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0200 April 3rd 1946.
Kwantung Army Headquarters. Harbin, Manchukuo.

Field Marshal Terauchi, commander of the Kwantung Army, was tasked with defending the north east of China and Japan's puppets. The Soviet build up was not as large as that in the west so far and his forces would remain defensive by and large.​

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Japanese aircraft were not the only ones flying as Soviet Dive bombers decended on Xinjing. Eight Interceptor squadrons would halt this bombing once they had recovered from their long flights to their new airbases.​





1200 April 3rd 1946.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Ysabel Channel.

The final island in the New Hebreides chain fell to Japanese forces on April 3rd. The wreckage of the American Carrier Task Force that had sought refuge in Noumea was still littering the harbour.​

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Yokoyama Isa would not be staying. Follow up forces from Australia would secure the island in a more permanent fashion. Yokoyama Isa would play a game of hide and seek with the defenders of New Zealand in due course.​

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Admiral Ito and his Submarine fleet was one of many that had received new orders. He was to head to Colombo to protect southern India in place of the patrolling aircraft. A small amount of repairs were still required for his fleet and they would be completed on arrival at his new base.​





1300 April 4th 1946.
Kwanting Army Headquarters. Harbin, Manchukuo.

The advance forces had already arrived in Bayan Tumen. Armour and motorised troops had not slowed their pace for the slower marching infantry and were to try and advance as far as possible.​

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The small force fanned out to advance into Soviet territory which was devoid of any defenders so far. Clearly the Declaration of War had come a little early for the Red Army to be fully prepared.​





2100 April 4th 1946.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Ysabel Channel.

Santa Cruz became the next island to be captured by rampant Japanese forces in the Pacific.​

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Aung San would board his Transport ships again for the short journey back to Espiritu Santo where he would dig in to defend the island.​

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The joint invasions in Fiji completed at the same time as half the island chain changed hands. Another port and airbase was firmly in Japanese hands with the Allies running out of any such bases rapidly. The remainder of the Fiji islands would also be targetted.​

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A small battle occured at 0300 hours on April 5th between an American Submarine Division and a Japanese Submarine Flotilla. Even with some air support the 19. Unterseebootsflottille was sunk without inflicting much damage in return.​

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American Transport Captains were earning a reputation for getting their forces ashore even when under attack. Ngulu changed back to American control after the Transports had survived long enough to not only land their passengers but also evade the Submarines and aircraft patrolling the area. Unfortunately for the infantry that had landed Ozawa still had six Dive bomber squadrons available and they did not wait long to move to Yap. A small period of recovery would allow them to begin bombing.​

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The final island in the Bismarck Archipelago was occupied by Imamaru and Banzai at 1000 hours on April 5th. They would stay for a short period as their Transports were commandeered for Operation Mystery.​

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The single American Transport Division that had been hiding in New Ireland did not even make it out to sea before IJN Yamashiro sank it. The pace in the Pacific had not slowed at all since the Soviets attacked and that attack was slow going in the bad terrain.​
 

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The extra TC, when they arrive, I am sure will be very very useful.
 

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Well, another maiden first post for you Remble.

I love your AAR(s)

Found the japan one first, read the german one in the middle.. took me bout 2 weeks to read it all, you got me hooked quickly.

Finally a new update /me happy :D

keep up the good work

/Krogzar
 

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Nice update Rembles! :cool:

Too bad you don't have the forces to fan out behind the Soviets, via Mongolia.
 

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you can use a flash disk for your saves. i hope you have one of that. it would be easier than sending e-mail (uploading time).

waiting for operation mystery and vanishing soviet units :D
 

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So there is a new fan of your AAR... your CPU fan.
:rolleyes:

Welcome back!

I have noticed that SOV infantry was '43.
I'm happy to see you are at par with them. Do you think most of the army is still at '43 level?
 
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Nice update.
Is there an operation name for the operations in northern china?
I think that would fit more as an update title from now on.
 

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It returns, how many airbases do the allies still have in the pacific apart from newzeland, because i cant think of any tou havent captured.
 

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It appears that you can hold Manchuria for now, and even advance in that area. Isn't there any way to encircle these divisions in Vladvostok?
 

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He's back! Good luck with your air raids. Having witnessed the awful destructive powers of your air force, fear will probably keep the Soviets in line. Fear of your battle stations ;)
 

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Glad to see you back.

One question, does the size of those Russian stacks mean your planes will struggle to do any real damage?

Originally posted by alan_le_cowboy
So there is a new fan of your AAR... your CPU fan.
Groan
 

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At almost seems as if the war against the soviets is a secondary theatre for now. :eek:
 

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stnylan - Extra TC is always nice. Almost to the point where I am not merely researching essentials.

Krogzar - welcome to both the boards and this AAR and thank you :)

Maj. von Mauser - I plan on sneaking due north and then heading west straight for an undefended Moscow. Should be really easy ;)

harezmi - I just use a cd-rom for back-up saves. It becomes a moot point when the computer doesn't work of course. Mystery has not quite got into full swing just yet :)

alan_le_cowboy - Thank you. Soviets are mixed '41, '43 and '45.

cjwet - Japanese do not name strategic defence operations only offensive ones :D Obsolete is almost over and I will need a new operation name soon as Mystery won't be a visible operation. I probably won't name the defence for now and just make something up to cover this quiet period.

oddman - Thank you :)

rampagingmouse - Attu, Pearl harbour and one in the Alaskan islands.

Leumatiello - Looks very tempting doesn't it? One look at whats behind the troops in Vladivostok will prevent any further discussion on outflanking them for a while :D

safferli - Thanks. Air power is fun to use but tends to reduce even the most rediculous of odds.

OneArmed - Thank you for the offer :) If I can't use my cd-rom or hard drive a domain will not be of much use I think.

robou - They should have waited for all of their forces to redeploy and its going to cost them by not doing so.

PrawnStar - it makes it more difficult yes. trying to bomb that stack in Arma would mean death to the bombers and even in DD it hurts a little but not anywhere near as much.

trekaddict - The Red Army is merely a side show :D

Update to follow ...
 

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Operation Obsolete

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0100 April 6th 1946.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Ysabel Channel.

Operation Obsolete was almost complete with New Zealand being the only remaining obstacle for Ozawa to overcome. Scouting missions had already provided enough information on the defences to allow an invasion.​

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Yokoyama Isa led his troops back into their landing craft as they began the short journey ashore towards another undefended beach. Where the defending troops were would be found out soon enough.​

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Taveuni in the Fiji islands was also invaded at the same time, which would leave only Fiji itself in enemy hands in this island chain. The defences of the island were not expected to provide much resistance.

Carrier Groups C and D had left Kwajalein to provide a larger deterent in the Central Marshall Islands. They would soon see some action.​

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By 0300 hours on April 7th they had seen three small encounters and eventually sunk all the enemy ships involved. Both Destroyer Divisions in the first encounter were sunk, although one needed a second attempt, as well as a Submarine Division which had been responsible for sinking a Japanese Submarine Flotilla. Aircraft from IJN Amagi, IJN Hiyo and IJN Katsuragi would claim one Division each.​





0000 April 8th 1946.
Intelligence Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

Another research project had been completed, this time by Kawasaki Heavy Industry. An Advanced Computing machine would assist future research in all areas.​

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Mitsubishi were given the task of improving on the current Close Air Support variant being used by the Imperial Japanese Airforce. This project should progress quickly as Japan's former Ally had provided the blueprints for the design.​





0200 April 8th 1946.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Ysabel Channel.

The invasion of Ngulu by the Americans had not been reinforced and there appeared to be no sign of any attempt to do so.​

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The single infantry division that had been landed was destroyed by the six Dive bombers operating in the Pacific which would allow Lt. General Kasahara to retake the island and remain there as a garrison force to prevent a repeat performance.​





0400 April 8th 1946.
Kwantung Army Headquarters. Harbin, Manchukuo.

Enemy Dive bombers had been harassing Japanese forces for a few days during which time the newly arrived Interceptors had been recovering from their journeys.​

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The now very experienced Mj. General Saboru found the two Dive bomber squadrons over Mukden as they tried to bomb a Headquarters division. The results were very one sided and would leave the Soviet aircraft grounded for some time to repair the damage. Saboru and his Interceptors would rest some more until they were needed again.​

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Japanese bombers were only operating across the border between China and the Soviet Union in the west. They were close to destroying their first enemy division which was behind the main enemy line. Destroying this one division would make no noticable difference to the Red Army but over time this sort of attrition would add up.​
 

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1300 April 8th 1946.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Ysabel Channel.

Activity reports were becoming less frequent from both Japanese commanders and from enemy movements as the Pacific became a vast expanse of Japanese controlled territory.​

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Yokoyama Isa had landed in Auckland without any resistance. He would wait to spring his trap on the local inhabitants.​

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The Americans had decided to invade Merauke again. Ozawa was a little surprised the Transport fleet even got this far let alone attack an island that the enemy no chance of holding without air support. Japanese air power had moved to Kwajalein to assist in the Marshall Islands and had to fly back south to Hollandia to deal with this latest minor nuisance. The bombers would need a few days rest before they could begin their attacks. The chances of the enemy armoured division moving anywhere on New Guinea in less than a month were remote.​

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Five long range Tactical bomber squadrons had moved to Noumea which was in reach of mainland New Zealand. Their first flight provided enough intelligence to show a lightly defended island and they began to attack the marine division in Christchurch. The New Zealanders had taken Yokoyama Isa's bait and were heading north to try and throw him off the island.​

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A small Brazilian fleet had been spotted a few days ago and Ozawa had sailed to intercept it. They met in the West Caroline Basin wiht only one side having any chance of winning the encounter. Only the Light Cruiser NRD Rio Grande do Sul would be claimed by a Japanese vessels gunners. The crew of IJN Yamashiro rarely missed their targets any more.​

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The second New Zealand division had moved north from Wellington and had arrived by 2200 hours on April 9th. The following attack was predicted and things looked bad for Yokoyama Isa. The Japanese commander had made plans for such an attack of course and gave the orders to embark onto the waiting Transport ships to the north. He never had any intention of actually fighting enemy forces on these islands if it could be avoided.​

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Admiral Maeda had been ordered to Port Moresby to pick up the defending division and retake Merauke once the American division had been destroyed. Maeda was operating without an escort as these waters were considered fairly secure at this time.​

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By 1000 hours on April 10th Yokoyama Isa had completed his move back to the Transport fleet and orders were issued to sail both the Transport fleet and BB Division 3 south towards the capital of New Zealand. The Tactical bombers had destroyed the defending marines in Christchurch by 0200 hours on April 11th and moved to Venua Levu to support operations against Fiji.​





0800 April 12th 1946.
Kwantung Army Headquarters. Harbin, Manchukuo.

Terauchi was watching the advance through eastern Mongolia as his troops were the ones mostly involved in this area. Higashikuni was controlling the push further west into the weakly defended Country.​

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Japanese armour was proving to be fairly fast as Mj. General Nishi became the first Japanese commander to set foot on Soviet soil. The enemy force to the north of Borzya would prevent him going any further and it was likely that he would be moving backwards shortly. His arrival in Borzya could have interfered with the Soviet redeployments however.​

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The occupation of Saynshand province at 1200 hours allowed another attack in Mongolia. General Nishio would command the assault on the capital of Ulan Bator with the advancing force coming from Saynshand. The outnumbered defenders quickly gave way to the superior Japanese force.​





1500 April 12th 1946.
BB Divsion 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Ysabel Channel.

Ozawa had received more news from BB Division 3, which was escorting the invasion force around New Zealand. Both fleets had arrived off Wellington safely and two invasions had begun simultaineously.​

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Yokoyama Isa headed for Wellington whilst Mj. General Koike sailed towards Christchurch. Should both invasions succeed before enemy troops could reclaim Auckland then New Zealand could be forced to surrender with barely a shot being fired in anger.​
 

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Well, of course New Zealand barely shot a fire in anger. They spent most of their shots elsewhere. New Zealand is so easy to conquer, it is almost insulting. :wacko: