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Remble said:
trekaddict - I tend to dispense with the CL part most of the time now but not always. With a mixed CV and BB fleet composition I use the CL's to protect the CV's a little better.


I will have to try a BB/CVL/DD combo some day.
 

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Nice idea to walk through Persia without opening a new border with the Red army. Do you build some airfields (I imagine such a minor production issue would not be mentioned) or do you achieve enough aircover over Persia from India?

There is an airfield in Bandar Abbas province.
This should be engough to cover Iraq / Persia / South Russia with TAC.
It was from this airfield that NAV/STRA attacked Remble's planes.
 

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I'm just worried about the long, easily attackable flanks that will be created from Operation KomoNo (or KimoDo).

@Sokraates: You beat me to it! A Kimono wearing Komodo...Run!
 

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Lol at the Komodo person. :p


Nice monthly update. I await news on Komodo. :cool:
 

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Recent endeavors have put me officially in awe of both the quality and frequency of your updates.

I'm halfway convinced that you must have had some horrible accident that prevents you from leaving your house and instead you write updates all day.


Anyway, every time I think I'm good at this your AAR's show what excellence looks like
 
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Congratulations on your ACA win Remble!
 
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operation komodo looks ambitious....hopefully the allies will be blissfully unaware that you are over extending yourself and not do anything slightly intelligent like landing behind your lines....
you do seem to have the luck with that...(thinking of the your other AAR with the allies landing one unit and not re-inforcing...all my games they seem to land 5 units with 2 transports....hmmm can we say AI cheat!!!)

the hardships for you are not over just yet me thinks....although the soviets will march many troops to their inevitable doom....
 

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I would have thought the best objectives for Komodo would be the oil stockpiles held by Persia rather than just aiming for the oil production provinces.

By the way, for those who seem to think Abadan is the richest oil province, this is far from the case. Baku, Maracaibo and several US provinces have rather higher levels. With occupation penalties the yield will be very useful in reducing the cost of buying oil. I don't know what Remble's actual oil demands are and it might be very useful.

It might be worth extending the operation to Baghdad as well since there may well be useful stocks there too.
 
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If that stockpile is huge, the Brits did a terrible mistake. Most of Persia's oil should go directly to its master. If the Brits have the convoys for that. But why shouldn' they?

alan_le_cowboy said:
There is an airfield in Bandar Abbas province.
This should be engough to cover Iraq / Persia / South Russia with TAC.
It was from this airfield that NAV/STRA attacked Remble's planes.

On the screenie I see plenty of airfields: Bagdhand, Abdan, Kuweit, Basrah, but none at the usual '36 campaign map place in Persia. Allied NAV/STRAT have much more range (1300), so they seem to reach India from those bases.
 

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If that stockpile is huge, the Brits did a terrible mistake. Most of Persia's oil should go directly to its master.

Anything greater than 1000, right? Given Japan's current Oil situation, 1000 would certainly count as a "large" supply.
 
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On the screenie I see plenty of airfields: Bagdhand, Abdan, Kuweit, Basrah, but none at the usual '36 campaign map place in Persia. Allied NAV/STRAT have much more range (1300), so they seem to reach India from those bases.

Thurak I think those are just oil fields on the screenie.....there is however two air bases on tiny islands south of india other than that if my memory serves me correctly the only other nearest air base is near israel....
 

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Cyphers Fury said:
Thurak I think those are just oil fields on the screenie.....there is however two air bases on tiny islands south of india other than that if my memory serves me correctly the only other nearest air base is near israel....

:confused: They're airfields for sure... Oilfields don't even show on the map. Tiny islands... Do you mean Ceylon and Diego Garcia? BTW, it's funny how little strategic importance Diego Garcia has in HoI, even though it's rather big air- and naval base. I have only once used it for extended period, as a sub base.
 

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Zvetiki said:
Anything greater than 1000, right? Given Japan's current Oil situation, 1000 would certainly count as a "large" supply.

Perhaps, but I am worried that Remble might be biting off more than he can chew. Speaking of which...

Sokraates said:
I guessed so. Still I couldn't resist doing the following:


Komono, ca. 1902

Sokraates, I give you a five out of five for this. :D
 

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AgamemnonNL - Thank you :)

alan_le_cowboy - Thanks. Depends who is wearing the Kimono :D Troop and Officer exp will be done during the annual update on January 1st. Some issues are better certainly.

Sokraates, Murmurandus, Velko - A fearsome opponent :p

Kurt_Steiner - Oilfields are always a nice target and Abadan is quite large :)

robou - Venezuela has the largest by far but Abadan is one of the biggest.

Juan_de_Marco - I am not sure how far I will get in Persia without air support but some disruption of enemy supplies and airfields would be nice. The Bear is a threat so it needs all my aircraft for the time being. Persia is just a little project for the Winter initially when some bombers might return if the Red Army stops moving.

Sokraates knows it very well as do some others like alan_le_cowboy. They help keep me honest :D

Thurak - Thanks. There may come a time when I do open a front with Soviets in Persia but now is not a good time for that with my limited forces in the area. I will probably only advance with 4 or 5 divisions as I have to guard my advance from invasion.

Zvetiki - The defences of eastern India, Burma and Siam have all been reduced to almost nil because of the highly effective anti-shipping campaign during the assault on India by Japanese forces. In essence the IJN destroyed the Allied troop transport ability making sea defence a moot point to a large extent.

trekaddict - That combination is very effective as I demonstrated in 'Creek without a Paddle'. SHBBs work a little better :)

alan_le_cowboy - There are a host of airfields on the Iraqi borders which I can use if I get that far.

ColossusCrusher - I will guard my flanks as best I can, I can always withdraw if needed.

Maj. von Mauser - Thank you. Komodo will be a slow operation because of the terrain and a lack of Transport ships on my part. Bad preparation some might call it :D

Porkman - High praise indeed for which I thank you :) My updates are not quite as fast as they were as someone decided I needed to work. Every other day is about the schedule for the moment with occasional bursts of daily updates when time permits.

English Patriot - Thank you, and hearty congratulations on your wins as well :)

Cyphers Fury - Welcome to the boards and this AAR if I haven't already said so (I tend to lose track sometimes as I have a fairly high number of newcomers and I do not note everyones name who comments although I probably should).

Attacks behind my lines are always of concern which is one reason I have not moved into Persia before. The lack of enemy Transport fleets is the main reason I haven't been invaded multiple times. Removing these was a very high priority early on and it was pretty much successful.

Kanitatlan - Grand Strategy wise this little endeavour is aimed at the Suez Canal in its fullest extent. For now its merely looking to steal whatever I can depending on what enemy forces are around. I expect a fairly large enemy force in Syria for certain and possibly Iraq as well if they were not commited in India. How far I go now will be totally dependant on enemy forces.

Thank you for pointing out the higher oil areas :)

Thurak - There are many airfields yes. 1936 would be a better set up for me right now with the closer airfields it gives but, on the other hand, my advance in India would have been worse if those airfields had been there.

Zvetiki - I will quite happily take 10 oil if it stops the Allies having it but 1000 is correct for a puppet to withold from its master most of the time.

Cyphers Fury, Velko - Airfields they are indeed. The yellow squares are oilfields. Diego Garcia is being used by the Allies to intermittently bomb my convoys going around southern India.

Nathan Madien - I will be careful not to let the Allies cut me off. Any sign it might happen either means TAC's return or I pull back.

Many thanks to all who voted during the ACA's with particular thanks to the many who thought this little AAR worthy of your votes :) For those unaware of the ACA's, 'Setting Sun' carried off the Favorite Gameplay AAR for HoI 1/2.

Update to follow where Operation Komodo has a small hiccup before it even starts ...
 

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0700 November 2nd 1946.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Gwatar Bay.

The new month would begin badly for Ozawa as he continued his patrol along the Indian coastline protecting Japanese forces advancing towards Karachi.​

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A South African Naval bomber squadron found BB Division 1 and began to target his flagship, IJN Yamashiro. He ordered the fleet south east towards Colombo to avoid further contact with the bombers as it was clear he would not be allowed to operate in this area for the time being.​

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Things were going slightly better on land as the Tactical bombers removed the final known enemy division in the area. Tsukuhara led the eight squadrons back to Japan and the airbase in Fukuoka, where they would begin to target the area around Vladivostok to try and break up the latest Soviet advance.​





0000 November 3rd 1946.
Intelligence Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

Kuniaki was expecting a good month for research and would not be disappointed as one of his teams quickly completed its project.​

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Yamashita finished research into an improved Hospital system that would reduce Japanese casualties. Mitsubishi were given a new contract to try and improve the operational capabilities of Japanese Carriers in an attempt to catch up with the Americans in this area. Kuniaki had no research team that was specifically made up for this type of project after the loss of Yamamoto so he selected his best option.​





1100 November 3rd 1946.
Diplomatic Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

Manchukuo had been kind enough to hand over the blueprints for an Improved Infantry division to Japanese researchers and Mamoru was asked to provide them with some assistance too.​

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Some of Japan's older research plans were sent to Xinjing to help the Japanese puppet to speed along its own programmes.​





1600 November 3rd 1946.
Kwantung Army Headquarters. Mukden, Manchukuo.

Terauchi was still more concerned about the large enemy army mustering in Harbin than the flanking move the Red Army was trying in northern Korea. His problems would reduce further as mother earth provided some assistance to the Field Marshall.​

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Snow in Hyeaun would help once Japanese forces arrived in the mountainous province and a similar flurry in Xilinhot provided increased protection to his western flank as well. So far the snow had only arrived in areas that benefitted Japan.​

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Soviet Dive bombers tried to bomb the Headquarters division in Xinjing again on November 4th only to encounter Fukui and his Interceptors. Damage would be totally one sided as the bombers suffered horrendous casualties as they were bounced during their bombing run.​

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To the north the Red Army had managed to advance into Okhotsk province to clear that part of the Siberian coastline. Osami was not concerned as he knew they would probably move away again given enough time. He had other plans of his own that were beginning to mature as time passed.​

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Fukui would be in action once more on November 6th as a Soviet Strategic bomber wing tried to bomb Hamhung province. Unlike the Allied bombers these were not only without escorts they were also pre-war variants. Fukui's Interceptors had a field day amongst the slow moving older bombers as they reduced the enemy numbers with ease.​





0200 November 7th 1946.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Gulf of Mannar.

Ozawa had managed to escape any further attacks by the South African bombers as he headed south and IJN Yamashiro would only sustain minor damage from the single encounter.​

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Her guns would be required as BB Division 1 approached Colombo where it accounted an American Transport Fleet transitting the area. Unfortunately for the Americans a second Transport Fleet also arrived in the middle of the battle which resulted in both being sunk by IJN Yamashiro.​
 

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There were some signs of more activity in the Pacific as Japanese Naval bombers operating from Pearl Harbour found a Canadian Heavy Cruiser north of Hawaii. They would fail to sink it but would cause considerable damage.​

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Further south CA Division 3 found more enemy Transport ships trying to embark American troops from Nonouti Island. They would not succeed but the fleet would escape the encounter.​

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BB Division 1 would also find a large British Submarine fleet in the Gulf of Mannar but would fail to damage it during heavy rain. Japanese Submarine patrols were failing to pick up these enemy fleets which seemed to be able to pass them with relative ease.​





0900 November 7th 1946.
The Skies Above Vladivostok.

Terauchi needed an accurate number for the enemy forces in Vladivostok and the newly arrived bombers from India would provide the intelligence for him.​

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Fourteen divisions were present in the province nearly all of which appeared to be heading towards Chongyin. Japanese troops were already digging in to the south as they completed their withdraw from the province. The bombers would switch to installation strikes to destroy the anti-aircraft batteries in Vladivostok before continuing to harass the defenders.​

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The Red Army attacked the the Headquarters division moving to Changde from Erenhot at 1200 hours which served little purpose as it merely speeded up its movement to avoid any casualties. The bombers in Beiping would be happy to know that thirteen enemy divisions could be advancing into their range. Snow was also beginning to cover the Japanese defences in this area as well which would help to prevent any Soviet advances.​





1500 November 8th 1946.
North China Army Headquarters. Lanzhou, China.

Higashikuni had few worries as he awaited the Soviet forces advancing slowly towards his lines. The bombers operating from Lanzhou were providing him with accurate numbers almost daily and he had so far seen no force large enough to trouble his own troops.​

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A report from General Abe in India was also good news as he arrived in Karachi to seal the border with Persia. Higashikuni would allow a small rest period and wait for the follow up forces to arrive from Hyderabad before beginning to advance into Persia in accordance with the plans for Operation Komodo.​





1700 November 8th 1946.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Colombo.

While some minor repairs were conducted on his Battlefleet Ozawa caught up with some reports from around the Pacific. Neither of the two he read were good news.​

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American escorted Naval bombers had resumed their patrols north east of the Hawaiian Islands which would prevent his own bombers from operating here.​

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In addition Admiral Nagomu had been forced to head south away from Attu Island when four of the thirty plus enemy squadrons came after his two Submarine Flotillas. Only one would make it back to Wake Island and safety.​





0400 November 10th 1946.
Kwantung Army Headquarters. Mukden, Manchukuo.

Soviet forces had advanced into Chongyin province which would require an accurate picture of the current disposition of enemy troops on the ground in this area. Tactical bombers operating from Japan would provide the information that both Terauchi and Osami would require.​

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Twenty eight Soviet divisions had advanced leaving only a garrison division in Vladivostok. Snow had also covered the only Naval base the Soviets possessed in the east.​

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The newly advanced Red Army forces wasted little time as they attacked the withdrawing troops from Liaoyuan province. They continued their movement towards Hyeaun province as they had a good head start on the enemy forces moving in the same direction from Chongyin. The Soviets had a much larger army available to them in this area and it was placing some pressure on Terauchi's defences.​
 

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This is bound to be an interesting winter, now that the UK and US have remembered that they possess air forces.

I don't know advanced Japanese doctrines well, but I imagine that attacking a frozen, guarded Vladivostok by sea will cost you. While it should be possible with one Corps and air support, you should better have your transports ready to extract your troops once the inevitable counterattack starts. Though if you have enough transports, you might just as well reinforce them and see if they can hold the line.

... soldiers as guinea pigs ... If you dress them up as those, the Soviets might even call off their attack. For you never know what to expect from men dressed up in fluffy suits. :D
 

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really really good AAR Remble ;)