medan, and will attack next turn to take the base. Troops continue to come in at Sabang and engineers and base forces are in short supply as the advance has exceeded expectations. A concern is a large concentration of bombers (over 180) reported by recon at Kota Bharu on the eastern side of Malaya. No fighters were observed by recon, so have brought Heavies into Trinkat, and will hit Kota hard next turn, with fighters in support out of Sabang. Hopefully can disrupt the bomber force before the landings come in at Sibolga in a few days. Recon also spotted a number of transports at Singapore, and I’m betting these are loading troops to transit to Sumatra - so I’m sending in the carriers to strike them while the Sibolga Amph TF is still well out at Sea. CV TF will move to a position NNW of Padang to strike at Singapore. F4Us will sweep and will commit about half the available SBDs and a few TBFs escorted by 200+ F6Fs. This could be costly if L_S_T has brought in a heavy CAP, but so far recon CAP is reported to be minimal. Will also put some recon over Palembang as that time is coming to strike the heart of the oil industry - that’s where I anticipate the fighters will be in mass.






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Highlights – Zuikaku sunk; expensive raid on Singers; Medan taken and the Burma Road reopened.

Jpn ships sunk:
CV: 1 (Zuikaku)
E: 2
AK: 1
xAK: 3

Allied ships sunk: None

Air loss:
Jpn: 218
Allied: 158

Subwar:
Jpn: 2 Attacks, 0 ships hit
Allies: 5 Attacks, 3 ship hit (CV Zuikaku, AK sunk, xAK dam)

Jpn Amph Inv
Molu (SWPAC)

Allied Amph Inv: None

Bases lost: None

Bases Liberated:
Medan (IO)

SIGINT/Intel: KB in two TFs moving north of New Guinea headed east; intentions unknown.

West Coast/Admin: CV Intrepid and BB New Jersey arrive at Balboa and will head to East Coast to resize some squadrons and pick up Corsairs.

In NOPAC, NSTR.

In CENPAC, the last four APs will depart Theater and head to SOPAC. Only CENPAC activity will be the occasional hitting Truk with Heavies for a while.

In SOPAC, the big surprise is the full KB rounding the western end of New Guinea and losing CV Zuikaku in the process. SS Stealhead hits Zuikaku with a single torp, and she apparently broke off from the KB with CLAA Tatsuta as escort to head to port where Stealhead hit her again with 2 more torps. L_S_T confirmed she went down. Whatever the KB is up to, its starting off to be expensive! Elsewhere, the Kavieng garrison again impales itself on the US Regiment, gaining only 1-3 odds in the attack and losing over 1600 troops. The only reason I can figure L_S_T is doing these attacks is to weaken the garrison so I attack and he can buy back up the troops from the dead pool? In any case, with the KB potentially heading east toward the Admiralty Islands, Allied shipping will again head to nearby ports to gain CAP cover. US troops will make their first ground attack to secure Manus next turn in any case; will be a tough slog and can expect a well fortified defense. Lastly, am sending a significant amount of APs/AKAs out of SOPAC - some to refit/upgrad and some to SWPAC. Keeping enough to shuttle troops and continue limited offensive operations, but the main effort is shifting to SWPAC in early ’44. Likewise, BB Washington arrived in Auckland for some repairs, and two CAs are enroute there for month long upgrade.

In SWPAC, IJN DDs put troops ashore at Molu, a dot base still held by an Aussie Airborne Bn. Will send 4DDs to bombard and perhaps catch some reinforcements coming in, and also throw some LBA at the troops while the Aussies prepare to defend with fort level 2. LBA did well against Lautem, meeting no opposition and closing the AF for a bit. No ships were found at Koepang, but fighters swept downing some 20 Oscars on CAP in exchange for 2 P-38s. Should the KB stay in the SOPAC area, may look to resume offensive operations against Saumlaki, but I don’t think the KB will remain north of New Guinea for a long operation.

In China, B-24s out of Ledo hit Japanese troops in China for the first time, hitting the 3rd Tank Div moving north of Kweiyang with minimal effect. But having the threat of Heavies on call may give L_S_T some pause. And surprisingly, the Chinese delaying force north of Kweiyang held off a major IJA attack inflicting over 5000 casualties at a cost of 1800. Just holding was a surprise! Perhaps the river line defense is holdable! And with the Burma Road now re-opened, supplies are already flowing in, over 10k in the one turn!

In Burma, the Burma road is reopened with the US 43rd Div attacking to clear the road, and remnants retreating south, less the 1200 casualties. These remnants will still have to be dealt with, but at least they are off the bloody road. The other isolated IJA force, at Bhamo, still remains a nuisance. Despite achieving good 5-1 odds, the Allied attacking force inflicted only 600 casualties to 600 Allied in two attacks.

In the IO, the heavies out of Trinkat had a good two days hitting Kota Bharu, meeting no CAP, and destroying about 29 Bettys, 14 Frances, 18 Jills and 9 Petes. The CV’s strike on Singers had a rougher reception meeting a stiff 60 plane cap with a solid altitude advantage. The Corsair sweeps did nothing other than lose 20 of 36 planes, and the two strike packages (102F, 102D and 105F, 67D) over two days suffered heavily against the CAP, losing 67 (yes 67!) F6Fs and 18 SBDs. The strikes did rough up the fat convoy target, sinking 2 escorts and 3 xAKs confirmed, while hitting another 15 or so transports - many of which will likely sink. Still, a very, very expensive raid, with the lesson learned that against a base hex, the CAP must be cleared by sweeps with altitude advantage before the strikes come in. Its just too deadly not to! The CVs will retire NW to refuel, replenish aircraft, and prepare to support the Sibolga landings. At Trincomalee, the two remaining Bdes and support troops are loaded for Sibolga. Lastly, on Sumatra, Medan is taken in the first assault, only a token AA unit remained behind. Aussie troops will continue the advance, although 2/3rds of the Div still needs to be brought up from Sabang and Langsa. The 3rd Mar Div will hold and prepare for future amphib operations.








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RE: 16-17 Dec 43 - 7/10/2018 2:18:47 AM   
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Adios, 'Auspicious crane'! That's some great luck with Steelhead, especially if the attacks were in two separate hexes.

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