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He just assumed the Army Air Force had received help from the Navy's engineers.
This seems quite unlikely. Why would the IJN Engineers ever help the IJA?

The Army isn’t doing too badly, even if our expectations were low.
Given similar numbers of Marines, the IJN could have run over Shanxi in two weeks, but not bad for the SNLF.

Of course the sad reality is that, where the Communists are concerned, the IJN is impotent.
Another reason why attacking the Communists was a mistake. I'm also questioning the logic of declaring war on the Communists before our troops are in position on their border.

I'll repeat it again. All we need to take in China is the coastline and the most resource-rich areas. Let's not get the IJA bogged down in a quagmire. Logistics are already becoming a problem. Along the coast the IJN can be a lifeline, in the Chinese interior the IJA is on it's own. Despite initial success, this could be a disaster.

Captain RobaS3,
Glad for the initial success, afraid of the IJA's hubris that will inevitably follow.


For air forces (or tanks for that matter!), it might make more sense to house-rule that planes have to be kept in the capital to do an upgrade. Otherwise you eventually wind up with a lot of outdated divisions that not only have to be continually replaced, but keep being reinforced with, one presumes, old equipment still being manufactured - or else not used at all! Not entirely ahistorical, sure, but probably not what is desired for gameplay either.
Of course, the logical thing to do would be to assign the best planes to the best pilots, and the older obsolescent planes to the rookies. That's impossible in HOI3 as units gain xp, so a ban on upgrades is actually too penalising in that respect. Another related question is: Do you think it would be possible to unlock the construction of older aeroplanes, the same way you can change the techs for ships in the build screen. It would make sense to build some cheap planes to bomb partisans and the like.
 

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The upgrade is an abstraction, and for planes it works fairly well, the original planes purchase include workshops, training techs etc, the upgrade only covers the new planes. The original planes are either given to minors, secondary units or scrapped for reuse.
 

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Another related question is: Do you think it would be possible to unlock the construction of older aeroplanes, the same way you can change the techs for ships in the build screen. It would make sense to build some cheap planes to bomb partisans and the like.
Unfortunately not, much to the distress of modders everywhere... :(
 
Chapter Fifty: Blame Canada - 18.8.1936

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Chapter Fifty: Blame Canada - 18.8.1937


The restaurant was a popular one in downtown Tokyo. It was always busy during lunch time. Full of businessmen from the nearby offices buildings. Mostly aging middle management, young salesmen, tired floor managers, and even a few hungry store owners.

So nobody noticed the two older men at one of the tables. Nothing seemed strange about them. They didn't whisper to each other nor try to hide their faces. They had picked a table right in the middle of the dining room and talked in normal voices. They smiled, carried briefcases, and it was likely the waiting staff would have a hard time describing them within a week they were so bland and uninteresting. They had even ordered the house special. Tokyo Noodles. Which was just ramen in soy-flavored chicken broth with a touch of dashi. Piled high with chopped scallion, sliced pork, egg and so on.

Of course the two men were Yasuji Okamura, Head of Intelligence, and Keisuke Fujie, Minister of Security. They had enjoyed having these ‘secret’ meetings for the past few weeks. Mostly to pass information back and forth between the two branches of the government outside of ‘official’ channels.

“So, anything new?” asked Yasuji after tasting the broth from his bowl.

“Something interesting,” stated Keisuke with a nod. “I received an inquiry from the Chief of Staff’s office. Nothing in writing you understand. Just a verbal request for information on anything we may have on the...current Prime Minister.”

Yasuji frowned and shook his head. “Not sure I like that. The Army already has people in too many positions. They are pushing for expanding the Empire’s borders a little too much. I think of the Prime Minister as a brake.”

“You support the Navy?” asked Keisuke as he picked up a piece of pork with his chopsticks.

“No,” replied the Head of Intelligence. “I don’t have any dogs in this race. My loyalty is with the Empire. Not any one piece of it. I will support what the Emperor and the Diet want for the nation. But it sounds like certain members of the military are thinking about not just absorbing China but the Imperial government also.”

“They have always shaped our policy,” remarked Keisuke as he refilled his tea cup. “Maybe they feel they should have more DIRECT control over it?”

“Maybe take some time looking up any files you have on the Prime Minister?” suggested the Head of Intelligence. “Maybe they have been....misplaced?”

“Maybe,” remarked the Minister of Security. “So, anything new with you?”

Yasuji nodded, open his briefcase, and handed Keisuke a single page of paper. “This is a report on the political support each American party would likely receive if the election for the Presidency was held today.”

Keisuke moved his bowl to one side to explain the page. “Oh my. The Republicans would get 26 percent of the vote while the Democratic Party would get 25 percent of the vote. If it keeps going like that...the Republicans will get the White House in 1940.”

“And check out the third party on the list,” said Yasuji with a smile.

Keisuke returned his attention to the tiny report and his eyebrows shot up. “The American First Committee would get 21 percent of the vote? Interesting. Is this the result of your spies in the US?”


“Yes,” replied the Head of Intelligence. “Well, some of it. Some of it is because of how FDR has been mishandling his office. But I fear it may not be enough. Even if the Republicans take the White House there is....well...how can I keep them out of the Allies? Even without FDR, even if they get a President who prefers the Germans, the Americans will likely STILL join the Brits and the French at the first sign of trouble.”

“Make Canada a threat,” replied the Minister of Security as he grabbed an egg from his bowl with his sticks.

Yasuji opened his mouth, closed it, opened it again and then said, “Would that work?”


“Think about it,” replied Keisuke with a smile, “Canada borders the US. They are much closer to them than we are. And will likely join the Allies sooner or later. If the US ends up thinking that Canada is a threat it would more likely join up with Germany than it would the Allies.”

Yasuji blinked. “Even if such an operation has only a slight chance of working...it would still be worth trying. And I have till 1940 to get it to work.”

“Good,” remarked Keisuke. “Now let’s focus on our food before it becomes too cold. And the waiter notices us talking when we should be eating.”
 

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Wouldn't an intelligence official of these days be from the IJA? Granted, that might just be from me watching man in the high Castle...
 

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Wouldn't an intelligence official of these days be from the IJA? Granted, that might just be from me watching man in the high Castle...
The Head of Intelligence is Army but, like Shō-ichi Utsunimiya, he prefers looking at the whole picture and being loyal to the nation and not just a military branch. I picture him, and the Minister of Security, as men who are career officers who would have felt comfortable in any service. Think of them as their own little faction.
 

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The Army already has people in too many positions.
Any Government position other than Army Chief is too many! :p

“The American First Committee would get 21 percent of the vote? Interesting. Is this the result of your spies in the US?”
So, the spies have been achieving a bit behind the scenes after all. Could America First actually win? What does that do to US alignment if it happens!
 

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It is possible (at least as Germany) to keep the USA out of the war forevar using despicable technics, but where is the fun in that.
 

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Yasuji frowned and shook his head. “Not sure I like that. The Army already has people in too many positions. They are pushing for expanding the Empire’s borders a little too much. I think of the Prime Minister as a brake.”
Ah, good, a sympathizer. We Navy men need all the support we can--

“You support the Navy?” asked Keisuke as he picked up a piece of pork with his chopsticks.

“No,” replied the Head of Intelligence.
--aw damn.
 

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The Head of Intelligence is Army but, like Shō-ichi Utsunimiya, he prefers looking at the whole picture and being loyal to the nation and not just a military branch.
But Utsunimiya doesn't do any of those things. o_O He is an Army focused idiot who is baffled by simple technology, unable to look beyond his own service and is committed to a grand strategy of national suicide.

Just imagine what this country could achieve if the Army strangehold were crushed and the Navy put in charge. Indeed I fear things have gotten so bad that even civilian politicians could do a better job! :eek:
 
Chapter Fifty-One: The Eighth Week - 19.8.1937 To 25.8.1937

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Chapter Fifty-One: The Eighth Week - 19.8.1937 To 25.8.1937



The Land War​

At the start of the eighth week of the war with the Republic, and the first week of war with the Communists, the Army was engaged in the Battle of Xinxiang which started an hour after midnight on the 19th of August. A Japanese Mountain Division and a Japanese Infantry Division attacked two Nationalist Militia units.


On the Republic's far left Japanese victories will fold up their line and expose the nation's interior. In fact the Nationalist, understanding this problem, became most aggressive. One of their militia units tried to take the Province of Jincheng away from the 8. Cavalry Division stationed there. And, being outnumbered by the Japanese defenders, failed. The Nationalist Chinese lost 30 while the cavalry lost only 4 men and some horses.
By noon the Army announced victory in Xinxiang. They lost 31 men while the Nationalist militia lost 201 men.


It was early in the morning of the 20th when the first clash with the Communists was reported. It seems a enemy militia unit had attacked a Japanese infantry division in Fangshan. The Communists were outnumbered, had poor equipment, and their officers were poorly trained. Within two hours the attacking militia were retreating back across the border. They lost 25 men while the Japanese division lost - nobody.

But as the Japanese newspapers made fun of this embarrassing defeat the Communists were able to march into the Province of Shilou and take it without a shot being fired. Luckily it was totally worthless.


Shortly before lunch the Army launched an attack on the Province of Shenmu. Two infantry divisions rushed in in a 'Reckless Assault' on four Communist militia units.

Back on the coast a lone Japanese infantry division also rushed into battle in the Province of Kenli against two Nationalist infantry divisions. One of the enemy divisions was being held back in reserve due to it being completely disorganized. In other words it was a mob.


At this point two divisions sent in reports complaining about no supplies. Once again one of these was the 19. in northern Korea. The other was 13. Hohei Shidan in Nangong - right in the middle of the lines with the Nationalist Chinese. Once again an alarming piece of information. But there was little the Army could do about it at the moment.

During the afternoon of the 22nd the Communist Chinese took another province. The Province of Xinjiang. Which was just south of Shilou. And just as worthless.

But it seemed the Army was willing to fight over this worthless piece of land. At 1 AM on the 23rd a mountain division was sent in to retake it. The defenders, Communist militia, were dug in and ready to meet them head on.

A few hours later the Communist sent a militia unit into the Province of Dougsheng and started a battle with the 5. 'Mongol' Cavalry. 9 Communists died to only 2 Japanese men. A small Japanese victory but a victory.

Back to the east the 8. 'Mongol' Cavalry attacked a Nationalist militia unit in Jiaozuo. A few hours after that the 6. 'Mongol' Cavalry attacked the Nationalist infantry protecting the Province of Songxian.


In the afternoon of the 23rd the Japanese won the Battle of Jiaozuo. The cost for the Imperial Japanese Army was 8 men, plus horses, while the Nationalists lost 115 militia.

Shortly after nightfall the Nationalists launched a 'Assault' on the Province of Yuncheng - the very tip of the Republic's left flank. A infantry division and a militia unit, over eleven thousand soldiers, attacked a lone Japanese infantry division. Sadly for the attackers the division was an over-strengthened one. In other words it also numbered over eleven thousand soldiers. The defenders also had better weapons and better leadership.

A few hour later the Battle of Yuncheng came to an end. The Japanese lost 2 men while the Nationalists 8 men. It is likely after the first exchange of bullets the Chinese just gave up and fled.

During the late morning hours of the 24th the Army also announced victory ay Xinjiang. The Army lost 48 men while the Communists had lost 231 men. Over what was a worthless piece of land. BUT was bordering the Communist's capital! Maybe not so worthless after all. At least not to the Imperial Japanese Army.

By late afternoon of the 24th, back at the front with the Nationalists, a mountain division and a infantry division attacked the Nationalist Chinese defenders inside the Province of Puyang. Two enemy infantry divisions and two militia units were stationed there. Half of the enemy units were in no condition to fight and the odds were in the Army's favor.

It was reported that the 16. Hohei Shidan, on the island of Taiwan, had finally stationed itself in the port by the morning of the 25th. Along with the 14. Hendan HQ unit.

An hour after this report the Army announced victory in Puyang, They had lost 47 soldiers while the enemy Nationalists had lost 118 men.


Shortly before noon a report came in that the Communists had taken the Province of Dengkou. Another worthless piece of land in the middle of nowhere.

A few hours before midnight on the 25th a Japanese mountain division launched an 'Assault' on the Province of Xinjang. Which was, funny enough, mountainous. The Communist militia unit defending it was outnumbered and it was likely fated to be defeated.


By the end of the eighth week of the conflict the Army claimed eight victories at the cost of 142 men killed in Land Combat. The Nationalist lost 472 men due to their eighth week of Land Combat. The Communists lost 265 men to the Land Combat in their first week in the conflict. And there was only two objectives not yet under their control. Three if you counted Qingdao.

By the end of the week General Shō-ichi Utsunimiya had reached two conclusions. One, the Republic's Revolutionary Army had gained a 'second wind' and was trying to keep its line together. Two, the People's Republic of China had a horrible military.



The Air War​

Early on the morning of the 19th one of the Army Air Groups bombed the Nationalist militia units in Xinxiang. Pilots reported that one of the enemy divisions was already showing signs of chaos from the ground combat. The Chinese Fighters showed up to try to fight off the Japanese Bombers. And once again failed as the gunners beat them back.

After this both Air Groups united in the second bombing of the Province of Xinxiang. The two attacks were all that were needed to bring about the Nationalist troops' defeat. In total the Nationalists lost 125 soldiers.

Then one of the Air Groups split off and hit the Province of Shenmu. The Communist militia, fifteen brigades, were helpless before the fury of the Japanese bombs that rained on them. By the second attack the other Air Group had joined in. Ironically many of the militia had fled. Only six brigades were present to received the second bombing run. By the third attack one of the Air Groups had peeled off for another target (Kenli). There was a total of eleven attacks and the defending Communists had lost 1,066 men.

On the morning of the 21st one Air Group split off and hit the Province of Kenli. As the bombers carried out their bombing run on the Nationalist infantry there was no sign of Chinese Fighters. Not at first. But on the seventh bombing run the Chinese Fighters, what was left of them, finally reappeared and attacked the Japanese Bombers. And were so beaten up that the Japanese Air Group declared it a 'Victory'. The Japanese bombers launched fifteen bombing runs in total and killed 1,449 Nationalist soldiers.

By the afternoon of the 21st Utsunimiya had become so impressed with the aircraft of both the Army and the Navy that he sent the Ministry of Armaments a large order for Naval Bombers, Close Air Support Aircraft, and the first batch of Transport Planes.

On the early morning of the 24th the Communist militia in Xinjiang found themselves being bombed by the Air Group which had finished its attack on the Province of Shenmu. There was a total of two attacks which killed 199 Communists soldiers.

Shortly after midnight, while the night was still covering the sky, the other Japanese Air Group started a attack on the Nationalist troops in Puyang. They were only able to carry out one attack during before the end of the eighth week and only killed 91 Nationalist troops.

With another 'victory' under their belt the Army Air Force was praised in the newspapers and movie shorts. The numbers reported of enemy dead also suggested that the bomber crews had become VERY experienced over the eight weeks. The bombers were easily holding up their end of the conflict. And the Nationalists' bombers had not been seen for the whole week.



The Navy War​

During the eighth week there was no action at sea. Not even a convoy was found by the Groups or the Submarines.

Of course, the bombing of Nanjing continued without interference. The two Tactical Wings hit the enemy capital twenty-four times. The Nationalist seemed to have no defense against the bombers.

And Shanghai had been so quiet that many of the soldiers were starting to get bored. Their officers kept them busy with marching and drilling of course. Films and newspapers were shipping in from the home islands also. Nobody wanted our boys in uniform hanging around the Chinese bookshops, watching Chinese films, or going out with those Shanghai girls!


But outside the footholds there was movement. It looked like the Nationalists were sending some of their divisions north. But they had a problem. Send away too many units and the Japanese might try to break out. Send too few and the battle to the north might be lost.

On the 19th it was announced that the 2nd Navy had finally finished their upgrades. While a good thing this just reminded General Shō-ichi Utsunimiya that his Guard Division was still in the process of being upgraded.

But the Nationalists still had a surprise for the Navy. On the 20th, shortly after Utsunimiya had finished his lunch and was starting to go over his afternoon paperwork, he received a report from Qingdao. The Nationalists were attacking with a lone militia unit.

Of course the Japanese defenders were dug in and outnumbered the attackers. Also Major General Sakabara called in fire support from the warships offshore. So the militia were soon under shore bombardment from the Japanese Navy while, at the same time, their were being 'Ambushed' by the defenders of the port.

Within an hour the attack fell apart. The Nationalist's vanguard lost 6 men while the Japanese lost nobody.

So by the end of the eighth week the Navy was able to claim a victory against the Nationalists in the Battle of Qingdao with the Nationalists losing 6 militia. It seems the Republic was losing on all fronts.



Misc. Events​

There were rumors on the 19th that Japanese agents had been sent to Canada. Nobody knew WHY the Head of Intelligence would do such a thing and many just assumed it was one of his crazy ideas.

During the week the Ministry of Armaments made a Trade Deal with the USSR, Canada, France, and Greece, and two Trade Deals with the US.

Some of these deals were to keep the stockpiles full. But some of them were to improve relationships with the US and USSR. The Minister of Foreign Affairs had become somewhat alarmed by the low relationship that Japan had with the Soviets and had demanded the Minister of Armaments do something about it.

The Minister of Armaments also made the treasury some quick cash when two nations, Ecuador and Latvia, each requested permission to produce a Wing of Ki-30s. He, of course, agreed to this.

The Head of Intelligence reported that, by the end of the eighth week of the conflict, the Communist Chinese had captured one Japanese agent and the Nationalist Chinese had captured three Japanese agents.
 

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Everyone expects the Japanese Intelligence agents :D
 

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The casualties remain very low in China for the invaders, given the scale of the front. And let’s hope the PM has a loyal security detail. It was quiet for him this week. Too quiet. ;)
 

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The casualties remain very low in China for the invaders, given the scale of the front. And let’s hope the PM has a loyal security detail. It was quiet for him this week. Too quiet. ;)
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To be honest I think the Imperial Japanese Army is superior in equipment, many have finally been totally upgraded, and I noticed the Leaders have built up a lot of skill due to the fact that the AI is in charge. Letting the AI fight increases the speed in which the Leaders gain experience and Traits. And our bombers have a LOT of experience now. We HAVE been fighting for two months now. Also the Chinese nations seem to have a LOT of militia. I also noticed many of their divisions only have two brigades - even the infantry divisions.
 

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Keisuke returned his attention to the tiny report and his eyebrows shot up. “The American First Committee would get 21 percent of the vote? Interesting. Is this the result of your spies in the US?”


“Yes,” replied the Head of Intelligence. “Well, some of it. Some of it is because of how FDR has been mishandling his office. But I fear it may not be enough. Even if the Republicans take the White House there is....well...how can I keep them out of the Allies? Even without FDR, even if they get a President who prefers the Germans, the Americans will likely STILL join the Brits and the French at the first sign of trouble.”

“Make Canada a threat,” replied the Minister of Security as he grabbed an egg from his bowl with his sticks.
Amusing that you chose FDR's disastrous attempt to create more Supreme Court justices for the illustration.
 

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I look forward to stories about the Mounties rounding up dozens of Japanese spies as our intelligence agencies spread the scope of their incompetence to new lands, discovering vast new vistas of failure on which they can pratfall.
 
Chapter Fifty-Two: Holding The Tiger By The Tail - 26.8.1937 To 1.9.1937

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Chapter Fifty-Two: Holding The Tiger By The Tail - 26.8.1937 To 1.9.1937



The Land War​

The Army started the ninth week engaged in four battles. The Battle of Kenli, the Battle of Shenmu, the Battle of Songxian, and the Battle of Xinijang.

And, of course, the 19. Infantry Division in northern Korea was still complaining about a lack of supplies. But this time it was the only unit complaining about this. Which was good - it meant the front line units were getting what they needed. For now.

By 4 AM, on the 26th of August, the Battle of Kenli came to an end. A Japanese victory, if it could be called that, as the Army lost 429 men while the Nationalists only lost 270 men.

Still, every victory helped. The Nationalist Chinese might not notice it but they were being pushed farther and farther from the Communists and closer to the coast. If the People's Republic of China could be defeated soon half the Imperial Japanese Army would have a clear path right into the Republic's left, mostly unprotected, flank.


Even if the Army just locked the Nationalists in place that could be enough to clear the way into the heart of the Republic once the Communists were defeated. All that the Army had to do was hold onto the tiger's tail and keep it in place.

Then at 10 AM, that same day, the Imperial Army announced a REAL victory. The Battle of Shenmu had come to an end. A major victory against the Communists. The Army lost 292 men while the enemy lost 573 men.


At noon the Army launched an attack on the Province of Puyang with a infantry division against a Nationalist 1st Army HQ unit. The Leader of the Nationalist unit was Alexander von Falkenhausen - a German volunteer - and a Superior Leader at that. THIS might examine the Nationalists' 'second wind'. They had put a European in charge of some of their units!(1)


Shortly after noon the Army launched a attack on the Communists in Shilou. Infantry division on infantry division. While both units had equal numbers, and the enemy was dug in, the Japanese Leader was better trained and had more experience.

While this battle in the west was raging the Battle of Puyang, to the east, came to a close. A Japanese Victory with no loses on either side. It seems von Falkeenhausen had decided a thousand interns, clerks, and staff generals were useless against nine thousand Japanese soldiers and had ordered a retreat.

The next day, during the early hours of the 27th, another battle was won. The Battle of Xinjiang came to a close with the Army losing 51 men while the Communists lost 255 men.


On the 28th, shortly before noon, the Japanese troops in Puyang were surprised by a counterattack by a Nationalist infantry division. In fact the enemy soldiers charged in an all out 'Assault'. Four brigades against three defending brigades. The problem for the Chinese was they were attacking across a river AND the defending Japanese STILL outnumbered them.

Shortly before midnight, on the same day, the Japanese Army won the Battle of Songxian. Once again, if Utsunimiya was honest with himself, it didn't sound like much of a victory. While the Nationalists lost 345 men the Imperial Army lost 303. In other words a 'minor' victory at best. Still, by taking the Province of Songxian this would push the lines of the two Chinese nations farther apart.

To the east the Battle of Puyang was starting to look grime. Two Nationalist divisions had placed themselves in reserve for the battle. If they joined they could easily bring the Chinese a major victory.

Major General Inanba, the Commander of the 37. Hohei Shidan, was a skilled man who was becoming known as a Urban Assault Specialist and a Hill Fighter. And he promised the high command victory in Puyang

On the early morning hours of the 29th the Army did announce victory. But not in Puyang. They had won the Battle of Shilou against the Communists. Once again it was a victory only in name as the Army lost 290 men and the Communists lost 175 men. Still, the province bordered the enemy capital and, therefore, was of great importance.

And it seems like the Communists felt the same way as one of their infantry divisions was either too slow to leave the province or refused to leave. For a couple hours later the Second Battle of Shilou started when two Japanese divisions (one infantry and one mountain) marched into the province and ran into them.


Back to the east the Army started the Battle of Liaocheng when one of their Mountain Divisions (the 7.) attacked a Customs Police unit which was one of the reserves in the Battle of Puyang. It was assumed the unit would have to drop out of the first battle to protect itself.

On the morning of the 30th the Battle of Puyang came to an end. 60 Japanese soldiers had died defending the province while 106 Nationalists had died trying to take it. The center of the Imperial Army's left flank had held. Utsunimiya was greatly relieved by this news.

About six hours later, after the sun was high in the sky, the Battle of Liaocheng came to an end. Another victory in which the Police lost 99 men while the Japanese lost 18 men.

The next piece of news didn't appear on his desk till 3 PM, on the 31st, when the Second Battle of Xinjiang started when a Communist militia unit was too slow in leaving the province. It was attacked by the 6. Mountain Division.


The next day another piece of news was announced by the Army. They had won the Second Battle of Shilou. The Army had lost 257 men while the Communists had lost 784 men. The enemy was putting up a tough defense around their capital. But between the Land Combat and Bombing Runs it was doubtful they could keep it up for much longer.


Just before midnight, on the 1st of September, the northern front on the map it looked like the Imperial Japanese Army had stalled. It was likely due to many units finding themselves worn down. But once the People's Republic of China fell that would change everything. Even the HQ of 'China' Operations felt victory was close. Not only had its demands for reinforcements decreased in their number but it was moving CLOSER to the battle lines.

By the end of the ninth week of conflict with the Republic the Imperial Japanese Army claimed nine victories at the cost of 1,700 soldier lost in Land Combat. The Nationalists had lost 820 men due to Land Combat while the Communists had lost 1,787 men to Land Combat.



The Air War​

The Air Groups started the ninth week with one of them bombing the Nationalists in the Province of Kenli. The pilots reported that the Chinese infantry below them were totally disorganized. One pilot described it as if an "anthill had been kicked open". There was only one attack that killed 60 Nationalist soldiers.

The other Air Group was blasting the Communist militia in the Province of Xinjiang. The militia were much better organized. But it was likely because they were still fresh. There was a total of three attacks which killed 199 Communist militia.

The bombers from Kenli moved onto the Province of Shilou. The Communist infantry were still partly organized. But it didn't help them. And when the second Air Group joined in from Xinjiang in the second bombing run the Communist no doubt were very upset. By the fifth bombing run one of the Air Groups had split off to attack Songxian (See Below).

There was a total of ten attacks on the Province of Shilou. The numbers of Communists killed is believed to be more than 749 soldiers killed as at least one report was lost.

Then the Nationalist Wing of Russian Bombers carried out a bombing run on the Province of Yuanqu attacking Japanese cavalry stationed there. Reports suggested the enemy had spent all that time off reorganizing themselves and increasing their numbers before the attack. The enemy bombers killed 15 men and some horses.


At this point Utsunimiya noticed that the Army had brought the Fighter Groups forward by placing them in the airbases in Beiping. The problem was a question of logistics. Those airfields would only repair and maintain 5 Wings and now there was a total of 8 Wings using the same facilities.

The instant advantage became clear when a Group of Fighters, made up of two Wings of Nakajima Ki-27s, attacked the Chinese Bombers when they were returning from their bombing run.

By the morning of the 28th one of the Air Groups moved from Shilou and started bombing the Province of Songxian much to the dismay of the Nationalist Infantry Division that received the dropping bombs. The Japanese bombers attacked a total of three times and killed 225 Nationalist soldiers.


Shortly before midnight on the 28th of August General Shō-ichi Utsunimiya sent a request to the Ministry of Armaments to built a series of airbases in the Province of Xilinhot. A province near the border of Mongolia. The reason for this was just how impressed Utsunimiya had become with the Army Air Force. He knew if there was a war with the USSR, and its allies, the Army Air Force would play a big part. And to play a part it needed AIRBASES.

On the early morning of the 19th the Air Group from Songxian had moved to the Province of Kaifeng where it had started to blast the Nationalist’s two infantry brigades, an armoured car brigade, and a anti-tank brigade waiting there. There were three attacks and 202 Nationalist troops were killed.

At this time both Air Groups moved onto new targets. One launched a bombing run on the Nationalist Customs Police unit in Liaocheng. There was only a total of two attacks which killed 146 Nationalist soldiers.

The other launched a bombing run on the Nationalist infantry in Zhengzhou. The bombers attacked the province three times and killed 274 enemy soldiers.

On the 1st of September both Army Air Groups returned to Beiping to rest and reorganize. And therefore the bombing of enemy positions, at least by the Army’s pilots, ended for the week.



The Navy War​

The Navy's own Air Groups of Tactical Bombers continue to blast the City of Nanjing fifteen times between the 26th and the 29th of August.

By the 29th of August it was becoming clear that Logistic Bombing had gone as far as it could go. The roads, rails, and bridges were not going to be repaired any time soon.

General Shō-ichi Utsunimiya and Major General Shimoyama, the Commander of the 1. Hikoutai, got together and decided that the time was perfect for Ground Attacks. The Nationalist militia units forming outside the Shanghai foothold needed to know they had been noticed.

On the 30th of August, a few hours after noon, the four enemy militia brigades in the Province of Wuxi found Japanese bombs dropping on them. They were the largest concentration of militia facing the Japanese soldiers and, therefore, were picked by the Major General. By the end of the ninth week, near midnight on the 1st of September, the province had been bombed ten times and had killed 874 Nationalist soldiers.


The numbers could have been higher but for the Chinese fortifications in the province.

The Imperial Japanese Navy reported that no enemy convoys had been detected that week by any of their Submarines, Task Groups, or even the Naval Bombers. While many took this to mean that the Republic's economy had failed many pointed out that the Republic was still trading with the People's Republic and other nations on the mainland.



Misc. Events​

While the mainland raged with war the home front tickled along as usual. During the war the subjects of the Empire were getting all their basic needs met and the industry was trying its best to pump out supplies, fuel, and equipment for the military.

Trade deals were made with the USSR and the UK to keep some of the stockpiles topped off with imports of metal and raw materials.

Germany, once again, approached Japan and asked it to join the ‘Axis’. Of course it was turned down. Nobody within the government wanted to link their ‘fate’ with that European nation until they had proven themselves worthy. Up to now the Germans had done nothing but take some land away from the French and made a lot of noise. Nobody was impressed.

By the end of the ninth week of the conflict the Head of Intelligence reported that Nationalist China had captured two agents, Communist China had captured three agents, and the US had captured one agent. Seems Canada had not noticed any of the agents within its borders. Not surprising as the nation did have a large Asian population on its western seaboard. It was likely Canadian Intelligence couldn't see the trees for the forest.

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Author's Notes:

1. Funny enough reports from the front misspelled his name as Falkenhauser.

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A Japanese victory, if it could be called that, as the Army lost 429 men while the Nationalists only lost 270 men.
I'll try to refrain from harping on every single "victory" of this sort (what are we, Russians??), but it's at least good to see a certain measure of self-awareness from our reporter, who has previously all but outed himself as a filthy Army brat. Indeed..."if". :p

Up to now the Germans had done nothing put take some land away from the French and made a lot of noise. Nobody was impressed.
Perhaps we would be better off allying ourselves with the Italians, who after all have not only made a real gain by conquering Abyssinia against fervent resistance, but also understand the power of a strong navy and especially a navy built around a core of powerful battleships with large, accurate guns and closely-supported by land-based air power to neutralize these newfangled aircraft carriers lesser nations like Britain use.
 

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Perhaps we would be better off allying ourselves with the Italians, who after all have not only made a real gain by conquering Abyssinia against fervent resistance, but also understand the power of a strong navy and especially a navy built around a core of powerful battleships with large, accurate guns and closely-supported by land-based air power to neutralize these newfangled aircraft carriers lesser nations like Britain use.
No editorial comment. Refer to OTL Italian Navy performance. Report back. :D