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apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (11/27/2021 6:13:47 PM)

12 Oct 42

Blens from India bombed the Thai division just east of Akyab. Easy target of opportunity. Same kind of thing at Katha. B-24s and B-25s bombed the airfield there.

Tried an ineffective bombardment at Bandoeng, just to see the list of enemy troops there. Bandoeng still has supply at this late date. It has 20 some light industry, but even if there are still stockpiled resources, that wouldn't account for much daily supply. OPilot planned to pull almost all of the Dutch units and supply to Bandoeng, and he did so on day 1. I decided to surround and pin the Dutch there, freeing up divisions to go elsewhere. The downside is that the Dutch are still there.

Knowing my opponent, there will be some thought about rescuing the Dutch, when OPilot starts considering where to go on the offensive. I am taking this into account and will build up the forts on western Java bases near Bandoeng.

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apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (11/28/2021 2:45:46 AM)

13 Oct 42

P-40Ks from India swept Paoshan. They may have longer range than the "E" models. I'll have to check. No CAP there. B-24s and B-25s hit the airfield, doing moderate damage. I need this base to keep expanding, to allow it to draw more supply into China.

50 B-26s bombed Port Moresby's airfield, doing moderate damage. I'll guess right eventually. Was still guessing Katherine but that isn't panning out so far.

I see some flanking movement in far northern China, so my leading infantry unit will pull back into Ansi and hold. Ansi is empty at the moment. OPilot might as well go with guerilla tactics in China, with the Chinese having no supply anyhow. I would have done so long ago. Nothing to lose.

KB still hanging out west of Tarawa. No sign of anything big going on with the Allies. The hammer will fall eventually, somewhere, but all is unknown at the moment. I did see a huge tanker convoy, off the map, moving from Mombasa to Capetown. Could be fuel for Capetown. Could be fuel for Australia. I'm moving a sub to near the northern map edge west of Karachi, but not the easternmost exit from Abadan. I'm moving to the western side, to see if more tankers appearing on the map from Abadan to move southwest to the western map edge to go to Mombasa.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (11/29/2021 2:39:57 AM)

14 Oct 42

Allied bombers from India hit Myitkyina. P-40s swept. I'm not defending Myitkyina.

LB-30s hit Lae's port for the first time. Interesting that the port was the target. The airfield is level 4 and usually has Nicks. The Nicks have been at Katherine and just went to Buna. OPilot hasn't shown interest in Lae until today, with no recon done. Port Moresby gets most of the interest. Some interest at Buna and Milne Bay.

I'm doing more behind-the-lines dot base cleanup. Empty Allied island bases between Java and Timor are targets, as well as the dot bases north of Borneo.

We're definitely in the slow part of the game, where the Japanese player is done expanding and is setting up the defenses, and the Allied player isn't ready to go on the offensive yet. I try to keep the game interesting, no matter what side I am and even in this phase. But I pushed early in many areas, and don't see a good reason to invade somewhere that won't help. I'm trying to keep active in China, of course, but also in the Aleutians, showing some carriers and Yamato, and lots of cruisers near Noumea. KB continues to hide west of Tarawa, hoping for an Allied invasion in the Gilberts or Marshalls.

With OPilot holding back, when he does go on the offensive, it will be sudden and overwhelming. I just need KB to be there for it, hopefully bloody his nose again, and slow down the juggernaut before it really gets rolling.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (11/30/2021 12:54:46 AM)

15 Oct 42

My cleanup behind the lines continued. Landings at unoccupied Green Island, Buka and Bima.

B-17s in Australia hit Daly Waters. LB-30s hit Finschafen.

I had bought out a bunch of big artillery units from Manchuria. I sent them to Saipan, to be sorted out there and sent to the South Pacific, Marshalls, or stay in the Mariannas. I've changed my mind. They are all loading up to go to China and all going to Tuyun.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (11/30/2021 9:19:27 PM)

16 Oct 42

I spotted enemy ships at Carnavon yesterday. I diverted a cruiser force to run full speed into Carnavon. During the night, Seawolf spotted the Japanese ships but missed DD Yukikaze with 4 torpedoes. I spotted a task force leaving Carnavon to the southwest, a task force that turned out to be at least one small tanker.

During the day, Japanese ships arrived at Carnavon and found 3 Dutch destroyers.

Day Time Surface Combat, near Carnarvon at 49,133, Range 25,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Kako
CL Yubari, Shell hits 3
DD Kuroshio, Shell hits 1
DD Oyashio, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Yukikaze, Shell hits 2
DD Yamagumo

Allied Ships
DD Piet Hein, Shell hits 12, and is sunk
DD Evertsen, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Van Ghent, Shell hits 15, and is sunk


A follow-up engagement sank Evertsen. Oyashio is SYS 28/FLOT 13-4/ENG 28-6/FIRE 0 and split off to head to Port Hedland for fuel. The other ships are going to Port Hedland also.

2 big Zero units swept Chungking from Ichang. Over 120 fighters have been showing at Chungking, but far fewer actually flew, and all were Chinese. No matter. The P-43s performed excellently, mostly flying higher than the Zeros. The Zero pilots are the cream of the crop. Many elite pilots. I have to think that the Chinese pilots are very good also, seeing the results.

Total air losses were 24 Zeros for downing 10 P-43A-1s and 7 P-66s. 11 Japanese pilots were KIA on the entire map. Most were here. This was a bit of a waste of good pilots. I pulled the Zeros out, moving them to Canton to recover. 2 big Oscar squadrons took their place at Ichang, and they will try to sweep Chungking today. The Oscar pilots are very good but not as elite as the Zero pilots, and are more easily replaced.

Hurricanes swept and Blens bombed east of Akyab, hitting a Thai division and an RF gun unit in the jungle est of Akyab.

Australian B-17s hit Gove. I'm now set up with fighter protection at Buna, unspotted. The B-17s will show up their eventually. Buna has been hit before.

Dutch sub O16 hit APD Satsuki with a torpedo at Mataram. Satsuki had just dropped off an infantry fragment that is capturing the empty base. Satsuki is gravely hurt, with SYS 36/FLOT 90-62/ENG 16-7/FIRE 2. If Mataram had flipped to Japanese control, I could have disbanded the ship into port. But it did not. I could keep the ship in place, where O16 obviously is. I decide for it to try to make it to Denpassar, 2 hexes away. The ship is not likely to make it.

Side note: OPilot is showing recon interest of Ndeni. Ndeni is not heavily defended, and could have been the invasion target of what appeared to be an aborted invasion armada weeks ago. I'm still get regular heavy activity messages on SigInt for Pearl Harbor. Pearl is a hotbed for US ship activity. That could mean a lot of things. KB remains hidden in the Marshalls, waiting.

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Q-Ball -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (11/30/2021 10:41:26 PM)

I wonder if Bandoeng is the best place for "Last Standville" on Java. It's definitely the best terrain, no question. But the problem with it is the Japanese don't have to take it, they can leave some guys there to keep it hemmed in....like here

Soerbaya is clear terrain, which is a problem, but it does have to be taken

Tough call......




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/2/2021 12:52:24 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Q-Ball

I wonder if Bandoeng is the best place for "Last Standville" on Java. It's definitely the best terrain, no question. But the problem with it is the Japanese don't have to take it, they can leave some guys there to keep it hemmed in....like here

Soerbaya is clear terrain, which is a problem, but it does have to be taken

Tough call......


Given OPilot's move to Bandoeng, I think I made the right call surrounding it, closing the hexsides, and pinning the enemy there with a division. If the enemy's supply ever runs out at Bandoeng, I may replace the division with a smaller unit.

I think that Bandoeng is the best place for a last stand of Java. OPilot didn't move all of the Dutch units there immediately. It was a fighting withdrawal. He probably did start building forts and drawing supply to there very early in the war. I did a similar thing to him in our last game. The difference was that OPilot made several assaults on Bandoeng and took very high casualties in our last game. I don't remember exactly what his losses were, but it totaled more than a division. It was costly.

In the real war, the Dutch did have units that intended to fall back to Bandoeng (not the whole army). But the Japanese made a surprise landing further down the coast and got to the Bandoeng area before many Dutch did.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/2/2021 12:54:06 AM)

17 Oct 42

Dutch sub KXII fired 2 torpedoes at damaged destroyer Oyashio north of Carnavon, in the shallows. Torpedoes missed. Oyashio will make it to Port Hedland and refuel today.

Tambor sank xAKL Kaijo Maru #2 near Kusaie Island. The ship had fuel loaded and was destined for Luganville. It burned and sank. Shouldn't have happened. OPilot had tracked this convoy as it headed due southeast from Truk, and he tracked it for 2 days. I saw this but neglected to change course. With a constant movement of 4 hexes a day, it was predictable and Tambor got a ship on day 3.

Yesterday, Zeros had a poor day over Chungking. Today is was the Oscars turn. Similar result. The P-43A-1s were still there, and still very effective. P-40Es(probably Chinese pilots) replaced the P-66s that flew yesterday. The enemy flew effectively again today. Total air losses were 21 Oscars for downing 9 P-40Es and 2 P-43A-1s. OPilot that the Chinese pilots are highly trained (for the Chinese). That experiment is now over.

APD Satsuki was gravely damaged by a torpedo yesterday. It moved one hex and is now one hex from possible safety at Denpassar. SYS went up 1 to 37, FLOT went up 2 to 92, and the FIRE went down from 2 to 0. It's a flip of the coin whether it makes it.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/2/2021 6:49:36 PM)

18 Oct 42

I-33 fired 2 torpedoes at DM Sicard southwest of Pago Pago. 3 xAPs and 2 SCs spotted also. Direction of movement not known.

More dot base cleanup. Landed on Saumlaki and Babar, east of Timor.

36 Zeros and 34 Nicks swept Horn Island, finding 16 Kittyhawk IAs and 4 P-39Ds. We had the bounce and did ok. Lost 6 Zeros while downing 9 Kittyhawks and 3 P-39Ds. 13 Bettys then attacked an AM and 2 xAKLs at Horn Island. 3 P-39Ds were on CAP but did not get to the bombers. I believe that the P-39s were based elsewhere. All Bettys dropped torpedoes but all missed. Weather was heavy rain. Good plan, didn't get any ships.

After talking about Bandoeng, I can report that the Dutch flak at Bandoeng has stopped firing. Finally! Moving the Sonias down to 6000 feet to confirm this.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/3/2021 8:26:58 PM)

19 Oct 42

OPilot has been sending subs to resource locations, such as Nauru and Ocean Island. I am not loading resources from these locations, but I did send some destroyers to patrol these two islands. Herring was hit by a depth charge at Nauru but will survive. Another sub is spotted at Ocean Island. OPilot is using this strategy with a couple of locations on the west coast of Borneo and islands between Borneo and Sumatra.

Anns and Lilys bombed Bandoeng at 6000 feet, but found plenty of active flak. Several planes were shot down. I ordered the planes back up to 11000 feet and we'll see what happens. Maybe there really is supply there. Maybe the LI is still producing some. Maybe the units with higher altitude flak guns ran out of supply, while many with low altitude flak did not. Don't know yet.

B-17s in Australia went back to bombing Daly Waters.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/4/2021 6:16:12 PM)

20 Oct 42

I'd sent 3 destroyers to patrol Nauru and Ocean Island, as both islands have enemy subs. I got a depth charge hit on a sub at Ocean 2 days ago. The destroyer that had engaged retired to Tulagi for rearming and fuel. The 2 remaining destroyers continued to patrol. Shiratsuyu spotted Blackfish at Nauru Island but didn't find the sub for an attack. This then happened again, with no attack. Then Blackfish attacked the other destroyer, Kasumi, firing 2 torpedoes. One hit and was not a dud. Kasumi was sunk. Japanese ASW is pathetic and you are just as likely to lose a ship as hit a sub. This was shallow water so my expectations were higher.

Landed an infantry fragment at Great Nicobar, cleaning up the dot bases of the Andaman Islands.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/5/2021 1:10:56 AM)

21 Oct 42

Pompano missed destroyer Hatsukaze with 2 torpedoes just northwest of Saipan. Hatsukaze is escorting a very big transport convoy with many heavy artillery units that were originally bought out of Manchuria. The convoy is on the way to Hong Kong, and the artillery will go to Tuyun.

I-173 hit sub Haddock with 2 torpedoes northeast of Norfolk Island, sinking Haddock. RO-68 sank AMc Korowa with a torpedo at Portland Roads. Good day for the subs.

P-40s with medium and heavy bombers hit Myitkyina. Happens once or twice a week. I have no interest. A Thai division is defending the area.



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BBfanboy -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/5/2021 7:45:23 AM)

I read that the opposite way. With no bombers or fighters, there is no carrier there. The Aux. aircraft could be FPs on a cruiser or BB, or a Patrol aircraft squadron fragment.




Lowpe -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/5/2021 1:20:26 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Q-Ball

I wonder if Bandoeng is the best place for "Last Standville" on Java. It's definitely the best terrain, no question. But the problem with it is the Japanese don't have to take it, they can leave some guys there to keep it hemmed in....like here

Soerbaya is clear terrain, which is a problem, but it does have to be taken

Tough call......


Last Standville, [:D].

Whatever those troops tie down, is better than having everything surrender so much faster especially in a shore base, imo. Especially if the Dutch base supplies there early on.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/5/2021 4:58:24 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: BBfanboy

I read that the opposite way. With no bombers or fighters, there is no carrier there. The Aux. aircraft could be FPs on a cruiser or BB, or a Patrol aircraft squadron fragment.


Logically, it could be planes on a cruiser or battleship. My experience is that it is not. Think of all the times you've spotted task forces with cruisers or battleships and no carriers. You don't see the display of fighters/bombers/auxiliary.

You do see that display for bases though. But when it says ENEMY Task Force on the mouse-over, and you see the fighters/bombers/auxiliary line, I'm pretty confident that it isn't some combination of looking at the task force and the base. I believe it is just looking at the task force.

Now seeing 0 fighters and 0 bombers does make me think that this isn't a large carrier. If it were a Japanese task force, I'd consider that it is just a CS. With an Allied carrier, though, my guess is a small British carrier or a US CVE or CVL.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/5/2021 5:03:45 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Lowpe


quote:

ORIGINAL: Q-Ball

I wonder if Bandoeng is the best place for "Last Standville" on Java. It's definitely the best terrain, no question. But the problem with it is the Japanese don't have to take it, they can leave some guys there to keep it hemmed in....like here

Soerbaya is clear terrain, which is a problem, but it does have to be taken

Tough call......


Last Standville, [:D].

Whatever those troops tie down, is better than having everything surrender so much faster especially in a shore base, imo. Especially if the Dutch base supplies there early on.



I agree Lowpe. The Dutch are going to lose everything much more quickly outside of the mountains. Might as well put everything at Bandoeng, pull in all of the supply, and sit there. With over 40k troops and supply, and a high level of forts, it would wreck Japanese divisions to reduce it.

I do think that Bandoeng is finally getting low on supply now. I moved my bombers back up to 11k feet and there was no flak, same as 2 days ago. Yesterday, at 6k, there was lots of flak. Probably many more Dutch units with smaller guns with a lower ceiling, units that still have some supply. I'll continue bombing. Short of bringing in at least several divisions, it's all I can do. Pin the enemy and bomb them.

Bandoeng may turn out to be a lure to drawing an Allied invasion to Java rather than somewhere else. It could be tempting to OPilot to go there to rescue the Dutch. I am preparing.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/5/2021 7:18:46 PM)

22 Oct 42

APD Minekaze is picking up the infantry fragment that took an unoccupied Great Nicobar. Minekaze found a minefield but didn't hit any mines. Later in the day, British sub Truant fired 2 torpedoes at Minekaze at Great Nicobar but missed.

At Bandoeng, Japanese bombers went back to a higher bombing altitude and found no Dutch flak firing. So for now, 11k is safe but 6k is not. Supply must be dwindling that the bigger flak guns aren't firing anymore.

I bombed Ankang, west of Sian. It is notable that flak did fire at Ankang, so it has supply. Most Chinese locations do not.

I moved 15 Zeros to Gove to protect a cargo TF arriving with supply. 24 B-17Es came in on a fighter sweep and downed 3 Zeros, losing just 1 Fortress. The bombers went after the port at Gove but got no hits in thunderstorms. Some bombers were damaged by the Zeros. Only 3 of the Zeros are flyable now. And that's against the old "E" model B-17. Things have only begun to get rough.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/6/2021 3:57:52 AM)

23 Oct 42

Nothing new. Bombed the usual spots in China. Every day I attack with artillery at Tuyun. KB still staying in place west of Tarawa. Waiting. For something. That may never come.

I'm wondering how long till I see the P38s. OPilot has them by now. He will use them at a location that he can't reach otherwise. Maybe go for Rangoon from Akyab, supplemented with heavy bombers. Or hit my bases in the mountains of western China from Ledo. He looks at them but has done little there, and everything going to Kunming from Burma goes through those bases. Of course, they could be used in the South Pacific about anywhere. Wherever the Allies choose to start the offensive. So I wait, mostly. I am sending multiple divisions from the Sian area to the Tuyun/Kunming area for a big, slow push. If I can take Kunming, I think I can isolate China for most of the war.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/7/2021 4:03:22 AM)

24 Oct 42

Did someone say something about P-38s?

18 arrived over Port Moresby. Interestingly, they appeared to sweep at just 8000 feet, but still got the bounce quite often. They engaged 29 Zeros and 21 Nicks. The fight didn't look too lopsided, but the Lightnings downed planes regularly while the Japanese planes damaged the P-38s more often than not.

After the P-38 sweep cam the B-26s. First a group of 31, and they were savaged by the Zeros, which hit them on the way in, and the Nicks, which hit them on the way out. Still, moderate base damage was done to the airbase with 17 Marauders dropping bombs. A second group of 9 B-26s came in and most if not all were shot down. Then the B-17Fs arrived. The Japanese fighters damaged some and the B-17s damaged a lot of fighters. Then 11 more B-26s arrived, but only 1 Zeros was still flying. Total air losses were 26 B-26s, 2 P-38Fs and 1 B-17F, for the cost of 7 Zeros and 6 Nicks.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/8/2021 12:46:41 AM)

25 Oct 42

Patrol boat Karimo Maru hit sub Permit with 2 depth charges south of Singapore. Permit may be in trouble. I ordered destroyers to the straits west of Singapore to block an escape. Others are ordered to the straits north and south of Java, in case Permit goes towards Australia.

Little else. Spotted some tankers leaving Canton Island to the east. A Glen sub is chasing.

4 or 5 divisions have moved out of Sian to the south, headed to western China another push for Kunming and Tuyun. A few units are moving north of Sian, moving to contact to form a new line.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/9/2021 4:21:29 AM)

26 Oct 42

12 B-24s bombed Tsuyung but found 12 Tojos on CAP. The small number of Tojos did very well with elite pilots. 7 Liberators were shot down. Had a very interesting message:

Okamoto T. in a Ki-44-IIa Tojo makes head on attack ... B-24D Liberator destroyed

When the message flashed up during combat, I thought it was a suicide attack, the first of the war. I was amazed to find out that no Tojos were lost! Just a "head on attack" apparently, as it reads.

The sub that was tracking enemy tankers moving east from Canton Island moved right past them. The tankers did move due east, but only 6 hexes, not 8. I'll move into the perfect position today, if they don't change course. With consecutive days spotted, they'll probably change course.

Nakajima HA-44 engines were accelerated to 4/43. They are used almost exclusively for the B6N1 Jill, which is slated to arrive on 3/43. All of the big carriers have Kates that convert to B6N1, and there are 4 land based units that need the model, as well as 4 other land units that appear later. So, a fair number of Jills are needed.

It's worth noting that the B6N2 Jill is slated to arrive on 10/43, so the B6N1 run won't be very long. The B6N2 Jill is slightly faster but more importantly has a service rating of 1, while the B6N1 has a rating of 2.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/9/2021 6:33:23 PM)

27 Oct 42

I-25 was the sub tracking the enemy tankers east of Canton Island. Near Jarvis Island, the sub was located by SC-704 and hit with a depth charge and a mousetrap. No other ships were spotted. The sub chaser could have been sent out to protect the tanker convoy, or it could have been the escort already in the convoy. Either way, it doesn't matter now. I-25 is SYS 27/FLOT 54-19/ENG 1-0/FIRE 0 and will try to make it to Kwajalein.

I did the usual bombing: Bandoeng, Tuyun, Kunming, near Lanchow. Hit troops at Ankang again. Can see a solid line of Chinese now running north to south through Ankang, west of Sian. With the Chinese lines compressed, it's easier to hold a continuous line. Most Chinese don't have supply, but any big advance I make has to be on the roads, and they are strongly defended and/or running through defensible terrain. I don't plan on advancing further in the Sian area, but I want to show that I may be trying to.

A Glen sub spotted a carrier in a task force at Pearl Harbor. Triple heavy activity SigInt at Pearl shows a CVE in port, as well as 216 ships there. It's tempting to think about a Pearl Harbor raid with KB. But I've done it before. In a previous game, I did 2 raids after the December 7 strike. Both turned out less than ideal. My opponent had battleships in port, and they soaked up most of the bombs. There were over 200 ships in port in that game also, but most strikes went after the battleships, which were badly damaged in both late raids. Hundreds of cargo ships went unscathed. The battleships were damaged badly, as if I had done the initial Pearl Harbor strike 3 times, but in the big picture, with nothing sunk, it would have been better to have hit the many transport ships there.

And the flak at Pearl now would be very strong. This is a DBB game, so flak is enhanced from stock. And more realistic, in my opinion.

A Pearl Harbor raid would be fun to try to execute, but the odds of hitting and sinking carriers is small. And the risk is high. It would make OPilot more cautious though, and that is always one of my goals.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/10/2021 3:04:13 AM)

28 Oct 42

Spotted a sub northeast of Soerabaja. This isn't a usual patrol area. I have air ASW at Soerabaja and this looks like a sub passing through. There's a chance it is the damaged sub from a few days ago heading south towards Australia. I'm already patrolling the two nearest straits that it would pass through, and I ordered two more ASW patrols out of Soerabaja, with a few destroyers looking at the shallow hexes southeast of the current position. It's a small game in a very large war, but these little things make it all the more enjoyable.

A couple of Chinese units are trying to flank my most northern base in China, Ansi (I think). I have a strong enough unit there to hold it, but he's going around it, probably to cut the road. I have armor moving up to the south, and the armor will guard the flank. But the armor was guarding the next town to the south, so another unit is on the way to that town, and it's about 6 hexes away on a trail. I'm ok unless other Chinese units appear moving north from the Lanchow area. Lilys are moved up north and will bomb the flanking units. No defensible terrain in that area.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/10/2021 10:47:11 PM)

29 Oct 42

I-18 hit Australian destroyer Nepal with a torpedo just west of Lord Howe Island. The ship was not seen sinking. Also spotted was cruisers Canberra and Hobart and 4 other destroyers. I-18 took a shot at destroyer Norman later in the day but missed with 2 torpedoes.

Northwest of Raoul Island, I-169 fired 2 torpedoes at US destroyer Phelps but missed. Cruiser Trenton and 3 other destroyers were spotted. This location is on a route between Suva and New Zealand, but these ships could be going anywhere.

Dutch sub O16 sank AMc Genchi Maru southwest of Balikpapan. The tiny minesweeper was doing its job in the shallows that run to the southwest from Balikpapan.

S-41 sank xAKL Gozan Maru at Milne Bay. I have a task force with small cargo ships unloading supply there. Sub chasers to the northeast are sent to Milne Bay.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/11/2021 5:53:44 PM)

30 Oct 42

I-17 was headed south, passing just to the west of Perth, intending to set up a patrol further south, near Albany. It ran into DE Starling with at least 2 xAKs. Starling hit it with a depth charge. Now the sub will return to Soerabaja for repairs.

Seawolf was hit by 2 depth charges by DMS W-11 at Tanahdjampea, an island south of Celebes. W-11 was just passing through. Seawolf may have been sitting on the Allied dot base, waiting for a clean-up invasion. I've been doing a lot of that lately.

Sargo spotted xAK Nitimei Maru at Boela. The cargo ship was unloading supply with 2 other cargo ships, without an escort. They had already unloaded an engineer unit. The escort was with other ships carrying engineers destined for Babar and Saumlaki to the south. Sargo fired many torpedoes at the ship. All missed. 4 shells from the sub did hit the cargo ship, doing 9 FLOT damage, while Nitimei Maru hit the sub with a shell, damaging some torpedo tubes. Now all 3 cargo ships are empty and are disbanded at Boela.

There is more enemy flak at Kunming now, having come from Chungking. The airfield has been damaged heavily for months now, but the base still has supply.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/12/2021 10:19:41 PM)

31 Oct 42

Sub chasers at Milne Bay spotted S-41 but couldn't get an attack on it.

No enemy CAP at Akyab. Moderate damage done to the airfield.

Another month done. No sign of the US juggernaut yet. I've yet to see a US Marine division. Did see a USMC regiment take Midway, but that's been it. They are out there preparing for something. Just a matter of when OPilot decides it is time to start rolling.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/13/2021 8:10:12 PM)

1 Nov 42

Spearfish missed xAK Hokuriku Maru with 2 torpedoes at Manokwari. The ship was temporarily unescorted while another xAK is reloading a unit fragment at Manokwari. OPilot sees my behind-the-lines cleanup and moves subs in quickly.

I haven't presented a lot of graphics lately, with little activity taking place. Here's a graphical summary of all of the areas of the war.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/13/2021 8:11:28 PM)

1 Nov 42 - Aleutians

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apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/13/2021 8:11:59 PM)

1 Nov 42 - Australia

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apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (12/13/2021 8:12:49 PM)

1 Nov 42 - Burma

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