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Nice little update.
 

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Remble said:
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The Celebes was now very much under control with Lt. General Kuribayashi re-taking Menado. With only one Dive bomber wing now present the process of completely removing the Allied presence would take some time but Yamamoto was confident of success.​

Interestingly, I just saw the "Letters From Iwo Jima" movie Clint Eastwood made. With his devotion to the Emperor, it's good to see Kuribayashi fighting for the Emperor rather than getting killed on Iwo Jima. Of course in this timeline, Iwo Jima has proved to be rather irrevelent. :cool:
 

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Kanil - Alaska is a long way away yet :)
Only as far away as Attu Island! :D

Although I'm not sure what strategic use it might yield...

Keep up the good writing and fighting.
 

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Americans are friendly people and they always provide you a warm welcome. Just ask Ozawa and Genda. The British would, too, if they had any tea left. :D

What nation does Truk belong to nowadays? I don't seem to recognize the color.

Keep up the good work and don't forget: Eniwetok looks especially nice this time of year.
 

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Sokraates said:
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What nation does Truk belong to nowadays? I don't seem to recognize the color.

Keep up the good work and don't forget: Eniwetok looks especially nice this time of year.

IIRC it was New Zealand.

Forward!
 

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Making good progress. Nice to see the reconquest of New Guinea.
 

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genbrad said:
the brits are really trying to push back into india.... the lack of rare materials must really be hurting them.

It's a simple AI choice: It's the only Allied/Japanese land front, so they build up there and try to attack.
 

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genbrad - They are certainly suffering from a lack of rare materials. Why the U.S. doesn't supply them is a mystery of course as it has more than enough to go around.

Maj. von Mauser, alan_le_cowboy - Thank you :)

Nathan Madien - That film is on my to do list for sure :)

Kanil - Attu has an airbase and a port and is too close to Japan. It is strategically important.

Sokraates, zdlugasz - New Zealand it is that controls Truk. A new sheep farm has apprently sprung up on the island.

stnylan - Thanks. Unfortunately New Guinea is nothing more than a strategic objective, there are absolutely no resources on the island.

Thurak - Its a shame that the British can't con the Americans into supporting their Indian adventures. I would much rather blow them up in the open terrain of India than the jungles of the Pacific.

robou - I guess the AI thought Eniwetok was too far away. Only Ozawa and Genda can reach it so it was almost safe.

Update to follow ...
 

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A Pacific War
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0200 November 6th 1945.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Saipan.

The American armoured division, that had landed a few hours ahead of Japanese forces arriving in Babo, had been sufficiently reduced by Tactical bombers to be removed.​

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Mj. General Wada had been embarked from Sorong and launched an amphibious assault to capture both the armour and the province. The added support from Sorong and the Imperial Japanese Air Force ensured a swift victory.​

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Admiral Ito took command of the ships that had been repaired in Osaka and was ordered to Palau. The Battleship IJN Ise was amongst the repaired vessels.​

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Air patrols had picked up a Transport fleet heading towards the Marianas and Yamamoto had ordered BB Division 1 to intercept. There were in fact two fleets containing three Divisions all of which were sunk. IJN Yamashiro would be responsible for all three.​

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Air patrols had also conducted reconaissance of Wake Island and had found the island to be undefended. There was a Destroyer Division off the coast.​

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British Strategic bombers had returned to Palau to bomb the airfield. The six interceptor squadrons based on the island were scrambled and caught the bombers during their bombing run. Mj. General Kusaka would lead on this occasion and the British bombers sustained heavy casualties. The bombers had made the airfield almost useless for the time being but had only inflicted minor damage to the aircraft that had intercepted them. The airfield would be repaired as it had been many times already.​

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By 0800 on November 8th Ozawa and Genda had reduced Spruance's fleet further, having sunk the Heavy Cruisers USS Minneapolis and USS San Francisco. The bombers were also suffering high losses but would return. This fleet was in a place Yamamoto did not wish it to be and it would need to be almost totally crippled whatever the cost.​

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The conquest of New Guinea continued as Banzai landed in Buna. There was now only one coastal province not under Japanese control on the eastern end of the island and Banzai would also be tasked with its capture.​

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At 0500 hours on November 9th Wada occupied Babo and would be transferred east where he would be tasked with capturing the mountains inland.​

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The final bombing run on Eniwetok took place overnight on November 9th and would leave Spruance with only five ships with the Heavy Cruiser being badly damaged. This fleet was not a threat to BB Division 1 which was scheduled to operate in this area. Ozawa and Genda would spend several weeks conducting repairs after the repeated bombings against a well defended island.

Yamamoto received word of the sighting of an American Aircraft Carrier as Ozawa began his latest bombing run.​

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Admiral Lockwood had found a more modern Carrier to command, the USS Kearsarge. BB Division 3 was still escorting the Transport fleet that was heading north through Dampier Strait and Lockwood made the mistake of engaging Namoru.

His Carrier would escape the battle but Lockwood would lose the 16th Destroyer Division to the guns of the Heavy Cruiser IJN Mogami.​
 

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An overflight by Fukui would confirm that the USS Kearsarge had been crippled by the encounter and was heading north east. Namoru would not be ordered after her as he was to continue to protect the Transport fleet. Yamamoto ordered Shimomura's Submarine fleet after Lockwood instead. The Carrier was now unescorted and should be easy prey even for Japanese Submarines.​

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At 1100 hours on November 10th four fleets quietly left Saipan and headed off in different directions. Carrier Group C would escort 8. Kaigun north towards Wake Island and BB Division 1 would escort 15. Kaigun to Eniwetok. Both Transport fleets contained three infantry divisions apiece and these troops would remain to garrison the islands after they were captured.​

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Mj. General Banzai began his final invasion on New Guinea at 1800 hours on November 10th with Wewak as his target.​

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Shimomura caught the USS Kearsarge in the Ysabel Channel along with two Transport Divisions. The badly listing Carrier had no chance of escaping and would sink during the encounter. No ship could claim the kill as the Carrier sank beneath the waves. Neither Transport Division would sustain any damage and both would escape. Shimomura headed back south west to continue his blockading roll.​

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Several Destroyer Flotillas had been spotted heading towards the Submarine fleet that had chased the USS Kearsarge and Namoru had been ordered to intercept them. He caught two seperate Australian fleets inside twelve hours. All four Destroyer Flotillas were sunk with only one not being confirmed for a Japanese vessel. IJN Yamato would sink two and the Light Carrier IJN Chiyoda the third.​

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By 1100 hours November 12th the non-stop bombing of Kendari was paying off as one of the two American divisions neared destruction.​

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Mj. General Wada had been dropped off in Kerema and he began an almost three month march through the mountains of New Guinea. He would end up as the garrison of Port Moresby should he complete his travels.​

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Yamamoto received another report containing the whereabouts of an American Carrier at 2100 hours on November 12th. The USS Randolph had been spotted in the East Carolines by patrolling Tactical bombers who managed to inflict some minor damage to the Carrier before it left the area. Unescorted Carriers were not likely to live long if they headed in the wrong direction.​

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Banzai completed his tour of New Guinea with the capture of Wewak and would rest for a while before moving on to a new area of operations.​

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The almost toally destroyed American division in Kendari had managed to reach Palu in the Celebes but was greeted by an attack from Kuribayashi who had almost arrived in the province from the north. The temporary lack of supplies for Kuribayashi would not help the American division which shortly succumbed when yet another bombing run targetted it.​
 

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Africa Next!

Your next aim should be South Africa. You really need good tech teams I am not sure if you have any ports nearby, but they have couple of islands nearby and building some ports for advance shouldn't be a problem. Reasons to take SA would be many as I already mentioned good tech teams. Another ally out from the competition. They shouldn't have much of the protection(of course I can't be sure, but in another scenarios they don't tend to build much of the armies as they lack of manpower) and should be relatively easy to wipe out. Also good gain of new resources is also welcomed + you receive no partisan penalty which is another reason to take SA out of the game. And also one more + is that all their VP are near to coast which makes them perfect target. After this I would suggest you to take a look at Australia, but you have many disadvantages comparing to SA. Like very high partisan hit, much harder to take provinces, but again I think some good tech teams and amount of resources you would receive from there would be nice welcome to your arsenal. Another option would be take out Persia and Afghanistan, but I know you are not very interested of taking war with the commies right now + you would have a really really long border line with Soviets and currently would be disadvantage to your side. But it would be good to gather most mobile units near the Persian and Afghan border and in case of Soviet attack you should annex both of those countries also it may be inevitable to do so as your resources shortage is haunting you all the time and taking those countries would let you live couple of more months. But yeah just some of my suggestions, but I am quite sure you know better what to do so I already wait for another update. Hopefully already today :)
 

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@Grapp: Remble plays Doomsday, not Armageddon. So there won't be any techteam takeover here.

As for the rest: I doubt Remble will want to spread his forces so thin ... yet :D

Also please explain why there wouldn't be any partisan penalty. I always though this was only the case for those African provinces, where there are very few inhabitants.

@Remble: This looks better and better. I seriously wonder where the US has hidden all their escorts. They probably have some destroyer fleets patrolling the Atlantic and need to send transports to escort their carriers. :D

The more I think about it, the more I'm sure that Shimomura has let the transports escape on purpose. Now the can steam back to Pearl Harbor and cry: "Japanese subs have sunk one of our carriers! Subs, I tell you! Japanese subs!!! The Japs are invincible! Run for your lives!!!"

Though they would probably add that they were attacked by a vicious fleet of thousands of subs with blood thirsty German crews and bio engineered sea monsters aiding them. Sailors. :rolleyes:
 

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Well, strategic though it may be, it is very nice to see New Guinea turn yellow again. Perhaps the Solomans next?
 

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Well, strategic though it may be, it is very nice to see New Guinea turn yellow again. Perhaps the Solomans next?

Rabaul, New Ireland and Bougainville have airport & naval base and seems to be lightly garrisoned.

I second the idea it would be a good move to continue Pacific facilities denying strategy with few troops in Solomons.

But as Remble must have already played next update, I'm not sure our advice could help?
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Good progress indeed, though it increases the possibilities for counterattacks... ;)
 

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Lol Grapp.

Nice update, it seems the Americans a getting foolish with their carriers now, letting them about un-escorted and all.

Nice update. :)
 

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Grapp - I hadn't thought about going that way I must admit. It is a long way off and would be indefensible as Sokraates pointed out. It does have no partisan activity though, this is restricted just to the Middle East for Africa as a whole. It would also require some island hopping which would probably be easy enough to do. There is a fair chance I would go this way when or if I get around to Africa though. The South Africans have been a pain so far. Welcome to the boards if it hasn't already been said :)

Sokraates - Rather funny that you mention a Transport escorting a Carrier as you will see. Your phsychic skills are improving :)

stnylan - The Solomons is certainly on the list but I have to secure Truk as well or moving troops from the Marianas and weakening its defences could be costly.

alan_le_cowboy - All are on the target list as my policy in the Pacific is always denial of bases to the enemy which invariably leads to a victory because I can see the enemy coming using aircraft.

Murmurandus - Counterattacks are inevitable and it is almost impossible to stop some getting through. As long as I have air superiority I can limit any damage fairly well.

Maj. von Mauser - I think the USS Randolph is a one off as it is rare for even the AI to be completely stupid with its Carriers :)

Update to follow ...