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RE: Beans, Bullets and Black Oil :: obvert (A) vs Lowpe... - 10/19/2017 2:46:22 PM   
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The invasion bonus will be over at the end of March. This presents the Allies with some opportunities. Huge sections of the DEI have not yet been taken by the Japanese. The central PI hasn't yet been touched other than taking the landing beaches and moving to Clark Field and Manila. No attacks have been attempted. The PI troops are filling out, gaining some experience and supply is decent at about 60k for the three Allied bases. I'm not building forts in order to save supply.

So, this brings me to the current operations around Sumatra. I see Singapore as the key to everything the Japanese do in the SRA and if they don't get it before the invasion bonus ends it really holds back any second level plans. In this case it might even hold back their initial historical expansion.

Singers is just above 10k supplies. I'll have to reduce usage for the next weeks and hope I can get some more in. He's bombarding virtually every day but luckily our AV is not going down and the fatigue and disruption are staying very low. I've got good leaders here so that should help.

Reinvesting Sumatra is something I've never considered in previous games, either on the Allied side or in defending as the Japanese. I'm interested now not only because of Soviet activation. The loss of the USN CVs in the DEI and subsequent bombing of oil has led to the deconstruction of the KB as a deterrent to early Allied defence of this area. If the KB patrolled off of Java and Sumatra, if the IJN were circling Palembang and Singapore even more often than they are now, what I'm doing would be impossible.

Lowpe is a very opportunistic and innovative player, and he's tried a lot of new things in this game. My sacrifice of Force Z to hit the fields at Balikpapan and then nail the oil has led to a cat and mouse game around the oil producing regions from Magwe to Shikuka. KB fighter units have been landed and sent to defend the oil, the Allied 4Es have shifted based on opportunity to hit it where they can, and now I'd like to do something even more bold; take the most important base on the map outside the Home Islands.

I've got four Aussie and a few Indian brigades plus a good Indian division (70exp) on the way to Sumatra along with a lot of AA and support troops. He's got his best units tied up at Singers, in the PI, re-invading Sakhalin and trying for Burma (and now halted at least temporarily at Lashio). Having played Japan a bit I know that there is not a lot of leeway to send reserves if something stalls in one area. Neither of us is concerned with the Pacific much at this point South of the Aleutians, so the DEI and the North have become the battlegrounds. If all of this gets onto Sumatra, can he bring a few divisions needed to really hold, and safely land them at Palembang, before we can march and take the base?

Strategically I know I cannot control the air after 6/42, but I can locally now, especially with the P-38 group around, so I need to push hard to gain control of an area and then hold with a combination of plentiful Allied supply, engineers and AA. Dug in Allied troops are hard to dislodge in DBB. If I can even shut down Palembang fields while holding Singers I don't even need to fully take the base. Just bomb the oil and watch the Japanese economy wither. He can't make Franks and Georges if there isn't enough HI to feed their factories or supply to furnish and fly them.

So the title of this AAR is no coincidence. From the beginning the good choices I've made have been about squeezing and disrupting the Japanese economy.

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RE: Beans, Bullets and Black Oil :: obvert (A) vs Lowpe... - 10/19/2017 3:03:07 PM   
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Strategically I know I cannot control the air after 6/42, but I can locally now, especially with the P-38 group around, so I need to push hard to gain control of an area and then hold with a combination of plentiful Allied supply, engineers and AA. Dug in Allied troops are hard to dislodge in DBB. If I can even shut down Palembang fields while holding Singers I don't even need to fully take the base. Just bomb the oil and watch the Japanese economy wither.



Sea-wise hit in one place then another, and run his ships back and forth across the field of battle.

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RE: Beans, Bullets and Black Oil :: obvert (A) vs Lowpe... - 10/19/2017 6:56:16 PM   
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I agree. Regardless what is going on in the game, the one thing that is always paramount in Japan's eyes while they still own it, is a threat to Palembang. It simply cannot be ignored.

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RE: Beans, Bullets and Black Oil :: obvert (A) vs Lowpe... - 10/20/2017 7:32:48 AM   
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ORIGINAL: MakeeLearn

quote:

Strategically I know I cannot control the air after 6/42, but I can locally now, especially with the P-38 group around, so I need to push hard to gain control of an area and then hold with a combination of plentiful Allied supply, engineers and AA. Dug in Allied troops are hard to dislodge in DBB. If I can even shut down Palembang fields while holding Singers I don't even need to fully take the base. Just bomb the oil and watch the Japanese economy wither.



Sea-wise hit in one place then another, and run his ships back and forth across the field of battle.

Free Sushi Slurpee with every fill-up.


Well that was kind of the point of the action around Sakhain and then the Aleutians grab. I knew I needed to keep him away from Adak for the turn of Spring, and the para drop on the riles offered just enough of a threat over there to ensure things would be clear for a week or so. Now I've got Adak, Anther two bases in my sights and he has to make a decision whether it's worth it to send the mini-KB to clear the area or not.

Down South a lot of ships must be in the yards because he has been able to dominate when I've tried things before. Now the action is sporadic and we're giving almost as good as we take. Some more coming soon, and if we keep Singers solidly that also gives a great naval base and repair yard right in the middle of the action.

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RE: Beans, Bullets and Black Oil :: obvert (A) vs Lowpe... - 10/20/2017 7:41:58 AM   
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I agree. Regardless what is going on in the game, the one thing that is always paramount in Japan's eyes while they still own it, is a threat to Palembang. It simply cannot be ignored.


I fear I have about a week or two before the full hammer falls around Palembang. It is a mortal threat for Japan. But if my troops land can he bring in enough to stop the cascade? Not sure. I know we can grab Djambi, but Palembang is x3 so if he gets even one full ID in there it'll be tough to take. Need to close the fields first as the main priority.

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RE: Beans, Bullets and Black Oil :: obvert (A) vs Lowpe... - 10/20/2017 8:02:19 AM   
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I tried to sneak some AMc and YMS to Palembang, and since my search didn't show any big SCTFs around, thought we might make it in to clear a few mines. The Takao and DDs ruined that effort, so I'll have to wait for some DMS coming in from OZ to do this job.

Might have sunk I-162 trying to intercede at Benkolen. Nice!

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 4, 42, 42
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 49,90, Range 9,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Takao
DD Akigumo
DD Urakaze
DD Hakaze
DD Yakaze
DD Numakaze

Allied Ships
ML No. 362, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
ML No. 363, Shell hits 1, and is sunk


Improved night sighting under 96% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 96% moonlight: 11,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 48,91, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Takao
DD Akigumo
DD Urakaze
DD Hakaze
DD Yakaze
DD Numakaze

Allied Ships
MMS-52, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
MMS-125, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Improved night sighting under 96% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 96% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards...

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ASW attack near Benkoelen at 45,91

Japanese Ships
SS I-162, hits 6, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
AM Cromarty

SS I-162 launches 2 torpedoes at AM Cromarty
I-162 bottoming out ....
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RE: Beans, Bullets and Black Oil :: obvert (A) vs Lowpe... - 10/20/2017 8:05:54 AM   
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Oscars and zeros jumped the only two bombing runs I left on for the 4th. I felt danger and just didn't get to these to turn them off, and of course those two out of the many I had going were chosen to hit.

The only good thing to see here is that he's still flying Claudes in combat!!

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 4, 42, 42
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Morning Air attack on 1st Division, at 113,33 (Heiho)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 25

Allied aircraft
I-15bis x 16
I-16m24 x 21
SB-2 x 17

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
I-15bis: 1 destroyed
SB-2: 4 destroyed, 7 damaged


Aircraft Attacking:
13 x SB-2 bombing from 7000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 100 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (5 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
87th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Guards Mixed Brigade, at 126,41 (Alexandrovsk)

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A5M4 Claude x 1
A6M2 Zero x 31

Allied aircraft
I-153 x 2
I-16m24 x 4
SB-2 x 21

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
I-153: 1 destroyed
I-16m24: 2 destroyed
SB-2: 10 destroyed, 2 damaged


Aircraft Attacking:
8 x SB-2 bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 100 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Yokosuka Ku S-1 with A5M4 Claude (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 5000.
Raid is overhead
Ominato Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Raid is overhead
Yamada Det S-1 with A6M2 Zero (16 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Raid is overhead
Zuikaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Raid is overhead

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RE: Beans, Bullets and Black Oil :: obvert (A) vs Lowpe... - 10/20/2017 8:10:03 AM   
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At Palembang the CAP was tested with a P-39 sweep. They didn't do badly, but man I wish I'd have sent the whole shebang today. Light CAP here. Gotta get the 4Es in action soon before it's beefed up.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 4, 42, 42
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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 30,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-27b Nate x 16
Ki-44 Tojo x 2

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-27b Nate: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 2 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x P-39D Airacobra sweeping at 27000 feet *

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RE: Beans, Bullets and Black Oil :: obvert (A) vs Lowpe... - 10/20/2017 8:32:24 AM   
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The Japanese shrugged off the 1:5 result of a few turns ago and got a 1:1 at Lashio this time. Could be trouble. Still slowly adding elements of the Burma division from Myitkyina. I hope the units here will get fatigued and wear down after all of these attacks. Supply also has to be a concern since none of it can come through Rangoon by sea yet. If I can slow this until another Chinese unit can be brought in it could hold.

Lost PortSwetenham on Malaysia. I still have one base in mid-Malaysia which I'll now send more troops and supply to reinforce. I need a small CAP airbase here and it'll be awesome to have a foothold in case I can ever bring in a brigade by sea to wreak some havoc while all of the IJA is in Singapore.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 4, 42, 42
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Ground combat at Lashio (62,46)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 24632 troops, 212 guns, 58 vehicles, Assault Value = 689

Defending force 14656 troops, 116 guns, 59 vehicles, Assault Value = 361

Japanese adjusted assault: 439

Allied adjusted defense: 367

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 3)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), preparation(-), fatigue(-), morale(-)
experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
337 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 41 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled


Allied ground losses:
347 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 32 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
Imperial Guards Division
33rd Division
15th Army

Defending units:
5th Chinese Corps
13th Burma Rifles Battalion
BFF Brigade
1st Burma Div /1
8th New Chinese Corps /1
102nd RAF Base Force
Burma Corps
100th RAF Base Force

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Ground combat at Port Swettenham (48,79)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 378 troops, 0 guns, 71 vehicles, Assault Value = 40

Defending force 526 troops, 15 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 25

Japanese adjusted assault: 11

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 11 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Port Swettenham !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: preparation(-), fatigue(-), experience(-)
Attacker: leaders(-), fatigue(-)

Allied ground losses:
213 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 9 (7 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Units retreated 3

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
6th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
2/15 Punjab Battalion
18th Australian Bde /2
112th RAF Adv Base Force
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RE: Beans, Bullets and Black Oil :: obvert (A) vs Lowpe... - 10/20/2017 9:09:46 AM   
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Up in the North the ground war is still going our way. The fort at Koutou is about done. The brigade at Alexandrovsk will be destroyed soon as well. The IJA is challenging though in the area South of Ulan Bator, taking some small bases with small units. If I start seeing base forces and engineers coming up the roads I'll take some interest. For now this is not a threat. Ulan Bator, Ondorhan and other bases in the area are building forts and have some defending units in situ. A brigade is arriving soon up here and a few more units in the next month, so unless a lot more is following on, we've got this covered. I've got recon in the area to check periodically on the approaching roads.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 4, 42, 42
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Ground combat at Yugodzyr (101,32)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1236 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 43

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

Japanese adjusted assault: 12

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 12 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Yugodzyr !!!

Combat modifiers
Attacker: leaders(-)

Assaulting units:
7th Manchukuo Cav Brigade

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Ground combat at Alexandrovsk (126,41)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 16021 troops, 270 guns, 5 vehicles, Assault Value = 496

Defending force 4251 troops, 30 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 112

Allied adjusted assault: 473

Japanese adjusted defense: 106

Allied assault odds: 4 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
269 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 4 (3 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
161 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
202nd Airborne Brigade
79th Rifle Division
Sakhalinskaya Rifle Bde /1
Special Rifle Corps
Alexandrovsk Naval Fortress

Defending units:
Guards Mixed Brigade
33rd Ind.AA Gun Co


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Ground combat at Kotou (116,42)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 12300 troops, 282 guns, 920 vehicles, Assault Value = 501

Defending force 3908 troops, 39 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 22

Allied adjusted assault: 642

Japanese adjusted defense: 11

Allied assault odds: 58 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
1391 casualties reported
Squads: 113 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 31 (31 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
6 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd Ussurii Tank Brigade
8th Cavalry Division
5th Ussurii Tank Brigade
1133rd Howitzer Regiment
1121st Cannon Regiment
4th/152nd PVO AA Battalion
362nd/367th OM Gun Battalion
177th Howitzer Regiment
215th Cannon Brigade
1139th Cannon Regiment
155th PVO AA Battalion

Defending units:
4th Border Defense Fortress

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Japanese Unit(s) surrounded at Kotou
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RE: Beans, Bullets and Black Oil :: obvert (A) vs Lowpe... - 10/20/2017 10:43:14 AM   
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The night starts with a big mix-up in the approach to Palembang. I had hoped to hit the Takao TF lurking here last turn and instead found two BBs!!!

Lowpe wins again for surprise, but at least they didn't sink anything. The Exeter will have to head back for some repairs in OZ. I'll keep the other two CAs in theatre with only minor dents.

Next up CL Dragon and company wipe up on two IJN DDs, sinking Urukaze and putting Akigumo in danger, likely sinking as well. I'm starting to see lots of old DDs escorting good CAs and BBs, so the DD losses are starting to take a toll I think.

The Dragon and company eventually run into both Abukuma and the CA Chikuma TF, which sinks Dragon and a few DD. Two make it back.

After that the small CL Sumatra TF does find the Takao, unfortunately, and then the BBs. Yuck.

A few more interactions with Chikuma, Takao and the BBs ends up in lots of losses. Don't they ever run out of ammo??

This is not a successful turn for the ABDA naval assets, but strategically does open the door for some opportunities while the IJN capital ships replenish. The RN is about to send in the big guns and hopefully make a run with supply to Singers. Fingers crossed.


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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 5, 42, 42
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Singkep at 50,88, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, Shell hits 1
BB Mutsu
DD Hamakaze, Shell hits 1
DD Yamagumo
DD Shiratsuyu
DD Yamakaze
DD Asagiri
DD Ushio

Allied Ships
CA Dorsetshire, Shell hits 3
CA Cornwall
CA Exeter, Shell hits 2
DD Bagley, Shell hits 1
DD Tenedos, Shell hits 1, on fire

Improved night sighting under 89% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 89% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 7,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
Annesley, J.C. crosses the 'T'

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 49,90, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Akigumo, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
DD Urakaze, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage


Allied Ships
CL Dragon, Shell hits 2
DD Cummings, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Parrott, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Peary
DD Vendetta
DD Scout
DD Isis

Improved night sighting under 89% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 89% moonlight: 8,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 49,90, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Akigumo, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Urakaze, Shell hits 18, and is sunk


Allied Ships
CL Dragon, on fire
DD Cummings, on fire
DD Parrott, heavy fires
DD Peary
DD Vendetta
DD Scout, Shell hits 1
DD Isis

Improved night sighting under 89% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 89% moonlight: 8,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 49,90, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Takao
DD Hakaze, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Yakaze, Shell hits 1
DD Numakaze

Allied Ships
CL Sumatra, Shell hits 1
DD Kortenaer
DD Witte de With, Shell hits 1
DD Van Ghent, Shell hits 1

Improved night sighting under 89% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 89% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 7,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
Block O. crosses the 'T'

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 48,91, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Abukuma, Shell hits 2

Allied Ships
CL Dragon, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Cummings, Shell hits 2, heavy fires

DD Peary
DD Vendetta
DD Isis

Improved night sighting under 89% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 89% moonlight: 8,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 48,91, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma
CL Yura
DD Shigure
DD Yudachi

Allied Ships
CL Dragon, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Peary, Shell hits 3, heavy fires

DD Vendetta

Improved night sighting under 89% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 89% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 7,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
Reed, A.D. crosses the 'T'

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 48,91, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma, Shell hits 1
CL Yura, Shell hits 1
DD Shigure
DD Yudachi

Allied Ships
CL Dragon, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Peary, Shell hits 2, on fire

DD Vendetta

Improved night sighting under 82% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 82% moonlight: 8,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 48,91, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma
CL Yura
DD Shigure, Shell hits 1
DD Yudachi

Allied Ships
CL Dragon, Shell hits 13, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Peary, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage

DD Vendetta, Shell hits 1, on fire

Improved night sighting under 82% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 82% moonlight: 8,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 48,91, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma
CL Yura
DD Shigure, on fire
DD Yudachi

Allied Ships
CL Dragon, Shell hits 16, and is sunk
DD Peary, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
DD Vendetta, Shell hits 4, heavy fires


Improved night sighting under 82% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 82% moonlight: 8,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 48,91, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma
CL Yura
DD Shigure, on fire
DD Yudachi

Allied Ships
DD Cummings, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Isis

Improved night sighting under 82% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 82% moonlight: 8,000 yards

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 49,90, Range 17,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Abukuma

Allied Ships
DD Parrott, Shell hits 6, and is sunk
DD Scout, Shell hits 21, and is sunk


Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 19,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards...

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 49,91, Range 16,000 Yards

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
C.XI-W: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, Shell hits 1
BB Mutsu, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Hamakaze, Shell hits 1
DD Yamagumo, Shell hits 1
DD Shiratsuyu, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Yamakaze, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
DD Asagiri
DD Ushio

Allied Ships
CL Sumatra, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
DD Kortenaer
DD Witte de With, Shell hits 3
DD Van Ghent, Shell hits 4, and is sunk


Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 16,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 16,000 yards
Block O. crosses the 'T'

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Palembang at 49,90

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 5 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 10

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Numakaze, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
CA Takao, Bomb hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Albacore I bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Sweeps and strikes at Palembang recommenced. The P-38s led the way taking out a few Nates and the 4Es followed. Not many hits, likely due to weather, but every little bit helps. Oosthaven is softened up by the 2Es and the small Dutch unit (bought out and transferred from Benkolen) is landed easily. A DA will hopefully take the base tomorrow. For me this is huge and will allow the Indian division to land easily, and then potentially rail to Praebemolei (sp., base next to Palembang).


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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 21 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12
Ki-27b Nate x 24
Ki-44 Tojo x 2

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 7
P-38E Lightning x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-27b Nate: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
Soryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 5 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000

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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 26,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12
Ki-27b Nate x 19
Ki-44 Tojo x 2

Allied aircraft
B-17D Fortress x 2
B-17E Fortress x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 1 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 4 damaged

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 20000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10
Ki-27b Nate x 18
Ki-44 Tojo x 2

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 7
P-38E Lightning x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIb Trop: 1 destroyed
P-38E Lightning: 1 destroyed


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Morning Air attack on 21st Fld AA Gun Co , at 48,96 (Oosthaven)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
139WH-3 x 19
Vincent I x 12
P-40E Warhawk x 15

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
76 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
3 x 139WH-3 bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 3 x 300 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 21st Fld AA Gun Co , at 48,96 (Oosthaven)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-26 Marauder x 22
P-40E Warhawk x 8

Allied aircraft losses
B-26 Marauder: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
198 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Pre-Invasion action off Oosthaven (48,96)

9 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AM Colac
xAP Van Swoll

Japanese ground losses:
16 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
5 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

AM Colac fired at enemy troops
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The Japanese try at Wenchow again but get only a 1:2. Light losses on both sides.

Another attack at Lashio only gets a 1:2 but disablements are higher on the Allied side, unfortunately.

The pounding of the Guards Mixed Brigade continues at Alexandrovsk while the fortress at Koutou finally falls.

Most interestingly, the Japanese decided to defend forward of Tsitsahar and an advance tank unit supported by arty is thrashed South of Hailar. It looks like something else is moving up the road, so we may have the opportunity to hit some more Japanese troops in the next hex. It's rough woods, so x3, but doesn't look like an army here. I'll be curious to see what he's bringing so far up and against 1850 AV of powerful Soviet infantry, tanks and arty.

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Ground combat at Wenchow (89,58)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 24272 troops, 241 guns, 92 vehicles, Assault Value = 797

Defending force 20807 troops, 81 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 398

Japanese adjusted assault: 931

Allied adjusted defense: 1180

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 0)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
508 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 43 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
310 casualties reported
Squads: 25 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled


Assaulting units:
17th Division
60th Division
32nd Division
4th Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
88th Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
25th Group Army
3rd War Area
14th Chinese Base Force

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Ground combat at Lashio (62,46)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 24343 troops, 212 guns, 58 vehicles, Assault Value = 660

Defending force 14528 troops, 122 guns, 59 vehicles, Assault Value = 341

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 400

Allied adjusted defense: 595

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 1)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
391 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 45 disabled

Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
395 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 65 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Assaulting units:
Imperial Guards Division
33rd Division
15th Army

Defending units:
BFF Brigade
1st Burma Div /1
5th Chinese Corps
8th New Chinese Corps /1
13th Burma Rifles Battalion
102nd RAF Base Force
Burma Corps
100th RAF Base Force

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Ground combat at Alexandrovsk (126,41)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 16313 troops, 270 guns, 5 vehicles, Assault Value = 498

Defending force 4040 troops, 30 guns, 1 vehicles, Assault Value = 94

Allied adjusted assault: 1113

Japanese adjusted defense: 25

Allied assault odds: 44 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
606 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 48 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (3 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
221 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
79th Rifle Division
202nd Airborne Brigade
Sakhalinskaya Rifle Bde /1
Special Rifle Corps
Alexandrovsk Naval Fortress

Defending units:
Guards Mixed Brigade
33rd Ind.AA Gun Co


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Ground combat at Kotou (116,42)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 12315 troops, 282 guns, 920 vehicles, Assault Value = 504

Defending force 2743 troops, 13 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Allied adjusted assault: 698

Japanese adjusted defense: 3

Allied assault odds: 232 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), disruption(-), fatigue(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
1674 casualties reported
Squads: 26 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 225 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 17 (17 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
3rd Ussurii Tank Brigade
8th Cavalry Division
5th Ussurii Tank Brigade
4th/152nd PVO AA Battalion
1133rd Howitzer Regiment
1121st Cannon Regiment
1139th Cannon Regiment
215th Cannon Brigade
177th Howitzer Regiment
110th/355th AA Battalion
362nd/367th OM Gun Battalion
155th PVO AA Battalion

Defending units:
4th Border Defense Fortress


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Ground combat at 108,32 (near Hailar)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14234 troops, 267 guns, 1392 vehicles, Assault Value = 1883

Defending force 714 troops, 12 guns, 114 vehicles, Assault Value = 41

Allied adjusted assault: 638

Japanese adjusted defense: 10

Allied assault odds: 63 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
Guns lost 5 (2 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 91 (62 destroyed, 29 disabled)

Units retreated 2

Allied ground losses:
139 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 19 (3 destroyed, 16 disabled)

Units pursuing 4

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
61st Tank Division
3rd Motorized Rifle Regiment
9th Armored Car Brigade
36th Motor Rifle Division
7th Mongolian Motor Brigade
57th Motor Rifle Division
82nd Tank Battalion
33rd Tank Battalion
3rd Mongolian Tank Regiment
629th Cannon Regiment
185th Cannon Regiment
262nd/264th PVO AA Battalion
1141st Cannon Regiment
17th Army
624th Cannon Regiment
10th/132nd PVO AA Battalion
150th/387th PVO AA Battalion

Defending units:
3rd Tank Regiment
3rd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
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Big bombardment at Alexandrovsk. I'll have to move out the fighters. There will come a time when I can't protect these bases from air attack due to a combo of sea power and air strength this close to Japan. Still, it's good territory, so if I can kick out the Japanese unit, send in some supply and hold tight it'll be tough to take.

Shikuka on the other hand is not something I can hold. A devastating bombardment hits the troops and planes. This convinces me I need to move out soon.

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Night Naval bombardment of Alexandrovsk at 126,41 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
I-16m24: 19 damaged
I-16m24: 3 destroyed on ground
MBR-2: 13 damaged
I-153: 5 damaged
I-153: 2 destroyed on ground

8 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
BB Kirishima
BB Kongo
CA Mogami
CL Kitakami
CL Tama
CL Jintsu
DD Hibiki
DD Ariake
DD Yugure
DD Oyashio

Allied ground losses:
84 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 10 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Airbase hits 14
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 48
Port hits 1

BB Kirishima firing at Alexandrovsk

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Night Naval bombardment of Shikuka at 126,43

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
PBY-5 Catalina: 8 damaged
PBY-5 Catalina: 1 destroyed on ground
PBY-5A Catalina: 6 damaged
Do J Wal: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Mikuma
DD Tanikaze
DD Kagero

Allied ground losses:
250 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 38 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 23 (3 destroyed, 20 disabled)
Vehicles lost 15 (2 destroyed, 13 disabled)


Airbase hits 7
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 31
Port hits 4
Port fuel hits 10
Port supply hits 3

E13A1 Jake acting as spotter for CA Mikuma
CA Mikuma firing at Shikuka
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A bombardment and several air strikes wreck the defences at Oosthaven and the base is taken by the Dutch. An Indian division will land in 2-3 days.

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Night Naval bombardment of Oosthaven at 48,96

Allied Ships
CA Exeter
CA Cornwall
CA Dorsetshire

Japanese ground losses:
88 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 6 (2 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 21
Port hits 3
Port fuel hits 6
Port supply hits 2

CA Exeter firing at Oosthaven
Walrus II acting as spotter for CA Cornwall

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Morning Air attack on 18th JNAF AF Unit , at 48,96 (Oosthaven)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
139WH-3 x 19
Vincent I x 12
P-40E Warhawk x 18

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
36 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
3 x 139WH-3 bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 3 x 300 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 18th JNAF AF Unit , at 48,96 (Oosthaven)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-26 Marauder x 22
P-39D Airacobra x 5
P-40E Warhawk x 7

Allied aircraft losses
B-26 Marauder: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
20 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (6 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Oosthaven (48,96)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 787 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 15

Defending force 970 troops, 9 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3

Allied adjusted assault: 8

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

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

Allied forces CAPTURE Oosthaven !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(+), disruption(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: leaders(-)

Japanese ground losses:
303 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 10 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Units retreated 1

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
Padang Cdo

Defending units:
18th JNAF AF Unit

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Finally some sub action in the DEI. Got a lot around here not hitting much. Love to take out DMS against Japan. Such useful ships, but not too many of them.

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ASW attack near Palembang at 49,90

Japanese Ships
DMS W-16, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PB Kamitsu Maru

Allied Ships
SS O19

SS O19 launches 4 torpedoes at DMS W-16
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Some decent air action on Sumatra. No cheap shots these days. Got to the Marys here and he'll have to retire that group for a while.

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Morning Air attack on 111th RAF Adv Base Force, at 47,78 (Tandjoengbalai)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 7 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-32 Mary x 8

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-32 Mary: 5 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
49th PG/9th PS with P-40E Warhawk (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 6000.
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After landing and bombarding at Adak surprised to find it so lightly held. It will fall tomorrow and we have a major shipment of support troops landing the day after coming from PH. Good timing!!

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Night Naval bombardment of Adak Island at 162,52

Allied Ships
CL Helena
CL St. Louis
CL Detroit

Japanese ground losses:
376 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 9 (3 destroyed, 6 disabled)


Port hits 16
Port supply hits 4

CL Helena firing at 7th Port Unit
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for CL St. Louis
CL St. Louis firing at Adak Island
CL Detroit firing at Adak Island

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Ground combat at Adak Island (162,52)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 150 troops, 18 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 184

Defending force 688 troops, 9 guns, 1 vehicles, Assault Value = 8

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

Assaulting units:
34th Infantry Regiment
37th (Sep) Infantry Regiment
198th Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
74th Infantry Rgt /3
7th Port Unit
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As troops at alexandrovsk grind away we have a setback against the fortress near Heiho. Two garrison units hold off two strong Soviet divisions and we now have 150 squads disabled to deal with. Troops are crossing here in a few days, so I need to wear down these units to ensure that isn't a disaster.

Near Hailar, on the road to Tsitsahar, a lone Japanese division aims to block progress of the Soviet army. It doesn't look like any more is close by on the way, but since this has obviously just arrived here and won't have forts, we hope to blow it out of the way quickly and continue into the clear hexes to the South.

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Ground combat at Alexandrovsk (126,41)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 16617 troops, 270 guns, 5 vehicles, Assault Value = 497

Defending force 3633 troops, 28 guns, 3 vehicles, Assault Value = 50

Allied adjusted assault: 519

Japanese adjusted defense: 22

Allied assault odds: 23 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), preparation(-), fatigue(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
648 casualties reported
Squads: 24 destroyed, 20 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 12 (5 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
128 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
202nd Airborne Brigade
79th Rifle Division
Sakhalinskaya Rifle Bde /1
Special Rifle Corps
Alexandrovsk Naval Fortress

Defending units:
Guards Mixed Brigade
33rd Ind.AA Gun Co


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Ground combat at 114,32 (near Heiho)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 22115 troops, 357 guns, 54 vehicles, Assault Value = 644

Defending force 8484 troops, 64 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 226

Allied adjusted assault: 318

Japanese adjusted defense: 471

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
420 casualties reported
Squads: 26 destroyed, 5 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 3 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1065 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 157 disabled

Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Assaulting units:
204th Rifle Division
94th Rifle Division
1120th Cannon Regiment
42nd Cannon Regiment
1140th Cannon Regiment

Defending units:
7th Border Defense Fortress
8th Garrison Unit
3rd Garrison Unit


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Ground combat at 108,33 (near Hailar)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 35006 troops, 673 guns, 2542 vehicles, Assault Value = 1869

Defending force 14374 troops, 139 guns, 165 vehicles, Assault Value = 434

Japanese ground losses:
139 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
28 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 3 (2 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Assaulting units:
9th Armored Car Brigade
33rd Tank Battalion
3rd Motorized Rifle Regiment
36th Motor Rifle Division
61st Tank Division
7th Mongolian Motor Brigade
82nd Tank Battalion
57th Motor Rifle Division
3rd Mongolian Tank Regiment
262nd/264th PVO AA Battalion
624th Cannon Regiment
629th Cannon Regiment
185th Cannon Regiment
1141st Cannon Regiment
10th/132nd PVO AA Battalion
150th/387th PVO AA Battalion

Defending units:
14th/A Division
3rd Tank Regiment
14th/B Division
14th/C Division
3rd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
4th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion

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The IJN sent in Haruna with only two escorts to Merak on the night of the 8th. They got away with it and only lost 1 DD, the Ushio, which hit one of the 300+ mines there. The TF didn't get far enough to tangle with the 6inch CD guns. Asagiri went with Ushio and left Haruna to fight on her own. The RN CAs tangled with her but couldn't land a solid blow, and she amazingly avoided the several decent Dutch subs and USN S-boats in the area. Maybe tomorrow!

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 8, 42, 42
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Merak at 48,97, Range 5,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna
DD Asagiri
DD Ushio

Allied Ships
xAK Pasha, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

Japanese Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Allied TF begins to get underway
Poor visibility due to Rain with 64% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Rain and 64% moonlight: 6,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards...

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TF 112 encounters mine field at Merak (48,97)

Japanese Ships
DD Ushio, Mine hits 1, heavy damage

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Merak at 48,97, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, Shell hits 3

Allied Ships
CA Dorsetshire
CA Cornwall, Shell hits 1
DD Kortenaer
DD Tenedos

Reduced visibility due to Rain with 64% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Rain and 64% moonlight: 6,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 6,000 yards
Japanese open fire on surprised Allied ships at 6,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Merak at 48,97, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Asagiri
DD Ushio, Shell hits 4, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CA Dorsetshire
CA Cornwall, Shell hits 3
DD Kortenaer
DD Tenedos

Poor visibility due to Rain with 64% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Rain and 64% moonlight: 6,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 6,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 6,000 yards
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Shikuka is invaded by Japanese troops in a massive TF. The Soviet Brigade is shattered by the supporting fire, and the base will fall quickly. I hope the resources and fuel collecting here are destroyed in the attack.

This is a good move, and I didn't consider how vulnerable Shikuka is to bombardment. Noted. I hope to repay the favour in the future.

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Pre-Invasion action off Shikuka (126,43)

47 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
BB Kirishima
BB Kongo
CA Mogami
CL Kitakami
CL Tama
CL Jintsu
DD Asakaze
DD Hibiki
DD Ariake
PB Toko Maru
PB Magane Maru
PB Kenan Maru
PB Ansyu Maru
PB Sureboko Maru
PB Sento Maru
PB Tokotsu Maru
PB Suyozai Maru
PB Okuyo Maru #2
PB Koei Maru
SC Ch 23
SC Ch 20
AK Kyushu Maru
DD Yuzuki

Japanese ground losses:
47 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1159 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 101 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 14 (2 destroyed, 12 disabled)


BB Kirishima firing at 2nd Rifle Brigade
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On the ground the first attack against the 14th division near Hailar gets a 1:2 but destroys a tank regiment and gets roughly even losses to both sides. This helps the Soviets of course. Disruption is low and we'll go again after a day or two of bombardment.

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Ground combat at 108,33 (near Hailar)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 37763 troops, 702 guns, 2808 vehicles, Assault Value = 1872

Defending force 14355 troops, 139 guns, 164 vehicles, Assault Value = 428

Allied adjusted assault: 974

Japanese adjusted defense: 2275

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1006 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 87 disabled
Non Combat: 25 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 30 (5 destroyed, 25 disabled)
Vehicles lost 78 (58 destroyed, 20 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
452 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 116 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 72 (9 destroyed, 63 disabled)


Assaulting units:
9th Armored Car Brigade
57th Motor Rifle Division
3rd Motorized Rifle Regiment
36th Motor Rifle Division
61st Tank Division
82nd Tank Battalion
7th Mongolian Motor Brigade
33rd Tank Battalion
3rd Mongolian Tank Regiment
17th Army
1141st Cannon Regiment
185th Cannon Regiment
624th Cannon Regiment
10th/132nd PVO AA Battalion
629th Cannon Regiment
262nd/264th PVO AA Battalion
150th/387th PVO AA Battalion

Defending units:
3rd Tank Regiment
14th Division
3rd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
4th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion

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Adak is taken easily, destroying the fragment of a regiment and some engineers. Next up is Amchitka. Troops are prepped. Just got to get the ships back to lift them.

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Ground combat at Adak Island (162,52)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 6402 troops, 121 guns, 60 vehicles, Assault Value = 187

Defending force 688 troops, 7 guns, 1 vehicles, Assault Value = 9

Allied adjusted assault: 79

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 79 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Adak Island !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1007 casualties reported
Squads: 16 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 74 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (8 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 2


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

Assaulting units:
34th Infantry Regiment
37th (Sep) Infantry Regiment
198th Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
74th Infantry Rgt /3
7th Port Unit
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It's funny sometimes doing the AAR and realising I totally missed something in the combat report earlier while doing the turn. I thinkI got lucky here (so far) since I had no idea something left a few underseas gifts near Batavia. Kortenaer disables one, but how many are there?

Abukuma hits Sabang.

At Palembang more fighters are added to the CAP and the first sweep gets hit hard. The second evens up the score and then the bombes started in. The 2Es got through okay but didn't do much, and the 4Es followed on well. Later straggling 2Es were knocked down by remaining CAP as the P-38s didn't arrive until late, likely due to the low CAP. It's a decent start, and the Nates really suffered.

Only the 4Es will hit tomorrow.

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TF 150 encounters mine field at Batavia (49,98)

Allied Ships
DD Kortenaer

1 mine cleared

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Night Naval bombardment of Sabang at 44,70

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
Do-24K-1: 2 damaged
L-18 Lodestar: 5 damaged
L-18 Lodestar: 1 destroyed on ground
P-40E Warhawk: 4 damaged
PBY-5 Catalina: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CL Abukuma
DD Susuki
DD Yukaze

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 9

E7K2 Alf acting as spotter for CL Abukuma
CL Abukuma firing at Sabang

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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12
Ki-27b Nate x 63
Ki-44 Tojo x 3

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 3
P-39D Airacobra x 9
P-40E Warhawk x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-27b Nate: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 3 destroyed


Aircraft Attacking:
2 x P-40E Warhawk sweeping at 20000 feet *

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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 25 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
Ki-27b Nate x 48
Ki-44 Tojo x 3

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 1
P-40E Warhawk x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-27b Nate: 4 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x P-40E Warhawk sweeping at 20000 feet *

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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-27b Nate x 28
Ki-44 Tojo x 2

Allied aircraft
139WH-3 x 3
Hurricane IIb Trop x 2
B-26 Marauder x 14
P-40E Warhawk x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
139WH-3: 1 damaged
139WH-3: 1 destroyed by flak
B-26 Marauder: 5 damaged

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

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 7

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x 139WH-3 bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 3 x 300 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-27b Nate x 24
Ki-44 Tojo x 2

Allied aircraft
B-17D Fortress x 3
B-17E Fortress x 30
LB-30 Liberator x 6
P-39D Airacobra x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 damaged
Ki-27b Nate: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 1 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 5 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed by flak
LB-30 Liberator: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
18 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 16

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
Ki-27b Nate x 21
Ki-44 Tojo x 2

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 2
B-26 Marauder x 7
P-39D Airacobra x 22

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-26 Marauder: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3
Ki-27b Nate x 16
Ki-44 Tojo x 1

Allied aircraft
B-26 Marauder x 4
P-39D Airacobra x 1

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-26 Marauder: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2
Ki-27b Nate x 16
Ki-44 Tojo x 1

Allied aircraft
B-26 Marauder x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-26 Marauder: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 1 destroyed by flak


Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 12

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 1
P-38E Lightning x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-27b Nate: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 7

Allied aircraft
P-38E Lightning x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-27b Nate: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

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Oscars Vlad today, which is a bit surprising. The smaller MiG unit is here, but that is enough to turn this into a bad idea for the IJAAF. They do hit a few I-16, but on the day the Soviets come out ahead and lose only one pilot, which is key. The MiG jocks get stronger, which is also important.

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Morning Air attack on Vladivostok , at 112,46

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 18

Allied aircraft
I-153 x 13
I-16m24 x 32
MiG-3 x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
I-16m24: 1 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Vladivostok , at 112,46

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 14 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 18

Allied aircraft
I-153 x 12
I-16m24 x 25
MiG-3 x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
I-16m24: 1 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Vladivostok , at 112,46

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 110 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 37 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 5

Allied aircraft
I-153 x 6
I-16m24 x 13
MiG-3 x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
I-16m24: 2 destroyed
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Netties find and launch against a troop transport TF and some supply ships bound for the Sabang area. Damn! I though they were too far out to risk setting them out here for fear of the CAP at Sabang. The avoided the trap and went for the topped up transports, sinking 2 xAPs and 2 xAKs plus a Flower class corvette. My bad here. Good move by Lowpe.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Sabang at 39,69

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 6 NM, estimated altitude 29,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
xAP Devonshire, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Dunera, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk

AMC Corfu

Allied ground losses:
163 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 11 (7 destroyed, 4 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
13 x G3M2 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Sabang at 42,70

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 29,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
KV Cyclamen, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Empire Peregrine, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Pardo, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

xAK Silverteak

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x G3M2 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
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Shikuka falls back to the Japanese. A short lived ownership of all of Sakhalin, but at least it led to the destruction of two big IJA brigades and the loss of several other units plus a few ships lost and some CVs damaged. Soviet losses are light, and the one thing they have a lot of are infantry squads, so the 2nd Rifle brigade will rebuild. It sucks to lose the Cats here, but it's the price for getting US troops to central Manchuria to turnsole bases red, white and blue!

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Ground combat at Shikuka (126,43)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4267 troops, 26 guns, 108 vehicles, Assault Value = 225

Defending force 4064 troops, 79 guns, 17 vehicles, Assault Value = 107

Japanese adjusted assault: 131

Allied adjusted defense: 7

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

Japanese forces CAPTURE Shikuka !!!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
PBY-5A Catalina: 7 destroyed
PBY-5 Catalina: 5 destroyed
MBR-2: 1 destroyed


Combat modifiers
Defender: disruption(-), preparation(-), fatigue(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
94 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 14 (1 destroyed, 13 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1201 casualties reported
Squads: 24 destroyed, 42 disabled
Non Combat: 59 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 20 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 44 (41 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 16 (16 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 3


Assaulting units:
2nd Tank Regiment
67th Naval Guard Unit
7th Tank Regiment
10th Garrison Unit /2
32nd Ind.AA Gun Co

Defending units:
2nd Rifle Brigade
433rd Hvy Howitzer Regiment
53rd VVS Base Force /1
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The 10th opens with more carnage in the area around Palembang. Houston has seen a lot over the past few months, and her night exp rating is at 73. If any ship can handle an engagement with an IJN CA it's her, or so I thought. She and CL Mauritius with 3 DD run into Takao with 1 DD and in the first engagement she take some solid hits to the hull. Takao takes a few to the upper works and is on fire after the engagement. They find each other again and this time Takao get the better of it in spite of being outnumbered. Houston is left staggering after three more direct hits while Mauritius is on fire after three herself. Takao takes 6 shots and Yakaze five, but neither is belching deep black smoke.

Somehow both the Houston and Mauritius survive and move back toward Batavia although they were set to run to Singers. One DD, the Norman, keeps on track though and after a short sighting of a DD and a TB in the channel near Muntok, she blunders into an empty amphib TF. Norman savages a PB and a big xAP, the Brazil Maru. After the engagement a Dutch sub, the KXVI, sends in two fish to finish the job.

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Toboali at 50,93, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Takao, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Yakaze, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
CA Houston, Shell hits 4, on fire
CL Mauritius
DD Norman
DD Decoy
DD Griffin


Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 42% moonlight: 12,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 11,000 yards
Brown, Wilson crosses the 'T'

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Toboali at 50,92, Range 23,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Takao, Shell hits 6, on fire
DD Yakaze, Shell hits 5, on fire

Allied Ships
CA Houston, Shell hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Mauritius, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Norman
DD Decoy
DD Griffin

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions: 30,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 23,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 23,000 yards
CA Takao engages DD Griffin at 23,000 yards

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 49,90, Range 14,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Kamitsu Maru, Shell hits 4, heavy fires
xAK Kozui Maru, Shell hits 1
xAP Brazil Maru, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DD Norman, Shell hits 2, on fire

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions: 30,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 16,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 14,000 yards
Brown, Wilson crosses the 'T'
DD Norman engages xAP Brazil Maru at 14,000 yards

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Submarine attack near Palembang at 49,90

Japanese Ships
xAP Brazil Maru, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS KXVI

xAP Brazil Maru is sighted by SS KXVI
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The 4Es go for Palembang and do a decent job against a weakened CAP today. With clear skies over the fields they hit 36 times even though they arrive before sweeps, also downing a few fighters themselves.

The sweeps then arrived and chipped away some more. We did lose a P-38 which is always a sad moment. Overall a good result though and it should put even more pressure on the Japanese here. I predict some more groups arriving tomorrow to defend, possibly from the nearby mini-KB. I'll hold off on striking tomorrow and prepare for a sea bombardment.

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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 21
Ki-27b Nate x 23
Ki-44 Tojo x 1

Allied aircraft
CW-21B Demon x 2
Hurricane IIb Trop x 1
B-17D Fortress x 3
B-17E Fortress x 23
LB-30 Liberator x 6
P-39D Airacobra x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
Ki-27b Nate: 2 destroyed, 8 damaged


Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 1 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 4 damaged
LB-30 Liberator: 3 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
13 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Airbase hits 9
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 36

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 1 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 20
Ki-27b Nate x 20
Ki-44 Tojo x 1

Allied aircraft
CW-21B Demon x 2
Hurricane IIb Trop x 1
P-38E Lightning x 5
P-39D Airacobra x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-27b Nate: 1 destroyed


No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 5 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 19
Ki-27b Nate x 17
Ki-44 Tojo x 1

Allied aircraft
CW-21B Demon x 2
P-38E Lightning x 3
P-39D Airacobra x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38E Lightning: 1 destroyed
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RE: Beans, Bullets and Black Oil :: obvert (A) vs Lowpe... - 10/21/2017 9:48:22 AM   
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March 10, 1942


The Japanese have been working on Wnchow regularly from the air and bombarding from the ground. They''ve tried a number of DAs and worn down the defenders significantly. Today they tired again after days of prep and got a 1:1 but with more significant losses to the Japanese divisions again. This is a grinder nd could continue to hold for a while it seems!

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 10, 42, 42
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Ground combat at Wenchow (89,58)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 44427 troops, 419 guns, 128 vehicles, Assault Value = 1062

Defending force 20478 troops, 81 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 383

Japanese adjusted assault: 1273

Allied adjusted defense: 754

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
3214 casualties reported
Squads: 20 destroyed, 162 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 31 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 16 disabled
Guns lost 30 (1 destroyed, 29 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
947 casualties reported
Squads: 61 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 26 (1 destroyed, 25 disabled)


Assaulting units:
17th Division
60th Division
22nd Division
32nd Division
4th Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
88th Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
25th Group Army
3rd War Area
14th Chinese Base Force

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