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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/17/2018 2:32:05 PM   
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Lowpe, good to have you back and posting!

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And Isis didn't sink.

Those religious fanatics can be darn tough sometimes

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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/17/2018 2:47:37 PM   
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Lowpe, good to have you back and posting!

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And Isis didn't sink.

Those religious fanatics can be darn tough sometimes


Allied Hiatus, followed by a nasty Japanese cold. But, back, entrenched, and fighting on.

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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/17/2018 2:48:49 PM   
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Japanese troops surrounded by 2500+ Soviet tanks at Heiho, the defense there is coming to an end. But opportunity arises even from the ashes of destroyed base.




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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/17/2018 3:02:31 PM   
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Here is the 12th Field Artillery, at Heiho. Despite having an insanely aggressive commander, they have suffered next to no losses. They have done a good job at disabling tanks, but there isn't enough artillery present to destroy a lot of attacking vehicles. Pity. Or, there is enough Soviet artillery present to really diminish the effective fire of the 12th.






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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/17/2018 6:56:04 PM   
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Turn is finished, and we are trying a focused search tactic in an attempt to selectively strike Allied shipping. Always a risky strategy...


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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/19/2018 1:02:22 AM   
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Lowpe, keep up the good work! Really enjoy reading your after action. I don’t post much, but your efforts deserve praise.

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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/19/2018 1:59:01 PM   
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May, May, May! The blossoms bloom in Honshu, and like a blossom, Japan flexes some strength....oh, so selectively, but hope for a change in the tempo of the war has come....

during the night Iboats strike fear and death and fire into the Allied merchant shipping...




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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/19/2018 2:01:10 PM   
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Not as many flew as hoped for, but the Allies miss having any fighter protection, so three waves of bombers vector in...several torpedoes were defective, but a good strike.






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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/19/2018 2:10:03 PM   
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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/19/2018 3:12:49 PM   
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The air strikes against the Allied shipping in Sumatra look like a really good start to taking control there. I hope you can keep up the pressure against them.

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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/19/2018 7:56:04 PM   
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May is here, and the Nick starts with production of 100 planes per month, or 3 a day and on good days 4 and bad days 2.

The A6M3 will take 6 more days I think, and then arrive at around 210 planes per month.

The Tojo IIa has also turned blue, but will arrive June 1 at 90 per month. That will be an increase of 400 fighters or FB's per month. Boy, do I need them.

This month the Allies get that strange tank (Grant or Lee), but next month the vaunted Type 1 will roll off the assembly line for Japan and be the main battle tank till the Type 3 arrives 6/44 (wishful thinking there).






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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/19/2018 7:59:03 PM   
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Arriving in a day.




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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/19/2018 8:01:42 PM   
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Two months till the 1st and 2nd Tank Divisions form up. Sigh.




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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/19/2018 8:05:37 PM   
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Just not a lot of assault value in the production log here. 1st and 2nd Tank Division elements at least won't have to be bought out, but needed to counter the Soviets, and can move into China, if the opportunity arises, according to the rules Obvert posted when the Soviets got early activated.




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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/19/2018 8:06:53 PM   
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Lowpe, keep up the good work! Really enjoy reading your after action. I don’t post much, but your efforts deserve praise.


Thanks, keep reading and I will keep fighting.

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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/19/2018 8:08:44 PM   
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The air strikes against the Allied shipping in Sumatra look like a really good start to taking control there. I hope you can keep up the pressure against them.


It has been a long road, that is for sure, But perhaps I am approaching the crest of the hill.

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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/20/2018 12:55:57 AM   
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Lowpe,
I just caught up. This has been a fascinating AAR. Keep up the good work.

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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/20/2018 5:06:56 PM   
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Examining my possible Nick Sentai...and I have three to immediately choose from all currently flying Nates.
4th Sentai size 36, Saigon (upgrades later to NF)
5th Sentai size 30, Honshu (upgrades later to NF)
84th IF Chutai, size 12 but 36 pilots at Saigon.

So I will upgrade the the 4th and then the 84th, rail them to Cam Ranh Bay for quicker repairs and a slug of replacement planes. So in six-seven days the 4th Sentai should have 24 Nicks in them.

I have never had good luck in using the Nick as a sweeper, although Mr. Kane has. I am not adverse to trying. Given my shortage of fighters, I will probably use them initially in a defense against beasts to start until the pools and squadrons build up a bit. The A6M3 will be the sweeper.

To go beyond these three, I will need to allocate PP and convert light bombers into Nick squadrons at 10 PP per max plane size of the squadron.

The vast majority of those LB squadrons are restricted, thus will need PP allocated twice (to change HQ, and then change status (LB to FB).

However, there are some MB units that can convert to LB for free, and then to FB. Most promising is the 90th Sentai (size 31) and the 12th Sentai (size 27). Overall, tracker identifies 8 sentai or chutai that can convert now and are currently active and only one reinforcement unit prior to 1945. However there exists the chance of converting standard MB units to FB with an extra PP cost for the switch to LB.

So an average of 270 pp per squadron times 8 gives us a total PP cost of 2160 or about 500 pps more than a full division. So 216 more fighter bombers flying missions.

I will have to await my next turn to see the PP cost of converting standard MB squadrons over to LB and then to FB. I know the two mentioned above are free, but I am not certain on the remaining.

And finally, I am expecting a 2000 foot bombing campaign against Honshu to start at any moment. Unfortunately, I am really no ready for it. American beasts are in the Singers area for now...




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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/21/2018 4:22:22 PM   
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May 2nd, 1942

Heiho falls.




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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/21/2018 4:27:02 PM   
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Four Nicks were made today, an increase of more than 33% of Japan's front line fighter eligible production.

An Iboat sank an AMC at Christmas Island IO, blew the sucker right out of the water, the animation had it flying into the air.

The remains of the Palembang force fought in the jungles, and got a 1-1. They are surrounded.


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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/21/2018 6:44:19 PM   
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Do the Soviets lose a lot of troops anytime soon to the European theater?

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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/23/2018 11:50:51 AM   
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Japanese CAP traps all miss...Soviets continue to destroy the units at Heiho, with no base, Japan can't evacuate anymore from there.

Allies now have over 200 fighters at Singers and the British fleet is bombarding daily the western coast above Singers threatening to cut the rail line.






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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/23/2018 11:51:56 AM   
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Do the Soviets lose a lot of troops anytime soon to the European theater?


They do lose at least 5 divisions, but I do-not recall the date.

Edit: They lose infantry divisions. No tank units, motorized divisions, artillery leave.

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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/23/2018 12:18:02 PM   
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quote:

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May 2nd, 1942

Heiho falls.

Oh joy 5K more SOV AFV's.



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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/23/2018 11:23:25 PM   
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That is a lot of fighter production. Do you have the pilots to fly them?

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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/25/2018 1:41:47 PM   
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That is a lot of fighter production. Do you have the pilots to fly them?


Sure, pilots is not a problem. Or a big problem yet.



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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/25/2018 1:53:41 PM   
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Some Sallies strike elements of the Soviets in western Manchuko, but the flak present prevent any damage. Heiho is attacked again at 360-1 odds, but a few stalwarts remain to tie up Soviet motorized formations and tank divisions.

The British and Americans are looking at cutting the rail lines into Singers. Navy heavily concentrated at Singers under a healthy CAP.

Palembang's beaten defenders holding out in the jungles, but not for long.






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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/29/2018 1:22:36 PM   
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The Allies keep reinforcing Malaya...

Japanese CAP traps miss...

Looks like three days for the first A6M3 to roll off the assembly lines...

The Akagi, torpedoed in the opening month of the war several times is almost operational again. Junyo has arrived.






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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/29/2018 1:23:11 PM   
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Nicks...




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RE: Soviets Activated.... - 1/29/2018 1:26:27 PM   
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Mopping up in Mindanao.




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