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0100 January 15th 1947.
The Skies Above Vladivostok.

Air General Shima had the dubious honour of trying to destroy the Infantry division that was currently defending Vladivostok. One of only two airbases controlled by the Soviets in the area it was not likely to be completely undefended. This would be the case as eight Tactical bomber squadrons arrived over their target at dawn.​

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They were greeted by one Polish Interceptor squadron which was easily handled by the Escort Fighter equipped bomber squadrons. The problems got a lot worse for Shima twenty fours later when a full Polish Interceptor wing arrived. Losses began to mount for the bombers as they tried to continue their mission until Shima ordered them to return to Sapporo.​





0100 January 15th 1947.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamato, In Transit.

Ozawa was still a fair distance away from the Indian Ocean when parts of the Imperial Japanese Navy began their next mission. Carrier Group C was providing protection for 8. Kaigan as Mikawa sailed from Karachi with three Infantry divisions onboard his Transport ships.​

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His destination was secret of course, but would not remain so for long. More ships were arriving in the area almost weekly with both Japanese Carrier Groups already having seen combat. Carrier Group D was carrying out repairs in Colombo as CA Division 3 arrived in Ahmadabad. Ozawa would take longer to be of much use as he had not left in advance like most of the fleets had done because BB Division 1 had supported operations around Vladivostok.​

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At 1700 hours on January 16th Ozawa received word from Ichimaru and Genda who had been tasked with hunting down Admiral King and the USS Shangri-La. After four hours of combat one of the escorting Destroyer Divisions had been sunk and the Carrier had begun to take damage as well. The hunt would continue as King headed west towards Japanese controlled islands.​

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Good news arrived at midnight on January 17th as two new Light Carriers, IJN Ibuki and IJN Taiyo, left Japanese shipyards and made their way to join BC Division 1 in Tokyo. Admiral Koga would support operations around Japan and the Siberian coast until the two Battlecruisers under construction were completed at which point another task might be more useful.​





0100 January 17th 1947.
Kwantung Army Headquarters. Mukden, Manchukuo.

A moderately large Soviet army had moved forwards to occupy Erenhot province. Terauchi responded to the request from his fellow Army commander Higashikuni to remove them.​

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General Nishio led the twenty divisions from Japan, Mengkokuo and Manchukuo as they forced the enemy to retreat before sunset. The assistance of Dive bombers speeded the process along and these bombers would have plenty of targets for some time. Soviet forces were still moving behind the lines as the Red Army mustered for the coming Spring.​





0100 January 17th 1947.
The Skies Above Vladivostok.

Japanese Tactical bombers had been damaged during the previous attacks against Vladivostok but Shima was ordered to return with the six squadrons that were not badly damaged.​

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The single Soviet Infantry division was nearing destruction which might allow a small chance of invading the province if it could be finished off.​

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Shima returned on the 18th to try to do just that but was met by the large Polish Interceptor wing which arrived before the bombers could accomplish their goal. Tsukahara's bomber wing suffered the majority of the damage as it had no escorting Fighters.​





2100 January 17th 1947.
The Skies Above the Northwest Gilberts.

Ichimaru and Genda had temporarily lost King but they did manage to reaquire their target on January 17th as he headed towards the Solomon Islands.​

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No ships would be sunk on this occasion but the USS Shangi-La was beginning to sustain considerable damage.​
 

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1800 January 18th 1947.
Naval Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

Osami had a few things to mull over when he returned to Japan following the successful removal of the British Carrier fleet in the Indian Ocean. Both Operation Tedious and Komodo were ongoing and they each needed support from the Imperial Japanese Navy. Added to that was the presence of Admiral King in the Pacific and the regular attempts to invade Ceylon. Komodo could have remained a defensive operation but the sinking of HMS Ark Royal and her large caliber escorts had given at least a small window of time for an invasion to take place before more enemy ships could arrive.​

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The previous reconnaisance along the Persian Gulf had shown the absence of enemy troops in Kuwait City. This province boasted both an airbase and port facility which made it an ideal target and one which saw General Abe leading three Japanese Infantry divisions ashore. Most of the Allied troops thought to be in the area were mustering along the border with Persia and were some distance away from the invasion area but there were troops close by. All three airbases in the region contained varying amounts of aircraft and two of the ports had ships alongside.​

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Protection was being provided by Carrier Group C. A Canadian Transport flotilla tried to pass the narrow corridor towards the Arabian Sea but was sunk by aircraft from IJN Hiyo.​

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A report from Ichimaru arrived on Osami's desk at 2300 hours on January 19th. King had moved into the East Carolines where the Naval bombers continued to inflict damage to force him to leave. Osami did not mind if King took his time sailing around the Pacific Islands as it would mean the loss of his fleet if he continued to do so.

Having received reports on two of the three top concerns on his list Osami waited for the third which arrived at 0300 hours on the 20th.​

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The Tactical bombers had made one final run to try and destroy the defenders of Vladivostok. They had managed to avoid the Interceptors in the area and succeeded in their task. Three Cavalry and three Infantry divisions began to race ashore in the hope that they could beat any Soviet troops to the prize. The Tactical bombers would be allowed to rest for some time to replace their losses. Osami knew that even if he captured Vladivostok it would not be for long but he might capture some enemy aircraft in the process.​





0400 January 20th 1947.
Kwantung Army Headquarters. Mukden, Manchukuo.

Things had slowed down across Manchuria as the Soviets responded to Operation Tedious and its various landings along the Siberian coast. Red Army troops were still arriving in the region which Terauchi was monitoring in the hope that he could stall any future plans they might have.​

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He ordered the defenders of Andong and Mukden to attack Xinjing province when he received a request from the Dive bombers which were struggling to damage the dug in divisions. Odds of seventeen to one with air support ensured that no further Soviet troops would arrive before the battle was over. No Japanese troops would advance on this occasion.

The Soviets would respond at dusk on January 21st.​

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Field Marshall Bogdanov led thirty five Red Army divisions from Ulan Hot and Harbin towards Terauchi and his twenty seven barely dug in defenders in Mukden. Night attacks rarely went very well for the Soviets and this one would be no exception as the death toll rose for the Red Army. Terauchi did have options if needed but would not use them on this occasion.​





1000 January21st 1947.
North China Army Headquarters. Lanzhou, China.

Higashikuni had been lucky enough to be defending the quieter part of the front with the Soviets but there were signs that this was likely to change sooner than he would like.​

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The advance forces in Dunhuang were there to keep an eye on Soviet movements more than anything else as the actual defensive line Higashikuni wanted to use did not include this province. Field Marshall Kanin would not stay long but he did take note of the much larger enemy force that attacked him before he left. Neither Higashikuni or he had expected a force of this size in the area. Clearly the New Year was going to be a testing time.

The Allied forces in Persia were also growing in numbers which would put pressure on India again if they were not dealt with. Operation Komodo might well take care of that for Higashikuni as he looked at the latest report.​

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General Abe had arrived safely in Kuwait City which provided Lt. General Itabana and his fellow bomber commanders an airbase to operate from. Allied troops seemed oblivious to Abe's presence as they continued to stream towards the border between Persia and India. Mikawa was also heading that way but he was going to get more troops from Karachi to reinforce the landing and hence weaken the Japanese defences on the border.​





0100 January 22nd 1947.
Kwantung Army Headquarters. Mukden, Manchukuo.

Against better advice from some of his sub-commanders Terauchi decided to try and take advantage of the recent attack on his own position in Mukden.​

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He ordered a massive assault on the snow covered mountains of Ulan Hot which would be led by Field Marshall Zhang Haipeng. There were more enemy troops in the province than had been expected and they were not particularly exhausted from their own attack. Terauchi did not wait long before the attack was called off with no chance of a Japanese success even with air support and numerical superiority. Enemy tanks in mountains were not going to be moved easily.​
 

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The Soviets showing just what numbers they had. At least Vladivostok is taken, and that will hopefully keep the Soviets off your back for some time to come.
 

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At this pace, if King goes so insanely in his cruise, I see the US Fleet leaded by Merrill Stubing...
 
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I cant remember if you are at war with Saudi Arabia too, but if not, you might be able to not only grab the minor nations south of the sauds (and their stockpiles), but also keep them for a bit... ofcourse that just means more partisans, but the stockpiles might be nice.
 

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Sushi in Dubai! How long have we waited for this to happen. :D

Regarding Ulan Hot: you win some, you lose some. As long as you win a lot more than you lose, it's alright.

Keep up the good work and watch out for admiral King. I fear that his tour of the Pacific is another ingenious coup by the US. It seems that they want you to spend all your bombs so that the US can then attack and destroy your weaker navy. Cunning bastiches. :mad:
 

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Spring is coming and the battles are starting. Some naval victories, but land battle defeats. Those Russians are starting their offensive in earnest!
 

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Hopefully you make it to Vladivostock.
 

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Nathan Madien said:
Nice updates, Remble. I think it is sad your air force is getting beat up by Polish planes. :p

From wikipedia:

The RAF roll of honour for the Battle of Britain recognises 574 non-British pilots [...] This included 139 Poles [...]

That´s how they got experience ;)
 

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Escort fighters have the nasty side effect to reduce NAV range -- not really a desired feature, when fighting across the Pacific Ocean...
 

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Escort fighters have the nasty side effect to reduce NAV range -- not really a desired feature, when fighting across the Pacific Ocean...

whith the conquered air bases in the pacific, it doesn´t matter it seems...

i hope that we will see some nasty surprise attacks in the future :D