From: Glasgow, Scotland
This will be a somewhat unconventional start to an AAR, owing to the fact that I'm starting this when the game date is January 25th 1942. This has the nice bonus of avoiding all the repetitive and expected punches being thrown in the early DEI and the Phillipines, but means there's a need to establish where everything stands.
This game is Scenario 1. I've taken on the challenge of Japan for the second time, with a determination to make my opponent spent excessive numbers of airplanes, ships and troops and maintain a solid defence of Japan and the Home Islands in to '45, and hopefully beyond.
The house rules are fairly normal: fighters limited to operating at 2nd best mvr band, no 4 engines on naval bombing at less than 10,000ft and no strat bombing in China.
The Strategic Situation
As of January 25th 1942, Japan firmly holds the advantage. Manila and Singapore are invested, as is Rangoon. A Japanese division defends a single outpost on Java, and Palambang has been captured in pristine condition.
Allied dispositions are, at best, poor. A torpedo hit on the USS Saratoga has forced her to spend yard time at Pearl, and American ignorance of Japanese might led to a one-sided American defeat in the Eastern DEI, with the loss of the Lexington and Enterprise for no Japanese losses.
With the projected fall of Sinagpore in the next two weeks, the situation for Japan is excellent.
Japan, to date, has lost two heavy crusiers and a floatplane crusier. A battleship, a light crusier and numerous destroyers are damaged and in need of repairs. Losses amongst Japanese light merchantmen and troop transports in particular have been very heavy, mainly as a result of the Allied tatic of using floatplanes to deliver bombs accuratly to invasion fleets.
The Allies have significant losses in terms of ships. Numerous American battleships are reported sunk in the aftermath of Pearl Harbour, and the Prince of Wales and Repluse have both been confirmed sunk. More importantly, the USS Saratoga had been damaged by a torpedo attack in the opening days of the war, and the destruction of the Enterprise and Lexington in past days has severely dented American carrier power. Significant US, British and Dutch surface assets are still operational around Eastern Java, and the IJNAF forces in the region will be detailed to eliminate them.
Overview by Region
An ill-advised Chinese offensive has resulted in a massive series of defeats for the Chinese forces, with upwards of 500 squads destroyed since January alone. The Chinese forces marshalled to take Ichang made a push to take Hankow, and failing to do so have promptly been surrounded by Japanese reinforcements fresh from the capture of Loyang. A additional push by KMT troops from Changsha to seize Wuchang has been met with the same respose, leading to prime Chinese combat units surrounded by superior Japanese troops.
In the north, lead elemens have reached Sian, which is expected to be invested proper by the end of January.
In the south, a limied Japanese offensive has taken the coastal cities but stalled a Kukong. Wenchow remains in Chinese hands, but is subjected to a state of siege.
Swift seizure of Attu Island has led to the establishment of a seaplane base, and a fighter base is under construction. Recent offensive actions by the crack IJA 90th Regiment has led to the capture of Dutch Harbour and Bethel, but the troops find themselves trapped following the desruction of the invasion flotilla off Bethel by a joint US and British battleship force. The IJN is blamed for failing to make an intercept with Long Lance equipped destroyers and a light crusier.
Beyond the capture of Canton Island and the resulting patrol base established there, there have been no additional expansive moves other than the securing of Allied bases behind the periminter.
Rabaul and Port Moresby have been captured by a division of the IJA, and the Commonwealth defenders driven in to the jungle. Token units have landed on Ndeni and Tanna, with Ndeni operating as a search base. Recent commitment of USN and Commonwealth surface forces has led to the sinking of a IJN heavy crusier, postponing present operations.
A single IJA division defends the airbase at Kalijati while joint IJAAF and IJNAF efforts break ABDA air strength over Soerbaja. While costly in terms of airframes and pilots, it has been given priority in light of the appearance of modern US P-38 airframes.
Elsewhere, Sumatra is almost completely occupied by Japanese troops, and the advance in the Eastern DEI has landed at Kendrai. Samarinda is secure, with Japanese troops expected to take Balikipan shortly.
Small incursions by British Burmese units over the border into Thailand has released the Thai divisions for offensive use. Two Japanese divisions are fighting for control of Rangoon, to be reinforced with a third once Singapore falls. IJN paratroopers hold Port Blair after a swift assault early in the war.
Minadano is fully secure, along with most of the smaller islands. Manila is under siege, and expected to fall soon after reinforcements from Minadano arrive. Clark and Bataan are subjected to a significant bombing campaign.
So, that's the scene set, as well as I can. We're not very far in to things, just sufficently so as to aviod everything predictable. My intention is for this AAR to be a learning tool for me, both to help me get my thoughts and ideas down in writing, but far more importantly, to hopefully get some of the excellent advice and discussions I've seen around here.
Discussions, questions ect are all most welcome!
I'll be detailing the economy and my future plans for this game shortly, as well as try to get some screenshots up.
< Message edited by mind_messing -- 10/31/2013 2:49:19 PM >