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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/5/2021 1:28:14 PM   
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Troops in good condition...fatigue less than 14 most under 10, disruption under 10...12 155mm Howitzers and 15 6" coastal guns arrived today, tomorrow we get 60+ Lee/Grants and more CD guns...will attack then after a set of daily bombardments from Marysborough.

Looking good, I expect Bundaberg will fall with the next attack...base is damaged so no more fort building.






Rails cut from Rockhamtpon once again, 50K IJA troopers in Rockhampton.



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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/5/2021 1:47:46 PM   
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A look at those Banshee pilots!






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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/5/2021 2:11:17 PM   
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Destroyer Hull made the run from Marysborough to Brisbane and managed to put out 56 points of fire damage while incurring 4 system, 2 float, 1 engine point...barring bombers she will live to fight again.






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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/5/2021 2:15:34 PM   
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Solid experience gains for the fleet off Australia...






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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/5/2021 2:58:07 PM   
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I am officially baffled by the IJN moves...


I'd say he is mad at the loss of all those IJ ships off NE Australia, so he is trying to get back some respect by going all in to sink your pesky ships off India. Don't know why he had all those heavies hanging out in that area unless he thought he could trap a bunch of the Allied fleet there.

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/5/2021 3:20:49 PM   
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Foxes got into the hen-house. He can either bring more to evacuate, bring more to fight on the ground, or leave his guys there to die. I didn't see any troops listed as lost so I'm not sure if that transport force was coming or going. Not good either way. You opponent is in a spot here. The Japanese call those Brooklyn Class CL's "machine gun cruisers". 15 x 6" guns with a crazy rate of fire. As long as the don't eat a torpedo they are a match for the IJN CA's. They throw about twice as much shell weight per minute as a Mogami class CA. Well done turn there.

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/5/2021 7:30:34 PM   
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I can't believe he's done all that without committing the KB



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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/6/2021 2:21:27 PM   
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Turn is away...bombarding Bundaberg with 3 task forces Chin, Brooklyn and Helena...Iboats in the area.

Stood down most air in Australia except fighter coverage over Marysborough and search...

Hid in port along the Indian coast...diverting troops in case Japan is looking to invade to grab a base...I suspect some of the coastal ports will be bombarded so we diverted planes too.

Fiddled with sub patrols

Sub pickets are moving into position for the Canton Island and Baker operations...

Converted some YP to ACM, two more AKVs...

Upgraded a squadron at Pearl from P40B to E, to get some more Bs in the pools to feed our sweeper squadron in Australia.

I am so confused at what Japan is doing in India, that simply pulled our horns in for the day to allow more base building and troop transport and air training...although I have sent two light cruisers to raid his ship supply line between Sumatra and Ceylon. They are undetected so far...


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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/6/2021 2:21:58 PM   
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I can't believe he's done all that without committing the KB




He did commit the KB and they got a bloody nose over Brisbane...



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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/6/2021 2:23:28 PM   
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I am officially baffled by the IJN moves...


I'd say he is mad at the loss of all those IJ ships off NE Australia, so he is trying to get back some respect by going all in to sink your pesky ships off India. Don't know why he had all those heavies hanging out in that area unless he thought he could trap a bunch of the Allied fleet there.


You think? That is a lack of strategic thought. I think he might be thinking about grabbing a port base from which he can eventually sink the two R class battleships at Cochin...

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/6/2021 10:37:32 PM   
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May 5th, 1942

A torpedo works...






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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/6/2021 10:38:14 PM   
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Glory, glory....we had hit the Furutaka pretty hard at the fight the other day...






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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/6/2021 10:39:36 PM   
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Look who shows up! Dropping 60kg GP bombs.

Two IJN motor boats tussle with a SAG twice...slowing it down after the three SAGs bombard Bundaberg, just enough they don't make it back to Marysborough and protective CAP.

Two hits, both bounce on the armor...




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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/6/2021 10:41:10 PM   
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Weather hides us from the divebombers, and helps prevent the torpedo bombers from scoring any hits...less than ideal approach altitude helped too.

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Fraser Island at 97,156

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 64 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 36
B5N2 Kate x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 8 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
CL Honolulu
CL Phoenix
DD Selfridge
DD Henley

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/6/2021 10:41:52 PM   
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Another attack on the Ankang road... Help is on the way...can it get there in time?


Ground combat at 83,45 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 28285 troops, 281 guns, 462 vehicles, Assault Value = 814

Defending force 21743 troops, 120 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 475

Japanese adjusted assault: 384

Allied adjusted defense: 1243

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
715 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 47 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 41 (4 destroyed, 37 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
701 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 87 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Assaulting units:
5th Tank Regiment
116th Division
15th Division
9th Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Regiment
13th Tank Regiment
23rd Tank Regiment
10th Tank Regiment
11th Tank Regiment
13th Army
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
11th Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
41st Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps


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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/6/2021 10:43:22 PM   
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Bombardments at Bundaberg:

Night Naval bombardment of Bundaberg at 96,155

Allied Ships
CL Helena
CL St. Louis
DD Monaghan
DD Aylwin

Japanese ground losses:
96 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CL Helena
CL Helena firing at 33rd Division
CL St. Louis firing at 33rd Division
DD Monaghan firing at 33rd Division
DD Aylwin firing at 33rd Division


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Night Naval bombardment of Bundaberg at 96,155

Allied Ships
CL Phoenix
CL Honolulu
DD Selfridge
DD Patterson
DD Henley
DD Bagley

Japanese ground losses:
119 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Resources hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 2
Port hits 1

CL Phoenix firing at 33rd Division
CL Honolulu firing at 33rd Division
DD Selfridge firing at 33rd Division
DD Patterson firing at Bundaberg
DD Henley firing at 33rd Division
DD Bagley firing at 1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment


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Night Naval bombardment of Bundaberg at 96,155

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 damaged
L3Y2 Tina: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
CA Louisville
CL De Ruyter
CL Leander

Japanese ground losses:
95 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 30 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 18 (1 destroyed, 17 disabled)
Vehicles lost 14 (4 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Resources hits 1
Airbase hits 7
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 24
Port hits 13
Port supply hits 2

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Louisville
CA Louisville firing at Bundaberg
CL De Ruyter firing at Bundaberg
CL Leander firing at 33rd Division

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/6/2021 10:45:09 PM   
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Bombardment at Bundaberg...IJA troopers going to be attacked tomorrow by a stronger force...expect the base to fall.

Ground combat at Bundaberg (96,155)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 5736 troops, 202 guns, 89 vehicles, Assault Value = 972

Defending force 16280 troops, 174 guns, 34 vehicles, Assault Value = 334

Japanese ground losses:
24 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Assaulting units:
34th Infantry Regiment
2/8th Armoured Regiment
5th Australian Division
46th Indian Brigade
2/4th Armoured Regiment
3rd Australian Division
5th RAA Coastal Artillery Regiment
4th Australian/A Division
6th RAA Coastal Artillery Regiment
4th Australian/B Division
198th Field Artillery Battalion
147th Field Artillery Battalion
260th Field Artillery Battalion
223rd Field Artillery Battalion
2nd Marine Defense Battalion
131st Field Artillery Battalion
98th Coast AA Regiment
4th RAAF Base Force
148th Field Artillery Battalion
2nd RAA Coastal Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
Sasebo 8th SNLF
33rd Division
Yokosuka 4th SNLF
1st Raiding Rgt /2
4th JAAF AF Bn
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
5th Naval Construction Battalion
21st Infantry Rgt /7

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/7/2021 1:57:43 AM   
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Good to see the future ARA General Belgrano doing yeoman's work.

No idea what's happening, but good luck.

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/7/2021 2:41:52 AM   
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A look at those Banshee pilots!






I wonder how well they would do with a good commander ...

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/7/2021 9:06:50 AM   
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I can't believe he's done all that without committing the KB




He did commit the KB and they got a bloody nose over Brisbane...







I am relieved to see that it actually where I'd expect it to be!

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/7/2021 10:14:08 AM   
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I got the replay yesterday, but not the turn yet...

IJN fleets are off Cochin by a hex or so, I think...could be multiple subs which I know are in the area...but there was no invasion, bombardments or aerial bombing on the southern tip of India.

The Marines, a British and Indian Division and plenty of others are protecting Cochin and the damaged R class battleships, with the other bases in the area getting troops. I don't think he can land opportunistically anywhere here now with no prep...and there is still 20,000 troops in Colombo.

We did expand another landlocked base closer to Colombo than Tanjore to level 2 runway, and it has another HQa. I will spend enough PP to assign two fighter squadrons and a swordfish squadron for future naval attacks...








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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/7/2021 10:32:08 AM   
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Indian situation...can't fathom this.






That minelaying TF is supposed be about 6-8 hexes to the northwest before heading for either Mombasa or Bombay. Home port is Bombay, and they are retreating from a surface threat headed who knows where!

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/7/2021 10:49:28 AM   
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I don't think Japan can stop Bundaberg from falling today...not even if the KB launches a ground attack on the troops there. ONly the dice gods.






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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/7/2021 11:59:07 AM   
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Two bases on the Indian tip will launch hopefully coordinated naval air attacks...lots of fighters and fighter bombers on lownN, Albacores and Banshees higher up and a squadron from Tanjore will do a long range sweep of Colombo...I hope my little minelaying squadron escapes, but I don't see how they can.

General attack at Bundaberg...will we take the base and put the nail in the coffin of the 33rd Division. Those guys have had a tough time in Australia...I don't think they ever won a battle -- stopped cold at Marysborough back in January of 1942.






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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/7/2021 2:31:10 PM   
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May 6th, 1942

Only two attacks in the morning, netting one hit.








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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/7/2021 2:32:07 PM   
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Only strafing with one squadron, hoping it will be enough...I think the KB is far off the coast.






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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/7/2021 2:33:23 PM   
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The sweep goes in, but bad weather prevents anymore attacks on the IJN shipping off Cochin.

They did manage to sink a 2 point Dutch minelayer.




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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/7/2021 2:34:18 PM   
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Really getting close to losing this fight...where are the reinforcements?






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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/7/2021 2:35:04 PM   
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Huge disappointment! Didn't even manage to knock forts down to 0.




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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 7/7/2021 2:40:26 PM   
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What an extended range sweep does to you...lost 4 Hurricanes.




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