S/O 41 Axis #10:
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The Japanese move their Zero into the Coral Sea.
The Japanese are running out of uncommitted ships. They evacuate Truk, except for the disorganized Kongo, as they don't want to suffer another port strike, and send a single cruiser to fight two in the Arabian Sea. The Italians decide that they don't want to abandon the eastern Med, as they would have to get through the Italian Coast in the zero box.
In the Coral Sea, the Japanese attempt to find the CW NAv. They fail; the CW NAV doesn't find anything either.
In Cape St. Vincent, the Axis gives it one last try. The Allies put their last fighters into the zero box. The result is another Axis naval disaster: Allied search 2, Axis 9. Again there is a major air assault on the German fleet. The Allies shift the German column, to -1/3. The Germans knock two points off the Allied strength. The Allies adjust their attack three columns up. They inflict 3X, D, 2A. The first X goes against the Scharnhorst, and damages it. The Germans are sick of losing cruisers, and put the second X on the Gneisenau. Mistake. They roll a 1, and the Gneisenau sinks. The third X sinks the Scharnhorst. A D goes on the Admrial Scheer, which damages it. The Allies put an A on the Graf Spee, which leaves; then the Germans put an A on the Scheer, which stays. The Germans were hoping the Scheer would leave, too. In the second round of combat, the Germans finally find the Allies, rolling a 5, while the Allies don't find the Germans, also rolling a five. The only reason the Germans found the Allies is because the Allies put too many CPs in Cape St. Vincent. The Germans include only the zero box, giving themselves two surprise points. The Germans reduce the Allies air-to-air value. In the first combat round the Allies got a DA. The Germans put it on the front Italian LND. The Germans then shot down another Hurricane; the pilot survived. All the Allies had left in the fight was a Beaufighter, which would have had to shoot at minus -2 air to air and with a twin engine penalty. It decided to leave. The Allies roll well on the anti-air table, and the Italians only inflict a D and an A. The D goes against the TRS carrying the Brazilian MOT, the A on a US TRS. The TRS contains the Brazilians saves, the other one fails, so both abort. In the third round of combat, both sides find each other. Another air battle ensues. Several Allied CVPs are designated as fighters, rather than bombers. They aren't very good fighters, but they help, and they aren't needed as bombers. The first round, with Axis at +0 and Allies at -1, the Allies roll a DA, and the Germans abort the lead Italian NAV. The Germans roll a DC, and the Allies clear the Catalina through. In the second round, the Allies roll very low, getting an AX, and kill the He 100. The Germans respond by killing getting an AX of their own, and kill the front Allied fighter, a Hurricane IIC. Only a Me 110 is left for the Germans, while the Allies still have real fighters available, so the Germans decide to end the combat. The Germans get lowest of three again, and roll a 4, an 8 and 10. Good, but not good enough; the Allies get a single X which sends the Scheer to the bottom. The Germans abandon the sea area. The German high Seas fleet has been essentially destroyed. The Germans should have kept the fleet covered by air power, even in a lower sea box. They also should not have rolled a ten and a nine while the Allies were rolling a one and a two.
I find correcting the first error easier than correcting the second error. Not having to worry about the German surface ships will free most CW BBs to deal with the Italians and free up ships to go to the Indian Ocean.
In the Arabian Sea, one Japanese cruiser engages two British ones. Both sides find each other, with the British having a two point surprise advantage. They inflict a D, at the cost of 2 As. The Japanese save, and both CW cruisers don't save. The result of the battle is that everyone goes home.
The Axis ground strikes Gibraltar and Tangiers. The only effect is to flip MacArthur; Eisenhower remains unflipped. An attack on Gibraltar would be at most +2, and maybe as little as +0. This is not good enough.
The Italians rail an INF to Palermo. The Germans shuffle units around, sending some units to the East, and a good infantry unit to Spain.
THe Japanese move up to assault Singapore. In China, they move Umezu out of the Northern Temperate and into the Northern Monsoon, to prepare for the onset of winter. The Germans keep moving the Yugoslav invasion force east, leaving the Bulgarians to guard the resource hexes, and sending the Berlin MIL to guard the coast.
The Japanese attack Singapore, and overwhelm it. Manila is the only Allied outpost left inside Allied lines. It will not last long. Burma next after that.
I thought I knew how to play this game....