Ran this through to 6 Feb 42. as Allies. (I'll try to hid some detail to keep up the suspense)
I beefed up the original Allied CV TF's with a few Ca/CL & DD's.
My plan was to land 8th Marines, 1st Marine Raiders, 2ns Marine Engineers, 4th & 5th Marine Defense Bns & 34th Combat Engineers, approx 15,000 men. (Never use a hammer if a 20lb sledgehammer is available!)
The TF's were plotted to move north of Midway, across to a point NW of Wake and then down to Wake.
I got through the IJN SS pickets around French Frigate/Laysan without any attacks. All proceeded quietly until I was approx 300 miles NW of Wake when I was attacked by IJN Carrier aircraft (At no time did I see any IJN TF's) My F4F-3 & F2 Buffs managed to knock down a good % of the attackers with only a torp into Portland 18sys/20flot and a bomb on Enterprise which must have boubced off the timber flight deck.
Next day saw another IJN strike from the opposite direction! I thought about aborting but it also got beaten off.
My small bombardment TF (1 CA & 2 CL) scared the Wake garrison on D-1 and on DDay my CV DB & TB gave them another pasting. (I held them back on Naval attack, just in case, but the coast seemed clear)
My amphib force took 2 days to clear the atoll, I took a hit because my force was only partially prepped but I'm sure Mr Deveraux didnt want to wait another 2 mths.
Nothing much happened after this, daily Nell raids started after 1/2/42 and I spent most of my time evacuating 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Engineers & 34th Combat Engineers.
I feel this scenario could be a great learning tool for newbies. Low density but involves the organising of various TF's, setting up search patterns and reloading a disembarked force.
VPs Allies 363 IJN 57
Nell 16 mostly Ops losses
F2 Buff 16
PBY5 14 mostly Ops losses
Of 116 total losses, 33 wee Ops losses incurred in the long range naval searches by both sides.
Andy, I hope the AI has a lot of variety for force size and direction of attack, I was surprised when the IJN attack came in.
Maybe an AI tweak, after attacking me and retreating to Roi/Namur the IJN CV built up their aircraft numbers but just sat there and didnt attempt a second attack on the USN which was depleting its Aircraft numbers and AA ammo.
Good fun scenario.
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