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It was not until 2100 hours that patrolling interceptors ascertained which enemy fleet was protecting the Transports. Reeves had escorted the invasion with the USS Texas his only remaining Battleship.​

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British Strategic bombers had begun to try and re-assert themselves upon the islands of the Marianas and were sent on their way minus a large number of aircraft. There were enough Japanese interceptors in this area now to halt most bombing attacks with little trouble.

The next message Yamamoto read had the red stamp of Urgent across it. The origin of the message was from somewhere unusual and could signal a change in Allied tactics.​

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The failure on Guam had prompted another invasion. The report came from Mj. General Gatot Mangkoepradja who was providing beach defence in the province of Malang in East Java.

The Americans had planned two invasions in two different areas. Java was not as well protected as the Marianas and they would force the defending division to retreat. Yamamoto had no fleets close enough to help and gave orders to Japanese bombers to find and sink the Transport fleet.​

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Air General Kondo was first to arrive, at 0300 hours on August 18th, with his Tactical bomber wing and he set about trying to halt the invasion. Ozawa and Genda joined him soon afterwards.

All three American Transport Divisions were sunk along with their embarked troops. Removing the beach defenders was one thing, actually landing was something else entirely.​

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Yamamoto was becoming impatient as BB Division 1 finally reached the Babuyan Channel. He should have already arrived in Osaka but was at least a week behind schedule because of a lack of oil for his fleet. BB Division 2 was already in Osaka as he should have been.​

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Having cleared the area around Java Ozawa had moved back to the Marianas where he found Reeves still off the coast of Guam. Some additional damage to the USS Texas would force him to leave.​

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No further enemy naval activity had been detected in the Marianas but a naval patrol had noticed a Transport fleet entering the port of Sorong. Ozawa and Genda flew several missions against the port and sank all four of the enemy Divisions.

Air patrols north of Taiwan had picked up enemy naval activity. Carrier Group C was sent to investigate and arrived in North Ryukyu on August 25th.​

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The initial contact would result in the sinking of the 21st Destroyer Division by aircraft from IJN Hiyo. Subsequent contacts to the south east in the Ryukyu Trench would see two more enemy vessels sunk. Aircraft from IJN Katsuragi and IJN Ryuho would sink the Light Cruiser USS Richmond and the 19th Submarine Division.

August had been fairly quiet in the Pacific. The two attempted invasions by the United States Navy demonstrated that the enemy still had more than enough capability to take the battle to the Imperial Japanese Navy. Plans for September would test both fleets.​





0000 August 30th 1945.
Intelligence Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

The second research project did complete on the last day of August. Mitsui finished their project to improve Japanese Agriculture, which would provide a slight increase to manpower available in the future.​

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Teiji Takagi was given the task of enhancing Japanese cipher abilites which were far behind that of the Allies. Reducing this gap would help all of Japan's Armed Forces.​
 

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Congratulation to Kondo and Ozawa. Let's hope this loss will not teach the Allies to escort their transports properly. :D

Regarding the Pacific campaign, I didn't imply island hopping and the invasion of the US ... yet. I only referred to your plan of thinning out the US Navy. I eagerly look forward to that.

By reloading to fix the oil problem I also understand to save the game, quit and then load the saved game. As such you won't be playing any period twice. Am I correct?

So by saying that you won't reload for a while, do you imply that you actually never quit the game but only pause it and leave it running?

I know that reloading can screw up the AI by making units change direction. Does reloading have any other negative impacts on the AI?
 

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Sokraates said:
I know that reloading can screw up the AI by making units change direction. Does reloading have any other negative impacts on the AI?

Rethinking diplomatic options, including breaking existing trade deals.
 

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I also heard you could make an impassable land connection between Japan and mainland Asia, as this solves the transport problems. I don't know how to though, and it might be a bit gamey. but you could say to yourself "I must have 500 idle convoy transports at all times to represent this".
 

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Convoy issue - My 2 cents

I have also problem with convoy when playing JAP with HOI Arma 1.2.
Generally, one convoy between Japan and China is using all my convoy pool.
Even if I cancel it, it is recreated next day by computer and I do not want to manage manually all convoys.

It is very disrupting because it impacts all supplies and not especially oil so my troops are loosing strenght and org.

The only way I found to fix it is to add 1,000 boats to my convoy pool by editing saved game.

It is highly recommended to monitor on a regular basis convoy pool and supply level of overseas troops when playing JAP. JAP puppets can have the same problem. I know that releasing Indonesia was generating this kind of issues and I'm not sure it has been fixed.
 

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In Japanese games I always have three continiuous buildings lines for convoys from start date to end date...
 

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My comments about your last update

Very nice update as usual.

I was scary by the massive and quite efficient amphibious assault against Guam.
I really thought that island would fall! Nice suspense!

It seems that this island is a major USA target since beginning of scenario.
Don't you think you should reinforce a little bit island? For example, if you have Inf '43 research, prioritise unit upgrade on this island.

It would be an improve without losing IC in costal fort or blocking more troops there.
 
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alan_le_cowboy said:
I really thought that island would fall!

Me too. With a General the US would have had a very good chance to win this battle. So they were over the command limit (6/3).

Nice update, I am looking forward to the Total Pacific War.
 

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I have to say this AAR totally changed my view upon naval warfare and the impact and importance of it and thanks to remble and his tactics now I'm enjoying total domination of the English channel as Germany in 1939 :rofl: cheers and keep it up! :D
 

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Have the US changed tactics? :eek: This might add a new aspect to the game if the Americans keep thinking like that.

Anyways, on the Island hpping issue, I think a limited offensive with the aim of 2 Airfields and Ports closer to the States would be a reasonable Idea.
 

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Maj. von Mauser said:
Have the US changed tactics? :eek: This might add a new aspect to the game if the Americans keep thinking like that.

-September 1st, 1945-

In the Oval Office of the White House, President Harry S. Truman paced back and forth across the worn-out carpeting. Much of the wearing out has come from Truman and his wheelchair-bound predecessor pacing the carpeting time and time again for over a year.

"There has to be a way, for crying out loud!"

In his straightforward attitude, Truman took his frustrations out on the leading naval planners.

"We have been making great progress over the last few years! Coral Sea...Midway...Guadalcanal...even that dumb-as-bricks MacArthur got back New Guinea! Now, we just stopped?! What the devil happened?!"

One of the naval planners, with a "please don't kill me" look on his face, cautiously spoke up.

"We mis-assessed the capability of the Japanese."

Truman suddenly exploded.

"Mis-assessed the capability of the Japanese?! That's how we got into this stupid mess to begin with! We should have just let the Japs have China in the first place! But no! We had to interfere and then Pearl Harbor happened! Now six years have passed since the war began and we are no closer to the home islands now than we were in 1939!"

One of the naval planners spoke up.

"Well..."

"WELL WHAT?!"

"Well...we do have a plan."

"IS IT THE SAME DANG PLAN WE HAVE BEEN PURSUING?! LANDING ON ISLANDS AND GETTING SLAUGHTERED LIKE PIGS IN A PIG PEN?!"

"Yeah, pretty much. However, we are going to try something different."

Truman shot the brave naval planner an "prove it" stare.

"Well...umm...we thought about landing someplace weaker. You know, like Java."

Truman ran his right hand through his thinning hair.

"This has better work! Or else I am sending all of you to land in Java!"
 

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What would you do in case of a succesfull landing at Java? Try to push them back in the sea, before reinforcements arrive? If the AI is smart enough to reinforce the landing force quickly, your forces on the island may risk getting captured.
 

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Sokraates, Deus, zdlugasz, Juan_de_Marco, alan_le_cowboy, Murmurandus - I will try and cover the entire supply problem in one go.

I try to never reload at all. I will not replay any part.

Firstly I have more than enough spare capacity and the only thing being effected is oil supply to mainland China. All other supplies and oil are fine. I have tried manually creating a convoy and I am sure that anyone who has tried this themselves knows that it is basically impossible to do. I have tried cancelling the convoy that should be working and it gets recreated the next day and still does not ship enough oil. It ships 2.5 oil / day regardless of my needs.

The only thing that works is save, quit, reload. I tried this in an early save and it seems to work fine. Doubtless it will come back at some point. My convoys are growing as is my capacity so no additional convoys beyond what I am already producing should be needed. I typically have a 250+ surplus even on a bad day. The fact that it works ok after a reload tells me that it is not a convoy number issue, merely a running game issue.

By reloading the AI rethinks its strategy and can alter what it had planned to do. It also examines all trades and diplomatic functions and frequently cancels any bad trades. The reload kept all of my trades which means they are all deemed fair by the AI as they should be at 100%.

The AI also 'forgets' why it halted some operations. The easiest way to explain this is as Germany. Between 1939 and April 1940 the typical player neutralises the Allied air force in Europe. By April it is basically grounded because the AI knows it will lose them if it flies. If you reload all of those aircraft that were being kept away from danger go back to bombing, or trying to. The result is nearly always wholesale slaughter of the AI airforce. This is an extreme example but is fairly obvious.

AI ground movement is also effected. A lot of movement orders are halted and as the AI moves most of its forces rather than redeploys them it can add months to some orders. For instance it is probable that the AI is moving a lot of Soviet troops east and a reload slows this whole process down because they have to start moving again.

Reloads in general help a Human and hinder the AI so I try and keep them to a minimum. There will come a time when I have no choice but to 'fix' the problem with a reload but I won't do it until I have to.

I hope that explains it at least fairly well. Japan and the USA have this problem in most games at some point so it is not uncommon.

The impassable land connection is a fix of sorts but it would help me a lot more than just supplies. Right now I do not get manpower from Asia, if I put in the land bridge I do. No land bridge will be made for this reason.

alan_le_cowboy, Thurak - I was never concerned that I would lose Guam on this occasion. The AI's chance has gone to succeed here. At one point the infrastructure was almost zero on all of those islands and an invasion of this type would have worked under those circumstances. The infrastructure is fully repaired now and any such invasion is doomed without air support. I have air superiority over the Marianas and I will keep it as long as I hold Yap. The islands defenses were increased from 2 to 3 divisions to counter this type of invasion and proved adequate so no further forces should be needed for the time being.

al_faris - It is nice to know that my tactics inspire people to try a similar thing. Naval warfare is a very fun part of the game and adds a whole new dimension to the normal two dimensional land war. I am glad the tactics work well for Germany too :)

Maj. von Mauser - I think the AI switched tactics yes. Think bigger than 2 ports/airfields. If I am going to play the deny the enemy access game I will take a lot more than that :)

Nathan Madien - Very nice again. Mis-assessed is an understatement :D

Pwn*Star - My four divisions on Java are too important to risk losing as are the rare materials on the island. My defensive line is not going backwards for any reason other than I cannot defend it. This means no airforce or IJN. If the Americans land they will die horribly :)

Monthly meeting to follow which tells some of the plans ...
 

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Update (September 1st 1945)





0000 September 1st 1945.
Imperial Palace. Tokyo, Japan.

"Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen. We will begin with Intelligence today." Hideki began the meeting.

"Your Majesty. Gentlemen, good morning." Kuniaki began. "There have been no changes to my espionage network so reports carry the usual caveat of inaccuracy."​

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"The Soviet Union's industrial output is unchanged and no research projects were completed. Our relations have again improved markedly due to our extensive trade agreements.

Militarily their forces are showing only small increases and this is only in their land forces. There is no sign of increased build up on our borders."​

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"The United Kingdom's industry is still suffering from a shortage of rare materials but their base production is unchanged. They completed one unknown research project during August.

Ground forces have increased by thirteen infantry and three armoured divisions. This increase is likely to be due more to lent forces than actual production.

An increase of five smaller ships has also been reported and could easily be correct. No ships from the Royal Navy were sunk by us in August."​

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"No change to industrial output for the United States and no research completed.

Apparently they lost sixteen infantry divisions during August. We almost certainly destroyed some of these during amphibious operations but not that many. I think it likely that some of these reported losses could have been lent to the United Kingdom.

Their airforce numbers have shot up considerably but is unlikely to be due to production. It is possible that more of their aircraft are now 'visible' to my agents.

The United States Navy shows a loss of four Aircraft Carriers which we know is not correct. We sank none of these types of ships in August. Smaller ships have increased by eight but this number is deemed unlikely due to losses sustained."​

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"Our own research progressed well and we completed two projects. Agricultural Production and Frontline Supply will assist our manpower growth and supply situation respectively. Nothing further." concluded Kuniaki.

"Diplomacy next please."

"Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen. I have prepared a short report on our puppet regimes to show their contribution to our cause. Other than this, trade opportunities will continue to be monitored during September, with a view to trying to make the Soviet trades more advantageous in a couple of months, should the situation with them remain stable." Mamoru began.​

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"Of our three puppets Manchukuo is by far the larger as far as industrial output is concerned. Siam is, like us, suffering from energy shortages. We do not have the spare capacity to trade energy to them at this point but will do so in the future if we can.

I have taken the liberty on occasion to send them some documents to help speed along some of their research. They follow a different land doctrine to us and this is slowing down their research considerably."​

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"Militarily their ground force contribution looks small. This is deceiving as they have already lent us most of their forces and they appear under our force size. Manchukuo is producing a significant number of troops, mostly infantry and mountain varieties, and already contributes at least fifteen divisions to our defences in their Country."​

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"Siam is the only puppet with an airforce and it is all stationed in Japan where the bomber element patrols our sealanes. Their interceptors are too outdated to be of any real use and they are unwilling to allow us to take over these forces.

Siam did have a small Navy at one point but it was all sunk during earlier operations which leaves just the Imperial Japanese Navy contributing to sea power. Nothing more from me." concluded Mamoru.

"Industry please."

"Good morning your Majesty. Gentlemen." Ginjiro began. "There were no new production requests for August and we had a small problem with oil distribution. This problem persists and I am trying to ascertain why our oil requisitions are not working in the manner in which they should."

"Only oil is effected correct?" asked Hideki.

"Yes Prime Minister, and only oil to mainland Asia. All other oil is being distributed as requested. The problem is not one of convoy capacity as we have ample spare and we are still producing more. With a shift in combat theaters to the Pacific the oil problem should have minimal impact as only our static armoured forces would require any. Supplies are not effected so our men are being fed."​

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"Industrial output has increased slightly as the factories have been repaired in India. Transport Capacity also improved due to research completion.

Resources remain highly volotile on a daily basis but all are trending upwards over time with the exception of metals and rare materials which are decreasing slightly. Further trades could always be made to alter this situation as required but I have no current concerns with any stockpile.

Our first batch of new Kawasaki Ki-66 Close Air Support aircraft are due in the middle of September with more being produced as soon as these complete. No other production is due in the coming month.

Repairs are still showing a steady decline with large parts of the Imperial Japanese Navy repaired and most squadrons also at full strength. There are still long term repairs needed to some of our capital ships.

Upgrades are slowly completing but will still take a considerable time to finish in most instances. Garrison upgrades have been completed and have reduced partisan activity slightly as a result.

Our manpower situation remains acceptable but not good enough to produce more infantry type divisions although our need for more garrisons is a high priority when we can get around to it. Done for today." Ginjiro concluded.​
 

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"Armed Forces please."

"Your Majesty, Gentlemen. Good morning." Tanigawa began. "August was fairly quiet as we moved a large part of our fleet back to Japan and also made other re-distributions of forces for upcoming operations. The Americans have tried something different by attempting an invasion of Java. The initial assault was successful but our bombers halted any forces actually landing."

"Are our defences in this area adequate Minister Tanigawa?" Hirohito asked.

"Not really your Majesty. This area was and remains a lower priority and some of the forces here would be better utilised elsewhere. We have enough forces to at least give warning of invasion in most areas and they should be able to hold until additional forces can come to their assistance." replied Tanigawa.

"Good enough. What about the operations planned for September?" the Emperor asked.

"Plans are complete your Majesty and Ministers Satoru, Osami, Jun and myself will provide you with a full briefing after this meeting if that is your wish."

"It is." Hirohito replied. "You have a codename for this operation?"

"No your Majesty. There is no specific operation warranting one, the whole campaign is a general one. I will hand you over to Minister Satoru for a theater briefing." Tanigawa concluded.

"Thank you Minister Tanigawa. Your Majesty, Gentlemen, good morning." Satoru began. "No ground combat occured during August with our defences now formed in most areas."​

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"Asia remains largely unchanged with only the capture of provinces in north western China and India achieved during August. There remains one province, Hotan, to capture in this area and that should occur in the first week of this month. Defences forces are fully deployed everywhere except this one border area in China and that will also finish this month.

We still hold both Oman and Yemen with no real sign of any forces trying to retake this territory. We are planning nothing to defend this area."​

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"Nothing new in the Pacific territory wise. The Americans tried two landings in August. One against Guam and one against Java. Both failed with the assault on Guam being fairly bloody and the invasion of Java costing the Americans their entire force. We do not know if they plan more operations of a similar nature but we are sure that we can contain just about anything.

We will be commencing offensive operations in the Pacific after a few more days. Some capital ships are nearing full operational status and we will wait for those first. We are planning a minimum of one invasion of our own and possibly more depending on how things progress. Our operations are designed to bring the United States Navy out to play and all of our Naval and Tactical bomber squadrons are available to make sure that they suffer if they do.

The Imperial Japanese Navy will also be taking a very active roll and it is likely that we may suffer some losses as a result. All of the Submarine fleets will also be involved. I will let Minister Osami brief you on the Naval forces being used." concluded Satoru.

"Thank you Minister Satoru. Good morning your Majesty. I will brief on Naval losses for August first and then let you Gentlemen know which forces are to be risked in the Pacific." Osami began.​

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"Losses were nil for all Navies except the United States Navy.

American Losses

2 x Light Cruisers.
1 x Submarine Division.
3 x Destroyer Divisions.
10 x Transport Divisions.

Sixteen ships or Divisions in all mostly Transports. Our own ships have taken almost no roll during August in preperation for our future operations. Our two marine divisions were also moved to Japan and will form the spearhead of our landing force which will be assisted by infantry. The infantry we will use will come from southern Korea and the Philippines.

Our main objective is not territorial. The neutralisation of the United States Navy is the primary motive for the coming campaign. All operations will be scaled back and revert to a defensive nature should any aggressive act come from the Soivet Union.

As is usual with Naval operations they can change at very short notice in response to enemy activity. The forces designated for offensive rolls are as follows:

BB Division 1
BB Division 2
BB Division 3
3. Kaigun (Transport fleet)
8. Kaigun (Transport fleet)
All Submarine fleets either offensively or defensively.

All three BB Divisions will be reformed to some degree to each include one Light Carrier and several large capital gun ships.

Carrier Group C will remain in reserve and hunt enemy Submarine fleets if they try and interdict our convoy system. Carrier Group D will contain all repairing ships and will remain un-operational.

BB Division 1 will move to Saipan to provide defensive support initially. This could alter as operations progress.

BB Divisions 2 and 3 will support the Transport fleets during their landing(s).

Our Submarines will protect the waters around Indonesia and the Marianas and also provide advanced warning of enemy fleet activity beyond our normal air patrol range.

In keeping with current Naval priorities we will not deliberately engage any enemy Battlefleet of significant size with our own Battlefleets. The Imperial Japanese Air Force will continue to fill the roll that it has been in this respect. Our fleet is primarily for force protection but will engage enemy fleets of smaller size if they find any. The coming weeks and months will be the first time since June and July of 1944 that our air force will be fully deployed in the Pacific and we hope that its presence will be a surprise for our enemies.

Our plans are flexible and will either become more or less ambitious depending on progress. Nothing further from the Armed Forces today." Osami concluded.

"Good luck with your plans Gentlemen." stated Hirohito as he stood and left the room accompanied by the Chiefs of Staff for all of Japan's Armed Forces.​
 

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oh some very bloody naval battles up ahead. I cant wait.

just keep supplyin the soviet ambassidor with tea, and he shall not be forced to all stalin to DOW yea!
 

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Offensive operations in the Pacific! Me likey. :cool:
 

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I say take Siam's airforce with acceptall. They'll upgrade and become swell additions to your forces. You could rationalize it by saying Japan pulled some vicious threat, or it was a "gift" from a loyal puppet. :cool: