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RE: Early Blows - 7/3/2021 3:58:20 AM   
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With your R&D efforts, what is your solution to dealing with those 'nasty' P-47s? They killed you in our game.


Yes Mike, those P47s certainly caused me grief

Learnt a few more tricks in the last couple of years especially regarding layered CAP. This combined with sheer numbers will deal with the P47s,

What I continue to struggle with is a massive (and I mean massive) push into the inner cordon of the Home Islands. Once the Allies are established in 44 near the Home Islands I can't shift them and then the bombers start to arrive


I haven't worked out a solution to this one yet and doubt I ever will.


Just keep the Allies far enough away to not be a bother!

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RE: Early Blows - 7/3/2021 6:48:33 AM   
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With your R&D efforts, what is your solution to dealing with those 'nasty' P-47s? They killed you in our game.


Yes Mike, those P47s certainly caused me grief

Learnt a few more tricks in the last couple of years especially regarding layered CAP. This combined with sheer numbers will deal with the P47s,

What I continue to struggle with is a massive (and I mean massive) push into the inner cordon of the Home Islands. Once the Allies are established in 44 near the Home Islands I can't shift them and then the bombers start to arrive


I haven't worked out a solution to this one yet and doubt I ever will.


Just keep the Allies far enough away to not be a bother!


Yes good point. Shouldn't be too hard to do

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RE: Early Blows - 7/3/2021 6:57:44 AM   
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And here he comes again.

No sooner has the action paused around India than it flares heavily on the East Coast of Australia.

The only fault I can potentially see in Lowpe's game play (who in all honesty is a far better player than myself) is he is a tad aggressive and that is making him a bit predictable.

In some of the more exposed positions around India and Australia I only have to wait a turn or two and the Allies charge right in be it by air, ground or sea. As long as I have adequate reserves and am defending in depth I generally carve him up. Then a few local counter offensives inflict a bit more pain on the Allies. Not worried about holding ground, just want to bleed him

This turn a big aerial assault on shipping around Bundaberg and the Empire was ready.

Soon his ships will join the fray and hopefully more pain will be inflicted.

*He still might have the last laugh if traps me at Bundaberg








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RE: Early Blows - 7/3/2021 7:05:24 AM   
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I reckon I can get to 3:1 in the next couple of months (PI, Singapore and China) and then the pressure may lead to a crazy mistake from the Allies especially with their CVs.

Getting to 3:1 will be the key to exerting that additional pressure and getting Lowpe out of his comfort zone.








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RE: Early Blows - 7/3/2021 11:56:06 PM   
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I was ready alright and once again as predicted Lowpe came with the kitchen sink.

Everything went to plan except the actual naval battle which I lost badly!

The combats went forever but eventually 3 x CAs (that really hurts) eventually sink and 1 x DD.

The Allies lose 2 x CL (pretty old Dutch/ NZ types and approx 4 x DDs

Hardly a fair trade and worse the troops at Bundaberg and the amphib shipping are heavily exposed.

Time to regroup and then back into it. At least fighting in 42 you have a chance by 44 you get obliterated by the Fletchers and those nasty CLs.

Such is the fortune of war.

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RE: Early Blows - 7/4/2021 12:01:13 AM   
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Allied losses last 3 days.

Pensacola is definitely not dead and the BB is doubtful as well. Still that has to hurt and there is a few DDs still missing off that list.




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RE: Early Blows - 7/4/2021 12:08:36 AM   
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So much for the glory, now for the pain.

Last 3 days of losses. Late April /early May has been very rough for CAs. Now 5 dead in total for the war.

Will start to conserve them a bit and use BBs.

I reckon I am about to lose another 5 to 8 Aks, a couple of DDs and maybe a CL if he really pushes around Bundaberg. Just not too sure how badly he is hurting and the status of his reserves.






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RE: Early Blows - 7/4/2021 2:00:13 AM   
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Watching both and liking it. Please keep up the AAR!

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RE: Early Blows - 7/4/2021 2:19:15 AM   
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Watching both and liking it. Please keep up the AAR!


it is good fun and a cracking game

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RE: Early Blows - 7/4/2021 2:36:17 AM   
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Indeed!

Back to lurking...

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RE: Early Blows - 7/10/2021 12:14:42 AM   
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Hells bells carnage everywhere. March and April were good months for the Empire, May less so.

The biggest issue is the losses in CAs (4) and the reversal in the naval clash off the East Coast of Oz.

Regrouping and consolidating at the moment and just fending off incessant Allied air attacks.

Big push underway in China which is going reasonably well.





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RE: Early Blows - 7/10/2021 12:19:09 AM   
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Sheer carnage off the Indian Coast but despite my logistical challenges, I sense the Empire is definitely getting slowly on top in the air and the sea.

2 x crippled British BBs are lying in port at Cochin as I plan on finishing them off. Not easy with mines and subs everywhere.

If I take calculated risks I believe I can attrit the Allies here.




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RE: Early Blows - 7/10/2021 12:21:08 AM   
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Last turns air losses over Ceylon

This is not 44 it is 42!




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RE: Early Blows - 7/10/2021 12:24:10 AM   
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Clark is proving to be painful.

He still seems to have supply which is annoying. Last attack disabled a good division.

A very skilful defence set up by Lowpe.






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RE: Early Blows - 7/10/2021 12:32:26 AM   
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Only positives from this situation is the IJA is giving as good as it is getting.

Unfortunately there is just too much of everything here from the Allies (armour, planes and ships). Being at the end of the logistical tail for the Empire, it is very costly to continue in stand up fights. Some hard decisions are imminent.

KB is positioned up to the North East to keep honest the significant collection of CAs, CLs and DDs Lowpe has amassed around Brisbane. It is the US CLs with their deadly 6 inch guns causing all the grief. I hate having it tied down in a general locality under Allied observation (very dangerous to do) but it will be only for a few more days.








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RE: Early Blows - 7/10/2021 12:36:51 AM   
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The Allies are still bleeding hard which bodes well for the Empire for the remainder of 42 and at least part of 43, despite my own losses (which are significant). Better to fight hard in 42 when you have a chance as opposed to the slaughter of 44.

Need to find a way to 3: 1 in the few months to be in a half decent position.






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RE: Early Blows - 7/17/2021 7:19:01 AM   
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Whilst March and April were good months for the Empire, May continues to be a nightmare.

Aside from the previous stated naval defeat which cost 3 x CAs, the 33rd div was largely written off at Bundaberg to prevent further attrition of Japanese naval forces and then to cap it off one of the fast BBs took a sub torp which detonated the magazine- ahhhhhhh

China is still looking good- break through to the NW is imminent. Heavy use of air and armour coupled with low Chinese supply is doing the trick.






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RE: Early Blows - 7/17/2021 7:22:40 AM   
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Lowpe has set up a very skilful defence at Clark but alas supplies have now ran out for the hapless Allies. Singapore is also running on empty based on the lack of flak.

I expect to rout them over the next couple of weeks at Clark. Fighting troops who are isolated and without supplies is my preferred form of engagement.








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RE: Early Blows - 7/17/2021 7:27:12 AM   
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The withdrawal from the East Coast of Oz is largely done and I am reasonably happy with the results.

One decent division has been written off plus another 5K of support troops. Plenty of decent forces have been saved who are now busily digging in around PNG and other islands.

There has been no further losses in shipping which has been pretty amazing. KB has made the Allies keep their distance during the evacuation.

I wanted another 1000 points of strat bombing but I'm not sure how I am going to achieve that now








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RE: Early Blows - 7/17/2021 7:29:56 AM   
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After a couple of nasty shocks in May, the focus has been consolidating and letting the Allies come to us again in the air and the sea.

The Empire's focus will be on the land, especially PI and China.

Just digging in and watching at Ceylon.




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RE: Early Blows - 7/17/2021 12:15:17 PM   
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You still need to look for cost affective methods to destroy Allied airframes, especially US Army. He does not get the P-40K until Sept and the B-24s come out in numbers beginning in Feb '43. Flood the behind the front line AFs with recon flights to find out where he is basing his bombers. Look at strategic bombing missions vs tactical ones to force him to spread out his fighters.

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RE: Early Blows - 7/17/2021 11:15:39 PM   
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You still need to look for cost affective methods to destroy Allied airframes, especially US Army. He does not get the P-40K until Sept and the B-24s come out in numbers beginning in Feb '43. Flood the behind the front line AFs with recon flights to find out where he is basing his bombers. Look at strategic bombing missions vs tactical ones to force him to spread out his fighters.


Yeah good points Mike.

New airframes start to arrive in the next couple of weeks (tojo, better Oscar, A6m5) which should make life easier.

India will be where the air war will start to hot up come June.

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RE: Early Blows - 7/18/2021 2:33:26 AM   
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As long this is not where you are at!




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RE: Early Blows - 7/18/2021 3:10:39 AM   
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As long this is not where you are at!





Nah, not yet.

Problems will really start late 43 when he invades the Aleutians or Saipan and starts to bomb the HI.

Nice signs

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RE: Early Blows - 7/23/2021 1:10:27 PM   
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One of the benefits of sinking so many Allied DDs is the convoys moving between US and Oz are easier to get at (when I can find them).

This nice juicy convoy has been stalked from Hawaii on its way to New Zealand (???) and than probably Oz.

A wolf pack has assembled and is attacking.






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RE: Early Blows - 7/23/2021 1:12:55 PM   
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Some minor rubbish being nailed as well.

There are plenty of juicy targets amongst this group. Hopefully I can bag another half decent ships.






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RE: Early Blows - 7/23/2021 1:26:18 PM   
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The wolves stalking the herd.

I really enjoy playing with the subs.








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RE: Early Blows - 7/23/2021 1:30:02 PM   
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This theatre would have to be causing Lowpe some stress.

Month away from breaking into the plains???




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RE: Early Blows - 7/23/2021 2:34:50 PM   
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Allies simply don't have much good ASW at this stage. Their best stuff is the DD's, but as you say, they are elsewhere. Make hay while the sun shines. When the ASW shows up, it shows up in large numbers. Good hunting!

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RE: Early Blows - 7/23/2021 10:36:34 PM   
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Allies simply don't have much good ASW at this stage. Their best stuff is the DD's, but as you say, they are elsewhere. Make hay while the sun shines. When the ASW shows up, it shows up in large numbers. Good hunting!


Thanks JD, wise advice. The ultimate prize would be one of his CVs or even a BB but he is being very careful with them.

I suspect they are all safely huddled around Pearl.


There will be opportunities when he starts to make his move in a few months and the CVs will have to be exposed.

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