From: Sacramento, California
Thanks Bif, the Allies landed some good shots on the KB...lets see if we can press the advantage.
Week 98: October 20th – October 26th 1943
Base building continues at Amchitka, Umnak and Attu. No IJN activity.
A two day CV Battle occurs near Guam on the 22nd and 23rd. Both sides take casualties (Allies sink 2 CVs/1CVL and damage 3 CVs, while the Japanese damage 1 CV/1CVL/2CVE). Part of the Japanese force escapes, but the result is the Allies control the sea and air around the Marianas.
Opening assaults in Operation Aperture commence, with the 32nd Infantry Division landing on Guam and the 37th Infantry Division hitting the beaches of Tinian. Both amphibious operations were preceded by a BB bombardment and were supported by artillery, AA, engineers & tanks. After consolidating their position, the Allied force on Guam launches a probing deliberate assault. Both sides lose about 15 disabled squads, but the forts are reduced from 3 to 2, AV is 380:252 in favor of the good guys at the end of the week. On Tinian, the Allied troops are taking longer to recover from the landing, so no attack yet, but the Allies have the AV advantage 265:184, forts are unknown.
The Truk bombing campaign resumes, intel reports damage is back at 100% for both port and Airfield.
On Morotai, the numerically superior Japanese launch three deliberate attacks this week, and all three are bloodily repulsed. Allied reinforcements, which include 4 marine regiments and artillery, are inbound from Rabaul and are already nearing Hollandia. Once this force makes landfall, the Allies can go on the offensive.
Tarawa invasion force will hit the beaches first thing tomorrow. Intel reports a 12 thousand troop garrison, but they have been under constant air attack for the last month...and supply is believed to be very low. Now we’ll see if the men of the 7th Infantry Division can close the deal.
No IJN activity.
IJA positions on Northern New Guinea near Ataipe and Wewak continue to take a pounding from Allied air. Supply is an issue for the Japanese here, and its only getting worse.
In the Philippines, all my base are belong to Japan.
In the DEI, no IJN activity noted.
The Allied army northeast of Bangkok make good progress towards Ayuthia, and should arrive in 2-3 days.
On the northwest approaches to Bangkok, the Allied army faces an entrenched enemy across the river. The Allies here switch to a defensive posture, with a small detachment advancing southwest. Paratroop assault captures Prachuap Khiri Khan to spearhead this Allied drive down the Malay Peninsula.
Mergui and Tavoy are fully operational and host fighters that sweep Bangkok daily. Once the defending CAP is whittled down, the level bombers will move in and begin their destructive work.
In China, troops are in a defensive posture, and the supply situation is still improving. Transport planes are still flying supply from Chunking to Sian, and it is really helping the supply situation in the Loyang area.
-6 CV (130F/140B) and 2BB attacked near Guam. 3 CV confirmed sunk, the rest of the enemy force retreats north toward the home islands.
Notable Base Captures:
- Prachuap Khiri Khan [Malaysia] captured by the Allies (10/21)
Aircraft Losses to date [change]:
Allies: 7,395 [+507]
Biggest Losses (#):P-40K Warhawk (602), Hurricane IIc (5579), SBD-3 Dauntless (422)
Japanese: 21,469 [+1,078]
Biggest Losses (#): G4M1 Betty (4,391), Ki-43 IIb Oscar (2,147), Ki-51 Sonia (1,683)
Ship Losses to date [change]:
Allies: 603 [+12]
Notables: CV Enterprise, CV Victorious, CVE Copahee, CVE Nassau, CVE Corregidor, CA Astoria, CA Portland, CA Adelaide, CL Durban, CL Sumatra, CL Java
Japanese: 1,305 [+16]
Notables: CV Soryu, CV Kaga, CV Junyo, CVL Shoho , CV Shokaku, CVL Zuiho, CVE Taiyo, CVE Hosho, BB Kongo, BB Fuso, BB Mutsu, BB Kirishima, BB Nagato, CA Mogami, CA Mikuma, CA Suzya, CA Aoba.
Army Losses to date [change]:
Allies: 10,710 [+18]
Japanese: 9,021 [+32]
A/J Ratio: 1.19 to 1
VP Totals [change]:
Allies: 58,694 [+3,974]
Japanese: 32,074 [+500]
A/J Ratio: 1.83 to 1
-Assault & Capture Cotabato
-Assault & Capture Balikpapan
-Assault & Capture Tarakan
-Assault & Capture Watampone
-Assault & Capture Kolaka
-Assault & Capture Makassar
-Assault & Capture Kendari
-Assault & Capture Guam [1st wave ashore. AV 380:252, Forts at 2]
-Assault & Capture Tinian [1st wave ashore. AV 265:184, Forts unknown]
-Assault & Capture Saipan [Amphibious assets in route]
-Assault & Capture Marcus
-Another ARD Arrives in Seattle, where a DD escort group is waiting. The ARD begins its long voyage to Rabaul.
-As suspected by top Allied advisors, the Marianas landings had more resistance than indicated by intel. However, allied forces are ashore intact and can hold their own until the second wave of forces arrive. With the Japanese isolated on the Marianas now, it’s only a question of time before they are overwhelmed.
You say we're surrounded?
That means we can attack in any direction.