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I think Rembles strategy is to clean the pacific, so that he can concentrate on the SU.
Encirclements are hard to achieve with the bad terrain and the low infra, so he will use his air force. Most of the russian troops are still in Europe and it will take some time to move them to the east. He could make an offense to encircle the troops in the wladivostok area and move further to get a shorter defense line in siberia.
Building new airports would allow him to always use his air force.
After the russian lines were thined down, he could move on to capture the factories in the ural area.
Some ressource producing provinces are also on this way.
So i think he could win against the SU.
I don't think that the last land doctrine is needed, 45 hospital tech, to reduce winter casulties, or 45 MP tech seems more important to me.
 

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Very nice briefing, Remble. :)

Remble said:
"A very good year Gentlemen. You have all done well and need to continue with your excellent work. With fortune on our side we should see the end of one enemy before we take on a much more potent threat in the Spring. You must continue to pursue and harass the United States Navy before it can recover and reverse our advances in the Pacific. Let us hope we have an even better year in 1946." Hirohito concluded as he stood and left.

Does Hirohito really think the Americans can throw the Japanese military back just like that?
 

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Nathan Madien said:
Does Hirohito really think the Americans can throw the Japanese military back just like that?


i think he is just being cautious as the US has a massive amount of IC and a huge tech advantage over him and the us tend to focus heavily on their navy.
 

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Great round-up of 45. Amazing to think of how many ships you've sunk.

One thing though, I thought Nagano was in charge of Carrier Group C, not Osami?

Playing a game at the mo, where Japs and Soviets went to war in 39 over Chasan Lake, as they are both ai the situation looks almost stalemate with Soviets advancing slowly inland and Japs landing all over the East Siberian Coast. Looking forward to seeing the new Japanese Empire slugging it out with the Soviets come spring.
 

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Ah, densely packed information! Yum yum. It's great to imagine how in this war there are Japanese officers having a 'Sink the Bismarck!' conversation about some random american carrier...
 

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Ah, densely packed information! Yum yum. It's great to imagine how in this war there are Japanese officers having a 'Sink the Bismarck!' conversation about some random american carrier...


Well Yamamoto must be avenged

SINK THE USS RANGER!
 

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Jon Young said:
Ah, densely packed information! Yum yum. It's great to imagine how in this war there are Japanese officers having a 'Sink the Bismarck!' conversation about some random american carrier...


"We hit the decks a runnin'! We turned those guns around! We gotta sink the Ranger, we're gonna shut'er down!"


I love the Bismarck song. :rolleyes:
 

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General_Hoth, Ruodnane - You are probably correct, they may well have tried to sue for peace by now which Japan would likely have accepted.

germanpeon - Ship assembly line is fairly important but there are other things that I would judge of higher priority. I have not forgotten about it though.

Maj. von Mauser, stnylan - Thank you :)

Sokraates - I have no plans for Pearl Harbour for the time being. It is too far from Japan to be held reliably.

Zvetiki - Agriculture and Improved Ints are certainly top priorities. Not only does VH make research extremely slow, Japan is also way behind in computer techs.

gunboat, Crilloan - Assault Concentration is good for artillery and also provides another HQ upgrade. I don't have enough artillery to warrant spending six months+ to research it.

Juan_de_Marco - I am producing Destroyer IV's at the moment and some naval research will be required before I expand production in this area. The biggest problem I have is bad Naval Doctrines which means even if I put very modern ships to sea they will still lose an equal battle with any Allied fleet. I need to research both before I will build a more modern Navy, but I can lag the Doctrines as it takes time to build large ships.

germanpeon is also correct. I am human and my main Naval threat is aircraft.

Delex - A rather conservative estimate would be 2 years to reduce the Red Army enough to overrun it.

rampagingmouse - Thank you. That is a lot of ships sunk for sure.

gunboat - I am not a great fan of Militias although I do use them in some cases. I prefer an army that can both defend and attack using the same troops.

cjwet - Just about exactly how I read it :)

robou - 1946 is likely to be interesting. The main concern is my manpower holding up during a major land war.

Nathan Madien, rampagingmouse - Thank you. 2 years to defeat the Red Army gives the U.S. that amount of time to rebuild its fleet with most of my bombers in Asia. It is likely that they can make some gains during that period. Destroying all these ships does mean that the next generation USN is going to be very modern and the IJN will still be old and getting older.

Fgorginator - A fair bit of writing and taking of screenshots yes :)

String Theory, Manziel - Thanks. Manziel is correct he is the same person.

Jon Young - Thank you. The Captains of the IJN can contemplate sinking the USS Ranger but it is more than likely that it will be sunk by aircraft :)

String Theory, Maj. von Mauser - Actually it was an American Heavy Cruiser that was responsible for Yamamoto. USS Ranger sank IJN Hyuga for which she must pay :)

Update to follow to start 1946 ...
 

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Operation Obsolete

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1900 January 1st 1946.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Osaka.

Ozawa had been informed of the Emperor's wishes to cripple the United States Navy as much as possible. How much more could he really do, by any estimate it was already approaching that state.​

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Ichimaru and Genda were still patrolling the Marshall Islands and caught a small American fleet in the Central Marshalls. There was a possibility that this fleet was trying to reinforce the islands still controlled by the United States but neither ship would survive long enough to allow any such action.​





0000 January 2nd 1946.
Diplomatic Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

The Soviet Ambassador had asked for a meeting with Mamoru who was only to happy to be accomodating. Soviet energy was fairly important and he wished to remain as friendly as possible.

"Good morning Minister Mamoru." the Soviet Ambassador greeted him with a smile.

So it was to be a friendly meeting then, Mamoru surmised as he returned the greeting. "How can I help you today Ambassador"

"Actually I came for some tea as we seem to have run out at our embassy."

"Of course Ambassador." Mamoru replied. He could wait for the real reason for the visit if he had to.

Having seated himself,and now armed with a nice cup of Indian tea, the Soviet Ambassador got down to his real reason for visiting.​

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"As you may or may not be aware Minister Mamoru the Soviet Union has an accord with the British regarding Persia."

"I recall something about that Ambassador." Mamoru replied.

"In his great wisdom Comrade Stalin has agreed to honour that accord and return Soviet controlled Persia to the British. I realise that this may not be something you would like as it strengthens one of your enemies a little but the Soviet Union is a peaceful Country and wishes to be seen as such."

"I am sure we can manage Ambassador. Thank you for appraising me of the situation so swiftly." Mamoru replied as the conversation drifted into non-political small talk.

The change to the boundaries of Persia made little direct difference to Japan and could even aid them in getting closer to the Soviet border in the future.​





1000 January 2nd 1946.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Osaka.

The first invasion of Australia had gone according to plan and two of the four Japanese divisions making this assault had arrived in Nhulunbuy.​

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Lt. General Suzuki was counter attacked immediately by the local forces and would have been in some small trouble had two more divisions not arrived within two hours. Their arrival swiftly ended the counter attack and had even weakened the defences of Darwin. These defences would be tested as soon as Suzuki and his troops had re-organised from their amphibious assault.​

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Genda and his Naval bombers had encountered a large Surface Action Group to the south east of the Marshalls which contained four Heavy Cruisers as well as numerous escorting ships. Reeves was currently heading towards the Carolines but would reverse course after being spotted. He would be followed by both Ichimaru and Genda as he transitted the Pacific.​

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By 2000 hours on January 2nd the infrastructure of both Truk and Ngulu had been reduced to close to 5% and the Tactical bombers switched to depleting the defenders organisation on Truk. Japanese troops were still recovering from previous assaults and still required a few days rest before committing to another attack. Ozawa would keep the enemy guessing his next target by leaving the three infantry on Yap until they were needed for the assault of Truk.​

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At 2300 hours on January 3rd General Umezu began the amphibious assault of Darwin with support from three of the four divisions in Nhulunbuy. A direct assault would have been futile without the flanking attack.​

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Victory was achieved just before dusk on January 4th and Umezu would finish unloading in Darwin on January 6th at 0900 hours unless the landing was interupted.​

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Allied bombers had begun to target Kim and his single defensive division on Palau. Two Columbian Tactical bomber squadrons and four American Strategic bomber squadrons were harassing the defenders. Unless there was to be an invasion they were wasting their bombs against the heavily entrenched Japanese troops on the island.​





0000 January 5th 1946.
Diplomatic Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

Relations with the Soviets were as good as they could get without an Alliance of some sort and Mamoru summoned the Ambassador for some more trade negotiations.​

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Another alteration to an existing agreement would prove beneficial to Japan as less supplies would be traded for a similar amount of energy.​





1300 January 5th 1946.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Osaka.

Ozawa would increase the pressure on Australia and also sow some confusion as he ordered another invasion in a slightly different area.​

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Triye embarked the remainder of the troops in Sorong and headed towards Weipa to invade behind the Australian lines as they reacted to the initial assaults around Darwin.​
 

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Carrier Group C had moved north east to block the Torres Strait as Nagumo protected the invasion areas. The Light Cruiser HMAS Sydney would sink to aircraft from IJN Hiyo as the blockade was enforced.​

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Nomura and BB Division 3 were not idle either. Two American Transport Divisions had tried to run the blockade of Darwin. IJN Yamato would account for one but the second would evade BB Division 3 and make it safely into Darwin.​

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The Mechanised division that it had onboard was easily forced to retreat by Umezu but it was a little disconcerting that it had managed to enter the port in the first place.​

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The landing in Darwin was slightly delayed and it became Japanese controlled at 1400 hours on January 6th as Umezu led his troops ashore.​

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By 2000 hours IJN Yamato had sunk two more Transport Flotillas as they were forced from the port in Darwin. One would escape and not be pursued. The chances of a single Transport Fleet escaping the blockades around the Pacific were slim. Eight of the eleven Close Air Support squadrons had already arrived in Darwin with the remaining three on final approach. Death would begin to fall from the skies shortly.​

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The bombing of Truk was continuing with both destroyed infratructure and a lack of supplies causing the defending troops to fail to recover from this bombardment. The three infantry divisions from Yap had been embarked and were making their way to Satawan to support a planned assault of Truk.​

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Ozawa ordered Carrier Group D, now almost completely repaired, to rebase to Sorong where it would support operations in the south Pacific. There were no spare Heavy Cruisers for this fleet but it would have as many Light Cruisers as possible to protect it.​

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This now left only BB Division 1 in Osaka and it now contained all of the repairing Battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Once repaired this fleet would be Japan's most potent if it remained this strong. IJN Musashi would probably move back to BB Division 3 which was a little light on firepower for the time being.​

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The Dive bombers began their destruction of the enemy troops around Darwin on January 7th.​

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Umezu would use their help as he advanced south towards Katherine. The single division defending the province was eaisly overwhelmed by far superior numbers.​
 

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Nice update, I hope the Columbians don't become the new S. Africans.

Anyways, glad to see the Australia isn't immune to Japanese dominance.
 

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And so it beings. Lets hope everything goes to plan. It would also seem as if the USA still remains a reasonably potent threat in the pacific. But perhaps that might be their only large SAG force left.
 

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So the invasion has begun.
 

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You are fighting '45 infantry all the time. Is that a noticeable difference? You're two technology steps behind the allies... are you waiting with your upgrades till you have researched the '45 infantry yourself, to save on upgrade IC?
 

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A few days into the invasion and Australia has already proven, that the name of the operation has been chosen well.

Now all that remains is to ask, what Japan will do once it has occupied Australia. I know the answer gamewise, but truly, what would ANY nation want to do with Australia? Mining sand for artificial beaches? Gathering wool to make cozy hats for those long Siberian winters? ... I think some mysteries will forever remain unsolved.

Now a serious question: How long do you usually allow your forces to rest, i.e. how much organisation do you wait for before you send them to their next mission?