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RE: 17-18 Jul 44 - 10/15/2019 10:19:33 PM   
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Incredible that the convoy successfully evaded the destroyer. But I don't understand why you're deliberately sending the ship to her death at this point. You already know or presume there are CD guns and mines at Okinawa-- so what is the point of this recon by suicide mission?

You're making good progress in the Philippines and that is very encouraging for the Allied side.

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RE: 17-18 Jul 44 - 10/15/2019 10:24:39 PM   
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Incredible that the convoy successfully evaded the destroyer. But I don't understand why you're deliberately sending the ship to her death at this point. You already know or presume there are CD guns and mines at Okinawa-- so what is the point of this recon by suicide mission?



DD Harding is overdue to withdraw - which is costing me 9PP per turn which I really can't afford. She was too far to a port to withdraw, so I figured it would be easier sinking her than paying the 9PP per turn....which has turned out to be a bad call....she'd be in port at Colombo by now withdrawn....

Political points are gold right now - in very short supply as I shuffle some unit commands around.

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RE: 17-18 Jul 44 - 10/16/2019 9:22:20 PM   
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I have two British ships a CV and CL too damaged to withdraw but not damaged enough to run up the damage to scuttle. I actually had a 3rd a BB that I finally ran up the damage enough to scuttle after 2 weeks of being overdue. They have cost me 1,800 PPs to date and there is no end in sight for at least the CV. I looked for it but couldn't find what is the minimum or maximum damage points a ship, British can have and still be withdrawn?

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RE: 17-18 Jul 44 - 10/18/2019 10:54:42 PM   
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I have two British ships a CV and CL too damaged to withdraw but not damaged enough to run up the damage to scuttle. I actually had a 3rd a BB that I finally ran up the damage enough to scuttle after 2 weeks of being overdue. They have cost me 1,800 PPs to date and there is no end in sight for at least the CV. I looked for it but couldn't find what is the minimum or maximum damage points a ship, British can have and still be withdrawn?


Check this thread out:

https://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=3077611&mpage=35&key=ship%2Cwithdrawal%26%2365533%3B#

key point for your question is:
Aggregated damage does not exceed 100
Damage to any single component is less than 50

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19-20 Jul 44 - 10/18/2019 11:05:24 PM   
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Highlights – Naga and Legaspi taken; Bangkok holds off first two assaults.

Jpn ships sunk:
SST: 1 (Yu-6)
TK: 1
xAK: 1
xAKL: 1

Allied ships sunk: None

Air loss:
Jpn: 12
Allied: 11

Subwar:
Jpn: 0 Attacks, 0 ships hit
Allies: 4 Attacks, 0 ships hit

Jpn Amph Inv: None

Allied Amph Inv: None

Bases lost: None

Bases Liberated:
Hue (SE Asia)
Naga (SWPAC)
Legaspi (SWPAC)
Catanduanes (SWPAC - flipped)

SIGINT/Intel: SS Trout sights convoy off Hong Kong - could be that same convoy that the CVs hit a few days ago making another run through the Formosa Strait to the Home Islands - will send the CVs north to see if they can intercept. Also got a SIGINT hit on a convoy heading to Formosa with the IJA’s 1st IN Div.

West Coast/Admin: While the F6F-5 has entered production this month, I haven’t swapped out any squadrons yet in the fleet, allowing them to build up in the pools a bit.

In NOPAC, NSTR.

In CENPAC, DD Harding still hasn’t found her demise, finding no mines or CD batteries at Naha - good recon, but still costing 9pp per turn. Will now sail her up to Japan proper…

In SOPAC, troops begin moving from Davao towards Cagayan. And based on the Bangkok attack, I’m in no rush to attack at Cagayan until all troops can be assembled. Bombers continue to work over defenders, but results are poor, so they are well dug in. Not surprised. As assault transports move to load the Northern Luzon Amphib troops, civilian transports begin moving towards Kavieng and Mussau Is to move much of the intended Formosa bound assault troops to Saigon and Cam Ranh Bay. I was going to just embark them from the Kavieng area, and move with assault transports across the Pacific, but with the addition of troops released from SE Asia joining the assault, and gaining Indochina ports, this will greatly simplify the logistics to the Formosa landings. At sea, based on the potential transports/shipping around Formosa, will send the CVs north to find and engage. Fuel situation is still good, and the Repl TF will also move north a bit in the Philippine Sea in support. CVs will stay north as long as sorties permit, and then shift west a bit to cover the Luzon landings. Will likely have to break off one of the three CV TFs at a time to replenish at a port for CV sorties if this raid finds good targets.



In SWPAC, troops take Naga and Legaspi without much difficulty - only an SNLF at Legaspi and SNLF Co at Naga - about 1000 casualties and both units destroyed to less than 50 US. Troops will now start the trek towards Manila from the south. Both bases were taken intact, and fighters and PBYs are brought in to Legaspi.

In China, as Allied recon begins probing Canton and Hong Kong from recently taken bases in Indochina, US China based fighters will likely be called into action to sweep for bomber raids.

In SE Asia, the first assaults on Bangkok were held. Forts were reduced to level 3, but the 30k plus defenders held their ground. After two attacks, about 3300 IJA casualties for almost 4000 Allied - but mostly disabled. Two Allied units took it hard - the Chinese Div committed as a “soak off” unit and worked as intended plus an Indian Bde. The four Allied divisions and other Bdes are still in good shape, although they need to recover some fatigue and disruption. Will bring in another engineer Bde as well as up to four more Indian Bdes standing by in Ayuthia. Bombers will put the time to good use as troops recover and shift, I’m in no rush here, although I do need Bangkok to open up the LOCs (Lines of communication) to troops advancing toward Vietnam. Elsewhere, Hue falls abandoned to troops advancing up Highway 1 along the Vietnam coast, and troops that liberated Ubon work across the Mekong River to flank the IJA unit delaying. Influx of troops continue to Cam Ranh Bay, although Kamikazes out of Singers continue to be annoying - one of two Babs hit an LST off Bangka Island. Routing convoys as close to Borneo as possible, and fighters are providing both ranging CAP and LRCAP in the area, but there are just too many convoys right now - and I’m not halting that for a few Kamis. That could be painful if L_S_T masses a big strike, but I’m counting on minimal supplies avail in Singers to prevent that.

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21-22 Jul 44 - 10/20/2019 1:14:03 AM   
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Highlights – CVs find not one, but TWO convoys and do damage.

Jpn ships sunk:
E: 2
xAK: 4

Allied ships sunk: None

Air loss:
Jpn: 56
Allied: 21

Subwar:
Jpn: 0 Attacks, 0 ships hit
Allies: 1 Attack, 1 ship hit (xAK dam)

Jpn Amph Inv: None

Allied Amph Inv: None

Bases lost: None

Bases Liberated:
Kompong Chhnang (SE Asia)
Dumanquilas (SOPAC)
Calapan (SWPAC - flipped)

SIGINT/Intel: I’m very surprised that no CAP is supporting these troop and/or supply convoys going to Formosa and Okinawa. While L_S_T is sending troops to defend here, no fighters?? There was robust CAP supporting big convoys on Panay in the Philippines last month - has the supply situation worsened that much??

West Coast/Admin: NSTR.

In NOPAC, NSTR.

In CENPAC, DD Harding at least found a base defended by CD guns - Iki-shima on the north coast of Kyushu she gets beat up by CD batteries, but not enough to scuttle, so she’s still costing 9pp per turn. Will attempt another “bombardment”, but now low on ammo, the ship’s AI skipper may not agree. Also, SOPAC is cutting lose some assault transports and a CVE TF to head to CENPAC for the Guam landings. Troops are almost completely prepped, so will see about getting this launched in the next few weeks when the naval assets can assemble.



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RE: 21-22 Jul 44 - 10/20/2019 1:15:45 AM   
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In SOPAC, the CV TFs move to a position SSE of Formosa to be able to hit contacts both off Formosa and Okinawa and hit pay dirt. Two convoys, one unloading at Tahioku on Formosa and one at Nago on Okinawa are hit, and with multiple strikes. While only 2E and 4xAKs were reported as sunk, a good dozen or so more xAKs were left burning. The transports still had some guns on board, but no squads were reported lost. Figure this is the 1st Infantry Div landing on Formosa to reinforce the defenses, and recon reports troops moving west out of Taihoku which is an inviting target - so a CA TF (4CA, DDs) will go in to bombard, preceded by a DD TF to engage any remaining transports. With luck, a solid naval bombardment can catch the troops on the move and inflict heavy loss. The CA TF will have three CVLs’ worth of fighters committed to LRCAP just in case Kamikazes come into play - and I’m holding off swapping out the three remaining CVLs still needing refit/upgrade. A few CVs are now running low on sorties, so I’m swapping out what squadrons are on naval attack (assuming ASW and search also use sorties?) and so far not a single SBD squadron has launched which is a bit concerning. CVs will head a bit closer to Formosa to focus on naval targets there. On the ground in Mindanao, troops continue to move toward Cagayan and additional engineers come ashore. Still holding off on attacking Cagayan until the troops from the Davao landings march in, but in the meantime, a BB TF (5BBs, DDs) will bombard. The BBs will then head to CENPAC for support of the Guam landings. Elsewhere, troops begin loading at Makassar, Hollandia and Morotai for the Luzon landings.



In SWPAC, troops begin advancing north toward Manila from Naga. I expect speed bumps at the couple of bases south of Manila, but no major defenses. The biggest challenge right now for SWPAC is building up the AFs to support operations on Luzon - they’re expanding on Busuanga, Palawan and Panay, but they aren’t fully ready for Heavies yet. That will just mean more down time for a/c as the fields are really needed now. Need to put more emphasis on reducing Manila - not sure if its going to be worth trying to take Manila when the time comes. Recon already show 80k troops, and I expect level 6 forts by now. Do I really need that carnage to take it? Or perhaps just isolate it like Truk/Rabaul?

In China, it remains quiet, and US/Brit fighters based at Kweilin and Wenchow will sweep over Canton in support of Rangoon based B-29s hitting the AF. I figure this is where the Georges are based, so this could be bloody.

In SE Asia, troops recover fatigue and disruption at Bangkok with the Corps HQ quickly, so they are ready to go in again next turn with some additional engineers and artillery added. Bombers continue to work over defenders and with the forts reduced to 3, seem to get better results. Troops continue to advance in Vietnam, no surprises so far. A small Kamikaze raid focused on a few transports I had at Singkep which were covered by CAP, and the offending 5 Babs were splashed. Will keep those transports there as a light bulb to attract the flies for a bit. B-29s out of Rangoon will hit Canton AFs next turn, supported by China based fighters. As soon as the Vietnam and eastern Thailand AFs can support Heavies, will move groups east - especially to Tourane/Hue where they can range to Hong Kong and Canton. Not there just yet.

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RE: 21-22 Jul 44 - 10/21/2019 5:24:44 AM   
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Tsushima seems to have some pretty vicious CD guns. The Harding might have better "luck" there. You could also try a minesweeping operation at Shimonoseki or Nagasaki once the ammo is depleted.

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23-24 Jul 44 - 10/21/2019 6:50:16 PM   
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Highlights – Bangkok taken; Kamikazes launch against CVs.

Jpn ships sunk:
TK: 1
xAK: 3

Allied ships sunk: None

Air loss:
Jpn: 87
Allied: 09

Subwar:
Jpn: 0 Attacks, 0 ships hit
Allies: 1 Attack, 0 ships hit

Jpn Amph Inv: None

Allied Amph Inv: None

Bases lost: None

Bases Liberated:
Bangkok (SE Asia)
Paske (SE Asia)
Burias (SWPAC - flipped)
Catbalogan (SWPAC - flipped)

SIGINT/Intel: No sign of the Formosa/Okinawa convoys, except for three xAKs still off Taihoku on Formosa. Beginning to look like L_S_T’s defensive perimeter goes from Formosa - Okinawa - Home Islands - Kuriles. Not really sure how hard Formosa and Okinawa will be defended with air assets, but convinced now that the PI is not going to defended only with ground forces.

West Coast/Admin: NSTR.

In NOPAC, NSTR.

In CENPAC, DD Harding’s luck continue as she finds a minefield but CLEARs the 4 mines she encounters! Amazing! She’ll continue to cruise around the HI until she meets her demise. Gotta happen at some point!

In SOPAC, the CVs fail to find any shipping to strike in the southern East China Sea, only the CL TF (CL, 4DD) heading to clear Taihoku find targets - 3 xAKs sunk without loss. The CVs are the target of a moderate Kamikaze attack - some 40 Oscars which are easily handled by the CAP. The Taihoku bombardment TF (3CA, DDs) fails to achieve much, no ships damaged while in port. The Fleet will retire somewhat south into the Philippine Sea to refuel with the Repl TF off northern Luzon. They will then transit north of Luzon into the South China Sea to cover the Luzon landings. I’ve decided to cut loose CV Bunker Hill and the three remaining CVLs needing refit/upgrade to head to Soerabaja so the refits will be conducted prior the Okinawa landings. The old US BB bombardment TF (5BBs, DDs) inflict about 750 casualties at Cagayan, and begin to head to Woleai to support Guam landings. Troops still marching from Davao towards Cagayan, so the ground attack waits. Initial convoys carrying troops for Formosa landings complete loading at Kavieng and Mussau and will begin their voyage to Saigon. Also, troops finish loading at Makassar, Hollandia and Morotai for the Luzon landings, and begin to move towards Jolo. Troops for Lingayan are completely loaded, while troops bound for Iba have the longest transit and many support troops still need to load at Sorong/Sansopor, so the Lingayan landings will go in first, followed by the Iba landings.

In SWPAC, troops march north toward Manila and will attack Atimonan next turn which looks to be abandoned. Build up continues at Legaspi and Naga as more support troops come ashore - including the SWPAC HQ which begins to load at Darwin.

In China, US fighters sweep Canton in support of SE Asia B-29s, but no fighters come up as CAP. Will shift to support strikes over Hong Kong next turn, while a single P-47 squadron will sweep Swatow to see if CAP comes up.

In SE Asia, the first attack on Bangkok secures the base, but casualties aren’t light after two days of fighting. IJA loses about 3000 men while it costs the Allies about 1600 - mainly disabled though. Supplies will need to be built up as well as troops needing to recover some fatigue before continuing the attacks, while the Heavies in support of ground attacks will be shut down. As the ground fight moves from Thailand to Indochina, Pakse is taken and the Mekong River is crossed at a number of points unopposed. Troops close in on Saigon from the east as well as the west, and once the engineers arrive, will attack to secure the city. What I’ll need more of in Indochina is troops for garrisons. In the air, B-29s out of Rangoon hit Canton with little results as the AFs were empty. They will shift to hitting Hong Kong’s port next turn. Also in the air, more recon birds are shifted to Vietnam AFs to start looking closer at Hainan and bases along the Chinese coast. At sea, the flow of troops and supplies from the DEI to Indochina ports continue at a brisk pace with no interruptions from Kamikazes for at least a turn.





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RE: 23-24 Jul 44 - 10/21/2019 8:28:55 PM   
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Ha! Kudos to the Harding again! She and her gallant crew are definitely outwitting you!

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RE: 23-24 Jul 44 - 10/22/2019 7:56:32 AM   
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I like what you're doing here. It looks like you've shut off the SRA from Japan with your moves into Indochina and the PI. What is the next destination? If you can get in Strat bombing range soon you could do some real damage.

Northern PI is in range of some Japanese industry, as are some areas on the Chinese coast across from Formosa, as well as Formosa itself.

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RE: 23-24 Jul 44 - 10/22/2019 9:51:16 PM   
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The ghost ship Harding, songs will be song in the grog halls to her.

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RE: 23-24 Jul 44 - 10/24/2019 4:11:45 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Bif1961

The ghost ship Harding, songs will be song in the grog halls to her.


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RE: 23-24 Jul 44 - 10/25/2019 5:52:26 PM   
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ORIGINAL: obvert

I like what you're doing here. It looks like you've shut off the SRA from Japan with your moves into Indochina and the PI. What is the next destination? If you can get in Strat bombing range soon you could do some real damage.

Northern PI is in range of some Japanese industry, as are some areas on the Chinese coast across from Formosa, as well as Formosa itself.


Thanks Obvert!

Northern Luzon is next - to do just what you suggest. Secure the AFs for strat bombing. Aparri and the adjacent AFs will bring B-29s in normal range of Kyushu. Have plenty of B-29s now....just need some good airfields and targets. Formosa and Guam are also "on the list" in the coming weeks. We do have a house rule against strat bombing into/out of China however - was a good idea when L_S_T was crushing Chinese supply back in '42, now.....not so much. Oh well...

Oh, one clarification to your post - the SRA isn't cut off.....its been seized. He's getting zero oil from anything but "at start" oil wells. As far as I can figure, the largest of which is in Manchuria which will be a priority target when I can range it.

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25-26 Jul 44 - 10/26/2019 4:54:20 PM   
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Highlights – Solid air raid on Hong Kong port; DD Harding finally goes down!

Jpn ships sunk:
SC: 3
AV: 1
AG: 1
xAK: 2
AMc: 2

Allied ships sunk:
DD: 1 (Harding)

Air loss:
Jpn: 06
Allied: 13

Subwar:
Jpn: 0 Attacks, 0 ships hit
Allies: 4 Attacks, 0 ships hit

Jpn Amph Inv: None

Allied Amph Inv: None

Bases lost: None

Bases Liberated:
Bien Hoa (SE Asia)
Boac (SWPAC)
Atimonan (SWPAC)

SIGINT/Intel: While no CAP was over Hong Kong, Recon over Canton reports over 100 fighters are now again based there - perhaps looking to sweep the US Chinese fighter bases again?

West Coast/Admin: BB Indiana completes refit/upgrade at Sydney and will begin her voyage with 3DD escort to rejoin the Fleet.

In NOPAC, NSTR.

In CENPAC, DD Harding finally engages a CD battery that gets the better of her off Iki-shima….she went down fighting!

In SOPAC, the Fleet pulls back to refuel, and one CV TF takes on fuel east of Aparri in the Philippine Sea. Another one should refuel during the move south as the Fleet will negotiate the Sibuyan Sea heading west enroute to the South China Sea to support the northern Luzon landings. One CV TF will likely detach next turn to Cam Ranh Bay to replenish sorties as well as perhaps upgrade some CV’s F6F-3s to F6F-5s, leaving two to CV TFs support the initial landings. Lingayen Amphib should reach Taytay next turn and link up with 2xCVE and 2xCA TFs providing support. They will then head toward target. Iba Amphib has completed loading support troops at Sorong and will also head towards Taytay and be called forward on order. Still looking to put troops ashore on northern Luzon before the month is out. Do not expect much in the way of defenses, as it looks as though the vast majority of IJA have pulled back to defend Manila. While Manila will be a bear to reduce (still debating whether that will be even necessary), it should open up all those valuable AFs in northern Luzon for easy capture - which will bring Japan in range of B-29s to begin strat bombing.

In SWPAC, Atimonan is taken undefended by lead troops advancing toward Manila. Lucena is next in line, and also appears undefended.

In China, US fighters sweep Hong Kong in support of SE Asia B-29s, but no fighters come up as CAP. With fighters again reported at Canton, and the fighters a bit fatigued due to the four days of sweeps, all will return to a CAP role to see if the Jpn fighters come calling.

In SE Asia, Rangoon based B-29s conduct a very effective raid on Hong Kong’s port finding a number of ships present and doing good damage without CAP to bother them. Three SC, xAK and two AMc are reported sunk, but also heavy damage is reported to additional xAKs and an AR. On the ground, troops continue to advance at a good pace, although it looks like there maybe a fight in northern Vietnam looming. Engineers should move into Saigon next turn to support the forthcoming attack there. At Bangkok, Allied troops are now reinforced, resupplied and refreshed enough to renew the attack, and will attack again this turn. XV Corps troops continue the slow slog south into Malaya, but once they reach the next base at Surat Thani, the pace may quicken somewhat with better roads to the south. At sea, the influx of troops into Cam Ranh Bay continues at a brisk pace and the flow of supplies also continues well enough to support current offensive operations. The goal now is to increase the flow of engineers and get them to AFs to expand for the Heavies. These include Ubon and Udon Thani in eastern Thailand as well as Quinhon, Tourane and Hue on the coast of Vietnam.




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RE: 27-28 Jul 44 - 10/29/2019 6:22:27 PM   
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27-28 Jul 44

Highlights – Another good attack on IJA troops remaining at Bangkok; Singapore based Kamis claim another victim.

Jpn ships sunk:
SS: 1 (RO-104)
TK: 1

Allied ships sunk:
SS: 1 (Baya)
xAKL: 1

Air loss:
Jpn: 13
Allied: 11

Subwar:
Jpn: 0 Attacks, 0 ships hit
Allies: 1 Attacks, 0 ships hit Baya succumbed to damage from previous DC attack…submariners still have the toughest job with very few potential targets available.

Jpn Amph Inv: None

Allied Amph Inv:
Balabac (SWPAC)

Bases lost: None

Bases Liberated:
Mauban (SWPAC - flipped)
Masbate (SWPAC - flipped)

SIGINT/Intel: NSTR.

West Coast/Admin: NSTR.

In NOPAC, 6th Mar Div and support elements begins loading at PH for transit to Dutch Harbor.

In CENPAC, assault transports begin arriving at Kusaie and Tabiteuea for the upcoming Guam landings. Will be a few more days before the all the necessary assault transports. The BB, CVE and CA TFs should be in position at Woleai next turn, and they will then begin supporting bombardment missions in the Marianas and base out of Rota.

In SOPAC, the Fleet arrives off Taytay and will detach one of the three CV TFs to Cam Ranh Bay to replenish while the other two as well as accompanying surface and ASW TFs move to a position off northern Luzon to support the Lingayen landings. Lingayen Amph TF as well as two CVE and two CA TFs will depart Taytay and should begin landings on the second day. Will not conduct an initial naval bombardment as defenses are reported to be light. Iba Amph TF will arrive at Taytay next turn, along with two additional CVE TFs, so they will likely head to target shortly.

In SWPAC, troops continue to move north towards Manila without encountering any enemy troops. Naga continues to be built up as a base. Elsewhere, a reinforced Aussie Bn is landed at Busuanga to find it garrisoned, so a CA TF will come by to bombard before the ground troops attack. On Mindanao, the 8th NZ Bde pushes the IJA Davao defenders deeper into the eastern jungles and inflicts over 500 casualties. Will focus some recon on NE Mindanao bases such as Butuan to see if they are garrisoned. If weakly held, will look to drop paratroops to secure and prevent the remaining IJA troops from withdrawing here.

In China, NSTR.

In SE Asia, another two solid attacks go in to reduce the remaining defenders of Bangkok, inflicting over 9000 casualties at a price of just under 700. Troops need a turn to rest before resuming the attack to reduce the remaining troops - reported to be over 20k remaining. As lead advancing Allied troops approach Vinh in northern Vietnam, recon provides a surprising report that Vinh is held by over 30k troops - not the previously reported single brigade. So, the wildly dispersed Indian XXXIII Corps comprising the Allied advanced guard will have to consolidate before advancing on Vinh, and onward towards Hanoi. Still not sure if an IJA defensive line is being established here, or this is just a delaying force. Elsewhere, with engineers now arrived, troops will launch the long awaited attack on Saigon next turn, and I expect the base to fall in the initial attack. Lastly, a pair of Babs out of Singers range to Padang in Sumatra to sink a coastal freighter. Will return a Spitfire squadron to Padang provide some CAP. With all the transport traffic moving towards Indochina from DEI ports, Kamikazes will remain a threat and occasionally get lucky. Hopefully, not against a major troop convoy!





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29-30 Jul 44 - 10/30/2019 5:37:01 PM   
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29-30 Jul 44

Highlights – Saigon taken and troops ashore at Lingayen.

Jpn ships sunk:
DMS: 1
xAK: 1

Allied ships sunk: None

Air loss:
Jpn: 3
Allied: 22

Subwar:
Jpn: 0 Attacks, 0 ships hit
Allies: 2 Attacks, 0 ships hit

Jpn Amph Inv: None

Allied Amph Inv:
Lingayen (SOPAC)

Bases lost: None

Bases Liberated:
Battambang (SWPAC)
Lucena (SWPAC)
Saigon (SE Asia)

SIGINT/Intel: SIGINT reports an IJN convoy carrying a IN Bde heading to Pescadores - when of course is the question. Also, recon is picking up IJA units moving off the line in SE China near Nanning - perhaps consolidating the line more towards Hong Kong - Canton.

West Coast/Admin: NSTR.

In NOPAC, 6th Mar Div and support elements begin their journey to the Aleutians from Pearl.

In CENPAC, still assembling the assault transports for the Guam landings, short a couple of ships for the desired two division lift. Getting close! BB TF (5BB, DDs) supported by a CVE TF (7CVE, CL, DD/DEs) and CA TF (2CA, CL, DDs) to depart Woleai to begin bombardment of the three Mariana islands, starting with Saipan. Once Saipan is bombarded, will base out of Rota which has been plussed up with AEs/AKEs to continue operations until the landings. I don’t expect any surprises here, but you never know!

In SOPAC, Lingayen amphib goes in to find Lingayen undefended. Base didn’t flip, so that will happen next turn. Iba Amph will depart Taytay and land on the second day - a single enemy unit is reported to be at Iba. Each Amphib TF has two CVE TFs and a CA TF in support - more than enough for the two CV TFs remaining in support to sortie a bit northeast to bring CV air in range of Pescadores in case that reported IJA convoy happens by. A number of subs are also enroute, but I don’t expect much from the subs - more likely just targets for ASW a/c in the shallows north of Formosa. Taking a little risk here sortieing with 2/3s of the CV TF, but I don’t think a massed Kamikaze strike is in the mix. The two CV TFs will still have about 300 or so fighters on CAP plus about 200 to escort strikes. The third CV TF is still heading to Cam Ranh Bay and should arrive next turn to replenish air sorties, refuel and swap out F6F-3s for F6F-5s.

In SWPAC, on southern Luzon, troops secure Lucena without a fight and will advance to Batangas just south of Manila. On Mindanao, troops continue to gather for the assault on Cagayan. Air recon shows Butuan, just east of Cagayan empty, so will airdrop the US 513th Para Reg to secure the base and prevent the IJA from withdrawing into the NE end of the island.

In China, with indications that the IJA are pulling off the line opposite Chinese troops SW of Nanning, Chinese troops will begin following up across the river in the general direction of Pakhoi. Not sure how much the IJA is pulling off, or where they plan to establish a new line - but in any case, this IJA move could quicken the linkup (and establishing a direct supply line) with SE Asia troops.

In SE Asia, the first attack secures Saigon, with the surviving enemy troops withdrawing to the SW - which of course is behind a river, and these troops will need to be dealt with. With Saigon taken, minesweepers begin clearing the anticipated mines left behind as the first ships are due to arrive shortly. Saigon has an operational repair shipyard - although small (4), will serve to repair subs and take some of that burden off Soerabaja. In the NE, troops close near Vinh and will develop the situation as additional troops march in. Troops at Bangkok will launch another attack next turn against the remaining 20k IJA.




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The Allied advances continue at a brisk pace, closing in on Japan’s Inner Defensive Perimeter. The combined SOPAC and SWPAC campaign for the Philippines is in full swing, with less than expected resistance - except for what looks to be a major stand at Manila. Securing the outer PI islands continues, albeit fairly slowly, although some bases have “flipped” which helps. Conditions are pretty much set for the landings at Guam, but little else was attempted in CENPAC. NOPAC remains quiet, although Kurile bound troops have been arriving to Aleutian embarkation points. China remains pretty quiet. Lastly, SE Asia troops liberated Bangkok and continues their rapid advance into Vietnam, finding increasing IJA SW of Hanoi, while their secondary efforts to clear the Malay peninsula continue to progress slowly. US CV raids toward the East China Sea have had some successes against merchant traffic around Formosa and Okinawa, but little has been accomplished against the IJN. Kamikazes remain the most troublesome threat, although their successes have been mostly limited to small strikes against shipping. Naval losses for the month were light to both sides; the IJN reportedly lost 2DD, 3E, and a SS, compared to the Allies losing 2DDs, a DE and 2SS. In the air, minimal losses for both sides, most to operational losses and the occasional Kamikaze strike -345 for Jpn to 273 Allied.

COMMAND STRUCTURE: With both SOPAC and SWPAC converging on the Philippines, the command structure there has been a bit confusing. To that, all operations in the Philippines - both Luzon and the outer islands will be a SWPAC responsibility. SOPAC will be responsible for the forthcoming Formosa and Okinawa campaigns and any naval operations north of the PI. NOPAC and CENPAC will remain unchanged, with NOPAC operations limited to the forthcoming Kurile landings and CENPAC limited to the Marianas. SE Asia operations also remain unchanged, although they will be responsible for the forthcoming landings on Hainan and any operations along the Chinese coast by Commonwealth troops. China command will remain responsible for all actions in the interior of China. Will look at adjusting this again when and if there is a need for landings on the Home Islands themselves.

INTEL: With little major responses to the Allied advances, and of course the flow of intel intercepts (i.e., emails from L_S_T) concerning drastic supply issues, the Japanese main defensive line looks to be the Inner Defensive Perimeter. That seems to be defined as the Home Islands and outer coastal islands such as Okinawa. What still isn’t clear is whether landings on the Kuriles and/or Formosa are part of that defensive line and will draw a major response from air and naval assets. And that is the real question - occupied territories still under IJA control will be contested by ground forces to the best of their abilities with supplies available, but whether or not air and naval forces will be committed in force remains the greatest variable and threat. It may happen at Formosa and the Kuriles, but right now, I have no indication that it will. In any case, Kamikazes continue to be the most dangerous threat, especially against poorly protected supply chain convoys. What will trigger a major Kamikaze attack or an IJN fleet sortie remains the biggest question and threat.

SUBWAR: Allies subs continue to patrol, and extend patrols further into previously “safe havens” such as the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan in search of targets which remain few and far between. Despite supply issues, IJN ASW, both sea and air, remain very dangerous to Allied subs. A few IJN subs have been seen sighted and attacked, primarily supply boats.

West Coast/USA/Rear Areas: Fighter production remains at 735 in June with no changes. Pilot pools are better with the US Navy fighter pools climbing despite the continued influx of low grade pilots with incoming CVEs. The only pilot pool that is concerning at the moment is the US Army recon pilot pool - a number of reinforcing recon squadrons have arrived needing pilots, so the pool is dry. Using a few restricted bomber squadrons as recon trainers to assist. The last remaining Essex CV and three CVLs requiring refit/upgrade are enroute to Soerabaja and all these should be completed in August - except of course for reinforcing Essex class which may still require the upgrade.

NOPAC. The last major troop convoy is enroute to Dutch Harbor at month’s end, so once the Navy is available to support the Kurile landings, operations can begin. That will hopefully be by Sep while the weather will still cooperate.

CENPAC. Little activity other than continued bombing of remaining IJA held islands. Ships are currently assembling for the Guam landings which will be the focus in August. Three divisions and supporting troops are fully prepped and ready to go. Securing Guam will allow a limited, long range, B-29 strategic bombing campaign against targets in the Tokyo area.

SOPAC. US CV strikes did well against IJN shipping around Formosa and Okinawa as the Fleet sortied off northern Luzon, but no major IJN elements responded. The Fleet will continue to provide support to Luzon and the upcoming Formosa landings in August. Will look to release the Fleet towards NOPAC by the end of the month. About half the troops earmarked for the Formosa landings are currently enroute from the Kavieng and Mussau to Saigon. The remaining troops need to be brought up from the Batavia area, and they will sail to Saigon as well as soon as transports can be made available. Most of the units’ planning is complete, or near complete and they should be pretty much ready to embark once all have landed at Saigon, and assault shipping is released from SWPAC’s Luzon landings.

SWPAC. The Philippine campaign is in full swing. Mindanao is largely secured except for Cagayan and the NE tip while Australian troops continue to secure outer islands. The main event is of course Luzon, and the landings at Naga/Legaspi went largely unopposed, with minimal garrisons, and the advance towards Manila has been surprisingly rapid so far. The northern Luzon campaign is just beginning with the Lingayen landings, and securing northern Luzon will be the focus throughout the month - especially gaining the northern Luzon AFs near Aparri. The big question is what to do about Manila, reportedly defended by 80k troops. Will invest the city, but whether or not to attack to seize the base is the question. Jury is still out here.

China. It remains quiet in China, although it does appear that IJA forces are redeploying a bit within their territorial gains. Allied air support out of Chinese bases will increase over the month as supply still remains good, and they will continue to support SE Asia bomber missions on mainland targets. As SE Asia troops close on China itself, will look to link up with a Chinese offensive - but the indications are that the IJA is already pulling out to the east along the coast toward Hong Kong. So, not sure if a Chinese offensive will be needed or practical, but will start moving some additional Chinese Corps south in August.

SE Asia. Continued solid progress as troops take both Bangkok and Saigon and advance into northern Vietnam. IJA defenses appear to be stiffening around Vinh, and Allied troops need to consolidate a bit as the advance has become a bit strung out, and majority of combat power still engaged in and around Bangkok. Supplies remain good, but consolidation is needed. The advance into Malaya continues at a slow pace due to terrain, but can expect a more rapid advance in August as the terrain improves slightly. Have also decided on taking Singapore, and will begin bombarding the base regularly in August with both Heavies and BBs. Will still be a long process to fully liberate the entire peninsula. At sea, the influx of troops and supplies continues at a brisk pace into Cam Ranh Bay and that pace will actually increase in August with Saigon’s port available and the flow of Formosa bound troops heading to embarkation points at Saigon. Lastly, look to establish Heavy Bomber bases in eastern Thailand and Vietnam in August and move the bomber groups forward from Burma bases. Much engineer work needs to be done before that is accomplished however.





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Highlights – Big Pescadores bound convoy hit hard by CV air; Lingayen and Iba taken.

Jpn ships sunk:
E: 2
PB: 4
xAK: 7
xAKL: 11
LST: 2

Allied ships sunk: None

Air loss:
Jpn: 41
Allied: 66

Subwar:
Jpn: 0 Attacks, 0 ships hit
Allies: 4 Attacks, 1 ship hit (PB sunk)

Jpn Amph Inv: None

Allied Amph and Airborne Inv:
Iba (SWPAC)
Butuan (SWPAC)

Bases lost: None

Bases Liberated:
Iba (SWPAC)
Lingayen (SWPAC)
Butuan (SWPAC)
Balabac (SWPAC)
Djailolo (SOPAC)

SIGINT/Intel: Lucky timing with the Pescadores convoy, but looks as though Pescadores has been seriously reinforced. Previously thought defense had a Bde sized force - now recon is showing over 40k. Not worth an assault if that is the truth.

West Coast/Admin: Last three CVLs and Essex class CV begin refit/upgrade at Soerabaja.

In NOPAC, NSTR.

In CENPAC, Guam Amphib TFs lacking exactly 1 AKA in order to begin loading two divisions and support elements from Tabit and Kusaie. That ship is enroute and will arrive next turn.

In SOPAC, the two CV TFs sortie north and successfully hit a big convoy at Pescadores. Four strikes over two days were opposed by land based CAP which did well against the Hellcat escorts despite being vastly outnumbered - for instance, the first strike of 184 Hellcat and 24 Corsair escorting 136 Helldiver, 81 SBDs and 91 TBFs were met by 36 Oscars, 17 Tojos and 4 Franks. The results were 3 IJA fighters reportedly shot down in exchange for 1 Corsair, 6 Hellcats and an SBD. While the bombers were well protected by escorts, the failure to sweep proved costly. After two days, about 20 transports were reported sunk, with many, many more left burning and 1300 reported troops lost. Air losses were acceptable, but more than necessary: 25 Hellcat, 1 Corsair, 3 Helldiver, and 2 SBDs lost in exchange for 9 Oscars and 3 Tojos. CV TFs will pull back towards the PI, with another CV TF heading to Cam to replenish sorties while the one CV TF at Cam will return back to the fleet. No F6F-3s were exchanged for F6F-5s due to lack of necessary supplies at Cam - hopefully this second TF heading there will have better timing - a big supply convoy is currently offloading. The Amph TFs should complete offloading supplies at Lingayen and Iba and then head to Cam as well. Lastly, the rear area fight continues at its slow pace. In the Moluccas, the Fiji Bde takes one of the last two bases under IJA control, Djailolo, and inflicts about 500 casualties at the cost of only 50. The Bde will continue to advance into the jungle to clear the remaining base at Lolobato. Troops are also looking to land at Manowarki and Biak on the north coast of New Guinea next turn where resistance is only expected to be remnants. The major convoy movements of Formosa bound troops to Saigon continue, with the first convoy expected to arrive in a few days.

In SWPAC, troops secure both Lingayen and Iba without a fight and now begin to move inland to cut Manila off from northern Luzon. Fighters and PBYs are flown into Lingayen and the airfield there is already operational. The drive from the south should take Batangas next turn - the last base south of Manila. While some bases north of Manila look to be garrisoned, they do not appear to be well defended. This is a good thing as I’ve only landed a total of about 3 divisions worth of troops to secure all of north Luzon and advance on Manila from the north. Another division is on one of the convoys heading to Indochina and will reinforce in a week or so. On Mindanao, the 503rd Para Reg’s airborne drop to secure undefended Butuan was a success and the Reg will continue to flow in over the next few days before moving to secure the NE tip of the island. The major need now is to establish Heavy Bomber capable airfields in the Philippines. Bases on both Panay and Palawan are being expanded, however they are currently more suited to support mediums than Heavies. Raids on Manila have proven costly so far due to heavy flak - 6 B-24s lost last turn. Reducing the range to target will help offset some operational losses, but larger airfields are must.

In China, NSTR.

In SE Asia, Bangkok is cleared of resistance, with the last two attacks taking down about 9000 troops at a cost of about 150 men. This frees up the bulk of three Corps worth of troops, most of which will now begin to head towards Indochina. While XV Corps will be reinforced with some artillery to ultimately secure Singapore, the other three Corps will focus on northern Vietnam and linking up with Chinese troops - as well as securing the island of Hainan. A number of those troops earmarked for Hainan are still shuttling in from the DEI, so all this may take a while. As with SWPAC, the biggest challenge is getting AFs built up for Heavies. This is somewhat more challenging here as baseforces in Burma need to be shipped not only around the Malay Peininsula, but avoid the Malacca Straits. Looking at an alternative route to ship them into Victoria Point and then rail/road strat move into Indochina, but Victoria Point needs to be built up a bit more for that to happen.




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Probably acceptable losses from LST's point of view; he got the just in time reinforcement he needed at Pescadores. Too bad, it's a nice base.

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Probably acceptable losses from LST's point of view; he got the just in time reinforcement he needed at Pescadores. Too bad, it's a nice base.


True....but is it essential enough for a 40k garrison?

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Highlights – Saipan’s coastal batteries best US BB bombardment!

Jpn ships sunk:
DD: 1 (Umigiri)
E: 1
PB: 1
xAK: 1

Allied ships sunk: None

Air loss:
Jpn: 10
Allied: 12

Subwar:
Jpn: 0 Attacks, 0 ships hit
Allies: 2 Attacks, 2 ships hit (PB sunk, AK dam) Also one US sub crippled by ASW, likely won't make it back to port (80 float dam)

Jpn Amph Inv: None

Allied Amph Inv:
Biak (SOPAC)
Manokwari (SOPAC)

Bases lost: None

Bases Liberated:
Siam Reap (SE Asia)
Surat Thani (SE Asia)
Batangas (SWPAC)

SIGINT/Intel: NSTR.

West Coast/Admin: NSTR.

In NOPAC, NSTR.

In CENPAC, I get a nasty surprise when the US BB TF (5BB, DDs) bombarding Saipan gets bested by the CD guns! BBs New Mexico and Tennessee will need some paint and body work at Pearl with system damage in the 20s. At least it wasn’t part of an Amphib invasion; those CDs would have butchered APAs!
With no plans to land at Saipan in the near future, will go back to focusing on Guam. The two damaged BBs are detached and will head to Pearl with a few DD escorts while the remaining three will focus on bombarding Guam - initially from a hopefully safe distance of 20k yards. The Guam Amphib operation officially begins with the US 77th ID beginning to load assault transports at Tabiteuea. Once loaded they will head to Kusaie to link up with the 2nd Mar Div and support troops which will start loading shortly. A third division, the US 38th ID, will remain at Ponape until the first two are ashore due to a lack of assault shipping. Additional support troops and an infantry regiment are also at Rota, and will shuttle across via landing craft. Meanwhile, LBA will focus more on Guam starting next turn with Heavies hitting both the port and AF.

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Night Naval bombardment of Saipan at 108,93 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

315 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico, Shell hits 24, on fire
BB Tennessee, Shell hits 20, on fire
BB California
BB Pennsylvania
BB Maryland, Shell hits 5

Japanese ground losses:
145 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 10 (3 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Vehicles lost 9 (3 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 16
Port hits 8

OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB New Mexico
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at BB New Mexico
BB New Mexico firing at Saipan Naval Fortress
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at BB Tennessee
BB Tennessee firing at Saipan Naval Fortress
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB California
BB California firing at 35th Ind.Mixed Brigade
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Pennsylvania
BB Pennsylvania firing at Saipan
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at BB Maryland
BB Maryland firing at Saipan Naval Fortress


In SOPAC, the US CV TFs will be reduced to one CV TF off Manila as the other two are in the process of heading to Cam for replenishment - the first one I sent last turn is just off the coast and should head back next turn refueled, rearmed and with new Hellcats if all goes well. The transports have moved off Luzon and are also heading to Cam to replenish and prepare for future operations. In the rear area, troops are landed at both (2 IN Bns) Biak and (1 IN Reg) Manokwari. Biak looks to have a few guns left behind from the two Bdes once there, while Manokwari looks to be abandoned. I expect both to be taken next turn. Elsewhere, I’m scouring the rear area for engineers, baseforces and port support units that are no longer needed in the rear that can be pulled forward to the Philippines. I’m also looking at moving the major US Fleet Train base at Manus forward to Davao once Davao port is built up a bit - that of course includes moving a number of ARDs and ARs which will be a slow and laborious process. Also still on the move are the Formosa Amphib troops, which the first convoy should be docking and offloading next turn at Saigon. Will still be a bit before all will be assembled and prepared, so may use some of the assault transports for use SE Asia first.

In SWPAC, on Luzon, troops continue to advance without meeting opposition. South of Manila, lead elements take Batangas just 40m away. Will consolidate troops here before moving onto Manila, still reported to hold 80+k troops. North of Manila, troops will attack San Fernando next turn and should occupy Cabanatuan and advance on Clark. On Mindanao, the US 25th ID begins its final leg to Cagayan, and once arrived, will attack to secure the base with a 4+ division attack. On the outer islands, an Aussie Bn advances to Bacolod, just north of Cebu, to find it occupied by about 200 troops. Will recon by bombardment before attacking. Heavies rest before resuming the attack on Manila.

In China, NSTR.

In SE Asia, troops close in on Vinh, and one over anxious recon Bn advances onto Vinh and will likely get pulverized if the defenders attack - will pull him back if possible. Vinh is strongly held, and to get around Vinh will require movement into the jungle, which will take some time. Truthfully, I need the time anyway as troops from Bangkok still need to be moved forward, and a massive shifting of engineers and baseforces from Burma to Thailand still needs to take place. While the bases recently taken in eastern Thailand can be expanded to support Heavies, they need a lot of work and the necessary engineers are lacking. I had planned to bring the US 20th Air Force support elements in, but with bases available in northern Luzon, these will be transferred to SOPAC and brought in to the Philippines - so SE Asia will be somewhat short baseforces and engineers until I can get this sorted out. In the drive into Malaya, Surat Thani is taken which allows the attackers to have secondary roads to assist the advance from this point south.


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IMHO Saipan is the nastiest CenPac base for the CD guns except for Truk. At both bases I had to set the bombardment range out quite a ways in order to minimize damage from the coastal batteries.

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