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Playing my first game as the Allies in the GC against the Japanese AI. Checked my SigInt report and saw that a particular LCU was prepping to attack Davao. I couldn't see any enemy TFs in the immediate vicinity but figured I'd take a chance and diverted a pair of my own TFs. The first was the CL Boise all on its own, the second the CA Houston with three DD escorts. I think the gamble paid off. [:D]

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Davao at 41,61

Japanese Ships
ML Ikitsushima, Shell hits 29, and is sunk
MSW Tomozono Maru #3, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
AP Astuga Maru
AP Atsuta Maru, Shell hits 1
AP Kimishima Maru
AP Sumanoura Maru, Shell hits 6, on fire, heavy damage
AP Tarushima Maru
AP Tatsujin Maru, Shell hits 25, and is sunk
AP Tatsuta Maru
AP Teiryu Maru
AP Tenryu Maru
AP Toyo Maru #2
AP Ujigawa Maru, Shell hits 2, on fire
AP Yamafuku Maru
AP Zyuyo Maru, Shell hits 28, and is sunk
AP Chinko Maru, Shell hits 32, and is sunk
AP Daitei Maru
AK Tokiwasan Maru

Allied Ships
CL Boise, Shell hits 4

Japanese ground losses:
2583 casualties reported
Guns lost 17

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Day Time Surface Combat at 42,62

Japanese Ships
AP Astuga Maru, Shell hits 1
AP Atsuta Maru, Shell hits 8, on fire
AP Kimishima Maru
AP Sumanoura Maru, on fire, heavy damage
AP Tarushima Maru
AP Tatsuta Maru
AP Teiryu Maru, Shell hits 11, on fire, heavy damage
AP Tenryu Maru, Shell hits 4, on fire
AP Toyo Maru #2, Shell hits 16, on fire, heavy damage
AP Ujigawa Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire
AP Yamafuku Maru, Shell hits 2
AP Daitei Maru
AK Tokiwasan Maru

Allied Ships
CA Houston, Shell hits 1
DD John D. Ford
DD Pillsbury
DD Pope

Japanese ground losses:
685 casualties reported
Guns lost 28



Another one of the APs sank shortly afterward from the damage, taking another 500 or so IJA troops with it. I was particularly impressed by the Boise's performance. But I suspect the Houston could have done as well if the IJN hadn't scattered and fled immediately.
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LoL, I enjoyed seeing a report of one lone CL versus fifteen enemy ships! Pretty cool.

You're a braver man than I. My ships in the DEI have basically skulked around. Of course, that has something to do with the fact that the Japanese carriers show up with annoying regularity. :)
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Hahaha, nice! I bet Boise's experience levels went way up.. save that ship!!! [:D]
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Note to self:

check the SigInt thingie, wherever that is....

edited to say...

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The Davao naval turkey shoot [:D]. And like Alikchi said, save her. She will come handy later with SG radar and all.
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Note to self:

check the SigInt thingie, wherever that is....

Signal Intelligence. One of the buttons on the top of the main display, keyboard shortcut 'L'. As can be seen, a potentially useful information source. [:D]
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Signal Intelligence. One of the buttons on the top of the main display, keyboard shortcut 'L'. As can be seen, a potentially useful information source.

Have to start looking at it.
Congratulations on actually landing such a great blow early on!
(I was patting myself on the back because my heroic defenders at Naga attacked the japanese and drove them back to Legaspi[:(])
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Well, continued that game and went to check on the Boise. It could have been much worse for the Japanese. Turns out the only reason the Boise broke off was because she had emptied her magazines. The crew had fired off every 6" round they had on board! Reload!! [:'(][:D]
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Additional reports from the front

Its now 16 Dec (previous report was from 13 Dec), several items.

(I swear the AI did this just to piss me off.) Japanese bombers attacking British forces in Malay today dropped their bombs to land in a perfect swastika pattern. Reports are that British troops were not amused.

The Silent Service has begun their job of destroying the Japanese merchant fleet. US and Dutch subs are finding themselves in a target rich environment off the coast of Indochina. No subs have been reported lost after torpedoing almost a dozen merchants.

Either I'm really good with cruisers or the AI needs to escort their invasion forces better. The Japanese landed forces at Rabaul and I responded by sending the CA Canberra, CL Perth and DD Le Triomphant followed by the CL Adelaide. The first TF arrived today and promptly ran into a pair of Japanese mines. (Wankers. ) However, they still surprised the Japanese in a night action, inflicting serious damage. Too bad it was after they had unloaded most or all of their troops. (Still trying to figure out how my running into their mines destroyed two of their dive bombers. I think I may have found a bug here.)

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR 12/16/41

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TF 1107 encounters mine field at Rabaul (61,88)

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-30 Ann: 2 destroyed

Allied Ships
CL Perth, Mine hits 1
DD Le Triomphant, Mine hits 1

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Rabaul at 61,88

Japanese Ships
MSW Tama Maru, Shell hits 9, and is sunk
PG Nikkai Maru, Shell hits 7, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
PG Seikai Maru, Shell hits 27, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
ML Takashima, Shell hits 5, on fire, heavy damage
ML Kurosaki
PC Toshi Maru #3
PC Tama Maru #8, Shell hits 10, on fire, heavy damage
PC Shonon Maru #15, Shell hits 16, and is sunk
PC Takunan Maru #2
AP Haruna Maru, Shell hits 1
AP Katsuragisan Maru

Allied Ships
CA Canberra, Shell hits 1
CL Perth, Shell hits 2
DD Le Triomphant, Shell hits 1, on fire


Okay, so maybe the transports weren't entirely unescorted [:'(], but still, PCs vs Cruisers? 8" shells fired at only 2000 yards hurt!


And in a final report, Intelligence reports that yet another transport damaged off Davao sank today somewhere west of Palau. The real kicker? SigInt reports that the Japanese 56th Brigade still thinks it is going to be attacking Davao.

Further news may or may not follow, as I feel like it. [:D]
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Assuming anyone is still reading this, it looks like I'm in the mood to continue reporting on my game. I'm not going to detail everything that happens. This will be more of a higher level general overview of the war and my impressions of the flow. The scenario is the Grand Campaign. Other than some messing around with the tutorial this will be my first WiTP game. I figure my education will mirror that of the real life Allied commanders. [:D] All the realism options are on, Automatic Submarine operations is off and the Japanese AI is set to Historical.

Its now 21 Dec 41. My general plan is a cautiously aggressive defense. I'll try to take advantage of any opportunities I see (such as the Davao Target Range, mentioned earlier [:)]) without risking too much.

Wake and Guam both fell on the 8th. Hong Kong didn't last long either, it fell on either the 8th or 9th (don't remember). The Japanese have occupied all the Gilbert Islands except Baker Island. Currently I have a cruiser there but no LCU garrison yet. I have a feeling it will be next, so the Lexington and Saratoga are enroute to the area. I seem to be having unusually good luck intercepting invasion convoys, maybe I can continue that trend. I may have them try some raids on the Gilberts, haven't deceided yet. The Enterprise has just arrived back at Pearl after raiding the Marshalls. Didn't do much damage, but what the hey. The first ground units are just reaching Hawaii from the West Coast. From there I will forward them to places I feel a need to garrison. Still thinking on where they should go.

In the Phillipines, the Japanese control Lingayen, Vigan, Laoag and Aparri on the north end of Luzon; Legaspi on the south. An attack on Naga about a week into hostilities was turned back by the arrival of one of my US Armored units from Manila. That unit was then rushed back to Clark Field. (This gamble appears to have paid off. My subs have just attacked transports leaving Legaspi carrying troops. I'll have to consider a counter-offensive to recapture it.) Tuguegarao has been held by two Phillipine Army divisions against two IJA tank regiments for several days now via Bombardment attacks. I think I'll try one day's Deliberate Attack, see if my infantry can do some damage to his unprotected (by infantry) armor. The one Phillipine division in San Marcelino just came under attack from one Japanese unit. The IJA may be trying to bypass the heavy defenses of Clark Field on their way to Bataan. Fortunately I have a strong (I hope) garrison there so I'm not worried about Clark getting cut off yet.

On Mindanao the Japanese landed at undefended Butuan and are currently attacking Cagayan. But their forces here are weak and I think the garrison will be able to hold until the PA division arrives from Davao. (On the gripping hand, my subs in the Phillipines and PBY patrols are reporting Japanese ship movements along the west coast of Luzon. A second wave against Mindanao?)

No attacks yet on the DEI. I have freighters grabbing resources and oil and shipping them to Darwin. I'm going to risk a couple of smaller AKs on runs to Bataan. They picked up supplies from empty Dutch bases and will try to drop them off there. The only other activity here has been some Martin's out of Brunei failing miserably to hit some Japanese shipping NW of Taytay and losing a destroyer to a Jap sub just west of Pontianak. The DD was part of a four ship ASW TF and the sub was quickly sunk also.

Speaking of sub operations, I am detecting a bit of overconfidence among my own submarine captains. There have been a rash of daytime surface attacks on Japanese merchants, including one just outside of Camranh Bay on a tanker. On the other hand they may have reason. Once they reached station off the Indochina coast there has been an average two to four attacks on meatball flagged shipping a day! Most successful, despite some torpedo problems. A couple of subs were ineffectively straffed by search planes north of Luzon and what I suspect was a passing group of destroyers enroute between Malaya and Japan made a couple of half-hearted depth charge runs (no damage), but otherwise they are in a Happy Hunting Ground situation so far. We'll see how long that lasts.

In Malaya, Kuantan and Khota Bharu have fallen. Alor Star just fell after holding out for a week, which was better than I had expected. Kuala Lumpur is just coming under attack. (Just as one of my freighters arrived to grab the resources there. [X(] I suspect Cdr. Olaguer, captain of the Legazpi is not too happy with me right now. [:'(]) To the north Victoria Point and Tavoy have both been captured and Moulmein is now under attack. An RAF Base Force that was at Victoria Point is trying desparately to make its way north from behind enemy lines. Don't know if they are going to make it. Air raids on Rangoon began just after a couple of convoys carrying reinforcements and supplies from India arrived there. The CL Dauntless and a transport have both been heavily damaged but unloading is proceeding. For now further reinforcements will have to land at Akyab and try to make it overland the rest of the way.

As a general note on ground combat so far, despite losing bases and being driven back I suspect that I am bleeding the IJA some. The combat reports have been fairly consistently reporting more Japanese casualties than Allied, even when I am forced to retreat. That may just be FOW but one can hope.

Not a lot of action in China yet. I spread the Chinese Air Force out and they are trying to make bombing runs on some Japanese troops. They're not very good at it yet. But at least they've proven they know how to fly the planes, so I have high hopes that they will eventually figure out that there is a bomb sight. (Which is more than I can say for US bombers in the Phillipines. I've had the B-17s there set for ground attack for two weeks now and not a single sortie. They're not at size 1 air bases so I don't know what the problem is.) Nanning got left ungarrisoned and I was able to move a group of Chinese divisions in and capture it. (This is how I learned that you can't just occupy the empty hex. You have to actually attack the empty base! [:o]) I also sent some forces south toward Canton, thinking that I could hit the Hong Kong attackers from the rear. 40 to 50K IJA troops in Canton said [:-]. So I'm settling for digging in just outside Canton and hoping to bottle those forces up.

The Bismarks and Rabaul. <rubs the bridge of his nose> Someone is being overconfident here. I'm just not sure if its me or the AI yet. In my previous report I detailed my reactions to the landings at Rabaul. Since then I have left the task force in Rabaul harbor providing fire support for the defenders. I'm unloading supplies at Port Moresby and Gili Gili as well as base support staff at Gili Gili. (Its a convienent stop between Oz and Rabaul.) I'm going to try to build them up as air bases. Minesweepers are (slowly) on their way to clear the Japanese minefield. (With a refueling stop of Gili Gili. The range on minesweepers is so low. Its hard to even move them between neighboring ports, let alone get them to anyplace useful.) I managed to get Sparrow Force into Rabaul today and they are unloading (although one of the transports did manage to hit two mines on the way in). I also got a freighter in with supplies (this one without hitting any of the bobbing metal spheres) which is currently unloading as well. Given the interrupted unloading of the Japanese ships, I think I'll be able to hold the base against this first attack. The only thing that is making me nervous are the Japanese recon flights over Emirau Island. I don't have a garrison there and I'm unlikely to be able to get one there anytime soon. Why is he taking pictures of an empty island? Hmmmm....

I had a PBY sighting of what must have been KB north of Midway about a week ago but nothing since. There were a couple of strikes from small carriers NW of Luzon and Dutch Martins helped the IJN wash one of their CVLs a little south of there around the same time as the PBY report, but otherwise nothing on IJN carrier locations. (Yet.)

I think that pretty much covers events so far. Further reports to come (hopefully [:)]).
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ive got a name for you AAR...

Defend all fronts, the japs are coming!!
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First off, as people can see I came up with a name for this AAR. A bit generic perhaps, but its a kinda generic AAR. [:'(]

22 Dec 41

I think the submariners Happy Hunting Ground days are over. Three different, serious, ASW attacks on Allied subs today. The Dutch sub O19 near Saigon was damaged (sys 21, flt 72). She's on her way to Sinkep Island. If Damage Control can get the flotation damage under control there, she'll fall back to her home port of Soerabaja for further repairs. The other two attacks were north of Luzon. In each case the IJN group was made up of multiple destroyers, so I think all the early merchant losses have upset the IJN. [:D]

In other sub related news a Jap sub attacked one of the destroyer escorts of my carrier group near Baker Island. The torpedoes missed and the destroyers are reporting one depth charge hit on the sub. I don't think it spotted the carriers (weren't included in the combat report) but I'll have to move them anyways. Maybe southwest....

Moulmein fell today. The defenders (1st and 2nd Burma Brigades and two RAF base forces) were just too tired and weak to hold for any length of time. Setting them to fall back to Rangoon. If the IJA continues their rapid followup this will be unpleasant. Air attacks on Rangoon continue. My ships there have finished unloading and are attempting to load up on oil and resources. One freighter that had already finished loading was attacked west of Rangoon by a flight of 30 Sally's and a trio of Betty's. The torps all missed but she was hit by five 250kg bombs. She is continueing to limp her way to Colombo.

Artillery duels continued in Kuala Lompur.

At Tuguegarao I didn't make my proposed counter-attack. Turned out to be a good thing as the Sasebo 2nd SNLF had reinforced the armored units. My Phillipine troops there (two divisions and two US base units) will try to continue to hold for as long as they can.

The garrison at Naga (2 PA divisions and 2 USAAF base units also) is reporting a Japanese force approaching the base. They will have to hold on their own, with enemy forces near Clark and San Marcelino under attack I'm not risking another run south by one of my armored units.

Fighting continues at Cagayan. And I have confirmed the approach of a IJN convoy towards the southern part of Mindanao from the vicinity of Palau. I suspect its the same force that was so roughly handled by the Boise. Well, the Boise and Houston are ready and waiting to do it again. This time they are backed up by the CL Marblehead and her five destroyers in a separate TF as well as the sub Swordfish waiting in their path.

And I think I'm being bit by a serious AI related bug. My B-17s in the Phillipines are STILL refusing to fly missions AND my PT Boat TF at Bataan has failed to react to at least two enemy TFs sailing by in the adjacent hex. (They are set with a 6 hex reaction radius.) Someone needs to check this or explain it to me, please. I have a hunch that it is related to their being associated with a restricted command/HQ, but that's just a feeling. (The bombers are at size 2 and 4 airfields, have supplies and zero fatigue. So what the <heavily censored> is going on here!!!)

Skirmishing continues at Rabaul. The poor performance of the Japanese force there leads me to believe that they are either very low on or completely out of supplies. I may risk a counter-attack on them in the next day or two.

I am becoming concerned about the supply situation in China but I don't see any way of addressing it since I can't control the movement of supplies overland. Otherwise I am slowly learning how to handle logistics in the game. I suspect I have too many freighters at Karachi and I know I don't have enough in the SF-Pearl area. That appears to be a legacy of the initial setup though. I need to think about if and how to move some shipping from one to the other.

Other than that it was a relatively quiet day. More reports to follow.
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aawwww boooooo!!!


you havn't used my AAR name suggestion!! [8D]
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ORIGINAL: andytimtim

aawwww boooooo!!!


you havn't used my AAR name suggestion!! [8D]

Sorry, but they just "weren't me".

(I could say it was because your avatar creeps me out but you'd probably think that was a compliment. [:'(] )
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alot of ppl say that about my avatar!!,


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23 Dec 41

It isn't going to be a happy Christmas. Georgetown in Malaya is under attack and the units there are just not up to any meaningful defense. They're almost out of supplies and the dispruption and fatigue are too high. I'm abandoning the base (have to leave the CD unit behind) and going to try to move the units south towards Singapore. I doubt they are going to make it. Taiping and Kuala Lompur are also under attack and I don't know how long Malacca is going to be spared. I think its time to abandon most of the pennisula and try to move south for a stand outside Singapore. British Empire forces in the region are just useless.

The Imperial Air Force launched a bombing raid against Yenen in China. This is one of the places where I had moved Chinese Air Force units to, in this case a wing of I-16c fighters. My respect for the Chinese pilots is continueing to climb. The entire squadron scrambled and managed to claim two Nate kills with only damage to two of their own.

The British freighter damaged yesterday outside Rangoon sank today. At least it denied some resources to the enemy. Another freighter was damaged in Rangoon harbor today. It was just finishing unloading supplies and I doubt it will get out now. The rest of the freighters broke off loading and are making a run for Colombo. That just leaves the CL Dauntless trying to patch holes in the hull (floatation damage) before its too late.

A convoy of enemy transports was spotted to the immediate SW of Singapore. An attack by Swordfish and Vildebeest torpedo bombers managed to put one fish into the side of one of them and two into the side of a second. They didn't see any additional ships but I'm not counting on any luck in this region.

More skirmishes at Rabaul. The minesweepers arrived and have begun work.

The 101st Phillipine division finally reached Cagayan. Fighting continues there and at Tuguegarao and San Marcelino, with enemy reinforcements continueing to show up on the line at Tuguegarao. After being left alone for a few days Clark Field came under air attack again. All I have left there are the chewed up remenants of three fighter wings, the bombers having been moved south some time ago. I'm trying to deceide what to do with those since they seem constitutionally incapable of flying actual missions. I've transferred them to the SWPac command, I just need to figure out where to rebase them to. (Seriously, if someone can give me some idea why the f<bleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep> won't fly I would appreciate it.)

An S Class sub managed to put a torpedo into a freighter outside Tuguegarao. Otherwise the Silent Service was silent.

The invasion force I was expecting near Mindanao has disappeared. No idea what happened. Maybe US PBYs or Dutch Do24K-2s will find it tomorrow. (Flying Boat patrols I have in abundance in the Phillipines and DEI. They're about the only thing I have in area that seems to be able to do much.)

I'm sending the carrier group with the Lexington and the Saratoga on a raid against the Gilberts. I'll try to hit the ports, see if I can catch something in the harbors. The Enterprise has arrived back at Pearl. What to do with her? Hmm, maybe raid Wake? I'll have to think on that. Its been long enough since I spotted the Jap carriers to worry me.

I think that covers everything for today. More reports to follow.
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There two things that I am finding I have to "adjust" to in WiTP when compared to by other gaming experience. First is the logistics and supply. Not really a surprise, although I am finding it slightly annoying that I've twice had to up my estimates of how much I have to ship by an order of magnitude. [:'(] I can deal with that. The other is the pace of operations. Its a lot slower than I'm used to. (Or at least feels that way.) This isn't to say its a bad thing, just very different. On to the reports.

24 Dec 41
The Japanese have definitely begun to escort their shipping. Three sub attacks today and in all three the subs had to dodge escorts. The Sargo suffered minor damage (Sys 8 Flt 15) near Legaspi but is continueing her patrol after successfully hitting a troop transport. The other attacks were complete washes on both sides.

Air activity was light today. The lack of air raids on Singapore and Rangoon are nice, but worry me. The remaining freighters in Rangoon took the opportunity to start their run for Colombo, carrying 6K Resource and 3K Oil. Its something but still leaves a kay of Resource and almost 10K of Oil. The Dauntless continues repairs.

The enemy did bomb the airfield at Taiping. Since I have no aircraft there and I know I'm going to lose the base my reaction was "Oh, yes, please. Bomb the crap out of it. You have my blessings."

50 Bettys attacked the 101st PA division recently arrived at Cagayan, severly disrupting the unit. So much for a quick counter-attack here.

They also made an attempt on the freighters at Rabaul finishing unloading, but scored no hits. Minesweepers continued to remove Japanese mines there.

The transports spotted and attacked near Singapore yesterday were apparently not detered. They are continueing north thru the Malacca Straight and a second convoy has been spotted about a hundred miles ESE of Singapore headed west. Vildebeests put another torpedo into a troop transport in the first convoy. Unfortunately I have basically no naval assets in the immediate area due to the enemy's domination of the air over the Malaya pennisula. Likewise air assets are weak. Royal Navy forces have been concentrated at Trimcomalee, including the BBs Prince of Wales and Revenge and the CVL Hermes. (The BC Repulse was lost to air attack while fleeing Singapore, having been heavily damaged in the initial air raids on that port.) I am going to put together some TFs and hope that air cover from the Hermes along with the three CLAAs available will suffice to protect the battleships and cruisers while they attack Japanese convoys trying to get past Singapore.

Georgetown fell. A couple of units made it out but apparently most of them were cut off and surrendered along with the base when subjected to a Banzai attack. Ten thousand POWs are being reported by Japanese propaganda radio.

In the Phillipines Naga is under attack. In addition to forces moving up from Legaspi the Japanese also staged an amphibious assault. I'm going to pull out the two US base support units there towards Manila and let the two Phillipine divisions hold for as long as they can. Not much in the way of supply or resource stockpiles left there, but I can't do anything about the 33K of fuel still on base.

San Marcelino fell but Tuguegarao continues to hold out. Ground combat continues at all the other locations previously reported.

The Enterprise is enroute to raid Wake. The Lex and Sara have begun their approach to the Gilberts, but no contact has been reported yet.

The convoy I was expecting near Mindanao has been spotted again. Based on their apparent speed it contains damaged transports, lending support to my theory that this is still the same force repulsed early in the war.

Can't think of anything else to add. More reports to follow.
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Christmas Day, 1941

The submarine war continues. It is now developing into a cat-n-mouse game between Allied subs (mostly US around the Phillipines) and Jap escorts. The S-38 put a torpedo into a troop transport off Appari and the S-41 was depth charged and heavily damaged off Vigan.

Meanwhile the IJN submarines make their presence known. One torpedoes and sinks the DD Whipple in the same strait where one of her consorts was lost 4 days ago. The remaining two destroyers of the task force report multiple hits on the sub but intelligence can't confirm a sinking. Also, another Jap sub was attacked by the MSW escorts of an Allied convoy just north of Jesselton. They also report at least one hit on the enemy submersible.

One of the freighters that left Rangoon earlier were sunk today (the Honolulan) by Japanese aircraft. Others were hit and at least one is still burning heavily. (As a side note, I am beginning to understand some people's concern about a potential bug with Nell and Betty bombers. It really does seem that if they carry torpedoes they are guaranteed at least one, usually two, hits per flight of three no matter what. It would be nice to see at least an occasional miss by them.) Also, the freighter Legazpi has been heavily damaged. She had managed to complete loading and had left Kuala Lampur before being attacked by over a dozen Sonia dive bombers. She is burning, dead in the water. And in a final loss of shipping, a convoy arrived in Singapore today carrying the 3rd Carabineers Armored Regiment. I had forgotten about this and they made it all the way to reinforce Singapore before being attacked. The Shinkuang was sunk and another ship damaged after unloading the AFVs.

On the other hand the enemy doesn't seem to have learned the same lesson themselves regarding aircraft and shipping. Overnight SigInt reported a ship rescueing survivors in the Malacca Strait at the approximate location of that first convoy I mentioned yesterday. Vildebeests out of Bankha along with the sub Trusty pumped multiple torpedoes into the remaining ship, sinking it today. At the same time, the second convoy (this one freighters instead of troop transports) was attacked and heavily damaged by a mixed force of Swordfish, Buffalo, Veldebeest and Hurricane IIs (talk about a mixed up menagerie! [:'(]) out of Singapore, leaving both ships burning.

Another air raid on Rabaul was ineffective, scoring no hits. I've been lucky here so far but I'm going to have to push my luck here just a bit further. The freighters are almost empty and the minesweepers are making progress on the minefield. They should be able to make a run for Brisbane tomorrow.

Dive bombers off the Lexington and Saratoga hit the port at Makin. They were only able to do minor damage. The Enterprise continues to steam towards Wake.

Fighting continued at all the bases currently under attack, with no significant changes reported.

That enemy convoy SE of Mindanao is going to drive me insane. They just can NOT make up their minds whether they are coming or going. They now appear to be heading east again, toward Palau. If I only had some aircraft suitable for naval attack in the area.

Speaking of which, Dutch flying boats have spotted a convoy heading for Kuching apparently from Camranh Bay. They are claiming that there is a CA and two DEs escorting five AKs. I've got some Martins and PT boats at Kuching and there are two British CLs (the Dragon and Durban) that should reach there before the enemy does but I don't think that's going to be enough.

All in all, I don't think I'm doing too badly some two plus weeks into the war. I've managed to whack some fingers off the Japanese war machine when they've sent freighters off too far unescorted. And I'm managing a fighting withdrawal in Malaya and the Phillipines. My subs are making a dent in Japanese shipping that I am hoping will cause him a few problems in the not too distant future. But I can also understand the historical concerns of Allied commanders. It really does feel like you're trying to turn back the tide with nothing but a tattered broom. We'll see how successful I am at that in the next few weeks.

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RE: Reports From the Front

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A note on dates in this AAR. I write each of these right after combat resolution has finished and the date I use is the one listed in the game at that point. I supose that technically all the combats occur on the previous day, but I'm handwaving that by saying that it takes 24 hours for the reports to filter up the chain of command to me as Allied Leader. [:'(]


26 Dec 41

Busy day this time. First, while my search aircraft were fixated on that indecisive Davao invasion force the IJN snuck a ship or convoy in to Menado and unloaded troops. Intel places it at less than a thousand troops but its not like I have much there to stop them, just the garrison from the beginning of the war.

The S-40 spotted a Japanese battleship (believed to be the Kirishima) north of Vigan. Before she could do more than radio a spotting report she was attacked by a heavy destroyer escort. She's still, barely, afloat but probably won't make it (Flt 90).

The Trusty slammed three torpedoes into a freighter in the Mallaca Strait, sinking it immediately. This appears to be that same followup convoy. And the Snapper made a surface attack on another freighter near Wenchow.

A Japanese sub attacked but missed the cruiser Durban as she was moving to protect Kuching.

My carrier group in the Gilberts was spotted by enemy recon but not attacked. Dive bombers from those ships hit Makin port again, doing minor damage.

In China the Japanese launched a raid on Yenen. 13 Chinese I-16c fighters got the better of the 19 escorting Nates, driving about half of them off and claiming kills on most of the rest. They then shot down a few of the Sonia's and disrupted the attack on their own airfield. Apparently the Chinese have been listening to the lessons from the AVG.

A heavy air raid on Singapore damaged the airfield there. Repairs were quickly made. Fortunately there was nothing in the harbor for them to attack, the remaining two freighters having finished unloading and leaving just a few hours earlier. Unfortunately the raid also destroyed almost a dozen aircraft on the ground.

The Japs are definitely coming to the DEI, with the previously mentioned landing at Menado, yesterday's spotting of a heavily escorted convoy and an air raid on Brunei today. The raid did no effective damage but does serve to let me know the enemy is focusing on the area.

In what is probably the largest air action of the war to date (save possibly Pearl Harbor), Clark Field came under heavy air attack. The defending fighters (mostly P-40 Warhawks) very roughly handled the morning attack by land-based air. But they were not as successful against an afternoon strike by Nip carriers to the north. The escorting fighters for that came in two waves. The first was (I believe) carrier based Zeros, which shot down much of the defending CAP. The surviving defenders did much better against the second escort group of Claudes, claiming many kills. But the escorts kept the defenders too busy to engage the bombers.

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Day Air attack on Clark Field , at 43,51

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27 Nate x 28
Ki-30 Ann x 27
Ki-48 Lily x 27
Ki-15 Babs x 2
Ki-36 Ida x 3

Allied aircraft
P-26A x 3
P-35A x 3
P-40B Tomahawk x 4
P-40E Warhawk x 34

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-27 Nate: 30 destroyed
Ki-30 Ann: 13 destroyed, 10 damaged
Ki-48 Lily: 18 destroyed, 5 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-26A: 1 damaged
P-40B Tomahawk: 1 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 2 destroyed, 4 damaged

Airbase hits 9
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 23

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Ki-48 Lily bombing at 14000 feet
19 x Ki-30 Ann bombing at 2000 feet
3 x Ki-30 Ann bombing at 2000 feet
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Day Air attack on Clark Field , at 43,51

Japanese aircraft
A5M4 Claude x 19
A6M2 Zero x 48
D3A Val x 18
B5N Kate x 24

Allied aircraft
P-26A x 3
P-35A x 3
P-40B Tomahawk x 5
P-40E Warhawk x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
A5M4 Claude: 30 destroyed, 1 damaged
A6M2 Zero: 7 destroyed
D3A Val: 2 destroyed, 8 damaged
B5N Kate: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-26A: 6 destroyed
P-35A: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged
P-40B Tomahawk: 11 destroyed, 1 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 25 destroyed


Allied ground losses:
23 casualties reported
Guns lost 1

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 18

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x D3A Val bombing at 2000 feet
23 x B5N Kate bombing at 9000 feet
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Between the morning action over Clark and the Chinese victory at Yenen, I am beginning to suspect that Nates are not really very good fighters. [:'(]

There were also various ground attack missions flow by both sides (Malaya, Mindanao and Rabaul) and an attack on Rangoon. While numerous aircraft were used little damage was done by any of these.

The saga of the Legazpi continues. She was hit by 10 [X(] bombs today but is somehow still afloat and trying to make headway.

Tuguegarao held against a heavy enemy attack and artillery dueled at Naga. The rear guard at Taiping held despite greater than 10 to 1 odds, but its time for them to bug out. Kuala Lumpur continues to hold. The counter-attack at Rabaul showed that the Japs were not as weak as I had thought and suffered heavy casualties, I suspect in part due to disruption by enemy air attacks. The counter-attack at Cagayan fizzled almost before it began with inconclusive results and minimal casualties on both sides.

Given the incident with the S-40, the heavy carrier air attack on Clark and PBY sighting reports, I think most of the IJN carrier strength is now north of Luzon heading west towards Singapore. While that is good news for my US carrier raids it doesn't bode well for the Brits and Malaya. Or the Dutch and Borneo.

More reports to follow.
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RE: Reports From the Front

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27 Dec 41

Well, the saga of the Legazpi ended today. It took an addition six bomb hits (for a total of over 20!) but Sonia dive bombers finally sank her. Also, one of the freighters earlier damaged while at Rangoon sank enroute back to India. The final two freighters that had delivered an armored regiment to Singapore were also attacked and damaged. And one of the freighters sent to Bataan to try and deliver supplies was torpedoed by a flight of Nells near Puerto Princesa. It looks like I'm on track to repeat the historical fact that the Merchant Marine suffered the highest casualty percentage of all the Allied military services. [:(]

On the other hand Singapore is proving its strategic importance as Hurricanes and Vildebeests from there attacked another Japanese troop transport attempting to reach the Malacca Strait. This Strait and its vicinities are turning into a graveyard for shipping.

The only submarine activity this day was by the Perch. She strafed a freighter with her 50 cal machine guns near Camranh Bay.

Japanese Betty bombers continued to attack Allied forces at Cagayan and Rabaul. If I didn't know better I'd suspect the enemy was concerned about more counter-attacks at those locations. Other aircraft continued the aerial seiges of Rangoon and Singapore. British Blenheim bombers evacuated from Malaya to Sumatra have given up on attempting to slow Jap troops down directly and have switched to attempts to surpress the enemy's aerial activity by bombing their own old bases. Georgetown especially is going to have to be put out of action to allow surviving friendly shipping to return to India.

The rear guard at Taiping retreated from the base just ahead of a Japanese Banzai attack. More enemy troops unloaded at Menado and fighting continues at Kuala Lumpur, Tuguegarao, Naga, Cagayan and Rabaul.

More reports to follow.
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