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Re: The Sun against the Eagle - WitP AE AAR - UCG v KyzBP
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2015, 07:41:59 AM »
yeah, i hope so, ive made a few enquiries, just bad dice really but the 800lb bombs do do a bit of damage so well see

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« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2015, 04:42:29 PM »
The landings at Kuantan, Singkawang, Manado and Cagayan continue leaving more empty ships on the beaches than there are full ones. Which is good news - Patani, the main airbase covering all the landings on the Malayan peninsular ran out of supplies, this results in not been able to arm the fighters with drop tanks meaning there will be no air cover at all over Kuantan or the 100 ship task force sailing into Mersing  :'(

We'll just have to grin and bear it. 2 Allied subs and a destroyer wander into a small minefield i left outside the port of Manilla

We hit the port at Manilla again, fairly happy with the carnage achieved here, the bombers will be sent to outlying bases to try and catch escapees, the fighters will sweep Manilla to whittle down the air defenders


Japanese aircraft
      A6M2 Zero x 69
      G3M2 Nell x 46
      G4M1 Betty x 37
 
Allied aircraft
      P-40B Warhawk x 17
      P-40E Warhawk x 31
 
Japanese aircraft losses
      A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed
      G3M2 Nell: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
      G4M1 Betty: 5 destroyed, 4 damaged
 
Allied aircraft losses
      P-40B Warhawk: 3 destroyed
      P-40E Warhawk: 5 destroyed
 
Allied Ships
      SS S-41, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
      SS Seal, Bomb hits 2,  heavy damage
      DD Pope, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
      SS Salmon, Bomb hits 1
      SS Sealion, Bomb hits 3,  heavy damage
      xAKL Corregidor, Bomb hits 1,  heavy fires,  heavy damage
      AM Whippoorwill, Bomb hits 1,  heavy fires,  heavy damage
      AV Langley, Bomb hits 2,  on fire,  heavy damage
      DD John D. Ford, Bomb hits 2
      xAP President Madison, Bomb hits 1
      AO Trinity, Bomb hits 2,  heavy damage
      xAK Capillo, Bomb hits 2,  heavy damage
      xAKL Bisayas, Bomb hits 2,  on fire     
      SS Salmon, Bomb hits 1,  heavy damage
      AV Langley, Bomb hits 1,  on fire,  heavy damage
      DD John D. Ford, Bomb hits 1
      SS Sealion, Bomb hits 1,  heavy damage
      xAP President Madison, Bomb hits 1
      AO Trinity, Bomb hits 1,  heavy damage
      xAK Capillo, Bomb hits 1,  heavy damage
      xAKL Bisayas, Bomb hits 1,  on fire

The second Pearl attack, still not great but it will have to do

Japanese aircraft
      A6M2 Zero x 67
      B5N2 Kate x 143
      D3A1 Val x 113
 
Allied aircraft
      P-26A x 1
      P-36A Mohawk x 28
      P-40B Warhawk x 53
      F4F-3 Wildcat x 8
      SNJ-3 Texan x 2
 
Japanese aircraft losses
      A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
      B5N2 Kate: 9 destroyed, 12 damaged
      D3A1 Val: 4 destroyed, 27 damaged
      D3A1 Val: 3 destroyed by flak
 
Allied aircraft losses
      P-36A Mohawk: 2 destroyed
      P-36A Mohawk: 1 destroyed on ground
      P-40B Warhawk: 6 destroyed, 2 damaged
      P-40B Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground
      F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
      B-18A Bolo: 1 destroyed on ground
 
Allied Ships
      BB Nevada, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 1,  heavy fires
      DM Breese, Bomb hits 1,  heavy fires
      BB Maryland, Bomb hits 1,  on fire
      BB Arizona, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
      BB Oklahoma, Bomb hits 3,  on fire,  heavy damage
      BB California, Bomb hits 1,  heavy damage
      BB Pennsylvania, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1,  on fire,  heavy damage

These cheeky boys fly out of Manilla, ive never seen them used in this role before and theyre very effective, well done KyzBP, fortunately the ships are empty

Allied aircraft
      PBY-5 Catalina x 2
      PBY-4 Catalina x 11
 
Allied aircraft losses
      PBY-4 Catalina: 1 damaged
 
Japanese Ships
      xAK Macassar Maru, Torpedo hits 1,  on fire,  heavy damage
      xAK Yamafuku Maru
      xAK Myoko Maru
      xAK Teiryu Maru, Torpedo hits 1,  heavy damage
      xAK Shinryu Maru

Then the air attacks across the peninsular come in with no air cover to prevent them

Allied aircraft
      Swordfish I x 3
 
No Allied losses
 
Japanese Ships
      xAK Kinrei Maru, Bomb hits 2,  heavy fires,  heavy damage

and again

Allied aircraft
      Swordfish I x 3
 
No Allied losses
 
Japanese Ships
      xAKL Korei Maru, Bomb hits 2,  heavy fires,  heavy damage

Allied aircraft
      Blenheim IV x 6
      Vildebeest III x 8
 
Allied aircraft losses
      Blenheim IV: 1 damaged
      Vildebeest III: 1 destroyed by flak
 
Japanese Ships
      xAP Koan Maru
      xAK Anzan Maru #2
      xAK Yahiko Maru, Bomb hits 4,  on fire,  heavy damage
      xAK Daisin Maru

Will they never end?

Allied aircraft
      Swordfish I x 2
 
No Allied losses
 
Japanese Ships
      xAK Tenzan Maru, Bomb hits 2,  heavy fires,  heavy damage

A laden ship this time

Allied aircraft
      Vildebeest III x 10
 
No Allied losses
 
Japanese Ships
      xAK Hawaii Maru, Bomb hits 2,  heavy fires
      xAP Husimi Maru, Bomb hits 2,  on fire
      xAK Aki Maru, Bomb hits 2,  heavy fires,  heavy damage
 
Japanese ground losses:
      53 casualties reported
         Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
         Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
         Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Catalinas again  :(

Allied aircraft
      PBY-4 Catalina x 6
 
No Allied losses
 
Japanese Ships
      xAP Haruna Maru, Torpedo hits 1,  on fire
      DMS W-7

We exact some revenge, a small DD task force heading east out of the southern Phillipines

Japanese aircraft
      B5N1 Kate x 16
 
Japanese aircraft losses
      B5N1 Kate: 1 damaged
 
Allied Ships
      DD Pillsbury, Bomb hits 1,  heavy fires

And catch this submarine tender leaving Manilla

Japanese Ships
      SS I-124
 
Allied Ships
      AS Canopus, Torpedo hits 1,  on fire,  heavy damage

We capture Kuantan, Cagayan and Singkawang without trouble, the attack at Manado is successful but not overwhelming enough to take the base, we will attack again next turn

Malayan Peninsular



Sumatra and Northern Borneo



Southern Phillipines



Pearl


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Re: The Sun against the Eagle - WitP AE AAR - UCG v KyzBP
« Reply #17 on: June 28, 2015, 09:35:01 AM »
Possibly the first time ive felt happy with a turn so far

Subs

Just outside Singapore

Japanese Ships
      SS I-162
 
Allied Ships
      xAP Dominion Monarch, Torpedo hits 2,  on fire,  heavy damage

Off the coast of Borneo


Japanese Ships
      SS I-166
 
Allied Ships
      CMc Pro Patria, Torpedo hits 1,  heavy damage

Shipping

The raiders go to town off the coast of Sumatra and Mindanao

      AM Finch, Shell hits 11, and is sunk
      AM Bittern, Shell hits 13, and is sunk
      AM Tanager, Shell hits 10, and is sunk
      AM Quail, Shell hits 14, and is sunk
      AM Lark, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
      xAP Hong Kheng, Shell hits 23, and is sunk
      xAP Sin Kheng Seng, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
      xAP Matang, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
      xAP Kepong, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
      xAK Zannis Cambanis, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
      AM Ballarat, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
      AM Toowoomba, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
      PG Herald, Shell hits 26, and is sunk

Summary

Despite KyzBP's best efforts, maybe 25-30 sorties over Malaya and Borneo not one air attack gets through thanks to a proper fighter umbrella now that supplies are in place

Betty and Nell bombers hit and cripple a lot of ships off Mindanao and the Phillipines, a lot of sorties are cancelled due to bad weather. We find Force Z again in the Malacca Straits but the bombers miss due to a decent CAP, bombers will try again next time with escorts provided, although the game has always had a problem coordinating Army escorts with Naval bombers

The KB is heading northwest some, i want to recon Midway and see whats there and then it will head west to Wake. The resuply oilers are heading south west to Truk

Mersing and Mindanao fall

Singapore region



Sumatra and northwest Borneo



Mindano and southern Phillipines



A glimpse of the activity around Japan, this will only increase as more supply TFs are created



Pearl, the KB heads for Midway and the oilers head to Truk, im relying on the traditional move by the allies to send their carriers south to Noumea otherwise theres a lot of oilers without air cover out there



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Re: The Sun against the Eagle - WitP AE AAR - UCG v KyzBP
« Reply #18 on: June 28, 2015, 12:39:03 PM »
I'm pleasantly surprised by how tense it is reading your and KyzBP's AAR's (even in the early stages).  Feels like a regular board game.  O0 

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Re: The Sun against the Eagle - WitP AE AAR - UCG v KyzBP
« Reply #19 on: June 28, 2015, 05:54:04 PM »
I'm pleasantly surprised by how tense it is reading your and KyzBP's AAR's (even in the early stages).  Feels like a regular board game.  O0

Thanks Martok, im trying to settle into a style, havent found it yet - something thats not a wall of text and combat report or a big list of maps with scrawls on, ill get there

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Re: The Sun against the Eagle - WitP AE AAR - UCG v KyzBP
« Reply #20 on: June 28, 2015, 06:21:57 PM »
I'm pleasantly surprised by how tense it is reading your and KyzBP's AAR's (even in the early stages).  Feels like a regular board game.  O0

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Re: The Sun against the Eagle - WitP AE AAR - UCG v KyzBP
« Reply #21 on: June 28, 2015, 07:03:50 PM »
On the assumption that there are planes buzzing around, ships firing shells at each other, and carriers carrying ill post the highlights of each turn with a description of where, when and how, ill try it for this next update and see how it feels

Off the coast of Mindanao the raiders find a juicier target

Japanese Ships
      DD Hatsuharu
      DD Nenohi
      DD Hatsushima
      DD Wakaba
      DD Harukaze
      DD Hatakaze
 
Allied Ships
      CA Houston, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 1



Thats the actual Houston 'the galloping ghost of the Java coast', hit in the stern by a Japanese torpedo

Near Java and Palembang the destroyers from Force Z meet the IJN raiders

Japanese Ships
      CL Jintsu
      DD Harusame
      DD Yudachi, Shell hits 1
      DD Samidare, Shell hits 5, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
      DD Ikazuchi
 
Allied Ships
      DD Encounter, Shell hits 4,  heavy fires
      DD Isis



The Samidare goes down................



..........and the HMS Encounter is left a burning wreck

It starts to heat up as the over confident raiders meet tougher opposition - off the island of Billiton between Singkawang and Palembang the IJN and Dutch Navy clash

Japanese Ships
      CL Jintsu, Shell hits 5
      DD Harusame
      DD Yudachi, Shell hits 2,  heavy fires,  heavy damage
      DD Ikazuchi, Shell hits 5,  heavy fires,  heavy damage
 
Allied Ships
      CL Java, Shell hits 3
      CL De Ruyter
      CL Tromp
      DD Banckert
      DD Van Nes
      DD Witte de With
      DD Evertsen
      DD Kortenaer
      DD Piet Hein
      DD Van Ghent



The Jintsu comes off worse for the IJN..............



...............and the Java takes a few hits

They meet again later in the day


Japanese Ships
      CL Jintsu, Shell hits 4,  on fire
      DD Harusame, Shell hits 1
      DD Yudachi, Shell hits 25,  heavy fires,  heavy damage
      DD Ikazuchi, Shell hits 8, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
 
Allied Ships
      CL Java, Shell hits 2,  on fire
      CL De Ruyter, Shell hits 1
      CL Tromp
      DD Banckert
      DD Van Nes
      DD Witte de With
      DD Evertsen
      DD Kortenaer
      DD Piet Hein
      DD Van Ghent

The Ikazuchi is lost



and the Yudachi sinks later in the day#



This leaves the Dutch navy off the coast of Sumatra in range of 2 Cruiser TFs and a Battleship TF steaming round Billiton - theyre all set to rendezvous at one point and well see if we can get the Dutch to react. The landing forces at Palmebang are safe and should land next turn



Forces come ashore at Miri, northern Borneo and will attempt to take the base and its oil next turn



A lot of enemy shipping is hit around Mindanao both by the raiders and Betty and Nell bombers. To the west at singapore 4 tankers are sunk in the harbour by bombers from Kuantan

Zeros sent in to sweep Singapore at 20000 feet meet no opposition, i think KyzBP might be losing the airwar here
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Re: The Sun against the Eagle - WitP AE AAR - UCG v KyzBP
« Reply #22 on: June 29, 2015, 04:17:44 PM »


This was the sum total of the anticipated sea battle - both forces pulled back, better for me than KyzBP - hes now out of range of Palembang

Japanese Ships
      CA Mogami
      CA Mikuma
      CA Suzuya, Shell hits 3
      CA Kumano, Shell hits 1
      DD Maikaze, Shell hits 1
      DD Nowaki, Shell hits 1
      DD Arashi, Shell hits 2,  heavy fires
      DD Hagikaze
 
Allied Ships
      CL De Ruyter
      CL Tromp, Shell hits 4,  heavy fires
      DD Banckert
      DD Van Nes
      DD Witte de With
      DD Piet Hein, Shell hits 1
      DD Van Ghent
      DD Electra, Shell hits 1,  on fire



The troops marching from Kuantan inland should get there next turn, and the attackers at Mersing continue the slog through the jungle to Johor Bjaru - currently they are the 5th, 18th and 48th division, they will be reinforced by the Imperial Guards from Bangkok and the 38th Division from Canton, as soon as theyve taken Hong Kong

The air war over the peninsula has been won, bombers will be moved south to disrupt the defenders of Singapore



Ive seen no sign of the US CVs and its unusual for them to still be around so im sending the KB west to cover the invasion of Wake, a few days late but we'll get there


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Re: The Sun against the Eagle - WitP AE AAR - UCG v KyzBP
« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2015, 09:15:54 AM »


Its going pretty much to plan in this sector - Singapore is nearly isolated from reinforcements and the rest of the peninsular should be easy from there. Ive changed around the planes and their HQs as without the correct HQ the groups wont get their replacements. For instance at Patani are fighter groups that belong to the 3rd air division and 22nd air flotilla but only the 3rd air div HQ is there - its plane subgroups can receive reinforcements but not the 22nd. So all 3rd air div planes are sent to Patani, all 22nd flotilla planes are sent to Kuantan and the 23rds are sent to Palembang - it leaves a few holes in CAP but i can pay to swap planes over to other HQs, ill work out the requirements later.

The long term plan here is to take Singapore and ship out the main fighting units east to take Manilla and the Phillipines leaving behind small infantry units to garrison the main bases



Palembang falls with minor damage to the refineries, the forces divide and head north and south, the majority to the south to take Oosthaven and secure the airfield there to deal with Batavia. All the engineers and air support groups from Singkawang will sail across to build up the base. I wont risk the surface combat groups here to the gauntlet of Java and instead sail them north over Borneo to interdict shipping there. I will make a group of the fastest cruisers and destroyers and send these southwest to see if we can bag some unescorted ships coming into Perth



Its busy around Mindanao - we sank 13 ships here this turn, all trying to squeeze past Sandakan. Surface raiders are sent here to try and catch the last ones coming through. The mini KB is headed north to Takao to meet up with another light carrier and an escort carrier, combined with another escort carrier near Truk theyll have a combined air group of 150 planes.

The 4th Division is due to arrive in Badelbaob first, theyll meet up with an escort and head in under a CAP umbrella from Manado and Mindanao - once reinforced with engineers and air support the 4th will be split into groups to sweep through the main bases in the surrounding area

Im undecided on the big plan after Java is done - still making my mind up



A collection of small units are all heading to Rabaul, when there units already en route will fill the base with engineers and air support to provide a main base for an assault on Port Moresby. The main attack force for that will be the wake invasion force and a regiment currently en route from Korea



Wakes been a disaster and i havent even landed there yet - bombers based there attack an incoming task force carrying a small company and support group, the main invasion force holds back until the KB can arrive to provide CAP



and then this - i figured KyzBP had left the area by now but a carrier group, i cant tell which, was close enough to attack the replenishment oilers and im not close enough with the KB to get revenge, the KB carries on west to Wake

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Re: The Sun against the Eagle - WitP AE AAR - UCG v KyzBP
« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2015, 08:02:28 PM »
Reading from both sides is always entertaining. :P

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Re: The Sun against the Eagle - WitP AE AAR - UCG v KyzBP
« Reply #25 on: July 01, 2015, 06:43:15 AM »
Reading from both sides is always entertaining. :P

Indeed.  The cat-and-mouse/back-and-forth is fascinating to watch, never mind that it's less than a week into the war.  8) 

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Re: The Sun against the Eagle - WitP AE AAR - UCG v KyzBP
« Reply #26 on: July 01, 2015, 06:08:29 PM »
The Penguin - fabled and beloved of all Allied Fanboys - dont know why, it usually becomes a cropper in the first 2 turns, ill catch him, purely for morale boosting



Usually very hard to kill, the Royal Navy destroyers get it off Southern Borneo



Sneaky KyzBP



Plans coming along nicely



Well, i made a mess of that, seriously, where did all those come from?



Trying to evade the mass of US ASW thats going to come out of the islands but still kill everything at the same time



This is where the commerce raiders should have been heading


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Re: The Sun against the Eagle - WitP AE AAR - UCG v KyzBP
« Reply #27 on: July 01, 2015, 06:46:02 PM »
Good stuff. Really enjoying the two-side narrative. I might have to invest in this game, like I need another time sink or something.

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Re: The Sun against the Eagle - WitP AE AAR - UCG v KyzBP
« Reply #28 on: July 02, 2015, 12:55:20 AM »
I know how you feel, but once you're over the first 10 turns its not so time hungry

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Re: The Sun against the Eagle - WitP AE AAR - UCG v KyzBP
« Reply #29 on: July 02, 2015, 07:18:22 AM »
I've decided in head-canon to regard the hilarious phantom mines as leftovers from World War One.  ;D
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