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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/17/2021 2:41:44 PM   
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ORIGINAL: HansBolter

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 :)


Just think, you still may be losing in 1943-1945 . . .


< Message edited by RangerJoe -- 3/17/2021 5:04:02 PM >


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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/17/2021 5:01:59 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: RangerJoe


quote:

ORIGINAL: Runnersan


quote:

ORIGINAL: HansBolter

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 :)


Just think, you still me be losing in 1943-1945 . . .



This will mean that no "Auto Victory for Japan" so it is good result :)

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/18/2021 8:09:58 PM   
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1st-9th May 1942


Australia Command

Naval attack on Japanese carriers that planned to attack Melbourne has failed. Enemy knowing the risk withdrew back to Port Augusta. 2 slower Allied destroyers were hit by Japanese bombers and sunk. Third was damaged but survived. Other ships returned intact.


In the same time Royal Navy prepared raid from Melbourne to Busselton, south of Perth. Allied HQ hoped that they will intercept light defended convoy on the way to Port Augusta or they will catch some easy target at Busselton port. US Navy sub was send to port to scout situation there and in the same day there was confirmation. At least one CS ship, transports protected by 2 destroyers and patrol boats detected.

Allied Task Force was lead by CL Dragon and 3 destroyers as escort. Allied commander decided to risk in hope that they will be able to damage transports and CS ship. Unfortunately there was additional surface force, that US submarine didn’t detect.


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Busselton at 48,149, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Hyuga
CA Mikuma, Shell hits 2
DD Arashio
DD Natsugumo

Allied Ships
CL Dragon, Shell hits 4, on fire
DD Maury
DD Lamson
DD Stuart, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk



Damaged CL Dragon is expected at Melbourne in next few days.

In northern Australia two little successes. First. Australian forces recapture Broom and Derby.

Second. Japanese paratroopers of 2nd Raiding Regiment were wiped out by combined Australian and US Forces. Allied troops will now withdraw to the south.

All main forces from Townsville area are at Brisbane now. Only few smaller units acting as rear guard remain there but will move away any day now because there is nothing important left do defend (Charters Tower fall on 4th May)

South of Rockhampton Japanese Tank regiment blocked quickest escape route from north, but other, slower routes are still open.

Japanese forces are moving south to Bundaberg. HQ decided that Australian Cavalry Brigade that saved city at the beginning of Australian Invasion will abandon base and move south. Enemy forces are large and HQ will try to avoid cutting off valuable Allied troops from main bases.

To Sydney arrived big convoy. Fuel, 7th Marine Regiment and 40th Infantry Division arrived. Force will move north to stay as reserve in Brisbane. It looks like that any move against Port Augusta will commit large Allied forces and will create stalemate. Stalmate at Port Augusta will open road for troops from Rockhampton.

More US troops on the way.

Bad news from Kalgoorlie. After many days of fighting allied troops lost the city. This will open railroad from Port Augusta to western Perth region. However Allied troops are blocking this route in middle of desert between Port Augusta and Kalgoorlie.





Java

Japanese Army is preparing to finish campaign here. Intelligence claims that Guards Tank Division arrived on this Island. More planes are bombing Dutch troops. Batavia is still in Allied hands.

Sumatra

Allied scouting force arrived on one of the remote islands west of Sumatra. AV ship will provide support and one Catalina unit will scout region.
Sibolga is still in Allied hands.

Burma

Enemy is preparing offensive against Myitkyina. One brigade is moving through jungle and dirt roads. Allied HQ believes that they will try to capture Katha, important train station between Myitkyina and Shwebo and then they will bring more troops. Allied bombers are bombing Japanese units every day.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/21/2021 9:01:05 PM   
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Australia Command North

Victorious Australian Cavalry Brigade repelled Japanese counterattack on Broome. Japan brought additional units, but enemy is to weak to capture base. Unfortunately Japanese Bettie's squadron is bombing Broome every day. On open terrain without fortifications, Australians has no other option then withdraw, because of big losses.

Australia Command East

Japan battleships bombed Bundaberg and wiped out base force stationed there. As Allied HQ informed in last reports, Australian cavalry brigade retreated south. It was wise decision. On 13th May Japanese paratroopers landed in Maryborough between Bundaberg and Brisbane. Australian soldiers moved to Maryborough and drove paratroopers out of town.
In the same time to Bundaberg arrived Japanese infantry division and captured city.

Allied troops are preparing defensive positions at Brisbane and Toowoomba


South West Pacific

Convoy that few days earlier depart from Sydney was detected by Japanese carrier planes. Convoy brought to Australia US infantry, engineers, planes and fuel and now he was returning to US. Convoy protection force consisted of 2 US Navy carriers.
Ships were detected on 12th May by Kate bombers, but there was no Japanese attack.

On next day Port Augusta recon reported that Japanese carriers moved in pursuit to intercept convoy. Allied HQ moved to Tasmania, marine dive bombers with Wildcat escort planes to attack Japanese Pursuit TF. Transport convoy was redirected to New Zealand.

On 14th May attack started. Japanese light carriers that detected convoy at first place, attacked allied transports. US Carriers moved forward and couldn’t protect convoy ships.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Lord Howe Island at 99,180

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 17
B5N1 Kate x 4
B5N2 Kate x 12
D3A1 Val x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
TK Anders Jahre, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Alabaman, Torpedo hits 1
xAP Lurline, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Morris
TK California Standard, Bomb hits 1
xAK British Columbia, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
TK Gulfdawn, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Ruth Alexander, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage




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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Lord Howe Island at 99,180

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
B5N1 Kate x 6
B5N2 Kate x 5
D3A1 Val x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged
D3A1 Val: 2 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
AM Gale
PC Hermes
xAK San Vincente, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Morris
DD Nizam
xAP Harpoon, Bomb hits 1
TK Beau, Bomb hits 2, on fire
DD Perkins, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK San Simeon
xAP Poelau Laut
DD Case





Allied Carrier group once again was redirected to protect convoy at close range.

On 15th May Tasmania Marine pilots attacked enemy Task Force that sailed from Port Augusta. Enemy didn’t put CAP over carriers, but even well trained marine pilots couldn’t hit Japanese ships.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Hobart at 75,182

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 6

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Akagi


Carrier support unable to supply air cover..


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Hobart at 75,182

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 15

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 6 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Shokaku
CV Akagi
CV Zuikaku



Carrier support unable to supply air cover..



Allied convoy was attacked once again by Japanese light carriers. Enemy attacked from maximum range so allies couldn’t retaliate. One bomb hit CV Hornet.

16th May. Another attack from Tasmania ended with disaster. This time enemy CAP was ready and bombers were decimated by Japanese.

On 17th May contact was lost with Japanese big carrier group from Port Augusta. No attack on convoy by light carrier force.

On 17th May once again contact was established with light carrier force. Enemy once again attacked on maximum range. US CAP shot down 25 Torpedo Bombers and 7 Zero planes. US Carriers will continue their course to Pago Pago, but will try to move closer to attack light carrier force that should be weakened by this losses.

18th May. Allied CVs moved closer to enemy on they way to Pago Pago. Unfortunately Japanese commander decided to move his force east and cut off passage for escaping Carriers. At very close range Allied planes attacked Japanese light carrier force. Soon it was clear that Japanese force is not so light… CV Junyo, CVL Ryujo and CVL Zuiho were identified.

Allied carriers lunched their planes

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Norfolk Island at 119,171

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 32

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 15
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9
SBD-3 Dauntless x 66
TBD-1 Devastator x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 6 destroyed, 4 damaged
TBD-1 Devastator: 3 destroyed, 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, Bomb hits 2
CV Junyo, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires
BB Kongo
CVL Zuiho, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
CVL Ryujo, Bomb hits 1
CA Kako, Bomb hits 1
DD Suresushio, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage



According to pilots CV Junyo has sunk. Enemy didn’t retaliate, but losses were so high that allied Task Force must retreat.

Biggest risk is that enemy is at very close range, so he can decide to attack with surface fleet. Also main carrier force was detected near New Zealand. They might move to intercept US Carriers. Situation might easy change from victory to defeat.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/21/2021 9:10:37 PM   
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Zuiho should sink, the DD Suresushio should as well. The Junyo may not have been sunk and may not sink. Keep an eye on any Ground losses the enemy suffers. Move any subs in to interdict the trip to the nearest Japanese base.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/21/2021 9:20:08 PM   
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I saw 30 Val's and 16 Zero destroyed on ground in Air losses report. Also 1 Kate B5N1 and 1 B5N2. If I add this to Kate losses from day before it might be Junyo. Or he could move Vals to one of CVL's, but why Kate losses then...

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/21/2021 9:24:03 PM   
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The Vals would be from the Junyo. Two different Kates for two different groups. It then looks like the Junyo and the Zuiho both became fish homes.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/21/2021 9:32:43 PM   
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I hope that my carriers will survive next day.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/21/2021 10:04:52 PM   
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If you have enough fuel, use FULL SPEED!

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/22/2021 8:27:26 PM   
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Australia Command

Allied Carrier Task Force successfully avoided surface risk and Japanese pursuit. Unfortunately they used almost all of its fuel. So replenishment tankers were sent to meet with carriers.
Enemy didn’t detect Task Force, but Japanese CV group is already east of New Zealand.

Allied HQ moved to Auckland few Light Crusiers and destroyers in hope that enemy will think that allied carriers moved south under protection of friendly CAP. As was expected, spotters of Task Force Decoy detected Japanese Torpedo Bombers. If Japanese Carriers will not catch bait and move east, there will be no rescue for US Carrier Group.

On next day (20th May) once again no contact with enemy carriers. From Suva Surface task force was sent. Main task? Protect carriers and share fuel with them.

21st May. No luck. Enemy detected carriers. Bombing raid begin and both Hornet and Yorktown were damaged.
Also on this day Japan clearly state their intentions.
Almost 100 planes sweeped Suva on Fiji. Enemy lost around 50 machines, but also damaged lots of allied planes.
Also transport group was detected near New Zealand. Their target might be New Zealand itself or Raul Island, connection between Fiji/Pago-Pago and New Zealand.


With knowledge that enemy is focusing naval and air effort on Fiji little counterattack on Port Augusta was prepared. B-17’s bombed Port Augusta, port facilities

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Morning Air attack on Port Augusta , at 75,159

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 65

Allied aircraft
B-17D Fortress x 3
B-17E Fortress x 3

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 3 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Fumizuki, Bomb hits 2, on fire
DD Numakaze, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
AKE Lima Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire



Also fighters brought death and destruction on Port Augusta CAP. At least 33 Ki-43-Ic Oscars were shot down. Allied losses were light.

On Fiji Japanese bomber attack came before sweeping operations. Japan lost 15 Nells and 10 Betties.


Damaged Allied Carriers are moving east to meet with Replenishment Task Force at Top Secret location. Surface Task Force that arrived from Suva got orders to intercept Japanese Carrier Group (nicknamed Task Force Locutus). Unfortunately they moved as close as 46 miles from enemy, but didn’t attack them and by day they were wiped out by enemy bombers.


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Raoul Island at 126,170

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 26
B5N2 Kate x 44
D3A1 Val x 55

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 3 damaged
D3A1 Val: 10 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
CA San Francisco, Bomb hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Worden, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
CL Honolulu, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires
DD Cushing
DD MacDonough, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Kilty
DD Downes



Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CA San Francisco
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Worden
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CL Honolulu
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD MacDonough


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Raoul Island at 126,170

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 26
B5N2 Kate x 43
D3A1 Val x 52

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 2 damaged
D3A1 Val: 8 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Honolulu, Bomb hits 11, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Cushing
DD Worden, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
DD Kilty, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Downes
DD MacDonough, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA San Francisco, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage



Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CL Honolulu
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring an Allied DD
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Kilty
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD MacDonough
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CA San Francisco



Carriers were not detected on this day. But they are not safe. Still enemy might catch them and only hope that they will use all fuel and will withdraw.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/25/2021 1:39:57 PM   
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Fiji

23rd May were quite peaceful for US Navy Carriers. They were heading east while Japanese force searched them on the way to Pago-Pago and later to New Zealand. Obviously, Japanese fighters were fighting battle for Fiji but every day brought more and more losses for them. May might bring biggest losses of Japanese fighters since beginning of war. Allied fighter losses might be smaller, but damaged planes numbers were higher every day so Suva might be open for Japanese bombers soon. In next days more fighters were brought to help Fiji defenders, but enemy numbers also grow stronger. At 31st May first A6M5 fighter was seen above Suva base.

Unfortunately on 24th May fire on Hornet that seemed to be under control grow stronger. It create lots of system damage and additionally floating damage increased. So after brave fight of damage crews Hornet sunk.



Only good news for Allied side is that on 31st May transports with Marine regiment arrived to Suva. This will help to recreate 2nd Marine Division on island.





Australia Command – North

Australian Cav Regiment left Broome to enemies hands. Under heavy bombardment they will withdraw south. But there are good news in all of this tragedy. 2 transports with supplies arrived to Darwin. Betty bombers were so busy bombing troops that they missed ships under their nose.



Australia Command – South

IJA around Port Augusta is increasing size of their defense perimeter. Scouting unit near Broken Hill will be bombed by 4E bombers.
B-17 bombers bombed Port Augusta. According to reports at least 2 AKE ships might sunk.
Also allied airforce prepared sweeping raids against Port Augusta. Effects were mediocre. New plane Ki-44-IIa Tojo was seen over Port Augusta



Burma & Sumatra

Sumatran scouting mission on one of remote Island brought it’s first fruit. Dutch flying boats detected small tanker convoy at Medan. Royal Navy send her CV ships and unprotected Japanese ships sunk. I hope that this risk will force Japan to move few squadrons from reserve or Australia to Sumatra.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Medan at 46,76

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 45
Fulmar II x 4
Sea Hurricane Ib x 5
Martlet II x 8

Allied aircraft losses
Albacore I: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
TK Kuremente Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Nanpo Maru, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
TK Kozui Maru, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
TK Samui Maru, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
PB Aso Maru #3
PB Choko Maru #5, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
TK Kyoko Maru, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk




IJA continue her offensive against Myitkyina, Katha station was captured.

On Ramree Island additional British Brigade landed. This will increase defense power of this base. Enemy is neglecting naval search in this region. Transport ships to Aykyab or Ramree island are not detected. Only submarine activity near Colombo might be problem for British.


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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/26/2021 1:22:24 PM   
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End of May statistics

Air War




Air Losses




Sea War



Silent War

Only small movement on list



1. I-169 18080t 3 ships 

2. I-162 14735t 3 ships 

3. I-153 11970t 4 ships 

4. I-156 10290t 3 ships 

5. Seadragon 9105t 2 ships 

6. I-1 8390t 2 ships 

7. I-124 8370t 2 ships 

8. I-17 8290t 3 ships 

9. I-18 8150 1 ship 

10. I-30 7150t 1 ship 

10. I-20 7150t 1 ship new

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/28/2021 1:40:04 PM   
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1st - 13th June 1942


Burma

Allied HQ increased activity over Burma. Constant fighters sweep attacks, Royal Navy carrier raids are conducted to pressure Japan to increase presence in region and weaken other zones. First signs of increased Japanese presence are already visible. Japanese patrol planes are covering almost all north part of Burma coast. Also additional squadrons of enemy fighters were deployed.

On land, Japanese units moved to roads around Ramree Island. Japanese Imperial Guards Division was identified just east of Allied base. East African Brigade was send there to support defense.

Java

Batavia and Bandoeng are still in Dutch hands in spite of few deliberate attacks against Bandoeng.



Australia Command

Just after successful sneaking supplies to Darwin, Japan like in Burma increased her naval search effort. 3 ships that were on route to Cape Town were sink by planes or surface naval Task Force.

Port Augusta CAP is weaker then before. Only few IJA squadrons are protecting port. Series of sweep attacks put enemy in vulnerable position. Few AKE ships were sunk or heavy damaged in port. Australians will keep pressure.

Two Japanese divisions that moved against Broken Hill were bombed by air force. Enemy decided not to attack this position and moves back to Port Augusta.

Fiji

As was expected Japan invaded Fiji. Japanese troops landed in Nadi. At least 6 transport ships were heavy damaged by coastal defense artillery. Enemy had problems with Allied fighter cover in Suva, but unfortunately few Japanese battleships bombed airbase and closed it. Allied defenders hold at Nadi for a week until finally they were forced to withdraw to Suva.

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Ground combat at Nadi (131,160)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 30146 troops, 340 guns, 379 vehicles, Assault Value = 683

Defending force 8466 troops, 103 guns, 222 vehicles, Assault Value = 89

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 234

Allied adjusted defense: 109

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

Japanese forces CAPTURE Nadi !!!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
B-26 Marauder: 1 destroyed
F-4 Lightning: 1 destroyed
PBY-5 Catalina: 1 destroyed

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

Japanese ground losses:
555 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 56 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Vehicles lost 19 (14 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1786 casualties reported
Squads: 28 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 157 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 62 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 58 (58 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 193 (191 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 8

Assaulting units:
8th Tank Regiment
9th Division
14th Division
56th Division
7th Ind.Tank Brigade
11th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
17th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
12th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion

Defending units:
2nd USMC Tank Battalion
3rd Marine Raider Battalion
30th NZ Battalion
57th Coastal Artillery Regiment
38th Base Group
47th Construction Regiment
148th Field Artillery Battalion
Nandi Base Force



With this kind of losses it will be hard for Japan to overcome 2nd Marines Division. They must wait for reinforcements from Australia or rest and bring more time for Allies to reinforce island.


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What "kind of losses" has Japan suffered that you refer to? A couple of AKEs at Port Augusta?

The Nadi combat was a disaster for the Allies - which appear to have lost all their tanks while the Japanese lost a lot fewer. Disablements recover quickly if the enemy has supply, so that part of the Japanese casualties can be discounted. Looks grim for the Allies to me.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 3/28/2021 3:21:27 PM   
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ORIGINAL: BBfanboy

What "kind of losses" has Japan suffered that you refer to? A couple of AKEs at Port Augusta?

The Nadi combat was a disaster for the Allies - which appear to have lost all their tanks while the Japanese lost a lot fewer. Disablements recover quickly if the enemy has supply, so that part of the Japanese casualties can be discounted. Looks grim for the Allies to me.


I'm optimistic and I hope that I will be able to fight a little...

When I refer about ship losses near Nadi, I was thinking about this

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xAK Norway Maru, Shell hits 8, heavy fires
xAK Azumasan Maru, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Nankai Maru, Shell hits 18, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Azumasan Maru, Shell hits 11, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kirishima Maru, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Hikawa Maru, Shell hits 6, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Ayatosan Maru, Shell hits 11, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Toyohasi Maru, Shell hits 13, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Kashima Maru, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Norfolk Maru, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Ada Maru, Shell hits 11, heavy fires
xAK Tosei Maru, Shell hits 8, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Tatuha Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

CV Shokaku, Torpedo hits 1 (I don't believe that damage is serious)






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The US 2nd Marine division can not survive that attacking force without help.

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quote:

ORIGINAL: RangerJoe

The US 2nd Marine division can not survive that attacking force without help.


I know. I will try to send help. For now I have 609 AV points and level 4 fort.

Btw for Intelligence fans... Japanese divisions positions


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Runnersan


quote:

ORIGINAL: BBfanboy

What "kind of losses" has Japan suffered that you refer to? A couple of AKEs at Port Augusta?

The Nadi combat was a disaster for the Allies - which appear to have lost all their tanks while the Japanese lost a lot fewer. Disablements recover quickly if the enemy has supply, so that part of the Japanese casualties can be discounted. Looks grim for the Allies to me.


I'm optimistic and I hope that I will be able to fight a little...

When I refer about ship losses near Nadi, I was thinking about this

quote:


xAK Norway Maru, Shell hits 8, heavy fires
xAK Azumasan Maru, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Nankai Maru, Shell hits 18, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Azumasan Maru, Shell hits 11, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kirishima Maru, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Hikawa Maru, Shell hits 6, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Ayatosan Maru, Shell hits 11, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Toyohasi Maru, Shell hits 13, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Kashima Maru, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Norfolk Maru, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Ada Maru, Shell hits 11, heavy fires
xAK Tosei Maru, Shell hits 8, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Tatuha Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

CV Shokaku, Torpedo hits 1 (I don't believe that damage is serious)




Got it now. You did not mention ship losses when you posted that last comment about Nadi, and the prospects for the land battle there do not look very good. But you can't play this game without hope, so keep thinking positive and pass the ammunition (and reinforcements).

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quote:

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Runnersan


quote:

ORIGINAL: BBfanboy

What "kind of losses" has Japan suffered that you refer to? A couple of AKEs at Port Augusta?

The Nadi combat was a disaster for the Allies - which appear to have lost all their tanks while the Japanese lost a lot fewer. Disablements recover quickly if the enemy has supply, so that part of the Japanese casualties can be discounted. Looks grim for the Allies to me.


I'm optimistic and I hope that I will be able to fight a little...

When I refer about ship losses near Nadi, I was thinking about this

quote:


xAK Norway Maru, Shell hits 8, heavy fires
xAK Azumasan Maru, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Nankai Maru, Shell hits 18, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Azumasan Maru, Shell hits 11, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kirishima Maru, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Hikawa Maru, Shell hits 6, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Ayatosan Maru, Shell hits 11, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Toyohasi Maru, Shell hits 13, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Kashima Maru, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Norfolk Maru, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Ada Maru, Shell hits 11, heavy fires
xAK Tosei Maru, Shell hits 8, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Tatuha Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

CV Shokaku, Torpedo hits 1 (I don't believe that damage is serious)




Got it now. You did not mention ship losses when you posted that last comment about Nadi, and the prospects for the land battle there do not look very good. But you can't play this game without hope, so keep thinking positive and pass the ammunition (and reinforcements).


Do NOT forget the !

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14th - 18th June 1942


Burma

More soldiers and supplies arrives to Ramree Island.
Japanese Naval Task Force arrived to Rangoon and later attacked convoy ar Ramree Island. 2 AK ships and one small escort ship were sunk.


quote:



Night Time Surface Combat, near Ramree Island at 54,48, Range 3,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Nachi
CL Naka
CL Isuzu
CL Kinu
DD Nowaki
DD Arashi
DD Hagikaze
DD Oshio

Allied Ships
AM Ballarat, Shell hits 16, and is sunk
xAK Chilka, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Whangpu, Shell hits 11, and is sunk





Also enemy submarine attacked CA Dorsetshire in Chittagong. Ship was heavily damaged.


Allied HQ decided to hunt down Japanese force. They moved British Carrier group near Rangoon and provided direct battleships protection for another bigger convoy.
Unfortunately enemy task force was detected at Rangoon itself under protection of Zero fighters. Despite of all odds, without fighter escort Allied planes attacked enemy. Almost 40 planes were shot down. No enemy losses. Carrier group will withdraw to base.


Java

Batavia and Bandoeng are still in Dutch hands in spite deliberate attacks against Bandoeng.

quote:


Ground combat at Bandoeng (50,100)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 32593 troops, 313 guns, 218 vehicles, Assault Value = 967

Defending force 17209 troops, 294 guns, 172 vehicles, Assault Value = 446

Japanese adjusted assault: 362

Allied adjusted defense: 1300

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3 (fort level 0)

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

Japanese ground losses:
2030 casualties reported
Squads: 22 destroyed, 110 disabled
Non Combat: 17 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 18 (4 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Vehicles lost 16 (3 destroyed, 13 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
1021 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 109 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 44 (2 destroyed, 42 disabled)
Vehicles lost 50 (7 destroyed, 43 disabled)

Assaulting units:
III/81st Naval Guard Unit
2nd Recon Regiment
32nd Nav Gsn Unit
4th Guards Division
Yokosuka Assault SNLF
16th Division
4th Tank Regiment
2nd Tank Rgt /2
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
II./4th Infantry Battalion

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






Australia Command

Just after Allied HQ announced that they get through air defenses of Port Augusta, enemy moved more planes there and started air counter offensive. At first Japanese battleships bombed Adelaide base. After that sweep raids and bomber attacks, they closed base. On next day similar move was made against Broken Hill base (but without battleships).

North west from Port Augusta, Japanese forces attacked troops returning from Perth Region that blocked rail road Perth-Port Augusta.
Thanks to quick bombers response enemy was beaten back

quote:


Ground combat at 73,155 (near Ceduna)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1680 troops, 19 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 46

Defending force 627 troops, 0 guns, 13 vehicles, Assault Value = 20

Japanese adjusted assault: 8

Allied adjusted defense: 31

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
78 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
43 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
Sasebo 8th SNLF

Defending units:
2/10th Armoured Regiment
10th Cav Recce Regiment



After Japanese air counteroffensive, Japanese planes attacked allied troops. Big losses were inflicted.


Ill attempt to attack Rockhampton was prepared. Allied cruisers and destroyers moved north from Sydney. Enemy detected them and send Val bombers, but CAP destroyed almost 20 planes. Allied ships wasn’t damaged as enemy attacked using 60kg bombs.

On next night ships moved to Rockhampton. 2 naval TF’s were detected.

quote:


Night Time Surface Combat, near Rockhampton at 95,152, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Sansei Maru, Shell hits 10, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CA Houston
CA Minneapolis
CL Tromp
CL Boise
DD Walke
DD Craven
DD Maury
DD Dunlap
DD Fanning
DD Reid


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Rockhampton at 95,152, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Kuroshio
DD Oyashio, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
DD Hatsukaze
DD Natsushio, Shell hits 2

Allied Ships
CA Houston
CA Minneapolis, Shell hits 1
CL Tromp, Shell hits 4, on fire
CL Boise, Shell hits 2
DD Walke
DD Craven
DD Maury
DD Dunlap
DD Fanning
DD Reid, Shell hits 5, on fire, heavy damage



Bombardment was failure.

quote:


Night Naval bombardment of Rockhampton at 95,152

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-46-I Dinah: 2 damaged
B5N1 Kate: 2 damaged
Ki-56 Thalia: 4 damaged
H6K2-L Mavis: 3 damaged
H6K2-L Mavis: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 8 damaged
G3M2 Nell: 14 damaged

Allied Ships
CA Minneapolis
CA Houston
CL Boise
DD Maury
DD Craven
DD Walke

Japanese ground losses:
612 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 20 (2 destroyed, 18 disabled)

Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 19

CA Minneapolis firing at Rockhampton
SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Houston
CA Houston firing at 4th Division
CL Boise firing at 4th Division
DD Maury firing at Rockhampton
DD Craven firing at 4th Division
DD Walke firing at Rockhampton



On return Allied TF divided itself and slower ships were left without CAP. Enemy attacked and sunk 4 ships

CL Tromp
DD Dunlap
DD Fanning
DD Reid

Enemy TF that fought against Allied Bombardment TF also moved forward and was attacked by US Army dive bombers.

quote:



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Rockhampton at 96,152

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 11

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Oyashio, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Hatsukaze
DD Kuroshio




On 16th June Japanese destroyers attacked S-23. S-23 commander launched torpedoes and hit DD Wakaba. Ship probably sunk.



Fiji

Suva airbase is once again opened and Japanese Carriers moved north. After one more bombardment by IJN battleships (probably with depleted ammo stocks), planes started to attack Suva transports not protected by CAP. Unfortunately only one ship was damaged.

quote:



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 1
SBD-1 Dauntless x 12

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-1 Dauntless: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Amagisan Maru, Bomb hits 3, on fire
TB Kiji
AK Kaga Maru

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x SBD-1 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x SBD-1 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 7 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-26 Marauder x 4

Allied aircraft losses
B-26 Marauder: 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
TB Hato

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 3 x 500 lb SAP Bomb




Vildebeest III pilots refused to fly against unprotected enemy…


Aleutian Islands

quote:

1/48th Division is planning for an attack on Adak Island.


48th Division was last seen near Manila at end of April.
1/48th means that division is on ships already
IJN KB moved north. At first HQ believed that they plane some kind of raid but now...
Are they planning to attack Aleutians?
Or maybe Midway?

Time to send message about broken salt-water evaporators.

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If the pilots refused to fly, there probably was protection there they the commander saw but you did not.

Also, check the commander and see if he is aggressive enough.

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Sometimes your narrative is a bit too cryptic. For example you posted:

quote:

After Japanese air counteroffensive, Japanese planes attacked allied troops. Big losses were inflicted.


But does that mean big losses of Allied troops or big losses of Japanese aircraft? Posting the Combat Report with the comment would have clarified which you meant.

I am also not clear on why you think the bombardment of Rockhampton failed. The CR results looked pretty reasonable even if the airfield was not closed. Did I miss something in your expectations for that TF?

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quote:

If the pilots refused to fly, there probably was protection there they the commander saw but you did not.


Their friends from Marines and US Army performed their mission, not a single enemy plane. I checked commander, he had around 56 aggresivnes. I replaced him someone with 64.


quote:

But does that mean big losses of Allied troops or big losses of Japanese aircraft? Posting the Combat Report with the comment would have clarified which you meant.


I will try to write more clearly in the future.

quote:

I am also not clear on why you think the bombardment of Rockhampton failed. The CR results looked pretty reasonable even if the airfield was not closed. Did I miss something in your expectations for that TF?


Ate least two destroyers sunk "by accident". Base was full of ships and almost 200 planes. I know that airbase level is high (7) but I hoped for little more destruction...


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The damage is also based on the fortification level. At that base which is built up, the fortification should be high - especially with that many units there.

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Burma

As I stated before, Allied HQ decided to provide battleships cover to transports unloading troops at Ramree Island. Their mission: “To protect convoy from active Surface Task Force from Rangoon”. That decision almost immediately brought its fruit.
On 19th June, Japanese Task Force attacked Ramree Island and Royal Navy ships moved to action.
Unfortunately this was day when Japanese torpedoes hit targets almost every time.




quote:



Night Time Surface Combat, near Ramree Island at 54,48, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
E7K2 Alf: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Walrus II: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CA Nachi, Shell hits 8, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Naka, Shell hits 10, and is sunk
CL Isuzu, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Kinu, Shell hits 2
DD Nowaki, Shell hits 5, on fire
DD Arashi, Shell hits 2
DD Hagikaze
DD Oshio, Shell hits 7, heavy fires

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales, Shell hits 1
BB Royal Sovereign, Shell hits 23, Torpedo hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
BB Resolution, Shell hits 10, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CL Hobart, Shell hits 1
CL Emerald, Shell hits 4, on fire
CL Glasgow, Shell hits 5, on fire
CL Caledon
DD Thanet, Shell hits 2
DD Arrow, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
DD Decoy, Shell hits 2
DD Express, Shell hits 5, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Poor visibility due to Rain with 32% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Rain and 32% moonlight: 6,000 yards

CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
William-Powlett, P. crosses the 'T'



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Night Time Surface Combat, near Ramree Island at 54,48, Range 1,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Nachi, Shell hits 24, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Isuzu, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Nowaki, Shell hits 1
DD Arashi
DD Oshio, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales, Shell hits 1
CL Hobart
CL Emerald
CL Caledon, Shell hits 1
DD Thanet

Poor visibility due to Rain with 42% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Rain and 42% moonlight: 1,000 yards

William-Powlett, P. crosses the 'T'

Japanese Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Ramree Island at 54,48, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Nachi, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Isuzu, Shell hits 10, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Nowaki, on fire
DD Arashi
DD Oshio, and is sunk

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales
CL Hobart, Shell hits 1
CL Emerald
CL Caledon
DD Thanet

Low visibility due to Rain with 42% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Rain and 42% moonlight: 2,000 yards



Both Resolution and Royal Sovereign sunk.

I hope that Nachi and Isuzu didn’t survived either.

On next day Allies had more bad luck.
Japanese ace submarine I-153 sunk CL Emerald with three direct hits.

21st brought change in Japanese tactics. They send IJA air force to deal with Allied convoys, but not everything went as they planned.

quote:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 54,45

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 23 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 13
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 12

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
AM Bittern
xAK Tricolor
xAKL Sarpen, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
AM Whippoorwill



quote:



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ramree Island at 54,48

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 24

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 16
P-40E Warhawk x 2
P-40E Warhawk x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 8 destroyed, 6 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CL Ceres
BB Prince of Wales



I expect sweep attacks in next days.

Java

Batavia and Bandoeng are still in Dutch hands in spite constant bombardment.



Fiji

Suva airbase was operational, but fruit of air attacks were rather small.



TB Hato, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
AK Kaga Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
TB Kamo, Bomb hits 1, on fire

So Allied command decided to prepare bombardment of Nadi by held in reserve, in Pago Pago, small fleet detachment led by BB Pennsylvania.

There could be no worst timing

At first everything went as planned… Almost. Allied TF attacked unloading transports

quote:


Night Time Surface Combat, near Nadi at 131,160, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Yugumo
DD Hamakaze, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
DD Shirayuki
AK Kaga Maru, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
xAK Yamasimo Maru

Allied Ships
BB Pennsylvania, Shell hits 1
DD Gwin
DD O'Brien, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
DD Nizam

Allied Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Japanese TF suspends unloading operations and begins to get underway
Allied Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 53% moonlight: 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
DD Yugumo collides with DD Hamakaze at 131 , 160


2 Torpedo hits and one allied destroyer sunk. Allied commander decided not to bombard base and withdraw to Pago Pago.

In the same time few miles to the west, Japanese battleships TF bombarded Suva base and inflicted losses to Allied air groups and they closed airbase.

quote:


Night Naval bombardment of Suva at 132,160

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 32 damaged
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed on ground
P-40E Warhawk: 17 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 5 destroyed on ground
PBY-5 Catalina: 15 damaged
PBY-5 Catalina: 2 destroyed on ground
P-38E Lightning: 21 damaged
P-38E Lightning: 1 destroyed on ground
B-17E Fortress: 57 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 4 destroyed on ground
LB-30 Liberator: 18 damaged
LB-30 Liberator: 1 destroyed on ground
B-26 Marauder: 15 damaged
Vildebeest IV: 16 damaged
Vildebeest IV: 3 destroyed on ground
SBD-1 Dauntless: 24 damaged
SBD-1 Dauntless: 2 destroyed on ground
F4F-3 Wildcat: 11 damaged
F4F-3 Wildcat: 2 destroyed on ground

Japanese Ships
BB Mutsu
BB Haruna
BB Kongo
CA Ashigara
CA Myoko
CL Abukuma

Allied ground losses:
1254 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 18 destroyed, 85 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 12 disabled
Guns lost 37 (12 destroyed, 25 disabled)
Vehicles lost 24 (12 destroyed, 12 disabled)

Airbase hits 35
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 108

BB Mutsu firing at Suva
BB Haruna firing at Suva
BB Kongo firing at Suva
CA Ashigara firing at Suva
CA Myoko firing at Suva
CL Abukuma firing at Suva



And to add to bad luck, this TF met with Allied Pennsylvania TF returning from Nadi. Allied Task Force was surprised.

quote:


Day Time Surface Combat, near Suva at 131,161, Range 16,000 Yards

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
OS2U-3 Kingfisher: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo, Shell hits 4, heavy fires
BB Haruna, Shell hits 3
BB Mutsu, Shell hits 3
CA Myoko
CA Ashigara
CL Abukuma, Shell hits 3
DD Amatsukaze
DD Michishio, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Yamagumo
DD Murasame, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Kawakaze
DD Yuzuki

Allied Ships
BB Pennsylvania, Shell hits 29, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
DD Gwin, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
DD Nizam, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 16,000 yards
Japanese launch Long Lance torpedoes at 16,000 yards before allies detect Japanese presence



More torpedo hits. And Pennsylvania went down.
3 days and 3 Battleships sunk.





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Consider moving when the weather is nice and the moonlight is above 50%. Bad weather and low visibility are friends to torpedo launching vessels.

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Slow BBs usually come off poorly against Japanese TFs with faster cruisers and DDs.

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22nd - 27th June 1942


Burma

Japan decided to attack Ramree Island. At least 2 Divisions are marching under Allied bombs. Allied HQ hopes that bombing will create supply problems for IJA. Allied battleships are prepared to support defense. At least 508AV points awaits at this base for enemy.



Fiji

Suva airbase is operational again, but lot’s of damaged planes need repairing first before I will operate from it. Enemy moved first troops to Suva and waits. Transport carrying troops are close to Fiji Zone, but enemy has total control on sea. I’m awaiting for reinforcements.


Australia Command

Both sides waits. B- bombed Rockhmapton port without big success.

Japanese Ships
DD Sawakaze, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires



One CV more will be operational in Cape Town after repairs. Question is… Will it be better to move it from Cape Town to Panama or maybe faster to move it near Southern Edge of map to New Zealand and then to Pearl Harbor?

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 4/2/2021 6:11:30 PM   
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Ramree is a trap for your units.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 4/2/2021 7:20:36 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: RangerJoe

Ramree is a trap for your units.


That is possible... But also I'm getting hit hard from beginning of war and I'm desperate to find place where enemy will be halted.

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