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RE: Christmas Update - 7/22/2019 12:02:01 PM   
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Well, that's good to know!

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RE: Christmas Update - 7/22/2019 1:26:03 PM   
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Yes, it is good to know. But I think (without starting the game and more testing) that you have to have the Nells and Bettys on "Torpedo" as main armament then the default is the bomb load. Otherwise the bomb load might be reduced.

That is another good use for Jakes on the CS where the enemy does not have any fighters, such as deep in the Indian Ocean where convoys are heading to Australia . . .

Down low they perform okay without training against DDs but I have not played later in the game when the AA suite on DDs is significantly increased. Still, damaging any ship always from a port can lead to bad things happening to the ship. Training them, even just 50//50 attack and train works well. The ones with higher experience do not learn to bomb that well so I just keep a couple around to teach the newbies how to fly . . .

A 60 kg bomb is larger than the 5/"38 caliber shell which is 54 kg. So they can do a lot of damage to an unarmored target.

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RE: Christmas Update - 7/22/2019 9:24:01 PM   
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quote:

Replacement load for torpedo is usually:
Allied - 1 or 2 x 500lb bombs
Japanese - 1 x 800kg,
or 1 or 2 x 250kg for non-LBA
or 1 or 2 x 250kg and 2 or 4 x 60kg for LBA

The settings are for normal range and and over normal respectively.

We had to make a generalized call on what constituted a normal bomb load when flying without torps.


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RE: Christmas Update - 7/31/2019 8:07:03 PM   
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The forum just ate about an hours worth of work on an update, so I'm salty...

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RE: Christmas Update - 7/31/2019 8:21:57 PM   
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July 8th to July 14th, 1942

North Pacific

Nothing to report here!

Central Pacific

An IJN CL force operating from Truk damages a lone USN DD east of Ontong Java. It scuttles the next day. The CL force is then sent to escort a convoy moving the Imperial Guards Division to Luganville.

South-West Pacific

It all kicks off here.

A deliberate attack on the 10th and 11th reveals that the defenders are running out of supply:

quote:

Ground combat at Suva (132,160)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 45195 troops, 425 guns, 66 vehicles, Assault Value = 1334

Defending force 42826 troops, 831 guns, 876 vehicles, Assault Value = 1156

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 1516

Allied adjusted defense: 1689

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 0)

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

Japanese ground losses:
4286 casualties reported
Squads: 17 destroyed, 261 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 37 disabled
Guns lost 43 (1 destroyed, 42 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
392 casualties reported
Squads: 44 destroyed, 43 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 34 (14 destroyed, 20 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)


On the 12th, large Allied fleet movements are spotted to the far south of Fiji. Planes and subs are positioned to engage.

The 13th reveals that an Allied carrier force is escorting a large number of ships to Tongatapu. IJN planes attempt to sortie but attack with bombs instead of torpedoes, no hits are scored:

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Tongatapu at 135,168

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 61 NM, estimated altitude 29,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 34
G3M3 Nell x 32

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 14
F2A-3 Buffalo x 13
F4F-4 Wildcat x 27

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
G3M3 Nell: 2 destroyed, 7 damaged
G3M3 Nell: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Formidable
CV Hornet
CV Lexington

Aircraft Attacking:
26 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 25000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb


A PM attack is similarly disappointing.

The 14th sees two IJN PB's sunk attempting to infiltrate the Allied fleet. A third escapes detection and might yet cause confusion.

The Allied CA force that sinks the PB's ends up in an inconclusive engagement with a IJN CA force off Suva:

quote:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Nadi at 131,160, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Takao, Shell hits 1
CA Maya, Shell hits 2
CA Chokai
DD Oshio
DD Michishio
DD Arashio
DD Yamagumo
DD Minegumo
DD Asagumo

Allied Ships
CA Northampton
CA Vincennes
CA Exeter, Shell hits 1
CL Honolulu, Shell hits 2
DD Sims
DD Hammann, Shell hits 3, on fire


The IJN fleet will split up. The CA's will run at full speed to bombard Suva, then retire to Luganville. The destroyers are sent south to hopefully dump Long Lances at Allied shipping.

A USN DD is torpedoed by RO-62, but a second attack against an xAK is thwarted.

The only air action on the 14th involves a sweep against Tongatapu, where IJN pilots gut two US Army Squadrons:


quote:

Morning Air attack on Tongatapu , at 138,168

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 48 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 39

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 25
P-40E Warhawk x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 6 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 3 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet



The situation at the end of the 14th is as below. It appears a major effort is underway to reinforce Tongatapu, and possibly Suva as well...





Northern Australia

The airlanding attack on Darwin fails to take the base, but IJA troops are able to outflank the Australian troops and Darwin should be in Japanese hands by the end of the month.

The 40th Division plus a brigade is about a week out from Katherine, and should be able to clear out the defenders and give Japan solid control over the Northern Australian region.

DEI

Not much to report here.

Burma

IJA troops are moving to take Toungoo and surround the mix of British and Chinese units defending the base.

A lone Wellington squadron starts bombing operations in Burma. Within two days it's wiped out by a massive IJA LRCAP effort.

China

The end is fast approaching for Chungking, with a near 3:1 IJA advantage in raw AV (3.3k versus 1.2k) and forts down to level 1.

Chinese units are fleeing through the open hexsides at Chungking, and IJA tank units are roaming the countryside attempting to force them to surrender. Some will certainly escape to mount an insurgency, but the main goal is Chungking itself.

Home Islands

The KB still has a week to go before it's back at full strength. Training continues...

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RE: Christmas Update - 8/2/2019 5:42:43 PM   
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What's the general thoughts on the D4Y line? I had forgotten of the massive range on the first model...

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RE: Christmas Update - 8/2/2019 6:15:35 PM   
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I have never gotten that far as Japan but I sent up my research so I would not have to use a special engine for it.

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The forum just ate about an hours worth of work on an update, so I'm salty...



Updating the AAR? If so, do it in a word processing program then paste it.

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RE: Christmas Update - 8/7/2019 9:27:45 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: mind_messing

The forum just ate about an hours worth of work on an update, so I'm salty...




Did you forget the posting procedure?

1. Ctrl-A (select all)
2. Ctrl-C (copy)
3. Post

If 3. fails - Ctrl-V

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RE: Christmas Update - 8/7/2019 9:04:16 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: tarkalak

quote:

ORIGINAL: mind_messing

The forum just ate about an hours worth of work on an update, so I'm salty...




Did you forget the posting procedure?

1. Ctrl-A (select all)
2. Ctrl-C (copy)
3. Post

If 3. fails - Ctrl-V


Yeah that's normally my process as well, but I dun goofed.

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RE: Christmas Update - 8/10/2019 10:52:01 AM   
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July 15th to July 22nd, 1942

A great deal starts to happen over these turns, so I'll take a chronological approach as to best communicate events.

July 15th

IJN units tangle with Allied warships off Suva. A IJN destroyer flotilla tangles with some Allied warships, losing one IJN DD for no results.

Then the IJN CA force sent to bombard Suva does so, but blunders into a strong Allied force that had just returned from bombarding Nadi:

quote:

Day Time Surface Combat, near Nadi at 131,161, Range 15,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Takao, Shell hits 4, on fire
CA Maya, Shell hits 1, on fire
CA Chokai, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
BC Repulse, Shell hits 5
CA Houston
CA Louisville
CA Chicago
CA Astoria, Shell hits 1
CA Canberra
CL Leander
CL Achilles
CL Perth
DD Encounter, Shell hits 1
DD Express
DD Isis


The damage done to the IJN cruisers leaves them sitting targets for Allied carrier aircraft, and all three IJN warships are sunk later in the day.

Some small measure of revenge is gained by torpedo into the British CL Enterprise (not the carrier, but we've allegedly already sunk that!) with heavy damage reported.

Massed B-17 strikes from Allied bases in the Samoa and Tonga Islands, combined with warship bombardment and carrier strikes sweeps Japanese air power out of this region. Most of the Japanese aircraft are withdrawn to Luganville or Noumea prior to this, but the airbases are shut down until further notice.

July 16th


South of Japan, a fast supply convoy returning to Tokyo makes an interesting sighting:

quote:

Day Time Surface Combat, near Chichi-jima at 120,74, Range 26,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
AMC Kinryu Maru
AMC Asaka Maru
AMC Kongo Maru
xAK Tasmania Maru

Allied Ships
CV Saratoga
CV Wasp
BB North Carolina
CLAA Atlanta
CLAA San Diego
CLAA San Juan
DD Conyngham
DD Shaw
DD Cushing
DD Perkins
DD Tucker
DD Cassin
DD Downes


The Allied warships are running in stealth mode, and it's just good fortune they ran into that fast convoy at that time.

IJN warships in the Home Islands, as well as land based air units are mobilized in response. The KB isn't at full strength, but a credible combat-ready force of two CVL and two CVs is assembled for the following day.

Meanwhile, Allied air unit keep the Japanese airbases around Fiji well plastered, and the Siege of Chungking enters its final phase.

July 17th


The AMC's belonging to the fast supply convoy are detached to act as picket ships to detect and if possible engage the Allied carrier force off the Bonin Islands. The Kinryu Maru finds the USN CV force during the night and eats a 16 inch shell for its troubles.

Betty bombers flying from mainland Japan attack the Allied CV force, and suffer badly to CAP. They manage to break through, but no bomb hits are scored on the Wasp.

Nells try later in the day, but the result is the same.

Allied carriers and B-17s continue to attack targets on Fiji with the Japanese unable to effectively resist. Air assets are being rushed to the region as quickly as possible.

July 18th

A USN destroyer trying to infiltrate IJN shipping lines north of Fiji is sunk by a gang of 4 IJN destroyers.

Carrier clash in the Bonins! The USN CV's off Chichi-jima attack the IJN CV force consisting of CV's Soryu and Hiryu and CVLs Shoho and Zuiho:

quote:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Chichi-jima at 118,75

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 36

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 11
SBD-3 Dauntless x 32

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 6 destroyed, 7 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo
CVL Zuiho
CVL Shoho
CV Hiryu
DD Kiku
CV Soryu


Bad weather, few escorts and a strong CAP of elite pilots ruins the day for the USN fliers. However, the IJN counterstrike is far from satisfactory:

quote:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 124,73

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 45
B5N1 Kate x 7
B5N2 Kate x 22
D3A1 Val x 24

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 72

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 destroyed
B5N1 Kate: 2 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 12 destroyed, 2 damaged
D3A1 Val: 15 destroyed, 3 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Saratoga
BB North Carolina
CV Wasp, Torpedo hits 1


In a stroke of good luck, ten Wildcats escort 9 Devastators to attack the Kinryu Maru, limping for Yokohama with a 16 inch hole in it. This divides an already inferior Allied force.

Dauntless dive bombers have another go at targeting the IJN CV force later in the day, but with no escort, all 14 planes are destroyer before they reach the ships.

While still a positive result, the losses are heavy for the IJN, as later strikes of a small Val and Kate fragments are wiped out. However, IJN planes from other carriers are parked at Kobe airbase while the carriers are upgraded, so additional reinforcements are flown in from these squadrons.

IJN planes from Luganville sink an xAK south-west of Fiji.

A deliberate attack at Chungking brings forts down to zero.

July 19th

Adak Island is bombarded by the BB Warspite and escorts.

Blessed with good search capabilites and superior numbers, the IJN has a party with the USN CV force fleeing eastward across the Pacific:

quote:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 129,75

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 63
B5N1 Kate x 9
B5N2 Kate x 36
D3A1 Val x 37

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 11
F4F-4 Wildcat x 66

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 4 destroyed
B5N1 Kate: 1 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 6 destroyed, 3 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 5 destroyed, 4 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Wasp, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
BB North Carolina, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 5, and is sunk
CV Saratoga, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Cassin


The unescorted USN counterstrike is slaughtered by a strong IJN CAP:

quote:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 127,75

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 36

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 26
TBD-1 Devastator x 9

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 15 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak
TBD-1 Devastator: 4 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CV Soryu
CV Hiryu

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



In the aftermath of this one sided affair, with the USN carriers either sunk or crippled and the battleship North Carolina sunk, the decision is made to detached the Kongo-class battleships and two Tone-class crusiers to finish off the remaining ships in the USN carrier fleet. The IJN carriers will return to Yokohama to replenish and regroup in preparation for heading back to Fiji to stabilize the situation there.

Darwin falls to IJN paratroopers after a two week battle.

July 20th

The Kongo battleships sink the CLAA San Diego and one USN DD during the night, and the CLAA San Juan and another two DDs during the day.

An IJN CL force in the Central Pacific intercepts another raiding force east of the Santa Cruz Islands. One DD is sunk immediately and another a day later.

Chungking falls:

quote:

Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 96856 troops, 1532 guns, 738 vehicles, Assault Value = 1960

Defending force 41675 troops, 182 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 355

Japanese adjusted assault: 1164

Allied adjusted defense: 333

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

Japanese forces CAPTURE Chungking !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
721 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 37 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled

Allied ground losses:
13659 casualties reported
Squads: 317 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 877 destroyed, 110 disabled
Engineers: 68 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 74 (61 destroyed, 13 disabled)
Units retreated 23
Units destroyed 1


The Chinese troops flee westward, with IJA troops in close pursuit and subject to heavy bombing raids.

July 21st

Kongo force damages another USN DD during the night, but it escapes.

Besides Allied carriers continuing to strike targets around Fiji, there's not much that happens this turn other than scattered combats in Burma and China.


July 22nd

A USN CA force jumps a squadron of 4 IJN DD's north-east of Fiji in the Gardiner Islands, sinking two IJN DD's for little damage dealt in return.

A USN DD manages to infiltrate the shipping lanes again and shoots up a supply convoy south of Truk:

quote:

Day Time Surface Combat, near Truk at 113,116, Range 18,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Teimei Maru
PB Taian Maru, Shell hits 1
PB Yomei Maru, Shell hits 2, on fire
xAK Tensin Maru, Shell hits 2, on fire
xAK Tempei Maru
xAK Ryoka Maru, Shell hits 1
xAK Tamahoko Maru
xAK Yae Maru, Shell hits 3, on fire
xAK Mansei Maru, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
DD Patterson, Shell hits 2, heavy fires


With scattered bombings and combat in China, that brings us up to the current turn.

Unsure as to what my future directions are going to be, but I'll make a follow-on post to this. Loka is out of town till Tuesday, and I've the weekend off (hurray for the new job!) so I'll get the chance to have a proper screen-staring session at some point this weekend.

Questions welcomed!



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RE: Christmas Update - 8/10/2019 9:47:09 PM   
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I can't blame the Allied player for trying to attack the Home Islands, as I did earlier in the war with my current game. I have an issued with the timing. This is during the Japanese July 42 refit cycle, unless he thought he could sneak within range of a carrier strike against a major naval base, possibly hosting a carrier or two under going upgrades, I would think he would attack further to the east of the Home Islands to pick off some easy merchant shipping, ASW TFs and get some strat points from hitting cities with HI and LI. You taught he a lesson and for little loss, just in aircraft and some aircrews. If luck favors the bold, he was out of luck.

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RE: Christmas Update - 8/10/2019 10:09:09 PM   
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The Allies were chastised . . .



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RE: Christmas Update - 8/11/2019 9:22:55 AM   
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I can't blame the Allied player for trying to attack the Home Islands, as I did earlier in the war with my current game. I have an issued with the timing. This is during the Japanese July 42 refit cycle, unless he thought he could sneak within range of a carrier strike against a major naval base, possibly hosting a carrier or two under going upgrades, I would think he would attack further to the east of the Home Islands to pick off some easy merchant shipping, ASW TFs and get some strat points from hitting cities with HI and LI. You taught he a lesson and for little loss, just in aircraft and some aircrews. If luck favors the bold, he was out of luck.


Going further north was his MO in our last game. His timing to go south of Tokyo was also tied to operations around Fiji - I'd estimate an effort to jump a big convoy or two transiting from Tokyo to Truk.

It was a good plan, but it had a deficit of luck: unlucky it got spotted in the manner it did, unlucky I had CV's ready to chase, unlucky weather made it such a one-sided affair.

Still, I've maintained that it is always better to be lucky than good...

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RE: Christmas Update - 9/21/2019 12:00:14 PM   
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Yikes, I've let this lapse quite severely. I will try to update it later today!

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RE: Christmas Update - 9/21/2019 6:27:58 PM   
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July 23rd to August 28th, 1942

More than a month has passed in-game without an update, so I'll try to give as full an update as I can.

North Pacific

Nothing up here worth reporting.

I moved some engineers from Manchuria to Shikuka. They're currently bringing the port up to size 9. Once that's done, they'll develop Shikuka and Toyohara to size 9 airbases to serve as backstops for the Kuriles.

South-West Pacific

From late July into early August, the Allies mount a air and naval campaign against Japanese positions around Fiji. Off the back of this, they are able to funnel supply in to Suva and close IJ airbases in the region.

The KB responds, and with the aid of a large reinforcement effort from air units across the Empire, the situation is stabilized. B-17 raids from Pago-Pago are now effectively opposed by the new Ki-45 Nick.

This then enables a large effort to reinforce Fiji with IJA troops freed from Luzon. Current IJA strength on Luzon is 6 divisions plus change. Opposing them is still the same battered collection of Allied troops:

quote:

Ground combat at Suva (132,160)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 2944 troops, 203 guns, 176 vehicles, Assault Value = 1449

Defending force 42194 troops, 824 guns, 889 vehicles, Assault Value = 1047

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



With the Allies have being able to resupply Fiji, the clock is turned back on the eventual Japanese seizure of Fiji. Given the current situation, it has proven difficult for me to close Suva's airbase (and keep it closed) in the face of increasing Allied resistance in the air. On two occasions bombers have been ambushed, and naval assets are unable to bombard due to other commitments elsewhere, combined with a general fuel shortage in the Pacific Area.

There were a number of losses over the fighting in this area. The crusiers Takao, Maya and Chokai were sunk by Allied carrier aircraft in the opening days of the Allied re-supply effort, along with two destroyers.

In exchange, the Allies likely lost the CL Enterprise (the British light cruiser, sadly) and a smattering of smaller ships when the KB arrived to sweep the region clear.



An attempt was made to hunt a squadron of battleships operating in SWPAC, but the KB was unable to get in to a position to attack. Some consolation comes from a IJN sub putting two torpedoes in to the battleship Revenge.

In an effort to harvest easy VP's, I've been using the G3M3 Nell from bases on New Caledonia to bomb Australian industrial centres. I plan to ramp this up going forward in an effort to build a cushion for 1944 and onwards.

Central Pacific

Following events in SWPAC, the Allies responded by embarking on an all-out offensive into the Gilberts.

Japanese commitments here were slim, a few Naval Guards, a collection of floatplanes and a pair of seaplane tenders.

A strong Allied force lands and takes Tabiteuea from a weak garrison, as well as the adjacent bases. Airbases are rapidly developed on Arore and Nikunau.

The IJN is quick to respond, over the month of August, with a good toll of troop and cargo ships sunk by warships, the KB and land-based air flying from the Marshalls. This culminates with the 3 remaining Kongo-class battleships bombarding Arore to great effect.



With the large-scale fleet movements and numerous reinforcement convoys dashing to and fro, the strategic fuel reserves for the Pacific Ocean are completely exhausted. The KB is parked at Kwajalein for the next week, pending an oiler convoy from the DEI. A large number of ships are parked at Truk waiting more fuel as well.

For now, there will be an operational pause to enable fuel stockpiles to recover, at which point the IJN will hit back hard!

Engineers and aviation support is being rushed to the Marshalls in anticipation of a campaign of attrition in the air here.

Northern Australia

Darwin is completely evacuated. The only Japanese position in Australia is a small seaplane base at Broome.

Timor will now become the first line of defence for the Lower DEI, as engineers have work well in hand to make this a formidable bastion.

Burma

Magwe falls, and the oil is taken intact.



Besides some attempts to strike Allied coastal shipping with fighter-bombers, this theatre is remarkably quiet. That may change in the foreseeable future, however!

Allied infiltrators have activated all of the Viet Mihn divisions. I'm actually quite glad of this, as although they are static units and essentially a waste of supply, they free up units for garrison duties and have embedded engineers!

China

Chungking has fallen, and with it China is out of the war!

Well, besides a large number of troops who were able to escape to India.



The IJA forces that were present at Chungking have split in to roughly three parts.

One will remain in China for to recover losses and mop up, before being bought out for Pacific and DEI garrison duties.
One will head to northern China and take control of the oil centre at Urumuchi.
The last part is fighting through the mountains to Northern Burma, where it will become a defacto part of the Burmese Area Army.

A large part of the engineers, aviation support and air units are in the process of being redeployed to the Pacific, where they will be most welcome!

Miscellaneous

All matters industrial seem to be ticking over nicely. Fuel and supply are climbing, and resource stockpiles are nearing the 10 million mark.

Oil continues to fall, but it is manageable for the medium term, and oil exports from Burma and the Eastern DEI have yet to ramp up.

R&D is starting to make some progress. The A6M5c is ticking along nicely, as is the Tony.

VP's are at 3.258:1. This is good, but it could be better.

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RE: Christmas Update - 9/23/2019 4:22:55 AM   
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Magwe intact and Chungking are both very good news … congrats!!!

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RE: Christmas Update - 9/27/2019 6:41:01 PM   
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Magwe intact and Chungking are both very good news … congrats!!!


Very happy about Chungking - bet my record of Oct '42 from the last game.

Less sanguine about events elsewhere, plenty of troops now, and the best way to use them isn't always clear...

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RE: Christmas Update - 10/5/2019 2:22:30 AM   
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Well, in general keep the initiative for as long as you can, but don't let your troops get cut off. i.e. be prepared to pull back to defensible perimeter fairly quickly. create a few speedtraps to buy some time … yeah, that's about it.


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RE: Christmas Update - 10/18/2019 10:46:17 PM   
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29th August to September 21st, 1942

I was in a great position for this game, then I threw a large part of it away.

Allied resistance in around Fiji has escalated rapidly. 4E strikes from Tonga, Pago Pago and other islands close Japanese bases at Nadi and Kandavu Island.

After spotting an amphibious force attempting to relieve Suva in mid-September, I sortie the KB. The Allied scatter, and I split the KB in an attempt to chase down loaded amphibious transports. (Mistake 1)

On September 18th, the Allies find the weaker half of the KB as it withdrew back to Luganville (without escort Mistake 2) with a fast CL force. This is an extract from several surface combats:

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Kandavu Island at 130,169, Range 20,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CV Kaga, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
CV Junyo, Shell hits 6
CV Hiyo, Shell hits 8
CV Akagi, Shell hits 3
CVL Shoho, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
CVL Zuiho, Shell hits 5, on fire, heavy damage
CS Nisshin, Shell hits 16, and is sunk
CS Chitose, Shell hits 14, heavy fires
CS Chiyoda, Shell hits 13, on fire

Allied Ships
CL Perth, Shell hits 3
CL Hobart, Shell hits 1
CL Mauritius, Shell hits 1
DD Meredith, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Aaron Ward, Shell hits 2
DD Mugford, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Wilson
DD Balch, Shell hits 2, on fire


The end result is Shoho, Zuiho, Chitose and Nisshin are all sunk. Kaga is damaged slightly and manages to limp away.

The bulk of the KB never launches a strike this day

The following day, I have a very rare and unexplained fit of aggression. Allied carriers are spotted North of Tongatapu, and given recent attrition to the Allied carriers, I feel comfortable in taking them on.(Mistake 3.)

The end result is...

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Kabara at 138,164

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 34
B5N2 Kate x 62
D3A1 Val x 68

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 25
F4F-4 Wildcat x 88

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 7 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 9 destroyed, 8 damaged
D3A1 Val: 20 destroyed, 10 damaged
D3A1 Val: 3 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
Martlet II: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
BB South Dakota, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CV Illustrious, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 5, on fire, heavy damage
CV Lexington, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1
CV Yorktown
xAP Khandalla, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
CV Hornet, Bomb hits 2, on fire
xAP Wallingford, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CA Houston
xAP President Tyler, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage
xAP Santhia, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage

Allied ground losses:
1010 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 62 destroyed, 31 disabled
Engineers: 21 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 7 (7 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 13 (11 destroyed, 2 disabled)

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Tongatapu at 137,166

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 53

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 9
Swordfish I x 12
SBD-2 Dauntless x 15
SBD-3 Dauntless x 29
TBF-1 Avenger x 45

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Martlet II: 1 destroyed
Swordfish I: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged
Swordfish I: 1 destroyed by flak
SBD-2 Dauntless: 2 destroyed, 4 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 8 destroyed, 8 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 5 destroyed, 10 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Shokaku, Torpedo hits 2
CV Hiryu
CV Soryu, Bomb hits 1
CV Zuikaku


Weather swings it in a big way for the Japanese, but overall it is a dismal performance. A large section of the KB went after the CVE Long Island (in Tongatapu hex) and was murdered by a buzzsaw CAP.

quote:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Tongatapu at 138,168

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 55 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 14
D3A1 Val x 24

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 81
P-40E Warhawk x 86

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 6 destroyed
D3A1 Val: 13 destroyed

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CVE Long Island, Bomb hits 1


At least they planted a bomb in her, but I would have preferred a real carrier sunk instead.

I really do pay the price on the following day, September 20th. My carriers are battle-scarred, low on ammo and planes and under-escorted and a few hexes away from serious USN war fleets. The swift Japanese exit from the area has Allied warships fast on their heels...

One extract:

quote:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Kabara at 135,165, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CV Hiryu, Shell hits 2, on fire
CV Soryu
CV Zuikaku, Shell hits 11, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Teruzuki, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
BB Oklahoma, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, on fire
BB Idaho
BB Mississippi
BB Resolution
CL Dauntless, Shell hits 1
DD Walke, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Morris
DD Bagley
DD Farragut
DD MacDonough


Shokaku and Zuikaku don't make it out.

My run of amazing luck continues on the 21st September...

quote:

Sub attack near Niuatoputapu at 144,161

Japanese Ships
SS I-30

Allied Ships
CV Hornet, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
PC Taney


Hornet took two bombs previously, so I'm inclined to think she's gone.

However, the Allies have managed to force at least one amphibious force through to Suva, with additional troops offloading there. With the KB down for at least a week (and ZERO fuel between Luganville and Balikpapan), the future looks dim for Japanese prospects of taking Suva.

Currently considering the costs/benefits of an evacuation of Fiji entirely. Currently 6 IJA divisions (plus change) on the island.

Input on this issue is welcomed!

Major Losses (as per sunk ships list)

Japan
CVL Shoho
CV Shokaku
CV Zuikaku
CV Kaga (limping home with fires building, chances are slim)
CS Chitose
CS Nisshin
CA Aoba
CA Haguro
CA Nachi

Allied
CV Illustrious
BB South Dakota
CV Lexington
BB Oklahoma
BB Idaho
BB Missisippi
sundry smaller ships (some with troops!)
CV Hornet (took two torps and Wildcats reported as ground losses)

Summary

A draw.

In effect, that means a big win for him.

Loka deserved a true Midway here. I made several serious mistakes, and was allowed off very easily each time.

At the same time, I'm irritated by the fact that a more measured, considered and sensible approach on my part would have likely resulted in a much better exchange ratio for me in terms of carriers and airframes.

Reflecting on these turns, this has been valuable experience in understanding what turns you need to "sit" on for a few hours (or days) to really think about what the best course of action is.

On the strategic level, I now feel as if my foothold in Fiji is unsustainable. Part of me is inclined to really double down, using the rush of units freed from China to solidify my position, but I am concerned about throwing good money after bad.

Meh

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RE: Christmas Update - 10/19/2019 11:08:05 AM   
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As Allies those losses will also hurt, and could delay things moving forward. It's still better to fight when the odds are more even than later, and I think in VP terms you might have come out ahead.

As for Fiji, it's too far South to risk more valuable assets there.

For Kaga, get as many other ships moving with her as you can and hopefully the fires reduce. Of course at cruise speed. Anything with naval support nearby she could put up for a bit?

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RE: Christmas Update - 10/19/2019 11:54:56 AM   
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quote:

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As Allies those losses will also hurt, and could delay things moving forward. It's still better to fight when the odds are more even than later, and I think in VP terms you might have come out ahead.

As for Fiji, it's too far South to risk more valuable assets there.

For Kaga, get as many other ships moving with her as you can and hopefully the fires reduce. Of course at cruise speed. Anything with naval support nearby she could put up for a bit?


I think this leaves Loka with just the Lexington, the Long Island and maybe a British CV until the Essex.

I am inclined to agree, preparations to withdraw from Fiji are already underway. First priority is to get the cripples away. Second is to get some sort of control over the skies above Fiji. Then we'll start loading up troops.

Kaga is disbanded in a level 1 port south of Luganville. An AR is heading for her at full speed, as is a convoy with a Naval HQ.

Fires in the 40s, Sys Damage in the 80s. I think she'll burn up. If by some miracle I save her, getting her back will be extremely difficult.

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RE: Christmas Update - 10/19/2019 1:42:40 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: obvert

As Allies those losses will also hurt, and could delay things moving forward. It's still better to fight when the odds are more even than later, and I think in VP terms you might have come out ahead.

As for Fiji, it's too far South to risk more valuable assets there.

For Kaga, get as many other ships moving with her as you can and hopefully the fires reduce. Of course at cruise speed. Anything with naval support nearby she could put up for a bit?


I think this leaves Loka with just the Lexington, the Long Island and maybe a British CV until the Essex.

I am inclined to agree, preparations to withdraw from Fiji are already underway. First priority is to get the cripples away. Second is to get some sort of control over the skies above Fiji. Then we'll start loading up troops.

Kaga is disbanded in a level 1 port south of Luganville. An AR is heading for her at full speed, as is a convoy with a Naval HQ.

Fires in the 40s, Sys Damage in the 80s. I think she'll burn up. If by some miracle I save her, getting her back will be extremely difficult.

Crap. As you say some mistakes, and some bad luck. Crap.

Kaga is gone. High sys and any fire is deadly, and she has more than a little fire. Crap.

Buy those CV groups out, especially the fighters. Size them as big as your HR will allow and get them into George/Jack ASAP.

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RE: Christmas Update - 10/19/2019 1:50:43 PM   
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I had to check your game rules and HR's real quick before I could continue.

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So, this is the type of event where I do a major re-assessment of my IJN RnD. I'm gonna want to look at shifting my fighter RnD to George or Jack (I only choose one) and then Shinden. Without KB, and you don't have a KB any more, then I don't think the A7M worth while. J7W is a much more troublesome plane for the allies and the very best the IJ gets.

Judy/Jill also get back burner to a great extent and Grace is even more relevant because of range and ability to run TB or DB missions. Also Grace is as effective as Frances at 50% the cost.



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RE: Christmas Update - 10/19/2019 8:28:26 PM   
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Writing off those 6 divisions on Fiji. Hard decision, but the right one in the long term.

Turning Luganville and New Caledonia in to front-line bases from this point on.

Pulling the IJN back to Truk - we'll fight from there from now on...

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