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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 12/15/2014 10:25:01 PM   
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The victors of Pegu are caught in clear terrain by a strafing force of Blenheim 1Fs backed up by B-17Ds flying at higher altitude. One Blenheim is destroyed but we suffer several hundred casualties on the ground. LRCAP is set in case the bombers try to return.

Meanwhile, Betties prove equally adept at ground attack by hitting a force of Allied stragglers hard on the road to Malaybalay on Mindanao.

Miura Det captures Kolaka from the unit that was previously ejected from Kendari.

Mavis search planes spot some tasty looking targets at Port Hedland. As Kaga Force (aka the Mini KB) is still a little too far to the north the Koepang Heavy Cover force is let loose in an attempt to intercept.





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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 12/16/2014 9:53:50 PM   
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Yokosuka 1st SNLF parachutes into Toungoo and finds slightly more dug in there than the recon had revealed: 104th RAF Base Force supported by the 4th Burma Rifles Battalion. Despite being outnumbered numerically 5:1, the crack troops achieve 1:1 odds and drop the forts to 1 in a shock attack.

Regular bombing of Singapore is taking its toll on Sally. Few are being shot down outright but 18 bombers are damaged in one raid, and fourteen in another on the same day. We may have to start rotating the units more frequently to allow them to rest.

SS I-18 torpedoes xAKL Tatung near Exmouth, one of the Allied Ships fleeing Port Hedland. Annoyingly, my SCTFs fail to catch up with the prey this turn. They will have one more chance tomorrow before breaking off as fuel is running low.

Then SS RO-33 spots the lone DD Banckert further to the west but cannot get into a firing position. Vals from Kaga Force catch Banckert later in the afternoon: Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage, possibly sunk as there is no sign afterwards. A solitary AMc, Gunbar is sunk by one bomb hit closer to Darwin. Not much else around.

RM Viper Force is all that is left in Rangoon when our forces enter the city on Jan 27th. Yokosuka 1st SNLF attacks at Toungoo again, dropping the forts to 0.










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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 12/17/2014 5:51:02 PM   
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SS I-16 spots PG Soerabaja at night near Carnarvon, NW Australia, but the captain elects not to launch torpedoes at this target and escapes detection.

Shortly afterwards, Soerabaja runs into a Japanese TF comprising three CAs and four DDs. At a range of 8,000 yards the plucky Dutch commander, Van Zelfden P. successfully crosses the 'T' and manages to put two shells into DD Nowaki before succumbing to 28 shell hits and sinking. Rather alarmingly, the two shell hits leave Nowaki on fire and close to sinking so not a good trade.

South of Sydney, near Port Kembla, SS I-15 sinks AVP Merel with two torpedo hits.

Tabiteau is occupied.

Yokosuka 1st SNLF still struggles to overcome the defenders of Toungoo who have been reinforced by Tenasserim BAF Battalion arriving from the south. Fortunately reinforcements will arrive soon from Pegu.






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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 12/18/2014 4:39:43 PM   
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Carnarvon: SCTF led by Mogami locates and sinks MMS-51. No sign of the of the rest of the little ships spotted at Port Hedland originally. Daybreak finds the Japanese ships steaming back towards Koepang which presents a dilemma as they now hold insufficient fuel to head back to the port of Carnarvon, where no doubt the Allied AKLs are holed up. So today's lesson learned is to always check your fuel and have tenders in position closer behind the surface assets.

An Allied sub misses a Japanese AKL near Kavieng, then a Japanese sub misses an Allied AKL near Noumea.

I start bombing Bataan but instantly lose a Sally and an Ann to flak so adjust the bombing level to 16k.

Not much to report in China. I'm trying to scrape enough together to eject a Chinese corps from a mountain hex near Chengting, where its straddling the rail line. I need to free up some more troops before I can attack anywhere else.





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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 12/18/2014 4:47:58 PM   
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Betties flying from Koepang bomb Darwin airfield for the first time so he knows I have probable torpedo capability in theatre. The airfield damage is disappointingly light. Hudsons then fly from Darwin to attack my replenishment convoy which is speeding round the south coast of Timor. I sent it this way to avoid probable Allied SS vectors. I'm not worried as the Allied flyboys fail to hit anything.

My opponent reported last turn that he could no longer see my paras at Toungoo. He has received advice about this and apparently it does happen occasionally. This turn he did spot them however, and set his units to attack. Tough little unit, the Yokosuka 1st SNLF...

quote:

Ground combat at Toungoo (57,50)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1606 troops, 7 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 34

Defending force 484 troops, 7 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 26

Allied adjusted assault: 6

Japanese adjusted defense: 13

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Allied ground losses:
59 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
Tenasserim BAF Battalion
4th Burma Rifles Battalion
104th RAF Base Force

Defending units:
Yokosuka 1st SNLF





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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 12/19/2014 8:23:45 AM   
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The end of January already! Where has all the time gone and - more importantly - are we still on schedule?

Overall, I think we are in pretty good shape. Manila and Port Moresby have been taken. Darwin looks like a cert within a matter of days. The fall of Singapore is imminent. After a slow start, our forces are now making good progress in the Burmese interior. China is undergoing a lull at present while I redeploy units and consider next steps.

January 31 is an eventful day. A TF carrying the 144th regiment for the invasion of Darwin runs over SS S-23 near Milne Bay. The sub misses. Then SS S-41 fires 4 torpedoes at DD Yayoi near Koepang. My oilers make port safely after refuelling the heavy cover force which will now support the Darwin landings.

IJA troops shock attack Singapore and the results are pretty good but also provide an indication of how many Allied units have been evacuated.

quote:

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 44727 troops, 407 guns, 201 vehicles, Assault Value = 1372

Defending force 23812 troops, 353 guns, 189 vehicles, Assault Value = 248

Japanese adjusted assault: 1437

Allied adjusted defense: 479

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
2878 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 223 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 20 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1523 casualties reported
Squads: 39 destroyed, 37 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 82 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 36 (12 destroyed, 24 disabled)

Assaulting units:
18th Division
15th Ind Engineer Regiment
5th Division
Imperial Guards Division
23rd Ind Engineer Regiment
3rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
25th Army
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
2nd Loyal Battalion
22nd Australian Brigade
2nd Gordons Battalion
27th Australian Brigade
Singapore Base Force
Malayan Air Wing
AHQ Far East
111th RAF Adv Base Force /1
Singapore Fortress
113th RAF Adv Base Force
112th RAF Adv Base Force /1
3rd HK&S Light AA Regiment
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
III Indian Corps
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
1st Indian Heavy AA Regiment
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
Malaya Army /2


Despite the disablements and disruption to my forces, with fort levels down to 0 I'm tempted to go in with another attack straight away..

Toungoo in Burma falls now that my reinforcements have caught up. The race to Mandalay is on.








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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 12/20/2014 9:14:07 AM   
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Sub attack near Kendari. SS Triton launches 6 torpedoes at AO Kokuyo Maru ...and misses. I have a lot of AOs in theatre at the moment supporting moves against Darwin and Balikpapan so may have to be prepared for the odd loss in the tanker fleet.

A second shock attack at Singapore on Feb 1 fails to achieve the breakthrough so I rest my divisions and set a bombardment attack for the 2nd.

quote:

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 42781 troops, 407 guns, 201 vehicles, Assault Value = 1255

Defending force 22595 troops, 339 guns, 189 vehicles, Assault Value = 180

Japanese adjusted assault: 556

Allied adjusted defense: 363

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
1398 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 120 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 12 disabled
Guns lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1334 casualties reported
Squads: 71 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 97 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 30 (18 destroyed, 12 disabled)

Assaulting units:
5th Division
Imperial Guards Division
23rd Ind Engineer Regiment
15th Ind Engineer Regiment
1st Tank Regiment
18th Division
6th Tank Regiment
3rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
25th Army
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
22nd Australian Brigade
2nd Gordons Battalion
27th Australian Brigade
AHQ Far East
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
Malayan Air Wing
112th RAF Adv Base Force /1
III Indian Corps
113th RAF Adv Base Force
3rd HK&S Light AA Regiment
2nd Loyal Battalion
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
Singapore Base Force
1st Indian Heavy AA Regiment
Singapore Fortress
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
111th RAF Adv Base Force /1
Malaya Army /2


The 35th Chinese Corps appears to be pulling back from the railway line near Chengting. Reinforcements are still on the way to keep him honest.

A quick glance at the air losses chart shows that my air-to-air losses have been extremely light overall, with the toll of round the clock bombing falling on the Army's Sallys. It's also apparent that my opponent has been happy to lose a bunch of Brewster Buffalos while hoarding his P40s. He has tended to conserve his air which probably means that I will face more opposition as I go after the more extended objectives.




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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 12/21/2014 10:26:10 AM   
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February 3 was a fairly uneventful day in the war. More submarine torpedoes expended by the Allies for no result, ground attack bombings at Prome and Singapore. The odds of the subsequent Japanese bombardment attack at Singapore encouraged me to plan another deliberate attack for tomorrow.

quote:

Attacking force 636 troops, 57 guns, 23 vehicles, Assault Value = 1184

Defending force 21347 troops, 319 guns, 189 vehicles, Assault Value = 126


Prome fell, the unfortunate 1st Burma division getting its arse kicked again.

quote:

Japanese assault odds: 15 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Prome !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: disruption(-), preparation(-), fatigue(-), morale(-)
experience(-)
Attacker:

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

Allied ground losses:
2031 casualties reported
Squads: 96 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 35 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 16 (16 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 2

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
33rd Division
RTA Cavalry Division

Defending units:
Railway BAF Battalion
1st Burma Division


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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 12/21/2014 2:05:36 PM   
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In contrast with the previous day, February 4th is probably the most eventful since the fateful December 7th.

Opening the account, SS Seal launches 4 torpedoes at DMS W-10 near Koepang, missing the minesweeper as well as the juicy transports it is escorting.

Pre-Invasion action then takes place off Ocean Island (which will fall later in the day to III/84th Naval Guard Unit). The tiny defending unit fires off 3 coastal gun shots in defense.

A solitary Allied MTB thinks better of engaging my invasion TF near Balikpapan.

Morning Air attack on Darwin: 25 Betties destroy 1x Hudson I on the ground and achieve 4 airbase, 1 supply and 29 runway hits. More bombing attacks are launched on Singapore and Balikpapan to keep the defenders honest.

Then B-17Ds hit the 33rd Division at Prome, inflicting 164 casualties in clear terrain under a clear sky. Zeroes flying LRCAP from Rangoon manage to shoot one of the Fortresses down. I'm flying air support in to Toungoo next turn so that I can start basing Oscars there.

Unopposed amphibious assaults go in at Tulagi and Munda. Pre-Invasion action off Balikpapan sees 35 Coastal gun shots fired in defense with xAK Senko Maru set on fire by a single shell hit and 22 casualties reported. Allies have 80 reported casualties.

Then the biggie:

quote:

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 43007 troops, 406 guns, 341 vehicles, Assault Value = 1211

Defending force 21520 troops, 318 guns, 189 vehicles, Assault Value = 127

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 1222

Allied adjusted defense: 247

Japanese assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Singapore !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
509 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 20 disabled
Vehicles lost 34 (2 destroyed, 32 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
22901 casualties reported
Squads: 202 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2122 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 92 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 407 (407 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 129 (129 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 18

Assaulting units:
1st Tank Regiment
15th Ind Engineer Regiment
18th Division
5th Division
Imperial Guards Division
23rd Ind Engineer Regiment
6th Tank Regiment
25th Army
3rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
2nd Gordons Battalion
22nd Australian Brigade
27th Australian Brigade
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
113th RAF Adv Base Force
Singapore Fortress
2nd Loyal Battalion
112th RAF Adv Base Force /1
Malayan Air Wing
1st Indian Heavy AA Regiment
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
III Indian Corps
AHQ Far East
3rd HK&S Light AA Regiment
111th RAF Adv Base Force /1
Singapore Base Force
Malaya Army /2



An Allied bombardment attack at Balikpapan reveals the opposing line-ups...

quote:

Attacking force 1495 troops, 23 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 49

Defending force 3131 troops, 26 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 100

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

Assaulting units:
VI KNIL Battalion
Balikpapan Defenses
Balikpapan MLD Base Force

Defending units:
II./4th Infantry Battalion
Sasebo 8th SNLF


And, finally a shot of the Timor Sea with our forces poised to assault Darwin...

If all goes according to plan, we have a bombardment TF due to take on the CD guns first, and the two amphibious TFs should merge first before going in. Koepang as well as Kaga Force CVs are providing air support and replenishment oilers are close by. Two infantry regiments, plus an air support battalion are going in the first wave. Recon shows that, like Port Moresby, Darwin is unlikely to have been much reinforced and so far the airbase holds a sqn of Hudsons but no fighters. All of those P-40s bought out of the PI must show up eventually, however!





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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 12/22/2014 10:16:38 AM   
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The Battle for Balikpapan

Night time invasion action off Balikpapan as 120mm defensive gun batteries engage the unloading landing force. DMS W-16, xAK Toho Maru, and xAK Senko Maru each receive 1 shell hit apiece. Senko, already on fire, will sink later that day, providing further testimony to the rudimentary nature of Japanese damage control. Now the 75mm CD Gun Battery opens up, engaging xAK Toho Maru at 12,000 yards. TB Otori returns fire to suppress the enemy battery.

The Heavy Cover force sinks a solitary Allied MTB nearby in overcast conditions and 78% moonlight. Allied SS S-37 is spotted but escapes detection.

As the sun rises, Nells and Betties flying from Manado bomb the Allied ground forces causing an estimated 118 casualties. Dutch 139WH-3 bombers then appear in the skies but at least four are shot down by A6M2 Zeros flying long range CAP from Kendari before they can do any damage.

S-37 comes back for a closer inspection but is driven off by the Heavy Cover force, suffering three depth charge hits.

Troops of the II/4th Infantry Battalion and Sasebo 8th SNLF storm the base, achieving overwhelming odds against the inexperienced and ill-prepared defenders who retreat to Samarinda, leaving most of their equipment behind. The port and oil facilities are captured wholly intact.



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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 12/22/2014 10:38:25 AM   
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The Battle for Darwin

As the Darwin invasion task force nears Bathurst Island, a flight of thirteen unescorted SB2U-3 Vindicators attack out of a clear blue sky. Kaga Force is slow to respond and only a solitary A6M2 Zero rises to intercept the first strike, which sees xAP Kanzyu Maru set on fire by a single 1000 lb SAP bomb hit.

Two Vindicators then attack Fuso but are intercepted by five Zeroes and one is shot down. Twenty Betties mount an afternoon air attack on Darwin Fortress in moderate rain and Allied ground casualties are reported. Nine Vindicators return that afternoon near Bathurst Island but this time the Zeroes are ready for them and at least 5 are destroyed.

Rest of the day's round-up

Ise and Nagato return to bombard Wenchow at night and 144 Allied casualties are reported. The 100th Chinese Corps is in residence and it appears that my opponent may have evacuated some ground forces to the city due north which cannot be bombarded from the sea. I am gradually assembling a force to take Wenchow - the HI is too good to ignore.

Tulagi is captured by a fast transport TF.




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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 12/22/2014 1:16:50 PM   
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Several night-time Allied sub attacks are held at bay by my ASW;then SS O24 manages to put a torpedo into DMS W-8, which later sinks.

Quiet elsewhere during the day, apart from an unescorted Dutch bombing attack on Singkawang which sees at least five 139WH-3 bombers downed by CAP for the loss of one Nell on the ground.


Battle for Darwin part 2

A night naval bombardment of Darwin by a TF led by Hyuga, Yamashiro and Fuso commences, with 117 coastal gun shots being fired in defense. The Japanese ships take about 18 hits between them, although subsequent analysis finds that most of the damage sustained was superficial. Allied ground losses of 437 casualties and 11 lost guns are reported. Betties ground attack in daylight, for another 91 reported casualties.

Here's the CR for the amphibious assault...

quote:

Pre-Invasion action off Darwin (76,124) - Coastal Guns Fire Back!
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

75 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
CA Kako
CA Furutaka, Shell hits 3
CA Kinugasa, Shell hits 4
CL Kuma
DD Yugao
DD Fuyo
DD Wakatake, Shell hits 1
DD Oboro, Shell hits 1
xAK Hokuan Maru
xAK Shanghai Maru
TB Kamo
PB Kinsyo Maru #2
xAP Kanzyu Maru, on fire, heavy damage
DD Shiratsuyu
DD Uzuki

Allied ground losses:
338 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 27 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Darwin RAN Base Force firing at CA Kako
CA Kako firing at Darwin RAN Base Force
CA Furutaka firing at Darwin Fortress
Darwin Fortress firing at CA Furutaka
Darwin Fortress firing at CA Kinugasa
CA Kinugasa firing at Darwin Fortress
CL Kuma firing at Darwin RAN Base Force
Darwin RAN Base Force firing at CL Kuma
DD Yugao firing at Darwin RAN Base Force
Darwin RAN Base Force firing at DD Yugao
Darwin RAN Base Force firing at DD Fuyo
DD Fuyo firing at Darwin RAN Base Force
DD Wakatake firing at Darwin Fortress
Darwin Fortress firing at DD Wakatake
DD Oboro firing at Darwin RAN Base Force
Darwin RAN Base Force firing at DD Oboro
6" Mk V/VII Gun Battery engaging xAK Hokuan Maru at 9,000 yards
CA Kako firing to suppress enemy battery at 9,000 yards
CL Kuma firing to suppress enemy battery at 9,000 yards
CA Kinugasa firing to suppress enemy battery at 9,000 yards
TB Kamo fired at enemy troops
PB Kinsyo Maru #2 fired at enemy troops
DD Yugao fired at enemy troops
DD Fuyo fired at enemy troops
DD Oboro fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 6,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Darwin (76,124)

TF 17 troops unloading over beach at Darwin, 76,124

Japanese ground losses:
185 casualties reported
Squads: 14 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)

17 troops of a IJA Inf Squad lost overboard during unload of 144th Infantry Rgt /1
17 troops of a IJA Cavalry Squad lost from landing craft during unload of 144th Infantry Rgt /1
70mm T92 Bn Gun lost overboard during unload of 144th Infantry Rgt /1
12 troops of a IJA HMG Section accidentally lost during unload of 144th Infantry Rgt /1
17 troops of a IJA Inf Squad accidentally lost during unload of 144th Infantry Rgt /1
75mm T41 Rgt Gun lost overboard during unload of 144th Infantry Rgt /1
12 troops of a IJA HMG Section accidentally lost during unload of 146th Infantry Rgt /1
17 troops of a IJA Inf Squad lost in surf during unload of 146th Infantry Rgt /1
17 troops of a IJA Inf Squad lost in surf during unload of 146th Infantry Rgt /1
17 troops of a SNLF Inf Squad 41 lost overboard during unload of 17th JNAF AF Unit
17 troops of a IJA Inf Squad accidentally lost during unload of 146th Infantry Rgt
75mm T90 Field Gun dropped into water during unload of 146th Infantry Rgt
15 Support troops lost from landing craft during unload of 146th Infantry Rgt
15 Support troops lost in surf during unload of 144th Infantry Rgt
15 Support troops accidentally lost during unload of 144th Infantry Rgt /4
15 Support troops lost overboard during unload of 144th Infantry Rgt /5
15 Support troops lost from landing craft during unload of 144th Infantry Rgt /5
17 troops of a IJA Inf Squad accidentally lost during unload of 144th Infantry Rgt /6


A number of the cruisers and destroyers managed to soak up most of the residual CD fire and, as the damage to them is not insignificant and they are out of ammo, they will break off and head back to Koepang. Most troops are ashore as the day ends and a shock attack is ordered for tomorrow.





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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 12/22/2014 11:17:04 PM   
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Darwin falls. Japanese assault odds of 27 to 1 were achieved (fort level 2). The damaged AP sinks, and a couple of transports are docked as the crews attempt to put fires out. An Allied sub is heavily mauled by ASW after it strays too close to Darwin Harbour. The 144th Infantry Regiment and 17th JNAF AF Unit start digging in. The 146th Infantry Regiment pushes south.

Dutch 139WH-3s raid Singkawang again and 6 are destroyed. Possibly a case of forgetting to reset orders.

Balikpapan is cleared of mines and minesweeping commences at Singapore. Wenchow is bombed.



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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 12/24/2014 3:57:53 PM   
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After a busy few days, the lull. Literally the only event on the Feb 8 Combat Report is the bombardment of Wenchow by BBs Ise and Nagato. Allied ground losses: 175 casualties reported.

Allied subs are back in action on Feb 9 and AMc Kyoie Maru is torpedoed and sunk en route to Singapore.

In the Philippines, Japanese troops start moving towards Clark Field. I need to load as many units as I can before hitting the stacking limits. Bataan will probably be a longer term siege of attrition.

Elsewhere, Victory Disease beckons as the Japanese commander struggles to reconcile the next set of primary objectives. A night's sleep clearly helps and TFs are now loading for Makassar, Denpasar and Palembang. The first two bases will cover landings in Java. Palembang speaks for itself.

In addition to the forces prepping for Java and Sumatra, I now also have four more-or-less full strength divisions resting and recuperating in Singapore, ready to ship out once the transport capacity is liberated from other operations.


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Lots of mines being swept at Singapore. SS I-17 fires off two torpedoes at a small Allied force approaching Suva. AM Gale and ACM YP-74. Possibly Suva is being mined against any future incursions?

Amphibious assault launched at Dili on Timor. Twenty AV will be required to meet the garrison requirements so 1st Sasebo SNLF Coy has been selected.

Sallies based at Singapore are bombing the defenders of Palembang daily. In the absence of CAP and significant AAA defences the Dutch suffer many casualties. It's clear that the base has not been reinforced, so I wonder if the scheduled reinforcements have gone to Java, or perhaps been directed to shore up the defence of India?

Twin IJA columns push northwards along the Burmese plain. The 33rd Division routs the 3rd Burma Rifles Battalion on the road south of Magwe. To the east, 112th and 143rd Infantry Regiments capture Meiktila which was weakly held by Mandalay BMP Battalion. An air support unit will be flown in next turn to allow Oscars to start using the base immediately.


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11 B-17Ds bomb the 143rd Infantry near Meiktila causing 61 casualties and underlining the importance of getting the forward air support in place quickly.

Dili is captured and 8th Indpt SNLF Coy makes a landing at Boela to capture the oil installations.

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As Boela falls, an amphibious assault is launched at Makassar using elements of the forces which previously captured Balikpapan. The Palembang invasion forces being drawn from Singkawang, Saigon and Brunei are still assembling and await their heavy cover, which is redeploying from Darwin.

In Burma the 41st Infantry Regiment captures Taung Gyi from 9th Burma Rifles Battalion. I'm keen to secure Lashio quickly in case any Chinese forces appear from that direction.


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Today, our forces capture both Mandalay and Makassar against light opposition. An invasion force also lands at Gasmata. The defenders of Palembang have lost well over 500 casualties to the continued bombing campaign. Meanwhile, Miura det prepares to embark at Kendari for the assault on Denpasar. Still no sign of Allied surface ships appearing to oppose any of the landings. I wonder if the attack on Java may bring them out to play?

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I found out that I had exceeded the 40,000 stacking limit at Clark Field, so spent a couple of days moving troops in and out before launching the first probing bombardment attack. From the initial result, it appears that I will be unable to storm the place without suffering significant losses due to the terrain and inability to assemble overwhelming numbers in the hex. Mind you, there's no real need to rush, apart from the benefit of being able to redeploy the troops released from taking Bataan.


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Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 31177 troops, 306 guns, 89 vehicles, Assault Value = 1096

Defending force 19002 troops, 286 guns, 167 vehicles, Assault Value = 618

Japanese ground losses:
40 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
9th Infantry Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
3rd Ind Engineer Regiment
56th Recon Regiment
48th Division
21st Division
7th Tank Regiment
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion

Defending units:
1st Constabulary Regiment
26th PS Cavalry Regiment
194th Tank Battalion
45th PS Infantry Regiment
31st PA Infantry Division
192nd Tank Battalion
21st PA Infantry Division
2nd Constabulary Regiment
24th PS FA Regiment
86th PS Field Artillery Battalion
88th PS Field Artillery Regiment
I/Prov'nl SPM Grp
200th & 515th Coast AA Regiment
Far East USAAF
!/23rd PS FA Battalion
II Corps
I Corps
II/Prov'nl SPM Grp
III/Prov'nl SPM Grp


Gasmata falls today, and the tiny element of the Rabaul BF that was occupying the base is destroyed.

The Palembang invasion fleet sets sail from Singkawang now that the required units have finally been assembled. A separate TF heads towards Denpasar. I hope that the LR CAP from Makassar will be sufficient as recon suggests that Soerabaja still holds significant air assets.

Yokosuka 3rd SNLF airdrops on Port Blair but insufficient AV land to push out the Base Force on the first turn.

The Burma campaign is looking increasingly satisfactory, with Magwe's oil installations being captured intact and IJA forces pushing east towards Lashio, as well as preparing to cross the river north of Mandalay. Akyab appears to be lightly held at the moment, although this could easily change by the time we slog all the way over there.

Btw, I discovered that some installations are not producing when captured so had to go round and check all refineries and oilfields were set to production on. Worth remembering in future!




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SS Triton looses two torpedoes at destroyers escorting the Denpasar invasion force near Makassar - and misses. The heavy cover force spearheaded by Kongo and Haruna sinks two MTBs near Palembang. Morning air attacks on Palembang, Port Blair, Clark Field and Chuhsien.

The Palembang invasion proceeds and the initial Allied bombardment attack reveals that with the softening up that has already taken place Allied AV is down to 38 vs 206 for the IJA.

The SNLF paras fail to take Port Blair in a second DA but it is only a matter of time.

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A further Allied MTB is sunk near Palembang while, further south, Triton manages to torpedo and sink a PB escort near Kolaka.

Morning air attacks on the usual suspects.

As the landing force approaches Denpasar it is attacked by waves of Dutch planes - 139WH-3s, B-339Ds, and T.IVas. Very fortunately, as the LRCAP is not yet in place, they go for the CL and DD escorts, and no hits are scored.

Katherine in northern Australia, Port Blair, and Palembang all fall to assault this day.

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A flotilla of six Dutch MTBs attack near Denpasar but are driven off and troops start to unload on the beach.

An Allied carrier force is detected near Oosthaven in the morning and 15 Nells based at Singkawang launch an attack but fail to cooordinate with their escorts and at least 9 are lost. The CAP indicates a joint US/UK strike force:
Sea Hurricane Ib x 6
F4F-3A Wildcat x 22
F4F-3 Wildcat x 14

A second attack goes in with fighter escorts but is met by heavy CAP again.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Oosthaven at 46,95

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 62 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes


Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 15
G4M1 Betty x 9

Allied aircraft
Sea Hurricane Ib x 6
F4F-3A Wildcat x 21
F4F-3 Wildcat x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
G4M1 Betty: 5 destroyed
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 3 destroyed

Allied Ships
CVL Hermes
Aircraft Attacking:
2 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp


Nine Dutch bombers then attack transport ships unloading at Palembang but are met by Oscars now based there and five are shot down.

Finally, the sledgehammer arrives and there is little that the Oscars can do to protect their charges against the overwhelming attack that has been assembled:

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Palembang at 48,91

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 6
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 15

Allied aircraft
Fulmar II x 9
F2A-3 Buffalo x 27
F4F-3 Wildcat x 27
SBD-2 Dauntless x 18
SBD-3 Dauntless x 54
TBD-1 Devastator x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ia Oscar: 2 destroyed
Ki-43-Ib Oscar: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Yodogawa Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAK Kosin Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kirishima Maru, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Toa Maru, Bomb hits 10, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kagu Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires
xAK Nitisan Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAK Tacoma Maru, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Eiko Maru #2, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Kamitsu Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage

Japanese ground losses:
819 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 30 destroyed, 45 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 8 (5 destroyed, 3 disabled)


The attack continues in the afternoon:

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Palembang at 48,91

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 6
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 12

Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 20
F4F-3 Wildcat x 23
SBD-3 Dauntless x 18

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F2A-3 Buffalo: 2 destroyed
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
AK Tosan Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire
AK Kinka Maru, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
TB Manazuru
DD Asagiri, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires


So, a highly effective Allied coup-de-main at this stage in the war. By concentrating the US and British carrier assets in one place and achieving total surprise (no detection levels obtained on the previous turn), Roger has bagged a good haul of transports and pretty much annihilated a base force and port unit that were about to debark at Palembang.

It would have been much worse if the invasion force was still approaching Palembang as both it and the heavy cover force would have taken a beating notwithstanding the CAP I had covering them. Fortunately, the bulk of our forces had already rebased to Singapore as I have a policy of not hanging around to unload supplies and provide sitting duck targets once an invasion has been successful.

It's hard to avoid this type of attack - would the existence of more Mavis planes at Singapore have pushed my naval search out better? I think he must have come in from the direction of Cocos Is or perhaps further to the south and made a fast approach to avoid being detected. At least I can now build up an early warning system based around Palembang hopefully to avoid being surprised when I take Java proper.





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The Allied carrier TFs disappear as quickly as they arrived. No DL on them this turn, so I guess they have headed out due west at flank speed. There are no further Allied air strikes so we are able to continue restoring our CAP and augmenting air search capabilities. Mavis's are deployed to Palembang, Makassar and Koepang. It will be interesting to see if the carriers come back in again for a second attack. I suspect not, but will need to keep on high alert nonetheless.

KB moves from its current location in preparation for the next campaign. Shokaku is nearly repaired at Yokohama after taking a torpedo during the Port Moresby campaign.

As some consolation, Denpasar falls at the first assault and will receive an air support bn very soon. Kokoda is also captured by Sasebo 2nd SNLF, evicting the remnants of the Allied defenders of Port Moresby who now retreat towards Terapo.

Japanese Bombardment attack at Clark Field fails to achieve anything much: preparing for a long war of attrition here...

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Attacking force 32691 troops, 438 guns, 137 vehicles, Assault Value = 1064

Defending force 19092 troops, 286 guns, 167 vehicles, Assault Value = 626

Japanese ground losses:
52 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
25 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



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The sea lanes south of Java are becoming congested with Allied subs. SS KXVI spots a convoy but elects not to fire torpedoes at the escorts for a change. Then SS O21 finds a bigger fish to fry - CV Kaga, Torpedo hits 1 near Denpasar after six fired. For the second time in this war, IJN destroyer escorts fail miserably to shield one of their charges from submarine attack. Of course, I probably shouldn't be using fleet carriers at all in the confines of the Java Sea, but what the heck...

On the positive side, you should have seen the surprised expressions on those Dutch pilots' faces when they flew straight into the CAP!

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Morning Air attack on Denpasar , at 58,108

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 21

Allied aircraft
139WH-3 x 15
B-339D x 3
T.IVa x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
139WH-3: 4 destroyed
B-339D: 1 destroyed
T.IVa: 1 destroyed

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 11

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x 139WH-3 bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 3 x 300 kg GP Bomb
3 x 139WH-3 bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 3 x 300 kg GP Bomb
2 x T.IVa bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 3 x 250 kg GP Bomb
1 x T.IVa bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 3 x 250 kg GP Bomb
2 x 139WH-3 bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 3 x 300 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Kaga-1 with A6M2 Zero (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Raid is overhead
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Raid is overhead
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 12000.
Raid is overhead
Hosho-1 with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 12000.
Raid is overhead
1 planes vectored on to bombers



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Morning Air attack on Denpasar , at 58,108

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 19

Allied aircraft
139WH-3 x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
139WH-3: 8 destroyed

CAP engaged:
Hosho-1 with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 12000.
Raid is overhead
Kaga-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 99 minutes
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 76 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Raid is overhead


With 31 points of flotation damage, Kaga will make a run straight to Balikpapan, shielded by 22 ASW points worth of the finest IJN ASW defence. Hope those Dutch subs have almost run out of torpedoes!



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A cruiser force patrols the channel north of Denpasar running into Dutch MTBs and sinking one.

As it nears Balikpapan, the Kaga group is intercepted by SS KXIII which launches 2 torpedoes at DD Natsushio. The Dutch sub is then on the receiving end of some ASW hits. I took the precaution of flying the Kaga's air groups off last turn but with luck the ship will make port tomorrow although a larger port will be required for full repairs.

A naval air bn starts unloading at Denpasar. Elements of the 16th army are being assembled to launch the assault on southern Java. Fortunately, many Dutch planes have been destroyed during the campaign so I shouldn't need to use the carriers for support, although they will need to be kept close by in case of further Allied carrier incursions.

A few Chinese units are spotted in Burma, at Myitkyina and the dot base north of Shwebo. I wonder if this presages a counterattack or could be simply an attempt to shore up the rickety Burmese defences. I have begun redeploying forces in theatre for the next phase of the offensive. Lashio should fall in days and I will push as far as Shwebo but in addition to protecting the oilfields at Magwe, I am mainly interested in Akyab at the moment.



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SS I-4 is located patrolling near Sydney by Dutch destroyer Kortenaer but nothing comes of it. Lillies based at Darwin bomb the retreating Australians near Daly Waters.

Dutch airpower launches four unsuccessful shipping attacks near Denpasar which still awaits the arrival of CAP.

Another inconsequential bombardment attack at Clark; must keep the pressure up though.

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Attacking force 32642 troops, 436 guns, 137 vehicles, Assault Value = 1061

Defending force 19039 troops, 286 guns, 167 vehicles, Assault Value = 619

Japanese ground losses:
18 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

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


The 1st Raiding Rgt paradrops on Derby in NW Australia and captures the vacated base.


Oh, and shipping is now massing at Singapore for a new and Top Secret operation, codenamed Open Door [ オープンドア ].


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Denpasar, range 2,000 Yards. A flotilla of 5 Dutch MTBS manage evade the surface task force and surprise the small task force which has just finished unloading the air support bn. PB Hirotama Maru takes 1 torpedo hit and is sunk. AK Victoria Maru suffers 5 shell hits and 2 torpedo hits but miraculously stays afloat throughout the day, despite being on fire with heavy damage. The cruiser cover force is set to patrol the straits again next day. I need to run more supplies in to Denpasar now that Zeros are based there.

Another naval bombardment of Wenchow causes 175 casualties and plenty of infrastructure damage. No more fort building there for a while now. My land forces are almost in position to mount a probing attack.

A screen shot of Burma and Eastern India where I am pondering the set up for Operation Open Door. I plan to develop a defensive line running West to East between Shwebo and Lashio while pushing up the coast to threaten Akyab and Cox's Bazaar, which recon indicates currently hold one unit apiece (although clearly this could change quickly).

If my opponent reinforces either/both bases so much the better, as the plan is to mount a seaborne invasion behind them, either at Chittagong or Diamond Harbour. I know that both ports have CD guns in DBB so will need to go in with strength and the KB in support. Diamond Harbour is a tad more risky, especially if it has been reinforced and forts built up, but once taken will pose an proximate threat to Calcutta. Taking Chittagong will help to enfilade his defensive line in Burma, but will mean a much longer slog across the river delta to invest Calcutta.

Any advice out there on the wisdom of hitting Chittagong vs Diamond Harbour (or other points in India for that matter?)





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A TF consisting of CA Nachi, CA Ashigara, CL Tama and four DDs is tasked with cleaning out the vipers nest of MTBs around southern Java, and encounters 5 boats near Banjoewangi, sinking TM-15 with a single shell hit. From the number of MTBs clustering around southern Java it appears that my opponent thinks an invasion is imminent. So far it does not appear that there are any larger surface assets in the vicinity, although there is still quite a lot of airpower concentrated at Batavia and Soerabaja.

I want to get more subs operating in the waters around southern Indis and Ceylon. SS I-123 encounters a convoy consisting of two PGs and 3 AKLs near Trivandrum but fails to obtain a firing position.

The forces tasked with capturing Wenchow are now in position and a preparatory bombardment reveals satisfactory odds. The plan is to take the city quickly as it appears that reinforcements are now heading south from Chuhsien.

On Luzon, the 65th Brigade captures Subic Bay, destroying the defences there and competing the encirclement of Clark Field and Bataan.




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The Nachi TF is ordered to Loemadjang during the night and sinks two Allied MTBs in separate actions before withdrawing to Denpasar.

The British sub SS Trusty launches 2 torpedoes at DD Yomogi near Balikpapan. At least that means fewer Allied subs in Burmese and Indian waters.

Having lost several floatplanes to CAP over Batavia and Soerabaja in recent days I decided it was time to sweep both bases with fighters based at Palembang, Singkawang and Makassar. The results were pretty impressive.




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