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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 5/6/2020 3:04:45 PM   
Bif1961


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As it often proved to be during actual operations in world war II, intelligence is the key Allied advantage to planning future operations and executing them from a stand point that the Japanese rarely get game provided intel of that quality. However, if you area chatter with your opponent you may give away some subtle hints. A good point was made above of using other intel assets like long range search, sub and probs to spot tendencies and weak spots. the ole baseball saying is when you hit, hit em where they ain't.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 5/9/2020 5:21:29 PM   
Mundy


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Everything's boiling down to the final battle for India in Madras. Not much left there to put up a fight with, as I airlifted most of the important stuff out.

His is lined up for a few clubbings by my forces.

quote:

Naval bombardment of Madras at 35,40

Allied Ships
BB Resolution
BB Royal Sovereign
BB Revenge
CA Frobisher
CA Hawkins
CA Exeter
CA Cornwall
CA Devonshire
CA Dorsetshire
CA Shropshire
CL Capetown
CL Caradoc
CL Mauritius
CL Ceres
CL Hobart
CLAA Van Heemskerck
DD Tjerk Hiddes
DD Nestor

Japanese ground losses:
910 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 78 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 54 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

BB Resolution firing at 53rd Division
BB Royal Sovereign firing at 61st Division
BB Revenge firing at 61st Division
CA Frobisher firing at 53rd Division
CA Hawkins firing at 61st Division
CA Exeter firing at 4th Division
CA Cornwall firing at 53rd Division
CA Devonshire firing at 46th Division
CA Dorsetshire firing at 53rd Division
CA Shropshire firing at 4th Division
CL Capetown firing at 53rd Division
CL Caradoc firing at 53rd Division
CL Mauritius firing at 61st Division
CL Ceres firing at 53rd Division
CL Hobart firing at 61st Division
CLAA Van Heemskerck firing at 61st Division
DD Tjerk Hiddes firing at 4th Division
DD Nestor firing at 4th Division


quote:

Night Naval bombardment of Madras at 35,40

Allied Ships
BB Resolution
BB Royal Sovereign
BB Revenge
CA Frobisher
CA Hawkins
CA Exeter
CA Cornwall
CA Devonshire
CA Dorsetshire
CA Shropshire
CL Capetown
CL Caradoc
CL Mauritius
CL Ceres
CL Hobart
CLAA Van Heemskerck
DD Tjerk Hiddes
DD Nestor

Japanese ground losses:
1120 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 50 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Walrus II acting as spotter for BB Resolution
BB Resolution firing at 46th Division
BB Royal Sovereign firing at 46th Division
BB Revenge firing at 61st Division
CA Frobisher firing at 53rd Division
CA Hawkins firing at 53rd Division
Walrus II acting as spotter for CA Exeter
CA Exeter firing at 4th Division
CA Cornwall firing at 4th Division
CA Devonshire firing at 4th Division
Walrus II acting as spotter for CA Dorsetshire
CA Dorsetshire firing at 61st Division
CA Shropshire firing at 4th Division
CL Capetown firing at 61st Division
CL Caradoc firing at 46th Division
CL Mauritius firing at 61st Division
CL Ceres firing at 46th Division
CL Hobart firing at 46th Division
CLAA Van Heemskerck firing at 53rd Division
DD Tjerk Hiddes firing at 53rd Division
DD Nestor firing at 4th Division


quote:

Afternoon Air attack on 11th Tank Regiment, at 35,40 (Madras)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 29

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 9 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 28 (2 destroyed, 26 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Wellington Ic bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x Wellington Ic bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 12th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 11th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 12th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 11th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 12th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 11th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 12th Tank Regiment ...


quote:

Afternoon Air attack on 12th Air Defense AA Regiment, at 35,40 (Madras)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 7

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 5 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
11 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Liberator II bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb


quote:

Afternoon Air attack on 15th Air Defense AA Regiment, at 35,40 (Madras)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 34 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 12

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 5 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb


quote:

Afternoon Air attack on 19th Tank Regiment, at 35,40 (Madras)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 16
B-25C Mitchell x 16

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 31 (2 destroyed, 29 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Blenheim IV bombing from 8000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 23rd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 19th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 23rd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 19th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 23rd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 19th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 23rd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 19th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 23rd Tank Regiment ...


quote:

Afternoon Air attack on 22nd Tank Regiment, at 35,40 (Madras)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 25 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 11
B-25C Mitchell x 13

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 37 (5 destroyed, 32 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
13 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 22nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 22nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 22nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...


quote:

Afternoon Air attack on 23rd Tank Regiment, at 35,40 (Madras)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 16

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb


quote:

Afternoon Air attack on 3rd Tank Regiment, at 35,40 (Madras)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
Hudson IIIa x 10
B-25C Mitchell x 6
B-25C Mitchell x 16

Allied aircraft losses
Hudson IIIa: 1 damaged
Hudson IIIa: 1 destroyed by flak
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x Hudson IIIa bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 19th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 15th Air Defense AA Regiment ...
Also attacking 19th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 15th Air Defense AA Regiment ...
Also attacking 3rd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 15th Air Defense AA Regiment ...
Also attacking 19th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 15th Air Defense AA Regiment ...


quote:

Afternoon Air attack on 8th Tank Regiment, at 35,40 (Madras)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim I x 9
Hurricane IIa Trop x 6
B-25C Mitchell x 6

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim I: 2 damaged
Blenheim I: 1 destroyed by flak
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x Blenheim I bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 11th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 8th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 11th Tank Regiment ...


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Afternoon Air attack on 8th Tank Regiment, at 35,40 (Madras)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 31 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
Hurricane I Trop x 6
139WH-3 x 3

Allied aircraft losses
139WH-3: 1 damaged
139WH-3: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x 139WH-3 bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 3 x 300 kg GP Bomb


quote:

Afternoon Air attack on 9th Tank Regiment, at 35,40 (Madras)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Allied aircraft
Hudson IIIa x 18
Hurricane IIb Trop x 5
Liberator II x 5
139WH-3 x 12
B-25C Mitchell x 6
Beaufort VIII x 9
B-24D Liberator x 8

Allied aircraft losses
Hudson IIIa: 4 damaged
Hudson IIIa: 3 destroyed by flak
Liberator II: 3 damaged
139WH-3: 5 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 4 damaged
Beaufort VIII: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 4 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
21 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 21 (3 destroyed, 18 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x 139WH-3 bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 3 x 300 kg GP Bomb
6 x 139WH-3 bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 3 x 300 kg GP Bomb
6 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x Beaufort VIII bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x Hudson IIIa bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
5 x Liberator II bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x Hudson IIIa bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 3rd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 14th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 12th Air Defense AA Regiment ...
Also attacking 12th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 15th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 14th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 12th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 9th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 3rd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 12th Air Defense AA Regiment ...
Also attacking 15th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 14th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 12th Tank Regiment ...


Resting my planes now. Did take a number of flak losses. Also clearing the ships out, in case Netties decide to come into play.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 5/9/2020 5:31:05 PM   
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I have had some success against tanks using fighters that can carry bombs and trained in LowG skill to at least the 50s level. That can take some of the pressure off the bombers. Going in at low level also avoids most of the CAP until the enemy realizes he needs to put some really low CAP out there.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 5/10/2020 4:51:33 AM   
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Mundy, did you vacate Madras without a fight? If you did, the Japs got the base with its fort levels intact, and that may explain why your bomber raids are relatively ineffective.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 5/10/2020 1:13:08 PM   
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No, I fought until the end for it and he was reducing the fort level. I still had the base when I struck.

I'm looking at mid-August to launch my Marshalls invasion. The rate we're cranking out turns it won't be too long. By then I'll have 3 Essex carriers and 3 Independence CVLs added to the fleet. All equipped with Hellcats. Fighter pilot experience on Hornet and Wasp is around 70 right now.

The downside with a War Plan Orange strategy is that I won't gain a lot of victory points that way.

I've a big convoy loading up with base units and a defense battalion for Espritu Santo. I'll try to creep northwards that ways.

I've also got a wave of small landing craft leaving Townsville for Milne Bay. It's completely unoccupied right now. One day out and they appear to be spotted already. I'm rotating P-38s for LR air cover. I had to spawn a million little boats to get any kind of transport going there. Things can't be good at Port Moresby and I don't think he sent supply there since he's taken it. The occasional APD is rushing in, but that's it. I've a wave of subs covering the path in. He pulled out all his air from there long ago.

I've also a big stack of troops making their way towards Daly Waters. They're probably 4-5 hexes away. They've probably been spotted as he seems to have plentiful recon everywhere. Castor Troy is a master at using recon to scout everything. I had to deal with that everywhere in China, so he probably knew my troop dispositions there better than I did.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 5/15/2020 11:03:07 AM   
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19 March 1943

Paid Madras another visit.

quote:

Night Naval bombardment of Madras at 35,40

Allied Ships
BB Resolution
BB Royal Sovereign
BB Revenge
CA Frobisher
CA Hawkins
CA Exeter
CA Devonshire
CA Dorsetshire
CA Shropshire
CL Capetown
CL Caradoc
CL Mauritius
CL Ceres
CL Hobart
CLAA Van Heemskerck
DD Tjerk Hiddes
DD Nestor

Japanese ground losses:
1215 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 36 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 105 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 47 (2 destroyed, 45 disabled)
Vehicles lost 19 (2 destroyed, 17 disabled)

Light Industry hits 1
Manpower hits 1
Fires 43
Airbase hits 64
Airbase supply hits 7
Runway hits 95
Port hits 7

Walrus II acting as spotter for BB Resolution
BB Resolution firing at 53rd Division
BB Royal Sovereign firing at 46th Division
BB Revenge firing at 61st Division
CA Frobisher firing at Madras
CA Hawkins firing at Madras
Walrus II acting as spotter for CA Exeter
CA Exeter firing at Madras
CA Devonshire firing at Madras
Walrus II acting as spotter for CA Dorsetshire
CA Dorsetshire firing at 4th Division
Seagull V acting as spotter for CA Shropshire
CA Shropshire firing at 46th Division
CL Capetown firing at Madras
CL Caradoc firing at Madras
CL Mauritius firing at 61st Division
CL Ceres firing at Madras
CL Hobart firing at Madras
CLAA Van Heemskerck firing at Madras
DD Tjerk Hiddes firing at Madras
DD Nestor firing at Madras


My ships weren't even spotted on the way in, and he's moved no planes to Madras. With his ever-present recon planes around, He's probably deduced what a major air hub Ceylon is right now and doesn't want to take any losses being in the area. With the way he's going to get hosed in this version of Babes with pilot replacement, he's probably paranoid about losing more.

I'm keeping my battlewagons at Trincomalee so they can make the trip quickly.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 5/16/2020 2:14:32 AM   
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Rapid turnaround of Bombardment TFs is good for a while, but if you get predictable and complacent he will set up a sting!

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 5/16/2020 2:28:31 PM   
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Yeah, BB. I see he's parked a sub right off Trincomalee. I've assigned one of my B-10 units to ASW. Maybe I can bomb him away. All the Helens CT had in China bombing my troops seem to have been spread out between the Home Islands and the Philippines and put on ASW duty, putting extra stress on my subs. I was worried they would all go to India.

Speaking of...

The last scraps of my forces there are getting close to Cochin, and he doesn't seem to be pursuing very hard. I've been building up transports at Colombo, so I may be able to sail in and whisk them away to safety.

Another area I haven't talked about much: the Aleutians.

I've been building up a fairly heavy ground force in the western part of the chain. In fact, Shemya Island is now a level 7 airfield with a bunch of B-24s parked there. I even have a naval recon B-24 present there. I had been bombing Paramushiro-Jima a bit. He now has about 20,000 troops there along with two dozen fighters. I could think of grabbing one of the northern Kuriles just to be a pest. Probably not P-J, as it's pretty heavily reinforced.

He's landing troops again at Cebu, in the Philippines. He did this a few months back and I actually beat him off. I was killing about 150 troops a day with bombardments and he finally withdrew. The good thing is that I'm making enough supply to keep everyone alive.

quote:

Amphibious Assault at Cebu (80,86)

TF 199 troops unloading over beach at Cebu, 80,86

Japanese ground losses:
177 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

12 troops of a IJA HMG Section accidentally lost during unload of 9th Ind.Mixed Bde
17 troops of a IJA Inf Squad lost from landing craft during unload of 1st Ind.Mixed Bde /3
17 troops of a IJA Inf Squad lost overboard during unload of 9th Ind.Mixed Bde /6
17 troops of a IJA Inf Squad lost in surf during unload of 1st Ind.Mixed Bde /5


quote:

Pre-Invasion action off Cebu (80,86)

45 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
PB Heizan Maru
PB Hitora Maru
PB Takunan Maru
PB Minowa Maru
PB Muroran Maru
PB Kaisho Maru
PB Kaimyo Maru
PB Kaika Maru
PB Kensyo Maru
PB Jokuja Maru
AK Kinka Maru

Japanese ground losses:
52 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

PB Heizan Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Hitora Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Takunan Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Minowa Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Muroran Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Kaisho Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Kaimyo Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Kaika Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Kensyo Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Jokuja Maru fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 6,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


quote:

Invasion Support action off Cebu (80,86)

17 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
PB Heizan Maru
PB Hitora Maru
PB Takunan Maru
PB Minowa Maru
PB Muroran Maru
PB Kaisho Maru
PB Kaimyo Maru
PB Kaika Maru
PB Kensyo Maru
PB Jokuja Maru
AK Kinka Maru

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

PB Heizan Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Hitora Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Takunan Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Minowa Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Muroran Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Kaisho Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Kaimyo Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Kaika Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Kensyo Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Jokuja Maru fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


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Invasion Support action off Cebu (80,86)

23 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
PB Heizan Maru
PB Hitora Maru
PB Takunan Maru
PB Minowa Maru
PB Muroran Maru
PB Kaisho Maru
PB Kaimyo Maru
PB Kaika Maru
PB Kensyo Maru
PB Jokuja Maru
AK Kinka Maru

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

PB Heizan Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Hitora Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Takunan Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Minowa Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Muroran Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Kaisho Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Kaimyo Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Kaika Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Kensyo Maru fired at enemy troops
PB Jokuja Maru fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


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Ground combat at Cebu (80,86)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 6393 troops, 30 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 234

Defending force 9624 troops, 28 guns, 3 vehicles, Assault Value = 412

Japanese ground losses:
148 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

Assaulting units:
81st PA Infantry Division
Cebu Constabulary

Defending units:
14th Nav Gd /2
9th Ind.Mixed Bde /1
1st Ind.Mixed Bde /1


Not sure if he brought enough for the job or not. Too bad my division there couldn't have grown this whole time. Maybe it's no manpower resources.

KB briefly showed up near Port Moresby, off to the east a bit. I upped my searches, but the completely vanished. If they were to head to the DEI, I probably would have kicked off my Marshalls invasion, but that's on hold since I can't find them.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 5/23/2020 3:26:25 AM   
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05 April 1943

Didn't notice it was a new month...

Some stuff going on.

My monster stack of troops in Northern Australia has taken Daly Waters and is approaching Katherine. I let them take the base "naturally" without an attack, to deprive him of intel. I've noticed that this seems to be one of the only places on the map where his incessant recon planes aren't roaming.

Cebu finally fell. He brought enough. Iloilo just fell this turn. A year and a half into the game and he's finally wrapped up the Philippines. I'm in no position to criticize as my one and only attempt as the Japanese was a complete failure. CT's been very efficient overall.

All my troops that fled to Cochin have been evacuated and are safe at Ceylon. Hopefully some of those fragments develop into regular units. I've moved some base forces to Jaffna so I can get some planes there also. I've been sending transports from Cape Town and Aden to Colombo so I can use them in a future counterattack.

Likewise, ships from the States and Cape Town are enroute to Australia to help out there also. Any run on Port Moresby will be tough as bombers from Rabaul will interfere.

Bagged a big tanker a couple days ago.

quote:

Sub attack near Tokara Retto at 99,62

Japanese Ships
TK Huzisan Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
E Ukishima
E Shirakami
E Uji
E Saga
TK Toa Maru
TK San Ramon Maru
TK Kaizyo Maru
E Saishu
E Takashima
E Ishizaki
E Hoko

Allied Ships
SS Guardfish

SS Guardfish launches 4 torpedoes at TK Huzisan Maru
E Saishu fails to find sub and abandons search
E Takashima fails to find sub and abandons search
E Ishizaki fails to find sub and abandons search
E Hoko fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Hoko fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Hoko fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Hoko fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Hoko fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Hoko fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Hoko fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub




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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 5/23/2020 1:19:25 PM   
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Did you deploy any US Army units to India or just used the Brits and Indian troops?

Have you noticed that your flak is particularly effective against Japanese air? My opponent has started getting pretty frustrated with the Allied DBB flak in my Catfish game, would have thought CT would need a lot of air support to execute this type of Indian invasion.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 5/23/2020 6:06:47 PM   
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Just British and Indians in India.

In prior games, I've seen that 40mm make a mess of dive bombers.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 5/28/2020 1:54:49 PM   
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My big super stack of troops reached Darwin after their overland trek. Turns out CT is keeping quite a large garrison there. My "recon by fire" turned out disastrously. Time to head back to the outback to get away. I have more troops in the hex SE of Darwin, so they should have an escape route.

Meanwhile, lots of transports have arrived at Brisbane and Townsville from the states. Useful for when I start my next invasion.

5th Air force units in the states and Pearl are enroute to Brisbane. 4 transport squadrons, some B-25s, B-24s, and a full squadron of P-47s are enroute. I added some floatplane VS squadrons and some F4Us from Pearl to the stack. The floats I can convert to SBDs.

Hornet has converted to F6Fs. Once Wasp has gotten her upgrade in 5 days, she'll flip too. Hellcats are coming in heavy via the pools.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 6/13/2020 6:36:05 PM   
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Two games months since my last update. I'm not really slow. We're just cranking out massive amounts of turns. Lately 25 per week.

CV Iwo Jima and CVL Princeton arrive in Panama. I've discovered I can set them to full speed while in transit to the map and not suffer any damage. Both should be on-map in 3 turns.

Once they reach Pearl, I'm going to kick off my Marshalls invasion. Usually when my carriers cover an invasion, I tend to have good luck, as KB gets distracted by the transports. I wiped out KB completely this way in 1942 years ago in my game vs Treespider.

Carriers are all retrofitted with F6Fs and one bomber squadron has Helldivers now. Hopefully, I can grab them quickly like I did with SierraJuliet. Once taken, all my sub support at Midway will relocate to Kwajalein.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 6/27/2020 3:48:57 PM   
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Been avoiding this.

My whole invasion turned into a massive goat-rope. Similar to my other game, he's got a massive amount of fighters on Roi-Namur which bled my carriers. KB then arrived from the NW, which I definitely did not expect and pretty much wiped everyone out. He had like 200 fighters over his ships when my planes struck.

I did offer my resignation, but Chris talked me into hanging on. He did rate me as one of his top 3 opponents he's faced, probably because I crank out turns reliably. That did feel good, from an old forumite like him.

I do wish I had played my game more carefully like I did with my other game. I had too many pet "projects" I tried here, and Castor Troy is not someone you try weird experiments with. I probably rate him and Cannonfodder (Kenchi Sulla) pretty close in skill.

Not sure what to do about the Marshalls. I do need them as a starting point go trek across the Pacific. Maybe I could make a go at the Gilberts and use land based air to support this. I've got recon watching Tarawa currently and there's plenty of troops present right now.

In Ceylon, I'm continuing to accumulate troops and other forces. I'm also building up a force of transports there. When the time is right, I can probably make a major landing back on India proper. I don't think he has any forces west of Hyderabad. Nothing along the west coast, at least. He never did take Vizagapatnam or Cocanada on the south. He's probably mostly built up at Calcutta. I've got subs plastering the area, so incoming supply may be an issue for him. My subs have been doing damage lately.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 6/27/2020 4:03:38 PM   
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30 June 1943

Been avoiding this.

My whole invasion turned into a massive goat-rope. Similar to my other game, he's got a massive amount of fighters on Roi-Namur which bled my carriers. KB then arrived from the NW, which I definitely did not expect and pretty much wiped everyone out. He had like 200 fighters over his ships when my planes struck.

I did offer my resignation, but Chris talked me into hanging on. He did rate me as one of his top 3 opponents he's faced, probably because I crank out turns reliably. That did feel good, from an old forumite like him.

I do wish I had played my game more carefully like I did with my other game. I had too many pet "projects" I tried here, and Castor Troy is not someone you try weird experiments with. I probably rate him and Cannonfodder (Kenchi Sulla) pretty close in skill.

Not sure what to do about the Marshalls. I do need them as a starting point go trek across the Pacific. Maybe I could make a go at the Gilberts and use land based air to support this. I've got recon watching Tarawa currently and there's plenty of troops present right now.

In Ceylon, I'm continuing to accumulate troops and other forces. I'm also building up a force of transports there. When the time is right, I can probably make a major landing back on India proper. I don't think he has any forces west of Hyderabad. Nothing along the west coast, at least. He never did take Vizagapatnam or Cocanada on the south. He's probably mostly built up at Calcutta. I've got subs plastering the area, so incoming supply may be an issue for him. My subs have been doing damage lately.

If you do not have carrier superiority, you pretty much have to rely on LBA to cover your advance. That means CentPac is out - forget the Marshalls and Gilberts - you don't need them.
Your avenues of advance are India-Burma-SEA, the DEI/Philippines, and the Aleutians/Kuriles Hokkaido. Push a bit in all three and recon for weaknesses, then go after the weak spots while putting a little pressure on the sideshows.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 6/27/2020 4:12:15 PM   
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Post a world map with just bases and lcus highlighted.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 6/27/2020 10:39:59 PM   
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Here we go.

Up north, I have three regiments at Shemya. It's also a level 7 airfield. Another regiment is at Amchitka and another at Anchorage. Recon is showing roughly 40,000 troops at Paramushiro-Jima. 28,000 are at Shimushiri-Jima. Both have about 33 fighters present.

CVLs Belleau Wood and Independence are at Pearl, having fortunately missed the disaster. CV Philippine Sea is enroute from Panama.

I've been thinking hard about this and am favoring going through India and Burma right now. He has lots of troops at Darwin, from the overland disaster I attempted earlier. He also has about 30,000 at Port Moresby. With either one, KB could sweep in and wreck the whole adventure. That would be tougher in India. In India, I could land anywhere on the west coast with probably zero resistance. I'm not comfortable running an overland fight, as that's probably my blind spot in this game.

Or I could wait until mid 45 and go with the original plan, which would make for a slow game.

I'd have to ship lots of stuff through Panama to Cape Town to Colombo for this.




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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 6/27/2020 11:16:21 PM   
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Rather than going through Panama, I think it is faster to send LCUs and Air Units to ECUSA by rail and ship from there. Of course you have to get some ships there too, but if those units are still training/prepping, they can do so at ECUSA as well as Cape Town. By the time the ships arrive nothing will have been lost in preparations.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 6/27/2020 11:35:48 PM   
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After the losses in the Marshalls I said you would have the Swiss using their good offices to feel out terms. I am glad to see I was right and even happier you decide to continue this game. I would consider something completely different, like using Capt Town to base a massive invasion for DEI on Sumatra with Palmebang being the ultimate goal. Before you take it after landing on the western coast and securing airfields to bomb his oil there before you push overland and take it. You can accomplish this by conducting minor operations in the Ellice Islands and building bases with long range recon like you want to land in the Gilberts and Marshalls and maybe a feint or two in the Aleutians as well. Divert his attention away from the very place you plan to land. If you are successful with your deception operations it will take him 2-3 weeks to shift his carriers and surface forces to DEI, air craft will take shorter of course, but by then you can have 2-3 airbases and offload oodles of aircraft. So let him see you moving around in Cent Pac and then lad on the other side of the map in Sumatra. Palmenbang is the best oil/fuel producer and if you can cripple it and then take it and threaten Singapore for a possible invasion or Java he will be stuck here for a long time and hopefully short on fuel. It is worth a shot and I see you still have Christmas Island in DEI and that can be slowly built up to be your emergency base, forward operating base.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 6/28/2020 2:20:14 AM   
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Taking Sumatra would be a bold move. Not sure how good supply production is there. I wonder how thoroughly he's patrolling the area with planes.

I would want to land reasonably close to Palambang. He's been shown to be very good at getting troop reinforcements moved quickly as my Darwin strike showed. Maybe Batavia would be a good spot, too. An air hub there would shut down tanker shipping within a good radius. I suppose I could land at Batavia and Oosthaven simultaneously. I need to bring *lots* of troops for this.

I would want to have my ships in and out quick enough before KB arrives. Get enough carriers to guard against land based air and then get away before the big boys arrive.

I could always make a move on Port Moresby as I do this. I do have lots of paras and lots of transports at Cooktown. I probably don't want to base an invasion out of Ceylon, as he's got recon combing the island daily.

I'll scope out the map over the next few turns. You guys got me thinking evil thoughts. I just don't want to get burned again.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 6/28/2020 7:23:00 AM   
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I see a roadmap forward for you. don't despair.

I don't feel comfortable saying much more since I have read your opponents AAR.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 6/28/2020 2:11:20 PM   
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I've got three squadrons of PB4Y-1Ps right now. Two at Shemya and one at Savaii. The one at the latter, I'm working back to the states and I'll send them to Cape Town. Unfortunately, I can't make the flight from Perth to Colombo. With them, I can get some eyes on Calcutta to determine troop strength. Potential target No 1. I can even recon Rangoon and halfway down the Malay peninsula with them. Potential Target No 2.

I'm pulling the Americal and 4th Marine Division out of Townsville. This will probably kill any offensive ground ability in Australia, unless more Aussies arrive. Actually looking at the schedule, Australia is totally dry as far as real troops, unless he decides to invade. Mexican standoff in Australia. He has troops at Port Moresby, but no planes present. I bomb them now and then and get supply hits, so I'm guessing supplies are getting thin there right now. I have subs swarming the way into there.

Lots more troops due to enter in the US within the next two months. My chore is to ensure enough transport to get everyone over. I'll have plenty of forces for any adventure. Just need to ship all of them, lots of supply and follow-up base forces and aircraft. He can't have massive ground forces everywhere. Need to find a weak spot.

Stuff will probably happen fairly quickly. Chris and I have been averaging about 25 turns a week, which is screaming.

Question about amphibs: I thought I read ages ago that having troops on an amphib TF for an extended time will lead to troop fatigue. Any truth to that and how long would I have. I'm concerned about an amphib run from Cape Town.




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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 6/28/2020 2:38:24 PM   
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I've got three squadrons of PB4Y-1Ps right now. Two at Shemya and one at Savaii. The one at the latter, I'm working back to the states and I'll send them to Cape Town. Unfortunately, I can't make the flight from Perth to Colombo. With them, I can get some eyes on Calcutta to determine troop strength. Potential target No 1. I can even recon Rangoon and halfway down the Malay peninsula with them. Potential Target No 2.

I'm pulling the Americal and 4th Marine Division out of Townsville. This will probably kill any offensive ground ability in Australia, unless more Aussies arrive. Actually looking at the schedule, Australia is totally dry as far as real troops, unless he decides to invade. Mexican standoff in Australia. He has troops at Port Moresby, but no planes present. I bomb them now and then and get supply hits, so I'm guessing supplies are getting thin there right now. I have subs swarming the way into there.

Lots more troops due to enter in the US within the next two months. My chore is to ensure enough transport to get everyone over. I'll have plenty of forces for any adventure. Just need to ship all of them, lots of supply and follow-up base forces and aircraft. He can't have massive ground forces everywhere. Need to find a weak spot.

Stuff will probably happen fairly quickly. Chris and I have been averaging about 25 turns a week, which is screaming.

Question about amphibs: I thought I read ages ago that having troops on an amphib TF for an extended time will lead to troop fatigue. Any truth to that and how long would I have. I'm concerned about an amphib run from Cape Town.


If he is in northern Oz with no industry, it is a net loss for him to have to feed all those troops for no strategic benefit. It's a self administered POW camp. At some point you may be in position to kill his supply sources and extraction possibilities, making them a starving POW camp. Northern Oz does not offer anything essential to the Allied effort either - other bases in NG or the DEI can be captured to provide airfields, so N Oz can be bypassed. But you have to press him all over the map to create/locate soft spots in his defences.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 6/28/2020 5:37:22 PM   
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...Question about amphibs: I thought I read ages ago that having troops on an amphib TF for an extended time will lead to troop fatigue. Any truth to that and how long would I have. I'm concerned about an amphib run from Cape Town.





Fatigue is the least of your concerns. For on board troops, the daily fatigue increase is 1 capped at 50.

The far greater concern regarding combat effectiveness after a long stay at sea is the disruption rate which is not capped. It can, and has for some players, reached level 99. At that disruption level, the invasion is toast.

The daily disruption level increase gained on the trip is not fixed. Pages 118-121 of the manual list the maximum increase for the different ship types. The potential daily disruption increase reflects wether troops are cross loaded, the type of ship, ship carrying capacity utilisation, operations mode of embarked troops, TF mission type. The actual amount gained daily is ultimately determined by die rolls.

Then upon disembarkation there is the usual and separate invasion disruption factors which are dependent on LCU preparation, type of ship, HQ and leader presence.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 6/28/2020 6:17:23 PM   
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Thanks, Alfred. Looks like 1-2 max per day for most transports. Best not to use APD for this.

I'll have to decide whether to stage from Ceylon or not. Not sure if he's got naval search happening around there. He is very serious with the use of recon planes

I need to get my PB4Y-1P to Trincomalee as quickly as possible. I can weed out a lot of landing sites at that point. I could probably send them to Perth and ship them over to Ceylon. Probably the fastest route.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 6/29/2020 8:47:04 PM   
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That's why Capetown is so attractive you can send some there via shipping or directly by choice with out shipping and they can offload there and prep for whatever targets you decide to land on in DEI. All you would need is about 20-30 CVEs and a smattering of CVs to protect your amphibious TFs and resupply TFs as they come ashore at a lightly defended base that you decide to invade. Just keep up a very active plausiable ruse on the other side of the map with feints and recon/long range bombings to keep him fixated on that side of the map while you invade the other side. It would take him 2-4 days to bring in air power from other areas outside of where you plan to land and your 20-30 CVEs and a smattering of CVs could fend those off and the CVs prove to be a threat to his surface forces he might have in this backwater area. That should give you 2-3 weeks before his IJN big boys show up with the KB elements. If you pull him on this side of the map then land in the area he just left relatively undefended. Sew saw him ;like the Allies did at Normandy attacking on opposite ends of the front until they finally broke out.

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 6/30/2020 7:20:07 PM   
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Still trying to figure out a plan. It's going to be awhile before I gather everybody/thing up.

CT just took Cocos Island, some ways west of Java, this turn. I have to be wary of search planes that far south.

I've noticed that while he's reconning Ceylon pretty heavy, TFs at sea next to Colombo are unsighted, so there's likely no naval search going on in the area. The whole west coast of India is probably vacant. Calcutta may be a first good step. I'm leaning that way now. If it were to work, I could deal with Rangoon next and wide open after that point. Either way, I could probably stage an invasion our of Colombo. I've had lots of big convoys coming in and out of there for awhile, so a few more probably wouldn't raise many suspicions. Even if I secured Calcutta, securing India would probably take time. I suppose, concurrently with Calcutta, I could land forces already on Ceylon at the less guarded points around India. I do have 3 RN battleships present.

Treading lightly for now.

Don't have 30 CVEs yet, Bif. That may take awhile

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RE: There is only War... Mundy vs Castor Troy DBB Scen 28 - 7/1/2020 4:57:24 PM   
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Not yet but you have 24 CVEs by now, not counting how many you have lost but you do get 100+ CVEs. So if you have 12 CVEs you are only 8 away and no doubt will have them by the time you have the LCUs prepped and other shipping available and in place for a proposed landing. The Arsenal of Democracy will pump them out at a higher and higher rate.

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