From: the flight deck of the Zuikaku
28 Nov 43
I keep the I-9 tooling around off Buna to see what happens to come up that way. Today she found and sank LST-451.
The I-20 finally intersected with the Bunker Hill TF, but didn't get a shot off. DD Balch used up all her ASW ammo hitting her once. Her damage is bad enough that she is headed home for repairs: 6-25(9)-4(2)-0.
The I-42 caught a BB TF and missed the CLAA Atlanta, but ate a DC and is headed to Soerabaja for repairs: 35-43(24)-0-0.
The Harder sank a fuel laden Std-C TK a couple hexes NE Palembang, along about the only route from there to Singapore. I had an ASW TF there and now have 2 more headed there. I'm going to keep filling my TFs at Palembang but they're going to wait until I can sink or drive off Harder.
The RO-106 ate 2 DCs at Aitape and is headed to Babeldaob for repairs: 45-64(27)-6(4)-0.
Finally, the Cargo caught and sank my newest AO, the tiny 1750 capacity one, a few hexes west of Nagasaki.
A totally unproductive day for my sub service.
Nothing to report.
The US carrier bombers (35 Helldivers, 101 Dauntlesses, 72 Avengers escorted by 54 Hellcats) added to the damage to Rot-Namur's airfield.
A handful of subs (minus I-20) continue to chase the wounded Bunker Hill.
Ted is not doing much other than resting his bombers down here and repairing the damage to Aitape. I did not build up any infrastructure here, so if he want's some, he'll have to build it himself.
Five PB4Y-1s bombed Saumlaki's port (1 point of damage) but only 3 returned home. Intel reported an additional 2 were op losses.
A Frank and Hurricane were lost over Chittagong.
Over Ledo, two Warhawks were shot down but only light damage was done to the airfield. Three Helens were lost to flak.
Prior to the deliberate assault on Chungking, the bombers destroyed 18 squads and disabled 38 more.
Here's the deliberate assault:
Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 145917 troops, 1641 guns, 1385 vehicles, Assault Value = 5072
Defending force 345899 troops, 609 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 10322
Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0
Japanese adjusted assault: 2430
Allied adjusted defense: 9081
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3 (fort level 0)
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Japanese ground losses:
22147 casualties reported
Squads: 32 destroyed, 1842 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 174 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 189 disabled
Guns lost 183 (2 destroyed, 181 disabled)
Vehicles lost 42 (5 destroyed, 37 disabled)
Allied ground losses:
19694 casualties reported
Squads: 198 destroyed, 1383 disabled
Non Combat: 292 destroyed, 630 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 14 disabled
Guns lost 47 (6 destroyed, 41 disabled)
Units destroyed 7
Forts are gone! Also note that this is the first time the Chinese adjusted AV was lower than the raw AV! We're getting there.
I've been thinking about the best way to attack using my army. My total army is ~11k AV split almost evenly between two armies. There are 3 ways I can continue to attack the Chinese:
1. Split into 2 armies with roughly even AV. An attack occurs about every week, so about 2 weeks for an individual army recovers in about 2 weeks. (This is the way I am currently attacking.)
2. Split into 2 armies but attack on 2 consecutive days. This would happen about every 2 weeks.
3. Keep 1 army of 11k AV and attack every 2 weeks (or however long it takes to recover).
I think the best attack would be option #2. By doing it this way, the second attack would hit the Chinese army immediately after the first attack when the Chinese army has a bunch of disablements that haven't recovered. I'm going to try this next, in about 2 weeks.
What do you guys think?
The N1K1-J George R&D advanced to 2/45 (will become operational 5/44).
The G4M2e Betty R&D advanced to 2/44 (will become operational 1/44).
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