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Why aren't you hunting submarines with destroyers? Fighting them off with Heavy Cruisers will keep your DD's always out of range, and the subs can escape undamaged. A pure DD stack works wonders.
 

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I don't think Remble has a year. I've seen the vanilla AI in the '44 scenario drop the bomb - and while it doesn't always happen, certainly it can.

And even if it doesn't happen, he still has to face Operation August Storm.

Call me spoilsport but if the AI drops a bomb I vote for a reload. The scenario is hard enough without a-bombs landing on your cities.

Of course, once Remble has taken out the SU, a-bombs will be allowed to help the poor AI: :D
 

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I go away for a week and it looks like the British are well in hand.
 

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Panzer6 said:
Well before it was 4 interceptors vs 4 strategic bombers with escorts. AKA equal odds. So to counter it Japan made it 8 interceptors. That made it much more effective then only four.
Ah, that would make sense. I also noted in my games that creating large stacks of fighters will minimise your own casualties.
 

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sbr - Maybe Spruance might stay away from Saipan now :)

Striker475 - Yes they were rebasing which means the interception should not have happened. The AI Cheated! Rebasing aircraft should never fight aircraft on naval interdiction but they did here. One or other is supposed to be on Air Superiority for any chance of this. This is actually the second time this has happened, the first time four American fighters left roughly 5 aircraft alive from another interceptor squadron.

Deus - Not being able to sink the Subs is moderately annoying :)

Murmurandus - There will be one at some point, I am just making sure you are prepared for it ;) :D

harezmi - Thanks. The losses are indeed a guess. There were 5? shown on the second to last screenshot so I used that number when my troops landed and there were still aircraft on the airbase.

Sokraates - 4 or 5 around Phitsanulok but the losses have increased now that the CAS are there helping. Raids are fun :)

Nathan Madien - Midway is becoming increasingly insignificant.

Inner Circle - He did his job by laying the airstrip to waste, although the losses were very high. If the Allies win he is a hero, if I do hes an idiot :)

Lord Strange - Thank you. Random but the AI abusing a bug :)

safferli, Galleblære, Panzer6 - Panzer6 is correct it was almost entirely due to numbers. Them being out of supply and over their target also helped some but as has been seen already even fights I usually lose.

germanpeon - Can be a number of reasons why I am supplied and you wouldn't be.

1. My puppets are supplying divisions on thier soil.

2. I am not supplying ungarrisoned small islands as I cancelled their supply convoys.

3. Very hard difficulty restricts my raw material convoys a lot as they aren't collecting as much.

4. HoI DD likes me :)

A possible cure is to cancel all of your current convoys and force the auto transport to set them up again. Failing that cancel them all and reload. This can help sometimes but Japan is notorious for having convoy problems at some point which is why I am building more to try and stop this from happening.
Your situation is not unusual and I have seen quite a few posts on similar things for both Japan and the US. The most standard response is to just build more convoys.

Edit: After looking at a few things more closely the main increase in supply comes from using offensive supply. My convoys get hammered when my troops are using it and are fine when I am not.

Maj. von Mauser - Thank you :)

Striker475 - No Nukes were present in my Germany '44 AAR except for Germany so I doubt things will change here. Pretty sure the AI isn't allowed to build them in this scenario unless I alter it so that it can.

Gabicho - Not using Destroyers because I don't have any spare that are not needed in my Battlefleets. I also do not have the required anti-submarine doctrines to make it effective. Right now my Destroyers would probably lose to Submarines. Fairly historical as Japan largely ignored anti-submarine warfare.

stnylan - This is what happens when you leave the forums. It has been proven to be detrimental your health :D

Update to follow ...
 
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Operation Dilemma

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0800 February 8th 1945.
Carrier Group C Flagship. IJN Zuikaku, Mouth of the Indus.

Nagano waited patiently for the enemy fleet in Ahmadabad to sail into his fleets waiting arms. He did not have to wait long.​

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Rain would hamper his aircraft to some extent but he was confident of causing a fair amount of damage to a fleet almost entirely containing Transport ships from various nations.

The Brazilian commander of the enemy fleet had other ideas and he managed to bypass Nagano's Carriers without losing a single Flotilla. The Carriers could not give chase as they were protecting Godo's Transport fleet.​





0000 February 9th 1945.
North China Army Headquarters. Jinghong, China.

Higashikuni knew that the occupation of Ahmadabad was only temporary but he had hoped that the single cavalry division could hold it for a few days to deny the enemy the ability to fly aircraft over India.​

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The single British cavalry division in the area had attacked Mj. General Amano and the odds were looking fairly even for the time being. Godo would keep his Transport fleet in the area in case an evacuation was needed.​

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Some more not so good news also arrived at Higashikuni's headquarters as a build up of enemy forces was detected in Rangoon. These troops had either managed to avoid Yamamoto's blockading fleet or had already been moving behind the scenes and so far been undetected.​

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At 0700 hours Amano withdrew rather than face increasing casualties and he headed back towards Godo's Transports. His mission had been successful and his troops had continued to cause as much damage to the runway in Ahmadabad as they could before they left.​





1600 February 9th 1945.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Gulf of Martapan.

Yamamoto was as sure as he could be that no ships containing troops had got passed his fleet, but it was possible with the frequent squalls running through this area.​

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BB Division 2 had managed to recalibrate its ships guns enough to sink two Destroyer Divisions that it encountered in the Serasan Strait. The Battleships IJN Fuso and IJN Nagato would sink one each as they headed south back towards the southern end of the Malacca Strait.​

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At 0300 hours on the 10th the guns of IJN Yamashiro prevented an American Transport Division from leaving Rangoon. It joined the host of other similar ships littering the bottom of the Gulf of Martapan.​





0300 February 11th 1945.
North China Army Headquarters. JInghong, China.

There were inevitably some periods of time during conflict when things seemed to conspire against a commander. Higashikuni was in one of those phases it seemed.​

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British forces in northern India had attacked his troops in Darbhanga and they would win the battle which would see Japanese troops withdraw to Calcutta. The Imperial Japanese Air Force would be asked to change their current plans and send some bombers to the west before the situation could deteriorate further.​
 

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0300 February 11th 1945.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Gulf of Martapan.

Japan's enemies seemed to be stepping up the pressure themselves and it was Yamamoto's turn to receive some less than pleasant news.​

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An American Battleship fleet, commanded by Admiral Reeves, had been sighted south of India and appeared to be heading directly for BB Division 1. Yamamoto had little choice but to order his fleet north towards the safety of the port of Calcutta. BB Division 1 outgunned Reeves but the battle would be too close to risk the possible losses. Rangoon would be unguarded until such time as it was deemed safe to re-instigate the blockade.​

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The Bangka Strait continued to be busy as Koga encountered a small British fleet. The Light Cruisers HMS Cleopatra and HMS Euryalus would sink to the guns of IJN Nagato.​

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Some good news was the arrival in Colombo of what had been the furthest U-boat flotilla. Somehow it had manged to overtake its fellow Submarines and arrive first. This fleet would embark enough supplies for the short journey to Trincomalee where repairs would begin to the badly damaged ships.​

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Amano was not finished with his work and he began his second invasion, this time directed towards Bombay. Both Yamamoto and Nagano wished to see if this enemy fleet also contained Transport ships.​





0700 February 12th 1945.
North China Army Headquarters. Jinghong, China.

The Tactical bombers led by Air Generals Kondo and Ichimaru had altered their operational area to reduce the threat in the west. This would mean some enemy forces would escape in Burma but priorities dictated the switch.​

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The entire Delhi region had only one division that was not moving and they chose to try and bomb that division. They would fail to destroy it as it managed to dig in enough to protect itself from such aerial predators. Enemy forces in India needed to be reduced and Higashikuni would have to devise some way to make the bombers bomb something more worth while.​





0200 February 13th 1945.
BB Division 1 Flagship. Calcutta, India.

Reeves and his Battleship fleet had been spotted again, this time in the North Malacca Strait. Yamamoto ordered his fleet back to the Gulf of Martapan in response as the American was heading away from the area.​

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In an unusual set of reports it became clear that both the United States Navy and the Royal Navy had been coordinating an operation aimed at BB Division 2. A second Battleship fleet, this time British, had been spotted in the Gaspar Strait and was heading directly for Koga and his smaller fleet. Koga did what any sensible commander would do when faced with two fleets both of which could cause him serious harm. He ordered BB Division 2 into Singapore harbour to await developments.​

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American Submarines were continuing to try and raid convoys off Japan. Namoru's little fleet forced them to leave, as they would continue to do, until such time as a force could be put together to sink the enemy vessels.​

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More bad news reached Yamamoto as what was now the last U-boat fleet encountered the French high seas fleet off the coast of Madagascar. Only minor damage would ensue and the Submarines carried on with their attempt to reach the safety of Ceylon.​

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Amano managed to land in Bombay without any problems. Nagano and Yamamoto waited to see what would exit the harbour. Godo headed south for the safety of Ceylon as the cavalry would remain in Bombay for now.

The next message that arrived onboard the IJN Yamashiro was something that Yamamoto had been dreading could happen. One of his fleets was about to engage an enemy fleet that could possibly sink it.​
 

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Oh my! The suspense!

Also, I noticed that you are continuing to call your submarines U-Boats, even though you arent playing as Germany anymore. :p
 

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CLIFFHANGER!!!

Will Yamamoto's brave sailors survive their biggest battle yet? Will their gunners be able to hit battleships after shooting little tiny transports for so long? Will another allied Admiral take a dip in the drink?

Tune in next time kids, only on H.O.I !
 

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Well if battleship division 2 is safely in Singapore and Reeves fleet is past Rangoon and away from yamamato then that just leaves the carriers!

I hope the allies weren't hiding anything too deadly in Bombay, a couple of Brazilian destroyers perhaps, or maybe Syria gt itself on a war footing and is fielding its fleet :D
 

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String Theory said:
I hope the allies weren't hiding anything too deadly in Bombay, a couple of Brazilian destroyers perhaps, or maybe Syria gt itself on a war footing and is fielding its fleet :D

Personally, I am guessing Lebanese rowboats with spitwads as ammo. We all know how vulerable the IJN is against those. :p
 

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Romanius said:
Ultimate victory with Germany in Gotterdammerung is easy enough to achieve, but with Japan facing the US and Soviets im suprised he has lasted this long.

Remember, right now Remble is only facing the allies. The bear has not moved an inch towards him yet. So to say hes lasted long against both is not true. He has not had to face both.
 

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I'm guessing Lady Lex is back from the dead :eek: !!!!
 

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Secret operations, cliffhangers... how low can you go! :mad: :D
 

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Cliffhangers FTW! Now let's see: enemy fleet, could sink Japanese fleet ... the flying Dutchman! :D

Edit: Come to think of it: if you're talking about a Japanese submarine fleet, than any enemy fleet would be suitable.
 
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well the americans and the british haven't sunk a major jap ship yet.

remble said it was a possibilty that some of the majors would be sunk.

i say the afgan navy!
 

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Nice update. You have three stars BB´s, wow. If I see one BB-II with five stars I will build you a shrine, or a temple or something like that :D. And be careful, those unsinkable Brazilian ships are back ;)