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RE: Another exciting turn - 9/23/2018 7:02:54 PM   
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But unfortunately, not for long

Day Time Surface Combat, near La Foa at 114,159, Range 26,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Nagato
BB Mutsu, Shell hits 6, on fire
CA Maya
CA Nachi
CA Ashigara
CA Mogami
CA Kumano, Shell hits 1
CA Aoba
CL Nagara
DD Kazegumo
DD Tokitsukaze
DD Hagikaze
DD Natsugumo
DD Shigure
DD Yamakaze

Allied Ships
CL Trenton, Shell hits 13, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Meredith, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Gwin


I guess I will lose the remains of this TF next turn. Oh well, the best laid plans… But it was exciting to watch and almost worked…





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RE: Another exciting turn - 9/23/2018 7:23:59 PM   
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nadie sabe mas que yo de surfaces combat, en Portaviones me ganais; siempre poner la pareja de acorazados correspondientes y 5 CAs, pero muy importante poner dos Cls

correcto

PD1; (he bombardeado tanto pearl harbour)

PD2; (los DDs pocos poner o los perderéis, que aguanten los Cls)

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RE: Another exciting turn - 9/23/2018 8:30:42 PM   
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quote:

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nadie sabe mas que yo de surfaces combat, en Portaviones me ganais; siempre poner la pareja de acorazados correspondientes y 5 CAs, pero muy importante poner dos Cls

correcto

PD1; (he bombardeado tanto pearl harbour)

PD2; (los DDs pocos poner o los perderéis, que aguanten los Cls)


no etiende el espanol sufficiamente bien. lo siento

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RE: Another exciting turn - 9/24/2018 2:08:57 AM   
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@BBfanboy: You identified the reason for the tendency of his ships to develop heavy fires correctly, it is the fuel load. I think I mentioned earlier in this thread that I think my opponent does not use the do not load fuel button in his amphib TFs and pays the price for that. The again, maybe he wanted to have some fuel at hand.


That is an anomaly about the "do not load fuel" order. It will prevent loading of fuel in the dry cargo spaces (in drums), but if the ship has that extra tank for carrying fuel or oil the game engine considers it part of the planned "cargo" load and will load fuel every time. BTW, a cargo TF can include tankers so maybe the issue is with the definition of cargo including non-drummed fuel.
The allies also have a few xAKs that have the small fuel storage space (usually about 200 tons), so try to exclude them from your troop carrying TFs, (or at least load them separately with only cargo and then merge them).

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RE: Another exciting turn - 9/24/2018 7:40:56 PM   
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@BBfanboy:

I am not sure I understand you correctly. I am talking about this switch






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RE: Another exciting turn - 9/24/2018 7:46:46 PM   
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Sorry, 2bd attempt to show the switch




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RE: Another exciting turn - 9/24/2018 7:51:07 PM   
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If I do click it, using one of C2 class ships (200 fuel capacity) in an amphib TF, I get the picture shown below.
No fuel loaded on the C2 ship.

Note - I use the C2 ships very carefully if at all, they have a very attractive conversion available.






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RE: Another exciting turn - 9/24/2018 7:53:07 PM   
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If I do not click on it, I get this instead - fuel loaded



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RE: Another exciting turn - 9/24/2018 7:55:19 PM   
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Sorry again, now with correct picture. You now see fuel is loaded.






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RE: Another exciting turn - 9/24/2018 7:58:04 PM   
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Personally, based mainly on experience with the last official patch or the beta equivalent thereof (none of which is used in this game) my impression is that I can reliably prevent those fuel burning message by using this switch.

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RE: Another exciting turn - 9/24/2018 7:59:46 PM   
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Fantastico

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YES !!!!!!! - 9/25/2018 4:41:30 AM   
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The infrastructure built up by NY59giants at Luganville pays off


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 24, 42

...
Morning Air attack on Koumac , at 113,156

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 8

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Taketoyo Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Shiratsuyu, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Ikushima Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
SC Ch 19, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
AKE Unkai Maru #3, Bomb hits 1, on fire
AKE Bandoeng Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

AD Kureha Maru #3, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

xAK Hino Maru #3, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
AKE Kokuryu Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Kozan Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Momokawa Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Seian Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Port hits 8
Port supply hits 1

...


This may have effects on the further development of this campaign, depending on how damaged his support ships actually are, so IMO this is a nice success.

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Future action ? - 9/26/2018 4:40:26 AM   
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Getlemen,

I did not find a turn in my mailbox this morning, so I find a bit of time to let you know what to expect next if my guess is correct.



First of all, situation around New Caledonia/the New Hebrides will stay interesting, see below. Enemy brought KB back (sitting in the hex row below Efate, and I do not know for sure yet what the other two TFs near Efate are. I had indications that Yamashiro may be in the area, so it could be a SCTF trying to shut down Luganville or, of course an invasion of Efate or Luganville.

In any case, air support in this region is currently relying on KB 100%, closest airfield controlled by enemy is Lunga/Tulagi. This is a problem for IJ in this theater, and I hope I will be able to continue to use it to my advantage. Depending on how bad damage to his support ships is (and how many of them beyond the ones I hit are available, but I do not have any indication there are any more), he may also find that replenishing his SCTFs with ammo / escorts with depth charges turns out to be more difficult than envisioned. Also, I am not sure IJ has a lot of supply available on New Caledonia, but we will see.






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RE: Future action ? - 9/26/2018 4:45:27 AM   
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Also, enemy is moving in the DEI. Quite an interesting TF in the van, looks like a fighter-heavy CV to provide air cover against the dive bombers I have in the area and which IJ knows about. So maybe now the Ambon invasion that was envisioned by some of you earlier will come.

You see that it is likely that the next turns will stay interesting, so stay tuned

Thanks for your interest

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RE: Future action ? - 9/26/2018 9:35:06 PM   
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Anticipation

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RE: Future action ? - 9/28/2018 9:04:16 PM   
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quote:

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Anticipation


Change of work schedule for my opponent in real life...

Also, the one turn which he sent back since that was not that eventful. He seems poised for Ambon and the TF near Efate/Luganville turned out to be a bombardment TF that hit Luganville with considerable impact - I lost a bunch of planes.

Night Naval bombardment of Luganville at 120,150 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 52 damaged
P-39D Airacobra: 4 destroyed on ground
PBY-5 Catalina: 15 damaged
PBY-5 Catalina: 2 destroyed on ground
F4F-3 Wildcat: 5 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 10 damaged
F-4 Lightning: 1 damaged

11 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
BB Ise
BB Yamashiro
BB Fuso
CA Mikuma
CA Haguro

Allied ground losses:
160 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (2 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Airbase hits 13
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 30
Port hits 1

BB Ise firing at Luganville
BB Yamashiro firing at Luganville
2nd Marine Defense Battalion firing at BB Fuso
BB Fuso firing at 2nd Marine Defense Battalion
CA Mikuma firing at 2nd Marine Defense Battalion
2nd Marine Defense Battalion firing at CA Mikuma
CA Haguro firing at Luganville


That means he brought 5 of his BBs on top of any Kongo class escorting KB to that theatre.

Next turn may become more interesting, though.

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Less action than expected... - 9/30/2018 6:22:07 PM   
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Gentlemen,

it turns out that my opponent likes taking Namlea first as well. I had assumed that would not be the case, so my evil plans don't work. Oh well.

This is what he brought to Namlea (which will, of course, fall quickly)

Ground combat at Namlea (76,108)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 324 troops, 2 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 18

Defending force 3790 troops, 79 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 64

Assaulting units:
SE Borneo KNIL Bn /1
Samarinda Base Force

Defending units:
II/19th Naval Guard Unit
III/19th Naval Guard Unit
I/19th Naval Guard Unit
14th Nav Gd /1
50th Field AA Battalion
48th Road Const Co
B./50th JNAF Coy
23rd Field AA Machinecannon Company
24th Port Unit
41st Field AA Battalion
C./50th JNAF Coy


In other news, he tries to do another bombardment of Luganville, hoping to kill more AC. But this turns mostly into a battle between my CD guns and his DDs. Results are not really worth the fuel spent for him, I think, even if my guns hardly hit a thing.

Night Naval bombardment of Luganville at 120,150 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 2 damaged
PBY-5 Catalina: 4 damaged

81 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
DD Kikuzuki
DD Ushio
DD Sazanami
DD Oboro
DD Inazuma
DD Hatsushima, Shell hits 1
DD Arashi
DD Nowaki
DD Hamakaze
DD Urakaze

Runway hits 3

DD Kikuzuki firing at 57th Coastal Artillery Regiment
57th Coastal Artillery Regiment firing at DD Kikuzuki
57th Coastal Artillery Regiment firing at DD Ushio
DD Ushio firing at 57th Coastal Artillery Regiment
2nd Marine Defense Battalion firing at DD Sazanami
DD Sazanami firing at 2nd Marine Defense Battalion
DD Oboro firing at 57th Coastal Artillery Regiment
57th Coastal Artillery Regiment firing at DD Oboro
DD Inazuma firing at 57th Coastal Artillery Regiment
DD Hatsushima firing at 2nd Marine Defense Battalion
2nd Marine Defense Battalion firing at DD Hatsushima
2nd Marine Defense Battalion firing at DD Arashi
DD Arashi firing at 2nd Marine Defense Battalion
DD Nowaki firing at 57th Coastal Artillery Regiment
DD Hamakaze firing at 2nd Marine Defense Battalion
2nd Marine Defense Battalion firing at DD Hamakaze
DD Urakaze firing at Luganville


Unfortunately though the bombardments of the last two days at Luganville disrupted my search arrays just when I need them. Last known position of KB was 4 hex east of Efate. This turn, it disappeared from my view. Which is unpleasant, I would have loved having this piece of information. The main reason is that I am trying to dilute enemy focus by some activity in the region of the Gilberts. During the last two turns, Tabiteua expanded port and airfield, respectively, after my sneaking in men and material for a while. To create a more urgent feeling of necessity to intervene, I sent Marine Raiders to try and take Ocean island and Nauru island. They were not well prepped and my (scarce, because I had not wanted to show my presence at Tabituea too early) recon evidently was not good enough at Nauru, where I found a garrison and failed. But I took Ocean Island.

Amphibious Assault at Nauru Island (127,128)

TF 259 troops unloading over beach at Nauru Island, 127,128

Allied ground losses:
74 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



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Amphibious Assault at Ocean Island (130,130)

TF 281 troops unloading over beach at Ocean Island, 130,130

Allied ground losses:
71 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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Ground combat at Nauru Island (127,128)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 547 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 26

Defending force 1773 troops, 12 guns, 76 vehicles, Assault Value = 10

Allied adjusted assault: 0

Japanese adjusted defense: 16

Allied assault odds: 1 to 99 (fort level 2)

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

Allied ground losses:
508 casualties reported
Squads: 49 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
2nd Marine Raider Battalion

Defending units:
11th JAAF Base Force

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Ground combat at Ocean Island (130,130)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 450 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 27

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

Allied adjusted assault: 5

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Ocean Island !!!

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

Assaulting units:
3rd Marine Raider Bn /4


So... let's see what happens next turn

Thanks for your interest

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DEFEAT !!! - 10/1/2018 7:52:04 PM   
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Gentlemen,

well... I gambled and lost.

KB was in position to move in and go after my Ocean Island invasion support immediately. What is worse is that it moved more to the east and less to the north (or started from a more eastern and less northern position than I had expeceted) and thus caught a retiring SCTF with 2 good US CLs and 2 destroyers on top of a bunch of small fry merchant shipping. A field day for KB.

I lost about 120 points worth of shipping and expect losing half of that on top of the losses accumulated so far tomorrow. The only positive aspect is that KB lost 32 A6M2 in the process to CAP from Tabiteua, but those fighters valiantly sacrificed themselves to protect the strike planes, which remained unharmed.

Conversely, enemy dodged successfully my attempt to achieve a surface intercept at Namlea and used the remaining ammo on his Mutsu SCTF to hit Luganville once more. No huge plane losses, but airstrip and planes are badly damaged.

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RE: DEFEAT !!! - 10/1/2018 7:57:16 PM   
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Gentlemen,

well... I gambled and lost.

KB was in position to move in and go after my Ocean Island invasion support immediately. What is worse is that it moved more to the east and less to the north (or started from a more eastern and less northern position than I had expeceted) and thus caught a retiring SCTF with 2 good US CLs and 2 destroyers on top of a bunch of small fry merchant shipping. A field day for KB.

I lost about 120 points worth of shipping and expect losing half of that on top of the losses accumulated so far tomorrow. The only positive aspect is that KB lost 32 A6M2 in the process to CAP from Tabiteua, but those fighters valiantly sacrificed themselves to protect the strike planes, which remained unharmed.

Conversely, enemy dodged successfully my attempt to achieve a surface intercept at Namlea and used the remaining ammo on his Mutsu SCTF to hit Luganville once more. No huge plane losses, but airstrip and planes are badly damaged.

Hartwig



I am curious, if you had the opportunity to make the same gamble again - would you ? That's the parameter I use to evaluate myself in circumstances such as you describe. Was it a reasonable gamble that experienced poor luck? Or just a bad decision in the first place?

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RE: DEFEAT !!! - 10/1/2018 8:03:07 PM   
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What I forgot to mention is that my roadblock on my road to Sian is history now as well, so the monster stack at the gates of Sian will be in supply again. Here's the history of their heroic stand and many phyrric victories.

May 16:
Ground combat at 85,44 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 38628 troops, 343 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 1277

Defending force 15142 troops, 81 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 558

Japanese adjusted assault: 680

Allied adjusted defense: 1291

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
2188 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 135 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 14 disabled

Allied ground losses:
806 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 103 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Assaulting units:
116th Division
28th Division
35th/B Division
138th Infantry Regiment
35th/A Division
35th/C Division
China Expeditionary Army

Defending units:
38th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
34th Group Army

May 17-21: Bombardment attacks + ground bombing

May 22:
Ground combat at 85,44 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 51737 troops, 479 guns, 74 vehicles, Assault Value = 1734

Defending force 14604 troops, 80 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 480

Japanese adjusted assault: 974

Allied adjusted defense: 1228

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
3089 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 320 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Guns lost 19 (1 destroyed, 18 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1385 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 171 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 55 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 11 (4 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Assaulting units:
138th Infantry Regiment
116th/B Division
35th/A Division
28th/A Division
116th/A Division
116th/C Division
28th/B Division
35th/C Division
20th Division
35th/B Division
28th/C Division
China Expeditionary Army

Defending units:
38th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
34th Group Army


May 23:
Ground combat at 85,44 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 49500 troops, 478 guns, 74 vehicles, Assault Value = 1515

Defending force 13450 troops, 75 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 352

Japanese adjusted assault: 683

Allied adjusted defense: 931

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
2197 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 200 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 14 disabled
Guns lost 10 (1 destroyed, 9 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
820 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 114 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 30 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
35th/C Division
28th/A Division
116th/C Division
116th/A Division
138th Infantry Regiment
20th Division
116th/B Division
28th/B Division
35th/B Division
35th/A Division
28th/C Division
China Expeditionary Army

Defending units:
38th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
34th Group Army


May 24:

Ground combat at 85,44 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 48308 troops, 481 guns, 74 vehicles, Assault Value = 1387

Defending force 12742 troops, 75 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 269

Japanese adjusted assault: 755

Allied adjusted defense: 421

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1037 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 90 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled

Allied ground losses:
534 casualties reported
Squads: 42 destroyed, 26 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 36 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled

Assaulting units:
20th Division
116th/A Division
35th/B Division
138th Infantry Regiment
28th/A Division
116th/C Division
35th/A Division
116th/B Division
35th/C Division
28th/B Division
28th/C Division
China Expeditionary Army

Defending units:
38th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
34th Group Army

May 25
Ground combat at 85,44 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 47625 troops, 481 guns, 74 vehicles, Assault Value = 1317

Defending force 11922 troops, 75 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 218

Japanese adjusted assault: 472

Allied adjusted defense: 634

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
771 casualties reported
Squads: 22 destroyed, 76 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1370 casualties reported
Squads: 83 destroyed, 33 disabled
Non Combat: 11 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 11 (9 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Assaulting units:
116th/B Division
35th/C Division
35th/A Division
20th Division
28th/A Division
116th/A Division
138th Infantry Regiment
28th/B Division
35th/B Division
116th/C Division
28th/C Division
China Expeditionary Army

Defending units:
38th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
34th Group Army


May 26

bombardment attack

May 27

Ground combat at 85,44 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 47312 troops, 481 guns, 74 vehicles, Assault Value = 1299

Defending force 10987 troops, 62 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 199

Japanese adjusted assault: 860

Allied adjusted defense: 229

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
491 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
4243 casualties reported
Squads: 138 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 213 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 12 (11 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 3

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
138th Infantry Regiment
116th/B Division
35th/C Division
35th/B Division
116th/C Division
116th/A Division
28th/B Division
20th Division
28th/A Division
35th/A Division
28th/C Division
China Expeditionary Army

Defending units:
38th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
34th Group Army

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RE: DEFEAT !!! - 10/1/2018 9:07:18 PM   
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I am curious, if you had the opportunity to make the same gamble again - would you ? That's the parameter I use to evaluate myself in circumstances such as you describe. Was it a reasonable gamble that experienced poor luck? Or just a bad decision in the first place?


I am not done with my evaluation of myself . But I can say this:

First of all, I am not going to blame bad luck. It's all my fault and my very own incompetence

Next, I'm fine with most of what I lost/will lose apart from the SCTF. Those were pieces on the board I was willing to sacrifice. After all, I intentionally displayed interest in the region to get a reaction - and got one, just quicker than expected. If this influences enemy focus and enemy actions, all is well.

Also, I did not really feel I had much of a choice at the beginning of last turn (which may be due to a lack of creativity). As a matter of fact, had I reversed course (the SCTF did), I probably would have taken similar losses. I gave a go to the operation when KB seemed to be retiring from the region, several turns ago. I was not worried when it appeared back, not even when it ventured to the east of efate. If I had stopped the operation then, maybe I could have avoided the losses, but the message I sent would not have been sent either. I was getting worried when my search was shut down by the first Luganville bombardment, which left only two PBYs out of 24 at the base operational. But at that point of time, my feeling was that I could only move on.

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RE: DEFEAT !!! - 10/2/2018 11:40:07 AM   
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thanks for the in-depth response.

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thanks for the in-depth response.

I'm always glad if someone asks something

Speaking about questions, I've got three for you:

1) Can someone enlighten me how to interprete the device stats for radar devices properly? Let's take a completely arbitrary example - CXAM vs SC radar. Is SC something worth getting?

2) Sub warfare. What is better - ending in the same hex in the same move (trigger like surface battle), being in the hex the TF ends on with the sub already in it or having a sub in the hex the TF is passing through?

3) I think I recall some parameters re. AAA changed between last official patch and latest patch to be downloaded from members area. Can you comment on these and the altitude up to which IJ AAA in 42 is effective?

Thanks in advance

Other than that, a brief update from the war (2 more turns played), we are about to enter June 42:


a) the good news is that I got reasonable (i.e. not just tiny) fragments of all units earmarked for Ocean Island to the base. I think a single NavGd won't be able to do the job. Of course, supply may turn into a problem quickly.

b) the bad news is that the carnage in shipping in Tabiteua region continued, but that was mostly expected even though I lose about 20 ship points more than expected. Still, it should be over now.

c) the different news is I am still trying to dilute IJ concentration. Do you think this will help ?

Ground combat at Paramushiro-jima (137,47)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1468 troops, 24 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 47

Defending force 110 troops, 1 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 12

Assaulting units:
Kitachishima Fortress
10th JNAF AF Unit

Defending units:
34th Combat Engr Rgt /1


Thanks for your interest

Hartwig

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1. Radars are both hard to understand and simple to decide on. In the database, the radars have parameters like range and "penetration" that might lead you to believe more is better. Some of the ranges in thousands of yards would mean detection into adjoining hexes, but Alfred stated that radar detection is only within its own hex. Higher range means somewhat higher probability of detection further out, but multiple radars are more significant than one really long-ranged one.
As for the penetration parameter, I don't recall that being discussed but I figure it is about being able to detect through heavy cloud or even rain.
As for the simple part, if the game offers you a radar upgrade, take it. It is based on historic improvements and the AI calculating detection will no doubt like the newer radar.

2. In my experience, subs ending their movement in the same hex as their victim, or sitting there when the victim comes, have a much better chance of detecting and attacking - at least twice as good.

3. Just open the editor and look at the stats for Japanese AA guns. As a rule of thumb I fly at 3K when the Japanese have only 7.7mm MGs, 4K if they have 13.2mm MGs, 6K to 8K for AA machine-cannons and about 15K if they have 75mm or larger AA guns. Some of their guns can reach higher than you can fly, or so high that if you go above that, your bombs will surely miss. At some point you must accept some risk to get some result.

I also take into consideration the weather over target (if I have a DL on it) so I will come in lower when in rainy or overcast conditions.

BTW, Alfred mentioned that the ceilings for AA weapons are "squishy", meaning there is a chance of a few shells going higher and some not reaching as high as the stated ceiling. Take it as an average max height.

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1. Radars are both hard to understand and simple to decide on. In the database, the radars have parameters like range and "penetration" that might lead you to believe more is better. Some of the ranges in thousands of yards would mean detection into adjoining hexes, but Alfred stated that radar detection is only within its own hex. Higher range means somewhat higher probability of detection further out, but multiple radars are more significant than one really long-ranged one.
As for the penetration parameter, I don't recall that being discussed but I figure it is about being able to detect through heavy cloud or even rain.
As for the simple part, if the game offers you a radar upgrade, take it. It is based on historic improvements and the AI calculating detection will no doubt like the newer radar.

2. In my experience, subs ending their movement in the same hex as their victim, or sitting there when the victim comes, have a much better chance of detecting and attacking - at least twice as good.

3. Just open the editor and look at the stats for Japanese AA guns. As a rule of thumb I fly at 3K when the Japanese have only 7.7mm MGs, 4K if they have 13.2mm MGs, 6K to 8K for AA machine-cannons and about 15K if they have 75mm or larger AA guns. Some of their guns can reach higher than you can fly, or so high that if you go above that, your bombs will surely miss. At some point you must accept some risk to get some result.

I also take into consideration the weather over target (if I have a DL on it) so I will come in lower when in rainy or overcast conditions.

BTW, Alfred mentioned that the ceilings for AA weapons are "squishy", meaning there is a chance of a few shells going higher and some not reaching as high as the stated ceiling. Take it as an average max height.


Thanks for your input.

Can you or anyone else comment on eventual changes to AAA in the beta patching process? Can I still rely on my experience with the last official patch (stock), or do I have to adjust?

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RE: Questions... - 10/5/2018 11:30:55 AM   
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2. In my experience, subs ending their movement in the same hex as their victim, or sitting there when the victim comes, have a much better chance of detecting and attacking - at least twice as good.


And are there any opinions about possible differentiation between the two "good" options?

I am asking because I used to apply the "end movement" approach, but think that other players seem to be more successful in the sub war than I tend to be. Before you point at choosing appropriate commanders, that I do (as far as PPs are available and in a sequential process).

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quote:

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2. In my experience, subs ending their movement in the same hex as their victim, or sitting there when the victim comes, have a much better chance of detecting and attacking - at least twice as good.


And are there any opinions about possible differentiation between the two "good" options?

I am asking because I used to apply the "end movement" approach, but think that other players seem to be more successful in the sub war than I tend to be. Before you point at choosing appropriate commanders, that I do (as far as PPs are available and in a sequential process).

Hartwig

OK, to expand on this a little - if your sub is on a moving patrol it has more chance of running into an enemy TF. The way I reconcile the two approaches is that if you have no detection on any enemy TFs, set up a roving patrol to try find them, but if you have spotted one and have a good idea where it is going, try to set up the lurking ambush.

The other reason to keep subs moving is enemy detection of your subs. If your subs are getting a DL on them, the enemy will avoid them (even if in the same hex) and may send forces to attack them. Departing the area for at least three days seems to reset the odds the sub will remain hidden long enough to attack.

As with bombing, you may have to accept some risk to go after a juicy target.

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Gentlemen,

unfortunately, my AARs tend to be short...

IJ surrendered after this turn another Ambon invasion failed.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 30, 42
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ASW attack near Obi at 77,107

Japanese Ships
DD Hayashio
CL Tatsuta
CL Yura
DD Hatsuharu
DD Minazuki
DD Satsuki
DD Mutsuki
DD Nenohi

Allied Ships
SS Snapper

SS Snapper launches 4 torpedoes at DD Hayashio
DD Minazuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Satsuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Mutsuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Nenohi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Nenohi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Nenohi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Nenohi attacking submerged sub ....
DD Nenohi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Nenohi fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Ambon at 76,109, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Katori
CL Kashima
CL Abukuma
DD Murasame
DD Fubuki
DD Hatsuyuki
DD Kisaragi
DD Yayoi
DD Oite
DD Tsuta

Allied Ships
xAK Goulburn, Shell hits 5, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 100% moonlight: 12,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 12,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 12,000 yards
Allied ships attempt to get underway
CL Abukuma engages xAK Goulburn at 12,000 yards
DD Yayoi engages xAK Goulburn at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages xAK Goulburn at 11,000 yards
CL Katori engages xAK Goulburn at 11,000 yards
xAK Goulburn sunk by DD Yayoi at 11,000 yards
xAK Goulburn sunk by DD Yayoi at 11,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Ambon at 76,109, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
E7K2 Alf: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CL Katori, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CL Kashima, Shell hits 9, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CL Abukuma, Shell hits 4
DD Murasame
DD Fubuki
DD Hatsuyuki, Shell hits 1
DD Kisaragi
DD Yayoi, Shell hits 1
DD Oite
DD Tsuta

Allied Ships
BB Revenge, Shell hits 6, on fire
BB Royal Sovereign, Shell hits 1
CL Emerald
CL Dauntless, Shell hits 3
DD Helm, Shell hits 17, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Henley
DD Patterson

Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 100% moonlight: 12,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
Portal, R.H. crosses the 'T'
DD Tsuta engages BB Royal Sovereign at 8,000 yards
CL Kashima engages BB Revenge at 8,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages CL Katori at 8,000 yards
CL Emerald engages DD Tsuta at 8,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages DD Oite at 8,000 yards
DD Henley engages DD Tsuta at 8,000 yards
DD Oite engages DD Helm at 8,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Helm at 8,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Henley at 8,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Helm at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages CL Kashima at 3,000 yards
CL Katori engages BB Revenge at 3,000 yards
CL Kashima sunk by CL Dauntless at 3,000 yards
CL Emerald engages CL Katori at 3,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Oite at 3,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Henley at 3,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Kisaragi at 3,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Helm at 3,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Fubuki at 3,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Helm at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 4,000 yards
CL Katori engages BB Royal Sovereign at 4,000 yards
CL Katori engages CL Dauntless at 4,000 yards
DD Henley engages DD Tsuta at 4,000 yards
CL Katori sunk by CL Emerald at 4,000 yards
DD Yayoi engages DD Henley at 4,000 yards
DD Henley engages DD Fubuki at 4,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Hatsuyuki at 4,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Helm at 4,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Helm at 4,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages CL Emerald at 4,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Tsuta at 4,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Oite at 4,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages CL Emerald at 4,000 yards
DD Kisaragi engages DD Henley at 4,000 yards
DD Henley engages DD Hatsuyuki at 4,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Helm at 4,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Helm at 4,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages BB Royal Sovereign at 7,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages BB Revenge at 7,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Oite at 7,000 yards
DD Yayoi engages DD Helm at 7,000 yards
DD Tsuta engages DD Patterson at 7,000 yards
DD Henley engages DD Kisaragi at 7,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Fubuki at 7,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Helm at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages BB Royal Sovereign at 9,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages BB Revenge at 9,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages CL Dauntless at 9,000 yards
CL Emerald engages DD Yayoi at 9,000 yards
DD Henley engages DD Kisaragi at 9,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Henley at 9,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Helm at 9,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Helm at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages BB Royal Sovereign at 10,000 yards
BB Revenge engages DD Tsuta at 10,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages DD Oite at 10,000 yards
DD Henley engages DD Yayoi at 10,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Patterson at 10,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Henley at 10,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Murasame at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages CL Abukuma at 11,000 yards
BB Revenge engages CL Abukuma at 11,000 yards
DD Oite engages DD Helm at 11,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Yayoi at 11,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Kisaragi at 11,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Helm at 11,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Fubuki at 11,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Helm at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages CL Abukuma at 13,000 yards
DD Tsuta engages DD Helm at 13,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Oite at 13,000 yards
DD Yayoi engages DD Henley at 13,000 yards
DD Kisaragi engages DD Helm at 13,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Fubuki at 13,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages BB Royal Sovereign at 12,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Tsuta at 12,000 yards
DD Oite engages DD Helm at 12,000 yards
DD Yayoi engages DD Helm at 12,000 yards
DD Kisaragi engages DD Helm at 12,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Helm at 12,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Helm at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages CL Emerald at 9,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Tsuta at 9,000 yards
DD Oite engages DD Helm at 9,000 yards
DD Yayoi engages DD Henley at 9,000 yards
DD Kisaragi engages DD Helm at 9,000 yards
DD Oite engages DD Henley at 9,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Helm at 9,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Patterson at 9,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages BB Royal Sovereign at 9,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages DD Oite at 9,000 yards
CL Emerald engages DD Yayoi at 9,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Henley at 9,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Helm at 9,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Murasame at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages DD Kisaragi at 10,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages CL Abukuma at 10,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages CL Emerald at 10,000 yards
DD Kisaragi engages DD Henley at 10,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Henley at 10,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Helm at 10,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Murasame at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages CL Emerald at 9,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages DD Oite at 9,000 yards
CL Emerald engages CL Abukuma at 9,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Patterson at 9,000 yards
DD Henley engages DD Kisaragi at 9,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Helm at 9,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Helm at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages CL Emerald at 11,000 yards
BB Revenge engages CL Abukuma at 11,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages CL Abukuma at 11,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Yayoi at 11,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Patterson at 11,000 yards
DD Henley engages DD Hatsuyuki at 11,000 yards
DD Kisaragi engages DD Helm at 11,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Murasame at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages CL Abukuma at 10,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages BB Revenge at 10,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages DD Oite at 10,000 yards
DD Yayoi engages DD Helm at 10,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Patterson at 10,000 yards
DD Kisaragi engages DD Henley at 10,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Helm at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages BB Royal Sovereign at 8,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages BB Revenge at 8,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages CL Dauntless at 8,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages CL Emerald at 8,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Patterson at 8,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Henley at 8,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Oite at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages CL Abukuma at 10,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Oite at 10,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Yayoi at 10,000 yards
DD Kisaragi engages DD Henley at 10,000 yards
DD Henley engages DD Hatsuyuki at 10,000 yards
DD Henley engages DD Fubuki at 10,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Patterson at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages CL Emerald at 7,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages CL Dauntless at 7,000 yards
DD Yayoi engages DD Helm at 7,000 yards
DD Patterson engages DD Hatsuyuki at 7,000 yards
DD Yayoi engages DD Henley at 7,000 yards
DD Patterson engages DD Fubuki at 7,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Henley at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
DD Tsuta engages DD Patterson at 12,000 yards
DD Oite engages DD Henley at 12,000 yards
DD Kisaragi engages DD Helm at 12,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Henley at 12,000 yards
DD Helm engages DD Fubuki at 12,000 yards
DD Murasame engages DD Helm at 12,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Namlea at 76,108, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
E7K2 Alf: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CL Abukuma, Shell hits 9, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Murasame
DD Fubuki
DD Hatsuyuki
DD Kisaragi
DD Yayoi, Shell hits 1
DD Oite
DD Tsuta

Allied Ships
DD Farragut, Shell hits 2

Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 100% moonlight: 12,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages DD Farragut at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CL Abukuma engages DD Farragut at 2,000 yards
DD Yayoi engages DD Farragut at 2,000 yards
DD Farragut engages DD Fubuki at 2,000 yards
Murayama, Seiroku orders Japanese TF to disengage
DD Farragut engages DD Tsuta at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
DD Oite engages DD Farragut at 3,000 yards
DD Yayoi engages DD Farragut at 3,000 yards
DD Farragut engages DD Kisaragi at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 5,000 yards
DD Oite engages DD Farragut at 5,000 yards
DD Fubuki engages DD Farragut at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
DD Farragut engages DD Tsuta at 10,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Night Air attack on Ambon , at 76,109

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 26 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 7

No Japanese losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Night Air attack on Hengyang , at 80,53

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-51 Sonia x 6

No Japanese losses

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 50 kg GP Bomb



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Night Air attack on Colombo , at 29,48

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 1 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 12

No Allied losses

Manpower hits 3
Fires 1969

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 9000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb



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Night Air attack on Colombo , at 29,48

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 7

No Allied losses

Manpower hits 9
Fires 4804

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Wellington Ic bombing from 6000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Night Naval bombardment of La Foa at 114,159

Allied Ships
DD Gwin

Port supply hits 1

DD Gwin firing at La Foa


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Night Naval bombardment of Makassar at 65,106

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ib Oscar: 7 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Enterprise
DD Perkins
DD Walke

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

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 7
Port hits 2

Walrus II acting as spotter for CL Enterprise
CL Enterprise firing at Makassar
DD Perkins firing at Makassar
DD Walke firing at Makassar


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Pre-Invasion action off Ambon (76,109) - Coastal Guns Fire Back!
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

111 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
CL Kashii, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Shirayuki
DD Usugumo
xAK Matumoto Maru, Shell hits 3, on fire
PB Shosei Maru
PB Shoei Maru
xAK Melbourne Maru, Shell hits 2
PB Nikkai Maru
SC Ch 22
SC Ch 21
SC Ch 1
xAP Tango Maru

Japanese ground losses:
86 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

CL Kashii firing at 4th Coastal Gun Battalion
4th Coastal Gun Battalion firing at CL Kashii
4th Coastal Gun Battalion firing at DD Shirayuki
DD Shirayuki firing at 4th Coastal Gun Battalion
DD Usugumo firing at 4th Coastal Gun Battalion
4th Coastal Gun Battalion firing at DD Usugumo
150mm CD Gun Battery engaging xAK Matumoto Maru at 8,000 yards
PB Shoei Maru firing to suppress enemy battery at 8,000 yards
150mm CD Gun Battery engaging xAK Melbourne Maru at 8,000 yards
PB Shoei Maru firing to suppress enemy battery at 8,000 yards
PB Shosei Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Shoei Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Nikkai Maru fired at enemy troops
SC Ch 22 fired at enemy troops
SC Ch 21 fired at enemy troops
SC Ch 1 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 5,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Ambon (76,109)

TF 45 troops unloading over beach at Ambon, 76,109

Japanese ground losses:
559 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 43 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 12 (0 destroyed, 12 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)

19 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad lost in surf during unload of 25th/C Div /1
10 Support troops lost overboard during unload of 56th Const Co
19 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad accidentally lost during unload of 25th/B Div /2


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Invasion Support action off Ambon (76,109)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

110 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAK Melbourne Maru
PB Shosei Maru
PB Shoei Maru
PB Nikkai Maru
SC Ch 22
SC Ch 21
SC Ch 1
xAP Tango Maru
DD Shirayuki
CL Kashii, on fire

Japanese ground losses:
113 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

150mm CD Gun Battery engaging xAK Melbourne Maru at 6,000 yards
PB Shoei Maru firing to suppress enemy battery at 6,000 yards
PB Shosei Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Shoei Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Nikkai Maru fired at enemy troops
SC Ch 22 fired at enemy troops
SC Ch 21 fired at enemy troops
SC Ch 1 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 6,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Ambon at 76,109, Range 26,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Kashii, Shell hits 22, and is sunk
DD Usugumo, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Shirayuki, Shell hits 3, on fire
PB Nikkai Maru, Shell hits 5, on fire
PB Shoei Maru, Shell hits 6, heavy fires
PB Shosei Maru, Shell hits 4, and is sunk
SC Ch 1
SC Ch 21, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
SC Ch 22, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Melbourne Maru
xAK Kinai Maru, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Yamazuki Maru
xAK Nitiran Maru
xAK Matumoto Maru, Shell hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Takaoka Maru
xAK Tokiwa Maru
xAK Toyooka Maru
xAK Tusima Maru
xAK Atlas Maru
xAK Hauraki Maru
xAP Hakusan Maru
xAP Haruna Maru, Shell hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Kamo Maru
xAP Baikal Maru, Shell hits 1
xAP Tango Maru, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
BB Revenge, Shell hits 3
BB Royal Sovereign, Shell hits 4
CL Emerald, Shell hits 1
CL Dauntless, Shell hits 1
DD Henley, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
DD Patterson

Japanese ground losses:
1073 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 9 destroyed, 80 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions: 30,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 26,000 yards
Japanese ships attempt to get underway
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 26,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages PB Shosei Maru at 26,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages PB Nikkai Maru at 26,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages SC Ch 22 at 26,000 yards
BB Revenge engages xAK Kinai Maru at 26,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards
BB Revenge engages CL Kashii at 20,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages DD Shirayuki at 20,000 yards
CL Kashii engages CL Emerald at 20,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages xAK Kinai Maru at 20,000 yards
Range closes to 19,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages CL Kashii at 19,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages CL Kashii at 19,000 yards
CL Kashii engages CL Emerald at 19,000 yards
BB Revenge engages PB Nikkai Maru at 19,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages CL Kashii at 17,000 yards
BB Revenge engages DD Shirayuki at 17,000 yards
CL Kashii engages CL Dauntless at 17,000 yards
CL Emerald engages CL Kashii at 17,000 yards
DD Usugumo engages DD Patterson at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages CL Kashii at 15,000 yards
BB Revenge engages CL Kashii at 15,000 yards
DD Henley engages DD Usugumo at 15,000 yards
CL Kashii engages CL Emerald at 15,000 yards
BB Revenge engages PB Shoei Maru at 15,000 yards
CL Emerald engages PB Nikkai Maru at 15,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages xAP Haruna Maru at 15,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages CL Kashii at 11,000 yards
BB Revenge engages CL Kashii at 11,000 yards
CL Kashii engages CL Dauntless at 11,000 yards
CL Kashii engages CL Emerald at 11,000 yards
DD Patterson engages DD Usugumo at 11,000 yards
DD Henley engages DD Shirayuki at 11,000 yards
CL Emerald engages SC Ch 21 at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages CL Kashii at 10,000 yards
CL Kashii sunk by BB Revenge at 10,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages PB Shosei Maru at 10,000 yards
DD Usugumo engages DD Patterson at 10,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Henley at 10,000 yards
CL Emerald engages SC Ch 21 at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Henley at 6,000 yards
BB Revenge engages DD Shirayuki at 6,000 yards
CL Emerald engages xAP Haruna Maru at 6,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Patterson at 6,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Henley at 6,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages SC Ch 21 at 6,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages xAP Baikal Maru at 6,000 yards
DD Henley engages xAK Yamazuki Maru at 6,000 yards
DD Henley engages DD Shirayuki at 6,000 yards
BB Revenge engages DD Shirayuki at 6,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages DD Shirayuki at 6,000 yards
BB Revenge engages PB Nikkai Maru at 6,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages SC Ch 22 at 6,000 yards
BB Revenge engages xAK Nitiran Maru at 6,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Henley at 6,000 yards
BB Revenge engages DD Usugumo at 6,000 yards
DD Usugumo engages CL Dauntless at 6,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages PB Shoei Maru at 6,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages PB Nikkai Maru at 6,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages xAP Tango Maru at 6,000 yards
DD Patterson engages xAK Matumoto Maru at 6,000 yards
Portal, R.H. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range closes to 5,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages DD Shirayuki at 5,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages DD Usugumo at 5,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages DD Shirayuki at 5,000 yards
CL Emerald engages DD Shirayuki at 5,000 yards
DD Patterson engages PB Nikkai Maru at 5,000 yards
DD Usugumo engages DD Henley at 5,000 yards
DD Patterson engages xAP Tango Maru at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
BB Royal Sovereign engages DD Shirayuki at 9,000 yards
DD Patterson engages DD Usugumo at 9,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages DD Shirayuki at 9,000 yards
CL Emerald engages PB Shoei Maru at 9,000 yards
CL Emerald engages PB Nikkai Maru at 9,000 yards
DD Patterson engages xAP Kamo Maru at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 15,000 yards
xAP Tango Maru , xAP Baikal Maru , xAP Kamo Maru ,
xAP Haruna Maru , xAP Hakusan Maru , xAK Hauraki Maru ,
xAK Atlas Maru , xAK Tusima Maru , xAK Toyooka Maru ,
xAK Tokiwa Maru , xAK Takaoka Maru , xAK Matumoto Maru ,
xAK Nitiran Maru , xAK Yamazuki Maru , xAK Kinai Maru ,
xAK Melbourne Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Shirayuki , DD Usugumo , PB Shosei Maru ,
PB Shoei Maru
CL Emerald engages DD Shirayuki at 15,000 yards
DD Patterson engages SC Ch 22 at 15,000 yards
Range increases to 20,000 yards
xAP Tango Maru , xAP Baikal Maru , xAP Kamo Maru ,
xAP Haruna Maru , xAP Hakusan Maru , xAK Hauraki Maru ,
xAK Atlas Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Shirayuki , DD Usugumo
CL Dauntless engages PB Shoei Maru at 20,000 yards
BB Revenge engages xAK Nitiran Maru at 20,000 yards
BB Revenge engages xAK Kinai Maru at 20,000 yards
Range increases to 26,000 yards
xAP Tango Maru , xAP Baikal Maru , xAP Kamo Maru ,
xAP Haruna Maru , xAP Hakusan Maru , xAK Hauraki Maru ,
xAK Atlas Maru , xAK Tusima Maru , xAK Toyooka Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Usugumo , PB Shosei Maru
Task forces break off...


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Morning Air attack on 8th Chinese/C Corps, at 86,47 , near Sinyang

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 7 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 25

No Japanese losses

Allied ground losses:
178 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 8th Chinese/C Corps, at 86,47 , near Sinyang

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 1 damaged

Allied ground losses:
106 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Port Blair , at 46,58

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 39,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 3

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 38000 feet *



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Morning Air attack on Port Blair , at 46,58

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 29

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 14 damaged

Port hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
29 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 14000 feet *
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 19th Chinese/C Corps, at 89,40 , near Taiyuan

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-30 Ann x 27
Ki-32 Mary x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-32 Mary: 1 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x Ki-32 Mary bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
24 x Ki-30 Ann bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x Ki-30 Ann bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Changsha , at 82,52

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 37,500 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44 Tojo x 2

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Ki-44 Tojo sweeping at 35500 feet



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Morning Air attack on Changsha , at 82,52

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 35,940 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 5

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Ki-27b Nate sweeping at 32940 feet



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Morning Air attack on 19th Chinese/C Corps, at 89,40 , near Taiyuan

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 8 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-30 Ann x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-30 Ann: 1 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Ki-30 Ann bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 34th Group Army, at 84,44 , near Nanyang

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 40,500 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 3

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 38500 feet *



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Morning Air attack on Yenan , at 88,37

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-Ia Helen x 25

No Japanese losses

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 11

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x Ki-49-Ia Helen bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Namlea , at 76,108

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 41,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIb Trop: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x Hurricane IIb Trop sweeping at 36000 feet

CAP engaged:
Ominato Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Raid is overhead
Ominato Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 13000.
Raid is overhead
Junyo-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 5000.
Raid is overhead
Hiyo-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on Namlea , at 76,108

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 13000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Ominato Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
Ominato Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
Junyo-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
Hiyo-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 74 minutes



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Morning Air attack on 48th/A Division, at 114,159 (La Foa)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
LB-30 Liberator x 4

Allied aircraft losses
LB-30 Liberator: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x LB-30 Liberator bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ambon at 76,109

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 40

Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 12
Martlet II x 15
Swordfish I x 12
F4F-3 Wildcat x 13
F4F-4 Wildcat x 2
SBD-2 Dauntless x 36
TBD-1 Devastator x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Martlet II: 2 destroyed
Swordfish I: 2 destroyed
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-2 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
TBD-1 Devastator: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAP Haruna Maru, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Kamo Maru, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Yamazuki Maru, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Nitiran Maru, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Atlas Maru
xAP Baikal Maru, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Tusima Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
xAK Tokiwa Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires
xAK Toyooka Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Takaoka Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAP Tango Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Matumoto Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Hakusan Maru
xAK Melbourne Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Hauraki Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage

Japanese ground losses:
7092 casualties reported
Squads: 185 destroyed, 60 disabled
Non Combat: 341 destroyed, 184 disabled
Engineers: 91 destroyed, 11 disabled
Guns lost 169 (158 destroyed, 11 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x TBD-1 Devastator launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
12 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
9 x Swordfish I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo
6 x Albacore I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo
6 x Albacore I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo
4 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
6 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Ominato Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Raid is overhead
Ominato Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (15 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(15 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 13000.
Raid is overhead
Junyo-1 with A6M2 Zero (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 5000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 5000.
Raid is overhead
Hiyo-1 with A6M2 Zero (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Raid is overhead

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Takaoka Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Melbourne Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Hauraki Maru


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Morning Air attack on Port Blair , at 46,58

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 16 NM, estimated altitude 39,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 27

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
27 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 38000 feet *



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Morning Air attack on 34th Group Army, at 84,44 , near Nanyang

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 41,500 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 26

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
26 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 38500 feet *



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Afternoon Air attack on Kukong , at 79,57

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 36,940 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 9

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-27b Nate sweeping at 32940 feet *



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Afternoon Air attack on Horn Island , at 91,128

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 75 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 43

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 7 damaged

Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 15

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 6000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
24 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 6000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Horn Island , at 91,128

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 6000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Horn Island , at 91,128

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 26 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 6

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 5
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 6000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Ocean Island , at 130,130

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 43 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 67
B5N2 Kate x 69

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 14 damaged

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

Port hits 20
Port supply hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 1000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
26 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 1000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
27 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 1000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ambon at 76,109

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 40

Allied aircraft
B-339D x 3
75A-7 Hawk x 1
B-25C Mitchell x 5
F4F-4 Wildcat x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
75A-7 Hawk: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
xAK Hauraki Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Takaoka Maru, heavy fires

Japanese ground losses:
568 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 29 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 1000 feet *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Ominato Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(13 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Raid is overhead
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Ominato Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(13 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 13000.
Raid is overhead
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Junyo-1 with A6M2 Zero (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 5000.
Raid is overhead
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Hiyo-1 with A6M2 Zero (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Raid is overhead
3 planes vectored on to bombers



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ambon at 76,109

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 42

Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 12
Martlet II x 10
Swordfish I x 10
B-339D x 3
F4F-3 Wildcat x 10
SBD-2 Dauntless x 35
TBD-1 Devastator x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Martlet II: 1 destroyed
Swordfish I: 1 destroyed
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-2 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
TBD-1 Devastator: 4 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Atlas Maru
xAK Hauraki Maru, and is sunk
xAK Tokiwa Maru, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAP Tango Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Tusima Maru, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Takaoka Maru, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
PB Shoei Maru, on fire
SC Ch 1
xAP Hakusan Maru, Torpedo hits 1

Japanese ground losses:
3335 casualties reported
Squads: 62 destroyed, 72 disabled
Non Combat: 173 destroyed, 229 disabled
Engineers: 21 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 12 (10 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x TBD-1 Devastator launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
9 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
9 x Swordfish I bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x Albacore I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo
6 x Albacore I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo
8 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Hiyo-1 with A6M2 Zero (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 14000.
Raid is overhead
Ominato Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5080 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Ominato Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 10360 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Junyo-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Hauraki Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Tokiwa Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Tango Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Takaoka Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring PB Shoei Maru


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ASW attack near Colombo at 29,48

Japanese Ships
DD Namikaze
DD Shiokaze

Allied Ships
SS KXII, hits 2

SS KXII is sighted by escort
KXII bottoming out ....
DD Namikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Shiokaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Namikaze attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Colombo at 29,48

Japanese Ships
DD Shiokaze
DD Namikaze

Allied Ships
SS KXII

SS KXII is located by DD Shiokaze
DD Namikaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Shiokaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Ground combat at 84,42 (near Sian)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1910 troops, 181 guns, 68 vehicles, Assault Value = 3542

Defending force 64166 troops, 413 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2187

Japanese ground losses:
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
18 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
13th Ind.Mixed Brigade
110th/A Division
110th/B Division
61st Infantry Brigade
29th/A Division
68th/B Division
12th/A Division
3rd Tank Regiment
29th/C Division
68th/A Division
12th/C Division
29th/B Division
10th/A Division
27th/B Division
12th/B Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
15th Tank Regiment
5th Tank Regiment
12th Tank Regiment
3rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
10th/B Division
68th/C Division
27th/C Division
110th/C Division
13th Tank Regiment
27th/A Division
10th/C Division
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
1st Mortar Battalion
7th Ind. Engineer Regiment
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
5th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
35th Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
17th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
61st Chinese Corps
8th Route Army
93rd Chinese Corps
80th Chinese Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
2nd Group Army
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
57th AT Gun Regiment
15th Group Army
18th Group Army
14th Group Army
Red Chinese Army
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment


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Ground combat at 87,41 (near Tsiaotso)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 21348 troops, 165 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 762

Defending force 22345 troops, 113 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 688

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

Assaulting units:
6th Ind.Mixed Brigade
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
69th Division
1st Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
16th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
7th Group Army
8th Group Army


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Ground combat at 89,40 (near Taiyuan)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 5851 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 310

Defending force 1729 troops, 14 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 77

Assaulting units:
5th Armored Car Co
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
23rd Tank Regiment

Defending units:
19th Chinese/C Corps


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Ground combat at 85,43 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 290 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 977

Defending force 17289 troops, 81 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 667

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

Assaulting units:
32nd Division
36th Division
54th Infantry Brigade
12th Army
11th Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
47th Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
1st War Area
4th Group Army


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Ground combat at Paramushiro-jima (137,47)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1468 troops, 24 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 47

Defending force 110 troops, 1 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 12

Assaulting units:
Kitachishima Fortress
10th JNAF AF Unit

Defending units:
34th Combat Engr Rgt /1


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Ground combat at Ambon (76,109)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 456 troops, 5 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 232

Defending force 3606 troops, 55 guns, 3 vehicles, Assault Value = 96

Assaulting units:
Molukken Garrison Battalion
4th Coastal Gun Battalion
3rd Motor Brigade
Ambon Base Force

Defending units:
25th/B Division
25th/C Div /2
25th/A Div /1
6th Naval Construction Battalion
56th Const Co
2nd Mortar Battalion
18th JAAF AF Bn


I guess it has to do with the concern not to be able to do what still needs to be done to achieve the autovictory I think my opponent was shooting for, but will try to provide more information.

Thanks for your interest

Hartwig

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Wow - nice ambush and a heavy blow for your opponent! Was NY59Giants still playing the IJ side?
May 30/42 is pretty late for Japan to be attacking Ambon, probably because of the troops and time devoted to that invasion of the NW USA early in the game. Still, it should have had coverage by BBs and Carriers.

Thanks for bringing the action to us in your AAR!

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