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1600 November 19th 1944.
North China Army Headquarters. Jinghong, China.

More British troops had flooded into Kra causing a problem for Higashikuni. His redeploying troops were heading further north and there were only a limited number of troops on the immediate border with Kra. There were several divisions in Singapore but these were scheduled for another operation, Higashikuni would need to find other troops to strengthen the south.​

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As if to prove the point Field Marshal Wilson launched an attack against Alor Star, defended by General Kawabe who had only just arrived after withdrawing from Kra. Higashikuni had some hope of a successful defence initially but the situation worsened at 1800 hours when more British troops arrived. He would wait for daylight to see how the situation developed before giving any orders to Kawabe.​

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At 2200 hours Japanese troops arrived in Xianyang in Communist China which forced the three retreating Chinese divisions to defend Yan'an for a second time or perish. The Japanese forces in the area were still strong enough to defeat the Chinese and they were captured after an eight hour battle. There were no Chinese troops left to defend their Nation which would allow Higashikuni to begin to redeploy the last troops from central China to the front line, after they had recovered from the battle.​

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The arrival of daylight forced Kawabe to withdraw from Alor Star. He headed east towards Kota Bahru leaving a hole in the Japanese southern lines.​





0000 November 20th 1944.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Gaspar Strait.

The final ship currently under construction left the shipyards on time and after conducting successful sea trials joined the repairing fleet in Tokyo.​

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The Light Cruiser IJN Sakawa was by no means modern but the Imperial Japanese Navy needed all the escorts she could muster.

The attacks against Admiral English and his Carrier fleet was still ongoing as it transitted the Celebes Sea from east to west.​

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By 0700 hours on November 20th Ozawa's Naval bombers as well as other aircraft had forced English to turn his fleet around and head back towards American controlled waters.

His decision would be too late to save the USS Intrepid which sank in the Davao Gulf.​





0100 November 21st 1944.
North China Army Headquarters. Jinghong, China.

No further British troops had managed to enter Baoshan which allowed the interceptors to fly while the bombers rested.​

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Lt. General Yasuda found some South African Tactical bombers to attack which were lacking the greater aerial firepower of the Strategic bombers. He would pursuade them to stop bombing for several days but there were still many other Allied aircraft also bombing Japanese troops in the region. All of these troops were very well entrenched in mountainous terrain and were almost indifferent to the bombs being dropped on them.​

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The situation in north western China went from no defence to solid defence as Generals Anami and Itagaki arrived in their respective defensive positions and began to dig in. The British would need a much more substantial force than was currently advancing if they wished to penetrate this area.​





2100 November 21st 1944.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Gaspar Strait.

Admiral English could well have reported the whereabouts of Japanese Naval bombers as he was being attacked, which probably meant that Admiral Leahy was confident of not meeting them as he entered the Palau Trench.​

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Yamamoto had already ordered Ozawa back to Palau to continue to hunt for the remaining Carrier. Admiral Leahy and his two Battleships, USS Mississippi and USS West Virginia, were about to discover that Ozawa was a lot closer than he would like.​
 

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0000 November 22nd 1944.
Intelligence Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

The reduction of dissent had a side effect that would be advantageous for Minister Kuniaki. The process resulted in increased revenues which he desperately needed.​

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He was finally giving clearance by Prime Minister Hideki to begin to recruit operatives in Japan to remove any enemy spies that could found.​

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Meanwhile in the Diplomatic Offices Mamoru had managed to pursuade the Soviet Ambassador to exchange some energy for Japanese supplies. The trade was not in any way a good deal but Japan needed energy badly enough to make it necessary.

Mamoru would receive another visit from the Soviet Ambassador the following day. He would be informed that the trade was cancelled but he would try again when he could.​





0100 November 22nd 1944.
North China Army Headquarters. Jinghong, China.

Japanese fighters were ordered to rest as a second British division entered Baoshan province.​

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Japanese dive bombers were once again hunting their prey as were the Americans. Only one set of bombers had any chance of inflicting significant damage.​




0400 November 22nd 1944.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Bangka Strait.

Yamamoto received some good news from the Palau Trench as he himself led BB Division 1 into the Bangka Strait.​

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A second day of bombing by Ozawa and his wingman saw the USS Mississippi in critical condition and in danger of sinking. She would only last another hour before sliding beneath the waves. Admiral Leahy ordered his fleet to turn around and head east away from the danger from the skies.​

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Yamamoto encountered two more British Transport fleets at 0600 hours. The Battleships IJN Yamashiro and IJN Hyuga would sink one each.

Japanese forces were beginning to prepare for the secretive operation planned for December as Higashikuni made a request to borrow a Transport fleet. Yamamoto was reluctant to agree but saw the necessity and as it would not delay operations he agreed to allow the Field Marshal the use of Admiral Godo's 3. Kaigun. The fleet would complete this small task in plenty of time to return to its start point.​

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Higashikuni had found a way to stop the British in their tracks, or at least he hoped he had. Redeployments from the first batch of troops from central China had completed which left a sizable Japanese force in Saigon. General Abe along with seven divisions bordered Godo's Transport fleets and set sail for Alor Star to provide a small surprise for Field Marshal Wilson.

Yamamoto knew where Higashikuni wanted Godo to transport his troops and so he also made arrangments to make sure they arrived unharmed.​

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Admiral Nagano was ordered to move to the North Malacca Trench, to block any hostile fleets around Alor Star, while Yamamoto held the southern end of the strait with BB Division 1.

It was time to let the British know that the battle was no longer a one sided affair.

News from the Marianas reached Yamamoto at 2200 hours. It was now daylight and he was not surprised by a report from Ozawa on his latest mission.​

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Over the next nine hours Leahy's fleet would be tormented by bombers, first losing the Light Cruiser USS Columbia, and then with night approaching, the loss of the second Battleship USS West Virginia. Leahy's fleet had been reduced to nothing more than an anti-Submarine fleet in two days.

There had been no further sightings of Admiral English and the USS Ticonderoga since the Davao Gulf and it was presumed that this fleet had headed south east instead of north east.​
 

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Ozawa: Terror of the skies and national hero of Japan. Truly, he is one of the most valuable men in Japan. :)

Remble said:
Mamoru would receive another visit from the Soviet Ambassador the following day. He would be informed that the trade was cancelled but he would try again when he could.
Its so much funnier when you act as if they were real people. :rofl:
 

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Naval situation seems to be under control, but I'm starting to worry about the land war in Siam/Burma. Although, with the British army advancing in the Malay peninsula, there might be a possibility for a nice encirclement.

Another worrisome point is, now that the European theater is closed, we should expect to see a lot more US strat bombers in Asia skies. Do you plan to up your interceptor forces?
 

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It is good that you can reinforce the fronts and that the communists have fallen too. What are your relations with the soviets? Not too good I presume?
Or else they'd stay as trading partners for a longer period.

Congrats on mauling the american fleet! :)

You can win it! :)
 

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Remble, I find that if you ask for more than one third of what a country has, then they usually cancel it (not always though). As such, I suggest trying to make a couple smaller trade deals instead of one large sum.
Great update by the way.
 

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Good bunch of updates lately. I'm still worried about the USSR though... ;)
 

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Tell me somebody who is not worried about them. ;)

But what could be done about it? Nothing... everything is needed against the Allies now. And who knows... if he continues to act so effectively the Sovjets might be too afraid to attack Japan :D
 
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Japanese forces in the Malaysia Pennisula are being supplied via Singapore, correct?

Remble said:
His decision would be too late to save the USS Intrepid which sank in the Davao Gulf.

I might be wrong, Remble, but I think you just sank an future historical ship museum.
 

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Those bombers shure took care of that SAG, I congratulate you. :cool:

I wish you well on your secret operation. :)

Nice update.
 

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Yeah, he did. Therefore, I never went on it...although I did.
Paradoxical, no?
 

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what`s the secret operation?

if we consider the size of the army, it is probably an invasion of India from Karachi -someone already mentioned that i think- and cutting the British out of supply.

or madagascar as a revenge for Operation Ironclad ...?

by the way, is UK holding Madagascar right now? or abandoned to new established France?
 

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Amaze us with that surprise op, Remble. :)

Originally posted by germanpeon:
Its so much funnier when you act as if they were real people. :rofl:

Day one:
Mamoru: So... We give you a shitload of precious supplies, and you hand us some coal, okay?
Sov. ambassador: OK.
Day two:
Mamoru: Wazzup?
Sov. ambassador: Bad deal.
Day three:
Mamoru: *Clears throat* You remember the day before yesterday?
Sov. ambassador: No.
*Mamoru proposes exact same trade deal.*
Sov. ambassador (staring blankly): OK.
Day four:
Mamoru: Don't even tell me. Go away.
Sov. ambassador (waiting for a moment): Uuuh... Bad deal.

And so forth.
 

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OneArmed - Thank you :)

germanpeon - The Allies can be thankful that Ozawa sticks to only commanding bombers, he is also an Admiral. You might also notice that there is a General and Air General Yamashita. I try and mix my posts up a little with some straight combat reports and other mixed reports, it helps to stop it becoming slightly monotonous I think :)

UncleAlias - The British are providing some light entertainment, it is one of their strong points :D I will probably need more interceptors when I can spare the IC to build them. Very modern interceptors would also do the job in smaller numbers. Neither is close to happening so I am going to have to bombed and live with it for a while.

Deus - Thank you. Soviet relations nose dived when Germany was annexed, currently they are at -199. You can safely say they do not like Japan.

Panzer6 - Smaller trades may work but that last trade was only 100 energy. The Soviets have a surplus of 700 per day. I will try smaller ones for a little bit though to see if it helps.

Murmurandus - Thank you. Why worry about the Soviets? They have too many troops to count and no one to fight, they are totally harmless ;)

Thurak - Maybe if I have Ozawa fly around the Siberian coast for a bit they might get scared :D

Nathan Madien, ColossusCrusher - Correct they are supplied from Singapore and so quite safely supplied.

It is still a museum, you just need diving equipment to visit it.

Maj. von Mauser - Thanks. The good thing about sinking American Battleships is that they rarely build new ones so every one I sink is not likely to return. Secret operations never fail that is why they are secret.

harezmi - The secret operation is a secret ;) Madagascar is French yes.

Mangudai - Maybe this time I might actually invade somewhere that is totally logical rather than apparently completely useless :D I think I might have to make the Soviet ambassador have an 'accident'.

Update to follow to conclude November ..
 

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1600 November 23rd 1944.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Singapore.

Yamamoto had put into port for a few hours to carry out some quick repairs as he waited for Godo's Transport fleet to pass through the Bangka Strait.​

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Nagano and Carrier Group C were currently moving through the Strait as they headed for the northern end of the Malacca Strait. They would get to test their combat abilities immediately. The conditions were unfavourable for air missions but there was sufficient firepower to sink both British ships. The Heavy Cruiser IJN Aoba sank the 15th Destroyer Flotilla and the Carrier IJN Zuikaku accounted for the Light Cruiser HMS Black prince.​

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American Strategic bombers had returned to bomb the airfields of the Marianas. Guam was their current target and there was little that could be done to stop them. Japanese interceptors would need to be modernised before they would try to halt these attacks again.​





0100 November 24th 1944.
North China Army Headquarters. Jinghong, China.

British forces were still advancing towards Alor Star but for the first time they were taking casualties as they did so.​

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Air General Ichimaru led Japan's Tactical bombers on continuous attacks against the all motorised force and damage was beginning to mount.​

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Mj. General Kaneoka arrived in Yan'an as the bombers were entertaining British troops. He passed the news of his arrival on to Higashikuni who in turn reported back to Tokyo.

His report ended up on Minister Mamoru's desk which seemed a little odd to the diplomat. Military messages usually went to their respective Chief's of Staff. Once he had read its contents he knew that it had also went to Minister Satoru but he was the person who would be required to take further action.

It read:​

To: Diplomatic Offices, Chief of the Army.
From: North China Army Headquarters.

At 0100 hours on November 24th 1944 Japanese forces, namely North China Army commanded by Mj. General Kaneoka, entered Yan'an province. All territory belonging to Communist China is now under Japanese control.

Field Marshal Higashikuni.
Commander Japanese forces in Asia.
Commander North China Army Headquarters.


Mamoru sent a message to the Communist Chinese Ambassador who arrived in short order.​

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"Minister Mamoru, what can I do for you today?" asked the Ambassador.

"As you are aware Ambassador, Japan offers diplomatic offices to all Countries be them friend or foe." replied Mamoru.

"This is common knowledge."

"The granting of these offices has but one requirement. The diplomats in that office must have a Country to represent. Communist China no longer fulfills that requirement. You are required to vacate your offices immediately Ambassador." stated Mamoru as he nodded to the two guards waiting to escort the Chinese Ambassador out.​





0100 November 25th 1944.
The Skies Above Palau.

Yamashita had orders not to intercept American or British Strategic bombers. The aircraft he was currently tracking were of a different sort so he gave the order to attack.​

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Unescorted Tactical and Close Air Support aircraft were fair game and would not be allowed to bomb Japanese ground defences on Palau.​





1700 November 25th 1944.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Bangka Strait.

The Transport fleet had passed by Singapore and Yamamoto had returned to sea to blockade the south of the Malacca Strait.​

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Nagano encountered a Brazilian fleet in the North Malacca Strait as he covered the movement of Admiral Godo. His aircraft were hampered by night again and he failed to sink either vessel, he did force them away from the area.​
 

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0000 November 26th 1944.
North China Army Headquarters. Jinghong, China.

The reports from China had ceased as the troops began to redeploy to forward positions. Higashikuni could now concentrate his attention solely on the British. The reports he was currently receiving were not good.​

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British forces had occupied both Chiang Rai and Nakhon Sawan. He could order counter attacks but decided to leave his troops to dig in in order to try and prevent any further British advances. His bombers were all busy with higher priority targets but he would dearly love to have additional bombers at his disposal. He knew that none were due until mid December and then only a further three squadrons.

Besides, if things went according to plan the British would have a lot more to worry about than what they were facing in Siam.​

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Godo's Transport fleet arrived unmolested and deposited General Abe and seven Japanese divisions in Alor Star. They didn't have long to wait before being engaged by a surprised Field Marshal Wilson.​

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Wilson's scout forces were caught completely by surprise by the sudden appearance of a large Japanese force in their midst. The jungles of Indochina could hide many things it seemed. Wilson was given little choice but to halt his advance in the face of such a large concentration of Japanese troops, as well as the constant bombing by the Imperial Japanese Air Force.

Higashikuni's little plan had worked out very well and his southern line was now heavily defended. The defences in all areas were in good shape and British forces had not advanced into the mountains of Siam in sufficient force to provide any problems for now.​





1200 November 26th 1944.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Bangka Strait.

Things were quiet for the moment in Yamamoto's patrol area but the same could not be said further north.​

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Nagano encountered another small fleet trying to pass through the Malacca Strait. Unlike the Brazilians the Canadian ships were not so lucky. Night would hamper operations once again but the Carriers would succeed in sinking in both Destroyer Flotillas. Aircraft from the Carriers IJN Amagi and IJN Junyo would be credited with the killing blows.

Yamamoto received some late news from far away as well. Two ex-German ships had failed to make it into the English Channel. KMS Prinz Eugen and 7. Zestorergeschwader were both sunk by British Naval bombers. A Submarine fleet would also perish the next day. It was looking unlikely that this fleet would survive the transit to Japan but a few more attempts would be made before the remaining Submarines were scuttled.​

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Admiral English and USS Ticonderoga were spotted entering the Celebes Sea by patrolling interceptors. Ozawa was currently resting his Naval bombers and would not give chase. The American fleet would be monitored as always.​





0100 November 28th 1944.
North China Army Headquarters. Jinghong, China.

Higashikuni was not currently being bombed by enemy aircraft and Lt. General Chandra Bose and his infantry were available.​

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The dive bombers were finding it hard to finish off the enemy division in Baoshan as it had managed to dig in too quickly. Chandra Bose was ordered to chase the remnants from the mountains, which he duly accomplished. The bombers would ensure that the British infantry division did not leave the mountains alive.​





0200 November 29th 1944.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Bangka Strait.

BB Division 1 found an unprotected American Transport fleet trying to navigate its way through the Bangka Strait.​

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IJN Yamashiro made sure that it did not succeed. Yamamoto received some more pleasing news as the American fleet sank.​

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The first former German fleet had arrived in a Japanese port. Batavia in Indonesia was to begin resupplying the exhausted and starved ships immediately. They would require several days before they would be seaworthy but the additional two Light Cruisers and five Transport fleets would be very useful to their new Country.

A small Submarine fleet was scheduled to be the next arrival and it had managed to round the southern tip of Africa without encountering any enemy forces. The much larger Submarine fleet following behind was off the coast of Liberia with the remaining fleet in the English Channel. Yamamoto had high hopes that at least two of these three fleets would survive until they reached the safety of Japanese territory.​
 

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Yay! The first Germans made it! :D To bad about the others though. :(

I do think the dialogue between the Chinese minster and Mamoruo was to cordial though, they are at war. I don't think the Chinese would have been so polite.

I'm glad to see Wilson's rampage through Siam is over.

Good update. :)