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RE: Going The Distance: BTS 4.6 MichaelU/lb4269 (A) vs ... - 2/13/2018 2:15:24 PM   
MichaelU

 

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Ooh, I've just checked my units at Kaifeng, which he has been bombarding with little effect for ages, and they are all experience 50 and above. That is a lot of experience for a Chinese unit. Nice.

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RE: Going The Distance: BTS 4.6 MichaelU/lb4269 (A) vs ... - 2/14/2018 1:20:02 PM   
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Jan 26, 1942

Not a great round for us, could have been a lot worse.

The round kicks off with some sub action. A yard oiler escaping from Noumea is picked off off just outside the harbour. And an xAK carrying supplies to Pearl Harbour is torpedoed and drops out of the convoy, where it is torpedoed again.

These are always unpleasant of course, but what is particularly annoying is that a sub spots our carriers hovering west of Noumea and launches 6 torpedoes at CVL Wellington. When I say it could have been worse, none of them hit. The escorts close in and put on a couple of hits, but too late, because by now Japanese high command knows the carriers are there and any element of surprise is lost.

And now we know where the Japanese are landing.

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Pre-Invasion action off Nadi (131,160)

Japanese Ships
BC Kawachi
BC Kirishima
BC Hiei
CA Miyako
CA Chishima
CL Kinugasa
CL Aoba
DD Shiranui
xAK Kazan Maru

Allied ground losses:
158 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


It looks like he has brought the Sasebo Assault Division, based on some unloading reports. That is not going to be enough to take Suva by itself. But then he does have all his carriers and a whole bunch of battleships in support.

There is a raid by 147 Vals on the Suva airfield, which has been abandoned bar a few search planes.

It looks like he is not restricting himself to just this one assault on the Solomons, because there are a couple of other TFs wandering around going somewhere, although it is not yet clear where they are heading. Our carriers are close enough to interdict, but his carriers are keeping us honest.

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RE: Going The Distance: BTS 4.6 MichaelU/lb4269 (A) vs ... - 2/19/2018 12:46:08 PM   
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Ooh, that could have been so good. The screen fills with the massive image of CV Shokaku, hunted by an Allied sub. Much excited screaming ensues, but nope, not a thing.

Sub attack near Yasawa Islands at 127,156

Japanese Ships
CV Shokaku
DD Oboro
DD Kikuzuki

Allied Ships
SS Pegase

SS Pegase launches 7 torpedoes at CV Shokaku


That's a French sub as well, so the captain can't even blame duds for missing such a big target. I suppose we can't complain too loudly as last turn the CVL Wellington managed to dodge 6 torps from a Japanese sub.

The Japanese are landing at Shortlands. Several task forces appears off Rabaul, covered by what looks like the light carriers last spotted in the DEI. At Nadi our old friends the 1st Sasebo Asssault Division, which had been cowering on Manus, mark their return to the fray. They easily brush aside the defending battalion.

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Ground combat at Nadi (131,160)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 4695 troops, 74 guns, 10 vehicles, Assault Value = 159

Defending force 716 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 26

Japanese adjusted assault: 52

Allied adjusted defense: 7

Japanese assault odds: 7 to 1 (fort level 2)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Nadi !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
95 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
325 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
1st Sasebo Assault Division

Defending units:
2nd Fiji Battalion


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RE: Going The Distance: BTS 4.6 MichaelU/lb4269 (A) vs ... - 2/19/2018 1:39:50 PM   
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This time it is the turn of the BC Hiei to dodge torpedoes, which is does with aplomb. Damn.

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Sub attack near Yasawa Islands at 127,157

Japanese Ships
BC Hiei
CA Miyako
CL Kinugasa
DD Isokaze
xAK Kazan Maru
xAK Brasil Maru
DD Shiranui

Allied Ships
SS Trout

SS Trout launches 6 torpedoes at BC Hiei


On the bright side, at least we're not left cursing the duds that would doubtless ensued if Trout had actually scored any hits.

Suva is softened up by a battle cruiser TF, which does a good job of shutting down the airfield.

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Naval bombardment of Suva at 132,160

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
Hudson III (LR): 2 damaged
Hudson III (LR): 1 destroyed on ground

Japanese Ships
BC Chichibu
BC Ishitaka
CA Suzuka
CL Nagara
DD Suzukaze
DD Umikaze
DD Kawakaze
DD Yamakaze
DD Tanikaze
DD Akigumo

Allied ground losses:
235 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 20 (4 destroyed, 16 disabled)
Vehicles lost 6 (4 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Airbase hits 16
Airbase supply hits 10
Runway hits 47
Port hits 24
Port supply hits 7


I was tempted to ambush his Vals at Suva with a few squadrons of P40s, but we'll have to shelve that one. Still, the damage to the fighting troops wasn't too bad and I imagine he'll have to travel some distance to rearm.

Another attempt to take Manila by storm, another bloody repulse.

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Ground combat at Manila (79,77)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 52051 troops, 486 guns, 239 vehicles, Assault Value = 1297

Defending force 47790 troops, 440 guns, 168 vehicles, Assault Value = 854

Japanese adjusted assault: 431

Allied adjusted defense: 1129

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
4836 casualties reported
Squads: 19 destroyed, 313 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 48 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 64 disabled
Guns lost 23 (2 destroyed, 21 disabled)
Vehicles lost 15 (1 destroyed, 14 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1486 casualties reported
Squads: 19 destroyed, 135 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 66 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 17 disabled
Guns lost 35 (1 destroyed, 34 disabled)
Vehicles lost 28 (4 destroyed, 24 disabled)


Japanese losses in Manila easily exceed 20,000 troops, which I'm not going to complain about. Every soldier lying under the rubble of the city won't be invading Australia.

The Japanese capture Yennan in China, which was held by the 6th Group Army and a base force. The two corps of the 6th Group Army, having already been hammered twice, had less fighting power than the base force. By chance the units retreat to the road leading into Yennan. I can't think of a more annoying place for the Japanese player than here, because now his troops that just captured Yennan no longer have a road connection to a supply source. Should delay him for a good week or two while he clears the road.

The Japanese also mop up the defenders who had retreated from Tarakan to Tandjoengselor, the base just to the south. Bit annoyed that I didn't fly out the three Do-24K float planes based there, which are all lost. Still, with the shrinking number of Dutch bases, we don't need as many float planes, so not a huge blow.

Unloading starts at Rabaul, which should fall swiftly.

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