CA Chokai finds and sinks AS Canopus in the sentral PI. And a little while later dispatches an AK.
6 DDs patrolling Leyte Gulf sink the Langley.
Natori, Kuma and 4 DDS sink an AK about 80 miles south of Bataan.
Houston, Marblehead and 5 DDs try to mess with the landing at Talaud Island (half way between Davao and Mindano) amd meet a force of 4 DDs. 1 hit on each of 2 Jap DDs, 1 US DD sunk and 2 more with heavy fires and damage and break off. The remaining US force engages again after the sun comes up heavily damaging 2 Jap DDs for which they lost another DD and the last one heavy damage and fires. Suzukaze sinks, Umikaze probably wont make it home (60 some flood and only 22 major and a long way from a port). All 5 US DDs show up on sink ships report. Houston and Marblehead only lightly damaged and retiring west towords Balikpapan.
That battle covered the southern end of the invasion of Davao. The 146th inf reg and elements of the 8th tank reg land today. Elements of the 81st nav gd land on Jolo.
4 TBs covering the Busuanga landing force engages 4 DDs and sinks 1 lightly damaging 2 others. A base force and Southern Fleet HQ land there. Busuanga is a level 3 port 120 miles due SW of Bataan and will be used as a front line repair shop. 2 of the TBs were moderately damaged, but will put in to this port after it falls for emergency repairs. Adm Marushige in the Kuma with the Natori and DD escort remains on station to protect the landing forces.
25 Zeros sweep Bataan destroying 3 P-26s that came up to play.
16 Zeros sweep Singapore claiming 7 of 8 Buffs.
37 Sallys raid Kuantan losing 1 to AA fire.
34 twin engine bombers hit Iba in 2 raids damaging the airfield.
3 Anns were lost to AA fire over Hong Kong bombing port facilities and troops.
35th div assaults the 8th New Chinese/A Corps SE of Kaifeng at 660:1 odds and gets this:
Allied ground losses:
Units destroyed 1
Ground combat at Kweiteh (90,46)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 11999 troops, 102 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 378
Defending force 3015 troops, 36 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 93
Japanese max assault: 830 - adjusted assault: 664
Allied max defense: 92 - adjusted defense: 7
Japanese assault odds: 94 to 1 (fort level 1)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Kweiteh !!!
Defender: preparation(-), morale(-), experience(-)
Japanese ground losses:
57 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Allied ground losses:
1751 casualties reported
Squads: 48 destroyed, 34 disabled
Non Combat: 73 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 37 (28 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 2
Defeated Allied Units Retreating!
51st Chinese Corps
69th Chinese Corps
Taytay falls and Hong Kong eats some more artillery shells.
Here is the situation in central China:
Changsha is the city in the extreme SW corner of the map. I have 3 divisions driving on it and more that are still in Wuchang. I pulled back from Ichang (NE of the lake) and set up a holding position behind the river line. The 2 land battles this turn were clearing the Kaifeng - Suchow rail line. The next step is to advance on a broad front and clear the Sinyang - Kaifeng rail line. And of course capture Changsha if possible.
Edit: You can see little "dots" on some units in various positions. These indicate direction of movement. So sometimes (not always) you can actually tell which way an enemy unit is moving before it moves.
< Message edited by Yamato hugger -- 2/14/2009 7:26:44 PM >