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THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 4/29/2015 11:23:46 PM   
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THE WAR COLLEGE



DEDICATION

This After Action Report is dedicated to Monty Earl Montagne, Sr. (02/26/23-02/19/99).

My father enlisted in the United States Coast Guard on July 28, 1942 at Omaha, Nebraska. He served his country during WWII until his discharge at Long Beach, California on September 13, 1945. His pay rate at the time of discharge was $119.70 month.

He is entitled to the American Theater of Operations Ribbon, European Theater of Operations ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations ribbon and at discharge was issued a Good Conduct Medal, Honorable Discharge button, blue Honorable Service lapel button, and travel pay at the rate of five cents per mile ($91.55) for travel from Long Beach back to Omaha.

He held the following ratings: Apprentice Seaman, Seaman 2c, Seaman 1c, Sonarman 3c, Sonarman 2c, and Sonarman 1c. He completed Sound Operation School and he turned down a promotion offered to him because he didn’t want to boss his buddies around (*laughing*).

His tour of duty is as follows:

07/28/42: Enlistment date
08/08/42: CGTS Alameda, California
10/19/42: USCGC Haida, Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean
04/01/45: CG Bks, New Cham St., New York City, New York
04/03/45: Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, New York
04/05/45: U.S.S. Chambers (DE-391, Edsell Class), North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea.
09/11/45: U.S.C.G. Discharge Center, Long Beach, California
09/13/45: Honorably Discharged

My pa had a close call one time while on Sonar duty. He tracked a torpedo that went right under his ship. I can’t remember where he was when this happened, but by looking at his tour of duty record, I suspect that he was aboard the USCGC Haida.

The USCGC Haida was built in 1921 at Oakland, California at a cost of $775,00.00. The length was 240 feet, the beam 39 feet, and the displacement 1,780 tons. It had a steel hull.

After the war, my pa received a Bachelors degree in biology from South Dakota State and was a Wildlife Biologist for the United States Forest Service managing the wildlife and their habitat on the Lassen, Tahoe, and Los Padres National Forests. Pa worked hard to help preserve the following species: The Lahotten Cutthroat Trout, California Condor, and Hybrid Double Blunt-Nosed Leopard Lizard.

Rest in peace, pa.

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PBEM


Opponents

I (Rio Bravo) will be playing the Allies. El Lobo will be playing the Japanese. If you’d like to learn a bit more about Les and myself, you can read my thread under The War Room entitled “Introducing Myself.”

For you Evil Empire fans, El Lobo will have a companion AAR entitled “The Gamiest Game in Town.”

I have invited El Lobo to stop by and say hi to everyone at The War College until May 2, 2015 (This coming Saturday); the date our war commences.

Settings & House Rule

WITPAE Scenario 2
Fog of War On
Advanced Weather Effects On
Allied Damage Control Off
Player Defined Upgrades On
December 7 Surprise Off
Historical First Turn Off
Reliable USN Torpedoes Off
Realistic R&D On
Unit Withdrawals On

Only One House Rule: Victory Points and Victory Conditions do not apply.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL


I have had fun reading everyone’s AARs and War Room antics. I thank each of you for your efforts, good information and for providing hours of fantastic entertainment. I also thank the creators and developers of WITPAE. You did an awesome job!

Everyone is welcome to follow The War College AAR.

END NOTE


This AAR is entitled “The War College” for a most suitable purpose. I am hoping all allied War Cabinet members, Generals, and troops will meet with me so we can put our heads together and discuss the mechanics of the game, strategies, and tactics as we proceed to dismantle and destroy the Rising Sun!

Best regards,

-Terry













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RE: THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 4/30/2015 6:45:34 AM   
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Hi Everyone,

I hope this is going to be a real Wild West shoot-out.

Rio is a very intelligent, aggressive game player who has played board games of this type since way back when they were really board games. You know, those big maps with little hex pieces of paper and stuff. He would be a tough opponent for anyone but will be doubly tough for me since I have never played a game of this type. On top of that, I have never been able to beat him at any game. I think came close to a draw with him in chess, once. That is one reason he was so nice in giving me Scenario 2 because I will need all of the advantages I can get.

Terry and I have been friends for over fifty years now. I knew his dad well and a +1 to his dedication. I would also like to +1 his “Thank You.” and an added thanks to the Devs. Rio and I are one time zone away from living on opposite sides of the world and with-out PBEM this game would not be possible.

We have had nothing but fun playing the games mentioned above and this is going to be no different. Win, loose, or draw, our goal will be as always, to have fun. (I say that out loud but deep down I am thinking that I hope I kick his butt all over the board.)

Now I don't want any of you to think that I think Rio is a nice guy. He is a sneaky, low-down, bush-whacking, horse-thieving SOB who will ambush me the first chance he gets. That is why I am going to try to be an even sneakier, lower-down, more bush-whacking, horse-thieving and cattle rustling SOB than he is.

So Rio, pick-up those six-guns, and good luck to you. (That sound you just heard was me cambering a round in my ol' Model 55 Winchester.) For those of you who were able to slog through all the old west metaphors, I hope you will join us.

El Lobo

ps: BTY, I hope you all get “Fs” in War College.


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El Lobo (J) vs Rio Bravo (A)
Rio Bravo's AAR - "The War College"
http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=3851786

Gamey is not a game style. It is someone's definition.

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RE: THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 4/30/2015 7:02:46 AM   
Rio Bravo


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El Lobo-

Pretty kind words about me coming from a scoundrel lower than a rattlesnake in a wagon wheel rut.

*sitting off a thousand yards, watching El Lobo load his peashooter and sighting in with the Hawkins 50 caliber*

Duck, good friend...lead is coming your way.

-Rio Bravo



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RE: THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 4/30/2015 1:27:37 PM   
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Well Rio my friend all well deserved.

I'll take your advise and duck, for now, but turn one in coming-up and then and there-after there will be a lot of ducking by both of us.

I am going to butt-out now. See you back here in a couple of years.

I will be posting my opening soon, drop-by and say hi, and then, get outta Dodge.

El Lobo

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El Lobo (J) vs Rio Bravo (A)
Rio Bravo's AAR - "The War College"
http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=3851786

Gamey is not a game style. It is someone's definition.

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RE: THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 4/30/2015 1:45:33 PM   
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Good luck, guys!

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RE: THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 4/30/2015 10:58:43 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: witpqs

Good luck, guys!


Thanx,witpqs.



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RE: THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 5/1/2015 1:26:42 AM   
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Have fun and enjoy. I know I will while reading your AAR.

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RE: THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 5/1/2015 5:59:37 AM   
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Good luck.

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RE: THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 5/1/2015 6:57:28 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Bif1961

Have fun and enjoy. I know I will while reading your AAR.



Outstanding, Bifi.

Welcome to the War College Cabinet.

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RE: THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 5/1/2015 6:58:45 AM   
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ORIGINAL: DOCUP

Good luck.



Thanx, Docup. Welcome aboard.

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RE: THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 5/2/2015 9:54:04 PM   
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December 7, 1941


WE ARE AT WAR GENTLEMEN

I was minding my own business this morning, having a mug of fresh, steaming hot coffee and trying to come up with a good excuse to tell the fiance as to why I couldn’t mow the lawn today when I received Intel’s Combat Report.

I am advised Vigan and Laoag have fallen. Two of the three destroyers out of Hong Kong have been sunk and the third heavily damaged and on fire. The CL Boisie ran into an armada of Japanese warships and transports; she set seven on fire, including a CA, three DDs, and three transports. After taking twelve hits, the Boisie slipped beneath the waves. It appears that we have also lost a few transports and a couple support ships.

Two midget subs at Pearl Harbor were unsuccessful.

Additional details are sketchy at this point, however my coffee seems to have lost a bit of its flavor.

FULL STEAM AHEAD…AWAY!

All ships and all aircraft West of the Line Islands, that are capable of attempting to evade the Rising Sun’s onslaught, have been ordered to either head East to Colombo or South to Adelaide. Upon consolidation of these ships at their destinations, decisions will be made for transports and tankers to head for Cape Town, Aden, or Abadan for fuel, supply, aircraft, and troop transport purposes (primarily, everything from Cape Town, Aden, and Abadan will go to India).

All ships in the vicinity of the Line Islands and East thereof have been ordered to Pearl Harbor. Those on the USA West Coast are loading fuel and supplies and will head to Pearl Harbor.

Most of the unrestricted troops in the USA and those to be bought out are heading to San Diego for initial transport to Pearl Harbor with the exception that some are heading to Prince Rupert for deployment in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.

All USA unrestricted aircraft, including but not limited to the II U.S. Fighter squadrons and the V U.S. Bomber squadrons are heading for San Francisco for transport to Pearl Harbor.

The transport ships in the vicinity of the Elice Islands are heading for Tahiti.

All restricted troops and aircraft in Malaysia, Philippine, Luzon, DEI, and those in that vicinity will remain in place and fight where they are until withdrawal to a nearby location seems more prudent. These troops and aircraft will fight and no doubt all die. Efforts are being made to try to get out some of the unrestricted troops and all of the unrestricted aircraft.

All Australian armor units are heading to Perth to be bought out into I Australian Corps to be shipped to India. All I Australia Corps troops will eventually group in India.

The three troop transport task forces carrying troops located in ports along the India Coast are unloading the troops in those ports. The Cape Town task force carrying troops are heading for Bombay.

All Hong Kong troops have been loaded for an amphibious invasion and are presently directed to head to Batavia to be rerouted from there to India (will take massive luck to get to their destination in tact).

Chinese troops are primarily heading West to escape the Japanese lines and form up in the woods with other Chinese troops already North and West of the Japanese. High Command is indecisive as to whether to march some Chinese to India.

All Burma troops are heading Northwest into India.

For the time being, all Indian troops remain in place.

END NOTE FOR DECEMBER 7, 1941

I will soon provide a general synopsis of a potential allied grand strategic plan.

However, as much as this potential Allied Strategic Plan interests me, it is not engraved in gold as to pursue this particular strategy might very well end in decimating the Allies versus accomplishing what I hope it would accomplish.

Accordingly, I will toss out the potential strategy for the War College to dissect, analyze, and provide comment, including but not limited too, either helping to provide solutions for massive problems involved or for scrapping the strategy all together.

I will now switch from coffee to a scotch on the rocks to lick my wounds.

Your humble War College friend and colleague,

-Terry







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RE: THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 5/2/2015 11:28:31 PM   
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Boise!

Brings a smile every time she slips under. Sorry, unrepentant JFB here.

You are bold trying to evacuate troops from Hong Kong! You might be better off sending them to Wenchow if you can.


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RE: THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 5/2/2015 11:59:45 PM   
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Sounds like Boise gave the escorts in that transport group a solid fight. Where are Houston, Marblehead, and the old 4 stacker DDs? Can they take advantage of low ammo stocks on that escort and hit the transport TF again? Can the Dutch CLs and DDs? Nothing blows the IJ timetable like losing an entire TF of troops!

I like your idea of sending the Australian armoured units to India. It leaves Oz naked but India is more important, and offers the chance of land advances toward Burma/China later on, but before the Allies have command of the sea.

Good luck with the next few turns!

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RE: THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 5/3/2015 12:38:59 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Lowpe

Boise!

Brings a smile every time she slips under. Sorry, unrepentant JFB here.

You are bold trying to evacuate troops from Hong Kong! You might be better off sending them to Wenchow if you can.

*coughs and stammers out* Kinda hard to welcome you considering you're right pleased I lost my precious Boisie. *laughing*

I did look at lots of places to evacuate the Hong Kong troops...somewhere in China for sure. I chose not to because during my test games against the AI, I always had trouble having enough supply just for the Chinese much less some odd Brits and Canadians. Also, I think El Lobo will make a big deal out of China, want all of China, and most likely take it before I can cure my hangover...In which case those Hong Kong Brits and Canucks would die side by side with the Chinese.

Nonetheless, your sage and experienced advice is always appreciated and most welcome. thank you, Lowpe.

Ah, what the hell...welcome, Lowpe.

Regards-

-Terry





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RE: THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 5/3/2015 12:53:37 AM   
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ORIGINAL: BBfanboy

Sounds like Boise gave the escorts in that transport group a solid fight. Where are Houston, Marblehead, and the old 4 stacker DDs? Can they take advantage of low ammo stocks on that escort and hit the transport TF again? Can the Dutch CLs and DDs? Nothing blows the IJ timetable like losing an entire TF of troops!

I like your idea of sending the Australian armoured units to India. It leaves Oz naked but India is more important, and offers the chance of land advances toward Burma/China later on, but before the Allies have command of the sea.

Good luck with the next few turns!



Yes BBfanboy, from the Combat Report it looked like the Boisie gave that Evil Empire Armada a few shells of her own.

I didn't save a copy of my first turn I sent to El Lobo and I can't remember where the Houston, Marblehead, and indicated DDs are. When I get El Lobo's second turn back I will look for them along with the Repulse and POW and perhaps visit those Empire ships that sunk the Boisie (good idea, good advice, thank you).

The CVL Ryujo with three accompanying CAs has been reported to be in the vicinity of Jolo. And, at this point, I have no idea where the big KB is, nor whether it is a big KB or smaller ones.

Lastly, in a couple to a few hours I will be posting a grand strategy I would love to try (note: at this point it is extremely debatable whether it will be implemented) that involves one prong that heads from India to Korea through China and Manchuria(so, yes...China!).

Regards BBfanboy,

-Terry

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RE: THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 5/4/2015 2:36:29 AM   
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OPERATION TENDERFOOT

(December 1, 1942 through December 31, 1943)


Opening Note

Gentlemen, I am both intrigued and excited about presenting Operation Tenderfoot to you for your valued consideration and comment. I am aware of several major obstacles that presently appear to be unsolvable in order for Operation Tenderfoot to succeed. And, I am sure there are several additional major obstacles that I haven’t even thought of yet. I am optimistic that the combined mental strength of The War College can address and find solutions to hurdle these obstacles so that we may implement Operation Tenderfoot.

El Lobo’s Expansion of the Japanese Empire

El Lobo will be extremely aware of Japan’s dire need to acquire and maintain a steady flow of oil to Japan proper for a lengthy period of time. He will also be extremely aware that he must preserve as many of his war machine assets as possible for the end game. Accordingly, El Lobo will pay fastidious attention to detail and he will be efficient and conservative with his expansion of the Empire, with one exception.

That one exception is that El Lobo will want to do something BIG! Accordingly he will earmark substantial assets to invade somewhere. I believe that somewhere will be China. I think El Lobo will take all of China.

Synopsis of Operation Tenderfoot

Besides hopefully providing interesting fun and perhaps a few new adventures for all of us, the main objective of Operation Tenderfoot is to blockade Japan proper from receiving oil.

Operation Tenderfoot will attempt to dissect the IJA through Allied domination and control of a primarily East-West line running from the U.S.A. West Coast through Hawaii, the Marianas Islands, Uhibi Island, Yap Island, Formosa, Hong Kong, and ending in Chung King.

The objective of Operation Tenderfoot is to be achieved by December 31, 1943.

Phase One

Timeline: December 7, 1941 through October 31, 1942.

1.) Secure and hold the following objectives: Anchorage, Seward, Kodiak Is., Cold Bay, Dutch Harbor, Umnak Is., Adak Is., Amchitka Is., Attu, Is., Marcus Is., Midway Is., Wake Is., Hawaiian Islands, Johnston Is., Palmyra Is., Fanning Is., Christmas Is., Baker Is., Canton Is., Pago Pago Is., Wallis Is., Penryn Is., Raiatea Is., and Tahiti.

2.) Set up reconnaissance network (i.e., search planes, subs, and ships) at above locations and endeavor to determine IJA strength at Phase Two invasion locations.

3.) Accomplish all the preparation and training for Phase Two (i.e., pilot training, ship commander selections, troop objectives, positioning of all troops, aircraft, and ships, build fuel and supply at key “jump-off locations, etc.). Basically, be ready to commence Operation Tenderfoot on November 1, 1942.

4.) Diversion: Building up the Aleutian Islands with the hope El Lobo thinks the Allies intend to invade Hokkaido early-on.

Phase Two

Timeline: November 1, 1942, launch Operation Tenderfoot‘s simultaneous two-pronged offensive as follows:

Prong One: From India, invade Burma and push into China to secure a north-south line from Chung King to Hong Kong.

Invasion force: The saved Burma Corps, Indian, British, Australian (supplemented with tank brigades bought out in Australia…all of them), ABDA, five U.S. Army Divisions (each Division supplemented with either a tank brigade or anti-tank brigade, two artillery units, sufficient Base Forces, and a Seabee Unit…additionally two combat engineers and three or four EAB units). I estimate the total assault value strength that will enter China will be around 7,500. All available aircraft saved from Malaysia, the Philippines, Sumatra, and Java, the Tenth US squadrons, and numerous other British aircraft from Australia. All British, Australian, and Dutch submarines and Bombardment ships.

Prong Two: From the Hawaiian Islands, invade every single Marianas Island, Uhibi Island (I want this Island as it can support a size 9 port), and Yap Island (I want Yap as it can support a size 9 airfield to help protect Uhibi).

Invasion Force: All elements of the U.S. Marines (including all defense battalions) supplemented with sufficient supporting forces including Seabees, combat engineers, Base Forces, EABS, artillery, etc. I estimate the total Assault Value of these troops to be around 2,200. All II U.S. Fighter Squadrons and all V. U.S. Bomber squadrons. All sea craft used in Prong Two except for the PT type boats.

Phase Three

Timeline: Commence this phase no later than June 1, 1943.

Prong Three: From the Marianas Islands simultaneous invade all six Japanese bases on Formosa, Pescadores Is., and Orchid Is.

Invasion Force: The balance of all available U.S. Army troops with sufficient supporting units (i.e., Base Forces, headquarter units, artillery, engineers, coastal defense units, Seabees, EABs, etc.). I estimate the t Assault Value of these troops to be around 2,700. All Seventh aircraft. All carriers (including British carriers), all U.S. subs, all U.S. Bombardment ships. The U.S. Seventh squadrons.

Note: I value Formosa to not only close the Blockade of Japan Proper, but also to supply Hong Kong to supply Prong One forces in China.

A Few Notes

1.) Obviously there is a lot more detail concerning Operation Tenderfoot, but I hope I have given you enough information to have a good idea of tentative plans.

2.) I am sure there are things I have not accounted for and haven’t even thought of yet.

3.) I think it would be great fun battling a huge land war in China, Manchuria, and Korea.

4.) I think it would be exciting landing in the Marianas and on Formosa so early.

5.) Once Operation Tenderfoot commences I think it will be fun for all of us.

6.) Lastly, if Operation Tenderfoot is successful by the end of 1943, during 1944 the Allies should be in a good position to jump up the China Coast and into Manchuria and Korea; invade Okinawa; and even consider invading Hokkaido.

End Note

Operation Tenderfoot is now open to be analyzed with a fine tooth comb. Everything is open for discussion, including but not limited too, Allied asset assignments for the three prongs.

I call upon all those that wish to join The War College to begin by tossing out obstacles. I will keep a list of all obstacles and in the near future, will list them. At some point, we can take one obstacle at a time and attempt to find a reasonable and feasible solution.

The best of luck to all of us in making Operation Tenderfoot work. If we can’t, we will need to come up with a Plan B, of which, at this time, I have no Plan B. *laughing*

Regards,

-Terry


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RE: THE WAR COLLEGE-Rio Bravo (A) v. El Lobo (J) - 5/4/2015 8:37:16 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Rio Bravo

OPERATION TENDERFOOT

(December 1, 1942 through December 31, 1943)


Opening Note

Gentlemen, I am both intrigued and excited about presenting Operation Tenderfoot to you for your valued consideration and comment. I am aware of several major obstacles that presently appear to be unsolvable in order for Operation Tenderfoot to succeed. And, I am sure there are several additional major obstacles that I haven’t even thought of yet. I am optimistic that the combined mental strength of The War College can address and find solutions to hurdle these obstacles so that we may implement Operation Tenderfoot.

El Lobo’s Expansion of the Japanese Empire

El Lobo will be extremely aware of Japan’s dire need to acquire and maintain a steady flow of oil to Japan proper for a lengthy period of time. He will also be extremely aware that he must preserve as many of his war machine assets as possible for the end game. Accordingly, El Lobo will pay fastidious attention to detail and he will be efficient and conservative with his expansion of the Empire, with one exception.

That one exception is that El Lobo will want to do something BIG! Accordingly he will earmark substantial assets to invade somewhere. I believe that somewhere will be China. I think El Lobo will take all of China.

Synopsis of Operation Tenderfoot

Phase One

Timeline: December 7, 1941 through October 31, 1942.

1.) Secure and hold the following objectives: Anchorage, Seward, Kodiak Is., Cold Bay, Dutch Harbor, Umnak Is., Adak Is., Amchitka Is., Attu, Is., Marcus Is., Midway Is., Wake Is., Hawaiian Islands, Johnston Is., Palmyra Is., Fanning Is., Christmas Is., Baker Is., Canton Is., Pago Pago Is., Wallis Is., Penryn Is., Raiatea Is., and Tahiti.

2.) Set up reconnaissance network (i.e., search planes, subs, and ships) at above locations and endeavor to determine IJA strength at Phase Two invasion locations.

3.) Accomplish all the preparation and training for Phase Two (i.e., pilot training, ship commander selections, troop objectives, positioning of all troops, aircraft, and ships, build fuel and supply at key “jump-off locations, etc.). Basically, be ready to commence Operation Tenderfoot on November 1, 1942.

4.) Diversion: Building up the Aleutian Islands with the hope El Lobo thinks the Allies intend to invade Hokkaido early-on.


All fine, but the Japanese can still inhibit these plans early. If he wants Cent Pac he'll take it and hold it. The KB can move in to stop anything you're doing before late 43.
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Phase Two

Timeline: November 1, 1942, launch Operation Tenderfoot‘s simultaneous two-pronged offensive as follows:

Prong One: From India, invade Burma and push into China to secure a north-south line from Chung King to Hong Kong.

Invasion force: The saved Burma Corps, Indian, British, Australian (supplemented with tank brigades bought out in Australia…all of them), ABDA, five U.S. Army Divisions (each Division supplemented with either a tank brigade or anti-tank brigade, two artillery units, sufficient Base Forces, and a Seabee Unit…additionally two combat engineers and three or four EAB units). I estimate the total assault value strength that will enter China will be around 7,500. All available aircraft saved from Malaysia, the Philippines, Sumatra, and Java, the Tenth US squadrons, and numerous other British aircraft from Australia. All British, Australian, and Dutch submarines and Bombardment ships.

Prong Two: From the Hawaiian Islands, invade every single Marianas Island, Uhibi Island (I want this Island as it can support a size 9 port), and Yap Island (I want Yap as it can support a size 9 airfield to help protect Uhibi).

Invasion Force: All elements of the U.S. Marines (including all defense battalions) supplemented with sufficient supporting forces including Seabees, combat engineers, Base Forces, EABS, artillery, etc. I estimate the total Assault Value of these troops to be around 2,200. All II U.S. Fighter Squadrons and all V. U.S. Bomber squadrons. All sea craft used in Prong Two except for the PT type boats.


Very few games show the Allies moving forward in Burma before 43, and most it's 44 before significant territory is gained. You need to look at devices, replacements and airframes very carefully. Your replacements for the Commonwealth troops are **** poor for the duration. The troops won't be scary until their 43 upgrades, so after the time of this intended move, when Indian/Brit troops go from about 22 anti-armor to 75. Other devices like AT and other arty significantly improve but you have to be someplace where you can get these upgrades done and it's a lot of work, let me tell you, you're first time through it.

You don't have the fighters to even begin this kind of offensive until mid-43. The Tojo will wipe you out in 42-43 if you try to move on the offensive.

For your Pacific side, forget it. The KB is too strong this early, plus you don't have the troops if five US Army divs are in Burma. On top of that you don't even have the Hellcat yet, and you don't even want to think about taking all of the KB without this plane.

In 44, with all of the tools the Allies get, it still takes over a month of siege, and sometimes more, for each of the islands. Say you want to invade the three biggest, Saipan, Tinian and Guam. You'll need 3 divisions on the ground for each, well supported with tanks and arty, and you'll have to be able to bombard regularly. You can't at this stage because you'll have no bases to replenish your BBs within a week's trip. The KB will move in and decimate your landings, sink half of your fleet and push your timeline back two years if you try the Marianas so early. In addition you won't have the invasion shipping for this (not enough APA/AKA/LSD/LST) to even lift and land the troops you need.

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Phase Three

Timeline: Commence this phase no later than June 1, 1943.

Prong Three: From the Marianas Islands simultaneous invade all six Japanese bases on Formosa, Pescadores Is., and Orchid Is.

Invasion Force: The balance of all available U.S. Army troops with sufficient supporting units (i.e., Base Forces, headquarter units, artillery, engineers, coastal defense units, Seabees, EABs, etc.). I estimate the t Assault Value of these troops to be around 2,700. All Seventh aircraft. All carriers (including British carriers), all U.S. subs, all U.S. Bombardment ships. The U.S. Seventh squadrons.

Note: I value Formosa to not only close the Blockade of Japan Proper, but also to supply Hong Kong to supply Prong One forces in China.

A Few Notes

1.) Obviously there is a lot more detail concerning Operation Tenderfoot, but I hope I have given you enough information to have a good idea of tentative plans.

2.) I am sure there are things I have not accounted for and haven’t even thought of yet.

3.) I think it would be great fun battling a huge land war in China, Manchuria, and Korea.

4.) I think it would be exciting landing in the Marianas and on Formosa so early.

5.) Once Operation Tenderfoot commences I think it will be fun for all of us.

6.) Lastly, if Operation Tenderfoot is successful by the end of 1943, during 1944 the Allies should be in a good position to jump up the China Coast and into Manchuria and Korea; invade Okinawa; and even consider invading Hokkaido.



It's great to think big, but remember your opponent may have other ideas. Your SIGINT is really important and can tell you where he's strong and where he's not. By all means if you prep troops and see the KB in the IO in mid 43, go for the Marianas, but remember it may be a short window of opportunity. You may have to do more work to decieve your opponent into thinking you'll move elsewhere before this.

It's a lot of fun, but consider you'll be doing this in a year or two in real time, you have a long time to plan and learn the game.



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OPERATION TENDERFOOT IS ALL HAT AND NO CATTLE


I have reviewed Obvert’s experienced, knowledgeable, reasonable, and considered comments regarding Operation Tenderfoot. His advice is well taken and appreciated.

Of a sudden, quite earlier than I had anticipated, my feet have become quite sore!

It now seems evident to me that I have severely underestimated the number and capability of ships, aircraft, and troops required to achieve each goal set forth by Operation Tenderfoot by the dates presented therein. If one prong fails, then Operation Tenderfoot’s primary objective to blockade Japan proper by the end of 1943 fails.

I am not one to beat a dead horse.

Operation Tenderfoot is hereby filed under “South End of a North Bound Jackass.” In other words, “Operation Tenderfoot is Scrapped.”

Thank you to Obvert for being courageous enough to enlighten me.

My apologies to The War College for wasting your time with Operation Tenderfoot.

Upon formation of an entirely new Allied Grand Strategy, I will present the same to the War College.

Regards,

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Rio Bravo

OPERATION TENDERFOOT IS ALL HAT AND NO CATTLE


I have reviewed Obvert’s experienced, knowledgeable, reasonable, and considered comments regarding Operation Tenderfoot. His advice is well taken and appreciated.

Of a sudden, quite earlier than I had anticipated, my feet have become quite sore!

It now seems evident to me that I have severely underestimated the number and capability of ships, aircraft, and troops required to achieve each goal set forth by Operation Tenderfoot by the dates presented therein. If one prong fails, then Operation Tenderfoot’s primary objective to blockade Japan proper by the end of 1943 fails.

I am not one to beat a dead horse.

Operation Tenderfoot is hereby filed under “South End of a North Bound Jackass.” In other words, “Operation Tenderfoot is Scrapped.”

Thank you to Obvert for being courageous enough to enlighten me.

My apologies to The War College for wasting your time with Operation Tenderfoot.

Upon formation of an entirely new Allied Grand Strategy, I will present the same to the War College.

Regards,

-Terry



As Allies I also got a bit overenthusiastic about my capabilities and learned the hard way that there are good reasons the war took as long as it did. The game has been really well balanced in this respect. The Allies, especially Commonwealth, are slow to build, and very fragile at first. Have a look at your divisional leader options for the Brits and Indians. Abyssmal early. Experience in the 30s for many important units. Brits and Aussies don't get good tanks until mid-late 42 and they're slow to fill out. Brit airframe replacements are a trickle.

This part of the game, the upgrades and preparation for battle, has been the most challenging for me. It's good to plan, and the kind of things you've set out to do could be possible, just add about a year to your dates!


< Message edited by obvert -- 5/4/2015 1:30:13 PM >


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It is good to have a rough idea of where you want to have your main approach to Japan, but you must be quite flexible on the particulars because where you will end up attacking depends on where you find weaknesses in his bloated perimeter. Bypassing strongpoints is a necessary strategy to prevent tying up your limited land forces with long and bloody battles. You must neutralize the strong points with air power, bombardments and naval blockade but you do not have to eliminate all the troops entrenched in forts.

The best strategies I have seen concentrate on securing logistics bases at several points along the Japanese perimeter and scouting for weak spots - with a few raids to keep him guessing. Once the Allies get the tools - like Essex class CVs, fast battleships, Cleveland CLs, Fletcher DDs, working torpedoes, Hellcats, Avengers, Corsairs, and Thunderbolts - they can start rolling against any weak spots along any vector they choose and move fast enough to prevent the Japanese from reinforcing heavily.

Good luck!

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It is good to have a rough idea of where you want to have your main approach to Japan, but you must be quite flexible on the particulars because where you will end up attacking depends on where you find weaknesses in his bloated perimeter. Bypassing strongpoints is a necessary strategy to prevent tying up your limited land forces with long and bloody battles. You must neutralize the strong points with air power, bombardments and naval blockade but you do not have to eliminate all the troops entrenched in forts.

The best strategies I have seen concentrate on securing logistics bases at several points along the Japanese perimeter and scouting for weak spots - with a few raids to keep him guessing. Once the Allies get the tools - like Essex class CVs, fast battleships, Cleveland CLs, Fletcher DDs, working torpedoes, Hellcats, Avengers, Corsairs, and Thunderbolts - they can start rolling against any weak spots along any vector they choose and move fast enough to prevent the Japanese from reinforcing heavily.

Good luck!


BBfanboy-

Based on your and Obvert's comments, my thinking has been based around establishing a rear perimeter, building those bases, and preparing all ships, aircraft, and troops with training, etc. Also, as you suggest, only making dashing raids here and there when I know the KB is elsewhere. In other words, slowly growing stronger and stronger and preparing best I can for battles once strong enough to win.

My thoughts are all down on sticky notes now. In the next few days, I hope to organize all my thoughts and put them together in an outline that will set forth Allied strategy for the first six or seven months of the war. Upon completion of this earl strategy, I will present it to The War College for comment and then hopefully we can tighten up that plan.

Thank you for your comments and help, BBfanboy.

Regards,

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Sounds like Boise gave the escorts in that transport group a solid fight. Where are Houston, Marblehead, and the old 4 stacker DDs? Can they take advantage of low ammo stocks on that escort and hit the transport TF again? Can the Dutch CLs and DDs? Nothing blows the IJ timetable like losing an entire TF of troops!

I like your idea of sending the Australian armoured units to India. It leaves Oz naked but India is more important, and offers the chance of land advances toward Burma/China later on, but before the Allies have command of the sea.

Good luck with the next few turns!



BBfanboy-

On December 8, 1941:

The POW, Repulse, Danae and two DDs are four hexes East of Djambi. The Marblehead and five DDs are Southeast of Tarakan. The Houston is one hex East of Dinagal. I think the Empire fleet that sunk the Boisie are broken up into two fleets (perhaps due to seven of that original fleet taking hits) and both fleets are one hex South of the Houston. The only IJA carriers I see are two carriers three hexes East of Manila.

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December 8, 1941

I don't anticipate posting combat reports as the norm in this AAR. However, seems to me the December 7, 1941 Combat Report indicates the Allied losses were not too bad. Here is the December 7th Combat Report:

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 07, 41
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Midget Sub attack inside harbor of Pearl Harbor!!!

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-22, hits 2

Allied Ships
BB Tennessee
PC Reliance
PC Taney

PC Reliance cannot reach attack position over SSX Ha-22
PC Taney cannot reach attack position over SSX Ha-22


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Midget Sub attack inside harbor of Pearl Harbor!!!

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-14

Allied Ships
AVD Hulbert
BB Tennessee

SSX Ha-14 eludes ASW attack from AVD Hulbert
AVD Hulbert cannot establish contact with SSX Ha-14


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Submarine attack near Pearl Harbor at 180,106

Japanese Ships
SS I-17

Allied Ships
AS Pelias

AS Pelias is sighted by SS I-17
SS I-17 launches 2 torpedoes


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Submarine attack near Pearl Harbor at 179,108

Japanese Ships
SS I-22

Allied Ships
xAK Florence D., Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

xAK Florence D. is sighted by SS I-22
SS I-22 attacking on the surface


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Submarine attack near Pearl Harbor at 178,109

Japanese Ships
SS I-24

Allied Ships
xAK Laida, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

xAK Laida is sighted by SS I-24
SS I-24 launches 2 torpedoes


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Kwangchowan at 74,63, Range 22,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Chokai, Shell hits 1
DD Fubuki
DD Usugumo
DD Shirayuki, Shell hits 1
DD Hatsuyuki, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Sagiri

Allied Ships
DD Scout, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Thanet, Shell hits 22, and is sunk
DD Thracian, Shell hits 19, and is sunk

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions: 30,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 22,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 22,000 yards
DD Thracian engages DD Sagiri at 22,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Thracian at 22,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Thanet at 22,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Thracian at 15,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Thanet at 15,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Thanet at 15,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Thanet at 15,000 yards
DD Thanet engages DD Usugumo at 15,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Thanet at 15,000 yards
Powers, A.L. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range closes to 13,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Thracian at 13,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Thanet at 13,000 yards
DD Usugumo engages DD Thanet at 13,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Thanet at 13,000 yards
Range increases to 15,000 yards
CA Chokai engages DD Thracian at 15,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Thracian at 15,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Thracian at 15,000 yards
DD Usugumo engages DD Thracian at 15,000 yards
Range increases to 16,000 yards
DD Thracian engages DD Hatsuyuki at 16,000 yards
DD Thracian engages DD Sagiri at 16,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Thanet at 16,000 yards
DD Usugumo engages DD Thracian at 16,000 yards
DD Thracian engages DD Fubuki at 16,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Thracian at 16,000 yards
DD Thanet engages DD Hatsuyuki at 16,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Thracian at 16,000 yards
DD Usugumo engages DD Thracian at 16,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Thracian at 16,000 yards
Range increases to 18,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Thracian at 18,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Thanet at 18,000 yards
DD Usugumo engages DD Thanet at 18,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Thracian at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Thracian at 16,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Thanet at 16,000 yards
DD Usugumo engages DD Thracian at 16,000 yards
DD Thracian engages DD Fubuki at 16,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Thracian at 14,000 yards
DD Thracian engages DD Sagiri at 14,000 yards
DD Thanet engages DD Hatsuyuki at 14,000 yards
DD Usugumo engages DD Thracian at 14,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Thracian at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Thracian at 10,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Scout at 10,000 yards
DD Thanet engages DD Shirayuki at 10,000 yards
DD Scout engages DD Usugumo at 10,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Scout at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
DD Thracian sunk by CA Chokai at 7,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Thanet at 7,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Scout at 7,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Scout at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
CA Chokai engages DD Thanet at 6,000 yards
DD Scout engages DD Sagiri at 6,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Scout at 6,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Scout at 6,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Scout at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
DD Thanet engages DD Fubuki at 8,000 yards
DD Scout engages DD Shirayuki at 8,000 yards
DD Usugumo engages DD Scout at 8,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Scout at 8,000 yards
Powers, A.L. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range increases to 12,000 yards
CA Chokai engages DD Thanet at 12,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Thanet at 12,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Thanet at 12,000 yards
DD Thanet engages DD Shirayuki at 12,000 yards
DD Scout engages DD Usugumo at 12,000 yards
Range increases to 16,000 yards
CA Chokai engages DD Thanet at 16,000 yards
DD Thanet engages DD Sagiri at 16,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Thanet at 16,000 yards
Range increases to 17,000 yards
DD Thanet engages DD Hatsuyuki at 17,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Thanet at 17,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Scout at 17,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Thanet at 17,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Scout at 17,000 yards
CA Chokai engages DD Thanet at 17,000 yards
DD Usugumo engages DD Scout at 17,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Thanet at 17,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Thanet at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards
CA Chokai engages DD Thanet at 16,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Thanet at 16,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Scout at 16,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
DD Scout engages DD Sagiri at 14,000 yards
DD Scout engages DD Hatsuyuki at 14,000 yards
DD Usugumo engages DD Thanet at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards
CA Chokai engages DD Thanet at 12,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Thanet at 12,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Thanet at 12,000 yards
DD Usugumo engages DD Scout at 12,000 yards
Range increases to 15,000 yards
DD Thanet sunk by DD Sagiri at 15,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Scout at 15,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Scout at 15,000 yards
Range increases to 19,000 yards
CA Chokai engages DD Scout at 19,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Scout at 19,000 yards
Range increases to 25,000 yards
CA Chokai engages DD Scout at 25,000 yards
Range increases to 29,000 yards
CA Chokai engages DD Scout at 29,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Siargao at 83,88, Range 20,000 Yards

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
SOC-1 Seagull: 3 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CS Mizuho
CS Chitose, Shell hits 1
CL Nagara, Shell hits 12, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Yukikaze, Shell hits 2
DD Tokitsukaze, Shell hits 1
DD Yamakaze
DD Kawakaze
DD Umikaze
DD Suzukaze
xAK Myoko Maru
xAK Shinanogawa Maru
xAK Shinryu Maru
xAK Kanko Maru
xAK Yasukawa Maru, Shell hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Hasuna Maru
xAK Meigen Maru
xAK Yamafuku Maru
xAKL Kakyu Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire
xAP Haruna Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire

Allied Ships
CL Boise, Shell hits 12, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

Japanese ground losses:
552 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 17 destroyed, 33 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 9 (3 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 20,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
CL Nagara engages CL Boise at 20,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards
CL Boise engages CL Nagara at 16,000 yards
DD Kawakaze engages CL Boise at 16,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards
CL Nagara engages CL Boise at 15,000 yards
CL Boise engages DD Yamakaze at 15,000 yards
CL Boise engages DD Tokitsukaze at 15,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
CL Nagara engages CL Boise at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
CL Nagara engages CL Boise at 9,000 yards
CL Boise engages DD Kawakaze at 9,000 yards
CL Boise engages xAP Haruna Maru at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
CL Boise engages CL Nagara at 10,000 yards
CL Boise engages DD Tokitsukaze at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
CL Nagara engages CL Boise at 8,000 yards
CL Boise engages CS Chitose at 8,000 yards
CL Boise engages xAK Yasukawa Maru at 8,000 yards
CL Boise engages CL Nagara at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
CL Boise engages CL Nagara at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
CL Nagara engages CL Boise at 8,000 yards
CS Chitose screened from combat
CL Nagara engages CL Boise at 8,000 yards
CL Boise engages DD Umikaze at 8,000 yards
CS Chitose , CS Mizuho , xAP Haruna Maru ,
xAK Yamafuku Maru , xAK Meigen Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Suzukaze , DD Tokitsukaze
CL Nagara engages CL Boise at 8,000 yards
CL Boise engages DD Kawakaze at 8,000 yards
CL Boise engages xAK Yasukawa Maru at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
CS Chitose , CS Mizuho , xAP Haruna Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Umikaze
CL Nagara engages CL Boise at 9,000 yards
CL Boise engages DD Yukikaze at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
CS Chitose screened from combat
CL Boise engages CL Nagara at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
CS Chitose , CS Mizuho , xAP Haruna Maru ,
xAK Yamafuku Maru , xAK Meigen Maru screened from combat
CL Boise engages CL Nagara at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
CS Chitose , CS Mizuho , xAP Haruna Maru ,
xAK Yamafuku Maru , xAK Meigen Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Suzukaze , DD Umikaze
CL Nagara engages CL Boise at 8,000 yards
CL Boise engages DD Kawakaze at 8,000 yards
CL Boise engages DD Yukikaze at 8,000 yards
CS Chitose , CS Mizuho , xAP Haruna Maru ,
xAK Yamafuku Maru , xAK Meigen Maru , xAK Hasuna Maru ,
xAK Yasukawa Maru , xAK Kanko Maru , xAK Shinryu Maru ,
xAK Shinanogawa Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Suzukaze , DD Umikaze , DD Kawakaze ,
DD Yukikaze
CL Boise engages CL Nagara at 8,000 yards
CL Boise engages DD Yamakaze at 8,000 yards
CL Boise engages xAKL Kakyu Maru at 8,000 yards
CS Chitose , CS Mizuho , xAP Haruna Maru ,
xAK Yamafuku Maru , xAK Meigen Maru , xAK Hasuna Maru ,
xAK Yasukawa Maru , xAK Kanko Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Suzukaze , DD Kawakaze , DD Yamakaze
CL Boise engages DD Yukikaze at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
CS Chitose , CS Mizuho screened from combat
- escorted by DD Tokitsukaze
CL Nagara engages CL Boise at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
CS Chitose , CS Mizuho , xAP Haruna Maru ,
xAK Yamafuku Maru , xAK Meigen Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Umikaze , DD Tokitsukaze
CL Nagara engages CL Boise at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
CL Nagara engages CL Boise at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CS Chitose , CS Mizuho , xAP Haruna Maru ,
xAK Yamafuku Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Suzukaze , DD Kawakaze
CL Boise sunk by DD Umikaze at 2,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Surigao at 81,88, Range 20,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CS Mizuho
CS Chitose
DD Yukikaze
DD Tokitsukaze
DD Yamakaze
DD Kawakaze
DD Umikaze
xAK Myoko Maru
xAK Shinanogawa Maru
xAK Shinryu Maru
xAK Kanko Maru
xAK Hasuna Maru
xAK Meigen Maru
xAK Yamafuku Maru
xAP Haruna Maru, on fire

Allied Ships
xAKL Luzon
xAKL Magallanes

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 20,000 yards
Japanese TF attempts to evade combat
Range increases to 20,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Jolo at 73,87, Range 26,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CVL Ryujo
CA Myoko
CA Haguro
CA Nachi

Allied Ships
AVP Heron

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions: 30,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 20,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
Both TF attempt to withdraw!
Range increases to 26,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat


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ASW attack near Iba at 78,74

Japanese Ships
DD Kagero
BB Kirishima
DD Urakaze
DD Shiranui

Allied Ships
SS Salmon

SS Salmon launches 2 torpedoes at DD Kagero
DD Urakaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Shiranui fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Urakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Urakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Urakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Urakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Morning Air attack on Kota Bharu , at 51,75

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 11000 feet *



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Morning Air attack on Kota Bharu , at 51,75

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 34

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
34 x Ki-27b Nate sweeping at 15000 feet



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Lingga at 51,87

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
AMC Kanimbla, Torpedo hits 1
DD Jupiter

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo



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Morning Air attack on Manila , at 79,77

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 118 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 41 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 9
G4M1 Betty x 33

Allied aircraft
P-26A x 4

No Japanese losses

No Allied losses

Port hits 2
Port fuel hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
9 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
6 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
3 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
3 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb

CAP engaged:
6th PS PAAC with P-26A (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Manila , at 79,77

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 106 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 37 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 20
G4M1 Betty x 17

Allied aircraft
P-26A x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 4 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied ground losses:
5 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
6 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
17 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
3 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb

CAP engaged:
6th PS PAAC with P-26A (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Manila , at 79,77

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 11

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Manila , at 79,77

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 97 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 32 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 36
B5N2 Kate x 54
D3A1 Val x 45

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 3 destroyed

Allied ground losses:
18 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Port hits 5
Port supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 10000 feet
City Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
14 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 10000 feet
City Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
17 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
13 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
27 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
9 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
13 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
10 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
35th PG/21st PS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes

Training flight from 35th PG/21st PS has been caught up in attack


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Morning Air attack on Singapore , at 50,84

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 24 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 damaged
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 15000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Johore Bahru , at 50,83

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 23 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 26
D3A1 Val x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 damaged
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 5 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Port hits 3
Port supply hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 15000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Kota Bharu , at 51,75

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 41

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-27b Nate: 14 damaged
Ki-27b Nate: 1 destroyed by flak

Port hits 12
Port supply hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
40 x Ki-27b Nate bombing from 100 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 50 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Manila , at 79,77

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 23 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 10

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 10000 feet *
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 98th Chinese Corps, at 88,43 , near Kaifeng

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-30 Ann x 9

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-30 Ann bombing from 15000 feet *
Ground Attack: 1 x 100 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Hong Kong Fortress, at 77,61 (Hong Kong)

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 7
Ki-51 Sonia x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-51 Sonia: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 15000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 50 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Hong Kong Fortress, at 77,61 (Hong Kong)

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-36 Ida x 21
Ki-44 Tojo x 6

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x Ki-36 Ida bombing from 15000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 30 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 16th Construction Regiment, at 88,56 (Chuhsien)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 6 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 7
Ki-51 Sonia x 9

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 15000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 50 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Kota Bharu , at 51,75

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 22

No Japanese losses

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Hong Kong , at 77,61

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44 Tojo x 6
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 6

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 15000 feet
City Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb
4 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 15000 feet
Port Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Guam at 107,98

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
G4M1 Betty x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
AM Penguin

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Lingga at 51,87

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 26
B5N2 Kate x 18
D3A1 Val x 52

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 4 damaged

Allied Ships
xAK Tai Sang, Bomb hits 2, on fire
xAK Zannis Cambanis, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAKL Tatung, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Hong Kheng, Bomb hits 6, and is sunk
xAK Wulin, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Neleus, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Silverbeech, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
xAKL Bust, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
xAK Demodocus, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Lyemun, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Marudu

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
18 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
12 x D3A1 Val releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Tai Sang
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Tatung
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Wulin
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Hong Kheng
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Lyemun
Massive explosion on xAK Silverbeech


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Singkawang at 55,88

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 3 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 22

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
AVP Poolster, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
18 x D3A1 Val releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb



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Naval bombardment of Kota Bharu at 51,75

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
Hudson I: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Kumano
CA Suzuya
CA Mikuma
CA Mogami
DD Hagikaze
DD Arashi
DD Nowaki
DD Maikaze

Allied ground losses:
84 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Airbase hits 27
Airbase supply hits 19
Runway hits 99
Port hits 35
Port supply hits 9

CA Kumano firing at Kota Bharu
CA Suzuya firing at Kota Bharu
CA Mikuma firing at Kota Bharu
CA Mogami firing at Kota Bharu
DD Hagikaze firing at Kota Bharu
DD Arashi firing at 8th Indian Brigade
DD Nowaki firing at 8th Indian Brigade
DD Maikaze firing at Kota Bharu


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Pre-Invasion action off San Fernando (80,74)

48 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
DD Ikazuchi
DD Murasame
xAK Yasuteru Maru
DD Inazuma

DD Ikazuchi firing at 11th PA Infantry Division
DD Murasame firing at 11th PA Infantry Division
DD Ikazuchi fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 4,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at San Fernando (80,74)

TF 8 troops unloading over beach at San Fernando, 80,74

Japanese ground losses:
80 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

19 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad accidentally lost during unload of 1st Formosa Inf. Rgt
19 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad lost overboard during unload of 1st Formosa Inf. Rgt /2
19 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad lost overboard during unload of 1st Formosa Inf. Rgt /3


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Pre-Invasion action off Cagayan (79,89)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

8 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
DD Umikaze
DD Kawakaze
xAP Haruna Maru, heavy fires
DD Tokitsukaze
CS Chitose

DD Umikaze firing at Cagayan USAAF Base Force
DD Kawakaze firing at Cagayan USAAF Base Force
DD Umikaze fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 5,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Cagayan (79,89)

TF 13 troops unloading over beach at Cagayan, 79,89

Japanese ground losses:
53 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)

19 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad lost in surf during unload of Kimura Det
19 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad lost in surf during unload of Kimura Det
70mm T92 Howitzer lost overboard during unload of Kimura Det
10cm T91 Howitzer lost overboard during unload of Kimura Det
10 Support troops lost from landing craft during unload of Kimura Det
8 Engineers lost overboard during unload of 1st Naval Const Bn
10 Support troops accidentally lost during unload of Kimura Det /4


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Pre-Invasion action off Kota Bharu (51,75)

Japanese Ships
CL Sendai
DD Uranami
DD Isonami
PB Tatsumiya Maru

Allied ground losses:
56 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

CL Sendai firing at 8th Indian Brigade
DD Uranami firing at 8th Indian Brigade
DD Isonami firing at 8th Indian Brigade
PB Tatsumiya Maru fired at enemy troops
DD Uranami fired at enemy troops
DD Isonami fired at enemy troops


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Amphibious Assault at Kota Bharu (51,75)

TF 85 troops unloading over beach at Kota Bharu, 51,75

Japanese ground losses:
161 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

18 troops of a IJA Engineer Squad lost from landing craft during unload of 12th Engr Rgt
19 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad lost from landing craft during unload of 114th Infantry Rgt
19 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad lost in surf during unload of 114th Infantry Rgt
70mm T92 Howitzer damaged beyond repair during unload of 114th Infantry Rgt
20 troops of a IJA HMG Squad accidentally lost during unload of 114th Infantry Rgt /2
19 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad accidentally lost during unload of 114th Infantry Rgt /2
19 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad lost overboard during unload of 114th Infantry Rgt /2
10 Support troops lost in surf during unload of 114th Infantry Rgt /2


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Pre-Invasion action off San Fernando (80,74)

52 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
APD Nadakaze
APD Shimakaze

Japanese ground losses:
11 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

APD Nadakaze fired at enemy troops
APD Shimakaze fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 4,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at San Fernando (80,74)

TF 90 troops unloading over beach at San Fernando, 80,74

Japanese ground losses:
24 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Motorized Support lost overboard during unload of 5th Air Div
Motorized Support damaged beyond repair during unload of 5th Air Div
Motorized Support damaged beyond repair during unload of 5th Air Div
Motorized Support accidentally lost during unload of 5th Air Div
17 troops of a SNLF Squad lost from landing craft during unload of Sasebo 1st SNLF /1
10 Support troops lost overboard during unload of Sasebo 1st SNLF


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Pre-Invasion action off San Fernando (80,74)

50 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
PB Shonan Maru #17
PB Shonan Maru #2
PB Shonan Maru #1
PB Kyo Maru #11
PB Kyo Maru #2
xAP Kokuryu Maru

Japanese ground losses:
31 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

PB Shonan Maru #17 fired at enemy troops
PB Shonan Maru #2 fired at enemy troops
PB Shonan Maru #1 fired at enemy troops
PB Kyo Maru #11 fired at enemy troops
PB Kyo Maru #2 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 6,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at San Fernando (80,74)

TF 96 troops unloading over beach at San Fernando, 80,74

Japanese ground losses:
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

8 Naval Support troops lost overboard during unload of 2nd Base Force
13.2mm T93 AAMG lost from landing craft during unload of 2nd Base Force /2
10 Support troops lost from landing craft during unload of 2nd Base Force /2
10 Support troops lost in surf during unload of 2nd Base Force /2
8 Naval Support troops lost overboard during unload of 2nd Base Force /2
8 Naval Support troops accidentally lost during unload of 2nd Base Force /3
8 Naval Support troops lost in surf during unload of 2nd Base Force /3
10 Support troops lost overboard during unload of 2nd Base Force /3


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Pre-Invasion action off Kota Bharu (51,75)

Japanese Ships
xAK Gosei Maru
xAK Meiten Maru
xAK Nojima Maru

xAK Gosei Maru firing at 8th Indian Brigade
xAK Gosei Maru fired at enemy troops
xAK Meiten Maru fired at enemy troops
xAK Nojima Maru fired at enemy troops
xAK Gosei Maru fired at enemy troops


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Amphibious Assault at Kota Bharu (51,75)

TF 98 troops unloading over beach at Kota Bharu, 51,75



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Ground combat at Pengpu (90,50)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 5442 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 182

Defending force 1379 troops, 18 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 45

Japanese ground losses:
12 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
13th Ind.Mixed Brigade

Defending units:
89th Chinese Corps


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Ground combat at Vigan (80,73)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 253 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 20

Defending force 0 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 18

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 18 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Vigan !!!

Combat modifiers
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(+), leaders(-)

Assaulting units:
Yokosuka 1st SNLF /1


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Ground combat at Laoag (81,72)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 81 troops, 2 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 7

Defending force 0 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 8

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 8 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Laoag !!!

Combat modifiers
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(-)

Assaulting units:
Yokosuka 3rd SNLF /1

The Allied Intelligence Report indicates sixteen Allied ships were sunk on December 7th. I am very pleased to find out that the POW and Repulse are so far undamaged!

I fear December 7, 1941 is simply the calm before the IJA hurricane.

Regards,

-Terry




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No attack on PH or Manila?? I wonder where KB is headed ...

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quote:

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No attack on PH or Manila?? I wonder where KB is headed ...



I just noticed that 3 IJA CVs and one IJA CVL with other warships are four hexes East of Mersing.

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quote:

ORIGINAL: BBfanboy

No attack on PH or Manila?? I wonder where KB is headed ...



Correct, no attack yet at Manila or Pearl.

Just noticed this too. Two IJA CVs are 3 hexes East of Manila.

So, six IJA carriers accounted for (five CVs and one CVL).

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The poor level of Nav Search skill in most squadrons at game start makes accurate ID of specific ship types rather iffy. A high DL like 9/10 probably can be trusted but something like 3/6 would make me think that some kind of CV type was seen, but not necessarily the CV or CVL reported.

The Japanese CVLs and CVEs are usually assigned to interdict ships fleeing the Philippines/Malaya/ Hong Kong, sometimes with the addition of the slow Kaga (25knots). KB gets the first-turn mega-move where it can go from the middle of the Kuriles to PH in one turn and still launch strikes. Most players would want to make use of this capability to strike a distant target rather than in the South China Sea. The US West Coast or Palembang/Soerabaja could also be on the surprise list. Mersing just doesn't seem like a big surprise any more.

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quote:

ORIGINAL: BBfanboy

The poor level of Nav Search skill in most squadrons at game start makes accurate ID of specific ship types rather iffy. A high DL like 9/10 probably can be trusted but something like 3/6 would make me think that some kind of CV type was seen, but not necessarily the CV or CVL reported.

The Japanese CVLs and CVEs are usually assigned to interdict ships fleeing the Philippines/Malaya/ Hong Kong, sometimes with the addition of the slow Kaga (25knots). KB gets the first-turn mega-move where it can go from the middle of the Kuriles to PH in one turn and still launch strikes. Most players would want to make use of this capability to strike a distant target rather than in the South China Sea. The US West Coast or Palembang/Soerabaja could also be on the surprise list. Mersing just doesn't seem like a big surprise any more.



I agree. Perhaps a couple more days will reveal what El Lobo has planned for the KB. I have heard that Intel Reports and Combat Reports can be somewhat deceiving.

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OPERATION FOUNDATION


(December 7, 1941 through June 6, 1942)



Opening Note

Pursuant to sound advice presented to me by Obvert, BBfanboy, and others, I have decided to engage a conservative approach during the first six months of the war against that Evil Empire.

Accordingly, Operation Foundation will primarily concentrate on the following:

Logistics
Training & Preparation
Building a rear perimeter of bases

Logistics

The primary supply routes will be as follows:

Seattle & Vancouver: Bases North of Seattle
San Francisco & Los Angeles: Hawaii, Tahiti, Sydney, Melbourne, & Adelaide
Cape Town: Perth & India
Abadan: India

Training & Preparation

Training and preparation will primarily consist of the following:

Pilot training will be a top priority
Ground Units will prepare for objectives
Ground Units will attempt to fill out and upgrade TOE
Replacement of some ship and troop leaders

Notes About Training and Preparation

1.) I highly suspect that I will need substantial help from The War College with “Training” and “TOE” matters, and perhaps with replacing leaders.

2.) Besides the Rear Perimeter Bases listed herein, other bases will expand too, including but limited too, already established bases in Canada, United States, New Caledonia, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and India.

3.) The Allies will remain flexible, as the Evil Empire may conquer some of the Rear Perimeter Bases set forth. The Allies my not be in a position to re-take islands during the time frame set forth for Operation Foundation.

Rear Perimeter of Bases

The following bases will be built up (ports, airfields, and forts) and garrisoned to establish a rear perimeter:

Alaska: Kodiak, Seward & Anchorage

Canada: Prince Rupert

Pacific Islands: Johnston, Palmyra, Christmas, Penrhyn, Rangiroa, Moorea, Tahiti, Rarotonga & Tubuai

Australia: Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne & Sydney

Indian Ocean: Diego Garcia & Addu

India (Coast): Karachi, Sural, & Bombay

India (Interior): Hyderabad(Sindh), Indore, Jalgaon, Bhopal, Cawnpore & Lucknow

Notes About Garrisons

1.) The tentative garrison for each Pacific Island base will consist of an Engineer (Base Force), Seabee, Coast AA, USMC Defense Battalion, FA Battalion, and USMC Battalion, PBY Catalina Squadron, and four submarines. Tahiti will be garrisoned with additional ground units.

2.) The garrison forces for the balance of the Rear Perimeter Bases listed will be stronger that the Pacific Island bases.

3.) India is tentatively scheduled to receive I Australia Corps and a minimum of five U.S. Army Infantry Divisions supplemented with tank and FA battalions, and more.

End Note

I invite all War College members to provide their comments, criticisms, and suggestions. Nothing is engraved in gold, including but limited too, garrison forces. Accordingly, Operation Foundation may be tweaked as reasonable and appropriate based on input from War College members.

Lastly, shortly after June 6, 1942, it is anticipated that the Allied perimeter will tighten it’s noose on the Evil Empire. For example, the Allies will attempt to secure a base on Baker Island, The Cook Islands, The Phoenix Islands, Ellice Islands, Samoan Islands, and Tonga Islands.

Regards,

-Terry


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"No one throws me my own guns and tells me to run. No one."

-Bret (James Coburn); The Magnificent Seven

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In my last game I found New Caledonia to not be tenable. I was able to put an obscene amount of AV on Fiji so that was never under threat. (And there wasn't any indication of pushes onto India or Aus.) With hindsight, I should have developed one of the dot bases next to Noumea, Isle of Pines, being a dot base, with a CD unit and some AV and mines, could be made too unpleasant to seize and a fantastic air base for when you are ready to recapture New Caledonia, should you lose it.

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