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  • #91
    Well, I'm waiting anxiously to see how your invasion of Truk goes. If you can blockade the island for a few weeks that will no doubt make the invasion easier. The Japanese cannot live on fish, crabs and coconuts for too long. MAWAHAHAHA!

    BTW, do you have any intel on the forces holding Truk?

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    • #92
      Originally posted by StellarRat View Post
      Well, I'm waiting anxiously to see how your invasion of Truk goes. If you can blockade the island for a few weeks that will no doubt make the invasion easier. The Japanese cannot live on fish, crabs and coconuts for too long. MAWAHAHAHA!

      BTW, do you have any intel on the forces holding Truk?
      They've evac'd the airgraft. I'm seeeing 30-34k troops (most will be service types), and just shy of 300 guns, no AFVs. No heavy units in port.
      Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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      • #93
        1-15 August 1943

        CBI Theater: China requires no real input from me.
        Fighting was heavy around Rangoon; Bassein changed hands several times, but despite air-lifting in the 55th Indian Parachute Brigade from Calcutta it became impossible to hold. With that key defense point for my supply line taken, all forces are withdrawn north to Prome. IJA forces in this area now top 100k, and large numbers of IJA aircraft are present. If nothing else, this operation drew a lot of forces to the far west end of the Empire.

        I have built up a small squadron of four CAs and a CL in the Indian Ocean.

        New Guinea: ANZAC forces traveled by land along the coast and took Salamaua, north of Buna.

        The Central Pacific: The first two waves have gone ashore at Truk. IJN coastal batteries have wrought serious damage to my transports, but no air or sea units have been committed.

        Based at Rabaul I have five BBs, one BC, and 4 CVEs.

        Other factors: I have 5 CVs, 3 CVLs, and 7 BBs at Pearl.

        Losses to date: (Not counting the losses at Pearl Harbor) ‘+#’ is the losses in this period.
        Allies 7622 aircraft (+134), 780 ships (+35); including the CAs Chicago, Pensacola, Northampton, Sussex, CVL Hermes, CVs Hornet, Lexington, Wasp, Yorktown.

        Japanese 9852 aircraft (+526) and 502 ships (+9), including the BBs Haruma, Kongo, Mutsi, Yamoto.

        My Plan:
        1) Take Truk.
        2) In the Marianas take Guam, Rota, Tuien, Saipan.
        3) In the Bonin Islands take Iwo Jima, Haha Jima, Chichi Jima.
        4) Decide on the final approach to Japan
        Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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        • #94
          Do the Japanese still have their carriers intact?
          "War is sorrowful, but there is one thing infinitely more horrible than the worst horrors of war, and that is the feeling that nothing is worth fighting for..."
          -- Harper's Weekly, December 31, 1864

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          • #95
            Originally posted by Twitter3 View Post
            Do the Japanese still have their carriers intact?
            None have been listed on the loss chart, although that does not list 100% of IJN vessels lost. I'm pretty certain a couple of their CVs are in Japan undergoing or completeing repairs.

            So basically, I'm operateing under the assumption that 100% are still afloat.
            Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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            • #96
              16-30 August 1943

              CBI Theater: China requires no real input from me.
              While the main force fell back to Proma, I sent an armored column to seize Magwe, which immediately drew a heavy response. This is just a spoiling raid to harass the IJA.

              I have built up a small squadron of four CAs and a CL in the Indian Ocean.

              New Guinea: ANZAC forces traveled by land along the coast and took Wau, north of Salamara.

              The Central Pacific: Truk is the toughest fighting to day, and while no air or sea forces have been sent, the damn coastal guns are raising havoc. One effort to resupply the garrison was sunk by my surface & air units. This is turning into a blistering match of attrition.

              Other factors: I have 5 CVs, 3 CVLs, and 7 BBs at Pearl.

              Losses to date: (Not counting the losses at Pearl Harbor) ‘+#’ is the losses in this period.
              Allies 7752 aircraft (+90), 820 ships (+43); including the CAs Chicago, Pensacola, Northampton, Sussex, CVL Hermes, CVs Hornet, Lexington, Wasp, Yorktown.

              Japanese 10,058 aircraft (+200) and 512 ships (+10), including the BBs Haruma, Kongo, Mutsi, Yamoto.

              My Plan:
              1) Take Truk.
              2) In the Marianas take Guam, Rota, Tuien, Saipan.
              3) In the Bonin Islands take Iwo Jima, Haha Jima, Chichi Jima.
              4) Decide on the final approach to Japa
              Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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              • #97
                1-15 September 1943

                CBI Theater: China requires no real input from me.
                The IJA ejected my force from Magwe, but it was a useful foray.

                I have built up a small squadron of four CAs and a CL in the Indian Ocean.

                New Guinea: ANZAC forces traveled by land along the coast and reached Lae. An Aussie company combat team seized Goodenough Island just to draw attention.

                The Central Pacific: Truk continues to be the hardest fighting I have ever seen. We scattered another attempt by the IJN to resupply the island, and B-24s pound the defenders, who have no air cover.

                Taking advantage of bad weather, the IJN sent surface forces into the Rabaul area. They sank four transports; a night engagement resulted in my loss of a BB (damned Long Lance torpedoes) for a CA, two CLs, and two DDs. Air power crippled an enemy BB, but it limped out of range before the weather fully cleared.

                I have one BB and six CVEs at Rabaul. The concentration of repair assets at Rabaul is paying off handsomely. The floating dock in particular is a lifesaver.

                Other factors: I have 5 CVs, 3 CVLs, and 5 BBs at Pearl, and 3 BBs in transit to Rabaul.

                P-47s are now the mainstay of my Army Air Force units, with P-39s being the second most common.

                Losses to date: (Not counting the losses at Pearl Harbor) ‘+#’ is the losses in this period.
                Allies 7965 aircraft (+216), 845 ships (+15); including the BB Pennsylvania, CVL Hermes, CVs Hornet, Lexington, Wasp, Yorktown.

                Japanese 10,058 aircraft (+208) and 522 ships (+10), including the BBs Haruma, Kongo, Mutsi, Yamoto.

                My Plan:
                1) Take Truk.
                2) In the Marianas take Guam, Rota, Tuien, Saipan.
                3) In the Bonin Islands take Iwo Jima, Haha Jima, Chichi Jima.
                4) Decide on the final approach to Japan
                Last edited by Arnold J Rimmer; 06 Apr 13, 04:15.
                Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                • #98
                  16-30 September 1943

                  CBI Theater: China requires no real input from me.
                  My forces re-took Bassein as another harassing move. My plan is, by movement and raids, to tie up the IJA force, which by now is much larger than mine, and thus give the Chinese as much support as possible.

                  I have built up a small squadron of four CAs and a CL in the Indian Ocean.

                  New Guinea: Fighting continues at Lae.

                  The Central Pacific: Truk continues to be the hardest fighting I have ever seen. B-24s pound the defenders, who have no air cover. The latest resupply by the IJN got through, only three cargo vessels, because it was escorted by several CVs. I have ordered up CVs from Pearl to prevent this happening again.

                  On their way to Rabaul the BB squadron ambushed a Japanese convoy and wiped it out, ten transports plus escort.

                  The IJN attempted another surface raid into the Rabaul area with a BB, CA, two CLs, and two DDs. They ran into a combination of BBs and heavy air attacks. None survived.

                  I have four BBs, one BC, and seven CVEs at Rabaul. The concentration of repair assets at Rabaul is paying off handsomely. The floating dock in particular is a lifesaver.

                  Other factors: I have 2 CVs, 1 CVL, and 4 BBs at Pearl. 3 CVs and 3 CVLs are in transit to Rabaul. The RN is down to two heavy units left in the PTO: The Prince of Wales and the Repulse. All others have been withdrawn.

                  Losses to date: (Not counting the losses at Pearl Harbor) ‘+#’ is the losses in this period.
                  Allies 8125 aircraft (+160), 863 ships (+17); including the BB Pennsylvania, CVL Hermes, CVs Hornet, Lexington, Wasp, Yorktown.

                  Japanese 10,468 aircraft (+410) and 550 ships (+28), including the BBs Haruma, Kirishima, Kongo, Mutsi, Yamoto.

                  My Plan:
                  1) Take Truk.
                  2) In the Marianas take Guam, Rota, Tuien, Saipan.
                  3) In the Bonin Islands take Iwo Jima, Haha Jima, Chichi Jima.
                  4) Decide on the final approach to Japan
                  Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                  • #99
                    1-15 October 1943

                    CBI Theater: China requires no real input from me.
                    This area was quiet. I am letting my supply line, which is thin, catch up to the demands of the previous weeks.

                    I have built up a small squadron of four CAs and a CL in the Indian Ocean.

                    New Guinea: ANZAC forces took Lae. Unless I commit more ground forces to the area, this will comprise the extent of my operations.

                    The Central Pacific: Truk continues to be the hardest fighting I have ever seen. B-24s pound the defenders, who have no air cover. No action by the IJN.

                    I have three CVs, three CVLs, four BBs, one BC, and seven CVEs at Rabaul. The concentration of repair assets at Rabaul is paying off handsomely. The floating dock in particular is a lifesaver.

                    Other factors: I have 3 CVs, 2 CVLs, and 4 BBs at Pearl. My first AGC, amphib command ship reached Pearl.

                    Losses to date: (Not counting the losses at Pearl Harbor) ‘+#’ is the losses in this period.
                    Allies 8259 aircraft (+129), 877 ships (+14); including the BB Pennsylvania, CVL Hermes, CVs Hornet, Lexington, Wasp, Yorktown.

                    Japanese 10,644 aircraft (+176) and 555 ships (+5), including the BBs Haruma, Kirishima, Kongo, Mutsi, Yamoto.

                    Observations: I am making progress on Truk, and the Japanese air forces continue to erode.

                    My Plan:
                    1) Take Truk.
                    2) In the Marianas take Guam, Rota, Tuien, Saipan.
                    3) In the Bonin Islands take Iwo Jima, Haha Jima, Chichi Jima.
                    4) Decide on the final approach to Japan
                    Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                    • 16-31 October 1943

                      CBI Theater: China requires no real input from me.
                      This area was quiet. I am letting my supply line, which is thin, catch up to the demands of the previous weeks.

                      I have built up a small squadron of four CAs and a CL in the Indian Ocean.

                      New Guinea: This region was quiet. The IJA garrisons are isolated, and starving.

                      The Central Pacific: Truk continues to be the hardest fighting I have ever seen. B-24s pound the defenders, who have no air cover. No action by the IJN. I am sending in another wave, which will arrive in early November.

                      I have three CVs, three CVLs, four BBs, one BC, and seven CVEs at Rabaul. The concentration of repair assets at Rabaul is paying off handsomely. The floating dock in particular is a lifesaver.

                      Other factors: I have 3 CVs, 2 CVLs, and 4 BBs at Pearl. I received another floating drydock, which is lumbering at five knots towards Rabaul by way of Pearl Harbor. Nearly all my front line fighters are now P-47s, Corsairs, or Hellcats.

                      Losses to date: (Not counting the losses at Pearl Harbor) ‘+#’ is the losses in this period.
                      Allies 8435 aircraft (+176), 888 ships (+11); including the BB Pennsylvania, CVL Hermes, CVs Hornet, Lexington, Wasp, Yorktown.

                      Japanese 10,861 aircraft (+237) and 560 ships (+5), including the BBs Haruma, Kirishima, Kongo, Mutsi, Yamoto.

                      My Plan:
                      1) Take Truk.
                      2) In the Marianas take Guam, Rota, Tuien, Saipan.
                      3) In the Bonin Islands take Iwo Jima, Haha Jima, Chichi Jima.
                      4) Decide on the final approach to Japan
                      Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                      • 1-15 November 1943

                        CBI Theater: China requires no real input from me.
                        This area was quiet. I am letting my supply line, which is thin, catch up to the demands of the previous weeks.

                        I have built up a small squadron of four CAs and a CL in the Indian Ocean.

                        New Guinea:
                        This region was quiet. The IJA garrisons are isolated, and starving.

                        The Central Pacific: Truk continues to be the hardest fighting I have ever seen. B-24s pound the defenders, who have no air cover. The coastal defense batteries of 15cm and 20cm guns are still raising havoc with my resupply efforts.

                        The IJN tried to run a supply convoy to Truk buy carrier air sank the lot.

                        I have three CVs, three CVLs, four BBs, one BC, and eight CVEs at Rabaul. The concentration of repair assets at Rabaul is paying off handsomely. The floating dock in particular is a lifesaver.

                        Other factors: I have 3 CVs, 2 CVLs, and 5 BBs at Pearl.

                        Losses to date: (Not counting the losses at Pearl Harbor) ‘+#’ is the losses in this period.
                        Allies 8758 aircraft (+223), 943 ships (+60); including the BB Pennsylvania, CVL Hermes, CVs Hornet, Lexington, Wasp, Yorktown.

                        Japanese 11,062 aircraft (+201) and 569 ships (+9), including the BBs Haruma, Kirishima, Kongo, Mutsi, Yamoto.

                        My Plan:
                        1) Take Truk.
                        2) In the Marianas take Guam, Rota, Tuien, Saipan.
                        3) In the Bonin Islands take Iwo Jima, Haha Jima, Chichi Jima.
                        4) Decide on the final approach to Japan
                        Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                        • Admiral Rimmer,

                          Have you been looking into the future at your shipping needs and what the production is like? Most of your losses appear to be in escorts, transports and merchantment,... be careful you don't come up short for mid-late 1944 by suffering heavily at Truk.
                          The Purist

                          Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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                          • Originally posted by The Purist View Post
                            Admiral Rimmer,

                            Have you been looking into the future at your shipping needs and what the production is like? Most of your losses appear to be in escorts, transports and merchantment,... be careful you don't come up short for mid-late 1944 by suffering heavily at Truk.
                            A very good point, but my losses, at the worst, are running about a quarter of my income. Plus I'm using the older coastal vessels instead of the modern AKAs, APAs, my landing docks, etc. That's why there was a lag in my offensive action on Turk as I moved those vessels up.

                            Losses in escorts are almost nil, although I have quite a few damaged. I've 80 DD class vessels at Rabaul, and more each in Pearl and San Francisco.

                            My 'routine service' pool of AKs and tankers have actually increased during this period.
                            Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                            • 16 November-31 December 1943

                              CBI Theater: China requires no real input from me.
                              Burma was quiet. Air raids pounded the ports along the Indian coast, sinking many small craft. I was forced to distribute my fighters over a wide area. More Spitfires are now in-theater, and the first P-51As have seen action in this theater.

                              I have built up a small squadron of four CAs and a CL in the Indian Ocean.

                              New Guinea: This region was quiet. The IJA garrisons are isolated, and starving.

                              The Central Pacific: Truk continues to be the hardest fighting I have ever seen. An average of 100 B-24s pound the defenders, who have no air cover, and BBs shuttle back and forth, pounding the island. The coastal defense batteries have been largely silenced, the garrison is down to a third, and still they fight on. This convinces me that skipping the large land masses of the Philippines was a very good idea. I will win here-like US Grant, I will grind the enemy’s army to nothing.

                              I have three CVs, three CVLs, ten BBs, one BC, and eleven CVEs at Rabaul. The concentration of repair assets at Rabaul is paying off handsomely.

                              Other factors: I have 4 CVs, 4 CVLs, and 1 BB at Pearl. The second mobile dock reached Rabaul, and the third is now underway.

                              Losses to date: (Not counting the losses at Pearl Harbor) ‘+#’ is the losses in this period.
                              Allies 8965 aircraft (+207), 1018 ships (+75); including the BB Pennsylvania, CVL Hermes, CVs Hornet, Lexington, Wasp, Yorktown.

                              Japanese 11,516 aircraft (+454) and 594 ships (+25), including the BBs Haruma, Kirishima, Kongo, Mutsi, Yamoto.

                              A note on my shipping losses: on 1-15-44 I will receive more new ships than I lost in this six week period. In many cases, better ships. I receive new vessels virtually daily, but the 15th is an especially good day.

                              My Plan:
                              1) Take Truk.
                              2) In the Marianas take Guam, Rota, Tuien, Saipan.
                              3) In the Bonin Islands take Iwo Jima, Haha Jima, Chichi Jima.
                              4) Decide on the final approach to Japan

                              Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                              • So you have decided to bypass the Philippines? I'm not so sure that is a good idea, but I guess you'll find out. I have to remind you that the Philippines will have some indigenous supply ability for the Japanese, so they might be able to harass you from that area until the end of the war. MacArthur did take them back by war end.

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