From: Tucson, AZ
I have reason to believe that I have cleared the PI except at Manila and Bataan. I'm in the process of reducing the opposition and it's turning out to be slow going because of the low supply levels. I have no good idea how much longer it will take and it's turning into a low-grade nightmare*. And to top it off, after this I still have to do Bataan** yet.
The supply levels for the Japanese units south of Manila aren't quite adequate. I find I'm having to save up enough supply to move or shoot my southern units. As a consequence the Jap units north of Manila are "pulling more than their share of the load" in this take-down project. The unions are starting to complain. We've tried rotating the troops into Lingayen on three day passes and that helped for a while. Lingayen actually isn't much besides the infracture around the ports and airfields. There's not a whole lot standing where the city itself used to be. The bombardment was designed to do this to a city/airfield/port. They have pretty pictures and graphs and charts to figure out how kill the most possible in the shortest time possible given such and such constraints, which are usually very few. No thought at all is given, that I'm aware of, to the collateral damage incurred during these operations. ****
I can't think of a way around that.
I've done a short survey of the Manila city hex and my theory for this operation code named "Impending Doom"*** is that the Allied units crammed together in that hex might include:
1 each American Inf Division, unknown designation, but it's in excellent health, obviously has 150 supply, est. readiness maybe about 60%
5 each PI Inf Divisions combined def strength approx. 20, combined offensive strength maybe 12, all 5 in good health, each approx. readinesss maybe about 20-ish.
2 separate American tank bde's, current health really geat, good to go, probable readiness of each maybe about 45, no known faults in either.
1 each US Cav Bde, UKN designation, current strengths: 1-2, good health, probable readiness around 40-ish. And one each US AA unit, 1 Engr unit, 1 each RR arty unit, etc. I need to do more recon but this will suffice for now.
There's adequate supply for the Jap units north of Manila for one more good push to consolidate ALL the Allied units into the Manila city hex itself [ the one with the Allied fighter unit on top ] and all would make a deliscious target for my BB's. Not so much my bombers this time, because of all the Allied AA parked there. All the AA assets they own need to be killed before any serious bombing should take place. Pick your battles.....We'll see what the BB's can do for about a month or so and then let loose the dogs of war. As long as there's enough supply for the southern trooops to lend a hand.
* 08May1942 Manila fell in real life.
the Battle of the Philippines, fought 8 December 1941 – 8 May 1942, was the invasion of the Philippines by Imperial Japan and the defense of the islands by United States and Filipino forces during the Second World War.
** On 09Apr1942 Bataan falls in real life
After the 09Apr1942 U.S. surrender of the Bataan Peninsula on the main Philippine island of Luzon to the Japanese, the approximately 75,000 Filipino and American troops on Bataan were forced to make an arduous 65-mile march to prison camps.
*** Operation Impending Doom was picked during the 1939 Japan/US CherryBlossom Meeting between the ambassador of Japan and the US. The ambassador of Japan said to the US ambassador words to the effect "my dick is much bigger than yours." It was then that the US ambassador suggested to the Japanese ambassador that he had no idea what he was talking about. And he could prove it. It was then that the 1939 Japan/US CherryBlossom talks ended and on his way back to Hawaii from SFO, the Japanese ambassador had the message sent to Tokyo: "Pants On Fire". He was killed and replaced upon reaching the apron at the airport. This was his funeral drudge:
**** The first flicker of thought along these lines [ considering collateral damage during wartime ] to my personal knowledge, occured in the early 1970's when SOMEONE in the USAF was given the task to tabulate the collateral damage occuring in North Vietnam by the US over the years. He eventually produced a report. It was labeled "Secret" and it was locked in a safe. But a copy of his report "somehow" leaked to the media and all of a sudden it was kitchen table talk all over America. TV was in on it, radio was in on it, newsprint carried multi-page editorials about it, etc. It was the rage for about a week and a half. And then it died. Nobody mentioned it after that. Not a word was said about Kissenger being a war criminal. Nobody seemed to care that Nixon was a trator even before he became president. [ Google "North Vietnam secret agreement with pre-president Nixon". ] Although, since Vietnam and well after Lybia the USAF has changed it's mental environment, it surprises me that the other services have caught on as well. Good for them. Now-a-days it's starting to matter who else get's hurt on strikes. The public is starting to catch on too. You no longer can strike an entire wedding party with a drone at will, willy nilly caring not who else gets hurt. Too many innocent people are getting hurt for drones to be used as "mercenaries without consciousness involved". I'm aware these things can take themselves off move to the target, whatever it is that's needing to be "neutralized", identify the target, track it, establish a kill-zone around the target and itemize that kill-zone's contents and add up whatever else will be killed, destroyed, damaged [ and to what extent ], and if the sum of the tabulation is more than one [ for the number of people who will die/almost-die ] then the mission has to be postponed for a better opportunity. That's the ROE since 1998. And almost nobody follows it.
< Message edited by larryfulkerson -- 8/8/2019 7:52:48 AM >
"In an operation of this magnitude, some losses must be expected."
SAC Commanding General Curtis LeMay, circa 1964