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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/15/2018 4:39:38 AM   
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Units Extracted

The following units were extracted from the Singapore region. Most were picked up by floatplanes and flown to Java, where they loaded onto ships and went to India. Almost all are tiny fragments of the original unit. The exception is SSV Bde, which was flown by Dutch transports from Singapore to Palembang, then railed to Oosthaven, then loaded onto a ship to go to India. About 40% of SSV Bde was extracted, including about 50 combat squads. 4 units were extracted from Hong Kong, flying on floatplanes all the way from Chittagong. Yes, it is possible.

Some of these units can combine into larger formations.

British units:

106 RN Base Force
29 Battery/3 HAA
224 Group RAF
223 Group RAF
5 Field Rgt
2/215 Bty 80th AT Rgt
1st ISF Base Force
137/155 Field Rgt
272/273 Bty 80th AT
2 Argylls Bn
102 RN Base Force (from Hong Kong)

Indian units:
2/15 Punjab Battalion
5/2 Punjab Battalion
15 Indian Bde
3/16 Punjab
28 Gurkha Bde
22 Indian Bde
6 Indian Bde
5/14 Punjab Battalion
Kowloon Bde (from Hong Kong)

Commonwealth units:

SSV Bde
SSVF Bde

Canadian units:

Winnipeg Grenadiers Bat (from Hong Kong)
Rifles of Canada Bat (from Hong Kong)

My plan is to use many of these small units to guard bases close to, but behind the lines in India, protecting against paratroop attacks. The base units will come in handy anywhere. Can the reinforcement pools support all of this? I don't know. I'll accept it if some units have to stay small, and just garrison.

All of these units are either at Bombay, or will be arriving at Bombay in the next couple of days.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/15/2018 7:52:39 PM   
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Sub Pickerel fired 4 torpedoes at CM Itsukushima near Babeldaob, but missed. The sub was hit by a depth charge and will retire to Brisbane for repairs. Damage is moderate, with FLOT damage around 20. Pickerel then spots what appears to be KB, heading to Babeldaob.

P-40s in China sweep Nanchang, guessing that there were Nates there using ranged CAP, but nothing is found. The P-40s and H81s have made themselves known, and now move back to Ledo to train. The enemy has seriously curtailed bombing in China. I can expect Zeros and/or Oscars here soon.

Georgetown is lost, as is Kendari.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/16/2018 9:47:11 PM   
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xAKL Dai Lee had moved from Luzon to the east, passing north of Babeldaob, then southeast to Ulithi, then south. Today it stumbled into a group of 4 destroyers and an AMC. Probably not a combat force looking for the ship, but combat occurred. Dai Lee took 11 shell hits, and since it was carrying fuel, it had no chance. It sank after the combat.

S-40 spotted an AO with TB escorts near Jolo, but 4 torpedoes missed TB Kari.

Port Dickson was lost. Cagayan was lost, and the defenders retreated into the mountains at Malaybalay.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/17/2018 1:17:48 AM   
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Since I'm online, keep up the good work. Love reading your AAR.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/17/2018 11:30:09 PM   
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Thanks DOCUP. I enjoy writing the report right after I do my turn. It's become part of the game for me.

5 Jan 42

Sub Permit fired 2 torpedoes at xAK Santos Maru near Manado, but missed.

Sub Tarpon fired 4 torpedoes at DD Asashio near Kendari but missed.

It's funny, once I set up a spreadsheet to track my submarine hits I stopped getting any. Last hit was on December 26th.

Singapore bombed, a daily occurrence now. Sallys at 15000 feet hit very little but get torn up by flak. Manila was bombed also. Very little damage but no flak here.

Some enemy bombing in China, but far enough away from Chinese bases to not have to worry about another CAP trap.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/18/2018 5:35:46 PM   
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DMS Dorsey gets a depth charge hit on RO-67 at Noumea. There are big US xAPs here unloading, so it's a good thing to clear out the enemy sub. Only Dorsey was spotted by the enemy.

Speaking of Le Triomphant yesterday...

Day Time Surface Combat, near Iwo-jima at 107,82, Range 4,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Yahonui Maru, Shell hits 11, and is sunk
xAKL Bizen Maru, Shell hits 11, and is sunk
xAKL Yamashimo Maru
xAKL Juyo Maru, Shell hits 5, and is sunk
xAKL Hoko Maru, Shell hits 10, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Le Triomphant


Le Triomphant then reacted to the remaining xAKL and a second combat was initiated, but both sides evaded combat when the range finally closed. Le Triomphant took a bit of system and engine damage. It didn't appear to be hit during combat, so I'm guessing that it incurred damage during the reaction move, as if it was on Full speed (which it wasn't). If so, I learned something new today. Good to catch a manageable target for the French destroyer. Too bad they were just small xAKLs and not loaded with troops.

Two enemy attacks in China, working over isolated Chinese behind the lines.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/18/2018 5:58:04 PM   
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quote:

It didn't appear to be hit during combat, so I'm guessing that it incurred damage during the reaction move, as if it was on Full speed (which it wasn't).


My understanding -- which admittedly has a very spotty record -- is that if your TF was set to mission speed, that could include high speed runs at appropriate times during the action. The only way to avoid this -- I think -- is to set to cruise speed, but then your TF may miss some opportunities. Mission speed appears to work well for most situations. But I would be interested to hear a more definitive word on the matter.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/18/2018 6:06:15 PM   
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I think you are right jwolf. I've never read this but it makes sense. I'll dig the manual out. Many times, the answer is right there, if you can find it.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/19/2018 3:07:19 AM   
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Sub Gudgeon spots battleship Kirishima, 3 cruisers, and 5 destroyers near Kavieng. The sub fires 2 torpedoes at DD Kagero, and misses.

South of Hong Kong, S-38 fires 2 torpedoes at PB Eiko Maru, and gets a hit. Later, during the daylight, the sub again launches 2 torpedoes at the same patrol boat, and again gets a hit. Probably sunk after that.

Near Balikpapan, O16 fires 2 torpedoes at TK Teiyo Maru, but misses.

I-157 is reported to have hit 2 mines at Singapore. The sub is most probably sunk. Their are friendly and enemy mines there.

Near Donggala, sub Narwhal fires 2 torpedoes at xAK Madras Maru, but misses. Narwhal took a load of supply to Pakhoi, and is now headed to Soerabaja for fuel and torpedoes, and will redeploy to the South Pacific.

DD Le Triomphant started to return to Wake Island, about to pass near Marcus Island. It was not spotted today.

Another enemy cleanup attack against the Chinese in the north-central plains. I'm trying to be a nuisance running remnants of units around, stalling for time before they are destroyed.

Kuala Lumpur was lost. Over 30 enemy units are next to Singapore now.

US carriers Lexington, Saratoga, and Enterprise are at Auckland repairing minor damage and training squadrons. Yorktown is in Hawaii and headed to Auckland. Yorktown was not spotted at Pearl Harbor despite a pesky Glen sub in the area, spotting most task forces. I set my first Bolo squadron to ASW at Pearl Harbor today. Not well trained, but there are some pilots near 60 in ASW. It will be another month till the many other Bolo units are trained enough to start lighting up the subs.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/19/2018 3:39:34 AM   
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Le Triomphant

Looking at Tracker, I saw that Le Triomphant did not incur 12 SYS damage and some engine damage in the turn when it reacted to the xAKL. It actually accumulated the damage during the week of travel to that point. It was an unusually high amount of damage for a week's travel at mission speed, but it wasn't all at once like I originally thought.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/20/2018 4:35:19 AM   
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Kavieng is invaded by fast transport. The defenders were evacuated long ago. Rabaul is invaded:

Pre-Invasion action off Rabaul (106,125)

2 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
DD Ariake
DD Yugure
DD Shiratsuyu
AMC Hokoku Maru

TF 142 troops unloading over beach at Rabaul, 106,125

Japanese ground losses:
198 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


This is interesting for two reasons. First, this is the task force that stumbled upon my xAKL near Manus Island. Second, the Japanese 4th Division was unloading here. I don't think the whole division can fit on a single AMC and a few destroyers though. Maybe I'm wrong. 4th Division was reported at Truk, so maybe this part of it went directly to Rabaul past Manus. Regardless, there's no defense at Rabaul. Lark Force was moved to Tulagi, and the base force here was mostly extracted by Catalinas. But today, 5 Cats were shot down over Rabaul, from KB's fighters just one hex away.

Near Donggala, east of Balikpapan, 6 US PT boats from Manila are heading south, jumping from base to base for fuel. They ran into 2 patrol boats, but both sides chose to evade combat.

Cebu troops are bombed. Rabaul troops are bombed by Vals. None were hit, which isn't a surprise. I would think that 3 support squads could hide out successfully at a sizable base.

Some enemy bombing in China. And at Singapore. Some Lilys lost to flak there.

British destroyers Thanet and Scout, originally from Hong Kong and heroes of a couple of fights between there and Borneo, make it to Colombo escorting damaged light cruiser Durban. There arrival is celebrated.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/21/2018 12:39:24 AM   
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Enemy landing at Rabaul continues.

I-6 spots an xAKL task force in the shipping lanes east of Lahaina, Hawaii. AM Quatsino does very minor damage to the sub. This is the first sub activity that has found my current main shipping lane. Then, nearby, I-6 spots a cargo task force guarded by CL Leander and PC Morris. 2 torpedoes are fired at Leander but missed. The sub got away.

Between Kendari and Manando, sub Snapper spots big AMC Asaka Maru and fires 4 torpedoes. One hits, but it is a dud.

A Chinese corp is eliminated by a tank regiment near Sinyang, China.

Rabaul is lost, as is Kavieng. With 12,790 enemy troops at Rabaul, it does appear that the whole enemy 4th Infantry Division is there.

The 12 F4F-3s that start at Wake Island were picked up by an xAK which delivered supply there. The fighters are now unloading at Pearl Harbor.

xAK Ethel Edwards started in the Philippines and was badly damaged near Balabac. It hid at Kudat for awhile, then moved to Balabac, where it stayed longer. With damage at SYS 22/FLOT 50/ENG 10/FIRE 0, it wasn't going anywhere fast. I have moved it successfully to Manila, where it will repair in the shipyard and take its chances with enemy bombers. Best case, it is repaired in 15 days. If that happens, it will then try the northern escape route. Getting it to safety would be a major accomplishment, even if it is of little importance.

Johore Baru now has 36 units, and enemy bombers are now targeting ground troops at Singapore. The Imperial Guard Division is up north, at Georgetown now, slowly working its way south. It's to be seen whether the Singapore crossing will wait for that unit or not.

3 recently built ships at Singapore have slipped up the Sumatran coast and made it to Sabang. The 2 HDMLs and YMS don't have enough fuel to get to safety, but a rescue task force is standing off to the northwest, waiting for the small ships to join up.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/22/2018 3:14:38 AM   
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10 Jan 42

Near Davao, S-41 fired 2 torpedoes at patrol boat Ronsan Maru, but missed.

Near Morotai, sub Stingray spotted a task force with BB Mutsu and CS Chitose and CS Mizuho.

Tiny YO-42, the oiler that I've been tracking closely as it tried to escape to safety, didn't quite make it. Too many patrol boats near Balikpapan, probably after my subs.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Donggala at 68,97, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Seikai Maru
PB Seki Maru #3

Allied Ships
YO-42, Shell hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage


The oiler had fuel on board, and it caught fire, sinking the ship just after the combat.

Japanese forces cross into Singapore. Seeing the number of units, I expected to see that the base was lost. As it turned out, it wasn't enough. I see 24 enemy units at Singapore, but see 14 at Johore Baru. It's possible that the crossing wasn't coordinated well enough.

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 40929 troops, 468 guns, 235 vehicles, Assault Value = 1262

Defending force 35396 troops, 349 guns, 250 vehicles, Assault Value = 428

Japanese adjusted assault: 891

Allied adjusted defense: 1085

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
3799 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 269 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 38 disabled
Engineers: 25 destroyed, 38 disabled
Guns lost 20 (2 destroyed, 18 disabled)
Vehicles lost 15 (2 destroyed, 13 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2603 casualties reported
Squads: 55 destroyed, 135 disabled
Non Combat: 18 destroyed, 69 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 24 disabled
Guns lost 49 (19 destroyed, 30 disabled)
Vehicles lost 27 (7 destroyed, 20 disabled)

Assaulting units:
5th Engineer Regiment
22nd Recon Regiment
5th Recon Regiment
12th Engineer Regiment
11th Infantry Regiment
42nd Infantry Regiment
113th Infantry Regiment
114th Infantry Regiment
23rd Ind Engineer Regiment
21st Infantry Regiment
56th Infantry Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
15th Ind Engineer Regiment
55th Infantry Regiment
6th Tank Regiment
5th Field Artillery Regiment
5th Mortar Battalion
18th Mountain Gun Regiment
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
3rd Mortar Battalion
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
56th Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
34th Field AA Battalion

Defending units:
2nd Loyal Battalion
3/16th Punjab Battalion
2nd Gordons Battalion
2nd Malay Battalion
SSVF Brigade
1st Malay Battalion
1st Manchester Battalion
27th Australian Brigade
2/17 Dogra Battalion
3rd Cavalry Regiment
5/2nd Punjab Battalion
224 Group RAF
223 Group RAF
272/273rd Bty 80th AT Gun Regiment
111th RAF Adv Base Force
29 Battery/3 HAA
AHQ Far East
Singapore Base Force
1st Indian Heavy AA Regiment
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
Singapore Fortress
III Indian Corps
Malaya Army
Malayan Air Wing
2nd ISF Base Force
24th NZ Pioneer Coy
109th RN Base Force
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
5th Field Regiment


I consider this to be an excellent result for the Allies. The forts weren't touched and are still at 3. The base will end up falling, but I think that the enemy will lose more troops to do so. Allied flak has been very good here, knocking planes out of the sky all the way up to 15,000 feet, the most popular altitude for the enemy bombers.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/22/2018 3:19:46 PM   
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Very interesting following your AAR as I am the Japanese only a day or two behind your contest. It is goo to see what is going on in your game and compare it to my own.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/22/2018 8:56:38 PM   
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Good to see you Bif1961, and good luck with your war.

11 Jan 42

Bettys, Sallys and Lilys attack Singapore, all at 15,000 feet, and flak does claim more planes. A few destroyed and lots damaged. DBB mod has tougher flak. It feels more historically accurate to me, especially in naval attacks.

Medan is bombed for the first time, sizing up the defenders.

CV Indomitable has appeared at Aden. It will escort battleship Royal Sovereign to Bombay, then move to Australia to augment the US carrier fleet.

SigInt says that Maizure 2 SNLF is preparing for Wake. Wake has been ignored so far. KB just disappeared after the Rabaul attack. My guess is that when Wake is invaded, it will be with KB support. I think that I've done enough to make OPilot want to cover his invasions.

I've been preparing to reinforce Wake, if it continued to be ignored. I'm collecting the 3 US infantry battalions stationed on various Hawaiian islands, and will combine them into a regiment at Pearl Harbor. The plan is to ship them to Wake, without carrier support, hoping to sneak them in and just about max out the stacking limit. Nothing is going to save Wake if the enemy really wants it, but combined with the defenses already there, it could be a thorn in the side, and the enemy's first attempt to take it could well fail with the surprise of a stronger defense.

I'll continue with this plan unless the enemy gets to Wake first. If that happens, the regiment will reinforce Johnston Island, and maybe start prepping for something else.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/22/2018 9:50:24 PM   
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If you have one yet, the US tank battalions of around 52AV carry a lot more punch than an Inf. Rgt. and cost less in the stacking limit. Two battalions of tanks would make Wake (if supplied) darn hard to take.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/22/2018 10:02:55 PM   
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I have 2 US armor units so far. One just arrived at Noumea. The other is about to arrive at Sydney. So nothing at Pearl Harbor yet. I know that armor does show up there. I'll check when that will be.

I don't think I'll get the chance to go to Wake though.

[edit: 2 restricted armor units show up at Pearl Harbor in April. So it will be awhile.]

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/23/2018 6:27:20 AM   
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Ocean Island is invaded and captured by the enemy's 8th Independent SNLF Company.

Near Djailolo (I would have to look up that location), sub Seadragon fired 2 torpedoes at PB Kanko Maru but missed.

Anns bomb Cebu. Some bombing in Malaysia and China and Mindanao.

The enemy pushes south near Patani in Malaysia and decimates the 2nd Argylls Battalion.

No activity at Singapore. There was an artillery attack yesterday, but it did more damage to the enemy than the Allies.

The first huge fuel shipment has arrived at Auckland. Troops continue to unload at Noumea, Suva, and Pago Pago. Mostly Noumea. Troops at Pearl Harbor start to load to reinforce Wake, if given the opportunity. SigInt says that the 20th Infantry Regiment is planning to attack Tjepoe on Java, which is just up the coast from Soerabaja. I'm sending some troops there to put up a fight.

I decide that I have extra xAKs at Aden. I had just shipped fuel to Aden from Abadan, so I'm loading up about 50k fuel to go to Australia, and then the xAKs will move to the West Coast. Also, I'm taking a bunch of long range tankers from Abadan. They'll do the same as those xAKs.

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Gasmata is invaded by enemy fast transport.

More bombing at Singapore, and more enemy planes shot down. Cebu bombed, some bombing in Malaysia and China, nothing notable. 73 ships reported to be at Babeldaop. Not enough xAP shipping at Pearl Harbor for my regiment for Wake. About 70% is loading now. The rest will load when an xAP arrives in a few days. Hopefully they'll all get the chance to get to Wake.

Enemy subs are prowling around Victoria, Canada. More than one. Trying to find them with an ASW task force. Air ASW not in the area. Units not trained yet.

Allied AVPs moving around in the South Pacific, moving to set up seaplane bases at undeveloped islands here and there. I want a layer of search coverage from Tulagi to Luganville to north of Noumea, Suva, and Pago Pago. Baker has coverage now, as does Wake Island. KB has been missing since Rabaul was invaded.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/26/2018 4:29:32 AM   
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Near Soerabaja, Dutch sub O24 spots RO-34 and fires 2 torpedoes, but misses.

Near Madjene, sub Sealion fires 4 torpedoes at DMS W-6 but misses.

Bombers hit Singapore, today at a lower altitude of 13,000 feet. Flak claims 3 Lilys and 1 Sally, not counting associated ops losses.

Singapore is attacked for the second time:

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 40538 troops, 468 guns, 241 vehicles, Assault Value = 1164

Defending force 33493 troops, 336 guns, 242 vehicles, Assault Value = 280

Japanese adjusted assault: 1127

Allied adjusted defense: 999

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
3112 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 191 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 38 disabled
Engineers: 42 destroyed, 24 disabled
Guns lost 25 (5 destroyed, 20 disabled)
Vehicles lost 15 (1 destroyed, 14 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2150 casualties reported
Squads: 125 destroyed, 42 disabled
Non Combat: 16 destroyed, 133 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 9 disabled
Guns lost 29 (10 destroyed, 19 disabled)
Vehicles lost 40 (12 destroyed, 28 disabled)

Assaulting units:
5th Engineer Regiment
4th Ind Engineer Regiment
114th Infantry Regiment
56th Infantry Regiment
21st Infantry Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
12th Engineer Regiment
55th Infantry Regiment
113th Infantry Regiment
22nd Recon Regiment
15th Ind Engineer Regiment
23rd Ind Engineer Regiment
5th Recon Regiment
11th Infantry Regiment
42nd Infantry Regiment
6th Tank Regiment
3rd Mortar Battalion
56th Field Artillery Regiment
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
18th Mountain Gun Regiment
5th Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
5th Mortar Battalion
34th Field AA Battalion

Defending units:
2/17 Dogra Battalion
2nd Malay Battalion
3rd Cavalry Regiment
2nd Gordons Battalion
1st Malay Battalion
SSVF Brigade
1st Manchester Battalion
3/16th Punjab Battalion
27th Australian Brigade
5/2nd Punjab Battalion
Malayan Air Wing
223 Group RAF
272/273rd Bty 80th AT Gun Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
III Indian Corps
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
Singapore Fortress
2nd Loyal Battalion
109th RN Base Force
AHQ Far East
224 Group RAF
111th RAF Adv Base Force
2nd ISF Base Force
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
24th NZ Pioneer Coy
Malaya Army
29 Battery/3 HAA
1st Indian Heavy AA Regiment
Singapore Base Force
5th Field Regiment


Forts are reduced to 2, and the defenders are really hurting now, but the attackers took a beating also. There's a number of Japanese units that will take some time to recover, and that's about all that can be expected here. A small restricted infantry unit is bought out for just 2 points. A fragment will be flown to Java, then to Timor, then to Darwin. It will then move to the east coast of Australia and rebuild.

SigInt says that the 47th Infantry Regiment is planning for Merak, and that the 33rd Division is at 57,56. This is between Rahaeng and Moumein. We already learned that this division is preparing for Rangoon. The one Burma division is at Pegu after forming from its parts, and is digging in there.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/27/2018 12:25:18 AM   
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Enemy troops land at Makassar. Bombers hit Singapore, today it's back to 15,000 feet. 3 planes reportedly shot down by flak.

Just east of Makassar, towards Kendari, Dutch sub O20 fires 4 torpedoes at destroyer Yamakaze but misses. This is the CVL task force.

Tandjoengpinang, the island next to Singapore is invaded. A few Dutch seaplanes have been based here, and unfortunately, none are operational today to fly out. The 3 plane unit is disbanded.

KB, or at least part of KB, is spotted a few hexes northwest of Rabaul. It is in a position to make me think that it will hug the New Guinea coast for operations south. Maybe Lae and Buna, maybe further south to Milne Bay, maybe all the way to Port Moresby. Port Moresby has had enemy recon steadily, so it's known that there aren't many men there.

Lark Force is at Tulagi. The two sister units (names forgotten) that start at Darwin have just left Townsville with supply and are headed to Luganville.

My Wake reinforcement task force has left the Hawaiian Islands unseen.

Remember the 3 xAKs that supplied Pakhoi and then rounded northern Luzon in a run for safety? They passed Iwo Jima without being seen, and are now nearing the Aleutians.

[edit: Funny occurrence today. I saw that the enemy did recon of San Fernando. I panicked, and went looking for the base in Southern California. :) ]

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/28/2018 5:45:41 AM   
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30 Zeros sweep Soerabaja for the first time. The Dutch Air Force thought they were ready, but they were not. 20 or so Dutch fighters rise to meet the enemy. 5 75A-7 Hawks, 5 CW-21B Demons, and 4 B33Ds are lost, with no enemy losses, not even to ops. The Dutch fighters are ordered to stand down and wait for an opportunity to escort naval bombers.

2 Oscar squadrons sweep Moulmein for the first time. There's no CAP here. There's a squadron of AVG H-81s at Rangoon. I move the other 2 squadrons south from Calcutta, to join the upcoming defense of Rangoon and Pegu.

Enemy bombing of the usual spots, including Singapore.

Maizuru 1st SNLF invades Lae. KB is near but not seen today.

The Dutch put up a good defense at Makassar, which is attacked for the first time today. A 1 to 2 attack doesn't touch the level 1 fort. 184 enemy casualties, and 117 Dutch. Almost all losses for both sides are disabled losses.

Kolaka is lost, as is Tandjoengpinang, adjacent to Singapore.

The third attack at Singapore takes place, with the enemy missing a 2 to 1 attack by a fairly slim margin.

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 38579 troops, 465 guns, 241 vehicles, Assault Value = 1082

Defending force 31657 troops, 326 guns, 224 vehicles, Assault Value = 165

Japanese adjusted assault: 896

Allied adjusted defense: 479

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1778 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 108 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 38 disabled
Vehicles lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2446 casualties reported
Squads: 141 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 46 destroyed, 122 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 14 disabled
Guns lost 26 (9 destroyed, 17 disabled)
Vehicles lost 59 (47 destroyed, 12 disabled)
Units destroyed 2

Assaulting units:
114th Infantry Regiment
12th Engineer Regiment
42nd Infantry Regiment
55th Infantry Regiment
113th Infantry Regiment
5th Recon Regiment
23rd Ind Engineer Regiment
15th Ind Engineer Regiment
22nd Recon Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
56th Infantry Regiment
11th Infantry Regiment
4th Ind Engineer Regiment
21st Infantry Regiment
6th Tank Regiment
5th Mortar Battalion
3rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
5th Engineer Regiment
56th Field Artillery Regiment
18th Mountain Gun Regiment
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Mortar Battalion
5th Field Artillery Regiment
34th Field AA Battalion

Defending units:
2nd Gordons Battalion
3/16th Punjab Battalion
3rd Cavalry Regiment
1st Manchester Battalion
1st Malay Battalion
SSVF Brigade
27th Australian Brigade
5/2nd Punjab Battalion
272/273rd Bty 80th AT Gun Regiment
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
111th RAF Adv Base Force
1st Indian Heavy AA Regiment
Malaya Army
2/17 Dogra Battalion
2nd Malay Battalion
29 Battery/3 HAA
Singapore Base Force
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
III Indian Corps
2nd Loyal Battalion
Singapore Fortress
Malayan Air Wing
223 Group RAF
2nd ISF Base Force
224 Group RAF
24th NZ Pioneer Coy
109th RN Base Force
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
AHQ Far East
5th Field Regiment


Singapore will be lost soon, but the enemy losses are mounting. Here's a summary of losses in the 3 attacks so far:

First attack (shock) on 10 Jan 42
Japanese ground losses:
3799 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 269 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 38 disabled
Engineers: 25 destroyed, 38 disabled
Guns lost 20 (2 destroyed, 18 disabled)
Vehicles lost 15 (2 destroyed, 13 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2603 casualties reported
Squads: 55 destroyed, 135 disabled
Non Combat: 18 destroyed, 69 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 24 disabled
Guns lost 49 (19 destroyed, 30 disabled)
Vehicles lost 27 (7 destroyed, 20 disabled)

Second attack on 14 Jan 42
Japanese ground losses:
3112 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 191 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 38 disabled
Engineers: 42 destroyed, 24 disabled
Guns lost 25 (5 destroyed, 20 disabled)
Vehicles lost 15 (1 destroyed, 14 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2150 casualties reported
Squads: 125 destroyed, 42 disabled
Non Combat: 16 destroyed, 133 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 9 disabled
Guns lost 29 (10 destroyed, 19 disabled)
Vehicles lost 40 (12 destroyed, 28 disabled)

Then the attack today:
Japanese ground losses:
1778 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 108 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 38 disabled
Vehicles lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2446 casualties reported
Squads: 141 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 46 destroyed, 122 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 14 disabled
Guns lost 26 (9 destroyed, 17 disabled)
Vehicles lost 59 (47 destroyed, 12 disabled)
Units destroyed 2


508 enemy combat squads disabled so far. I like that.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/28/2018 10:50:51 AM   
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unfortunately Singapore is the perfect place in the DEI to recover disablements. Hopefully they are not spread out
to much and have crippled a couple of large units of importance to his plans though.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/28/2018 10:38:42 PM   
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Sub Sealion fired 4 torpedoes at destroyer Michishio near Makassar. They missed. Also spotted was battleship Kongo and a couple of cruisers.

Shortlands was invaded by fast transport and lost. Now we get to see if OPilot uses the same fast transport method at Tulagi, the method of dropping off a small unit at a base expected to be empty. Lark Force is at Tulagi and digging in.

Lae is lost.

Several patrol craft are on ASW duty near Victoria. There are enemy subs in the area. PC Cyane found one, or I should say, found a torpedo. I-7 sinks Cyane. My experience has been that poor quality ASW ships get hit more often then hitting a sub, particularly if there isn't quality air ASW covering the area.

DMSs sweep Allied mines at Tandjoengpinang, next to Singapore.

Oscars sweep Changsha, finding a handful of Chinese Hawks. 4 out of the 5 Hawks are downed. The unit is bought out and will train in India.

Lots of bombers hit Singapore. The enemy shock attacks, hoping to finish off the defenders.

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 37787 troops, 465 guns, 241 vehicles, Assault Value = 1006

Defending force 29493 troops, 310 guns, 188 vehicles, Assault Value = 136

Japanese adjusted assault: 1022

Allied adjusted defense: 341

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
690 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 102 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 20 disabled
Guns lost 10 (2 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Vehicles lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2311 casualties reported
Squads: 64 destroyed, 45 disabled
Non Combat: 79 destroyed, 94 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 33 (11 destroyed, 22 disabled)
Vehicles lost 22 (10 destroyed, 12 disabled)
Units destroyed 3


The end is near. Tomorrow. But chalk up another 100 enemy combat squads disabled.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/29/2018 5:39:06 AM   
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Battleships Haruna and Kongo bombard Makassar. Lots of bombers hit the base during the day, and the enemy captures the base easily.

Southeast of Palembang, I-165 hits Dutch sub KVII with 2 torpedoes, sinking her. KVII had not sunk any ships. This is the first Allied sub lost in the war.

Oscars sweep Moulmein again. Bombers hit the base afterwards. 3 squadrons of AVG will LRCAP Moulmein from Rangoon.

Malaybalay is heavily bombed. The mountain base is lost in a 5 to 1 attack. Mindanao, except for Zamboanga, is now held by the enemy.

Singapore is heavily bombed. In the third shock attack, and the fifth attack overall, the base falls.

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 36828 troops, 463 guns, 240 vehicles, Assault Value = 914

Defending force 27216 troops, 300 guns, 179 vehicles, Assault Value = 77

Japanese adjusted assault: 925

Allied adjusted defense: 285

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

Japanese forces CAPTURE Singapore !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
1454 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 77 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 11 disabled
Guns lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (2 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
28868 casualties reported
Squads: 104 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1678 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 126 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 378 (378 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 212 (212 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 25

Assaulting units:
42nd Infantry Regiment
21st Infantry Regiment
23rd Ind Engineer Regiment
12th Engineer Regiment
5th Recon Regiment
114th Infantry Regiment
22nd Recon Regiment
113th Infantry Regiment
15th Ind Engineer Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
4th Ind Engineer Regiment
56th Infantry Regiment
55th Infantry Regiment
11th Infantry Regiment
6th Tank Regiment
5th Mortar Battalion
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
5th Field Artillery Regiment
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
18th Mountain Gun Regiment
3rd Mortar Battalion
56th Field Artillery Regiment
5th Engineer Regiment
3rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
34th Field AA Battalion

Defending units:
27th Australian Brigade
SSVF Bde /2
Malayan Air Wing
3/16th Punjab Battalion
AHQ Far East
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
224 Group RAF
Singapore Base Force
2/17 Dogra Battalion
1st Manchester Battalion
223 Group RAF
2nd ISF Base Force
III Indian Corps
24th NZ Pioneer Coy
29 Battery/3 HAA /1
111th RAF Adv Base Force
1st Indian Heavy AA Regiment
Malaya Army
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
Singapore Fortress
5th Field Regiment
2nd Malay Battalion
109th RN Base Force
2nd Loyal Bn /1

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