April 9, 1942
Just lost the first update attempt due to timeout
After a couple of inconsequential Allied sub attacks at Boela and Port Blair, something altogether more interesting as three Allied DDs make a run into Diamond Harbour. I can only conclude that Allied naval search is exceptionally poor at the moment as I have two SCTFs guarding the port, and one wastes no time in taking big chunks out of the transgressors:
Day Time Surface Combat, near Diamond Harbour at 52,38, Range 3,000 Yards
DD Hatsukaze, Shell hits 1
DD Arashi, Shell hits 1
DD Murakumo, Shell hits 1
DD Kikuzuki, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Nizam, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Electra, Shell hits 2
DD Express, Shell hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
This incident makes it pretty clear that my opponent could not ‘see’ the KB and its replenishment TF sitting a few hexes out in the Bay for the past week or he would not have risked his destroyers on a near-suicide mission. Did he hope to catch transports sitting in the harbour or was there some other motive?
At any rate the KB is finally spotted when Kates go for the damaged Allied DDs, sinking at least one. Soon we must get back under the Klingon Cloak of Invisibility
A6M2 Zero x 65
B5N2 Kate x 35
DD Express, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
DD Nizam, heavy fires, heavy damage
In other news today…
- Hudson IIIa’s attack CA Maya near Chittagong but run into Zeroes on CAP and three bombers are shot down in the sea.
- Kanhsien is bombed in preparation for the forthcoming assault.
- Allied sub and Japanese transport duke it out near Boela. Where are my escorts?
xAK Kano Maru, Shell hits 12, on fire
SS O21, hits 4, on fire
- Allied TF spotted near Duff Islands in the Solomons. Is it headed for Ndeni?
- Ground combat at Clark Field as efforts continue to soften up the defenders in preparation for the final assault.
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 34945 troops, 406 guns, 242 vehicles, Assault Value = 1037
Defending force 18850 troops, 295 guns, 139 vehicles, Assault Value = 408
Japanese adjusted assault: 897
Allied adjusted defense: 1045
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 0)
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-)
Japanese ground losses:
2566 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 188 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 38 disabled
Guns lost 27 (2 destroyed, 25 disabled)
Allied ground losses:
852 casualties reported
Squads: 38 destroyed, 118 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 73 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 20 (4 destroyed, 16 disabled)
Vehicles lost 26 (11 destroyed, 15 disabled)
< Message edited by Walker84 -- 2/12/2015 6:56:30 PM >
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