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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/18/2019 12:42:59 AM   
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26 Feb 43 - Part Three - Burma and the Andamans

A British cruiser task force was east of Port Blair, at a staging point for running in to bombard the base. On the run in to Port Blair, the force runs into 5 enemy destroyers, part of the 8 destroyer task force that went to Port Blair yesterday (where one hit a mine). The forces engaged in a total of 4 separate battles in 2 separate hexes. The first 3 fights were at night, and started at 1,000 yards, with visibility being only 2,000 yards in thunderstorms and 57% moonlight. The last was during the day at 3,000 yards and 6,000 yards visibility. It was a knife fight. Here's a summary:

Battle #1:
Japanese Ships
DD Fubuki
DD Shirayuki, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Asagiri, Shell hits 11, and is sunk
DD Sagiri, Shell hits 13, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Yugiri, Shell hits 3

Allied Ships
CA Dorsetshire
CA Cornwall, Shell hits 1 (hit by dud torpedo)
DD Arrow, Shell hits 11, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
DD Decoy
DD Express


Battle #2:
Japanese Ships
DD Fubuki
DD Shirayuki, Shell hits 4, heavy fires
DD Yugiri

Allied Ships
CA Dorsetshire, Shell hits 2
CA Cornwall
DD Decoy
DD Express, Shell hits 2


Battle #3:
Japanese Ships
DD Fubuki
DD Shirayuki, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
DD Yugiri

Allied Ships
CA Dorsetshire
CA Cornwall
DD Decoy
DD Express


Battle #4:
Japanese Ships
DD Fubuki, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Yugiri, Shell hits 15, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CA Dorsetshire, Shell hits 2
CA Cornwall
DD Decoy
DD Express, Shell hits 4, on fire


Allied bomber concentrated on Meiktila in Burma, where fighters provided support. Results weren't great in light rain, but troops were hit in the open. There's over 60,000 enemy troops there now. There is movement to Taung Gyi, heading towards Thailand. But I can't rule out the chance that the enemy stays to keep China divided from Burma. I just don't know how bad the enemy supply situation is. I've seen no indications of low supply with the bases involved.

Another cruiser force will bombard Port Blair. B-25s will bomb it from Rangoon. And the troops will attack again.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/18/2019 7:21:04 PM   
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27 Feb 43 - Part One - Ponape/Kusaie/The Marshalls

So many enemy subs appear between Kusaie and Nauru. They've been there, just not seen. Now there's ASW aircraft on both islands. Subs took some shots at a couple of DMS in the area but missed.

West of Truk, Seadragon fired 2 torpedoes at patrol boat Fumi Maru. One hit, with sinking audio afterwards. Fumi Maru was hit by a dud torpedo fired by Halibut back in December.

Cleanup attack at Kusaie.

Ground combat at Kusaie Island (125,118)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10311 troops, 208 guns, 205 vehicles, Assault Value = 313

Defending force 4154 troops, 28 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 51

Allied adjusted assault: 105

Japanese adjusted defense: 129

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
592 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 30 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 8 (2 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
85 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
37th Infantry Division
767th Tank Battalion
2nd Base Maint Engineer Battalion
5th US Naval Construction Battalion
1/542nd Boat&Shore Engineer Battalion
214th Coast AA Regiment
10th US Naval Construction Battalion

Defending units:
Guards Mixed Brigade
Sasebo 6th SNLF
54th JNAF AF Unit


Up until now, I didn't want to invade Truk. Bypassing it seemed preferable. But given the current situation, with Truk within bomber range, I've reconsidered. I have multiple divisions in the area, and I think that possessing Truk's port in the first half of 1943 would go a long way to shortening the war. So I've started to get the troops prepared. I estimate an invasion in about 2 months. It will be a huge undertaking. Just landing 2 divisions will overstack the island somewhat, but I expect it to be difficult to take. I will prepare 3 divisons, with the plan of landing 2 and keeping 1 as reserve. I will have some extra xAPs there to pick up troops if needed. Time to think about it.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/18/2019 8:45:53 PM   
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27 Feb 43 - Part Two - Babar

AMc Bombo continued to clear mines at Babar. DMS Trevor there too. Enemy subs are there, probably dropping more mines. Trevor was fired on by I-124, but 4 torpedoes missed. Trevor hit the sub with a depth charge.

Mitchell IIs, B-26s and B-17Ds bombed Babar. xAKLs continued to unload supply there. Troops attacked.

Ground combat at Babar (76,117)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 5060 troops, 88 guns, 121 vehicles, Assault Value = 263

Defending force 5337 troops, 45 guns, 28 vehicles, Assault Value = 52

Allied adjusted assault: 93

Japanese adjusted defense: 23

Allied assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Babar !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
779 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 25 disabled
Non Combat: 38 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 37 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 22 (15 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Vehicles lost 32 (32 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
133 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Assaulting units:
Americal Infantry Division
754th Tank Battalion
154th Field Artillery Battalion
97th Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
16th Naval Guard Unit
44th Field Const Co
7th Port Unit
4th Field Construction Battalion
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
61st JNAF AF Unit
106th JAAF AF Bn


Victory! Now the struggle to fix the base, and land follow up troops. I won't risk lots of shipping there until there's a functional airbase. I will be pulling out Americal Division, when possible, after the port is fixed.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/18/2019 11:49:50 PM   
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27 Feb 43 - Part Three - Burma and Elsewhere

Dutch sub O19 fired 2 torpedoes at small tanker Matsumoto Maru near the northeastern tip of Borneo, near Jesselton. One torpedo hit. The tanker was not loaded but sinking audio was heard.

Another British bombardment of Port Blair.

Night Naval bombardment of Port Blair at 46,58

Allied Ships
CA Frobisher
CA Exeter
CA Shropshire
CL Mauritius
DD Stronghold
DD Scout
DD Stuart

Japanese ground losses:
336 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 4
Port hits 5
Port supply hits 1


South of the Andamans, Gunnel spotted already damaged destroyer Hatsuyuki. 4 torpedoes were fired and one hit. Hatsuyuki is on fire and has heavy damage. It was moving slowly before the torpedo hit.

Allied bombers and fighters concentrated on Taung Gyi in Burma, and found no CAP. Results were acceptable but not great. The airfield was the primary target. Flak is heavy at the enemy held bases in Burma. As they retreat, they are concentrating in those bases. Allied bombers have moved up to 15,000 feet to bomb.

Another Allied attack at Port Blair.

Ground combat at Port Blair (46,58)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 15186 troops, 264 guns, 119 vehicles, Assault Value = 369

Defending force 5165 troops, 40 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 110

Allied adjusted assault: 150

Japanese adjusted defense: 161

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 1)

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

Japanese ground losses:
442 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 29 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 13 (1 destroyed, 12 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
464 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
24th (Sep) Infantry Regiment
25th Australian Brigade
17th Australian Brigade
147th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
111th LRP Brigade
112th RN Base Force
111th RN Base Force
276th Coastal Artillery Battalion
2/1st Lt AA Regiment
16th USN Special Construction Battalion

Defending units:
1st Raiding Regiment
41st Infantry Regiment
1st Base Force
5th JAAF AF Coy


There are fewer enemy units now, and they weren't destroyed in battle. Those destroyer might have picked up a fragment. Seaplanes could be flying them out too. And subs too. Not flying subs though.

P-38s are flown into China for the first time. They'll deploy up north tomorrow and set up an ambush.
Truk has more aircraft now. 111 fighters and 15 bombers.
Bangkok is now getting regular Allied recon. Wow. 214 fighters there! 32 bombers and 112 auxiliary.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/19/2019 2:47:16 AM   
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You probably have considered this, but regarding Truk, I'd do a fair amount of overstacking, even including a prepped theater HQ, on the initial assault. As long as you bring plenty of LSTs, xAKs, AKs, etc. loaded with only supplies to offload on D-Day, D+1, D+2, etc., you should do OK. A lot of supplies. You can use the empties to evacuate troops once you take the base.

I would also embed a lot of minesweepers and slow BBs in your amphib assault TFs. The BBs will soak up a lot of shore fire and take a lot of SYS damage. You'll want to put plenty of AE, AD, AKE, AR and ARD (if you have any) auxiliaries and naval support at Ponape to sustain the assault. Good luck. I've taken Truk against the AI, and it's not easy.

Cheers,
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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/19/2019 3:23:31 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: CaptBeefheart

You probably have considered this, but regarding Truk, I'd do a fair amount of overstacking, even including a prepped theater HQ, on the initial assault. As long as you bring plenty of LSTs, xAKs, AKs, etc. loaded with only supplies to offload on D-Day, D+1, D+2, etc., you should do OK. A lot of supplies. You can use the empties to evacuate troops once you take the base.

I would also embed a lot of minesweepers and slow BBs in your amphib assault TFs. The BBs will soak up a lot of shore fire and take a lot of SYS damage. You'll want to put plenty of AE, AD, AKE, AR and ARD (if you have any) auxiliaries and naval support at Ponape to sustain the assault. Good luck. I've taken Truk against the AI, and it's not easy.

Cheers,
CB

Or, if the Command HQ has a command radius of 9, put it at Satawal, 8 hexes from Truk.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/19/2019 3:32:58 AM   
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All good points CaptBeefheart and BBfanboy. Truk will be a big challenge, but I don't think, in this game, it can be stopped. Truk is too far from other Japanese bases. OPilot will have some time to reinforce, but it's already near the stacking limit. KB would probably be in the vicinity for such an invasion, but with my offensive north of Australia, it might not be.

It will be a big battle, one I think we can win. And the benefit of having such a large port at the front will be huge.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/19/2019 6:40:34 PM   
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28 Feb 43 - Part One - Ponape

Enemy battleships were sent to Ponape from Truk. They could have come sooner, when the invasion was occurring, but I'm guessing that they feared the carriers supporting the landing. S-44 was patrolling at Ponape, and it spotted the task force, and fired 2 torpedoes at destroyer Nowaki, which missed. The sub was hit by many near misses in the shallow water and will retire to Tabiteuea for repairs.

The enemy then found a bunch of small cargo ships unloading supply.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Ponape at 119,113, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Fuso
BB Yamashiro
BB Ise
DD Akigumo
DD Nowaki
DD Arashi
DD Hagikaze

Allied Ships
SC-643, Shell hits 1, heavy damage
xAKL Kwangtung
xAKL Oriskany, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
xAKL Kaiping, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
xAKL Bordvik, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
xAKL Proteus, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
xAKL De Haan, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
xAKL Van Diemen, Shell hits 10, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Burwah, Shell hits 9, and is sunk


and fought again. Only Van Diemen remains, burning in port.

SC-643, and is sunk
xAKL Kwangtung, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
xAKL Van Diemen, and is sunk


The supply was needed and most was unloaded. I'm not concerned about losing xAKLs on a mission of some importance. The enemy then bombarded Ponape.

Allied ground losses:
381 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 9 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (3 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Airbase hits 17
Airbase supply hits 9
Runway hits 44
Port hits 2
Port fuel hits 1
Port supply hits 2


The airbase is still open, and there are a good number of engineers there. Ponape is just going to get pounded, as expected. I'll do what I can to extract a cost from the enemy. It will be a struggle to keep Ponape supplied. It is rough terrain, not jungle, and bombardments are effective. In the meanwhile, Kusaie Island will be building.

In the morning, 44 A6M5 Zeros swept Ponape from Truk. There was no CAP. This will be a regular occurrence too, with bombers at some point. I move in 2 fighter squadrons even without any ground support for them. A big troop convoy in on the way, and will arrive in a couple of days. I hope to slip them in before the battleships return. The enemy battleships didn't get back to Truk. They will today, and rearm. Then they'll move into position to bombard again. So I'll have a day to unload, I think. I considered unloading the troops on Kusaie, and flying in what I can, but without support the airbase will be closed and that won't be possible with C-47s, only float planes, which won't help enough. Two cruiser task forces will guard the transport at Ponape. That'll be risky if they go up against the 3 battleship task force. One task force is a bunch of ANZAC light cruisers which have shown skill at torpedo attacks, so I may risk them. More US subs are moving between Truk and Ponape.

Lots of enemy subs around Kusaie and Nauru Islands. Some are chasing the Allied carriers to the south of Nauru. The carriers were not seen today and are just off-map heading to Tabiteuea.






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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/19/2019 7:43:13 PM   
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28 Feb 43 - Part Two - Babar

DMS Trevor cleared the rest of the enemy mines at Babar. With the airbase at Babar completely damaged, enemy planes attack from Koepang.

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Babar at 76,117

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 42
Ki-48-IIb Lily x 27

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAKL Meroendoeng, Bomb hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Kortenaer, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAKL Coolana, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Lematang, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage


Sallys attacked US troops on Babar.

Only Kortenaer remains, with SYS 26/FLOT 29-10/ENG 2-0/FIRE 2. It'll make it back to Darwin. The xAKLs were unloading supply. Troops on Babar have enough supply to continue to clear the island, which they will try to do today. Two large fast transport task forces have formed at Darwin. One will carry engineers to Babar. The other will carry supply. With the APD's ability to move 8 hexes a phase, the enemy may never see them. They can be to Babar and back to Darwin by the end of the day.

The airbase needs to be repaired before Babar can take fighters and become less vulnerable.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/19/2019 11:54:36 PM   
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28 Feb 43 - Part Two - Burma and China

In the shallows near Saigon, sub Saury has a good day. One torpedo hit xAKL Miiko Maru, probably sinking it, then one torpedo hit xAK Delagoa Maru, possibly sinking it. Saury has drawn a lot of attention to the shallow water here. Time to redeploy east a bit, in deeper water.

British ships bombard Port Blair. 103 casualties and light base damage.

It was ironic that yesterday I moved P-38s to Chungking. Today, many Oscars swept Chungking. Unfortunately, I was resting the Lightnings. The Chinese pilots did well, considering the odds. 11 P-43s and 28 P-66s were on CAP at the beginning of the day. 36 Oscars, then 32 Oscars, then 24 Oscars swept the capital. The Chinese put on a good show with the first sweep, but got hammered in the second, and were nowhere to be seen for the third. Total losses were 18 Oscars, 13 P-66s and 3 P-43s. 2Lt. W. Pocheng became the 2nd Chinese ace.

Cleanup behind the lines continues near Prome. The enemy is about to evaporate here. Just a bunch of units originally from Rangoon and already battered a few times.

Ground combat at 54,50 (near Prome)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 2690 troops, 15 guns, 81 vehicles, Assault Value = 105

Defending force 3260 troops, 23 guns, 15 vehicles, Assault Value = 25

Allied adjusted assault: 56

Japanese adjusted defense: 46

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
262 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
503rd Parachute Regiment
632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion

Defending units:
311th Ship Eng Coy
211th Ship Eng Coy
15th JAAF AF Bn
18th JNAF AF Unit /1
204th Ship Eng Coy
32nd Special Base Force
3rd Air Div /1


Near Mandalay, an Australian brigade assaults an enemy regiment with a river crossing.

Ground combat at 58,45 (near Mandalay)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 4059 troops, 78 guns, 60 vehicles, Assault Value = 135

Defending force 3654 troops, 26 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 115

Allied adjusted assault: 118

Japanese adjusted defense: 50

Allied assault odds: 2 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(+), disruption(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
1189 casualties reported
Squads: 39 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 30 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Allied ground losses:
229 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 38 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
18th Australian Brigade

Defending units:
21st Infantry Regiment


OPilot has managed a controlled retreat from Akyab, moving inland, and making it through the Burma plain to the east. The Allies just didn't have enough troops to close the door to Thailand. Which was as expected, but I gave it a try anyhow.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/21/2019 2:23:39 AM   
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1 Mar 43 - Ponape

North of Kusaie Island, I-15 spotted the ANZAC TF headed to Ponape and fired 2 torpedoes at destroyer Mugford. One hit. Mugford split off on its own, and is SYS 43/FLOT 93-67/ENG 34-26/FIRE 0. It's in very bad shape. It need 2 days to get to Kusaie, be lucky not to be spotted by another sub, and be very lucky to get good die rolls. It's unlikely to survive, but you know me, I'm trying to save the ship.

Enemy airstrike from Truk.

Morning Air attack on Ponape , at 119,113

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes (no radar or base support here yet)

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 13

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 9
P-400 Airacobra x 23
F4U-1 Corsair x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 6 destroyed (9 actually downed)

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
xAKL James Cook, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
YMS-95, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk


Both ships sank, so the Bettys accomplished their mission. Might have thought there was something more valuable there though.

After the surviving bombers left, the fighter sweep appeared. 44 A6M5 Zeros went up against 9 P-38s, 23 P-400s and 12 F4Us. The P-38s were flying LRCAP from Kusaie. 9 Zeros were downed, for the cost of 8 P-400s, 7 P-38s and 3 Corsairs. A fresh squadron of P-40Ks is moved in today.

US troops on Kusaie work on clearing the enemy. It's a slow process.

Ground combat at Kusaie Island (125,118)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10296 troops, 208 guns, 207 vehicles, Assault Value = 336

Defending force 3950 troops, 26 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 49

Allied adjusted assault: 118

Japanese adjusted defense: 63

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
414 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (3 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
191 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled


Another attempt at Jaluit, and another bad result. B-25s will keep bombing. The island will fall sometime, but not anytime soon. I'll settle for a stalemate and continue to fight a war of attrition on Jaluit.

Ground combat at Jaluit (134,120)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 3892 troops, 61 guns, 34 vehicles, Assault Value = 105

Defending force 4274 troops, 37 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 80

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Allied adjusted assault: 29

Japanese adjusted defense: 186

Allied assault odds: 1 to 6 (fort level 3)

Combat modifiers
Defender: forts(+), disruption(-), experience(-)
Attacker: leaders(+)

Japanese ground losses:
47 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
487 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 76 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Guns lost 16 (1 destroyed, 15 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Assaulting units:
24th Infantry/B Division

Defending units:
52nd Naval Guard Unit
Jaluit Naval Fortress
Jaluit Base Force
24th JNAF AF Unit





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2 Mar 43 - Part One - Ponape

RO-66 elected not to fire at a yard oiler headed to Kusaie from the south. Escorting SC-639 did some minor damage to the sub.

In the Marshalls, enemy troops at Jaluit continue to be bombed. Roi-Namur gets hit every day too.

Cleanup attack at Ponape.

Ground combat at Ponape (119,113)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14881 troops, 354 guns, 251 vehicles, Assault Value = 808

Defending force 3480 troops, 28 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 35

Allied adjusted assault: 412

Japanese adjusted defense: 35

Allied assault odds: 11 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1212 casualties reported
Squads: 50 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 36 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 11 (7 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
143 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Assaulting units:
34th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
110th Cmbt Engineer Battalion
27th Infantry Division
40th Infantry Division
763rd Tank Battalion
808th Aviation Engr Bn /1
21st MAG /2
251st Cst AA Rgt /1
5th Marine Def Bn /1

Defending units:
64th Naval Guard Unit
Yokosuka 6th SNLF
Ponape Naval Fortress
57th JNAF AF Unit


And at Kusaie Island.

Ground combat at Kusaie Island (125,118)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10247 troops, 208 guns, 208 vehicles, Assault Value = 355

Defending force 3673 troops, 23 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 43

Allied adjusted assault: 58

Japanese adjusted defense: 99

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
228 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
60 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
767th Tank Battalion
37th Infantry Division
40th Infantry Div /8
1/542nd Boat&Shore Engineer Battalion
34th Cmbt Engr Rgt /2
27th Infantry Div /9
2nd Base Maint Engineer Battalion
5th US Naval Construction Battalion
7th USN Naval Const Rgt /2
10th US Naval Construction Battalion
214th Coast AA Regiment
763rd Tank Bn /2

Defending units:
Guards Mixed Brigade
Sasebo 6th SNLF
54th JNAF AF Unit





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2 Mar 43 - Part Two - Babar

APDs deliver the non-vehicle part of an engineer unit to Babar. Two other engineer units will be delivered in the same way in the next week. Another group of APDs are bringing in supply. I-22 missed APD Chew with 2 torpedoes.

Mitchells and Ansons continue to bomb enemy troops at Wyndham. Reinforcements will be landed at Wyndham today.

Babar is cleared of enemy. All enemy units dissolved due to attrition after the combat.

Ground combat at Babar (76,117)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4810 troops, 88 guns, 122 vehicles, Assault Value = 234

Defending force 4125 troops, 32 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 20

Allied adjusted assault: 43

Japanese adjusted defense: 11

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
452 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
69 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Assaulting units:
Americal Infantry Division
754th Tank Battalion
97th Field Artillery Battalion
154th Field Artillery Battalion
7th US Naval Const Bn /11

Defending units:
16th Naval Guard Unit
61st JNAF AF Unit
4th Field Construction Battalion
7th Port Unit
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
44th Field Const Co
106th JAAF AF Bn


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2 Mar 43 - Part Three - Burma and Elsewhere

Sturgeon fired 2 torpedoes at a patrol boat near Jolo and missed. Multiple tankers in the convoy.

North of Miri, in the middle of the South China Sea, Harder fired 4 torpedoes at huge transport xAP Teikyo Maru. One hit, setting the ship on fire. No men aboard. This ship was hit by a torpedo back in November near Victoria Point, fired by Dutch sub KXVIII.

Port Blair was bombarded by 6 British cruisers. 381 casualties. Troops attack.

Ground combat at Port Blair (46,58)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 15250 troops, 265 guns, 119 vehicles, Assault Value = 365

Defending force 4466 troops, 36 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 87

Allied adjusted assault: 202

Japanese adjusted defense: 95

Allied assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 1)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
771 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 59 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (4 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
345 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 44 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Assaulting units:
25th Australian Brigade
147th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
24th (Sep) Infantry Regiment
17th Australian Brigade
111th LRP Brigade
2/1st Lt AA Regiment
276th Coastal Artillery Battalion
111th RN Base Force
112th RN Base Force
16th USN Special Construction Battalion

Defending units:
41st Infantry Regiment
1st Base Force


It's been an incredible fight. The base is getting close to falling. Port Blair was planned to be the first part of the Rangoon invasion, to be taken quickly to provide support to Rangoon. Didn't work out that way. Burma is on the way to being cleared and the Andamans aren't captured yet. Another attack ordered.




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3 Mar 43 - Part One - Ponape

Cleanup continues.

Ground combat at Ponape (119,113)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 15175 troops, 380 guns, 250 vehicles, Assault Value = 811

Defending force 2691 troops, 22 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 12

Allied adjusted assault: 283

Japanese adjusted defense: 9

Allied assault odds: 31 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1030 casualties reported
Squads: 36 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 35 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (6 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
27 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
40th Infantry Division
110th Cmbt Engineer Battalion
27th Infantry Division
34th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
763rd Tank Battalion
251st Coast AA Regiment
808th Aviation Engr Bn /1
21st MAG
5th Marine Def Bn /1

Defending units:
Yokosuka 6th SNLF
64th Naval Guard Unit
Ponape Naval Fortress
57th JNAF AF Unit


2 units were destroyed by attrition after combat. It's the end for the enemy on Ponape.




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3 Mar 43 - Part Two - Wyndham and Babar

6 Fletcher class destroyers were ordered to patrol just north of Wyndham, while transports move to Wyndham to unload troops and supply. Good thing they were there.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Wyndham at 71,126, Range 1,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Makinami, Shell hits 2

Allied Ships
DD Fletcher
DD Chevalier
DD DeHaven
DD Nicholas
DD O'Bannon
DD Waller

Reduced sighting due to 10% moonlight


Two 5 inch shells hit Makinami, and the fight ended quickly at 2,000 yards, with Makinami running for home. Its crew have to consider themselves lucky. But the landing at Wyndham was protected and took place without interference. Allied bombers hit enemy troops there. The attack will wait a day while more troops unload from xAPs.




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3 Mar 43 - Part Three - Burma and Andamans

British cruisers bombarded Port Blair. 290 casualties. Lots of US bombers hit Port Blair's troops.

In an interesting coincedence, Sallys bombed Port Blair today, something that either hasn't happened at all or happened quite awhile ago. At the same time, 13 Wildcats from Little Andaman flew LRCAP over Port Blair for the first time. I was looking for transports, but found the Sallys. 20 Sallys were shot down with no Wildcat losses.

Allied troops attacked.

Ground combat at Port Blair (46,58)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 15029 troops, 265 guns, 119 vehicles, Assault Value = 333

Defending force 3592 troops, 31 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 41

Allied adjusted assault: 158

Japanese adjusted defense: 39

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

Allied forces CAPTURE Port Blair !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
671 casualties reported
Squads: 17 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 11 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 14 (14 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
98 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
24th (Sep) Infantry Regiment
147th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
25th Australian Brigade
17th Australian Brigade
111th LRP Brigade
112th RN Base Force
2/1st Lt AA Regiment
111th RN Base Force
276th Coastal Artillery Battalion
16th USN Special Construction Battalion

Defending units:
41st Infantry Regiment
1st Base Force


And Port Blair finally falls. I underestimated the enemy troop strength there from the start. I also did not allocate armor to the attack. That would have helped a lot. Port Blair became a meat grinder, especially for the two US regiments there, both of which are more than 75% disabled. They didn't incur too many destroyed squads though. They'll probably recover where they are. More supply is on the way to the base now.

Back at Ponape, Tina were intercepted. It's an Allied base, so the Tinas were dropping supply to units about to be eliminated. 23 Tinas were shot down.

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That seems a waste of Tinas to resupply those remnants on Ponape... unless he intends to re-invade?

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And Port Blair finally falls. I underestimated the enemy troop strength there from the start. I also did not allocate armor to the attack. That would have helped a lot. Port Blair became a meat grinder, especially for the two US regiments there, both of which are more than 75% disabled. They didn't incur too many destroyed squads though. They'll probably recover where they are. More supply is on the way to the base now.



Still lurking sir.

While this assessment is very probably fair as your own self assessment - I would postulate the other side ; what if your Burma invasion faced multiple squadrons of Fighters and Bombers form Port Blair ?

Perhaps it could have been done more efficiently - perhaps - not knowing all resources at your disposal.

At least it prevented disaster / assured smooth landings at Rangoon et al without Betties dropping by daily... You have no assurance it would not have happened that way.

Port Blair is "somewhat overlooked" under discussed in my opinion. Owning or occupying and preventing enemy leverage from this base is critical in the Burma Theater-of-Operations i,m,h,o


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I had a bit of a discussion with OPilot today about Burma. He said that when he saw my armada approaching the Andamans, he flew in the parachute regiment to Port Blair from Rangoon. He didn't anticipate that my invasion armada would go straight to Rangoon. The paras saved Port Blair, as I had always only seen one other combat unit there. But it weakened Rangoon, which fell quickly. I don't know if it would have mattered if it had been at Rangoon, as I landed an overwhelming force.

He said that my use of Rangoon for rearming bombardment task forces to hit Port Blair made the difference at Port Blair. I agree. I do wonder what would have happened had KB stayed in the area. It left after practically losing all of 3 Zero squadrons on a massive attempt to sweep Rangoon. Had KB stayed, there would have been no bombardments of Port Blair, or reinforcement. It would have held. He could have landed more troops and eliminated the invaders.

My carriers had left the area, headed to Australia. I can only wonder where OPilot thought they were. All in all, the Burma invasion plan has worked. Burma will be cleared soon, if the enemy continues to evacuate to the east.

Which brings up another point. What will OPilot do with those divisions leaving Burma for Thailand? He could get them resupplied at Chang Mai and push west back towards Rangoon. Or he could go further south and then push towards Moulmein. Or just form a stronger defensive line. Or, what I fear the most, they could push up into China to continue to cut any resupply from Burma, just doing so in the mountains west of Kunming. Or go to China proper and cause more havoc there. Time will tell.

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I think the writing is on the wall for the Japanese - Burma is lost and he will not be able to get enough supply there to match your strength.

Whether he tries to form a final defensive line or withdraws toward China is the question.

IMO, the open terrain in Indochina makes it foolish to set up defences on the western side. Any breakthrough to open terrain by the Allies can be exploited by their armoured units, trapping the Japanese in their defensive line.
The Vietnam area of the east coast has much better defensive terrain and could be a good defensive line.

Marching north through jungle rough and mountain terrain to cut the Burma Road will take some time and you could conceivably move blocking forces via road to get there first. You would have to do a lot of recon to detect their approach though.

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4 Mar 43

20 APDs, in 2 task forces, were to go from Darwin to Babar. 10 would drop off engineers, and the other 10 carried supply. When they arrived at Babar, an enemy cruiser force was arriving.

First, the 4 enemy cruisers and 4 destroyers engaged the task force with engineers. The combat started at 25,000 yards, at night, but with thunderstorms and only 3% moonlight, visibility was very poor. The range counted down, all the way to 3,000 yards, when Allied radar detected the enemy. The US ships then attempted to evade combat, and were successful, as the range counted all the way up. These 10 APDs, with engineers still loaded, went back to Darwin.

The second task force wasn't so lucky.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Babar at 76,117, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Takao
CA Chokai, Shell hits 1
CA Myoko, Shell hits 1
CL Yura
DD Kuroshio
DD Oyashio
DD Hayashio, Shell hits 1
DD Asashio

Allied Ships
APD Alden
APD John D. Ford, Shell hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
APD Fox, Shell hits 1
APD Whipple, Shell hits 1
APD Litchfield
APD Peary, Shell hits 19, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
APD Pillsbury, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
APD Pope
APD Brooks
APD King, Shell hits 9, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
APD Kane, Shell hits 15, and is sunk


John D. Ford sank after the fight. Pillsbury is badly damaged (SYS 49/FLOT 81-59/ENG 15-11/FIRE 0) but will try to limp back to Darwin. Which brings to mind the fate of destroyer Mugford, which had FLOT damage in the high 90's and way trying to make it back to Kusaie Island. The ship made it! Now SYS 45/FLOT 89-67/ENG 34-26/FIRE 0. It took 4 days, but it's in port at Kusaie and patching up what it can.

Back to Babar. The enemy cruisers bombarded the base. 214 casualties and light base damage. I decide to send the APDs right back into Babar.

6 British cruisers bombarded Tavoy. 657 casualties and moderate base damage. It's a meaningless bombardment, really. I did it on the way back to Colombo. With Port Blair taken, it's time to repair the British cruisers.

Troops continued to land at Wyndham. Attack today.

Allied fighters swept Chiang Mai, and bombers did moderate base damage. No CAP.

US troops attack on Kusaie Island, continuing to clean up the remaining enemy. Same for the stack near Prome in Burma. Surprisingly, though, the enemy retreated to the south, somehow tracing a supply line to Mandalay! No matter, they can't go anywhere fast from where they are, and US troops will hunt them down.

Chinese troops attack at Lashio. The enemy now shows retreat from the hex.

Ground combat at Lashio (62,46)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 15266 troops, 81 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 456

Defending force 4509 troops, 34 guns, 6 vehicles, Assault Value = 123

Allied adjusted assault: 391

Japanese adjusted defense: 358

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
60 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
249 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 38 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
1st New Chinese Corps

Defending units:
143rd Infantry Regiment
50th JAAF AF Bn


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I had a bit of a discussion with OPilot today about Burma. He said that when he saw my armada approaching the Andamans, he flew in the parachute regiment to Port Blair from Rangoon. He didn't anticipate that my invasion armada would go straight to Rangoon. The paras saved Port Blair, as I had always only seen one other combat unit there. But it weakened Rangoon, which fell quickly. I don't know if it would have mattered if it had been at Rangoon, as I landed an overwhelming force.

He said that my use of Rangoon for rearming bombardment task forces to hit Port Blair made the difference at Port Blair. I agree. I do wonder what would have happened had KB stayed in the area. It left after practically losing all of 3 Zero squadrons on a massive attempt to sweep Rangoon. Had KB stayed, there would have been no bombardments of Port Blair, or reinforcement. It would have held. He could have landed more troops and eliminated the invaders.



+1

My emphasis.

I think you handled Port Blair exactly perfect given your aims / resources and self critic.

Port Blair is more strategically important to Rangoon / Burma than oft debated... both ways... for the Japanese early and the Allies pushing back... Good Airfields / Good Port / Important base

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APDs make a second attempt to deliver engineers and supply to Babar, and are successful. I-32 fired 4 torpedoes at APD Alden and missed.

More troops unloaded at Wyndham. Attack today.

OPilot decided to do big fighter sweeps all over.

30 Zeros swept Ponape, finding 10 F4Us, 24 P-40Ks and 12 P-400s. Lots of Zeros downed.
32 Zeros swept Ponape, finding 6 F4Us, 19 P-40Ks and 4 P-400s. Half a dozen planes downed on both sides.
31 Zeros swept Ponape. Now just 15 fighters left on CAP. Half a dozen Warhawks downed.

31 Oscars swept Port Blair, finding 13 Wildcats. 9 Wildcats downed.
31 Oscars swept Port Blair, finding just one Wildcat, which is destroyed.
8 Oscars swept Port Blair, finding no CAP.
8 Oscars swept Port Blair, finding no CAP.

42 Oscars swept Babar. No CAP. 28 Sallys bombed with 36 Oscars escorting. Almost no damage in moderate rain and bombing from 11,000 feet.

[EDIT: Total air losses were 32 Zeros and 3 Oscars for 15 P-40Ks, 9 F4F-4s, 4 P-400s and 2 F4Us.]

Ponape is cleared of the last enemy unit, the 57th JNAF AF Unit. Kusaie's enemy troops are attacked and worn down significantly.

Allied attack at Wyndham.

Ground combat at Wyndham (70,127)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4554 troops, 62 guns, 116 vehicles, Assault Value = 166

Defending force 1627 troops, 18 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 52

Allied adjusted assault: 130

Japanese adjusted defense: 214

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 2)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
167 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 10 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
30 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
19th Australian Brigade
13th Armoured Regiment

Defending units:
4th Engineer Co
Kure 2nd SNLF


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Major Ships - Where Are They?

Here's a list of ships in refit and/or repair:

CVs Saratoga and Lexington at Sydney for 19 days
BBs North Carolina and Washington at Sydney for 6 days
BB South Dakota at Sydney for 29 days
CA Indianapolis at Sydney for 11 days
CA Quincy at Sydney for 37 days (11/22/0/0) damaged in Burma campaign
CA Astoria at Pearl Harbor for 11 days (17/4/7/0)
CVE Sangamon at Luganville for 28 days (0/19/7/0) in ARD Dewey
CV Victorious at San Diego for 71 days (recently arrived from Panama)
BB Maryland at Mare waiting to convert to BB in April
BB Idaho at Mare for 95 days (34/19/0/0)
BB Oklahoma at Seattle for 115 days
BB Colorado at Bremerton waiting to convert to BB in April
BB Nevada at Bremerton for 115 days

BB Resolution at Capetown for 9 days
BB Revenge at Capetown for 24 days
BB Royal Sovereign at Capetown, will head to Ceylon with next convoy
BC Repulse at Colombo

BB Ramilles at East Coast for 80 days (1/22/26/0) (damaged long, long ago between Calcutta and Akyab; survived at Calcutta for awhile, then Colombo. With Capetown busy, sent Ramilles to East Coast, but it was the most damaged of the BBs and moved very slowly...and took many months to get to the US. At least it survived.

Active ships:

CVs Yorktown, Enterprise, Hornet, Wasp
CVL Hermes
8 CVEs including Long Island, which isn't being used currently
BBs West Virginia, Arizona, Pennsylvania and California

BB Tennessee (13/0/0/0)
Mississippi (4/33/0/0) headed to West Coast
Indiana at Luganville, waiting to join carriers in a day or two, when they arrive
BBs Massachusetts and Prince of Wales with carriers

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6 Mar 43 - A Sad Day and a Bad Day

Sad.

Sub attack near Truk at 114,109

Japanese Ships
SC Ch 22, Shell hits 2
SC Ch 31

Allied Ships
SS Sargo, hits 6, and is sunk

SS Sargo launches 2 torpedoes at SC Ch 22


Sargo is the first Allied sub lost in the war due to ASW activities, air or sea. Subs lost previously were either losses due to hitting mines or being bombed in port. It was amazing to get to March 1943 with this record. Sargo was a few hexes southeast of Truk, in deep water. It was lost due to 3 depth charge hits and then gun hits on the surface. It went down fighting, getting a couple of gun hits on a subchaser before slipping beneath the waves. Chalk this one up to good subchaser work. The SC was one that drops depth charges in bunches of 4. Lots of chances for hits, and the hits came today.

Bad.

Sub attack near Luganville at 120,150

Japanese Ships
SS RO-68

Allied Ships
CV Enterprise, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
BB Prince of Wales
CA San Francisco
CA Pensacola
CL St. Louis
CLAA San Juan
CLAA San Diego
CLAA Juneau
DD Mahan
DD Reid
DD Lamson
DD Cummings

Ammo storage explosion on CV Enterprise
SS RO-68 launches 6 torpedoes at CV Enterprise


3 US carriers went to Luganville from Australia, going slightly south of a direct line west of Luganville. But they had been tracked by enemy subs, and I could tell that multiple subs were chasing the task force. RO-68 was waiting at Luganville. The US destroyers didn't find the sub after the attack. I don't know if an ammo storage explosion really occurred. Enterprise is SYS 23/FLOT 21-12/ENG 29-22/FIRE 0. It is in no danger of sinking. Luganville is a size 6 port with plenty of naval support. ARD Dewey is here, and is big enough to work on Enterprise. Dewey is currently working on a CVE. Enterprise will patch up for a bit, then move into Dewey to fix flotation damage. After that is fixed, it will move to Sydney to finish off the repairs. Bad, but not a disaster. The rest of the carrier task force will continue to Tabiteuea, with fast battleship Indiana joining up.

Allied cruisers bombarded Wyndham. US cruisers bombarded Roi-Namur.

A US sub had 10/10 detection level east of Balikpapan a few hexes, where there had been no detection before. A good chance that something big is moving through here. On the alert for a missing KB.

The usual enemy air activity over China.

B-17Ds flew a long way from Darwin to Ternate to bomb the port, but found no targets. I've spotted cruisers at Koepang, so that is where the enemy came from when it bombarded Babar.

Cleanup of the enemy continued at Kusaie, Port Blair, and near Prome. Allied attack at Wyndham after landing an Australian brigade.

Ground combat at Wyndham (70,127)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4518 troops, 62 guns, 116 vehicles, Assault Value = 161

Defending force 1276 troops, 18 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 37

Allied adjusted assault: 66

Japanese adjusted defense: 19

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

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

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

Assaulting units:
19th Australian Brigade
13th Armoured Regiment

Defending units:
Kure 2nd SNLF


Attack at Shwebo in Burma, by units that came from the north.

Ground combat at Shwebo (59,45)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 8337 troops, 118 guns, 101 vehicles, Assault Value = 261

Defending force 894 troops, 0 guns, 76 vehicles, Assault Value = 40

Allied adjusted assault: 167

Japanese adjusted defense: 6

Allied assault odds: 27 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Shwebo !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: preparation(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
332 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 31 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 12 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 41 (39 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Allied ground losses:
73 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
18th Australian Brigade
26th Indian Brigade

Defending units:
14th Tank Regiment
15th Ind Engineer Regiment


There will be a big Allied attack at Meiktila in Burma today, against a sizable enemy force. Lots of Allied bombing to take place there.

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Do you have any long legged Subchasers back at the west coast yet?

Off memory I cannot really recall when they show up. They all have endurance in the 3000 as opposed to the first batches with only 1500 endurance. One strategy I have learned (possibly from you as well) ...

Where ever you have ARD / Naval support / investment as a Naval base get a 3 unit squadron of the long legged American subchasers forward to the base and patrol in base hex / perhaps one hex out.

Tarawa / Luganville / Noumea / Suvi come to mind ... Marshall's Gilberts as required.



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Yes, I'm using some of the better subchasers around Kusaie Island. Mostly still the short legged ones, but for patrolling near the islands of Kusaie and Ponape, they work. They are also less valuable and can be risked close to the front. Some being used around Luganville also, where ARD Dewey is and damaged Enterprise.

7 Mar 43

North of Manado, south of Mindanao, O24 spotted battleships Kirishima and Kongo with 7 destroyers. I think this is a carrier task force. On the previous day, I noted a sub detection level east of Balikpapan. If I'm correct, a carrier task force, maybe KB, is heading east. It could turn south towards Timor, but this location probably means a move further east. Probably Truk. Maybe a reaction to what's happened at Ponape. Lots of slightly informed speculation, I know, but we'll see.

US subchasers and destroyers hunt subs around Ponape and Kusaie Island. Got a couple of depth charge hits but no subs destroyed.

Lots and lots of Allied bombing of enemy troops in the clear terrain at Meiktila. Lots of casualties, helping in the following attack, which was the biggest Allied attack of the war so far.

Ground combat at Meiktila (58,47)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 76888 troops, 1008 guns, 666 vehicles, Assault Value = 2451

Defending force 42505 troops, 332 guns, 388 vehicles, Assault Value = 1166

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Allied adjusted assault: 1969

Japanese adjusted defense: 623

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

Allied forces CAPTURE Meiktila !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
13631 casualties reported
Squads: 253 destroyed, 92 disabled
Non Combat: 359 destroyed, 79 disabled
Engineers: 55 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 87 (70 destroyed, 17 disabled)
Vehicles lost 354 (351 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Units retreated 9
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
2240 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 248 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 26 disabled
Guns lost 30 (1 destroyed, 29 disabled)
Vehicles lost 13 (1 destroyed, 12 disabled)

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
2nd British Division
18th British Division
32nd Infantry Division
46th Indian Brigade
3rd Carabiniers Regiment
24th Australian Brigade
16th Australian Brigade
6th Chinese Corps
XV Indian Corps
2/11th Fld RAA Regiment

Defending units:
5th Recon Regiment
12th Division
42nd Infantry Regiment
56th Division
11th Infantry Regiment
6th Tank Regiment
5th Field Artillery Regiment
5th Engineer Regiment
2nd Army
25th Army
11th RF Gun Battalion


Kusaie Island is completely cleared of enemy troops. Clearing continues on Port Blair and south of Prome in Burma.

Wyndham is captured.

Ground combat at Wyndham (70,127)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4637 troops, 62 guns, 116 vehicles, Assault Value = 163

Defending force 1078 troops, 18 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 18

Allied adjusted assault: 144

Japanese adjusted defense: 7

Allied assault odds: 20 to 1 (fort level 1)

Allied forces CAPTURE Wyndham !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
449 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 16 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 11 (11 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Allied ground losses:
23 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
19th Australian Brigade
13th Armoured Regiment

Defending units:
Kure 2nd SNLF


8 Fletcher class destroyers will run full speed from Darwin to Babar, hoping to catch the enemy cruiser task force that disappeared from Koepang. I'm guessing that they are inbound to bombard Babar again.

It was a good day, following a bad day. Such is the nature of the war.




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Points

The battle of Meiktila pushed the Allies into the lead on points. I don't worry about the score usually. It matters for auto-victory, and that wasn't a worry in this game. But it is a measure of progress in the war.




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