From: Sacramento, California
Week 106: December 15th – December 21st 1943
No IJN activity.
This week’s attack finally breaks the Japanese defending Tinian….with a 5:1 result overpowering the remaining two forts. The rest of the weeks is spent repairing the base (everything was at 100 damage), and whittling down the Japanese resistance on the island. At the end of the week, the runway is down to 78% damage and the enemy AV is down to 10.
Allied air and sea bombardments shift focus from Tinian to Saipan, where the Allies enjoy a 819:435 raw AV advantage, but each days land bombardment costs the Allies more casualties than the Japanese. We’ll see how the disruptive effect of daily air/sea bombardments effect this.
An Allied deliberate attack at Morotai bears fruit, as the Allies inflict 1,400 casualties (9 destroyed/133 disabled squads) at a cost of 490 casualties (8 destroyed/109 disabled squads). Although the squad count was pretty even, equal reduction works in the Allies favor. Plus, the supply shortage means those disabled Japanese squads are as good as destroyed.
No IJN activity.
The 3rd Marine regiment storms ashore at Ataipe (fully prepped) and Japanese resistance crumbles in the absence of supply. The shattered defenders retreat to Dagua as the noose tightens around this area of Japanese resistance.
B-24 Liberator squadrons on Manus and Mussau begin shifting to Talaud-Eilanden to support the Mindano offensive, although a few squadrons stay to keep the pressure on Truk.
The liberation of Mindano is in full swing. The northern force reached Cagayan, and preliminary attacks indicate the base may fall as early as next week. Cagayan has a nice airfield that will come in handy as the Allies move north through the Philippines.
In the DEI, no IJN activity noted.
Enemy resistance at Chumphon proves to be brittle, as the lead elements of the Allied advance are able to dislodge them. The Japanese retreat towards Victoria Point, followed by a small detachment of 2 Allied brigades. The rest of the Allied force continues toward the important objective of Surat Thani.
In Thailand, the northern Allied force nears Hanoi/Haiphong. Near Bangkok, a sizeable Japanese force (21 support units) has been isolated north of Chanthaburi. In the South, Phnom Penh and Kompong Chhnang sees large air battles this week, with Allied air beginning to get the upper hand. Further south, Saigon is besieged by and advance group of Allied forces. A probing attack reveals the Allies already have a 363:61 raw AV advantage, and forts are only at 3. Next week, the Allies receive a sizeable reinforcement group, and it may be enough to secure Saigon. If this occurs, half of the force will be sent west to assist the Malaya campaign, while the rest will conduct mop up operations and then support the drive on Haiphong/Hanoi.
In China, the Chinese capture LangSon. Now the Japanese are holed up in the Haiphong/Hanoi area. In the eastern part of the country, a general advance is in process in the Nanchang/Wuchang area.
-No capital ship sightings this week.
Notable Base Captures:
- Bien Hoa [Indochina] captured by the Allies (12/15)
- LangSon [China] captured by the Allies (12/18)
- Tinian [Marianas] captured by the Allies (12/18)
- Chanthaburi [Thailand] captured by the Allies (12/18)
- Chumphon [Thailand] captured by the Allies (12/19)
- Kratie [Indochina] captured by the Allies (12/19)
- Soc Trang [Indochina] captured by the Allies (12/20)
Aircraft Losses to date [change]:
Allies: 8,407 [+65]
Japanese: 24,473 [+532]
Ship Losses to date [change]:
Allies: 651 [+1]
Notables: CV Enterprise, CV Victorious, CVE Copahee, CVE Nassau, CVE Corregidor, CA Astoria, CA Portland, CA Adelaide, CL Durban, CL Sumatra, CL Java
Japanese: 1,398 [+9]
Notables: CV Soryu, CV Kaga, CV Junyo, CV Akagi, CVL Shoho , CV Shokaku, CV Hiyo, CVL Zuiho, CVL Ryuho, CVE Taiyo, CVE Hosho, BB Kongo, BB Fuso, BB Mutsu, BB Kirishima, BB Nagato, BB Haruna, BB Hiei, BB Yamato, CA Mogami, CA Mikuma, CA Suzya, CA Aoba.
Army Losses to date [change]:
Allies: 10,981 [+31]
Japanese: 10,625 [+172]
A/J Ratio: 1.03 to 1
VP Totals [change]:
Allies: 65,664 [+1,359]
Japanese: 33,538 [+44]
A/J Ratio: 1.96 to 1
-Assault & Capture Guam [COMPLETE]
-Assault & Capture Tinian [COMPLETE]
-Assault & Capture Saipan [IN PROGRESS. AV 819:435, Forts unknown]
-Assault & Capture Marcus
-Assault & Capture Cotabato [COMPLETE]
-Secure Mindano [IN PROGRESS - 33rd Inf. Division marching on Davao]
-Assault & Capture Balikpapan
-Assault & Capture Jolo [IN PROGRESS]
-Assault & Capture Watampone
-Assault & Capture Kolaka
-Assault & Capture Makassar
-Assault & Capture Kendari
-Lots of good progress this week, both on and behind the frontlines. So far the allied supply infrastructure is keeping pace with the increased operational tempo.
You say we're surrounded?
That means we can attack in any direction.