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    Quote Originally Posted by Sokraates
    Regarding positioning: Do axis nations always have inferior technology, the wrong doctrines or does the AI simply cheat? It's interesting to note that throughout the whole German campaign enemy positioning was better than yours, though at the end of the campaign you numbers proved decisive.
    German Doctrine is inferior too all doctrines, the problem with Japan 1944 is that the are behind in naval doctorines in respect to the americans.

    Nice Remble i hope allied airforce will let you a window for naval intelligence

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sokraates
    The summary is easy:

    "People of Glorious Japan! Our campaign in India has proven the great success that was predicted by our Glorious Tenno! The enemy defenses have been brushed aside. The dishonourable Allied troops and fleets now cower in fear as our Glorious Army marches on unvanquished.

    And don't pay attention to the smoke coming from our carriers. That's just our sailors having a victory pipe.

    Glory to the Glory-laden Empire of Glorious Japan!"
    That is no summary! That is at the moment wishful thinking-propaganda.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deus
    That is no summary! That is at the moment wishful thinking-propaganda.
    Ts, ts, ts ... ye of little faith.

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    PrawnStar - Thank you. It is possible that removing my eyes over the sealanes could end in disaster yes. I will just have to be slightly more careful in areas that I do not have continous coverage.

    Maj. von Mauser - Thanks. If previous experience is anything to go by all I have to do is badly damage a ship or two and the USN will vanish for several months.

    germanpeon, sbr - As sbr says unspent manpower is wasted manpower and I need as many infantry as I can possible get to provide some sort of defence in the north. The Soviets will be facing modern infantry if they do decide to try and invade the north.

    Onni_Manni - Thank you. I do intend to isloate and destroy the entire enemy force in Burma and Siam. It may take a while, probably longer than I have to do it in. The more months tick by the more the liklihood of the Red Army paying a visit and I really would rather have my troops in the south elsewhere before this happens.

    stnylan - The Brazilians are a little awkward. They really are very hard to sink for some reason. Normal conditions that sink anyone else they seem to survive against. Weird but they will sink eventually I expect.

    Nathan Madien - The rather large Japanese army camped in Bangkok seems to be convincing the Siamese Government that they are on the right side of this war for now.

    Deus - India is not the main target, the British army in Burma is. Taking India would be nice but thats a large area to defend with my limited forces.

    Sokraates - First 15 are due in February with the second batch in April. I have a strange feeling that April might be rather significant as the snow melts around that time in the north.

    In my previous AAR Germany was up against Carrier doctrine with outdated surface ship doctrine. Without the CVL's there would only be one winner of that fight. Positioning was bad always because of the superior Carrier doctrine.

    Here Japan is a Carrier doctrine fleet which is currently far behind in that doctrine and is therefore suffering as a result. Things should improve when I can get around to playing catch up with naval doctrine. This is not top of my priority list for research because, as you can see, I am not engaging in major naval warfare. My aircraft sink the capital ships and my navy sinks the smaller ships, and this is how it will remain for a while I expect.

    Positioning is bad here because they have the doctrines I need to research.

    Sokraates, Deus - First China, now India, next the World. (in small bite sized pieces)

    Ektoras - You are correct about the doctrines If my airforce cannot be used to find enemy shipping things are going to turn fairly ugly I imagine. This is why I wanted Saipan so badly.

    Update to follow ...

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    2300 December 12th 1944.
    North China Army Headquarters. Jinghong, China.
    Three additional infantry divisions had marched to Alor Star and were picked up by Admiral Godo's Transport fleet that had been waiting for them.

    He sailed for the coast of India only two days behind the first Transport fleet. Higashikuni just had to convince Wilson that there weren't only three divisions blocking his path south.




    1000 December 14th 1944.
    BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Gulf of Martapan.
    Yamamoto was used to reports arriving from his interceptor squadrons on naval patrol, and he used their information as well as he could. Japan's Naval bombers usually reacted to this information as well but today Ozawa would turn provider rather than executor.

    Spruance had moved his fleet through the Celebes Sea and was now heading south towards Singapore. Ozawa was patrolling this area and found the enemy first. The standard process of trying to inflict enough damage to force them to turn around began. Yamamoto had no intention of sending any of his fleets after this one. BB Division 2, which was in the Bangka Strait off Singapore, headed for port to avoid any possible encounter with Spruance.




    0000 December 15th 1944.
    Intelligence Offices. Tokyo, Japan.
    One of Kuniaki's research teams had contacted him about their current project. He wondered how Yamamoto found the time to do research whilst he fought a major war in the Pacific.

    He had completed research into a better doctrinal approach to surface combat and a new contract was handed to Sumimoto to look into ways of improving the efficiency of infantry production.




    0600 December 15th 1944.
    BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Gulf of Martapan.
    The first Transport fleet had arrived safely in Cuttack reinforcing the fledgling beach head. Carrier Group C had been providing escort which turned out to be fortuitous.

    Two Canandian Light Cruisers were attacked in the West Mouth of the Ganges with both being sunk by Nagano's Carriers. IJN Zuikaku and its aircraft would be responsible for both.

    Reports continued on the progress of Spruance as he headed south west with the latest coming from Tackhashi and his interceptor wing.

    The American Admiral had reached the Bangka Strait and had turned around and began to head back north east. Yamamoto suspected that BB Division 2 had been its target. Koga was conducting repairs in Singapore until this fleet left the area of course. Ozawa and Genda were targetting the Battleship USS Alabama in preference to the Carrier for some reason only known to them.




    1100 December 15th 1944.
    North China Army Headquarters. Jinghong, China.
    Higashikuni had deliberately weakened his southern border in response to a corresponding depletion of enemy troops facing his forces there.

    The Imperial Japanese Air Force had managed to reduce Wilson's initial large motorised force down to a much more managable four divisions. There were signs of more British troops heading towards Kra though which could be a problem.

    The next report on Higashikuni's desk was very good news.

    General Ueda had captured Calcutta in India. Both of the initial invasion primary objectives had been completed with no delay at all. Nine Tactical bomber squadrons left their base in Bangkok and headed for their new air base. The three newly built bomber squadrons would take over their task in southern Indochina. Ueda didn't waste any time giving more orders that saw six divisions head north from Calcutta to try and cut the British forces in Burma off from any land based supply.

    Just north of Higashikuni's headquarters the final division that had been in Baoshan lost its fight to evade the dive bombers of Japan. There were more British troops heading to the province and Higashikuni would wait before trying to retake the province again.

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    ohh the tension, awaiting the second half of the update

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    0500 December 16th 1944.
    BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Gulf of Martapan.
    Genda was currently leading the Naval bombers as they harassed Spruance during his move north. Their undivided attention was slowly producing results.

    The USS Alabama was very close to being sunk as the American fleet tried to exit the area.

    Very little escaped the Naval bombers of Japan when they were this far from a safe port. The USS Alabama would not be one of the ships returning to its home port. Ozawa had just enough time left in the day to inflict some damage to the Carrier USS Bon Homme Richard but Spruance would be back in the Celebes Sea and temporary safety by the time dawn returned. Ozawa would take the time to rest his tired bomber squadrons for as long as he could until another target showed up.




    0600 December 16th 1944.
    North China Army Headquarters. Jinghong, China.
    The first wave of reinforcements had arrived and were ready for action in Cuttack. They knew were they were going before the orders were given.

    Three divisions, led by Lt. General Nishihara, atacked the outdated British division in Ranchi. He did not really need the air support but it was there anyway. Japanese troops would need to become accustomed to the sound of Japanese Tactical bombers overhead as they were going to be an ever present factor for the time being.

    Two Cavalry divisions headed west to capture Vishhakhapatnam before they headed further inland.

    Three more divisions arrived that evening to further strengthen the defences of the area. There was no way the British could possibly remove this invasion quickly now unless they had a very large army in India that was not already committed. This was not very likely. Admiral Godo sailed for Bangkok as it was just about the only place where any further troops could be stripped from the front line to support the invasion.

    Higashikuni decided that it was time to try and take Baoshan back from the British. It was undefended and he had fifteen divisions at his disposal, including three armoured. The mountainous region would take almost a month to traverse assuming the British did not send too many troops to halt the advance. The Close Air Support aircraft would remain in the area to assist as needed. Baoshan province was looking likely to be a fairly key objective in the near future as it was almost definately going to need to be taken to provide a continous supply chain in Asia.




    0400 December 18th 1944.
    Carrier Group C Flagship. IJN Zuikaku, Gulf of Mannar.
    Nagano had been ordered south to scout out another area for a possible spreading of the Indian offensive. What he found was to his liking and he quickly contacted Admiral Mikawa who had been holding his position to the north.

    "The area in question is not defended by ground forces Admiral so we shall proceed with Yamamoto's plans."

    "Surprising to say the least. The area contains some resources that the British would probably want to hold at all costs."

    "I can assure you that the only defenders are aircraft and ships. I do not know how many of either, but you have my Carriers to protect you whatever there is hiding in these ports."

    Mikawa's Transport fleet arrived shortly afterwards and another invasion began. "The British really should defend their vital resources a lot better than this if they wish to continue to use them." thought Nagano.

    Two infantry divisions, commanded by Lt. General Uchiyama, began to head for the coast of Ceylon with Colombo as their first target. The two divisions had been picked back up after being dropped off in Cuttack specifically for this mission.

    Two British Light Cruisers tried to interrupt the landing shortly after it had begun with no success. HMS Belfast and HMS Scylla were sunk by aircraft from IJN Hiyo and IJN Junyo respectively.

    Five hours later a very large fleet was detected entering the Gulf of Mannar. It had been hiding in the port of Colombo. Aircraft were scrambled from Carrier Group C to neutralise the enemy fleet.

    The fleet was large but presented very little threat as it turned out. Of the fourteen flotillas detected only two possessed any sort of offensive firepower both of which were Submarines. Nagano had stumbled upon a very large part of the British Transport fleet. Only one would be sunk despite the initial favourble conditions as night fell shortly after the battle began. IJN Zuikaku would sink the Empire of Africa Flotilla.

    Meanwhile on the Indian mainland Lt. General Hitomi led his two Cavalry divisions on a large expedition to try and capture the south of India. No knowledge of the area had been obtained, and it was unlikely that the entire area would be devoid of troops, but Hitomi would advance as far as he could.




    0000 December 19th 1944.
    Intelligence Offices. Tokyo, Japan.
    December was proving to be a very fruitful month for Kuniaki's scientists. Another research project had been completed.

    Mitsubishi Jukogyo had finished their current task of improving Japan's agricultural techniques and they were tasked with proceeding with this research to try and improve on it even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reado
    ohh the tension, awaiting the second half of the update

    Luckily it was a two part one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reado
    ohh the tension, awaiting the second half of the update

    There was only six minutes between posts...did you read the first one?

    Nice job Remble. Way to go with Ceylon.

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    defense by space in india. sounds like a good idea
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    Quote Originally Posted by Remble
    Luckily it was a two part one
    ahhh i read your aar's enough to know when its a two parted remble
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    Looks like Capturing Sri Lanka is going to create another perfect airbase for your NAVs with no other enemy airbases nearby.
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    Sri Lanka will definitely be a nice port to have.

    Good update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Remble


    Tokyo Arsenal had concluded their research into an improved Infantry division. Nakajima were handed a contract to improve on the present Interceptor design by adding a rocket to it.
    This cracked me up! I assume they will strap on a second rocket for the improved version?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maj. von Mauser
    Sri Lanka will definitely be a nice port to have.

    Good update.
    but can he hold it?

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    If he holds it like he's holding Saipan, then yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by safferli
    This cracked me up! I assume they will strap on a second rocket for the improved version?
    Given that the Japanese historically had help from the Germans with rockety, I wonder how the Japanese are managing rocketry with Germany being more-or-less dead.
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    Breakout appears to have been rather conclusively achieved.

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    Your armoured divisions wouldn't be better to use them at India's plains?

    Sri Lanka and a couple islands in Indian Ocean can give him full control of Indian Ocean and good protection of Indonesia.

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    Nice progress so far. I think you could raise even more division, with india and china under control and a foreign MP minister manpower is not a problem. With ART brigades you can use the latest japanese land doctrine.
    The german subs in a big stack could do a good job in sinking smaller allied fleets, especially when they had a lack of screens.
    Why do you have so short serial runs? I thought the serial bonus is the best way to use the japanese industry well.
    So you will win this, if the SU gives you enough time to be prepared.

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