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Nice update, as usual :).

You let your carriers opearate without your own aircraft patrolling / spotting enemy ships nearby? Within the range of enemy airbases? That's new. But that spot seems to be a very nice hunting ground at the moment.
 
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Nice update, as usual :).

You let your carriers opearate without your own aircraft patrolling / spotting enemy ships nearby? Within the range of enemy airbases? That's new. But that spot seems to be a very nice hunting ground at the moment.

What usually works pretty good is sending a small fleet of submarines into the same seazone (area). Any naval bombers will automatically target the subs instead of your SAG/CTF/whatever as long as it's a bigger fleet than the subs.
 

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Murmurandus, safferli - Maybe they are scared :)

Reado - Time will tell :)

Lord Strange - You weren't the only one who thought it was the Soviets declaring war.

Sokraates - My General Staff relies on the Emperor's words for their Operation names. They are not all that concerned with names and humour their leader by chosing names he supplies.

Thurak - Thank you. They are operating there fairly safely for a few reasons.

1. British and American Naval bombers very rarely if ever patrol anywhere but their own coastlines.

2. Canadian and French Naval bombers are operating around the Marianas.

3. I am pretty sure where the main British fleet is, and it is still damaged if I am correct, and the American fleets all seem to be in the Pacific and are little threat.

GoforitPanzer - That works well yes, and the AI utilises this tactic on occasion.

Update to follow ...
 

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0000 June 11th 1945.
Diplomatic Headquarters. Tokyo, Japan.

The Foreign office had been quiet for several months but activity had picked up considerably of late. The increase in diplomacy was a direct result of successes by Japanese Armed Forces which had reduced the problems of trade. More Countries could now exchange resources with Japan with a much lower threat of their convoys being sunk by Allied shipping.

The latest Ambassador to arrive in Mamoru's office was becoming a frequent visitor.

"Good morning Ambassador, I trust you are well today?" Mamoru asked the Soviet Ambassador.

"I am very well thank you Minister Mamoru. I take it you have a good reason to invite me here?" the Ambassador replied.

"That I do Ambassador. My Country wishes to engage in another trade deal with yours."

"Mutually beneficially I hope?"​

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"Of course. We seem to have a supply surplus and, as you have an energy surplus, I thought it might be an idea to exchange these commodities again."

"This seems most reasonable. Consider it done."

"Good. Would you like some tea Ambassador? We just had a shipment delivered from the Indian sub-continent which is of the highest quality." Mamoru offered the Ambassador.

"Ah tea. That would be very nice, thank you Minister Mamoru." replied the Ambassador as the conversation turned to diplomatic small talk.​





0400 June 11th 1945.
North China Army Headquarters. In Transit.

The situation in India had begun to deteriorate rapidly. Higashikuni was happy that it was the Allies that were suffering this deterioration.​

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All Allied troops in southern India had been destroyed and Japanese troops were advancing to reclaim land that they had already captured once. The bombers would now turn their attention to the northern half of the Country.​





2200 June 11th 1945.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, North Mid-Indian Basin.

American dive bombers had been harassing Japanese troops on Palau and they needed to be stopped. Unfortunately for them Palau airbase was currently occupied by two full Japanese interceptor wings.​

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Mj. General Fukui led the two wings as they scrambled to intercept the bombers. The damage that followed was very one sided with the bombers sustaining huge casualties, although all four would survive the encounter. Fukui would not need to worry about a return visit from these aircraft.​

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Two naval interceptions occurred on the 12th of June with both BB Division 1 and Carrier Group C in action.

IJN Hiyo would account for a Brazilian Transport fleet in the East Gulf of Aden whilst IJN Yamashiro sank both Destroyer Divisions in the North Mid-Indian Basin.​





1000 June 13th 1945.
North China Army Headquarters. In Transit.

The situation was not getting any better for the British as division after division ceased to be a cohesive unit.​

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Central north India was now devoid of Allied troops and the bombers switched their attention to the only remaining enemy troops left in India.​





0000 June 14th 1945.
Army Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

Satoru had called a small meeting to discuss certain matters relating to recent operations. One of the current secret plans had advanced enough to become de-classified and Tanigawa had ordered Satoru to inform the Cabinet while he briefed the Emperor.

"Good morning Gentlemen. I have asked you here to brief you on one of our secret operations which has now concluded. The mission was somewhat successful and did achieve its main objective." Satoru began.​

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"At 0001 hours on June 1st a Transport fleet commanded by Admiral Mikawa sailed from Fukuoka for Sapporo. On arrival this fleet embarked an infantry division and headed south to Tokyo."​

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"On June 5th the fleet then sailed to its forward operating base in Saipan escorted by BB Division 3 commanded by Admiral Nomura."​

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"A Submarine fleet commanded by Admiral Triye had also sailed on June 1st and was ordered to scout the defences of several islands in the central Pacific. The main reason for the entire operation was to attempt to halt Allied bombing runs against the Marianas and airbases were the primary targets.

Triye reported defenders on the island of Eniwetok but no enemy ground presence on Yap or Wake island. Only one of these three islands could be confirmed as being utilised as an airbase by the Allies."​
 

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"At 2100 hours on June 8th Mikawa sailed for the Yap Trench escorted by BB Division 3."​

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"1800 hours on June 9th saw these two fleets engage a mixed Canadian and American fleet in the North Mariana Trench. The long silent guns of IJN Yamato and IJN Musashi, operating in unison, wrought total devastation on this fleet.

IJN Musashi sank both Canadian vessels while IJN Yamato and the Battlecruiser IJN Haruna dealt with the American Destroyer Divisions."​

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"The invasion of Yap, by Lt. General Tsuda, began at 0600 hours on June 11th with no defenders in sight but aircraft clearly visible on the islands airfield."​

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"Two American Destroyers attempted to halt the invasion and were both sunk in the process. IJN Yamato and the Heavy Cruiser IJN Ashigara would be responsible for the sinking of the two divisions."​

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"Yap became Japanese controlled at 0800 hours on June 13th after a successful landing. We know for certain that four American Close Air Support squadrons were destroyed as a result but we can not confirm any other aircraft losses.

Tsuda and his infantry division were then picked up by Mikawa and both fleets headed for Palau, where BB Division 3 would remain for further repairs and Mikawa would return to Japan once it was deemed to be clear to do so. Admiral Reeves was still operating close to mainland Japan and the Transport fleet could not return home until this threat was either neutralised or moved away.

Enemy bombing runs against the Mariana islands have dropped off considerably after this invasion, which leads us to believe that they also lost several of their Strategic bombing wings as a result of the loss of Yap.

We did consider other invasions, particularly Wake Island, but as these airbases were not being used at the time of the scouting reports it was deemed too risky to warrant such small gain.

Operation Realisation has therefore concluded and was almost a complete success."

"What about Operation Trust?" asked Hideki.

"That operation is still ongoing and is therefore classified for the time being Prime Minister." Osami replied as it was a naval operation and therefore under his jurisdiction. "I can only say that so far it is going according to plan."

"That will have to do then." Hideki replied. "Was there anything else gentlemen or can we all get back to work now?"

"That is all Prime Minster." replied Satoru.​





0200 June 14th 1945.
North China Army Headquarters. In Transit.

Japanese interceptors, performing anti-shipping patrols, had picked up an enemy Transport Flotilla heading into unguarded territory.​

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The target was most likely Thom Buri if there was even a target. The enemy fleets actions pointed towards an invasion though. The two Naval bomber wings had been recovering in the Philippines and were ordered to respond to the threat and prevent any invasion.

Their arrival soon saw the Transport Flotilla sink and troops were already on their way to shore up the beaches of this area. They were still a few weeks away but would halt any such repeat performance by a single fleet.​

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The two older Tactical bomber wings had headed north to Urumqi to support operations in north western China. General Anami led his corps against the British defenders of Aksu. The battle would rage for over twenty four hours but the Tactical bombers would prove the deciding factor as Anami was allowed to advance. The British division would not reach its destination after retreating as the bombers destroyed it.​





1200 June 16th 1945.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Gulf of Mannar.

Yamamoto had moved his fleet back into the Gulf of Mannar to allow BB Division 2 to repair in Colombo. Another interception would occur but not in this area.​

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Carrier Group C would encounter a small American fleet in the East Gulf of Aden but only managed to sink the Transport Division. Aircraft from IJN Hiyo would claim the kill.​
 

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Excellent work as usual, Remble :)
 

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I'm glad to see that Operation Realization was realized succesfully.

And it is nice to see the two super-BB's back in action, even if they didn't sink the illustrious Brazilian 2nd Transport Flotilla. ;)
 

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I am actually hoping the Japanese navy continues to win. For one thing, the IJN is still operational by this point unlike its' historical counterpart.

Remble said:
0000 June 11th 1945.
Diplomatic Headquarters. Tokyo, Japan.

The Foreign office had been quiet for several months but activity had picked up considerably of late. The increase in diplomacy was a direct result of successes by Japanese Armed Forces which had reduced the problems of trade. More Countries could now exchange resources with Japan with a much lower threat of their convoys being sunk by Allied shipping.

The latest Ambassador to arrive in Mamoru's office was becoming a frequent visitor.

"Good morning Ambassador, I trust you are well today?" Mamoru asked the Soviet Ambassador.

"I am very well thank you Minister Mamoru. I take it you have a good reason to invite me here?" the Ambassador replied.

"That I do Ambassador. My Country wishes to engage in another trade deal with yours."

"Mutually beneficially I hope?"​

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"Of course. We seem to have a supply surplus and, as you have an energy surplus, I thought it might be an idea to exchange these commodities again."

"This seems most reasonable. Consider it done."

"Good. Would you like some tea Ambassador? We just had a shipment delivered from the Indian sub-continent which is of the highest quality." Mamoru offered the Ambassador.

"Ah tea. That would be very nice, thank you Minister Mamoru." replied the Ambassador as the conversation turned to diplomatic small talk.​

June 11th is my birthday, by the way. :cool: So fourty-one years before I am born, the Japanese foreign minister was having a very nice day with the Soviet Ambassador. The Allies can prod Stalin all they want; ultimately, he will just do whatever he wants anyhow.
 
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Secret operations ... *grumble* *grumble* ... come on, Remble, tell already. Don't you trust us? :D

By the way: I absolutely loved the dialogue between Mamoru and the Soviet ambassador. Tea parties are fun.
 

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Sokraates said:
Secret operations ... *grumble* *grumble* ... come on, Remble, tell already. Don't you trust us? :D

By the way: I absolutely loved the dialogue between Mamoru and the Soviet ambassador. Tea parties are fun.

I bet for everyone he reports as a success there are at least ten failures... ;) Bloody propaganda I tell you! :mad: :p
 

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Murmurandus said:
I bet for everyone he reports as a success there are at least ten failures... ;) Bloody propaganda I tell you! :mad: :p

Batten down the hatches, hes worked it out hes an Allied Spy. Also its not propaganda, just not telling the whole truth.
 

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Remble said:


Enemy bombing runs against the Mariana islands have dropped off considerably after this invasion, which leads us to believe that they also lost several of their Strategic bombing wings as a result of the loss of Yap.

We did consider other invasions, particularly Wake Island, but as these airbases were not being used at the time of the scouting reports it was deemed too risky to warrant such small gain.

Operation Realisation has therefore concluded and was almost a complete success."

"What about Operation Trust?" asked Hideki.

"That operation is still ongoing and is therefore classified for the time being Prime Minister." Osami replied as it was a naval operation and therefore under his jurisdiction. "I can only say that so far it is going according to plan."


Let me guess ... Airfields on New Guinea? Solomon Islands are probably too far.

Good work !
 

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Remble said:
"Good. Would you like some tea Ambassador? We just had a shipment delivered from the Indian sub-continent which is of the highest quality." Mamoru offered the Ambassador.

"Ah tea. That would be very nice, thank you Minister Mamoru." replied the Ambassador as the conversation turned to diplomatic small talk.
Loved this, made me laugh! :)
 

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OneArmed said:
Awesome update as always Remble.

One question, did you leave a garrison on Yap to defend, or just kill the aircraft squadrons, pick up, and move on?

Were picked:
Tsuda and his infantry division were then picked up by Mikawa and both fleets headed for Palau, where BB Division 3 would remain for further repairs and Mikawa would return to Japan once it was deemed to be clear to do so.

However I have another question: how high is your manpower pool? How much it is rising per day and how much you need to reinforce troops?
 

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zdlugasz said:
However I have another question: how high is your manpower pool? How much it is rising per day and how much you need to reinforce troops?

His manpower pool when last seen was 64 MP, with a .6 increase. The reinforcements were mostly for ships and aircraft so the needs there are low.

I guess the Soviets are hoping you let your guard down in Manchuria so they can strike a fast and fatal blow. Too bad for them your guard won't drop. :)
 

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TheHyphenated1 - Thank you :)

Maj. von Mauser - The SHBB's get some more action in the next update.

Nathan Madien - The IJN is being carefully nurtured although it is still heavily outgunned. Stalin will indeed do whatever he wants.

Deus - Thanks. The threat still remains its just a little less potent.

Sokraates - Mamoru and the Soviet Ambassador seem to be getting along fairly well.

Murmurandus - Failures do occur from time to time, they are very minor in most cases though.

Lord Strange - Japan is winning so far and so history reflects this in the reports :)

zdlugasz - Tempting targets certainly but outside of my air cover and therefore unlikely.

safferli - I am glad you approve :)

OneArmed, zdlugasz, Panzer6 - zdlugasz is correct, it was merely an exercise in aircraft destruction and to prevent any enemy CAS being able to reach the Marianas. I will try and stop the Allies from taking it back though if I can.

Panzer6 is correct on manpower and the total required is roughly 15 of the manpower pool for all of my aircraft and naval repairs. The Soviets will be waiting a long time if they expect me to drop my guard for sure. Summer is slowly winding down though and if the Soviets do not attack me in August I may just have to force things somewhat by attacking them.

The USN is just going to get stronger as time goes on with massive amounts of Carriers likely to start showing up so I need to try and stop the Soviets early enough to have some troops free in case the Pacific turns ugly.

Update to follow to conclude June ...
 

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2100 June 16th 1945.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Gulf of Mannar.

A French Submarine fleet had been spotted weeks ago as it began to enter the patrolled sea zones. It had finally reached the North Mariana Trench having been largely ignored until this point.​

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In a ground breaking engagement an enemy vessel was sunk by one of Japan's Submarines. The festivities would continue for several days as a result of the actions of 17 Sensuikantai.​





0000 June 19th 1945.
Industry Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

Another of the production runs that had been providing materials for the Japanese Armed Forces completed which would allow Ginjiro to re-distribute industry again.​

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The final two Tactical bomber squadrons were completed, and after their intial deployment, they headed for northern China to organise themselves.​





0000 June 19th 1945.
Diplomatic Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

"Tea?" Mamoru asked the Ambassador as he was shown into his office.

"As long as it is of the same quality as it was on my last visit." replied the Soviet Ambassador.

"It is."

"Excellent. I take it this is not purely a social visit Minister Mamoru."

"A small business matter has cropped up but I am sure we can quickly get that out of the way."​

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"Japan still has more than enough supplies to provide your every expanding Armed Forces with more. We merely require some energy in exchange." Mamoru proposed.

"That seems reasonable. I think we can agree on the terms and I really would like some of that tea before it gets cold." the Ambassador replied.

"Of course Ambassador." Mamoru replied as he switched topics to something completely unrelated to war or diplomacy.​





0400 June 20th 1945.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, In Transit.

Yamamoto was moving his fleet in response to the requirements of Operation Trust but was still receiving all necessary reports. An enemy Transport fleet had foolishly entered the Palau Trench and BB Division 3 had sailed to intercept and sink the fleet.

On this occasion the Japanese interceptors had not picked up all of the enemy vessels in the area and Namoru had a fight on his hands.​

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The actual fleet that BB Division 3 encountered contained three Transport Divisions as well as one Destroyer Division and the Battleship USS New York. It was likely that they were intending to try and invade Palau with this force but Yamamoto would never know if that was the case as the two fleets closed and the shells began to hit their targets.

IJN Yamato would account for the Destroyer Division and one of the Transport Divisions while the Heavy Cruiser IJN Atago would sink a second Transport Division. This left the Battleship IJN Musashi to exchange fire with USS New York. The bigger guns of the Japanese ship would tell as the USS New York followed many other ships to the bottom of the Palau Trench.

The news was very welcome to Yamamoto who had been keeping a very close eye on enemy fleets and their compositions. He knew that the USS New York had been the flagship of Admiral Reeves and had split from that fleet for this battle. This meant that Admiral Reeves had returned from his trip to Japan and the sealanes were therefore safe to travel.

Aircraft sank the final Transport Division before it could leave the Palau Trench and it was left to Japanese ships to pick up the American survivors. Amongst the floating debris several documents were discovered that had not been able to be destroyed quickly enough. These documents would make their way back to Japan for decoding and translation. The process would take several weeks to accomplish.​

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Mikawa set sail for Sapporo to return the infantry division to the province. He would then embark the headquarters division and transport it to northern China before beginning to ferry troops from Fukuoka to North Korea.​





0200 June 21st 1945.
North China Army Headquarters. Lanzhou, China.

After a long journey by rail Higashikuni had arrived at his destination in northern China. His headquarters would be based in Lanzhou province until further notice where it would guard the airbase from partisans amongst other things.​

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The final two enemy divisions currently in northern India were attacked by General Abe from Ahmadabad with support from the Tactical bombers using its airbase. Victory was swift as the defenders had already been softened up by the bombers. No advance would follow for the time being as the province was too vital to risk it falling back into enemy hands. The bombers would do the rest of the work for Higashikuni.​





0000 June 23rd 1945.
Industry Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

The completion of various production projects had allowed Ginjiro to transfer industrial output towards repairing Japan's damaged forces.​

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The repair work had been going well and some surplus was now available to begin the long process of upgrading the Japanese Armed Forces. The amount would increase as repairs were completed which should provide a steady increase in modernisation of the Armed Forces.

Some units were of higher priority than others and he already knew which would be delayed. All interceptor squadrons were listed as not to be upgraded as further research would make such upgrades obsolete in the near future. All headquarters divisions not in Asia were also added to the list of units not to be immediately available for upgrade. Priority was given to upgrading the older Tactical bombers to a slightly better variant.​





0500 June 24th 1945.
The Skies Above the North Mariana trench.

A small respite had been seen due to the capture of Yap island but there were other enemy airbases in range of the Mariana islands.​

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One Strategic bomber wing had taken off to bomb the islands but it would not reach its destination as Mj. General Fukui led two interceptor wings to prevent it doing so. The damage was very one sided as the bombers were outnumbered two to one, but some minor damage was received by the interceptors.​
 
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0600 June 26th 1945.
North China Army Headquarters. Lanzhou, China.

All enemy troops in India were now destroyed and Japanese troops could advance without any fear of counter attack.​

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The Tactical bombers looked further afield for targets with the only ground troops close enough to Ahmadabad being in Persia. Only the most modern bombers, Mitsubishi Ki-67 Hiryus, could reach this distance and the older variants would recover from their recent bombing campaign for a few days.​





0100 June 29th 1945.
Diplomatic Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

An Ambassador had asked to see Mamoru and he was only to happy to oblige. The Ambassador was very well known to him and was from a friendly Country.​

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The Siamese Government were more than happy to provide raw materials to Japan for no cost as a result of the recent victory in Burma that had kept Siam independant. Its puppet status was neither here nor there. Several similar deals would come and go over the coming weeks as Siam's raw materials would allow.​





0700 June 29th 1945.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, In Transit.

Yamamoto received many signals and messages during the average day and most were merely spotting reports or other mundane reports common to a theater Commander.

Every now and then one would arrive marked urgent and he had made it perfectly clear to his commanders over the last twelve months what urgent meant. Thus he knew that any message marked urgent was indeed highly important and needed his immediate attention.​

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Despite recent setbacks the Americans had decided to try and capture Saipan again. The last invasion attempt had been repulsed easily enough but this one seemed to be more serious. Not only were the Americans using troops suited to this type of operation they also had provided a fleet to protect the invasion and provide shore bombardment.

Lt. General Adachi was not overly concerned so far as he was quite happy that his troops could repulse such a force. The possibility of additional Allied troops joining the amphibious assault could not be ruled out and someone had to find out what was escorting this enemy Transport fleet before any decision couold be made to intervene with ships. The Naval bombers were naturally already on the way from Saigon to Palau.

Another report arrived on Yamamoto's desk at 1300 hours, also marked urgent. This message provided details of a major enemy fleet and after analysing the report he decided it was actually two fleets that had been previously detected that were merely in the same location.​

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Yamamoto's gut feeling that the British main fleet was in Bombay had been correct and the report from Lt. General Tsukahara proved this to be the case. The remaining Tactical bomber wings would be joining Tsukahara the next day to reduce the British fleet as much as possible before it tried to escape.

Not only was the previously damaged Carrier fleet present but the remains of the fleet that had escaped Rangoon was also in Bombay. The badly damaged Battleship HMS Ramillies was known to be part of this fleet. Several ships were very heavily damaged but it would still be costly to destroy a fleet protected by Aircraft Carriers.​

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By 1800 hours another two divisions had joined in the invasion of Palau but Adachi was still holding his own relatively easily. The latest American troops were ill suited to amphibious assault and would not be able to contribute much to the battle.​

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Yamshita's interceptors finally found the enemy Battlefleet in the North Mariana Trench. It was Admiral Reeves now using the USS Texas as his flagship. Yamamoto was very tempted to order BB Division 3 north to engage this fleet but decided against it as several ships still needed repair. He would allow Ozawa some time to sort the situation out first.​

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By 0000 June 30th Ozawa had joined Yamashita and they began to target the American Battlefleet. The target changed after only two hours and the bombers went after a single Transport Division that had been left on the edge of the invasion. It did not take long to sink it.​

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By 0400 hours only four divisions were still left to continue the invasion after the mechanised division had been lost along with its Transport ships. An hour later the latest attempt to capture Saipan was called off as the American's began to count the costs of the operation.

The fact that five divisions had been used was not lost on Yamamoto. The exact same number of enemy troops had been spotted on the island of Eniwetok earlier in the month.​