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Grey Hunter
Oct 17, 2007

Pacific Command


Pimpmust posted:

How will the defence of Wake fair if that Jap CTF reaches it and you retreat with your last carrier there?

Could their CAG air support turn the tide on the beaches?

Things are looking up otherwise.

If the carriers arrive, then the defenders of Wake can say goodbye to their air support - the long range bombers can take out the airfield, but their only coming in waves of 10-30 or so a day, if the CTF arrives, then we will see roughly 100 bombers at once.

The defenders are not numerous - Wake is an atoll with some severe stacking limits - so any sustained attack will conquer the Island, bombing the hell out of their landing force has stopped this wave, so hopefully we can fortify our position before they think about trying again.

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Oberleutnant
Apr 24, 2009



Do you have a long term plan? Beat the Japs, obviously, but any specific strategy you plan to use? Perhaps with some kind of map with lots of important-looking arrows on it?
God I love maps.

4outof5
Nov 10, 2003

Sleepwalking

Have you tried warplan orange yet Grey Hunter? I've had my eye on it for a few years now.

Tiny Turtle
May 2, 2008

Hi, buddies!


I was hoping you'd turn the battle for the Philipines into a bitter defense, rather than the historical retreat. I don't blame you, it's the smart thing to do, but it's not the cool, manly thing to do.

Also I'm a little confused. In the assault on Wake Island, did the Japanese suffer more causalties than the actual number of attackers? Does it not count non-combat squads in the assault numbers, or am I just reading it wrong?

Grey Hunter
Oct 17, 2007

Pacific Command


Tiny Turtle posted:

I was hoping you'd turn the battle for the Philipines into a bitter defense, rather than the historical retreat. I don't blame you, it's the smart thing to do, but it's not the cool, manly thing to do.

Also I'm a little confused. In the assault on Wake Island, did the Japanese suffer more causalties than the actual number of attackers? Does it not count non-combat squads in the assault numbers, or am I just reading it wrong?

Everything that's getting out of the Philippines is now out, I mainly wanted the ships out.

at Wake, the sinking of those transports would have inflicted more casualties - but the fog of war would not show them.
And yes, assaults only use the combat squads, defense uses everyone.

Oberleutnant posted:

Do you have a long term plan? Beat the Japs, obviously, but any specific strategy you plan to use? Perhaps with some kind of map with lots of important-looking arrows on it?
God I love maps.

The Plan will be coming, but for now I need to hold, once I know what I've lost, then I can plan on what to take back.


4outof5 posted:

Have you tried warplan orange yet Grey Hunter? I've had my eye on it for a few years now.

No, this is the only one of the series I've played.

bobthethurd
Dec 26, 2007
Lovable Bob.

This game looks absolutely massive.

How long does it take to play a single turn? Do you just go through little individual events happening for half an hour or is it condensed enough that 1 turn doesn't take more than 15 minutes or so.

Grey Hunter
Oct 17, 2007

Pacific Command






Submarine Pollack attacks the Japanese carrier fleet. It gets a torpedo off which hits a destroyer, but fails to explode. Pollack avoids the resulting hunt, taking a near miss from the enemy depth charges.



Once more Lexington fighters and bombers take to the air, this time they report sinking a Japanese cruiser.



another wave goes out, hitting another cruiser twice with 1000lb bombs.



On the afternoon, they paid a visit to the cargo ships, hitting two of them twice each.

The Japanese Carriers launch an attack on Johnston Island with their full strength, this is a frightening number of planes – shown is only the first wave, another wave of 24 Kates followed this one.



Damage from these attacks however was fairly light.

On the ground another 88 Japanese soldiers are thought to have been killed, wounded or captured. This seems to be the remainder of their attack. Our losses have been so light so as to not even be mentioned.





Overnight, the Japanese land troops in Borneo at Miri. These ships must have been sailing since the first day of the attack, showing the Japanese forethought in this. The garrison there is quickly driven back.

There is also another ineffectual raid over Singapore, with three waves of bombers hitting one target. At Georgetown however, three ships are badly damaged in attacks.






The SS Salmon puts a torpedo into a Japanese cargo ship, reporting massive explosions but not confirming the ship sunk. With so many Japanese warships around, it does not pay to hang around after the attack just to confirm a kill.



The Captain of the Salmon must have thought it safe, as he returns at dawn to put three more torpedoes into the stricken ship. Two of these fail to explode despite confirmed hits.



The P40's once more go up to confront the bombers, who this time have no fighter escort on the first run. Three bombers are shot down and the attack is disrupted.




Hong Kong harbour is still under near constant attack by torpedo bombers. Today they inflicted some heavy damage on the loading ships.




Hopefully loading can be completed soon – the longer these ships stay here the worse the losses will be. They are being attacked by planes from three sides.

On the land front however, things were much worse, as the Japanese army assaulted the city. The attack came in force, and the defenders could not stop them, even for a day.





This is a blow, many units surrendered quickly. Hopefully some of the ships got out before the fall.







We have taken a hit today, losing Hong Kong was inevitable, but not something I can stomach lightly. The loss of all those troops has hurt morale.



Those two cruisers, sister ships of the Tenryu class, look good there.





This is our main action area at this moment. We have had our only real successes.

Lets take a look at the most important ships in the fleet, and my current favourite daughter.



There are a few extra bits to a carrier, they are the number of aircraft the carrier can carry and the number it currently has.
Below it is the number of sorties and torpedoes the ship carries. We've already used up half of the Lexington's torpedoes and a quarter of her sorties. If the carriers get her, she will not be able to put up much of a fight, so we order back to Pearl Harbour by what we hope is a safe route. There she can meet up with the Enterprise. The Saratoga has also left San Deigo for Pearl so we can concentrate our carrier forces.






At Soerabaja we now have the main fleet in one place. There is a little bit of damage from the high speed travelling to here, but that should be repaired within a week. We can now think on how best to use these ships. We will need to keep them out of range of the enemy ground based bombers, but if we can get them into range of an enemy fleet we can cause some serious damage.




Here I'm moving planes from the east coast around. Most are going to Los Angeles and San Diego, but a number of fighter and bomber squadrons are going off to cape town to support the British forces.



I also organise our first convoy of troops out of America, they may not be many in number, but they are a start. They will be forming up at Pearl harbour, when they get there we will be able to begin planning an attack.

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Pimpmust
Oct 1, 2008



That was a really good day indeed.
Not only are they losing cruisers at a quick pace, but their air losses (especially bombers) are pretty drat heavy.

Hong Kong was lost from the start, that you got anything out of there is a boon.

When can you replace those torpedoes with non-crappy ones?

Hip-Hoptimus Rhyme
Mar 19, 2009

Gods don't make mistakes


How's the Pennsylvania doing? Any signs of improvement or is she destined for the briny deep?

Oberleutnant
Apr 24, 2009



Don't feel too bad about the Torpedo failures. Every nation who used them had problems of some sort. During Operation Weserubung a few British capital ships (including the Battleship HMS Warspite) were attacked repeatedly by uboats, but survived solely because the torps were duds. Karl Donitz went on to write: “I do not believe that ever in the history of war, men have been sent against the enemy with such a useless weapon”.

I think the US had the worst of it though, there was a lot of politics going on with the Bureau of Ordnance who refused to accept any reports of faulty designs, and shifted the blame on the boat crews themselves. I think one of the heads of the US Navy eventually had to get a load of torpedos and drop them from cherry pickers onto concrete to demonstrate that they simply didn't work. As far as I can remember the problem was that the firing pins were so weak that they bent under the force of impact, without detonating the explosives.

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Pvt.Scott
Feb 16, 2007

Happiness is the legal tender of the soul. -Robert Green Ingersoll


I want to congratulate you for starting on Dec. 7, which is both the birthday of my mother and my buddy Steve. Every year I wish them a happy sneak attack day.

nimby
Nov 4, 2009

The pinnacle of cloud computing.

It's nice seeing you sink some cruisers, but then I realize that this is the start of the war. You're going to have to sink a -lot- of stuff, and it'll take a -long- time. Best wishes!

bunnyofdoom
Mar 29, 2008

And Mr Speaker, how many Nobel Peace Prizes does the Prime Minister have?

Hey, Christmas came early this year!


(IRL, the battle of Hong Kong happened around Christmas)

Which regiment managed to escape Hong Kong btw?

Tiny Turtle
May 2, 2008

Hi, buddies!


So give it to me straight, doc. Are our boys coming home in time for Christmas?

CV Enterprise is my favourite carrier and it helps that Discovery has been absolutely flooding with documentaries about it (Battle 360 & The Grey Ghost mostly). Looking forward to seeing it action. It drat well better do something badass.

Cooked Auto
Aug 4, 2007

If you will not serve in combat, you will serve on the firing line!

It is worth pointing out that today (10/12) is the day where the actual sinking of the HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse by Japanese aircraft happened.
So in a way we've already gone astray from historic events with the PoW surviving the attack.

Grey Hunter
Oct 17, 2007

Pacific Command


bobthethurd posted:

This game looks absolutely massive.

How long does it take to play a single turn? Do you just go through little individual events happening for half an hour or is it condensed enough that 1 turn doesn't take more than 15 minutes or so.

Normally a turn takes about 15-20 minutes to do, including watching a few of the combat replays. Its taking me over an hour at this point, as recording things slows it down considerably, and I have to watch more combat reports for screenshots.


Hip-Hoptimus Rhyme posted:

How's the Pennsylvania doing? Any signs of improvement or is she destined for the briny deep?

The fire continues to rage uncontrolled, and the amount of the ship on fire continues to increase day by day.

Oberleutnant posted:

Torpedo woes.

The American torps were the worse of the lot - not only was the magnetic fuse rubbish, but they also had faulty depth gauges, meaning they ran to deep and undershot the target far to much.

I'm amazed we've done so well with the hits we have so far.

Cooked Auto posted:

It is worth pointing out that today (10/12) is the day where the actual sinking of the HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse by Japanese aircraft happened.
So in a way we've already gone astray from historic events with the PoW surviving the attack.


The game actually starts with the PoW and Repulse getting attacked on the first turn. so I started with a non historic turn and left surprise on.
That's the main historical bugbear I have with the game - If I'm going to lose the Pride of the British fleet, I'm going to do it on my own dam turns!

Galaga Galaxian
Apr 23, 2009


Looks like a good day of success, something to boost spirits back home (until they read about Hong-Kong anyways).

Having put many hours into Silent Hunter III, I can confirm that early-war torpedoes are rubbish, especially the magnetic pistols, at least for the U-boats.

Fangz
Jul 5, 2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHnMDGIbFkc

Well, the US troubles with their torpedos were much greater than most of the other nations. And certainly worse than those of Japan, who tested their torpedos thoroughly before the war, and so had them reliable enough to base their anti-naval strategy on.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_14_torpedo

quote:

On 24 December 1941, Commander Tyrell Dwight Jacobs in Sargo fired a total of eight torpedoes at two different ships, with no results, and had become very frustrated; when two additional merchantmen came in view, he took extra pains to get it right, pursuing for fifty-seven minutes[23] and making certain TDC bearings matched perfectly before firing two torpedoes at each ship, at an average of 1,000 yards (910 m), a very close range. All missed.[24]

A few days after he discovered the torpedoes were running too deep, and corrected the problem,[25] Jacobs detected a big, slow tanker. Again, his approach was meticulous, firing one torpedo at a close 1,200 yards (1,100 m). It missed. In exasperation, Jacobs signalled headquarters, questioning the Mark 14's reliability[24] on an open radio circuit.[26] In six attacks, he had fired thirteen torpedoes; all had failed to function correctly.[23]

If the game follows history, you've got 21 months to go before you get decent torpedos.

hankor
May 6, 2009

The feast is not the most important meal of the day.
Breakfast is!


I can see that a weapon that is relatively new has some problems especially if it hasn`t seen combat but how did these torpedoes ever got approval if there are problems that significant?

TheNakedJimbo
Nov 18, 2004

If you die first, I am definitely going to eat you. The question is, if I die first...what are YOU gonna do?

Wonderful thread so far. Tiniest of nitpicks: Philippines is spelled wrong in the banner. I read parts of the Civil War LPs and only just started the Crown of Glory one (I have a terrible habit of being late to parties) but this is really incredible and I'm very excited about it.

Oberleutnant
Apr 24, 2009



quote:

I can see that a weapon that is relatively new has some problems especially if it hasn`t seen combat but how did these torpedoes ever got approval if there are problems that significant?

Some of the problems weren't detected in the testing phase for various reasons. For example, I think the magnetic detonators were tested in an area with unusual magnetic field, or at least a magnetic field that was different to that of the actual operational area. So they were tweaked to work in the magnetic field of their testing facilities under the assumption that that would apply everywhere, and it didn't.

As for the impact detonators - they could fire, but generally only if the eel hit at a shallow angle of attack. I don't know if that was how they were all tested, but it was the interim solution adopted by Captains for as long as it took for the problem to be ironed out.

e: wiki says it better:

quote:

Blame for the inadequate weapon must be laid at the feet of the Bureau of Ordnance, which specified an unrealistically rigid magnetic exploder sensitivity setting and oversaw the feeble testing program. BuOrd hampered wartime investigation into Mark VI exploder problems by assigning the mechanism "secret" status, limiting knowledge of its inner workings to a few high-ranking officers, refusing to believe word of active duty sailors,[18] laying blame for failures on these very same men,[19] even deliberately mis-setting torpedoes to conceal defects.[20] Servicemen were forbidden to disassemble the exploder.[21] Additional responsibility must be assigned to the United States Congress, which cut critical funding to the Navy during the interwar years, and to NTS, which inadequately performed the very few tests made.[22] BuOrd failed to assign a second naval facility for testing, and failed to give Newport adequate direction.

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Fragrag
Aug 3, 2007
The Worst Admin Ever bashes You in the head with his banhammer. It is smashed into the body, an unrecognizable mass! You have been struck down.

Woohoo, the mighty Dutch fleet assembled in my hometown Surabaya. First time I've seen it mentioned anywhere in these forums

The Merry Marauder
Apr 4, 2009

"But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own."

I like how the ancient (ex-)British V-class destroyers in ABDA are rated at 34 kts. Right. Maybe when they were launched back in World-War-frickin'-One and with a strong tailwind. You should totally charge the Indonesian landings with the ABDA force. Make headlines!

I see Lex is still sporting Buffaloes. How can you get rid of those useless coffins and replace them with Wildcats? Is it just a matter of pulling enough F4Fs out of the replacement pool? Never fear, though, I'm sure her absurd 8" batteries will stand her in good stead if the Combined Fleet catches her!

Grey Hunter
Oct 17, 2007

Pacific Command


The Merry Marauder posted:

I like how the ancient (ex-)British V-class destroyers in ABDA are rated at 34 kts. Right. Maybe when they were launched back in World-War-frickin'-One and with a strong tailwind. You should totally charge the Indonesian landings with the ABDA force. Make headlines!

Sir, are you mocking a class of ship that includes a ship named the HMS/HMAS Vampire?

If so, then I will have to ask you to step outside.

Grey Hunter fucked around with this message at Dec 11, 2009 around 06:55

The Merry Marauder
Apr 4, 2009

"But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own."

Grey Hunter posted:

Sir, are you mocking a class of ship that includes a ship named the HMS/HMAS Vampire?

If so, then I will have to ask you to step outside.

Well, she's certainly no HMS Daisy or HMS Chrysanthemum....

But I understand if your (HMS) Vanity requires you to call a(n) (HMAS) Vendetta.

The Merry Marauder fucked around with this message at Dec 11, 2009 around 07:19

Slaan
Mar 16, 2009

Why, yes,
I will poke your Gushing Spring Point!


Grey Hunter posted:

Sir, are you mocking a class of ship that includes a ship named the HMS/HMAS Vampire?

If so, then I will have to ask you to step outside.

You know, ships tend to be wet and made out of rather shiny metals. What do wet and shiny things do in the daylight? They SPARKLE! Thats right, the HMS Vampire sparkles.

Thusly, it cannot be a true vampire.

Ilanin
May 31, 2009

Smarter than the average Blair.

The Merry Marauder posted:

Well, she's certainly no HMS Daisy or HMS Chrysanthemum....

But I understand if your (HMS) Vanity requires you to call a(n) (HMAS) Vendetta.

The problem is that the interwar British government was (HMS) Broke and, due to the reaction against war due to the 1914-18 conflict, there was no (HMS) Mandate for increased naval spending either in Britain or (HMAS) Australia.

HoldYourFire
Oct 16, 2006

What's the time? It's DEFCON 1!

Grey Hunter posted:

Here I'm moving planes from the east coast around. Most are going to Los Angeles and San Diego, but a number of fighter and bomber squadrons are going off to Cape Town to support the British forces. Once there, a travel time of about a month, they will be shipped to Australia or wherever else they are needed. But for now we must wait for them to cross the Atlantic, and hope they don’t run into any German U-Boats on the way there.

I meant to ask, what determines where you choose to send your planes? I'd assume you'd want to send them all to Pearl unless there was a good reason to do otherwise.

Grey Hunter
Oct 17, 2007

Pacific Command






Another attack on one of the ships fleeing Singapore, I-123 hits and sinks the Pinna. She the circles around and puts two more fish into the Tanker British Judge, sending her to the bottom.



Kerching is now under attack, but the shore battery's here manage to put up a fight, hitting some of the offloading transports.



This is repeated later on and another four transports are left burning. But the Japanese are already ashore, and their attack captures the port and forces the defenders to retreat with heavy losses.







Another task force arrives, this on at the southern island of Davo, two cruisers sink three freighters unopposed during the night.



Our Submarines get into action, slamming torpedoes into multiple Japanese transports. No confirmed sinking at this time, but hopefully one of the three ships hit has gone down.



The daily bombings begin again, and the P40's out of Clark's field try to stop them, but the escorting Zeros manage to down one of our planes, and our men are unable to stop the bombers or even slow them down.
Successive waves do bag a few bombers, but there are more losses today, it seems that our men are beginning to get tired.







Guam is now under attack, as a night time naval bombardment begins, troop landings soon follow this. This is the attack that Sigintel warned us about, but we were unable to do anything about.




Having failed with their invasion attempt of Wake, the Jap's return to bombing it, but the wildcats defending the island are getting good at this, and take down two of the attackers. They do manage to get some hits in on the runway, but the damage should be minimal.




The fleet trying to move away from Hong Kong is pounded mercilessly, two ships are sunk and others damaged. On the mainland the assault on Chegchow begins, and one thousand Japanese and the same number of Chinese are killed in the fighting.






Looking at the list, I am not sure why they are listing 50 enemy planes destroyed on the ground, as we have not done any such damage that I know of, our only attacks have been on shipping. Everything else has been defensive.



I have to report that the Pennsylvania sank today despite the best efforts of our men at Pearl. That means the attack four days ago cost us three of our battleships. None of the other ships are now in any danger of sinking, but will be in dry dock for a long time to come.



Sigint tells us nothing useful, mainly ships moving to areas we already know are under attack.



Losses are to be expected, it seems that all three ships torpedoed by the Submarines went down, hopefully with their cargoes still on-board, every Jap dead in the water is one less we need to shoot later along the line.






The enemy have taken three bases, one of which is a port. They also have troops in two more bases and I'm not sure we can hold them for long.



Looking at the Pilots, they are in good spirits and still well rested. We have not lost that many planes, but the ones that have been damaged are going to take some time to repair. If we can maintain a good presence in the air, then we can slow the Jap's down somewhat.






The landings on the north of Borneo and Malaya have hit us in undefended areas, there are also reports of even more transports coming in. The main worry is that they can now use these airfields to move their bomber campaign further south.
My main worry now is the lack of fighters, we have access to numerous Dutch bombers, but Java as a whole has only one squadron of out of date fighters. This means we will not have the CAP that we are relying on in the Philippines.



Waiting for squadrons to arrive is going to be a long haul. Twelve days for the first, but three weeks before any real strength arrives that we will be able to get to the area in time.
There are American fighter squadrons arriving before then, but they will take longer to ship across the ocean to the area. But when they arrive tomorrow I will ship them to Suva in Fiji, and then onwards to wherever they are needed.


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nimby
Nov 4, 2009

The pinnacle of cloud computing.

It's going to take almost 2 years for the 134th RAF to arrive? Are they transported by a caravel?

I suppose it could be taking into consideration when they're freed up from fighting the Luftwaffe, but it's drat gutsy to plan 2 years ahead in World War 2.

Ilanin
May 31, 2009

Smarter than the average Blair.

I imagine it's based on projected Spitfire production and training schedules - as new Spitfire squadrons come on-line, the Hurricanes are shipped out to the Pacific theatre.

Presumably there is some variability in the actual arrival date.

Grey Hunter
Oct 17, 2007

Pacific Command


Ilanin posted:

I imagine it's based on projected Spitfire production and training schedules - as new Spitfire squadrons come on-line, the Hurricanes are shipped out to the Pacific theatre.

Presumably there is some variability in the actual arrival date.

yeah, I have about 30 days of variability on for both sides.

Although I may come to regret that.

Cooked Auto
Aug 4, 2007

If you will not serve in combat, you will serve on the firing line!

Rest in Peace Pennsylvania
You have become our Arizona Memorial

The Merry Marauder
Apr 4, 2009

"But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own."

Ilanin posted:

I imagine it's based on projected Spitfire production and training schedules - as new Spitfire squadrons come on-line, the Hurricanes are shipped out to the Pacific theatre.

As aggressively awful as the Buffaloes currently in theater are, the Gladiators in the Med are worse - those Hurris are presumably needed to cling to Malta like a desert limpet.

It is fairly entertaining that the planners can evidently predict the fall of Italy, and promise a model of Spitfire no one's thought of yet.

I'm curious to hear how the game handles withdrawals. You're getting three of the armored-deck British carriers in early '42, but they were running supplies to Malta in summer '42. Does the game let you keep them, tell you their withdrawal date, or just sort of disappear them at a certain point?

Ilanin
May 31, 2009

Smarter than the average Blair.

The Merry Marauder posted:

As aggressively awful as the Buffaloes currently in theater are, the Gladiators in the Med are worse - those Hurris are presumably needed to cling to Malta like a desert limpet.

Well, RAF Fighter Command could detail some of the 75 squadrons of Spitfires it maintains in Britain to face off against about a third as many German fighters in Northern France to somewhere they'd be of some use, but modding in sensible British fighter aircraft deployment would presumably count as cheating.

bunnyofdoom
Mar 29, 2008

And Mr Speaker, how many Nobel Peace Prizes does the Prime Minister have?

The Merry Marauder posted:

As aggressively awful as the Buffaloes currently in theater are, the Gladiators in the Med are worse - those Hurris are presumably needed to cling to Malta like a desert limpet.

It is fairly entertaining that the planners can evidently predict the fall of Italy, and promise a model of Spitfire no one's thought of yet.

I'm curious to hear how the game handles withdrawals. You're getting three of the armored-deck British carriers in early '42, but they were running supplies to Malta in summer '42. Does the game let you keep them, tell you their withdrawal date, or just sort of disappear them at a certain point?

Please. Malta's safe. Buzz Beurling is still there and he is kicking rear end.

The Merry Marauder
Apr 4, 2009

"But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own."

bunnyofdoom posted:

Please. Malta's safe. Buzz Beurling is still there and he is kicking rear end.

pride, eh?

(he's not yet, actually)

edit: though shall be kicking much rear end when he does get there. drat, I'd never seen his numbers in that context before.

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KnoxZone
Jan 26, 2007

And if I die before I Wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.


The crew of the Pennsylvania fought valiantly, but in the end had no chance to save the ship

Grey Hunter
Oct 17, 2007

Pacific Command






DISASTER!



While moving from San Diego to Pearl, a Japanese sub, I-20 slips through the destroyer screen and puts a torpedo into the side f the Saratoga! The sub is them able to evade the escort screen and slip away.





Over George Town, another wave of Japanese bombers come in and cause havoc amongst the ships loading troops there.



The increasing heavy losses in manpower and shipping mean we may have the abandon the evacuation to protect our shipping.



The smaller Carrier fleet returns, this time bombing Rabul as the Japanese fleet is seen once more, this looks like an invasion force, and New Britain was invaded a few hours later.





There may be the start of an offensive here, as bombers strike at Tavoy in south Burma. We will have to watch the area with care.







Over Clark field the largest CAP seen yet goes up to engage the enemy's attack, while taking some losses, they manage to destroy five enemy craft for the loss of two of their own. The next wave they faced was smiler with six enemy shot down for three losses.
The third saw two kills for three losses, the pilots having to cope with wave after wave of Japanese bombers and fighters coming in, preventing them from reloading and resting. When the afternoon comes, the CAP is half the size it was in the morning, and loses one plane without doing any damage to the enemy.




The war in China is defiantly heating up. There are numerous attacks all over the country inflicting heavy losses on both sides.



Where the Chinese army has not formed up properly, it takes heavy losses, proving that we need to concentrate these forces for them to have any effect.







Guam is taken, the troops there had no chance of holding, being outnumbered nearly ten to one. They surrendered to a man rather than wasting their lives in battle.







Today has seen some of the heaviest air combat of the war so far, with over thirty planes lost on both sides. The number of our ships lost is now above 40, and we can only confirm five enemy ships sunk.



The main interest from Sigintel is that we can expect and attack on both Davao and Mauban.
Although these are both in the Philippines, and Davao already has an enemy fleet parked outside of it this is nothing new to us.





We got lucky here Gentlemen. The torpedo that struck the Saratoga did little damage to the ship, although she is still taking on water, we think that she should be able to reach San Diego with little trouble.



This could have been another disaster. When she sets out once more, we must increase the number of escorts to protect these valuable ships.

I also use my clout to free up two squadrons of dive bombers from defending the west coast. These planes are going to Pearl where they will be more useful than sitting defending the coast. If the enemy get that far, were all in trouble.

The game uses something called political points, we use those to free up forces from defensive units and change generals and captains. We get a set number a turn, but can lose them by not withdrawing troops by certain dates.







The Prince of Wales is ready to make her run from Singapore, lets hope that they can get out of bomber range.



To try and counter the enemy somewhat, I have arranged for a number of cruisers to go north to try and disrupt the enemy landings, this force is big enough to cause some trouble, but still small enough to be expendable.
If we can catch a transport force unguarded, then we can sink them and slow down the enemies advance.





In Australia, I order several of the units guarding Sidney transferred to my command and moved up to Port Moresby. The lack of fighters is still going to hurt, but hopefully I can get some more in before the battle proper begins.




While avoiding direct combat, I have ordered units to move forward and try and cut the enemies supply lines, this will slow their advance somewhat.



I also see what seems to be an unguarded base, and order all available units to advance. This will be a war of opportunity for a good time yet.

Grey Hunter fucked around with this message at Aug 30, 2013 around 17:24

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nimby
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They hit the Saratoga? drat dirty japs!





Gameplay-wise, is there really no way to confirm kills? That's hardcore. I'd really hate it cause I'm not into that much realism, but it's awesome some company made a game that actually thought of stuff like that.

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