- Jan 3, 2005
Eclipse of the Rising Sun,a 1944 Japan AAR
''We made weapons who could wipe out humanity in seconds.There's no problem with the control these weapons.The problem is in the control of man.'' - L.Ron Hubbard
The sight of the rising sun is calming,as you slowly approach the window.Your uniform is a little tight,but the sight of yourself in the mirror gives you a good impression.You decide to relax yourself before the reunion,by simply staring at the sun,who removes the darkness out of Tokyo.However,your good feelings fade away when you start thinking of the future of your country,the country of the rising sun.
The year is 1944.War is raging all over the world,and Japan is obviously not left alone,being the one that made it global.As years passed by after the Pearl Harbour attack,Japan expanded greatly,yet the ages of victory are long gone.After Guadalcanal and the Chinese campaign,the Imperial Japanese Army is exhausted and lacking of everything.The Japanese Navy is barely starting to recover from the battle of Midway and the North Australian Sea campaign.Yet,what seemed worst was the loss of Tojo Hideki's military assitant,great military strategist Akira.The brilliant man had greatly participated in the Singapore Campaign and the Pearl Harbour attack,two of the greatest Japanese victory during this war.He had also prevented the battle of Coral Sea to turn into a total disaster by demonstrating great naval warfare tactics.His only regret was is participation in the Guadalcanal campaign,where he personally felt it was is fault that Japan lost the island so quick after the airport was constructed.Hideki appreciated the man,and the leader of Japan had all his trust in Akira,even if both men didn't have the same vision,as Akira believed Japan should let the chinese alone and focus their attention on controlling the Pacific Islands.Irony made that the great strategist died from his wounds on a flight to help the Japanese Army in China.Great follower of the Samurai code,when he knew that he had no chance to survive the accident,he commited suicide by using is sword,with only 1 arm left from the crash.He had also asked that that is son replaced him,as he knew that his child was a great follower of the Samurai code,and he could trust him to fight to the end.This left the High council of Japan in a troubling position,as they wanted to respect the man,but his son was only 24 years old.However,he was no newcomer to the military,as the young man followed is father after military school to learn from his old man.After discussions,Hideki and the military command decided to let Akiro Shima,son of great ground and naval tactician Akira,to replace him as military assistant of Tojo Hideki.And that is you.You are to decide review and give your opinion on operations before they happen when Tojo is unavailable.You are Akiro Shima.
20 June 1944
As you enter the room filled with officer's and Generals,the room notices your arrival and greetings are made.This is your first day as Tojo's assistant,and you feel slightly uneasy in this position,controlling the fate of million's of man.However,you try to stay calm and to keep your attention on the briefing given.It explains in details the situation of the Japanese army in China,and you quickly realise things there are worst then your most pessimist expectations.The more Field Marshall Hata,the more you try to hide the panic that is building in you.You know that when is briefing will be over,maps are gonna be unrolled and planning is going to get on,and everyone is going to look at you,wondering how you can save the situation.
The briefing ends,and Chief of Army Inanba Satouru follows,by asking opinions and solutions on the ugly situation.Plans are drawed,re-drawed and re-redrawed,and at the end,you notice the High Command seems divided between 2 plans.However,as Tojo's assistant you have the final word since the prime minister decided this would be your first battle.After almost three hours of discussion,you ask the Generals to go to their room,and that you will decide wich one of these 2 plans will be used.The officers look a little disapointed as their plans are in the fate of a ''24 year old'',but they have trust in you,as you are the son of a hero they all respect.As everyone leaves,you are left with Chief of Army.You both become good allies,and trust is installed between you 2.Himself being quite young compared to the others(34),you both have a fresh point of view.''Well,we cannot waste more time,we have to act before the chinese do so,and i have other things to do.'',he says calmly.''I will let you decide,since both plans are acceptable in my opinion.'' he then declares.
WHAT DO YOU DO?(Ok this is how it works.You simply post for what plan you would like to see,or thing is the best or whatever,and the one with the most votes will be used.)
This plan involes creating a pocket in south-east china,with the Armored and Motorized divisions from south,and the cavalrized units in the north.However,it opens a blatant opening in North China.However,you and the high officers are aware that you need to thin down the Chinese army,even at the loss of territory's.
This one is based on a defensive stance.Japanese troops will retreat and form 2 pockets,one deep north and one east.China will gain a lot of ground,however they will cover a lot of ground,while our soldiers will be able to rest and get ready for a powerful counter attack when the chinese will get close.This plan however will take more time to develop,however it is less risky then the 1st one.