From: Lone Star Nation
February 6, 1943
Let's look in more detail at how things went down, beginning with a supremely frustrating day for the Empire!
No contacts. A fresh pulse of IJN subs is making for the harbor entrance at Broome to replace the subs forced to withdraw after tangling with the Wasp/Hornet TF. We also have sub minelayers on approach.
Combined Fleet/Southern Army
We guess right, CF stays put in Broome with his heavies. Yamato and Mushashi come in unopposed to bombard the port. So glorious, right? No! The super-battleships target his infantry, while the DDs bounce shells off the British ships at anchor. Sometimes this game will drive you crazy. We should have demolished his ships with 18 inch shells. I invented new cuss words watching this, I really did. Repulse, Valiant and Frobisher suffer nominal, non-penetrating hits.
We don't launch any port attacks in the AM phase, in the PM Bettys, Nells and KB's Kates come, but there are no 800kg bombs! I thought Kates only used them at Pearl Harbor but that 2E IJN LBA carried the big bombs. Ugh. We bounce 250kg bombs off the armor of Royal Sovereign, Valiant and Repulse. All are on fire. Kates also score penetrating hits on a CL, a DD and an xAP. Disappointing? You betcha!
As expected, the big UK SCTF spotted in the past few days comes in to bombard Cox's Bazaar. A mini sub in the hex does nothing, but poor moonlight and die rolls make the bombardment rather ineffectual. Resolution, Revenge, 3 CAs, 2 CLs and 6 DDs are present. Ramilles was part of this force but got sunk by subs and Nells over the past two days.
As day breaks, CF brings everything he's got at the airfield, including the first use of 4Es in India to date. He is learning to attack en masse. Still our group of 42 elite Tojos at CB does a great job of shooting down Hurricanes and Allied 2Es as four separate attack waves assault us. Despite the lopsided kill ratio, the airfield is at 71% damage and we will have to abandon it. Without supporting bases in range and with no rail line, this is a fight CF can win if he chooses.
CF sets a big CAP trap at Diamond Harbor, which he made the home port for the bombarding SCTF. Despite this, 36 Zeros perform very well, suffering losses but getting 24 Nells into the target. We should have done damage here, but thunderstorms ruin our aim and we get no hits. What a great turn!
We unload a ton of artillery units at Rangoon to assist in the defense of Taung Gyi, Prome and Toungoo.
Chittagong's defenses now are up to 11 LCUs. We are marching on the base as fast as possible, but Cribtop HQ is concerned we won't have enough to break through. If not, we fall back on CB and then seize Akyab.
Fusan makes level 8 port. We'll see whether the land route thing works soon. Should I put a Naval HQ or some other HQ here to increase the flow?
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