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witpqs -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/13/2012 3:01:44 PM)

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ORIGINAL: obvert

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ORIGINAL: Q-Ball

I think you got Palembang. While I would have brought more than 65th Bde, or a better quality formation, the units he has in Palembang are fragments and generally really bad. The Landstrom Bns are useless at this stage, only the Punjabs have any real fight.
A single shock attack should end it.

I am in favor of a Palembang move early for one other reason: It's a good airfield for covering a move on Java


Thanks. I'm wary of shocking as I don't want to trash the oil. He's now moved out all air cover, so I'll bomb the ground troops and then DA. This might take several attacks, but I hope will be more gentle to the infrastructure.

If I'm wrong and extending the siege will be worse, let me know. I've always had luck getting most of Palembang intact, so I'm not really sure the conditions most likely to blow up oil wells.

A wiser move, IMO. AFAIK you don't know what is the fortification level. With the terrain and forts plus any decent die roll your force could take enough damage to need reinforcement to take the place. DAs, especially with aerial help, should push through them. A naval bombardment wouldn't hurt.




SqzMyLemon -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/13/2012 4:24:23 PM)

Looks like you are in good shape at Palembang. I'd be concerned about trashing the facilities with a shock attack, and as witpqs points out, a failed one at this point would be an unnecessary setback. Here's to Palembang intact or slightly damaged upon capture!




obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/13/2012 5:39:27 PM)

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ORIGINAL: witpqs

A wiser move, IMO. AFAIK you don't know what is the fortification level. With the terrain and forts plus any decent die roll your force could take enough damage to need reinforcement to take the place. DAs, especially with aerial help, should push through them. A naval bombardment wouldn't hurt.


I bombarded by sea about a week ago and the damage is still showing on the port. I feel if I went in again I might be pushing my luck as that one took 49 points off of the refineries. I don't want to do the same or worse to the oil.

The forts shouldn't be too high. I think he's got something up his sleeve though. The number of units just went up! I'll report more and look back to figure out how much increase this could have been. I think he expected me to attack immediately and tried to encourage me by evacuating all fighters and by showing movement out of the base while strat moving and/or flying more forces into it. Oosthaven is now down to one unit.

The good thing is that a strong force s here and will remain. Now that something is landed I'm not in as much of a hurry and could even add a few SNLF units easily. After not getting it early, slow and steady might win the race here this time, surprisingly.




obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/13/2012 6:55:21 PM)

27 December 1941
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DEI: Torsten did go strongly at the Palembang invasion force today. Except that it was unloading some supply at Sinkep Island protected by 4 CA and 4 DD. The mini-KB pulled back as well, just even with Singkawang to get LR CAP support. That was useful today as he threw all kinds of crap bombers its way. There were no hits on any ships.

Kates however did hit the CL Ceres and CL Caledon that had tried to interdict the landing today and were stationed one hex out of Palembang. A stronger force was in the Palembang hex. he's very good at flooding a zone with surface ships, and I'm glad I pulled back today to get a better look at what was coming. Now our 4 CA TF at Sinkep will try to finish off the two CLs and then head back to cover the rest of the fleet.

An SNLF has walked to Sambas and will DA there tomorrow. Another is heading to Pontiniak.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Singkawang at 56,88

Weather in hex: Overcast

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8



Allied aircraft
Hudson I x 6


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Hudson I: 4 destroyed



CAP engaged:
Hosho-1/A with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
Zuiho-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 9000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Palembang at 49,90

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13
B5N1 Kate x 17



Japanese aircraft losses
B5N1 Kate: 1 damaged
B5N1 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
CL Caledon, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CL Ceres, Torpedo hits 1




Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B5N1 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Singkawang at 54,88

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13



Allied aircraft
Blenheim IF x 10
Hudson I x 3


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IF: 3 destroyed
Hudson I: 1 destroyed



CAP engaged:
Hosho-1/A with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Singkawang at 54,88

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 31 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18



Allied aircraft
Blenheim IF x 5
139WH-3 x 14
B-339D x 9
Hudson I x 1


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IF: 1 destroyed
139WH-3: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
139WH-3: 1 destroyed by flak
B-339D: 4 destroyed


Japanese Ships
CVL Zuiho
CVL Ryujo
DD Susuki



Aircraft Attacking:
5 x 139WH-3 bombing from 6000 feet
Naval Attack: 3 x 300 kg SAP Bomb
3 x 139WH-3 bombing from 6000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 300 kg SAP Bomb
6 x 139WH-3 bombing from 6000 feet
Naval Attack: 3 x 300 kg SAP Bomb
1 x Hudson I bombing from 6000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Hosho-1/A with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 6 on standby, 1 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Singkawang at 54,88

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11



Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 12
139WH-3 x 3


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 3 destroyed, 4 damaged
Blenheim IV: 1 destroyed by flak


Japanese Ships
BB Mutsu



Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Blenheim IV bombing from 3000 feet
Naval Attack: 4 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
4 x Blenheim IV bombing from 3000 feet
Naval Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Hosho-1/A with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes


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China: In China the air war went our way again also. The AVG got tangled with some zeros defending Nanchang as we bombed the KMT forces there. In the end 3 more went down to no loss of zeros. bombing was fierce, and I'm amazed he's not pulling these back now. The extra division has now moved into the city to solidify defenses there.

interestingly there is a movement flag on a group of three units heading to Kuikiang across the river. This can't be true, as the division there behind level 3 forts in swamp territory would tear them apart. At any rate, I'm not going to bomb or move anything for a while to see if it really happens because I'm all for that engagement.

The division and tanks moving to Sinyang will attack a blocking unit tomorrow. They will then move into the city removing any real danger from this point. The place should hit level 3 in two days and is up to 678 AV right now. It would take 2k AV or more of good Corps to break through that, and with 500 more AV of fresh troops moving in there is no chance it would fall any time soon. His only chance is if he can attack within the next tow days before the tanks arrive.

PI: Bombers in the PI tried for Vigan and the Nates there performed admirably, shooting down two B-10 and one B-17. Amazing.

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The Nate is seeing more action than I'd like, but isn't doing badly in defensive roles.

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obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/13/2012 8:49:44 PM)

28 December 1941
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DEI: Our CAs performed terribly today. I thought I'd been through all of these captains, but apparently not.

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 49,90, Range 10,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Mogami
CA Mikuma
CA Suzuya
CA Kumano
DD Arashi
DD Hagikaze
DD Michishio
DD Samidare
DD Shirayuki
DD Hatsuyuki

Allied Ships
DD Banckert, Shell hits 1
DD Witte de With
DD Piet Hein, Shell hits 2



Improved night sighting under 75% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 75% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 10,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 10,000 yards
Chompff, J.M.L.I. crosses the 'T'
DD Michishio engages DD Piet Hein at 10,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages DD Witte de With at 10,000 yards
DD Michishio engages DD Banckert at 10,000 yards
CA Mogami engages DD Piet Hein at 10,000 yards
DD Banckert engages DD Hatsuyuki at 10,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Banckert at 10,000 yards
DD Banckert engages DD Hagikaze at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Piet Hein at 8,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages DD Piet Hein at 8,000 yards
CA Mikuma engages DD Piet Hein at 8,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Banckert at 8,000 yards
DD Piet Hein engages DD Arashi at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
CA Kumano engages DD Piet Hein at 10,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages DD Piet Hein at 10,000 yards
CA Mikuma engages DD Banckert at 10,000 yards
CA Mogami engages DD Piet Hein at 10,000 yards
DD Piet Hein engages DD Hatsuyuki at 10,000 yards
DD Shirayuki engages DD Piet Hein at 10,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Piet Hein at 10,000 yards
DD Michishio engages DD Piet Hein at 10,000 yards
DD Hagikaze engages DD Banckert at 10,000 yards
DD Arashi engages DD Piet Hein at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
DD Michishio engages DD Piet Hein at 9,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages DD Piet Hein at 9,000 yards
DD Banckert engages DD Arashi at 9,000 yards
CA Mogami engages DD Piet Hein at 9,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Piet Hein at 9,000 yards
DD Michishio engages DD Witte de With at 9,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 49,90, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Mogami
CA Mikuma
CA Suzuya
CA Kumano
DD Arashi
DD Hagikaze
DD Michishio
DD Samidare
DD Shirayuki
DD Hatsuyuki

Allied Ships
CL Ceres
CL Caledon, heavy damage


Improved night sighting under 82% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 82% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 11,000 yards
CL Ceres engages DD Arashi at 11,000 yards
Allied Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...


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Then, just after two fast transports unloaded a flood of Allied TFs come in to attack. Good force composition on these. The stronger one acme in second and I thought the two CAs were goners. After the turn though, they are not quite as bad as it looked. Still tenuous, with system damage at 55 and 64, but the other levels are low. Put them on cruise and I'm hoping he's got nothing more to throw at me for now.

Two DDs went down for probably two of his, but that of course is worse for me.

A 3 BB TF will move over tomorrow at flank to cover the retreat and another 3 CA are moving in from the West and will also be in the area to pick up any pieces that are left.

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Pre-Invasion action off Samarinda (65,96)

25 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
CA Chokai
CA Atago
DD Yugiri
DD Minegumo

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


Allied ground losses:
86 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)


CA Chokai firing at Samarinda KNIL Battalion
CA Atago firing at Samarinda KNIL Battalion
DD Yugiri firing at Samarinda KNIL Battalion
DD Minegumo firing at Samarinda KNIL Battalion
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 5,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Samarinda (65,96)

TF 5 troops unloading over beach at Samarinda, 65,96





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Pre-Invasion action off Samarinda (65,96)

35 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
DD Umikaze
DD Oyashio
DD Shikinami

Japanese ground losses:
30 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled



DD Umikaze firing at Samarinda KNIL Battalion
DD Oyashio firing at Samarinda KNIL Battalion
DD Umikaze 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 2,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Samarinda (65,96)

TF 133 troops unloading over beach at Samarinda, 65,96





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Day Time Surface Combat, near Samarinda at 65,96, Range 21,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Kuroshio, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Oyashio, Shell hits 6, heavy fires
DD Umikaze
DD Uranami, Shell hits 1, heavy fires
DD Shikinami, Shell hits 1, on fire

Allied Ships
CL Leander, Shell hits 1
CL Achilles
CL Perth
CL Glasgow, Shell hits 1
DD Tenedos, Shell hits 1
DD Encounter
DD Isis, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Le Triomphant



Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 21,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 21,000 yards
CL Perth engages DD Oyashio at 21,000 yards
DD Shikinami engages DD Encounter at 21,000 yards
DD Shikinami engages DD Tenedos at 21,000 yards
DD Uranami engages DD Isis at 21,000 yards
CL Achilles engages DD Oyashio at 21,000 yards
CL Glasgow engages DD Oyashio at 21,000 yards
DD Uranami engages DD Le Triomphant at 21,000 yards
DD Uranami engages DD Tenedos at 21,000 yards
Range closes to 19,000 yards
DD Shikinami engages DD Le Triomphant at 19,000 yards
DD Le Triomphant engages DD Uranami at 19,000 yards
DD Le Triomphant engages DD Umikaze at 19,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Le Triomphant at 19,000 yards
DD Le Triomphant engages DD Uranami at 19,000 yards
DD Isis engages DD Oyashio at 19,000 yards
DD Shikinami engages DD Tenedos at 19,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards
CL Glasgow engages DD Oyashio at 17,000 yards
DD Encounter engages DD Uranami at 17,000 yards
CL Achilles engages DD Oyashio at 17,000 yards
CL Leander engages DD Oyashio at 17,000 yards
DD Le Triomphant engages DD Kuroshio at 17,000 yards
DD Shikinami engages DD Isis at 17,000 yards
DD Encounter engages DD Shikinami at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 13,000 yards
CL Glasgow engages DD Oyashio at 13,000 yards
CL Perth engages DD Uranami at 13,000 yards
CL Achilles engages DD Oyashio at 13,000 yards
CL Leander engages DD Oyashio at 13,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD Le Triomphant at 13,000 yards
DD Isis engages DD Shikinami at 13,000 yards
DD Uranami engages DD Encounter at 13,000 yards
DD Shikinami engages DD Tenedos at 13,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
CL Glasgow engages DD Oyashio at 10,000 yards
DD Tenedos engages DD Uranami at 10,000 yards
CL Achilles engages DD Umikaze at 10,000 yards
DD Tenedos engages DD Oyashio at 10,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD Le Triomphant at 10,000 yards
DD Isis engages DD Uranami at 10,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Encounter at 10,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Tenedos at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
CL Glasgow engages DD Shikinami at 8,000 yards
DD Uranami engages DD Encounter at 8,000 yards
DD Umikaze engages CL Achilles at 8,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Le Triomphant at 8,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD Encounter at 8,000 yards
DD Umikaze engages DD Isis at 8,000 yards
DD Encounter engages DD Kuroshio at 8,000 yards
DD Tenedos engages DD Umikaze at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
DD Shikinami engages DD Le Triomphant at 10,000 yards
DD Uranami engages DD Isis at 10,000 yards
DD Encounter engages DD Umikaze at 10,000 yards
CL Leander engages DD Oyashio at 10,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Le Triomphant at 10,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD Isis at 10,000 yards
DD Encounter engages DD Shikinami at 10,000 yards
DD Tenedos engages DD Oyashio at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
CL Glasgow engages DD Oyashio at 13,000 yards
DD Uranami engages DD Le Triomphant at 13,000 yards
CL Achilles engages DD Oyashio at 13,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Encounter at 13,000 yards
DD Isis engages DD Umikaze at 13,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD Encounter at 13,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD Tenedos at 13,000 yards
Range increases to 16,000 yards
CL Glasgow engages DD Oyashio at 16,000 yards
CL Perth engages DD Oyashio at 16,000 yards
DD Umikaze engages DD Encounter at 16,000 yards
DD Isis engages DD Oyashio at 16,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD Encounter at 16,000 yards
DD Uranami engages DD Isis at 16,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD Encounter at 16,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Tenedos at 16,000 yards
Range increases to 19,000 yards
CL Perth engages DD Oyashio at 19,000 yards
CL Achilles engages DD Oyashio at 19,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD Le Triomphant at 19,000 yards
DD Uranami engages DD Isis at 19,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD Tenedos at 19,000 yards
Range increases to 21,000 yards
CL Glasgow engages DD Shikinami at 21,000 yards
CL Perth engages DD Oyashio at 21,000 yards
CL Glasgow engages DD Umikaze at 21,000 yards
CL Glasgow engages DD Oyashio at 21,000 yards
Range increases to 24,000 yards
CL Perth engages DD Oyashio at 24,000 yards
CL Achilles engages DD Umikaze at 24,000 yards
CL Glasgow engages DD Oyashio at 24,000 yards
CL Glasgow engages DD Kuroshio at 24,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Samarinda at 65,96, Range 25,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Atago, Shell hits 5
CA Chokai, Shell hits 2
DD Oshio
DD Arashio
DD Minegumo
DD Hibiki
DD Asagiri
DD Sagiri, Shell hits 1
DD Yugiri

Allied Ships
CL Leander, Shell hits 2
CL Achilles
CL Perth
CL Glasgow
DD Tenedos, Shell hits 4, heavy fires
DD Encounter, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
DD Isis, Shell hits 2, heavy fires

DD Le Triomphant, Shell hits 1



Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 25,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 25,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CL Glasgow at 25,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Glasgow at 25,000 yards
CL Achilles engages CA Chokai at 25,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Leander at 25,000 yards
CL Glasgow engages DD Asagiri at 25,000 yards
CA Chokai engages DD Isis at 25,000 yards
CL Leander engages DD Oshio at 25,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CL Leander at 20,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Leander at 20,000 yards
CL Achilles engages DD Yugiri at 20,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Leander at 20,000 yards
DD Arashio engages DD Le Triomphant at 20,000 yards
DD Oshio engages DD Isis at 20,000 yards
DD Minegumo engages DD Isis at 20,000 yards
DD Isis engages DD Oshio at 20,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards
CL Achilles engages CA Chokai at 17,000 yards
CL Leander engages CA Atago at 17,000 yards
DD Isis engages DD Yugiri at 17,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Isis at 17,000 yards
DD Minegumo engages DD Le Triomphant at 17,000 yards
DD Arashio engages DD Isis at 17,000 yards
DD Minegumo engages DD Isis at 17,000 yards
DD Le Triomphant engages DD Arashio at 17,000 yards
DD Oshio engages DD Isis at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
CL Achilles engages CA Chokai at 14,000 yards
CL Glasgow engages CA Atago at 14,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Achilles at 14,000 yards
CL Leander engages CA Atago at 14,000 yards
DD Isis engages DD Asagiri at 14,000 yards
DD Le Triomphant engages DD Hibiki at 14,000 yards
DD Encounter engages DD Arashio at 14,000 yards
DD Arashio engages DD Isis at 14,000 yards
DD Oshio engages DD Encounter at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Leander at 10,000 yards
DD Yugiri engages DD Encounter at 10,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Isis at 10,000 yards
DD Asagiri engages DD Le Triomphant at 10,000 yards
DD Isis engages DD Arashio at 10,000 yards
DD Minegumo engages DD Isis at 10,000 yards
DD Yugiri engages DD Tenedos at 10,000 yards
DD Oshio engages DD Le Triomphant at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CL Glasgow at 8,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Achilles at 8,000 yards
CL Achilles engages CA Chokai at 8,000 yards
CL Leander engages CA Atago at 8,000 yards
DD Le Triomphant engages DD Sagiri at 8,000 yards
DD Tenedos engages DD Hibiki at 8,000 yards
DD Encounter engages DD Asagiri at 8,000 yards
DD Arashio engages DD Encounter at 8,000 yards
DD Oshio engages DD Isis at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
CL Glasgow engages CA Chokai at 12,000 yards
CL Perth engages CA Atago at 12,000 yards
DD Yugiri engages DD Tenedos at 12,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Tenedos at 12,000 yards
DD Le Triomphant engages DD Asagiri at 12,000 yards
DD Isis engages DD Minegumo at 12,000 yards
DD Encounter engages DD Arashio at 12,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Tenedos at 12,000 yards
DD Encounter engages DD Oshio at 12,000 yards
Range increases to 17,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CL Perth at 17,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CL Perth at 17,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CL Achilles at 17,000 yards
DD Encounter engages DD Sagiri at 17,000 yards
DD Oshio engages DD Le Triomphant at 17,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Isis at 17,000 yards
DD Oshio engages DD Encounter at 17,000 yards
DD Oshio engages DD Tenedos at 17,000 yards
Range increases to 24,000 yards
CL Glasgow engages CA Atago at 24,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Perth at 24,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Achilles at 24,000 yards
CL Leander engages CA Chokai at 24,000 yards
CA Atago engages DD Le Triomphant at 24,000 yards
CA Atago engages DD Isis at 24,000 yards
CA Atago engages DD Encounter at 24,000 yards
CA Chokai engages DD Tenedos at 24,000 yards
Range increases to 29,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CL Achilles at 29,000 yards
CL Achilles engages CA Atago at 29,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Samarinda at 65,96, Range 24,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Atago
CA Chokai
DD Oshio
DD Arashio
DD Minegumo
DD Hibiki
DD Asagiri
DD Sagiri
DD Yugiri

Allied Ships
CL Achilles
CL Perth
CL Glasgow
DD Le Triomphant



Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 23,000 yards
Japanese TF attempts to evade combat
Range increases to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 24,000 yards
CL Perth engages DD Hibiki at 24,000 yards
CL Perth engages DD Minegumo at 24,000 yards
Range increases to 27,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Glasgow at 27,000 yards
Range increases to 28,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Glasgow at 28,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Achilles at 28,000 yards
Range increases to 29,000 yards
Range increases to 30,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Samarinda at 65,96, Range 20,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Atago, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Chokai, Shell hits 3
DD Oshio
DD Arashio
DD Minegumo, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Hibiki
DD Asagiri
DD Sagiri
DD Yugiri, Shell hits 2, on fire

Allied Ships
CA Houston, Shell hits 2
CA Louisville
CA Pensacola, Shell hits 1
CA Canberra
DD Alden
DD Barker, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD John D. Edwards, Shell hits 2
DD Parrott, Shell hits 1



Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 20,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
CA Louisville engages DD Yugiri at 20,000 yards
CA Houston engages DD Sagiri at 20,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages DD Asagiri at 20,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages DD Hibiki at 20,000 yards
DD Arashio engages DD Barker at 20,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CA Pensacola at 18,000 yards
CA Houston engages CA Chokai at 18,000 yards
DD Minegumo engages DD John D. Edwards at 18,000 yards
DD Oshio engages DD Barker at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CA Pensacola at 16,000 yards
CA Houston engages DD Minegumo at 16,000 yards
DD Barker engages DD Asagiri at 16,000 yards
DD Hibiki engages DD John D. Edwards at 16,000 yards
DD Minegumo engages DD John D. Edwards at 16,000 yards
DD Minegumo engages DD Alden at 16,000 yards
DD Oshio engages DD Barker at 16,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages CA Chokai at 12,000 yards
DD Yugiri engages DD Barker at 12,000 yards
DD Barker engages DD Sagiri at 12,000 yards
DD Parrott engages DD Minegumo at 12,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD John D. Edwards at 12,000 yards
DD Minegumo engages DD Barker at 12,000 yards
DD Arashio engages DD John D. Edwards at 12,000 yards
DD Oshio engages DD John D. Edwards at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
CA Atago engages CA Houston at 9,000 yards
CA Louisville engages CA Atago at 9,000 yards
DD Asagiri engages DD John D. Edwards at 9,000 yards
DD Parrott engages DD Hibiki at 9,000 yards
DD Minegumo engages DD Barker at 9,000 yards
DD Alden engages DD Oshio at 9,000 yards
DD John D. Edwards engages DD Oshio at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
CA Louisville engages CA Chokai at 11,000 yards
CA Atago engages CA Louisville at 11,000 yards
CA Atago engages CA Louisville at 11,000 yards
CA Houston engages CA Atago at 11,000 yards
DD Asagiri engages DD Parrott at 11,000 yards
DD Asagiri engages DD John D. Edwards at 11,000 yards
DD Minegumo engages DD Parrott at 11,000 yards
DD Parrott engages DD Arashio at 11,000 yards
DD Alden engages DD Oshio at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
CA Atago engages CA Canberra at 13,000 yards
CA Louisville engages CA Atago at 13,000 yards
CA Louisville engages CA Chokai at 13,000 yards
CA Atago engages CA Houston at 13,000 yards
DD Asagiri engages DD Parrott at 13,000 yards
DD John D. Edwards engages DD Asagiri at 13,000 yards
DD Asagiri engages DD Barker at 13,000 yards
DD Minegumo engages DD Alden at 13,000 yards
DD Oshio engages DD John D. Edwards at 13,000 yards
Range increases to 17,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CA Canberra at 17,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CA Pensacola at 17,000 yards
CA Louisville engages CA Atago at 17,000 yards
CA Houston engages DD Sagiri at 17,000 yards
DD John D. Edwards engages DD Hibiki at 17,000 yards
DD Barker engages DD Asagiri at 17,000 yards
DD Alden engages DD Yugiri at 17,000 yards
DD Oshio engages DD Barker at 17,000 yards
Range increases to 19,000 yards
CA Houston engages CA Chokai at 19,000 yards
DD Hibiki engages DD Parrott at 19,000 yards
DD Hibiki engages DD Alden at 19,000 yards
Range increases to 22,000 yards
CA Canberra engages CA Chokai at 22,000 yards
CA Louisville engages CA Atago at 22,000 yards
CA Louisville engages DD Yugiri at 22,000 yards
CA Canberra engages DD Sagiri at 22,000 yards
CA Houston engages DD Hibiki at 22,000 yards
CA Canberra engages DD Oshio at 22,000 yards
Range increases to 26,000 yards
CA Canberra engages CA Atago at 26,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages CA Atago at 26,000 yards
CA Canberra engages DD Minegumo at 26,000 yards
CA Canberra engages DD Oshio at 26,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Samarinda at 65,96, Range 22,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Kuroshio, heavy fires
DD Oyashio, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Umikaze
DD Uranami, Shell hits 1, heavy fires
DD Shikinami, Shell hits 3, heavy fires


Allied Ships
CA Houston
CA Louisville
CA Pensacola, Shell hits 1
CA Canberra
DD Alden
DD Barker, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
DD John D. Edwards, Shell hits 3, on fire

DD Parrott, Shell hits 1



Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 22,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 22,000 yards
CA Canberra engages DD Shikinami at 22,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages DD Uranami at 22,000 yards
CA Canberra engages DD Oyashio at 22,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards
CA Canberra engages DD Shikinami at 20,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages DD Oyashio at 20,000 yards
CA Houston engages DD Kuroshio at 20,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards
CA Canberra engages DD Oyashio at 17,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages DD Oyashio at 17,000 yards
CA Louisville engages DD Oyashio at 17,000 yards
CA Canberra engages DD Oyashio at 17,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD Parrott at 17,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD John D. Edwards at 17,000 yards
DD Barker engages DD Uranami at 17,000 yards
DD Alden engages DD Kuroshio at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
CA Canberra engages DD Shikinami at 14,000 yards
DD Uranami engages DD Parrott at 14,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD Alden at 14,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD John D. Edwards at 14,000 yards
DD Uranami engages DD Barker at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
DD Shikinami engages DD John D. Edwards at 11,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages DD Uranami at 11,000 yards
CA Louisville engages DD Oyashio at 11,000 yards
DD John D. Edwards engages DD Oyashio at 11,000 yards
DD Uranami engages DD Parrott at 11,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD John D. Edwards at 11,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD Barker at 11,000 yards
DD Alden engages DD Kuroshio at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
DD John D. Edwards engages DD Shikinami at 9,000 yards
DD Barker engages DD Umikaze at 9,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Barker at 9,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD John D. Edwards at 9,000 yards
DD Uranami engages DD John D. Edwards at 9,000 yards
DD Barker engages DD Uranami at 9,000 yards
DD Alden engages DD Umikaze at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
DD Shikinami engages DD Alden at 13,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages DD Uranami at 13,000 yards
DD Umikaze engages DD Alden at 13,000 yards
CA Houston engages DD Oyashio at 13,000 yards
DD Parrott engages DD Kuroshio at 13,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD John D. Edwards at 13,000 yards
DD Barker engages DD Uranami at 13,000 yards
DD Oyashio engages DD Alden at 13,000 yards
Range increases to 17,000 yards
CA Canberra engages DD Shikinami at 17,000 yards
DD Parrott engages DD Uranami at 17,000 yards
CA Houston engages DD Oyashio at 17,000 yards
DD Parrott engages DD Kuroshio at 17,000 yards
Range increases to 20,000 yards
CA Canberra engages DD Shikinami at 20,000 yards
CA Canberra engages DD Uranami at 20,000 yards
CA Canberra engages DD Oyashio at 20,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD Parrott at 20,000 yards
DD John D. Edwards engages DD Kuroshio at 20,000 yards
DD Kuroshio engages DD Alden at 20,000 yards
Range increases to 23,000 yards
CA Canberra engages DD Shikinami at 23,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages DD Oyashio at 23,000 yards
Range increases to 25,000 yards
CA Canberra engages DD Shikinami at 25,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages DD Oyashio at 25,000 yards
CA Louisville engages DD Oyashio at 25,000 yards
CA Houston engages DD Oyashio at 25,000 yards
Range increases to 28,000 yards
CA Louisville engages DD Uranami at 28,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Samarinda at 65,96, Range 20,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Chokai, Shell hits 6, on fire, heavy damage Ouch! I thought this was it. [:(]

Allied Ships
CA Houston
CA Louisville
CA Pensacola
CA Canberra
DD Alden



Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 20,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
Getting, F.E. crosses the 'T'
CA Pensacola engages CA Chokai at 20,000 yards
CA Louisville engages CA Chokai at 20,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages CA Chokai at 20,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages CA Chokai at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CA Canberra at 16,000 yards
CA Chokai engages DD Alden at 16,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CA Canberra at 14,000 yards
CA Houston engages CA Chokai at 14,000 yards
CA Chokai engages DD Alden at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages CA Chokai at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages CA Chokai at 10,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CA Louisville at 10,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Samarinda at 65,96, Range 22,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Umikaze, Shell hits 3, heavy fires This was it.

Allied Ships
CA Houston
CA Louisville
CA Pensacola
CA Canberra
DD Alden



Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 22,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 22,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages DD Umikaze at 22,000 yards
Range closes to 21,000 yards
CA Louisville engages DD Umikaze at 21,000 yards
Range closes to 19,000 yards
CA Houston engages DD Umikaze at 19,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages DD Umikaze at 19,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards
CA Houston engages DD Umikaze at 17,000 yards
Getting, F.E. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range closes to 14,000 yards
CA Pensacola engages DD Umikaze at 14,000 yards
CA Houston engages DD Umikaze at 14,000 yards
DD Alden engages DD Umikaze at 14,000 yards
Range increases to 19,000 yards
CA Louisville engages DD Umikaze at 19,000 yards
Range increases to 25,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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As some recompense, Kates finish off the two British CLs near Palembang.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Muntok at 50,91

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 7 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13
B5N1 Kate x 16



Japanese aircraft losses
B5N1 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
CL Caledon, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
CL Ceres, Bomb hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage




Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CL Caledon
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring an Allied CL


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China: The unit blocking near Sinyang will be attacked tomorrow.

Bombing is getting devastating at Nanchang. Here is an example of just one of the attacks.

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Morning Air attack on 26th Chinese Corps, at 85,54 (Nanchang)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 15
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 27
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 22
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 21



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 1 damaged


Allied ground losses:
440 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 30 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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PI: Sweeps again meet empty air. More bombing is moving in.

Pacific: Forgot to turn off the bombing at Wake and unfortunately Wildacts suddenly appeared there. I lost 8 Nells and pilots. That sucks.

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HMS Caledon. Slowly we're picking away at the Allied fleets. Now to make sure we can get our injured ships back to port.

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obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/14/2012 2:41:31 PM)

29 December 1941
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DEI: I'm not sure if he sent them back in or if this is a mistaken meeting, but the CLs from yesterday ended up th esame hex as our AMc crew aiming to sweep Balikpapan and also two of the injured DDs. There was no combat, so I realized these ships must be in an escort TF due to damage.

Sure enough, they were moving slowly, and the sub I'd thrown in the way for just this reason ends up hitting a DD and a CL! Banzai!! Here's to Ro-34 for turning yesterday's battle right around.

Kendari falls today as well. The Air HQ is right behind a day away. Bettys will fly in immediately.

A BB TF is now blocking the Macassar strait as another SCTF moves in to drop in Samarinda, which is also captured.
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Balikpapan at 65,97, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
AMc Wa 3
AMc Wa 19

Allied Ships
CL Leander
DD Tenedos
DD Encounter
DD Isis



Improved night sighting under 82% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 82% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 11,000 yards
Both TF attempt to withdraw!
Range increases to 12,000 yards...
Range increases to 12,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Balikpapan at 65,97, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Kuroshio, heavy fires
DD Shikinami, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
CL Leander
DD Tenedos
DD Encounter
DD Isis



Improved night sighting under 82% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 82% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat

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Sub attack near Bandjermasin at 60,102

Japanese Ships
SS RO-34

Allied Ships
DD Isis, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Encounter



SS RO-34 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Isis
DD Encounter fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Encounter fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Encounter fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Encounter fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Encounter fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Bandjermasin at 60,102

Japanese Ships
SS RO-34

Allied Ships
CL Leander, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage
DD Encounter



SS RO-34 launches 2 torpedoes at CL Leander
RO-34 bottoming out ....
DD Encounter fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Encounter fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Encounter fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Encounter fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Encounter fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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China: In China bombing continues. Two blocking units are nearly obliterated.

This has important implications for Sinyang. Tanks will arrive in the base tomorrow! This will really improve the defense. The division will be there in two days making the base nearly impossible to capture.

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Ground combat at 91,42 (near Chengting)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18511 troops, 150 guns, 172 vehicles, Assault Value = 692

Defending force 884 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3

Japanese adjusted assault: 327

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 327 to 1

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


Allied ground losses:
1268 casualties reported
Squads: 85 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 65 destroyed, 0 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
9th Tank Regiment
37th Division
4th Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Army

Defending units:
69th Chinese Corps


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Ground combat at 87,48 (near Sinyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 12300 troops, 94 guns, 176 vehicles, Assault Value = 486

Defending force 1525 troops, 19 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 57

Japanese adjusted assault: 500

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 500 to 1

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

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


Allied ground losses:
1793 casualties reported
Squads: 119 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 22 destroyed, 27 disabled

Engineers: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 15 (13 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
12th Tank Regiment
35th Division

Defending units:
84th Chinese/A Corps


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PI: The PI appears static until I get more troops in there. That might be a while, at least until Mindanao is finished. Cagayan is nearly completely surrounded, but has 6 units and over 10k troops. It could drag a while. We'll see what the forts look like.

Pacific: The supply convoy is almost at Tulagi. i'm wary of what will be waiting.

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JocMeister -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/14/2012 6:07:22 PM)

Iīm on my surfpad so writing is slow.

You are not getting any breaks latly are you? [:)]
When will you be able to get some airpower into the area around Palembang? If you can get some Nells and zeroes operating he will have to retreat or suffer losses. What are you sending to Tulagi? Sorry if you posted that before and I missed it!

Cheers,
J




obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/14/2012 7:12:17 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: JocMeister

Iīm on my surfpad so writing is slow.

You are not getting any breaks latly are you? [:)]
When will you be able to get some airpower into the area around Palembang? If you can get some Nells and zeroes operating he will have to retreat or suffer losses. What are you sending to Tulagi? Sorry if you posted that before and I missed it!

Cheers,
J


Actually I've gotten a number of key breaks lately. The big naval battles around Balikpapan could have been terrible, but thanks to RO-34 they turned out slightly better for the IJN. Probably we sank 3 DD and a CL and he sank 3 DD. hurts, but at least the CAs could make it if there are no Dutch subs in the way. I've got them trailing an ASW TF.

Nates are stationed at Sinkep and I'm thinking to replace these with a smaller Oscar group. I've been hitting transport over Palembang every day, but only taking out one or two here and there. The zeros can reach it and I can get bombers to hit the fields as well. The trouble will be laid out more clearly in my next report.

Palembang now has 24 units for at least 450AV!!! He had been playing a little shell game on the rail lines there. Once I arrived he brought in the other units hoping to trash my troops. So actually I feel very good that i didn't attack right away and maybe have the brigade pushed into the swamps by now. Several divisions are now about to enter the area and will aim to land at Palembang.

I'm just sending about 800 supply for the SNLF unit in Tulagi. Just to keep the boys fed and liquored up while they wait.




JocMeister -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/15/2012 10:15:00 AM)

Ouch, 450 AV is a major obsticle. By your agreement you need to get the forts below level 2?

How are you planning to achieve that against 450 unmodified AV in a swmap hex without suffering terrible losses? I guess bringing loads and loads of combat engineers is a good start!

How many divisions are you bringing?




obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/17/2012 10:26:44 AM)

I think it might take two divisions. These are available, but there are still a lot of forces he can use to thwart their landing.

The quality of the troops in Palembang is fairly low and many are fragments, so I'm not as concerned as I would be were this a full British division. I would like to get the process sorted soon though before some better ones arrive. Yes, the agreement he proposed was getting the forts to drop to level 2. Not below, but to level 2. They can't really be more than 3 now as there was damage for over a week not being fully repaired.

All of this could make Java easier should I get this fairly quickly.




obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/18/2012 12:12:56 PM)

30 December 1941
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DEI: Today Sallys hit Sabang but most likely due to severe storms the results were anemic.

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Morning Air attack on Sabang , at 44,70

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 71
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 18



Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 9 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Hudson I: 4 damaged
Hudson I: 1 destroyed on ground
Blenheim I: 1 damaged
Blenheim I: 1 destroyed on ground


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


Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 7

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
21 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
25 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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On the ground we learned something new about Palembang. I'll need to bring a lot more there. Not that any of the troops below are any good, but he nearly doubles my AV in that hex now. I'm sure this was a trap set form over a week ago, and even had I landed with a full division he would have moved in all of these troops quickly and trashed the first attack.

Two IJA divisions are between Samah and Cam Ranh Bay. Surface forces are ready, the mini-KB is getting slightly stronger, Singkawang is now functioning, and it looks like I'll have to run the gauntlet again. Map below.

Oosthaven looks tempting according to current recon. I have a para-unit in Kuching, and I'll try a drop tomorrow using the Tinas. Sweeps will hit Batavia and Oosthaven.

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Ground combat at Palembang (48,91)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 6503 troops, 31 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 234

Defending force 13526 troops, 219 guns, 31 vehicles, Assault Value = 473



Assaulting units:
65th Brigade

Defending units:
1st Regt Cavalerie
1st KNIL Regiment
West Borneo KNIL Battalion
Zuid KNIL Battalion
Tjilatjap KNIL Bn /1
Lijfwacht Cav Sqn
Riouw KNIL Battalion
4th KNIL Regiment
2/15 Punjab Battalion
Padang Garrison Battalion
4th KNIL Landstorm Battalion
SE Borneo KNIL Bn /1
Djambi Base Force
106th RN Base Force /1
Teloekbetoeng Base Force
Bintan Det. Base Force
Bengkalis Base Force
Singkawang Base Force /1
Sambas Base Force /1
1st KNIL AA Battalion
Palembang Base Force
1 ML-KNIL Aviation /1


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China: He tried another DA at Sinyang. The armor had made it into the hex, so even though he got a 1:1 this one also failed to injure our troops extensively and produced heavy Chinese losses. It did drop the forts, but they are at 39% with over 100 engineers in the hex and a division moving in tomorrow.

I'm feeling good about this defense now. He's still bringing more units in, but with the second division here he'd have to have over 3k AV to really challenge, and it would still take few attacks to bring forts down. Plenty of time for me to bring in another brigade plus an HQ and a mortar battalion. All of those are about a week out.

Elsewhere in China two divisions are heading toward Nanchang as I continue to focus on bombing there. About 50 infantry squads disabled today.

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Ground combat at Sinyang (86,48)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 66560 troops, 423 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1906

Defending force 23381 troops, 203 guns, 157 vehicles, Assault Value = 771

Allied adjusted assault: 1133

Japanese adjusted defense: 609

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1075 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 84 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 42 disabled
Guns lost 16 (1 destroyed, 15 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
4120 casualties reported
Squads: 38 destroyed, 322 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 18 disabled
Guns lost 31 (2 destroyed, 29 disabled)


Assaulting units:
59th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
7th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
7th New Chinese Corps
2nd Group Army
3rd Group Army
31st Group Army

Defending units:
138th Infantry Regiment
12th RGC Temp. Division
56th Engineer Regiment
13th Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
12th Tank Regiment
18th RGC Temp. Division
52nd Road Const Co
67th JAAF AF Coy


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PI: The sweeps did not fly again today in the PI. I'm very frustrated with the few days of flying weather here lately.

Pacific: I loaded up for Rabaul and a regiment plus a big base force are heading in. Worried about CVs in the area, but a 2 ship supply TF is hitting Tulagi in two days, and if that gets sighted, (or wiped out), I'll know to back off for a while. I don't want to be completely passive here either.

Other forces are heading for Tabiteuaea ad Makin.

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obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/18/2012 12:19:02 PM)

China
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Virtually every major base is occupied by the KMT in Central China. None of them are in immediate danger thanks to the troop quality, forts and superior mobility of the IJA forces.

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obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/18/2012 12:36:46 PM)

E DEI
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Over here the battles have been fierce and I expect territory will remain contested as I go for Macassar. The two SNLFs at Samarinda will walk to Balikpapan. An Air HQ is on the way. If the air battles over the PI get resolved soon, or if I get tired of waiting on the weather, zeros will move in here to start working on the Dutch.

Bettys are in Kendari. They are torp enabled as of tomorrow. So any battles in the area now that leave damaged stragglers will be more painful for the Allies.

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obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/27/2012 12:44:07 PM)

31 December 1941
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subs: The I-20 found an xAK near Milne Bay and tok out what appears to be a CD unit. It is most likely going to or coming from Rabaul.

RO-34 found a minefield today. That is not great, as this sub was doing very well for itself.

RO-33 found another xAKL.

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Submarine attack near Milne Bay at 101,134

Japanese Ships
SS I-20

Allied Ships
xAK American, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage


Allied ground losses:
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)


xAK American is sighted by SS I-20
SS I-20 attacking on the surface


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TF 211 encounters mine field at Banjoewangi (57,107)

Japanese Ships
SS RO-34, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage





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Submarine attack near Ambon at 77,112

Japanese Ships
SS RO-33

Allied Ships
xAK Yu Sang, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage



xAK Yu Sang is sighted by SS RO-33
SS RO-33 launches 4 torpedoes


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DEI: Paratroops jumped into a mess at Oosthaven. Apparently the recon was not quite on target. So a Mavis from Kuching will try to pull some out.

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Ground combat at Oosthaven (48,96)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 243 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 20

Defending force 2316 troops, 18 guns, 16 vehicles, Assault Value = 67

Japanese adjusted assault: 11

Allied adjusted defense: 17

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

Combat modifiers
Defender: op mode(-), leaders(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(-)

Japanese ground losses:
34 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
68 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
Yokosuka 3rd SNLF /1

Defending units:
6th KNIL Regiment
Lijfwacht Cav Sqn /1
4th KNIL Landstorm Bn /2


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China: Nanchang is getting pounded daily, losing around 40-50 infantry squads disabled per day. I'll still have to wait for help from the 2 divisions on the way to begin an offensive here.

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Ground combat at Nanchang (85,54)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 25035 troops, 194 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 903

Defending force 37190 troops, 349 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1031

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


Allied ground losses:
26 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
11th Ind.Mixed Brigade
12th Ind.Mixed Brigade
Kyuko Naval Guard Unit
116th Division
23rd RGC Temp. Division
17th JAAF Base Force

Defending units:
9th Prov Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
21st Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
3rd War Area
30th Group Army


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PI: Zamboanga was captured today. Also, it seems a bit more will be necessary for taking Cagayan. Two more SNLFs are on the way.

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Ground combat at Zamboanga (75,89)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1967 troops, 14 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 78

Defending force 590 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 27

Japanese adjusted assault: 41

Allied adjusted defense: 7

Japanese assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Zamboanga !!!

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

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


Allied ground losses:
255 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 9 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 2


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
III/81st Naval Guard Unit
I/81st Naval Guard Unit
41st Guard Battalion
2nd Sasebo SNLF Coy

Defending units:
4th/101st PA Battalion
4th PI Base Force
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Ground combat at Cagayan (79,89)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 4177 troops, 35 guns, 17 vehicles, Assault Value = 318

Defending force 9479 troops, 59 guns, 47 vehicles, Assault Value = 375



Assaulting units:
146th Infantry Regiment
Sasebo 2nd SNLF
8th Tank Regiment
Yokosuka 1st SNLF /2

Defending units:
102nd PA Infantry Regiment
3rd/101st PA Battalion
103rd PA Infantry Regiment
3rd PA Constabulary Regiment
102nd PA Infantry Division
Cagayan USAAF Base Force
Mindanao Force Corps

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Pacific: The Rabaul invasion is a few days out now. I hope the Lex is not waiting.

Burma: Bleinheims hit Chang Mai. I'll move fighters in right away as I don't want this base to be damaged. I need it to get to level 2 quickly.

Malaya: Troops capture Malacca today.

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obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/27/2012 1:17:36 PM)

1 January 1942
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We've reached January 42, and the game is as exciting as when it began. Torsten is certainly a fun opponent. He's throwing everything into the DEI now and every move I make has to be well protected. Netties should begin to be a factor soon, which might limit some of his distant strikes, but I will still have to move through contested waters to reach most second tier objectives in the DEI, and especially to finish off the situation at Palembang.

subs: Gudgeon goes for I-159 but misses.

DEI: Pontiniak DAed today. A 1:1. This will give another airfield to protect shipping in the straits.

Two AMc arrive to remove mines at Kendari. No casualties from this fields, thankfully.

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Ground combat at Pontianak (56,90)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1538 troops, 19 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 63

Defending force 250 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3

Japanese adjusted assault: 6

Allied adjusted defense: 4

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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



Assaulting units:
Sasebo 3rd SNLF

Defending units:
Pontianak Base Force


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China: Torsten got some use out of the 4Es from Clark by hitting shipping in port at Hong Kong. I'm quite happy for these to stay here wiping out AKLs as long as they don't move to start striking oil at Miri and Samarinda. This strike looks worse than it was. Only one ship sank and the others are in the shipyard, so should be fine. A KB zero group will move in to thwart further raids.

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Morning Air attack on Hong Kong , at 77,61

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17D Fortress x 26


Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 9 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Satsuma Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
AG Unkai Maru #6, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Choun Maru #7, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAKL Hokuhi Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
AG Mansei Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAKL Kikuryu Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
AG Oigawa Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire

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



Port hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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PI: He is still standing down fighters at Clark, playing a waiting game obviously. Today the weather finally cooperated to let a raid come in which did some good damage. More of the same tomorrow.

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Morning Air attack on Clark Field , at 79,76

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 95 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 26
Ki-27b Nate x 55
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 29



Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-40B Warhawk: 16 damaged
P-40B Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground
P-35A: 1 damaged
P-35A: 1 destroyed on ground
P-40E Warhawk: 2 damaged
PBY-4 Catalina: 3 damaged
PBY-4 Catalina: 1 destroyed on ground
P-26A: 4 damaged


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


Airbase hits 6
Runway hits 27

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb
26 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
7 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb



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Pacific: The Rabaul force should land tomorrow.

Burma: The AVG went for the fighters at Chang Mai right away. This is good, as we came out ahead today, losing 3 planes to 5 of theirs. Plus, only one pilot KIA as it was over our base.


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Morning Air attack on Chiang Mai , at 58,53

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 11
Ki-44 Tojo x 9



Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 22


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44 Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
H81-A3: 3 destroyed



CAP engaged:
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44 Tojo (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 4 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 21000 , scrambling fighters to 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
64th Sentai Det with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 8 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes


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Malaya: Sallys do better today getting 17 hits on the fields to one lost plane.

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obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/27/2012 1:41:35 PM)

2 January 1942
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subs: I-166 hits a mine at Merak. Crap. Another one. But this is at least not sinking and might be able to limp back to Singkawang.

DEI: Pontiniak falls.

Allied forces bombard at Palembang. I don't think they have enough to attack in this hex with the defensive modifier. Two divisions will be in range within two days, but I'll need to get SCTFs in the way of expected strikes before they move.

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Ground combat at Palembang (48,91)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 7953 troops, 142 guns, 3 vehicles, Assault Value = 509

Defending force 6527 troops, 31 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 235



Assaulting units:
Zuid KNIL Battalion
4th KNIL Regiment
1st Regt Cavalerie
1st KNIL Regiment
Riouw KNIL Battalion
2/15 Punjab Battalion
West Borneo KNIL Battalion
Tjilatjap KNIL Bn /1
Padang Garrison Battalion
2nd KNIL Landstorm Bn /1
SE Borneo KNIL Bn /1
Lijfwacht Cav Sqn
4th KNIL Landstorm Battalion
Tapanoeli Gsn Bn /1
Bintan Det. Base Force
106th RN Base Force
Djambi Base Force
Palembang Base Force
Sambas Base Force /1
1st KNIL AA Battalion
Bengkalis Base Force
Singkawang Base Force /1
Teloekbetoeng Base Force
1 ML-KNIL Aviation /1

Defending units:
65th Brigade


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China: The KMT DAs at Sinyang again, and again the force holds. The Chinese troops take 5 times the casualties as ours. An HQ and an Arty unit are two days out of Sinyang with more tanks to follow in 5 days.

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Ground combat at Sinyang (86,48)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 102328 troops, 606 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2809

Defending force 34253 troops, 299 guns, 189 vehicles, Assault Value = 1121

Allied adjusted assault: 1424

Japanese adjusted defense: 1311

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1204 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 100 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 19 destroyed, 5 disabled
Vehicles lost 28 (3 destroyed, 25 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
5288 casualties reported
Squads: 211 destroyed, 408 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 44 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 35 disabled
Guns lost 33 (2 destroyed, 31 disabled)


Assaulting units:
59th Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
7th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
94th Chinese Corps
7th New Chinese Corps
3rd Group Army
2nd Group Army
31st Group Army

Defending units:
12th Tank Regiment
56th Engineer Regiment
35th Division
13th Division
12th RGC Temp. Division
138th Infantry Regiment
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
18th RGC Temp. Division
52nd Road Const Co
67th JAAF AF Coy

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PI: Clark is hit again but all of the planes are away. The fighters have moved to Minalla. I'll hit both bases tomorrow.

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Morning Air attack on Clark Field , at 79,76

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 107 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 22
Ki-27b Nate x 55
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 30



No Japanese losses



Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 23

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb
22 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
9 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb


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Pacific: The Rabaul landing goes in. Interesting that there are no CD guns here. So I guess the xAL with guns on it was taking these out of the base. Port Moresby looks to be a tough take now.

Burma: Another 5 to 3 battle over Chang Mai and the AVG is bleeding slowly. Our Tojos are going down fast, but if I can weaken the AVG enough to get some bombing going on the Rangoon port and ships moving there it'll be worth it.

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obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (6/27/2012 3:40:26 PM)

3 January 1942
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subs: I-164 fires 4 at Colombo near Pontiniak. This is my first indication that something is up, again.

DEI: Two groups of CLs moved at flank to Singkawang during the night. I'm thinking that they were after divisions on transports, as there is a TF here unloading that got smacked by the first TF in spite of the two SCTFs the IJN had in the same hex and set to react! Oh, well. Maybe it got some of their movement and ammo used up so that they were easier to deal with later.

My CA TF is again fairly disappointing. Those ships should be eating up British CLs, especially at night. They have a good commander, so I'm not sure what is up. The BB TF should also have done much better. At least they still have ammo for tomorrow. Have gun will hunt.

Here are the many battles joined during the night and the day. The IJN loses no combat vessels after the transport TF is hit, and takes out a few CLs. But it's the Netties that save the day in the PM phase. A 15 hex strike from Georgetown! [8D][&o]

It's a good thing as well because the Singkawang Nells were busy hitting the fields at Palembang.

The Kumano is not looking great with 74 float damage. She was in the Pontiniak hex after the turn so I disbanded her and flew 42 Nates ni for CAP. Only 35 is major, so maybe after a while I can move her out when the damage gets below 50. All others are making good pace back to Saigon.

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Singkawang at 56,88, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Fuyo, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
PC Kaki, Shell hits 12, heavy fires, heavy damage

PC Sumire
xAK Azumasan Maru, Shell hits 3, on fire
xAK Azuma Maru, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
xAK Katuragi Maru, Shell hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Arimasan Maru
xAP Kitano Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire

Allied Ships
CL Danae
CL Dragon
CL Durban, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 1
CL Colombo



Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 11,000 yards
CL Colombo engages PC Kaki at 11,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Singkawang at 56,88, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Mogami
CA Mikuma, Shell hits 4
CA Suzuya
CA Kumano, Shell hits 10, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Natsushio
DD Arashi
DD Hagikaze
DD Michishio
DD Samidare
DD Shirayuki
DD Hatsuyuki, Shell hits 1, on fire

Allied Ships
CL Danae, Shell hits 2
CL Dragon, Shell hits 26, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CL Colombo


Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 11,000 yards
Shaw, R.J. crosses the 'T'
CA Kumano engages CL Colombo at 11,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Singkawang at 56,88, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Nagato
BB Yamashiro, Shell hits 2
CL Kitakami, Shell hits 1
DD Hayashio
DD Shiratsuyu
DD Sawakaze
DD Yukaze

Allied Ships
CL Java, Shell hits 1
CL De Ruyter
CL Tromp, Shell hits 1
CL Enterprise
DD Banckert, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
DD Witte de With



Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 11,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 11,000 yards
CL Kitakami engages CL Enterprise at 11,000 yards

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Pontianak at 55,89, Range 23,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Mogami
CA Mikuma, Shell hits 3
CA Suzuya, Shell hits 4
DD Natsushio, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Arashi, Shell hits 1
DD Hagikaze
DD Michishio, Shell hits 1
DD Shirayuki
DD Hatsuyuki

Allied Ships
CL Java, Shell hits 1
CL De Ruyter, Shell hits 1, on fire
CL Tromp, Shell hits 2
CL Enterprise, Shell hits 7, heavy fires
DD Witte de With, Shell hits 2, on fire



Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 23,000 yards
CL Enterprise engages CA Suzuya at 23,000 yards

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Pontianak at 55,89, Range 25,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Mogami
CA Mikuma, Shell hits 1, on fire
CA Suzuya
DD Natsushio, heavy fires
DD Arashi, Shell hits 1, heavy fires
DD Hagikaze
DD Michishio
DD Shirayuki
DD Hatsuyuki

Allied Ships
CL Danae, Shell hits 9, on fire
CL Colombo, Shell hits 3



Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 25,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 25,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages CL Colombo at 18,000 yards
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Day Time Surface Combat, near Pontianak at 55,90, Range 25,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Mogami
CA Suzuya, Shell hits 5, on fire
DD Hagikaze
DD Michishio
DD Shirayuki
DD Hatsuyuki

Allied Ships
CL Danae, Shell hits 38, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Colombo, Shell hits 2



Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 25,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages CL Danae at 25,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards
CA Mogami engages CL Danae at 18,000 yards

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Tambelan-eilanden at 54,91, Range 19,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Mogami
CA Suzuya, on fire
DD Hagikaze
DD Michishio
DD Shirayuki
DD Hatsuyuki

Allied Ships
CL Danae, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Colombo



Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 21,000 yards
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 19,000 yards
CL Danae engages DD Hatsuyuki at 19,000 yards

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Afternoon Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 34



Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 destroyed by flak



Airbase hits 6
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 14

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
11 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
10 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Pontianak at 55,90

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 26



Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 3 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
C.XI-W: 1 destroyed
Walrus II: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CL Java, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CL Enterprise, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk

CL Tromp
CL De Ruyter, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
26 x G3M2 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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China: Torsten shocked at Sinyang today! That was unexpected. The attack got a 1:2 and he ended up with over 1000 infantry squads disabled. That should solidify things for a while, but I do feel like I am saying this every week, and it's still not comfortable there. Tanks and a brigade are rushing in, and troops are moving to cut off road access to the base, hopefully diminishing easy supply routes.

In China Oscars continue to do well against the AVG. They sweep near Nanchang and take out 4 for losing only 1.

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Ground combat at Sinyang (86,48)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 98398 troops, 604 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2700

Defending force 33260 troops, 300 guns, 189 vehicles, Assault Value = 1024

Allied adjusted assault: 1078

Japanese adjusted defense: 1645

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
1549 casualties reported
Squads: 26 destroyed, 79 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 11 disabled
Vehicles lost 20 (2 destroyed, 18 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
7623 casualties reported
Squads: 60 destroyed, 1072 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 84 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 33 disabled
Guns lost 49 (2 destroyed, 47 disabled)


Assaulting units:
94th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
36th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
7th Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
7th New Chinese Corps
3rd Group Army
2nd Group Army
31st Group Army
12th Chinese Corps

Defending units:
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
12th Tank Regiment
56th Engineer Regiment
13th Division
138th Infantry Regiment
35th Division
12th RGC Temp. Division
18th RGC Temp. Division
52nd Road Const Co
67th JAAF AF Coy


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PI: No bombing raids flew today. No Allied fighter came up.

Pacific: Rabaul is captured! No CV movements. Now I'm worried it's laying in wait near Palembang!

As I suspected, some units were removed from the base. They'll be in Port Moresby now.

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Ground combat at Rabaul (106,125)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 5527 troops, 61 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 198

Defending force 246 troops, 10 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 92

Allied adjusted defense: 3

Japanese assault odds: 30 to 1 (fort level 2)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Rabaul !!!

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

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


Allied ground losses:
119 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 7 (6 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
144th Infantry Regiment
Maizuru 2nd SNLF

Defending units:
Rabaul Det. Base Force


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Malaya: Troops move into Johore Bharu.

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Tomorrow I'll have Nells on naval attack supported by escorting Zeros from Georgetown, Singkawang and Samarinda plus Bettys from Kendari. I'd like to pick up any pieces left from today's battles.

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obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (7/3/2012 4:28:00 PM)

4 January 1942
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subs: I-15 hit a mine at Wake. This is going to be tough if I ever get a chance to go back in there. The sub might make it back to Kwajalein.

One of the injured DDs gets nailed by a Dutch sub. Crap.

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Sub attack near Groot Natoena at 58,84

Japanese Ships
DD Natsushio, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage sunk
DD Arashi

Allied Ships
SS KXVII



SS KXVII launches 2 torpedoes at DD Natsushio
DD Arashi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Arashi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Arashi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Arashi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Arashi fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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DEI: The BBs took out one straggler, but we missed the other CLs it looks like. Still they should be heading to dry dock somewhere.

I decided to get a little more aggressive with the IJNAF. Thought there might be a CL or the Repulse in Batavia. Only semi-crap Dutch merchants. Still, did a good job on them.

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Pontianak at 55,90, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Nagato
BB Yamashiro
CL Kitakami
DD Hayashio
DD Shiratsuyu
DD Sawakaze
DD Yukaze

Allied Ships
DD Witte de With, Shell hits 13, and is sunk



Improved night sighting under 96% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 96% moonlight: 11,000 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
Yano, Hideo* crosses the 'T'
BB Yamashiro engages DD Witte de With at 8,000 yards

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Afternoon Air attack on Batavia , at 49,98

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
G3M2 Nell x 21



Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
G3M2 Nell: 1 destroyed, 8 damaged

Allied Ships
xAP Mijer, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAKL Silindoeng, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Shinai, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
AMc MMS A, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAKL De Klerk, Bomb hits 2, on fire
xAKL Duijmar van Twist, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAKL Bintoehan, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAKL Boelongan, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
AMc Lawoe, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAKL Siaoe, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAKL De Haan, Bomb hits 1
xAKL Kwangtung, Bomb hits 1, on fire
AMc Digoel, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Toendjoek, Bomb hits 1, on fire




Port hits 4
Port fuel hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 8000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
10 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 8000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.243 Sqn RAF with Buffalo I (15 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

Training flight from No.243 Sqn RAF has been caught up in attack

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China: Hong Kong port hit again. I'm not too worried. These are in dry dock so unless he hits them daily they're back to where they were last time when he goes again. Flak is having an effect here too.

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Morning Air attack on Hong Kong , at 77,61

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 10

Allied aircraft
B-17D Fortress x 16


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 8 damaged
B-17D Fortress: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
AG Mansei Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Satsuma Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

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



Port hits 2
Port fuel hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 6000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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PI: At last some joy in the PI. Sweeps met resistance today and cleared it out well, but did take losses.

The bombers did get hit later, but not to badly, and the Nates took most of it.

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Morning Air attack on Clark Field , at 79,76

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 11 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 16



Allied aircraft
P-26A x 10
P-35A x 4
P-39D Airacobra x 5
P-40B Warhawk x 9
P-40E Warhawk x 12


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-26A: 1 destroyed
P-35A: 1 destroyed
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed
P-40B Warhawk: 2 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 2 destroyed




Aircraft Attacking:
1 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
24th PG/3rd PS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 23000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Clark Field , at 79,76

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 64 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 25
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 28



Allied aircraft
P-26A x 4
P-35A x 1
P-39D Airacobra x 2
P-40B Warhawk x 2
P-40E Warhawk x 3


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-27b Nate: 3 destroyed
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged


No Allied losses



Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb
9 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
35th PG/21st PS with P-40E Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
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Pacific: Still no sight of any resistance. A base force is moving toward Rabaul. A Fleet HQ will follow to add torps to the base, then the Nettys.

E DEI: Macassar is invaded. I'l wait for these to rest a few days before going for it.

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Ground combat at Makassar (65,106)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 951 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 49

Defending force 1916 troops, 21 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 78



Assaulting units:
Makassar Garrison Battalion
Makassar Base Force

Defending units:
4th Engineer Co
Kure 2nd SNLF


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Malaya: All units huddling toward Johore Baru.

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Dutch DD Witte de With. That's a lot of DDs listed down now. I'll do some accounting soon.

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obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (7/7/2012 2:15:31 PM)

5 January 1942
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subs: A US and a Dutch sub hit hard near Singkawang today, and one other gets off lightly. About 4 separate ASW TFs are working the area.

I-4 bags a transport, xAK Alaskan traveling solo near Lahaina.


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ASW attack near Singkawang at 56,88

Japanese Ships
BB Yamashiro
BB Kongo
DD Shiratsuyu
DD Hayashio
DD Hokaze
DD Yukaze
DD Sawakaze

Allied Ships
SS Skipjack, hits 4

SS Skipjack is sighted by escort
Skipjack bottoming out ....
DD Hokaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Yukaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Sawakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...

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ASW attack near Singkawang at 56,87

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-13
SC CHa-15

Allied Ships
SS KXIV, hits 5

SS KXIV is located by SC CHa-13
KXIV bottoming out ....
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ASW attack near Singkawang at 55,87

Japanese Ships
DD Nowaki
BB Yamashiro
BB Kongo
CL Kitakami
DD Asashio
DD Hayashio
DD Hokaze
DD Yukaze
DD Sawakaze

Allied Ships
SS Thresher, hits 1


SS Thresher launches 4 torpedoes at DD Nowaki
Thresher bottoming out ....
DD Hokaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Yukaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Sawakaze fails to find sub and abandons search

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Submarine attack near Lahaina at 188,103

Japanese Ships
SS I-4

Allied Ships
xAK Alaskan, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage



xAK Alaskan is sighted by SS I-4
SS I-4 attacking on the surface


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DEI: All forces are North of Borneo near Kuching for the second invasion of Palembang. They will wait while I brig the BBs and another empty amphib TF into the strait to see what they attract. The Mini-KB will hold a few hexes from Singkawang and several extra SCTFs will protect both the CVs and the transports. Another few TFs are heading over, one refueling at Singkawang and the other at Miri.

No surface forces have been sighted by extended searches in the past few days, plying the skies even to the SE of Java and down to the W OZ coast.

China: Nanyang was captured easily and secured by two tank units. This cuts easy supply to the troops at Sinyang. Those were seen to be moving out of the city as well. Our forces are looking to cut off a retreat toward Sian, and see if we can get them into battle in the clear hexes around Nanyang.

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Ground combat at Nanyang (85,45)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1020 troops, 0 guns, 153 vehicles, Assault Value = 87

Defending force 860 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 56

Allied adjusted defense: 6

Japanese assault odds: 9 to 1 (fort level 2)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Nanyang !!!

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


Allied ground losses:
245 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 37 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
5th Tank Regiment
15th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
22nd Group Army

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PI: Again some good action at Clark. Wearing them down here at last. Soon it's off to Burma for these boys.

The bombers even got some decent work in.

On the ground it's all stalemate until I get the troops working in Mindanao over here. He's sending a few units out to meet our force at Antimonan. This is interesting. I should be able to grind them down well from the air.

B-17s hit Cam Rahn Bay today and drop three on Haruna, none of which do more than add a few more days repair on. Quite a few are hit by flak, one confirmed shot down.

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Morning Air attack on Clark Field , at 79,76

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 21



Allied aircraft
P-26A x 7
P-35A x 1
P-39D Airacobra x 2
P-40B Warhawk x 6
P-40E Warhawk x 6


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-26A: 2 destroyed
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed
P-40B Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed


Aircraft Attacking:
13 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
24th PG/3rd PS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 18000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Clark Field , at 79,76

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 60 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3



Allied aircraft
P-40B Warhawk x 3
P-40E Warhawk x 2


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-40B Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed




Aircraft Attacking:
1 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
24th PG/3rd PS with P-40E Warhawk (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 15000 , scrambling fighters to 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Morning Air attack on Clark Field , at 79,76

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 118 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 37 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 23
Ki-27b Nate x 56
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 27



Allied aircraft
no flights

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

Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 3 damaged


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


Airbase hits 7
Runway hits 22

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb
23 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Cam Ranh Bay , at 64,72

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 8



Allied aircraft
B-17D Fortress x 16


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 10 damaged
B-17D Fortress: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, Bomb hits 3



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 6000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 6000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 6000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
11th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes


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Pacific: Tabiteuea was landed and taken today. This makes me feel some relief for the Central Pacific. I'd love to pick off Canton, but if he's reinforcing Wake he should be doing the same here. It might be a tough nut to crack before I could get there.

The base force is unloading at Rabaul. Fingers crossed.

Burma: Much action at Rangoon. Lots of ships and 37 fighters stationed here. A small group of Blenheims hits Chang Mai each night for about 1 hit on the fields.

Malaya: Singapore port was ht by Sallys again, but it looks like any CLs that were here have moved on. One HDML put down.

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Morning Air attack on Singapore , at 50,84

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 63
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 26 damaged

Allied Ships
HDML 1097, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk

Port hits 8

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 15000 feet
Port Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
21 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 15000 feet
Port Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
21 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 15000 feet *
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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It looks like there will be a major battle in Nanchang in a few days. I will have three new divisions there, for 2200AV total, and he should have around 2000AV, but severely bombed out.

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obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (7/9/2012 7:29:48 PM)

6 January 1942
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subs: A few hits on a Dutch sub.

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Sub attack near Cam Ranh Bay at 63,73

Japanese Ships
SC Ch 10
SC Ch 12
SC Ch 11

Allied Ships
SS KXVII, hits 3

SS KXVII launches 2 torpedoes at SC Ch 10
KXVII bottoming out ....
SC Ch 12 fails to find sub, continues to search...

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DEI: Balikpapan falls. The Air HQ and a base force will move over from Samarinda and set up shop. Once Macassar falls I'll start in on the Dutch air force.

The second Palembang landing is a go. It should land in two days. I'm expecting a bloodbath, so anything less will be welcome. I just want the two divisions to make land in tact with enough supply to do something there.

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Ground combat at Balikpapan (64,97)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 3050 troops, 26 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 122

Defending force 1712 troops, 46 guns, 3 vehicles, Assault Value = 29

Japanese adjusted assault: 54

Allied adjusted defense: 11

Japanese assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 2)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Balikpapan !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: preparation(-), morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-), fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
375 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 31 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
547 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 41 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 25 (19 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Units retreated 3


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
II./124th Infantry Battalion
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF

Defending units:
VI KNIL Battalion
Samarinda KNIL Battalion
Balikpapan Base Force


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China: Nanchang troops continue to be pummeled from the air. The new divisions moving in are nearly in place and it'll only be a few days to see how much effect this bombing will have on combat.

The AVG elements here are moving about continually. a bit of cat and mouse, but they haven't come up much yet to fight.

PI: Not much left at Clark. This will be left to one zero group and the Tainan will be flown to Burma. I need some new zeros in it, but that will be 5 days from now due to the delay.

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Morning Air attack on Clark Field , at 79,76

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 11 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18



Allied aircraft
P-40B Warhawk x 2


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-40B Warhawk: 1 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
17 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
24th PG/20th PS with P-40B Warhawk (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 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes

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Pacific: Nauru falls. Troops are moving in fast transports toOcean Is, Buna, Milne Bay and Rossel Island. A large base force is headed to Tulagi. Once supply is unloaded with the base force in Rabaul the transports will pick up the regiment there and take it back to Truk. I think it's not enough for Wake now and I might have to wait, considering the added troops and mines there now.

Burma: Still a lot of ships coming into Rangoon and nothing I can do about it. In about a week that will change.

Malaya: By the time everything gets put back together there should be about 3,500 AV moving into Singers in about 5-8 days. The fields are bombed daily.

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This map is a day old but should give a general idea of what is happening here. The amphib TFs near Kuching are the two divisions bound for Palembang. The min-KB and surface elements are massing for the push.

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GreyJoy -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (7/9/2012 8:19:07 PM)

The whole Palembang situation scares me... you will sure take the base...but which will be the price in terms of damaged facilities?[X(]




obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (7/9/2012 8:24:23 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: GreyJoy

The whole Palembang situation scares me... you will sure take the base...but which will be the price in terms of damaged facilities?[X(]


It should scare me but after losing 3 CVs in the first week not much phases me anymore! [:)]

It helps Torsten offered to move out if the forts get to level 2. He has moved only Dutch forces in so far and appears to want to simply slow me and divert my forces from other areas. It has worked! He also may go all out and try to hit the divisions on the water which would not be a good result here either. This actually scares me the most currently.

If they are damaged due to an early attack winning through or something else, I'll just have to go on and try to repair them and hold them longer!




Ingtar -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (7/9/2012 8:37:18 PM)

If he has any air forces left, I am watching for the epic air battles that are sure to ensue if for no other reason.




obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (7/9/2012 8:40:01 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Ingtar

If he has any air forces left, I am watching for the epic air battles that are sure to ensue if for no other reason.


He's been saving up the Buffs and the Stringbags. I should see plenty.




JocMeister -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (7/9/2012 8:47:22 PM)

I donīt think saving the Buffs will help too much! I gathered all I could at singapore. I hade them all there but you took most out in a single massive sweep getting something along 20-1. Canīt remember the exact details but I was pretty bummed out :)




GreyJoy -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (7/9/2012 8:48:09 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: obvert


quote:

ORIGINAL: GreyJoy

The whole Palembang situation scares me... you will sure take the base...but which will be the price in terms of damaged facilities?[X(]


It should scare me but after losing 3 CVs in the first week not much phases me anymore! [:)]

It helps Torsten offered to move out if the forts get to level 2. He has moved only Dutch forces in so far and appears to want to simply slow me and divert my forces from other areas. It has worked! He also may go all out and try to hit the divisions on the water which would not be a good result here either. This actually scares me the most currently.

If they are damaged due to an early attack winning through or something else, I'll just have to go on and try to repair them and hold them longer!


You're right...but being already short of 3 CVs i'd be even more scared to get a damaged Palembang




obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (7/11/2012 3:10:10 PM)

7 January 1942
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subs: Some nasty sub has been visiting Singkawang and running through our minefields to plant mines in the port. The Ashigara hit one today. More DMS on the way.

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TF 19 encounters mine field at Singkawang (56,88)

Japanese Ships
CA Ashigara, Mine hits 1

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DEI: Nells and Bettys were set to max range to see what was in the areas behind Java and Sumatra. I wanted to make sure the US CVs weren't lingering in range back there. Instead, Nells from Singkawang went for PTs at Batavia with no luck. Bettys from Kendari found TKs huddled around Darwin, and couldn't get a hit with just the bombs.

Ships moved into position for the feint near Sinkep Island. No bites today. The BBs are holding court out there so if any surface elements come it could be messy. All are LR CAPed plus the nearby Nates at Sinkep..

B-17s came for Balikpapan oil today. Luckily I'd installed zeros and had some CAP up, but only 4 planes. Still they took down 3 4Es and kept the attack to only 2 hits on the oil. I'll up the percentage CAP tomorrow.

At Macassar a DA gets a 1:2, but losses are not bad. I'll bomb from the air and go again after these units rest up.

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Morning Air attack on Balikpapan , at 64,97

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
B-17D Fortress x 9


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged


Oil hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 6000 feet *
City Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 6000 feet *
City Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Shokaku-1 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 8000
Raid is overhead
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Ground combat at Makassar (65,106)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1911 troops, 21 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 78

Defending force 1379 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 47

Japanese adjusted assault: 20

Allied adjusted defense: 21

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

Combat modifiers
Defender: forts(+), fatigue(-), morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker: fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
296 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled


Allied ground losses:
180 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled


Assaulting units:
4th Engineer Co
Kure 2nd SNLF

Defending units:
Makassar Garrison Battalion
Makassar Base Force

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China: Near Kaifeng on the rail crossing two KMT Corps are pushed out with heavy losses. This opens the second rail link to Kaifeng and frees up more troops to march around in the bubble forming near Nanyang. His troops from Sinyang continue to push out. Ours continue to move around them. Armor is good! More with a map soon.

Oscars take on the AVG with even results again.

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Ground combat at 88,43 (near Kaifeng)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 36256 troops, 290 guns, 172 vehicles, Assault Value = 1328

Defending force 8951 troops, 86 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 330

Japanese adjusted assault: 926

Allied adjusted defense: 169

Japanese assault odds: 5 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
865 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 54 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled


Allied ground losses:
4267 casualties reported
Squads: 138 destroyed, 114 disabled
Non Combat: 160 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 10 disabled
Guns lost 23 (6 destroyed, 17 disabled)

Units retreated 2


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
3rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
110th Division
37th Division
9th Tank Regiment
4th Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Army

Defending units:
40th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps


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Morning Air attack on Kukong , at 79,57

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 10



Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 23


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
H81-A3: 1 destroyed



CAP engaged:
AVG/2nd Sqn with H81-A3 (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
AVG/3rd Sqn with H81-A3 (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes

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PI: Not much going on in the air here except the P-26 bomber brigade hitting my troops at Antimonan. Several regiments are on the way here to try out our holdfast and these PA fighters are nipping at the fence before the big dogs arrive.

I have a little surprise coming for the troops leaving Manila though. The 16th division hasn't yet landed here but will try to move behind them should they make an attempt at Antimonan. It would be great to either trash these or trap them away from Manila and Clark. I'm hoping the sigint doesn't betray me now as these units load to make for the PI.

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Morning Air attack on Clark Field , at 79,76

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 11 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 1


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed


Aircraft Attacking:
18 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
35th PG/21st PS with P-40E Warhawk (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 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Kimura Det , at 80,79 (Atimonan)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes


Allied aircraft
P-35A x 2


No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x P-35A bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 100 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Kimura Det , at 80,79 (Atimonan)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 3 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes


Allied aircraft
P-26A x 3


Allied aircraft losses
P-26A: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x P-26A bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 100 lb GP Bomb

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Pacific: A base force is in at Tulagi. This is a big plus. Not sure why he hasn't used to CVs to interdict any of these moves. I may find out about that later I guess. He did ask me how many CVs were sunk at Pearl a while ago. I told him that was classified, of course. If he thinks it was only two, that could influence some decisions early on as well.

Burma: Near Moulmein Thai forces do well against a ragtag group of British and Burmese troops caught in move mode. I'll hold the road to Tavoy first and then as more troops become available push on Moulmein. There are about 8 units in Moulmein now, so I think he'd like to make a small stand here before the bigger one at Pegu.

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Ground combat at 55,56 (near Moulmein)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 3897 troops, 42 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 148

Defending force 2799 troops, 6 guns, 54 vehicles, Assault Value = 116

Japanese adjusted assault: 122

Allied adjusted defense: 27

Japanese assault odds: 4 to 1

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

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


Allied ground losses:
512 casualties reported
Squads: 48 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 30 destroyed, 5 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 16 (8 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Units retreated 3

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
2nd RTA Division

Defending units:
BFF Brigade
2/3rd MG Battalion
B Sqn 3rd Hussars Regiment

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Malaya: Still waiting on a few stragglers before moving in on Singapore. The fields are bombed again. There is no opposition to these attacks, other than the murderous flak.

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obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (7/14/2012 11:07:32 PM)

8 January 1942
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subs: Nothing to report.

DEI: Sallys hit Singapore today and found more airplanes there than usual. They did a good job disrupted attacks toward the Mini-KB later in the day.

Swordfish sortied toward the Mini-KB in spite of the field attacks but none hit the mark. The zeros were up to the task of defense and kept both CVs and the amphibious troops safe.

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Morning Air attack on Singapore , at 50,84

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 47
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 18



Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 24 damaged
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
Vildebeest III: 1 damaged
Vildebeest III: 2 destroyed on ground
Blenheim I: 5 damaged
Blenheim I: 1 destroyed on ground
Buffalo I: 2 damaged


Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
22 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb


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Morning Air attack on Singapore , at 50,84

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 17



Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 5 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 destroyed on ground
Swordfish I: 2 damaged



Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Singkawang at 54,87

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 14
Ki-27b Nate x 13



Allied aircraft
Blenheim I x 6
Blenheim IV x 9
Buffalo I x 38


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim I: 3 damaged
Blenheim I: 1 destroyed by flak
Blenheim IV: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged

Buffalo I: 10 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CVL Ryujo
CVE Hosho
DD Yugumo



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Blenheim IV bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
6 x Blenheim I bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
3 x Blenheim IV bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
77th Sentai with Ki-27b Nate (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 9000
Raid is overhead
Hosho-1/A with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 32810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Singkawang at 54,87

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 16 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
Ki-27b Nate x 4



Allied aircraft
Buffalo I x 24
Swordfish I x 3


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Swordfish I: 2 destroyed



CAP engaged:
Hosho-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 9000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
77th Sentai with Ki-27b Nate (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 67 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers

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China: The troops moving from Sinyang continue to be surrounded and yet keep moving into our web. Not sure what he's doing here. Pics soon.

Near Wenchow another attack on the 88th Chinese Corps nearly wipes it off the map.

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Ground combat at 88,57 (near Wenchow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 3619 troops, 16 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 145

Defending force 1393 troops, 18 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 17

Japanese adjusted assault: 67

Allied adjusted defense: 25

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1

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

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


Allied ground losses:
504 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 33 destroyed, 0 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
8th Armored Car Co
2nd Ind.Mixed Regiment

Defending units:
88th Chinese Corps


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PI: Troops at Cagayan nearly make a 1:1 but fail and are disrupted to the point they will need reinforcements to take the base. not what we were looking for here, but should be remedied once other IJN units free up after their current missions.

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Ground combat at Cagayan (79,89)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 9712 troops, 92 guns, 163 vehicles, Assault Value = 445

Defending force 9431 troops, 59 guns, 47 vehicles, Assault Value = 372

Japanese adjusted assault: 114

Allied adjusted defense: 121

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 0)

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

Japanese ground losses:
2217 casualties reported
Squads: 39 destroyed, 147 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 26 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 16 (4 destroyed, 12 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
554 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 89 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)


Assaulting units:
Kure 1st SNLF
Sasebo 2nd SNLF
Sasebo 8th SNLF
146th Infantry Regiment
8th Tank Regiment
Yokosuka 1st SNLF /2

Defending units:
3rd PA Constabulary Regiment
103rd PA Infantry Regiment
102nd PA Infantry Regiment
3rd/101st PA Battalion
102nd PA Infantry Division
Cagayan USAAF Base Force
III Philippine Corps


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Pacific: Ocean Island falls today.

Burma: Thai troops take a position to the East of Moulmein.

Malaya: Still waiting for a few units to form up and merge into divisions.

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obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (7/17/2012 1:02:09 AM)

9 January 1942
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At last the 2nd Palembang invasion goes in!

E DEI: Fairly large minefield cleared by AMcs at Balikpapan. He has gone through a lot of mines in some of these bases that are early targets. These boats pulled 117 out of here today and more are there to pull tomorrow.

DEI: Two divisions landed relatively safely today at Palembang. The escorts are not badly hit and will attempt to pull back tomorrow before unloading all supply. I expect another strong reaction. Multiple CL/DD TFs are covering the incoming path to Palembang with one big 3 BB TF one hex out. The mini-KB is hanging back near Sinkep and Linga.

This is a major relief, but the work is now cut out for these units. I'm still not sure they will take the base! The Allies have 650AV now and more will undoubtedly move in tomorrow as he tries to bait me into an early attack.

The auto-bombard went the way of the Allies, and the troops have some fatigue and disruption, so I'll wait until they are freshened up before attacking. No sense wrecking them and having to do this again.

Buffs show up and jump our Kates hitting the fields at Palembang. That was unfortunate. Too bad I didn't sweep, but i guess everything was busy LR CAPing ships. Tomorrow.

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Pre-Invasion action off Palembang (48,91)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

326 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
DD Kiku
DD Hishu
AMC Bankok Maru
E Ishigaki
xAP Tatsuta Maru

Japanese ground losses:
174 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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Amphibious Assault at Palembang (48,91)

TF 122 troops unloading over beach at Palembang, 48,91

Japanese ground losses:
114 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 9 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)


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Pre-Invasion action off Palembang (48,91)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

339 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
DD Wakaba
DD Hatsushima
DD Nenohi
xAP Takatiho Maru
DD Akikaze

Japanese ground losses:
280 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 20 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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Amphibious Assault at Palembang (48,91)

TF 169 troops unloading over beach at Palembang, 48,91

Japanese ground losses:
276 casualties reported
Squads: 17 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)


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Invasion Support action off Palembang (48,91)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

361 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
DD Kiku
AMC Bankok Maru
AMC Nosiro Maru
AMC Awata Maru
xAK Kagu Maru, Shell hits 5
DD Hishu
TB Hato
E Ishigaki

Japanese ground losses:
240 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 29 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

AMC Nosiro Maru firing at 4th KNIL Regiment
AMC Awata Maru firing at 1st KNIL Regiment
75mm CD Gun Battery engaging xAK Kagu Maru at 6,000 yards

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Invasion Support action off Palembang (48,91) - Coastal Guns Fire Back!
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

188 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
DD Akikaze
DD Wakaba
DD Hatsushima
DD Nenohi
xAK Melbourne Maru, Shell hits 3
DD Hatsuharu
xAP Takatiho Maru

Japanese ground losses:
168 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 38 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Palembang Base Force firing at DD Akikaze
75mm CD Gun Battery engaging xAK Melbourne Maru at 10,000 yards
DD Hatsuharu firing to suppress enemy battery at 10,000 yards

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Ground combat at Palembang (48,91)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 14739 troops, 172 guns, 3 vehicles, Assault Value = 636

Defending force 31040 troops, 263 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 1090

Japanese ground losses:
195 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
2nd KNIL Landstorm Battalion
1st Regt Cavalerie
4th KNIL Landstorm Battalion
Padang Garrison Battalion
6th KNIL Regiment
1st KNIL Regiment
2/15 Punjab Battalion
3rd KNIL Landstorm Battalion
SE Borneo KNIL Battalion
Lijfwacht Cav Sqn
Tjilatjap KNIL Bn /2
Zuid KNIL Battalion
Riouw KNIL Battalion
West Borneo KNIL Battalion
4th KNIL Regiment
Tapanoeli Gsn Bn /1
106th RN Base Force
Palembang Base Force
Bintan Det. Base Force
Teloekbetoeng Base Force
Sambas Base Force /1
Djambi Base Force
Bengkalis Base Force
1st KNIL AA Battalion
Singkawang Base Force /1
2 ML-KNIL Aviation
1 ML-KNIL Aviation /1

Defending units:
65th Brigade
4th Division
33rd Division
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Afternoon Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 27
B5N1 Kate x 14



Allied aircraft
Buffalo I x 40
B-339D x 11


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed
B5N1 Kate: 9 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Buffalo I: 1 destroyed


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


Airbase hits 8
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
2-VI.G.V with B-339D (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
No.21 Sqn RAAF with Buffalo I (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 22000 , scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
No.243 Sqn RAF with Buffalo I (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 22000 , scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
No.453 Sqn RAF with Buffalo I (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
No.488 Sqn RAF with Buffalo I (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead


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China: We're ready for an attack at Nanchang. After weeks of bombing and finally getting several divisions i place, the DA will go ahead tomorrow. A good chance to maul 10 Corps and 3 HQs.

In the air the AVG caught our bombing run in here today as the zeros were off sweeping. I was lazy and didn't cover this as he'd been out of the way for days. Only 5 planes lost, but still, not necessary. I hate giving the pilots free kills as well.

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Ground combat at Nanchang (85,54)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 47220 troops, 386 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 2217

Defending force 46987 troops, 421 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1254

Japanese ground losses:
55 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
27 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
Kyuko Naval Guard Unit
22nd Division
116th Division
17th Division
11th Ind.Mixed Brigade
39th Division
12th Ind.Mixed Brigade
23rd RGC Temp. Division
17th JAAF Base Force

Defending units:
50th Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
21st Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
86th Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
10th Group Army
3rd War Area
30th Group Army
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Afternoon Air attack on 78th Chinese Corps, at 85,54 (Nanchang)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 17



Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 6


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

No Allied losses


Allied ground losses:
61 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
17 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
AVG/2nd Sqn with H81-A3 (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
AVG/3rd Sqn with H81-A3 (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on 30th Group Army, at 85,54 (Nanchang)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 18
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 23
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 25
Ki-51 Sonia x 9



Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 6


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 2 damaged
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 2 damaged
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 4 destroyed, 2 damaged

No Allied losses


Allied ground losses:
331 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 47 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
18 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
23 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb
14 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb
9 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 50 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
AVG/2nd Sqn with H81-A3 (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
AVG/3rd Sqn with H81-A3 (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead

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PI: The Allies bombard at Antimonan, and it's good news, as no US units are here. The 16th division is on the way and will try to cut these troops off from Manila by landing behind them.

5 Allied P-26s (!!) and 3 P-40s sink an xAP today unloading the troops at Antimonan. That was unexpected!

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Ground combat at Atimonan (80,79)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 3111 troops, 52 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 266

Defending force 4935 troops, 36 guns, 8 vehicles, Assault Value = 145


Assaulting units:
41st PA Infantry Division
51st PA Infantry Division

Defending units:
Kimura Det
Miura Det
1st Ind. Engineer Regiment

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Atimonan at 80,79

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

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


Allied aircraft
P-26A x 3
P-35A x 2
P-40B Warhawk x 3


Allied aircraft losses
P-26A: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CM Yaeyama, on fire
xAP Kokuryu Maru, heavy fires, heavy damage

Japanese ground losses:
14 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (5 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
3 x P-40B Warhawk bombing from 100 feet
2 x P-35A bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 100 lb GP Bomb
3 x P-26A bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 100 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Atimonan at 80,79

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes


Allied aircraft
P-26A x 3
P-35A x 2
P-40B Warhawk x 3


Allied aircraft losses
P-26A: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CM Yaeyama, Shell hits 2, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAP Kokuryu Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Japanese ground losses:
100 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x P-40B Warhawk bombing from 100 feet
2 x P-35A bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 100 lb GP Bomb
3 x P-26A bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 100 lb GP Bomb

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Pacific: Buna is invaded and Abemama falls.

Burma: Still traffic in Rangoon. I wish I could hit it, but not ready yet. Chang Mai is at 92% toward level 2.

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obvert -> RE: The Elephant Vanishes :: obvert (J) vs Historiker (A) (7/18/2012 12:12:34 AM)

10 January 1942
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DEI: At Palembang I set both transport TFs to leave and run back to relative safety knowing there would be an attack of one kind or another. Well, I set one to stop unloading and forgot to turn this off on the other. The result was not pretty. The LR CAP of Nates over Pelembang didn't fly and the zeros were protecting the other retreating TF.

It sucks to lose these ships, but at least the troops are fully in. With some luck all of the DDs could make it back.

After some preparation from the air Macassar fell today. This opens up the air path to Java. Baseforces are on the way in already.
At Balikpapan there were 28 more mines cleared today.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Palembang at 48,91

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes


Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 3
Buffalo I x 17
Swordfish I x 15
Vildebeest III x 14
B-339D x 7


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Kirishima Maru, Torpedo hits 1
xAP Huzi Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
xAK Melbourne Maru, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Goyo Maru, Torpedo hits 1
xAP Horai Maru, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage




Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Swordfish I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo
11 x Vildebeest III launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo
3 x Albacore I bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Vildebeest III bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Melbourne Maru


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Palembang at 48,91

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes


Allied aircraft
Buffalo I x 18
139WH-3 x 8
SOC-1 Seagull x 6


Allied aircraft losses
139WH-3: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Goyo Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAP Buenos Aires Maru
xAP Takatiho Maru



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x SOC-1 Seagull bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
8 x 139WH-3 bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 300 kg SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Palembang at 48,91

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
Blenheim I x 9
Blenheim IV x 4
139WH-3 x 23


Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim I: 2 damaged
139WH-3: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Murasame, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Yudachi
xAK Kinai Maru
xAP Buenos Aires Maru
xAP Horai Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Huzi Maru, heavy fires
xAK Goyo Maru, on fire
xAP Takatiho Maru
DD Harusame
xAP Rakuyo Maru, Bomb hits 2



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x 139WH-3 bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 300 kg SAP Bomb
5 x 139WH-3 bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 300 kg SAP Bomb
6 x 139WH-3 bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 300 kg SAP Bomb
3 x 139WH-3 bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 300 kg SAP Bomb
4 x Blenheim IV bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
9 x Blenheim I bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Palembang at 48,91

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes


Allied aircraft
Vildebeest III x 12
B-339D x 8


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAP Buenos Aires Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kirishima Maru, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAP Horai Maru, and is sunk
xAK Goyo Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage




Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Vildebeest III bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Vildebeest III launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Buenos Aires Maru
Horai Maru dead in the water ...
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Goyo Maru


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Palembang at 48,91

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 25 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes


Allied aircraft
139WH-3 x 3


Allied aircraft losses
139WH-3: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAP Buenos Aires Maru, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x 139WH-3 bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 300 kg SAP Bomb
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Palembang at 48,91

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes


Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 3
Buffalo I x 16
Swordfish I x 15
Vildebeest III x 14
B-339D x 13


Allied aircraft losses
Swordfish I: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAP Takatiho Maru, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Kinai Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAP Rakuyo Maru, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk

DD Nenohi
DD Wakaba
DD Hatsuharu



Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Swordfish I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo
14 x Vildebeest III launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo
3 x Albacore I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo

Massive explosion on xAP Rakuyo Maru


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Palembang at 48,91

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes


Allied aircraft
Buffalo I x 15
139WH-3 x 7
SOC-1 Seagull x 6


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Hatsuharu
DD Yudachi
DD Hatsushima



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x SOC-1 Seagull bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
7 x 139WH-3 bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 300 kg SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Palembang at 48,91

Weather in hex: Clear sky

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


Allied aircraft
Blenheim I x 9
Blenheim IV x 4
139WH-3 x 26


Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim I: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Harusame
xAK Melbourne Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Hatsushima
DD Wakaba
DD Hatsuharu



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x 139WH-3 bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 300 kg SAP Bomb
5 x 139WH-3 bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 300 kg SAP Bomb
6 x 139WH-3 bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 300 kg SAP Bomb
9 x 139WH-3 bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 300 kg SAP Bomb
4 x Blenheim IV bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
9 x Blenheim I bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Palembang at 48,91

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes


Allied aircraft
Buffalo I x 3
Vildebeest III x 12
B-339D x 2


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Hatsushima
DD Hatsuharu, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
DD Nenohi, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage




Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Vildebeest III bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Vildebeest III launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Nenohi

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Ground combat at Makassar (65,106)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1810 troops, 21 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 67

Defending force 1079 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 26

Japanese adjusted assault: 25

Allied adjusted defense: 4

Japanese assault odds: 6 to 1 (fort level 2)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Makassar !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
89 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
431 casualties reported
Squads: 24 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 19 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 2


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
4th Engineer Co
Kure 2nd SNLF

Defending units:
Makassar Garrison Battalion
Makassar Base Force

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China: In China the long prepared assault on the KMT besieging Nanchang went VERY well. These units are routed and we should be able to get in more attacks as they retreat into more clear terrain to the SE.

Pisiang was also taken, providing a stumbling block for the now fleeing Chinese troops should they try to move directly to the Changsha area.

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Ground combat at Nanchang (85,54)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 49007 troops, 398 guns, 160 vehicles, Assault Value = 2160

Defending force 53294 troops, 459 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1403

Japanese adjusted assault: 961

Allied adjusted defense: 254

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: disruption(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
2748 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 339 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
19823 casualties reported
Squads: 751 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 935 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 43 destroyed, 46 disabled
Guns lost 57 (37 destroyed, 20 disabled)
Units retreated 14


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
39th Division
11th Ind.Mixed Brigade
12th Ind.Mixed Brigade
116th Division
17th Division
22nd Division
23rd RGC Temp. Division
17th JAAF Base Force

Defending units:
26th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
21st Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
86th Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
3rd War Area
10th Group Army
30th Group Army
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Ground combat at Pingsiang (82,54)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 5686 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 295

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

Japanese adjusted assault: 198

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 198 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Pingsiang !!!

Combat modifiers
Attacker:



Assaulting units:
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
48th Recon Regiment
7th Tank Regiment

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PI: At Antimonan the PA troops attacked! That was odd. It didn't go well for them. Now if they stay in one spot they are toast as new amphibious troops aim for the hex behind them.

Even though they got a 1:2 losses are very light on both sides, and nearly equal. Our troops got a (-) for experience! That is odd as the 33rd regiment is very experienced.

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Ground combat at Atimonan (80,79)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 6054 troops, 103 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 266

Defending force 4950 troops, 41 guns, 8 vehicles, Assault Value = 144

Allied adjusted assault: 65

Japanese adjusted defense: 131

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

Combat modifiers
Defender: preparation(-), fatigue(-), experience(-)
Attacker: disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
226 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled


Allied ground losses:
247 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 24 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
41st PA Infantry Division
51st PA Infantry Division

Defending units:
33rd Infantry Regiment
1st Ind. Engineer Regiment


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Pacific: Rossel Island, Buna and Milne Bay were taken today.

Malaya: Still putting divisions back together as parts arrive. Some arty units are slow in arriving and won't be here for another week. I might cross without them and let them jump in fresh after the first shock attack.

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