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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/9/2020 6:40:49 PM   
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Been thinking about the upcoming Okinawa invasion. I've done a pretty good job of minimizing losses in the war, while steadily advancing. But I think the time has come for a change in approach. Okinawa must be taken, and it is a tough target. Enemy troops are dug in, mines are there, it is within air range from Japan, and most importantly, enemy battleships and cruisers can attack the landing zones at night and be back in Japan during the day. It's going to be tough.

I need to change my mindset, I think, and use brute force at Okinawa. I need to accept losses in order to take the island. At this point in the war, I can certainly do so. I will need to flood Naha and Nago with minesweepers, and hit them with slow battleships daily. And cover the targets with battleships and cruisers to guard against enemy ships which certainly will arrive.

There will be losses. I need to accept that. Okinawa is a necessary step for the future landings on the southern island of Japan. It's time to throw the kitchen sink at it.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/10/2020 3:34:28 AM   
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The usual 5 slow US battleship bombardment of Hong Kong. The British are slowly making their way to the hex between Hong Kong and Canton. The battleships are headed to Takao. They'll then head towards Okinawa with the carriers covering.

Sub Sterlet hit patrol boat Shirogane Maru near Toyohara. No indication of sinking. Could have been a false report. Tautog sank sub chaser CHa-31 near Fukue-jima. Searaven hit xAK Goyo Maru with a torpedo near Chichi-jima. No troops on board.

26 Georges swept Miyako-jima, and found 25 P-47s on CAP. It was shocking. 22 Thunderbolts were shot down with no Georges downed. The enemy swept at 30000 feet. The P-47s were at 25000 feet. A contributing factor could have been that there is no radar at the island. The base support was flown in, and the radar is inbound on a ship. The P-47 pilots were excellent. The George pilots must have been god-like.

Okinawa invasion shipping is leaving Manila. Other shipping is starting to load at Takao.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/11/2020 2:47:28 AM   
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Over 60 Franks swept Changsha. P-40Ns, Spitfires and P-38Js were on CAP. 16 Franks were downed, for the cost of 4 Chinese P-40Ns, 3 P-38Js and 3 Spitfires.

A bombing raid of Pucheng, east of the Chinese pocket, revealed the enemy 1st Raiding Regiment defending. Looks to be a unit that was sent from Japan to hold the line in front of Shanghai. The Americans weren't headed that way, but the enemy didn't know that. I'd seen transports coming and going from Shanghai, so troops were sent to China from Japan. I'm quite ok with that.

Still reducing the isolated enemy 1st Division at Temuloh in Malaya. They are being destroyed, but only slowly.

US carriers and slow battleships will move east of Formosa, beginning the run into Okinawa. Transports will leave Takao tomorrow and join up with others coming north from Manila.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/12/2020 3:53:46 AM   
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No turn from OPilot today. He's dealing with a massive reorganization of Japanese air units that occurs on March 1, 1944. I'm happy to see March arrive. I'll be getting 175 P47D25s a month instead of 56 P47D2s. I'll finally be able to use the Thunderbolts every day. I bleed the P47D2 pool dry as it is now.

Invasion of Okinawa within the next week.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/12/2020 11:52:46 PM   
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Those pesky Georges on Okinawa were at it again. They swept Ishigaki, finding 15 P-38Js and 12 Hellcats. The George pilots are definitely elite, with lots of US planes downed. 7 Georges were downed, mostly as ops losses. 9 Hellcats and 6 P-38Js were lost.

Allied planes from Milne Bay swept Rabaul, with 16 Corsairs and 14 Spitfires sweeping. They found 32 Zeros and 24 Tojos. 6 Zeros and 4 Tojos were shot down, for the cost of 8 Corsairs and 3 Spitfires.

The approach to Okinawa has begun.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/14/2020 1:55:11 AM   
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1 Mar 44 - Approach to Okinawa




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/15/2020 5:31:41 PM   
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Shark fired 6 torpedoes at I-12 north of Okinawa. All missed. Pompano hit RO-104 with 2 torpedoes near Tokunoshima, sinking the Japanese sub.

The fight for Okinawa has begun.

Battleships Arizona and Idaho, with 3 destroyers, ran into 5 MTBs at Nago. 3 MTBs were sunk. The range was just 2,000 yards, so the US ships were lucky to avoid torpedoes. One was fired at a battleship and missed.

Similar fight at Naha. Battleships Oklahoma, California and Tennessee, with 5 destroyers, ran into 2 MTBs. An MTB was sunk. With rain at Naha also, the range was just 2,000 yards. Both Naha and Nago had 4 US destroyers run into the bases first, but the DDs didn't engage the MTBs.

2 US DMS at Nago were fired on by the 11th Special Base Force. DMS Southard was set on fire. 4 US YMSs were also engaged by the 11th. 3 were set on fire.

At Naha, 4 other YMSs were engaged by the 21st Special Base Force. 3 were hit. 3 US DMS sank ACM Wa 20 at Naha. A big cruiser force sank a fleeing MTB from Naha. The cruisers were protecting the carriers east of Naha.

Nago was bombarded effectively.

Night Naval bombardment of Nago at 95,65

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A2 Val: 8 damaged
D3A2 Val: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-51 Sonia: 22 damaged
Ki-51 Sonia: 2 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
BB Idaho
BB Arizona

Japanese ground losses:
1150 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 39 destroyed, 40 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Airbase hits 16
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 31


Naha was bombarded but with poorer results.

Night Naval bombardment of Naha at 95,66

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
BB Tennessee
BB California
BB Oklahoma

Japanese ground losses:
333 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Manpower hits 1
Fires 1575
Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 8


Lots of mines were swept at Nago and Naha. The 3 US DMS were hit by more coastal guns. RO-44 sank already badly damaged YMS BYMS-2043 near Naha.

The enemy lost an ACM, 2 AMs, 5 MTBs, 4 SCs and 1 or 2 subs. The Allies lost 2 YMSs with a few more badly damaged and trying to make it to safety. I've been particularly effective at losing lots of small minesweepers to coastal guns.

There was no enemy flying above Okinawa. Lots of B-24s hit both locations. Carrier aircraft sank 2 AMs and 3 SCs in port at Amami Oshima.

CVs and CVEs will rendezvous 2 hexes west of Nago and will range CAP at range 2. I showed a more forward setup first, but will back off to the west now. Nago and Naha will be invaded today. 3 divisions to Naha, 2 to Nago.

Two instances of ship collisions. Two xAKs collided east of Luganville. They were empty and headed back to the West Coast. xAK B.F. Irvine sank immediately, with xAK Sapphire damaged at SYS 2/FLOT 33/ENG 30/FIRE 0. Two LSTs loaded with troops collided west of Nago. Both are headed to Naha, now very slowly, and in their own TF with a small escort ship.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/15/2020 7:04:34 PM   
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Looks like Nago had low forts and Naha has level 5 or more.


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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/17/2020 8:31:28 PM   
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Combat troops unload completely in one day at Nago and Naha on Okinawa. All of the good APAs were used. A specialized amphibious HQ on command ships were used at both locations. Troops will attack at both locations today. There are many units at both bases, but none are particularly strong. No divisions and no unit with more than 100 combat value. The US divisions should prevail here, but with the defensible terrain and the forts that must exist, it won't fall immediately. Battleships will continue bombarding and bombers will continue hitting the troops. Another YMS was lost to coastal guns, but the enemy fire has been reduced. All mines at Naha have been swept. Several LSTs were damaged by coastal guns but damage is just minor or moderate. 4 LCIs were also damaged. No enemy air or naval interference.

Mostly British troops have moved into Hong Kong, which will be attacked today. 2 US slow battleships are supporting, and many, many bombers are contributing.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/18/2020 1:46:04 AM   
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3 Mar 44 - 3 Big Battles




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/19/2020 5:34:46 AM   
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Unloading continued at Nago and Naha, mostly supply. Another LST is hit by coastal guns but not badly damaged. Battleships continue to bombard.

18 P-38s swept Sian, finding 28 Oscars and shooting down 12 of them.

3 big attacks today, and results were similar in all. Pardon the long text of combat, but it's worth noting the units involved at these first battles at these locations.

Ground combat at Nago (95,65)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 25718 troops, 430 guns, 477 vehicles, Assault Value = 832

Defending force 13566 troops, 114 guns, 36 vehicles, Assault Value = 251

Allied adjusted assault: 1393

Japanese adjusted defense: 430

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
2050 casualties reported
Squads: 42 destroyed, 64 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 27 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 24 disabled
Guns lost 24 (9 destroyed, 15 disabled)
Vehicles lost 12 (5 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
396 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 36 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
7th Infantry Division
708th Amphib Tank Battalion
41st Infantry Division
754th Tank Battalion
XI US Corps
97th Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
4th South Seas Det.
5th South Seas Det.
52nd Naval Guard Unit
Nakagusuko-wan Fortress
31st JAAF AF Bn
33rd Field Const Co
29th Field Construction Battalion
56th Const Co
66th Construction Battalion
11th Special Base Force
39th JNAF AF Unit
48th JAAF AF Bn


and

Ground combat at Naha (95,66)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 41354 troops, 580 guns, 577 vehicles, Assault Value = 1386

Defending force 27481 troops, 271 guns, 205 vehicles, Assault Value = 491

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Allied adjusted assault: 2161

Japanese adjusted defense: 549

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
3088 casualties reported
Squads: 21 destroyed, 210 disabled
Non Combat: 28 destroyed, 85 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 20 disabled
Guns lost 44 (7 destroyed, 37 disabled)
Vehicles lost 55 (24 destroyed, 31 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
880 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 68 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 29 disabled
Guns lost 11 (2 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Vehicles lost 49 (4 destroyed, 45 disabled)

Assaulting units:
1st Arm Amphib Battalion
3rd Marine Division
102nd Cmbt Engineer Regiment
32nd Infantry Division
1st Marine Division
193rd Tank Battalion
XIV US Corps
3/532nd Boat&Shore Engineer Battalion
198th Coast AA Regiment
63rd Coast AA Regiment
534th AmphTrac Engineer Battalion
98th Field Artillery Battalion
154th Field Artillery Battalion
Wake (Det.) Defense Battalion

Defending units:
1st Amph.Bde Tank Battalion
33rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
36th Ind.Mixed Brigade
2nd Amphibious Brigade
7th Tank Regiment
18th Naval Guard Unit
51st Naval Guard Unit
25th Field AA Machinecannon Company
14th Port Unit
13th Base Force
48th JNAF AF Unit
51st JNAF AF Unit
24th JAAF AF Bn
21st Medium Field Artillery Battalion
4th JNAF Coy
3rd Fleet
65th Field AA Battalion
25th Air Flotilla
4th Air Army
5th Air Division
21st Special Base Force
55th JAAF AF Bn


Shock attacks are ordered for today at Nago and Naha. The other fight was at Hong Kong.

Ground combat at Hong Kong (77,61)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 39050 troops, 560 guns, 789 vehicles, Assault Value = 1235

Defending force 11165 troops, 123 guns, 6 vehicles, Assault Value = 220

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Allied adjusted assault: 1447

Japanese adjusted defense: 393

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
1015 casualties reported
Squads: 22 destroyed, 79 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 35 (4 destroyed, 31 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
422 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 31 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 31 disabled

Assaulting units:
18th British Division
14th Army Engineer Battalion
110th Cmbt Engineer Battalion
254th Armoured Brigade
IV Corps Engineer Battalion
34th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
3rd Carabiniers Regiment
11th (East African) Division
31st Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
22nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
Hong Kong Def Force
2nd RF Gun Battalion
Hong Kong Special Base Force


Allied troops at Hong Kong need resupply before continuing the attack.

All 3 bases will fall rather quickly. With most unloading on Okinawa complete, the CVE task forces will pull back to friendly islands to the west, while the CV task forces will move southeast and possibly head east to go hunting for a bit, if they aren't spotted in today's move. If they are spotted, they'll probably return to port for fuel and rearming.

Damaged Yorktown did some minor repairs on Formosa and is now leaving Takao for Manila.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/19/2020 12:15:19 PM   
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The steamroller continues

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/19/2020 1:50:52 PM   
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Is Manila's SY large enough to accommodate Yorktown? Or maybe you have an ARD large enough there?
I think HK comes with a size 50 SY.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/19/2020 4:03:00 PM   
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Manila is a size 20 shipyard, and Yorktown (the original Yorktown) has a tonnage just below 20k, so it will fit. Manila isn't ideal for such a big repair though. I have many subs cycling in and out, and after each big invasion, all of my invasion shipping passes through Manila for fuel and repairs. So it gets crowded.

Hong Kong is a size 50 shipyard. I think it too close to enemy bases to repair a carrier. Hanoi isn't that far away. Yorktown would be too tempting.

The way the war is going, Yorktown's part in the war is probably over regardless. I expect to invade the southern island of Japan in about a month. The wait is for preparation values, and getting the troops out of China and back to Luzon for upgrades and rest.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/20/2020 4:33:50 AM   
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P-38s had a field day shooting down Oscars over Sian yesterday. They swept again today, but the dreaded Franks were now there. 9 P-38s were lost for no loss of the enemy. Two of my top pilots were lost. CPT R.H. Neale had 15 kills, and MAJ J. Farell had 12 kills. The P-38 squadron is the 347th Fighter Group/339th Fighter Squadron. Two other aces are MIA. This unit is led by Pappy Boyington.

On the second day of combat on Okinawa, the island bases are captured.

Ground combat at Nago (95,65)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 25427 troops, 430 guns, 477 vehicles, Assault Value = 795

Defending force 11998 troops, 107 guns, 33 vehicles, Assault Value = 161

Allied adjusted assault: 758

Japanese adjusted defense: 85

Allied assault odds: 8 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Nago !!!

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-51 Sonia: 5 destroyed
D3A2 Val: 2 destroyed

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

Japanese ground losses:
2239 casualties reported
Squads: 36 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 18 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 62 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 37 (32 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 22 (22 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
891 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 88 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Vehicles lost 34 (2 destroyed, 32 disabled)


and

Ground combat at Naha (95,66)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 41629 troops, 581 guns, 573 vehicles, Assault Value = 1293

Defending force 24266 troops, 258 guns, 182 vehicles, Assault Value = 260

Allied adjusted assault: 2468

Japanese adjusted defense: 257

Allied assault odds: 9 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Naha !!!

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

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

Japanese ground losses:
4789 casualties reported
Squads: 121 destroyed, 32 disabled
Non Combat: 117 destroyed, 83 disabled
Engineers: 83 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 97 (59 destroyed, 38 disabled)
Vehicles lost 139 (138 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
594 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 47 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 25 disabled
Vehicles lost 25 (4 destroyed, 21 disabled)





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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/20/2020 6:18:56 AM   
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Here's some background info on the real life of the two pilots lost in my war over Sian.

CPT R.H. Neale

MAJ J. Farrell

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/21/2020 5:41:03 AM   
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US destroyers sank ACM Shawa Maru #10 at Nago.

Submarine Barbel had quite a day. Barbel was transiting from Pearl Harbor to Manila. It's a new sub and hasn't been on a combat patrol yet. But on the way, north of Pagan, it spotted a transport task force with an LSD, a CL and multiple DDs. One torpedo hit destroyer Arare. Later in the day, Barbel was reported to hit destroyer Ushio with a torpedo, but I'm fairly sure it was the same destroyer hit in the first attack. The destroyer appeared to be alone, with the sub escaping detection after the attack. Either way, it was a great day for a new sub crew not even assigned to a combat patrol yet.

The big news was at Hong Kong.

Ground combat at Hong Kong (77,61)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 38815 troops, 560 guns, 789 vehicles, Assault Value = 1277

Defending force 9717 troops, 110 guns, 1 vehicles, Assault Value = 162

Allied adjusted assault: 1352

Japanese adjusted defense: 253

Allied assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Hong Kong !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
1583 casualties reported
Squads: 33 destroyed, 76 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 13 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 43 (34 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
468 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 35 disabled
Guns lost 12 (1 destroyed, 11 disabled)
Vehicles lost 25 (3 destroyed, 22 disabled)

Assaulting units:
254th Armoured Brigade
18th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
3rd Carabiniers Regiment
IV Corps Engineer Battalion
110th Cmbt Engineer Battalion
34th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
14th Army Engineer Battalion
18th British Division
11th (East African) Division
125th RAF Base Force
123rd RAF Base Force
243 RAF Base Force
31st Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
3rd TAF Base Force

Defending units:
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
22nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
Hong Kong Def Force
2nd RF Gun Battalion
Hong Kong Special Base Force


It's looking like a 3 to 1 auto-victory will be achieved when bases are captured on the southern island of Japan, barring a botched invasion or lots of shipping sunk. If those bases are captured and the auto-victory occurs, OPilot may surrender. I already get the feeling from talking to him that things are worse for the Japanese than I realize. My guess is that cutting off so much oil in 1943 has really hurt the Japanese economy. My experience as the Japanese, in such a situation, is that there isn't enough supply or fuel in Japan, and that affects just about everything. I look forward to a detailed discussion with him after the war ends.




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Slow US battleships continue to bombard troops on Okinawa. Now that the bases are under US control, the enemy is in the field and harder to hit.

Canton is bombarded by British and Australian cruisers and destroyers. Moderate damage. Time to make life miserable for the 140,000 enemy troops trapped at Canton.

Cleanup continues at Temuloh in Malaya. The enemy is said to be "surrounded" so the end should be near. Shock attacks continue. The Allied troops are tired but there will be plenty of rest at Singapore after this fight.

Cleanup began at Hong Kong, with 1576 enemy casualties reported. The enemy is reported to be "surrounded" here also.

3 US divisions start to load at Swatow, headed back to Luzon for rest. Manila is almost at its stacking limit, so preparations for Japan will take place at Manila, Batangas and Naga. Batangas is a size 5 port, and Naga is being built up as fast as possible, and will be a 5 for the loading in a month or so.

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Canton was bombarded again by many British and Australian cruisers. Assume that this will occur every day until Canton has no enemy in it.

Reduction of the isolated enemy at Nago continued. The casualty ratio was 1510 enemy to 271 friendly. Enemy squads are being destroyed. Same story at Naha, except that we had a bad day, with the ratio being 1210 enemy to 1000 friendly casualties. The enemy at Temuloh in Malaya continued to be whittled down, but they won't give up. A 98 to 1 attack resulted in 891 casualties. They are still "surrounded" but still fighting. The end has to be near. I said that last week too.

And a similar story at Hong Kong. A 45 to 1 attack with a ratio of 887 enemy to 59 friendly casualties.

I feel like the game is now in the "end game" stage. The only planned targets are finishing off Canton in China, and taking the southern island of Japan, and the small islands to its south and west. It'll take about a month for that invasion to be kicked off.

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The first B-29 units are on the map. Each arrived with just 7 planes. One unit is approaching Bombay from Aden. The other two units are loading on ships at Aden. Naha, on Okinawa, can build to a size 7 airfield, so not ideal for B-29s. But from there, they'll be able to range over most if not all of Japan. It's 9 hexes to Nagasaki from Okinawa, so the B-25s can join in eventually. Of course, once the southern Japanese island is taken, it's pretty much over for the war.

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I usually park my B-29s at Aparri (or nearby), then Taihoku, then Ningpo as I capture bases. Due to the limited stacking, you might want to keep Okinawa free for fighters, dive bombers and mediums.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/23/2020 10:16:20 PM   
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OPilot tried a night naval attack with 35 Frances coming from Shanghai and targeting AKs at Okinawa. All bombs missed from 2000 feet with partial cloud weather.

The enemy was cleared out of Hong Kong. Lots of support troops finished off.

Ground combat at Hong Kong (77,61)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 32408 troops, 548 guns, 682 vehicles, Assault Value = 1191

Defending force 5701 troops, 49 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 17

Allied adjusted assault: 1050

Japanese adjusted defense: 5

Allied assault odds: 210 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
8266 casualties reported
Squads: 92 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 536 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 65 (65 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 3

Allied ground losses:
70 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
18th British Division
34th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
18th Cmbt Engineer Regiment
254th Armoured Brigade
110th Cmbt Engineer Battalion
3rd Carabiniers Regiment
14th Army Engineer Battalion
11th (East African) Division
125th RAF Base Force
3rd TAF Base Force
123rd RAF Base Force
31st Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
243 RAF Base Force
118th Light AA Regiment

Defending units:
22nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
Hong Kong Def Force
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
Hong Kong Special Base Force


Armor from Hong Kong will go north to Canton. The British divisions will guard in between Hong Kong and Canton. Canton is almost fully stacked with Chinese. Yes, over 200,000 of them. Over 140,000 enemy there. The Chinese won't think of attacking until the enemy's supply is depleted.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/24/2020 10:27:03 PM   
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Way up by the Russian border on the mainland, I've had a couple of subs watching the approaches to two northernmost Japanese bases. I'd had SigInt months ago that a tanker was going there. I'd mined the biggest base, but nothing was seen there. Until today. Four patrol boats appeared. Pintado missed PB Sonan Maru #5 with two torpedoes. Now OPilot knows that I'm looking here. It's a minor thing. As the Japanese, I'd be using the shallow mined islands from Fusan to Japan, moving just 3 hexes and in protected spots. He probably is.

Two units of Georges coming from the direction of Japan swept Nago. P-47s and Hellcats were range capping from Naha. It went ok, with 15 Georges downed for the cost of 7 Hellcats and 3 Thunderbolts. I noted that he is sweeping at 30,000 feet. I was playing the I can go higher than you game with the P-47s at 35,000. The Hellcats were at 9,000. Worked out ok this time.

Interesting developments at Daito Shoto. This island is well to the southeast of Okinawa, out by itself. I'd been doing some recon there, and it was empty. OPilot noticed my interest, and overnight, four destroyers used fast transport to drop off the 6th Indpt SNLF Coy. Turned out that I was dropping paras there during the day.

Ground combat at Daito Shoto (98,69)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 747 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 28

Defending force 405 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 14

Allied adjusted assault: 4

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

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

Allied forces CAPTURE Daito Shoto !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
148 casualties reported
Squads: 18 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

Assaulting units:
2/6th Cav/Cdo Bn /1

Defending units:
6th Indpt SNLF Coy


A battle of tiny units, won by the paras. Base support will be coming in a week or so. Want to put Cats here to help watch the perimeter.

45 or so B-24s were moved to Naha. They are ordered to fly to Hiroshima at night, in first strategic bombing of Japan. I'm going for a big target with the first strike. I'll be more random after that. And mix in daylight raids. Hit some airfields too. OPilot asked me some questions about kamikazes. I've been expecting them. They are probably being saved for the invasion of Japan.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/25/2020 2:14:32 AM   
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Congrats on the timing of that paradrop at DS. His troops were likely completely unprepped for that base and with your shock attack they could not resist. One day of delay may have been enough for them to get rid of their disruption and fatigue and hold against you. Moving fast pays off.

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Post #: 1944
RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/25/2020 7:00:23 PM   
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27 Frances at Shanghai again tried a night naval strike. Today they found the CVEs just west of Okinawa. All bombs missed, and 6 or so bombers were shot down by flak.

The B-24s ordered to do a strategic bombing of Hiroshima from Naha did not fly. The orders remain.

Perch hit tanker Kotai Maru with a torpedo near Ominato. The tanker was loaded with fuel, and was traveling along the west coast of Hokkaido.

In Malaya, Beaufighters had been moved up the coast to go after a small enemy task force that had been spotted at small ports southwest of Bangkok. Small naval targets and no CAP equals sunk ships. I love these planes.

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Chumphon at 52,66

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 32 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Beaufighter VIc x 21

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
AG Ryua Maru, Shell hits 5, Bomb hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Menado Maru, Bomb hits 8, and is sunk
PB Fukkai Maru, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x Beaufighter VIc bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb


The odds for the cleanup attack at Temuloh was 215 to 1. Maybe the end really is near this time?

I made a most unfortunate mistake. I had ordered two British armor units to move from Hong Kong to the hex east of Canton. They moved north of Hong Kong, and I noticed that one of them was continuing its movement into Canton instead of moving directly to the northeast. The pathing must have liked the good road into Canton. I fixed this unit. But I didn't notice the other Brit armor unit doing the same thing. Today it crossed into Canton from the southeast, in movement mode, crossing a river, triggering a shock attack and attacking alone. The unit was almost completely wiped out. 150 tanks lost. This was a really good unit and would have helped greatly at Canton. The only two very minor upsides to this fiasco was that the hexside is now closed and 100 of the 150 tanks were obsolete and can now be upgraded to newer models. I list the combat to show the units arrayed on both sides. Over 200,000 Chinese.

Ground combat at Canton (77,59)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 4010 troops, 99 guns, 282 vehicles, Assault Value = 6068

Defending force 104808 troops, 878 guns, 411 vehicles, Assault Value = 2810

Allied adjusted assault: 0

Japanese adjusted defense: 21401

Allied assault odds: 1 to 99 (fort level 5)

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

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

Allied ground losses:
1549 casualties reported
Squads: 54 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 154 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 23 (23 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 393 (375 destroyed, 18 disabled)

Assaulting units:
20th Chinese Corps
25th Chinese Corps
54th Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
254th Armoured Brigade
88th Chinese Corps
62nd Chinese Corps
11th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
94th Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
22nd Artillery Regiment
25th Group Army
7th Artillery Regiment
1st Artillery Regiment
39th Group Army
10th Group Army
30th Group Army
Y' Force
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment

Defending units:
8th Ind.Infantry Brigade
22nd Division
104th Division
51st Division
13th Ind.Infantry Brigade
17th Division
60th Division
116th Division
7th Ind.Infantry Brigade
64th Division
20th RGC Division
9th Ind. Field Artillery Battalion
23rd Army
5th RF Gun Battalion
47th JAAF AF Bn
10th Ind. Field Artillery Battalion
11th Ind. Field Artillery Battalion
4th Mortar Battalion
4th Air Div /2
Canton Special Base Force
13th Army
5th Air Army /1





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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/25/2020 8:58:03 PM   
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50% bomb hits by those Beaufighters! That is some good accuracy!

The tendency for armoured units to use paved roads when shorter paths are needed is one of the land movement quirks that bugs me. I still don't see why the waypoint routines in naval movement could not have been added into land movement so you can override that tendency. It is also a bit ironic that the vehicles built to travel off-road are the ones most likely to avoid that!

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/26/2020 9:09:06 PM   
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5 US Fletcher class destroyers made a high speed run from Okinawa to the southeastern coast of Kyushu. I was hoping to take out some sub chasers, and to show that I'm knocking on the door. Near Kanoya, the destroyers ran into sub chaser Ch 40 and quickly sank the small ship. That was the only contact made. It probably wasn't worth the damage done to the destroyers from the high speed run, but I wanted to threaten the many sub chasers in the area.

Enemy troops at Nago and Naha were bombarded, as in most nights. US troops attacked in both locations, further whittling down the enemy strength. At Nago, the casualty ratio was 1146 enemy to 170 friendly. A tougher fight at Naha continued, with the ratio being 1452 enemy to 719 casualty. Okinawa fell quickly, but the fight there is still tough. It's a good thing that the 5 US divisions on Okinawa are not assault troops for Kyushu, but it would be nice to have them available as a nearby reserve.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 9/27/2020 6:17:48 AM   
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Peggys, probably from Shanghai, tried to bomb Taihoku's port at night. I had tried my night strategic bombing of Hiroshima the night before. The Peggys got one port hit with clear sky and bombing at 15,000 feet. Nothing of importance at Taihoku, but plenty at Takao, so I moved some night fighters there.

Temuloh on Malaya is finally cleared.

Ground combat at Temuloh (50,78)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18275 troops, 228 guns, 340 vehicles, Assault Value = 481

Defending force 2680 troops, 43 guns, 5 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Allied adjusted assault: 192

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 192 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
3047 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 335 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 58 (58 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

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

Assaulting units:
503rd Parachute Regiment
111th LRP Brigade
Guides Cavalry Regiment
Provisionl Tank Brigade
14th LRP Brigade
16th LRP Brigade
21st Australian Brigade
50th Indian Para Brigade
4th West African AA Regiment
118th RAF Base Force
2nd RAA Jungle Field Artillery Regiment
5th RIAF Adv/Sqn Base Force
144th RNZA Bty
30th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
7th RAF Adv/Sqn Base Force

Defending units:
1st Division


The enemy's 1st Division tied up many units at Temuloh for a long time. Most of the Allied units need to move to Singapore to rest and recover. Most have at least 50% disablements. US paras will move to Singapore to head to Luzon.

In the past few days, I've received notice that Shokaku, Taiho and Zuikaku were sunk in the battle near Okinawa.

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Enemy battleships spotted.

ASW attack near Kochi at 106,61

Japanese Ships
BB Hiei
BB Kongo
CA Mogami
CL Kitakami
DD Naganami
DD Hayashimo
DD Kiyoshimo
DD Asashimo
DD Hamanami

Allied Ships
SS Bluefish


Thresher hit tanker Arima Maru #4 with 2 torpedoes near Haha-jima. The tanker was carrying fuel and undoubtedly sank. In the war, Thresher has gotten hits on 2 xAKs, an AV, BB Haruna, RO-66, an E-boat, an xAKL, and now a tanker. Only the E-boat and tanker are known to have sunk.

A deliberate attack at Nago reduced the enemy strength a bit more. It's a grind. Naha will be attacked today. Amami Oshima will be invaded, east of Okinawa.




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Bettys went after invasion shipping at Amami Oshima. 12 of a reported 13 were shot down.

British slow battleships Queen Elizabeth and Valiant, with battlecruiser Renown, 2 light cruisers and 8 destroyers bombard Amami Oshima while a US armor unit lands. Looks like the 2nd SNLF was in the process of moving to Amami Oshima.

Ground combat at Amami Oshima (98,64)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 3784 troops, 51 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 133

Defending force 678 troops, 3 guns, 127 vehicles, Assault Value = 69

Assaulting units:
1st Ind Engineer Regiment
Amami Oshima Fortress
Yokosuka 4th SNLF
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF /1

Defending units:
766th Tank Battalion


An attack at Nago gets 25 to 1 odds and causes 1167 enemy casualties, with most squads destroyed. 6 units evaporated by attrition after combat.

Naha has been rougher for the US troops and today was no exception. Progress is slow and costly. I consider myself fortunate to have taken Nago and Naha in the first 2 days of fighting. Cleanup is taking a lot longer.

Ground combat at Naha (95,66)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 39069 troops, 570 guns, 482 vehicles, Assault Value = 1202

Defending force 17106 troops, 141 guns, 49 vehicles, Assault Value = 110

Allied adjusted assault: 1450

Japanese adjusted defense: 125

Allied assault odds: 11 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
571 casualties reported
Squads: 89 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 47 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 27 (7 destroyed, 20 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
825 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 99 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 20 (2 destroyed, 18 disabled)





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