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0000 December 1st 1946.
Imperial Palace. Tokyo, Japan.

"Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen. We will get straight down to business with the Intelligence report first this month." Hideki began.

"Your Majesty, Gentlemen, good morning." began Kuniaki. "Reports are as inaccurate as ever in some cases but fairly good in some areas."​

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"The Soviet Union has increased its number of factories by one and has made no research advances. You will note that they are currently researching very heavily into cryptology.

Their ground forces show a loss of sixteen Infantry divisions and a gain of two Armoured. Losses have increased due to the Red Army's advance into our Close Air Support bomber range.

Airforce and Navy numbers remain more or less unchanged with a large Fighter force indicated but it has yet to have any impact."​

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"British factory numbers show a decrease of two due to losses they sustained in India and the normal problems with resources are still present. They completed three unknown research projects and look to be completing two more shortly.

My operatives report a loss of thirty seven Infantry divisions which is completely wrong of course. They may have lost two or three but no more. Redeployments and the possible return of some forces to their native Countries could be a cause of the imbalance with the numbers. They also lost two Carriers and sixteen smaller ships which is similarly nowhere close to being correct. They did not lose any ships at all."​

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"Moving on to the United States. No change to industrial output and research was completed for improved Airborne and Marine troops, the latter of which could cause us some problems in the Pacific at some point.

A small increase to both Infantry and Armour numbers is shown and is accurate as I have a large number of operatives overseeing the American's production. Two new Carriers were added to their fleet and we sent one to the bottom of the Pacific which means a net gain of one. Two smaller ships were also added."​

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"Our own research went very well with three projects completing during November. I expect at least one to also finish in December which will increase the speed in which we build ships. We might possibly also conclude the research into another improved version of Dive bomber but probably not. Nothing further." Kuniaki concluded.

"Production please."

"Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen. Nothing much has altered over the last month with shortages remaining in some areas." Ginjiro began.​

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"Transport Capacity has improved fairly markedly with the previous month showing a deficit of two hundred and eight. The research into better logistics and the loss of small amounts of high partisan territory to the Red Army has reduced this to one hundred and forty with a net gain of sixty eight or roughly one third. Our forces are better supplied as a result.

Our Industrial Capacity has decreased by three due to losses in Asia which were not completely offset by gains in India. Current production includes two Aircraft Carriers, two Battlecruisers, two Light Carriers and four Fighter Escorts all of which are continous for the time being.

Stockpiles of raw materials continue their decline at various rates with Energy being the fastest falling. Oil is actually positive on an average daily basis with the large negative here due to a slight convoy mix up that caused the oil shipped to Asia to return to Japan. We have sufficient stocks of both Metal and Rare Materials for the small losses to be almost irrelevant. Supplies have increased by over 3000 tonnes during November with Oil increasing by 900 tonnes. A quiet Winter should see us able to build a large surplus of Supplies in particular so long as Minister Mamoru does not require them to trade away for Energy.

Manpower has increased by a total of three thousand giving us twenty eight thousand reserves. The need to disband other troops has not arisen so far and it may remain that way with Winter having arrived in most of northern Asia.

Reinforcement needs are slowly reducing as ships complete repairs but some are still months away from being fully seaworthy. Upgrades are ongoing with no Interceptor squadrons currently fully upgraded. A large number are closing in on that goal however, but months are still required to complete this project. Done." concluded Ginjiro.​
 

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"Armed Forces please."

"Good morning Your Majesty, Gentlemen." Tanigawa began. "The Pacific remains quiet with sporadic encounters in some areas that are more or less under control. No attempts have been made to advance by our enemies in this region.

Asia has seen some advances by the Red Army most notably on the Korean border where the enemy forces were decoyed into moving back north by invasions during Operation Tedious.

India is once again under our full control and Japanese forces have begun to move across the border into Persia in accordance with the plans for Operation Komodo. I will hand you over to Minister Satoru for amore detailed briefing." concluded Tanigawa.

"Thank you Minister Tanigawa. Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen. I will let Minister Osami brief you on the relatively minor encounters in the Pacific and concentrate on Asia and India." Satoru began.​

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"The Front lines have not moved to much over the last month but the Red Army has made some progress in the west as well as towards northern Korea. A couple of advances have also occured over the last hour that I will cover in more detail later."​

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"Five Japanese divisions had begun to advance into Persia having forced one redeployed Persian division to retreat. Progress will be slow due to the desert conditions and our inability to advance by amphibious assault because of the presence of enemy Naval bombers."​

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"Along the northern India border with Sinkiang our defences have not been tested with none of our troops guarding Peshawar province. The Soviets have shown no inclination to advance south towards India at all but their forces in this area are increasing so they might alter course at some point."​

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"North western China remains stable even though more enemy troops are also arriving in this area with a fairly large force heading towards Bayan Nur. The most vunerable defensive position we hold, in Dunhuang province, can easily withdraw if required to either province shown. Our defensive line here is all mountainous and covered in snow so we do not expect any attacks until much larger Soviet forces arrive."​

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"Things were pretty much stable in Mengkokuo as well until recent advances by the Soviets. They have forces in both Erenhot and Hohhot and we do not know the size of either army yet. Our bombers will provide that information in due course and we shall react accordingly. One of our armies continues to move towards Datong to solidify the line which is also snow covered and to our advantage for the time being. I do not believe that either enemy army is sufficiently large to present too much of a threat but we shall see."​

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"As always Manchuria is providing the most trouble with the Soviets still determined to try and advance with slowly dwindling numbers. Most of their losses have been in this area as their troops are picked off as they respond to our attacks along the coast and to our counter attacks towards Ulan Hot.

The recent capture of Laioyuan province by the Red Army could cause some problems and this enemy force is likely to be rather large. Some of it has begun to move to north towards Vladivostok in response to Operation Tedious and again we shall need aerial reconnaisance to provide accurate numbers. This advance could also be bad news for our bombers as it is in the same region as Ulan Hot where a large number of Soviet troops are retreating.

The Soviet advance towards Korea has effectively halted as the forces there have nearly all moved back to Vladivostok. I would expect the Soviet High Command to attack Xinjing soon as it is an obvious weak spot which is why it is not very well defended on our part. Our Manchurian puppet is not likely to like losing their capital again but such is life.

Our Tactical bombers have been ordered to stop targetting the Vladivostok area as a Polish Interceptor wing is apparently covering the region now. We have no Interceptors of our own with the range to operate in this area so we shall bomb Chongyin instead.

Snow covers most of the region now and this should halt most offensive manouvers for the Winter although we shall monitor enemy forces moving into Ulan Hot and try to force them to retreat as and when we can. Nothing more from me so over to Minister Osami for a Naval breifing." concluded Satoru.

"Thank you. Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen." Osami began. "Losses have been very minor as has become normal for the Pacific of late."​

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"We lost one Submarine Flotilla, 42. Unterseebootsflottille, to enemy Naval bombers operating from Attu Island. Other losses were minor with the exception of the American's losing another Carrier. There have been no sightings of the main United States Carrier Task Force for some time but there is increased naval activity on their part so BB Division 1 has moved back to Truk to cover the area a little better.

Repairs are still some way off for some larger ships but the minor work has already been completed and we do have some additional Battleships repaired which are currently supporting Operation Tedious. This operation is likely to redirect its efforts further north again due to the large response by the enemy in and around Vladivostok which we unfortunately failed to capture. Nothing further from me or the Armed Forces." concluded Osami.

"The Soviets have still not mustered their full forces due to the very long marching times across their Country, and I would expect the Spring to bring renewed attacks, but the Winter looks to be a time of rest for our forces in Asia. Hopefully the manpower situation will also improve during the coming months to allow us to replace inevitable losses when the snow melts. Keep up the good work Gentlemen." Hirohito ended the meeting.​
 

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if this trend keeps up, you should have a fair amount of manpower for reinforcements during the spring and summer months which should be useful. I dont think producing anything but armoured forces should be done before you hit 50 Manpower or so... just my opinion though :wacko:
 

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Too bad for the German sub.

... worse for the German sailors. ;)

Good luck, Remble. Peace for you in China and war for us in the Pacific (frankly, the steady increase in US carriers starts to worry me)!
 

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Good luck, Remble. Peace for you in China and war for us in the Pacific (frankly, the steady increase in US carriers starts to worry me)!
Well, the 400+ infantry divisions and 60+ armor divisions of the Soviets are a more pressing worry!
 

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A long winter is definitely to be hoped for.
 

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Here's hoping it snows.
 

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safferli said:
Well, the 400+ infantry divisions and 60+ armor divisions of the Soviets are a more pressing worry!


As long as the IJn is in one piece then not really.
 

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robou - Things could be worse certainly.

genbrad - Even during Winter there will be casualties but hopefully not many. I will probably not produce anything else until the Spring just to try and build up some reserves.

Delex - It was a shame certainly. Fortunately it wasn't the one that sank the Brazilian Battleship :)

Sokraates - Thanks. Don't expect much peace in China and those Carrier numbers are becoming a slight concern.

safferli - I think you might be correct. The Red Army does seem to be trying to capture Japanese territory lately.

stnylan - Winter will not be that long I am afraid. Unlike the west this area has a much shorter Winter with snows melting in March instead of May.

Maj. von Mauser - Most areas that get snow already have it.

trekaddict - Remember the Emperor wishes to be drinking tea in Moscow by April 1948. The IJN might not be much help with that :D

Update to follow ...
 

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0100 December 1st 1946.
Kwantung Army Headquarters. Mukden, Manchukuo.

The arrival of snow across much of Manchuria and northern China had eased the defensive worries of Japanese commanders as the Red Army attacks halted. The enemy was still advancing in some areas and was continuing to muster its forces across the Front as troops finished their long march or redeployment from western Russia. The largest concentration of Soviet forces was still in Manchuria where Field Marshall Terauchi continued to keep them off guard with sporadic counter attacks with support coming from Operation Tedious and its numerous invasions throughout Siberia.​

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A very large Soviet force was already retreating from the snow covered mountains of Ulan Hot when Terauchi ordered another attack on the province to remove the latest enemy army to arrive. Field Marshall Zhang Haipeng, commanding the Manchurian forces in Chifeng, took charge of the assault as an initial forty divisions attacked the latest four arrivals from the Red Army. The three pronged envelopment utilised forces from Chifeng, Mukden and Xilinhot to totally overwhelm the smaller enemy concentration ensuring the battle was over as quickly as possible in the hostile terrain.​

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By 0400 hours the Imperial Japanese Air Force had arrived over its various targets. Five Dive bombers supported the attack on Ulan Hot as the remaining three from the formation provided Terauchi with intelligence on the enemy force that had recently advanced into Liaoyuan. Twenty two divisions was a much larger force than had been anticipated and this would be a significant threat to the weaker right flank of the Kwantung Army. Fortunately snow covered all of northern Korea making any attack by the Soviets unlikely for the time being and the bulk of this army appeared to be moving towards Vladivostok.

Fifty six divisions had been thrown against Ulan Hot which allowed the battle to be over within six hours even with the terrible fighting conditions.

Eight Tactical bombers attacked the three remaining Soviet divisions in Chongyin province from their base in Seoul. The Red Army had left Chongyin vunerable after over reacting to the attacks along the coast to the east of Vladivostok, giving Terauchi a chance to force some Soviet troops backwards.

On the Kwantung Army's western flank the eight Dive bomber squadrons from Beipeng were destroying the single enemy division in Erenhot before they would head further west to provide Field Marshall Higashikuni with some much needed intelligence on enemy troop concentrations in Mengkokuo.

All things considered Terauchi was content with the situation that his forces were currently facing given that they had bore the brunt of Soviet aggression since April. He had been forced to give up some ground but had thwarted repeated attempts by the Red Army to try and isolate Korea from Manchuria before Winter had arrived. Only Mukden was not covered in freezing snow and it was well defended by Terauchi's own experienced army that had valiantly held Harbin for many months.​

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1000 hours saw the inevitable attack against General Fujie and his Headquarters in Xinjing province. He headed south towards Andong as there was no hope of him holding the province. All of the attacking divisions had come from Jilin to the east. Terauchi was not overly concerned as his defensive perimeter did not include the capital of Manchukuo.​





0000 December 2nd 1946.
North China Army Headquarters. Lanzhou, China.

Unlike Terauchi in Manchuria, Higashikuni's army had seen much less combat, even though initial deployments pointed to the main Soviet army being mustered north of Sianking and expected to rapidly force him backwards. He too had given up territory, and more of it, but he also had a lot more room for manouver and could use almost all of China and India to his tactical advantage if required.

The Red Army had not tested his second defensive line much at all as its forces struggled to march through the inhospitable terrain of Sinkiang. The only concern Higashikuni had for now was the relatively weak position of his right flank in Mengkokuo where he only had relatively small forces available to him.

India was back under his control with no sign of any Soviet aggression in this direction to date. With luck it would remain that way allowing Higashikuni to merely contend with the Allies in Persia rather than having to defend against two foes at once.​

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The first news he received in December was not very favourable and pointed to what could be a very bad Spring if the armies marching into the area continued on their present course. The closest forces did not seem to be large but there was little doubt that a much bigger enemy army was moving into his area judging by the reconnaisance reports from the Tactical bombers as they attacked Altay province.​

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In the early hours of December 3rd he received a better report as the Dive bombers from Beiping reported the size of the enemy force in Hohhot province. There were only six divisions present but Higashikuni would not be able to do anything much about them until General Dohihara's six divisions arrived in Datong province on the 10th. The bombers would try and reduce the enemy force while he waited but they would be dug in long before any were destroyed. That small problem would be dealt with nearer to December 10th.​

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Higashikuni was forwarded any Naval reports that occured around the Indian Ocean in routine messages. One such message reported the presence of a large British Submarine fleet operating off Ceylon. Admiral Ito had been attacked by the larger force at 0600 hours on December 3rd and had withdrawn to Colombo after four hours of pointless combat during which no damage was inflicted by either side. Colombo was still on the agenda for the Allies it appeared.​
 

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0100 December 4th 1946.
Kwantung Army Headquarters. Mukden, Manchukuo.

The repeated invasions being conducted during Operation Tedious occasionally allowed Terauchi the chance to inflict some minor blows upon his enemy. One such opportunity had arisen after the last invasions had caused the Red Army some trouble and Teruachi would seize upon it.​

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Twelve Japanese divisions, led by General Okamura, attacked the three remaining soviet divisions in Chongyin with support from Tactical bombers and BB Division 2 operating off shore. Attacking mountains was never easy and combined with snow the job became even harder. Okamura's troops had been given extra supplies for the attack, a luxury that Fedorenko's troops would not receive.

The two evenly matched commanders spent the next twenty four hours becoming better aquainted as the two amoured divisions in particular proved very hard to move. Nevertheless Okamura would win the battle with few casualties despite the length of the engagment. Terauchi would not be tempted to advance into Chongyin as there were far too many enemy divisions close by to repell any such move.

The Red Army was still having to contend with some dissent amongst its ranks stemming from the rather abrupt Declaration of War against Japan.​





0000 December 5th 1946.
Airforce Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

Minister Jun was slowly achieving his current target of modernising the Imperial Japanese Air Force. Only his Interceptor squadrons, of which there were many, had not completed their upgrade cycle. The fact that they had, in most cases, required multiple upgrades did not speed the process along and this was also hampered by the need to continue patrols throughout the Pacific.

A newer design of Close Air Support aircraft was also close to being researched which would place an even bigger burden on the limited industrial capacity available for upgrades. Jun had already made it clear that the bombers would have to wait for the Interceptors to finish their upgrades first, as these aircraft were not suitable for multi-roll tasks until they had been completely modernised.​

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20/30/45 Sentai, commanded by Mj. General Tanaka, became the first Japanese squadron to receive the new Kyushu J7W2 Shinden aircraft. The turbojet Interceptor was more than a match for enemy aircraft with a top speed of 600 mph using its small afterburner. Maybe now Jun could finally send his aircraft up against Allied Strategic bombers with the expectation of victory. He would find out in the future once the remaining aircraft had also been upgraded which would still take some time.

The new aircraft also came with the added ability to multi-roll in a limited fashion against both ground targets and shipping. Unfortunately it would transpire that even with the slightly longer 350 mile range this aircraft possessed it would still not be able to patrol aorund the Hawaiian Islands and the four squadrons based at Pearl Harbour would return to Japan.​





1900 December 5th 1946.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Truk.

Admiral Ozawa, commander of Japanese forces in the Pacific, looked back on a very busy year for the Imperial Japanese Navy and its attached forces. He was surprised at just how effectively Japanese forces had moved across the Pacific given the Naval superiority the Allies supposedly possessed. The United States Navy, thought to be almost invincible at the time, had been decimated by the use of land based aircraft combined with hit and run naval tactics. The whole Pacific had been reduced to a very large expanse of open sea with very few enemy vessels daring to sail upon it. This made Ozawa's job considerably easier of course but as he could no longer call on the Imperial Japanese Air Force to assist him it was probably just as well.

He had been receiving some disturbing reports from the Fiji Islands where port strikes were apparently being conducted against Vanua Levu which currently housed CA Division 4 and the Transport fleet reserve. No enemy aircraft were present during these mysterious attacks and he ordered CA Division to investigate.​

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Admiral Halsey had seemingly forgot that he no longer had an Aircraft Carrier and was trying to bomb the port with the 11th Destroyer Division. The Heavy Cruiser IJN Atago quickly convinced Halsey to stop what he was doing and to concentrate on swimming instead.

Even more suprisingly Ozawa received another report from one his Submarine Flotillas picketing the Indian Ocean and Australia.​

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Admiral Spruance was at sea once more, this time with a single Transport Flotilla. Ozawa was slightly alarmed that an enemy fleet was anywhere near Australia, let alone off the coast of Perth in Cape Naturaliste. Admiral Nomura had little trouble forcing Spruance to alter course but he would fail to damage the Transport Division in any way. The enemy fleet was thought to be merely moving base and was not trying to conduct an invasion of Australia.​

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Ichimaru and Genda had moved south to the Fiji Islands where the only viable target that they currently had was the remains of the enemy Submarine fleet in Samoa's small harbour. Only three flotillas remained to be destroyed but even this would take time. The reduced number of enemy vessels would limit any damage the bombers would sustain making the job fairly easy. Admiral Lockwood was now in charge of the Submarines after Spruance was ordered to sail half way around the World with his Transport fleet.​
 

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the yanks have come to free me from the tyranical clutches of the japanese. oops :wacko: forgot where i was kill that transport remble before it unloads its evil cargo :D
 

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I'm sure the Soviets will only be fooled by Tedious for so long, and then you shall have a few problems on your hands. Lets hope you can think of something soon enough to counter that.
 

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the yanks have come to free me from the tyranical clutches of the japanese. oops :wacko: forgot where i was kill that transport remble before it unloads its evil cargo :D

It appears that transport is empty... Unless they've managed to raise an undead army! Makes sense, what with all the dead yanks now clogging up the pacific ocean.
 

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It's probably the flying dutchman ^.^
 

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I want to see these new aircraft in action! Notably against those pesky Poles in Wladiwostok. It's a shame they have not the range for duties in Hawaii, but it is always a pleasure / relief to have such upgrades, especially as Japan at this late stage. Ghost ships, destroyers with port strike abilities, and phantom invasions along the Russian East coast - this just keeps getting more interesting! May this winter be anything but peaceful for the Sovjets.
 
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BobaFett696 - No rescue for you :p :D

robou - Tedious will continue to be a thorn in the Soviet side as they do not seem to be overly concerned with the defence of Vladivostok. Of course it is making me slightly blinkered into watching just that province and not the wider coastline.

thatguy, Krogzar - Given the base in Diego Garcia that the British hold it is most likely heading there and I know that its very out of range for a human to invade around Perth from there, the AI does not have that restriction of course.

Nathan Madien - That was just my way of pointing out a bug ;) The port strikes showed no enemy ships present which should not happen but as it was Halsey he probably did forget that the USS United States got sunk.

Ruodnane - I want them chasing American Strategic bombers as soon as possible which means redeployment to India probably. The type VII Interceptors are keeping the Soviets and Poles under control and do not really need the better aircraft first. Winter will not be very quiet anywhere :)

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