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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 6/23/2020 5:24:10 PM   
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I have already evacuated part of Lark force from Rabaul, which is now in Noumea, but i couldn't salvage the Motorized units since the transport back then was too small.
I do have one unit in PM, i will try to move it to the mountain as proposed, but i'm afraid it would weaken the port too much. I didn't really intend on reinforcing it, given it's almost guarantied to fall.

I'm also evacuating units in other areas , mostly near Java where i'm buying and flying to the main island any unit in range of transport planes. I'll try using subs as well, it may be usefull to save a few of those.

The SCTF that were pounded were guarding Rabaul, but it was foolish from me to think my opponent wouldn't sweep the area first with his CVs.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 6/23/2020 5:36:24 PM   
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Yeah, using SCTFs in a small patrol area close to a base is hazardous this early in the game. They need to be like the carriers - keep them undetected like ghosts and strike suddenly when your naval search finds a weakly guarded TF. Then become ghosts again. Stay more than 20 hexes from any bases with Nells or Bettys.

The scattered small units in the PM-Rabaul area at game start can be gathered by Catalina and reformed into the PM Brigade - a much stronger unit than the scattered bits. Lark force is part of a different unit, most of which is in Malaya IIRC. Don't sweat having to leave behind heavy equipment like trucks and artillery when you are saving a cadre of a unit. Those can be replaced when you get enough supply and devices in the pools. Infantry replacements tend to be harder to find.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 6/23/2020 8:19:18 PM   
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The Lark force is part of the division with two Aussie brigades in Malaya, with two named Battalions in the Eastern DEI or Darwin. Those three Battalions will form a brigade if I remember correctly.

Depending upon what the enemy has for his invasion task forces, you might be better off using just DDs and they are much harder to hit than the CAs. Use low aggression so if they run into an enemy surface task force, they will una$$ the area quickly.

Move aircraft carriers to the Australian side of New Guinea and use the island as a shield against Japanese surface units. Your SBDs should be able to do some good work thinning the invasion task forces.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 6/23/2020 8:52:16 PM   
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The Lark force is part of the division with two Aussie brigades in Malaya, with two named Battalions in the Eastern DEI or Darwin. Those three Battalions will form a brigade if I remember correctly.


I don't have enough ships anymore in the area to evacuate the AUS divisions in Singapore, i commited them to defend the city.
There were also 2 battalions in Darwin as well, yes. I also shiped them down to Noumea.

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Depending upon what the enemy has for his invasion task forces, you might be better off using just DDs and they are much harder to hit than the CAs. Use low aggression so if they run into an enemy surface task force, they will una$$ the area quickly.


Good to know

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Move aircraft carriers to the Australian side of New Guinea and use the island as a shield against Japanese surface units. Your SBDs should be able to do some good work thinning the invasion task forces.


With the Full KB in the area, i don't think it's a good idea for now :)

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 6/24/2020 7:44:28 AM   
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December 24th

Uneventfull Christmas.

I was rather happy when one of my STF caught the invasion force in Manado, but it seems that a combinaison of Full speed, no radar and bad night prevented them from attacking. The unloading force left the area, while we were moving down south back out of the range of bombers. A bit desapointing.

In Borneo, sent some B17 to do some damage to the Air base in Singkawang for some success.

Johore Bahru has fallen, meaning Singapore is the next step. It will be a tought fight, given i will only have level 3 forts there.


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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 6/26/2020 11:44:00 PM   
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New day, nothing much to report.

All my CVs are back to PH for a few days of repairs. I was intending on waiting for the Hornet to join them, but she won't be in PH before at least 2 weeks, given the remaining time for her to be available plus the travel time.
I also made the mistake of transfering all my planes to the base, thinking they'd take only 1 day , but many are out for 3 or 4 days. Not a big deal given it's the delay before my CVs are repaired, but still frustrating. Once ready, i will sortie 2 of them to patrol the SoPAC area, probably with more fighter squadrons and less TBs.

I also wanted to upgrade the old F2Fs but i don't have enough planes in the pool, so i just reinforced the squadron saved from Wake.

A DD is also sunk near PH by a sub.

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In China the main thrust so far is toward Siam. I got my troops on the way, but given the morale and experience, i don't think they will hold for long despite the terrain advantage.

I've also shifted all my bombers from the capital to supply Ankang, hopefully managing to build some levels of Forts before the Japanese arrival.

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Singapore keeps getting swept and the airbase bombarded. I don't really mind, since it allows me to eat up a bit of his planes with the AA each time, and it doesn't affect my troops much. Plus the airport is completly empty so not a problem for me.

My 8 B17 from Java keep bombarding the different airfields north of Borneo, the ex RAF ones, to slow down reconstruction. Thought i suspect he'll move fighters in the area pretty soon so i will probably bomb for an other day and call it a day. They'll sortie again either if i'm sure no fighters are around, or when the invasion progresses closer from Java.

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In the Solomons, the KBs has desappeared. Given the previous course, i'd suspect it sailed back toward Truck or the Marshall, probably alerted by my subs showing up right in those bases over the last few days. I didn't really want to sink stuffs, it was mostly some recon work, but if i can sink a few ships along the way, i don't mind.
Basicaly for now i got multiple subs patrolling back and forth between bases, trying to spie on the ships around and detect any potential invasion force.

Near Pago Pago, 2 subs are lurking around, detected by my patroling PBYs. I however have them only on 30 ASW, so i'm not sure they'll be really usefull; they're mostly here on Naval search to detect any attempt of sneaking in. But that also means any shipping in the area is in danger, like my two cargos coming from NZ.


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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 6/27/2020 12:10:06 AM   
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If he has Miri or any base with oil, bomb the oil. It will only cost him 1000 supply points to rebuild not to mention the oil not produced.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 6/28/2020 7:31:03 PM   
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I'll give it a go next turn :) That's quite a hefty price indeed.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 6/28/2020 8:03:44 PM   
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It's best to bomb it right after it falls. Two reasons: 1. Good detection levels, important since you don't have any recon, and 2. Unlikely that Japan will have CAP over it right away.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 6/28/2020 10:46:18 PM   
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Well, our Christmas heroes will never see the lights of Australia again. The Perth and the Voyager have been obliterated by the KB, which managed to catch up with them, near Celeb. I keep getting very surprised by the speed of those ships, either i have a hard time tracking which ship is where, or he must be burning fuel like crazy just to catch me, given the distance from Rabaul.

Nothing else to report, appart from an attempt in gaining time to transfer troops to India by loading them in LA instead of Eastern US. Given the time my APs take to join the East coast (really the off time map is really weird, some fast ships taking double the time of ships 5 or 6 knots slower...), it will i think be identical to load them in LA, transfer them to CT via Panama, and then on to India. Mostly ENG divisions at this point (about 3 or 4), in addition to an INF regiment (the 41st).

My little bombing run on Miri destroyed 5 Oil. Better than nothing. I may pull a bit on the rope here but i'll do an other bombing run.

Also with the KB starting to do some poking near Java, i decide to retreat Force Z for good; it's too risky to keep it here, where a well placed bomb in the port can ruin it for nothing.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 6/28/2020 10:49:18 PM   
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Send them to the East Coast, then send them to Cape Town. No ships are needed.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 6/29/2020 6:31:54 AM   
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OMG i didn't know that, i feel so stupid XD And it even works for planes. That thing is a life saver!

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 6/29/2020 4:47:04 PM   
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quote:

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OMG i didn't know that, i feel so stupid XD And it even works for planes. That thing is a life saver!

There is a set transit time of about a month for the transfer without ships between ECUSA and CT. It can be done more quickly with fast ships (even without using full speed), but as you say it requires time get the ships in position.

I handle this by sending some large, fast transports to ECUSA on Turn 2. When there is nothing about to transfer to CT, I load the transports with supplies and set them on CS convoy to CT. It helps greatly to have pre-positioned supplies at CT when the shipless transfers arrive there. They can then go on-map with a load of supplies to sustain them. And it makes use of the huge transports like the two Queens and West Point that are too big for most ports in SOPAC.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 6/29/2020 11:12:51 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

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OMG i didn't know that, i feel so stupid XD And it even works for planes. That thing is a life saver!

There is a set transit time of about a month for the transfer without ships between ECUSA and CT. It can be done more quickly with fast ships (even without using full speed), but as you say it requires time get the ships in position.

I handle this by sending some large, fast transports to ECUSA on Turn 2. When there is nothing about to transfer to CT, I load the transports with supplies and set them on CS convoy to CT. It helps greatly to have pre-positioned supplies at CT when the shipless transfers arrive there. They can then go on-map with a load of supplies to sustain them. And it makes use of the huge transports like the two Queens and West Point that are too big for most ports in SOPAC.


That will also protect the APs and AKs until their upgrades to the attack versions.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 7/1/2020 7:37:47 AM   
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quote:

December 28th

Massive defeat today near Nanyang in China; it clearly seems that my opponent has made Siam his primary target for now, and i don't see how i could stop him.

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Ground combat at 85,44 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 83479 troops, 751 guns, 114 vehicles, Assault Value = 2355

Defending force 24273 troops, 117 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 385

Japanese adjusted assault: 1697

Allied adjusted defense: 295

Japanese assault odds: 5 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
2475 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 207 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 12 destroyed, 27 disabled
Guns lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
11261 casualties reported
Squads: 438 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 435 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 9 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 39 (22 destroyed, 17 disabled)
Units retreated 6

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!




I'm gathering bombers in Chungking to start bombing his troops along the way to Siam. He has fighter protection in the area, but i don't think he will set them to patrol so far out or Nanyang. With so much concentrated troops, i may be able to score some hits, despite the terrain, in addition to training my pilots.
I've also noticed quite a lot of recon over my Chinese bases.


CV repairs are also done in PH, but i'm going to hold until one of the squadron of F2A has upgraded. I have downgraded one of the F4F squadrons in the EC, but it will take time for the planes to get back in the pool. Once done, they'll be given to the F2F in PH, before being embarked on Big E.

Palembang is getting nice and full, even if the units there are of meager quality. They'll be able to hold a few turns i think, maybe tie up a few units.

Nothing else to report, appart from the fact it's the first day with no ship sunk. Horray, i guess.



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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 7/1/2020 1:23:00 PM   
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Make sure all the other naval fighter squadrons do NOT have F4Fs as their next upgrade or have upgrades NOT allowed.

I am not certain, but sometimes it appears that air units that are ON the carrier get upgrades before the ones on land, regardless of airfield size. Can anyone else comment on this?

Beware of accumulating aircraft in one place if you do not have the ability to put up a strong CAP and AA defence. Japanese bombers typically have a long range and if he spots your bombers at Chungking, he may decide to do an airfield strike. The Chinese get so few bombers that it really hurts to lose them on the ground.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 7/1/2020 2:06:50 PM   
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All my CV aircrafts are on PH for now, none are on the CVs since they were under repair, and i wanted to wait for the Yorktown to show up.

For the bombers in China, i got 2 squadrons of the Flying tigers on the base, and brought some AA from the capital. Hopefully this can help.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 7/1/2020 2:12:49 PM   
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Allied fighters in China are probably best used to ambush the enemy when they fly unescorted bombers. Then fly out so they are not stuck at a base. It is best to have them on a rail line if possible so the damaged ones can rail away, but this is not always possible.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 7/2/2020 8:01:45 AM   
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December 29th

The main event of the day is the full scale invasion of the Solomons, with troops invading Rabaul, Milne Bay, Lae and Shortlands.



I am still trying to pull out my planes from Buin but despite supplies and enough aviation support, the plain simply won't repair. I will keep troops here one more day, and pull them back. Those planes are lost to me so far.

The F4Fs squadron i downgraded in EC has received its new planes, but the F4Fs have not yet rejoined the pool, delaying the upgrade of the F2Fs in PH.

Nothing else of interest to report.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 7/2/2020 10:31:40 AM   
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Do you have supplies in Buin?

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 7/2/2020 11:00:44 AM   
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Very very little but i do have some, flown from PM.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 7/2/2020 12:40:48 PM   
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If they can't get the parts then how can they repair?

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 7/3/2020 9:03:21 PM   
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December 30th

The main event for this day is China. We've gained a bit of intel on enemy troop movements and get a better picture of what's happening.



In the East, a big troop movement has been detected bypassing Chengchow and Loyang. The lack of attack in the area and troop positioning could mean he wants to cut those off , and stop the northern oil supply as quick as possible by not bothering to take the two cities. I'd say clever move, because it also ties up a large pool of units on my part in the area. I'm contemplating abandoning those cities all together to retreat in the mountains right now.

Given the number of units zooming for Siam, this is a matter of time before East China is cut off, a week or two i'd say. As a desperate measure, i'm trying to cut out Nanyang from the troops, but my units won't be here before a while (4 days minimum).Those ground units are lost anyway so i should try to use them as i can. I've ordered some Recon runs on Nanyang in the meantime with some bombers, hopefully having a vision on potential units in the area. Hopefully this can slow him down. I really wanted to start a heavy bombing campaign on those units, but most of Chinese bombers are one hex short and can't reach them.

At least the positive point is that most of his units are tied in this area, allowing the rest of China some breathing room and more time to prepare. Bombers have however been softening up units around Changsha, and i am sensing a near Para drop in the area. I am not too worried, given most of my bases here are guarded by quite hefty units.

Further south, i have 700+ AV about to attack Ichang on the 31st. The rest of the group are heading back accross the river to a more safer zone. Only one unit is in Ichang, but I've now learnt that one unit can be deceptive; enters the Sinyang massacre, or how to be too eager with too few information.
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Ground combat at 87,48 (near Sinyang)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 15683 troops, 81 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 437

Defending force 11946 troops, 102 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 336

Allied adjusted assault: 315

Japanese adjusted defense: 351

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(+), fatigue(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
573 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 45 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1650 casualties reported
Squads: 60 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled

Assaulting units:
12th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
3rd Group Army

Defending units:
116th Division


That one definetly hurt. Now i know a single Japanese unit can be quite a big piece. I suspect the same kind of thing awaits me in Ichang.

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Near PH, a catastrophe has been avoided as the CVTF of Enterprise and Saratoga dodge 4 torps from a sub, while sailing south to Christmas island. Now he knows i have at least one CV out in the area, thought i don't think he knows in which direction they were heading. I intended to station it in SOPAC, given the high number of APD and transports spoted in the Marshalls by my subs, sensing an invasion is coming. I will set one of the TB squadrons to full ASW by night, and the other by day, with full 360 search area.

Those enemy subs are a pain in the butt, they are swarming all my main bases and i barely have any defenses against them. They also nearly sunk an AP full of troops near San Diego, despite the sh*t ton of ASW in the area.
I am really hesitant to have Yorktown out of the harbor to join PH.

No idea where the KB is though, which is worrying. It hasn't been spoted in any basis, despite the hoard of subs i have in the areas, some even inside the ports. I suspect it is covering the invasion of the Solomons.

On an other subject, my surveillance chain is finaly complete. I have Catalinas searching from Noumea all the way up to Midway. I'm going to move some extra to Luganville to get a better vision toward the Solomons, and some in the Elice Islands for the Gilberts surveillance.
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In the PI, Clark field has fallen and most units retreated to Battan. I have a very confortable set of supply there and a level 3 fort, so hopefully i can hold for a month at least.

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In Malaya, i was wondering why he kept bombing the airfield and all, but i just noticed this clearly is meant to disturb the fort construction; in 4 days, only 3% progress has been made to level 4, despite everything ready to build them fast.


Nothing else of importance to report.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 7/6/2020 12:39:47 PM   
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December 31st

Main point of focus today is the fall of Rabaul, and the capture of Milne Bay. Most of the Solomon bases have fallen, and build ups already started. However, Milne Bay is in range of mu B17th, so it will be a good target practice for my pilots, and to stall his construction in the area. I don't think he'd have air coverage for a while in the area.

PM is a bit more worrying, as it's running out of supplies. I'll finish building up the 2nd Fort level and leave it here, just shipping some goods to it. The base is doomed to fall anyway, i don't want to invest to much in it.

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In China, my units have reached Ichang and 2 enemy units have been located in the city. I just order a Bombardment for now, to check which unit is in the area and if i can try to push them out. Unless he takes the first action and kicks me out, hopefully towrard the main road (which would ease my retreat to Changsha.

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In San Diego, Yorktown is leaving for PH with 5DDs and a CL, plus almost all her planes on ASW duty. Hopefully i can slip past the SS nest in the area without damage or getting spoted.

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Question for the day; i'm starting to get quite a lot of units in Burma/India, and i was wondering which ones i should focus on reinforcing? For now, only support is cleared to go through, and only ENG are set to replacements on.



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December 31st

Question for the day; i'm starting to get quite a lot of units in Burma/India, and i was wondering which ones i should focus on reinforcing? For now, only support is cleared to go through, and only ENG are set to replacements on.



Good question, I am not the expert, but here is what I would pick to get your limited replacements:

1. A Division-Sized Unit; something with some heft
2. A unit that is unrestricted. If you don't have an appropriate Indian Division that is unrestricted, you may consider buying one out now; they will be cheap before they fill out
3. Prioritize one with higher morale; probably won't be usable anyway for 3-4 months, use that time to reach 100% on Prep and start training them up to 50-ish morale before committing them. By then they should also be filled out to a full division.

Will take time, but you can slowly build up the Indian Army this way


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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 7/6/2020 7:24:14 PM   
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Re: Yorktown's aircraft - their ASW skill will be very low, almost useless. Better to use Naval Search to spot the subs and make them dive. Subs have a much lower chance of a sneak attack if they have been spotted.

If you DO spot a sub with carrier aircraft, he may guess that it means a carrier is headed for PH and he may set subs along the path. Don't hesitate to use waypoints to divert your course and approach PH from a different direction from the normal NE or E. I like to go into one of the lower HI and follow the shallow waters north to PH.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 8/16/2020 7:03:28 PM   
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quote:

After a long pause due to my oponent's serious health issues, we're back in the game, probably at a slower pace to settle back in.

January 1st,1942

The main event of the last day of 1941 is the huge defeat near Suva, as Japanese troops keep rolling over my poor Chinese soldiers with no sign of mercy. Suva will probably fall faster than expected, despite the lvl3 fort.

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Ground combat at 84,43 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 82707 troops, 751 guns, 113 vehicles, Assault Value = 2266

Defending force 27173 troops, 138 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 516

Japanese adjusted assault: 1660

Allied adjusted defense: 349

Japanese assault odds: 4 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1024 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 62 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 9 disabled

Allied ground losses:
9666 casualties reported
Squads: 460 destroyed, 86 disabled
Non Combat: 236 destroyed, 30 disabled
Engineers: 13 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 30 (16 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Units retreated 7

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
2nd Ind Engineer Regiment
40th Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
6th Division
13th Division
14th Ind.Mixed Brigade
8th Ind Engineer Regiment
3rd Division
35th Division
13th Tank Regiment
3rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion

Defending units:
92nd Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
7th New Chinese Corps
5th War Area
22nd Group Army


At Ichang, as expected, 2 japanese units are still guarding the city. Given the size of the enemy, i changed my strategy; all the troops still not going for the city are redirected to it for an all out assault to kick out the japs from the town. If i succeed, it will be a nice point to temporaly controle. If i fail, hopefully i'll be pushed back on the main road. In both cases, it will be much faster to pull back the troops than going through the grindy jungle/mountain/river.
Until the 11K extra troops arrive in 2/3 days, those already in the city are set to defend.

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Ground combat at Ichang (83,48)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 16466 troops, 116 guns, 24 vehicles, Assault Value = 549

Defending force 28862 troops, 150 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 768

Japanese adjusted assault: 386

Allied adjusted defense: 350

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
714 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 59 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled

Allied ground losses:
579 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 37 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
34th Division
13th RGC Temp. Division

Defending units:
32nd Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps


I have also decided to completly abandon Loyang, appart from on CAV division. My oponent is clearly bypassing it, so for the time being i retreat everythig i can in the mountains. Not sure what i'll do with them, given that Siam is soon going to fall, but maybe it can be the base for a somewhat defensive line to hinder a northern progression.


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In Suva, the 3 Btn of the 14th NZ brigade have arrived. One will be sent to Noumea for extra defense, and the second one to Espiritu Santu to at least prevent the Japanese from taking it, until i can bring some ENG to the site.

The ENG from NZ start unloading on Va'vu to work on the construction of the base.

A convoy loads in Sydney to try and fill up PM which is dangerously drying down. A second one is also getting ready to load supplies and fuel for Espiritu Santu.

Hopefully all of this will be rather smooth; i have no idea where the KB is right now, and it's a lot of shipping at once in the area.

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Near Java, i bought up an ENG unit and 2 small INF units from SO. to guarison Chrismas island. I don't want any sneaky landing back there. I may do the same thing and unload a very small unit on Coco island as well.

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Last news, the stranded TF stuck in the Indian ocean finaly made it to Colombo. All its british troops are set to unload at Calcutta, after refueling of course.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 8/16/2020 7:13:48 PM   
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Charging up the road to Sian (or most roads in China) with a big stack should be a recipe for disaster for Japan. You are right to move in behind that stack. Cut that main road through the wood/rough terrain, and that big stack will get little supply if it must travel through 2 hexes of wooded rough terrain: probably once every 4 or 5 days. A good strategy would be to bait him to advance to Sian, out into the clear terrain, cut the road, wait a few days for supplies to dwindle, bomb the stack, and then attack it. Units without supply or low on supply, regardless of difference in ToEs, are overmatched in combat by an equal-sized force unless they are behind substantial forts and in good defensive terrain. The best way to take the sting out of higher experience Japanese armor, artillery, and machine guns in China is to cut their supplies.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 8/16/2020 8:08:22 PM   
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Exactly, however i think he sniffed out the trap and saw my moving troops, as he has 2 units already on the go to guard Nanyang (i suppose). It's a race against my unit, which has the benefit of the road, but if those units are vehicles, i don't have much chance of closing the gap.

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RE: Going down in flames - BlitzimX(A) vs. Hoplosternum... - 8/18/2020 7:20:37 AM   
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January 2nd

An other counter attack at Ichang, with about the same result as yesterday. The good point is that he's using supply,and each squad lost on his side is worst than mine. I expect the other troops to arrive tomorow, and in 2 days we'll do an attack on our own to probe at the defenses.

quote:

Ground combat at Ichang (83,48)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 15926 troops, 116 guns, 24 vehicles, Assault Value = 484

Defending force 28327 troops, 150 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 700

Japanese adjusted assault: 146

Allied adjusted defense: 394

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(+), fatigue(-), morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1506 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 93 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled

Allied ground losses:
773 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 48 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 8 (2 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Assaulting units:
34th Division
13th RGC Temp. Division

Defending units:
32nd Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps


Unfortunatly, as i feared, a unit has moved into Nanyang to protect the city. However my troops are still on the way and should enter it in a day or two to contest it. Other than this, other units are moving along the road to Siam, so even if i can't take the city he'll be forced to leave a few units to protect the road if he doesn't want to be cut of. I expect him to be in Siam in about 2 or 3 days, given the speed and strengh of his units.

Below a screenshot of the major troop movements in the area, to give a better idea.

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The rest of the day is mostly marked by progress in the Solomons by the Japanese, and a few stupid moments on my sides, mostly forgeting to allow unloading for some TFS which are now leaving the area.

An other thing i'm wondering is that i have 2 TFs docked in port at Midway and Adak island, but they've been stuck unloading troops with barley any progress. In Adack they are unloading CD artillery, and Midway some Motorized divisions. Even if docked, does the port size matter for those? Both are LVL1 forts.

My 2 CVs and their refuel fleet are soon reaching their parking spot near Manihiki. They'll move to NZ in a few days.


Finaly the 3 P40-E squadrons from the PI have been unloaded in Darwin and will be dispatched in bases which can host them. Which are not a lot, given the lack of Aviation support for now in Australia.

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