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RE: Duel of the tankers - IdahoNYer vs. LST (J AAR): Re... - 4/29/2018 11:46:33 AM   
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Nagato Maru? What the ****?

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RE: Duel of the tankers - IdahoNYer vs. LST (J AAR): Re... - 4/30/2018 12:33:45 PM   
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quote:

May I guess the fate of the captain of PB Nagato Maru?


Orders were waiting for him upon his return to base to conduct a scouting mission to Pearl Harbour - in a rowboat!

However, he wisely has chosen to go down with his ship.




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RE: Duel of the tankers - IdahoNYer vs. LST (J AAR): Re... - 4/30/2018 12:58:35 PM   
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In fairness, he did win the highest naval medal that could be awarded -- for the Allied side.

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RE: Duel of the tankers - IdahoNYer vs. LST (J AAR): Pr... - 4/30/2018 1:15:28 PM   
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November 20th/21st, 1943

The ill-fated Nagato Maru has been part of an amphib TFs tasked to land reinforcements and supplies at Babar.

My forces on Babar outnumber the enemy, but not heavily enough yet :

quote:

Ground combat at Babar (76,117)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14226 troops, 256 guns, 86 vehicles, Assault Value = 428

Defending force 9806 troops, 124 guns, 97 vehicles, Assault Value = 209

Japanese adjusted assault: 230

Allied adjusted defense: 481

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 3)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1378 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 19 destroyed, 10 disabled
Vehicles lost 16 (15 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
511 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 45 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 3 disabled

Assaulting units:
31st Engineer Regiment
138th Infantry Regiment
2nd Division
8th Armored Car Co
58th Infantry Rgt /3
31st Tankette Co
6th RF Gun Battalion
41st Ind.AA Gun Co
31st Mountain Gun Regiment
11th RF Gun Battalion
3rd Ind.AA Gun Co
5th Air Div /6

Defending units:
503rd Parachute Regiment
2/6 Commando Battalion
40th Infantry/A Division
811th Aviation Engineer Battalion
2nd Air Advn Base Force
10th Marine Defense Battalion
42nd US Naval Construction Battalion


More reinforcements are inbound from Japan, but they must be split between Babar and the Biak - Sorong area which is now threatened - the Allies have taken lightly-defended Hollandia:

quote:

Ground combat at Hollandia (93,116)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 16332 troops, 222 guns, 327 vehicles, Assault Value = 585

Defending force 3190 troops, 30 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 26

Allied adjusted assault: 231

Japanese adjusted defense: 5

Allied assault odds: 46 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Hollandia !!!

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 2 destroyed

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), fatigue(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1056 casualties reported
Squads: 147 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 56 destroyed, 36 disabled
Engineers: 15 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 24 (24 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 5

Allied ground losses:
75 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
4th Marine Division
4th USMC Tank Battalion
102nd Cmbt Engineer Regiment
767th Tank Battalion
4th Pioneer Battalion
4th AmphTrac Engineer Battalion
10th Port Maint Engineer Battalion

Defending units:
84th Naval Guard Unit
51st Naval Guard Unit
85th Naval Guard Unit
71st Div /1
25th JNAF AF Unit


However, with KB operating in the Celebes Sea, any further Allied moves up the New Guinea coast faces the risk of intervention by KB, so I expect more caution and probably enemy carrier support for an eventual Allied move further up the coast. Two new Independent Mixed Brigades are staging at Babeldaop to garrison the level-5 base at Biak, another one will move to the level-4 base of Noemfoor.

KB will provide cover for this operation. I have pulled about half the dive and torpedo bombers from the carriers and filled them with fighters groups, a mix of land-based and reconstituted CAGs from the various CVLs which have been sunk so far. This augmented CAP has already served me well off Babar in the last few turns.

The A6M8 has advanced research to November 1943 and to my surprise entered production immediately - I thought that advancing R&D into the current month wasn't possible and that a switch to production would happen only at the beginning of a month. Great, 330 additional fighters per month! For the moment, I plan to use the M8 on the carriers and keep the longer-ranged and heavier-armed M5c in production for land-based groups. I am not researching the Sam - repairing R&D factories and another engine model are just too supply-demanding.

The second model of the George has entered production as well, now I can field three groups. However, AV support is very thin for Japan...

In Burma, the heroic defense of the 65th Bde blocking the Burma Road near Paoshan is coming to an end soon - there are only a few dozen damaged squads and no supplies left.

However, I may be able to capture Chungking before the Allied manage to revitalize the remaining Chinese forces outside Chungking via the Burma Road. Two deliberate non-overstacked attacks finally made good progress:

quote:

Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 135200 troops, 1445 guns, 1696 vehicles, Assault Value = 4136

Defending force 123784 troops, 353 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2486

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Japanese adjusted assault: 6137

Allied adjusted defense: 2647

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 3)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 3

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), leaders(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
16090 casualties reported
Squads: 30 destroyed, 401 disabled
Non Combat: 57 destroyed, 327 disabled
Engineers: 96 destroyed, 266 disabled
Guns lost 60 (4 destroyed, 56 disabled)
Vehicles lost 170 (14 destroyed, 156 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
5446 casualties reported
Squads: 62 destroyed, 329 disabled
Non Combat: 28 destroyed, 134 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 25 (4 destroyed, 21 disabled)
Units destroyed 2

Assaulting units:
7th Ind Engineer Regiment
26th Division
70th Division
35th Division
23rd Tank Regiment
24th Ind Engineer Regiment
15th Division
30th Ind Engineer Regiment
19th Tank Regiment
9th Armored Car Co
37th Division
12th Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Division
38th Ind Engineer Regiment
29th Ind Engineer Regiment
15th Tank Regiment
2nd Ind Engineer Regiment
3rd Tank Regiment
21st Ind Engineer Regiment
20th Ind Engineer Regiment
33rd Ind Engineer Regiment
34th Ind Engineer Regiment
13th Division
1st Ind Engineer Regiment
3rd Division
116th Division
11th Tank Regiment
23rd Ind Engineer Regiment
8th Ind Engineer Regiment
9th Tank Regiment
39th Ind Engineer Regiment
4th Mortar Battalion
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
6th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
7th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
4th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
1st Army
2nd Ind. Field Artillery Regiment
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
11th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
4th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
8th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
12th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
10th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
5th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
9th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
11th Army
12th Army
13th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion

Defending units:
1st Chinese Corps
27th Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
34th Separate Brigade
17th Group Army
12th Group Army
China Command
41st AA Regiment
12th Construction Regiment
89th Chinese Corps
Central Reserve
10th Group Army
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
CAF HQ
51st Chinese Corps
39th Group Army
20th Artillery Regiment
40th Group Army
16th Construction Regiment
49th AA Regiment
32nd Group Army
1st Artillery Regiment
31st Group Army
1st Chinese Base Force


quote:

Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 124627 troops, 1443 guns, 1692 vehicles, Assault Value = 3307

Defending force 118956 troops, 349 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2113

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Japanese adjusted assault: 3348

Allied adjusted defense: 3023

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 2)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
8752 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 388 disabled
Non Combat: 146 destroyed, 154 disabled
Engineers: 191 destroyed, 61 disabled
Guns lost 44 (5 destroyed, 39 disabled)
Vehicles lost 195 (74 destroyed, 121 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
4923 casualties reported
Squads: 32 destroyed, 328 disabled
Non Combat: 50 destroyed, 95 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 25 (5 destroyed, 20 disabled)
Units destroyed 4

Assaulting units:
9th Tank Regiment
116th Division
34th Ind Engineer Regiment
15th Tank Regiment
9th Armored Car Co
33rd Ind Engineer Regiment
3rd Division
11th Tank Regiment
2nd Ind Engineer Regiment
35th Division
12th Tank Regiment
23rd Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Regiment
29th Ind Engineer Regiment
37th Division
15th Division
20th Ind Engineer Regiment
7th Ind Engineer Regiment
21st Ind Engineer Regiment
1st Ind Engineer Regiment
8th Ind Engineer Regiment
3rd Tank Division
19th Tank Regiment
23rd Ind Engineer Regiment
24th Ind Engineer Regiment
26th Division
30th Ind Engineer Regiment
70th Division
13th Division
38th Ind Engineer Regiment
39th Ind Engineer Regiment
12th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
12th Army
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
6th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
9th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
7th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
4th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
1st Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
4th Mortar Battalion
11th Army
8th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind. Field Artillery Regiment
10th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
5th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
11th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
4th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
13th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion

Defending units:
59th Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
27th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
34th Separate Brigade
32nd Group Army
49th AA Regiment
China Command
89th Chinese Corps
17th Group Army
40th Group Army
51st Chinese Corps
Central Reserve
41st AA Regiment
1st Artillery Regiment
10th Group Army
12th Group Army
39th Group Army
12th Construction Regiment
16th Construction Regiment
CAF HQ
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
1st Chinese Base Force


I have seven fresh divisions at the gates of Chungking - moved-up from the token siege of Changsha - to swap-out against the four divisions which have taken the brunt of the casualties in the attacks above. All Eng Regiments have been thrashed again, but I hope the embedded engineers in the reinforcements will be enough to take-down the remaining level-2 forts. Fingers crossed.



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RE: Duel of the tankers - IdahoNYer vs. LST (J AAR): Pr... - 4/30/2018 6:22:06 PM   
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If you manage CK at this date, it will be the latest date that I know of ... congrats!!!

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RE: Duel of the tankers - IdahoNYer vs. LST (J AAR): Pr... - 5/1/2018 7:10:05 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: LargeSlowTarget

I have seven fresh divisions at the gates of Chungking - moved-up from the token siege of Changsha - to swap-out against the four divisions which have taken the brunt of the casualties in the attacks above. All Eng Regiments have been thrashed again, but I hope the embedded engineers in the reinforcements will be enough to take-down the remaining level-2 forts. Fingers crossed.



You managed a 2:1 attack at lvl 3 forts ... that is very encouraging.

The discouraging part was that your losses were greater than 2:1 his ... either a really bad roll or you had a lot of damaged units ....

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RE: Duel of the tankers - IdahoNYer vs. LST (J AAR): Pr... - 5/5/2018 4:10:25 PM   
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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Nov 22/23, 43

- Surprise raid by US carriers which managed to penetrate DEEP into the Philippine Sea undetected, sinking reinforcements bound for Babar
- South Pacific actions continue - Truk and Manus bombed, Sarmi invaded, Combined Fleet off Biak covering the landing of garrison troops attracts feeble air attacks
- renewed action in the IO - Victoria Point bombed, Sabang bombed and bombarded > smells like an invasion of Great Nicorbar, Sabang or elsewhere in the vicinity is pending
- Babar contest in balance with Allied bombing and Japanese bombarding
- Ledo road finally unlocked
- Chunking bombardment reveals Allied resistance is failing
- Mine warfare remains lively
- US subs getting feisty

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Night Naval bombardment of Sarmi at 91,114

Allied Ships
BB Washington
CA Minneapolis
CA Salt Lake City
CA Pensacola
CA Indianapolis
CL Nashville

Japanese ground losses:
613 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled

Port hits 25
Port supply hits 4

OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Washington
BB Washington firing at Sarmi
SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Minneapolis
CA Minneapolis firing at 24th JNAF AF Unit
CA Salt Lake City firing at Sarmi
CA Pensacola firing at Sarmi
CA Indianapolis firing at Sarmi
CL Nashville firing at Sarmi

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Night Naval bombardment of Sabang at 44,70

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 33 damaged
Ki-46-III Dinah: 3 damaged
Ki-46-III Dinah: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
CA Frobisher
CA Cornwall
CA Suffolk
CL Newcastle
CL Ceylon

Japanese ground losses:
96 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 26 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 11 (2 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Airbase hits 11
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 39
Port hits 26
Port fuel hits 7
Port supply hits 10

CA Frobisher firing at Sabang
CA Cornwall firing at Sabang
CA Suffolk firing at Sabang
CL Newcastle firing at Sabang
CL Ceylon firing at Sabang

Pretty good results, without a spotter plane...

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Night Naval bombardment of Babar at 76,117 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

3 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
CA Furutaka
CA Aoba
CL Kiso
CL Tama
CL Kuma

Port hits 2

E13A1 Jake acting as spotter for CA Furutaka
CA Furutaka firing at 40th Infantry/A Division
CA Aoba firing at 40th Infantry/A Division
CL Kiso firing at 10th Marine Defense Battalion
10th Marine Defense Battalion firing at CL Kiso
CL Tama firing at Babar
CL Kuma firing at Babar

Pretty bad results - despite a spotter plane...

I'm cursed!

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Morning Air attack on Truk , at 112,108

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 75 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Allied aircraft
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 26

Allied aircraft losses
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 14

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Truk , at 112,108

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Allied aircraft
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 14

No Allied losses

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 7

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb

If he keeps it up, I may try a CAP trap.

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Morning Air attack on Manus , at 101,119

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 36
FM-1 Wildcat x 5

No Allied losses

Port supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 18000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 18000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 18000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 138th Infantry Regiment, at 76,117 (Babar)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 8 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IV x 10
B-24D1 Liberator x 8
P-40K Warhawk x 23
F4U-1 Corsair x 4
F6F-3 Hellcat x 21

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 138th Infantry Regiment, at 76,117 (Babar)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 4 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk III x 9
Kittyhawk IV x 10
B-24D1 Liberator x 10
P-40K Warhawk x 11
F6F-3 Hellcat x 21

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
10 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Legaspi at 90,83

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 5 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 22
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 28

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAP Huzi Maru, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Teibi Maru, Bomb hits 1
xAP Teiritsu Maru, Bomb hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Tachikaze, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Japanese ground losses:
638 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 11 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 6 (2 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
11 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
11 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Huzi Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Teiritsu Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Tachikaze

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Legaspi at 90,83

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 41 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Allied aircraft
TBF-1 Avenger x 14

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAP Teiritsu Maru, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Huzi Maru, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Teibi Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk

Japanese ground losses:
9340 casualties reported
Squads: 190 destroyed, 121 disabled
Non Combat: 220 destroyed, 69 disabled
Engineers: 13 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 31 (26 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 42 (42 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.

The better part of the 1st Amphib Bde on its way to Babar has been wiped out - one DD escaped at full speed with a fragment saved, so at least I can reconstitute the unit without PP costs...

Damnit, the TF must have slipped through the gap between the Marianas and Iwo Jima, despite Betties and Emilies on naval search on Saipan and Marcus. Ballsy and lucky!

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Pre-Invasion action off Sarmi (91,114)

5 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DE Kane
DE Edward C. Daly
LCI-445
LCI-219

DE Kane fired at enemy troops
DE Edward C. Daly fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 6,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards

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Amphibious Assault at Sarmi (91,114)

TF 428 troops unloading over beach at Sarmi, 91,114

Allied ground losses:
23 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 3 (0 destroyed, 3 disabled)

The Allied advances are picking-up speed, Ed is not even waiting to build-up the recently captured Hollandia before moving on. However, he is moving into striking range of Combined Fleet concentrated at Ambon for the Babar operation.

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Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 63633 troops, 1032 guns, 940 vehicles, Assault Value = 2812

Defending force 115373 troops, 343 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1821

Allied ground losses:
450 casualties reported
Squads: 32 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
12th Tank Regiment
13th Division
8th Ind Engineer Regiment
11th Tank Regiment
1st Ind Engineer Regiment
26th Division
37th Division
19th Tank Regiment
23rd Ind Engineer Regiment
70th Division
116th Division
3rd Tank Regiment
15th Division
15th Tank Regiment
20th Ind Engineer Regiment
3rd Division
3rd Tank Division
33rd Ind Engineer Regiment
23rd Tank Regiment
35th Division
39th Ind Engineer Regiment
4th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
7th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
8th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
21st Ind Engineer Regiment
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
4th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
30th Ind Engineer Regiment
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
24th Ind Engineer Regiment
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
11th Army
29th Ind Engineer Regiment
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
9th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
12th Army
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
2nd Ind Engineer Regiment
5th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
13th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
1st Mortar Battalion
10th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
7th Ind Engineer Regiment
1st Army
11th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
12th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
4th Mortar Battalion
6th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd Ind. Field Artillery Regiment
38th Ind Engineer Regiment

Defending units:
59th Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
27th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
41st AA Regiment
17th Group Army
89th Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
10th Group Army
Central Reserve
China Command
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
39th Group Army
12th Group Army
34th Separate Brigade
CAF HQ
40th Group Army
49th AA Regiment
1st Chinese Base Force

Lots of destroyed squads for a mere bombardment - good sign.

I'm swapping tired divisions against fresh ones waiting outside Chungking for another DA asap.

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Ground combat at Babar (76,117)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 12383 troops, 253 guns, 58 vehicles, Assault Value = 341

Defending force 9509 troops, 124 guns, 94 vehicles, Assault Value = 182

Japanese ground losses:
11 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
111 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Assaulting units:
2nd Division
138th Infantry Regiment
8th Armored Car Co
58th Infantry Rgt /3
31st Engineer Regiment
31st Mountain Gun Regiment
11th RF Gun Battalion
31st Tankette Co
6th RF Gun Battalion
41st Ind.AA Gun Co
3rd Ind.AA Gun Co
5th Air Div /6

Defending units:
2/6 Commando Battalion
40th Infantry/A Division
503rd Parachute Regiment
1st USMC Parachute Bn /1
811th Aviation Engineer Battalion
2nd Air Advn Base Force
10th Marine Defense Battalion
42nd US Naval Construction Battalion

Without the two Amphib Brigades which got drowned in the Allied carrier raid, the issue is more and more in doubt...

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Ground combat at 64,45 (near Paoshan)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18740 troops, 283 guns, 173 vehicles, Assault Value = 579

Defending force 2524 troops, 11 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Allied adjusted assault: 188

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 188 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), disruption(-), fatigue(-)
supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
3331 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 229 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 9 (9 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
159th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
43rd Infantry Division
16th LRP Brigade
XV Indian Corps
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment

Defending units:
65th Brigade

Ledo Road finally open - too late for the rescue of Chungking I hope.

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TF 380 encounters mine field at 54,54 - the approaches to Rangoon having been mined by one of my two remaining minelaying subs

Allied Ships
AM Kumaon
AM Kyber

6 mines cleared - but not enough
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TF 323 encounters mine field at 54,54

Allied Ships
PC Netravati, Mine hits 1, heavy damage
LST 8, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Matang, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied ground losses:
15 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

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TF 283 encounters mine field at Babar (76,117) - alas, it also works the other way round...

Japanese Ships
DD Yukikaze, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

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Sub attack near Babar at 77,116 - mines are not the only dangers around Babar

Japanese Ships
DD Usugumo, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Trout

SS Trout launches 2 torpedoes at DD Usugumo
Sub escapes detection

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ASW attack near Waigeo at 82,105

Japanese Ships
DD Asanagi, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Pogy

SS Pogy launches 4 torpedoes at DD Asanagi
Sub escapes detection

Damn subs, they are everywhere - except on the SRA convoy routes. Mixed blessing, I have more tankers than oil/fuel to transport, but I'm running short of DDs due to heavy losses to mines and subs.

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Morning Air attack on Truk , at 112,108

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Allied aircraft
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 35

Allied aircraft losses
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 5
Runway hits 7

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Biak at 86,109

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 64

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 9

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 3 destroyed

KB is covering convoy landing two Independent Brigades at Biak and another at Noemfoar.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Legaspi at 93,82

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 22
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 28
TBF-1 Avenger x 14

Allied aircraft losses
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 3 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Hyuga, Bomb hits 2
xAP Teifu Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Tatsuta Maru
xAP Argentina Maru, Bomb hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
DD Hakaze, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Japanese ground losses:
134 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 7 (4 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
14 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
7 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
15 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Hakaze

This TF carries the 2nd Amphib Bde, also bound for Babar. Ise and a couple of 21knot APs managed to disengage and made Sasebo with about 50% of the unit saved.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Biak at 87,110

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 5

Allied aircraft
TBF-1 Avenger x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 3 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CA Atago

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.


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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Nov 24/25, 43

- KB and SAG leave Biak covering position to sweep Sarmi and Hollandia area, small convoys found and duly sunk but enemy SAG and CVE forces have retreated in time
- Sarmi falls nonetheless since only token defense in place - however, this is the last level-5 base in New Guinea without defense forces
- Japanese subs out of luck near Great Nicobar and Babar
- Chungking falls!

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Sarmi at 91,114, Range 10,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna
BB Hiei
CA Takao
CA Atago
CA Mogami
CL Oyodo
CL Agano
DD Shimozuki
DD Isokaze
DD Shiranui
DD Urakaze
DD Hagikaze
DD Samidare
DD Fumizuki

Allied Ships
DE Edward C. Daly, Shell hits 1
DE Kane, Shell hits 9, and is sunk
AKA Jupiter, Shell hits 13, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
LCI-219, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
LCI-443
LCI-445
LCI-447, Shell hits 2, and is sunk

Reduced sighting due to 7% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 7% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese radar detects Allied task force at 20,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 10,000 yards
CA Mogami engages AKA Jupiter at 10,000 yards
BB Hiei engages LCI-447 at 10,000 yards
CA Takao engages AKA Jupiter at 10,000 yards
CL Agano engages AKA Jupiter at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
BB Hiei engages AKA Jupiter at 6,000 yards
BB Haruna engages AKA Jupiter at 6,000 yards
CA Mogami engages AKA Jupiter at 6,000 yards
CA Atago engages AKA Jupiter at 6,000 yards
AKA Jupiter sunk by CA Takao at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
BB Hiei engages DE Kane at 3,000 yards
DE Kane engages BB Haruna at 3,000 yards
CA Mogami engages DE Kane at 3,000 yards
LCI-219 sunk by CA Mogami at 3,000 yards
CL Oyodo engages DE Kane at 3,000 yards
DE Kane engages DD Shiranui at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 5,000 yards
BB Hiei engages DE Kane at 5,000 yards
LCI-447 sunk by CA Mogami at 5,000 yards
CA Atago engages DE Kane at 5,000 yards
DE Kane engages CA Takao at 5,000 yards
CL Agano engages DE Kane at 5,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DE Kane at 5,000 yards
DD Urakaze engages DE Edward C. Daly at 5,000 yards
DE Kane engages DD Shimozuki at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
BB Hiei engages DE Kane at 8,000 yards
BB Haruna engages DE Kane at 8,000 yards
DD Samidare engages LCI-445 at 8,000 yards
CL Agano engages DE Kane at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
BB Haruna engages DE Kane at 10,000 yards
CA Mogami engages DE Kane at 10,000 yards
BB Hiei engages LCI-443 at 10,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DE Kane at 10,000 yards
DD Shimozuki engages DE Kane at 10,000 yards
DE Kane sunk by BB Hiei at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
BB Hiei engages DE Edward C. Daly at 7,000 yards
BB Haruna engages DE Edward C. Daly at 7,000 yards
Allied Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Sarmi at 92,114, Range 28,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna
BB Hiei
CA Takao
CA Atago
CA Mogami
CL Oyodo
CL Agano
DD Shimozuki
DD Isokaze
DD Shiranui
DD Urakaze
DD Hagikaze
DD Samidare
DD Fumizuki

Allied Ships
DE Edward C. Daly, Shell hits 5, and is sunk
LCI-443, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LCI-445, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 28,000 yards
BB Haruna engages DE Edward C. Daly at 28,000 yards
CA Mogami engages DE Edward C. Daly at 28,000 yards
Range closes to 25,000 yards
BB Hiei engages DE Edward C. Daly at 25,000 yards
CA Mogami engages DE Edward C. Daly at 25,000 yards
Range closes to 22,000 yards
BB Hiei engages DE Edward C. Daly at 22,000 yards
BB Haruna engages DE Edward C. Daly at 22,000 yards
CA Mogami engages DE Edward C. Daly at 22,000 yards
DE Edward C. Daly sunk by CA Atago at 22,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards
BB Haruna engages LCI-445 at 18,000 yards
DD Urakaze engages LCI-445 at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards
LCI-445 sunk by BB Hiei at 16,000 yards
LCI-443 sunk by DD Urakaze at 16,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Hollandia at 93,116, Range 28,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna
BB Hiei
CA Takao
CA Atago
CA Mogami
CL Oyodo
CL Agano
DD Shimozuki
DD Isokaze
DD Shiranui
DD Urakaze
DD Hagikaze
DD Samidare
DD Fumizuki

Allied Ships
xAKL Burwah, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
xAKL Coolana, Shell hits 4, and is sunk

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 28,000 yards
BB Hiei engages xAKL Burwah at 28,000 yards
CA Mogami engages xAKL Coolana at 28,000 yards
Range closes to 27,000 yards
BB Hiei engages xAKL Coolana at 27,000 yards
BB Hiei engages xAKL Burwah at 27,000 yards
Range closes to 26,000 yards
xAKL Coolana sunk by BB Hiei at 26,000 yards
Range closes to 23,000 yards
xAKL Burwah sunk by BB Hiei at 23,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...

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Submarine attack near Great Nicobar at 39,67

Japanese Ships
SS I-162, hits 22, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Mugford
DD Bagley

SS I-162 is sighted by escort
DD Mugford attacking submerged sub ....
DD Mugford is out of ASW ammo
DD Mugford is out of ASW ammo
SS I-162 forced to surface!
DD Mugford firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Bagley firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Mugford firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Bagley firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Mugford firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves

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Sub vs Sub: SS Grunion attacking SS RO-105 at 77,118 - near Babar

Japanese Ships
SS RO-105, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage > 68 flt, may make it back to Ambon - tough little tub

Allied Ships
SS Grunion

SS Grunion launches 2 torpedoes at 2,000 yards

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Ground combat at Sarmi (91,114)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 3915 troops, 61 guns, 34 vehicles, Assault Value = 131

Defending force 565 troops, 8 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 4

Allied adjusted assault: 49

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 49 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Sarmi !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(-), disruption(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
197 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 14 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Allied ground losses:
7 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
25th Infantry/C Division
6th Air Advn Base Force
41st US Naval Construction Battalion

Defending units:
24th JNAF AF Unit


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Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 119080 troops, 1440 guns, 1504 vehicles, Assault Value = 3588

Defending force 114928 troops, 338 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1807

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 5756

Allied adjusted defense: 1599

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Chungking !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
8857 casualties reported
Squads: 31 destroyed, 608 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 92 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 56 disabled
Guns lost 36 (1 destroyed, 35 disabled)
Vehicles lost 72 (7 destroyed, 65 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
148257 casualties reported
Squads: 4883 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 7230 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 179 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 354 (354 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 28

Assaulting units:
35th Division
39th Division
3rd Tank Regiment
3rd Division
13th Division
40th Division
15th Tank Regiment
22nd Division
37th Division
23rd Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Division
12th Tank Regiment
19th Tank Regiment
34th Division
11th Tank Regiment
8th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
1st Mortar Battalion
6th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
3rd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
7th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
4th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
12th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
11th Army
10th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Army
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind. Field Artillery Regiment
11th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
4th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
9th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
12th Army
5th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
4th Mortar Battalion
13th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion

Defending units:
14th Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
27th Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
17th Group Army
12th Group Army
39th Group Army
41st AA Regiment
Central Reserve
89th Chinese Corps
10th Group Army
49th AA Regiment
34th Separate Brigade
China Command
51st Chinese Corps
40th Group Army
CAF HQ
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
1st Chinese Base Force


Finally - Banzai!!!

Now what?

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Yooooo wow!

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Wow, that was a terrific recovery at Chungking! After the debacles of earlier attacks, I really didn't think you could take it! Congratulations, though as you said, now what?

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quote:

ORIGINAL: LargeSlowTarget
- Chungking falls!

Wow, now that is a development one would not expect if reading some older pages
Congratulations!

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Now you have all these forces to do what you wish if you are allowed to push them into Burma/India without paying PPs.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Nov 28/29, 43

Sumatra

The pause enforced by the carrier battle off Sabang has ended - the US carriers are back in action.

I was expecting a landing at Great Nicobar Is. - so far Ed has been quite systematical in moving down the Andaman / Nicobar island chain.

However, he elected to go straight for Sabang - and to bring along the cream of the Allied fighting forces.

I have long feared such a development, but have not been able to do much about it - not enough ground forces available to be strong everywhere, and what is available is heavily engaged in Burma and the Babar operation (or got sunk by the recent carrier raid in the Philippine Sea...). There is only one brigade at Sabang, and nothing behind it all the way down to Palembang. Some reinforcements have been dispatched from the Home Islands, but it is already obvious that it will be "too late and too few".

Same for the Navy - engaged in reinforcing the Biak area and Babar. The only naval defenses available for Sabang are mines - promptly swept by the Allies - and a bunch of submarines. The subs had no luck, and I lost seven of them in the past 14 days in the area between Trinkat and Sabang, and all others except one have been damaged and must RTB for repairs.

I do have some airpower on Sumatra and Malaya - however, as luck would have it, my sweepers waited for my bombers to impale themselves on the enemy's CAP before flying. So much for that.

My chances to counterattack or even to delay are nil. The only source for the necessary number of divisions would be China, but I don't have the PPs. I need KB at Babar, plus the CAGs are in the middle of switching from the various A6M5 models to the A6M8 - but this will take another month to finish. And I don't have the shipping and the supplies to support major operations at both Babar and Sumatra.

The four bases in northern Sumatra have all level-7 airbase potential and the southernmost is only 13 hexes from Palembang. With the quality of the Allied ground forces and their engineering wonders, I expect that the oil wells at Palembang will be bombed and destroyed before the end of the year. Good Lord! I will cut production of "luxury items" like submarines (they only get sunk anyway), merchant ships, recon planes, bombers etc. in order to save HI points.

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ASW attack near Sabang at 44,69

Japanese Ships
SS I-165, hits 10, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DE Cabana

SS I-165 is sighted by escort
DE Cabana attacking submerged sub ....
Sounds of submarine breaking up detected!
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Great Nicobar at 41,68

Japanese Ships
SS I-182, hits 21, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CVE Corregidor
CLAA Juneau
DD Charrette
DD Hammann
DD Anderson
DD Aaron Ward
DD Monssen

SS I-182 launches 6 torpedoes at CVE Corregidor
I-182 diving deep ....
DD Hammann fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Anderson fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Aaron Ward attacking submerged sub ....
DD Monssen fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Aaron Ward fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Monssen attacking submerged sub ....
SS I-182 forced to surface!
DD Monssen firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Hammann firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Sabang at 44,70

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IV Oscar x 36
Ki-48-IIc Lily x 16

Allied aircraft
Seafire IIC x 8
Wildcat V x 6
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 4
F4U-1 Corsair x 6
F4U-1A Corsair x 2
F6F-3 Hellcat x 61

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IV Oscar: 14 destroyed
Ki-48-IIc Lily: 11 destroyed
Ki-48-IIc Lily: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CVE Corregidor

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Sabang at 44,70

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IV Oscar x 21
Ki-48-IIb Lily x 27

Allied aircraft
Seafire IIC x 8
Wildcat V x 4
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 3
F4U-1 Corsair x 4
F4U-1A Corsair x 1
F6F-3 Hellcat x 49

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IV Oscar: 8 destroyed
Ki-48-IIb Lily: 16 destroyed, 2 damaged
Ki-48-IIb Lily: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CVE Corregidor
CVE Battler, Bomb hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x Ki-48-IIb Lily releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 2 x 100 kg SAP Bomb
4 x Ki-48-IIb Lily releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 2 x 100 kg SAP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Sabang , at 44,70

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 31

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 4
F4U-1 Corsair x 6
F4U-1A Corsair x 2
F6F-3 Hellcat x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 4 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Sabang , at 44,70

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 24

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 3
F4U-1 Corsair x 1
F6F-3 Hellcat x 10

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 4 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x Ki-84a Frank sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Sabang , at 44,70

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 28

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
28 x Ki-84a Frank sweeping at 20000 feet

No more CAP opposition - NOW the bombers should have come!

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Ground combat at Sabang (44,70)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 16023 troops, 300 guns, 315 vehicles, Assault Value = 1055

Defending force 8499 troops, 96 guns, 83 vehicles, Assault Value = 105

Allied adjusted assault: 1046

Japanese adjusted defense: 9

Allied assault odds: 116 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Sabang !!!

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-46-III Dinah: 1 destroyed

Combat modifiers
Defender: disruption(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
2594 casualties reported
Squads: 72 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 188 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 14 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 41 (31 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Vehicles lost 84 (82 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 8

Allied ground losses:
92 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Units pursuing 3

Assaulting units:
192nd Tank Battalion
3rd Marine Division
3rd USMC Tank Battalion

18th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
9th Australian Division
30th Field Artillery Regiment
I Marine Amphib Corps
225th Field Artillery Battalion
3rd Pioneer Battalion
181st Field Artillery Battalion
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion
30th USN Special Construction Battalion

Defending units:
15th Garrison Unit
13th RF Gun (Pack) Battalion
91st JAAF AF Bn
92nd JAAF AF Bn
25th Army
32nd Field AA Battalion
21st Air Defense AA Battalion
94th JAAF AF Bn





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CBI:

With the fall of Chunking counterbalanced by the reopening of the Ledo Road, I will try to cut the road between Kunming and Kweiyang to keep the Allied supplies from reaching the remaining Chinese forces in the center of China.

In Burma, the doomed rear-guard at Bhamo puts up a good fight. But with the new development on Sumatra, I have decided to pull back my forces from the river defense line around Moulmein and Chiang Mai and to send them south.

Apart from Victoria Point, Malaya is wide open and from Sumatra the Allies may easily land around Georgetown and then rush to Bangkok to cut-off my Burma Army. Ed has the Marines and the Aussies on Sumatra, so this is clearly the main show - I fear he has many more ground forces in the theater. I will leave delaying forces in Burma and fight for Bangkok, but from there I don't know yet if I should try to hold Singapore and the Malayan airbases in order to delay the destruction of Palembang - risking to lose the entire Army - or whether I should fall back in the direction of China and try to delay the fall of Indochina.

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Ground combat at Bhamo (63,44)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 32529 troops, 486 guns, 374 vehicles, Assault Value = 1021

Defending force 10785 troops, 63 guns, 38 vehicles, Assault Value = 448

Allied adjusted assault: 549

Japanese adjusted defense: 1204

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 3)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
223 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 66 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
766 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 207 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 19 disabled
Guns lost 31 (2 destroyed, 29 disabled)

Assaulting units:
23rd Indian Division
14th Indian Division
762nd Tank Battalion
50th Indian Para Brigade
87th Mountain Regiment
22nd New Chinese Division

Defending units:
1st RTA Division
14th Tank Regiment
4th RTA Division

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Ground combat at 57,51 (near Toungoo)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 42059 troops, 746 guns, 1175 vehicles, Assault Value = 1543

Defending force 25802 troops, 292 guns, 517 vehicles, Assault Value = 800

Allied adjusted assault: 847

Japanese adjusted defense: 1651

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
952 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 60 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 29 (2 destroyed, 27 disabled)
Vehicles lost 12 (4 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1575 casualties reported
Squads: 31 destroyed, 236 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 39 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 32 disabled
Guns lost 37 (7 destroyed, 30 disabled)
Vehicles lost 112 (17 destroyed, 95 disabled)

Assaulting units:
255th Armoured Brigade
28th Gurkha Brigade
254th Armoured Brigade
2nd British Division
23rd LRP Brigade
5th Indian Division
6th Medium Regiment
137/155th Field Regiment

Defending units:
55th/A Division
1st Tank Division
55th/B Division
55th/C Division
25th Field AA Machinecannon Company
15th Army
23rd Ind.AA Gun Co
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
23rd Field AA Machinecannon Company
21st Medium Field Artillery Battalion







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Around New Guinea:

Reinforcements have been landed on Biak, Noemfoor and Manikwari under cover of Combined Fleet in order to establish a roadblock on MacArthur's road to Tokyo. The Allies have had easy going in central New Guinea, I expect them to build-up the numerous level-5 bases they have gained recently before tackling the "Bird's Head".

This may give me the time to recapture Babar - more reinforcements are poised to be landed there as soon as Combined Fleet returns from Biak.

In the meantime, the Allies send heavily escorted bombers - luckily they are largely ineffective due to terrain - and numerous parachute units as reinforcement. The issue remains in doubt.

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Morning Air attack on 31st Mountain Gun Regiment, at 76,117 (Babar)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk III x 9
Kittyhawk IV x 6
A-20G Havoc x 11
P-38H Lightning x 11
P-40K Warhawk x 16
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 16
F4U-1 Corsair x 1
F4U-1A Corsair x 7
F6F-3 Hellcat x 21

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x A-20G Havoc bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 31st Engineer Regiment, at 76,117 (Babar)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 4
B-24D1 Liberator x 9
P-38H Lightning x 11
P-40K Warhawk x 16
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 16
F4U-1 Corsair x 8
F4U-1A Corsair x 7
F6F-3 Hellcat x 21

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 2nd Division, at 76,117 (Babar)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IV x 6
B-24D1 Liberator x 20
F4U-1 Corsair x 1
F4U-1A Corsair x 7

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 31st Tankette Co , at 76,117 (Babar)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IV x 6
Spitfire VIII x 4
B-24D1 Liberator x 6
P-38H Lightning x 11
F4U-1 Corsair x 7

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 2nd Division, at 76,117 (Babar)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk III x 9
Kittyhawk IV x 6
Spitfire VIII x 4
B-24D1 Liberator x 4
F4U-1 Corsair x 8
F4U-1A Corsair x 7

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 2nd Division, at 76,117 (Babar)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 4
B-25D1 Mitchell x 12
P-38H Lightning x 11
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 16
F4U-1A Corsair x 7

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
18 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Babar (76,117)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 12601 troops, 250 guns, 58 vehicles, Assault Value = 362

Defending force 10835 troops, 128 guns, 94 vehicles, Assault Value = 220

Japanese ground losses:
98 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
26 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
31st Tankette Co
31st Engineer Regiment
138th Infantry Regiment
2nd Division
8th Armored Car Co
58th Infantry Rgt /3
6th RF Gun Battalion
31st Mountain Gun Regiment
3rd Ind.AA Gun Co
11th RF Gun Battalion
41st Ind.AA Gun Co
5th Air Div /6

Defending units:
2/8th Ind Coy
503rd Parachute Regiment
1st USMC Parachute Battalion
2/6 Commando Battalion
40th Infantry/A Division
2/2 AIF Pioneer Battalion
811th Aviation Engineer Battalion
10th Marine Defense Battalion
2nd Air Advn Base Force
42nd US Naval Construction Battalion








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Some stats on air production and losses (follow-on post).

Ed told me that judging from other ARRs, our air war seems to be bloodier than usual.

Might very well be - despite a robust expansion of the industries, the pools for the principal planes are low or empty. Only the Jack, the George and the Frank are looking better - because with PDU off I only have a handful of air-groups allowed to fly them.

It is my first AE PBEM and first time-ever I went past Summer 42 in that game - comments and advice from experienced players appreciated.




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Air losses (less than 20 planes lost total not shown):




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And finally, the industry overview:








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Dec 1/2, 1943

Subs galore around Babar - and way too many heart-stopping moments in the combat replay.

I have been very lucky so far, but my luck will surely run out one day...

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Sub attack near Damar at 76,115

Japanese Ships
CV Hiryu
CA Chikuma
CLAA Tenryu
DD Takanami
DD Asashimo
DD Hamanami
DD Kiyonami
DD Hayanami

Allied Ships
SS Gato

SS Gato launches 6 torpedoes at CV Hiryu - one hit but no explosion
Gato diving deep ....
DD Asashimo fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hamanami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Kiyonami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hayanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hayanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hayanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hayanami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hayanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hayanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hayanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hayanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Damar at 76,115

Japanese Ships
CV Shokaku
CA Chikuma
CLAA Tenryu
DD Fujinami
DD Hatsuzuki
DD Asashimo
DD Hamanami
DD Kiyonami
DD Hayanami

Allied Ships
SS Runner, hits 1

SS Runner launches 6 torpedoes at CV Shokaku and misses
Runner diving deep ....
DD Asashimo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hamanami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Kiyonami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hayanami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Asashimo attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hamanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hayanami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hayanami is out of ASW ammo
DD Hayanami is out of ASW ammo
DD Hayanami is out of ASW ammo
DD Asashimo fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hamanami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hayanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hayanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hayanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hayanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Babar at 77,116

Japanese Ships
BB Hiei
CA Atago
DD Shimozuki
DD Wakaba
DD Samidare
DD Hagikaze

Allied Ships
SS Trout, hits 1

SS Trout launches 6 torpedoes at BB Hiei - and misses
Trout diving deep ....
DD Wakaba fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Samidare fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hagikaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Wakaba fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Samidare fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Samidare fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Samidare attacking submerged sub ....
DD Samidare attacking submerged sub ....
DD Samidare is out of ASW ammo
DD Samidare attacking submerged sub ....
DD Samidare is out of ASW ammo
DD Samidare is out of ASW ammo
DD Samidare is out of ASW ammo
DD Samidare fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


And an encore somewhere else :

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Sub attack near Biak at 86,109

Japanese Ships
CA Furutaka
CA Aoba
CL Kuma
DD Hayashio
DD Akigumo
DD Hayate
DD Harukaze

Allied Ships
SS Steelhead

SS Steelhead launches 4 torpedoes at CA Furutaka - a hit, but again no explosion
Steelhead diving deep ....
DD Hayate fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Harukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Harukaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Harukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Harukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Harukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

I should have played the lottery today!





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Lost a long post on your air postings. Gist was both your ops and flak losses are higher than I target. You may wish to review your tactics. you are running 20 - 30% losses, I target (not necessarily always achieve) 10% on both.

Good luck!

Great AAR. Keep it going!!!




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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 08, 43

Ground combat at Babar (76,117)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 16371 troops, 271 guns, 164 vehicles, Assault Value = 378

Defending force 9266 troops, 122 guns, 93 vehicles, Assault Value = 137

Japanese adjusted assault: 299

Allied adjusted defense: 71

Japanese assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Babar !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), preparation(-), fatigue(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
551 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
6213 casualties reported
Squads: 234 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 678 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 94 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 142 (142 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 93 (93 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 9

Assaulting units:
31st Engineer Regiment
2nd Division
138th Infantry Regiment
58th Infantry Regiment
8th Armored Car Co
31st Tankette Co
22nd Tank Regiment
3rd Ind.AA Gun Co
31st Mountain Gun Regiment
6th RF Gun Battalion
41st Ind.AA Gun Co
18th Army
1st Ind. Field Artillery Battalion
11th RF Gun Battalion

Defending units:
503rd Parachute Regiment
40th Infantry/A Division
2/6 Commando Battalion
2/2 AIF Pioneer Battalion
811th Aviation Engineer Battalion
10th Marine Defense Battalion
1st USMC Parachute Battalion
2nd Air Advn Base Force
42nd US Naval Construction Battalion


Banzai!!! Allied Marines, Paras and Commandos beaten by ordinary IJA troops - all hail the power of Yamato-damashii!

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A nice early Christmas present!

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RE: Duel of the tankers - IdahoNYer vs. LST (J AAR): Ba... - 7/11/2018 12:41:42 PM   
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Game has advanced to Dec 22, 1943 - here is a sitrep with the highlights :

China:




After the fall of Chungking, the next objectives are Kweiyang and Kunming - the latter to stop the flow of supplies from the Burma Road to the remaining Chinese bases.

The Chinese are contesting every hex, and with the terrain and stacking limits it is tough going.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 16, 43
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Ground combat at 75,48 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 41158 troops, 448 guns, 468 vehicles, Assault Value = 1144

Defending force 30430 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 930

Japanese adjusted assault: 386

Allied adjusted defense: 1369

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
5083 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 517 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 41 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 28 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1780 casualties reported
Squads: 29 destroyed, 127 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 27 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Assaulting units:
34th Division
40th Division
22nd Division
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
3rd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
4th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
1st Army
7th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
8th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
6th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
2nd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
5th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion

Defending units:
76th Chinese Corps
23rd Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
82nd Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
24th Group Army


My opponent also has the air superiority since Oscars suck but I have nothing else available. Repeated night bombing of Kweiyang airbase with Helens to annoy his fighters does achieve nothing, despite ground skill 80+ pilots. How comes that the Allies send 3-5 Wellingtons or B-24s at night to my airbases and get multiple planes killed on the ground almost every time, while my Betties and Helens are ineffective almost every time?

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Burma:




This title will soon drop from the AAR. Some remnants of the Thai Army are holding out in Central Burma, and a thin veil is covering the Moulmein river line in Southern Burma, but a large part of the former Burma Army has been moved or is in the process of moving to Malaya. I expect an Allied move anywhere along the line soon, given the fact that I have no offensive air power in the theater to fight the convoys arriving at Rabaul, surely full of supplies and reinforcements. I will contest the jungle+rough terrain hexes along the roads and eventually make a last stand at Bangkok.

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Malaya / Sumatra:




While a large part of the ex-Burma Army is rushing to defend the West Coast of Malaya, the Allies have advanced easily in Northern Sumatra and captured the important oil center of Medan and it's good airbase. In order to trap my forces the Allies have landed at Sibolga, but I managed to gather some defensive power behind level-3 forts. Let's see if I can hold long enough to allow the base forces to escape south (hoping that there will not be another landing operation in virtually undefended Central and Southern Sumatra).

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 22, 43
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Ground combat at Sibolga (44,79)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 10335 troops, 117 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 346

Defending force 9628 troops, 128 guns, 153 vehicles, Assault Value = 356

Assaulting units:
24th Ind.Mixed Brigade
29th Ind.Mixed Brigade
70th Field AA Battalion
11th Mortar Battalion
21st Air Defense AA Regiment
55th Construction Battalion
42nd Air Defense AA Regiment
37th JNAF AF Unit
39th JNAF AF Unit
36th Field AA Battalion
41st Air Defense AA Regiment
90th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
194th Tank Battalion
29th British Brigade
50th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
98th Indian Brigade


I have also concentrated all Tojos and Franks 'PDU off' allows me to have and all low-naval trained Oscars plus a group of Georges, some Jills, Betties and Frances at Singers and Kuala Lumpur. Glad I did, because before I was ready to launch my own strike, the Allies launches a carrier raid across Sumatra against convoys at Singers. My CAP caused heavy losses but some SBDs broke through to sink a couple of xAKs.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 16, 43
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Morning Air attack on Singapore , at 50,84

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 2
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 37
Ki-84a Frank x 22

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 5 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Singapore , at 50,84

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 16 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 2
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 35
Ki-84a Frank x 21

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 2 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Singapore , at 50,84

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 2
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 26
Ki-84a Frank x 21

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 10

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 2 destroyed

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 17, 43

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Morning Air attack on Singapore , at 50,84

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 5
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 35
Ki-84a Frank x 27

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 10
F6F-3 Hellcat x 56

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 2 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 13 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x F4U-1A Corsair sweeping at 15000 feet
2 x F4U-1A Corsair sweeping at 15000 feet
3 x F4U-1A Corsair sweeping at 15000 feet

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Singapore at 50,84

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 4
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 24
Ki-84a Frank x 25

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 102
SBD-5 Dauntless x 102

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 12 destroyed
SBD-5 Dauntless: 7 destroyed, 7 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Tarayasu Maru, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Shanghai Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Esashagawa Maru, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
PB Fuji Maru #4
xAK Alaska Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Tasmania Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Tatsuhiro Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Kaishi Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAKL Raizan Maru
PB Sozan Maru, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Izumo Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Delagoa Maru, Bomb hits 1
xAKL Hidaka Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Teihoku Maru
E W-25

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Singapore at 50,84

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 4
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 32
Ki-84a Frank x 27

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 105
SBD-5 Dauntless x 67

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 14 destroyed
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Delagoa Maru, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Tasmania Maru, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Alaska Maru, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
xAK Teihoku Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Shanghai Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
E Hirado, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk
xAK Tuyama Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
E W-25, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk



The Allied carriers retired next turn and I was able to throw my LBA at Allied convoys unloading at Sibolga a few turns later:

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 22, 43
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Sibolga at 44,79

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 26,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 14
N1K2-J George x 16
Ki-43-IV Oscar x 31

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 6
FM-1 Wildcat x 20
F4U-1A Corsair x 4
F6F-3 Hellcat x 36

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 3 destroyed, 2 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-43-IV Oscar: 8 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
FM-1 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CVE Corregidor, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
CVE Santee, Torpedo hits 1


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Sibolga at 44,79

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 30,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 23

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 4
FM-1 Wildcat x 16
F4U-1A Corsair x 4
F6F-3 Hellcat x 27

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 11 destroyed, 1 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 2 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CVE Corregidor, on fire, heavy damage
CVE Santee

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Sibolga at 44,79

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IV Oscar x 94

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 4
FM-1 Wildcat x 14
F4U-1A Corsair x 2
F6F-3 Hellcat x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IV Oscar: 4 destroyed, 12 damaged
Ki-43-IV Oscar: 4 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 3 destroyed

Allied Ships
DD Isherwood
DD McKee, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DE Burden R. Hastings, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
CLAA Van Heemskerck
CVE Santee, Bomb hits 10, heavy fires, heavy damage
CLAA Atlanta
CVE Corregidor, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk


Some revenge for what has happened a few turns earlier at the other corner of the shrinking Empire!

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 16, 43
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Sub attack near Sansapor at 84,107

Japanese Ships
CV Zuikaku, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
BB Mutsu
CLAA Tenryu
DD Oshio
DD Asagumo
DD Yamagumo
DD Arashio

Allied Ships
SS Steelhead

Fuel storage explosion on CV Zuikaku

SS Steelhead launches 6 torpedoes at CV Zuikaku
Steelhead diving deep ....
DD Asagumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yamagumo fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Arashio fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Asagumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Asagumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Asagumo attacking submerged sub ....
DD Asagumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Asagumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Gebe at 81,104

Japanese Ships
CV Zuikaku, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage
CLAA Tenryu

Allied Ships
SS Steelhead, hits 1

SS Steelhead launches 6 torpedoes at CV Zuikaku
CLAA Tenryu fails to find sub, continues to search...
CLAA Tenryu fails to find sub, continues to search...
CLAA Tenryu attacking submerged sub ....
CLAA Tenryu fails to find sub, continues to search...
CLAA Tenryu attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub


CV Zuikaku foundered before reaching port...

There is a sad background story to this. I had offered Ed a redo of the turn because he had forgotten to set escorts for his Singers raid and the unescorted SBDs got massacred by my CAP. In the first run of the turn SS Steelhead had put one torp into Zuikaku and two torps into Shokaku, but both survived and made port. In the redo however all three torps connected with Zuikaku, and down she went. This is a gentlemen's war, so I accept the result - with gritted teeth and a clenched fist and a curse on my lips .


Meanwhile, my efforts to evacuate the 2nd ID form Babar by Tokyo Express met with repeated disasters:

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 16, 43
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TF 58 encounters mine field at Babar (76,117)

Japanese Ships
DD Nagatsuki, Mine hits 1, heavy damage
DD Numakaze, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Kisaragi, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 22, 43
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Babar at 76,117, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Tama
CL Kiso, Shell hits 1
DD Oshio, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Arashio
DD Yamagumo, Shell hits 1
DD Asagumo
DD Arare
DD Kasumi
DD Samidare
DD Wakaba

Allied Ships
DD Fletcher, Shell hits 4
DD Halford, Shell hits 1
DD Hazelwood
DD Waller, Shell hits 1

Reduced sighting due to 17% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 17% moonlight: 12,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 12,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 12,000 yards
CL Tama engages DD Hazelwood at 12,000 yards
DD Wakaba engages DD Fletcher at 12,000 yards
DD Fletcher engages DD Arashio at 12,000 yards
DD Waller engages DD Oshio at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
DD Asagumo engages DD Waller at 11,000 yards
CL Tama engages DD Fletcher at 11,000 yards
DD Wakaba engages DD Waller at 11,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Waller at 11,000 yards
DD Oshio engages DD Fletcher at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
CL Kiso engages DD Fletcher at 8,000 yards
DD Oshio sunk by DD Hazelwood at 8,000 yards
DD Wakaba engages DD Halford at 8,000 yards
DD Fletcher engages DD Arashio at 8,000 yards
DD Fletcher engages DD Asagumo at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CL Kiso engages DD Fletcher at 4,000 yards
DD Asagumo engages DD Hazelwood at 4,000 yards
DD Wakaba engages DD Hazelwood at 4,000 yards
DD Hazelwood engages DD Samidare at 4,000 yards
DD Arare engages DD Halford at 4,000 yards
DD Halford engages DD Asagumo at 4,000 yards
DD Waller engages DD Yamagumo at 4,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
CL Kiso engages DD Fletcher at 7,000 yards
CL Tama engages DD Halford at 7,000 yards
DD Halford engages DD Asagumo at 7,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Fletcher at 7,000 yards
DD Kasumi engages DD Fletcher at 7,000 yards
DD Waller engages DD Arare at 7,000 yards
DD Yamagumo engages DD Halford at 7,000 yards
DD Arashio engages DD Halford at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
DD Waller engages DD Kasumi at 11,000 yards
CL Tama engages DD Fletcher at 11,000 yards
DD Wakaba engages DD Halford at 11,000 yards
DD Fletcher engages DD Arare at 11,000 yards
DD Asagumo engages DD Halford at 11,000 yards
DD Arashio engages DD Hazelwood at 11,000 yards
DD Waller engages DD Asagumo at 11,000 yards
CL Tama engages DD Fletcher at 11,000 yards
DD Wakaba engages DD Halford at 11,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Halford at 11,000 yards
DD Fletcher engages DD Asagumo at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
CL Kiso engages DD Waller at 10,000 yards
CL Tama engages DD Fletcher at 10,000 yards
DD Wakaba engages DD Waller at 10,000 yards
DD Fletcher engages DD Samidare at 10,000 yards
DD Waller engages DD Arare at 10,000 yards
DD Yamagumo engages DD Waller at 10,000 yards
CL Kiso engages DD Fletcher at 10,000 yards
DD Arare engages DD Hazelwood at 10,000 yards
DD Halford engages DD Wakaba at 10,000 yards
DD Halford engages DD Samidare at 10,000 yards
DD Arare engages DD Halford at 10,000 yards
DD Yamagumo engages DD Waller at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
CL Kiso engages DD Fletcher at 9,000 yards
DD Wakaba engages DD Hazelwood at 9,000 yards
DD Wakaba engages DD Fletcher at 9,000 yards
DD Arare engages DD Fletcher at 9,000 yards
DD Yamagumo engages DD Waller at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
DD Wakaba engages DD Waller at 13,000 yards
CL Tama engages DD Fletcher at 13,000 yards
DD Arashio engages DD Halford at 13,000 yards
DD Asagumo engages DD Fletcher at 13,000 yards
DD Hazelwood engages DD Arare at 13,000 yards
DD Fletcher engages DD Asagumo at 13,000 yards
DD Arashio engages DD Waller at 13,000 yards
Japanese Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...

Guess I should be glad I had no collisions this time!




SoPac:

The Allies have landed on Manus a couple of turns ago, with multiple bombardment forces for softening-up, and after a consolidation period attacked - and in the great tradition of fort levels meaning nothing the base fell quickly:

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 22, 43
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Ground combat at Manus (101,119)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 34667 troops, 550 guns, 415 vehicles, Assault Value = 1250

Defending force 14594 troops, 138 guns, 31 vehicles, Assault Value = 180

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Allied adjusted assault: 490

Japanese adjusted defense: 107

Allied assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Manus !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), fatigue(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1996 casualties reported
Squads: 30 destroyed, 50 disabled
Non Combat: 16 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 44 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 30 (22 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Vehicles lost 25 (25 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
540 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 33 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Vehicles lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Assaulting units:
6th Marine Regiment
Americal Infantry Division
1st Arm Amphib Battalion
2nd Marine Regiment
131st Cmbt Engineer Regiment
1st Marine Division
8th Marine Regiment
2nd USMC Tank Battalion
4th Field Artillery Battalion
2nd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion
1st AmphTrac Engineer Battalion
97th Field Artillery Battalion
1st Pioneer Battalion
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
2nd Pioneer Battalion

Defending units:
Sasebo 7th SNLF
Kure 5th SNLF
86th Naval Guard Unit
Imperial Guards/B Division
7th Port Unit
4th Ship Engineer Regiment
10th Special Base Force
7th Base Force
1st Ship Engineer Regiment
62nd JNAF AF Unit


CentPac:

No activities since the Allied carrier raid into the Philippine Sea - just regular unopposed milk-run bombing of Truk.

I have been watching those bombing attacks for a while and since the trusty engineers of the Truk garrison keep the airfield operational, I decided to spoil the party by sending some Zeros down from the Marianas.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 23, 43

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Morning Air attack on Truk , at 112,108

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 67 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 45

Allied aircraft
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 32

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5c Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 11 destroyed, 11 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 destroyed by flak

Airbase hits 3
Runway hits 19

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Morning Air attack on Truk , at 112,108

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 21

Allied aircraft
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5c Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged

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Morning Air attack on Truk , at 112,108

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 14

Allied aircraft
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 8

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 destroyed by flak

Airbase supply hits 1

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Morning Air attack on Truk , at 112,108

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 26 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 6

Allied aircraft
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 8

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 5 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 destroyed by flak

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 1

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Morning Air attack on Truk , at 112,108

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 8

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 4 damaged

Runway hits 4


NoPac:

Ominous silence - very suspicious, I'm afraid the Allies will land on Hokkaido before the end of the year...


So much for this round of updates, more in a game month or if something happens that warrants Breaking News.


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quote:


There is a sad background story to this. I had offered Ed a redo of the turn because he had forgotten to set escorts for his Singers raid and the unescorted SBDs got massacred by my CAP. In the first run of the turn SS Steelhead had put one torp into Zuikaku and two torps into Shokaku, but both survived and made port. In the redo however all three torps connected with Zuikaku, and down she went.


Sympathies regarding the Zuikaku, and kudos for your sportsmanship. As for the two versions of the turn you experienced, it's not clear to me which would be worse. In the original run, although neither carrier sank I would guess that both of them would have been out of action for several months. By that time the Allies would have had overwhelming carrier superiority in any case, whereas at the moment you have rough parity. Maybe losing one permanently instead of two indefinitely was actually better.

You're maintaining a good fighting defense, but it does seem to hang by a thread. Or, to put it another way, Ed can recover from a mistake but you may not be able to. I suppose that is life for the Japanese at the end of 1943.

In China, what remains to be fought over is almost "Burmaesque" in the sense of grueling combat over awful terrain with little to show for it. I'm not convinced of the strategic value in it. Would it be better to use some of your massive army to reinforce some critical locations in the Pacific?

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PDU OFF - so you have to use Oscars … to be effective you need numerical superiority AND a large production base AND a deep pilot pool. At this point (end of '43) 1.5:1 losses would be great, soon it will be 2:1 loss ratios and continue to climb. All you can do is plan for it. If you can't get numerical superiority, I wouldn't fly. Wait until you have it ….

Be sure to have your Frank upgrade plan in front of you. As '44 rolls on, more and more groups will be able to upgrade to Frank. You want to be sure you are increasing your Frank production to be able to support the air groups to convert as well as the operational losses. ON the flip side you will be able to ease off the Oscar production some, but not as much as you think. You will still need to fly Oscar with the losses that flying them equates to, so you will still need a fair number. Balancing this is on of the trickier production elements of '44 for IJ.

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@jwolf: I have not enough PPs to purchase units from China to reinforce critical locations in the Pacific. There is always a leader to switch or a dead unit to resurrect to prevent me from getting above 600 PPs. I need what, 1500-1800 to buy a full division?

@PaxMondo: Thx for the hint. I'm building 240 Oscar IV and 130 Frank-a per month, plus earmarked for production 5x30 R&D on Frank-r which is currently at 5/1944 and seems to be the upgrade for most groups. I have also the Ki-100 at 5/44, those R&D factories will switch to the Frank-b which seems to be used by far fewer groups.

I won't research jets or other fancy late-war stuff like Ki-94II etc. - I don't have the supplies for repairing the factories and the Empire won't last long enough anyway.


AAR Update:

Good News - I survived into 1944 (game date Jan 09, 1944)

Bad News (although not unexpected) - the Empire keeps shrinking.


Burma:
The last defenders at Bhamo have been crushed - the two Thai divisions made a pretty good stand and bought valuable time. Two other albeit pretty shattered Thai divisions even managed to escape and will make it back to Thailand.


Sumatra:

Sibolga has been evacuated except a sacrificial rear-guard. I will make a stand further south in jungle terrain in a hex outside the range of naval bombardment.

The Allies have also landed at the undefended island of Siberoet, just across the virtually undefended Padang.

Don't have the LCUs to defend each base, and with Northern Sumatra in Allied hands Palembang is in 4E range and toast anyway.

Surprised Ed hasn't bombed it yet.

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Ground combat at Sibolga (44,79)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10039 troops, 129 guns, 195 vehicles, Assault Value = 916

Defending force 306 troops, 21 guns, 9 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Allied adjusted assault: 307

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 307 to 1 (fort level 1)

Allied forces CAPTURE Sibolga !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
266 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 31 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 26 (26 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 11 (11 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
36 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
98th Indian Brigade
72nd British Brigade
50th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
18th Canadian Brigade
29th British Brigade
192nd Tank Battalion
194th Tank Battalion
9th Australian Division
28th Canadian AA Regiment
15th Indian Construction Battalion

Defending units:
70th Field AA Battalion

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Amphibious Assault at Siberoet (42,85)

TF 318 troops unloading over beach at Siberoet, 42,85

Allied ground losses:
376 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 85 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 32 (0 destroyed, 32 disabled)
Vehicles lost 40 (0 destroyed, 40 disabled)

15 Support troops lost overboard during unload of 3rd Marine/B Div /2


China:

Bad luck near Chihkiang but with the last Chinese units on the northern bank of that Yellow River tributary river near Kweiyang pushed across the river, arty reinforcements will be sent to approach Kweiyang from the south.

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Ground combat at 77,49 (near Chihkiang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 48668 troops, 388 guns, 49 vehicles, Assault Value = 1428

Defending force 21803 troops, 31 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 617

Japanese adjusted assault: 795

Allied adjusted defense: 1683

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
5469 casualties reported
Squads: 27 destroyed, 501 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 55 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 42 disabled
Guns lost 29 (5 destroyed, 24 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1135 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 148 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Assaulting units:
13th Division
39th Division
3rd Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
23rd Ind Engineer Regiment
11th Army

Defending units:
49th Chinese Corps
80th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
7th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
18th Group Army

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Ground combat at 75,48 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 27240 troops, 348 guns, 412 vehicles, Assault Value = 643

Defending force 8613 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 151

Japanese adjusted assault: 284

Allied adjusted defense: 113

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), fatigue(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
328 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 28 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
3391 casualties reported
Squads: 66 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 102 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Units retreated 3

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
40th Division
35th Division
1st Army
1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
3rd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
6th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
7th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
2nd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
8th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
4th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
5th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion

Defending units:
40th Chinese Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
24th Group Army


Banda Sea:

Having been pushed off Babar has not discouraged the Allies, they are back on a neighboring island.

This time a counter-landing is out of the question - Babar was a costly lesson in mine warefare.

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Amphibious Assault at Saumlaki (78,117)

TF 267 troops unloading over beach at Saumlaki, 78,117

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Ground combat at Saumlaki (78,117)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1921 troops, 19 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 108

Defending force 6558 troops, 94 guns, 101 vehicles, Assault Value = 177

Japanese ground losses:
18 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd Raiding Regiment
Sasebo 8th SNLF
34th Const Co
5th JNAF Coy

Defending units:
134th Cmbt Engineer Battalion
30th Australian Bde /1
98th Field Artillery Battalion
6th US Naval Construction Battalion
2/542nd Boat&Shore Engineer Battalion
134th Field Artillery Battalion
27th US Naval Construction Battalion


Pacific Ocean:


At the turn of the year, naval search had picked-up a gaggle of CVEs moving towards Truk, obviously in order to give it another working-over.

With the Allied fleet CVs in support off Sumatra, I thought it would be a good idea to rush KB to the scene and hoped for a nasty surprise for the Allies.

Well, the CVEs disappeared without a trace, KB only found a handful of small AKs near Manus and put them under.

With the surprise blown, I ordered KB back to base.

However, on the way back, some US submarines earned their pay :

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Sub attack near Woleai at 99,104

Japanese Ships
CV Hiryu, Torpedo hits 1
CA Mikuma
CL Yahagi
CL Noshiro
DD Kishinami
DD Shimozuki
DD Arashi
DD Nowaki
DD Amatsukaze
DD Hayashimo

Allied Ships
SS Grayling

SS Grayling launches 6 torpedoes at CV Hiryu
Grayling diving deep ....
DD Arashi fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Nowaki attacking submerged sub ....
DD Amatsukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hayashimo attacking submerged sub ....
DD Nowaki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Amatsukaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hayashimo attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hayashimo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hayashimo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hayashimo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hayashimo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hayashimo fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Sarmi at 94,106

Japanese Ships
CV Kaga, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires
BB Hyuga
BB Mutsu
CLAA Tatsuta
CLAA Tenryu
CS Nisshin
DD Akizuki
DD Wakazuki
DD Niizuki
DD Hatsuzuki

Allied Ships
SS Flasher

Fuel storage explosion on CV Kaga
Ammo storage explosion on CV Kaga
SS Flasher launches 4 torpedoes at CV Kaga
Flasher diving deep ....
DD Wakazuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Niizuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hatsuzuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatsuzuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatsuzuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatsuzuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatsuzuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatsuzuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatsuzuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Sarmi at 94,106

Japanese Ships
CV Kaga, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
BB Hyuga
BB Mutsu
CLAA Tatsuta
CLAA Tenryu
CS Nisshin
DD Akizuki
DD Wakazuki
DD Niizuki
DD Hatsuzuki

Allied Ships
SS Flasher

SS Flasher launches 6 torpedoes at CV Kaga
Flasher diving deep ....
DD Wakazuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Niizuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatsuzuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Niizuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Niizuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Niizuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Niizuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


Hiryu made Ulithi and needs some yard time.

Tough old gal Kaga has 76(51) float damage and is 8 hexes from the nearest port, Babeldaop.

Can't get her planes off with that damage level - and as luck will have it, I have put a crack land-based Zero unit full of exTRACOM pilots aboard to augment fighter strength.

Surface and air ASW protection is being maximized, but she probably won't make it through the gauntlet of subs that surely will move-in for the kill.

To add insult to injury, in the mail with his turn orders Ed commented about Allies and Japan having parity in flight decks at the moment...

Alas, with Palembang soon burned / recaptured by the Allies, it is perhaps not a bad thing to get rid of some fuel-guzzlers!

< Message edited by LargeSlowTarget -- 9/7/2018 2:31:15 PM >


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Even if you can't save the planes on Kaga, can you pull out the pilots? Not sure about that. Kaga is tough; if any ship can make it through, she can.

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