John 3rd -> RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd (11/9/2020 8:15:17 PM)
Here is a regional review of where things currently stand in the war to date. I have provided enough information to Bigred for him to get a basic feel of the past as well as committed Japanese force levels:
March 17, 1942
The Japanese moved into the central and western Aleutians early and with fairly substantial forces. Two Inf Brigades were Identified and regular convoys have been seen going back-and-forth. Mainly lite naval forces seen up in this region.
A Japanese Carrier Division was seen in this area in early-February where they sank BB Warspite in the Gulf of Alaska.
Midway and Wake taken early. SNLF Assault Brigades used at both locations.
The Line Islands fell in late-January where a naval battle was fought between elements of the Pacific Fleet and Japanese CarDiv1 (Akagi-Kaga-2 CVL). It was a pretty one-sided affair ranging from February 1-3, 1942: SUNK: CV Hornet (12 B and 1 TT), CVL King’s Mountain (6 B and 1 TT), CA Chester, San Francisco, CL Honolulu, 4 DD,
Ground troops seen in landings were an Infantry Division and Infantry Brigade plus a lot of support units.
Heavy Japanese SS activity in the Hawaiian Waters.
Between NoPac and CenPac, Hawaii APPEARS to be an area of interest for Japan.
Solomons and New Britain fell in February. Lae and Rabaul are primary Japanese bases. Build-Up in Rabaul noticed by air search. Movement imminent in this area. Major forces seen include an Inf Division and aircraft of about 40-50 Zero and 50 or so Bombers. Major Fleet units have been seen periodically.
Darwin raided several times by Naval Air and Task Forces.
Wyndham taken by an Infantry Division.
Currently a Raid is in progress by CarDiv1 and CarDiv5 (4 CV and 4 CVL). Losses are currently:
SUNK: CA Australia and Pensacola, CL Detroit, 2 DD, 1 AMC, 1 AK , and 3 AKL.
DAMAGED: BC Constellation (13 Bombs and 6 14” Shell Hits) and 3 DD
Enemy retreated into Bataan quickly and in fairly strong position there. There are 4 Japanese Inf Div known to be on Luzon.
Clean-Up occurring in Central Phil and surrounding area.
Mostly taken except for minor locations.
Mostly taken. Known units consist of a Brigade and Inf Div.
Eastern Java still held by Allies. Japanese have at least two Infantry Divisions doing the heavy lifting. A lot of airpower in this area.
Pretty taken without a fight. Mandalay southwards all occupied by Japanese. Two Infantry Divisions and several Tank Regiments used here.
Akyab taken just recently by an Infantry Division and Brigade.
Several Japanese CV Raids have been staged here by CarDiv2 (Hiryu-Soryu-2 CVL). The Carriers and numerous SS have been used throughout the area around Ceylon and the southern tip of India.
To slow down Chinese Operations, I am not moving any troops on a Chinese target until they are at least 50% prepped. This has been somewhat effective but the Japanese have driven the Chinese pretty hard in several clashes.
Heavy Japanese air commitment here including Naval and Army Air units.
Current KNOWN Japanese Carrier OOB:
CarDiv1: CV Akagi—Amagi CAV Tokachi--Kushiro
CarDiv2: CV Hiryu—Soryu CVL Shoho--Ryujo
CarDiv5: CV Shokaku—Zuikaku CVL Karasu—Ryukaku
CVE TF: 3 CVE