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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 2/23/2021 8:04:51 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: CaptBeefheart

You might want to keep Port Augusta, Sydney and Melbourne secure from a second invasion. Like Ranger Joe said above, it's good to have some forces on strategic movement ready to respond. To me, nothing north of Brisbane is crucial to hold.

Cheers,
CB


I deployed australian regiment in Port Augusta I hope that they will have no unexpected visitors.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 2/23/2021 8:38:35 AM   
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21st-26th February 1942


Java

Batavia and Bandeong are still in Dutch hands. Airbases are operational and harrasing enemy troops with bombing missions. Rest of island is owned by Japan.

Sumatra

Eastern bases Sibolga and Padang are owned by Dutch. Two supply convoys were dispatched to help allied soldiers stationed there.



Burma

It’s clear that Japanese troops will try to bypass Rangoon. They moved from Pegu to the North and attacked Toungoo. British troops are no match to Japanese guard regiment and they are equal in strenght only on paper.

Seeing that there is big possibility of cutting off troops in Rangoon, part of British and Indian units will march north.




Australia Command


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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 2/23/2021 7:44:19 PM   
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Burma

Japanese troops captured Tuangoo and moving north. Allied airforce will not intervene until enemy will move on open terrain north of this base.



Australia Command

Enemy bombarded allied positions at Bowen

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Night Naval bombardment of Bowen at 93,147

Japanese Ships
BB Yamashiro
BB Mutsu
CA Ashigara
CA Myoko
CL Tatsuta
CL Yura
DD Yunagi
DD Asanagi
DD Mochizuki
DD Yayoi
DD Kisaragi
DD Mutsuki
DD Hatsukaze
DD Oyashio
DD Kuroshio

Allied ground losses:
219 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Port hits 1



In spite of this. No offensive moves against base by land forces.

At Perth at least 4 submarines detected. Intelligence claims that 20th Infantry Division is moving against Perth. It is known that they are on the ships so they might arrive soon. Additional Australian troops will be send there.

South Pacific

Once again Japanese carriers showed up near New Zealand. This time they bombed empty convoy but there was also P-40s squadron protecting convoy. 9 Zeros and 3 Vals were shot down. 4 P-40s didn’t returned to base.


End of month summary


Ship losses



Air losses




Air Aces



Silent War Aces



1. I-162 14195

2. I-156 10290

3. Seadragon 9105 Up

4. I-124 8370 down

5. I-18 8150 down

6. I-17 6590 Down

7. I-168 6350 Down

8. I-166 6100 

9. RO-64 6070 

10. I-25 6030 

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 2/24/2021 4:28:04 PM   
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If he over crowds airbases don't forget about night bombing to spread out his CAP to day and night and less for sweeps and escorting of his bombers. Japan has weak AAA so, unless he already bought some out from the HI and sent them to Burma you can bomb at lower altitude at night and increase your effectiveness, even with light bombers.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 2/24/2021 4:52:55 PM   
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Pull out of Rangoon, it is not worth losing units. You might want to consider putting at least one bomber unit on night city attack with the range to hit Rangoon right after its capture.

Consider moving the Burma base forces into southern China, they also have some AAA capability. Also consider moving the one Burmese AAA unit there as well. Move in AT units into China, fly them in if you have to. They should help blunt the Japanese armour attacks.

Consider putting just small battalions at the Burmese bases with air bases. When the Japanese move in, fly out the battalion. The Japanese will still lose a turn shifting to combat mode and will not be able to advance.

If you have not yet bought out the buyable Chinese units, do so and get them moving to India. With enough supplies there, they can take reinforcements and get rather large. You are better off using those to spearhead your moves out of India with support from Allied armour and artillery than using the Indian forces. You can also buy out the Chinese air units as well so they don't get destroyed on the ground. That is not as important now since the can fly faster over the mountains than your troops can move.

The only replacements for the Chinese infantry and cavalry units right now should be support squads. That will help their disabled squads repair and be more effective.

Move some Chinese units into blocking positions on the main roads and minor roads, let them dig in. Try for at least 2X defensive terrain but 3X is better. They will be tough to dislodge, taking Japanese time, casualties, and supplies to do so.

If Chinese units get trashed taking lots of destroyed devices, then consider dividing them and use those to cut supply lines. If you keep them in good defensive terrain, they have a better change against Japanese bombers.

Joe

PS Your AAR is easier to read than your opponents. I gave up on trying to read his AAR.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 2/25/2021 10:04:47 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Bif1961

If he over crowds airbases don't forget about night bombing to spread out his CAP to day and night and less for sweeps and escorting of his bombers. Japan has weak AAA so, unless he already bought some out from the HI and sent them to Burma you can bomb at lower altitude at night and increase your effectiveness, even with light bombers.


That's the plan. For now my pilots are training.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 2/25/2021 10:08:22 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: RangerJoe

Pull out of Rangoon, it is not worth losing units. You might want to consider putting at least one bomber unit on night city attack with the range to hit Rangoon right after its capture.

Consider moving the Burma base forces into southern China, they also have some AAA capability. Also consider moving the one Burmese AAA unit there as well. Move in AT units into China, fly them in if you have to. They should help blunt the Japanese armour attacks.

Consider putting just small battalions at the Burmese bases with air bases. When the Japanese move in, fly out the battalion. The Japanese will still lose a turn shifting to combat mode and will not be able to advance.

If you have not yet bought out the buyable Chinese units, do so and get them moving to India. With enough supplies there, they can take reinforcements and get rather large. You are better off using those to spearhead your moves out of India with support from Allied armour and artillery than using the Indian forces. You can also buy out the Chinese air units as well so they don't get destroyed on the ground. That is not as important now since the can fly faster over the mountains than your troops can move.

The only replacements for the Chinese infantry and cavalry units right now should be support squads. That will help their disabled squads repair and be more effective.

Move some Chinese units into blocking positions on the main roads and minor roads, let them dig in. Try for at least 2X defensive terrain but 3X is better. They will be tough to dislodge, taking Japanese time, casualties, and supplies to do so.

If Chinese units get trashed taking lots of destroyed devices, then consider dividing them and use those to cut supply lines. If you keep them in good defensive terrain, they have a better change against Japanese bombers.

Joe

PS Your AAR is easier to read than your opponents. I gave up on trying to read his AAR.



I will try with AT units. I used politcal points to buy 2 division from China but it will take some time until they will arrive. I'm afraid that I have to use my political points very cautious. I'm trying to get enough to buy US Infantry Division and ship it to Australia.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 2/25/2021 3:25:31 PM   
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Burma

More support arrived to Port Blair. British and Indian troops are evacuating Rangoon. High sweep activity over Burma air bases.

Sumatra

Japanese decided to finish conquest of Sumatra. Unfortunately they synchronized with arrival of supply convoys to Padang and Sibolga. Transport AKL’s were sunk. Padang base was captured. Royal Navy just before Japanese detection decided to conduct naval patrol along western coast of Sumatra. British carrier with escort ships was send there. It will not save transports but with little luck will hit few Japanese attackers.


Australia Command

Allied bombers are attacking 21st Division moving north to Charters Towers. 7th Armored Tank Brigade captured important town on crossroads cutting off best supply line to 21st Division. British troops will try block other supply lines that might help Japanese.

Japanese troops invaded norther Australia. Broome captured. Supply convoys for Darwin and Broome in danger.

Big TF with Battleships detected. Big question is this long awaited invasion of Perth or maybe just carrier force raid. Light surface ship squadron that had orders to attack Broome transports will be withdrawn because air danger risk.

Two additional fighter squadrons were send to Perth to prepare CAP.



South Pacific

Operation Bridge

After conquest of New Caledonia biggest problem for Allied HQ is, how to safely transport troops and planes to invaded Australia. Obvious answer was through New Zealand and Perth. With incoming invasion of Perth, New Zealand route becomes primary route for allied transports. In february-march 1942 few convoys with troops arrived to Pago Pago concentration point. There, HQ decided to create chain of air bases to transport squadrons from Fiji to New Zealand.
Tongatapu and Raul Island were selected to this task and transport with construction and base forces were sent there. Additionally HQ sent, to Raul Island, one New Zealand infantry battalion to provide protection and avoid fate of Norfolk island where US base force was eliminated and island captured by small Japanese forces.

Rest of ships were divided into 5 transport Task Forces. One with squadron of P-40s to provide CAP for New Zealand. 3 TF’s with at least 7 squadrons of bombers and fighters. And another one with engineer and base force troops.

All ships were close to each other and were moving close to southern shores of New Zealand. Then they changed course to north, to Hobart. After one day, all TF’s were put on high alert. Enemy Carrier raid was detected. Loosing 7 squadrons of planes and troops was unacceptable for Allied HQ.

TF with land forces moved on full speed to Dunedin to start unloading there. From Wellington single ship was dispatched north to lure enemy east, as far from convoys as it was possible. Also in Wellington small supply convoy was preparing, so HQ ordered newly arrived P-40’s squadron to provided fighter cover.

Plane transport TF’s were in other situation. One with US Marine Fighter squadrons was close to Hobart, so fighter cover moved from Sydney was able to protect it. But far worst situation was for 2 other convoys in the middle of ocean between New Zealand and Tasmania. Full speed west. That was their orders.

Enemy didn’t catch decoy but moved close to New Zealand and attacked protected by P-40s supply convoy.
P-40’s were able to inflict minor losses, but at least 2 protected ships were sunk. Then IJN moved west. They catch in their range troop transports that were unloading in Dunedin. Fortunately most of the troops were already on land when bombers arrived and damaged or sunk most of the convoy ships.

That was crucial moment.
If Japanese commander decide to move west he will catch convoys with planes. If he will move northeast, allied forces will be safe.

Next day came and Carrier force was not detected. This could mean anything. Convoy Ships moved north to Australia along western coast of Tasmania. Next day… No carriers. First ships arrived to Australia.

This time Allies were lucky… Enemy was very close from great victory…


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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 2/28/2021 5:59:12 PM   
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Australia Command

As was expected using her naval invasion superiority Imperial Japanese Navy prepared attacks on Port Hedland and Perth Region.
Port Hedland fall into enemies hands quickly, but Perth is not so easy to capture.
Supported by carriers enemy prepared sweep mission against Perth defenders. But IJN didn’t expected Marine dive bombers in base.
CA Kinguasa from transport escort TF was hit by three bombs and is on fire (heavy fires).
Also one transport was hit by bombs.

Allied HQ had big problems with identification where enemy will land. At first HQ believed that enemy will invade Perth directly, but on next day transport and support TF’s were seen moving towards Geralton, north of Perth. One australian infantry brigade was sent there to support base defenders, but on next day shocked air recon detected all TF’s to the south of Perth at Busselton. That is probably real invasion target. If enemy will use more than one division to invade region, there will be no force in western Australia to stop him.

Also IJN airplanes began attacks on Darwin. CAP created by US Army and Marines didn’t stopped enemy from bombing port. Submarine support infrastructure (AS ship) was destroyed. Fortunately air battles against Japan are no more one sided as it was before, many Zero planes were shot down. In total numbers losses were equal.

On eastern coast after lots of land maneuvers Japanese troops surrounded Bowen. Japanese 21st Division was divided into parts and blocked positions to the west and southwest of Bowen. 1st Tank regiment blocked road from Townsville. Allied forces will try to break through 1st Tank Regiment. 7th Armour Tank Brigade supported by Australian Infantry brigade and allied air force will try to open supply lines to Bowen.

Java
Batavia and Bandoeng are still in Dutch hands.

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Ground combat at Bandoeng (50,100)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 22072 troops, 201 guns, 85 vehicles, Assault Value = 682

Defending force 17350 troops, 292 guns, 131 vehicles, Assault Value = 497

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 416

Allied adjusted defense: 397

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1617 casualties reported
Squads: 25 destroyed, 92 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 36 disabled
Guns lost 23 (8 destroyed, 15 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
418 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 18 (3 destroyed, 15 disabled)
Vehicles lost 27 (5 destroyed, 22 disabled)

Assaulting units:
III/81st Naval Guard Unit
2nd Engineer Regiment
I./4th Infantry Battalion
2nd Recon Regiment
91st Naval Guard Unit
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
5th Amphibious Brigade
Yokosuka Assault SNLF
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
2nd KNIL Regiment
Lijfwacht Cav Sqn
4th KNIL Regiment
1st KNIL Regiment
Tjilatjap KNIL Battalion
Mobiele Eenheid Battalion
Roodenburg Battalion
Andir ML Base Force
1st KNIL AA Battalion
3rd KNIL AA Battalion
3/2nd Avn Sup Afd
Tjilitap KM Base Force
7th Avn Sup Afd



Malaya

Rangoon was attacked by enemy and was captured.

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Ground combat at Rangoon (54,53)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 17536 troops, 134 guns, 96 vehicles, Assault Value = 529

Defending force 5875 troops, 76 guns, 25 vehicles, Assault Value = 143

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 245

Allied adjusted defense: 107

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Rangoon !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
587 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Allied ground losses:
2890 casualties reported
Squads: 78 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 84 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 34 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 30 (27 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 24 (23 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 3
Units destroyed 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
Imperial Guards Division
55th Infantry Regiment
22nd Recon Regiment

Defending units:
Rangoon BAF Battalion
1st Gloucestershire Battalion
16th Indian Brigade
103rd RN Base Force


Most of troops were evacuated north behind airstrikes line. Troops will slowly abandon Burma and move to India.

But to slowdown enemy, defense positions were prepared in Meliktla. Japanese 14th Tank Regiment tried to chase down Allied troops but when it moved to clear terrain heavy air bombardment started. After few days of bombing allied counterattack heavily shattered Japanese tank regiment.

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Ground combat at Meiktila (58,47)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 11709 troops, 67 guns, 8 vehicles, Assault Value = 363

Defending force 198 troops, 0 guns, 81 vehicles, Assault Value = 23

Allied adjusted assault: 278

Japanese adjusted defense: 2

Allied assault odds: 139 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: disruption(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 20 (20 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1

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

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
9th Burma Rifles Battalion
3rd Burma Rifles Battalion
Mandalay BMP Battalion
10th Burma Rifles Battalion
BFF Brigade
1st Burma Division
104th RAF Base Force
107th RAF Base Force

Defending units:
14th Tank Regiment



Before fall of Rangoon I informed about carrier raid against detected Japanese convoy. Unfortunately Royal Navy detected convoy on the way home probably empty. 3 ships were sunk.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Victoria Point at 49,65

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 17
Fulmar II x 8

Allied aircraft losses
Albacore I: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Boston Maru, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
xAK Kinryu Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Sikisan Maru
xAK Kinsyo Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x Albacore I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo

Massive explosion on xAK Kinsyo Maru
Massive explosion on xAK Kinsyo Maru




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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/2/2021 4:59:54 PM   
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Burma

Allied bombers bombed Burmese oil fields. Japan brought fighters in big hurry to protect precious oil.
Troops successfully moved north to Indian border, but there are lots of voices about staying longer in Burma. It is possible that Japan put all her effort into Australia and battle of Burma might be longer and might bring more casualties to Japan.

Java

Japanese troops made first deliberate attacks against Bandoeng. Both attacks were repulsed with heavy Japanese losses. Mechanized brigade from Batavia moved south towards empty Japanese bases on the east coast of Java because almost all units are blocking Bandoeng.

17th March attack
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Ground combat at Bandoeng (50,100)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 20745 troops, 194 guns, 85 vehicles, Assault Value = 591

Defending force 16908 troops, 290 guns, 126 vehicles, Assault Value = 445

Japanese adjusted assault: 238

Allied adjusted defense: 1012

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 4 (fort level 1)

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

Japanese ground losses:
2148 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 106 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 40 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 26 (4 destroyed, 22 disabled)
Vehicles lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
598 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 10 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 28 (2 destroyed, 26 disabled)
Vehicles lost 18 (14 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Assaulting units:
2nd Engineer Regiment
5th Amphibious Brigade
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
I./4th Infantry Battalion
91st Naval Guard Unit
2nd Recon Regiment
Yokosuka Assault SNLF
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
III/81st Naval Guard Unit

Defending units:
Lijfwacht Cav Sqn
1st KNIL Regiment
Tjilatjap KNIL Battalion
2nd KNIL Regiment
Mobiele Eenheid Battalion
4th KNIL Regiment
Roodenburg Battalion
3/2nd Avn Sup Afd
3rd KNIL AA Battalion
1st KNIL AA Battalion
Andir ML Base Force
Tjilitap KM Base Force
7th Avn Sup Afd



19th March Attack.

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Ground combat at Bandoeng (50,100)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18839 troops, 191 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 506

Defending force 16684 troops, 290 guns, 111 vehicles, Assault Value = 419

Japanese adjusted assault: 193

Allied adjusted defense: 397

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 1)

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

Japanese ground losses:
1808 casualties reported
Squads: 29 destroyed, 170 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 26 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Guns lost 25 (1 destroyed, 24 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
493 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 55 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 19 (1 destroyed, 18 disabled)
Vehicles lost 10 (9 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
5th Amphibious Brigade
2nd Recon Regiment
91st Naval Guard Unit
I./4th Infantry Battalion
Yokosuka Assault SNLF
2nd Engineer Regiment
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
III/81st Naval Guard Unit

Defending units:
1st KNIL Regiment
2nd KNIL Regiment
Lijfwacht Cav Sqn
Tjilatjap KNIL Battalion
Mobiele Eenheid Battalion
4th KNIL Regiment
Roodenburg Battalion
3rd KNIL AA Battalion
1st KNIL AA Battalion
Andir ML Base Force
3/2nd Avn Sup Afd
Tjilitap KM Base Force
7th Avn Sup Afd





Australia Command – North

Allied transports made effort to get to Darwin with supplies. Enemies detected them and attacked with surface ships. 2 ships sunk and 2 ships arrived to Darwin.

Also air battle over Darwin is raging. It seems that IJN figther squadrons are weaker and need operational break. Unfortunately also allied squadrons are depleted.

Australia Command – West

Two divisions landed just south of Perth. Allied troops can muster 3 brigades in this zone and so they decided to weaken Perth defense and strengthen Kalgoorlie, crucial train depot that connects eastern and western Australia. There are lots of question in Allied HQ. To protect Kalgoorie or defend Perth at all cost and loose contact with eastern part of country?



Australia Command – East

B-17’s air strike was conducted against Rockhampton port. Three bombs hit CVE Hosho docked there.

7th Armoured Tank Brigade open northern route to Bowen. Enemy tank brigade retreated.
On 16th of March Japanese troops attacked Bowen and were repulsed.

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Ground combat at Bowen (93,147)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 30725 troops, 330 guns, 213 vehicles, Assault Value = 932

Defending force 23377 troops, 237 guns, 257 vehicles, Assault Value = 781

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Japanese adjusted assault: 443

Allied adjusted defense: 2159

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 4 (fort level 2)

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

Japanese ground losses:
2708 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 255 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Guns lost 14 (1 destroyed, 13 disabled)
Vehicles lost 24 (2 destroyed, 22 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
188 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Vehicles lost 74 (17 destroyed, 57 disabled)

Assaulting units:
Guards Mixed Brigade
3rd Tank Regiment
4th Division
38th Division
2nd Mortar Battalion
3rd RF Gun Battalion
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
2/11th Armoured Car Regiment
2/5th Armoured Regiment
14th Australian Brigade
3rd Motor Brigade
6th Australian Brigade
18th British Division
I Australian Corps
Bowen RAN Base Force



Once again they attacked on 19th march and once again lost.

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Ground combat at Bowen (93,147)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 25506 troops, 309 guns, 213 vehicles, Assault Value = 750

Defending force 23124 troops, 235 guns, 247 vehicles, Assault Value = 726

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 384

Allied adjusted defense: 989

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 1)

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

Japanese ground losses:
673 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 38 disabled
Non Combat: 35 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 90 (90 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
209 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 21 (10 destroyed, 11 disabled)

Assaulting units:
3rd Tank Regiment
Guards Mixed Brigade
4th Division
38th Division
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
3rd RF Gun Battalion
2nd Mortar Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
2/5th Armoured Regiment
2/11th Armoured Car Regiment
3rd Motor Brigade
6th Australian Brigade
14th Australian Brigade
18th British Division
I Australian Corps
Bowen RAN Base Force



In the same time they once again captured Emerlad, city west of Rockhampton. US Tank battalion will try to recapture this position.

Over Brisbane dozens of fighters were damaged or destroyed. Enemy is very aggressive in this zone with his sweep missions. Once again allied fighters were pulled back to Sydney.



South Pacific

Once again CV raid against trade routes between New Zealand and Tasmania. This time big convoy returning to New Zealand was captured. Allied fighters moved to Hobart to protect hidden there transports and surface fleet.
To add more, enemy also raids from Perth, so he is trying to get convoys from eastern and western side of Australia.
There is big tanker convoy and 3 large supply convoys on the way, so Allied HQ hopes that enemy will withdraw any time soon. Especially important is fuel convoy. Lack of fuel in Sydney and other eastern bases is serious.


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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/4/2021 5:01:26 AM   
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Jus a quick note... I didn't expected that Japan has so many divisions :) But I forget that I'm playing Iron babes scenario, so in Australia I'm facing at least 9 divisions. Enemy landed at Port Augusta. I prepared there 2 US Regiments, one Australian, artillery and tank battalions. Base fallen in 3 days...

But enemy send more support to Australia soon. At PHI he have 3 more Divisions. Who knows what is wating for me at Sumatra or Java... Brr...

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Burma

Japanese guard brigade captured Lashio. All forces move north except few base force that will join Allied troops in China.

Java

Bandoeng fights on. Dutch armored brigade from Batavia moved south and routed Japanese infantry battalion in Kalidjati. Dutch forces will continue their advance south.

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Ground combat at Kalidjati (50,99)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1107 troops, 3 guns, 78 vehicles, Assault Value = 88

Defending force 1241 troops, 5 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 39

Allied adjusted assault: 37

Japanese adjusted defense: 17

Allied assault odds: 2 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
500 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 9 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Allied ground losses:
12 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
1st Regt Cavalerie

Defending units:
III./4th Infantry Battalion







Australia Command – North

Darwin air cover is depleted by constant sweeping attacks from Timor. Additional naval invasion allowed capture of Derby. Australian Cavalry Brigade is on the way to clear region.

Australia Command – West

Perth was partially evacuated. Two Japanese Divisions are storming city and after 3 day attack HQ expects that Perth will fall into enemy hands before end of the month. New Zealand armor battalion and Indian brigade were sent as reinforcements to Port Augusta. They diddn’t make on time.

Australia Command – East

Bowen is still holding. More enemy divisions landed. Base is besieged by 4 Japanese Divisions and artillery units. At least one more division surrounds countryside.

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4th Division
9th Division
38th Division
55th Division
7th RF Gun Battalion
3rd RF Gun Battalion
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
5th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
2nd Mortar Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment



On 22th March 1942 Intelligence decrypted information that at least one Japanese unit was loaded on ship and it is moving towards Port Augusta. Japanese carrier group was detected few days earlier, but TF was moving suspiciously slow. Allied HQ expected that enemy will try to attack convoys unloading supplies in Adelaide. But when it didn’t happened all troops were put on alert. 2 US Brigades, artillery unit and tank Battalion from reserves were ordered to move to Port Augusta defended by single Australian Brigade. In Port Augusta heavy cruiser Astoria with escort of 3 DD’s was put on alert and sail away from port to hunt enemies carrier group.

All of this was futile.

On 24th March Astoria TF attacked Japanese convoys but it was destroyed by heavy Japanese naval task force. Even though two DD’s from supporting TF attacked carrier TF, enemy withdraw without scratch.
On the same day Port Augusta was invaded by two divisions.

Allied HQ moved all B-17’s bombers to support defense, but Carrier group providing air cover was hard as rock. Losses among 4E bombers were high and unfortunately enemy was not weakened enough.

On 27th March 1942 Port Augusta fallen and allied troops withdraw to the west (worst option).

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Ground combat at Port Augusta (75,159)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 28724 troops, 278 guns, 102 vehicles, Assault Value = 874

Defending force 14606 troops, 200 guns, 196 vehicles, Assault Value = 325

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 436

Allied adjusted defense: 102

Japanese assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Port Augusta !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: op mode(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
990 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 84 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
4118 casualties reported
Squads: 152 destroyed, 52 disabled
Non Combat: 280 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 39 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 143 (114 destroyed, 29 disabled)
Vehicles lost 92 (86 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Units retreated 7

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
Sasebo 8th SNLF
5th Division
6th Guards Division
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
1st RF Gun Battalion
1st JAAF Base Force

Defending units:
132nd Infantry Regiment
8th Australian Brigade
182nd Infantry Regiment
193rd Tank Battalion
1st Middlesex Battalion
RAAF OTU Augusta
2nd Medium Regiment



Air battle was raging over Port Augusta. Japanese carrier fighter cover is depleted but also allied dive bombers and fighter squadrons.

If the enemy move south he will activate emergency reinforcements that will be used for counteroffensive in Burma. If he will move east there is not to enough land forces to hold him. Also if the Bowen fall Australia will be lost.

In New Zealand additional units are awaiting to move to Australia, but I afraid that they will meet returning carrier force. Or they will not return… Just resupply at newly captured Port Augusta.

Also convoy with planes, marines regiment, and US Army Division sailed away from San Francisco. Protected by US Navy Carriers. They must get to Australia.

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Australia Command East

Perth has fallen. All troops are retreating to Kalgoorie. Another convoy was intercepted by Japanese Carriers. This time with supplies and squadron of fighters

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Australia Command Central

Enemy has withdraw all his naval assets from Port Augusta. Probably to the west (Perth Region). After successful sweeping mission against Port Augusta fighter cover, enemy withdraw his fighters also. Port Augusta port is damaged and B-17’s are closing airbase located in this base. Allied HQ will try to regroup land forces and prepare counterattack.

Naval TF will try to bombard enemy base to increase damage and disrupt Japanese fortification effort.



Australia Command North

Darwin CAP exist no more. Lack of supplies in Darwin makes reinforcing and upgrading squadrons impossible. HQ will try to create alternative route for planes to reinforce this position.

Australia Command East

Situation in Bowen is getting harder. Enemy superiority in numbers are to high to hold this base longer. Part of the units are being evacuated south to Brisbane.

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Ground combat at Bowen (93,147)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 52549 troops, 581 guns, 165 vehicles, Assault Value = 1325

Defending force 21291 troops, 241 guns, 219 vehicles, Assault Value = 513

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 855

Allied adjusted defense: 973

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 1)

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

Japanese ground losses:
900 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 72 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
358 casualties reported
Squads: 22 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 11 destroyed, 75 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 16 (4 destroyed, 12 disabled)
Vehicles lost 45 (17 destroyed, 28 disabled)

Assaulting units:
9th Division
38th Division
4th Division
55th Division
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
7th RF Gun Battalion
2nd Mortar Battalion
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
3rd RF Gun Battalion
5th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
2/5th Armoured Regiment
3rd Motor Brigade
6th Australian Brigade
14th Australian Brigade
18th British Division
2/11th Armoured Car Regiment
I Australian Corps
Bowen RAN Base Force






Java



Burma



Summary

End of march means also end of Japanaese invasion bonus. Japan will pick their targets more carefully. Situtaion in Australia looks grim, but will do everything I can to hold it.

March brought heavy air losses for both side, but biggest losses were among allied transport ships and 4E Bombers. Many fighter squadrons were decimated. I hope for little more force conserving April.

Allied Air Aces



Air losses



Ship losses





Silent War Aces

1. I-162 14195t 3 ships

2. I-153 11970t 4 ships new

3. I-156 10290t 3 ships down

4. Seadragon 9105t 2 ships down

5. I-124 8370t 2 ships  down

6. I-17 8290t 3 ships

7. I-18 8150 1 ship down

8. I-168 6350 1 ship  Down

9. I-166 6100 1 ship down

10. RO-64 6070 1ship down 


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Australia Command East

Enemy is 46 miles west from Kalgoorie. Allied soldiers are preparing fortifications. I hope that they will stand so long that Allied soldiers in Central regions recapture Port Augusta

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Australia Command Central

Bombing and sweeping is a order of the week. Troops slowly moves to concentration point. Additional US Brigade arrived along with base troops and artillery.


Australia Command East

On 6th April Bowen has fallen into enemy hands. In Brisbane most of lost units begins reconstruction. Counterattack to relief Bowen defenders is only 46 miles from base, but they will withdraw. Allied HQ decided about abandoning north and focusing in Brisbane area. Also 7th Armored Tank Brigade will move to support Port Augusta offensive.

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Ground combat at Bowen (93,147)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 51386 troops, 581 guns, 165 vehicles, Assault Value = 1208

Defending force 17802 troops, 208 guns, 185 vehicles, Assault Value = 374

Japanese adjusted assault: 372

Allied adjusted defense: 175

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Bowen !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
1041 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 61 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Allied ground losses:
20017 casualties reported
Squads: 468 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1278 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 141 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 196 (196 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 240 (240 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 8

Assaulting units:
4th Division
9th Division
38th Division
55th Division
3rd RF Gun Battalion
7th RF Gun Battalion
2nd Mortar Battalion
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
5th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
14th Australian Brigade
2/5th Armoured Regiment
6th Australian Brigade
18th British Division
I Australian Corps
3rd Motor Brigade
2/11th Armoured Car Regiment
Bowen RAN Base Force



Once again Japanese carrier was targeted by submarine and once again no hit. Enemy carrier group moves to New Caledonia. It is unknown what is IJN planing.

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Sub attack near Belep Islands at 110,159

Japanese Ships
CV Soryu
CL Tenryu
DD Uzuki
DD Ariake

Allied Ships
SS Finback

SS Finback launches 6 torpedoes at CV Soryu
DD Ariake fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ariake fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ariake fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ariake fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ariake fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub



Java

Two additional Guard Divisions arrived to Java. Enemy has enough strength to finish conquest of island. Dutch brigade is on the way to Batavia. British Carrier Group will try to disrupt enemy supply chain near Java coast. One single day attack and retreat back to Colombo.



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You are better off defending the mountain base on Java, it is hard for the Japanese to take.

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After end of March Air Bloodbath and fall of Bowen, more peaceful times started. In Australia Allied troops are preparing to attack Port Augusta. In western region of Australia enemy is clearing coast before attack at Kalgoorlie.

Near Fiji Japan invaded little island between Fiji and New Caledonia – Anatom. Allied Destroyers Task Force prepared to attack Japanese invasion force, but just day before attack, Naval Search planes detected and identified Japanese carrier Soryu. Instead DD’s, 3 submarines were send to region and this time SS Sailfish didn’t fail. Two torpedoes hit. But only one hit visibly damaged carrier.

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Sub attack near Anatom at 119,159

Japanese Ships
CV Soryu, Torpedo hits 2
BB Haruna
CA Kako
CA Furutaka
CA Chokai
CL Tenryu
DD Uzuki
DD Ariake
DD Tadeshiwa
DD Kamikaze

Allied Ships
SS Sailfish

SS Sailfish launches 4 torpedoes at CV Soryu
DD Tadeshiwa fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Kamikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kamikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kamikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kamikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kamikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub



Also Japanese subs are not wasting their time. Near Melbourne I-169 attacked allied convoy and sink three ships in one day. It is clear that this sub captain will move fast to the top of Silent War Aces.


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Submarine attack near King Island at 79,173

Japanese Ships
SS I-169

Allied Ships
xAK West Cape, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

xAK West Cape is sighted by SS I-169
SS I-169 attacking xAK West Cape on the surface


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Submarine attack near King Island at 79,173

Japanese Ships
SS I-169

Allied Ships
AP Henry T. Allen, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

AP Henry T. Allen is sighted by SS I-169
Massive explosion on AP Henry T. Allen
SS I-169 launches 2 torpedoes at AP Henry T. Allen


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Submarine attack near King Island at 79,173

Japanese Ships
SS I-169

Allied Ships
xAK Katrina Luckenbach, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

xAK Katrina Luckenbach is sighted by SS I-169
SS I-169 launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Katrina Luckenbach




British carrier group moving along Java coast is having problem with ship detection, no enemy was found. One last chance for Royal Navy will be 13th April, when TF will move close to strait that divides Sumatra and Java.


On 13th April peace will end, because once again Japanese Carrier group was detected near southern Australia heading towards Port Augusta or Melbourne. Fighter squadrons are on full Alert.


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Where were the escorts for those sunk ships? You need to protect those APs for when they upgrade since they will be the ships carrying your assault troops.

Two good hits on the Soryu. That should send her to the body and fender shop for awhile.

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quote:

Where were the escorts for those sunk ships? You need to protect those APs for when they upgrade since they will be the ships carrying your assault troops.


Those Japanese carrier raids made me to plan strange ad hoc routes for ships and created big fuel problem in Australia. This was one of those TF's that run away from enemy end used almost all it's fuel so I moved escort away. And to be honest I didn't expected sub in this place.

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Australia Command

No good news. Evacuation of northern Australia goes as planned, but once again Carriers moved to Port Augusta and unloaded more troops there, creating risk, that future offensive in that region will be impossible.

At first day of operation (13th April) enemy lunched sweeping raids against main fighter base at Adelaide inflicting huge losses on Allied planes. Naval bombers counter attack brought only more losses to allied side.

Allied HQ decided that fighter sweeping counterattack will be prepared at all cost and after reducing Japanese CAP more naval bombers will be brought to action.

Unfortunately weather over Port Augusta was poor, so only on 17th April allied squadrons commenced sweeping mission. This time losses were almost equal. Over 25 Zero fighters were shot down at a cost 20 allied fighters mostly USMC Wildcats. Also B-17 bombers once again bombed air base at Port Augusta, dealing losses among planes on runway. Allied HQ knew that there is big risk of Japanese naval counterattack and bombing Adelaide, so they decided to withdraw squadrons to safer airfields.

This decision was lucky for allied pilots. On next day enemy had 110 Zero fighters over Port Augusta. But also luck smiled to bomber crews. This CAP was not able to intercept B-17s raid so once again bombers bombed airbase almost without losses and destroyed few Nell naval bombers.

On 19th April enemy tried sweeping mission over Melbourne. There was almost no CAP, but Allied naval fleet is present at this port. If enemy decide to attack, he will have to move away from Port Augusta. Allied naval bombers are on alert, so they will try to counter this kind of action, and stronger CAP was prepared over Melbourne.

In worst case scenario enemy will not try to sweep and will put all of his fighters to CAP, then naval bombers attack will be decimated.

Java

British carriers attacked three different transport Task Forces. One attack met CAP and returend to carriers with big losses and without hit. Other attacks went smoothly and 4 small transport ships were sunk.

Fiji

Bomber raids against new bases between Fiji and New Caledonia brought more losses to Japan. One transport ship was sunk and other is heavy damaged.

Burma

Almost lack of activity, small pace of conquest brings one important question. Did Australia invasion took all resources available to IJA in Burma. Maybe it will be best option to prepare counterattack and ease pressure that is put on Australia?

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You need to list all of the "free" Japanese divisions and other important units, then see how many PPs he would have to buy any out from restriction, then list where each of those units are on the map. That might tell you what he has yet to show you.

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quote:

ORIGINAL: RangerJoe

You need to list all of the "free" Japanese divisions and other important units, then see how many PPs he would have to buy any out from restriction, then list where each of those units are on the map. That might tell you what he has yet to show you.



Without tools I would be blind... But I prepared this little report about positions of enemy Divisions and regiments. I’m checking bigger units only.

As we can see Japan keeps in Burma region something around 3 Divisions wit additional regiment sized RTA Divisions. But I lost 2nd Division from my sight. It might be the force that landed at Port Augusta or it might go to Burma. They also might be used to finish off Java defenders...



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20th-22th April 1942

Java

Norther part of Island is fighting greate defense. Enemy brought reinforcements but once again his attack was repulsed at Bandoeng with heavy Japanese losses.

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Ground combat at Bandoeng (50,100)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 32961 troops, 310 guns, 97 vehicles, Assault Value = 904

Defending force 17900 troops, 294 guns, 176 vehicles, Assault Value = 511

Japanese adjusted assault: 246

Allied adjusted defense: 850

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3 (fort level 2)

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

Japanese ground losses:
3092 casualties reported
Squads: 62 destroyed, 271 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 36 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Guns lost 32 (5 destroyed, 27 disabled)
Vehicles lost 18 (4 destroyed, 14 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
604 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 50 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 30 (2 destroyed, 28 disabled)
Vehicles lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Assaulting units:
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
2nd Recon Regiment
I./4th Infantry Battalion
II./4th Infantry Battalion
III/81st Naval Guard Unit
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
5th Amphibious Brigade
Yokosuka Assault SNLF
91st Naval Guard Unit
4th Guards Division
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
1st KNIL Regiment
2nd KNIL Regiment
Mobiele Eenheid Battalion
4th KNIL Regiment
1st Regt Cavalerie
Tjilatjap KNIL Battalion
Roodenburg Battalion
1st KNIL AA Battalion
Andir ML Base Force
3rd KNIL AA Battalion
3/2nd Avn Sup Afd
Tjilitap KM Base Force
7th Avn Sup Afd



Australia Command

After fierce air battles of last days 21st and 22th April were more peaceful. Enemy withdraw Carrier TF from attack position near Melbourne and decided not to attack port with strong CAP.

I’m toying with idea to attack IJN at Port Augusta with my surface fleets. Japanese carriers are protected by 2 surface TFs and strong escort with battleship. Allies have at Melbourne 3 light cruisers and 16 DD’s. In few days 2 heavy cruisers will be available after refit.

I’m not sure that even with full speed I will be able to get there in one day and risk might bring big losess without any gain.





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Australia Command

Almost all Northern Forces are safely evacuated to Southern Australia. Enemy captured Townsville and he is trying to capture Charters Tower where Australian troops put some good fight.

Japanese paratroopers landed at Cloncurry but they were repulsed by local garrison.



Also enemy landed at Horn Island protecting Torres Strait but were massacred by Australian and Dutch defenders.

Lots of losses in air battle over Melbourne. On 29th April enemy sweep once again CAP over this important port and shot down almost 40 planes. Japanese losses were equally high.

Japanese Carrier force once again is trying to attack Melbourne port. Allied surface fleets will try to intercept them.




Allied soldiers recaptured Derby in North Australia. Next target – Broome.



Java
Northern Java is fighting. Enemy is not strong enough there. Yet.


Luzon
On 29th April 1942 last US forces surrendered on Luzon. Enemy finished campaign there and so two more divisions are ready to move to Australia.

Burma[

Commonwealth forces with Dutch and US help are preparing defensive positions.



Fiji

Japan is building up their forces at ring of island east from New Caledonia. US bombers are trying to slow down enemy but it is almost impossible with lack of planes.

US Navy raided one of this ports. 3 enemy sub chasers were sunk. No US losses.


End of month summary

April was continuation of March. Northern Australia has fallen and unfortunately at Port Augusta I didn’t managed to get air superiority. Lack of airframes is big problem for me and I don’t know how long I will be able to hold against enemy.

Air War Aces


Unfortunately allied top ace was shoot down over Melbourne.
It was also total surprise to see 2LT Berg on the list. He is flying B-17 Bomber.





Surface War





Silent War

Three new subs on Top 10 list. I-169 massacred convoy near Melbourne and got first place with highest tonnage sunk.



1. I-169 18080t 3 ships new

2. I-162 14735t 3 ships down

3. I-153 11970t 4 ships down

4. I-156 10290t 3 ships down

5. Seadragon 9105t 2 ships down

6. I-1 8390t 2 ships new

7. I-124 8370t 2 ships down

8. I-17 8290t 3 ships down

9. I-18 8150 1 ship down

10. I-30 7150t 1 ship  new

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Maybe put something small but enticing in Clare between Adelaide and Port Augusta. See if he takes the bait . . .

Some air unit fragments with old planes might work, you don't want to lose a full air unit . . .

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I'm moving NZ small unit... Just in range of well known line:) There is no base between Adelaide and Port Augusta.

Btw it's funny that almost all Australia is in Japanese hands, but there is no reaction. Only when they move south of Brisbane people will notice that someone invaded Australia :)

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That is interesting because my map has Clare which is two hexes away from both, right on the rail line. If is an AF base, no port at all since it is an inland base.

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quote:

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That is interesting because my map has Clare which is two hexes away from both, right on the rail line. If is an AF base, no port at all since it is an inland base.

I think that was added with the changed AI.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/17/2021 2:42:25 AM   
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That is interesting because my map has Clare which is two hexes away from both, right on the rail line. If is an AF base, no port at all since it is an inland base.

I think that was added with the changed AI.


Ah soooo . . .

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/17/2021 11:27:58 AM   
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Has to be a masochist playing an Ironman scenario against a human opponent.

Must not realize the Japs are already overpowered enough in stock.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/17/2021 12:06:24 PM   
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Has to be a masochist playing an Ironman scenario against a human opponent.

Must not realize the Japs are already overpowered enough in stock.


There is true in Your words :) But actually it's my mistake. I didn't check carefully what are changes to this scenario. So I was surprised when I saw all of this nice Guards Divisions and Regiments knocking to my doors.

But I have lots of fun in this game. I'm usually playing as Japan and I'm used to fighting lost war in 1943-1945 :)

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