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Fgorginator - I thought it would sink but I got away with it. I am a little disappointed that one American Carrier could do that against 7 Japanese Carriers though. Doctrine is a bit of a problem.

Saulot333 - Thank you :)

Thurak - A little too fast unfortunately. This is why I prefer BB fleets as they sink almost anything of this sort that tries to pass.

Manziel - I might have to deal with Stornoway too at some point.

stnylan - Give it chance to stack and it likes to do it :)

Juan_de_Marco - We shall see.

HannibalBarca - Thanks. The Red Army is a little problem.

Middelkerke - More repairs for the IJN. Hopefully I can capture them before another 50 show up.

robou - At this time that was the only VIII Carrier they had as the other four have already been accounted for and are V or VI types.

Sokraates - To strike Pearl Harbour they need operational Carriers and I think theirs are all back in port repairing. I expect I will put one BB fleet in Pearl and one in Maui so that any port strike can be hit with a BB fleet at night.

Maj. von Mauser - Not too easy to move fast on those islands. 5-7 days marching anywhere as Maui is a mountain.

Grapp - I prefer to kill the troops than starve them if possible. The US can produce convoys at a very fast speed so it would be a constant problem to try and stop them supplying the islands. Probably take months to sink enough to matter by which time I can expect several more modern Carriers to show up. Soviets had 1500 over a year ago and they haven't built that much since then so I expect them to have more by now.

Nathan Madien - Oh they won't be sinking much in Pearl Harbour. I will keep four Interceptor squadrons there while they upgrade which can mess with a port strike.

Lascars - Trying to shift four divisions on an island is going to cost some Japanese blood I imagine.

Ritterkreuz - Thank you :)

Update to follow ...
 

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Operation Mystery

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0500 June 9th 1946.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, In Transit.

Mj. General Genda was out on patrol looking for enemy surface ships, in particular Aircraft Carriers. Only Japanese Naval bombers could patrol at this distance from Pearl Harbour.​

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American Naval bombers could also cover the same area. The four squadrons that Genda encountered were flying on air patrol and attacked his single squadron when they found it. Genda would be forced to return to base at the earliest opportunity. Japanese Interceptors could not operate from Pearl Harbour except to cover the actual islands until they had performed several upgrades.​

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Ozawa ordered Ichimaru to bomb the enemy Transport fleet in the harbour of Kauai Island in the hope that the enemy bombers would halt their patrols and allow Japanese aircraft to operate further out from the Hawaiian Islands.​

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Japanese Dive bombers had weakened the defences of Hawaii which allowed an attack to begin at 0500 hours on June 10th. Imamoru and the marines had stopped moving towards Pearl Harbour and led the assault on the main Hawaiian Island. BB Division 1 and the Dive bombers supported the attack which ended after a few hours of combat with two more American divisions captured.​

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Ichimaru attempted a naval patrol to the east of Hawaii on June 11th where he too met the enemy escorted Naval bombers. Clearly Japanese bombers could not operate in this area until such time as the Interceptors could clear the air. Ichimaru and Genda headed south to Fiji to recover and then look for targets of opportunity in that area. There was still a Submarine fleet repairing in Samoa that could be bombed if nothing else.​

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With Hawaii emptied of enemy forces the Dive bombers switched to the only remaining island occupied by the Americans. Kauai would see repeated interdiction strikes to try and reduce the defenders organisation and communications. Troops needed to move to Pearl Harbour to launch an attack on the island which would give the bombers several days to bomb their new target.​

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Two more Transport Divisions attempted to reinforce Kauai on June 18th. This time the Carriers had daylight to operate in and both Flotillas were sunk. Aircraft from IJN Ryuho and IJN Hiyo would claim one division each.​
 

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Another would try the same thing on June 21st and would be sunk by IJN Hiyo' s aircraft. A Submarine flotilla had been moved to prevent any retreat from Kauai should Japanese troops manage to defeat the defenders. Most of the troops had now arrived in Pearl Harbour with the marines about to be embarked onto Transport ships to invade Kauai rather than attack from Pearl Harbour.​

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The attack began at 1600 hours on June 22nd with Imamoru once again leading the Japanese forces. Nine Japanese divisions would fight four American, one of which had already lost most of its ability to fight. Support was provided by the Dive bombers as well as Carrier Groups C and D offshore.​

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This battle would also lead to a large loss of life as the defenders clung to their defences. After sixteen hours of battle, at 0800 on June 23rd, almost all of the forces involved could no longer take part in further fighting. One Marine division would need to overcome the remaining enemy force capable of combat, which was almost exclusively a garrison division. Support was still being provided and had enabled the battle to reach its current stage. Either side could still win this bloody battle.

Four more hours of fighting would decide the victors. Imamoru would succeed in capturing more enemy troops as his force overcame the valiant defenders.​

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By 2300 hours on June 24th Japanese marines had occuped Kauai Island and Lt. General Ushijima Mitsuru had commenced an amphibious assault towards the final Hawaiian Island of Niihau.​

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What remained of Admiral King's fleet tried to intervene on June 25th where it ran into Carrier Group D which was covering the Mendelssohn Seamount. Carrier Group C had moved west to cover the final invasion. Only one ship would be sunk during the encounter with the Light Cruiser IJN Isuzu sinking the 13th Destroyer Division.​

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At 0800 hours on June 27th 1946 the final Hawaiian Island was occupied by Japanese forces to complete Operation Mystery. The Operation had been a resounding success made possible in part by the brave actions in and around the New Hebreides in late March which sank half of the United States Pacific Fleet's Carriers. More losses than Japan could afford had occured due to bloody fights for two of the islands. The loss of manpower could not easily be replaced but it should buy Japan many months of safety in the Pacific as the only known American fleet was most likely in port conducting repairs.

Ozawa sent a brief report back to Naval Headquarters.

To: Naval Offices, Attention Chief of Staff for the Navy.
From: BB Division 1 Flagship.

At 0800 hours on June 27th 1946 Japanese forces, namely 7 and 26 Gundans commanded by Lt. Generals Ushijima Mitsuru and Tanaka Shinji, occupied the island of Niihau in the Hawaiian Islands. This was the final island to be occupied by Japanese forces which places the Hawaiian Islands firmly under Japanese control. Operation Mystery has therefore been concluded and was a success.

Admiral Ozawa.
Commander Imperial Japanese Forces in the Pacific.
Commander BB Division 1.

Six Close Air Support squadrons headed for China to reorganise before beginning to hunt the Red Army.​
 

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very good job, Remble. the last one was a bloody battle. considering your blockage of the sea coast by the carriers, they have time to be reinforced and dug in. and i wonder how many troops are you gonna spare for the defense of Hawaii? are you gonna move extra troops from other islands? i think you already answered this question, from Marshalls?
 

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In the next update will see if the US concentrates on Pearl and leaves your other islands alone...
 

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Way to go! Attu next.

Btw, aren't you afraid of the fact that if you need to withdraw from most of India, you would lost a lot of critical resource production? If the soviet spearhead in northwest China turned south, no matter how slow it was, you wouldn't be able to hold India with your current forces.

Oh, and great AAR! I've been lurking around since the beginning.
 

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Hawaii in the hands of Japan, the yellow man on american soil. :cool:
Congrats to you.

It's a stick into the hornets nest. I'm sure the US will be very furious about this. This vacation in Waikiki will be very expensive.
 

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A most excellent result!

Does the States control any other islands in the Pacific?
 

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For whatever reason I've had better luck hitting Seattle than anywhere else on the Pacific coast when playing against the US. Are you thinking of hitting the US mainland and releasing California as a friendly satellite? Perhaps you can take out El Salvador and use it as a base for operations in the Panama area, taking the Canal then playing havoc in the US East Coast or trying to release Texas/CSA as a satellite?

And what has become of Asia? Are you going to try to take Irkustk and isolate the rest of the Soviet East Asian forces or are they knocking on the doors of Harbin and Beijing?
 

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rembel never releases puppets, cause he just rules the world!
 

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Great job Remble! Glad to see Operation Mystery was a success! :cool:

In you next update can you give us your plans for the defense of the area?
 

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Those Americans on the Western seaboard must be very terrified at the moment. No doubt there have been many repeats of the Battle of Los Angeles as AA posts and shore batteries are hastily installed and staffed by nervous youths (assuming of course the finest men are dead on the many beaches of the Pacific, or in POW camps in China).

We know you're not going to invade, yet, but they don't.

Until now the Red Front was a mere sideline. No doubt you still have a few tricks here and there to keep us entertained; as if millions of mad Ruskies pouring down from the steppes was not quite enough to get the blood boiling.

An excellent conclusion to a very interesting operation. I wish you continued success.
 

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elbasto - Thank you. Asia might take a while :)

harezmi, OneArmed - Thanks. There were two close wins on those islands but as both were victories it didn't allow the U.S. to reinforce as much as it could have done had it dragged on. The defence force for Hawaii is already there as will be explained in the update. There are only two divisions guarding the Marshalls at the moment.

robou - Suprisingly they have not sent anything to Attu at all. I still have a Submarine fleet off its coast keeping an eye on it.

Lascars, HannibalBarca, Fgorginator - Thank you :)

Middelkerke - Yup. The whole idea of taking Hawaii was to free up troops from elsewhere so if the Americans don't take the bait it was basically a waste of time as I could defend the Marshalls easier than Hawaii.

Velko - Thank you. So far India is under no real threat as the Soviets have shown no inclination to head south. The British forces are nothing to worry about as they will all be bombed to death before they can get anywhere. The resources in India are fairly important and I do not wish to lose them.

Hermann Steiner - Hawaii has one big problem. My INT's can't operate from Pearl Harbour yet. No air patrols makes life a lot more difficult and my fleet will basically stay in port unless directly threatened.

stnylan, Manziel - Thanks. Manziel is correct with Attu as their only non U.S. port or airbase. They do still hold quite a few other islands which are in the update to follow.

M79, Reado - My preferred route into the U.S. is through Central America or Canada. I won't be doing either until the Soviets are under control and I have an army to spare. Reado is correct that I never release puppets. Annexation is the only way to go even though it makes things a lot harder on a manpower strapped Country like Japan. I have no plans to isolate the Red Army yet but I will probably launch several invasions along the Siberian coast to confuse the enemy. There is a large enemy force adjacent to Harbin.

Maj. von Mauser - Thank you. My plans will be in the update yes.

Ruodnane - Thanks. My options for entertainment in the Pacific are about exhausted for the time being. The USN might provide some fun every now and again. Most of the action is now going to come from Asia and a prolonged ground war.

Monthly update to follow ...