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RE: Early Blows - 4/11/2021 8:40:40 PM   
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Wow, this was a surprise!

A decent chunk of the British fleet pops up near Diego Garcia. I would have thought Lowpe would have scampered away once he sighted KB the previous turn. I actually thought they were hovering around Bombay.

Not to be and like life imitating art (but far worse for the Brits) Her Majesty's fleet is caught napping and carnage ensues.








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RE: Early Blows - 4/11/2021 8:45:53 PM   
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A couple of the day's naval strikes on the Brit fleet




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RE: Early Blows - 4/11/2021 8:47:15 PM   
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And another one.




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RE: Early Blows - 4/11/2021 8:50:36 PM   
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Troops safely ashore at Chittagong.

Getting ready for round 2 after being rudely rejected the first time. Bought a few more friends this time.




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RE: Early Blows - 4/11/2021 9:48:03 PM   
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The next few days will be critical in achieving the early war objectives which as the title of the AAR suggests, neutralising the Commonwealth forces for the majority of 42 (land, air and naval).

If I can achieve that (from a naval perspective it is largely completed), it will give me time to fortify the Pacific for the inevitable USN counter- offensive.

I'm hoping the forces the Commonwealth are losing in India, Burma and to a lesser extent Australia will cripple their offensive capability for 12 months. We will see.

Major Allied shipping losses for the first 3 months

*Repulse is crippled and trapped at Singapore




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RE: Early Blows - 4/11/2021 9:49:30 PM   
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And part 2.

The majority of high valued sank ships are Commonwealth/ British.






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RE: Early Blows - 4/11/2021 11:46:18 PM   
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What, no shock attack at Chittagong?!

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RE: Early Blows - 4/12/2021 12:23:01 AM   
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What, no shock attack at Chittagong?!


LOL, I learnt my lesson last time!

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RE: Early Blows - 4/13/2021 9:06:36 PM   
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The 3rd and perhaps decisive battle at Chittagong has ended and the Allies have been routed.


Maybe I should have shock attacked again at Chittagong after all!




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RE: Early Blows - 4/13/2021 9:10:52 PM   
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The possibilities in Southern India are very exciting.

With the pounding on the sea and land, the Brits should be in complete disarray. Seizing industry and continuing to attrit Commonwealth forces in favourable engagements will be the major objective.

At least the disaster that has befallen the Imperial Guards has been avenged. The 18th British Div should be out of the war for a good part of 42.






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RE: Early Blows - 4/13/2021 9:15:37 PM   
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Finally a failed intercept off Diego Garcia just about spells the end of the British fleet in the Indian Ocean (at least for the short term).

I don't think Lowpe has any British surface combatants left out here. The USN will have to the heavy lifting for the remainder of 42 I suspect.




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RE: Early Blows - 4/13/2021 9:15:46 PM   
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You did well against me in India. The key for Japan is to destroy as many of the CW (Commonwealth) devices whether you do it in India or Australia. The Indians get enough infantry squads to rebuild those smashed troops. Its all the minor devices that can come up short. I know from experience that you will hound those troops and try to destroy as many as possible. The question will be how much air power will he sent over them to protect.

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RE: Early Blows - 4/14/2021 9:15:01 AM   
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He has been exposed with the sinking of the majority of the RN and your taking of Chittagong which opens up the south-eastern plains of India and road to take Ledo and shut down supplies to China over the Hump. That will benfit your China campaign as his defenses crumble for lack of supplies.

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RE: Early Blows - 4/14/2021 9:59:22 AM   
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He has been exposed with the sinking of the majority of the RN and your taking of Chittagong which opens up the south-eastern plains of India and road to take Ledo and shut down supplies to China over the Hump. That will benfit your China campaign as his defenses crumble for lack of supplies.


Yep Bif, that is exactly how I see it playing out over the next 12 months. The last few days of combat has meant that he is toast in China and Southern India.

Also Ceylon as well.

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RE: Early Blows - 4/14/2021 10:01:54 AM   
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You did well against me in India. The key for Japan is to destroy as many of the CW (Commonwealth) devices whether you do it in India or Australia. The Indians get enough infantry squads to rebuild those smashed troops. Its all the minor devices that can come up short. I know from experience that you will hound those troops and try to destroy as many as possible. The question will be how much air power will he sent over them to protect.


Oh yes Mike, I intend to hound his survivors all across India to smash them apart.

I wonder if he will commit his troop reserves out of Calcutta to save his position in Southern India. I hope so.

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RE: Early Blows - 4/17/2021 1:06:36 AM   
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Whilst waiting for a turn, I thought it would useful to reflect on the first 90 days especially the damage inflicted on the RN (let's be honest it is also fun from my selfish perspective).

Thanks to some wonderful pre- war intelligence , the RN roughly starts with the following strength at the commencement of hostilities:

1 x CVL
2 X BBs
1 x BC
2 x CAs
11 x CLs
10 x DDs

* Plenty of CLs but very few DDs hmmmmmmmm

We can then add the following for the first 90 days reinforcements:

2 x CVs
4 x BBs
1 x CA
1 x CL
7 x DDs

Therefore utilising my primary school mathematical ability I approximately have:

2 x CVs
1 x CVL
6 x BBs
1 x BC
3 x CAs
12 x CLs
17 x DDs

Not an inconsequential force with some decent hitting power even if a number of the vessels are obsolete.

So what has been nailed (suspected losses below)

2 x CVs = 1 x CV sank 50% loss
1 x CVL = 1 x CVL sank 100% loss
6 x BBs = 3 x BBs sank 50% loss
1 x BC= 1 x BC crippled in Singapore 100% loss
3 x CAs = 3 x CAs sank 100% loss
12 x CLs = 7 x CLs sank 60% loss
17 x DDs = 9 x DDs sank 50% loss

So after some pretty amateurish analysis, it is reasonably apparent that the RN is running on next to empty. That would have to keep Winston up at night.




Looking worried below





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RE: Early Blows - 4/17/2021 2:58:21 AM   
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Your subs will benefit the most for those DDs sunk. Best ASW for Allies through '42.
I hate losing Prince of Wales because of her AA, not her big guns.

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RE: Early Blows - 4/17/2021 6:04:13 AM   
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Your subs will benefit the most for those DDs sunk. Best ASW for Allies through '42.
I hate losing Prince of Wales because of her AA, not her big guns.

I have never really played the Allies but they both (PoW and Repulse) look like handy ships.

No wonder players hate to lose them early on.

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RE: Early Blows - 4/17/2021 11:13:19 AM   
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You have an open invitation to play the Allies and I'll go over to "the Dark Side." John and I are still working on another version of BTSL. We were taking last night about the Dutch navy and their pre-war plans that they did not implement due to $$$. 5 or 6 CLs, 12 DDs, and the worse news for Japan is 18 subs.

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RE: Early Blows - 4/29/2021 7:52:02 AM   
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ORIGINAL: ny59giants

You have an open invitation to play the Allies and I'll go over to "the Dark Side." John and I are still working on another version of BTSL. We were taking last night about the Dutch navy and their pre-war plans that they did not implement due to $$$. 5 or 6 CLs, 12 DDs, and the worse news for Japan is 18 subs.


Thank you my friend, noted.

Between work, play and a few current games on the go, I don't have any spare capacity at the moment.

Appears to be a very interesting scenario

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RE: Early Blows - 4/29/2021 7:55:14 AM   
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Been slow in updating but the game grinds in brutal (but highly enjoyable) fashion.

As stated previously, each turn is a mini game in itself as both sides keep up an unsustainable pace.

Despite a few recent setbacks around India, Lowpe is doubling down and holding his ground. Look at the amount of air he has amassed at Calcutta!




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RE: Early Blows - 4/29/2021 8:02:09 AM   
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Some decent fighting happening around this area as the Empire moves to secure the oil.

Allied DDs pop out of nowhere supported by the skilful use of low level float planes and P40es to inflict minor losses on the Amphib taskforces.

Despite these pin ****s (which are annoying and included a good AP and an old CL) all objectives are well on the way to being secured.

Fighting would have been far worse for the Empire at this locality if I had arrived here in January rather than March. Lowpe has been much reduced in surface forces over the last couple of months.




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RE: Early Blows - 4/29/2021 9:24:19 AM   
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Some significant fighting over the first 3 months.

It has resulted in a very exciting game and allowed the Empire to land some half decent blows on the Allies (though admittedly I have not got off unscathed either).

About 20 days left on the amphib bonus and still so much to do.




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RE: Early Blows - 4/29/2021 9:31:15 AM   
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This position could be useful for future operations.

At the very least it protects my flank from NZ where there is significant Allied forces gathering.

Heavy sig int is detected at Auckland almost every second turn.




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RE: Early Blows - 5/1/2021 9:42:25 PM   
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Everything in this particular game does seem to take a couple of efforts to get things done.

Going straight in to a particular objective is sheer suicide against a player like Lowpe.

A series of feints are always required to draw out his surface forces and air and then subsequently attrit them before landing.

Here we go again- Ceylon Part 2.

*I don't think he is going to re-deploy the hundreds of a/c he has stockpiled at Calcutta for the defence of Ceylon. Will know shortly




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RE: Early Blows - 5/9/2021 2:23:36 AM   
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Edging closer to a key victory on Ceylon.

Currently being frustrated by an Indian Brigade but it slowly being beaten down by the veteran 38th inf Division (victor of Hong Kong and Chittagong).

Once this position is secured the rest of Ceylon will fall reasonably quickly.

Still have to sort out Diego Garcia as well which could be the next objective for the 38th.




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RE: Early Blows - 5/9/2021 2:28:03 AM   
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The 38th- arguably the best division attached to the Southern Army at the moment.






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RE: Early Blows - 5/9/2021 2:31:09 AM   
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The 33rd operating on the East Coast of Australia has inflicted several nasty hits on the Aussies.






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RE: Early Blows - 5/9/2021 2:35:20 AM   
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The 4th Brigade bought out from Manchuria has been very active in amphib campaigns in the Pacific (Fiji, Noumea, Canton Island , Pago etc)

It lost about 10% of the brigade from a naval ambush from US DDs which has impacted experience levels as it rebuilds.






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RE: Early Blows - 5/9/2021 2:38:58 AM   
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Though the real stars are the infantry regiments operating independently to speed up progress and momentum.

I will look to re-combined them into their parent division before the assault on Singapore.

All of the infantry regiments of the 18th Div look similar to the one below




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