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stnylan said:
Did Guangxi yield much?
From what he said I take, he didnt get anything. Seems like he shouldve, though.
 

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Well, Remble that looks rather well so far, and maybe you can paint the world as you wish again. I surely hope so.

I also want to thank you for your great 'Creek' AAR, I just finished reading ten minutes ago and I had a hell of a lot of fun. You even inspired me enough that I might start an AAR out of my 1936 soviet union game, provided I find enough time to continue playing now just before Barbarossa ;)
 

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I just wanted to register as a reader, I was secretly hoping for just this scenario by Remble. Good luck although I believe you won't be needing it.
 

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So far no setbacks... ;)
 

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Is there really a land bridge between Truk and Satawan? Weird...

'Bout tha US air contingent on Saipan: Are lvl 3 fighters more advanced than lvl 4 interceptors...?

As has already been asked, how was the loot?
 

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Yet another cliffhanger:
* Did Japan seize any resources in Guangxi?
* Will the USS ranger be sunk?
* Will the invasion of Sapan succeed and what fleet has taken refuge in its port?

This is what I call nailbiting tension.

On a sidenote: I still have very fond memories of Li Zongren from Myth's AARS "Great Ambitions" and "Lamps Before the Wind".
 

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Sucks about Guangxi, but it looks like we will be rid of the Rnager soon.. :D

I wonder what is trapped in Saipan........
 

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Mangudai said:
'Bout tha US air contingent on Saipan: Are lvl 3 fighters more advanced than lvl 4 interceptors...?
Yep. Lvl 1 fighters are analogous to lvl 3 interceptors.
 

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Originally posted by dublish:
Yep. Lvl 1 fighters are analogous to lvl 3 interceptors.

Yes I forgot.
 

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stnylan, germanpeon, Maj. von Mauser - We shall see :D

mr_clark - Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed my last AAR. Writing an AAR can be quite a lot of work but I hope you do start one, the more the merrier I say :)

jmtikkan - Thank you. We all need a little luck :p

Murmurandus - It is just a matter of time.

Mangudai, dublish - Indeed there is a land bridge. Level 3 fighters are 1 step up from level 4 interceptors.

Sokraates - Cliffhangers are only temporary and are always revealed in future updates ;) Both of those AAR's are excellent.

Update to follow ...
 

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0000 July 4th 1944.
Diplomatic Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

The Siamese Ambassador had requested another audience with Mamoru to offer more metal to Japan. Who was Mamoru to deny such friendly actions. His day had begun well and it soon improved.​

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General Nishio had managed to arrive at the Guangxi stockpile moments before Nationalist forces tried to move it to Chongqing. He had not managed to capture everything, but more than 4000 tons of energy and other resources flooded Japan's own stockpiles as a result of his quick advance. More energy was still required although Mamoru now had some breathing space before he was forced to make another bad deal for his Country.​

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Mamoru passed the news on to his opposite number in the Industry Offices, Fujiwara Ginjiro. Ginjiro was in the process of ordering a small amount of additional Destroyer flotillas when he was made aware of the sudden growth in Japan's stockpiles. A larger number of escort type ships would be needed by the Imperial Japanese Navy, but these would have to wait for newer models to be researched and for current drains on production to fall.​



0200 July 4th 1944.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, North Mariana Trench.

Japan's invasion fleet had arrived in the North Mariana Trench without encountering any hostile forces. This changed as they began their approach to Saipan.​

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Admiral Syfret had been warned of Yamamoto's arrival and was attempting to move his Transport fleet to safer waters when he ran head first into several Battleships.

The Admiral ordered his fleet back to Saipan but lost two of his ships in the process. The Battleships IJN Yamato and IJN Hyuga would sink one transport each.​

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Lt. General Hanaya began the invasion of Saipan at 0800 hours on July 4th and would be completely vunerable to any hostile fleet for more than two days. Yamamoto would do all that he could to prevent such a fleet from arriving.​

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At 2100 hours an American fleet did arrive in the North Mariana Trench. Japanese Battleships greeted its arrival and any troops that may have been embarked on the transport ships never made it to Saipan.

The Battleship IJN Nagato would sink one transport ship and IJN Yamato the other as well as the 36th Destroyer Division.

The search for the USS Ranger was still being conducted by the Imperial Japanese Airforce and it was sighted just as Yamamoto's Battleships opened fire on the helpless transport ships.​

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The last known sighting of Admiral Leahy's fleet had it heading north towards Marcus Island. This fleet had altered course east after the USS Ranger suffered severe damage, in an attempt to safely escort the Carrier to a friendly base for repairs. Lt. General Onishi made sure that it would not reach such safety.​





0200 July 5th 1944.
North China Army Headquarters. Zhuzhou, China.

Several new reports had arrived at Higashikuni's headquarters in the early morning. A mix of bad news and good news was contained within these reports.​

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The bad news was the arrival of British forces in Kalewa. Whilst this was some cause for concern, it had taken the British two weeks to advance into the province and Higashikuni had time before any major Japanese force would be required to halt British progress. The territory in Burma was not condusive to rapid advance and there was nothing worth defending in most of the Country.​

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The good news was the arrival of the Kwantung Army in Changsha. These forces were ordered to increase their supplies so that they could recover from their redeployment as quickly as possible before conducting offensive operations.​

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At 2300 hours General Nishio led an attack in southern China in support of the armour commanded by Lt. General Hoshinato. The attack was against two Chinese militia divisions defending the mountains of Liuzhou. Added support came from dive bombers and the battle was over shortly after 1200 hours on July 6th.​
 

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0000 July 5th 1944.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, North Mariana Trench.

Rear Admiral Ito had been ordered to take his Submarines and patrol the coast of Wake Island and try to prevent any invasion of the island by American forces.​

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An invasion was already underway when he arrived and his forces were immediately engaged by the Destroyers escorting the transport ships. His fleet managed to inflict some minor damage to the invasion fleet and forced it to withdraw. His efforts had cost him one of his Submarine flotillas but Wake Island was still Japanese controlled for now.​





0000 July 6th 1944.
Imperial Palace. Tokyo, Japan.

Japan's Foreign Minister had requested an audience with Hirohito on a new matter that he deemed most urgent. The Emperor could expect more visits of this nature from all of his Cabinet, something He had brought upon Himself when He had decided to directly intervene in the running of His Country.

"Good morning your Majesty, thank you for seeing me at such short notice." Mamoru greeted Hirohito.

"Foreign Minister Mamoru. What can I assist you with this morning?" replied the Emperor.

"I have just received an offer from our Nationalist Chinese enemy. I am almost certain of your required response but I wished to be totally sure before replying."

"What did they wish to offer?"​

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"A fairly large part of China in exchange for a cessation of all hostilities between our forces. They do not seem to be too happy with some recent advances by the Imperial Japanese Army."

"Our answer is no of course. The only offer that I would accept is the total and unconditional surrender of their Country resulting in it becoming part of Japan. This would also include all of its puppet states."

"They will not agree to that your Majesty."

"I am sure our armed forces can convince them otherwise. In the mean time please advise them of our offer so that there is no misunderstanding of our intent."

"As you wish your Majesty." Mamoru responded as the Emperor stood and left His audience chamber.​





0200 July 6th 1944.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, North Mariana Trench.

Yamamoto was pleased that he was now facing one less American Aircraft Carrier. The loss of the USS Ranger had some implications that he was not so happy about.​

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In response to the loss of the ship Admiral Leahy was trying to escort to safety he had turned his fleet west instead of continuing east. With no ship severly damaged he was free to hunt Japanese shipping once more. The USS Missouri was now the lead ship in this fleet and Ozawa began the process of trying to convince an American admiral to turn around for the second time.

The Americans would know of the invasion against Saipan and this fleet appeared to be heading directly towards the forces conducting the landing.​

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Knowing where an invasion was occuring was one thing, being close enough to stop it was something else entirely. Lt. General Hanaya reclaimed Saipan in the name of the Emporer at 1900 hours on July 6th.

Yamamoto patiently waited for Admiral Syfret to leave Saipan and engage the far superior Japanese fleet waiting for him.​

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The guns of the Battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy opened fire at 0000 hours on July 7th.

Ozawa was still trying to convince Admiral Leahy to head east and informed Yamamoto that the American Battleship fleet would shortly enter the North Mariana trench. This was a complication that Yamamoto could do without.

Another fleet had been spotted south of the main American Battlefleet which had drawn all of the Tactical bombers away.​

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The Light Cruiser was from New Zealand and it had saved the American fleet some additional bombing.

The American Battlefleet engaged Yamamoto's two Battlefleets at 0300 hours. It would only be in range for an hour as the transport fleet opened range and withdrew from the battle taking the American Battleships with it.​

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The past hour cost Yamamoto a transport ship, 4 Yuso Sentai. In exchange two American ships had been sunk. The IJN Yamato would account for the transport ship and her sister ship the IJN Musashi would sink the 19th Destroyer Division.

Both American fleets had headed south east and would be pursued by bombers every step of the way. Yamamoto had completed another task and would now attempt an even riskier operation to try and save some Japanese troops.​
 

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Oh, goodie, another Remble AAR. Let's hope you can keep Japan alive, ne?
 

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Well at least reoccupation of Saipain should help your position in the Pacific.
 

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At this pace the US Navy would be reduced to some boats (and not the Love Boat, precisely...)
 

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Attacking Saipan on July 4th. How fitting.

In the next monthly meeting, will you include a list of all the ships sunk?
 

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Originally posted by Remble:
The past hour cost Yamamoto a transport ship

That transport ship must have been pretty big and spacy to be able to carry one whole division. ;)

New Zealand is really dedicated here! They even take bullets (or bombs) for the USN! You shouldn't underestimate them. :p

With the Ranger down, maybe you'll see some kind of revenge spree! :eek:

I have nothing further "useful" to say. :rolleyes:
 

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Was a division on that TP?

Nice job with the Ranger. :D