The Sequel: laxplayer (A) vs. rroberson (J) - NO ROB!

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Laxplayer (Allies) vs. rroberson (Japan)

Scenario 2
Historical Start
PDU's ON
1 day turns
everything else default (I think!)


First off, some disclaimers:

1.) This is my first AAR. I'm doing it for a couple reasons, one is because I'd like to try one. Secondly, I wouldn't mind constructive criticism/discussion of my moves, mostly because I tend to be an agressive player... too much so at times. Thirdly, I believe that putting my strategies and tactics down in writing will help me solidify my own overall strategy.

2.) This is my second game vs. Rob. We started playing a week or so after this game came out (IIRC). We usually run through 3 turns or more per day since both of us have a lot of free time. We were able to reach approximately 11/42 before Rob capitulated in our first game. In his defense, we were both learning the game, and I don't envy having to (re)learn the Japanese production system in addition to learning all the new/changed units and their capabilities. He feels comfortable enough with the game now that he is ready for a restart, so here we are. I will refer to our previous game often in this AAR, especially early on, as I feel the best indicator for future performance is past strategy.

3.) As of now, we have no house rules. I wasn't happy with the artillery death stars in China last game, but I have found that fighting in woods, urban or rough environments help a lot, as does putting units in reserve mode. I will monitor this closely. For the record, he kicked my ass in China last game.

4.) I'm pretty sure Rob will NOT be doing an AAR for this game, unfortunately.
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Obviously, for historical turn 1, all the regular places were attacked. Here is the damage at PH... not too bad:

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Here are the damaged ships that were able to run. Since Rob spent 4 days hammering PH last game, I figured I should take all sea-worthy ships at PH and ski-daddle! Here are the remaining BBs. None were sunk outright on the opening day.


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TURN 1:

There were several things I wanted to accomplish:
1.) EVAC all ships in PH that could sail without a serious danger of sinking, and send them SSE.
2.) ALL units in Malaya, pack up (strat mode) and move to Singapore. I will be attempting to evac all units that are ABDA, Indian III Corps, or AHQ Bengal. Plus all air units, including those I must buy out.
3.) All units in China begin to move to build our line of defense... such as it is.
4.) All units in Java, prepare for defensive. Batavia, Soerabaja, and Tjilitjap are the 3 main ports. Bandoeng will be the final battle if all goes as planned. It's a rough/mountainous base, and thus a good place to make a final stand. I have maxed out the supply need for that base so that almost all available supply will go there. Also, all INF, ART and ARM units are preparing for Bandoeng. I have pulled all base units into Batavia and Soerabaja in order to rebuild them into single base forces. The TJVA's and other transport planes have begun to transport the nearby INF units back to Java... like the Barisan KNIL, the Prajoda Btn, and the Denprasar and Mataram base forces. Nearby base forces and INF on Sumatra have also begun to move toward Palembang in order to beef up AV support there. Forts are being built at nearly all bases that I will keep forces at. No port or airfield construction.
5.) Send all available Indian/Brit forces from western India towards Ledo/Kohima/Imphal/Chittagong line. I will also be building up Silchar into a large airbase once I have Chittagong garrisoned with some engineers.
6.) Send USN CVs after the KB's tanker TF. I'm not quite sure where it is, but I'm sending them North and NE, on either side of Midway hoping to find it. I feel it will accomplish 2 things. First, to attrite his oilers, which he has few of. Second, to pull him away from PH so that he doesn't spend a long weekend there, bombing the damaged ships into oblivion.
7.) Lastly, tons and tons of logistics.
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The yellow lines are my planned defensives.

SWPAC: Cooktown and Cairns on the east coast of Oz, and Darwin and Port Hedland on the north coast of Oz. Also, I will be garrisoning Timor with both Aussie Bdes evaced from Malaya, plus the Lark, Sparrow, and Gull Bns... one each for Koepang, Dili and Lautem. Koepang will receive the heaviest reinforcement and build up.

CENTPAC/SOPAC: All atolls are going to be ignored. They cannot be defended at this time anyway. If Rob wants them, he can have them. They really only accomplish pushing back my "eyes." The only thing I'm putting on my atolls are going to be the default units, along with a Catalina sqd for each of the front line islands (Midway, Johnston, Palmyra, Canton, Penryhn, Pago Pago, Suva, Noumea). I expect to lose Canton and will really only contest Pago Pago, Noumea and Suva. In SOPAC, FIJI/PAGO PAGO will be built up first, with emphasis on Suva. I want to make that a very tough nut to crack as soon as possible, as that will give me a foothold should Rob push deep in this area. For your information however, he made very little push into SoPac, and garrisoned everything south and east of Truk and Kwaj very lightly in our last game. I'm sure he will push much harder this time around.

DEI: I've already discussed my land strategy and how it revolves around Java. As for my naval strategy, I will form 4-5 small surface task forces that will be conducting very aggressive pirate-like raids on all amphibious landings that I feel I can get away with. This strategy was very successful in our previous game (and has been very successful in most of my other WITP games). With the new naval search routines and the bloodier naval surface combat, I feel this is the way to go. Since I lost the POW on the opening turn, and the BC Repulse is drydocked with 30-ish FLT damage, all of my surface groups will revolve around 1-2 CA/CLs plus 3-5 DDs. All USN ships are rallying at Balikpapan to reform into task forces. All Dutch surface ships are regrouping at Soerabaja. Brit ships rally at Palembang. I want to have surface groups on standby at Tarakan, Menado, Kendari, Sinkawang, Balikpapan and Palembang. I have spread my Nav Search air units in order to blanket the DEI. I want to be able to see all invasions at least a day in advance so that I can react. I will also be keeping an eye on SIGINT as it gives me a good report as to where invasions may be headed. I'm going to be evacing all the Aussie units from Malaya to Timor, where I will build Koepang up along with Darwin and Port Hedland. All evacced Malaysian Brit units head to Colombo to regroup and rest/train. I'm going to evac everything I can from Malaysia.

India/Burma: All of the LCUs on ships have been re-routed. the British 2nd is now headed to Colombo. I will build up Dambulla so that I can have an airfield on Ceylon that is immune to naval bombardment. Rob was a big fan of grouping every single BB he had into one Bombardment Group and nailing my bases prior to invasion. I want to have somewhere to fall back to. All units on ships that were headed to Rangoon, will continue. I want to fight for as long as I can in Burma, and force him to send units there that would be otherwise tasked to the DEI or SOPAC. Otherwise, he may move on Northern OZ before I'm ready. Chittagong will be another major base. Once I have Chittagong on track, I will add Akyab. B-17s from the PI will end up here once they are routed from Java. I will try and build up Port Blair as well as I can. If the Indian Ocean is a wine bottle, Port Blair is the cork. I need to turn it into a rock.

PI: No replacements on. I will be evaccing the USN naval base forces at Manila (Cavite) and Cebu. I will also evac the Catalina and other search planes once their base is threatened, but I will keep them on station as long as I can so that I can keep eyes on the area. All subs have been sent to the coast of Vietnam, and in the waters surrounding the PI. All support ships have evacced to Darwin (AS, AV and AD boats) and Soerabaja (AK/AKLs, APs, TKs, etc). When things begin to look grim, I plan to evac a lot of the better pilots from the PI fighter groups.

Alaska/Aleutians: Rob made some rudimentary attacks here last game. He mostly just took a base, then loaded up the troops and took another base. Anything that had a garrison, he aborted the attack. I might put an Omaha class CL and a few 4-stack DDs up here based at Dutch in order to repulse any of this type of strategy. That should be plenty. I will move units up here as they become available in Seattle. Kiska, Amchitka, Dutch and Adak will be my main focus.

USN CVs: Once they are done chasing the IJN AO group, they will move to interdict known invasion points... namely Wake Island and Tarawa. If the KB gives chase, obviously survival will take precedence [:D] After that, I will move the Enterprise and Lexington to the DEI and base them out of Soerabaja in order to further slow the invasions in the DEI. The Saratoga will move to Fiji and help defend any un-escorted invasions vs. SOPAC islands (Canton, Ellice Islands, and the Solomons). I am usually very active with my CVs, but I try not to be reckless with them. Pirate-like raids are my main focus. When I know where the KB is, I will be very aggressive. I don't fear LBA in AE like I did in WITP.

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TURN 2:

Further regrouping of ships in the DEI.

Several TFs fleeing PH ran over some IJN subs south of PH. 3 ships took torpedos, all 3 sunk. All 3 were minor losses (a DMS, a DM and an AG if I recall correctly).

The AKs from Hong Kong were caugh redhanded trying to load up the Canadian and British units for an evac to south Borneo. Most of the ships were sunk.

The DDs from Hong Kong were sent to Samah and scored a small victory vs. an IJN transport group moving troops. No sinkings, but the IJN took the worst of it. The DD Thracian was beat up the worst of the 3 Brit DDs, but all 3 are still sailing south to Tarakan, where they will refuel then head to Soerabaja for repairs.

I see 3 seperate TFs east of the Moluccas. One is the CVL Ryujo sweeping south looking for fleeing ships most likely. The other 2 are invasion forces. Rob was very slow to invade the southern DEI in our last game and it cost him. I think he is looking to take it early in this game. If he takes Kendari early, it could put a serious crimp in my rearguard action plans. I don't think he can unless he commits the KB or a mini KB however. Anything less and I will hit it with surface forces.

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The KB flew a second day of strikes against PH. I got a good amount of CAP up and was able to damage a lot of his planes, but very few shot down. Luckily all of the BBs are still afloat!

It looks like the KB's AO TF stumbled right into the CV Enterprise! DOH! I forgot to take the Dauntlesses off of training. Only Devastators flew, and with bombs at that. We did drop a few that hit an AO, but we missed the DD escort. Man, that turn took forever to do, and I still mess up something so important.
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DECEMBER 9th

CENTPAC
Since I wasn't quite sure which way the KB AO group would run I sent the Enterprise to the ENE, but I also sent the Lexington. who was roughly at the same latitude to the ESE. I figured if the oilers ran to Kwaj, the Lex would get them. If they ran to the KB, the Enterprise had one last shot before the KB could arrive. If they ran NNW or NW towards the HI, then I could jog the Lex to the N and get them on the following day. As fate would have it, they ran towards Kwajalein and right into the path of the CV Lexington Group. However, only one flight of Dauntless flew, but I am pretty sure it's sunk. I am very suprised though. It seems as if I only got 1 AO and there aren't anymore left. The good news is that the KB has left PH and headed toward my CVs. I will run flank speed to the north towards Midway with both ships. I'm hoping that he continues on his same path towards his oilers. I have routed my Catalinas out of Midway to monitor the ocean to the south so I should see where he heads. This should put me out of range to the north of the KB. Next turn, I will take a bearing of 90* and head east towards the US West Coast with the Enterprise, and continue north with the Lexington. If the KB jogs north again, I will run at full speed one more day... north towards Dutch Harbor with the Lexington and east towards the US West Coast with the Enterprise. At this point, chasing me will require full speed from the KB, which will result in a lot of burned fuel, a lot of sys damage, and very likely never achieve range to my CVs. That's the plan anyways!

Nauru Island was invaded by the 51st Naval Guard Unit. The Wren Bn fell like a house of cards. They will likely reload and hit Ocean Is. within the next day or so. I will not contest. The CA Pensacola is within a day of Tarawa. No landing there yet, but hopefully I will run into it next turn.

SOPAC
CA Louisville and CL Adelaide are set for a rendevous at Shortlands. They will interdict any Rabaul landings, so long as they don't involve multiple IJN CAs. The xAP Macdhui is one day away from Rabaul. It will pick up the Lark Bn and ship it to Dili on Timor. The CA Canberra, CL Perth, DD Voyager and DD Triomphante are all on their way to Shortlands to join with the Louisville and Adelaide into one Surface TF that will help defend the Solomons from IJN incursions.

Burma:
I've moved the 1st AVG to Rangoon, and sent all nearby base forces there as well. The BF at Victoria Point will likely have to be airlifted by Catalinas at a later date. Most Burma forces are converging on Rangoon, and once joined, will try and create a blockade in the jungle hex SE of Pegu. I'm not holding out much hope.

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What are you doing with the British 18th Division coming out of Cape Town?? India/Burma, Java, or northern Australia (Darwin)??

I would use all those small xAKL/XAKs in the SRA and those that survive the run away from Manila to carry fuel from Balikpapan and Soerabaja. I like to move the fuel to either Koepang or Broome depending how aggressive your opponent is in the eastern flank of the SRA. It's only half of what a TK can carry, but you have so many of them. [;)]

Defense of northern Australia - Except for Darwin, how will you do it?? I like the 18th Division at Darwin so i can move some of the smaller LCUs inland to prevent para drops. Exmouth is a must and some Dutch BF and small LCUs go here and then the possibility of Port Hedland
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ny59giants: The 18th is headed to Columbo at the moment. Northern OZ is a better place, specifically Darwin. Rob invaded northern Oz in November and December of 42 because I had gotten complacent with the lack of activity in the area and believed Timor would hold any small invasions off. He was successful because I only had 3 divisions of Aussie militiamen defending it at Broome, Derby and Darwin. He took everything but Wyndham and Darwin (though enough troops to conquer had just landed at Darwin when we decided to restart). I plan to build up Port Hedland. I like the larger port it provides over Exmouth. I may drop some units at Exmouth if I find I have some extra, but Port Hedland and Darwin will be the rocks. I plan to build up Katherine as a large airfield from which to cover Darwin. Rob also likes to throw every BB he has into a single TF and then bombard ports he is invading. I will defend Timor with the Aussie 8th division (bird bns and the 2 regs from Malaya), and any INF and BF units I can extract once Java begins to fall. I plan to use USA fighters and I will absolutely commit at least 2, possibly 3 USMC dauntless sqds. Wirraways, Hudsons, dutch b25s, and Beauforts simply cannot get it done on their own as I found out last game. The Banshee sqds worked great, but they have so few airframes that get built, plus their pilots come in with very poor NavB skills.

Any xAKs and xAKLs (and TKs) that survive the mad dash from the PI will absolutely carry fuel to northern Oz. Some will be tasked to grab up unrestricted base force units as well.

December 10th

CENTPAC/PH:
The KB continued due West from her previous location, so my CVs survive another day. They are currently about 360 miles north of Midway, with the KB approximately 420 miles SSE of Midway. I have sent both on an easterly course which should put them about 500 miles NNE of PH in a day or so. If the KB doesn't follow, they will return to PH for rearm/refuel. When they are good to go, and the Saratoga has arrived, I will group all 3 into 3 seperate TFs and send them south towards Suva together. Lex and Sara will continue onto the DEI. Big E will stay in SoPac.

So far, I haven't lost any more ships to failing FLT repairs. I had quite a few damaged ships flee the scene at PH, but it looks like every single one of my BBs will survive. Though 4 of them look to have over a year until they are fit for duty, the other 4 may be ready as early as June, and in the case of the BB California, likely earlier with only mid-30s in sys/flt/eng damage. This is quite a different result than our last game where the KB stayed around for 4 days of strikes and sunk 7 of 8 BBs. The only one that survived (BB Nevada) was still nearly a year away from seaworthiness in December of 42.

SOPAC:
the Indianapolis has split from her convoy and is heading to Canton Is. to defend the nearby islands since Baker is an easy grab early. Ocean and Nauru Is have both fallen. the 2 NZ CLs (Leander and Achilles) will refuel at Suva and head to the Ellice Islands for interdiction. Landings at Kavieng this turn, and I see a unknown surface contact NE of the Solomons. The CA Louisville has joined the CL Adelaide at Shortlands and if he lands at either the Solomons or at Rabaul, they will contest. The CA Australia, the CL Perth and the DD Voyager are still 3 days away from joining the ambush set near Shortlands. The Lark Bn has begun loading and will head to Dili on Timor when finished.

OZ:
As I said before, Port Hedland and Darwin/Katherine will be my 2 main defense points on the northern coast. I currently have all of the scattered Bdes from the 3 Aussie militia divisions in the south converging on their closest large city in order to rebuild into a division strength unit. Once they have, I will send 1 division to Perth, 1 to Darwin, and 1 to Broome/Derby. I will also grab a lot of the smaller ARM units and spread them to those 3 points as well. When the Aussie 6th and 7th divisions arrive, the 7th will reinforce Port Hedland and the 6th will plan to retake Port Moresby as I'm sure Rob will take that early. I do not plan to contest it, as I can keep it from becoming anything other than bombing practice for my 4E LBA that I will base out of Cooktown and Cairns.

Phillipines Is.:
Laoag and Aparri have fallen. No other landings in the PI yet. I had begun loading the Cavite USN BF unit onto a couple ships and one of them ended up taking a few torpedos from Nells and will need to offload. I replacement ship has been added and will pick up the remains of the unit and head towards Darwin. Rob continues to sweep Clark and Manila hard with large amounts of zeros (50+). My P40Bs can't stand up to this and I usually end up taking 6-7 losses while he takes maybe 1 if any at all. Not a good ratio. CVL Ryujo has disappeared from my view, though I'm guessing it's supporting his triple landing in SE DEI at Ternate, Sorong and Manokwari as shown in the picture. I doubt I can get my surface TFs there to help in time. The closest one is 2 days away from Ternate.

China:
I hate China. Basically I am pulling forces back into a line and falling back into rough or wooded hexes whenever possible. I know that Rob knows he can really do a number on me here. I just hope to hurt his supply lines by dividing up some of the weaker frontline corps and sending them onto roads and rails in his rear areas looking to cut him off. Hopefully it will achieve better results than last time. I will give a better view of this in the next few days.

DEI/Malaya:
I've regrouped most of my surface TFs into tiny action groups, and several are on their way to bases near potential invasion targets... Menado, Balabac, Kendari and Singkawang should all have surface TFs in the next turn or so. From there, I can contest landings at Kuching and Miri/Brunei/Jessleton, and Jolo/Davao/Ambon/Menado. About half of the Malayan army has arrived into Singapore, or are on the rails and will arrive in the next turn. Khota Bharu fell and the 3 units that retreated are in Move mode and will try and get to Temuloh to strat up and rail to Singapore. I have left a few of the restricted command units on the rails to slow down his progress south. I should be able to get most of my men out of Malaya, though I will not be sending them through the Malacca Strait early on... Rob put a bunch of subs there and caught 4 of my ships with the 223 RAF HQ aboard. Thankfully the Kanimbla made it back to Singapore and the unit will be saved.

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Thanks for your comments about how you will defend Northern Australia. [:)]

Another decision to be made is a short term vs long term use of your old Flush Deck DDs (Clemson Class) that start in Manila and the SRA. If you click on one of their conversation options (DE) you will see that in 4/42 they become a very nasty ASW platform - ASW value of 8. They will give you at least 3 ASW TF to beat up on his subs.

In some mods from WITP, this was what you could do, but earlier. IMO, I will send them to Melbourne and/or Sydney to ensure I get this option. I'll let the Dutch and Brits die with honor and may add the American cruiser to help.
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ny59giants:
Yeah, I love the Clemsons. I will use some of them in the DEI as combat support in my raider TFs very early on... at least until they can be replaced by Brit DDs. Then I will pull them back to Oz for conversion. That extra ASW power can't come soon enough as he has hit me several times. Luckily nothing too critical... yet.

DECEMBER 11th

KB:

It looks as if the KB is continuing to loiter 450 miles SSE of Midway. Perhaps he thinks he can catch my CVs on their way home, or perhaps he is simply waiting for a sighting so that he can go jump them. He'll get neither, as my CVs are traveling east about 500m NE of Midway. I will travel east for one more turn, then make the turn south to return to Pearl. Catastrophe averted for the time being.

SOPAC/SWPAC:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Ocean Island at 130,130, Range 9,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Santos Maru, Shell hits 12, and is sunk
xAKL Toyotsu Maru, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
xAK Aratama Maru, Shell hits 1
xAKL Katsura Maru, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
xAKL Kaito Maru, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
xAKL Tenposan Maru, Shell hits 17, and is sunk

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CA Pensacola

Our second raid tears up his landing party. Looks like elements of the 56th Naval Guard Unit will be stranded at Ocean Island for a little while. Downside is that now the Pensacola's main gun ammo is nearly expended and I will have to find a rearm port. Closest one is Brisbane [:(] I have the AE Mauna Loa on it's way to Suva, but it's still at least a week away. I might just go to Suva and wait there. ANZAC and other USN TFs are arriving in the area soon, so it's not too big a deal. Besides, it will allow me to assign some DDs to the TF in the meantime.

In other news, another triple landing at Hollandia, Wewak and Aitape. Meanwhile, Kavieng, Ternate and Sorong all fell on the first attack.

DEI:
The little dot base north of Kuching and east of Singapore, named Groot Natoena has fallen. No port to speak of, but a potential airfield size 5. I figure him to turn it into a Nav/ASW air search base. Hopefully not soon, as it might keep me from contesting northern Borneo landings with my surface forces as I've done in the past... at least approaching from the west. Approaching from around the east is still viable [;)] I was able to grab most of Jesselton's BF unit and they should escape. I've got another transport TF arriving at Miri next turn, so hopefully I'll get them out too.

Phillipines:
I see a large invasion group east of Legaspi/Naga. They should arrive during the night phase of the next turn. His zeros continue to sweep hard and in large numbers over the skies of Manila and Clark. The majority of the Cebu and Cavite USN BF units are on board transports and running south to Port Hedland and Darwin. All that is left are human support and naval support, so flying them out on Catalina's, or loading on subs is an option now.

Malaya/Burma:
All of the malaysian and British units I had put in strat mode arrived in Singapore and have begun to rebuild. Now I just have to wait for the rest to arrive. I noticed that the 2 Aussie bdes are now restricted command, but can be bought out with PPs. about 350 for each. I don't have that laying around with all the air units I'm buying out of PI right now. They will have to wait. I have time though, and I should be able to get them out later. Lots of transport ships arrived today at Singapore, and didn't receive torpedos from Betty's and Nells as a welcome! They've been disbanded in port and I'll use them as I need them. Next turn I will begin to load up III Indian Corps units to head to Batavia, then around Sumatra and north to Colombo to be reassigned from there. Some will go to Port Blair as I intend to beef that up as soon as I can.
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DECEMBER 12th

KB:

Still loitering in the same area. Oh well. He can stay there til 43 for all I care!

SOPAC/SWPAC:
Rob tried to make some early grabs with tiny forces on unguarded bases at Shortlands and Lunga. Shortlands was crushed when he ran into the surface force I had parked there. Lunga dropped it's units and I have the CA Australia and CL Perth dropping by there this next turn to see if he sticks around. Probably not. The Aussie 1st Division was reformed and is now being strat-railed to Perth. Once the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th have reformed, they will head to the northern coast of Oz... but it's a looooong walk from the last rail stop at Alice Springs.

DEI/PI/Malaya:
Ternate, Sorong and Marokawi landings were being covered by what looks to be the Baby KB. CVE Taiyo was spotted and a couple Martins dropped some bombs into the water a few hundred feet away from it. It was able to sink the 3 ships fleeing Sorong as well as the poor MSW Penguin who had fled all the way from Guam and was nearing its new home port of Darwin. Guam fell today. As did Hong Kong. Landings were made at Taytay and Puerto Princesa. I have a TF of the CA Houston and 4 DDs near enough to hit it, so hopefully I can take out a few more of his ships there. I want to make him pay for as much of the territory he's taking as I can.

The 11th Indian Division has reformed and is currently packing. I'm still debating where to put it... Chittagong? Ceylon? ...or Port Blair? It's a very weak division, so I may put it back in Chitta or along the line between there and Ledo. It won't be ready for real action until mid to late 42 minimum. Singpore is overloaded. I'm waiting on a few more plane fragments to arrive there so that I can either fly them to Java or Rangoon on their own, or ship them out. Fighters will be the last to leave, preceded shortly by all TBs.
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DECEMBER 13th

KB:

Apparently the KB wasn't just loitering looking for my CVs, it was apparently waiting for what looks to be an invasion force headed for Johnston Island. I'm not quite sure why he'd grab it other than to deny it to my Catalinas. It's only an atoll capable of hosting 6k troops. If he takes it, I will take it right back once the KB leaves. I'd be surprised if he left anything behind. And if not Johnston, what would he be doing?

DEI/PI:
More oddness. Very large invasion force north of Kuching and looks to be headed towards the Palembang area. That would be a VERY early grab. Or he could be looking to do multiple landings at Sinkawang, Pontiniak and Kuching. No CV support, but he does have at least 2 BBs in a surface TF there. Palembang wouldn't make sense this early, I'm guessing it's the latter. Also, the Baby KB, still loitering around Sorong/Ambon area sent an extended range attack vs. my CL Marblehead TF sitting at Menado. Luckily for me, they flew with bombs (likely out of torpedos after expending them sinking the ships fleeing Sorong 2 days ago). 2 hits on CL Marblehead, but she is in no danger of sinking. She will need repair though with 29 sys and 18 eng damage, so I've sent her TF back to Soerabaja for some patch work. The CA Houston TF missed the invasion at Puerto Princesa. It fell this turn along with Taytay.

Malaysia:
I've begun loading the 11th Indian, along with the 27th Aussie (I saved PPs by just buying it to ABDA, which is unrestricted, but in the same command, thus cheaper). 27th Aussie is going to head to Koepang. I also bought out 2 RAF base forces there. 1 for Port Hedland, the other for Akyab. He is travelling VERY slowly in Malaysia, as he did in our last game. He still has yet to capture anything other than his initial landing at Khota Bharu.

CENTPAC:
There are two partial divisions (2 Bdes each) at PH, the 24th and the 25th, IIRC. Their 3rd BDEs are both on the West Coast. I will ship them both to PH, reform at least 1 of the divisions, then send it south to Fiji (Noumea will get the Americal as it arrives in theatre). The other, I may leave in BDE form, and then send 1 of those BDEs to Christmas Island. I would like to send the whole division along with a few BFs. Christmas is my first waypoint on just about every transport I send to SOPAC/SWPAC, and I wouldn't want to lose it. But I also won't be stripping PH of divisions if he starts taking the nearby atolls. I'm not going to be the first guy that gets PH conquered in a public forum [:D]

Here's the threat to Johnston:


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Here's the large force north of Kuching. It reads "moving Southwest" which leads me to believe it's likely destined for the 3 Dutch bases on the NW corner of Borneo.


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DECEMBER 14th

KB/CENTPAC:

Looks as if the KB and the second group of ships took a turn southwest and is heading to either support landings at Tarawa (which fell this turn with landing at night, then shock attack during the day) or possible support some island hopping early on. Rob knows my pirate tactics with surface TFs so he's being much more methodical this game, and making sure he has either CV air coverage or large surface ship coverage for most of his convoys. Case in point the Baby KB coverage for the multiple landings in the SE DEI and the BB support at the landings in NW Borneo. I'm thinking he will grab Canton and Baker early on. I really have no way to stop him if the KB is anywhere near.

DEI:
The large task force I saw last turn landed in force (nearly 500 AV plus support arty and BF/eng units?!) at Sinkawang with BB bombardment to support. He will likely send most of that to take the 2 adjoining bases and/or Pontiniak to the south. I've sent the CL Mauritius + 4 DDs to attempt to hit the convoys, even though he has BBs in the hex, I'm hoping he pulls them out after 1 more night bombardment, which would allow my ships to hit his convoys. It's a slim chance, but who knows, I might get lucky. Boela, the base opposite Ambon on the same island, fell today.

SUBS:
I haven't been too happy with my subs since the restart. I've had lots of shots over the past week, but only 3 explosions-- one on a DD near Kuching, and an AK this turn and last--have hit. I've had a little luck with surface attacks, but they seem to expend all their ammo in one attack, so I'd usually need to send them for replenishment after just one engagement. Also, all the action seems to be occurring with my USN boats. The Dutch need to step it up!

OZ:
The CA Australia arrived in Sydney. I'm sending her to Milne Bay to help vs. SWPAC/SOPAC landings.
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DECEMBER 15th

KB:

Disappeared to points unknown. Last seen about 200 miles south southwest of Johnston Island, with a southwest heading. I will have to be cautious with my forces in SOPAC for the next few weeks until he pops up somewhere. Worst part about the KB is not knowing where she is.

US WEST:
I've been receiving several units over the past few turns. Mostly AA units. I've divided them amongst the important bases in the Pacific... namely Christmas Island, Fiji, Pago Pago, Midway and Noumea. I've also sent one of the NORPAC AA units to Dutch and have taken the old Omaha class CL Concord along with 4 DDs and sent that TF north to Dutch to interdict any landings in the Aleutians. Rob captured about half of the islands and held them for a month or so before I capture them back. At the moment, there really isn't anything else for an Omaha class CL to do. Too far away to join action in the DEI, CENTPAC is too wide and empty to defend with surface forces, and SOPAC is already covered well.

I also received the first regiment of the Americal Division... but it's in the US WEST (R) command and I'm going to have to buy it out. That's going to have to happen soon, but with all the stuff I'm buying out of Singapore, I don't think I will be able to for at least a few weeks. The other 2 regiments arrive in 37 days, but by then, it would likely be too late to get them to New Caledonia in time. And besides, I need to get the 24th or 25th division to Fiji first. It's more important than Noumea.

DEI:
Well, unfortunately for me, Rob's BBs stuck around at Sinkawang. The CL Mauritius and her support DDs faired bravely against overwhelming odds. It seems in every game for me, the CL Mauritius is like a Brit version of the CL Boise in that she seems to survive regularly even though outnumbered and out-gunned. This is the earliest she's ever sunk. [:(]

Night Time Surface Combat, near Singkawang at 56,88, Range 9,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo, Shell hits 3, on fire
BB Haruna, Shell hits 5
CA Takao, Shell hits 4, on fire
CA Atago
CL Jintsu, Shell hits 2, on fire (there was an explosion here, she seemed to be burning pretty good)
DD Oshio
DD Michishio, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Arashio
DD Akatsuki
DD Hibiki, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
CL Mauritius, Shell hits 30, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk (lasted right up to the end when a torpedo finally took her down)
DD Stronghold
DD Electra
DD Encounter, Shell hits 2, on fire (minimal damage)
DD Isis, Shell hits 2 (just a little sys damage)

Reduced sighting due to 10% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 10% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 9,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 9,000 yards

Would have been nice to get surprise or cross the T. Ah well.

Rob landed with a LOT of forces at Sinkawang, took it last turn, and flew in air support right away. If it's nells, search, zeros and an Air HQ, I could be SCREWED! With that in mind, I've formed up a lot of the extra transports I put in Singapore and sent them to Palembang and Balikpapan to help ferry fuel to N-Oz. I also put a few small xAP groups together to go grab the remains of the Brit Base Forces on the northern coast of Borneo. Hopefully they make it, but if they don't it's not a big loss. If they do make it, I've got several extra base forces to stick in N-Oz, who is woefully short at the moment.

I've currently got the CA Houston with 4 USN DDs sitting in ambush at Balabac. I've been seeing several TFs floating past, about equi-distant between me and the coast of Vietnam. I've got half a mind to send them on a quick run out into the middle of it to see if I could get lucky and pick some off. Maybe next turn if nothing else looks promising. The seeming lack of Nells/Betties in the area is making me reckless!

According to SIGINT, Ambon and Davao are next on the hitlist. Ambon is protected by the baby KB still, but Davao is definitely a possibility for me to strike back.


Here is the CA Houston's TF lying in wait:

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DECEMBER 16th

DEI:

All the action is happening here at the moment.

Alor Star fell. It's the first base on the Malaysian peninsula to fall that wasn't part of a landing. I've already evacced almost every land unit that I wanted to get to Singapore. All Air units are moved too.

Talaud-somethingorother also fell today. It's a little island south of Davao. I tried to catch his transports with the CL Boise's group, but missed them.

The Baby KB found a tanker group I had sent from Balikpapan to Darwin and smashed it up good. Lost 3 of the 5 TKs. Not good, as they are way too valuable early on. I've rerouted the xAP that was originally carrying the Lark Bn from Rabaul to Lautem... it's now headed to Darwin to hide out until the Baby KB moves on. I've also rerouted a few other cargo/fuel TFs headed to Darwin to head south towards Broome, then along the coast to Darwin. The Dutch surface group based at Kendari has moved back towards Soerabaja in case the Baby KB swings NW. Hopefully the Hudsons out of Darwin or Koepang can get lucky and put a bomb into the CVE Taiyo or CVL Ryujo this next turn.

My decision of whether to raid into the South China Sea with the CA Houston's group was made for me. The TF was attacked by 3 seperate waves of about 40 or so Betties/Nells. Luckily they were all carrying bombs (no Air HQ at Saigon?)... and luckily, they seem to be about as accurate as my Hudsons and Martins are at hitting warships undwerway.

Sinkawang is looking to be a big base early on. He's currently put a wing of Zeros there and they kept my unescorted bombers from Singapore from flying an anti-airfield mission against it. My B-17s in Soerabaja flew, but there are only 5 of them, and they flew vs. the BBs still sitting there, losing 2 planes and not hitting anything but a few innocent yellowtail and grouper.

Rob is doing much better this time around, and I am finding it tough to find something to shoot at with my surface groups. I tore him up pretty good last game, especially early on in the DEI. Over the course of that game (ran until 1/43), I had sunk over 500 transports. He's definitely learned.

Is anyone else as disappointed as I am that the pilot management system and training groups got removed? [:(]
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DECEMBER 17th

DEI

Nothing much happened this turn. I do see the Davao invasion on its way. I had planned to try and interdict with Boise, but the CA Houston is closer. I should get this transport tf. Meanwhile, the Baby KB is sitting off the east coast of Timor covering what looks to be some invasions of the Dutch islands between the Banda and Arafura Seas. I divided a 12 plane Dutch B339 sqd at Balikpapan and sent 8 of them to Lautem to cover the small TF unloading the Gull Bn there and so far, the Baby KB hasn't struck. I'm going to take the CA Australia group up the back way from Milne Bay and see if I can hit his transports that way. Probably won't catch them, unless they take as long as they did around Ambon. It's actually suprising they skipped over Ambon, though they've probably got another larger TF on the way if SIGINT is to be believed for the last two turns.

Rob is still being methodical, but in a way he is closing the gaps faster. The taking of Sinkawang early, and the quick grabs in the SE DEI are going to make it hard for me to make the quick strikes I made in the first game, where he ignored most everything south of Borneo until after Java was taken. It left me a clear shipping lane to Northern Oz for quite a while, and allowed the easy evacuation of a lot of forces and the peaceful buildup of Timor. Going to be harder this game.

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My decision of whether to raid into the South China Sea with the CA Houston's group was made for me. The TF was attacked by 3 separate waves of about 40 or so Betties/Nells. Luckily they were all carrying bombs (no Air HQ at Saigon?)... and luckily, they seem to be about as accurate as my Hudsons and Martins are at hitting warships underway.

He either moved it over to Malaya (Kota Bharu) or it is now at Sinkawang. He has 3 Air HQs on Formosa, but has to decide how to divide them. One of them would be going to Ambon/Kendari/Koepang. The 2nd Air HQ in Manchuria is high on the list for PP expenditure, IMO. He may have isolated Singapore and placed a cork in the straits between Java and Sumatra. Good job by him.
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ny59giants: Yeah, Rob definitely has some "new moves" this game. Not sure if the Air HQ is at Sinkawang yet. At the moment, the betties/nells aren't yet either... just a sqd of Zeroes that are keeping my Singapore bombers from flying against it (just a hair out of max extended Buffalo range). Obviously this could change, and probably will, very soon. I need to get the rest of the units at Singapore packed up and headed out ASAP. So far, he has been using the vast majority of his zeroes to sweep the skies over Luzon, but I haven't been able to put up any resistance there in a few days now and 4 of the fighter units are completely empty of planes.


DECEMBER 18th

Phillipines:

Tuguegarao and Vigan both fell as he moves south from his landings on north Luzon. I've only got maybe 1 or 2 more units I will evac, Asiatic Fleet being one of them, and the 803rd EAB being the other. Both will head to Port Hedland. Nothing else there is really worth the PP. I'd like to have the 4th USMC Regiment to put at Koepang or Port Blair, but it's ~350 PP to buy out. That is too much for a land unit that will only reach about 120-something AV. I'd rather buy the first Reg of the Americal.

DEI:
So Rob's invasion force that's covered by the Baby KB made landing at Dili, which is empty. I'm sure he's grabbing Timor early as in the last game I made it a pretty decent fortress, especially at Koepang. I've rerouted the Lark Bn that was bound for Dili, to Darwin. And the small transport TF that was dropping the Gull Bn at Lautem was smashed by a small surface force of a couple CLs and 5 DDs of the IJN. Thankfully, everything but a couple 100 supply made it ashore. I will put both Aussie Regs from Malaya at Koepang. My main problem is a lack of fighters for point defense. I will take the Aussie fighters from Singapore once I've evaced everything I want... but that will take at least another week before I can even begin to extract the fighters.

In better news, the CA Houston stopped the Davao landing!
Night Time Surface Combat, near Davao at 80,92, Range 3,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Busho Maru, Shell hits 11, and is sunk
PB Keiko Maru, Shell hits 18, and is sunk
xAK Kizan Maru
xAKL Kofuku Maru
xAK Konan Maru
xAKL Nanko Maru
xAK Minryo Maru
xAK Shozan Maru, Shell hits 2
xAKL Turusima Maru
xAKL Tainichi Maru
xAK Tofuku Maru
xAK Tosei Maru, Shell hits 3, on fire
xAKL Nichiryo Maru
xAKL Fukkai Maru, Shell hits 3, on fire
xAKL Totai Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire
xAKL Bichu Maru
xAKL Ryuto Maru
xAP Rakuyo Maru, Shell hits 3, on fire
xAP Horai Maru, Shell hits 2
xAP Takatiho Maru, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
CA Houston
DD Alden
DD Edsall
DD John D. Edwards
DD Parrott

Japanese ground losses:
429 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Reduced sighting due to 0% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 0% moonlight: 3,000 yards

It wasn't anywhere near the bloodbath I was hoping for, but it halted the landing and killed some troops. If I'd had another 2-3 DDs and maybe a CL it would likely have been much more deadly for him. So maybe when the Marblehead is finished with repairs (approx. 9 days from now) I'll take it, plus it's 4 DDs, and join it to the CA Houston TF... if it's still afloat by then! Until then, I'm sending the CA Houston back to Tarakan for fuel and ammo, and replacing it with the Brit TF comprised of the CL Dragon, the CL Dauntless (I think that's the name) and 4 Brit DDs. I'm sending them to sit at the entrance to Davao. The Baby KB is still too far south, covering the landing on Timor, so I doubt it's coming north. I haven't seen the KB, but it couldn't be here yet, since it disappeared from just south of Johnston Island only 3 days ago. Therefore I really shouldn't have much to fear, unless he brings a TF that includes some CA's or BBs with his next invasion.

On Java, the Dutch Air Force continues to train, train, train. I would like to get the Martins and other level bombers into the low-to-mid 40's for NavB skill. They are mostly in the high 20s/low 30s at the moment.
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