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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 2/16/2016 11:12:32 AM   
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First the good news...Dobo retaken

quote:

Japanese adjusted assault: 264

Allied adjusted defense: 75

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Dobo !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
330 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 3 disabled

Allied ground losses:
3935 casualties reported
Squads: 157 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 252 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 28 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 46 (46 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 29 (29 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 3

Assaulting units:
8th Ind Engineer Regiment
8th Division

Defending units:(all of which surrender)
24th (Sep) Infantry Regiment
VII US Fighter Cmnd
25th USN Special Construction Battalion



Solomons / Papua New Guinea

The big Allied offensive hits today, with Port Moresby, Buna and Oro Bay all invaded. Most of the transports are no longer reported there by daybreak so Apbarog must have used fast landing craft for the most part. Seems my Netties couldn't have done much in any case. In any event, the only Allied naval casualties are DMS Trevor, mine hits 1, heavy damage at Buna, plus two AMs, Strahan and Bengal, torpedoed and sunk by Betties near Normanby island. The Allied carriers take up position just south of Port Moresby and 36 SBDs take out a single AMc caught fleeing past Umboi Island.

As a precurser, Lae was bombarded during the night by a TF led by BC Repulse and a lot of planes disabled. Bombers hit the base again during the daytime and I will have to pull my fighters out as morale is down to 20-30% with many planes damaged.

The daytime bombardment reports reveal the extent of Allied landings at each base:

quote:

Ground combat at Buna (99,129)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 19078 troops, 158 guns, 6 vehicles, Assault Value = 592

Defending force 22671 troops, 501 guns, 377 vehicles, Assault Value = 1095

Japanese ground losses:
62 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
16 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
87th Naval Guard Unit
9th Division
Kure 5th SNLF
III/66th Naval Guard Unit
49th JNAF AF Unit
43rd JNAF AF Unit
19th Army
14th Naval Construction Battalion
1st Naval Construction Battalion
2nd Area Army /1
47th JNAF AF Unit
5th Air Div /1

Defending units:
1st Tank Bn /2
3rd Marine Div /7
2nd Marine Div /5
19th Australian Bde /1
43rd Infantry Div /3
2/8th Armoured Rgt /2
Aus II Corps /1
I Marine Amphib Corps /1
4th Aus Lt AA Rgt /2


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Ground combat at Port Moresby (98,130)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 15542 troops, 133 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 502

Defending force 13137 troops, 239 guns, 248 vehicles, Assault Value = 850

Japanese ground losses:
43 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
27th Ind Engineer Regiment
1st Division
6th Naval Construction Battalion
32nd Special Base Force
4th JNAF AF Unit
18th Army
54th JNAF AF Unit /1

Defending units:
NG Vol Rifles Bn /1
2nd USMC Tank Bn /1
1st Marine Div /1
24th Infantry Div /1
193rd Tank Bn /1
70th Cst AA Rgt /2
1st RAA Med Arty Regiment
New Guinea Force /1


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Ground combat at Oro Bay (100,130)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1781 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 58

Defending force 4619 troops, 114 guns, 52 vehicles, Assault Value = 143

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

Assaulting units:
86th Naval Guard Unit
56th Const Co

Defending units:
2nd Australian Brigade
1st RAA Jungle FA Rgt /1
15th Marine Def Bn /1
3/532nd Boat&Shore Engr Bn /1


So, probably not enough to capture either of the bigger bases outright unless this is just the first wave. Naval and air bombardments can be expected to take their toll of the defenders however.

The KB is in two divisions which could meet up in 1 - 2 days: one near Manus and the other heading down the east coast of New Guinea. I'm not about to charge straight in, however, unless there are viable targets that meet acceptable risk/reward criteria. With my LBA weakened and the few Allied transports in range no doubt protected by CAP from Milne Bay, I will have to decide what the best approach is. I'm also wary of losing another carrier in these sub-infested waters.




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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 2/20/2016 11:12:47 AM   
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The focus continues to be the Allied landings at Buna and Port Moresby, with my retaking of the DEI bases, although strategically important in the short term, resembling more of a sideshow.

After suffering tactical reverses in the DEI, Apbarog has reverted to his tried-and-tested approach of 'kitchen-sinking' his big, bold offensive moves. The landings at Buna in particular are supported by massive CAP deployments, as well as the Death Star formation that contains so many naval TFs in a single hex that it is impossible to identify all of them as the 'mouse-over' runs out of space on the screen. However, from the numbers I am seeing, it appears to contain every single available carrier down to his CVEs (more about them anon), plus many BBs, CAs and escorts.

Needless to say, this concentration of Allied might makes counter-attacking very risky for the Japanese. That said, there have been a couple of actions, as will be detailed in the report that follows. But first, let me provide a fresh map at this juncture...





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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 2/20/2016 11:34:12 AM   
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Ground actions at Oro Bay, Buna and Port Moresby - Mar 15

The Allies send in bombardment TFs to hit the defenders each day, no doubt using Milne Bay as a resupply base. Oro Bay is captured today, having only been lightly defended by a Naval Guard unit which retreats inland to Dobadura.

I could put the kettle on and brew a cup while waiting for the CR to finish reporting on the extensive landings at the other bases. Gratifyingly, the Allies are suffering a number of casualties each pulse to coastal gun fire, with quite a few guns, vehicles and squads lost or disabled, but it will only delay the inevitable.

Air war - Mar 15

With so much going on, I am finding the job of setting individual air units to an appropriate range every turn demanding, highly important, but also rather tedious. Unfortunately, any failure to get this right is punished mercilessly e.g...

quote:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Normanby Island at 102,133

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 15 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18
G4M1 Betty x 13

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 4
F4F-4 Wildcat x 44

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
G4M1 Betty: 4 destroyed, 1 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
APD John D. Ford


The way naval attack works, all Apbarog needs to do is keep steering small DD TFs in range of my bombers and making sure good CAP is in place. Pretty soon, I won't have any bombers left. I am not being cynical here - we have a HR to prevent small AKLs being used as CAP trap bait, for example, and it is perfectly legit to use DDs as screening forces in a war zone, but I would like the option not to have to make futile attacks on them if I could, and setting range is the only way to avoid this, AFAIK.

I did get an opportunity today when some DDs strayed out of Milne Bay's CAP range, but it was largely a missed opportunity...
quote:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Kiriwina Island at 104,130

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N1 Kate x 17
D3A1 Val x 16
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 47
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N1 Kate: 5 damaged
D3A1 Val: 3 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Taylor, Bomb hits 1
DD DeHaven, Bomb hits 1
DD Chevalier


Apart from these actions, today Apbarog focused on sweeping and bombing both Lae, and Finchhaven, the base next-door, which netted a few planes destroyed on the ground as the CAP had already departed the heavily-damaged airfields.


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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 2/20/2016 11:59:19 AM   
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KB goes into action - March 16th

A mixed day of results, as both KB divisions go on the offensive against the Allied carriers which have unexpectedly moved closer to Buna overnight. This is not the great carrier battle it might have been, perhaps because most Allied bombers were stood down or set to close range. Although I did lose quite a number of planes, some decent hits were scored on Allied CVEs which will at least give Apbarog some pause for thought...

quote:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Buna at 99,129

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 21
B5N2 Kate x 14

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 36

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 8 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Milne Bay at 101,133

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 108 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 46 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 51
B5N2 Kate x 9

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk III x 9
Spitfire Vc Trop x 10
Kittyhawk IA x 7
P-38G Lightning x 8
P-40K Warhawk x 14
F4F-4 Wildcat x 33
F4U-1 Corsair x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 5 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Buna at 100,129

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 59
B5N2 Kate x 31

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 233 ... at this point my pilots were going WTF

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 2 destroyed, 23 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed

Allied Ships
CVE Sangamon, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
CVE Suwannee
CVE Chenango, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage
CVE Copahee, Torpedo hits 3, heavy damage
CVL Hermes, Torpedo hits 2


Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
10 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
10 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Buna at 100,129

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 26
A6M3a Zero x 45
D3A1 Val x 38
D4Y1 Judy x 27

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 198

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed
D3A1 Val: 15 destroyed, 6 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak
D4Y1 Judy: 4 destroyed, 4 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak


Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CVE Copahee, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage
CVE Chenango, heavy damage

CVL Hermes
CVE Suwannee
CVE Prince William
CVE Sangamon, on fire, heavy damage
CVE Nassau, Bomb hits 2, on fire

CA Canberra, Bomb hits 1


Interestingly, the Allied carriers only made one weak attack on mine which was dealt with easily...

quote:

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near New Hanover Island at 104,122

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12
A6M3a Zero x 18

Allied aircraft
TBF-1 Avenger x 9

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 5 destroyed



Verdict: Although I will need to pull KB back to replenish pilots and planes, this might even be a tactical victory of sorts, given that not even the paint on a single Japanese carrier was scratched. On the other hand, a clutch of Allied light and escort carriers will now have to withdraw and face time in the yard. I'm not sure exactly what Apbarog's plan was in moving so close to Buna, and, crucially, why his carriers failed to engage mine. Possibly, he conceived this as a massive CAP trap to destroy more of my bombers without risking his own, but that doesn't seem like his normal style of play. Perhaps, like me, he is struggling to coordinate the varied range requirements of all the different naval and LBA squadrons in play at the moment. Any theories out there?

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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 2/20/2016 2:21:57 PM   
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Congratulations.

You put a fair number down, those ships are fragile. Check the air loss screens for op losses, although that won't give you a complete picture with so many bases within range.

Why are your planes going in all fragmented, you don't give enough information other than you used two fleets...so perhaps they did coordinate well.

I have no clue how you penetrated that 300plus CAP. I can't do that in my game. Big delta in pilot quality maybe? He had a half hour to respond...

Very sweet!

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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 2/20/2016 3:19:04 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Lowpe

Congratulations. Thanks!

You put a fair number down, those ships are fragile. Check the air loss screens for op losses, although that won't give you a complete picture with so many bases within range. Good point - the air losses don't show any Allied naval air ground losses which would confirm sinkings, so I suspect the CVEs are still afloat, although some must be heavily damaged. Total losses today are 29 Allied vs 115 Japanese. It could have been a whole lot worse given the amount of CAP.


Why are your planes going in all fragmented, you don't give enough information other than you used two fleets...so perhaps they did coordinate well. I'm not entirely sure myself. The morning attack originated from KB1 which was adjacent to Rabaul; there was a separate afternoon attack by each KB division (KB2 was not in range during the morning).

I have no clue how you penetrated that 300plus CAP. I can't do that in my game. Big delta in pilot quality maybe? He had a half hour to respond...

I also found the results quite odd. On paper I shouldn't have been able to penetrate that CAP. You can probably imagine how I felt when I saw 200 F4Fs in the air during the Combat Replay.

Very sweet!



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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 2/20/2016 7:01:12 PM   
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quote:

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 233 ... at this point my pilots were going WTF


Fair question. Best I can make out is as you suggested, Apbarog was playing purely defensively with his carriers that turn.

Let's say you withdraw to Rabaul(?) to replenish your carriers. That gives Apbarog one day (?) where his carriers could rule the seas -- I wonder if he sees it like that, and if so what he has in mind.

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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 2/20/2016 7:34:34 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: jwolf


Let's say you withdraw to Rabaul(?) to replenish your carriers. That gives Apbarog one day (?) where his carriers could rule the seas -- I wonder if he sees it like that, and if so what he has in mind.


He could perhaps try an aggressive move - even trying to intercept my carriers with their depleted air units. That would be interesting as I have plenty of LBA support at Kavieng and Rabaul. On the other hand, he might be preoccupied now with saving the damaged CVEs. I expect him to continue with the attack on Buna and probably move his carriers closer to Milne Bay again, but we will see.


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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 2/20/2016 10:43:52 PM   
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They should make a movie about allied CVEs and call it, "They were Expandable!" Since he gets so many I am sure he considered it an acceptable loss as he saved his CVs from getting engaged and risking them before the massive Essex class arrivals in lat 43-44.

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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 2/21/2016 11:13:51 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Bif1961

They should make a movie about allied CVEs and call it, "They were Expandable!" Since he gets so many I am sure he considered it an acceptable loss as he saved his CVs from getting engaged and risking them before the massive Essex class arrivals in lat 43-44.


Yes, indeed! Its just a shame that none of them appear to have sunk so far. I have to hope that the float damage is pretty bad and they won't be savable.


Mar 17, 1943

Solomons, Papua New Guinea

As expected, Apbarog doesn't follow through with any aggressive carrier moves, in fact his TFs have largely pulled back today, although Buna still receives its nightly bombardment. I moved KB to Kavieng rather than Rabaul as a precaution and now the screen is all lit up with Allied subs in the straits between Rabaul and Manus.

On the subject of subs, mine are still active but failing to get close to any juicy targets. The standard cycle now is: 1. Sub sights and is sighted sub-chaser; 2. Sub dives and is damaged by sub-chaser; 3. Sub returns to Rabaul and onwards to Truk for repairs. 4. Sub returns to war zone to be damaged again. Rinse and repeat.
Sometimes the sub is damaged by an Allied ASW plane instead but the result is the same. Two days ago, I lost another sub that got into the same hex as the Allied death star. I'd love to know if Apbarog is suffering similar damage to his own silent service vessels but somehow I doubt it - Japanese escort ASW values are relatively poorer in DBB scenarios than in stock IIRC, plus Allied ASW tends to take off in any case as the war progresses.

The Allies sweep Shortlands with P-40Ks and a follow-up port attack by SBDs today, no doubt hoping that I will have reduced the CAP there. In the event a mixed bag of Zeroes, Tojos and Nicks puts on a good show and 33 attackers are lost for 15 of our own. I expect Corsairs will be added to the mix next time Apbarog sweeps.

Buna has taken two DAs in the last two turns and could fall tomorrow as the forts have already been reduced to 1. That will be bad news.

Here is a tiny bit of good news:
quote:

DMS Elliot, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage



DEI

Today the focus moves to Saumlaki, where I have a convoy dropping off reinforcements to continue shoring up this exposed flank of the DEI. An Allied sub torpedoes a small AG and 7 Hudson III (LR)s mount a port attack but run into my LR CAP from Taberfane and fail to hit anything.

On Taberfane I am closing in on the Allied remnants in the jungle. I also need to keep improving Koepang, plus decide what to do about Northern Australia where Darwin is the only strongly-defended base. This was always conceived more as a buffer than a long term permanent presence and it will be interesting to see when Apbarog plans on retaking it.


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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 2/22/2016 3:14:22 PM   
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Mar 18, 1943

Buna falls today. The defeated units are now over-stacked in Kokoda. Some will make their way north while the rest remain in position to defend the back door to Port Moresby.

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Ground combat at Buna (99,129)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 36365 troops, 700 guns, 559 vehicles, Assault Value = 1226

Defending force 21476 troops, 151 guns, 38 vehicles, Assault Value = 421

Allied adjusted assault: 1093

Japanese adjusted defense: 327

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

Allied forces CAPTURE Buna !!!

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed

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

Japanese ground losses:
9100 casualties reported
Squads: 145 destroyed, 54 disabled
Non Combat: 233 destroyed, 50 disabled
Engineers: 29 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 88 (82 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Vehicles lost 29 (29 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 11

Allied ground losses:
546 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 125 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 32 (1 destroyed, 31 disabled)

Assaulting units:
43rd Infantry Division
19th Australian Brigade
1st Tank Battalion
2nd Marine Division
3rd Marine Division
2/8th Armoured Regiment
Aus II Corps
I Marine Amphib Corps
205th Field Artillery Battalion
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
4th Aus Lt AA Regiment

Defending units:
87th Naval Guard Unit
9th Division
III/66th Naval Guard Unit
47th JNAF AF Unit
19th Army
43rd JNAF AF Unit
1st Naval Construction Battalion
Kure 5th SNLF
2nd Area Army /1
14th Naval Construction Battalion
5th Air Div /1


Map to show current dispositions (note concentration of Allied subs south of Rabaul!)





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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 2/22/2016 4:39:20 PM   
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Wow that was fast! I know his units were well prepped and supplied, but still that seems amazingly efficient. Almost like some of those miracle instant Japanese wins in the early days. I'm guessing you can't reasonably take Buna back -- or can you? Unlike Taberfane and Dobo, I would assume the Allies mean to stay here for good. At least you only had a handful of damaged planes stuck in the base at the end.

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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 2/22/2016 5:14:39 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: jwolf

Wow that was fast! I know his units were well prepped and supplied, but still that seems amazingly efficient. Almost like some of those miracle instant Japanese wins in the early days. I'm guessing you can't reasonably take Buna back -- or can you? Unlike Taberfane and Dobo, I would assume the Allies mean to stay here for good. At least you only had a handful of damaged planes stuck in the base at the end.



Given that Apbarog brought three strong divisions plus armour and artillery this was always going to trump the one division plus ancillary troops at the base. Buna also suffered disrupting bombardments in the days preceding its fall so even the jungle terrain and level 3 forts only delayed the outcome by a matter of days. I'm assuming that he has been planning this for some time and the troops were 100% prepped.

My overall approach in this theatre is a delaying strategy, although at the speed that Apbarog is advancing any delay may be short-lived! At least the oil in the DEI continues to flow unabated for now while the focus is on Papua New Guinea and the Solomons.




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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 2/27/2016 8:53:17 PM   
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The pace of turns slowed down this week while we had government inspectors in at the college where I teach. Glad to say that we passed the inspection with flying colours

Mar 19 - 20

Sub War

The war is going very much in the Allies favour at the moment as my submarines continue to take damage for very little gain. A rare success is an attack near Rossel Island which puts a single torpedo into AO Suamico, although probably not enough to sink her.

Elsewhere, SS I-34 is forced to surface near Goodenough Island and gamely dukes it out with four SCs, hitting one with a single shell. The sub managed to escape but probably won't make Rabaul though, in hostile seas with 84 float damage.

quote:

Sub attack

Japanese Ships
SS I-34, hits 11, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SC-705
SC-739
SC-738, Shell hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
SC-707

SS I-34 launches 2 torpedoes at SC-705
I-34 bottoming out ....
SC-739 attacking submerged sub ....
SS I-34 forced to surface!
SC-739 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-738 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-707 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-739 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-738 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-707 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-739 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-738 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-707 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-707 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-739 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-707 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-739 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-707 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-739 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-707 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-739 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-707 firing on surfaced sub ....
Contact with submarine is lost


As my subs are consistently failing to penetrate Allied ASW escort screens to attack the bigger targets while sustaining significant damage, it seems about half of the fleet I had allocated to the Solomon Sea is now heading to port for repairs or under repair already.

There is a fright when SS Saury launches 4 torpedoes at CVL Ryuho near Sorong but fortunately is not as lucky as the sub that sank Akagi. I also lose an xAK in a separate action near Saumlaki.

Darwin

With the Allied airbase at Gove now operational, a visiting SCTF is attacked by Beaufighters and B-25s which run into my CAP fortunately, and there is only a single minor shell hit on a DD. Resupplying or evacuating Darwin will now be problematic however.


Attack on shipping at Lae

I ran a fast transport TF into the port to unload more reinforcements now that Buna is under Allied control. It may be that the Allies had sigint that I was coming as multiple air strikes were laid on to hit one of the SCTFs escorting the shipping:
quote:

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Lae at 99,126

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 34 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Some CAP was taken out responding to a separate Allied raid on Kokoda. Plus some LR CAP didn't fly, but the main problem is that Lae airfield is shut through Allied bombardment.

Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 21
F4F-4 Wildcat x 17
SBD-3 Dauntless x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Takao, Bomb hits 3, on fire
CA Maya
DD Murasame, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Samidare

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
15 x F4F-4 Wildcat sweeping at 10000 feet
18 x P-40K Warhawk sweeping at 10000 feet *
5 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Raid is overhead
252 Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Raid is overhead

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CA Takao
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Murasame

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Lae at 99,126

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 67 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 17
SBD-3 Dauntless x 22

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CA Takao, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
DD Samidare, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires

CA Maya
DD Murasame, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage Murasame sinks later.

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
13 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
3 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CA Takao
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Murasame


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Lae at 99,126

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 31 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Allied aircraft
Hudson III (LR) x 4

Japanese Ships
DD Yudachi

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Hudson III (LR) bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 4 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Lae at 99,126

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6

Japanese Ships
CA Takao, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Yudachi

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CA Takao. Takao has a fair amount of damage and will need to avoid both the Allied mines at Finchhaven and the subs round about to get out of there alive.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Lae at 99,126

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6

Japanese Ships
CA Maya

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bom

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Lae at 99,126

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 55 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 6

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Maya

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Lae at 99,126

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 32 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-26B Marauder x 6

Japanese Ships
CA Maya

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-26B Marauder bombing from 6000 feet *
Naval Attack: 3 x 500 lb SAP Bomb


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No follow up Allied air attacks as my ships are no longer in range of Milne Bay. Plus Apbarog probably suspected (rightly) that I would have flooded CAP in to redress the situation. The TF containing the damaged cruiser Tokai had an uneventful passage north from Lae during the night and is now two hexes away from Hansa Bay. With the Allied base at Merauke in bombing range I can't really afford to let any ships disband to reduce their damage, so they will have to continue limping north.

Having lost Buna, I'm fairly resigned to losing Lae as well. Not only is it fairly weakly defended in AV terms but, as an airbase, its untenable now that its within easy bombardment range of Milne Bay. Accordingly, I am focusing on reinforcing Hansa Bay and Madang. Although they can be bombed from the air, Allied SCTFs will need to negotiate the heavily-mined waters around Umboi Island in order to mount bombardment attacks. The fact that Apbarog has already captured bases on the western side of PNG means that I will need to defend all the bases on the east coast or he may be able to paradrop and steal a march.

Rabaul is still a fortress but is increasingly at risk of being flanked if the Allies manage to add Lae to their recent gains.

Meanwhile, Sallies and Betties mount a morning air attack on 17th Australian Brigade at Timoeka, one of those west coast PNG bases causing 125+ casualties. I'd really like to eject the Aussies from the base altogether as it forms a salient into my defensive line if it can be improved. Coincidentally, a small Allied supply TF arrived at Timoeka today. I had Lillies trained on low level naval attack in range, but for some reason none flew so I'll have to rely on a SCTF getting there tomorrow.

Another missed opportunity for the Japanese submarine arm:
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Sub vs Sub: SS I-21 attacking SS S-42 at 107,130 - near Torokina

Japanese Ships
SS I-21

Allied Ships
SS S-42

SS I-21 launches 2 torpedoes at 2,000 yards



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It looks like you're at an interesting and critical point in your defensive strategy, needing some kind of defense that will bend but not break. I'm speaking in ignorance here, having no idea how one would do that, but that's the sort of defense you will need. It looks like that is your strategy regarding Lae and a fallback position at Hansa Bay or other bases to the north. The key is how long Rabaul can be maintained securely.

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It looks like you're at an interesting and critical point in your defensive strategy, needing some kind of defense that will bend but not break. I'm speaking in ignorance here, having no idea how one would do that, but that's the sort of defense you will need. It looks like that is your strategy regarding Lae and a fallback position at Hansa Bay or other bases to the north. The key is how long Rabaul can be maintained securely.


Indeed, its a question of trying to bend rather than break. All I can really do is trade ground for time and hope that Apbarog slips up somewhere so that I can punish him. He doesn't seem to make very many mistakes unfortunately.


Mar 22, 1943

Another lucky day for American submariners as SS Pickerel puts a torpedo into CV Soryu south of Manus. Although there is a fuel storage explosion on Soryu, there are no subsequent fires and the ship should escape - unless she is hit again...

Apbarog confirmed that SS I-34 actually sank a sub-chaser in a surface action two days ago near Goodenough Island. Today, the sub was trying to creep home at 2 kts with 84 float damage when SS KVIII attacked, putting two torpedoes into SS I-34 and sinking her.

Elsewhere, we have some minor successes...

- A cruiser TF sinks the solitary Allied supply ship at Timoeka and goes on to bombard the port.

- Japanese carrier planes intercept a few stray Allied ships south-east of Buna. AM Junee is sunk and AM Mirimichi badly damaged.

More Allied troops land at Port Moresby, and there is a lot of Allied shipping on the move. What's on the menu next, I wonder?




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Ouch about the Soryu. Amazing that it could withstand a fuel explosion and not be crippled!

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Ouch about the Soryu. Amazing that it could withstand a fuel explosion and not be crippled!


Yes, a lucky ship - so far. Soryu has 22 SYS, 33 FLT and 3 ENG damage and can still make 22 kts so is rapidly escaping the danger zone, although some subs still lie between her and safety, and none of her squadrons can fly off yet due to the damage. I may have to rethink how I use the KB, now that its been amply proven that US subs have been equipped with CV-homing torpedoes.


Mar 23, 1943

Papua New Guinea

Apbarog launches his next wave of attacks with paradrops at Nadzab and Wau, bases to the north and west of Lae, clearly an attempt to isolate my forces at Port Moresby and Lae itself.

Wau falls unopposed, but I had been flying an airborne unit in to Nadzab, which had already been identified as a vulnerability should I need to evacuate Lae by land, so the Aussie paras suffer a bloody nose. The next few turns will be interesting to see who can reinforce the most in order to hold these bases.

quote:

Ground combat at Nadzab (98,125)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 528 troops, 8 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 19

Defending force 650 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 29

Allied adjusted assault: 0

Japanese adjusted defense: 22

Allied assault odds: 1 to 99 (fort level 0)

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

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

Allied ground losses:
88 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
1st Aus Para Bn /1

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Ground combat at Wau (98,126)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 258 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 20

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

Allied assault odds: 10 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Wau !!!

Assaulting units:
2nd USMC Parachute Bn /1


Another success in the air today as 17 unescorted B-26s are downed over Nadzab by Zeroes and Tojos flying CAP from Madang. I expect the air war could hot up in this area tomorrow. Must check the sweep ranges of Allied fighters based at Milne Bay.


DEI

The island of Saumlaki north of Darwin takes a pasting from B-24s, possibly an isolated attack although Apbarog generally does things so methodically that I have to assume he is planning to return in force to this theatre again fairly soon.


Sub wars

My TFs around Hansa Bay manage to get some pretty decent ASW attacks on the Allied subs in the vicinity that are starting to resemble shoals of herring: SS Pickerel, hits 5; SS Blackfish, hits 6; SS Pollack (the one that torpedoed Soryu), hits 4.


The current situation...




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CV-homing torpedoes


Not a good sign.

How long will it take before Apbarog can utilize the airfield at Buna? That would put his fighters much close than they would be from Milne Bay.

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How long will it take before Apbarog can utilize the airfield at Buna? That would put his fighters much close than they would be from Milne Bay.


That's correct - the Allies won't take more than a few days to repair Buna's airfield with the engineers they can deploy, which is why Lae is now untenable. I have had air transports working round the clock to pull all of my air support units from Lae and Port Moresby to the bases that will form the new front line - Hansa Bay, Madang etc.


Mar 24, 1943

Naval action off Wessel Islands

Having spotted Allied TFs unloading at Wessel Islands on the north coast of Australia I decided to run a SCTF in at high speed to see what could be done. The outcome of the action was inconclusive, although Allied radar probably gave them the edge...

quote:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Wessel Islands at 83,126, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Aoba, Shell hits 3, on fire
CA Kinugasa, Shell hits 1

CL Nagara
CL Isuzu, Shell hits 1
CL Kinu
DD Asashio
DD Hibiki
DD Hatsuyuki, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Oboro
DD Akebono

Allied Ships
CA Cornwall, Shell hits 3
CA Exeter
CL Trenton, Shell hits 1
DD Lardner
DD Farenholt, Shell hits 2, on fire

Improved night sighting under 89% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 89% moonlight: 12,000 yards
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
Manwaring, P.C.W. crosses the 'T'
CA Kinugasa engages CA Exeter at 8,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages CA Aoba at 8,000 yards
CA Kinugasa engages CL Trenton at 8,000 yards
CL Nagara engages CA Cornwall at 8,000 yards
DD Akebono engages CA Cornwall at 8,000 yards
DD Oboro engages DD Farenholt at 8,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages CA Cornwall at 8,000 yards
DD Farenholt engages DD Hibiki at 8,000 yards
DD Asashio engages DD Farenholt at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
CA Kinugasa engages CA Cornwall at 6,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages CA Aoba at 6,000 yards
CL Kinu engages CA Cornwall at 6,000 yards
CL Isuzu engages CA Cornwall at 6,000 yards
DD Akebono engages DD Farenholt at 6,000 yards
DD Oboro engages DD Farenholt at 6,000 yards
DD Farenholt engages DD Hatsuyuki at 6,000 yards
DD Hibiki engages DD Farenholt at 6,000 yards
DD Asashio engages DD Farenholt at 6,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages CA Kinugasa at 6,000 yards
CA Aoba engages CA Cornwall at 6,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages CL Kinu at 6,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages CL Isuzu at 6,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages CL Nagara at 6,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages DD Akebono at 6,000 yards
DD Oboro engages DD Farenholt at 6,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Farenholt at 6,000 yards
DD Asashio engages DD Farenholt at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
CA Kinugasa engages CA Cornwall at 7,000 yards
CA Aoba engages CA Cornwall at 7,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages CL Isuzu at 7,000 yards
CL Nagara engages CA Cornwall at 7,000 yards
DD Akebono engages DD Farenholt at 7,000 yards
DD Oboro engages DD Farenholt at 7,000 yards
DD Farenholt engages DD Hatsuyuki at 7,000 yards
DD Farenholt engages DD Hibiki at 7,000 yards
DD Asashio engages DD Farenholt at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
CA Exeter engages CA Kinugasa at 10,000 yards
CA Kinugasa engages CA Cornwall at 10,000 yards
CL Kinu engages CA Cornwall at 10,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Farenholt at 10,000 yards
CA Cornwall engages DD Akebono at 10,000 yards
DD Oboro engages DD Farenholt at 10,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages DD Farenholt at 10,000 yards
DD Lardner engages DD Asashio at 10,000 yards
Task forces break off...


Although fires were put out most of my ships will require a short time in the yard for repairs. Time to go for those radar upgrades too...


PNG

Two Allied carrier TFs are spotted cruising 5 hexes SW of Port Moresby on the west side of PNG. This is usually the precursor to some kind of landing but no transports are sighted as yet. Hansa Bay and Madang have a lot of CAP over them today.

KB Div 1 hits the airbase at Wau, scene of yesterday's US paradrop and causes moderate damage. I doubt if I'll be able to retake it but I land more paras at Nadzab to start ejecting the Aussies. The action is less than decisive...

quote:

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 636 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 51

Defending force 360 troops, 8 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 24

Allied adjusted defense: 4

Japanese assault odds: 6 to 1

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

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

Assaulting units:
3rd Raiding Regiment
4th Raiding Rgt /1
3rd Raiding Rgt /2

Defending units:
1st Aus Para Battalion



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I don't think you get a lot of your naval search radar until July of 44; what you get first is the air search radar...

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Great, just when I have no ships left to mount the radar on

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PNG

Big Allied bomber raids on Hansa Bay on March 25, with subsidiary attacks on Finchhaven. My CAP holds up pretty well and 15+ bombers are reported shot down for 20-odd defenders plus some ground losses. P-38s follow up with sweeps and do rather well as my CAP was mostly set to 15k altitude. However, the damage to Hansa Bay is moderate and undamaged planes are able to get in the air again on the 26th but there is no repetition of the raid. I guess too many 4e bombers were damaged in the encounter and will need to be rested up for a few days.

I suspect the attack is a diversion to tie up my LBA as Allied transports arrive at Buna, presumably to unload more troops or else to pick up units that may be required elsewhere. The Allied carriers move closer to Port Moresby as additional small landings take place there. I am keeping my own carriers out of range for now given that 150+ Allied fighters are now showing at Buna to add to the 190+ at Milne Bay.

One positive development occurs as the 1st Aus Para Battalion is wiped out at Nadzab by attrition after another attack by my own paras.


DEI

Apbarog tries a paradrop at Saumlaki, the island west of Taberfane. He's clearly keen to start isolating Darwin with all of this focus on the eastern DEI but it doesn't go well for the Allied paras as the naval guard unit I landed a few days ago more than holds its own...

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Ground combat at Saumlaki (78,117)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 649 troops, 7 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 55

Defending force 2052 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 62

Allied adjusted assault: 1

Japanese adjusted defense: 25

Allied assault odds: 1 to 25 (fort level 1)

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

Allied ground losses:
410 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 46 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
77th LRP Bde /1

Defending units:
83rd Naval Guard Unit
34th Const Co




Australia

PB4Y-1 Liberators bomb the undefended airbase at Katherine on two successive days. I'm pretty sure now that Apbarog has built up his bases at Gove and Wessel islands he will be coming this way soon. I haven't detected any signs of overland movement from the south so it will likely by sea when it happens. The good news is that I still hold Taberfane and Saumlaki for now; its a shame that the bases are not built up enough yet to carry torpedo bombers but they soon will be...


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it's a shame that the bases are not built up enough yet to carry torpedo bombers but they soon will be...


Isn't Darwin well within range form Koepang, though? And I think there's a good base on the east side of that island too, can't remember the name.

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it's a shame that the bases are not built up enough yet to carry torpedo bombers but they soon will be...


Isn't Darwin well within range form Koepang, though? And I think there's a good base on the east side of that island too, can't remember the name.


True, but those bases are almost too far for my fighter escorts. Anyway it turns out that Apbarog has invaded Lae and the adjacent base at Salamaua first...


Mar 27, 1942

PNG

Preceded by night naval bombardments, Allied forces land at Lae and the adjacent base at Salamaua. Both landings are contested and, rather wonderfully, my subs actually manage to sink an Allied CL from the covering force.
quote:

CL Marblehead, Torpedo hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage


In the air, Allied planes sweep Lae uncontested, while Japanese planes sweep Buna and do quite well, achieving a 2 to 1 kill ratio over the defenders. It would be a good day in the air if a bunch of Tina transport planes had not been intercepted and shot down over Port Moresby while withdrawing troops from the base.

Bombardment combats show the forces aligned against each other...

quote:

Ground combat at Lae (99,126)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 6300 troops, 104 guns, 17 vehicles, Assault Value = 272

Defending force 5966 troops, 15 guns, 72 vehicles, Assault Value = 476

Allied ground losses:
21 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Assaulting units:
Maizuru 1st SNLF
24th Ind Engineer Regiment
4th Div /7
2nd Area Army
305th Ship Eng Coy
2nd RF Gun Battalion
C/50th JNAF Coy
59th JNAF AF Unit
18th JAAF AF Bn
27th Fld AA Gun Co
51st JNAF AF Unit
6th Air Division
205th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
37th Infantry Div /1
632nd TD Bn /3
Americal Infantry Div /1
762nd Tank Bn /1
11th USN Special Const Bn /1
145th FA Bn /1


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Ground combat at Salamaua (98,127)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1919 troops, 19 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 64

Defending force 2223 troops, 6 guns, 179 vehicles, Assault Value = 106

Assaulting units:
Sasebo 6th SNLF
58th Construction Battalion

Defending units:
754th Tank Bn /1
763rd Tank Bn /1
Aus I Corps /1


I'm expecting more to land tomorrow and the bases to fall fairly soon.

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Asymmetric warfare continues in the DEI and New Guinea

I wrote this heading conscious of the asymmetric nature of the campaigns going on right now.

In the DEI, my forces manage to clear Saumlaki of the 77th LRP Bde's remaining fragment, destroyed by attrition after a final naval guard attack. In the jungle east of Taberfane, both 53rd Aus Lt AA Regiment and 8th USN Special Construction Battalion surrender after a further attack by the 8th division. The 147th(Sep) Infantry Regiment holds out for a further day but will surrender tomorrow.

But important though these small victories are, the main action is taking place on New Guinea. With Lae, Salamaua, Terapo and Port Moresby all invested, prospects are starting to look grim for my units at Kokoda, still ploughing slowly north through mountainous jungle terrain in an attempt to escape encirclement.



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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 3/14/2016 11:53:23 AM   
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New Guinea

A temporary bonus as the initial Allied attack at Lae fails to come off, and Salamaua also manages to hold out for a further day...

quote:

Ground combat at Lae (99,126)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10964 troops, 230 guns, 237 vehicles, Assault Value = 783

Defending force 13991 troops, 139 guns, 160 vehicles, Assault Value = 270

Allied adjusted assault: 314

Japanese adjusted defense: 610

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
487 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 42 disabled

Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 10 (1 destroyed, 9 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1269 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 111 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Vehicles lost 16 (2 destroyed, 14 disabled)

Assaulting units:
37th Infantry Division
Americal Infantry Division
632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion
762nd Tank Battalion
145th Field Artillery Battalion
11th USN Special Construction Battalion

Defending units:
Maizuru 1st SNLF
24th Ind Engineer Regiment
4th Div /7
27th Fld AA Gun Co
305th Ship Eng Coy
59th JNAF AF Unit
51st JNAF AF Unit
18th JAAF AF Bn
6th Air Division
2nd Area Army
C/50th JNAF Coy
2nd RF Gun Battalion
205th JAAF AF Bn


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Ground combat at Salamaua (98,127)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 3629 troops, 25 guns, 178 vehicles, Assault Value = 302

Defending force 2861 troops, 19 guns, 7 vehicles, Assault Value = 64

Allied adjusted assault: 130

Japanese adjusted defense: 169

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
348 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 45 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 13 (7 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
66 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Assaulting units:
754th Tank Battalion
763rd Tank Battalion
2nd Marine Div /22
Aus I Corps

Defending units:
Sasebo 6th SNLF
58th Construction Battalion


Critically, the fort levels remain intact. I can hope that the Allies are sufficiently extended with their multiple attacks that they don't have a lot more combat engineers to land in the immediate term. On the other hand, this is sure to bring a weight of degrading air and naval bombardments down on the defenders.

DEI

Apbarog shifts focus back towards Taberfane with bomber attacks accompanied by P-38G Lightnings and, in their first combat action, P-70 Havocs. The squadron of Oscar IIbs defending is not up to the task and will have to be pulled back. On the brighter side, the last Allied troops on Taberfane are forced to surrender...

quote:

Ground combat at 83,117 (near Taberfane)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 13144 troops, 147 guns, 50 vehicles, Assault Value = 336

Defending force 1258 troops, 29 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 9

Japanese adjusted assault: 163

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 163 to 1

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

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

Allied ground losses:
1567 casualties reported
Squads: 28 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 73 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 35 (35 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
8th Division

Defending units:
147th(Sep) Infantry Regiment



Loss of the Takao

A sad day - Takao was bombed at Lae while escorting reinforcements and managed to limp to Manus before attempting the passage back to Truk. En route, an Allied sub evaded her escorts and put a further torpedo into the ailing cruiser which sank today after the pumps failed.

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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 3/20/2016 12:32:32 PM   
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Mar 30, 1943

Allied air attacks on Darwin intensify with multiple sweeps by Corsairs and Lightnings followed by medium bomber bombing raids. The Oscars and Tojos are simply overwhelmed and with no supporting airbases in close range the field will soon be a mass of craters.

Allied troops continue unloading at various locations and a ground assault at Terapo on New Guinea reduces the fortifications to 1. Port Moresby is looking increasingly isolated...

In a slightly unusual result Sub vs Sub: SS Grampus attacks SS I-9 near Lae

quote:

Japanese Ships
SS I-9, Torpedo hits 1

Allied Ships
SS Grampus

SS Grampus launches 2 torpedoes at 3,000 yards


I-9 survives with 33 float damage and is able to return to Rabaul.


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Having noticed that the Allies have withdrawn all fighter cover from Tulagi and Lunga, High Command ordered a nuisance raid against shipping in the harbour...

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Morning Air attack on Tulagi , at 114,137

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 35 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 20
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 36

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 3 damaged
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
xAKL Sarangami, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
AGP Sirius, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk

ACM Birch, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

Port hits 3
Port fuel hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
9 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Tulagi , at 114,137

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 117 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 9
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 22
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
ACM Birch, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk

Port hits 6
Port fuel hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
20 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb


Preceded by fighter sweeps, the raid forces Apbarog to divert some fighters back from front line locations.


Elsewhere, the Allied heavies hit Salamaua, Terapo, Fenton and effectively shut Darwin's airfield today. Assault at Terapo reduces the fortifications to 0 and the base will fall soon.

Last but not least, significant Allied TFs are spotted westbound between Horn Island and Gove. Possibly heading for Darwin but we will have to see. Darwin is virtually undefendable at this stage but I have considerable naval assets in the vicinity of Ambon and Sorong ready to dispute any attempted landings in the DEI.

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