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I like the way you explain Yamamoto. :p

Originally posted by Remble:
By 0200 hours on June 22nd the American fleet had suffered its first casualty at the hands of the returned leader of Japan's Pacific forces. The Carrier USS Franklin had sunk after receiving more direct hits from both bombs and torpedoes, with a second Carrier, USS Hancock, now bearing the brunt of further attacks. English would manage to escape further punishment as the Japanese bombers headed back to Iwo Jima to refuel.

The first of many... ;)

Originally posted by Remble:
I mean I hope they survive long enough for me to assist them in their conquest of the World.

Ah! Maybe it will look something like this:
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Shame you can't take out those transports. Do you know how many the US has at this point?

More than in the following posts, once the naval bombers of the Raising Sun begin to pounder them :D
 

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yay the great remble is back with another AAR, Hope you manage what no-one else has done so far and annex the allies with Japan

Go Remble GO
 

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Already has that great Remble touch, especially with the explaination of the TRUE fate of Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto. :D


Nice job with that carrier.
 

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No doubt about it - it's a tough challenge. But if you can knock China out it will allow you the men to do things elsewhere.
 

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Admiral Yamamot - So far so good :)

son of fire - Thank you :)

dublish, trekaddict - Unfortunately I don't have enough aircraft, and what I do have are not modern enough, to seriously damage this fleet. The only battlefleet available is Yamamoto's and it is busy trying to save troops that are far to vunerable. Within two weeks just about all of the IJN should become available and things may be different. The Americans probably possess close to 100 transport ships so even if I were to sink all of these it would not stop their invasions.

Mangudai - Thank you. As was pointed out Yamamoto shouldn't be alive at this time, so I made something plausable up to cover that little querk. That type of world map would be nice to see but I seriously doubt that Germany will survive for long.

Kurt_Steiner - I really wish I had more bombers and it is likely that the TACs will have to move to China soon to support ground operations.

Reado, Maj. von Mauser, BoemsiBoemsie - Thank you. Resources are my primary concern right now, I think I am going to run out of energy at some point which will be a huge problem. Capturing enemy stockpiles is the only solution to this right now and that is only a short term cure.

Roman_legion - The Chinese I am not too worried about, they are so far behind in technology they should be fairly easy to overcome. Even with numerical superiority on most of the front they don't seem to want to attack. Numbers might help them as they lose territory but they should still lose. All of my gains in China will probably be lost once the Red Army decides it wants to own that territory.

Sir Keisari - Sorry, I will try and pick a less interesting topic next time :D In some ways Japan is easier, mostly because its industrial base is not really threatened right now. Long term it has more problems than Germany with both resources and manpower. Not gaining manpower from overseas conquests is a real hinderance to expansion, but I will avoid the temptation to land link Japan to Korea.

stnylan - Japan seems to be a lot more challenging with respect to logistics than most Countries. Even knocking China out presents problems as it will allow the British to attack from northern India as well. And then we have the Soviets to worry about in the future, trying to stop the Red Army with the IJA is something I may well try and avoid. It is possible I might just abandon China to them and concentrate elsewhere.

sbr - One down 12 to go according to intelligence. This does not include the 50 they are probably building right now ;)

Update to follow ...
 

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0000 June 24th 1944.
Diplomatic Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

The Diplomatic offices of Japan where very busy, with many current tasks that needed urgent attention. Mamoru was streamlining these actions in order to provide the maximum benefit for his Country. Trading for goods and maintaining current diplomatic relations where some of his priorities but he was also tasked with obtaining details of technological advances from Japan's allies.​

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Germany was the main source of this type of information. The current research projects being undertaken by Japan could not all be assisted by German technology but some could. Mamoru traded some of his own Country's technology, and a fairly large quantity of rare materials, to acquire some of the plans that Japan's research teams required.​





0200 June 24th 1944.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Grosvenor Seamount.

The Imperial Japanese Airforce was finding a considerable number of enemy fleets operating in and around the islands of the central Pacific. Yamamoto needed the information they provided and he was quickly building up a picture of his enemies presence. The damage some ships had sustained would put them out of action for some tme. Sunk ships were better, but failing that, large repair times would have to suffice.​

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Ichimaru was out patrolling the Mariana Trench per his orders and had spotted an enemy fleet. The fleet was small but it did contain one of the United States Navy's Aircraft Carriers. The weather was bad, making any type of combat more difficult, but he led his two squadrons of Tactical bombers towards the USS Saratoga regardless. Damage was very minor to the Carrier but the knowledge of its whereabouts was almost as important as damaging it.​





0900 June 24th 1944.
North China Army Headquarters. Zhuzhou, China.

Progress in China was slow, this was nothing new to Higashikuni, it had been this way for many years. Advances were being made which was his primary concern. Not all such advances were being made by Japanese forces.​

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Nationalist Chinese militia divisions had moved forward to occupy the vacant Zhanjiang province. Far from being disappointed in this news, Higashikuni was actually pleased. The Chinese had made a mistake and they would pay for it. His response would wait for the rising sun. Orders were dispatched to the relevant forces and would be carried out at the appointed time.​





1000 June 24th 1944.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Grosvenor Seamount.

The lookouts had spotted an enemy fleet in Yamamoto's vacinity and his ships manned their battle stations in response to this sighting. Fortunately it was not a major enemy task force and presented no direct threat to his Transport fleet.​

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The Submarine division would not harm his fleet physically but it would slow him down and delay his arrival off Wake Island. Delays like these cost men their lives and also provided his enemies with the knowledge of his whereabouts, which they had not known until now. He would have no choice but to force the Submarines away using his escorts and the bombers flying overhead.

Two hours into this process an attack began on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. This island was critical to Japan's strategic objectives and had to be protected at all costs.​

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The attack was not an invasion, but the mere fact that the Americans where prepared to send an Aircraft Carrier to bomb the airfield being used by anti-shipping patrols, clearly demostrated the islands importance.

Ozawa's Naval bombers where refueling at the time of the attack and were quickly scrambled to respond. Bombing his airfield was not something he would tolerate, especially from aircraft flying from an enemy Carrier.​

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The USS Saratoga was going to suffer for its audacity as bombers made their way to respond to the raid. By 1600 hours the Naval bombers, also joined by Tactical bombers, stationed on Iwo Jima had inflicted a large amount of damage upon the Carrier, which was currently burning from several successful attacks against it. The attack was abandoned and the USS Saratoga sailed away from its target having failed to achieve its aims. It had a long distance to travel before it would be safely out of range of Japanese aircraft.​

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The Carrier was spotted again early the next morning by both Ichimaru and Kondo's Tactical bombers as it entered the Mariana Trough. More damage would be inflicted, threatening to sink the ship, but it would survive this engagement and continue south east.​
 

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0000 June 25th 1944.
North China Army Headquarters. Zhuzhou, China.

The new day had signalled the time for the planned attack to remove the problem of an over ambitious advance by Nationalist Chinese forces. They were not attacked directly but their supply route was.​

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Lt. General Chandra Bose led his troops towards the province of Nanning in order to isolate the more advanced Chinese troops. Air support would arrive in a few hours to assist the advance, which enabled it to be successful with minimal casualties.​

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Further east General Asaka was forced to attack the Chinese divisions that had been retreating from Guangzhou. They had lost their first fight with his troops and faired no better on this second occasion.​

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At 1500 hours the cavalry forces commanded by General Nishio arrived in Hengyang. They began their advance west towards Guilin, the vacant capital of Guangxi. The counter attack against their new position was easy halted and Nishio was free to concentrate on his advance. The supporting infantry division was still a couple of days behind his cavalry, but would arrive before his own troops left Hengyang to ensure his supply route was kept open.​





0000 June 26th 1944.
Diplomatic Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

The last plans that Mamoru had obtained from their German ally had been fairly costly, this time they would be free.​

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Germany's Ambassador to Japan was only too happy to hand over the blueprints for all of the technology that Japan needed to improve its infantry forces. This information was very helpful and would be used as soon as a research team could be spared from more pressing projects.​





0100 June 26th 1944.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Grosvenor Seamount.

Japanese aircraft were out searching in the early morning and several found targets of opportunity. Two American Carrier fleets had been spotted and both were attacked by Tactical bombers. The Naval bombers were still patrolling the areas to the north to provide support for Yamamoto.​

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USS Saratoga would be attacked again as it tried to escape and a second attack found the larger Carrier fleet, commanded by Admiral English, with the damaged USS Hancock. Both ships would sustain more damage but not enough to sink them. They would make good their escape to the safer waters to the south and east.​

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At 1700 hours BB Division 1 finally arrived off Wake Island where Mj. General Banzai's marine division immediately began embarking on the fleets Transport ships. Delays to the fleets arrival could yet prove costly as there were several known enemy fleets close by, although most had some damaged ships amongst their numbers which could prevent them from attacking. Yamamoto wished to be away from this area as soon as possible so that he could finish his current mission before beginning on the next.​
 

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A shame that carrier escaped. Looks like you might net yourself a nice pocket of Chinese troops against the sea.
 

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Remble said:
It is possible I might just abandon China to them and concentrate elsewhere.

That I would not like to see, form reading your last AAR I got the impression that you always tryed to do things in a realistic manner. The is no way Japan would have ever even considered considereing withdrawing troops from China.

Hopefully you will be able to dispose of China in a timely enough manner to be able to sort out your troops and deploy them to the Soviet border in time for August Storm.
 

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Maj. von Mauser said:
That I would not like to see, form reading your last AAR I got the impression that you always tryed to do things in a realistic manner. The is no way Japan would have ever even considered considereing withdrawing troops from China.

Hopefully you will be able to dispose of China in a timely enough manner to be able to sort out your troops and deploy them to the Soviet border in time for August Storm.
Well, his condition is much more dire than in his German AAR so... For the Win!
 

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Black Sun - Nice idea but that definately falls under my no gaminess rules.

You could call it "Government in Exile".


Damaging ships isn't half bad. Firstly it keeps fleets from attacking and secondly they will consume US IC for a very long time. Granted, the US has more than enough IC, but diverting some never hurts.

By the way: why didn't you have your transports enter port and load the marines there? Or doesn't Wake Island have a port?
 
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An English admiral commanding an US fleet? ;) :D The world is mad, indeed...

The days of the Saratoga are numbered, methinks.
 

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Whee! Another Remble Götterdämmerung AAR!
Consider me subscribed. I may not comment much, but I will definitely follow.

Oh, and nitpick. It's 'Emperor', not 'Emporer'.


I'm really curious how you think you're going to be able to make this work, especially with the limitations you've given yourself. Good hunting!
 

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The initial phase seems to go well. Let's hope it remains like this... ;)