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« on: May 20, 2008, 04:10:24 AM »



The United States in 1936 - all of three infantry divisions, a very small air force, and a somewhat respectable navy. Making up for it is a large industrial base, some good leaders, and absolutely no trouble in the immediate neighborhood.

My goal in this AAR is to stay out of the war until late 1941 or whenever the Japanese declare war on me. After that my first goal will be to defeat Germany, then Japan, and thereafter to also take out the USSR.

My navy consists of the following...

3 Carriers
14 Battleships
5 Heavy Cruisers
10 Light Cruisers
3 Destroyer Groups

...though they are all already named in this AAR I'll be letting them all be renamed by forumers. So give me some suggestions - available ship classes are Carrier, Light Carrier, Battleship, Battlecruisers, Heavy Cruisers, Light Cruisers, Destroyers, and Submarines. So go ahead and give me some suggestions.
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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2008, 05:42:39 AM »

1936

Starting out I reorganize my fleets to some degree and shift all available IC over to start building more factories as quickly as possible - mostly in already built up industrial areas such as New York, Boston, Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington. Until events open up my IC percentages further this will take awhile to get really going though.

For research I start immediately on better infantry and armoured techs - though I won't be building any new divisions for several years. Otherwise i'm researching better escort vessels for my navy and industrial techs.

By mid-year the Spanish Civil War breaks out and in contrast to the normal model where only the Germans, Italians, and Soviets join in to give active support the British actually send men and volunteers. Only France decides to actively stay out of the conflict.


Nationalists in yellow, Republicans in orange

Despite the help from the British the Republicans begin rapidly losing the areas under their control by August. Still managed to be stabilized until early October when the Republican zone is breached along the coast and the areas above Valencia are cut off from well over a week until a Republican counterattack towards Madrid manages to reconnect the zones and surround a Nationalist zone near the coast. This success though, collapses by the end of the month.

Soon thereafter we reelect Franklin Roosevelt to a second term in office.

Completed Techs

Basic Light Cruiser (April 6th 1936)
Basic Destroyer (April 12th 1936)
Basic Oil Refining (April 16th 1936)
Tankette (April 28th 1936)
Basic Cavalry Division (June 15th 1936)
Agrichemistry (July 14th 1936)
Rear Area Vehicle Repair Shop (July 22nd 1936)
Basic Decimetric Radar Warning Sites (August 29th 1936)
Early Tank (September 10th 1936)
Semi-Motorized Cavalry Division (October 15th 1936)
Early Anti-Tank Artillery (October 30th 1936)
Agricultural Production (November 17th 1936)
Early Field Artillery (December 10th 1936)
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2008, 06:06:09 AM »

This AAR better be finished this time or there will be... trouble. ninja2

Nice to see you running another AAR for this game.  I really liked the last one and it gave me ideas in my games.  Are you using the Armageddon expansion?
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2008, 06:18:31 AM »

Quote from: Biyobi on May 20, 2008, 06:06:09 AM

Are you using the Armageddon expansion?

Yes. I am. I've also done a few little changes to the game itself - besides the most obvious graphic changes which I've used in other AARs I also changed the command rules to some extent to allow Major Generals to command two divisions, Lt. Generals to command four, and Grand Admirals to command more ships. Furthermore I got rid of all of the US's Old Guard leaders - I never use them anyways.
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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2008, 06:53:26 AM »

1937

The year opens with my eye still on the Spanish Civil War. Late in the year the Republicans manage to rally, breaking through the Nationalist lines and taking their capitol at Burgos then going further south into Madrid which they take and hold by the start of the year. Slow progress forward is made by the Republicans over the next several months, including the new Nationalist capitol at Valladolid. In April the Nationalists make their largest attempt at breaking out of their stalling fortunes, sharply penetrating the Republican center until six of their leading divisions are surrounded and destroyed, including the remainder of their armoured forces. According to our intelligence forces the Republican military now outnumbers its Nationalist counterpart by more than two to one - it's now almost certain that the Republicans will emerge victorious.


Spanish Civil War fronts in May 1937

Two months later my attention goes to China where the Japanese have declared war and began an invasion of Northern China. We rapidly pass the Pitman Act and begin sending the Chinese supplies.



Japanese progress is rapid throughout the north and furthermore they invade by sea throughout the coast taking Nanjing by late in the year...



While this unfolds we see the Spanish Civil War end - with the Republican forces emerging victorious. Nothing else really interesting happens through the rest of the year - mostly research.

Completed Techs

Basic Encryption Devices (February 1st 1937)
Operational Destruction Doctrine (February 21st 1937)
Early Infantry Division (February 26th 1937)
Rocket Test and Research Facility (April 26th 1937)
Basic Escort Fighter (May 4th 1937)
Early Mountain Division (July 4th 1937)
Advanced Machine Tools (July 8th 1937)
Battlefield Interdiction Doctrine (June 5th 1937)
Logistical Strike Doctrine (October 1st 1937)
Basic Field Artillery (October 12th 1937)
Improved Computing Machine (October 28th 1937)
Basic Fighter (October 30th 1937)
Advanced Construction Engineering (November 21st 1937)
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2008, 07:56:50 AM »

1938

The next year finds American industrial improvements proceeding apace - all told I have over 300 base IC now, though my effective amount is far, far less.

By March the Germans annex Austria then go and take Czechoslovakia. At the same time I've been shifting my tech research away from the mostly industrial areas they had been in before towards further research into newer naval vessels, aircraft, and doctrines - along with the start of our nuclear research. Nothing else happens the rest of the year though, just research.

Completed Techs

Battlefield Destruction Doctrine (January 8th 1938)
Improved Air Carrier (March 2nd 1938)
Early Tank Destroyer (March 16th 1938)
Escort Box System Doctrine (March 27th 1938)
Basic Tactical Bomber (March 29th 1938)
Early Marine Division (April 28th 1938)
Basic Static Anti-Air Artillery (June 22nd 1938)
Super Heavy Battleship (June 28th 1938)
Improved Light Cruiser (July 4th 1938)
Combat-Bombardment Groups Doctrine (July 16th 1938)
Faculty of Nuclear Research (September 13th 1938)
Improved Destroyer (September 28th 1938)
Dead Reckoning Bombardment Doctrine (October 7th 1938)
Improved Heavy Cruiser (October 9th 1938)
Production Control (October 28th 1938)
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2008, 08:48:26 AM »

1939

The start of the year sees us lay down three aircraft carriers - ostensibly named the Enterprise, Hornet, and Wasp - though these names will be changed whenever someone decides to suggest some names. March sees the Germans take the rest of Czechoslovakia and thereafter setting up a puppet regime in Slovakia.

The beginning of September finds war in Europe.



For now there is nothing I can do for the Allies besides tech up and start beginning to form a powerful land army.

Completed Techs

Long Range Submarine (January 3rd 1939)
Night Bombardment Doctrine (January 6th 1939)
Basic Light Tank (January 15th 1939)
Improved Battlecruiser (January 20th 1939)
Production Planning (February 26th 1939)
Early Self-Propelled Artillery (March 25th 1939)
Perimeter Defence Doctrine (March 29th 1939)
Basic Light Carrier (April 8th 1939)
Carrier Task Force Doctrine (May 15th 1939)
Basic Infantry Division (June 22nd 1939)
Formation Fighting Doctrine (July 5th 1939)
Improved Oil Refining (July 17th 1939)
Basic Decryption Devices (July 29th 1939)
Basic Motorized Division (September 27th 1939)
Basic Heavy Tank (November 11th 1939)
Indirect Strike Doctrine (November 18th 1939)
Assembly Line Experimentation (December 4th 1939)
Improved Encryption Devices (December 5th 1939)

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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2008, 11:45:11 AM »

I am glad to see this.  I have greatly enjoyed your previous AARs.  As for a pool of names, you could use pet food brands:

http://www.thepetfoodlist.com/petfoods_pg1.htm

There are some silly but mostly interesting names.
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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2008, 12:27:42 PM »

Yay for AAR's maybe it will attract the more hardcore OO forumites smile
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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2008, 03:12:50 PM »

I would like a Battleship named the USS Montfort. This is named after the famous 6th Earl of Leicester who, in 1263-1264 helped overthrow King Henry III, setting up an "elected" parliamentary system. He is on a relief on the US House of Representatives. He also happens to be my username over at the Matrix Games forum!

Nice AAR, I was just thinking about diving into HoI2 with the CORE mod, now this will give me some ideas.

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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2008, 11:32:49 PM »

1940

The new year begins with all eyes on Europe. Things have now settled down after the collapse of Poland with the French and Germans looking at each other over the border and the Maginot Line. Back in the United States I still have all of three infantry divisions - though still only upgraded to 1936 standards. To bolster this force a bit I've gone and ordered some new artillery brigades which should give them some oomph. Besides this I still have no intentions of improving my army very much, at least in the first half of this year. This will, however, change as soon as I get into war in which I hope to have over a hundred effective combat divisions a year after war begins.

Naval wise I intent to triple my navy within a year of the start of war, mostly by way of smaller vessels such as destroyers, cruisers, and submarines until longer term vessels such as battleships and carriers can come into effect. For my airforce expansion should be even more immense. Right now I have little in the way of an airforce - just four tactical bomber squadrons spread over the continental United States and the Canal Zone. Immediately my focus will be on more tactical bombers, escort fighters, strategic bombers, naval bombers, and fighters. My production of strategic bombers may suffer from lack of IC, however to counteract this I've started a run of three B-17 groups as of the start of 1940.



Also at this time we rename those vessels in the 2nd Battleship Fleet based in San Diego - some of my creation, along with the one proposed by baelthazar and some associated names to the one he provided me.



Over in China things are looking grim for our Chinese friends - the Japanese have penetrated rapidly into the country on a scale far larger than we might have hoped for earlier on in that particular war. Even now forward Japanese forces are moving in on the Kuomintang capitol.

My eye moves back to Europe at the start of March as the Germans declare war against both Denmark and Norway. As usual the Danes surrender little over a day after their borders are crossed by the Germans - though both Iceland and Greenland are handed over to British forces. It takes a few more weeks before German forces manage to land in Norway itself, initially to the west of Oslo. Several days later they take the Norweigan capitol and begin spearheading their way to Bergen and Trondheim.


The Norweigan Front, April 6th 1940

The front in Norway is still ongoing when the Germans begin their attack on the the French, Belgians, and Dutch on the 3rd of May. Within a week the German forces are deep within Belgium and the Netherlands. Even sooner Luxembourg is entirely taken and annexed by the German forces. By the 15th all of the Low Countries are taken and advanced German forces begin making their way into France.


French Front, May 15th 1940

Back in the United States our military watches these events closely. While we have no resources to significantly arm our forces this year our divisions are now reequiping to their '39 standards - the 1st Infantry Division being the first to achieve this and receiving its full complement of new artillery pieces - and Eisenhower manages to fully research the Delay Doctrine and begins research on further land doctrines. Back in Europe, Italy takes the confusion to declare war on Albania and swiftly invades and takes that country. Even quicker the Italians decide to go on board with the Germans and their Slovakia allies.

These increasingly belligerant measures by the Axis powers finally give me the Gearing Up For War event - boosting my available IC upto 244. Immediately I lay down six new battleships and some new fighter groups.



Back in Europe things are still proceeding apace by early June. Far from our normal view the Soviets begin their attacks on the three Baltic countries - at first only declaring war on Lithuania, but thereafter gobbling up all three nations. However, in France and Norway the Germans have either been slowed or halted. The French, normally quickly defeated put up a strong defense and even manage to make a limited offensive against the Italians, taking Genoa.


Soviet forces invade Latvia and Estonia

Despite the hard fight the French do eventually lose their battles with the Germans taking Paris near the end of June. The French continue active resistance for two more weeks, but it's clear from that after the fall of Paris their heart is just not in it and they surrender on the 11th of July leading to the establishment of a Vichy puppet regime in the south of France. Around the world this is taken advantage of as in the Med. both Lebanon and Syria declare independence and Japan demands and gains control of French Indochina leading us to examine our position in that part of the world. Norway is annexed slightly after these events.



Our position in this part of the world relies on our controlling the Philippines. As of now we have no presence on the island, our forces there having been disbanded at the start of the scenario as being elderly. In response to the growing Japanese presence I've begun to take measures to bolster my forces in the area - ordering the 2nd Battleship Fleet from San Diego to Manila and ordering one infantry division to be formed and sent to that area as well. This is accomplished at the start of September as the 24th Infantry Division is shipped overseas. A second division - the 6th Infantry - is sent soon after. For air support I also send the majority of my current air units - two squadrons of P-40 Warhawks and two squadrons of A-20 Boston tactical bombers.

Due to this increase in events we again get another Gearing Up For War event which brings our IC upto a little more than 300 IC and we begin sending Lend-Lease shipments to the United Kingdom. With the increase in available IC we continue to gear up our initial armaments production - now also including our first two marine divisions and eight destroyers with additional anti-aircraft guns.

In November another election comes around and we reelect Franklin Roosevelt to a third term as President. Following the reelection we continue our build up of forces in the Philippines - giving our forces there our newest fighter aircraft, the P-51. Furthermore new naval construction is being made now on Gato-class submarines which shall be hopefully a very important part of our force in this area which should be good hunting ground for Japanese supply vessels. Near the end of the year our first two marine divisions also come into the field, but rather than deploy them far forward in the Philippines I merely move them upto Hawaii where they will probably begin island hopping campaigns.

This basically ends the year and I dare say we've made some important steps forward towards starting an effective armed forces. While progress for our army hasn't been quick the American Army has more than doubled in size from three to seven divisions - mostly now in the Pacific. Our Navy has also been significantly improved with three new aircraft carriers and nine destroyers completed with far more on the way in 1941 coming. The Air Force has also jumped a lot going to eleven full groups including four fighter groups, four tactical bomber groups, two groups of strategic bombers, and a group of naval bombers.

Completed Techs

Basic Mountain Division (February 2nd 1940)
Strafing Doctrine (February 24th 1940)
Advanced Computing Machine (April 26th 1940)
Basic Marine Division (May 1st 1940)
Delay Doctrine (May 17th 1940)
Improved Light Tank (May 30th 1940)
Trade Interdiction Submarine Doctrine (June 7th 1940)
Improved Static Anti-Air Artillery (September 10th 1940)
Unrestricted Submarine Warfare Doctrine (October 7th 1940)
Improved Fighter (October 16th 1940)
Mobile Defence Doctrine (November 17th 1940)
Improved Armoured Car (November 19th 1940)
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« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2008, 08:29:33 AM »

1941 - Part One

The new year begins with the transfer of both Greenland and Iceland to American forces.



A week later we begin sending more Lend-Lease supplies to Great Britain. About the same time our first armoured division comes online - composed of Stuart light tanks - and is sent immediately to the Philippines to act as that theaters heavy reserve force. This division arrives at the end of January and gives us a total of five mobile divisions on the island of Luzon - three American and two Filoppino. As the new month arrives and four more infantry divisions become active two more infantry divisions are sent with all haste to Luzon and arrive by the end of February. With this reinforcement I feel Luzon secure enough for the moment from the land perspective - and I now begin looking to garrison Guam, Midway, and Wake islands against Japanese invasion - two garrison divisions on each should be enough to keep them in my hands for awhile after the start of the war. The only other notable movement to the Philippines in the early part of the year is the first Gato-class submarines under Rear Admiral English.


North African front, mid-February 1941

Back in Europe the only action of note is the North African front where the British have made a strong push into Libya - the Italian army keeping its track record of inability apparently intact. Nor can the Italians successfully attack Albania which still remains independent. Accounting for these continued aggressive moves by the Axis powers I've begun to boost my power on the Eastern Seaboard to four total infantry divisions and begin equipping my bomber squadrons with newly arrived B-26 tactical bombers.


China annexed!

Back in the Orient problems are now becoming even larger as at the end of February the Chinese Kuomintang government falls and the entire country is annexed by the Japanese who release a puppet government - apparently the AI has read my previous Japan AAR. The problem of keeping control of the Philippines is now presumably going to be a little bit harder.

In Europe only a few days later Germany declares war on Yugoslavia. Bulgaria, eager to get its own territorial demands granted also joins the war on the Axis side. With these signs of Axis warfare showing we begin an undeclared war in the Atlantic.



Yugoslavia puts up a brave fight. Placing most of its available forces on the German force it manages to stymie initial Axis assaults in Slovenia for upwards of a full week. However, at the same time a massive Romanian assault breaks through near Belgrade, eventually taking half the country. With this next annexation our country is finally waking up and the last of my IC is freed up giving us a little more than 380 effective IC to use. Several new Essex-class carriers are put down, along with almost a dozen new Bristol-class destroyers, a tank division, and additional naval bombers. Our strength is becoming more apparent every day.

The British now appeal for a total of fifty destroyers in exchange for military access to several bases in the Atlantic. As I have been active in creating convoys and escorts I readily agree and the agreement is signed - getting me one step closer to intervention in the war. I still have just over 120 convoy escorts.

Active reinforcement of my position in the Pacific continues apace throughout the months of April and May as we fill garrisons at Wake, Midway, and Guam. All three islands receive two garrison divisions by the end of May and Wake gets a full complement of six submarines to act as a raiding force against Central Pacific Japanese convoys when war breaks out. I've also placed two naval bombing squadrons at Pearl Harbor, along with a carrier group five strong. The only equivalent movement in the Atlantic is the movement of one garrison division to Iceland.



On the 22nd of June the war gets a lot larger.

Completed Techs

Improved Tactical Bomber (February 16th 1941)
Improved Infantry Division (March 20th 1941)
Deep Operations Doctrine (March 30th 1941)
Stand Off Doctrine (May 17th 1941)
Improved Naval Bomber (June 16th 1941)
Night Strafing Doctrine (June 17th 1941)
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« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2008, 09:33:15 AM »

1941 - Part Two

With the Soviet Union and Germany now locked into war my intervention is nearing ever closer it will only take one or two movements over towards the interventionism tip of the scale to do so. Within a month the Soviets have been pushed back all along the front, losing not only a large part of the Baltic coast, but also more than half of the Ukraine to German Panzers. In response Lend-Lease is extended to the Soviet Union with a huge shipment leaving the United States to their northern ports at the end of July.

All the while back in the States our rearmament program is proceeding apace. In contrast to the beginning of the year when we had a mere seven land divisions at arms by the end of August this total has jumped up to a total of twenty-two - including a newly organized mechanized corps under Lieutenant General Patton in Pennsylvania. Naval and air expansion has also been ongoing, but slower as our assembly line techs have only come online near the end of the year. The navy receives it best output during September when fully six new battleships are activated - four in the Atlantic and two in the Pacific - a further two are expected early in 1942. Further expansion, mostly in smaller vessels is also ongoing.

Near the end of the year we begin to again move forces into the Philippines - three more divisions initially by the end of October - though they are all infantry. This is also complemented by two groups of naval bombers and a group of B-17 strategic bombers to the island of Luzon. The last of these will be tasked with the start of strategic bombing on Japanese possessions as soon as possible after the start of war. We also begin moving a headquarters unit to Luzon to give command of that theater to newly promoted General MacArthur.

Before this arrives grim news arrives....



November 13th 1941. A date which will live in infamy. In addition to the Japanese declaration of war on the United States they also declare war on Great Britain, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand. The Pacific has once again erupted into open warfare. In response I formally ally with the British - declaring war on Germany in the process.

Once again my available IC skyrockets - this time to 454 effective IC which I begin putting to good use immediately. Aware that the majority of this early war will be focused on the naval side of things I begin laying down a bevy of new vessels including six Bogue-class light carriers, two more Essex-class carriers, two additional South Dakota-class battleships, and four improved Alaska-class battlecruisers with more than a few additional smaller craft to act as screens.



With regards to my land forces much will begin to come together only in the next year when more advanced tech will allow me to create better tank and mechanized divisions - which simply aren't possible right now. My land technology and doctrines are probably about as outdated as the American ones were historically. My only significant movement to redress issues for the rest of this year will be the creation of four new motorized divisions with attached mobile artillery.

Completed Techs

Improved Light Carrier (July 21st 1941)
Ship Assembly Line (August 22nd 1941)
Infrastructure Destruction Doctrine (September 5th 1941)
Improved Strategic Bomber (November 6th 1941)
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« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2008, 10:35:29 AM »

November/December 1941

Japanese naval attention is swift and immediate after the declaration of war. Just three days later Guam naval base is attacked by a strong Japanese fleet of five carriers. Our submarine fleet there, six Gato vessels strong, is strongly bombed and we lose four of them with another heavily damaged.


The Guam Submarine Force - battered and bruised

My other submarine forces in the Philippines and Wake Island are immediately sent out of port to begin convoy raiding.  Further naval bombers out of Clark Field also join the attack. Success in the air is rather rapid as our naval bombers destroy three Japanese transports as early as the 20th of November. Submarine forces operating off the coast of Taiwan fare less well as two of them are lost after encountering stiff Japanese destroyer forces also on the 20th - they retreat to the Philippines to rest and repair. Further Japanese attacks continue at Guam almost totally destroying our remaining naval forces there by the end of November. The Japanese air force also rapidly manages to swat my naval bombers out of the sky after losing a fourth naval transport on the 21st - though this is mainly due to a loss of organization.

Very soon after I order the heavier naval forces in the Philippines under Rear Admiral Burke to begin searching for Japanese naval forces around the Gulf of Tonkin.

Further south in the Dutch East Indies I order all Dutch forces to begin operating under my control. Unfortunately they have very little to offer. A mere two infantry divisions are all they can really muster, both on the island of Java which I order them to hold at all costs. Along with this they have some naval forces - three submarine flotillas, two heavy cruisers, two light cruisers, and a few destroyers. Most are damaged and will be kept in port unless needed. To keep them out of harms way indefinetly all of the cruisers are purchased from the Dutch government by mid-December.

Those naval forces sent out to scout the coast of Indochina move their way up the coast of China as we move into December - eventually making contact with what we can assume is a Japanese invasion fleet on the 6th of December.



Amazingly they have little to no substantial defensive force along to defend their transports. Success is rapid as we batter the convoy guards. The USS Montfort destroys not only a destroyer flotilla, but also the IJN Oyodo - a light cruiser. Not seeking to test our luck with the convoy scattered I order my force back to the Philippines. While this perhaps pushes back one Japanese invasion fleet, a second manages to land a Japanese division on the island of Mindaro just south of Luzon by the 10th of December. Without naval transports there is no way to attempt our own landing on the island and as such we have to let it stand. Just a week later Leyte Island is also taken by Japanese amphibious forces.



The crisis is reached on the 23rd of December is a strong Japanese landing force makes its way unopposed at Legaspi. Immediately we begin moving three divisions from Bataan and Manila to react to the landing. An immediate Japanese attack on Lamon Bay where Lt. General Wainwright has two divisions seems unlikely and our forces there are to be increased to five total by the 21st. Wainwright does manage to stave off one attack with his two divisions as these are coming to him, but they are battered in the short but vicious attack. A second attack made on the 20th does this time manage to batter his forces back towards Manila, despite steady attacks by American bombers who still have total air superiority throughout Luzon.

A swift counterattack by our armoured division on the island - under the command of Major-General Hickey - does manage to stop the Japanese advance on Lamon Bay the next day though and is rapidly joined by the two infantry divisions under Major-General Simpson. This should stabilize our front as the four Japanese divisions that have landed are by now entirely disorganized. We attempt to counterattack with these three divisions on the 30th, but by now the Japanese have largely reorganized and brought in a fifth division. Even with air support the attack is rapidly called off with all three of our divisions largely disorganized and vulnerable to a Japanese counterattack.

Naval Losses for November and December

9 Submarines

Ships Sunk in November and December

1 Japanese Destroyer
1 Japanese Light Cruiser

Number of Japanese Convoy Ships Sunk: 32
Number of Japanese Escort Ships Sunk: 2

Completed Techs

Integrated Support Doctrine (November 17th 1941)
Basic Medium Tank (December 1st 1941)
Infiltration Bombardment Doctrine (December 1st 1941)
Vehicle Assembly Line (December 27th 1941)
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« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2008, 03:09:44 AM »

Nice AAR, CSL. The GT effect is strong.  Right now, I'm asking myself "why don't I have this game?"
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« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2008, 03:13:41 AM »

Quote from: helot2000 on May 23, 2008, 03:09:44 AM

Nice AAR, CSL. The GT effect is strong.  Right now, I'm asking myself "why don't I have this game?"

It's worth picking up as the HOI2 series is probably the best WW2 grand strategy game out there.  That said, it does have its flaws and bugs that sometimes aren't very apparent until you start looking at the details.  Plus, it is an Paradox game so that means a pretty high learning curve, though previous Paradox experience helps.

I'm waiting to see if CSL pays a price for being so naval centric.  Do you really need those new battleships CSL?

Edit: Also, I really prefer using the figure option for troops rather than the counter look.  Counters just look weird to me when they aren't on a hex map.  icon_lol

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« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2008, 05:33:09 AM »

Quote from: Sarkus on May 23, 2008, 03:13:41 AM

Quote from: helot2000 on May 23, 2008, 03:09:44 AM

Nice AAR, CSL. The GT effect is strong.  Right now, I'm asking myself "why don't I have this game?"

It's worth picking up as the HOI2 series is probably the best WW2 grand strategy game out there.  That said, it does have its flaws and bugs that sometimes aren't very apparent until you start looking at the details.  Plus, it is an Paradox game so that means a pretty high learning curve, though previous Paradox experience helps.

I'm waiting to see if CSL pays a price for being so naval centric.  Do you really need those new battleships CSL?

Edit: Also, I really prefer using the figure option for troops rather than the counter look.  Counters just look weird to me when they aren't on a hex map.  icon_lol

Yes, I probably due need all those new battleships - they come in handy sooooo much when it comes to using fleets to bombardment coastal provinces when landing an amphibious force. An attack that might otherwise fail will usually emerge victorious with proper battleship support.

Otherwise many of the Axis powers are really dependent on battleships - especially the Germans and Italians. Most of my existing battleships - besides the Colorado-class ones in the Philippines are also very out of date.
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« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2008, 11:42:55 PM »

January 1942

The new year starts with the renaming of the entire Pacific Carrier Force based in Pearl Harbour.



It will remain in port for the forseeable future though. I don't want to start moving forward until I have another few divisions to begin an island hopping campaign.

Throughout the first week of this new year we are mainly involved in setting up a new taskforce in California composed of the purchased Dutch ships and two new battleships which have just been commissioned. We hope to have them operating in the Dutch East Indies by the  first two weeks of February.



Back in the Philippines disaster strikes on the 7th as Japanese forces now land at Arapi at the very north of Luzon - easily brushing the single Philippine division that was holding the landing areas. Still we have four divisions under General MacArthur ready for a counterattack - though not all of them have been equipped to modern standards. Our second attempt at a counterattack to the south of Manila is also brushed away near this time - again totally disorganizing our attacking divisions at Lamon Bay.

Two days later on the 9th the first Japanese divisions manage to fully land at Arapi. Immediately MacArthur is sent in to attack with his four American divisions and with a Philippine one in support. The attack is immediately successful driving three Japanese divisions back into the see and reestablishing our control over the north of Luzon. The Japanese throw in a few more divisions in an attempt to hold Arapi, but they are all brushed aside.

By now looking around the situation in much of this part of the world isn't looking all that friendly. In Malaya the Japanese have taken the entire colony and Singapore has essentially fallen.



The British are holding a firm line in Burma so far, but this will probably change sooner or later as the Chinese bring in their massive reserves.

My immediate goal now, besides holding the Philippines, must be to reinforce the Dutch in Indonesia lest we lose the vitally important islands of Sumatra and Java. Java in particular must be held at all costs. To that effect I've begun forming the Sixth Army in California under Lt. Gen. Kreuger whose task it will be to hold the Dutch East Indies.

Back in the Philippines our situation is looking increasingly grim. By mid-January our air forces on Luzon are almost entirely disorganized and short of working machines. Large formations of Japanese bombers are now appearing regularly over Arapi and the other northern provinces. Furthermore Japanese numbers near Lamon Bay are now pegged at almost ten full divisions. Our only concern is to hold the line now and to that effect one the two available Philippine divisions has also been sent to Lamon Bay.



The first strong attack on these forces comes on the 19th, but they are beaten back after a long and costly fight. Though clearly the Japanese did not use their entire force. Worse news greets us on the 27th as MacArthur's force, still moving north to Arapi is halted by a strong Japanese landing which routs our disorganized forces. With this setback and the continued movement of new forces near Lamon Bay it seems increasingly likely that we will need to surrender the Philippines. Though with about a third of my total land forces on the island of Luzon this will be an untold tragedy - movements begin immediately to get shipping to the Philippines to enact a successful movement of my Philippine Army south to the Dutch East Indies.

This will take time however. Time we perhaps don't have. On the 29th our four remaining divisions under MacArthur, now back in Clark Field are again attacked and forced back from that region. MacArthur begins his movement back to Manila. Clark Field itself is evacuated its squadrons rebasing to Manila for the time being - though they will probably be sent further south to Java within a week the airfield at Manila is not large enough for eight squadrons total.

1942 has begun badly.

Naval Losses For January

None. Several submarines badly damaged however. Both Wake and Pearl Harbour submarine forces out of action for several weeks.

Ships Sunk In January

None. One Japanese light cruiser highly damaged.

Number of Japanese Convoy Ships Sunk: 5
Number of Japanese Escort Ships Sunk: 2

The lack of submarine squadrons operating in the Marshalls this month really hurt my ability to sink Japanese shipping. Our only victories came by naval bombers stationed at Clark Field.

Completed Techs

Basic Self-Propelled Artillery (January 8th 1942)
Carousel Bombardment Doctrine (January 25th 1942)
Deep Logistic Organization (January 26th 1942)
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« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2008, 11:43:56 PM »

I'm also running this at QT3 now so you may notice some vessels named after things they choose. I think I'll do something like they get to have the Pacific Fleet while GT gets the Atlantic Fleet.

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February 1942

The new month begins with further Japanese attacks on the Philippines. Carrier planes streak into Manila early in the morning of the 1st - damaging the battleship Evesham and the destroyer Leicester - the latter badly. Already we've begun sending naval forces to begin the removal of troops from the Philippines, but due to the strength of Japanese naval power this can't be accomplished accept for a roundabout way - first sending my units down to Australia, then to Java, and only then up towards the Philippines. This will be done by two groups - the Pacific Carrier Fleet and the Dutch East Indies Squadron - the latter also bringing along the First Marine Corps composed of the 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions. These should arrive in the East Indies by around the end of this month.

Things step in to change my attitude to this when on the 3rd the Japanese force their way past my forces at Lamon Bay - things are now rapidly spinning out of control. Immediately I order the Pacific Carrier Fleet towards Manila with all haste. Even before they arrive though we begin moving our forces off Luzon to the northern coast of Borneo by way of a single, highly damaged transport group that had taken part in the movement of our headquarters unit just prior to the start of hostilities. We can hope for a few divisions to get out this way - but not many. The first to make the journey successfully is the 7th Infantry division which gets to British territory by the 7th of February.


American forces evacuate to Borneo

Soon after the first of our intelligence victories begin. For about a year now I've been putting large efforts into placing spies in Germany, Italy, Japan, and the Soviet Union with an eye to stealing as many tech blueprints as possible. Our first victory comes about now as we steal blueprints for Closer Air Support bombers.



At near the same time we notice the Japanese attempting to land on Wake Island. Our two garrison divisions on the island manage to stave off the attack well though.

Further good news reaches us on the 12th as the Pacific Carrier Fleet makes its way to Manila without incident - now giving us three transport flotillas to take off American troops every day. To give us some breathing room a small counterattack against Clark Field is organized under the command of Major General Simpson it quickly succeeds in forcing them back from that position.  This lets us begin moving even more divisions out of the Philippines. Unfortunately the carrier Hawkeye Fierce is sunk by Japanese land based naval bombers.



Just as we are bringing another division to Borneo our Philippine based battleship group is attacked by a group of Japanese carriers. The engagement begins at almost 150 kilometers distance - bringing it far out of the range of my battleships. Fortunately the attack occurs at night and the Japanese are unable to seriously harm any of our warships. However the one transport squadron attached it gravely damaged and cannot realistically be expected to take over any more divisions to Borneo.

On the other side of the world the Soviets - hereto having little luck - manage to defeat the Finns and install a Stalinist puppet government in Helsinki. My fascination with current European geopolitics ends quickly though. Things in the Philippines have collapsed and while we manage to get two further divisions off at the last minute MacArthurs remaining headquarters division and two infantry divisions are surrounded and forced to surrender near Manila.

The Philippines have fallen.


American forces regroup on the island of Java in the Dutch East Indies

Six divisions make it off Luzon. These will form the core of the new Sixth Army that is forming in the Dutch East Indies - I've assigned overall command of that formation to neither General MacArthur or Lt. Gen. Wainwright - but instead to Lt. Gen. Kreuger who will be concerned for the time being with maintaining the Allied strength on Java and Sumatra.

Naval Losses For February

USS Hawkeye Fierce (CV)

Ships Sunk In February

None. One transport flotilla heavily damaged.

Number of Japanese Convoy Ships Sunk: 0
Number of Japanese Escort Ships Sunk: 0

Completed Techs

First Strike Doctrine (February 14th 1942)
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« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2008, 09:34:35 AM »

March 1942

The crisis is over for now - or at least I hope.

At the start of March we now have 36 total land divisions deployed throughout the world - mostly in the Pacific - but a large percentage of these are not mobile in any form, we have six garrison divisions holding some of my Pacific holdings for instance. We do now have six marine divisions though. Over the next two months we hope to use these to at least gain some minor victories throughout the south Pacific starting with a campaign against Japanese landings at Guadalcanal and Bougainville near Australia. Both were taken early in the year and flew under my radar as we tried to keep Luzon. Close to the critical naval and airbase of Rabaul they need to be retaken urgently.

The month doesn't open well either. With our eyes now fixated on Bougainville and Guadalcanal we've looked to move the two marine divisions we dumped on Guam to Rabaul to take those two islands. Unfortunately the Japanese divined our intensions and the Dutch East Indies squadron which was to accomplish the move was ambushed in the Macassar Strait. Two empty transport flotillas are sunk, along with the Dutch Heavy Cruiser De Zeven Provincien.

Nevertheless our force manages to make its way out of the strait and continues onto Guam without further problems. A few days later we find out why - Nimitz and the Carrier Fleet are ambushed off the coast of Java and the first general carrier battle of the war begins. Nimitz has four carriers to the three Japanese. The result is grim...



While not a total loss the loss of two carriers - the Enterprise and the No More Mister Nice Guy are hard to take. With last months loss of the Hawkeye Fierce that leaves us with only two remaining carriers in the entire Pacific theatre with no more carriers expected to arrive from shipyards until the end of May. Thankfully one Japanese carrier was also sunk, along with one battlecruiser and two heavy cruisers. Several other enemy ships were also badly damaged - including a battleship. But this fight should keep us both in port for awhile. Of our remaining ships the carrier Whittalink has also been damaged, though not badly. Still - this is a grave setback. It gets worse a few days later when our force still steaming towards Darwin and safety is again intercepted. Again a stiff carrier battle begins and again we are badly damaged - with both the Whittalink and Gently Touched taking multiple hits which we require well over a month in dry dock to repair. This time though we give better than we receive. The Japanese carrier Soryu is little better than a burning hulk by the time we are done with them, and the same can be said of the battleship Yamashiro. Our attempts to bring the remainder of their fleet to battle with the nearby Third Pacific Battleship Group are largely unsuccessful - though we do manage to find and destroy a small Japanese force operating near Darwin, sinking a destroyer and transport flotilla.

Hoping that this has denting Japanese power in the south Pacific - at least for awhile - we begin movement of vessels from Rabaul to retake Guadalcanal on the 20th but unannounced to us the Japanese have another carrier group operating in the area and swiftly ambush our flotilla. Several vessels are lightly damaged, but we get away owing to the harsh weather.


The Bougainville area, late March

For now we must consider ourselves on the defensive in the Pacific. The same cannot be said of the European theatre. I've decided that I'm going to pursue a decisive Europe first strategy against Italy and Germany. If I wait too long the Soviets will most likely manage to take most of Europe and I certainly don't want that. The first thing I'm going to do is attempt Operation Torch against Vichy France. The entire time the Philippine distraction kept me busy I was also slowly building up my forces on the eastern seaboard and by now have nearly twenty divisions available - half of them modern and mobile - of which eight are now being transported across the Atlantic to Gibraltar before making landings in North Africa.

Operation Torch begins on March 27th. We begin negotiations with Admiral Darlan of the Vichy government and these prove successful - giving us all of Morocco. Quickly American units make their way ashore and take Casablanca.



A part of North Africa is now ours. But more fighting awaits us ahead.

Naval Losses For March

USS Enterprise (CV)
USS No More Mister Nice Guy (CV)
HrMs De Zeven Provincien (CA)
3 Transport Flotillas

Ships Sunk In March

IJN Ryujo (CV) - by USS Whittalink (CV)
IJN Haruna (BC) - by USS Gently Touched (CV)
IJN Kako (CA) - by USS Enterprise (CV)
IJN Kinugasa (CA) - by USS Gently Touched (CV)
1 Destroyer Flotilla - by USS Montfort (BB)
1 Transport Flotilla - by USS Montfort (BB)

Number of Japanese Convoy Ships Sunk: 6
Number of Japanese Escort Ships Sunk: 0

Completed Techs

Isotope Separation Facility (March 6th 1942)
Improved Medium Tank (March 19th 1942) - Yay! Shermans!
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April 1942

A day into the next month the Axis powers respond to my invasion of Vichy Morocco - demanding and getting Vichy France to give away its colonies to Italy. Not exactly the smartest thing to do. I've kept one motorized corps in Morocco, but the second has reboarded its transports to land in Algiers. The larger corps under Patton is still onboard and will attempt to land near Tunis.



The Italian hold over Algeria and Tunisia is extremely unlikely to last and my only real concern is to actually take the area before the British do. Our first additional landings at both Tunis and Algiers occur on the 5th without any Italian or German interference. Progress is swift and we manage to take nearly all of both Algeria and Tunisia by the end of the month without issue. The only contact we make with the Italians is a brief attack by naval bombers on one of our battleship squadrons in which the Agamemnon is damaged to some extent.

These remaining forces in North Africa will be made ready for some future attack into Italy, but for now what divisions we can get will be moved to Britain in preparation for Operation Overlord - hopefully sometime in 1943.

Back in Asia the we do little this month besides sending our submarine flotillas back out into the hunt - destroying a few dozen Japanese transports in the process - along with beginning strategic bombing attacks on Malaya to prevent the Japanese from deriving material benefit from that areas abundant rare materials and metal deposits. Bad news does greet us at the end of the month as the Japanese show some nerve that is very rarely seen by the AI.



I'm unable to directly confront this situation, lacking troopers and carriers as I am - though this should change next month when four new carriers are brought in. Thankfully our naval forces in Darwin were moved to Perth out of the way before this occured.

Naval Losses For April

None

Ships Sunk In April

None

Number of Japanese Convoy Ships Sunk: 27
Number of Japanese Escort Ships Sunk: 1

Completed Techs

Improved Escort Fighter (April 4th 1942)
Improved Anti-Air Artillery Brigade (April 14th 1942)
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May 1942

Clearly something has to be done about the situation in the Pacific - if only just to strike back to get one or two victories. To this end at the start of the month we order Admiral King to take the Second and Third Marine Corps to Wake Island for attacks on several central Pacific islands.

The Japanese have other ideas though, as they again attempt to land and take Wake - again though our thoughtful movement of a few garrison divisions pays dividends. This proves to be the largest attempted landing we've seen yet with five enemy divisions being thrown in. Thankfully our four marine divisions arrive in time with a strong battleship squadron. Immediately we attempt to bring the enemy taskforce to bear and succeed in getting a strong Japanese fleet under our guns.



Though we don't manage to land any hits on their carriers their escorting vessels are badly damaged with only the battleship Massachusetts being slightly damaged in return. Forcing them to retreat we follow with all haste, hoping to resume the battle. This does happen on the 9th and again Admiral King proves the superior commander getting his battleships and heavy cruisers in close to strike at the Japanese fleet. Almost immediately the Massachusetts gets its revenge sinking the fleet carrier Hiyo. The two remaining Japanese carriers and one heavy cruiser do manage to inflict some damage on my forces - damaging both the New Orleans and Minneapolis but the damage isn't enough to get me to stop my pursuing the enemy back towards the Home Islands.

This almost proves too much though as the Japanese manage to unite their battered force with a fresh fleet with several more carriers and a strong batch of battleships and heavy cruisers - perfect for stopping my forces. We manage to hold them off for three hours. The heavy cruiser Minneapolis bags a second carrier for American forces in the month of May, this time the Taiho which is another of their most modern fleet carriers. We lose no combat units, but one of our empty transport squadrons is lost. Several heavy cruisers and the battleship Massachusetts will require several weeks in port to repair damage however and the entire squadron is ordered back to Pearl.


The battered First Pacific Battleship Group limps home after an excellent showing

What scorn the lowly battleship receives. They certainly did better than my carriers under Nimitz. That doesn't prevent the Japanese from following up their success though as they ambush me again as we try to get to Wake for immediate safety. Even battered and up against an exceedingly strong enemy group we hold on. We lose the Atlanta, a light cruiser, and one destroyer group. In contrast the enemy losses another heavy cruiser and destroyer group. Thereafter we successfully make our way back to Pearl with the Second Battleship Group lending a hand outside Wake where several small Japanese ships are also sunk.

Guam comes under attack during all this, but is not taken.

The Japanese fleet again attacks us, this time the Second Battleship Group on the 20th - heavily damaging the California - but otherwise doing little damage. In response to this pressure we begin looking to move this Group back to Pearl as well.

Back in Africa by late May the rest of the Vichy possessions defect to the Free French government of Charles de Gaulle. All of Africa is now free of Axis forces and allies. In response the Germans annex the rest of Vichy France.



The tide is turning. By now the first of our Essex-class carriers have begun making their way off the line, including four in the last two weeks of May which should be available for combat operations by July. My intelligence services told me earlier in the month that the Japanese have about ten carriers in service, losing two this month that gives them a mere eight left in the Pacific to our six, of which only the four Essex-class ones are going to be effectively in combat in the near future. This should give us enough strength to begin some island hoping though.

Naval Losses For May

USS Atlanta (CL)
1 x Destroyer Flotilla
2 x Gato-class submarine
1 x Transport Flotilla

Ships Sunk In May

IJN Hiyo (CV) by USS Massachusetts (BB)
IJN Taiho (CV) by USS Minneapolis (CA)
IJN Furutaka (CA) by USS Massachusetts (BB)
IJN Sakawa (CL) by USS Nevada (BB)
3 x Destroyer Flotilla by USS Lapsed Pacifist (BB), USS Astoria (CA), and USS New Orleans (CA)
3 x Transport Flotilla by USS Massachusetts (BB), USS Lapsed Pacifist (BB), and USS Nevada (BB)

Number of Japanese Convoy Ships Sunk: 12
Number of Japanese Escort Ships Sunk: 0

Completed Techs

Improved Motorized Division (May 18th 1942)
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« Reply #23 on: May 25, 2008, 02:44:27 AM »

The loss of the American carriers earlier was painful - but I'll bet the IJN will long regret losing theirs even more. Far more.

Wonder what Russia will be doing in the near future; not in the Pacific but on the European Front. They're always one of the more fascinating combatants, imo.
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« Reply #24 on: May 25, 2008, 05:11:54 AM »

Apparently there is a bug with the Japanese AI whereby if the annex China (which they have) they get huge off map bonuses to population gain to adjust for recruits they'd get from areas such as Korea, China, and Taiwan. Makes it so the Japanese get so much manpower each day that they get three times the amount the United States does. I went into the save file and mucked around to fix it however, so instead of having 3000 manpower (enough for over 300 divisions) they now have only 600 and their daily increase of off map manpower has been reduced to its proper total.
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« Reply #25 on: May 25, 2008, 05:31:18 AM »

Quote from: CSL on May 25, 2008, 05:11:54 AM

Apparently there is a bug with the Japanese AI whereby if the annex China (which they have) they get huge off map bonuses to population gain to adjust for recruits they'd get from areas such as Korea, China, and Taiwan. Makes it so the Japanese get so much manpower each day that they get three times the amount the United States does. I went into the save file and mucked around to fix it however, so instead of having 3000 manpower (enough for over 300 divisions) they now have only 600 and their daily increase of off map manpower has been reduced to its proper total.

CHEATER!

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June 1942

With the Japanese navy given a harsh blow its time to go back on the offensive. We begin this immediately withour Dutch East Indies squadron ordered to move the First Marine Corps to Guadalcanal.



In Europe the Soviet Union and Germany are still locked in bitter warfare. So far the Soviets have done better than one might expect - keeping the Germans back from Moscow, Leningrad, and Stalingrad. On the whole the line is less far into Russia then it usually is with the Soviets still holding parts of Latvia, Estonia, across to Smolensk and down to Kharkov and the Sea of Azov. I don't expect this to change all that much over the next year.

Closer to the conflict on our end the Japanese landing in northern Australia has not ended, but then again it hasn't really gotten out of Perth itself. Meanwhile we do manage to take Guadalcanal on the 5th without problems. A further attack on Bougainville will now be attempted. Landing there begins on the 9th, but it appears in the four days between investing Guadalcanal the Japanese have turned tail and run. While the Japanese army has retreated, its navy hasn't and before my men can land the fleet is ambushed by a single enemy carrier. Before they manage to sink the transports and drown my marines the Dutch East Indies squadron retreats back to Port Moresby. Still - we need manage to retake Guadalcanal and at little cost.

By now the First Pacific Carrier Fleet (the two carriers at Perth are now the Second Pacific Carrier Fleet) has begun steaming to Wake Island. Once there they plan to pick up the four marine divisions there and join up with the forces in Papau New Guinea to begin a push up into the Marshalls. Our carrier forces reach Papau New Guinea on the 22nd of June and began looking to start our island hopping campaigns. We now have six marine divisions and the methods to use them.

Bougainville is retaken by Allied troops on the 27th, with no resistance met. Three days later our taskforce arrived in the Carolines off the island of Truk where the Japanese have a major naval and airbase. The Japanese taskforce I encountered a few weeks earlier also reappeared just then, but it was now outmatched - four against one - and retreated before we could destroy it. Thereafter the carriers and battleships of our assembled fleets provide naval gunfire for our landings at Truk and Satawan - both of which are successful.



American boots wade ashore - the Carolinas campaign has begun.


Naval Losses For May


1 Gato-class submarine

Ships Sunk In May

None

Completed Techs

Aerial Convoy Defence Doctrine (June 4th 1942)
Improved Marine Division (June 24th 1942)
Deep Vehicle Repair Organization (June 28th 1942)
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« Reply #27 on: May 25, 2008, 10:51:50 PM »

CSL,
What strategies do you use regarding the sliders?  With only being able to adjust one slider one time a year, there isn't much room for experimentation.
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Quote from: Arnir on May 25, 2008, 10:51:50 PM

CSL,
What strategies do you use regarding the sliders?  With only being able to adjust one slider one time a year, there isn't much room for experimentation.

With regards to the United States I basically used my slider choices to help get me towards Hawk Lobby as quickly as possible. If you manage to get it all the way across you get a 20% discount to build times and costs - particularly useful if your rearms. You might also want to use it to go towards Interventionism, but I don't since the events that occur as the war in Europe and Asia heats up this is moved by events far quicker. Plus there is always a degree of luck involved as you get events such as "Law Policy Attacked By Critics", etc which you can use to get your way into less historical paths. Oh, and the elections. Elect the Republicans one or two times and get some good events you can make the USA pretty fascist in good time.
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« Reply #29 on: May 26, 2008, 02:05:17 AM »

Thanks for the info.  I usually play the US because of the options available to the player.  I used to focus on the intervention slider to get into an alliance for tech sharing and war so that I can get my production  limitations lifted early - but I'm starting to think that isn't the way to go.  Depending on the game, the events either speed it up or waste my time.  I have wondered about the hawk choices or the standing army choices.
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« Reply #30 on: May 26, 2008, 06:53:16 AM »

July 1942

On July 2nd United States Marines land on both Truk and Satawan after having destroyed a Japanese division on each island. Japanese naval forces in Truk are forced out in the open seas as a result allowing Nimitz and his four carriers - the Kalle, Peter Olafson, What's An AAR?, and She's One Of Ours Sir! - to take on the Japanese. They manage to make it out of the range of our forces before any significant damage can be sustained by any side. Nimitz is promoted after this battle to be a full Admiral.

Back in California the Ranger and Lexington have now arrived in the Pacific under Vice Admiral Spruance - giving us six active carriers in the Pacific. Operating with one marine division and four infantry divisions we hope to use these forces - along with our one largely undamaged battleship fleet to begin movements into the Marshalls while Nimitz takes on the Carolinas.

While Spruance makes his way to Pearl to get organized our efforts in the South Pacific continue with the invasion of Ponape - an important island near Truk which hosted the nearest Japanese airbase.



Victory was easy and quick with accurate fire support from the battleships New Jersey and Iowa. These forces land by the 12th, just as the Marshall groups begin moving out from Pearl to begin the island campaign in that region.

We arrive in the Marshalls on the 18ths. No significant Japanese naval presence is noted asides from some small Japanese flotillas placing more troops in the area. Thankfully this doesn't seem to have been enacted in the main Japanese base in the area - Kwalajein. We begin landing operations there on the 19th.


Marshalls, mid-July 1942

The battle lasts all of two days as four of our divisions land, opposed by two of the enemy, nevertheless by the 21st we've landed and taken the island.

Back in the United States the first of our test reactors comes online.



While we've been active in the Marshalls we've still been working our way through the South Pacific - until we get more forces though it will probably be slow going. Nauru though is retaken on the 27th of the month. Only only remaining goal south of Carolinas or East of the Marshalls is Tarawa in the Gilberts - which is retaken early in August.

Elsewhere in the world the Soviet front remains basically the same as it was last month, though the Soviets have retaken Kharkov. We now have eight divisions in Great Britain, eight more in North Africa, and a further twelve divisions coming to Britain within a month. I should hopefully have enough forces for a landing in northern France by next year.

Naval Losses For July

6 Gato-class submarines

Ships Sunk In July

IJN Yubari - scuttled after combat with American units
1 Destroyer Flotilla by USS Nevada (BB)
1 Transport Flotilla by USS Nevada (BB)
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« Reply #31 on: May 26, 2008, 06:53:37 AM »

August 1942

On the 3rd of August Tarawa is retaken without a single casualty - the Japanese have abandoned it for quite some time it seems. This accomplished Nimitz and the accompanying Dutch East Indies squadron return to Truk.



Only a few days later we continue our campaign in the Marshalls - this time attacking Bikini. Lt. Gen. Wainwright has been given command of the Marshall campaign and he continues the good job, taking the island with speed by the 8th.

Two days later we continue our island hopping expedition throughout the Carolinas.



Very quickly we land on both Pulusk and Woleai - both held by only a single garrison division. Though fighting is thick we again manage to make our way onshore at Woleai, though it is beaten back at Pulusk.

Back in the Marshalls we take Maleolap with a single marine division with strong air support and naval gunfire. A day later we attack and also take Majuro. This gives us about half of the Marshall Islands under our command in only about a month of combat. Soon thereafter we also take Pulusk after a strong second try.

For the rest of the month we basically reorganize, only moving to take another island near the end when we successfully take Wolelai at the end of the month in the Carolinas.



The Carolinas at the end of August. Hopefully we can take the rest of the island chain by the end of September.

Naval Losses For August

2 Transport Flotillas

Ships Sunk In August

4 Destroyer Flotillas by USS Whats An AAR? (CV), USS Iowa (BB), USS Minneapolis (CA), USS Detroit (CL)
2 Submarine Flotillas by USS Monterey (CVL)

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Nuclear Fuel Analysis (August 18th 1942)
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« Reply #32 on: May 26, 2008, 06:53:57 AM »

September 1942

The month of September starts off slow, but on the 5th we manage to restart our offensives in the Carolinas - attacking the islands of Ulithi and Ulul, both defended by one garrison division each. Both attacks are successful and we take the islands accordingly.



This gives me full control of all the central Carolinas and thereafter we move west to attack Yap and Ngulu. Again the attacks are successful and we begin to look towards moving against Palau the next Japanese island with an airfield to the west.

As of now I've attempted to speed up my progress by leaving those islands that don't have air or naval bases undefended after taking them - at least until we manage to get more forces into the area. I'm currently constrained by a lack of transport flotillas to move everything all at once.

Nevertheless I do manage to strike further Japanese possessions in the Marshalls during the second week of September. Both Kosrae and Jaluit are taken in these attacks. This leaves only three more islands in the Marshall chain under Japanese control of which only Eniwetok  has any real value with an airbase and a victory point. Unfortunately the Japanese have also noticed its value and have stationed more than a few divisions on the island so it might take awhile to amass forces for that attack - probably four marine divisions.

After taking Kosrae the Japanese fleet bottled up their bolts, though we have a short engagement only the light carrier Princeton is really injured. In total the Japanese navy really hasn't been attempting to contest my advances - earlier battles must have really put a dent in their operational capabilities and they are totally on the defensive. Even their landings in Australia have been unsuccessful as they are still bottled up uin Perth. Neither have they managed to take the rest of the Philippines or the Dutch East Indies. The capture of Palau on the 16th of September should keep them on the defensive.

Thereafter we receive the first reinforcements at Kwalajein that gives us permanent garrison divisions both there and at Truk. While returning from this mission Admiral King and Vice Admiral Halsey are attacked by the local Japanese fleet of one fleet carrier, two light carriers, and several heavy surface combatants. While only having battleships to defend the convoys King brings the Japanese into range and rapidly shows the power of his iron behemoths.



We inflict heavy damage on the battlecruiser Kirishima, along with destroying a light cruiser and damaging most of their screening destroyers. On our side there is little damage to the big ships, but the heavy cruiser San Fransisco is reduced to a floating hulk that will require several months in dry dock at Pearl. Several smaller vessels also take damage but not enough to ground them for more than a week or two.

These losses aside we are fairing even better now - both the Whittalink and Gently Touched are now back in fighting shape and are now steaming north from Australia towards Truk along with another group of battleships under Vice Admiral Burke. They successfully make it there and from then up to Kwalajein. For the rest of the month we reorganize and prepare to take the island hoping campaign up north from Guam towards Saipan - it's clear by now that it will be easier to take down the Japanese than the Germans for now.

Elsewhere in the world the Soviets have advanced again this month. Looks like hard slogging.



I've continued to take movements to take more divisions to Europe, but I haven't been keeping up in division formation as I should. I may just attempt to invade Italy instead.

Naval Losses For September

1 Destroyer Flotilla
2 Heavy Cruisers heavily damaged
1 Light Cruiser heavily damaged
1 Light Carrier moderately damaged
4 Destroyers moderately damaged

Ships Sunk In September

IJN Suzuya (CL) by USS Pennsylvania (BB)
1 Destroyer Flotilla
2 Submarine Flotillas by USS Pennsylvania (BB), USS Detroit (CL)
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« Reply #33 on: May 26, 2008, 10:04:26 PM »

October 1942

At the beginning of October we hold control of most of the Central Pacific with the Japanese only holding onto a part of the Marshalls, the Marianas, the Bonin Islands, and Marcus Island.


Central Pacific, October 1942

It takes only four days for us to begin our next stage of the island hoping campaign - this time against the Marianas with Saipan as our ultimate goal. We attack the smaller islands of Rota and Tinian first, with Rota being the tougher nut to crack with two divisions to defeat. We hope this won't prove so hard as we've got plenty of offshore fire coming in and several tactical bombers based on Guam, but the attack on Rota fails.

To help bolster our next attack we move another two marine divisions from the Marshalls to the Marianas. Furthermore Admiral King is again dispatched to Pearl to bring in more forces - another marine corps of two divisions is ready to be sent in, along with further few garrison divisions. Once the marines arrive in Guam we don't waste time waiting for those disorganized divisions that attacked Rota to get settled, instead we attack Saipan with the newly arrived marine corps under Major General Vandegrift.



Saipan is taken quickly. We now have eight operational carriers right near the Marianas, which is probably why the Japanese haven't been operating against me. I find out for sure on the 23rd as the Japanese attack and land at Palau successfully. Immediately I rush a carrier group to the islands, intent on stopping the landing.

At the same time we finally begin our landings at Eniwetok with five divisions and large battleship support.



Initially the attack doesn't go well, but with bomber support we gradually wear the enemy out. Thankfully it seems three divisions is the best we can stand to attack with a mixed marine-infantry attack. It does manage to succeed though.

While the attack continues we do manage to get into a naval battle near Palau against the Japanese carrier group that is invading that island. What develops is a running occasional battle that slowly goes our way as we get all eight of our carriers involved, though they don't manage to hold the enemy in range for long enough to do significant damage. Eventually we give up on the idea of taking them up in attack further and return to Guam to gather divisions to retake Palau and they begin steaming south at the start of November.

Naval Losses For October

None

Ships Sunk In October

1 Destroy Flotilla by USS Pennsylvania (BB)
1 Submarine Flotilla by USS Cowpens (CVL)
3 Transport Flotillas by USS What's An AAR? (CV), USS Ranger (CV), USS Idaho (BB)

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Regimental Combat Teams (October 4th 1942)
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« Reply #34 on: May 26, 2008, 10:05:42 PM »

November 1942

The month opens with our attempt at reinvading Palau. With steady naval gunfire we do manage to take the island again despite the fact that the Japanese put three modern infantry divisions on it. Thereafter the Japanese fleet attempts again to retreat facing our superior numbers, we follow and eventually manage to corner and destroy a small part of their fleet near the Dutch East Indies. The USS Kalle, What's An AAR?, and She's One Of Ours Sir! all each get kills.

For the next three weeks we engage in some creative troop movements to account for the loss of the Palau garrison. We also move a further ten mobile divisions to England for next years Operation Overlord.

Its not until the 20th that we manage to get into combat with the Japanese again as Admiral Spruance meets a Japanese fleet off Saipan where they have just recaptured Tinian. We retreat quickly though, as we cannot manage to get a good attack going on and the light carrier Monterey is damaged.

Further away back in the Marshalls by the end of the month we begin to attack the last of the Japanese controlled islands - invading and taking out the garrison of Wotje by the 26th. This again gets one of the local Japanese flotillas to emerge and Admiral King again brings them into battleship range. Over the next day its a huge standup battle that results in both sides nearly bashing themselves to pieces. Both sides have immense losses, though we manage to get away without losing our landing forces.



Our most important losses are the battleship Oklahoma and the light carrier Cowpens, but we also lose the light cruisers Juneau, San Diege, and Nashville and several destroyer groups. We give as good as we take though, destroying six Japanese light cruisers, a light carrier, and one Japanese fleet carrier. Most of their other vessels are also injured - mostly heavily.

However, many of our retreating vessels are also extremely damaged - the battleships Arizona and Pennsylvania are probably going to be out of commission for a year, if they even manage to make it back to Pearl. I'm determined to track down the rest of these Japanese survivors and order both carrier fleets to proceed at full steam towards the Marshalls.

Better news arrives on the 28th - two more fleet carriers are ready and are now steaming towards Pearl. Hours later we successfully steal the blueprints for turbojet engines from Germany.

The Japanese fleet is sighted just north of Eniwetok on the 30th and is briefly put under fire by Nimitz but they continue back towards Japan. We pursue as November turns into December.

Back in Europe the Germans have again been pushed back in the last few weeks having almost recaptured Kiev in the Ukraine.

Naval Losses For November

USS Oklahoma (BB)
USS Cowpens (CVL)
USS Juneau (CL)
USS San Diego (CL)
USS Nashville (CL)
3 x Destroyer Flotillas
3 x Transport Flotillas

Ships Sunk In November

IJN Zuikaku (CV) by USS Pennsylvania (BB)
IJN Zuiho (CVL) by USS Helena (CL)
IJN Kashiwara (CL) by USS Tennessee (BB)
IJN Kinu (CL) by USS Idaho (BB)
IJN Kitikama (CL) by USS Minneapolis (CA)
IJN Mogami (CL) by USS Oklahoma (BB)
IJN Yuru (CL) by USS Minneapolis (CA)
IJN Kashima (CL) by USS Idaho (BB)
4 x Destroyer Flotilla by USS Nevada (BB), USS Idaho (BB), USS Arizona (BB), and USS She's One Of Ours Sir! (CV)
3 x Transport Flotilla by USS Kalle (CV), USS What's An AAR? (CV), USS She's One Of Ours Sir! (CV)

Completed Techs

Escort Carrier Role Doctrine (November 6th 1942)
Heavy Advanced Air Carrier (November 14th 1942)
Basic Mechanized Division (November 26th 1942)
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« Reply #35 on: May 27, 2008, 08:57:37 AM »

December 1942

As the month begins we gamble that the Japanese will make their way towards Marcus Island towards safety. As we make our way north the hunch seems to have at least some merit as a convoy in the area losses a ship. Near the end of the 1st the hunch is proved correct and we regain contact with the enemy. While we can't keep them in touch for long several more of their vessels are damaged badly and the heavy cruiser Aoba is sunk by the carrier Yorktown. Desperate to take out the carriers still left with the enemy we continue to follow them back towards the Home Islands. We make some contact but retire before the Japanese can bring in more forces - I don't want to be caught so close to the Japanese coast.

Next day the battered fleets of Admiral King and Halsey make it back to Pearl without losing any more ships which is a good thing, about half their vessels are interned within the Pacific Reserve Fleet requiring months of repairs before they can be ready to fight again. A single largely undamaged fleet is made of those undamaged vessels and given to Admiral King yet again. He'll now have some carrier support from the new Essex-class vessels Skeered O' Nothin' and Fuck It! We'll Do It Live!!

At the same time a large convoy of new divisions arrives at Pearl, which in addition to the two marine divisions rerouted from the Marshalls gives us nine divisions at Pearl of which we've decided to begin a new island hopping offensive into the Bonin Islands - such as Iwo Jima. Bringing them over to Wake Island first we assemble the largest American fleet yet to take this island group.


The Bonin Islands

First though I'll have to take Marcus Island which has an airbase to provide local air support. At the same time the Japanese launch a landing at Saipan against my two defending marine divisions - its easily beaten back - though I don't have time to send naval forces to the area to attack the fleets that carry the troops.

These nine divisions land at Wake on the 11th of December and are reorganized into the Tenth Army - an organization I hope will spearhead the eventual invasion of Japan. All told four infantry and five marine divisions under the command of General MacArthur who has only now returned to active combat service in the Pacific.


The Tenth Army

Far to the south in the Dutch East Indies the Battlecruiser Squadron that I sent there last month has begun ranging far and wide along the Java Sea attempting to bring numerous Japanese transport fleets to battle and does so on the 11th, destroying a transport flotilla and damaging several others.

Back near Marcus Island we arrive to take the island on the 16th and engage small destroyer squadrons nearby - sinking one with planes off the Kalle. The rest of my fleets arrive soon thereafter and we begin the attack on Marcus Island.



Everything goes according to plan and we take the island by the 19th. Before this is even complete I order Nimitz to take his carriers towards Iwo Jima and the Bonin Islands to scout out the level of Japanese naval activity there - immediately we spot and heavily damage two light cruisers. It takes awhile, but by the 25th we take our forces to the Bonin Islands and begin the attack on Iwo Jima.

Despite a strong amount of shore defenses we break through the single garrison division in record time and take Iwo Jima before the end of the month.

While our island campaigns have been a resounding success it seems the Japanese have had success in at least one area - Australia. Since two months ago when they were bottled up in Darwin by now they've broken out having brought in new divisions, including strong Chinese contingents.



I don't particularly have that huge an amount of forces to oppose this of my own though, so I'll just take control of the Australian and New Zealand armies to hold them off. Things look extremely bad really - the Australians have only got six total divisions fending off a strong Japanese landing of probably upwards of twenty divisions. Immediately I get together nine more infantry divisions elsewhere in Australia and strategically move them close to the front lines to arrive by mid-January. Furthermore a strong New Zealand Corps will also move towards the front. The closest American support available is in the Dutch East Indies which will be moved to help as soon as possible - pending transport vessels. The one apparent advantage we have is the fact that the Australians have some very good generals available to hold the line.

The first two American divisions arrive in Australia before the end of the month.

Naval Losses For December

None

Ships Sunk In December

IJN Aoba by USS Yorktown (CV)
4 x Submarine Flotilla by USS Skeered O' Nothin (CV), USS Raleigh (CL), USS Size Isn't Everything (DD), 25th Destroyer Division
2 x Destroyer Flotilla by USS Kalle (CV), USS Bridge Over The River Why (BC)
3 x Transport Flotilla by USS Whittalink (CV), USS Bridge Over The River Why (BC), USS Apocalypse Later (BC)
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« Reply #36 on: May 27, 2008, 08:58:24 AM »

1943: The Planning Stages

The new year should be one filled with an abundance of plans. Let's take a look at what my armed forces now consist of.

The Army



We now have a total of 93 divisions - though 18 of these are garrison troops in the Pacific. Of the remainder a total of 38 divisions are either in England or preparing to leave for there and a further eight are currently in North Africa. The rest are mobile divisions in the Pacific.

I intend to drastically move towards a far larger army this year - to over 200 hundred divisions for use mostly in the European theatre. I anticipate needing about a hundred divisions to invade France - backed soon thereafter by large bodies of British and Canadian forces in support. Taking control of the Canadian army will give us slightly more than a ten division army to help there.

I may or may not invade Italy to help pin Axis divisions in that area.

The Air Force



I've been constructing my air force to provide overwhelmingly a strategic bomber force for use against Japan and Germany - though largely I'll be moving this force to areas such as Saipan, Iwo Jima, and eventually Okinawa to bomb the Home Islands almost constantly.

Tactical bombers and naval bombers have had less focus, but will be used to provide some support in the Pacific.

I've totally disregarded interceptors due to their lower range and values and am building as many as possible to contest German air forces in Europe.

The Navy



Undoubtedly my best arm. We don't have as many small vessels as the British but have distinctly more capital vessels - mostly in the Pacific of course. The only capital ships we have in the Atlantic or Med. are eight battleships docked in Algeria and Tunisia from Operation Torch. We do have more than a few vessels out of commission for the moment though...

3 Light Carriers
3 Battleships
3 Heavy Cruisers

We also expect our navy to also receive these capital ships...

5 Essex-class carriers (Late March/Early April 1943)
2 Essex-class carriers (December 1943)
4 Ticonderoga-class carriers (January 1944)
2 Ticonderoga-class carriers (February 1944)

The Nuclear Bomb?

I'm almost done researching the Experimental Nuclear Reactor tech - which makes only two more techs before we can begin research on actual nuclear bombs. I hope to therefore have nuclear weapons by early 1945.

Goals For 1943
In the Pacific: Evict the Japanese from Australia. Recapture the Philippines. Invade Taiwan. Take the Ryuykus.
In Europe: Invade and hold most of Italy. Liberate France and hold at the Rhine.
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« Reply #37 on: May 28, 2008, 12:27:19 AM »

January 1943

I begin the new year with the same sort of zest that has characterized by island hopping campaign up till now with an invasion of Tinian in the Marianas. Fresh garrison troops are almost here to take over command of both Saipan and Iwo Jima so we can afford to start some larger moves. Tinian is retaken without any fuss.



A few days later the Japanese manage to finally, I mean goddamn finally annex the Philippines.

Regardless I begin my invasion of the Bonin Islands on the 5th of the new year. Five marine divisions land in one of the largest amphibious operations of the war backed with strong naval gunfire as has become the norm.



We easily defeat the defenders. A day later we repeat this episode, invading and taking Rota - therefore clearing the Marianas of all Japanese defenders. It takes awhile to reorganize our forces after this, getting new garrison forces into place, getting our marines back and reorganized at Guam. Its now our plan to proceed to the Philippines and retake what once was ours and gain a base for the eventual invasion of Taiwan and the Ryukyus.

Unfortunately the Japanese land on Rota again on the 25th - then I realize I don't care since it doesn't have a victory point. We are however taking the last of the Marshalls with a local force their - taking Wotje in mid-month. Our attack on Wili, the last island in the Marshalls, is successful on the 20th. Wrapping up basically the last island in the Central Pacific.

The rest of the month is spent gathering forces for my largest initiative yet - the invasion of the Philippines. Almost twenty divisions - mostly marines - are gathered by the end of the month at Guam for this.

In Australia things are going almost as well as the gathering of American, Australian, and New Zealanders has got almost 40 divisions opposing the Japanese landing. We can hope for an offensive next month.

Completed Techs

Experimental Reactor (January 11th 1943)
Advanced Light Cruiser (January 14th 1943)
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February 1943

The new month begins with combat now on the islands of the Pacific - but in Australia where a strong Australian and New Zealand attack forces the Japanese back from Mount Isa. It looks like we've now gathered enough divisions to hopefully push them out of Australia within a month or two.



It takes a few more days thereafter, but by the 6th we are ready to start the invasion of the Philippines with a full twenty-one divisions assembled to attack the Japanese positions. General MacArthur will command.



The troops are all loaded by the end of the 7th and begin sailing towards the Philippines. Our attacks will be made at the same time at several points at both Luzon, Mindanao, and several of the small islands. As soon as possible we'll also begin moving to take Taiwan, hoping at the same time to force a decisive naval battle.

As soon as we arrive in the Philippines we begin finding and elimating small Japanese flotillas - destroying the light carrier Shoho, a light cruiser, and a destroyer flotilla. Apparently the Japanese haven't garrisoned the islands very heavily. We begin landing in Manilla, Lamon Bay, Legaspi, Leyte, and Mindoro on the 11th. Just over a day later we begin landing more forces in Mindanao.

When our forces make their way on Luzon and Mindanao the Japanese navy makes its appearance attacking our fleets off both Manila and Mindanao. Off Manila we get some large hits in and the Japanese rapidly retreat, but near Mindanao our forces have no carriers with them and are badly mauled - the Idaho is nearly destroyed and several more battleships are damaged before we retreat after destroying an enemy battlecruiser and two light cruisers. Many more enemy vessels are badly damaged - we send two carrier groups to follow and inflict further losses on the enemy.


The Philippines on the 13th of February

Immediate contact is made with the enemy as our carriers emerge near Mindanao - our strikes hit early and often so that before the enemy can retreat another of their carriers is sunk, along with a battleship. We continue the attack towards the open Pacific. However they manage to dodge our pursuit, managing to make their way back up to Taiwan by the 16th. Not content to give up I launch a carrier strike on port to see if I can get any more of the vessels. Our first strike by two carriers is somewhat successful, with the Skeered O' Nothin' sinking a heavy cruiser in port. A day later Nimitz leads his own four carriers in another attack which is even more successful - sinking another light carrier and a light cruiser. Total disorganized after these successes we begin moving back towards Manila. The Japanese attempt to pounce on this showing of weakness as they sally forth thereafter and bring Nimitz to battle - and rue the day they did - as even so disorganized the Japanese loss another fleet carrier and battleship. Woe to them.

Nimitz eventually makes his way back to Manila with his empty transports heavily damaged, but takes out a few more Japanese transport flotillas off Manila. Our only significant loss was the heavy damage inflicted on the battleship Montfort.

Back in Australia we continue our earlier successes of the month by attacking and forcing the Japanese back from Borroloola, though this is hard won. We follow this with a much easier attack on Barrow Creek.

At the same time the Philippine campaign continues with successful landings at Negros and Panay on the 23rd. With the full capture of Mindanao on the 25th this almost completes our total capture of the Philippines in less than a month. Samar, the last island south of Luzon is taken by the 27th just as we begin to attack the last Japanese forces on Luzon.

Meanwhile far to the north we begin the strategic bombing of the Home Islands.



Night bombing begins on the 27th with initial attacks on Hiroshima. Further attacks in the next day are made in Tokyo and Nagoya.

We end the month with nearly all of this months objective with the Philippines essentially liberated, the Australian front reaching a turning point, and the Home Islands under nightly bombing.

Naval Losses For February

None

Ships Sunk In February

IJN Kaga (CV) by USS She's One Of Ours Sir! (CV)
IJN Shokaku (CV) by USS She's One Of Ours Sir! (CV)
IJN Shoho (CVL) by USS Whittalink (CV)
IJN Chiyoda (CVL) by USS Kalle (CV)
IJN Ise (BB) by USS Kalle (CV)
IJN Fuso (BB) by USS What's An AAR? (CV)
IJN Hiei (BC) by USS Tennessee (BB)
IJN Izumo (CA) by USS Skeered O' Nothin' (CV)
IJN Natori (CL) by USS The Dirty Dozer (BB)
IJN Agano (CL) by USS Lapsed Pacifist (BB)
IJN Sendai (CL) by USS The Dirty Dozer (BB)
IJN Oi (CL) by USS Peter Olafson (CV)
4 x Destroyer Flotilla by USS Whittalink (CV) x 2, USS She's One Of Ours Sir (CV), and by a Submarine Flotilla
2 x Transport Flotilla by USS Apocalypse Later (BC), USS Bridge Over The River Why (BC)

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Frontline Supply Service (February 8th 1943)
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