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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/10/2020 2:29:56 AM   
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BB New Mexico bombarded at Pescadores, as usual. 220 casualties and light base damage.

BBs Arizona, Oklahoma, Nevada and West Virginia bombarded Singapore, making their nightly run. 539 casualties and moderate base damage. The defenders will be vulnerable by the time the Allied troops make the river crossing. Johore Baru is found to have just 2 airbase support units. It will be taken today. Then we wait for all the troops to get there and kick off their coordinated movement into Singapore.

Gar spotted a big surface group east of Wenchow. 4 torpedoes missed CL Tama.

Japanese Ships
CL Tama
CA Mikuma
CA Mogami
CA Myoko
CA Chokai
CA Takao
CL Kiso
CL Kuma
CS Nisshin
DD Kazegumo
DD Susuzuki
DD Wakaba
DD Hatsushima
DD Nenohi
DD Hatsuharu


Haddock then spotted the same ships. It turned out to be a carrier task force. Takao got an extreme amount of enemy attention today. It was a maximum effort, using the best aircraft available. The fighter protection over Takao was strong, and it made for a monumental air fight. The CAP started out as 12 P-38Hs, 101 P-47D2s and 45 Hellcats. Some of the CAP was ranged from the adjacent base. The CAP got whittled down over time.

27 Georges swept, with slight more US planes downed.
27 Georges swept, with a similar result.
42 Franks swept. More Allied planes lost than Franks downed. All sweepers at 25k.
35 more Franks swept Taichu on Formosa, a couple hexes from Takao, finding just 17 P-38s, and they were massacred.
42 more Franks swept Takao, with more Franks lost than Thunderbolts.
The fighting was brutal, with heavy losses on both sides. The Georges and Franks are tough. I'm assuming that the enemy pilots were very good. The US pilots were.
Then 7 Vals arrived at Takao, unescorted, targeting shipping in severe storms. All Vals were shot down. The CAP was still about 80 planes, but most did not participate.

23 Helens with 25 Oscars hit Takao, attacking the port. The Japanese were shot down in droves. 14 Helens bombed at 6000 feet but missed everything in severe storms.

Back at Taichu, just 1 P-38 was up when 29 Sallys arrived. A few Allied transport aircraft were destroyed on the airfield. Minor base damage.

Now back at Takao, 24 Sallys with 36 Oscars went after the port. Many Japanese planes were shot down. APD Herbert was hit by a bomb. It is SYS 29/FLOT 4-4/ENG 4-1/FIRE 0. AKE Mormacmar was also hit by a bomb. It is SYS 37/FLOT 10-6/ENG 9-3/FIRE 23. There are 2 other undamaged AKEs at Takao. The port is size 4 and a very large naval base support unit is there. It has 400+ naval support in the unit. One of the big ones.

Then 35 Bettys attacked shipping at Takao. Every one was shot down before they could drop.
27 Frances with 27 Zeros attacked shipping at Takao. Again, the Japanese lost very many planes. 17 Frances dropped bombs. BB New Mexico was hit by a 60kg bomb, doing next to nothing. OPilot mentioned in his email that he expected the Frances to have torpedoes.

Then in the afternoon, the surprise. Enemy carriers near Wenchow launched a big strike on shipping at Takao. CAP had been depleted by this point.

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Takao at 84,65

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 112 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5b Zero x 27
B6N2 Jill x 21
D4Y2 Judy x 84

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 7
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 35
F6F-3 Hellcat x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5b Zero: 10 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 4 destroyed, 4 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
D4Y2 Judy: 6 destroyed, 16 damaged
D4Y2 Judy: 3 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CL Richmond
DD Bradford
DD Black
YMS-276, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
CL Marblehead
DD Brown
YMS-138, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
YMS-273, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
CA San Francisco, Bomb hits 1 [SYS 19/FLOT 6-5/ENG 0/FIRE 0]
YMS-274, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
CA Minneapolis
DD Conway
DD Halford
DD Foote


OPilot had bad luck here. The Jills went after destroyers. The Judys went after small minesweepers, mostly. And weather affected the results.

The enemy carriers launched 2 more strikes. 18 Jills with 27 Zeros went after 4 US destroyers on ASW duty east of Formosa. All torpedoes missed. Then 18 more Jills went after AM Canso, which was investigating Amoy, looking for mines. Canso was sunk by a torpedo. More good luck for me. The Jills didn't go after the battleship at Takao.

It was a terrific fight. I depend on the P-47s. They stand up to the best the enemy can offer. But the pool is low. I had 34 in the pool before this fight. Now I have 5. I reinforced Takao with some non-carrier capable Corsairs today. I'll use Hellcats if I have to, but we know how that will go. Not good against Franks and Georges.

It was interesting that I had had a bunch of naval bombers ready to go at Takao. After nothing happening for awhile, I reassigned the SBDs to ASW, to go after the many enemy subs in the area, and sent the TBFs to Clark. Had the bombers still been ready at Takao, they would have been in range of the enemy carriers. However, the carriers are hugging Wenchow, so there would be extra CAP over them. Also, I had 2 fighter squadrons on escort for the naval bombers. I switched them to CAP when the bombers were reassigned. Good thing for the defense at Takao. I needed every fighter.

In China, US heavy bombers had staged at Chungking and hit Sian, following a couple of fighter sweeps. There was no CAP. Severe storms limited the damage to the oil facilities. Mouse-over later showed no oil damage at all. The bombers will go back to Burma. Not enough supply in China to stay. I'd been reluctant to go after the oil in China. The Chinese would have preferred to recapture Sian. I made a halfhearted attempt to do so a few months ago. But that isn't going to happen soon. And the war on oil is my primary strategy. It has to be having an effect, or will do so soon.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/10/2020 2:30:52 AM   
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9 Jan 44 - Aircraft Lost




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/10/2020 12:13:02 PM   
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Would it work to have the Hellcats at Takao but set to 10% CAP so that there are not many of them in the air at first, when the Franks and Georges make their sweeps? After the rest of the CAP are worn down, the Hellcats would still have fresh aircraft on the ground and would start scrambling more as needed?

If I were OPilot, clenching my teeth at my naval strikes hitting all your YMS and AMs, I might think of sending minelayer subs into those bases now ...

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/11/2020 6:53:04 AM   
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Haddock spotted the enemy carrier task force near Wenchow, but missed destroyer Yugumo with 2 torpedoes. Sub Balao spotted them later, and missed Zuikaku with 6 torpedoes. Balao then took moderately severe damage from a depth charge and near misses in the shallow water. The carrier is being escorted by destroyers that toss 4 depth charges at a time. Very dangerous in shallow water. The carriers were headed east and were not seen later in the day.

US battleships bombarded Singapore, again. Mines were swept there, and the minesweepers were not engaged by coastal guns.

B-24s from Tavoy bombed the airfield at Georgetown. A few Lilys were destroyed on the ground.

Baybay, in the Philippines, was captured. The enemy still holds Cebu and a nearby island, as well as Davao on Mindanao.

Allied troops captured Kuala Lumpur. The enemy had vacated it. Same for Johore Baru. The two base support units there fell back to Singapore. Troops are gathering at Johore Baru. Once they are all there, the movement into Singapore will begin. I think the daily battleship bombardments are going to make the capture of Singapore very easy.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/11/2020 8:28:52 PM   
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2 AMs swept mines at Singapore. Both were hit by coastal guns from the 10th Special Base Force. A DMS helped, and got hit by 2 shells. YMS-275 was sunk by 4 shell hits. Battleships bombarded, as usual. Taking the island next to Singapore, for use as a rearming base, is working out great.

Night Naval bombardment of Singapore at 50,84

Allied Ships
BB Arizona
BB Oklahoma
BB Nevada
BB West Virginia

Japanese ground losses:
350 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 12 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 10 (2 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Vehicles lost 12 (5 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Airbase hits 6
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 30
Port hits 4


The daily bombardment of Pescadores.

Night Naval bombardment of Pescadores at 84,63 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

9 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico
CA Minneapolis
CL Marblehead
CL Richmond
CL Hobart
CL De Ruyter
CL Sumatra
CL Leander

Japanese ground losses:
426 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 31 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 14 (2 destroyed, 12 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Repair Shipyard hits 1
Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 25
Port hits 10
Port fuel hits 3


The slow US battleships are useful with bombardments when the US comes storming back. Remember that the enemy did not strike Pearl Harbor in this game. I benefited from that with excellent naval search with all of the Catalinas that were not destroyed at Pearl, and now I benefit from the battleship use. OPilot hit Singapore on December 7th, 1941. He did sink some ships in port there, but nothing important. And it didn't really accelerate his taking of Singapore.

Another cleanup attack at San Fernando. Two tank battalions arrived and added to the fight. Still just a 2 to 1 attack, with 738 enemy casualties (mostly destroyed), and 303 US losses. An infantry divison will reinforce shortly and should tip the scales further.

US carriers have refueled at Balikpapan. They will move back towards Luzon and disappear for awhile. Lots of APAs are leaving Soerabaja to do the same. They will be needed for the China invasion but I want them to disappear. OPilot is doing recon of Soerabaja again and sees them. Where the good APAs go, the next big invasion occurs. Most of the time.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/12/2020 12:03:05 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: apbarog

Remember that the enemy did not strike Pearl Harbor in this game. I benefited from that with excellent naval search with all of the Catalinas that were not destroyed at Pearl, and now I benefit from the battleship use. OPilot hit Singapore on December 7th, 1941. He did sink some ships in port there, but nothing important. And it didn't really accelerate his taking of Singapore.




How did your mass evacuation of troop fragments in the SRA work out? Did you have enough in the pools to form them up again?


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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/12/2020 12:41:34 AM   
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I don't remember evacuating Dutch troops. Might have taken a base unit out, not sure. I may have moved some units around by plane, from Dutch to Dutch bases. Of course, I did evacuate all the Dutch shipping, and pulled every bit of fuel and oil out that I could.

With KB sitting right by Singapore, I couldn't get whole units out of Singapore, generally. I did pull out fragments, and they did get rebuilt. I even purchased some destroyed units. I flew out some Brit unit fragments from Hong Kong before it fell. Those units were reconstituted and did contribute to the fight in Burma.

Once India was declared safe, I disbanded one or two restricted Indian infantry units to make use of their devices elsewhere.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/12/2020 12:46:56 AM   
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quote:

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I don't remember evacuating Dutch troops. Might have taken a base unit out, not sure. I may have moved some units around by plane, from Dutch to Dutch bases. Of course, I did evacuate all the Dutch shipping, and pulled every bit of fuel and oil out that I could.

With KB sitting right by Singapore, I couldn't get whole units out of Singapore, generally. I did pull out fragments, and they did get rebuilt. I even purchased some destroyed units. I flew out some Brit unit fragments from Hong Kong before it fell. Those units were reconstituted and did contribute to the fight in Burma.

Once India was declared safe, I disbanded one or two restricted Indian infantry units to make use of their devices elsewhere.


My bad, Singers and Hong Kong...I recall the Canadian unit that starts there in Hong Kong particularly.

Doesn't every AFB disband a restricted Indian/British unit or two for those reasons and if hard hit even Australian units?



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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/12/2020 1:02:45 AM   
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I don't remember evacuating Dutch troops. Might have taken a base unit out, not sure. I may have moved some units around by plane, from Dutch to Dutch bases. Of course, I did evacuate all the Dutch shipping, and pulled every bit of fuel and oil out that I could.

With KB sitting right by Singapore, I couldn't get whole units out of Singapore, generally. I did pull out fragments, and they did get rebuilt. I even purchased some destroyed units. I flew out some Brit unit fragments from Hong Kong before it fell. Those units were reconstituted and did contribute to the fight in Burma.

Once India was declared safe, I disbanded one or two restricted Indian infantry units to make use of their devices elsewhere.


My bad, Singers and Hong Kong...I recall the Canadian unit that starts there in Hong Kong particularly.

Doesn't every AFB disband a restricted Indian/British unit or two for those reasons and if hard hit even Australian units?



It may be a common action, I don't know. Seemed like a good idea to me at the time. Not an original idea, probably, but it was to me! Reminds me of a speech I gave for 8th grade graduation. I finished it with saying that it was "the end of the beginning". I can't discount the possibility that I had heard Churchill's speech somewhere before that, but I wasn't into history at the time, so it was an original thought, as far as I know. So, like most things in the game, it's been done before.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/12/2020 4:33:37 PM   
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Cabrilla spots battleships leaving Japan. They ended the day at Okinawa.

Sub attack near Tokara Retto at 99,63

Japanese Ships
CL Oyodo
BB Ise
BB Fuso
BB Mutsu
CL Natori
DD Murasame
DD Suzukaze
DD Kawakaze
DD Yamakaze

Allied Ships
SS Cabrilla

SS Cabrilla launches 4 torpedoes at CL Oyodo


US forces bombarded Amoy and Swatow today, instead of Pescadores. Amoy has a size 7 airfield, but no planes at the moment. Singapore was bombarded by US BBs again.

US troops captured Subic Bay. All Luzon bases are now Allied. The only enemy troops left is a large group of mostly support units at San Fernando.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/14/2020 2:58:02 AM   
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New Mexico bombarded Pescadores, as usual. 467 casualties, moderate base damage. Arizona, Oklahoma, Nevada and West Virginia bombarded Singapore, again, daily. 601 casualties.

The enemy shows up at Hengchun. Not expected. I can only guess at what their intention was.

Day Time Surface Combat, near Hengchun at 84,67, Range 5,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Oyodo
DD Tamanami
DD Suzunami
DD Onami
DD Fujinami
DD Kishinami
DD Okinami

Allied Ships
SC-706, Shell hits 4, and is sunk
xAP Rochussen, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 12 (12 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Hengchun is rarely used. Everything goes from the Philippines to Takao. Rochussen had the vehicles for the engineer unit that was flown into the island east of Ishigaki. It stopped at Hengchun as I expected the enemy battleships at Okinawa to hit the island. Bad luck for the Rochussen.

In the afternoon, naval bombers from Formosa hit the enemy task force. Combinations of dive bombers, torpedo bombers and fighters. Here's the hits in each attack:

DD Suzunami, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CL Oyodo, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Fujinami
DD Onami
DD Kishinami
DD Tamanami

18 TBFs got one hit on Oyodo, but it was a dud.

DD Suzunami, heavy fires
DD Kishinami
DD Tamanami
CL Oyodo, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Onami, Bomb hits 1
DD Fujinami, Bomb hits 1, on fire

DD Tamanami
DD Onami, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Fujinami, heavy fires
DD Kishinami

DD Onami, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Kishinami, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Fujinami, heavy fires


In my graphic, I suspected a graphics bug with not seeing the enemy TF at the end of the day. I don't think that I hit, much less sank, all of the ships.

Cleanup at San Fernando starts to improve with another division helping. 9 to 1 attack with 1466 enemy casualties. Wearing them down.

Something happened to Essex on the way to Busuanga. SYS 4/FLOT 1-1/ENG 6-4/FIRE 0. Mostly engine damage. Nothing noted in any of the files.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/15/2020 12:40:35 AM   
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Enemy aircraft in China concentrated on Kweilin. Lots of Franks sweeping and then the bombers. Moderate damage to the base, but US engineers are here, after a long walk on the Burma road. The base damage is being repaired faster here than anywhere else in China. The engineers will move to the coast when possible, after the big China invasion.

One more day of rest is needed at Johore Baru. I split a British division to upgrade to 1944 squads, and the last 1/3 will upgrade tomorrow. Then the stack starts to march into Singapore.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/16/2020 12:03:40 AM   
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Enemy destroyers, damaged at Hengchun, moved towards Okinawa. US destroyers patrolling in the area did not engage. Flasher hit destroyer Fujinami with a torpedo, sinking the ship. Fujinami was smoking before the torpedo encounter.

The usual bombardment of Pescadores by New Mexico. 921 casualties, so, better than average. 379 casualties by the 4 BBs at Singapore.

Temoloh got the enemy's air attention today. OPilot moved the last 1/3 of a division into Temuloh from the west. US troops now occupy that western hex, so the enemy is now trapped at Temoloh. To escape, they have to win the fight there and kick out the Allies, which isn't going to happen, or open up a hexside from the north. That could happen, if enemy troops are walking down the eastern rail line from Kuantan. OPilot had seen that he could gain an advantage against the paras at Temuloh, but I was able to rail in reinforcements. Now the defense is too strong to crack.

More cleanup at San Fernando, north of Clark. 3922 casualties, and just a few units left there.

Beaufort was taken by the Australian 2/6th Armoured Regiment, which had walked through the jungle from Jesselton. The defense was weak, with just the 2nd Sasebo SNLF Coy and the 9th Port Unit. Northern Borneo is now a sideshow, with the big enemy stack at Miri practically isolated. There's no enemy shipping in this area bigger than a patrol boat.



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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/17/2020 8:31:59 PM   
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US subchasers are hunting enemy subs west of Luzon. The enemy is staying 3 to 4 hexes west of the coast, using Glens for spotting, instead of getting onto the route to Formosa. SBDs are doing their best to get the subs also.

British cruisers and US destroyers bombarded Taiping, on the west coast of Malaya.

Night Naval bombardment of Taiping at 49,75

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A2 Val: 3 damaged
Ki-44-IIb Tojo: 27 damaged
Ki-44-IIb Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-51 Sonia: 14 damaged
Ki-51 Sonia: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-II KAI Helen: 16 damaged
Ki-49-II KAI Helen: 1 destroyed on ground
B5N2 Kate: 5 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
CA Cornwall
CA Suffolk
CA Sussex
DD Braine
DD Boyd
DD Bennett
DD Bache
DD Aulick

Japanese ground losses:
372 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 11 destroyed, 49 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 19 (2 destroyed, 17 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Airbase hits 25
Airbase supply hits 10
Runway hits 56
Port hits 37
Port supply hits 2


Submarine Shad missed heavily damaged destroyer Suzunami south of Naha. Grenadier missed big transport xAP Kachidoki Maru near Chichi-Jima. Big convoy there. Crevalle missed I-44 with 2 torpedoes near Daito Shoto. Cero hit I-184 with a torpedo near Kanoya, sinking the sub. Seawolf hit AMC Asaka Maru with a torpedo near Torishima. Another big convoy there.

Enemy air in China attacked Wuchow. Over 80 Franks swept the undefended base, which was hit hard by bombers.

30 Tojos swept Temuloh, finding 9 P-51As there. Not sure how that happened. The Mustangs are based on Sumatra and were ordered on CAP there, with a range of 0. Strange. 4 Mustangs were shot down. Bombers then hit the Allied troops there, doing little in the jungle terrain.

Enemy bombardment attack at Temuloh. Neither side can within at the moment, and the enemy is in danger of being isolated. Allied reinforcements are on the way.

Ground combat at Temuloh (50,78)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 15567 troops, 133 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 494

Defending force 7564 troops, 44 guns, 88 vehicles, Assault Value = 336

Assaulting units:
1st Division
80th Garrison Battalion

Defending units:
16th LRP Brigade
Guides Cavalry Regiment
111th LRP Brigade
5th RIAF Adv/Sqn Base Force


The last enemy units on Luzon were eliminated at San Fernando. Troops will now move to the Clark/Manila area to rest and prepare for the China coast landing.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/19/2020 1:08:18 AM   
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The Japanese defenders continue to take a beating from the four US battleships, which bombard every day. I'm very pleased with the decision to occupy the adjacent island from the beginning. It's a size 3 port and with the AKEs, the battleships get rearmed every day. It got me to thinking about what Guadalcanal could have been like, if the US had Lunga but the Japanese had Tulagi, and controlled the air, so that Japanese battleships could rearm at Tulagi every day. The Marines wouldn't have stood a chance. Lots of if's, I know. But I know that the enemy is suffering at Singapore. The advancing Allied troops have a couple of days to go before the crossing into Singapore. Here was today's bombardment:

Night Naval bombardment of Singapore at 50,84

Allied Ships
BB Arizona
BB Oklahoma
BB Nevada
BB West Virginia

Japanese ground losses:
676 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 25 destroyed, 53 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 15 (7 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Vehicles lost 12 (7 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Heavy Industry hits 1
Airbase hits 3
Runway hits 18


And this has been a daily occurrence since the Mersing landing.

Tojos reappeared over Temuloh, but P-47s were stationed there this time. 10 Tojos were shot down for the cost of a single Thunderbolt. US bombers then bombed enemy troops at Temuloh for the first time. This was unfortunate for the enemy, as they chose to attack today. It was an attack that was going to fail anyway, as Allied reinforcements had arrived using rail movement, but the bombers didn't help.

Ground combat at Temuloh (50,78)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 16274 troops, 134 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 488

Defending force 7558 troops, 44 guns, 88 vehicles, Assault Value = 334

Japanese adjusted assault: 225

Allied adjusted defense: 1051

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 4 (fort level 1)

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

Japanese ground losses:
1524 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 114 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 12 (2 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
72 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
1st Division
80th Garrison Battalion

Defending units:
16th LRP Brigade
Guides Cavalry Regiment
111th LRP Brigade
5th RIAF Adv/Sqn Base Force


The enemy is now showing a retreat back to the west, from where they came from, but Allied troops have been there and have been moving towards the contested hex for days already. The hexside will be closed, sealing off the already out of supply 1st Division and the 80th Garrison Battalion. The enemy's only hope is to walk down some troops from Kuantan to open up a hexside for escape. If that isn't already in progress, it will be too late.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/19/2020 2:28:22 AM   
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Having been on the receiving end of multiple daily battleship bombardments, for a year, you learn how they prioritize targeting and you adapt and figure out ways to still mount a credible defense.

In real life, the barrels on those bad girls would have worn out rather quickly from such use requiring replacement. I had this pinned:

Most battleships in general carried about 800-1000 rounds of big gun projectiles.
It had 8 big guns so assuming evenly firing salvos, each load of ammo would be about 100-125 rounds per gun, that would last for about an hour or 90 minutes at full fire rates.

And the number of shots a barrel could take depended on several factors, whether the full propellant load was used or just a partial charge for shorter and flatter ranges and how much wear you could withstand which would affect your accuracy.
So typical American 16 guns had a life of about 300 shots per barrel on the average. Probably the Brits, similar, maybe a bit more for 15 guns of the Warspite.

So three full loads of ammo would have been 300-375 rounds per gun. That seems quite reasonable given that we donft know the propellant % of full size and the actual capacity of the magazines and wefre guessing at the rate of wear of the Warspitefs guns.

To swap out the barrels takes a large crane; the USS Iowa guns the barrel alone weighed 270,000 pounds. - 135 US tons. It had to be done at a dock facility sporting very large overhead cranes and Ifm guessing wildly that it might take a half a day to a day to pull out the old, and install the new for each gun.

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Interesting Lowpe. Now I've gone from being pleased with executing my strategy to thinking that I may have done something unreasonable. There are lots of things that I house rule myself on, in the interest of what I think is reasonable and could have been done. But I don't go crazy with it. I don't worry about putting certain carrier aircraft on carriers that they really couldn't have operated well on. I know that limitations existed, but I don't know all the details.

I don't know if this is something that I should be concerned about.

It does have things that the enemy could counter with. My AKEs are right there, one hex from Singapore. I have to ship supply to them. And I have to brave minefields. My strategy worked only because I control the air in the immediate vicinity of Singapore, and that the enemy pulled all of the combat ships back towards Japan.

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It is probably safe to assume that the bombarding ships were using very light powder charges and high explosive shells thus greatly reducing barrel wear and tear. Especially once minefields and counterfire threat was reduced.

The Mark 7 gun was originally intended to fire the relatively light 2,240-pound (1,020 kg) Mark 5 armor-piercing shell. However, the shell-handling system for these guns was redesigned to use the "super-heavy" 2,700-pound (1,200 kg) APCBC (Armor Piercing, Capped, Ballistic Capped) Mark 8 shell before any of the Iowa-class battleship's keels were laid down. The large-caliber guns were designed to fire two different 16 inch (406 mm) shells: an armor-piercing round for anti-ship and anti-structure work, and a high-explosive round designed for use against unarmored targets and shore bombardment.


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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/19/2020 11:41:42 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Lowpe

Having been on the receiving end of multiple daily battleship bombardments, for a year, you learn how they prioritize targeting and you adapt and figure out ways to still mount a credible defense.

In real life, the barrels on those bad girls would have worn out rather quickly from such use requiring replacement. I had this pinned:

Most battleships in general carried about 800-1000 rounds of big gun projectiles.
It had 8 big guns so assuming evenly firing salvos, each load of ammo would be about 100-125 rounds per gun, that would last for about an hour or 90 minutes at full fire rates.

And the number of shots a barrel could take depended on several factors, whether the full propellant load was used or just a partial charge for shorter and flatter ranges and how much wear you could withstand which would affect your accuracy.
So typical American 16 guns had a life of about 300 shots per barrel on the average. Probably the Brits, similar, maybe a bit more for 15 guns of the Warspite.

So three full loads of ammo would have been 300-375 rounds per gun. That seems quite reasonable given that we donft know the propellant % of full size and the actual capacity of the magazines and wefre guessing at the rate of wear of the Warspitefs guns.

To swap out the barrels takes a large crane; the USS Iowa guns the barrel alone weighed 270,000 pounds. - 135 US tons. It had to be done at a dock facility sporting very large overhead cranes and Ifm guessing wildly that it might take a half a day to a day to pull out the old, and install the new for each gun.


Naval guns that big have a liner, which is where the wear happens. The liner could be pulled out of the gun and a new one put in. That obviates the need for removing the turret roof to lift out the entire gun barrel, and the liner would weigh much less than the gun.

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Pescadores and Singapore both bombarded, as usual. The casualties have been heavy at Singapore. Here's today's:

Japanese ground losses:
682 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 33 destroyed, 37 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 25 (16 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Vehicles lost 17 (12 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Manpower hits 1
Fires 2010
Airbase hits 9
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 13
Port hits 1


Troops will cross into Singapore.

SBDs from Taihoku, on range 8, sank subchaser Ch 36 near Wenchow. OPilot has been staying 8 or more hexes away. Normally the divebomber's upper limit is 7 hexes (and always 7 flying from an Allied carrier), but these have drop tanks. I've now changed their orders back to 7, in order to avoid any trap today.

25 Topsy's were shot down over Temuloh. Lt. L.N. Glazier became an "Ace in a Day", shooting down 5 of them himself. He was flying a P-47.

Invasion shipping is gathering at Busuanga for the upcoming invasion of coastal China. Over 300 ships in port there now. I don't want them seen, so they are not at Manila. The troops, however, are resting at Manila and Clark. It'll be about 2 weeks before everything is ready for that big show.




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I spotted an enemy sub 4 hexes southwest of Pearl Harbor yesterday. This is the first sighting near Pearl in a long, long time. 3 subchasers were sent to patrol the area. The sub was in the same spot as yesterday. Near misses caused some minor damage to the sub. A single destroyer, Flusser, was sent to patrol that same hex. I-52 missed Flusser with 6 torpedoes. Flusser then hit the sub with 4 depth charges. All that was left was an oil slick and the audio of a sub sinking. It may look to OPilot that I was using the default route to Pearl when he found shipping so quickly. In reality, Pearl is getting very little use. Flusser was the only destroyer there. There is a slow battleship due to come out of refit at Pearl in about 10 days.

British cruisers and American destroyers bombarded Kota Bharu.

Night Naval bombardment of Kota Bharu at 51,75

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIb Tojo: 30 damaged
Ki-44-IIb Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
CA Cornwall
CA Suffolk
CA Sussex
DD Braine
DD Boyd
DD Bennett
DD Bache
DD Aulick

Japanese ground losses:
496 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled

Airbase hits 15
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 73
Port hits 17
Port fuel hits 5
Port supply hits 4


Lots of B-24s hit troops at Kota Bharu. No CAP detected. P-38s swept. No CAP. Paras dropped in.

Ground combat at Kota Bharu (51,75)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 848 troops, 14 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 63

Defending force 1490 troops, 16 guns, 12 vehicles, Assault Value = 10

Allied adjusted assault: 31

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 31 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Kota Bharu !!!

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIb Tojo: 22 destroyed

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

Japanese ground losses:
459 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 40 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (2 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (5 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 2

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

Assaulting units:
503rd Parachute Rgt /1
14th LRP Bde /1


My recon was correct. The defense was weak. Have something that I didn't understand at Kota Bharu. The intel screen said that 41 Tojos were destroyed in the turn: 8 in air-to-air, 2 on the ground, and 31 ops losses. The 31 ops losses were from the naval bombardment. The 2 on the ground were from the B-24s. But where did the 8 air-to-air come from? I had a fighter sweep that found no enemy planes. However, during the air transport phase, I did hear gunfire, and no C-47s were lost. Could it be that some air-to-air can occur during that phase, a phase that doesn't show up on the combat report? OPilot told me that his Tojos were resting, which makes it even stranger. Can't explain this one.

The grinding attack at Temuloh began. The enemy is isolated and out of supply. The Allied force is not overwhelming but has lots of tanks.

Ground combat at Temuloh (50,78)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 8102 troops, 58 guns, 307 vehicles, Assault Value = 595

Defending force 14956 troops, 132 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 366

Allied adjusted assault: 271

Japanese adjusted defense: 802

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
507 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 25 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
292 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 26 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 22 (1 destroyed, 21 disabled)

Assaulting units:
16th LRP Brigade
21st Australian Brigade
Provisionl Tank Brigade
Guides Cavalry Regiment
111th LRP Brigade
30th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
5th RIAF Adv/Sqn Base Force

Defending units:
1st Division
80th Garrison Battalion


And the culmination of the Mersing landing...Singapore is captured!

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 62017 troops, 1046 guns, 1044 vehicles, Assault Value = 1915

Defending force 17654 troops, 203 guns, 212 vehicles, Assault Value = 124

Allied adjusted assault: 1397

Japanese adjusted defense: 155

Allied assault odds: 9 to 1 (fort level 6)

Allied forces CAPTURE Singapore !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
1076 casualties reported
Squads: 30 destroyed, 31 disabled
Non Combat: 191 destroyed, 50 disabled
Engineers: 57 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 125 (87 destroyed, 38 disabled)
Vehicles lost 162 (152 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Units destroyed 2

Allied ground losses:
1032 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 111 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 21 disabled
Guns lost 30 (4 destroyed, 26 disabled)
Vehicles lost 27 (2 destroyed, 25 disabled)

Assaulting units:
43rd Infantry Division
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
254th Armoured Brigade
18th British Division
11th (East African) Division
50th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
XV Corps Engineer Battalion
2nd British Division
145th Field Artillery Battalion
2nd RAA Jungle Field Artillery Regiment
198th Field Artillery Battalion
144th RNZA Bty

Defending units:
79th Garrison Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
2nd Area Army
Southwest Area Fleet
62nd JNAF AF Unit
29th Army
4th Ship Engineer Regiment
70th JAAF AF Bn
93rd JAAF AF Bn
11th RF Gun Battalion
68th Field AA Battalion
10th Special Base Force
32nd Field AA Battalion
34th Field AA Battalion
18th JNAF AF Unit
63rd JNAF AF Unit
21st Fld AA Gun Co
102nd Machine Canno AA Battalion
96th JAAF AF Bn


Enemy troops began to evaporate by attrition. Heavy industry at Singapore was noted to be turned off, probably to save fuel. Singapore's shipyard is a size 52, with 12 of it damaged. The shipyard will come in very handy, and its repair was begun. Supply is over 100,000 on Malaya and more has been waiting on cargo ships at Palembang and Batavia, waiting for Singapore to be taken.

Troops at Singapore will rest a bit, having disruption levels around 60.

The game score is now Allies 48,175 and Japan 23,167. It's now over 2 to 1. The game will continue until one side decides for it to end. I expect that we'll see a bitter fight on mainland Japan first. We both want to see the rarely experienced endgame.




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There were only 5 enemy mines left at Singapore. They were cleared out.

Triton spotted a big transport convoy leaving Okinawa to the east. 2 torpedoes missed destroyer Usugumo.

Yesterday I moved a Chinese fighter squadron to Lanchow, in northern China. They got lucky, and shot down 12 Topsys that were probably flying in supply. 3 Chinese pilots became aces. They moved back to the capital today.

37 Franks swept Kota Bharu. I figured he'd sweep today, to clear the way for bombers to bomb my paras in one of the few clear terrain hexes in Malaya. P-38s and P-47s were on LRCAP. Losses were even, with 9 Franks shot down for the cost of 5 Thunderbolts and 4 P-38s. No bombers arrived though.

Allied troops made the first deliberate attack at Ambon in many months. Allied artillery has been bombarding daily for most of that time, slowly whittling down the enemy strength. Supply is an issue for the Japanese also. The odds weren't great but the results weren't terrible. The attack came after a weak bombardment by a US slow battleship, Tennessee, which just came out of repairs.

Ground combat at Ambon (76,109)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 16455 troops, 284 guns, 244 vehicles, Assault Value = 511

Defending force 12009 troops, 109 guns, 34 vehicles, Assault Value = 349

Allied adjusted assault: 183

Japanese adjusted defense: 577

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
863 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 57 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 14 disabled
Vehicles lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
525 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 83 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Vehicles lost 16 (1 destroyed, 15 disabled)

Assaulting units:
2nd Marine Division
3rd USMC Tank Battalion
9th Marine Defense Battalion
53rd Aus Lt AA Regiment
223rd Field Artillery Battalion
1/532nd Boat&Shore Engineer Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
16th Base Maint Engineer Battalion
23rd USN Special Construction Battalion
24th USN Special Construction Battalion

Defending units:
48th Division
III./4th Infantry Battalion
I./4th Infantry Battalion
25th JAAF AF Bn
23rd Field Construction Battalion
24th Special Base Force
29th Fld AA Gun Co
60th JNAF AF Unit /1


The troops will rest a bit while artillery continues the attack. Tennessee is using Lautem as a rearming base, with an AKE there. An enemy sub was spotted at Ambon. An ASW task force is dispatched from Lautem to patrol there.

Doing some analysis of southern Japan. Planning the eventual big invasion, probably of Kyushu Island in the south. Considering using most of the British and Commonwealth troops at Singapore to support. Or send them to China to replace the US troops planning to take Hong Kong and vicinity, freeing them up for Japan.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/23/2020 2:41:55 AM   
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Lost YMS BYMS-2168 sweeping mines at Batu Pahat, along the coast northwest of Singapore.

Bluegill hit AK Ayatosan Maru with a torpedo southeast of Iwo Jima. Later in the day, Bluegill attacked the stricken ship again, and sank the ship with another torpedo. The subs are having a harder time finding targets, with the enemy having everything west of Formosa and the Philippines cut off.

An Allied unit has cut off the rail line from Bangkok to Malaya. It walked through the jungle from Mergui. The enemy is responding, with movement shown towards the hex both to the south and at Bangkok. It's just a nuisance but it'll require a decent attack to kick it back into the jungle.

More enemy reduction at Singapore. 1427 casualties, with more units evaporating from attrition after the combat.

The enemy was eliminated at Baybay, in the Philippine islands.

I moved some SBDs to Boela and put them on ASW. They lit up a stream of enemy subs from Sorong, south past Boela, then west to Ambon. They've been supplying Ambon. They used to go a more direct route through Namlea, near Ambon, but Namlea is an Allied base and I had mined it, sinking several transport subs. Now US destroyers are patrolling the enemy base at Ambon.

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Two groups of Franks swept Temuloh, with at least 68 planes. 27 P-47s defended. 12 Franks were shot down for the cost of 10 Thunderbolts. The enemy also swept and bombed the Allied unit that cut the rail line southwest of Bangkok.

Heavy bombers hit Ishigaki's troops. Naval bombers from Formosa did the same. Battleship New Mexico and escorts bombarded Ishigaki instead of their daily run to Pescadores. All of this attention to Ishigaki provided just enough support to get the job done.

Ground combat at Ishigaki (90,66)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 1299 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 55

Defending force 1575 troops, 27 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 34

Allied adjusted assault: 29

Japanese adjusted defense: 13

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

Allied forces CAPTURE Ishigaki !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
444 casualties reported
Squads: 17 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 11 (8 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Assaulting units:
3rd USMC Parachute Bn /1
2/7th Cav/Cdo Bn /1

Defending units:
III/19th Naval Guard Unit
Funauke Fortress


Lesson learned: a lightly held fortress is vulnerable to paras.

[EDIT: Noticed it was level 0 forts. The paras were lucky.]

More cleanup at Singapore. Another Allied attack at Temuloh, wearing down the enemy. Lots of supply and fuel being unloaded at Singapore.

The Chinese coast invasion isn't that far away. 2 US carriers need a couple more days at Manila to finish their refit. Then I think the invasion shipping will move from Busuanga to the embarkation points: Manila, Batangas and Lucena. The troops won't be as recovered from the fighting at Luzon as I would like, but I think they'll be good enough.

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British cruisers bombarded Taiping, on the Malayan west coast. There had been fighters based there but not today. The enemy has the 11th Division there, in the jungle. It's the next defense line. 4 B-24s were lost here trying to hit the airfield. Franks were protecting, probably flying from Georgetown.

US bombers hit the enemy troops at Ishigaki hard. Heavy and naval bombers struck. The III/19th Naval Guard Unit was wiped out by attrition, leaving just the fortress unit.

Wearing down the enemy continued at Temuloh. The Japanese will lose the 1st Division and the 80th Garrison Battalion here.

Another Allied deliberate attack at Ambon. 656 enemy casualties, with some destroyed squads and devices, and 504 US casualties, almost all of which were disabled. Progress is being made, slowly. The enemy is out of supply but numerous subs are bringing some in. Allied aircraft hit a transport sub and probably sank it near Ambon.

Cleanup continued at Singapore. 1035 enemy casualties. Just 5 enemy units left: 3 HQ units and 2 base units.

I've decided to pull out most of the Allied forces at Singapore after it is cleared. Malaya will be left with 2 divisions pushing north on the west coast, and 1 division currently at Temuloh. A US division, 2 British divisions and an East African division will leave Singapore. They will reinforce the US invasion of the Chinese coast east of Hong Kong. If all goes well, the Brits and Commonwealth troops will stay in China, and the US troops will pull out to prepare for the invasion of Japan. The plan in China will be to take the coastal invasion cities, and move most of the US strength west to take Hong Kong and threaten Canton. Success there would open up a supply line from Hong Kong to the Chinese. With the British reinforcing, it will be left to the Chinese to liberate their country, and most importantly, to continue tying down large numbers of Japanese troops.

The US will then concentrate on the final approach to Japan.

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BB TFs bombarded Pescadores and Ambon. Tennessee did very little damage at Ambon.

Enemy air concentrated at Wuchow in China. The Chinese have had to absorb great punishment from the air for two years. That will hopefully be changing soon, if Hong Kong can be captured by the Americans.

Lots of less than optimal fighter types swept Bangkok, having forward deployed to Tavoy. P-40N5s and A-36s did poorly against Oscars and Tonys. Corsair IIs and Spitfire VIIIs at least held their own. Many B-24s hit the airfield and tried bombing manpower for the first time, as an experiment. 3480 fires and 6834 fires were started, but that's about it, for the city bombers.

Aircraft from Okinawa and nearby carriers hit shipping at Iriomote. The APc's were bringing in supply. This is the second big task force of tiny APc's that I've lost in the war. The first was on the northern coast of Borneo. I really like the ship type, so much so I use them in very forward resupply missions, and they paid the price, again.

Morning Air attack on TF, near Iriomote at 89,65

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 6 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D4Y2 Judy x 18
J2M2 Jack x 18

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
APc-46, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
APc-37, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
APc-41, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AM Katoomba, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
APc-32, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
APc-39, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
APc-30, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
APc-42, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
APc-31, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
APc-38, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk


Then 28 Jills, 54 Judys and 53 Zeros arrived to attack a TF at Iriomote, but attacked nothing. Probably after the APc TF that no longer existed. 9 Jills then did the same. The other TF was then found in the afternoon. It was carrying the vehicles for an engineer unit already at Iriomote.

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Iriomote at 89,65

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 6 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D4Y2 Judy x 18
J2M2 Jack x 18

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
AKL FS-159, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
SC-648, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AKL FS-145, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk

Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 20 (14 destroyed, 6 disabled)


More cleanup on the ground at Ishigaki and Singapore, with another hard fought attack at Temuloh.

Total air losses were 12 Tonys and 9 Oscars for the cost of 10 A-36s, 9 P-40Ns, 7 Spitfire VIIIs and a B-24.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/27/2020 12:26:29 AM   
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Submarine Dace spotted CVE Taiyo east of Shanghai, but missed with 4 torpedoes. I don't know what Taiyo is doing there. Just 2 destroyers spotted with her. Maybe leaving Shanghai after repairs, who knows. Dace got hit by a depth charge in the shallow water and will return to Manila.

I dropped a small New Zealand unit onto Bacolod, in the Philippines. There's one enemy unit there with about 1000 men, and probably no supply. The NZ unit was not prepared at all for Bacolod. They landed, taking a lot of disablements, then someone decided that it wasn't going well and the small task force left, and there's no one alive on the beach. When the unit unloads back at Zamboanga, I'll see how much was lost in this little fiasco. I should have landed them on the Allied dot base 2 hexes southwest of Bacolod, and on the same island, connected by a trail.

In an example of how resilient HQ units are, a huge cleanup attack at Singapore resulted in the destruction of a base unit, but 3 HQ units still survive. Losses were very high, and the enemy is doomed. Just don't know if the end is tomorrow or some other day. Lots of transports are gathering to pick up the Allied divisions and some other units.

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 62163 troops, 1094 guns, 1065 vehicles, Assault Value = 1849

Defending force 2755 troops, 0 guns, 52 vehicles, Assault Value = 3

Allied adjusted assault: 1213

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 1213 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1089 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 152 destroyed, 52 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 35 (21 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
11th (East African) Division
43rd Infantry Division
XV Corps Engineer Battalion
254th Armoured Brigade
18th British Division
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
50th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
2nd British Division
198th Field Artillery Battalion
57th Coastal Artillery Regiment
144th RNZA Bty
145th Field Artillery Battalion
2nd RAA Jungle Field Artillery Regiment
462nd Base Group
96th Coast AA Regiment
1st Indian Light AA Rgt /1

Defending units:
2nd Area Army
Southwest Area Fleet
29th Army


Got the first really good attack at Ambon. After months of stalemate and Allied artillery bombardments, the enemy is finally crumbling.

Ground combat at Ambon (76,109)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 15918 troops, 284 guns, 243 vehicles, Assault Value = 439

Defending force 10116 troops, 100 guns, 25 vehicles, Assault Value = 266

Allied adjusted assault: 142

Japanese adjusted defense: 118

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1006 casualties reported
Squads: 26 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 10 (3 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (2 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
157 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Assaulting units:
2nd Marine Division
3rd USMC Tank Battalion
53rd Aus Lt AA Regiment
23rd USN Special Construction Battalion
1/532nd Boat&Shore Engineer Battalion
9th Marine Defense Battalion
223rd Field Artillery Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
16th Base Maint Engineer Battalion
24th USN Special Construction Battalion

Defending units:
48th Division
24th Special Base Force
I./4th Infantry Battalion
III./4th Infantry Battalion
25th JAAF AF Bn
23rd Field Construction Battalion
29th Fld AA Gun Co
60th JNAF AF Unit /1


Enemy carriers and battleships are not seen near Okinawa today, but the weather was bad in the area, so I can't tell for sure.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/27/2020 3:33:45 AM   
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I've had pretty good luck with barge TFs bringing in supplies and engineering vehicles to exposed bases, at least against the AI. Such TFs rarely get hassled from the air.

Cheers,
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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/27/2020 9:55:17 PM   
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I haven't used them much as the Allies. I will do so more in the approach to Okinawa and Japan.

26 Jan 44

British cruisers bombarded Georgetown. A squadron of Tojos were damaged but flew later in the day. Moderate damage to the airbase. The Tojos swept over the Indian division in the clear terrain south of Taiping. 25 P-47s were there. About equal losses. Peggys then bombed the troops after running into the 13 P-47s that were left, but the fighters never got to the bombers.

P-38s from Kuantan swept Georgetown and found Franks in the air. More Franks lost than Lightnings. Total air losses were 11 Franks and 7 Tojos for the cost of 10 P-47s and 4 P-38s.

Singapore is cleared! Troops start to switch to Strat mode while lots of transports wait for them there.

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 62242 troops, 1094 guns, 1065 vehicles, Assault Value = 1861

Defending force 1269 troops, 0 guns, 36 vehicles, Assault Value = 2

Allied adjusted assault: 1104

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 1104 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1298 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 256 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 38 (38 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 2

Assaulting units:
43rd Infantry Division
254th Armoured Brigade
50th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
XV Corps Engineer Battalion
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
18th British Division
11th (East African) Division
2nd British Division
57th Coastal Artillery Regiment
2nd RAA Jungle Field Artillery Regiment
96th Coast AA Regiment
462nd Base Group
145th Field Artillery Battalion
198th Field Artillery Battalion
144th RNZA Bty
1st Indian Light AA Rgt /1

Defending units:
2nd Area Army
Southwest Area Fleet


Paras on Ishigaki caused 29 casualties in an attack on the fortress unit there. Wearing them down. Similar approach going on at Temuloh and Ambon.

A US sub was lit up with high detection levels well east southeast of Okinawa. Enemy carriers are suspected to be out there. They didn't go straight back to Japan.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 7/27/2020 10:34:52 PM   
Lowpe


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Can you post a picture of China? I feel you have done very original things there in this game.

I don't know if you can swing it, but now that Formosa is yours Ningpo is an incredibly valuable base for the Allies in so many ways. Normally, it is very lightly garrisoned.

Anyhow, masterful game.

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