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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 9/23/2017 1:25:32 AM   
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Sorry for the delay, but I was out of town. Here is the latest. It's April 29th and my boys at Port Augusta are hanging on, but just barely. As you can see, he has more units that appear to be railing into the hex.




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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 9/23/2017 1:27:35 AM   
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Scott has subjected this regiment to relentless bombardment from the air and the sea and he just launched his first attack on me. Even given the overwhelming preponderance of force the regiment held this turn. So, it's one more turn where he can't strat move through the hex.




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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 9/23/2017 1:28:33 AM   
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It's a very good regiment and has done all that could be expected and more. Each day has been crucial to my overall plan because . . .




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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 9/23/2017 1:36:05 AM   
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The Tanks are getting ever closer to Kalgoorlie. I have a total of five regiments headed that way 4 from the south and 1 from the west. If I win the race to that town, it's a long long march to Kalgoorlie overland and he'll have to endure air bombardment the entire way. I figure I'll be in that town in 4 days and so far I have not detected anything there. My three divisions are closing in on Perth and should be able to start the siege in about 3 days as well.

Aurorus I hear what you're saying about Australia. I think one problem Japan has is that if they concentrate on Australia then India gets to be too strong and vice versa. My goals with this invasion are not to hold southwest Australia because I don't think that I can. Rather, I want to kill some high value Australian troops (there are about a divisions worth in Perth) and bomb the industry for strat warfare points. Then, I'm likely to pull the divisions out and just garrison with a minimal amount of troops while Scott mounts a major expedition to push me out. NO sense in tying up three unrestricted divisions (including the 5th) in what will basically become a giant POW camp. Perth is also far away from the main american, Australian, and British bases so hopefully giving my carriers an edge if Scott wants to come by sea.

More pushing in china. My push out of Burma went nowhere fast because I have no supply so I'm pulling back there but I'm coming out of Vietnam and collecting divisions at Hankow for a major push on Changsha.




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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 9/24/2017 2:10:36 AM   
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Amazingly the boys of the 146th infantry regiment held out for two more days before being destroyed. That was a real feat of arms! And, it may have bought me enough time to get to Kalgoorlie since my armor is two days out. I guess it depends on how fast his units move on a main rail line. It looks like 6 hexes per turn but I"m not 100% sure.

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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 9/24/2017 3:14:13 PM   
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The race for Kalgoorlie is over and fairly won. I have the one unit astride the rail line so that should prevent reinforcements from coming in from eastern Australia and leave me time to reduce Perth. He does have two units in Kalgoorlie but I don't think they are anything substantial. I have 5 armor regiments converging on the town which should (famous last words) be enough to deal with the situation. And, the Perth seige force is almost in position.

My main regret thus far is how I mishandled the fuel situation. Too many ships when back to Soerebja and refueled so when the KB showed up the tanks were dry. So, it had to go to Balikpappan to refuel and it will have been out of the fight for more than a week. I don't think Scott knows that so it prevents some deadly strike by the American CVs but still, not something I've handled well. It sure is different than being the allies when it's all supplies all the time. :)






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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 9/30/2017 1:15:46 PM   
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Here is the latest VP screen. As you can see, my strat bombing points are climbing to a respectable level. No where near what the B-29sans are going to do to me, but these are VP that can never be taken away. Plane losses are still ok and industry is chugging along with the typical shortage of bottoms to move oil.

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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 9/30/2017 1:16:38 PM   
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It's probably easier to see it if I post it.




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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 9/30/2017 1:18:37 PM   
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And, here is the seige of Perth. I can take the city pretty much anytime I want to, but I want to bomb it for awhile. I"ve been doing the fire bombing in part to go for destroyed factories and because you get VP for manpower hits regardless of whether or not you damage the industry. He has two brigades in Perth so there will be a minor VP boost when I take the town.

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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 9/30/2017 1:19:20 PM   
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Clearly my brain is not working this morning. Here is the Perth screen.




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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 9/30/2017 1:20:59 PM   
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This time I remembered. :)

Scott has not been idle. He has his CVs in the Marshalls and is taking at least two of the islands. I don't have much there since they're too far away to be worth defending. My hope is to sink a couple of ships with shore fire to even out the VP loss since these places really aren't worth much.




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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/1/2017 10:16:52 PM   
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As an Allied FB I know, beware the Razor. So, it's nice to be on the same side as the man. He slipped in with the American CVs heading his way and he may just make it back to Truk without harm other than the minor hits the CAs suffered. There is another CA TF at Eniwetok that for some god forsaken reason decided to refuel so it may not make it back to safety. Every Zero that can fly will be over it as it tries to get home but I'm not too sure. Still, this is a nice result and it also appears to have sunk 100 American squads/devices.

Scott did take Eniewetok and Maloelap but that was not to be helped.

More terror bombing of Perth and advances in China. Another division is on the way to Burma.




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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/2/2017 8:54:12 PM   
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I will assume his ships bombarded and therefore was low on ammo when you showed up in the dark of night for a little knife fight. That would explain the awful showing for his two CLs and all those converted APDs.

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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/3/2017 2:13:57 AM   
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Tanaka with Heavy Cruisers or fast BBs in 1942 is lethal... nicely done. Everything looks very good. You are now an official JFB. Welcome to the club.

Use those fast AOs to run fuel to the fleet, especially if you are going far south. Try not to burn fuel having 6 fleet CVs, fast BBs, escorts, and so forth running long distances back to port. If you lose an AO or two, that is simply the cost of doing business.

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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/4/2017 2:09:22 PM   
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Bif, you got it right. He spent a day bombarding and then two days suppressing shore fire before I showed up. And, getting away I was VERY luck. He moved his CVs unexpectedly and was two hexes away from Tanaka to do a shore strike on Eniewetok. But, I think clouds prevented him from getting me and both TFs slipped away. He did move to Truk to attack but my CAP took care of about 20 SBDs and the rest of them missed. Sometimes you just can't beat dumb assed luck. :)

Aurorus, I have my AOs hauling oil to the home land right now since the CVS have not strayed too far from fuel bases but I may have to change that now that the naval war in the Cent. Pac is heating up. I have lots of supplies at Moresby and they're job is to improve the installation, dig in. and ride out the war in a high VP hex. I'm also fortifying the Gaum, Saipan, Tinian islands. I'm putting an artillery unit and an AT unit on each one in an attempt to make it tough for Scott to take. If he bypasses them that's fine too since they are high VP islands.

Pushing in China and trying to figure out the best way to defend India.

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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/4/2017 5:29:39 PM   
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At this point in the war, I think it is best to view every allied aggressive action as an opportunity to engage allied forces to your advantage. Time is slipping away, as is your advantage in land, naval, and air power. The allies will achieve parity with you in 4 or 5 more months and surpass you in 8 or 9 months. His move into the Marshalls is premature. He has neither the naval air nor surface capabilities to support these positions at this point. If he tries to continue the offensive there, you will have additional opportunities to sink allied CVs and surface assets, as well as kill good allied pilots. In my opinion, get after him there. At the very least, if you move into the Marshalls in force, you will have the opportunity to destroy his expeditionary forces on the ground there.

Are the CVs really necessary to support the Australian campaign at this point? Certainly to provide cover to your major transport groups as you pull out, but now? Could the CVEs and slow CVs (i.e. Junyo) serve your purposes in Australia, freeing up the others to seek a CV battle in the Marshalls?

As an aside, in my opinion CentPac is the most vulnerable and therefore strategically important position for Japan. It is the quickest route to the home islands. CentPac must be defended tenaciously, in my opinion.

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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/4/2017 6:32:16 PM   
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Aurorus,

I agree that Cent. Pac is the shortest road to the HI so my plan is to dig in and hold on. The Marshalls were always a throw away and there simply to absorb an intial blow. He came earlier than I thought but it's hard for him to follow up quickly especially as he does not have a major port nearby to rearm (I did not build out anything for the very reason).

You and I are of the same mindset when it comes to the KB. I don't need it down in Oz anymore since I know the American KB is in the Cent. Pac so it is leaving to head to cent pac. It does mean he has the stratgeic initiative in a sense since I am dancing to his tune, but I don't have any other major invasion plans so I might as well use the carriers to try to score points while I can.


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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/4/2017 7:34:57 PM   
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I think the Marshalls is the ideal place for Japan to fight tooth and nail until mid 1943. It is far-flung from allied bases and repair facilities. With size 4 airfields and size 3 ports at both Ponape and Kusaie, your naval forces are much closer to good support than his. Your land-based air forces and squadrons are also much better positioned to receive replacements, unless he wishes to put an Air HQ and 20K supply on Kwajalein (using up half the stacking capacity of the atoll and leaving a very nice supply stockpile relatively undefended for you to capture). The Marshalls' bases cannot support allied 4-Es, which gives Japan the superior in-theater aircraft: Nells and Betties. Your search capabilities will exceed his in the region. There are small dot bases and atolls galore in which to hide small raiding groups. I like to begin immediately building up and reinforcing Ponape, Kusaie, and Nauru Island to support heavy action in the Marshalls.

Hammer him in the Marshalls! Make him regret setting foot in CentPac, and hopefully in 1943, he will look elsewhere. Banzai! Banzai! Banzai!

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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/5/2017 3:31:24 PM   
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Hammer him in the Marshalls! Make him regret setting foot in CentPac, and hopefully in 1943, he will look elsewhere. Banzai! Banzai! Banzai!

Second that. An amphibious attack against non-isolated islands this early is not sustainable for the Allies. They do not have air assets to effectively contend the seas. Replacement rates for both fighters and bombers are abysmal especially USNavy ones. So you have the luxury of seizing control over air, pound his few islands into submission by bombing/bombardment and try lure out his CVs.

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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/5/2017 5:15:40 PM   
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These are very interesting ideas. I have a division biding it's time. Perhaps it's time to retake some real estate!

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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/11/2017 12:38:39 PM   
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Well, plan Perth went very nicely so far. This resulted in about 300 VP in ground troops (or 1 CV worth of VP) and I also netted 286 from strat bombing before I assaulted the city. I did kill a few small units earlier which probably balances out the losses of my regiment at Port Augusta and the ships that died when Scott got into my convoy. I really have no desire to stick around, it's just too far away from anything so I've sent the first convoy to start pulling the troops out.




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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/11/2017 12:40:44 PM   
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But, Scott has not been idle. It looks like two armored regiments took the long coast road. One of my armored units was swatted aside with no loss to Scott. This is annoying and I hope my AT guns (47mm) can hold them up. As he gets closer he gets in my air range which, again, I hope can slow him up somewhat and cause casualties. My bombers can go in at very low level since he has no AA.




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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/11/2017 12:45:21 PM   
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Things are going quite nicely in China. Scott has too many troops up near Sian (almost 90 units). So, I put together an army and blasted my way through Changsha and then crossed the river on the bounce. This means the little industrial triangle near Changsha will soon be producing supplies for me and not for Scott. With Burma sealed shut China has to rely on the Chungking/Kunming area for supplies and I intend to keep the pressure on. As I pick up his cities its very easy to gain an additional 20 VP by building the airbase up two levels. Not much supply expended and a CL worth of VP. What's not to like. :)

But, I wonder if this will prompt an early move by him in Burma. Something to take the pressure off of Chaing?

Also, Rabual is slowly falling under siege. I really have paid no attention to the So. Pac. I think his carriers are heading back that way and I wonder if he's got something up his sleeve for the far north.




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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/11/2017 1:10:14 PM   
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Things are going quite nicely in China. Scott has too many troops up near Sian (almost 90 units). So, I put together an army and blasted my way through Changsha and then crossed the river on the bounce. This means the little industrial triangle near Changsha will soon be producing supplies for me and not for Scott. With Burma sealed shut China has to rely on the Chungking/Kunming area for supplies and I intend to keep the pressure on. As I pick up his cities its very easy to gain an additional 20 VP by building the airbase up two levels. Not much supply expended and a CL worth of VP. What's not to like. :)

But, I wonder if this will prompt an early move by him in Burma. Something to take the pressure off of Chaing?

Go clear the rail and march to central plains from the two directions - south and north east (given you have Sian). His troops inbetween would have a hard time with no supply sources left. He really should think about full retreat now, atleast on the Sian front. No point for him in keeping LCUs there. And no point for you in attacking there too, instead encircling and cutting supply routes would do.

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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/11/2017 4:29:27 PM   
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GetAssista,

I think you're right (and since it's Scott's first game as the Imperialists I told him as well). He has too many units up near Sian. I don't have enough divisions to assault his two monster stacks up there and if I peel stuff off to go around I'd run the risk that they'd be isolated in bad terrain while Scott launched a straight ahead attack and broke through. I'm happy just bombarding him and pinning down so many units.

So, my main thrust is in the south and my main goal is to get next to Chungking before his line solidifies. Crossing that final river will be tough but then at least he'll be in clear terrain and subject to ruthless bombardment from the air.

I think the other factor affecting China is that I have captured all of the internal oil wells. I suspect that some fuel leaks over from India/Ledo but for the most part his heavy industry is shut down and not producing any supplies.

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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/12/2017 9:32:34 PM   
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it's Scott's first game as the Imperialists




Spoken like a true JFB. You may never go back to the imperialist camp.

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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/13/2017 2:57:49 PM   
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;) All I want is a Co-Prosperity Sphere? Who could be against co-prosperity?

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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/15/2017 12:29:48 AM   
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Some are more equal than others in Japan's version of co-prosperity.

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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/17/2017 3:55:54 AM   
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Some are more equal than others in Japan's version of co-prosperity.


Imperialist propaganda!

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RE: Quisling! An AFB does Japan (No PanzerKat) - 10/25/2017 9:05:39 PM   
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Hello all,

Not much worth posting as thing were moving along with no major battles. But, we've made it into early June and there is some news to report. Here is the current VP screen. Still maintaining a nice VP lead but, of course, it's June 1942. If only the game ended here. :)




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