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Month: January 2000 (page 2 of 2)

August 1936

Aug I 36

Insurgent Player Turn

Single regiments screen the Loyalist units in Algerciras and Pontevdra while a bunch of weak units converge around Zaragoza. Efforts continue to hook up the rail lines. A security lll secures Guadix; the Loyalists in Granada will be cut off from the rest of Loyalist Spain The Mixed T unit brings across more troops from Morroco and a naval transport bring in a regiment from the Canaries. Low odds attacks are made to try to capture key rail junctions. A strong stack from Sevilla and the 2LE lll attack Cordoba but are repulsed despite air support (2:1 -1 = AR). Units from Zamora and Valladolid are unsuccessful in an attack on Salamanca as a Loyalist Bre. XIX from Madrid provides DAS (1:1 0 = AS). At Gijon, troops brought by ship from Galicia and supported by NGS take the city (3:2 0 = DR Rolled a 6!).

Loyalist Player Turn

Units continue to move along rail lines to hook up the tranportation net. Units are scraped up for a counterattack on Gijon. The Insurgent fleet had scurried back to El Ferol, a mistake allowing the Loyalists to be the ones to get NGS. The city is retaken with some losses (4:1 0 = HX). Units in Zaragoza try to take out the strong stack opposing them with no luck even with the mech lll (2:1 +1 = AS). An insurgent art lll is destroyed in the mountains NE of Madrid with the help of GS by the Bre. XIX (5:1 -2 = DH). Another attack in the mountains just south of Teruel also benefits from GS, this time by Vildebeests flying from Alicante. The defenders are pushed back into the town (5:1 -2 = DR).

Aug II 36

Insurgent Player Turn

Supply problems crop up. The rail line from Burgos to Calatayud hasn’t yet been connected, leaving all Insurgent units in Aragon, Navarra, and the southern part of Euzkadi out of supply. Several other pockets of units on both sides are also U-1, particularly in Estrenadura, where units are still basically scattered around with no real front line.

The 2 LE III is used to form the Van XX. Units continue to be brought to Mainland Spain from Africa by boat & plane. The rail line to Catalayud is finally hooked up; the units in the upper Ebro valley will be back in supply. Aviles is abandoned but the wooded rough hex SW of Gijon is occupied. Algeraciras is taken (5:1 -1 = DE) and Cordoba as well, though with some losses (3:1 -1 = EX).

Loyalist Player Turn

Several point cities are occupied without opposition (Aviles, Don Benito, Almendralejo, Aguilas). NW of Aguilas a joint PA-Anarchist attack on a single Bdr III is launched, with the ultimate goal of pushing on to Guadix to hook up with forces in Granada, goes bad as militia units refuse to attack despite recieving GS. The artillery still manages to push back the Insurgents but does not advance (4:1 -1 = DE). Teruel is taken (8:1 -1 = DE). A big attack into wooded rough terrain SW of Gijon is a success (6:1 – 2 = DE). Two attacks are launched on the Insurgent units screening Zaragoza. NE of the city, an attack by units coming up from the south is a success (6:1 0 = DE) but an attack from within the city is a disaster as half the militia fails to take part (3:1 – 1 = AR).

Generalstab Update, 21.1.2000

My second paper on military history, “How close came Germany to executing the Schlieffen Plan in 1914?”, is now online. Not quite PhD-capable, but maybe a good introduction to the topic.

Generalstab Update, 19.1.2000

Freds game report on his game of FWTBT has been completed exccept the October of 1936 – if anyone still owns these reports I’d be grateful if you mail them to me. I’ve also reworked the pages to make them somewhat smaller.

Generalstab Update, 18.1.2000

A new game report has arrived at the Kriegsarchiv, Robert Williams reports from the “Philippines fully prepared”-scenario from “The Damned Die Hard”, the Second game of the Glory-Series.

Generalstab Update, 17.1.2000

Fixed some small spelling errors and html-mistakes. After some fumbling decided not to do the Spanish civil war report from Fred, as the JS-menues didn’t come out the way I wanted them to.

Dec IV 1941

Japan

1st Sasebo II, 56 HC X and Res Pts land at Digos. The 16th XX attacks the Construction and Artillery units in the rice paddies and forces them back towards the west coast. (DR). At Davao SNLF and Mortar units attack the defenders but the Filipinos stubbornly hold their ground (AS)

At Subic Bay IJN air craft attack and bomb the USN Fleet – AA is pathetic and MacArthur denies all involvement in their training, claiming its “a navy problem”. The USS Houston is hit, DD flotillas Clem 1 and 3 hit and flipped over and the PT unit sunk without a trace.

Over the airfields of Luzon the Japanese strafe and bomb every field they can – in dog fights 2 more P-40Es are killed, the Filipino P-35A while one Zero is killed. MacArthurs press release opens with “Jap fighters exhausted by US Fighters!”. Cut from the final proof is the concluding sentence “shooting down so many…” 2 B-17s are cut up on Clark Field but one Zero is aborted by AA fire. the IJA Airforce is no where to be seen – one suspects inter-service rivalry.

At Agarri the Yok Para Regt fully forms up with extra battalions flown in.

At Formosa, the transports are loaded up to the deck with units of the strategic reserve and units from Formosa. The IJN sets off as a mass then spilts into three seperate convoys bound for the ports and beaches of Agarri, Laoag and Iba.

Off the coast of Agarri the sub flotilla Salmon intercepts the convoy. For several days it shadows the fleet – constantly being turned back by the ASW screen. Eventually it suffers heavy losses but the commander of the flotilla orders another attempt on sneaking through. In a gap in the DD defence line, the half strength flotilla sneaks through and shoves a spead of torpedoes into the Maru-13 group. The transport is hit and suffers additional damage, sinking the entire group. MacArthur is ecstatic! Press reports mention how he sent signals to the USN subs only several weeks ago urging them to be on the alert. The IJN Commander casually lifts the Maru 13 from his operations board to reveal its cargo – 2 resource points. The field kitchen of the 52nd XX is sent to a briny grave. MacArthur weeps.

Regiments of the 52nd and 53rd XXs land and scuttle forward. At the Tiney river near Vigan an attack is launched on the 134th Eng II and 86 PS Art II. The US units are forced back. (3:1 = DR) The Japanese advance, cutting off the Filipino defenders in Vigan.

Subic Bay – USN surface units fail to spot the massive IJN fleet approaching Iba. This is probably due to the ships being half full of water jokes the Japanese commander. The three sub flotillas do spot the fleet and all attempt to break through the ASW screen. After several attempts, the IJN aircraft and DDs prove too good and all are hit. Eventually only a half flotilla of the S-1 survives to return to Cavite to tell the tale of horror. The troops convoys flood their cargo ashore.

At Olongapo the IJA 2nd Lt Inf XX and attached armour attacks a motley crew of US marines, construction troops, Filipino militia and US CD artillery gunners. Despite favourable odds the Japanese can only force the Allies to retreat (4:1 = DR). Overhead, an A-24 attempting to fly defensive air support is killed by carrier based Claudes. At Iba engineers begin construction of a 3 capacity airfield while IJN baseforce personnel prepare to set up.

A CA heavy task force remains on station in Subic Bay while the transports return to Formosa.

US

B-17Es rebase to Del Monte in Mindanao, Clark Airbase is destroyed with 2 aborted squadrons of B-17Es torched by their ground crews. Artillery and infantry points are expended to fully strengthen form up the 11th, 41st, 51st in Luzon and 81st in Cebu City.

Merchant ships and requisitioned barges from Iloilo carry the Panay Island Militia IIs to Legaspi to relieve the 41st XX (Filipino) which marches up towards the main line near Clark Field. At San Fernando, beefed up USMC IIs and Filipino IIs with Hvy AA and artillery support garrison the town while in North Luzon the US forces retreat to Baguio and the mountains north east of Tayg, leaving the troops in Vigan to their fate as the P-40 here rebases to Del Carmen. Aircraft around Cebu rebase to Luzon.

Cebu – an attack by the 81st XX is launched on the IJA regiment outside the city – it is a dreadful failure with the 81st shattered and the Filipinos abandoning the city (2:1 = AH). Luckily in the exploitation phase the cadred remnants of the 81st and the local Constabulary reoccupy the city.

Mindanao – US forces take up positions against the 16th Infantry XX.

 

Dec III 1941

Japan

More air strikes are launched on the USAAF airbases and strips in Luzon – Filipino P-35s and US P-40Es operating out of Vigan and Baguio try to intercept but are turned back by Zero escorts. Over Clark Airfield 5 squadrons of P-40s rise up to attack the IJN bombers but escorting Zero aircraft slice their way through the Americans – 4 squadrons are killed to the shock of MacArthur who blubs in his bunker on Corregidor. One Betty is aborted by the single surviving P-40. AA fails agin and one hit is scored on a B-17 squadron.

The main invasion fleet sets off from Formosa, skirting to the west of Luzon to avoid the sub packs to arrive off the coast at Iba. recognising the gap in his defences, MacArthur throws all his airpower at the fleet. The massed squadrons easily spot the fleet (it was big enough!). A PBY-5 is killed by carrier based Petes flying off the S Maru which is in turn hit by the remaining PBY-5, causing the Petes to crash into the ocean with their carrier on fire and adrift. Despite this success, all other bombing fails and the landings are made fairly successfully – heavy equipment and all. Again no damage occurs to the LCs – making MacArthur sweat as the Imperial reserve arrives in Formosa.

Laoag is captured by the 2 Sasebo II marching along the coast. Elsewhere in the north of the island IJA aircraft arrive at the captured airstrips.

Mindanao – the Kure SNLF Regt and 16th Lt XX land unopposed at Digos south of Davao and push inland. A Baseforce is set up at the small town.

Cebu – the 56/146 Regt advances to just south of the city, probing the Filipino militia positions. Another carrier aircraft strike is made on the USN units in the city’s port – intercepting P-40Bs and Es shot down the Jakes and Nells into the eliminated box. MacArthur is ecstatic, sending off press reports to the US, the IJN fleet air commander commits hari kari, as is proper in these sorts of circumstances.

US

Artillery points are spent upgrading a couple of Filipino Inf Gun units and the Philippine Scout Division is broken up and reconverted into the 12th Division. These units take up positions north of Clark Airfield where numerous Filipino units prepare to defend against the Japanese army around Iba. The 14th Armoured PG Division forms up fully and looks very threatening to the 2nd Formosan Regt and attached Paratroopers. The local Japanese commander begins to worry…… A motorised Engineer Battalion and attached Artillery battalion leave the 14th and scuttle westwards to help support the Filipino battalions defending Vigan.

Off the coast of Corregidor, the USS Houston and DD flotilla join the USN PT and destroyer and three Sub flotillas off Subic Bay.

Mindanao – 200th Art III and 41/185 and 41/162 Inf IIIs march south via the road towards Digos. The 47th Construction II and 148 Art II fall back to the rice paddies across the river from Dulawan. Strange “clucking” noises on Japanese radio messages are intercepted by MacArthur’s signal intelligence network. This early form of Psycholoical Warfare has no effect on his demeanour.

Dec II 1941

Japanese

Over the Philipines – Imperial Japanese Navy Fighters and Bombers cover the skies as they launch wave after wave on the expanded USAAF squadrons, desperate to whittle down the numbers of B 17E units before the main invasions start. despite the warnings of Pearl Harbour hours before, the Far East Air Force is caught on the ground. At Manila Zeros strafe the airfields holding three squadrons of A-24 Attack planes, shooting holes in one as the ground crews scatter in panic. Over Clark Airfield 4 points of AA is unable to turn back any of the IJN bombers but fortunately for the USAAF only two squadrons of the Heavy Bombers stationed here are aborted.

Northern Luzon – Off the coast of Appari the Filipino militia observe the arrival of a cruiser heavy task force supporting several transport ships, obviously intent on some sort of landing. The two milita battalions are supported by some light weight artillery – which conveniently doubles as Coastal Defences. The battle hardened Japanese commander scoffs at these shore based pop guns and sneeringly orders his cruisers to engage. Fire opens at battleship range and the commander of the Cruiser Ashigara is joking about the upcoming campaign with his deck officers when a shell slams into the bridge, killing them all. Flames and smoke erupt from the vessel. The Japanese commander orders a saki to settle his nerves. The task force closes in on the beach, shots are exchanged at cruiser range, but all miss in the smoke. Again the navy closes the distance but the Filipino gunners can easily spot the smoking Ashigara and accurately lob a round into an open deck hatch – a second hit slows the cruiser. To the disbelief of the Japanese commander secondary explosions rock the ship and the Ashigara explodes into tiny metal shards (obviously internal fires reached the magazine). MacArthur issues a press statement on how he had personally selected the gun position several weeks earlier during a tour of inspection. In response the destroyers and remaining cruisers disrupt the artillery unit with heavy and accurate gunfire.

Marines of the 2nd Sasebo SNLF climb into their landing craft and with the 21st DS engineers (amphibious) and 2nd Formosan Lt Mtn Regt storm ashore under the support of the navy’s gunfire aginst the Filipinos. With their artillery support disrupted, the two defending battalions are destroyed (7:1 = DE). The Japanese commander orders the beheading of the gun batteries personnel in revenge for the Ashigara.

As the soldiers secure the beach head, overhead transport planes fly from Formosa and Hainan carrying the 1st and 3rd Yokayama parachute battalions who launch an air assault on the air strip of Tuguegaro. The 1st II lands disrupted but the 3rd secures the airfield, causing the Filipino P-35A based there to flee to Baguio airstrip. they are expected to be joined quickly by the 2nd Formosan regt marching from the beach head.

Meanwhile carrier based Petes and Claudes raid Ilagan airstrip, shooting up a squadron of Filipino P-40Bs on the ground. Following this effort, the nothern fleet splits – some units head to Formosa while others remain on station off the coast of Laoag.

From Palau, the IJN sets forth towards Mindanao. Off the coast of Tandag float planes and carrier based aircraft are launched onto targets in the area. The USS Pensacola, tied up alongside PT boats in Cagayan on Mindanao’s north shore is attakced by jakes – AA fire from the cruiser aborts one squadron (to the anger of the Japanese commander) but the remaining squadron shows cool courage to easily drop bombs down the cruisers funnel to score a hit. Over Del Monte airfield, Claudes attempt strafing runs on the parked up B 17Es, although AA fails to deter them the attack fails. over Cebu City, the USS Boise is tied up in port. Kates scream over head surprinsing the AA gunners who all miss. This is a grevious mistake as the IJN planes score a direct hit on the cruiser. Suddenly the USN presence in the Philippines is looking shaky…..

Recovering their aircraft, the IJN sails through the Panaoa Strait – the USS Pensacola elects not to react, nor does the battered Boise. The IJN slips south of Bohol island, avoiding the CD in Cebu city and lands troops and supplies at Argao on the south tip of Cebu. The 56/146 Lt Mtn Regt, attached engineers and AA digs in and awaits reinforcements. As the IJN returns to base from this excursion, it contemptuously scatters mines in the sea off Cebu City and Cagayan.

At Okinawa the 16/20 Lt Inf Regt and attached odds and sods move to Palau.

The Japanese commander is pleased with the battle to date – some damage done to the large USAAF and critical damage to the USN. The only downside was the surprising loss of the Ashigara to a tiny CD unit. Normally in TDDH these units never appear so it was taken for granted that they would be a less serious threat than the big guns of Corregidor. Luckily the invasion at Cebu was planned to avoid a direct landing at Cebu City otherwise losses could have been heavy here too. Especially pleasing was the fact that no LC were damaged in the assaults.

US

Around Cebu – USN units from Borneo meet up with the Houston, Boise and pensacola while the sea lanes are swept for mines – luckily no hits occur to the sweepers. P-40Es and Bs (USAAF) are flown into the air strips on the islands around Cebu while a B-18A squadron smashes the limited dock facilities at Argao. A mixed transport unit is flown to Zamboange to fly out the US infantry battalion to join the 41st Division in the main part of MIndanao.

Luzon – Subs take to the seas, heading north to form a perimeter around the ports in the area. MacArthur elects not to upgrade any units yet, keeping his massive store of artillery (some 30+ replacement points) in the armoury until he can work out whjat the Japanese plan is.

B 17E and PBY-5 squadrons take to the air and search over the seas north of Luzon looking for the IJN. 3 B17 sqns return to base with no luck but a couple of others with the navy aircraft spot and attack the IJN force off Laoag. One B17 is frightened off by AA fire while the others drop their bombs around the fleet. A USN PBY-5 accurately hits the Cruiser Maya much to the delight of MacArthur who informs Washington that he shook hands with the air crew once.

On land the motorised 34th Regt and 218 Art III arrive at Ilagan airstrip to the relief of the Filpino pilots stranded at the town. The US mechanised and armoured forces trundle up to the Cagayan River across from the paratroopers but elect not to attack and save their supplies for future battles.

 

July 1936

Jul II 1936

Insurgent Player Turn

Units are ferried from Morroco by air and sea. Most units move 1 hex to begin connecting the rail net. No attacks in the offing.

Loyalist Player Turn

Units begin to connect the rail net. No attacks allowed

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