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RE: August 2 1942 - 12/9/2018 8:59:28 AM   
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Again John's carriers make an appearance in an area where I have no recon. I don't quite know why. The only thing I can think is there are two green dots near Soerabaja that have been recon'd by Japanese fighter plans, perhaps from John's carriers.

Pretty good info too, not "wa-ah, some big ships out there". I guess this is the lesson to JFBs to not be lazy with painting your dots. Replace those local fishermen with loyal subjects.

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Map - 12/9/2018 5:04:52 PM   
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Your map looks amazing, is it a mod you are using?

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RE: Map - 12/9/2018 5:17:39 PM   
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I am using MakeeLearn's Bellum Pacifica Kamikaze map, which can be found in the link below. It is a fantastic blend of the stock map and one of chemkid's excellent maps. You can download either an extended or stock version of his map. I'm using the extended version. MakeeLearn more recently published a new map called Victoriam, but I prefer this one.

MakeeLearn's Bellum Pacifica Kamikaze Map

MakeeLearn's Victoriam

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August 3 1942 - 12/10/2018 3:15:01 PM   
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No surface actions today as John's TF near Pago Pago disappears and probably pulls back. Canton Island, his nearest base, showed ships in port last turn so maybe that's where they will be returning to. I have a few carriers repairing minor damage at Pearl that will be ready to go in 2 days. Maybe I'll sweep these islands with them and port strike to see what's there. Lexington and Saratoga are still 16 days and 18 days away from finishing their refits.

John's carriers continue to move south from Soerabaja and using a sub to anticipate their destination, their current path seems to suggest they are heading for Darwin, but that could simply be a stop along the way to the SoPac for all I know. We'll see, I guess. I don't think these are the same carriers I met off of Darwin.



In India, John continues to move forces west. There is now 1200 Japanese AV at Asanol with 7 units in the hex nearby (to be recon'd tomorrow to find out their strength). The est is open and I'm debating in my mind whether to go for Calcutta or Push down towards Burma, capturing airfields along the way. I would threaten his oil down there and he'd have to move troops back, but this also leaves my rear flank open and he could cut off my forces. We'll see how Calcutta weakens and perhaps just take the airfields near it before moving back to Calcutta.

John does an unescorted strike on Raipur and his bombers suffer from both flak and my fighters. Sigint shows Japanese heavy artillery at Cocanada.


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August 4 1942 - 12/11/2018 1:08:28 PM   
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August 4 1942

Now, they move east. This would be a path to Truk.


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RE: August 4 1942 - 12/11/2018 2:14:54 PM   
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John just can't seem to "not" be doing something with that fantasy fleet of his.....

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RE: August 4 1942 - 12/11/2018 4:59:56 PM   
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It would seem John is shifting his focus to the South Pacific, what with the carriers moving there and he is finally reinforcing different islands. I'm really hoping to surprise his convoy heading for Lunga with a few hidden DDs. Dangerous mission yes, loss of destroyers, surely, but the risk is worth it if I can prevent another division there. My carriers are at Sydney and Pearl. The two British carriers at Sydney need 20-30 days for repair, but the USN ones will finish their refits in 4 days. They will join the other US carriers at Pearl.

In the next week, despite lacking full prep, units will land at Canton and Baker in fast transports to avoid having to deal with KB, which seems to be on its way. Then we will land at green dots up in the Aleutians with some carriers and more transports to make it seem like a full-blown invasion, then we will do island hopping in the SoPac, then we will shift to Ceylon.

Fun times ahead. So much tedium in the planning though. Oil is finally flowing through Tahiti, but John has some nasty subs down there. Subchasers and such are being moved down there; there is already a floatplane unit there doing ASW.

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August 5 1942 - 12/11/2018 5:36:28 PM   
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August 5 1942

Today we have successful air battles in India, where John launches a series of unsuccessful sweeps against Warangal, as well as an unescorted bombing raid on Raipur. He comes off the worse for it. The more interesting piece of news is that the 7 units 1 hex east of Asanol appear to be another 3-4 divisions in jungle defense terrain. That ends my desire to do a foray that way with my troops unless he moves them back. As yet, there seems to be no push west. Cuttack is undefended and could be an area of opportunity to cutoff his east and west.



In the South Pacific, we send a lone destroyer to disrupt a resupply effort at Ndeni and it does an admirable job. There appears to be more ships there today so might try against with another destroyer. Not sure though, as I'd like to keep them hidden for Lunga. They might move to a green dot hex.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Aug 05, 42
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Ndeni at 120,143, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DMS W-19, Shell hits 3
xAK Nasusan Maru, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Oigawa Maru, Shell hits 5, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Somedono Maru, Shell hits 10, and is sunk
xAK Utide Maru, Shell hits 3

Allied Ships
DD Hughes, Shell hits 1

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RE: August 5 1942 - 12/12/2018 2:32:24 AM   
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I've come across the Liz and Rita in Ironman scenarios. They aren't too much of a problem since the computer side doesn't handle them too well. Controlled by a human I could see where they could cause some pain. My question is: What extras do the Allies get in return? Do you get the B-19? Maybe early operational capability for the B-36? That would be fun.

Also, do you have a spy with a radio aboard that KB fragment traipsing through the DEI? I've never seen anything like it.

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RE: August 5 1942 - 12/12/2018 8:12:48 AM   
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What extras do the Allies get in return?


3 extra P-40's and a class of minesweepers can convert to Seaplane Tenders or something

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RE: August 5 1942 - 12/12/2018 12:07:31 PM   
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I'll have to do a full accounting in terms of changes. As far as I'm aware, other than the plane replacements buyout mod, there are no changes to the Allied air force. Changes to the navy include a slightly strengthened Dutch navy, French ships and submarines (2 BCs, DDs, CAs, Surcouf SS with a float plane, etc), an additional British BC in Force Z, CV Wasp is a Yorktown-class CV, CV Ranger, ability to upgrade 4 CVL/CA hybrids to CVLs, maybe 1 more British CV. I'll look into it more later. Not insignificant, but probably not commensurate with Japanese improvements.

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RE: August 5 1942 - 12/12/2018 1:43:30 PM   
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Check your tankers/oilers - I believe a number of AO's have a 6 month conversion to CVE's.

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August 6 1942 - 12/12/2018 4:04:04 PM   
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@AcePylut I believe some AVs can be upgraded to CVEs.

August 6 1942

A series of air sweeps in India where I come off slightly better against John's Tojos. The real news here is that John seems to be prepping for a push or feint east but is keeping heavy reserves around Asanol where he seems to have 3 divisions there, 3-4 divisions in the hex east of Asanol, and 3-4 tank regiments just south of those divisions. Recon has picked all of this up. Meanwhile he is moving artillery and some units west.



The real news is in the South Pacific where John's carriers can clearly be seen heading for Truk. As such, I speed up operations and the amphibious task forces begin loading for assaults on Canton and Baker Islands. The goal is to get in, land, bombard, take, and move out. There's about 150-200 AV earmarked for each operations and I hope to take the islands quickly based on recon showing small garrisons. Surprise won't be strong here as John has heavy recon, but I should be able to get in before his carriers can make an entrance. Someone asked how I'm seeing these carriers; I believe it's because John's planes are passing over empty Allied dot hexes as he sails and getting 4/8 or 5/7 DL on them. I believe this is causing me to get DL on his carriers.

Given that John's carriers have been operating together mostly and that I haven't seen them for awhile. I'm going to assume most of them will be coming to the South Pacific.


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RE: August 5 1942 - 12/12/2018 4:37:51 PM   
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Also, do you have a spy with a radio aboard that KB fragment traipsing through the DEI? I've never seen anything like it.

They are lighting up every turn, eh. Like someone planted a GPS tracker... And with no any DL mentioned in the popup box. It is disturbing for any JFB to observe this
Edit: ah, yeah, DLs are not mentioned in those kinds of popups over enemy TFs

I'm sure John is checking DLs over KB, but asking him about those would be OpSec breaching I guess. Very interesting indeed, I wonder what gives.

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RE: August 5 1942 - 12/12/2018 4:55:32 PM   
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John has a long history of not checking detection levels for his carriers. He may be working on addressing that hole in his game, but I bet he isn't.

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RE: August 5 1942 - 12/12/2018 5:04:17 PM   
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Trying to rationalize this sort of detection on the KB -- not in terms of the code, but in the sense of modeling what really did or could happen.

Could we assume that coastwatchers see a lot of carrier planes coming from a particular direction? And if there are multiple such reports, from distinct locations, that a pretty good triangulation could be done to get an approximate fix on the KB?

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RE: August 5 1942 - 12/12/2018 7:01:07 PM   
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The Allies had an abundance of information from all kinds of sources but especially signals/radio intercepts. As a result, they usually new where enemy carriers were. When they didn't know, they usually knew where they weren't, which could be just as valuable. The game probably undermodels the amount of SigInt but sometimes compensates partially in other ways. Overall, I'd say the Allied player has far less information to work with than in the war.


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