From: De Eye-lands, Mon
So here it is. Remember, the hard scenario rule is that no TF may have more than 2 Fleet CVs AND no more than 4 CVs of any kind (CV, CVL, CVE, CVS). The KB exists in the scenario but is comprised of its elements. The Mobile Group comprises CarDiv 1 (Akagi, Kaga) and CarDiv 2 (Hiryu, Soryu) BatDiv3, CruDiv 8, and DesRon 10. It is broken down into three TFs; 2x Air TFs and a SAG TF – making the KB a 3-TF unit that sails together. Here’s their scenario initial setup.
Mobile Group CarDiv 1
CarDiv 1: Akagi, Kaga
DesDiv 10: Kazagumo, Makigumo, Yugumo, Akigumo
Mobile Group CarDiv 2
CarDiv 2: Hiryu, Soryu
DesDiv 17: Urakaze, Isokaze, Tanikaze, Hamakaze
Mobile Group Screen
BatDiv 3: Hiei, Kirishima, Kongo, Haruna
CruDiv 8: Tone, Chikuma
DesRon 10: Nagara
DesDiv 4: Noawki, Arashi, Hagikaze, Maikaze
Obviously, ships can be reassigned, making the KB a 2-TF unit, so long as the CV restriction(s) are followed.
In keeping with Japanese doctrine, there are two invasion Support Groups (to support two near simultaneous invasions). These are initially made up of CarDiv 3, CarDiv 4, BatDiv 2, CruDiv 4, and DesRon 4, as follows. Once again, ships may be reassigned, so long as the CV restriction(s) are followed.
1st Invasion Group
CarDiv 3: Zuiho, Chitose
DesDiv 2 Harusame, Murasame, Semidare, Yudachi
1st Invasion Screen
BatDiv 2/1: Hyuga, Ise
CruDiv 4/1: Atago, Chokai
DesRon 4 – Yura
DesDiv 9 Asagumo, Minegumo, Natsugumo, Yamagumo
2nd Invasion Group
CarDiv 4: Ryujo, Mizuho
DesDiv 24 Yamakaze, Suzukaze, Umikaze, Kawakaze
2nd Invasion Screen
BatDiv 2/2: Fuso, Yamashiro
CruDiv 4/2: Maya, Takao
DesDiv 20 Sagiri, Amagiri, Asagiri, Yugiri
As always, there is a Main Body lurking about, with a 1st Fleet component and a 2nd Fleet component; basically BatDiv 1, CruDiv 7 and DesRon 3, along with a Special Force from CVSDiv 11 (Chiyoda, Nisshin).
BatDiv 1: Yamato, Nagato, Mutsu
CruDiv 7: Kumano, Mikumi, Magami, Suzuya
SpDiv 11: Chiyoda, Nisshin
DesRon 3 – Sendai
DesDiv 11 Fubuki, Hatsuyuki, Shirayuki
DesDiv 12 Murakumo, Shinonome, Shirakumo, Usugumo
DesDiv 19 Isonami, Ayanami, Shikinami, Uranami
That’s about for 1st and 2nd Fleet and 1st Air Fleet on opening day. There’s also elements of 4th and 8th Fleets in the mix and additional units attached to Transport Groups. All in all, pretty much what was authorized/organized for the Midway/Aleutian operations, except that 4th and 8th Fleet units substitute for 5th Fleet.
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