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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/13/2019 11:12:59 PM   
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This is a little more serious but I am not worried I have a lot of force in theatre




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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/13/2019 11:14:26 PM   
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Now this is a tad more challenging but I have 2,000 AV and a lot of supplies at Colombo




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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/13/2019 11:16:30 PM   
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And this has me worried

Bur Corps has only got 17th Indian Div and 7th Armoured Bde on the Imphal Front as I have been diverting Bren and Vickers Sections and 25 Pounders, Valentines, 3" Mortars, 4.5" Guns etc etc to the other fronts looks like I may need to bring up more force

Happier on the Chittagong Front as 7th Aus Div is there




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RE: Preparing for the Battle of Dunedin - 10/14/2019 12:48:42 AM   
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Errr actually not any despite giving myself the variant points I forgot to apply them the scenario doh so I am stuck with 50



Sadly, been there, done that too many times.



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RE: Preparing for the Battle of Dunedin - 10/14/2019 12:51:50 AM   
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VH turns every 5 or 7 days?

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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/14/2019 4:58:17 AM   
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This is a little more serious but I am not worried I have a lot of force in theatre





What unit is that near Gidya, in the middle of nowhere between Cloncurry and Normanton, and what is the story behind how they ended up there?!




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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/14/2019 6:32:41 AM   
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Just fired this up and on Dec 9 there's an invasion of Tahiti? How am I supposed to run convoys to NZ? Or is this in lieu of an NZ invasion? Anyway, don't tell me. This is truly one insane scenario.

To compensate, I turned unit withdrawals off (I have always hated having to hunt down ships for that), added a couple of '44 Clevelands and Essexes and about 7 Fletchers, 10 Liberty ships, 10 oil tankers in early '43. I also spruced up aircraft production of a few lines (e.g. closed most of the P-47 gap, added some early F4Fs, SBDs, A-24s and P-40s, added a few early recon and jacked PBY production by about 60%). I also added about 10% to most infantry squad production and a bit of tank production. I still think this one will be tough.

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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/14/2019 7:55:28 AM   
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Supplies in India good, Andy?

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RE: Preparing for the Battle of Dunedin - 10/14/2019 2:10:48 PM   
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VH turns every 5 or 7 days?


4!day turns every 3 months on very hard hard and need to wait 60’days before taking initial landing bases of the AI moves off them



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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/14/2019 2:13:18 PM   
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I hate withdrawals especially ship ones but unfortuantely no withdrawals is actually quite painful for the allied player on land and in the air
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Just fired this up and on Dec 9 there's an invasion of Tahiti? How am I supposed to run convoys to NZ? Or is this in lieu of an NZ invasion? Anyway, don't tell me. This is truly one insane scenario.

To compensate, I turned unit withdrawals off (I have always hated having to hunt down ships for that), added a couple of '44 Clevelands and Essexes and about 7 Fletchers, 10 Liberty ships, 10 oil tankers in early '43. I also spruced up aircraft production of a few lines (e.g. closed most of the P-47 gap, added some early F4Fs, SBDs, A-24s and P-40s, added a few early recon and jacked PBY production by about 60%). I also added about 10% to most infantry squad production and a bit of tank production. I still think this one will be tough.

Cheers,
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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/14/2019 2:15:53 PM   
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Plenty I have been running massive C/S convoys from the UK box to Capetown since game start and then sending to Bombay and Perth also been sending convoys from Abadan on a regular basis

Have to say though this play through is giving me some seriously god awful thoughts for the. NExt update
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Supplies in India good, Andy?


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RE: Preparing for the Battle of Dunedin - 10/14/2019 2:55:12 PM   
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If I feel I am taking advantage of a bad mechanic I either stop myself or step in and fix it
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VH turns every 5 or 7 days?


4!day turns every 3 months on very hard hard and need to wait 60’days before taking initial landing bases of the AI moves off them




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RE: Preparing for the Battle of Dunedin - 10/14/2019 2:57:53 PM   
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So for example I am about to run 6 turns in head to head mode where i will step in and run both sides for a few days

Mostly to set convoys moving with follow on forces, move air groups out of Tokyo, bring up base forces etc etc just need to watch the Manchuria. Activation as you cannot do this of below the Manchuria. Garrison requirement

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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/14/2019 2:58:21 PM   
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more troubles at India? Well, the only people missing in the party is the Afrika Korps

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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/14/2019 2:59:20 PM   
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Funny you should mention that ..........(just kidding)

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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/14/2019 3:02:11 PM   
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More about supporting some of the early lunges a bit better.

Also the raiders have driven me nuts so must be creative with there

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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/14/2019 6:37:17 PM   
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yeah, the raiders are really tough ….

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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/14/2019 8:14:12 PM   
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This looks like if I played PBEM as Japanese that I just might be able to win it . . .

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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/14/2019 8:27:04 PM   
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lol reality is the AI is still a bit thick I have just completed a 10 turn 'sort out the japanese' review where I take control of both sides and sort out the Japanese AI a little better

Most of it is done in 1 turn but I then run it forward 10 turns to make sutre my changes stick just need to train yourself to forget what you see after you do it but doing it or asking a mate to do it once every 6 - 8 months in the early game makes it much more fun

Its less on an issue post Japan going on defence more just the 1st 12 - 18 months

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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/14/2019 8:28:03 PM   
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Anyway now that the chore is done back to the war !!!

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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/14/2019 8:45:03 PM   
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I hope you extended the end date of this scenario so you have sufficient time to reconquer the entire world.

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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/14/2019 9:46:56 PM   
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I should have done with hindsight...

Anyway I have 4 major fleet concentrations at present time to start putting them to use !!!

Bombay, 3 x CV, 1 x CVL, 6 x BB (1 Fast), 2 x BC, 13 Cruisers and 27 Destroyers - but that's pretty much all I get until mid 43 in the Western Fleet (reinformcents are 2 Cruisers and 2 Destroyers in next 6 months !!!)

Australian Fleet - Perth 1 x CVL, 6 x Cruisers and 20 Destroyers - albeit these are pretty old Cruisers

NZ Fleet - Dunedin 1 x BB, 3 x Cruisers, 22 Destroyers ( 2 Cruisers and 4 Destroyers under repair at Sydney)

US Pacific Fleet - PH - 5 Fleet Carriers, 1 x CVE, 4 x BB, 21 Cruisers, 65 Destroyers - Reinfoments 7 CVE's, 5 BB's and lots of Destroyers and Cruisers back from the yards and reinforcements

Not to mention forces on convoy duty...




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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/14/2019 9:48:24 PM   
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After I fight the next convoy into Ceylon I think I will bring the fast elements of the Easter Fleet down to SOPAC to reinforce the NZ and Australian Sqns

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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/15/2019 7:32:50 AM   
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If they survive the next convoy.... AI tend to launch massive attacks agains Ceylan Convoys...

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RE: YAMATO sighted and engaged most closely - 10/15/2019 11:32:11 AM   
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You are a prophet of doom !!!

Yesterday the Battle of Colombo was fought

Eastern Fleet was split into 3 TFs
TG1.1 3 CVs 1CVL 1 BB 6 Cruisers and 14modern destroyers
TG1.2 7 DDs
TG1.3 7DDs

And a massive supply convoy with 250k of supply

Day 1 Carriers escorted the convoy to 6 hexes of Colombo fighting off weak air attacks and that night the 2DD tHs went into to clear the harbour

Day 2 speed run from the cover of the carriers to the Colombo air umbrella where I had broaight in 200 fighters


What could possible go wrong ......

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Battle of Colombo - 10/15/2019 11:42:30 AM   
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At night the DDs cleared the port no problem minimal opposition

As Dawn broke the convoy was in open water 40 miles from Colombo

Japanese land based air scrambled and hit the convoy sinking 2 ships and damaging 3 others as leaking fighters from Colombo fought them
Off not good but not terrible

However my carriers operating 200 miles west of Colombo were jumped by what looks like 6 Japanese Carriers in 3 tf’s

During a long day the Royal Navy TF fought off the waves of Dive bombers the only good news being very few Kate’s

Wave after wave hit me but the Tribal class Destroyers my 2 CLAAs, Prince of Wales and my escorting Cruisers did a fantastic job


Hermes got hit by a couple of bombs but the main target was HMS Illustrious she took 2 Torpedos and 9 Bomb hits but she survived to the next day

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RE: Battle of Colombo - 10/15/2019 11:49:37 AM   
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Day 2 Dawns the Japanese hit Colombo hard but most of the supply is unloaded and the cap and Aa shredded the attacks

Illustrious lumping with70 sys damage and 30 float was alone and limping to addu Attal got hit by a 40 VAL strike

She took another 7 bomb hits to the flight deck BUT she didn’t sink she is one tough ship

Next day she had 80 aye but was still floating and fighting and she made it to Addu Atoll she is one tough ship

Hermes and POW will be in dry dock for a few months I lost 4’DDs but all my carriers survived

Illustrious will be in dry dock for a year


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RE: Battle of Colombo - 10/15/2019 11:52:19 AM   
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Thanks god for the armoured flight deck 2 Torpedos and 16 250kg bomb hits and she survived !!!!

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RE: Battle of Colombo - 10/15/2019 12:22:17 PM   
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Ultimately the mission was a success 230000 supplies out of 250000 landed for a cost of 6 merchant ships 4 destroyers and damage to 2 carriers and a BB

I also lost about 70 aircraft

I sank about 10 Japanese merchant ships when the destroyers cleaned Colombo harbour and have shot down c 200 Fighters and Bombers with maybe another 100 operational or flak losses

But having 50% of my RN carriers out of action pretty much means the RN is relegated to raiding and interdiction

Fortunately the USN is getting ready to come to the party from Pearl just need some more infantry to land in places !!!

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RE: Battle of Colombo - 10/15/2019 3:17:33 PM   
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Welcome to my life

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