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Lima Yankee Bravo; The Inscrutable HMS Resolution vs. t... - 3/14/2007 5:59:20 AM   
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Gentlemen,

This will be the AAR thread for my doomed but valiant attempt to destroy the White Imperialist Opressor powers (in the form of Wolfie1). It may contain my sooper-sekrit plans for Final Victory, so if he wants to go and make his own thread to laugh at my failures, he should probably go do that thing.

The first turn of my first PBEM ever was mailed out tonight. More to come.
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RE: Lima Yankee Bravo; The Inscrutable HMS Resolution v... - 3/14/2007 6:01:48 AM   
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FROM: His Excellency, Emperor Hirohito of Japan
TO: Prime Minister Winston Churchill, United Kingdom; President Franklin D Roosevelt, United States of America; Prime Minister Pieter Gerbrandy, the Netherlands

Owing to the outrageous provocations and unbridled insults which the Sovereign Empire of Japan has suffered at the hands of the White Colonial Powers for the last eighty years, we are left with no choice but to declare war upon your criminal regimes in self defence and at the request of the subject peoples whom you unlawfully rule. There can be no peace as long as your warmongering governments remain in power.

Regards,

Hirohito




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A Brief Outline of the War Aims, December 1941-February... - 3/14/2007 6:48:02 PM   
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The following paper was submitted to Imperial GHQ for approval:

1. Our initial attacks will proceed as outlined in previous documents against PEARL HARBOUR and CLARK FIELD. Additional air attacks will be launched against SINGAPORE.

2. The primary objective that must be secured by FEBRUARY 28, 1942 is SINGAPORE. Progress towards the complete control of the PHILLIPINES must be excellent as well. Secondary objectives are progress towards the conquest of the DUTCH EAST INDIES, PORT MORESBY, and RABAUL.

3. We must maintain a powerful submarine presence in the BAY OF BENGAL. The Royal Navy is weaker than the United States in the Pacific, and can thus be more easily swept aside with one brush of the armoured sleeve. A concerted effort may deliver INDIA and BURMA to us.

4. Maximum use is to be made of our powerful surface forces and their superior night battle skills.

The staff is directed to submit further recommendations as the situation warrants.

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RE: A Brief Outline of the War Aims, December 1941-Febr... - 3/14/2007 10:31:06 PM   
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The following paper was submitted to Imperial GHQ for approval:

1. Our initial attacks will proceed as outlined in previous documents against PEARL HARBOUR and CLARK FIELD. Additional air attacks will be launched against SINGAPORE.



Hmmm. Manila, and the naval units there, will be secondary to the air units at Clark? Probably wise, but you risk letting a bunch of U.S. submarines loose.

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RE: A Brief Outline of the War Aims, December 1941-Febr... - 3/14/2007 10:40:34 PM   
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See, this is exactly the sort of stuff I need advice on. I'd totally forgotten about the AsFleet subs in Manilla.

I initially hope to have my CVLs make a sweep off of the Phillipines before moving them to Indochina for future operations against the RN and the Dutch.

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12/7/1941: Wake Falls! - 3/15/2007 5:45:36 AM   
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Banzai! Colleagues, please inform the Emperor that the defenders of Wake Island proved to be no challenge for our fierce Samurai! We captured six of their grossly inferior Grumman-Type Fighters on the landing strips, and have rebased a squadron of float scout aircraft there to  track the movements of their aviation ships.

Unfortunately, our strike at Pearl Harbour has not yielded the annihilating victory that we had hoped for. Pilots of our Carrier Bomber aircraft report seeing three battleships heavily damaged and on fire: Arizona, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. As we cannot verify the loss of any of these ships, Admiral Nagumo has been ordered to slow his withdrawal and launch a second strike from maximum range tomorrow. In a bout of misguided chivalry, the Admiral informed the Americans of his intent by shortwave radio to prevent civillian casualties. Text follows:

ATTENTION AMERICAN WE ATTACK AGAIN TOMORROW OKAY SEND ALL LADY AWAY FROM PORT OKAY

We are embarking expeditions to seize Tarawa and the adjacent islands, Hollandia in New Guinea, Sarawak in Borneo, and reinforcements for the Malayan penninsula. In light of several air attacks made on our forces off of the last-named, we have retasked our Zero-Sen fighters to fly top cover for the invasion convoys while our G4M Land Attack Planes are readied in case of an attempted breakout by British heavy ships.

Our small carriers in Japan are proceeding to Indochina to form a striking group able to sink Allied convoys in these waters.

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RE: 12/7/1941: Wake Falls! - 3/15/2007 10:30:59 PM   
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So I'm thinking of refueling and rearming the Kido Butai and then sending them back to Hawaiian waters to pick off anything moving around. Does anyone have any specific thoughts on this?

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RE: 12/7/1941: Wake Falls! - 3/16/2007 5:31:51 AM   
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Ugh. December 8 was a total bust. My Zeroes strafed Pearl without any bombers because I moved too far, PoW and Repulse seem to be escaping into the Java Sea and their escorts mauled an I-boat, and everything is fubar'ed in general.

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12/8/1941: I need an adult! - 3/16/2007 8:26:27 PM   
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I launched some airstrikes on the port of Manilla, hoping to hit a few subs; one Betty actually managed to torpedo one, which blows my mind. A few other submarines and some PGs were hit, but I fear the majority of his SS forces will make it into the oceans unmolested.

The KB is going to meet up with its oilers juuuuust outside of Pearl Harbour's land-based aircraft range, and from there I'll figure out to do with it.

I'm sending my four old 14" dreadnoughts to Truk to form the nucleus of a hopefully invincible surface fleet to deal with whatever the allies scrape together. The Nagatos will head for Saigon to form an anti-Force Z surface group for operations against the DEI and Malaysia.

I've sent out a landing force to secure Baker Island, and more troops are loading for Northern Borneo. Reinforcements for Malaysia are also being sent.

My rinky-dink carriers are en route to Saigon as well. With any luck my gallant foe will be daring with HMS Hermes and I can knock her out of the war post-haste. If nothing else, I can sink evacuation convoys.

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RE: 12/7/1941: Wake Falls! - 3/16/2007 8:37:02 PM   
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So I'm thinking of refueling and rearming the Kido Butai and then sending them back to Hawaiian waters to pick off anything moving around. Does anyone have any specific thoughts on this?


You could do this but if any CVs get damaged they are an awfully long way from anywhere friendly. Remember risk/gain. You would risk much and gain what?

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RE: 12/7/1941: Wake Falls! - 3/16/2007 8:55:07 PM   
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Well, there's the off-chance of catching a US carrier returning to port, although now that I think of it, they could be more likely to head down into the SOPAC area to defend Moresby and Noumea. Now THOSE are much richer targets right now, I think.

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RE: 12/7/1941: Wake Falls! - 3/16/2007 9:12:06 PM   
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Yep, plus you'll want CV escorts for those invasion forces.

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RE: 12/7/1941: Wake Falls! - 3/20/2007 5:04:09 PM   
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US carriers are currently operating offshore of Wake island as my surviving light forces there beat a hasty retreat home for home. The Japanese carriers have refueled and are now sweeping west of Pearl Harbour, from thence to make for Saipan, hopefully snapping up some damaged ships or an aircraft carrier on the way. It's a risk, but with the Zero bonus in effect, I'd rather take it now than later.

The three "S" class destroyers from Hong Kong have all been sunk off of the coast of Indochina by massed level bombing attacks. Apparently, troops were being carried on them.

Objectives have been secured on the coast of Malaysia, and I'm preparing another amphibious landing further south on the coastline, to secure a lodgement closer to Singapore, the primary objective. Reinforcements are being sent to Khota Bharu, which has just fallen, in hopes of expediting the southern advance.

Paratroops have seized one base in the Phillipines, and more troops are being airdropped at a second objective. The northern portion is almost completely in my control, and I have reassigned Zekes to deal with troublesome P-40Es operating out of Manilla.

Troops are nearing Hollandia; I hope to establish a seaplane base there and eventually build an airfield complex.

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Ambush off of Pearl Harbour! - 3/21/2007 4:13:38 AM   
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The Kido Butai swept southwest of Pearl Harbour, hoping to locate damaged American ships making for home. They were not to be disappointed.

Although the vast majority of the day's strikes were launched against USN destroyers conducting ASW operations off of Pearl Harbour itself, leaving three DMS in a sinking condition, IJN bombers found the Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Arizona making their ways back to Pearl Harbour. In a lightning strike, VT and VB aircraft sank the Arizona and Tennessee, and left the Oklahoma heavily damaged and wallowing low in the water.

An even more valuable prize was spotted heading for Pearl harbour, however; a USN carrier. At maximum speed, the Kido Butai may reach a launching-off point against her by tomorrow morning, after which they will return to the Home Islands.

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RE: Ambush off of Pearl Harbour! - 3/21/2007 4:32:46 PM   
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Good catch! Although what those BBs were doing at sea is anyone's guess... Good luck with the CV chase!

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RE: Ambush off of Pearl Harbour! - 3/21/2007 7:24:24 PM   
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I misstyped; I think they were actually heading for the West Coast to repair, not back to Pearl. With a little luck, I think the Oklahoma will sink today, but I expect that the carrier---which I believe to be Saratoga---will probably head back for the West Coast to avoid my carriers.

As it stands, there's still a vanishingly slim chance that I might run into Lexington and Enterprise on my return leg, but I do not antcipate any carrier battles at this time. I may luck out and stumble across more damaged ships heading for home, though.

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RE: Ambush off of Pearl Harbour! - 3/23/2007 5:25:06 AM   
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The Saratoga escaped to the east, but a roving I-Boat torpedoed two of her destroyers in a daring night attack; hopefully they'll sink. Oklahoma and Monaghan both sank today under air attack by wave after wave of frustrated IJN carrier aircraft, as the American carrier group pulled out of range.

Victoria Point has fallen.

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RE: Ambush off of Pearl Harbour! - 7/18/2007 8:39:53 PM   
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Well, it's been a while, but the game still goes on; it's just past Christmas Day, 1941, and the better part of the Australian navy (HMAS Australia, Perth, Adelaide, and Voyager) are all resting beneath the waves at or around Rabaul, where an undermanned IJN landing force holds on tenaciously whilst awaiting reinforcement. My old 12-gun dreadnoughts have sortied in and out of these waters multiple times (that's how all but Adelaide bit it), and for the moment, I appear to have sea control of the area.

There has been heavy fighting off Borneo, with a task force centered around Boise wiped out to a man, one IJN heavy cruiser (Maya, I think) in drydock for repairs, and several smaller ships sunk by the Prince of Wales and Repulse, both of which were torpedoed by IJN a/c flying from Saigon and Borneo. Neither is sunk, but they seem to be in bad shape and have retreated to the southeastern port of the island. Houston has also taken a torp, and Tromp appears to have sunk after eating one a ways back. My teeny-tiny carriers have done yeoman service here, their air attacks breaking up some surface groups before they could engage.

The British are holding on in Malaysia. I have a foothold all along the eastern side of the Peninsula, but my advance seems to have stalled a little. I am still hopeful that I can seize Singapore by the go date.

The Phillipines are sluggishly moving along, but they're so damn boring it's hard to remember to do anything there. I wish I could sink the whole chain of islands into the sea.

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RE: Ambush off of Pearl Harbour! - 7/19/2007 4:24:23 AM   
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In this little contest, I often consider what a serious disadvantage I am at; Wolfie1 is both more aggressive and a more skilled player than I am, and I often fail to adequately prepare for his countermoves. HMS Hermes is rampaging up and down the Malacca straits, sinking more of my shipping, and my offensives seem stalled everywhere. The only bright spot today is that I've put two torpedoes into Canberra off Rabaul. If she sinks, the Australian navy has effectively ceased to exist aside from one or two light ships. 

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RE: Ambush off of Pearl Harbour! - 8/9/2007 11:05:10 PM   
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Well a few fish into Hermes have ended her reign of terror, although she appears to have survived, and Canberra and Le Triomphant have joined the rest of the Australian navy at the bottom of the sea around Rabaul. There are still two pesky light cruisers hanging around, and I'm hoping a quick backtrack by some of my light cruisers and destroyers can cripple or sink them them in a night action.

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