Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A)

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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A)

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5 Dec 42

Haddo fired 4 torpedoes at destroyer Murakumo at Tanna. All missed. Haddow was hit by a depth charge in return. AMc Tamazono Maru cleared some of the mines at Tanna. 12 Catalinas attacked 2 DMS at Tanna, and DMS W-17 was sunk by a torpedo. There was also a dud hit. This is OPilot's first use of Catalinas for naval strikes. They can do good work, with long range and torpedoes, in the hands of a skilled crew, but if there are any enemy fighters at the target, the Cats are in trouble.

Northwest of Kunming, we fall short again. OPilot reinforced with the 23rd Chinese Corps. The odds and results were ok though, so we continue after resupply.

Ground combat at 68,47 (near Kunming)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18029 troops, 245 guns, 466 vehicles, Assault Value = 585

Defending force 21924 troops, 57 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 448

Japanese adjusted assault: 377

Allied adjusted defense: 244

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
346 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 24 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Vehicles lost 13 (2 destroyed, 11 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
623 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Assaulting units:
14th Tank Regiment
1st Tank Division
33rd Division
15th Army
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
21st Medium Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
23rd Chinese Corps
54th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
11th Group Army


And now for the second offensive to begin at Tuyun. 3 infantry divisions, a HQ and 18 artillery units will attack 6 Chinese corps, 2 HQ and an artillery regiment. I will push the attack until my divisions are depleted, then replace them with 3 fresh divisions and add a tank division. Hopefully that will be enough.

In the far, far north of China, Urumchi is captured.

Ground combat at Urumchi (79,11)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 768 troops, 0 guns, 142 vehicles, Assault Value = 80

Defending force 2304 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 82

Japanese adjusted assault: 57

Allied adjusted defense: 15

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

Japanese forces CAPTURE Urumchi !!!

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

Allied ground losses:
707 casualties reported
Squads: 23 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 19 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
12th Tank Regiment
23rd Tank Regiment

Defending units:
259th Brigade


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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A)

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if you ever get that oil to really flow out let me know how, usually at some point the oil stocks there just reach the maximum and that's it
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ORIGINAL: castor troy

if you ever get that oil to really flow out let me know how, usually at some point the oil stocks there just reach the maximum and that's it

Today at Urumchi, fuel went up 120 and oil went up 300. I had the refinery on. Now I've turned the refinery off and we'll see what happens.
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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A)

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6 Dec 42

Outside of Rangoon, Dutch sub KXI fired 4 torpedoes at fast xAP Hokuku Maru. Torpedoes missed. No escort with these 2 transports. They are carrying a large garrison unit for Rangoon, which will free up a rested and trained (as much as they can be) Thai division.

That US cruiser TF bombarded Noumea again, damaging Zeros, causing 530 casualties, and doing moderate base damage. Wherever OPilot sees my Zeros, either at La Foa or Noumea, he bombards. I have a big cruiser force nearby, west of Tanna. I thought about moving them to Noumea yesterday, but I didn't see the enemy TF coming. But that is how it is. They show up only if I don't see them coming. So, I'll try something different. The cruisers will move to a dot base northeast of Noumea, and patrol, with a range of 2, theoretically allowing them to react into Noumea. I just have to hope that they are not spotted, as this is a bit closer to Norfolk Island than where they have been.

Also there are 142 mines at Noumea, and none were hit again. A large minelaying TF is now formed at Truk. I plan on dropping about 200 mines at La Foa and 200 at Noumea.

There are some cargo ships at Horn Island. I sent Nicks and Tojos to sweep Horn, and was surprised to find P-38F on CAP there. OPilot has the squadron split into thirds, which he likes to do, stacking the fighters at different altitudes. Some were above my sweepers, some below. The Nicks came in first and did ok. The Tojos came next and did better. 7 P-38Fs and 6 Nicks were lost. I had Bettys at Buna with an Oscar escort, set for naval attack at range 9, which is the range to Horn, but they didn't fly.

Big attack at Magwe. No CAP there today, and just as well. 5 Hurricane squadrons swept, followed by lots of heavy bombers and B-25s. Lots of oil destroyed. Magwe now has just 99 out of 300 oil operational.

About 50 B-24Ds bombed Milne Bay, doing heavy damage. So it goes.

Big surprise for today was at Tuyun.

Ground combat at Tuyun (74,51)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 45947 troops, 630 guns, 621 vehicles, Assault Value = 1356

Defending force 55624 troops, 261 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1561

Japanese adjusted assault: 2979

Allied adjusted defense: 367

Japanese assault odds: 8 to 1 (fort level 0) [NO FORTS REBUILT AFTER LAST OFFENSIVE]

Japanese forces CAPTURE Tuyun !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
2204 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 238 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 29 disabled

Allied ground losses:
20427 casualties reported
Squads: 314 destroyed, 39 disabled
Non Combat: 300 destroyed, 61 disabled
Engineers: 113 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 68 (68 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 9

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
32nd Division
48th Division
5th Division
16th Army
2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
15th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
30th Field AA Machinecannon Company
7th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
4th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
6th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
8th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
11th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
5th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
3rd Mortar Battalion
17th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
12th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion

Defending units:
21st Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
66th Chinese Corps
23rd Group Army
25th Group Army
1st Artillery Regiment


After many weeks of effective artillery bombardments, the first attack is successful, and unexpectedly so. We got a big combat adjustment upwards. I can't stress enough how important it can be to have HQs involved. I had an Army HQ in the hex, and an Area HQ and the command HQ nearby, all prepped 100 for Tuyun.

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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A)

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7 Dec 42

December 7th, 1942. A day that will live in obscurity.

I had Tojos sweep Horn again, but the P-38s had left. No shipping there either, so no strike from the Bettys. P-38s swept Gove instead, and then it got the treatment from the heavies.

I got ambushed near Lanchow. It had happened once before, so I shouldn't be surprised. P-43s and P-66s intercepted my daily bombing of Chinese troops just east of Lanchow. 23 Sonias and 7 Lilys were shot down. OPilot evidently got enough supply into Lanchow to support the aircraft.

Blens and B-25s bombed Katha. I'm not defending it, nor repairing damage there.

A battleship task force and what I'll call mini-KB has formed up at Singapore and will move north into the Indian Ocean. The mission is to bombard Akyab. Minelayers are headed north too, destination to be determined. Akyab is a big airbase now and the Allied troops have made contact with the Thai division southeast of Akyab. I want to put a crimp in the Allied offensive by bombarding their supply source.
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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A)

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8 Dec 42

Yesterday, Oscars from Sian swept Chengtu and found no CAP. Chengtu is a big Chinese industrial town. I knew there would be CAP there today. I sent one Oscar squadron back. It was a fairly even fight, with the Oscars coming in high and getting the bounce in many engagements. The Chinese P-43s, P-66s and P-40Es were in a layered CAP and did ok. Losses were 10 Oscar Ic's while downing 6 P-40Es, 2 P-66s and a P-43. There are no Oscar Ic's in the pool, and I'm not building any. Most of the Oscar Ic units upgrade to the IIa model, and the IIa factories come on line in February 1943. Hoping for a research advancement before that.

Tojos swept Horn Island and found no CAP. Bettys hit the airbase, causing heavy damage and hitting some P-38s on the ground and an F-4 recon unit.

P-38s again swept Gove and again found no CAP. Lots of heavy bombers again hit the base.

After a long period of attack and rest, attack and rest, we finally won the battle just northwest of Kunming.

Ground combat at 68,47 (near Kunming)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 17993 troops, 245 guns, 464 vehicles, Assault Value = 575

Defending force 21059 troops, 50 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 364

Japanese adjusted assault: 402

Allied adjusted defense: 190

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
504 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 38 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Allied ground losses:
5591 casualties reported
Squads: 336 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 234 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 10 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 7 (5 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 4

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
14th Tank Regiment
1st Tank Division
33rd Division
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
15th Army
21st Medium Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
23rd Chinese Corps
54th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
11th Group Army


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9 Dec 42

I sent I-121 and I-122 to lay mines in the shallow water of the western approach to Victoria. Bad luck. SC-637 was there and damaged I-121. Worse, it's obvious what I was doing, so those mines are wasted. 2 other minelaying subs are headed north.

There are now at least 2 units at Tanna, northeast of Noumea. The 3rd Marine Raider Battalion had been there. The 1st Pioneer Battalion was at adjacent Erromango, but's it is on Tanna now. Probably too much for a small para unit to win against. I'll keep bombing and maybe bombard soon. My CA TF is at Noumea and is seen there.

A shockingly bad result between Tuyun and Kweiyang with decents odds of 1 to 1.

Ground combat at 75,50 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 44261 troops, 630 guns, 621 vehicles, Assault Value = 1190

Defending force 48263 troops, 251 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1455

Japanese adjusted assault: 420

Allied adjusted defense: 361

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
7425 casualties reported
Squads: 42 destroyed, 522 disabled
Non Combat: 11 destroyed, 67 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 43 disabled
Guns lost 40 (5 destroyed, 35 disabled)
Vehicles lost 20 (5 destroyed, 15 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1079 casualties reported
Squads: 27 destroyed, 80 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 42 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 14 (2 destroyed, 12 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
32nd Division
48th Division
5th Division
11th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
7th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
16th Army
15th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Mortar Battalion
6th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
30th Field AA Machinecannon Company
2nd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
3rd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
5th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
8th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
17th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
3rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
4th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
12th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion

Defending units:
60th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
39th Chinese Corps
66th Chinese Corps
10th Group Army
3rd War Area
16th Construction Regiment
57th AT Gun Regiment
25th Group Army
1st Artillery Regiment


The Japanese divisions will pull back while the artillery bombards. 2 fresh divisions will move in, along with the tank division.

Allied artillery attack near Akyab.

Ground combat at 55,46 (near Akyab)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 27422 troops, 446 guns, 386 vehicles, Assault Value = 811

Defending force 5933 troops, 47 guns, 15 vehicles, Assault Value = 258

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

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

Assaulting units:
2nd British Division
14th Indian Division
XV Indian Corps

Defending units:
1st RTA Division
2nd RF Gun Battalion


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10 Dec 42

Flying Fish fired 2 torpedoes at xAK Taizin Maru on the western coast of Korea. Cargo task forces from Keijo have been hugging the coast as they headed south to Japan. OPilot knows this. I'm not changing my route here. Instead, I have multiple ASW task forces looking for the subs. In the shallow water, I'll get them eventually. I also have Bettys on ASW duty from Keijo south to Nagasaki.

RO-61 spotted a US task force with at least 5 APDs and a DD just east of Tanna. The enemy ships went to Tanna with an unknown mission. Could be dropping off supply. I've bombed the port at Tanna and it is damaged about 25%. No airfield there yet. There weren't engineers there but there may be now.

9 Vals from Lakatoro, 6 hexes from Tanna, bombed the ships at Tanna in the morning, getting one 250kg hit on APD Rathburne. 27 Vals from Luganville, 7 hexes from Tanna, then bombed the ships.

Morning Air attack on TF, near Tanna at 120,157

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 27

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

Allied Ships
APD Kane, Bomb hits 2, on fire
APD Rathburne, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
APD Stringham, Bomb hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Allen, Bomb hits 2, on fire
APD John D. Edwards, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring APD Stringham
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring APD John D. Edwards


These hits were with smaller bombs, due to the extended range, but there were lots of hits.

In the afternoon, 6 Vals returned to attack again, and got another 250kg hit on John D. Edwards and Stringham. Audio says that 2 ships sunk.

My first attack at Kunming went better than expected. How much did the Chinese Expeditionary HQ help, having switched its prep from Tuyun to Kunming? Not sure, but it didn't hurt. It is prepped around 33 for Kunming, so not a lot, but it's something.

Ground combat at Kunming (69,48)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 20443 troops, 264 guns, 476 vehicles, Assault Value = 741

Defending force 39500 troops, 82 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 878

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Japanese adjusted assault: 1132

Allied adjusted defense: 490

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
530 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 52 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1217 casualties reported
Squads: 40 destroyed, 43 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Assaulting units:
1st Tank Division
56th Division
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
14th Army
21st Medium Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
90th Chinese Corps
54th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps
23rd Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
11th Group Army
NCAC
6th Group Army
2nd War Area
22nd Group Army


Forts reduced, good odds and more losses for the enemy. I need to wait for resupply to attack again. Hopefully just a one day wait.
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11 Dec 42

I-27 spotted xAP Malda and AM Cromarty north of Diego Garcia. It appears that the ships headed south to the island.

OPilot swept the non-base hex with a Japanese division in it, south of Akyab. Not something I've thought of, at least recently. I was surprised and thought that you could only do that over an enemy base, but I guess it makes sense. You can LRCAP over such a hex. Just something different.

48 B-24s bombed Lae and made a mess of the airfield. 1 leftover Nick there destroyed on the ground. OPilot sees my CAP at Buna and has other places he can go. I can play the shell game and guess between Buna, Lae, Port Moresby and Milne Bay, but I not only have to guess the target, but also the right day. The heavy bombers rest more often than not.

Attacked way up at Wasu, north of Urumchi. Got a 1 to 1 attack with the 23rd Tank Regiment attacking the 259th Chinese Brigade, and lowered the forts to 0. No casualties on either side though. As long as the tanks (somehow) have supply, they'll attack. By the way, oil is not flowing south out of Urumchi. It is at its maximum with 50,000 oil. I've tried turning on and off the refinery there. It does appear that a small amount of fuel is leaving Urumchi, so I'm leaving the refinery on and I'll take whatever I can get. It won't draw more oil there. It's already at its max. Maybe if I had a big oil deficit at Port Arthur it might draw oil out of Urumchi. I don't know.

Big attack at Kunming and north of Tuyun today.

And the Japanese Navy has been spotted west of Burma.

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12 Dec 42

8 Japanese cruisers and 3 destroyers bombarded Tanna. 180 casualties, 34 port hits and 11 port supply hits. The task force retired towards Belep Island, next to Koumac, where 2 AKEs wait.

Yesterday I spotted a small enemy task force east of Adak in the Aleutians. I rushed 3 destroyers to Adak, and they sank AMc Pintail there. OPilot wants to clear my mines at Adak. 10 B-26s, flying at 1000 feet, attacked the destroyers, but all bombs missed. One Marauder was shot down by flak. Destroyer Fuyo then hit S-35 with 2 depth charges.

30 B-17s from Norfolk Island bombed Koumac, doing moderate damage. I'm not able to keep up repairs on New Caledonia. I have one fighter squadron there and they can't cover all 3 bases. OPilot hits where they are not.

We attacked north of Tuyun with 2 fresh infantry divisions. Slow progress here.

Ground combat at 75,50 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 32937 troops, 499 guns, 485 vehicles, Assault Value = 878

Defending force 35279 troops, 163 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 904

Japanese adjusted assault: 652

Allied adjusted defense: 412

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1579 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 120 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled

Allied ground losses:
645 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 89 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)


The big news was at Kunming. A huge positive adjustment in the Japanese assault value contributed to a big victory.

Ground combat at Kunming (69,48)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 20120 troops, 264 guns, 476 vehicles, Assault Value = 704

Defending force 22986 troops, 57 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 543

Japanese adjusted assault: 1788

Allied adjusted defense: 160

Japanese assault odds: 11 to 1 (fort level 2)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Kunming !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
382 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Allied ground losses:
4710 casualties reported
Squads: 221 destroyed, 28 disabled
Non Combat: 289 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 36 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 13 (11 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 4

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
1st Tank Division
56th Division
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
14th Army
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
21st Medium Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
90th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
NCAC
22nd Group Army


The Chinese now have 89,000 men just east of Kunming, in a hex with a 25,000 stacking limit. Great time to hit with as many bombers as possible. Units at Kunming head east to continue the attacks. Kunming now has 50 heavy industry. Thinking that OPilot may strike that immediately from Ledo, I move Tojos to Mengtze and have them LRCAP Kunming. Kunming itself is too damaged to take on planes.

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13 Dec 42

I-5 is patrolling west of Karachi, at the map edge from Abadan, and at the western exit from Abadan. It spotted an AM and a TK. AM Bengal hit the sub with 2 depth charges, and it is badly damaged and a long way from home. I-5 is SYS 41/FLOT 73-51/ENG 1/FIRE 0. I don't think it will make it. The tanker(s) aren't heading to Karachi. They're probably cutting across to go to Cape Town. I've seen a huge tanker convoy off-map through SigInt going from Mombasa to Capetown.

Battleships Hyuga, Ise and Mutsu bombarded Akyab.

Allied ground losses:
446 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 9 destroyed, 40 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Manpower hits 2
Fires 693
Airbase hits 11
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 49
Port hits 7


OPilot had pulled out the many Hurricanes from Akyab a day before. Most went to Chittagong. I'm not going there to bombard, with the big CD gun unit. OPilot will see me coming wherever I go, and has many bases to move his planes to. My goal is just to degrade Akyab's airfield and destroy supply there.

Speaking of the Hurricanes, 4 groups of 16 of them swept over the Thailand division south of Akyab. B-25s and Blens then bombed the division. It is very disrupted and vulnerable to an attack by the British and Indian divisions in the hex. So far, the enemy has just attacked with artillery.

I guessed right at Milne Bay, moving 40 Tojos in to greet almost 50 B-24Ds. 5 B-24s were lost, one of which was an ops loss, while 5 Tojos were lost, with 3 of the Tojos being ops losses. That's about as good as it can get with my best anti-bomber fighters. Right now the war is just a war against the Allied heavy bombers, with them generally hitting undefended bases.

Another attack north of Tuyun. Still 1 to 1 odds. Slightly better ratio of losses but it's still tough. I have a fresh infantry division and a fresh tank division at Tuyun waiting to join the fight once the current divisions are exhausted.
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14 Dec 42

DMS W-19 found a fresh minefield just outside of Rangoon. AMc Kaisho Maru joined in on sweeping there. But then PB Eiko Maru hit a mine. It is SYS 7/FLOT 69-40/ENG 1-0/FIRE 1 and is just one hex from Rangoon, and will probably survive.

RO-63 went to Mornington Island, just north of Normanton, to check out shipping reported there. It spotted an AM, an LCVP and a YO. AM Wallaroo hit the sub with 2 depth charges in the shallow water, and the sub is in trouble. The replay implied that it sank, but it didn't. But it is SYS 29/FLOT 89-62/ENG 1-0/FIRE 0.

Huge enemy air effort over the Thailand division near Akyab. (Where's the Flying Tigers? Unseen for quite awhile. May be defending Ledo.) I haven't been contesting the air over the hex.

16 Hurricanes swept.
16 Hurricanes swept.
16 Blens bombed.
15 Liberator IIs and 27 B-24Ds bombed.
9 B-24Ds bombed.
16 B-25Cs bombed.
32 B-25Cs bombed.
16 Hurricanes swept.
16 Hurricanes swept.


I am going to make a maximum LRCAP effort over the hex today. Magwe is filled with Army aircraft. Mostly Oscars, some Tojos. Carrier Zeros are flown off of the task force near Tavoy, going to Prome and Toungoo, neither of which have any air support, but for one day, I don't care. The damaged planes can rail elsewhere afterwards. Maybe the Hurricanes will sweep late and the medium bombers will bomb early.

The Thai division is now 90% disrupted and would be defeated if the British and Indian divisions attacked. The Thai unit is moving to the south, but in combat mode, and isn't close to leaving the hex yet. Needs 4 or 5 days.

We will attack east of Kunming today.
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15 Dec 42

Cleared the mines dropped outside of Rangoon, and dropped 200 mines at both La Foa and Noumea.

British sub Trusty was hit by 2 depth charges near Phuket.

After flying almost continuously over the Thai division near Akyab, the Allied planes didn't fly today. Mostly. Apparently 8 Wellingtons didn't get the order to stand down, and they flew, and ran into my ambush of 40 Zeros, 57 Oscars and 17 Tojos. 3 of the Wellingtons managed to survive. This was my biggest attempted ambush in Burma so far, and it was mostly unsuccessful. The Army fighters are sent elsewhere to recover, and the Zeros are sent back to the carriers at Mergui.

And the Allied forces attacked, mauling the Thai division that was 90% disrupted from heavy bombing in the past week.

Ground combat at 55,46 (near Akyab)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 27394 troops, 446 guns, 386 vehicles, Assault Value = 811

Defending force 5697 troops, 42 guns, 15 vehicles, Assault Value = 228

Allied adjusted assault: 497

Japanese adjusted defense: 197

Allied assault odds: 2 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1788 casualties reported
Squads: 75 destroyed, 81 disabled
Non Combat: 39 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 12 (5 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 2

Allied ground losses:
296 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 37 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
2nd British Division
14th Indian Division
XV Indian Corps

Defending units:
1st RTA Division
2nd RF Gun Battalion


The units retreated south along the trail where a fresh Japanese division just arrived. It should be enough to hold off the enemy. An armor unit and some artillery will also be there soon. Other units are moving this direction from the Magwe area.

2 attacks in China: east of Kunming and north of Tuyun. Similar results. Both went off at 1 to 1 odds, and both had slightly more Chinese casualties than Japanese. The troops east of Kunming have to wait for resupply, while the troops north of Tuyun will continue to attack.
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16 Dec 42

P-38Gs swept over the 2nd Tank Regiment holding the road hex north of Daly Waters. Beaufighters then bombed and strafed, disabling some tanks. Clear terrain. I have to either CAP the hex or move the tanks away.

Finally won the hex between Tuyun and Kweiyang. Just in time too. There is enemy movement into the hex from the east. OPilot was about to reinforce but wasn't in time, this time.

Ground combat at 75,50 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 30672 troops, 499 guns, 485 vehicles, Assault Value = 665

Defending force 32215 troops, 104 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 629

Japanese adjusted assault: 407

Allied adjusted defense: 154

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
648 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 55 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
10014 casualties reported
Squads: 379 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 332 destroyed, 27 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 11 (10 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 9

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!


Enemy retreated to Kweiyang. These units are shells now.

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17 Dec 42

Cleared some mines at Tanna. Sallys continue to do minor damage to the size 1 port there.

9 Lilys at Darwin have been set to ground attack without a specific target, allowing them to find a couple of cavalry regiments east and west of Katherine. For now, the Australian units appear to be content to guard the flanks. The Lilys don't do much damage, but they show that I know that the units are there. Today OPilot put some P-38s above them and shot down 5 Lilys.

Schwebo, Katha and Myitkyina in Burma got medium and heavy bombers. Moderate damage.

B-17s returned to Koumac and did light damage.

We attacked again east of Kunming. It's a slow grind in the mountains. Most of the infantry in the 1st Tank Division is disabled, but the armor is still fine. Have to wait for resupply to continue.

Ground combat at 70,48 (near Kunming)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19857 troops, 263 guns, 476 vehicles, Assault Value = 682

Defending force 19354 troops, 35 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 587

Japanese adjusted assault: 375

Allied adjusted defense: 298

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
550 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 55 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Vehicles lost 13 (1 destroyed, 12 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
413 casualties reported
Squads: 22 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Assaulting units:
1st Tank Division
56th Division
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
14th Army
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
21st Medium Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
22nd New Chinese Division
64th Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
3rd Prov Chinese Corps
2nd Reserve Division
35th Group Army
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18 Dec 42

DMS continued to sweep mines at Tanna. 12 Catalinas from the Suva area attacked a sub chaser at Tanna, but all bombs missed. Surprised to see bombs, not torpedoes, this time. Must have been an oversight by OPilot. No reason to think that there would be supply problems at Suva. Suva and Nadi are both built out to the maximum.

Cruisers Australia, Canberra, Hobart and Perth, with 4 destroyers, were spotted northeast of Cooktown. 6 torpedoes were fired by I-10 but all missed Australia. The task force is in bombardment range of Port Moresby and Gove. They've hit Port Moresby before. I moved Bettys to Buna to try to catch the ships on the way home.

Heavy bombers from Ledo hit Lao Cai for the first time. Lots of Japanese bombers based there, but they were all flying when the raid hit. 2 Dinahs and 6 Topsys were destroyed on the ground, and minor base damage was done. There are just so many bases that the B-24s can hit. OPilot avoids the defended ones. It's a shell game that I cannot win. Not enough Japanese fighters that can go up against the heavies at this point in the war. PDU OFF game.

Japanese battleships and carriers are not spotted west of Rangoon, but they need to move a bit more to the northeast to get into bombardment position. They were spotted in that area last time.

Carnavon became a size 1 airfield for the Allies. Cruisers are ordered from Soerabaja to go to Port Hedland and base there for bombardment runs to Carnavon. 2 AKEs are now moving to Port Hedland to support this effort. The last thing I need is another big bomber base in Australia.
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19 Dec 42

Tambor hit a mine at Port Moresby and may sink.

3 DB-7s from Akyab attacked destroyer Yamagumo. 50 Zeros were on CAP, but the warning was only 7 minutes and the bombers flew at 1000 feet. 1 bomber was shot down. 2 dropped bombs but missed. Only the destroyer ASW TF was spotted, but I think OPilot will know there is more there, considering that there were 50 Zeros there. The battleship task force will bombard Cox's Bazar. The ASW and CV TFs will move to approximately where the battleship TF will end up afterwards. But I know now that I forgot to give the fighters a ranged CAP to cover the battleships if I don't guess the right hex exactly. I don't expect a problem though. I'm sure that all planes at Akyab will be pulled out, and the ones at Cox's Bazar may also. I'm more concerned about subs.

I got ambushed at Kweiyang. 11 Flying Tiger's P-40Ks that had to come from Chungking were above Kweiyang when my Sallys and Lilys arrived to bomb the troops. 14 Sallys and 7 Lilys were shot down. Just because this didn't happen earlier doesn't mean it couldn't happen, and it did.

Today we attack east of Kunming again. Artillery will continue attacking at Kweilin. The guns did a great job today.

Allied ground losses:
395 casualties reported
Squads: 18 destroyed, 26 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 7 (2 destroyed, 5 disabled)


One of the most northern Chinese bases was captured. Wasu. The Chinese 259th Brigade was chased out to the southeast, and the Japanese will follow. The tanks will catch them for sure. All units now have insufficient supply. We'll see if the Japanese get supply to Wasu. If so, then we'll have supply coming out the Wasu.

The other far northern base will be occupied after that lone Chinese unit is eliminated.
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20 Dec 42

Battleships Hyuga, Ise and Mutsu bombarded Cox's Bazar. It was a mediocre bombardment. 2 Hurricanes destroyed on the ground, a few damaged. 125 casualties. Minor base damage. None of the task forces were spotted afterwards as they retired to the south.

Scamp fired 4 torpedoes at very fast xAP Kobe Maru southeast of Truk. 3 torpedoes hit, but 2 were duds. Scamp then fired 4 torpedoes at the other ship in the task force, xAP Tenzan Maru. The 23 knot transports had dropped off paras at Luganville. This time, one torpedo hit but it was a dud. In the afternoon, Scamp was at it again, firing 4 more torpedoes at Kobe Maru. 2 torpedoes hit, but one was a dud. The other sank the ship. In 2 weeks, the Mk 14 torpedoes get their first improvement in their dud rate.

B-17s bombed Daly Waters.

Attacked again east of Kunming. 1 to 1 odds again, with 244 Japanese casualties and 413 Chinese. We again rest until resupplied.

348 Chinese casualties at Kweiyang from an artillery attack from the big artillery stack. Half of the Chinese squads lost were destroyed. A Japanese division arrived to bolster the next attack, but not all units have enough supply, so we wait a bit longer here.

The Ki-43IIb Oscar was accelerated to 1/43. This is a small bit of good news. I have multiple Ic Oscar units that upgrade to the IIb, not the IIa, and the Ic pool has been dry.

In Burma, movement is seen from the Allied lead stack southeast of Akyab, and they now show movement to the east, towards Magwe, not to the south on the trail towards the fresh units in their way. The Allied offensive seems to be slowly building. I need to send more to Burma.
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21 Dec 42

Dutch sub KX was sitting at Port Hedland when light cruiser CL Agano and destroyers arrived for fuel. Unfortunate, as the task force will be heading to bombard Carnavon, and now OPilot knows that they are in the area and also where they came from. AKEs are on the way to Port Hedland to support. Port Hedland has no airfield and is a possible target for B-17s, if they move to western Australia.

15 Beaufighters attacked part of the 16th Infantry Division at Daly Waters, causing 64 casualties. Pesky planes. B-17s then hammered the airfield, as usual.

Deliberate attack ordered at Kweiyang. East of Kunming, I've ordered the tank division out of the front line. It will make the long trek back into Burma. Its tanks are in great condition, but its accompanying infantry is almost all disabled. I hope to clear the road from Kunming to Kweiyang without them.

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22 Dec 42

Dutch sub KX left Port Hedland at the same time as my cruiser force, and both headed west hugging the coast in the shallow hexes. Today the sub fired 4 torpedoes at heavy cruiser Kako and got a hit. Kako is SYS 13/FLOT 35-30/ENG 1-0/FIRE 0 and will now make the trip to Singapore for repairs, moving with a destroyer. Kako will be out of action for about a month, I think. Now just a light cruiser and a couple of destroyers will bombard Carnavon.

Attacked at Kweiyang and lowered the forts, with both sides taking significant casualties.

Ground combat at Kweiyang (74,49)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 37335 troops, 585 guns, 901 vehicles, Assault Value = 1080

Defending force 43607 troops, 232 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1000

Japanese adjusted assault: 1035

Allied adjusted defense: 705

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
1747 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 129 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Guns lost 13 (1 destroyed, 12 disabled)
Vehicles lost 13 (1 destroyed, 12 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1282 casualties reported
Squads: 18 destroyed, 115 disabled
Non Combat: 10 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 20 (2 destroyed, 18 disabled)

Assaulting units:
41st Division
110th Division
2nd Tank Division
11th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
30th Field AA Machinecannon Company
8th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
3rd Mortar Battalion
5th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
7th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
2nd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
17th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
15th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
4th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
6th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
3rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
16th Army
3rd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
12th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion

Defending units:
25th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
65th Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
39th Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
12th Group Army
3rd War Area
23rd Group Army
25th Group Army
16th Construction Regiment


Need to wait for resupply before continuing the attack.

The A6M5 Zero was accelerated to 2/43. Yesterday, the Nakajima HA-45 engine was accelerated to 4/43. The HA-45 is important as I am invested heavily in researching the Frank, and far more units take the Frank in a PDU-OFF game than the Tojo. I need the Frank. HA45 engines sooner mean getting 500 engines sooner which means speeding up the Frank.

My cruisers at Noumea moved NE 2 hexes to a dot base, where the Yamato battleship TF moved also. Both task forces were spotted, but not well, today. Both will now move to Noumea.
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