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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/14/2020 6:00:02 PM   
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Interesting turn. I've played this game, and its predecessors, for decades now. I play just about every day. And still, I sometimes see something that I'd never seen before. And it's another lesson learned.

The Japanese has a huge fighter commitment at Manila, with just patrol boats there. With my carriers so close to Manila, I didn't want my naval bombers to target those unimportant ships and run into the close to 200 enemy fighters. So I had them rest today. Except for the squadrons that I saw were trained in ASW. I put several dive bomber squadrons and at least one torpedo squadron on ASW. What happened was eye opening.

SB2C-1C Helldiver from VB-2 has spotted PB Sozan Maru at 79,77
PB Sozan Maru is reported HIT
SB2C-1C Helldiver reports turbulence in water at 79, 77 near Manila
Search SB2C-1C Helldiver destroyed by CAP
Search SB2C-1C Helldiver destroyed by CAP
SB2C-1C Helldiver reports possible submarine at 79, 77 near Manila
SBD-5 Dauntless damaged by flak
SBD-5 Dauntless from VB-5 has spotted AMc Kiri Maru #5 at 79,77
SBD-5 Dauntless from VB-5 has spotted PB Sozan Maru at 79,77
PB Sozan Maru is reported HIT
Search SBD-5 Dauntless destroyed by CAP
SBD-5 Dauntless reports suspected submarine at 79, 77 near Manila
SBD-5 Dauntless reports periscope wake at 79, 77 near Manila
SBD-5 Dauntless reports diving submarine at 79, 77 near Manila
Search SBD-5 Dauntless destroyed by CAP at (79,77)
SBD-5 Dauntless from VB-6 has spotted AMc America Maru at 79,77
Search SBD-5 Dauntless destroyed by CAP at (79,77)
SBD-5 Dauntless reports conning tower at 79, 77 near Manila
SBD-5 Dauntless reports possible submarine at 79, 77 near Manila
SBD-5 Dauntless reports periscope wake at 79, 77 near Manila
SBD-5 Dauntless reports radio transmissions at 79, 77 near Manila
SBD-5 Dauntless from VB-6 attacking a Otsu Gata Type B class SSX at 79,77
a Otsu Gata Type B class SSX is reported HIT
SBD-5 Dauntless reports diving submarine at 79, 77 near Manila
TBF-1 Avenger reports shadow in water at 79, 77 near Manila
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-6 has spotted a Japanese AMc at 79,77
SBD-5 Dauntless from VB-8 has spotted AMc America Maru at 79,77
SBD-5 Dauntless from VB-8 has spotted PB Sozan Maru at 79,77
PB Sozan Maru is reported HIT
SBD-5 Dauntless reports suspected submarine at 79, 77 near Manila
Search SBD-5 Dauntless destroyed by CAP
SBD-5 Dauntless from VB-8 attacking a Japanese SSX at 79,77
SB2C-1C Helldiver reports diving submarine at 79, 77 near Manila
SB2C-1C Helldiver reports radio transmissions at 79, 77 near Manila
SB2C-1C Helldiver reports radio transmissions at 79, 77 near Manila
SB2C-1C Helldiver from VB-72 has spotted AMc Noshiro Maru #2 at 79,77
Search SB2C-1C Helldiver destroyed by CAP
SB2C-1C Helldiver reports conning tower at 79, 77 near Manila
SB2C-1C Helldiver reports object near surface at 79, 77 near Manila
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-37 attacking a Japanese SSX at 79,77
a Japanese SSX is reported HIT
Search TBF-1 Avenger destroyed by CAP at (79,77)
Search TBF-1 Avenger destroyed by CAP at (79,77)
SOC-1 Seagull reports diving submarine at 79, 77 near Manila
Search SOC-1 Seagull destroyed by CAP
SOC-1 Seagull reports object under water at 79, 77 near Manila
Search SOC-1 Seagull destroyed by CAP
Search SOC-1 Seagull destroyed by CAP
Search SOC-1 Seagull destroyed by CAP at (79,77)
Search SOC-1 Seagull destroyed by CAP
Search SOC-1 Seagull destroyed by CAP at (79,77)
SOC-1 Seagull reports radio transmissions at 79, 77 near Manila
OS2U-3 Kingfisher reports shape below surface at 79, 77 near Manila
OS2U-3 Kingfisher reports possible submarine at 79, 77 near Manila
Search OS2U-3 Kingfisher destroyed by CAP at (79,77)
OS2U-3 Kingfisher damaged by flak
OS2U-3 Kingfisher reports shadow in water at 79, 77 near Manila
Search OS2U-3 Kingfisher destroyed by CAP at (79,77)


This was just from the morning phase. The same happened in the afternoon. I'd never seen such a slaughter of search planes. But wait! I didn't have any bomber squadrons on search! The Seagull losses were understandable. But the bomber squadrons were on ASW duty! Apparently they can get shot down also, and in droves. And they spotted, and attacked, normal ships, which was particularly unexpected. So, there's always more to learn in this game.

The enemy did try to attack the armada. I didn't learn what ships were targeted, since no bombers made it through. Here was the first attack:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Lucena at 79,80

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 114 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 37 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 24
B6N2 Jill x 18

Allied aircraft
Sea Hurricane Ib x 12
F4F-4 Wildcat x 10
FM-1 Wildcat x 31
F4U-1A Corsair x 60
F6F-3 Hellcat x 396

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 3 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 8 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
FM-1 Wildcat: 2 destroyed


It had to be discouraging for OPilot to run into 396 Hellcats. With so many enemy carriers lost, the fight is no longer a fair fight. But such is war. And it's only the end of 1943. I wonder what the CAP could be in a year from now.

Multiple enemy attacks followed, with the results all the same: every attacker shot down. Total air losses were 26 Jills, 24 Lilys, 13 Vals, 6 Judys and 5 Zeros. Allied losses in the ASW activity over Manila were 14 SBD-5s, 8 SB2C-1s, 7 SOC-1s, 3 TBFs and 2 OS2U-3s.

B-24s hit Clark AFB, finding some Jacks defending on ranged CAP. 6 Sallys, 5 Dinahs, 1 Lily and 4 Tojos were destroyed on the ground.

Paras took an empty Lucena. Thousands of men will start unloading there today. Batangas will be invaded. I'm leaning towards isolating the enemy at Davao, but that will take some time, having to close all of the hex sides.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/14/2020 8:52:10 PM   
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On one of the threads recently some players (mostly IJ) exchanged info about setting up CAP traps for the Allies using subs as bait. Looks like your opponent tried it out. I think it a bit gamey because the AI does not let you send escorts with your ASW aircraft.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/14/2020 9:35:40 PM   
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On one of the threads recently some players (mostly IJ) exchanged info about setting up CAP traps for the Allies using subs as bait. Looks like your opponent tried it out. I think it a bit gamey because the AI does not let you send escorts with your ASW aircraft.


I don't think so. 79,77 is Manila in my stock game.

It is simply what happens when ASW search flies into a heavy CAP. Lrcap is a lot less effective especially at range.

Most JFB's can't put up more than one squadron to search when the deathstar steams by late war, because the losses are so large.

I think that altitude plays a very important role in the severity of losses due to searching, and generally most people fly ASW very low and hence get higher losses. Flying very high seems to minimize the losses greatly.

It is also possible that the present subs in Manila acted like bait for the searching ASWs, drawing them in like a magnet. Especially if you were within the 360 degree autosearch range. I believe, but am not certain, that works for ASW as well as NavS.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/14/2020 10:02:18 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

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On one of the threads recently some players (mostly IJ) exchanged info about setting up CAP traps for the Allies using subs as bait. Looks like your opponent tried it out. I think it a bit gamey because the AI does not let you send escorts with your ASW aircraft.


I don't think so. 79,77 is Manila in my stock game.

It is simply what happens when ASW search flies into a heavy CAP. Lrcap is a lot less effective especially at range.

Most JFB's can't put up more than one squadron to search when the deathstar steams by late war, because the losses are so large.

I think that altitude plays a very important role in the severity of losses due to searching, and generally most people fly ASW very low and hence get higher losses. Flying very high seems to minimize the losses greatly.

It is also possible that the present subs in Manila acted like bait for the searching ASWs, drawing them in like a magnet. Especially if you were within the 360 degree autosearch range. I believe, but am not certain, that works for ASW as well as NavS.

It is the presence of so many sub TFs in Manila that made me think - CAP Trap.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/14/2020 10:08:29 PM   
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ORIGINAL: BBfanboy

On one of the threads recently some players (mostly IJ) exchanged info about setting up CAP traps for the Allies using subs as bait. Looks like your opponent tried it out. I think it a bit gamey because the AI does not let you send escorts with your ASW aircraft.


I don't think so. 79,77 is Manila in my stock game.

It is simply what happens when ASW search flies into a heavy CAP. Lrcap is a lot less effective especially at range.

Most JFB's can't put up more than one squadron to search when the deathstar steams by late war, because the losses are so large.

I think that altitude plays a very important role in the severity of losses due to searching, and generally most people fly ASW very low and hence get higher losses. Flying very high seems to minimize the losses greatly.

It is also possible that the present subs in Manila acted like bait for the searching ASWs, drawing them in like a magnet. Especially if you were within the 360 degree autosearch range. I believe, but am not certain, that works for ASW as well as NavS.

It is the presence of so many sub TFs in Manila that made me think - CAP Trap.


Japan needs the midgets there because he foolishly didn't garrison Bataan with CD guns. Or at least he did from the picture, perhaps there are troops there? There is nothing else there protecting those fighters. Obvert would have spanked me for that slip up. That is if I could have taken Manila in the first place.


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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/15/2020 2:55:38 AM   
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There had been an ACM at Bataan, so I've been cautious about rushing into Manila to bombard. I working on clearing the way now, cautiously.

27 Nov 43

Sub Raton spots the big convoy that was at Lingayen. Ships fled towards Formosa.

Sub attack near Laoag at 81,70

Japanese Ships
AK Hirokawa Maru
E Yugao
E Karukaya
AK Tosan Maru
AK Kinka Maru
AK Kaga Maru
xAP Shanghai Maru
xAP Asama Maru
E Kiji
E Hayabusa
E Hiyodori

Allied Ships
SS Raton

SS Raton launches 2 torpedoes at AK Hirokawa Maru


Arizona and West Virginia bombarded Batangas. Good work.

Japanese ground losses:
445 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Airbase hits 11
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 10
Port hits 2
Port supply hits 1


Lubang, close to Manila, was invaded. I did so to potentially mine the island, helping to protect the landings. The mining may not be necessary. No sign of enemy combat ships near Luzon. I may save the mines for later.

Batangas was invaded. All troops were unloaded in one day.

I have a question. Does a properly loaded AGC help with unloading amphibious task forces at a friendly base? I had the choice of moving my AGC task force to Batangas to help with the amphibious assault landing, or move to Lucena to help with amphibious unloading there, at a base that is already mine. I figured that the Batangas troops would unload in one day without the AGC, and they did. No way to tell if the AGC helped at Lucena. I do know that the APAs unload slower at a friendly (small) base than during an amphibious assault. The APAs at Lucena unloaded about halfway, compared to the ones at Batangas that emptied of all troops. But I do wonder about the use of the AGC.

I tried sweeping Manila, and it didn't go great. 21 P-38s ran into 6 Jacks, 27 Georges, 40 Tojos, 42 Tonys and 36 Franks. It was ugly. 50 P-47s came later and did better. Total air losses were 17 P-38s and 4 P-47s for the downing of 5 Tojos, 3 Tonys, 3 Georges and 1 Frank. It's going to take the battleships to shut down Manila. Of course, the enemy will move the planes to Clark, but maybe I can catch them first.

Busanga was invaded. It is not defended. Busanga will be my rearming naval base.

I noticed that my pilot on the top of the kills leader board, for pilots still alive, is 1 Lt. R.D. Keator, with the 23rd Fighter Group, 75th Fighter Squadron. He has 17 kills. Amazingly, he's still flying a P-40K, and is in China. Remember, this is a PDU OFF game. Still using old airframes here and there.

Looking up Randall Keator in the real world, he is said to have downed the first Japanese plane in World War II, in a P-40 at Manila. Here's a story written in 2017 in his hometown:

Keator





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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/16/2020 2:12:51 AM   
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I don't think the AGC/Amphib Force HQ helps with Amphib unloading at a friendly base. It is there to coordinate the waves of landing craft going in to the beach and getting away from it before the next wave - it can't do that at a friendly port.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/17/2020 2:02:54 AM   
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Unloading just about finished at Batangas.

The enemy is reacting. See the map for the location of this encounter.

ASW attack near Batan Island at 87,72

Japanese Ships
DD Yamakaze
BB Kirishima
BB Haruna
BB Kongo
CL Natori
DD Oite
DD Yunagi
DD Asanagi
DD Hayate

Allied Ships
SS Grenadier

SS Grenadier launches 4 torpedoes at DD Yamakaze


Near Swatow, Grunion hit CM Okinoshima with a torpedo. This appears to be the big convoy that left Lingayen Gulf in a hurry. Grunion was gravely damaged in the shallow water by destroyer Wakazuki. 2 depth charge hits and some near misses. Grunion is in trouble, suffering 4 flooding message after the fight. It is SYS 37/FLOT 89-28/ENG 1-0/FIRE 0. Only good luck will save her. A nearby sub is ordered to join up and escort the damaged sub south. I don't know if another sub can help a damaged sub like another ship can help a damaged ship, but it's worth trying. I've done it before and been successful, but it could have been just good luck.

Burrfish sank subchaser CHa-28 near Kobe.

4 US YMS found mines at Bataan. 35 were swept. There are more. The sweepers will move south for today.

An enemy unit originally at Zamboanga has moved into Dumanquilas on Mindanao. The enemy is depleted, and probably out of supply, but is numerically superior to the SeaBee unit there. US bombers have been hitting the enemy and will continue today. I expect an enemy attack. I hope that the engineers hold the base. I've got better things to do than have to take it back.

Battleships Oklahoma and Nevada bombarded Batangas. Decent result with 273 casualties. The big news for today was that Batangas was taken in the first attempt.

Ground combat at Batangas (79,78)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 26366 troops, 473 guns, 526 vehicles, Assault Value = 915

Defending force 8483 troops, 50 guns, 73 vehicles, Assault Value = 258

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Allied adjusted assault: 770

Japanese adjusted defense: 18

Allied assault odds: 42 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Batangas !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: disruption(-), preparation(-), fatigue(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
3488 casualties reported
Squads: 88 destroyed, 78 disabled
Non Combat: 120 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 17 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 26 (23 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 98 (98 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 2
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
122 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
37th Infantry Division
40th Infantry Division
18th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
4th USMC Tank Battalion
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
762nd Tank Battalion
226th Field Artillery Battalion
86th Coast AA Regiment
205th Coast AA Regiment
I Marine Amphib Corps
225th Field Artillery Battalion
2/533rd Boat&Shore Engineer Battalion
249th Field Artillery Battalion
19th US Naval Construction Battalion

Defending units:
8th Tank Regiment
32nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
5th JAAF AF Bn


The march into Manila begins. Time to get Batangas' airfield repaired. It's a size 7.

[EDIT: Oh, and MacArthur has landed at Lucena. He wanted to arrive aboard ARD Dewey, but that couldn't be arranged.]




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/17/2020 3:01:35 AM   
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Geez - Mac needs an ARD that big to haul his ego?!

According to Alfred other vessels can only help a damaged vessel in firefighting. But another sub could intercept enemy ships before they get a bead on your damaged sub. And the damaged sub could save the captain of the damaged one if it comes to that. I think that damage is survivable if the sub can get into a hex with no enemy vessels in it. There is a lot of minor float that can be pumped and system damage is not too bad.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/18/2020 6:35:51 AM   
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RO-38 hit AG King John with a torpedo near San Jose, sinking the ship. His highness was moving towards Luzon. Escorts didn't hit the sub, but later in the day, PC-1081 got a depth charge hit on it.

Very interesting fight at Dumanquilas, on Mindanao. The enemy unit that had been kicked out of Zamboanga moved to the weakest part of the blocking line to the east: Dumanquilas. I had had a SeaBee regiment there, along with a SeaBee battalion. I moved out the regiment, hoping that the battalion could hold the base if the enemy moved in. They did move in, and the issue is in doubt.

Ground combat at Dumanquilas (77,89)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 2924 troops, 14 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 51

Defending force 915 troops, 0 guns, 17 vehicles, Assault Value = 13

Japanese adjusted assault: 21

Allied adjusted defense: 17

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

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

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

Assaulting units:
13th Garrison Unit

Defending units:
6th US Naval Construction Battalion


The engineers won't hold as is, even with the enemy being out of supply. I'll continue bombing the enemy, but I have 2 cruiser task forces rushing to the base at full speed. They will hopefully bombard by the end of the day. I'm also dropping in some paras to help hold the base. OPilot was probably content with a suicide shock attack, but he'd be more happy to capture the base, even if the unit is still isolated there. I'll try to stop that from happening.

South of Chiang Mai, in Thailand, a Chinese led force kicks the enemy back into Uttaradit.

Ground combat at 59,55 (near Uttaradit)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 30003 troops, 238 guns, 109 vehicles, Assault Value = 1008

Defending force 5612 troops, 79 guns, 15 vehicles, Assault Value = 122

Allied adjusted assault: 545

Japanese adjusted defense: 142

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
2208 casualties reported
Squads: 81 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 75 destroyed, 31 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 38 (24 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 5

Allied ground losses:
225 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
75th Indian Brigade
16th Light Cavalry Regiment
6th Chinese Corps
134th Field Artillery Battalion
3rd (Special Force) Division

Defending units:
2nd INA Gandhi Regiment
1st INA Subhas Regiment
3rd INA Azad Regiment
21st Medium Field Artillery Battalion
13th RF Gun (Pack) Battalion
67th Construction Battalion


This is the enemy's "B" team. Uttaradit, and the adjacent bases however, are fairly strongly held, and by Japanese infantry, I believe.

Badly damaged sub Grunion suffered 2 more flooding events. The sub gained 5 SYS damage, 2 FLOT damage and 1 ENG damage. It is now SYS 42/FLOT 91-28/ENG 2-0/FIRE 0. It doesn't look good but the crew is ordered to continue to try to save the sub.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/19/2020 1:47:03 AM   
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A big mixed force cruiser task force bombarded troops at Dumanquilas. 60 casualties. Several bomber units hit the enemy, doing minor damage in bad weather. Then 3 cruisers and 5 destroyers bombarded, causing 39 more casualties. The enemy then attacked. The bombing and bombardments, along with the reinforcing paras helped out.

Ground combat at Dumanquilas (77,89)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 2699 troops, 14 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 44

Defending force 1430 troops, 10 guns, 17 vehicles, Assault Value = 29

Japanese adjusted assault: 0

Allied adjusted defense: 19

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 99 (fort level 1)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), leaders(-), preparation(-)
fatigue(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(+), leaders(-), disruption(-), supply(-)

Japanese ground losses:
173 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 27 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

Assaulting units:
13th Garrison Unit

Defending units:
1st Aus Para Bn /1
6th US Naval Construction Battalion


40 Oscars swept Batangas, finding 15 P-47s. Oscars were downed. Then 36 Franks swept. More P-47s lost than Franks.

16 Corsairs swept Sorong, finding 18 A6M5 Zeros. More enemy down than Corsairs lost.

Flying from Dobo, 14 Boomerang C-12s attacked xAKL Tainichi Maru near Biak. 2 Zeros were protecting. 2 bombers were lost, with a Zero downed. The Boomerangs missed with their bombs but two cannon shells hit, doing little damage. A few B-25Gs then joined in.

Japanese Ships
xAKL Tainichi Maru, Shell hits 3, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Kofuku Maru, Shell hits 4


I noted several 75mm gun hits on the ships.

US bombers hit Cebu's airfield and light industry. There are a couple of enemy units there. They will be bypassed. Some industry destroyed and moderate airbase damage done.

Total air losses for the day were 10 Zeros, 8 Oscars and 4 Franks, for the cost of 6 P-47s, 2 B-25Gs, 2 Boomerangs and an F4U.

A US infantry division and some artillery moved into Manila, joining 3 armor units already there. The artillery will bombard today, in order to see just what the enemy has there. Then I will decide if a northern Luzon landing is needed. If it is, units on Mindanao will be used, after they leave the Davao vicinity and walk to Cagayan. If it is not needed, the Mersing invasion will be next. Then all of the good landing ships will head to Java to get the troops.

No sign of the enemy battleships. Maybe they got spooked when they were spotted and bugged out.

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Grunion incurred 2 more SYS damage, and FLOT damage went down 1. It is now SYS 44 and FLOT 90, and moving just one hex a day. It has a long way to go to the nearest port. I'm afraid that a further rise in SYS damage may doom the ship, if a few more flooding events don't do so first.

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Big enemy air effort over Nanning in China. Heavy damage to the airbase. It's notable that the enemy just withdrew from Changsha. The Chinese held here long ago and the enemy stayed. They've just left. I got SigInt that a unit is preparing for Chengteh, north of Changsha. Chinese units are on the move to help the defense.

Here's the current order of battle at Manila. More US troops are inbound. But would 5 divisions be enough? I'm not sure. I plan on bagging the whole enemy army at Manila with a new US landing up north.

Ground combat at Manila (79,77)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1002 troops, 102 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 1269

Defending force 42198 troops, 506 guns, 200 vehicles, Assault Value = 704

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

Allied ground losses:
Guns lost 18 (3 destroyed, 15 disabled)

Assaulting units:
4th USMC Tank Battalion
110th Cmbt Engineer Battalion
Americal Infantry Division
34th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
18th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
37th Infantry Division
40th Infantry Division
762nd Tank Battalion
225th Field Artillery Battalion
147th Field Artillery Battalion
249th Field Artillery Battalion
205th Field Artillery Battalion
I US Corps
226th Field Artillery Battalion
Sixth US Army
I Marine Amphib Corps
602nd Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
31st Ind.Mixed Brigade
30th Ind.Mixed Brigade
4th Engineer Co
32nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Ind.Mixed Regiment
16th AA Regiment
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
9th RF Gun Battalion
101st Machine Canno AA Battalion
21th JNAF AF Unit
31st Special Base Force
1st JNAF AF Unit
24th JAAF AF Bn
107th Ship Eng Coy
9th Field Construction Battalion
6th Field Construction Battalion
16th Army
307th Ship Eng Coy
17th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
5th Air Division
207th Ship Eng Coy
4th JNAF Coy
1st Ship Engineer Regiment
3rd Fleet
3rd JNAF Coy
25th Air Flotilla
62nd Field AA Battalion
60th Field AA Battalion
5th JAAF AF Bn
14th Mortar Battalion
20th AA Regiment
8th Field Construction Battalion
12th Mortar Battalion
7th Ship Engineer Regiment
44th Field AA Battalion
41st JNAF AF Unit /1


Grunion moved another hex and repaired ever so slightly, with FLOT damage going down one. It is now SYS 44 and FLOT 89-28. The odds are still low for survival, but the attempt will always be made.




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4 US YMS move back to Bataan, and sweep a bunch of mines. There are more of them still.

Saury hit xAKL Kofuku Maru with a torpedo near Sansapor. B-25Gs from Dobo hit the damaged ship later in the day, sinking it with 6 500 pound bombs and 4 shell hits.

I'd moved 2 Spitfire squadrons to Langsa on Sumatra. OPilot noticed the fighters there. First 41 Oscars swept, with 26 Spitfire VIIIs on CAP. More Spits lost than Oscars. Then 41 Franks swept, finding just 5 Spits left, and downed all of them. 53 Sallys then bombed the airbase, but did just moderate damage in severe storms.

B-24s from Rangoon hit Haiphong's port for the first time, but found 42 Oscars on CAP. Several Oscars were shot down, but many bombers were damaged. Almost no damage done to the port in light rain. I was hoping for some ships in port, but there may not have been any. I just realized that I may not have reset the bomber orders for the next turn.

B-24s and B-25s did light damage to Manila's airfield. 10 Jacks and 16 Franks on a ranged CAP from Clark. Then 12 more B-25 arrived and all were shot down. I don't remember ordering B-25s to Manila, but I did so. The heavies stand up better to the enemy fighters.

I don't use full speed movement very often with my carriers, but I've ordered them towards Babeldaob. There's been a big support task force, with an AS and other ships in it. OPilot keeps his support ships in task forces often, at bases that I've bombed the ports before. It's a good plan when the Allies don't use the long ranged heavy bombers for naval strikes. Also, there's a big task force there also. Probably a combat task force, possibly a carrier task force. I'm seeing just 26 enemy fighters at Babeldaob. My carriers are near Jolo and aren't needed until the loading for Lingayen Gulf is complete.




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No fireworks, BBfanboy. Sorry.

3 Dec 43

6 enemy MTBs attack 4 US YMS's sweeping mines at Bataan. A few shells were fired by the YMS's but no hits achieved. The fight closed to 3,000 yards briefly, then the range expanded and the forces broke off.

Cruisers Shropshire, Detroit and Concord, with 5 US destroyers, bombarded Davao. 196 casualties, and moderate damage to the airbase. Battleship Idaho has now joined this force and will hit Davao tonight. I'm pulling out most of my troops from Davao, and will leave the enemy in control of the base, but with no movement possible except to Malaybalay. Bombardments and bombings will continue.

Submarine Dace hit timy AMc Chikuko Maru at Laoag, sinking the ship.

The big enemy transport force stayed at San Fernando and continued unloading troops. 25 P-47s swept, and found 34 Tonys and 11 Zeros on CAP. The Thunderbolts did well. Then 24 more P-47s swept, finding about half as many enemy, and did very well. 3 squadrons of SBDs had orders of naval attack. The first squadron arrived at San Fernando without escort, and ran into 4 Zeros and 3 Tonys. SBDs were lost. 7 bombers dropped bombs, with one bomb hitting AK Tosan Maru. The second SBD squadron arrived with 24 P-40Es escorting. (Yes, P-40Es. This is a PDU OFF game, and these Warhawks don't upgrade to something better until some time in 1944.) 11 enemy fighters were mostly tied up by the Warhawks. 13 SBDs dropped bombs. 2 bombs hit AK Kinka Maru, setting heavy fires. A bomb hit Sakura Maru. 89 enemy troop casualties. Moderate rain affected things, I think. The third SBD squadron didn't fly.

The enemy attacked troops at Manila for the first time, using 26 Sallys with 6 Jacks and 19 Tojos. Just 7 P-47s were on ranged CAP, and no planes were lost for either side. 111 Allied casualties on the ground.

B-24s from Rangoon inadvertently attacked Haiphong's port again, after taking heavy damage yesterday. But the enemy Oscars were gone, and the bombing went better today. Still no ships in port though. Some supply and fuel hits. I forgot to reset their orders.

The enemy unit that had moved from Davao to Malaybalay is II/4th Infantry Battalion.

B-24s from Mindanao hit Babeldaob's port and airfield. ACM Wa 5 was sunk. Moderate damage to the airbase, minor damage to the port. All of the enemy task forces had fled, so my carrier raid wouldn't have found any targets if the ships had moved as ordered.

Total air losses on the day were 23 Tonys and 9 Zeros for the cost of 15 SBDs, 5 P-47s and 4 P-40Es.

Grunion added another point of SYS damage and a point of ENG damage. It is now SYS 46/FLOT 89-28/ENG 3-0/FIRE 0. It still has more than a week of travel time to get to a friendly port. We keep hoping for the best.




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Many mixed force cruisers bombarded Cebu causing 422 casualties and lots of base damage. Cebu will be bypassed but I want the light industry destroyed. And everything else.

Battleship Idaho and friends bombarded Davao, but it was a poor bombardment. Just 47 casualties and very little base damage. Idaho will now bombard every day.

12 B-24s hit Pontianak's port, sinking ACM Toshi Maru #8.

Permit hit xAK Ryoyu Maru with a torpedo near Swatow.

A tank unit took Naga.

Ground combat at Naga (81,81)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1179 troops, 0 guns, 75 vehicles, Assault Value = 47

Defending force 513 troops, 0 guns, 6 vehicles, Assault Value = 3

Allied adjusted assault: 47

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 47 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Naga !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
203 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 20 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 8 (8 destroyed, 0 disabled)

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

Assaulting units:
2/5th Armoured Regiment

Defending units:
30th Ind Engineer Regiment


After the enemy is eliminated, the armoured regiment will move to Legaspi. Shipping moving to Mindanao to pick up the divisions for northern Luzon.

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Enemy cruisers spotted north of Borneo. Dutch sub O23 was hit by a depth charge.

BC Repulse and British escorts ran over I-155 on the way to bombarding Brunei, but couldn't hit the sub. That was costly, as CL Kenya was torpedoed once on the way back. I-155 was hit by a depth charge in the second encounter. The Repulse task force sank AMc Awa Maru quickly, then bombarded effectively:

Night Naval bombardment of Miri at 64,87

Japanese Ships
AG Ryua Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire

Allied Ships
BC Repulse
CA Exeter
CA Cornwall
CA Suffolk
CA Sussex
CL Newcastle
CL Kenya

Japanese ground losses:
1045 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 55 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 10 (5 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Oil hits 2
Airbase hits 14
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 60
Port hits 15
Port fuel hits 1
Port supply hits 2


Brunei is to be bypassed and suppressed indefinitely. I'd like to finish off the oil centers, but it's becoming increasingly dangerous for the enemy to try to get the oil out, with Jesselton and Kudat in Allied hands. Airfields are building on both, not big enough for bombers yet.

BB Idaho and escorts bombarded Davao again, and it was another weak bombardment, with 83 casualties and minimal base damage.

Seeing that I had moved some Spits from Langsa to Padang, hoping to rest them a bit, OPilot hit Padang, led by a big Frank sweep. The Spits were on the ground, and several were bombed.

All but one Allied unit has retreated from the Canton area into the woods. The one straggler is the one British unit in China: the 3rd Carabiniers Regiment. They are nearly completely disabled from daily bombing, and OPilot saw today just how badly hurt they are, as he did an artillery attack. He'll attack today and may eliminate the unit entirely. They just couldn't get into the woods going off road fast enough.

The enemy was kicked out of Naga. The 2/5th Armoured Regiment is now following into Legaspi.

Subic Bay flipped to the Allies today. Too bad this didn't happen in a week, when I plan on landing nearby. As it is, I don't want to draw attention to that coast, so I won't do anything like fly in troops on seaplanes or use paras. Subic has a port but no airfield. Maybe an enemy unit at Lingayen will move to Subic to recapture the base, making Lingayen an easier landing next week. Regardless, we're going to the northwestern coast of Luzon in about a week. Troops are loading on Mindanao.

The saga of the badly damaged sub Grunion continues. Today it had one flooding event. It gained 2 SYS, 2 FLOT and 1 ENG damage, giving it SYS 49/FLOT 92-28/ENG 3-0/FIRE 0. It's still on the edge of survival, moving one hex a day, with another week to get to a base.




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Battleships West Virginia and Arizona moved past the mines at Bataan successfully, and ran into 6 MTBs at Manila, at night. The range closed to 2,000 yards, and a couple of torpedoes were fired, one missing a battleship. One MTB was sunk. The 4 destroyers that were supposed to get to Manila first got there second, and sank AMc America Maru. Midget sub Ha-23 then fired 2 torpedoes at West Virginia and missed. The destroyers then located the midget sub and sank it with depth charges. Arizona and West Virginia then bombarded Manila, but it was a poor effort, with just 149 casualties and minor airbase damage. Oklahoma and Nevada then bombarded Manila, doing better, with 405 casualties and moderate airbase damage. The destroyers then located I-154 and hit it with a depth charge. Not enough damage to sink the sub, however. With daylight, Nevada and Oklahoma engaged the 5 remaining MTBs, and with an amazing display of gunnery, from 18,000 yards down to 14,000 yards, every MTB was sunk. And they were sunk with first shots. It was so odd I suspected that it had to be a bug. Destroyers got 3 of the small craft and Oklahoma got the last 2.

Did a major P-47 effort over Clark. Results were ok but not great. 23 P-47s swept and found 21 Zeros and 52 Tojos. Then 22 P-47s swept and found 19 Zeros and 37 Tojos. Then 18 P-47s found 7 Zeros and 23 Tojos. Total air losses for the day were 17 Tojos and 15 A6M5s for the cost of 17 P-47s. 3 USAAF aces were killed. A lot of the P-47 pilots are aces, though. Two pilots became aces.

The end came for the only British combat unit in China. I should have kept the Chinese divisions with the regiment. The retreating Chinese advanced faster off road into the woods than the British unit did.

Ground combat at 78,58 (near Canton)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 10764 troops, 107 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 325

Defending force 274 troops, 0 guns, 75 vehicles, Assault Value = 15

Japanese adjusted assault: 596

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 596 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
71 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
166 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 41 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 60 (60 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
65th Division
13th Army
4th Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
3rd Carabiniers Regiment


The lost regiment is immediately purchased and will arrive at Aden in a few weeks.

I have 2 US divisions at Manado, prepped for Ternate. And I have ample APAs in the area to load them up. I could invade Ternate, with carrier support, and get it done before the northern Luzon invasion, or I could load one or two of the divisons and take them to northern Luzon with the others. Not sure yet. Shipping is dispatched to Manado.

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More mines swept at Bataan. Tambor spotted a big transport task force passing Soc Trang after leaving Bangkok. I had SigInt that a unit was loaded and headed for Bangkok. It's more likely that it was already loaded at Bangkok and leaving, but I don't know.

British sub Tally Ho spotted I-11 near Langsa but missed it with 2 torpedoes. Maybe I should use the sub for spotting only.

The 4 slow US battleships bombarded Manila again, and again, results weren't great. They'll continue, but now all in one task force. I replaced a couple of the captains. BB Idaho did its nightly bombardment of Davao, and did better than the others.

Sub Harder hit E-boat Sokuten near Laoag. The ship probably sank after combat.

Jacks and Jills attacked 4 US destroyers at Manila. 15 P-38s and 8 P-47s were on ranged CAP, going up against about 12 Jills and 22 Jacks. 8 Jacks and 7 Jills were shot down. 3 Jills launched torpedoes at the destroyers but missed.

Loading continues on Mindanao for the northern Luzon landing. Loading at Manado has begun for the Ternate invasion. One division at Manado will go to Ternate. The Marine division there will reinforce Luzon.

US troops at Malaybalay started to wear down the II/4th Infantry Battalion that had moved there from Davao. Similar type of wearing down attack at Dumanquilas.

Grunion update: +1 SYS damage today, giving it SYS 50 and FLOT 92-28. It has 6 more hexes to travel to get to a safe port at Busuanga.

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Enemy mines finally swept completely at Bataan.

A good day for the Silent Service. Sub Ray hit I-154 with 2 torpedoes near Iba, sinking the sub. Cisco spotted battleships Kongo and Kirishima east of Babeldaob. 2 torpedoes missed destroyer Suzukaze. Tullibee hit xAKL Tenposan Maru with a torpedo near Guam, sinking the cargo ship. Tullibee was just passing by Guam, moving from Pearl Harbor to Jolo. Submarine Hoe hit E-boat Sarushima with 2 torpedoes near Taihoku, sinking the ship. Today was just a day when the torpedoes hit.

4 US slow battleships again bombarded Manila, and again, got a mediocre result, with just 208 casualties and minor base damage.

21 P-38Hs swept Manila, finding 18 Franks. 6 planes lost on each side. The first Allied attack at Manila is a good one. Having MacArthur's SW Headquarters nearby, and fully prepped for Manila has to help, along with fully prepped Corp HQs.

Ground combat at Manila (79,77)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 64282 troops, 1101 guns, 1075 vehicles, Assault Value = 1951

Defending force 30669 troops, 390 guns, 140 vehicles, Assault Value = 705

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Allied adjusted assault: 2416

Japanese adjusted defense: 539

Allied assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
1305 casualties reported
Squads: 26 destroyed, 269 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 55 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 14 disabled
Guns lost 87 (1 destroyed, 86 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
918 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 107 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 26 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 23 disabled
Guns lost 35 (1 destroyed, 34 disabled)
Vehicles lost 47 (2 destroyed, 45 disabled)

Assaulting units:
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
40th Infantry Division
110th Cmbt Engineer Battalion
Americal Infantry Division
18th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
37th Infantry Division
34th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
33rd Infantry Division
4th USMC Tank Battalion
1st (Spec) Cavalry Division
762nd Tank Battalion
205th Field Artillery Battalion
249th Field Artillery Battalion
147th Field Artillery Battalion
225th Field Artillery Battalion
Sixth US Army
I Marine Amphib Corps
226th Field Artillery Battalion
I US Corps
602nd Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
31st Ind.Mixed Brigade
32nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
30th Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Ind.Mixed Regiment
62nd Field AA Battalion
20th AA Regiment
12th Mortar Battalion
14th Mortar Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
16th AA Regiment
16th Army
44th Field AA Battalion
9th RF Gun Battalion
17th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
31st Special Base Force


Seeing enemy movement now out of Clark and Bataan. May be the beginning of an enemy retreat to the north.

Legaspi was captured, with a single small enemy unit now isolated there.

My goal was to be on Luzon in 1943, and that was accomplished. Now it looks like US troops will be on Formosa before the end of the year. That would be a nice bonus, getting there before the kamikaze threat begins.




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4 slow US battleships bombarded Manila. 631 casualties and moderate base damage. Significant number of destroyed devices, after yesterday's ground attack.

There was a major enemy fighter sweep effort from Clark to Batangas. I had all of my fighters on CAP. The enemy's luck was high, though, with squadron's sweeping in the order of worst to best, and the bombers coming in after almost all of the sweepers. Even so, the defenders did ok.

28 Tojos swept. 46 P-38Hs and 25 P-47s on CAP. Many Tojos destroyed.
42 Oscars swept. Some Oscars destroyed. One or two P-47s.
28 Franks swept. The P-38s got hurt.
29 Tonys swept. About even losses between Tonys and P-38s.
29 Sallys bombed, unescorted. Only 14 fighters left on CAP, and most bombers got through. A few planes destroyed on the ground.
27 Lilys bombed, unescorted. The CAP got to the Lilys, destroying many.
Finally, 28 Georges swept, finding only about a dozen fighters, and downing almost if not all of them.

Total air losses were 24 Tojos, 17 Lilys, 11 Tonys, 9 Oscars and 2 Sallys for the cost of 25 P-38Hs and 10 P-47s.

A huge victory at Manila. The enemy had built Manila into a size 9 port and size 9 airfield.

Ground combat at Manila (79,77)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 63389 troops, 1100 guns, 1073 vehicles, Assault Value = 1832

Defending force 27577 troops, 377 guns, 134 vehicles, Assault Value = 471

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Allied adjusted assault: 2424

Japanese adjusted defense: 375

Allied assault odds: 6 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Manila !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
9628 casualties reported
Squads: 243 destroyed, 45 disabled
Non Combat: 324 destroyed, 52 disabled
Engineers: 34 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 139 (130 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Vehicles lost 106 (105 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 13

Allied ground losses:
1697 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 115 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 32 disabled
Engineers: 9 destroyed, 30 disabled
Guns lost 32 (3 destroyed, 29 disabled)
Vehicles lost 36 (8 destroyed, 28 disabled)

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
1st (Spec) Cavalry Division
40th Infantry Division
110th Cmbt Engineer Battalion
34th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
37th Infantry Division
18th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
4th USMC Tank Battalion
Americal Infantry Division
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
33rd Infantry Division
762nd Tank Battalion
Sixth US Army
205th Field Artillery Battalion
226th Field Artillery Battalion
I US Corps
I Marine Amphib Corps
225th Field Artillery Battalion
147th Field Artillery Battalion
249th Field Artillery Battalion
602nd Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
31st Ind.Mixed Brigade
32nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
30th Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Ind.Mixed Regiment
16th AA Regiment
14th Mortar Battalion
9th RF Gun Battalion
44th Field AA Battalion
20th AA Regiment
62nd Field AA Battalion
12th Mortar Battalion
16th Army
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
17th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
31st Special Base Force


Malaybalay was once again cleared of the enemy. US troops will now move into Davao from that direction. Legaspi was cleared of enemy troops.

Chinese attack in the woods south of Sian did get decent odds but not great results. I thought there was less than an enemy division there.

Ground combat at 83,43 (near Sian)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 31649 troops, 101 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1028

Defending force 10932 troops, 71 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 352

Allied adjusted assault: 787

Japanese adjusted defense: 547

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
701 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 70 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1384 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 154 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled

Assaulting units:
85th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
22nd Group Army

Defending units:
69th Division


Ternate will be invaded, covered only by CVL Hermes and some LRCAP P-47s. The Formosa invasion armada is assembling northeast of Jolo. Troops that just captured Manila begin to prep for Hong Kong, Swatow, Amoy and Chaocow. After Formosa, the next big invasion will be Mersing. China will come after that.

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I always like picking up ports near the front lines. How big is that Manila repair yard?

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Manila is a size 20 repair yard, and is not damaged.

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Nice. That'll help. How about Hong Kong and Pescadores?

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Nice. That'll help. How about Hong Kong and Pescadores?

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Pescadores doesn't have a repair yard, if I remember correctly. Not sure about the size of the one at Hong Kong. I think it's 50, but I'll need to check. Probably have to set up a recon for it next time.

10 Dec 43

ARD Haiphong is spotted running away from Manila. It is intercepted multiple times by YMS task forces clearing mines at Manila and Bataan, but neither side wanted a fight and the ARD made it safely out of Manila to Bataan. An ACM made it one hex further. Many mines were cleared at Manila, and there are still more.

Ternate was invaded. Midget sub Ha-26 was sunk by escorting destroyers. One US division is landing, and will face one enemy regiment. Tanks and artillery are still unloading so no attack today.

Enemy air hit Chinese troops at Wuchow hard. Clear terrain. Not pulling out though.

The only enemy unit still at Manila, the 16th Army HQ, is attacked at 1031 to 1 odds, and wasn't destroyed. It retreated to Clark, and 3 US armor units were set to reserve mode and pursued. There's over 40,000 enemy troops at Clark. They show movement out of Clark, but the enemy could attack the unsupported tanks there.

The mainland of Sumatra is completely in Allied hands now. Medan had been evacuated, for all practical purposes. Another big oil producing base captured, undamaged.

Ground combat at Medan (46,76)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 2208 troops, 48 guns, 231 vehicles, Assault Value = 160

Defending force 0 troops, 18 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Allied adjusted assault: 134

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 134 to 1 (fort level 1)

Allied forces CAPTURE Medan !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender:
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
Guns lost 11 (11 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
209th Cmbt Engineer Battalion
Provisionl Tank Brigade
30th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
29th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
20th Indian Heavy AA Regiment

Defending units:
32nd Fld AA Bn /1


And paras dropped on the base south of Medan, which was unoccupied.

Ground combat at Tandjoengbalai (47,78)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 221 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 18

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

Allied adjusted assault: 16

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 16 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Tandjoengbalai !!!

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

Assaulting units:
50th Indian Para Bde /1


Grunion added another point of SYS damage. It is now SYS 55 and FLOT 94-28, and still has 4 hexes to go to safety. It could go either way.




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In stock, Pescadores does have a shipyard but I can't remember the starting size. HK SY is definitely 50 at game start. There are also SYs at Naha and Nago.

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I think at least one version of Ironman has a size-50 yard at Pescadores. That's a nice one to capture. Also, I think a simple base mouseover will tell you about the size of any yards present (no need for recon).

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This is a DBB-B game. Hong Kong has a 50 shipyard. Pescadores has a 10. Naha and Nago have size 5.

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11 Dec 43

All troops have unloaded at Ternate, and will attack today.

All enemy mines have been cleared at Manila.

The US destroyers that rushed to Batan Island were successful.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Batan Island at 85,70, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
AG Unkai Maru #1, Shell hits 12, and is sunk
xAP Teison Maru, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
E Hirashima, Shell hits 27, and is sunk
E Hoko, Shell hits 28, and is sunk
E Takashima, Shell hits 16, and is sunk
E Saishu, Shell hits 10, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Bradford
DD Bush
DD Chauncey
DD Conner
DD Hazelwood
DD Hoel
DD Sigsbee


They could have had a bigger haul if they'd gone to Takao, but they may have hit mines there. The xAP did not have troops on it. Since the ships had been seen there for at least a couple of days, I can assume that the troops had unloaded already. Nice to get a bunch of E-boats.

In the backwater of the Solomons, a small Allied force invaded unoccupied Terapo, on the coast of New Guinea north of Port Moresby. No real significance here. The troops had been prepped long ago. Just clearing the south coast.

Submarine Cod fillets a battleship.

Sub attack near Peleliu at 90,100

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, Torpedo hits 2
BB Kirishima
BB Kongo
CL Natori
DD Oite
DD Yunagi
DD Asanagi
DD Hayate

Allied Ships
SS Cod


More enemy bombing of the Chinese at Wuchow. Lots of Allied fighters moved to Kweilin and Nanning, north of Wuchow. Most will LRCAP Wuchow today and hope for the best. Second-line fighters being used, still, in China. The A-Team is in the Philippines.

Lots of ships headed to Formosa. They'll move north of Bataan today.

Grunion is now just 3 hexes from safety, but it added 2 SYS damage. It's now SYS 57 and FLOT 94-28. Will she make it home?




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