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RE: Combat in China - 10/25/2018 4:16:23 PM   
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Thanks giving your AAR some personality.

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RE: Combat in China - 10/25/2018 5:15:41 PM   
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Ditto. Always enjoy narratives. They take a lot of time tho.

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RE: Combat in China - 10/25/2018 5:17:45 PM   
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I like these short narrative entries as well.

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RE: Combat in China - 10/26/2018 2:20:59 AM   
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CPT Bufton's ships arrive on target at 0225, opening up on suspected Japanese positions. 178 Casualities are reported, no AF hits. Gen Pervieal was upset about this. Two Fighter groups are ordered to sweep the hex for enemy fighters. If none bomber may fly the next day. CPT Bufton is ordered to bombard again, he is also told that 3 more heavy cruisers will arrive tomorrow and will join his TF.

American bombers attack the 7th ACEH ID at Padang. Members of the 2VI.G.IV provide fighter escort for the bombers. Oscars try and attack the American bombers. The Dutch fighters engage the 8 Oscars trying to keep them away from the bombers. It was a quick fight, all the bombers drop their bombs unharmed, one Dutch fighter is shot down for 4 Oscars. LTC Van Roalofen CO of Padang watched the fur ball happen from outside his bunker. He ordered an increase in the bases fortifications (2 and 27% to 3). Gen Ter Poorten was happy to hear that Padang had 7700 tons of supplies stockpiled. He was briefed that Java had 120k tons of supplies on hand with another 34k being unloaded at port now, and 20k more 3 days out to sea. It has also been estimated that 150k tons of oil and 200k tons of fuel has been shipped to Java or Darwin, with more on its way. Soldiers or the 53rd USArmy Inf Rgt and the 159th Motorized Inf Rgt have boarded ships at Townsville and were told today that they were shipping out to Java.

FO Ching flying at 12k feet above Luichow calls out the first air raid of the day. It's only his 5th mission after graduating from flight school. He dives on the formation leaving his wingman and section leader Lt Ming behind. Ching concentrates on the lead bomber ands lets loose of a long machine gun burst from his Hawk fighter. The port wing of the Ida rips apart, Ching ecstatically calls out his first kill. Section leader Ming catches up to Ching he shoots down the bomber. Ming calmly lets one small and one medium burst of machine gun bullets tear into another Ida bomber, this was Mings 5th kill of the war. Making him the only Chinese ACE. Ming expertly sets his sights on another Ida and shoots it down claiming his 6th kill. FO Jang sitting in his plane hears the air warning sirens and jumps into action. He guns the engine on his Vanguard and raises into the sky to meet the Sally bombers. He attacks a Sally from underneath sending bullets into the cabing killing botht he pilot and co-pilot, this was his 5th kill of the war also, Now China has 2 ACEs.

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RE: Combat in China - 10/26/2018 6:42:01 PM   
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LGen Fu looks over the map of his Chinese sector. Pondering his next moves. He looks outside at the troops drilling in the distance. A few weeks ago they were green troops, now they are turning into veterans, soon they will be combat hardened troops. He is happy how they have fought against the Japanese troops. He wonder's how long they can hold out. Everyday, every bombardment and battle won by his troops makes them stronger.




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RE: Combat in China - 10/26/2018 6:57:34 PM   
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Gen MacArthur takes a puff off of his corncob pipe. His mind racing about the new intel he has received. Todays recon has spotted 16 units north of Clark AF. This is up from several days ago. His Philippine troops aren't ready yet.




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RE: Combat in China - 10/27/2018 4:36:02 PM   
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Gen Percival looks up from the 1st green of the Singapore country club as 15 Whirlwinds, and 25 P-40Es fighters take off to sweep Johoro Bahru. The Allied fighters are greeted by 30 Oscars, 11 Zero's, and 9 HE 110's. Gen Percival had begun his forward swing on his put on the 17th green, when CPT Carey Mahoney did a fly by, gunning his throttle as he was above the course and performing a barrel roll. The put wen straight off past to cup, as an angry Gen ordered Air Marshall Williams to get that airman's name. AM Williams was counting the planes, he counted 11 Whirlwinds, and 21 P-40Es. Unbenost to Percival, CPT Mahoney had just shot down 2 enemy fighters, brining his count to 16 the leading American ace of the war. Later intel reports state that 23 Oscars, 2 Zero's, and 8 Me 100's were shot down, along with 330 KIA's from CPT Bufton's nightly bombardments.

MacArthur smiles as he reads an "EYES ONLY MESSAGE" from the ABDA commander. The rest of the briefing was lost on him.

CPT Reed celebrates his 5th kill at Tuyun. The 3rd AVG shoot down 5 German Condor bombers today. Fighters over Liuchow rise up and greet Japanese bombers again, they shoot down 5 Sallys, and 1 Ida. Gen Fu is woken up by a massive enemy bombardment and then a deliberate attack by hostile forces. As the battle waxed and wained Fu was worried that his troops might break under the pressure as they have in the past. This was not the case, they stood their ground and repulsed the attack. Gen Fu called for reinforcements from other areas. Troops are on the way, but it will take days to weeks to get them into position. Can they hold, until reinforcement's arrive?

No.9 squadron has been ordered to perform search and rescue operations between Portland Roads and Horn Island, the tanker Sunchaser was sunk by a Japanese submarine. AM Wollongong tangles with I-8 again, neither side are able to score a hit.

Gen Wainwirght sends of his daily report to Pearl. More bombings, several Seagulls were damanged the other day 3 Seagulls were found still in their creates in a warehouse. They have been opened up and are being assembled.




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RE: Dear Diary - 10/30/2018 8:17:46 PM   
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RE: Dear Diary - 10/31/2018 7:36:32 PM   
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CPT Bufton's TF 134 sails up to Johore Bahru and lets loose another night bombardment. Watching from his bridge of the cruiser Surrey, as several waves of enemy bombers attacks his TF. Allied fighter do what they can, even shooting down 3 fighters with ship flak downing another 2 or so. The night turns to daylight for several minutes as the ships open up on the AF and Japanese troops inland. Bufton was very happy when he read the recon reports later that day, 730 KIA's and 46 runway hits with damaged AC numbering around 15.

AAA gunners at Clark AF, Guam, and several Chinese bases get to fire their guns.

Two Japanese infantry Divisions cross the river above Pegu. The Jap broke through the only line of resistance in the area. All allied units retreated back to Pegu. Intel officers thinks that one of the Jap ID's got chewed up pretty good. Several younger officers wants to take all the AFV's and the Indian ID at Pegu up and attack the 2 Jap divisions. The 44th Indian BDE took the brunt of the attack, the remnants will be withdrawn to India to be rebuilt.

Padang is assaulted by Italian and ACEH troops. Dutch forces repulse the attack but at a heavy toll. LTC Van Roelafsen wonders if they can withstand another attack.

CPT O'Neil of TF 139, has been ordered to investigate Japanese ships sighted at Attu Island. Ten ships are reported there and all 10 are reported to be CL's. This small SAG of 2 CL's and 4 DDs will set sail at the earliest possible time.




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Extra, Extra read all about it!!!!! - 11/4/2018 1:23:05 AM   
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RE: Extra, Extra read all about it!!!!! - 11/4/2018 4:16:55 PM   
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Gen MacArthur watched from his bunker as the first wave of Betties can under attack. A big smile crept over his face as the first Betty slammed into the jungle. He counted 28 Betties shot down with no allied losses. Cpt Wagner shoots down his 15th and 16th planes, 5 other pilots become aces today. He got word that a TF was at Laoag, could this be the 46th Inf Divison intel has reported moving to Laoag. Cpt Riker of the Houston starts the mission brief for the other 3 ship captains. Their destination is Laoag. Ten ships have been sighted there. Expectations are a night hit and run. Threat from Japanese combat vessels and bombers is considered low.

MGen Smyth is awoken out of his sleep as the 1st and 2nd RTA Inf Divisions attack Pegu. No one saw them coming, but they were ready. The 1st RTA Division was almost wiped out. He looks across the battlefield and see's around 1,800 Thai's casualties, over 256 inf squads destroyed or damaged. There is movement from the 2 Jap divisions up north, it appears they are heading south to Pegu. Gen Smyth is prepping his troops for the coming battles. Chinese bombers attack the 55th and 33rd Inf Divisions moving south to Pegu. Recon has spotted a ship in Moulmeins port, this could be the sub that took 11 hits yesterday. No 62 squadron are tasked with bombing the port of Moulmein tomorrow.

Reports are coming out of Ninagsia, that the Japanese 1st Cav BDE was destroyed. Peasants are saying that another Jap unit is moving towards Ninagsia. Four Japanese units have marched into Chengchow. Gen Hu send out an urgent message for reinforcements. He is told that 450 AV is moving towards Chengchow. They are not going to arrive for several days.

A big sigh of relief came from the soldiers and sailors around Umnak Island. No action noted, Nav Search did note that their could be a CV in the area.

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RE: Extra, Extra read all about it!!!!! - 11/5/2018 5:21:34 PM   
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Gen Percival ordered another sweep on Feb 8th, P40Es and Whirlwind fighters took off for Johore Bahru. Lt Morgan called for help with a Zero on his tail. Lt Hunter hearing his call for help screams head on towards Morgan and the Zero. Morgan breaks hard left giving Hunter a clean shot at the Zero, downing it in a long burst, unfortunately Hunter flies thru the wreckage of the Zero. Lt Hunter was last seen underchute drifting towards the jungle. Lt Mahoney was able to down yet another Oscar that day, bringing his total kills to 17. Three P-40s and 1 Whirlwind, 6 Oscars, 5 Nates, 2 BF 109's, and 2 Zeros would not be retuning home that day. Lt Smith flying his recon plane sighted 39 Japanese units moving towards Singapore. Percival looked around at his fortifications, (3 and 95% to 4), he hoped it would help his troops (1126 AV). Nightly naval bombardments have been doing very little recently. Mid afternoon on the 10th, air warning sirens went off all around Singapore. Fighters scrambled as fast as they could to meet the Oscars sweeping at 33k feet. Shortly after the Oscars are dealt with Bettys are seen on the horizon. The Bettys try and attack a cruiser, but only one of them make it through. In all 12 Oscars and 10 Bettys are lost. I have a bad feeling that Singers will fall on the first attack. I want to pull back my fighters.

Question before I have to leave. The Burma road is closed, but the 2 units who closed it has entered a hex that I own. If I come behind them with my own units and flip the hexs into my control, due I open up the Burma road?



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RE: Extra, Extra read all about it!!!!! - 11/5/2018 7:33:58 PM   
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Chinese bombers flew and struck the 55th and 33rd Jap divisions at Pegu. LRCAP caught 4 of them before they could drop their bombs and head towards home. Blenheims I bomb Moulmeims port and sink the sub hiding in it. Half of those bombers are lost. Japanese and Thai units attack on morning of the 10th, the attack is repulsed easily by the allied units. Several Burmese units took the brunt of the attack, but they hold the line against overwhelming casualties. Almost 1,200 Axis troops are killed, 147 inf squads are disabled/destroyed compared to 334 KIA 45 disabled and 16 vehicles disabled.


Gen MacArthur was confidently into the room full of reports, he is grinning from ear to ear. Yesterday, I planned and ordered my ships to go and attack an amphibious TF. They attacked this morning, in what is the greatest naval victory of the war for us. My ships sunk 2 Japanese ships, left 5 with heavy fires/damage and 3 other on fire. We have 2 ships with moderate damage, one with light damage and one with a small dent in the side. I have brought you 2 victories in the past few days, I plan on bringing more in the coming months.




Its kinda hard to keep up the story line, I find myself going back to the bullet statements of the past. Sorry for that.

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RE: Extra, Extra read all about it!!!!! - 11/9/2018 12:19:29 AM   
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On the 11th of Feb CPT Bufton's bombardment TF hits Johore Bahru. The ships open up and plaster the AF with 20 shells, destroying several bombers, and damaging at least a dozen more. Recon showed that over 350 souls were taken that night. That same night, TF 253 bombards Moulmein and kills 105. Gen MacArthur was in a good mode until bombers showed up over Clark and Manila's AFs. Moderate damage was reported at Manila, and Clark's is still closed.

LTC Van Roalofen watched as his KNIL troops fought bravely against a numerically superior Italian and ACEH force. This was the third attack on Padang. KNIL soldiers ran out of AP rounds for their 47mm anti tank guns. The Italian tankettes start to roll across the Dutch defenses. LTC Roalofen walked to the front lines with the 3rd KNIL rgt. He picked up a rifle from a fallen soldier and joined his soldiers in a fight to the death. The 3rd KNIL rgt fought to the last man, only a handful of men from two Dutch units escaped into the jungle.

LCDR Morgan CO of DD Encounter was shocked to hear his look outs yell torpedo's in the water. Both torpedo's missed their mark, word went out quickly that mini subs are in the area. Before word reached Singapore 3 different explosions were heard in the mine field outside the harbor. CPT Bufton was shocked for the second time in one night, his look out's spotted barges, all 12 was sunk quickly. Bombers attack the TF just before they reach their destination. Fighters try and intercept the bombers, but these fighters are not night fighters. Several medium bombers are destroyed by fighters and by ship flak. Just under 100 causalities are reported from the bombardments, while at Moulmein 200 causalities are reported. SSX 26 is able to hit a small xAP in Singapore's harbor, the xAP is damaged but will survive. Minutes after the xAP Hong Kong is hit by a torpedo, and explosion is noted close by from the mine field. The crew of the PG Rousseau hit I-166 3 times near Palembang, and KV gets 3 hits on another sub near Sydney.

MacArthur send out his daily report on the 11th of Feb, more fighters are noted than before. Just as before bombers hit Clark's and Manila's AFs. Gen Wainwright's reports mentions half of each bombing raid is damaged by AA. Float planes attack a Jap DD on an ASW patrol, but all bombs miss. Chaing Kai Shek reports daily bombings around China. Chaing was happy to report that the 4th Mixed BDE was route by 2 of his Corps near Nanning.

BGEN Farwell was shocked when the Japanese and Thai forces attacked again. The 1st and 2nd RTA division is reported to be trashed along with the 33rd Japanese division the 55th is reported at half strength. Intercepted casualty reports from the Thai units mentions, 672 killed with 94 inf squads disabled. Farwell reports to his superiors that he only suffered 113, KIA's 11 inf disabled and 24 vehicles destroyed/damaged. The 43rd Cav took the brunt of the attack CPT Richhpal Ram was put in for the Victoria Cross, he had 3 tankettes shot out from under him, despite being grievously wounded he stayed calm and kept his men in the fight repulsing the main attack from the 2nd RTA division.

Wainwright's Feb. 13th's report mentions that 3 US subs encounters the Jap DD on ASW, 3 Jap SSX tries to penetrate the mine field and is reported sunk. AA is still damaging half the attacking bombers. He request more subs to run supply missions. Supply is 42k and falling.

TF 253 bombards Moulmein again inflicting 50 deaths. Civilians in Prome report that Japanese bombers bombed them. No Allied troops are in the area.

Gen Kung reports to Chain Kai Shek, that Axis forces attacked on the 13th. They had been expecting an attack and was ready for them. Attacked to his report is the causality report below.




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RE: Extra, Extra read all about it!!!!! - 11/9/2018 2:31:36 PM   
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And where was that Japanese attack in the combat report taking place?

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RE: Extra, Extra read all about it!!!!! - 11/10/2018 1:31:22 AM   
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BBFanboy: I guess I forgot to put Tsaiotaso, China

Forts were 4 and now they are 2. My little newspaper thing doesn't give me a lot of space to write in. I am afraid that if Wolf attacks again I will lose the base. My Indian Divison are in decent shape one has 337 AV the other 294 (some disablements) and the French BDE has 123 AV, I have a total of 823 AV in the Hex. I am thinking of pulling out all my planes. What do you all think? combat report is in the next post. Will post more on this later.




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RE: Extra, Extra read all about it!!!!! - 11/10/2018 1:31:59 AM   
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RE: Extra, Extra read all about it!!!!! - 11/12/2018 1:12:45 AM   
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Deep in a smoke filled bunker on Singapore, Gen Percival orders all ships that can leave to set sail, all planes to fly to closest bases. CPT Bufton is ordered to bombard Japanese positions on Singapore along with another TF made up of 2 French BC's. They are ordered to head south to escape the anticipated bombings that will come during the day. After some pointers both TFs arm their weapons and cut loose for a mad minute. Over 600 Japanese are killed in the island shaking bombardment. Before heading south all ship rearmed and moved out. CPT Williams of the CB Imperieus watched as 3 60kg bomb struck his ship, in 2 days he will be able to get his baby out of dry dock. He knows he is a sitting duck and prays for bad weather. Everyone expected another all out attack by the Japs. Forts raised by 12% and 20 AV was recovered. Several units left by boat and 2 are being flown out that were not needed or was to badly mauled to contribute to the defense of Singapore.

Up north at Pegu Gen Farewell watched as bombers attacked his troop unmolested killing 170. He called for some fighters. After a long Arse chewing of yours truly fighter, were transferred to Pegu. Just like Singapore a few bombers damaged and a couple destroyed.

Gen MacArthur read his evening reports about Clark AF and Manila's AF being bombed again. Gen Wainright sent a report to Pearl stating Guam was attacked by air and sea. Half the bombers are damaged and the SSX that tried to sneak into the harbor struck a mine.


I didn't think Wolf would do another shock attack at Singapore, but couldn't rule it out. I was scared that it would of finished Singapore off and all the planes there. I'm not the best at the ground game. Anyone got any comments or thoughts?

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RE: Extra, Extra read all about it!!!!! - 11/12/2018 6:09:51 PM   
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The writing is on the wall - despite a larger number of total casualties, the IJA suffered fewer destroyed combat squads than you and their disabled squads can recover. Even worse, he now has a river crossing hex side that he can use to bring in more troops without a shock attack.

He will likely pause for a day or two and then SA again. Fly out cadres now!

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RE: Extra, Extra read all about it!!!!! - 11/14/2018 1:29:29 AM   
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BBfanboy: You are right. I have already got cadres out of what I want to keep and rebuild. I am glad I flew out my planes. It was hard to do that with a perfectly operating runway and facilities. I am thinking Singapore will fall on the next attack

The date is really the 16th of Feb 42

Chiang Kai Shek received in his daily briefing that the Japs bombed several bases with minimal loses, the worrisome report is that several Jap units have showed up at Kunming. No intel or sighting of these units have been noted. Reinforcments will move to this base ASAP.

Several ASW forces attacks subs around the Pacific. Most notably the French KVs near Sydney land 3 hits on I-8.

Gen Shilling commanding officer of Java, is alerted that the 1st Para Division had dropped on Djambi and captured it. He immediately orders all bombers to attack the oil fields. He is also told that all the survivors of Padang have been killed. Intel officers are telling him that Italian and ACEH forces are moving on Palembang.

Gen Farwell watched as the cruisers opened fire on the Japanese positions. He was told that spotters counted around a 124 KIA's. He was shaving when the air raid siren started to go off. As he was entering the bunker he saw P39s, and Hurricane fighters scream into the air. Lt Hague and Landry flying P39s sighted Nate fighters approaching, they jump on the Nates. Hague downs one on his first pass, but Landry was able to get 2 with is first pass. Both pilots will eventually shoot down 4 planes each giving them both double aces. Lt Farmer also claims 4 kills on the day giving him a tally of 12 kills. AM Stevenson is told that the Japanese loses were 23 Sallys lost to A2A and 4 flak, 12 BF 109's, 11 Ann's, 5 Nate's, 3 Ro 57's, to only 4 Hurricanes, but several Hurri's and P39s are damaged.

CPT Bufton's TFs bombarded the Japanese positions on Singapore Island. Observers from the Allied side conted around 350 casualities. Buftons forces reloaded before they headed south for the day, he vowed he'd be back again during the night.

Lieutenant Adnan Saidi, the commanding officer of the adhoc Indian, Malaysian force, tasked with holding Bukit Chandu, was checking on his men when the second attack on Singapore started. His make shift battalion was attacked by the 3 Thai inf div, and the 2nd Thai inf rgt. Saidi ran from position to position issuing order and calming his men down. Several hours later Adnan stopped and took a look around him as the battle had ended. His battalion was ruined, but they held the line, infront of them lay the decimated 2nd Thai rgt, the 3 Thai divison is shattered with a little more than a battalion worth of infantry soldiers left to fight. A wounded Saidi sent a runner back to HQ for replacements, he watched as a few cooks and clerks marched to his positions. Spotters see the 1st Tank division and the 4th tank rgt moving towards the AF, the two small AFV units move to intercept it with the 2nd Loyal Bn. The 9th Indian Div was moved in to stop the advancement of the 1st Tank division after it destroyed the 2 Indian AFV units. Gen Moore surveyed the leveled city in front him. He was saddened by the number of Daimlers and Marmon Herrington's smoking, the one good thing he can take away from this battle is that the 4th tank rgt is done for a long time and the 1st tank division is hurting. Percival listens to the casualty reports carefully. The 2 Indian divisons and French BDE are in decent shape, but the other combat units are pretty much done for. Intercepted Japanese cables report that the 50th divison is down to 50 combat squands, the Imperial Guards is down to 126 combat squads, a several other divisions are almost as bad as the Imperial Guards division.

Percivial watched as Imperieus was struck by 3 more bombs, he thinks 2 more days and she will be able to sail south to safety. He knows atleast one Jap subs is patrolling south of Singapore. ASW TFs have encountered I-166 several times in the past few days.





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RE: Extra, Extra read all about it!!!!! - 11/15/2018 11:28:25 PM   
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Just before 0100 on Feb 17th CPT Bufton's TFs open up on the Japanese troops on Singapore Island. Spotters report 317 casualities. They then reload and head south to hide from enemy bombers. Captains of various transport ships get their orders to start moving towards Singapore from where ever they were at. Transport planes have been moving to Palembang or already there moving troops. An xAKL is sunk just off Palembang by a German sub. The harbor master watches as bombers come over the harbor and take aim the HMS Imperieus. Seven bombs hit the ship, in just a few hours the ship will be able to leave port and head south to safety. Workers move around fixing the light damage done to the harbor. Ground troops are cleaning weapons building more fortifications, for the next attack.

Scuttlebutt starts making its rounds about the big air raid on Bangkok harbor. They say heavy American bombers with some British medium bombers hit the harbor with around 26 ships at anchor. Two Tsukuba class CB's where present and took over 50 bomb hits, 3 TB's are reported hit and 2 might have been sunk, around 6 xAK's were also reported hit, with light damage to the port itself. More information leaks out from Percival's HQ. Soldiers are hearing about another big air battle over Pegu today. Fighter pilots are reporting that they have shot down 18 Ann's, 8 Bf 109's, 5 Nates for only 2 Hurricanes. Information is also release about the naval bombardment of Pegu killing 120 Japanese. The last bite of good news is that American bombers attacked Djambi's oil destroying 20 wells.

As CPT Bufton's bombardment TFs start heading south from bombarding Singapore again they get the distress call from HMS Imperieus, she was listing to the starboard side after she took a torpedo from a Jap sub. Several DDs were able to pick up the survivors of the Imperieus. Although the bombardment killed 348, the mood was somber, everyone had a friend on the Imperieus. Percival looks out his bunker as the Japanese make a deliberate attack on his forces. The Japs breach his final line of fortifications. Lt Saidi's unit stands up againist another attack. The first wave is stopped with heavy casualties to the enemy. His adhoc unit is eventually over ran. The 2n Loyal Bn is rushed into the gap, they stop the advance but at the expense of everyone in the Bn. Witness's say that the Japanese took out their anger on Lt Saidi's body for the large number of causalities his unit caused. Witnesses say that the Japanese hung him upside down and used his body for bayonet practice.

Gen Li CO at Kunming China watched as Japanese forces attacked his troops. The firs attack happened on the Feb 17 the attack was repulsed with no loses to any Chinese troops and 214 to the Japanese. the 21st Mixed BDE attacked again on the morning of the 18th, this time they did reach the main line of defense of the Chinese. They fell back quickly, Gen Li is reporting that Japanese troops are leaving the area quickly. The second AVG flew into Kunming on the 17th after some bombers bombed the troops. They scored big on the 18th shooting down 15 Liz bombers and 5 lilly's. Tsiaotso is attacked again by Axis forces. Gen Fu watched his forces stand tall against an overwhelming attack. He has watched his troop go from green peasants to hardened veterans. He is now seeing some elite troops start to form. He doubts that the Axis forces will attack again anytime soon.

Gen Wainwright reports that one Seagull was lost when they attacked some shipping near Guam. Supply is holding around 40k.

Gen Ter Poorten the commanding officer of the KNIL. He is handed a report by his AM. he reads the report: Fighters 400, Heavy Bombers 29, Med Bombers 85, Dive Bombers 88, Torpedo bombers 34 with more close by and coming. He asks for a report on ground troops.




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Singapore is lost on the next attack. Around 26,500 causalities have been suffered by the Japanese since they attack Johore Bahru. My transports should reach Singapore on the next turn. If he hasn't taking it by then, I will load up one of the Indian Divisions and sail south to Java. Both are in decent shape, the 11th is in pretty good shape. It looks like when all this is said and done 8 divisions and a tank division will need some time to fix disablements and draw replacements. This will give me more time to prepare Java. I don't think he will land troops at Palembang, I bet he will use Djambi to offload the troops and use the Italian and ACEH troops to try and take Palembang More later.

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Singapore Falls!!!! - 11/19/2018 12:37:57 AM   
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Gen Percival paced around his bunker, reports where coming in that the Japanese were gearing up for another attack. Orders had been issued, ammunition passed out. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry was on the line with a rifle. Everyone knew that this was probably their last battle. Everyone prayed that the Japanese would rest for one more day. Men cheered as CPT Bufton's TF opened up on Jap positions during the night. Everyone was hoping for an extra large body count, only 240 were reported killed. Percival watched as tanks drove straight up the center of Singapore with infantry following. The tanks broke through the last fortified positions. Soldiers of the 9th and 11th Indian divisions fought to the last man. By 1600 the battle was over, most of the Allied forces had been killed, the rest surrendered. On the night of the 19th CPT Bufton's TFs steam into Singapores harbor and open up a can of whoop arse, 920 Japanese soldiers are killed in the barrage. French BC Strasbourg runs into a mine while leaving. It has light damage but will leave the area to repair with several other ships. Col Carmichael the leader of American heavy bomber section bombed Sinapore's AFs on the 21st and 22nd, he reports encountering Italain fighters and doing light damage to the AF. Maj Born of the American Medium bombers that attacked Singapore along with the heavy bombers reported the same thing. No US bombers were lost, but a few were damaged. Singapore's industrial centers were left mostly intact, the air fields and harbor was lightly damaged and the repair yard was moderately damaged. Around 32k Japanese lost their lives taking Singapore from the British.

Just south of Singapore, outside of Palembang, the crew of the AM Ballart gets 6 light hits on I-166. West of Sydney Am Wollongong had been dueling with a Jap sub for several weeks. Today all hands were lost when the Am took a torpedo.

USAAC's 34th squadron were tasked with sweeping Djambi on the 19th before Maj Born's medium bombers attack the oil fields again. Maj Ellis's fighters claim 7 Oscars for the loss of 4 P40E's, 48 oil wells are hit over 2 days. Col Carmichael's heavy bombers hit the AF at Djambi and cause moderate damage.

TF 253 bombard Pegu several nights killing around 270 Thai's. AM Stevenson's fighters rise up to meet Nate and BF 109 fighter sweeps. At the end of the day 7 BF 109s, 6 Nates, 5 Ro 57s, and 3 Zeros are reported lost for 5 Hurricanes. ACEH submarines are harassing shipping around Rangoon. 2 KV's are dispatched to deal with the subs. ACEH sub sinks a small TK near Rangoon.

Gen Chaing Kai Shek gets reports of daily bombings. He is lunch is interrupted with news of a major battle at Tsiaotso. Gen Fu watches as his soldiers repel attack after attack. He now see's that the 80th Corp is turning into an elite unit.

ABCA command receive intel that the Japanese is sending a base force to Ternate aboard warships. Adm Doorman has 2 BC's and 2 CL with a bunch of DDs in 2 TFs, they will run into Ternate tonite. The suspected fast transport TF is 6 hex's north of Ternate.




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RE: Singapore Falls!!!! - 11/19/2018 6:03:37 PM   
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At least the Chinese caused 4-1 in loses against the Japanese.

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RE: Singapore Falls!!!! - 11/21/2018 2:01:57 AM   
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Bif1961: Yes, the Chinese have done very well for themselves. A little more supply and fewer disablements in this mod.

24th Feb 42

Adm Doormans TF steams into Ternates coastal waters and finds its prey. Japanese lookouts spots the Dutch ships first and opens fire first. The French DD Mameluck, has no luck and eats a torpedo fired from the CL Oi right off the bat. Both TFs elect to withdraw from combat. Before the Dutch ships could get out of range DD Kortner is hit by a 15cm shell from CL Tama French DD Bison II is also hit by a 15cm shell while withdrawing from the battlefield. ADM Doorman dispatches the wounded DDs and brings in 2 CLs and a few DDs. He elects to head back to Ternate expecting the TF to return the next night. He was happy when his lookouts spot the Japanese TF. Japanese Cruiser Chishmia opens fires on the Dutch ships. CL Rotterdam's crew lands the first shot on CL Oi. The crew of the Rotterdam hits the Oi several times along with 2 other ships. They also became the main target of the Japanese ships. She only took 3 hits but the last hit struck her boiler room and put out her engines. BC Batavier hit the CA Chishmia and CS Miraglia with its 35cm guns. DD Mayrant lands shots on multiple ships as it trys to screen Rotterdam. Japanese TF breaks off, Adm Doorman orders all ships to move towards Ambon and air cover. Rotterdam's crew desperately tries to get the engines going again, then Japanese bombers are sighted and attack. She takes 6 bombs before she slips under the waves. B 26 torpedo bombers fly past the limits of its fighter escorts to attack the damaged Japanese TF, they are greeted by Jap fighters. Only one of them is able to get its torpedo to strike home, CS Miraglia is the unlucky ship, but 16 B26 bombers and 2 French Bre 694's are lost. Three CVL's are close by, and are moving into strike position. All subs in the area smell the blood aand are heading towards the TF. The USMC with its new fighter P50 will see its first combat with a sweep of Ternate tomorrow.

Bf 109's sweep Pegu, British Hurricanes flying CAP tangle with them. At the end of the day 5 Hurri's are lost, to no German planes. German U boat 33 is spotted by a Dutch PF and takes 2 near misses.

On the 23rd of Feb Japanese ground troops launch 2 land attacks in China. Tsiaotso and Chenchow, at both bases Chinese troops fought bravely carried the day, but the writing is on the wall. They can not hold their positions for much longer. They will hold for as long as they can and then make an order withdraw to positions around Sian.




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RE: Singapore Falls!!!! - 11/21/2018 3:30:27 PM   
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Interesting that the Japanese have discovered a way to load 15cm shells into their 14cm guns ....

Too bad CL Rotterdam had such poor luck, but if that IJN CA and CL sunk it is more than worth it. And a torpedo hit on that CS should have resulted in a lot more troop losses, even if the CS did not sink.

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RE: Singapore Falls!!!! - 11/23/2018 1:35:58 AM   
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BBfanyboy: You are right, it is 14cm. CS took a TT hit from bombers. I will have to look up to see if any troops were lost.

25th Feb 42

Gen Wainright, looks up at the Betty bombers bombing the AF. He watches as the AAA Gunners damage about half the attacking bombers. Yet they still keep coming. Supply is under 40K, sub transport has helped a lot, but it can't keep them in the green. He hopes the transports sent can reach the island, as he looks out to see.

Gen MacArthur, reads his daily reports about bombings of Clark and Manila AF's. Japanese troops are just to the North of Clark AF and Manila. No sign of them attacking south, yet.

Gen Farwell, watched as allied bombers flew overhead, He watched in horror as Axis fighters dove at the bombers. The first wave of bombers drop their bombs and exit the are before the fighters can get at them. The other waves weren't so lucky. Farwell sent out patrols to rescue downed air crews. Soldiers were able to find 5 of the 6 air crews. One of them is missing, 2 are dead, and 2 are wounded. The bombers where able to kill 100 Thai soldiers.

Ternate was quiet today. Search planes report 3 Alf float planes floating along with a lot of debris north of Ternate(I have 3 Alfs reported as ground loses, also a CL is reported as sunk). These same search planes report CS Mirglia is 2 hexs north of Ternate and by itself. Cpt Deleusess has ordered his 3 CVL's to move north between Ternate and Peileiu. They made the move around Ternate unnoticied. Now they will be ready to strike the remnants of the fast transport TF tomorrow.

Gen Hu watched as Japanese forces attack again. His troops had done well for the past attacks. Today he watched the Jap's breach his fortifications, and his troops panic and flee for their lives back to Loyang.




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RE: Singapore Falls!!!! - 11/27/2018 9:00:49 PM   
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28th Feb 42

Nav search planes report DMS's at Singapore sweeping mines, on the 26th of Feb. CPT Hewitt of the CL Dauntless speeds into Singapore Harbor and runs into 2 mine sweeping TFs. The frist one had 2 DMS's in it, W-4 took 6 hits and was reported as having heavy fires, with heavy damage. While the other DMS took 1 shell hit. CPT Hewitt reported that it had a mixture of DMS and SC's, he reported that he left 2 SCs on fire from one hit apiece and hitting one more DMS with a single shell, before heading form home.

Recon pilots from the Dutch V.K. A3 squadron have reported fighters at Djambi. 34th PS squadron (from Guam) got the task of sweeping the fighters. Lt Mahoney calls out his 18th kill, on the day the 34th shoots down 12 G 50 Bis for the loss of none.

Outside of Ternate several subs take shots at CL Kuma and CS Mirgilia, both miss. Bombers from the British CVL's manage to hit both CL Kuma, and DD Yugure with 500 pounders each. Unconfirmed intel reports that DD Yugure and CS Mirgilia have sunk at Pelieu. On the 27th USMC Skyrocket's makes its debut. USMC VMO 10 takes on Zeros and Oscars over Ternate. Marines claim 7 Zero's and 1 Oscar, for the loss of 4 Skyrockets.

Gen Wainwright scans the ocean to the west of Guam, as bombers bomb the AF behind him.

Gen MacArthur sent out a message that Jap units have been seen marching towards Clark Airfield, from 2 different directions.

Gen Wilson watches as his 24th Inf Division unloads at Tjilatjap. He gets word that the 9th Australian Inf Division will so been departing Darwin for Tjilatjap in a few days. The 7th Australian Inf Division is boarding ships for Rangoon.

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RE: Singapore Falls!!!! - 11/29/2018 8:19:48 PM   
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Lookout aboard the PC Yara, spots I-159. I-159 is hit with one depth charge out side of Palembang. Fighters of the 34th, 20th, and 13th PS groups sweep Djambi and shoot down 5 more G-50 planes. Lt Gibbons claims his 5th and 6th kills, making him the USAAC's newest ace.

Zeros on low nav attack 2 DDs on ASW patrol outside Rangoon, both DDs take a single 20mm cannon shell for little damage. They have requested fighter support from the No. 17 squadron. Air raid sirens scream all around Rangoon, as Bf 109 fighters sweep the skies. No allied fighters are on CAP. DD Imogen, one of the DD's struck by the Zero's, sighted and struck ACEH sub near Rangoon with 6 near misses.

MacArthur reads his situation reports, as bombs drop on Clark AF. He wonders how large a force is moving on Clark Field. Should he move forces from Manila to help defend Clark?

Wainright happily watches Jap bombers bomb his AFs. Damage is light on the AFs. Eng's almost have the AF open.

Gen Hu at Cheghow orders fighters to fly down for a day. After several days of bombings he is tired of it. No fighters have been seen with the bombers. He expects good results from the Chinese fighters. LTC Cheah commander of Kiuchuan base reports that a Japanese unit is outside his fortifications. Gen Sun of the 41st Chinese Corp is ordered to go reinforce Kiuchuan.

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RE: Combat in China - 11/29/2018 11:46:25 PM   
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Gen Ter Pooten, looks over reports and Maps of the Dutch East Indies. He was told at the beginning of the war that he would receive help from everyone in the Pacific. He doubted it at first. Now, he see's that promises are being fulfilled. Word is that the 24th US Inf Div is offloading at Tjilatjap. Two US Art units are already at Java along with, 55th Inf Rgt, 119th Mot Rgt, 115th Cav Rgt, 3 AAA units, and some engineers. He was told that maybe more US units will be heading his way.

He looks at what the British and Indians has sent the 18th Inf Division, 45th and 46th Indian BDE's, 2/15h Indian Bn, 42nd Cav Rgt, 3 Heavy AAA,and 2 Light AAA units. They have also promised more in the future. The Australians have promised the 8 Australian Inf Division, but there seems to be a problem combining the unit. It is unknow if they will make the fight, maybe another division will be in its place.

He looks at the ground troop totals. He has 505 AV of Dutch infantry, a mixture of 741 of Dutch infantry with Armor. Morale is improving and training is helping them gain experience. He looks at what the Allies have sent 1583 AV of infantry. In all he has 2,829 AV on Java. He would like to have 4,000 with a few more solid Infantry Division. but not many of those are around.

He glances at the air assets in the area. AFs are being built within the defensive line zone on Java. Attention is being placed on one that can't be hit by naval bombardment. He has at the moment: fighters 281, Dive bombers 97, Medium Bombers 137, Heavy Bombers 76, Torpedo Bombers 75 along with nav search planes and transports.

He is told that naval assets will vary depending on what the Axis do with their navy. He will have around 35 subs, Probably 2 or so battleships, 3 to 5 battlecruisers, 8 or so heavy cruisers, 7 light cruisers, and a bunch of destroyers. Carriers will be dependent upon Jap CVs. No one knows where they are at the moment. Ter Pooten takes a deep sigh and closes his eye, will this be enough.




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RE: Combat in China - 11/29/2018 11:55:42 PM   
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If well-supplied, Batavia can hold out for a while with the Urban terrain. From the picture shown, I doubt it will be enough to hold off a concerted effort from the IJN/IJA. Depending on where he lands, however, you can concentrate your forces.

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