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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/6/2019 2:48:45 PM   
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Well given your conditions, I hope your landings are a miserable failure and you will have to stick around for a while longer. That is rather self serving on my part as I have enjoyed your AARs over the years.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/6/2019 3:20:49 PM   
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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/6/2019 3:22:23 PM   
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The failure in communicating clearly was my point, not turn frequency.


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ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

As for the game, Erik has slowed down considerably.

A month ago (Jan. 8) he asked me to send turns more quickly, as he had more time and wanted to accelerate the pace. I complied...only to have him reduce turn frequency by about half. So I asked him a few weeks later if he really wanted the turns more quickly. "Yup." Then he slowed down even more.


You know, right, that you two can run a two days turn (or more). It's a different game though, more challenging and have to think and plan more in advance. Very challenging and fun!



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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/6/2019 5:14:31 PM   
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4/29/45 to 5/1/45

TNNBT: The armada is making its way west in good shape. I've detached some "expendable" TFs that seem to be slowing things down. Today, Francis torp bombers from Chichi Jima nabbed about six of the lagging supply xAKs. Tomorrow most of the laggers are going to move forward at flank speed, in an effort to get the buggers closer to DS.

From my perspective, tomorrow should be the last fairly quiet day before things get very interesting. Of course, Erik can put a stop to "quiet" at any time by committing his own navy and air forces. I don't think he will yet, though I wouldn't be suprised to see little DD, E, PB type forays.

Overall, things look very good. Recon paints a good picture. DS and The Herd are in good shape. Fuel shouldn't be an issue.





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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/6/2019 10:14:40 PM   
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If anyone is interested I can give my highest recommendation to a book from the last couple of years called "American War". It is an entirely plausible work of fiction about the next American Civil war. Climate change is the background but it really tells the story of the people involved in a civil war. Sides are roughly the same as last time. A ripping good read that actually gave me a better understanding on how hte poeple of hte south may have felt about the first American Civil War.


Climate change, eh? That's what got me sideways last weekend. Tough topic. But I'll take your recommendation...unless the book is really just meant to convey a message. Who was it that said "leave the messages to Western Union."? Was the Goldwyn?

John, I'm nearly finished with a book I feel sure you've read already - One Year by Bill Bryson. I think this may be his best book. Real history presented perfectly - every sentence crafted perfectly. That guy can write! (The book is about 1927, covering everything from the Yankees to Lindberg to Clar Bow to weather to politics to Sacco and Vanzetti).

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/7/2019 12:53:12 AM   
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CR,

One of my favorite history classes I took was called Fin du Cycle (End of the Cycle). It covered a wide range of art, music, politics and social change in Europe. It was set during the period just before and just before and just after the turn of the century, but before the lead-up to WWI.

Wide-ranging on many obscure topics, but taken together, it was a great class. Sounds like your 'One Year' by Bill Bryson.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/7/2019 7:07:50 AM   
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CR: I just came off a long Lunar New Year break (they don't call it Chinese New Year here). My mother-in-law cooked up a pretty big feast and I knocked back a bit of booze with my father-in-law and other male in-laws while the women managed the kids and did their thing.

Anyway, once a free moment opened up at work today I did what I always do: I went to your AAR and caught up with several days of activity (I'm like a lagging supply TF). Know that your AARs are very appreciated, but I'd certainly understand if you'd like to take a hiatus. As someone above said, it's not like we paid for this.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/7/2019 8:32:08 AM   
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One Year
I can only find a book called "One Summer" I presume this is it. no, I have not read it. But I will take the recommendation. As for American War, climate change is just the background to tell a story. It really has nothing to do with that nor does it take a stand. It is about people, mostly small, are effected by wars and politics and how events might drive their motivations. There are some parallels to Americas wars abroad and how they might effect, and motivate small people. As an old Yankee it would be interesting to see an old Southerners opinion of the same material. I expect you may be saddened but not disappointed.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/7/2019 12:59:23 PM   
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That's it - One Summer.

I'll give American War a try.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/7/2019 2:17:51 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

4/29/45 to 5/1/45

TNNBT: The armada is making its way west in good shape.

....

Overall, things look very good. Recon paints a good picture. DS and The Herd are in good shape. Fuel shouldn't be an issue.




Switching to Solar?


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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/7/2019 3:26:51 PM   
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ORIGINAL: MakeeLearn
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ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

4/29/45 to 5/1/45

TNNBT: The armada is making its way west in good shape.

....

Overall, things look very good. Recon paints a good picture. DS and The Herd are in good shape. Fuel shouldn't be an issue.




Switching to Solar?



Or opening the "row holes".

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/7/2019 4:26:06 PM   
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Nope, probably natural gas. Why do you think that they call the small, white bean the "Navy" bean!

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/8/2019 2:42:18 AM   
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TNNBT: The armada moves west today, mostly in good order. Judys from Iwo sink a few lagging ships, which looks ragged but doesn't mean anything other than the reality of the points.

If things go right tomorrow, Allied paratroops aboard two APDs will land at (apparently) unoccupied Kume Jima. The day after, a Marine division, engineers and base forces shall come ashore. This base is intended to serve surveillance purposes. Most importantly, when secure I can switch the home port of all TFs from Kushiro to this local base, reducing the AI's concerns about fuel levels.

The day after tomorrow, a similar landing will take place at (apparently) unoccupied Iriomote, near Formosa. It will take a couple of days for me to land follow up troops at the two islands, which in turn should allow the lagging ships to finally catch up.

In about three days, the armada will proceed to one or both of the primary destinations (these two islands were the two secondary targets).






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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/8/2019 3:03:03 AM   
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SEAC: Major Allied invasion to take place at Georgetown tomorrow. There's great risk here - KB could be lurking, and massed LBA could arrive - but I think it's worth it. I'm interested in seeing how he allocates his forces.






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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/8/2019 2:11:10 PM   
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The turn is away. It could be a bloody one. Assuming that handling the turn and the next one might take Erik quite awhile, I asked him to send the Combat Report, as soon as he ran the turn. No word from him yet.

As I wait with great and nervous expectations, a few things:

Death Star CAP: Here's the look that Erik got at Death Star CAP. It's very strong, but I can definitely envisions hundreds of aircraft attacking, a certain percentage getting through to wreak havoc, especially on CVEs. I can also envision Erik sending in waves of small fry that might scatter my TFs, exposing them to attack away from DS cover. It is likely that enemy alpha strikes will inflict losses but suffer terrible losses. I'm prepared for that, but of course my thoughts veer towards worst case scenarios, disasters, etc.

This game bears no relation to the real war, of course. Erik has thousands of good fighters. Most of them are posted in the Home Islands, protecting industry. They are third- (fourth?) generation models with superb pilots. His fighter corps in much strong than mine. And he just shifted 400 elite fighters from Bangkok to the Home Islands (I think). Paired with them are probably thousands of bombers and kamikazes, also piloted mostly by elite pilots. He hasn't launched any big raids in months, nor suffered any meaningful losses. His strike forces are in fast, high-quality aircraft. It's a scary thing.

Add to that his immense network of big airfields and it's a daunting thing.

The only way I could think of to counter the threat was to configure the Allied armada in this fashion, protected by every carrier available. The Death Star is unusual, but so are the waters in which it sails.





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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/8/2019 2:25:45 PM   
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Protecting the Armada: When I got a case of the yips last night, I calmed myself by clicking through the combat TFs embedded in the armada. Their quality and quantity are no guarantees against a smart, determined, a still-powerful foe, but they do provide a measure of reassurance.




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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/8/2019 2:49:31 PM   
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It looks like the unpredictable pace of the armada sometimes keeps you guessing, as well as Erik.

Are there any big airfields that you can hit with a bombardment fleet and maybe that way soften his strikes pre-emptively?

FWIW I definitely support the op going through at Georgetown as it is important to put heavy pressure against the enemy at multiple points. IMHO it would even be worth a semi-debacle there if it lightened the opposition at TNNBT.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/8/2019 2:55:13 PM   
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I can bombard, and will if necessary. But it's a tricky thing. The bombardment TF (at this time) has no base to retire to, so would either have to remain on station or pull back to some AI-determined hex. In either case, CAP would be an issue.

I'm not too worried about massed raids from Formosa and the Ryukus. DS should, I think, be able to handle things on that scale. It's when DS is near interlocking level 9 airfields that I get the willies.

I agree re: the Georgetown op.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/8/2019 6:01:14 PM   
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It's a pretty busy day here at work, but the computer is in front of me. I keep refreshing, hoping to find the turn (or the Combat Report) in my in-box. Thus far, utter silence from Erik. Darn it, man, send the Combat Report!

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/8/2019 6:27:45 PM   
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It's a pretty busy day here at work, but the computer is in front of me. I keep refreshing, hoping to find the turn (or the Combat Report) in my in-box. Thus far, utter silence from Erik. Darn it, man, send the Combat Report!



Psy-Ops

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/8/2019 7:21:05 PM   
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That's not at all out of the question.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/8/2019 7:28:28 PM   
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Erik did the same thing during the incredibly prolonged Siege of Shikuka. Turn-around for turns slowed to a crawl. I think most of the reason was that he fine tunes every setting to the n-th degree - using waypoints and tolerances and commander aggression and everything. And he probably considers the psy-ops angles too.

But I can't figure out why he ignored my request for the Combat Report. That's not like him.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/8/2019 8:40:43 PM   
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I can bombard, and will if necessary. But it's a tricky thing. The bombardment TF (at this time) has no base to retire to, so would either have to remain on station or pull back to some AI-determined hex. In either case, CAP would be an issue.

I'm not too worried about massed raids from Formosa and the Ryukus. DS should, I think, be able to handle things on that scale. It's when DS is near interlocking level 9 airfields that I get the willies.

I agree re: the Georgetown op.



My Ironman game is in August '45. During the period you are in my bombardments were set for Remain on Station with the DS one or at most two hexes away providing CAP. After the bombardment the TF returns to the DS hex to re-arm from the AE Replenishment TF sitting with the DS.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/8/2019 8:52:33 PM   
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Erik did the same thing during the incredibly prolonged Siege of Shikuka. Turn-around for turns slowed to a crawl. I think most of the reason was that he fine tunes every setting to the n-th degree - using waypoints and tolerances and commander aggression and everything. And he probably considers the psy-ops angles too.

But I can't figure out why he ignored my request for the Combat Report. That's not like him.



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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/8/2019 10:12:07 PM   
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Here is a book recommendation:
One Of Jackson's Foot Cavalry

A detailed and sometime humorous account of the Civil War from the the experience of an infantryman. His description of how a cannonball would pass through a column of men is that of someone who witnessed such horror yet can still spit in it's eye.

Great accounts of fireside banter and after the war encounters with those who did not fight.

quote:

Sgt.Worsham's memoir is that of the Eternal Squaddie: by turns hilarious, brutal and sad, with firsthand notes on historical personages, period attitudes and just how a soldier gets soggy.







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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/9/2019 2:08:05 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

Erik did the same thing during the incredibly prolonged Siege of Shikuka. Turn-around for turns slowed to a crawl. I think most of the reason was that he fine tunes every setting to the n-th degree - using waypoints and tolerances and commander aggression and everything. And he probably considers the psy-ops angles too.

But I can't figure out why he ignored my request for the Combat Report. That's not like him.


As you know, Eric has two other games going, one of which had been "stalled" for a while. It recently got moving again and there is a lot of exciting stuff happening that is probably absorbing his attention. He might not have even run the turn for your game yet. I am resisting looking into his AAR to find out because I want to keep OpSec.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/9/2019 9:33:43 AM   
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Krieg Interruptus at the moment of climax is awfully tough on the faithful partner.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/9/2019 6:23:13 PM   
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Erik did the same thing during the incredibly prolonged Siege of Shikuka. Turn-around for turns slowed to a crawl. I think most of the reason was that he fine tunes every setting to the n-th degree - using waypoints and tolerances and commander aggression and everything. And he probably considers the psy-ops angles too.

But I can't figure out why he ignored my request for the Combat Report. That's not like him.


As you know, Eric has two other games going, one of which had been "stalled" for a while. It recently got moving again and there is a lot of exciting stuff happening that is probably absorbing his attention. He might not have even run the turn for your game yet. I am resisting looking into his AAR to find out because I want to keep OpSec.

I can only state that there's BIG activity and interest now in Obvert's AAR...

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/9/2019 7:04:23 PM   
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Erik did the same thing during the incredibly prolonged Siege of Shikuka. Turn-around for turns slowed to a crawl. I think most of the reason was that he fine tunes every setting to the n-th degree - using waypoints and tolerances and commander aggression and everything. And he probably considers the psy-ops angles too.

But I can't figure out why he ignored my request for the Combat Report. That's not like him.


As you know, Eric has two other games going, one of which had been "stalled" for a while. It recently got moving again and there is a lot of exciting stuff happening that is probably absorbing his attention. He might not have even run the turn for your game yet. I am resisting looking into his AAR to find out because I want to keep OpSec.

I can only state that there's BIG activity and interest now in Obvert's AAR...

So there you go - he is being buried under a flood of advice and doesn't have time to do a turn!

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 2/9/2019 8:37:13 PM   
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Do what you do best; wait fooooorrrr it... Crush 'em.

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