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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/17/2011 10:34:38 PM   
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DEI

The supply is coming into both Djambi and Praebemolih but it's still a trickle. If I can get 200-300 in both bases in the next few turnsI'll go back to other activities and await the landing in Palembang. No fighters sortied from Palembang last turn, but it appears he moved in another group as 25 are listed now.

The mini-KB is still awaiting more Zero replacements to fill out its squads. Production is high, up to almost 100, but it's still taking forever to fill out all necessary groups. The KB will hope to top up in 3-4 turns as well, so there is no extra to go around.

Oscars only got about 5 Buffalos this turn for 1 loss.

China

The Chinese corps in Pakhoi is down to 77AV and we'll attack in the next few turns.

I have a question about strategy in China. Do I want to annihilate these weak corps when I can only to have them pop up at 1/3 strength in Chunking a month later? I am thinking currently that it might be better to weaken them critically, then let them flounder and move forward. But then they must keep a lot of experience, so if they do build up they could really be dangerous. It just seems for supply that it makes more sense to crush them almost to the end, to about 50 AV worth, then stop. Let them have to use supply and pools to replace more troops rather than getting free units back in the queue.

What is the consensus on these options? I'd welcome any thoughts.

South Pacific

The Tulagi invasion landed and will take the base tomorrow. No sign of anything nearby. A Fast transport is going to drop troops at Milne Bay in about 3 turns as well. Finschafen is next for one of the small AF Coy units that has been taking the bases on North New Guinea. I'll have to bring in something to Lae soon to make sure he doesn't walk over and take it back.

Central Pacific

The Canton invasion should land tomorrow. I'm wary of this one. He knows the KB has passed and this is the first place he'd look to see if he can find something from PH. No sign of sighting, as the detection levels are still 0.

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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/18/2011 6:01:15 PM   
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i'd say go ahead and wipe out any cutoff chinese forces. personally, i like a "clean" battlefield and hate having cutoff scraps of units cut my supply lines or having to detail combat troops to pin these cutoff chinese units.

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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/18/2011 6:14:56 PM   
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i'd say go ahead and wipe out any cutoff chinese forces. personally, i like a "clean" battlefield and hate having cutoff scraps of units cut my supply lines or having to detail combat troops to pin these cutoff chinese units.


Thanks Jzanes. There are some stragglers he's left to harrass in Southern China, I'm now finding. Just a few in forest hexes on roads I'll want to use. I think I agree with you on these, that I don't want them to hang out and step over the road in a month when I really need that supply line.

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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/18/2011 7:52:36 PM   
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Submarines

Our subs did fairly well in the scramble to get Allied ships out of the DEI, picking off quite a few around Billiton. They have been redeployed near Soerebaja, only in deep water hexes. A few are in the Pacific between the mainland and Hawaii. I'm beginning to get the feeling that the Allies are not using this route at all. There are several ideas floating around HQ the past few days. One is that the shipping is taking the far southern route and will come up into New Zealand or even Melbourne. The other is that much of it is going completely around through the canal to Cape Town, and will come back from there to Australia. Both of these theories could be supported by the large blip that moved down toward the canal for two days in our radio traffic sigint report. Not much to go on, but there is nothing out there, and it has to be going somewhere.

The Allied subs are attacking often, and although the usual torpedo problems are limiting their successes, the Dutch and British subs especially are doing well. Including the hit on theKumano by SS O-16. (Kumano is in Hong Kong for 55 days of repairs).

The totals are:

IJN subs - 12
Allied subs - 11

I-19

Based on my early luck with subs I've decided on a new sub to follow. The I-19 did fairly well in real war, famous for sinking the USS Wasp and USS O'Brien with one salvo of six torpedoes, (another of which hit and damaged the USS North Carolina).

The I-19 began the war near Hawaii. Currently she is on patrol between Hawaii and the West coast. Not even a sighting out here yet.





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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/20/2011 12:01:15 AM   
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DEI

Dutch bombers are hitting the base at Prabaemolih. I set the zeros there on night CAP, but of course this did little to stop them. Only doing minor damage, so I'm not that concerned. More supply is getting in than is being destroyed for now. Djambi is up to about 350 supply as well and I've moved the Oscars away as there was no real reason for them there after the initial push.

Our sweeps are still doing well. At Palembang another 5 B-339D went down for 1 zero. At Singapore 16 more Buffalo 1 met their fate. We lost no Oscars in A to A but had 4 ops losses.

The best result today was bombing Cagayan, where the B-17s have been based. 30 Nells attacked from 8,000 ft while zeros went in at 100 feet to strafe and took no losses. Between them 2 B-17 were destroyed and at least 12 damaged. The recon showed 4 bombers 12 aux, which might be the damaged ones. We'll do it again tomorrow.

I've had a change of mind and one of the divisions bound for Singapore will stop first in Palembang. D-Day is 5-7 days away.

PI

About 450 AV of IJA troops deliberate attacked 2 PA Rgt at Batangas. One had already been roughed up and was only worth 55 AV for this engagement. A full 1/3 of the total Allied troops were destroyed and we took the base at 5-1. It's great to get three of these units messed up before even starting on Manilla and Clark. If allowed to make it back inside the defenses and get experience over the next months, they could have been much tougher to deal with. Now they are severely weakened and will need supply and quite a lot of time to build up again.

Strikes moved onto Clark airfield today for 34 damage. I'll keep shifting bases every turn just to delay fort building everywhere and keep him guessing in case he has fighters hidden somewhere ready to spring back in. Not likely.

Central Pacific

Canton Island fell today. No sign of a naval presence. 2 Cats destroyed, which is good. I'll keep these two naval guard units here for good. A base force will arrive next turn and then the Betties. Just a small group of 9 to scout and hit passing traffic.

South Pacific

Our fast transport landed a guard unit at Milne Bay today. No detection level rise. Strange. There must be Cats in Port Moresby, right? I've got no recond here yet, but I might fly some Mavis over and see what they see.

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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/20/2011 5:44:49 PM   
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DEI

The Allies got one Christmas present when another Dutch sub slammed home two torpedoes into another Myoko class CA, I forget which one. Of course this happened near Ambon. I need to put this place behind us and move on. She is at pierside now in Ambon with about 40 system, 34 float, and 16 engine damage. I'm lucky again that it's not much worse. Two hits were dropped on the KVII (I think it was this one) but neither were penetrating, just causing leaks.

In the air 18 zeros flew into Palembang and downed 4 B-339s without a loss. At Singapore we unleashed the Sallies, and flew a bunch of sweeps. 14 more Buffaloes shot up, but 4 Oscars that were escorting were also lost, and 3 Sallies. Only 7 hits were registered on the airfield. Tomorrow 3 groups of about 80 Oscars total will sweep, as he'll probably feel relatively good about yesterday's result and expect something like the same. Maybe even put up more fighters.

China

At Pakhoi the deliberate attack came off at 13 to 1 and 1/3 of the Chinese Corps there was wiped out. Not bad. But unfortunately recon shows there are 7 Chinese units, 62,000 troops, at Liuchow and at least some are moving toward Nanning. That could be between 800-1000 AV worth. So we're going to stay put at Pakhoi for now and keep bombing the fields and building forts. There is not a lot of extra manpower right now until I can buy some more units from Manchuria. I have my eye on several more Armour units, all of the combat engineers, and some high experience Regiments first. Most of these will be involved in fighting for Lanchow and Urumchi in the North. So in the far south here the only option is to sit and wait for the divisions going take Wenchow and that area to finish their work. In the meantime I'll try to mercilessly bomb this stack while it's in the clear hex at Liuchow.

No AVG to be seen.

PI

Bombing airfields. Jockeying a few troops around. Waiting for a Tank group to be ready before moving into Manilla.

Central Pacific

Everything has landed at Canton Island, and only one more turn of unloading supply hopefully before we can get outta dodge. Don't like it out here with no air support or eyes. Betties in next turn.

The KB is reunited at Truk, getting a few new planes and pilots, some fuel, and it's off to the DEI.

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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/21/2011 1:59:27 PM   
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Update

It's about time I looked at what all of the units and groups I'm following are up to, and where they are headed.

I-19

After the unfortunate loss of the I-25 I chose to follow the I-19, which is currently out in the approaches to PH, about 15 hexes out, on a N-S line patrol. So far nothing has been seen out here. The Glen is set to search at 4 hexes 50%. I'm working to find out where the supply convoys are going.

Tainan Ku S-1

This unit has recently moved to Jolo to escort the Nells here and support further landings on Mindanao, Borneo, and in the Celebes. They attacked the airfield at Cagayan and helped push the B-17s based there out of the area. The airfield is now listing no planes, and because many were damaged there I'm thinking he withdrew these groups. Good news for Miri, where he'd been night bombing the oil and had it down to 117 (183).

So far this group has 37 kills to only 2 pilots lost! No single pilot has more than 2 kills.

Next up will be a move to a base closer to Java, either Balikpapan, Macassar, or Koepang, depending on what falls first.

DD Shiranui

After the long cruise to and from the Hawaiian Islands, Shiranui and the rest of the KB are resting and replenishing at Truk on their way to the DEI. The DD has 2 system and 1 engine damage from the extensive use, but there is no time to disband and heal yet, as in one or two days the KB will move out again.

xAK-t Oregon Maru

This transport has finished the upgrade and is now at Tokyo awaiting a mission to transport troops to a base in the Pacific. Quite a few guard and base units are coming up in the queue and ships are moving to the appropriate bases to prepare for the transfers to their deployment locations. I will mainly use Tokyo to send troops to the Pacific and Nagasaki/Sasebo to ship troops to the DEI.

AMC Hokoku Maru

This ship and another AMC are nearing Truk where they will update their air groups to Jakes. They will gather a small group of ships and attempt to move deep into enemy territory south of Canton Island and set up along the southern edge of the map. I'll bring along at least one AO and an AV, but nothing else too valuable. More than anything I want to be able to find the routes he's using in the Pacific and stay out of sight. Once into the area around Pago Pago most of the TF will try to stay hidden far to the south while one of the AMCs goes up farther to look around.

14th Tank Regiment

This unit is moving with 2 other tank groups to push remaining Allied troops on Malaya down and open up the rail lines to move the rest of the Army toward Singapore. I haven't decided if the tanks will take part in the actual siege of Singapore. My experience is that they get trashed going in and aren't very useful here. Maybe if I hold them back until the rest of the troops are in and then add them they won't shock going across the water. Or I might decide they would be more useful in Burma right away. I have about 3,000 AV going in toward Singapore aside from these.

PB Nagato Maru

Nagato Maru has almost finished the work at Nagoya to transform the ship into a PB. She'll move to Tokyo when finished to escort convoys south.


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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/22/2011 9:18:13 AM   
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Two relatively quiet turns. As the KB gets ready to move, the Mini-KB is refilled and ready to support the Palembang landings. It's moving now up toward Singkawang. There is a SCTF with it including 3 BBs, and also an ASW TF of 4 DDs. I have all Kates on ASW as well, as there really isn't any Allied shipping around. I just reconned Soerabaja, and there is only 1 DD in port and only 4 Aux aircraft at the base. Odd. I'll do more recon in the next few days and try to determine if it's even needed to bring the KB into the DEI. I looks like he's pulled everything out that he can.

If Palembang is successful and it doesn't look like there is any major shipping or naval opposition in the area, I may take the KB on a sightseeing tour of the Australian coastline. It seems he has no air presence at Port Moresby either, so it's possible I could sneak down into the area near Noumea without being seen. I'll send a DD down there to see what happens and when it gets noticed or attacked.

No Buffalos over Singapore these days. I've just swept for two turns in a row, and next turn it's back to 100 Ki-21-IIA.

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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/22/2011 4:02:57 PM   
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DEI

The Palembang invasion force is 4 hexes away from landing. I'm minesweeping the hex outside Palembang, and one DMS took out 7 mines yesterday. No air or naval attacks on the convoy materialized today. It's covered by about 40 zeros on LR CAP as well as a SCTF headed by two CAs and an ASW TF.

The 1st Raiding unit in Prabaemolih began moving toward Oosthaven today. There are Betties on search from our new outpost at Sabang, but nothing was seen stirring in the Indian Ocean.

At Ambon a group of 4 PTs came in to try out the two destroyer groups there, and in spite of a daytime battle, seeing them first, and taking the first shots, none were hit. I'm going to do some experiments next turn. I'm splitting the Betty group, and sending two out with torps and one with bombs from 1,000 ft. Also the A6M2s are on naval attack from 100 ft. We'll see if we can hit a PT boat for once from the air.

PI

The southern group of troops at Batangas is now moving into Manilla. The Allies are still holding here with what recon reports to be 24,000 troops. Many of those are probably not in peak condition after getting pushed around during the past week. This suits our strategy here perfectly. The IJA will move in enough to make these guys retreat, further depleting the Allied force on Luzon and making us bring in less to finish them off later. I know this is a good defensive hex, and three is supply here, but it seems counterproductive to keep it for the Allies at this point, considering the air superiority we have and the amount of supply that must go to keep fixing the airfield.

South Pacific

I'm wary of the silence in the Solomons and around New Guinea. No sign of anything since the Perth and Canberra tried to intercept our landing at Shortlands. I've got the 4 Furatakas and 4 DDs patrolling between Tulagi and Rossel Island as task forces unload. Once I get search into Rossel Island I'll relax a bit and start sending more engineer units down that are landing at Rabaul.

If this quiet seems real, I'll scout down to Noumea and see if he's building anything and throwing troops in there. If not, I'd like to take the place before he has a chance to do something. I don't really want to build it up, I just want to keep the Allies from using it for a while and also to get a clear path of unsearched ocean into the Southern regions for ships to begin raiding his supply lines. I would most likely take Noumea with a Naval Guard or two if it's still only held by the original force, then pull these out and just keep an AV there for a few float planes.

Central Pacific

At Canton Island a group of 9 Betties flew in and should provide some early warning now.


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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/22/2011 10:02:23 PM   
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DEI:The Palembang invasion force landed. An xAP took 4 hits from the shore guns, but no other major casualties here. One small PB lost to a sub on the way in as well. The troops have landed well in spite of not being prepped for the occasion, and there is already 531 on the ground with only 12 disruption. A deliberate attack is set for tomorrow.

At least three float planes hit our LR CAP trying to fly into Palembang with more troops. He has pieces of over ten units there, but of course they are all small and Dutch. No sign of the Dutch air force other than nightly raids on Prabaemolih, and the entire British airforce seems to have pulled out of Singapore.

Burma:Our recon in Burma shows very little there. Mandalay has one unit, Lashio none, Rangoon only one. It seems he's made a dash for it and left the Burmese to fend for themselves. I'm scanning up the mountain road now to see if the Chinese troops are still near Kunming.

We're attacking at Moulmein next turn.

China:The northern tank units are pushing up to the fleeing Corps on the road to Lanchow. I've been bombing them to slow them down as well. I want to knock these things around so they can't add to the defense of the city later. Also, I want to get them off of the road to Urumchi so other tanks being bought now out of Manchuria can push up there unseen.

Still bombing the corps retreating from Pakhoi. Lots of squads being destroyed now, which is good.

We're moving in on Wenchow with a Division and a Rgt. Another Division is moving parallel to the north if it looks like it will be needed there.

Aleutians: There was a minor naval battle up here in the wintry seas this turn. The two princes, Prince Robert and Prince Henry came up to defend the Allied concerns here and ran into my fast transport TF. He put two 6 inch hits on my CL and we got 5 various hits on the PR, leaving it with heavy fires. I'm trying to pursue with my own AMCs as the other combat ships are out of ammo.

Subs: Finally got a hit near San Diego when the I-6 put one torpedo into an xAK going into the Canal, it looked like. It was right above the spot where the wormhole starts. Looks like he is moving stuff around the long way off map. I'll have to put a few subs near Perth.




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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/24/2011 9:27:21 AM   
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DEI: The major news today, related to the Allied troops through Orphan Ann's radio broadcast, is that Palembang fell to IJA troops. Amazingly, there is NO damage to the oil and refining facilities! Very happy about that. The troops suffered slightly, and will rest for a few turns before proceeding with the mop-up operations. I've started prepping them for Soerabaja. I know it will be a while before they get there, but if opportunity presents itself to get a quick landing base through a para-drop I want to be ready to go.

The 1st Raiding Rgt is moving toward Oosthaven, and this seems to be making him pull troops out there, as shown by recon. I thikn in a few days we'll try a para drop before he's got them all out. Maybe catch the bomber group still there and a few of the 3 units he's moving out.

In other news, one of the Naval Guard heading into Balikpapan arrived before the other. Annoying. Now it'll be a few days of rest, a I'm sure neither will take it on their solo shock attacks, but they'll get mightily disrupted. I'll start bombing the troops there to get ready for the next attack. At least now I might be able to only deliberate attack, which could leave the facilities better off.

PI: Some troops moved into Manilla. No bombardments by the Allies, so no idea the exact composition of his forces there yet. After the arty moves in next turn we'll bombard to see what we're up against. This should allow all engineer units and the HQ to get into the action as well. Bombing the troops at Manilla and the Bataan airfield again this turn.

I think moving the air out of the PI so early really makes it easy for the Japanese. I would have left them, even if I only used them periodically, as then the airforces have to be escorted, the bases have to be swept, etc. As it is, I have only two small 9 zero groups left here as insurance against him having a hidden group hanging out in one of the smaller islands. The rest have moved on and are working toward the bases on Java.

South Pacific: The Mavis and Jakes moved into Rossel Island. We'll have a look around now. Base force moving toward Milne Bay. Invasion with a small SNLF moving toward Lae.

North Pacific: Some action still brewing up here. Sent a 2 DD TF toward Cold Bay where some transports are unloading. Sent the AMCs into the retreat area to try to pick off the Allied AMCs now most likely low on ammo. We have Jakes on search, and an AV with three Es is moving in from Amchitka as well. The Es will break off if we can locate the retreating ships, but they only have 12cm guns, so we'll try for night action and hope the TFs don't have DD escorts. Mavis are on Naval attack at 18 hexes as well but this turn didn't go for anything.






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31 Dec 1941

December is ending, and the Japanese forces move into 1942 with some good pace, some great successes, and some failures in naval battles that will cause longer repercussions for strategy in the coming months and years. Once southern Sumatra is solidified, and Borneo is cleaned up, the main focus in the DEI will be a quick entry landing onto Java that can be strengthened and broadened into a campaign for the resources and industry there. Our next targets are Kendari, Koepang and Macassar.

DEI:Para-troopers will attempt to take Oosthaven next turn. It's down to 550 troops, so should be ready for a quick conquest. The usual bombing of Singapore produced minimal results again today, but enough to again stall fort building, which is the only reason we're bombing.

We're experimenting with methods of battling PT Boats from air attacks. Set Zeros on 100 ft naval attack, and they did get lots of shell hits this turn, but I'm not sure how much damage they really caused. Tomorrow I'll try them from 10,000, which I think should be a dive bombing attack.

Still battling the subs near Ambon. At least three there stalking the CA in Ambon harbour. Two new ASW TFs are moving in today, and one on the way after that. A Lily unit, a group of Jakes, and the Betties are all on ASW, and we're starting to see attack messages during ASW patrols. It's shallow water, the subs have high detection, all kinds of ships are there looking for them. Still, they are not getting hit critically enough to leave the area. What to do?

PI: Bombing the troops at Manilla gives some results. Our arty is moved in. Bombarding starts this turn. Moving in toward Cagayan on Mindanao. Also have a Naval guard moving toward Malaybalay in the hope of getting there to keep Allied troops from retreating up into the mountains.

N PAC: A running battle between my two mini-DDs, Momi class I think, fighting the Allied AMCs. The Prince Robert looks mortally wounded, whiel the Prince Henry must have used its ammo up and is damaged. Should be ripe for attacking with our AMCs if we can catch it. Our DDs suffered some damage from the 6inch shells, around 35-30-15 each, and will try to make it back to the yards at Hakodote.

S PAC:

Sending two DDs on separate solo scouting missions to either side of Noumea to see if they get picked up by air patrols here. Not much else happening.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 31, 41


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Sanak Island at 173,49, Range 10,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Mochizuki, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Hayate, Shell hits 1, on fire

Allied Ships
AMC Prince Henry, Shell hits 4
AMC Prince Robert, Shell hits 15, heavy fires, heavy damage



Improved night sighting under 96% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 96% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 10,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 10,000 yards
Takatsuka, Minoru crosses the 'T'
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Robert at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DD Hayate engages AMC Prince Robert at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
DD Hayate engages AMC Prince Robert at 5,000 yards
AMC Prince Robert engages DD Mochizuki at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
AMC Prince Robert engages DD Hayate at 2,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Henry at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
AMC Prince Robert engages DD Hayate at 3,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Henry at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 4,000 yards
DD Hayate engages AMC Prince Robert at 4,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Henry at 4,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
AMC Prince Robert engages DD Hayate at 7,000 yards
AMC Prince Robert engages DD Mochizuki at 7,000 yards
McLarnon, A.McA orders Allied TF to disengage
Range increases to 8,000 yards
DD Hayate engages AMC Prince Robert at 8,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Henry at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
AMC Prince Robert engages DD Mochizuki at 10,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Henry at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
AMC Prince Robert engages DD Hayate at 11,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Henry at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
DD Hayate engages AMC Prince Henry at 10,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Henry at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
AMC Prince Henry engages DD Hayate at 9,000 yards
DD Hayate engages AMC Prince Henry at 9,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Cold Bay at 174,48, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Mochizuki, on fire
DD Hayate, on fire

Allied Ships
AMC Prince Henry, Shell hits 2



Improved night sighting under 96% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 96% moonlight: 11,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards
Japanese open fire on surprised Allied ships at 11,000 yards
DD Hayate fires at AMC Prince Henry at 11,000 yards
DD Mochizuki fires at AMC Prince Henry at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DD Hayate engages AMC Prince Henry at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Henry at 6,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Henry at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
DD Hayate engages AMC Prince Henry at 4,000 yards
AMC Prince Henry engages DD Mochizuki at 4,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Henry at 7,000 yards
AMC Prince Henry engages DD Mochizuki at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
AMC Prince Henry engages DD Hayate at 11,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Henry at 11,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Cold Bay at 174,48, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Mochizuki, on fire
DD Hayate, heavy fires

Allied Ships
AMC Prince Robert, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage



Improved night sighting under 96% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 96% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 11,000 yards
AMC Prince Robert engages DD Mochizuki at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
DD Hayate engages AMC Prince Robert at 12,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Robert at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Robert at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Robert at 8,000 yards
Takatsuka, Minoru orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 9,000 yards
DD Hayate engages AMC Prince Robert at 9,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Robert at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Robert at 12,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages AMC Prince Robert at 12,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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ASW attack near Gebe at 81,104

Japanese Ships
DD Samidare
DD Karukaya
DD Minekaze

Allied Ships
SS KXVIII



SS KXVIII is located by DD Samidare
KXVIII diving deep ....
DD Karukaya fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Minekaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Minekaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Minekaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Minekaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Minekaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Minekaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Submarine attack near Guam at 109,101

Japanese Ships
xAK Hague Maru, Shell hits 9

Allied Ships
SS Tambor, hits 1

Japanese ground losses:
5 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



xAK Hague Maru is sighted by SS Tambor
SS Tambor attacking xAK Hague Maru on the surface
SS Tambor low on gun ammo, Murphy, J.W. breaks off surface engagement and submerges


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Night Air attack on Ambon , at 76,109

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5



Allied aircraft
PBY-4 Catalina x 4


No Japanese losses

No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x PBY-4 Catalina bombing from 6000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1 Det A with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes



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Night Air attack on Praboemoelih , at 48,92

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes


Allied aircraft
139WH-3 x 26
CW-22 Falcon x 4


No Allied losses



Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x 139WH-3 bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 3 x 300 kg GP Bomb
3 x 139WH-3 bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 3 x 300 kg GP Bomb
4 x 139WH-3 bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 3 x 300 kg GP Bomb
6 x 139WH-3 bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 3 x 300 kg GP Bomb
4 x 139WH-3 bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 3 x 300 kg GP Bomb
4 x CW-22 Falcon bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 50 kg GP Bomb
3 x 139WH-3 bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 3 x 300 kg GP Bomb



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Night Air attack on Ambon , at 76,109

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes


Allied aircraft
Do-24K-1 x 3


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Do-24K-1 bombing from 6000 feet
Port Attack: 4 x 300 kg GP Bomb



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ASW attack near Palembang at 48,91

Japanese Ships
CA Atago
CA Takao
CL Jintsu
DD Asashio
DD Hibiki
DD Akatsuki
DD Arashio

Allied Ships
SS KXII, hits 2



SS KXII is sighted by escort
DD Hibiki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Akatsuki attacking submerged sub ....
DD Arashio fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Palembang at 48,91

Japanese Ships
DMS W-1
DMS W-17
DMS W-12

Allied Ships
SS KXII, hits 4



SS KXII launches 2 torpedoes at DMS W-1
KXII bottoming out ....
DMS W-17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
DMS W-12 fails to find sub and abandons search
DMS W-17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
DMS W-17 attacking submerged sub ....
DMS W-17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
DMS W-17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
DMS W-17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Truk at 112,102

Japanese Ships
xAK Nikki Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
PB Kohuku Maru

Allied Ships
SS Trout



SS Trout launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Nikki Maru
Trout diving deep ....
PB Kohuku Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kohuku Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kohuku Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kohuku Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kohuku Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Morning Air attack on 2nd KNIL AA Battalion, at 72,115 (Lautem)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 22



Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged


Allied ground losses:
4 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
22 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 103rd PA Infantry Regiment, at 80,89 (Butuan)

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 22



Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged


Allied ground losses:
45 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
22 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Cagayan at 79,89

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 4,100 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 45



Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
PT-41
PT-32, Shell hits 2
PT-34, Shell hits 3
PT-31, Shell hits 13
PT-35, Shell hits 4



Aircraft Attacking:
45 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Kendari at 70,106

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 2 NM, estimated altitude 2,100 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 26



Allied aircraft
B-339D x 1


No Japanese losses

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
MTB 11, Shell hits 3
MTB 10, Shell hits 2
MTB 9, Shell hits 1
MTB 8



Aircraft Attacking:
26 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Ambon Patrouille with B-339D (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on Zuid KNIL Battalion, at 45,91 (Benkoelen)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 7



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
11 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
7 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 81st Chinese Corps, at 89,31 , near Paotow

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 17



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
31 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
17 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 11th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 81st Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 11th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 81st Chinese Corps ...


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Morning Air attack on Singapore , at 50,84

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 53
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 28



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 2 damaged



Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
17 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
20 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 71st PA Infantry Division, at 79,77 (Manila)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 23



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
36 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
23 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Liuchow , at 74,55

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 2



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 20000 feet



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Morning Air attack on 48th Chinese Corps, at 87,46 , near Sinyang

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 9



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
14 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 88th Chinese Corps, at 85,55 , near Nanchang

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 5
Ki-30 Ann x 20
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 3



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-30 Ann: 1 damaged


Allied ground losses:
27 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
20 x Ki-30 Ann bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 2nd Prov Chinese Corps, at 72,56 , near Nanning

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 44



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 1 damaged


Allied ground losses:
55 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (2 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
20 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
24 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb


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Morning Air attack on 88th Chinese Corps, at 85,55 , near Nanchang

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 20
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 9



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
58 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
20 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
9 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 2nd Prov Chinese Corps, at 72,56 , near Nanning

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 17



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
21 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
17 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 64th Chinese Corps, at 72,57 , near Pakhoi

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 9



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
28 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 64th Chinese Corps, at 72,57 , near Pakhoi

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 32



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
161 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 17 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
32 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Cagayan at 79,89

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 6,100 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 44



Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
PT-35, Shell hits 1
PT-32, Shell hits 5
PT-41, Shell hits 3



Aircraft Attacking:
44 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on 71st PA Infantry Division, at 79,77 (Manila)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 40



Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged


Allied ground losses:
45 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
20 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
20 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on 2nd PA Constabulary Regiment, at 79,77 (Manila)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 15



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
20 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
15 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on 2nd PA Constabulary Regiment, at 79,77 (Manila)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 6



Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged


Allied ground losses:
12 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Nanning , at 72,55

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 5 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 12
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 9



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
5 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Singapore , at 50,84

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 23
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 26



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 5 damaged


Allied ground losses:
9 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
23 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Ground combat at 87,45 (near Chengchow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 9415 troops, 64 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 336

Defending force 958 troops, 16 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 26

Japanese adjusted assault: 306

Allied adjusted defense: 3

Japanese assault odds: 102 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(+), leaders(-), morale(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
80 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
557 casualties reported
Squads: 29 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
13th Ind.Mixed Brigade
138th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
89th Chinese Corps


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Ground combat at Lautem (72,115)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 1277 troops, 13 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 26

Defending force 277 troops, 36 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2

Japanese adjusted assault: 10

Allied adjusted defense: 5

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
148 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
5 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
Bandasan SNLF
3rd JNAF AF Unit

Defending units:
2nd KNIL AA Battalion
Lautem Base Force


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Ground combat at Balikpapan (64,97)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 1439 troops, 19 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 113

Defending force 1773 troops, 53 guns, 5 vehicles, Assault Value = 17

Japanese adjusted assault: 14

Allied adjusted defense: 13

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: preparation(-), morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
279 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
51 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Assaulting units:
Sasebo 3rd SNLF
Sasebo 8th SNLF

Defending units:
VI KNIL Battalion
Samarinda KNIL Battalion
Balikpapan Base Force
Samarinda Base Force








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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/24/2011 3:42:24 PM   
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Nice maps, obvert. A good December for the IJ empire. You seem to be doing especially well in China and the Aleutians.

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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/25/2011 12:00:55 AM   
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Thanks princep. The Allies basically scattered back behind the tree lines toward Sian and toward the rail lines. He's got a lot of corps trying to heal up there and set up on good defensive territory I'm sure, but it saves me having to scurry after them in the south so they don't cut my supply lines. The north is a focus, as there is so little up there to begin, and the Chinese have no armour or cavalry. So I've been buying out good armour, recon units, and engineers to run quickly to Lanchow and on up to Urumchi. There is really no way for him to catch me up there.

The airforce is working well to hit any units that did stick around. Wen chow looks tough, as there is a good corps there and about 500 Av in good defensive territory. I'll have two divisions and a brigade to bring in now, more if needed.

As for the Aleutians, I don't know if we re doing well there, but we do have a presence now. He did move just this past few days to contest me getting more, so it could be an active area for a while. So far I have more stuff up here, but I'm sure that will change soon.

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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/25/2011 11:03:12 AM   
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1 Jan 1942

The new year sees the Japanese Empire on the move in many areas of the map. Campaigns are picking up momentum after some brief lulls to organize forces and heal land units up to near full strength. Important areas for the current growth of the Empire and the acquisition of resources and oil for our continued economic expansion include North China, Burma, Java and NW Sumatra, and the remaining unconquered areas of the Celebes and Borneo. This should not come as a surprise. Main goals for the next month are as follows:

1. Isolating Java and forcing a strong beachhead there from which to launch the invasion of the island.

2. Cutting supply on the Burma Road into China by driving quickly into the Burmese interior.

3. Pushing toward Sian, Lanchow, and Urumchi in China to gain access to the oil and industry base of those areas and to further limit Chinese supply production.

4. Taking Port Moresby and Horn Island to control Torres Strait and moving into the Noumea area to deny the Allies easy access to Australia.

5. Finding the Allied supply lines, (which I believe now may move off map to Cape Town and then to Australia and India), and setting up raiders and subs to limit the amount of goods and troops moving into these areas.

6. Setting up defensive positions in the Central Pacific and the North Pacific, (where there most likely won't be any new conquests), and the continued surveillance of the area. I considered moving into the area around Pago Pago, but I don't really see a need to go there if the Allies aren't sending major convoys that direction anyway. I still might take a few bases but not build up or occupy them just to worry him about expansion and also to know when he is serious about becoming offensive as he will most likely wait to recapture them until he's ready to move.

7. Solidifying the economy by beginning to send in new convoys from the DEI and making sure all production is meeting demands and not overstripping our resources. I will wait for most oil convoys to the HI until the sub threat has been reduced, but will start bringing fuel and resources out of the DEI mostly on cargo ships and in returning supply convoys.

DEI: The para-drop on Oosthaven did not capture the base but in spite of being outgunned 43 to 18 in AV our attack came off at 10-5 and knocked forts down to 0. Tomorrow's drop is still on and LR CAPed, so hopefully this will succeed. If not, more troops are 4-5 days away.

Major night CAP is on at Palembang as 35 Dutch bombers came in and in spite of the 9 zeros on CAP, (which took out one 139) they got 9 Oil!! Not ok. Moonlight is 96% so I've got to CAP the hell out of this place until the light goes down. About 35 zeros should go up tonight.

We should be to Johor Bahru in about a week. All divisions are landed and everything is in stat mode waiting to move ahead. The crossing of the strait is scheduled for January 15 if all goes well. Bombers continue to pound the airfield at Singapore, this turn getting 27 hits with 2 supply hits and 7 base hits. Our best result yet. This at the price of 1 lost Sally and 13 damaged.

Balikpapan troops are resting and will deliberate attack in a few days.

PI: We are moving troops into Clark Airfield in order to isolate the Manilla troops from retreating there. If successful, this could make this campaign much shorter than it looked to be considering the small amount of forces committed. There should be about 750 AV moving into Clark. I'm hoping this is enough not to get pushed back out of there. If it is, then the Manilla troops will continue to be hit by are and bombarded by land until they are down to around 200 AV, at which time they should fall to my 550 AV there. I do have an engineer unit frantically building forts at Lingayen just in case we have to retreat and regroup there. If this all works it will force them to retreat back to the jungle hex E of Manilla, as that is the only spot not now occupied by the IJA around Manilla other than Clark.

N PAC: Mavis took out an xAKL at Cold Bay. There are several ships here and we're sending two SCTFs into the area. One is an AMC with two Es direct to Cold Bay. The other is the two AMCs coming from the South which will try to meet any fleeing ships to the East of the area. An AV and another E with Alfs on Naval attack at 1,000 ft will move within range as well although the weather is very Deadliest Catch. I don't imagine they had de-icers on those AVs for the float planes. Meanwhile the ground crews on Adak are snowed in and enjoying their first King Crab Maki rolls and playing long games of 'igo.'

China: More Armour units are being bought out, at a rate of one each two turns, and heading up to the small roads into the deserts. Some will go up to Urumchi while others will try to outflank and cut off the corps fleeing to Lanchow. A couple will head for Kiuchuan to take that base and set up a small airfield for LR CAP as we approach Hami and Urumchi, where many air units should be based. The Allies have a habit of withdrawing units in contested areas, so we'll se if these remain out here, but we want to make sure we have cover just in case the bombers come out to slow our progress. The fighters are short legged and old, and there shouldn't be enough supply to change them out, so we should be fine bringing in one 12 strong Oscar unit to cover.

Still not sure if I can get the oil to flow out of this area, but it's certainly worth a shot.

Subs: Even the US fleet subs are starting to hit now. His blockade around Truk is especially vicious. One sub attacked three times over night sinking an xAK. At Ambon we have 3 separate ASW groups all trying to shepherd the wounded CA out of port and back to Babeldaob. There are also 10 Jakes, 20 Betties, 15 Lily and 4 Mavis on ASW. Talk about overkill. I just don't want to lose another CA if it can be at all avoided. We keep getting messages 1 or 2 subs are hit each turn now. Not sure if they are correct, or if the damage is much. Not many ASW attacks by ships in spite of 3 subs being in the shallow water hex all seen multiple times by aircraft. Seems like in a 40 mile square of shallow water with 50 planes and 12 ships we should be able to find these bastards and knock them out over the course of several days. Alas, not yet.


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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/25/2011 1:52:17 PM   
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Hi Obvert,

Can I ask what software you are using for your screen captures? Is that Snagit or something else you are using?


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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/25/2011 2:05:22 PM   
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Hi Obvert,

Can I ask what software you are using for your screen captures? Is that Snagit or something else you are using?


TTFN,

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Yeah, I just use alt-print screen on the keyboard (to only grab the open window) and paste them into Paint. Then I change them to a jpeg at full quality. If I do any manipulations or text I use Photoshop. I do a lot of design and photo work, so this is the easiest program for me to use.

I don't know much about PCs, so it was actually hard for me to find the best way top grab the image. I find it easier to get the whole screen and cut in Photoshop if I need to crop.

Now if I can figure out how to get Tracker working I'll be doing well.

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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/25/2011 3:01:00 PM   
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DEI: Another good raid at Singers and another lost Sally and 10 damaged. We should be able to keep this up for a month if needed as long as no fighters show up.

The para-drop on Oosthaven was a failure, so we'll wait until troops walk in. Disturbingly, the Dutch air force is suddenly extremely proficient in night bombing, and Palembang took another 9 hits on the Oil in spite of 33 zeros meeting the bombing run. Shouldn't they at least be knocked off target? So, now it's apparent that the Bettys, Nells, and any nearby IJA bombing units will prepare to shut down Batavia airfield. Sweeps will begin tomorrow with 25 Zeros. Only 14 fighters are listed at the base. I'm sure more will be moved in. Most transport duties are finished, so the Singkawang and Kuching fields will open up for the long range bombers.

AS Canopus tried to make a late run for it from Manilla and moved down near Jolo last turn. The Tainan Ku. took it out with 26 60kg bomb hits from 1,000 ft! These were aimed for the group of PTs in the area, but since we took no losses, seems like this is fine and leaves the Nells to hit the troops on Mindanao. Also, now I know that in a pinch these guys can be devastating against cargo and auxiliary ships. Not sure I'd like to try this attack against a SCTF with a lot of AA.

The CA rescue TF left Ambon untouched and is moving well up toward Babeldaob. I keep forgetting to check the name of the cruiser that is injured, but it's a Myoko class, so very precious. More reported hits on subs by ASW air today in the area. Also one Dutch XVII class sub critically hit and believed sunk at Palembang.

Another 21 AV SNLF is heading for Lautern to break the stalemate there with the 2 AV base force and AA unit that have stymied our forces. Strange the places the Dutch decide to stand up and fight.

PI: More bombing of troops in Manilla, and our forces moved toward Clark. No sign of any movement by any Allied forces here. On Mindanao we're on hex out of Cagayan, and the Naval Guard is still moving into the mountains to stop the retreat to Malaybalay. We might have to wait a few days for everything to get in place, but here there is no real hurry.

N PAC: Well, our AMC and 2 E SCTF hit a wall at Cold Bay today when the Warspite showed up escorted by 2 DDs. Not a huge loss, but I wish the 6 Alfs, 4 Jakes, and 9 Mavis which reconned and bombed the area last turn might have seen a BB sneaking in. Maybe it was hidden in a squall or behind an iceburg. Anyway, everything else is on the way out in various directions. The Alfs put 2 60 kg bombs in another xAKL last turn in spite of the fact Dan moved in P-40s for CAP. Probably had to do with them being at 15,000 ft and us coming in at 1,000. We'll lay off the Float Plane bombing for next turn, as I don't think the Warspite will be much affected by 60 kg.

China: Bombing is getting more killed squads now. We're wearing them down. No sign of air forces anywhere. Part of the AVG is still in Chunking, but the rest may have gone back to India. Seems odd as this is the only air presence that can really affect the Japanese forces during the first months of the war. Saving them seems counterproductive, but maybe there is another plan on the horizon.

Subs: I-2 continues to be chase near San Diego, so there is something stirring here. Another sub moved near the coastline near Santa Barbara. No kills for either side today.






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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/25/2011 10:03:24 PM   
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Good job capturing Palembang undamaged and so early. Too bad your opponent is taking advantage of this early move to bomb the oil facilities. I wouldn't bother with night fighters. I have yet to see even dedicated night fighters like the P-61 Blackwidow have any real effect on night intruders. Your zeroes would be more effective sweeping the dutch airbases and have them followed up by every bomber you can find on airfield attack missions.

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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/26/2011 8:34:37 AM   
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Good job capturing Palembang undamaged and so early. Too bad your opponent is taking advantage of this early move to bomb the oil facilities. I wouldn't bother with night fighters. I have yet to see even dedicated night fighters like the P-61 Blackwidow have any real effect on night intruders. Your zeroes would be more effective sweeping the dutch airbases and have them followed up by every bomber you can find on airfield attack missions.


Thanks. I had no experience with this, and so I'm experimenting. I find I do get some hits on the bombers at night, and I had heard that it disrupts their accuracy. I don't think I'll experiment with taking the night CAP off completely in case they are helping the Dutch bomb sighters miss a bit, and as they are hitting some. In two turns I've damaged 10 and shot down one with one seemingly lost on ops. It doesn't help that the moon is about 90% right now.

I did in fact send in 44 Nells, 35 Betties, 40 Kates from the Mini-KB, and 4 groups of zeros on sweeps for this turn. Brought everything I could spare for now, and if it doesn't make a dent, I'll divert some IJA groups of Ki-21 IIa from bombing Singers and put them on the job too. He only has one AA unit there to start the game, and about 12 big AA guns total, so as long as the sweeps go in first we should get a good hit on the field. We'll see in a few minutes when I run the turn.

I'm very glad I read someone's post (I can't remember whose now) a while back about making sure not only to bring invasion troops but make sure to bring the support troops in right after to keep up the pace of operations as the Japanese in the beginning of the game. I did send engineer, two airbases and naval support in 2 turns after getting Palembang, and it allows me to use it now as a main airfield for attacking Java.

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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/26/2011 2:53:32 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: obvert

quote:

Good job capturing Palembang undamaged and so early. Too bad your opponent is taking advantage of this early move to bomb the oil facilities. I wouldn't bother with night fighters. I have yet to see even dedicated night fighters like the P-61 Blackwidow have any real effect on night intruders. Your zeroes would be more effective sweeping the dutch airbases and have them followed up by every bomber you can find on airfield attack missions.


Thanks. I had no experience with this, and so I'm experimenting. I find I do get some hits on the bombers at night, and I had heard that it disrupts their accuracy. I don't think I'll experiment with taking the night CAP off completely in case they are helping the Dutch bomb sighters miss a bit, and as they are hitting some. In two turns I've damaged 10 and shot down one with one seemingly lost on ops. It doesn't help that the moon is about 90% right now.


My experience is that early in the war any fighter on night CAP will help against night bombing. However, later in the war with high exp bomber pilots in 4E's ... nothing works that well. They will bore in on their attack in spite of losses and flak ....

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RE: South of the Border, West of the Sun - obvert (J) v... - 10/26/2011 3:01:22 PM   
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DEI: Kates Mini-KB and Nells from Palembang bombed Batavia field today, doing well taking out some bombers on the ground and putting some damage on the field. The 9 Nells and 35 Betties from Singkawang did not fly due to Heavy Rains. Arrggg! No cap was up today, so this was a great free shot at the field, and only half the bombers flew. We'll try again tomorrow. As it is, a total of 5 139s were listed destroyed on the ground, and about 25 were listed damaged. I'm sure not this many were actually damaged though. A few other fighters and small bombers were listed as destroyed on the ground as well. It's odd that there was no CAP. This could change tomorrow, but Dan has so far avoided big confrontations in the air, so he may just pull everything back and give up the bombing as well, which would be fine by me.

Same old at Singers. The damage was a total of 27 on the airfield, but the total damage listed after the turn was down from 36 last turn to 17 after this one. And we've been hitting consistently at this level between 20-30 damage per turn. How does that work? Or is this FOW? Does field damage always list correctly or not?

Tokyo Radio announced the fall of Balikpapan. Only 4 points damage on Oil and Refinery. Now we'll see if he tries to night bomb this one as well. Makassar is the only spot near close enough to get to it, unless he's going to use Cats.

PI: 635 AV moved into Clark this turn. Another 95 AV is on the way and will arrive in combat mode next turn, (an engineer and an armour unit). I'm hoping this will be enough to hold here while we deal with Manilla. In Manilla we have 535 AV and an armour unit moving in next turn. Once that is present we will attack. The units here are down to 289 AV shown by bombardment, dropping about 10-15 AV per turn due to air assault.

Butuan fell this turn on Mindanao and the small PA unit there was pretty messed up.

N PAC: All quiet up here this turn. Our two TFs retreated into the North Pacific and haven't sighted anything else up there.

S PAC: Both DDs sent to scout the area to each side of Noumea found nothing. Neither one showed a rise in detection either. A replenishment TF is moving toward Tulagi in advance of the KB coming this direction. AMCs are gathering the few spare Jakes in pools, and an AV is getting it's air groups sorted to come down south as well. Three small 15 AV SNLF units are loading at Saipan to come take a few vacant bases down here while we're at it, just because the KB will already be in the vicinity. I'll grab Luganville and Efate first. I wish we had a big enough unit to take Noumea available, but alas, we don't just now. Unless I took the Rgt from Rabaul that's slated for Port Moresby, and just pull it back out immediately . I'll consider that.

Burma: Approaching Pegu, where 4 units are listed by recon. Trying to get a move on over here, but it's slow walking.

China: Some fighters have been moved into Kweilin and 3 AVG P-40s came up today at Nanning. Two were shot down and one went down to ops. Then we bombed the field again. Still bombing the retreating Corps in clear hexes near Nanning, and now chasing with 2 Bgds.

In the north one corps we're chasing on the long yellow road to Lanchow stopped in the middle of the one hex island there. We're bringing in more troops before attacking, as well as outflanking with three armour units up the road. This could knock them off the road altogether and let us pass through ahead. I wish the Japanese had made more tanks!







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