16 May 42
Near Rennell Island, Brit sub Truant fires 2 torpedoes at APD Shimakaze, but misses. 4 other APDs and CL Nagara are spotted. This task force came from Tanna.
Nearby, Dutch sub O19 spots CL Abukuma and DD Yunagi. 4 torpedoes are fired at Abukuma and 2 hit, but one is a dud. Later, Dutch sub KXVIII got 2 attacks on Yunagi, launching 2 torpedoes each time, but all missed.
A dozen Chinese P-43s sweep Lashio in Burma, finding 22 Zeros. Equal losses, about 4 each. It's worth noting that I see enemy movement eastbound out of Lashio toward Paoshan and China now. I know that the Imperial Guard Division landed at Rangoon, and that it railed out of Rangoon to the north. I don't know where it is now, but it could be heading east to China. Something at Lashio is at least appearing to start moving that way.
The enemy finally attacks the contested hex near Kweilin, starting with every bomber in the area hitting the Chinese troops in the wooded terrain.
I will not feel bad when the Allied bombers are used in great numbers later in the war.
The troops are softened up and kicked out of the hex to the north. The pocket is essentially closed now.
Ground combat at 77,53 (near Kweilin)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 58553 troops, 525 guns, 299 vehicles, Assault Value = 1853
Defending force 18802 troops, 45 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 563
Japanese adjusted assault: 1236
Allied adjusted defense: 589
Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Japanese ground losses:
1114 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 113 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Allied ground losses:
8692 casualties reported
Squads: 203 destroyed, 173 disabled
Non Combat: 211 destroyed, 47 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 9 (5 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Units retreated 4
Defeated Allied Units Retreating!
12th Tank Regiment
15th Tank Regiment
13th Tank Regiment
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
11th Field Artillery Regiment
40th Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
12th Group Army
22nd Artillery Regiment
The NZ 1st Fiji Battalion attacks at Tanna, causing minor casualties to the enemy engineers.
Ground combat at Tanna (120,157)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 782 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 33
Defending force 225 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2
Allied adjusted assault: 9
Japanese adjusted defense: 1
Allied assault odds: 9 to 1
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+)
Japanese ground losses:
25 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
1st Fiji Battalion
1st Engineer Co
I made a big mistake today. When we had the big naval battles at Koumac, the weather was bad and my bomber strikes on Koumac did not occur. I forgot to reset my B-17s in Australia, and 6 squadrons flew to Koumac today. The CAP was heavy, as always, and wasn't bothered with any sweeps. Of 48 B-17s, 9 were lost in air-to-air combat, 2 lost to flak, and 3 lost to ops. A costly oversight. Some Zeros were downed, as happens with the heavies. The airfield and port was bombed, but nothing was hit at all.
Allied carriers successfully dodged enemy subs and are (hopefully) leaving the area unobserved. SBDs were stationed at Norfolk Island and are lighting up enemy subs there, and may be giving the impression that the carriers are there. CL St. Louis has gotten out of the heavy enemy sub area also, headed to Sydney. CV Yorktown has done the same. I've been using full speed for both of them, and additional damage incurred has been insignificant. I have to save Yorktown, of course, but it's going to be a big morale lift to save St. Louis. I do enjoy the challenge of saving the badly damaged ships.