From: Winnipeg, MB
ORIGINAL: Randy Stead
For confirmation of the IJN cruisers sinking, check and see if there are any Japanese float planes as ground losses. They are close to a base so if they were in the air, they would be able to relocate there and not show up as OPs losses. You want to look for Petes and Jakes.
Good advice, Joe. Will do so. As a character in M*A*S*H* or such said, "Damn good Joe!"
Some good news, at last. Tulagi just fell, turn 10. I was able to get a load of supplies over from Lunga [sorry, 1st Marines, but your Tulagi comrades were hungrier than you] and they were able to get a 10-1 to take the base. That supply run came with hurt; a DD took 74 flotation damage. I am diverting her to Lunga as I do not think she will survive a trip anywhere else. Perhaps the Bettys will get her if she makes it to port, but they will have to fight Pappy Boyington to get at her.
My Bombardment group that was on the way, centered around the one BB I have, has been converted to a Surface Combat on the way. Perhaps I'll snoop around Guadalcanal, perhaps not. The Bettys are acting up. I just flew in two VMFs to Henderson Field.
This means I can unload the reinforcements that were nearly ready to go from Noumea. Now I have to tie the dock up again. Just got a CVE in at Noumea. Any advice on what to do with her? I'm thinking she will be handy for escorting supply runs to to Lunga and Tulagi.
Also, what should I do about the enemy remnants on Guadalcanal and Tulagi? Should I go after them or sit back and let them starve? I've a feeling I am going to get an education here.
Now my main concern will be to keep those island boys supplied, get reinforcements over to New Guinea and hold what I have. Then I can think about taking more away from the enemy.
With respect to that damaged DD, if she makes it to Lunga. What kind of assets would be most appropriate to send over to patch her up so I can get her back to Noumea? I know, RTFM, smart guy.
If you go after the enemy in the jungle, they get all the defensive bonuses from the terrain so you will likely suffer a lot of casualties. Job one is to ensure they do not get supplies - interdict anything headed for Tassafaronga while building the airfield bigger and bringing in more supply and reinforcements. Getting more supply in is probably more important than getting in more troops that will deplete the supply faster. But bring engineers and air support for the AF - that is your most valuable asset.
If that CVE hosts a fighter squadron use it to cover the transports at Guadalcanal - CVEs do not lose ops capability in a base hex but CVs lose 50% even when in a TF and not docked. If the CVE has bombers, get them trained in Search and ASW before you send it with a convoy to protect against raiders and subs.
No matter how bad a situation is, you can always make it worse. - Chris Hadfield : An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth