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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/19/2016 6:22:19 PM   
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I finally got the pieces of the 48th division together and rebuilt the division. There's some pieces of the 65th division at Lingayen and
the third piece, the "c" piece is making it's way there as we speak. So then I'll have two full divisions in the PI. I'm not sure but I don't
think I can take down Manila or Bataan with just two divisions. I may need to ship some more people to the PI yet.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/19/2016 6:26:35 PM   
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And in Malaya, Georgetown fell and now all my troops are headed for Temuloh and I'm sweeping all the Allied groups that way as I go.
We should be in Johore B. by the end of a week or so.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/19/2016 6:38:08 PM   
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Manado finally fell so I have another port in the Celebes area. Ternate has been getting hit by Allied air strikes so I've parked a
carrier group near it for the CAP until the airfield is expanded to level 1 and I expect that to happen in a couple of days. Manado
has a 3(7) airfield and I'm going to move some fighters there. Maybe a bomber group too....depends on what number of planes
I can park there. Fighting is still going on at Tarakan and Davao. Tough nuts to crack.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/19/2016 6:49:08 PM   
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I'm invading Finshaften and the SCTF at Port Moresby is still there. The air strikes have dropped off a bit. He must be running out of
undamaged planes. And I've got one small SCTF at Tulagi to act as a placeholder in case some Allied transports arrive with troops
or goodies for Tulagi. I'm running out of available troops in this area. I've extracted the 44th division from Guam to Truk and after they
rest a bit I'll insert them somewhere.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/19/2016 7:09:05 PM   
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Manado - A good place to get an Air HQ into along with a group or two of Ms Nell or Ms Betty with some Zeros.

Amphib TF vs bases with CD guns - More ships, less troops. If an LCU has 4000 troops, load unto ships with at least 2 1/2 that capacity. Also, select "load troops only" option in bottom left corner of screen that you use to select LCUs. Second, form a small Amphib TF of xAKLs and load just supply. Combine both TF and add those old slow BBs. Before landing you will need air power to attack ground troops for a few days.

CD Guns - Open up mod as Allies. Look at the CD guns and then hit "D" to bring up devices. Find out the range of the CD guns. Form Bombardment TF and escort "NOT" to bombard. Set CA and/or BB to range 1k or 2k greater than CD guns. Hit base multiple times before invading. Get a large AKE nearby to reload from (Manado would be good choice).

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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/19/2016 9:26:03 PM   
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Manado - A good place to get an Air HQ into along with a group or two of Ms Nell or Ms Betty with some Zeros.

I think so too. Originally I argued with myself which to grab Ternate or Manado and I
decided to do both. Now I'm wondering if I need both. I guess having both won't hurt
anything. The more the merrier.

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Amphib TF vs bases with CD guns - More ships, less troops. If an LCU has 4000 troops, load unto ships with at least 2 1/2 that capacity. Also, select "load troops only" option in bottom left corner of screen that you use to select LCUs. Second, form a small Amphib TF of xAKLs and load just supply. Combine both TF and add those old slow BBs. Before landing you will need air power to attack ground troops for a few days.

I like this idea a lot. I'm doing it this way from now on.

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CD Guns - Open up mod as Allies. Look at the CD guns and then hit "D" to bring up devices. Find out the range of the CD guns. Form Bombardment TF and escort "NOT" to bombard. Set CA and/or BB to range 1k or 2k greater than CD guns. Hit base multiple times before invading. Get a large AKE nearby to reload from (Manado would be good choice).

I've got an AKE already moving into the area. And the idea of standing off out of the
range of the CD guns is brilliant. Why don't I think of things like this. Lack of
experience I guess.

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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/20/2016 2:17:59 AM   
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I got some new moves from Brian about 17:00 or so this evening and I watched the combat replay and watched my stricken TF get
decimated again near Singapore. I don't think very many ships survived that trip. But on the other hand, I've captured Finshaften
and it had oodles of supplies already so I've started the expansion of the airfield and the port. I'm in a hurry.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/20/2016 2:25:49 AM   
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Every number is in the green at Tokyo. And by extension, probably,.every other home island city is probably okie dokie also. Tokyo is
where the levels are fluctuating up and down constantly by great amounts. I'm especially glad to see that there's ample fuel so far. I
had trouble with fuel in my last game with Brian. I don't think he changed anything about the Jap economy and I don't know what I'm
doing different.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/20/2016 2:30:21 AM   
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Fueling all the places I've captured recently, Manado, Ternate, etc. has drained the fuel out of Babeldaob again, or still. This is about
the third time in the past three weeks that B. has run low on fuel. I have a vague memory of an emergency shipment of fuel being loaded
at Truk for B. but I don't know how far along the process is and it's important that I have more fuel showing up pretty soon now or the
SCTF's will have to park themselves at a port somewhere and wait.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/20/2016 2:37:53 AM   
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I'm going through the bases in Tracker scanning for obvious problems and I found Rabaul is out of fuel still. This time I checked for
shipments and found two of them, both carrying fuel, about half way between Truk and Rabaul. So Rabaul will have fuel in about two
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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/20/2016 9:11:48 PM   
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I have some AKE's at Hiroshima that I need to move to Hong Kong and I'm thinking the southern route would be better than the obvious
northern route even though it's a significantly longer trip and probably more damage encurred enroute and so on but there's a known
Allied sub on the northern route's path and I'd like to avoid that bad boy. Even though I have escorts for the TF because I believe that
maybe that's what the real life commanders would have done. I like realistic games.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/21/2016 4:49:19 AM   
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New moves from Brian. He's a workhorse. Here's a training squadron flying Claude's and they seem to have gotten the point of their
escort training so I thought I'd put them to training in the straffing mode now and my understanding is that to do "staf" training one
uses a low altitude with some form of ground attack. I'm hoping that's true cause that's what they are now.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/21/2016 5:19:35 AM   
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Training at 100 ft yields Strafing skill. Training at 1,000 ft (maybe up to 3,000 ft) yields LowGround skill. How they get used is a little different depending on the aircraft type and the mission.

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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/21/2016 5:55:04 AM   
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Training at 100 ft yields Strafing skill. Training at 1,000 ft (maybe up to 3,000 ft) yields LowGround skill. How they get used is a little different depending on the aircraft type and the mission.

Thank you for that. Anybody ever use fighters on Lnav? I mean attacking ships at 100' ? I'm training them to do that. Waste of time?

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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/21/2016 7:05:40 AM   
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ASW air groups - I would start finding some of your 9 and 12 plane bomber groups and start training in ASW. Rest until Morale is 100%, set altitude to 1000', range 0, 100% training in ASW. Brian seems to like to keep many American subs off southern Japan as he can at start.

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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/21/2016 10:00:17 AM   
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ASW air groups - I would start finding some of your 9 and 12 plane bomber groups and start training in ASW. Rest until Morale is 100%, set altitude to 1000', range 0, 100% training in ASW. Brian seems to like to keep many American subs off southern Japan as he can at start.

Yeah, I've noticed that too. This picture shows only the few subs I've detected....the rest are invisible until they do something offensive
or my ASW assets find them. I'm going to have to do what you suggest and also, I'm thinking I need to rush some DD's to southern
Japan to make up some ASW groups specifically for the subs off the southern coast of Japan. I've already lost about a dozen ships to
his sub attacks.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/21/2016 10:05:39 AM   
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Here's the search patterns for the ASW assets I have flying anti-sub missions over the waters of the southern coast. Mostly float planes
and some Val's on training. It's going to be easy to find some of those smaller bomber squadrons and get them training in ASW
missions. I'll do it.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/21/2016 3:41:59 PM   
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In Focus Pacific, Japan should start the game with lots of sub-chasers that you can use for ASW work without using your valuable destroyers. Check the ship screen to see where yours are- there should be quite a few scattered through the home islands.

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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/21/2016 3:57:20 PM   
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In Focus Pacific, Japan should start the game with lots of sub-chasers that you can use for ASW work without using your valuable destroyers. Check the ship screen to see where yours are- there should be quite a few scattered through the home islands.

I just got some moves from Brian just before I started posting this, so I need to watch the combat replay first to see how bad the
news is and THEN I'll put out an APB for some SC's near the home islands to see if I can't get them ASW-ing pretty soonl Thanks
for the hint, I had stopped shipbuilding them, but now, iit turns out they are handy so I'll see what I have to do to remove the stop build
on them. Most are for later in the war.

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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/21/2016 4:32:09 PM   
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Here's where the SC's are right now. I've noticed that some of them aren't in the home islands any more and some of them are showing
some signs of wear and tear and evidently I've been using them as escorts. I'll put a stop to that and see if I can't get them into the home
islands again and get some ASW going up there. Either that or escort them out of the port and grab an inbound TF and escort it into
port, etc.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/21/2016 4:40:29 PM   
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My midget sub operation is up and running at Rabaul. The first midget sub is leaving now on it's carrier for the waters surrounding
Sydney's harbor. I'm going to see what kind of defenses there are there. And Newcastle too. See if I can't shut down some of his
RES runs operating out of Sydney. Plus the large long-range transports that come and go.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/21/2016 4:46:37 PM   
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I've put together four midget sub missions and as you can see I chose the four biggest, four busyst, four most needed ports he's got.
If I can keep the pressure on for a awhile this way I might be able to sway the war to be a bit longer or something.





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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/21/2016 4:59:36 PM   
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I thought I'd pick some random spot on the map, a good spot, and see if I couldn't find something to say about it. In this image I see
where Wake is overstacked still by about 300 troops and there's a TF headed to Truk that I can re-direct to Wake to get some of
those troops. Also in the lower right there's an autoconvoy TF that's evidently returning to Osaka and it's got no escort. So the auto-
convoy system is still building TF's with no escorts still. I thought maybe if I put enough PB's in the Osaka hex and made them automatic
that the system would use them. Maybe I ran out of PB's. I'll look into it.

Also, I notice that at least one TF has some SC's as escorts and that's way too inefficient to be workable. I'll see if I can't find some
proper escorts for that TF. In fact I seem to have found four PB's acting as ASW that I can re-purpose. Yeah, this'll work.






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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/21/2016 5:28:38 PM   
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The bad news is that Tracker thinks that the Japan home islands is running out of fuel at an alarming rate. So, since the oil level is on
the rise I think I'll crank up the refineries in the home islands to produce more fuel. At least a little bit, see how that works and go from
there. The problem is that there's a finite amount of oil left to be had and I'm continually having to go further and further to get it. Port
Arthur is getting down to the teen-K's and that's about as hard as I want to push Port Arthur. I'm just about depending on Miri and
Tarakan and Balikpapan and ultimately, Palembang.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/21/2016 5:34:37 PM   
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Here's me bumping up production by about 40 barrels per day. That's not a big jump and it's not going to show up at all at first but
eventually we'll be pumping out more fuel. I notice too that Miri is almost 1/3 repaired. Sometimes the supply convoy is late getting
into port and the supply level drops below 10K and the repairs stop. D'oh.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/21/2016 5:52:31 PM   
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I just now found an autoconvoy TF at Hong Kong unloading supplies from Osaka and it's got two escorts. So evidently I ran out of PB's
at Osaka and the game engine started sending out TF's without escorts. D'oh. I'll have to keep that in mind.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/22/2016 2:41:20 AM   
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I just received Brian's third set of moves today. Singkawang finally fell and it's got lots of damage to the facilities due to naval
bombardments that happened. I need to get some engineers to this hex asap and get the repairs started on the port and airfield.
Also, I need an HQ for Singkawang to dispense TT's to the planes. I'm hoping that taking down Palembang will be easier now.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/22/2016 10:44:08 PM   
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Today is 10/22/2016 and I've just received some new moves from Brian. He and his wife are celebrating their wedding annivesary and
I didn't expect any moves from him until about next Tuesday but I just got some just now. What a trooper.

My invasion TF headed to Port Moresby is getting closer to their target. I've pre-positioned a carrier group near PM and I've got a SCTF
headed for PM and I've moved a lot of aircraft into the area for top cover and there's not much left to do. I suppose I could lay some
mines in PM's harbor. It's probably going to be an anti-climax when they get there.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/22/2016 10:48:34 PM   
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The invasion TF going to Balikpapan is still three days out and I'm going to have to come up with some more escorts because they
don't have enough yet. I need some heavier ships in that TF to soak up the CD gun shots. Maybe I should do some naval bombardment
of Balikpapan first.




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RE: General Patton vs. larryfulkerson Focus Pacific #75 - 10/23/2016 11:01:30 PM   
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Bombardment might damage the oil facilities.

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