From: PDX (and now) London, UK
22 Jan 1942
This was a very fun turn to watch all around as several long developed plans came to at least minor fruition. S PAC is getting interesting.
DEI: The bombardment at Singapore came off infinitely better than expected. We had 180 casualties (2 destroyed 12 disabled) while the Allies had 393 casualties (7 destroyed 30 disabled with 1 unit destroyed!). This should soften things up. The question is, keep on with this for a few more turns, as he must have a lot of disabled troops there and we have an obvious advantage in guns, or head right in for a deliberate attack? Either way it's looking good here now.
Bombing continued surprisingly at Mallaca, but this time we exchanged an Oscar 1a for a B-339. No registered hits though. Next turn just to ensure wiping out these pests if they return 12 crack Oscar 1c will be on CAP.
We bombed both Batavia and Soerabaja with no CAP up, and had good results from 10,000 ft. The 38th Div and the 5th Guards Rgt are heading into Soerabaja. If for nothing else just to see what we'll be up against here and start wearing them down.
PI: At Clark our deliberate attack came in at 1 to 2 but dropped the forts to 1 and had even casualties. One small PA unit destroyed. A few more turns waiting and we'll go again. The damage has gone down to 22 on the airfield, so I bet the unit moved in was engineers. We'll have to make another run here with the IJAAF.
Cagayan forces are in position and will deliberate attack tomorrow. We have 512AV here now which should be about double the number of Allied AV.
China: Coordination was not good today, but we caught a break as no CAP was present anywhere. Changsha, Henyang, Nanning, Anking, and Wenchow were all hit successfully, as well as hitting the northern ground troops. All major air bases in Central China now have between 20-80 field damage. I've been reconning extensively and keeping up on this, so we keep hitting the base that begins to heal up. This must be getting into the supply stores by now, as well as all of the movement and fort building he's been doing. I haven't seen any listing of forts rising in China on Op reports though, so maybe this is working better than expected.
At Wenchow our attack came out at 1 to 1, with even casualties. This is great as forts went to 0 and we can just keep going now. Once we break through here this will free up 3 Divs for work against Nanning-Liuchow. A long walk though so we want to get started. If Singapore falls soon we'd like a chunk of those troops to head that way as well. The goal is that in about a month game time a large force will barrel into Nanning unexpectedly and overwhelm the forces there quickly. At the same time a force will attempt to move into Liuchow and cut rail so reinforcement will have to walk in from Kweilin. If this can be achieved, it could trap a large portion of the Chinese troops in Central China where I want them. I don't think they'll be able to mount any offensives due to supply issues, air supremacy and rising forts at all of our current bases in the area. We do have a good sized defensive reserve in the area as well and the ability to quickly rail in more from the north.
S PAC: So I've been wondering if this whole operation is worth it. Apparently it is turning out to be at least a minor positive. We hit Tahiti and the 3 merchies he set outside it to deflect attacks. These and an AM went to the bottom. We hit one DD in the port, but 6 (!) are listed here. Not sure why the fast ships stayed around. We're 5 hexes out now which means we can zoom around to the other side of the port. Now, if he sends out a SCTF this could explain why he left them there. A few DDs will detach and try to thwart any forays toward the KB. Although he doesn't know where we will go and probably thinks we don't have much fuel left. We're at 139/43 for fuel, as our homebase is Canton Island, which has several AKEs and a tanker force enroute. With Kates on 9 hex search (8 attack) at 5,000 ft we should get at least some good hits on the DDs wherever they end up. We'll put all float planes on night search. Is it worth it to put some Kates on night attack as well, with only 20% moon, or is this asking for lots of ops losses and no hits?
He may assume we will go for the LARGE TF we just found skirting the lower edge of the map. Jakes from the AV hit a DD and an xAK, sinking the xAK. Ten ships are listed in the mouseover: AMC AMC AMC AM DD AP AP AP AK AK. Now this is more what we were looking for! The SCTF of 2 CA 1 CL and 3 DDs will move from 13 hexes away to attack in the area, although I'm sure some scattering will occur. They still have 100% torps and 85% gun ammo with good amounts of fuel. With over 20 jakes and Alfs in the area, we should be able to hit lone transports and find the rest for the surface ships to crush. Our AV with it's CL and DD will move to the east 3 hexes to keep a watch on fleeing that way and possible CV incursions if the US CVs are still around. The best part is that he can't really commit them if he's smart, as he doesn't know if the KB can keep steaming out here and get to them.
Another AMC 25 hexes west near south NZ will move east to make sure nothing gets out this way without being seen at least, and that there are not other TFs using this portion of the map. A SCTF from Rabaul will move down to Noumea in order to be ready to react into the area.
The most interesting part of all of this was Dan's email suggesting that I wouldn't find much more than a few transports in the area as he'd moved everything else back. Now I know he is using this communication to try to blow smoke up my a** and that I can't really take what he says without quite a few grains of salt. Not that I would expect any less, but it brings to mind the earlier note on OZ, where he indicated not much was there so I shouldn't bother. Recon has shown this may indeed be true. Still, I'm going to look closely anytime I get one of these notes in email about current ops and see if there might be some deflection going on.