* * BPA Single-Elim Final * *
Nicholas Markevich (IJN; Bid 3.5) vs. Brad Solberg (USN) 

The I-Boat Raid, CPO Withdrawal, and West Coast Bases adjustments are in play.

Brad and Nick are playing two games -- one as each side -- one after the other. The two-game total PoC will determine the champion. No die rolls will be shared between the games.

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Turn 1

IJN Comments: At the end of the first turn the IJN leads by the usual 7 POC.

War Diary of the CinC of the Imperial Japanese Navy--December 10,1941:

Three days ago Admiral Nagumo carried out a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in accordance with our pre-war plans. Reports from informants on Oahu have confirmed that the attack met with unprecedented success, sinking or bottoming all of the American battleships and the cruiser San Francisco. Only the damaged cruiser New Orleans and a few planes of the 7th A.F. were able to escape from Pearl Harbor and Hickam Field to join two other American cruisers on patrol in Hawaiian waters. Apparently, two American carrier groups sortied from San Diego to oppose the attack on Hawaii but quickly retreated to Australia, allowing the Japanese strike group to complete the destruction of the American battle fleet in Pearl Harbor.

Air strikes launched by land-based Japanese planes quickly destroyed the American 5th Air Force on the ground in the Philippines and sank both the Prince of Wales and the Repulse today when they sortied from Singapore with inadequate air cover. Army forces have been successfully landed on a number of islands in the Philippines and along the Malaysian Peninsula.

Two other American carrier groups (estimated strength of 3 carriers and 5 cruisers) were spotted by our submarines in the Central Pacific. Unfortunately, they withdrew from the superior Japanese surface forces attempting to engage them in a night action. Based on the last report from the captain of the I-52, these enemy forces are on their way back to Pearl Harbor.

The Emperor is pleased with the rapid progress being made by Japanese forces towards establishing a Greater Co-Prosperity Sphere in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The light losses suffered by the Army and Navy in the latest campaigns bodes well for continued success in the new year.

The heavy losses inflicted on the enemies of Japan should ensure that the nation will be safe from attack for a long time.

IJN Returns:
1+2-7 Takao to Yokosuka Navy Yard
All others to Truk

USN Returns:
Hermes and Revenge to Singapore
Exeter to Ceylon
De Reuter to Pearl Harbor
5 CA from USM and Coral Sea to New Hebrides
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POC RECORD       Area  IJN/USN   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
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     Japanese Islands   3   3   IJN
     Aleutian Islands   0   1   IJN
  North Pacific Ocean   1   1   ---
Central Pacific Ocean   1   0   IJN
     Hawaiian Islands   2   3   ---
     Marshall Islands   1   1   IJN
     Marianas Islands   2   1   IJN
            Indonesia   3   1   IJN
  South Pacific Ocean   2   1   IJN
         U.S. Mandate   2   2   USN
            Coral Sea   2   2   USN
         Indian Ocean   2   0   USN
        Bay of Bengal   2   1   USN
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         IJN Subtotal           +12
         USN Subtotal            -5
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              Net POC            +7
       Cumulative POC            +7
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AREAS
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Japanese Islands (3/3; IJN):
4-4-4 Fuso
4-4-4 Hyuga
4-4-4 Ise

Aleutian Islands (0/1; None):
1+0-7 Oi
0-3-3 Yokosuka

North Pacific Ocean (1/1; None):

Central Pacific Ocean (1/0; USN):
0-1-4(1+) Hosho (SR=2)
5-5-4 Mutsu (SR=2)
5-5-4 Nagato (SR=4, r)
4-4-4 Yamashiro (r)
1+2-7 Haguro (r)
1+2-7 Maya
1+2-7 Myoko
1+2-7 Nachi
1+2-7 Takao
1+1-7 Aoba
1+1-7 Furutaka
1+1-7 Kako
1+1-7 Kinugasa
1+0-7 Kitakami
1+0-* I-Boat

Hawaiian Islands (2/3; USN):
1-3-8(4+) Shokaku (r)
1-3-8(4+) Zuikaku (r)
1-4-6(4+) Akagi (r)
1-4-5(4+) Kaga (r)
1-2-8(3+) Soryu (r)
1-1-8(3+) Hiryu (r)
0-1-5(2+) Ryujo (r)
0-0-5(2+) Zuiho (r)
4-3-6 Haruna (r)
4-3-6 Hiei (r)
4-3-6 Kirishima (r)
4-3-6 Kongo (r)
1+1-8 Chikuma (r)
1+1-8 Kumano (r)
1+1-8 Mikuma (r)
1+1-8 Mogami (r)
1+1-8 Suzuya (r)
1+1-8 Tone (r)
1-1-7 Indianapolis [retreats to Australia]
1-1-7 Minneapolis [retreats to Australia]

Marshall Islands (1/1; IJN):
3-4-* 21 AirFlot

Marianas Islands (2/1; IJN):
1+2-7 Ashigara
1+2-7 Atago
1+2-7 Chokai

Indonesia (3/1; USN):
3-4-* 23 AirFlot
3-4-* 24 AirFlot
3-4-* 25 AirFlot
3-4-* 26 AirFlot
4-5-6. Prince of Wales [sunk]
3-3-6. Repulse [sunk]
2-4-* 5th A.F. [shot down; returns turn 3]

South Pacific Ocean (2/1; USN):
3-4-* 22 AirFlot

U.S. Mandate (2/2; USN):
1-1-7 Pensacola
1-1-7. Australia

Coral Sea (2/2; USN):
1-1-7 Houston (r)
1-1-7 Louisville
1-1-7. Canberra

Indian Ocean (2/0; USN):
1-1-7. Exeter
1-1-7. De Ruyter

Bay of Bengal (2/1; USN):
1-2-4.(1) Hermes
4-4-3. Revenge

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PORTS
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Yokosuka Navy Yard (6; IJN):

Truk (IJN):

Saigon (IJN):

Singapore (USN):

Pearl Harbor (USN):
4-4-3 Nevada [7d; sunk]
4-4-3 Arizona [4d+3d; sunk]
5-5-3 West Virginia [2d; sunk]
4-5-3 Tennessee [6d; sunk]
4-4-3 Oklahoma [sunk]
5-5-3 Maryland [sunk]
4-5-3 California [5d+1d; sunk]
4-4-3 Pennsylvania [5d; sunk]
1-1-7 New Orleans [1d; leaves port; retreats to Australia]
1-1-7 San Francisco [sunk]
2-4-* 7th A.F. [leaves port; retreats to Australia]

Samoa (USN):

Australia (1; USN):

Ceylon (1; USN):

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BASES
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Okinawa (IJN):

Attu (USN):

Dutch Harbor (USN):

Midway (USN):

Johnston Island (USN):

Kwajalein (IJN):

Maloelap (IJN):

Saipan (IJN):

Philippines (USN):

Lae (USN):

Guadalcanal (USN):

New Hebrides (USN):

Port Moresby (USN):

Andaman Islands (USN):

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REINFORCEMENTS/RETURNS
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Turn 1:
Location Uncertain (1 = CP, 2-3 = HI, 4-6 = Turn 2)
Group W (DR=3, HI)
0-2-7(4+) Enterprise [retreats to Australia]
1-1-7 Salt Lake City [retreats to Australia]
1-1-7 Northampton [retreats to Australia]
1-1-7 Chester [retreats to Australia]
Group X (DR=1, CP)
1-3-7(4+) Lexington [withdraws to Pearl Harbor]
1-1-7 Chicago [withdraws to Pearl Harbor]
1-1-7 Portland [withdraws to Pearl Harbor]
1-1-7 Astoria [withdraws to Pearl Harbor]
Group Y (DR=3, HI)
1-3-7(4+) Saratoga [retreats to Australia]
Group Z (DR=1, CP)
0-2-7(4+) Hornet [withdraws to Pearl Harbor]
0-2-7(4+) Yorktown [withdraws to Pearl Harbor]
1-1-7 Vincennes [withdraws to Pearl Harbor]
1-1-7 Quincy [withdraws to Pearl Harbor]

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SUNK SHIPS
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Turn 1:
5-5-3 Maryland
5-5-3 West Virginia
4-5-3 California
4-5-3 Tennessee
4-4-3 Arizona
4-4-3 Nevada
4-4-3 Oklahoma
4-4-3 Pennsylvania
1-1-7 San Francisco
4-5-6. Prince of Wales
3-3-6. Repulse

Turn 2

IJN Comments: The IJN captured the Philippines, Singapore, Lae, and Johnston Island. The USN held on to the Aleutians and the Central Pacific. Losses have been fairly light, except among USN cruisers of all nationalities. The IJN lead has increased to 14 POC. My comments and the turn summary follow.

War Diary of the CinC of the Imperial Japanese Navy--May 15,1942:

Fast IJN cruisers raided the Coral Sea and the U.S. Mandate attracting the attention of one American land-based air group and the elements of three cruiser divisions (a total of 9 enemy ships). Fortunately, all six Japanese cruisers were able to return safely to Truk.

The main effort of the Navy during the first six months of 1942 was to establish control over the Hawaiian Islands and prevent American incursions into the Marshall Islands. This was accomplished by deploying most of the fleet's heavy divisions into these two sea areas. Three enemy cruisers (two Australian and one Dutch) were sunk while attempting to bombard our installations on Kwajalein and Maloelap. No other enemy ships or planes were sighted in these waters. Propaganda leaflets were dropped on Oahu encouraging the authorities and local populace to surrender without further bloodshed.

With surprising speed American fighter and bomber squadrons reinforced the enemy ground forces holding out on Bataan in the Philippines and Attu in the Aleutians. The cruiser Takao was forced to retreat ignominously from the Aleutians and failed to establish an advanced base in northern waters. A minor naval engagement occurred in the North Pacific where the cruiser Nachi reported sinking the American cruiser Quincy and preventing enemy control of that area.

The newly launched carrier Junyo was sent to the Marianas to provide air support for the conquest of the Philippies and the final assault on Corregidor. The Sasebo SNLF successfully captured that island fortress in a night raid and forced the enemy air unit to withdraw. At the same time, the 25th and 16th Armies completed the conquest of Malaya, Singapore, Borneo, Sumatra, and Java with the support of our land-based planes in the skies over Indonesia. The British cruiser Cornwall was sunk, while another cruiser and several enemy battleships were chased out of the South China Sea. No enemy carriers were sighted in these waters even though intelligence sources had warned of a possible sortie by 3 British and 2 American carriers to prevent the surrender of Singapore. Unfortunately, committing the SNLF in the Philippines will delay our advance into the Solomon Islands and the Coral Sea.

A larger enemy force was reported in the Central Pacific where American dive bombers from the carrier Lexington eluded our fighter patrols and sank the light carrier Shoho, but not before the Shoho's torpedo bombers heavily damaged the American carrier and put Lexington's flight deck out of action. The Shoho's only escort, the cruiser Myoko was forced to withdraw in the face of two enemy battleships and four enemy cruisers. While being pursued, the Myoko managed to sink the American cruiser Astoria but was heavily damaged by gunfire from the cruiser Chicago and forced to return to Japan for repairs.

The captain of I-58 had reported earlier that four enemy fleet carriers, escorted by a only a few destroyers, had sailed boldly into the South Pacific to raid our installations at Truk and Rabaul. They hoped to prevent the Japanese occupation of the northern coast of New Guinea and the capture of Lae. Fortunately, our submarines were able to disrupt flight operations on one of the American carriers, and the remaining enemy forces immediately retreated from the South Pacific (initially headed for Samoa, but then reported by spies to be back in Australia). This allowed Japanese forces to quickly consolidate their positions in New Guinea and secure our southern perimeter. Clearly, the USN is not well prepared to deal with the threat posed to their aircraft carriers by our brave submariners.

The Imperial General Staff is very pleased with the successes achieved by the land-based air units of both the Army and the Navy, but they still do not see the full potential of carrier task forces. I hope to demonstrate the power of carrier-based naval aviation in the near future with a great victory in Hawaii.

The war continues to progress quite favorably. Japanese losses have been quite light (only 1 CVL sunk by enemy action and 1 CA heavily damaged) and enemy surface forces continue to suffer significant attrition (losing 6 more cruisers). The temporary loss of one of the enemy carriers in the Central Pacific should make it easier to continue with our planned advance in the South Pacific and the capture of the remaining enemy bases in northern waters. The next six months of the war may well prove to be decisive.

A recently intercepted message from Admiral Nimitz to Admiral King in Washington, D.C. indicates that the Americans still believe they can win this war. It read: "Not too bad a turn. Failed to save Lae but all CV alive. If I had wanted this outcome I would have deployed CV in NPO/Coral and probably bagged an extra couple cruisers, and lost fewer. I was willing to trade Lae for a CV and a couple cruisers. Maybe I was wrong. Still think I've got a pretty good game, but we will see. (Also wanted the extra two POC and missed the NPO threat.)"

IJN Returns:
Yokosuka SNLF invades Johnston Island.
2x444, 2x436, 2x127, and 1x005(2) to Johnston Island.
All others still at sea (7xCV, 2xCVL, 2x554, 2x444, 2x436, 
4x127, 4x117, 2x107, 6xLBA, and I-boat) to Truk.

USN Returns:
British to Ceylon.
Idaho, Chicago, Portland, Vincennes to Midway.
Lexington [3d] to Australia.
All others still at sea (1xBB, 9xCA, 2xLBA) to Samoa.

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POC RECORD       Area  IJN/USN   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
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     Japanese Islands   3   3   IJN  IJN
     Aleutian Islands   0   1   IJN  USN
  North Pacific Ocean   1   1   ---  ---
Central Pacific Ocean   1   0   IJN  USN
     Hawaiian Islands   2   3   ---  IJN
     Marshall Islands   1   1   IJN  IJN
     Marianas Islands   2   1   IJN  IJN
            Indonesia   3   1   IJN  IJN
  South Pacific Ocean   2   1   IJN  IJN
         U.S. Mandate   2   2   USN  USN
            Coral Sea   2   2   USN  USN
         Indian Ocean   2   0   USN  USN
        Bay of Bengal   2   1   USN  USN
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         IJN Subtotal           +12  +13
         USN Subtotal            -5   -6
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              Net POC            +7   +7
       Cumulative POC            +7  +14
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AREAS
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Japanese Islands (3/3; IJN):
1+0-7 Oi

Aleutian Islands (0/1; IJN):
1+2-7 Takao [disabled to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
2-4-* 10th A.F.

North Pacific Ocean (1/1; None):
1+2-7 Nachi (r)
1-1-7 Quincy [sunk]

Central Pacific Ocean (1/0; IJN):
0-0-5(2+) Shoho (r) [sunk]
1+2-7 Myoko [retreats; pursued; 2d; disabled to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
1-3-7(4+) Lexington (r) [3d]
4-5-3 Idaho (r)
4-5-3 New Mexico (r)
1-1-7 Astoria (r) [sunk]
1-1-7 Chicago (r)
1-1-7 Portland (r)
1-1-7 Vincennes

Hawaiian Islands (2/3; None):
1-3-8(4+) Shokaku (r)
1-3-8(4+) Zuikaku (r)
1-2-8(3+) Soryu (r)
1-1-8(3+) Hiryu (r)
0-0-5(2+) Zuiho (r)
4-4-4 Fuso (r)
4-4-4 Hyuga (r)
4-3-6 Haruna (r)
4-3-6 Hiei (r)
1+2-7 Ashigara
1+2-7 Atago
1+2-7 Chokai
1+2-7 Haguro
1+1-7 Aoba
1+1-7 Furutaka
1+0-7 Kitakami (r)
0-3-3 Yokosuka [invades Johnston Island; returns on turn 4]

Marshall Islands (1/1; IJN):
1-4-6(4+) Akagi (r)
1-4-5(4+) Kaga (r)
0-1-5(2+) Ryujo (r)
0-1-4(1+) Hosho (r)
5-5-4 Mutsu
5-5-4 Nagato
4-4-4 Ise (r)
4-4-4 Yamashiro (r)
4-3-6 Kirishima (r)
4-3-6 Kongo (r)
1+1-7 Kako (r)
1+1-7 Kinugasa (r)
1-1-7. Australia [sunk]
1-1-7. Canberra [sunk]
1-1-7. De Ruyter [sunk]

Marianas Islands (2/1; IJN):
1-2-4(3+) Junyo (r)
1+2-7 Maya
0-3-3 Sasebo [invades Philippines; returns on turn 4]
2-4-* 7th A.F. [disabled to Samoa]

Indonesia (3/1; IJN):
3-4-* 21 AirFlot
3-4-* 22 AirFlot
3-4-* 23 AirFlot
3-4-* 24 AirFlot
4-4-4. Warspite (SR=5; r) [retreats to Ceylon]
4-4-3. Resolution (SR=3; r) [retreats to Ceylon]
4-4-3. Revenge [retreats to Ceylon]
1-1-7. Cornwall [sunk]
1-1-7. Dorsetshire [disabled to Ceylon]

South Pacific Ocean (2/1; IJN):
3-4-* 25 AirFlot
3-4-* 26 AirFlot
1+0-* I-Boat
1-3-7(4+) Saratoga (r) [retreats to Australia]
0-2-7(4+) Enterprise (r) [retreats to Australia]
0-2-7(4+) Hornet (r) [retreats to Australia]
0-2-7(4+) Yorktown (r) [disabled to Australia]

U.S. Mandate (2/2; USN):
1+1-8 Mikuma [retreats to Truk]
1+1-8 Mogami [retreats to Truk]
1+1-8 Suzuya [retreats to Truk]
1+1-8 Tone [retreats to Truk]
2-4-* 11th A.F.

Coral Sea (2/2; USN):
1+1-8 Chikuma [retreats to Truk]
1+1-8 Kumano [retreats to Truk]
1-1-7 Chester (r)
1-1-7 Houston (r)
1-1-7 Indianapolis
1-1-7 Louisville (r)
1-1-7 Minneapolis (r)
1-1-7 New Orleans [1d]
1-1-7 Northampton (r)
1-1-7 Salt Lake City (r)
1-1-7 Pensacola (r)

Indian Ocean (2/0; USN):
1-1-7. Exeter

Bay of Bengal (2/1; USN):
4-4-3. Ramillies
4-4-3. Royal Sovereign

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PORTS
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Yokosuka Navy Yard (6; IJN):

Truk (IJN):

Saigon (IJN):

Singapore (USN):  converted to IJN control by isolation
1-2-4.(1) Hermes (r) [retreats to Ceylon]

Pearl Harbor (3; USN):

Samoa (USN):

Australia (1; USN):

Ceylon (1; USN):
0-2-7.(2) Formidable (r)
0-2-7.(2) Indomitable (r)

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BASES
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Okinawa (IJN):

Attu (USN):

Dutch Harbor (USN):

Midway (USN):

Johnston Island (USN):  converted to IJN control by Yokosuka SNLF

Kwajalein (IJN):

Maloelap (IJN):

Saipan (IJN):

Philippines (USN):  converted to IJN control by Sasebo SNLF

Lae (USN):  converted to IJN control by isolation

Guadalcanal (USN):

New Hebrides (USN):

Port Moresby (USN):

Andaman Islands (USN):

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SUNK SHIPS
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0-0-5(2+) Shoho
1-1-7 Astoria
1-1-7 Quincy
1-1-7. Australia
1-1-7. Canberra
1-1-7. Cornwall
1-1-7. De Ruyter

Turn 3

IJN Report: War Diary of the CinC of the Imperial Japanese Navy--September 15,1942:

Fast IJN cruisers again raided the Coral Sea and the U.S. Mandate to distract American forces from the crucial battle in the Hawaiian Islands. At first the USN did not take the bait, leaving both areas without patrollers and concentrating all land-based air units in the Hawaiian Islands. The rest of the Pacific was also left largely undefended by the American Navy. Only a few battleships and cruisers from the British Far East Fleet ventured out to patrol the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and Indonesia.

In the Coral Sea, one of our scout planes spotted the American battleship New Mexico and cruiser New Orleans headed for the Chikuma. The fast Japanese cruiser was able to recover her scout plane and retreat quickly back to Truk. In the U.S. Mandate, the three Japanese cruisers were surprised by eight American cruisers maneuvering from behind a thick fog bank. During a sharp night engagement, the Mikuma and the Mogami were sunk and the Kumano was disabled back to Truk. Our cruisers were unable to seriously damage any of the enemy cruisers, only disabling two of them. Several of the American cruisers must have been equipped with improved radar equipment to gain such an advantage over a squadron of fast Japanese cruisers.

The newly launched carrier Hiyo was sent to the Central Pacific to provide air support for the invasion of Midway. This important island base was successfully captured by the Kure SNLF and an air strip and harbor facilities were quickly put into operation for our forces. The North Pacific did not see any action as the patrolling Japanese cruiser easily gained control of that area and isolated Dutch Harbor from outside support by American naval forces.

The home islands remained undisturbed by enemy forces. The small American squadron at Midway (1xBB and 3xCA) did not dare challenge my new flagship, the mighty Yamato, which completed her shakedown cruise while patrolling the Japanese Islands. Instead the northern American squadron raided the Aleutians to prevent our control of that area and to resupply the Attu garrison. The cruiser Takao was heavily damaged by fire from the heavy guns of the battleship Idaho, but managed to limp back to Yokosuka Navy Yard for repairs. The cruiser Tone was able to sink the Portland with long lance torpedoes before retreating to safety from the superior enemy forces. During the fall I will sail in the Yamato to the South Pacific to personally direct the next phase of our operations, the conquest of Port Moresby and the Solomon Islands.

The defense of our southern perimeter (Indonesia, South Pacific, and Marshall Islands) was entrusted to the Army's land-based air units. They were challenged by three British and two American carriers in Indonesia and by two American carriers in the South Pacific. (Another British carrier, the slower Hermes, reportedly left Ceylon with her faster compatriots, but returned soon after with mechanical problems.) This time the enemy pressed home his attacks and shot down many of our planes in both the South Pacific and Indonesia. On the other hand, both the Enterprise and Hornet were sunk in the South Pacific, the latter by the intrepid captain of I-58. During the initial airstrikes in Indonesia both American carriers were forced to return to Australia after shooting down all of the planes in our 21 Air Flotilla. In subsequent sorties the 22 Air Flotilla avenged the loss of her sister unit by sinking the British carrier Formidable and disabling the other two British carriers without losing any planes. The British surface fleet was again forced to retreat from Indonesia leaving the area under Japanese control. This greatly strengthens our position and will prevent enemy carriers from raiding the Japanese Islands for at least another 4 months.

The Navy's main objective during the summer of 1942 was the capture of Pearl Harbor and its excellent port and airbase facilities. This was accomplished by a large force of carriers, battleships, and cruisers with the support of long-range bombers based on the recently captured Johnston Island. The American Navy did not respond with significant force to defend its home port. Instead it relied on the strength of the Allied land-based air units deployed on Oahu and an attempt by two Marine regimental combat teams from the 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions to recapture Johnston Island. Both Marine units were detected by our screening cruiser squadrons and completely destroyed during an early morning surface action.

On the other hand, the six Allied Air Forces based at Hickam Field put up a valiant fight to protect the vital militay installations on Oahu. Three of our carriers (Hiryu, Soryu, and Junyo) and two light carriers (Ryujo and Zuiho) were sunk before all of the enemy planes could be shot down. In addition the Zuikaku was forced to return to Truk early in the battle, and the Kaga took damage below the waterline and was also forced to return to Truk. Fortunately, airstrikes from the Akagi, Shokaku, and Hosho were able to heavily damage the three American battleships berthed at Pearl Harbor. The North Carolina was destroyed and the other two ships were scuttled when Japanese forces occupied Oahu. Despite the loss of five of our carriers along with their valuable air crews, this is a glorious victory that demonstrates the power of naval aviation. Admiral Nagumo is to be generously rewarded upon his return to Truk with the main battle fleet.

Over the last four months both sides have suffered significant attrition. The IJN has lost 3 carriers, 2 light carriers, 2 cruisers, and 2 land-based air units, while the enemy has lost 2 American fleet carriers, 1 British carrier, 3 American battleships, 1 American cruiser, and 6 land-based air units. Since the Royal Navy may soon have to send significant forces back to the European theatre of operations, I don't believe that we will have anything to fear from the remnants of the obsolete British Far East Fleet cowering in Ceylon.

The Imperial General Staff was very pleased with the capture of the Hawaiian Islands and especially the largely intact Pearl Harbor docking facilities. They understand now the awesome power of coordinated aircraft carrier operations, and are expressing concern about the growing threat from large fleets of American carriers that are being constructed by the enemy. I still believe that the greater experience and tenacity of Japanese air crews and sailors will prevail. A major battle between the remaining forces of the IJN and the USN before the enemy is able to deploy significant numbers of new warships to the Pacific will definitely result in a victory for Japan.

USN Comments: IJN is undoubtedly in a strong position, especailly with the failure to take Indonesia last turn. I wanted a 4 POC swing there and more importantly the raiding lanes while your LBA was weak. As it is, your perimeter is only pushed back one sea and you have 4 LBA to my two.

The only bright part was sinking all of your light CV except Hosho and Hiyo. Not sure if that is enough. I'm now working my options assuming a 29 POC game, which is still doable if I get more CV attrition and hold on to my bases. We'll see but I think the failure to take Indo combined with losing one more CV than I wanted this turn and my awful surface losses in prior turns weights it heavily on the IJN side.

Turn 3 IJN Returns:
0-3-3 Kure SNLF invades Midway.
1-2-4(3+) Hiyo and 4-4-4 Ise to Midway.
4-4-4 Hyuga to Yokosuka Navy Yard.
1+2-7 Maya to Pearl Harbor.
All others still at sea to Truk.

Turn 3 USN Returns:
British to Ceylon.
From Coral Sea to Guadalcanal.
From U.S. Mandate to New Hebredes.
From Aleutians to Samoa.

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POC RECORD       Area  IJN/USN   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
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     Japanese Islands   3   3   IJN  IJN  IJN
     Aleutian Islands   0   1   IJN  USN  ---
  North Pacific Ocean   1   1   ---  ---  IJN
Central Pacific Ocean   1   0   IJN  USN  IJN
     Hawaiian Islands   2   3   ---  IJN  IJN
     Marshall Islands   1   1   IJN  IJN  IJN
     Marianas Islands   2   1   IJN  IJN  IJN
            Indonesia   3   1   IJN  IJN  IJN
  South Pacific Ocean   2   1   IJN  IJN  ---
         U.S. Mandate   2   2   USN  USN  ---
            Coral Sea   2   2   USN  USN  ---
         Indian Ocean   2   0   USN  USN  USN
        Bay of Bengal   2   1   USN  USN  USN
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         IJN Subtotal           +12  +13  +13
         USN Subtotal            -5   -6   -1
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              Net POC            +7   +7  +12
       Cumulative POC            +7  +14  +26
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AREAS
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Japanese Islands (3/3; IJN):
6-9-5 Yamato

Aleutian Islands (0/1; USN):
1+2-7 Takao [2d; disabled to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
1+1-8 Tone (r) [retreats to Truk]
4-5-3 Idaho (r)
1-1-7 Chicago (r)
1-1-7 Portland (r) [sunk]
1-1-7 Vincennes (r)

North Pacific Ocean (1/1; None):
1+2-7 Ashigara
1+1-8 Suzuya (r)

Central Pacific Ocean (1/0; USN):
1-2-4(3+) Hiyo (r)
4-4-4 Ise (r)
1+2-7 Nachi
1+0-7 Kitakami (r)
1+0-7 Oi (r)
0-3-3 Kure [invades Midway; returns on turn 5]

Hawaiian Islands (2/3; IJN):
1-4-6(4+) Akagi (r)
1-4-5(4+) Kaga (r) [2d; disabled to Truk]
1-3-8(4+) Shokaku (r)
1-3-8(4+) Zuikaku (r) [disabled to Truk]
1-2-8(3+) Soryu [sunk]
1-1-8(3+) Hiryu (r) [sunk]
1-2-4(3+) Junyo (r) [sunk]
0-1-5(2+) Ryujo (r) [sunk]
0-0-5(2+) Zuiho [sunk]
0-1-4(1+) Hosho (r)
5-5-4 Nagato (r)
4-4-4 Fuso
4-4-4 Hyuga
4-4-4 Yamashiro (r)
4-3-6 Haruna
4-3-6 Hiei
4-3-6 Kirishima (r)
4-3-6 Kongo (r)
1+2-7 Atago
1+2-7 Chokai
1+2-7 Haguro
1+2-7 Maya
1+1-7 Aoba (r)
1+1-7 Furutaka (r)
1+1-7 Kako (r)
1+1-7 Kinugasa (r)
3-4-* 25 AirFlot
3-4-* 26 AirFlot
0-4-3 1st Marines [sunk; returns on turn 5]
0-4-3 2nd Marines [sunk; returns on turn 5]
2-4-* RAAF  [shot down; returns on turn 5]
2-4-* RNZAF [shot down; returns on turn 5]
2-4-* 5th A.F. [shot down; returns on turn 5]
2-4-* 7th A.F. [shot down; returns on turn 5]
2-4-* 10th A.F. [shot down; returns on turn 5]
2-4-* 11th A.F. [shot down; returns on turn 5]

Marshall Islands (1/1; IJN):
3-4-* 24 AirFlot

Marianas Islands (2/1; IJN):
5-5-4 Mutsu

Indonesia (3/1; IJN):
3-4-* 21 AirFlot [shot down; returns on turn 5]
3-4-* 22 AirFlot
1-3-7(4+) Saratoga (r) [disabled to Australia]
0-2-7(4+) Yorktown (r) [disabled to Australia]
0-2-7.(2) Formidable (r) [sunk]
0-2-7.(2) Illustrious (r) [disabled to Ceylon]
0-2-7.(2) Indomitable (r) [disabled to Ceylon]
1-2-4.(1) Hermes (r, SR=4, returns to Ceylon)
4-4-4. Valiant (SR=1) [retreats to Ceylon]
4-4-4. Warspite (SR=4, r) [retreats to Ceylon]
4-4-3. Resolution (SR=5, r) [retreats to Ceylon]
4-4-3. Revenge (SR=5, r) [retreats to Ceylon]
1-1-7. Dorsetshire [retreats to Ceylon]

South Pacific Ocean (2/1; IJN):
3-4-* 23 AirFlot [shot down; returns on turn 5]
1+0-* I-Boat
0-2-7(4+) Enterprise (r) [sunk]
0-2-7(4+) Hornet (r) [sunk by I-boat]

U.S. Mandate (2/2; USN):
1+1-8 Kumano [disabled to Truk]
1+1-8 Mikuma [sunk]
1+1-8 Mogami [sunk]
1-1-7 Chester (r) [disabled to Samoa]
1-1-7 Houston (r) [disabled to Samoa]
1-1-7 Indianapolis (r)
1-1-7 Louisville (r)
1-1-7 Minneapolis (r)
1-1-7 Northampton (r)
1-1-7 Salt Lake City (r)
1-1-7 Pensacola (r)

Coral Sea (2/2; USN):
1+1-8 Chikuma [retreats to Truk]
4-5-3 New Mexico (r)
1-1-7 New Orleans [1d] (r)

Indian Ocean (2/0; USN):
1-1-7. Exeter

Bay of Bengal (2/1; USN):
4-4-3. Ramillies
4-4-3. Royal Sovereign

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PORTS
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Yokosuka Navy Yard (6; IJN):
1+2-7 Myoko (repairs 2 damage points)

Truk (IJN):

Saigon (IJN):

Singapore (IJN):

Pearl Harbor (6; USN):  converted to IJN control by isolation
5-6-5 North Carolina (r) [sunk]
5-5-3 Colorado (r) [7d; scuttled]
4-5-3 Mississippi (r) [6d; scuttled]

Samoa (USN):

Australia (1; USN):
1-3-7(4+) Lexington [2d] (repairs 1 damage point)

Ceylon (1; USN):

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BASES
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Okinawa (IJN):

Attu (USN):

Dutch Harbor (USN):

Midway (USN):  converted to IJN control by Kure SNLF

Johnston Island (IJN):

Kwajalein (IJN):

Maloelap (IJN):

Saipan (IJN):

Philippines (IJN):

Lae (IJN):

Guadalcanal (USN):

New Hebrides (USN):

Port Moresby (USN):

Andaman Islands (USN):

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SUNK SHIPS
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1-2-8(3+) Soryu
1-1-8(3+) Hiryu
1-2-4(3+) Junyo
0-1-5(2+) Ryujo
0-0-5(2+) Zuiho
1+1-8 Mikuma
1+1-8 Mogami
0-2-7(4+) Enterprise
0-2-7(4+) Hornet
0-2-7.(2) Formidable
5-6-5 North Carolina
5-5-3 Colorado
4-5-3 Mississippi
1-1-7 Portland

Turn 4

IJN Report: At the end of turn 4, the IJN lead increases to 29 POC in my second game with Brad. However, the USN still controls Attu and Guadalcanal and have broken IJN control of the Hawaiian Islands. A whole Corps of Marine (the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Divisions) has assembled in Samoa to recapture Pearl Harbor.

At the start of turn 4, the Yokosuka SNLF returns at Pearl Harbor and the Sasebo SNLF returns at Truk. The two remaining British 027(2) carriers are withdrawn.

War Diary of the CinC of the Imperial Japanese Navy--January 15,1943:

The Chikuma again patrolled the Coral Sea and two sister ships were sent to the U.S. Mandate to distract American forces from the crucial battle in the South Pacific. Again the USN did not take the bait, leaving both areas without patrollers and deploying its meager land-based air units in the Aleutians and the North Pacific. The British Far East Fleet again deployed its battleships and cruisers in the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and Indonesia. This time the Hermes also patrolled in Indonesia without any delay. All of the American ships were prepared for raids.

Other Japanese cruisers patrolled the Japanese Islands, Central Pacific, Aleutians, North Pacific, and Marianas. A squadron of heavy IJN battleships, Yamato, Mutsu, and Nagumo, escorted by the light carrier Hosho, patrolled the South Pacific Ocean in preparation for the invasion of Guadalcanal. American forces had established a base there and were preparing an airfield to support future air operations in the South Pacific. It was vital that the IJN capture the base and prevent Allied planes from attacking our bases at Rabaul and Truk.

This time all of our cruisers returned safely from the Coral Sea and the U.S. Mandate after being warned of many enemy battleships and cruisers leaving Samoa, New Hebrides, and Guadalcanal to attack them. Fortunately, our Chikuma class cruisers are much faster than any enemy ship and can evade combat during daylight hours.

The defense of Indonesia was again entrusted to the Army's land-based air units. Only the understrength British Far East Fleet challenged their control of the area, and was roughly handled. The Hermes was quickly sunk by airstrikes from the 22, 24, and 25 AirFlots and the rest of the British ships retreated to Ceylon. The obsolete planes carried by the Hermes did not damage any of our planes.

The resourceful captain of I-58 sank another enemy carrier, this time the Yorktown, as it approached Pearl Harbor to launch airstikes. Unfortunately, there were two more American carriers near Hawaii and they quickly shot down our 26 AirFlot without loss to themselves. Left without air cover, Johnston Island has become vulnerable to invasion by U.S. Marines.

In the South Pacific, the Lexington was sunk by torpedo bombers from our carriers, but not before her dive bombers sank most of the ships transporting the Sasebo SNLF. Our invasion of Guadalcanal has been repulsed temporarily.

In the Aleutians, the Hiyo was able to shoot down the Marine LBA and break Allied control of the area. Unfortunately, a few Marine bombers got through our CAP and disabled the Myoko preventing Japanese control. Preventing American reinforcements and supplies from reaching Attu continues to be very difficult.

In the North Pacific, the Yokosuka SNLF avoided attack by the 13th A.F. and successfully invaded Dutch Harbor. The cruiser Maya remained on patrol in the NPO to preserve Japanese control.

The loss of 3 more carriers leaves the enemy with a significantly weakened naval aviation threat. The IJN still has its 4 best carriers plus the Hiyo and Hosho. Our carriers will still have twice as many planes as carried by the Saratoga, Wasp, and Victorious (reportedly being sent from the Atlantic to help the U.S. Navy). Our surface fleet will still have twice as many battleships and half again as many cruisers as the American Navy in the Pacific Ocean. The British fleet in the Far East is being reduced to only 2 battleships and 4 cruisers, a force barely enough to control the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.

The Imperial General Staff is pleased with the reported sinkings of American and British carriers, but very disappointed by the failure to capture Guadalcanal. The Army is insisting that troop reinforcements be immediately transported to the South Pacific for a second invasion attempt--this time with even greater naval support. Unfortunately, intelligence reports that the Allies are deploying tremendous numbers of new planes to the Pacific and the airfields on Guadalcanal are supporting a very powerful force of fighters and bombers that will make any invasion quite hazardous.

An alternative plan developed by the Navy Ministry in Tokyo recommends instead an attack on Attu to secure the Aleutian Islands and finally rid the northern Pacific areas of any enemy forces. This should secure Japan against enemy threats from northern waters and is much preferred by the current government.

Turn 4 IJN Returns:
Kumano to Pearl Harbor.
All others still at sea to Truk.

Turn 4 USN Returns:
British to Ceylon
Saratoga to Australia
Wasp to Samoa
All other surface ships to New Hebrides

Turn 5 Replacements:
Kure SNLF to Truk
1st and 2nd Marines to Samoa

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POC RECORD       Area  IJN/USN   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
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     Japanese Islands   3   3   IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN
     Aleutian Islands   0   1   IJN  USN  ---  ---
  North Pacific Ocean   1   1   ---  ---  IJN  IJN
Central Pacific Ocean   1   0   IJN  USN  IJN  IJN
     Hawaiian Islands   2   3   ---  IJN  IJN  ---
     Marshall Islands   1   1   IJN  IJN  IJN  ---
     Marianas Islands   2   1   IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN
            Indonesia   3   1   IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN
  South Pacific Ocean   2   1   IJN  IJN  ---  IJN
         U.S. Mandate   2   2   USN  USN  ---  ---
            Coral Sea   2   2   USN  USN  ---  ---
         Indian Ocean   2   0   USN  USN  USN  USN
        Bay of Bengal   2   1   USN  USN  USN  USN
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         IJN Subtotal           +12  +13  +13  +12
         USN Subtotal            -5   -6   -1   -1
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              Net POC            +7   +7  +12  +11
       Cumulative POC            +7  +14  +26  +29
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AREAS
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Japanese Islands (3/3; IJN):
1+0-7 Oi

Aleutian Islands (0/1; None):
1-2-4(3+) Hiyo (r)
1+2-7 Myoko [disabled to Truk]
2-4-* Marine [shot down; returns on turn 6]

North Pacific Ocean (1/1; IJN):
1+2-7 Maya
0-3-3 Yokosuka [invades Dutch Harbor; returns on turn 6]
2-4-* 13th A.F. [disabled to Samoa]

Central Pacific Ocean (1/0; IJN):
1+0-7 Kitakami

Hawaiian Islands (2/3; IJN):
3-4-* 26 AirFlot [shot down; returns on turn 6]
1+0-* I-Boat
1-3-7(4+) Saratoga (r)
0-2-7(4+) Yorktown (r) [sunk by I-boat]
0-2-6(4+) Wasp (r)

Marshall Islands (1/1; IJN):

Marianas Islands (2/1; IJN):
1-4-6(4+) Akagi (r)
4-4-4 Fuso (r)
4-4-4 Hyuga (r)
4-4-4 Ise (r)
4-4-4 Yamashiro (r)
1+2-7 Nachi (r)
1+1-8 Kumano

Indonesia (3/1; IJN):
3-4-* 22 AirFlot
3-4-* 24 AirFlot
3-4-* 25 AirFlot
1-2-4.(1) Hermes (SR=3) [sunk]
4-4-4. Valiant (SR=2) [retreats to Ceylon]
4-4-4. Warspite (SR=1) [retreats to Ceylon]
4-4-3. Resolution (SR=5; r) [retreats to Ceylon]
4-4-3. Revenge (SR=6; r) [retreats to Ceylon]
1-1-7. Devonshire [retreats to Ceylon]
1-1-7. Dorsetshire [retreats to Ceylon]
1-1-7. Shropshire [retreats to Ceylon]

South Pacific Ocean (2/1; None):
1-4-5(4+) Kaga [2d] (r)
1-3-8(4+) Shokaku (r)
1-3-8(4+) Zuikaku (r)
0-1-4(1+) Hosho
6-9-5 Yamato
5-5-4 Mutsu
5-5-4 Nagato
4-3-6 Haruna (r)
4-3-6 Hiei (r)
4-3-6 Kirishima (r)
4-3-6 Kongo (r)
1+2-7 Ashigara (r)
1+2-7 Atago (r)
1+2-7 Chokai (r)
1+2-7 Haguro (r)
1+1-7 Aoba (r)
1+1-7 Furutaka (r)
1+1-7 Kako (r)
1+1-7 Kinugasa (r)
0-3-3 Sasebo [sunk; returns on turn 6]
1-3-7(4+) Lexington [2d] (r) [sunk]

U.S. Mandate (2/2; None):
1+1-8 Suzuya [retreats to Truk]
1+1-8 Tone [retreats to Truk]
5+6-5 Indiana (r)
5+6-5 South Dakota (r)
5-6-5 Washington (r)
4-5-3 Idaho (r)
4-5-3 New Mexico (r)

Coral Sea (2/2; None):
1+1-8 Chikuma [retreats to Truk]
1-1-7 Chester (r)
1-1-7 Chicago (r)
1-1-7 Houston (r)
1-1-7 Indianapolis (r)
1-1-7 Louisville (r)
1-1-7 Minneapolis (r)
1-1-7 New Orleans [1d] (r)
1-1-7 Northampton (r)
1-1-7 Salt Lake City (r)
1-1-7 Pensacola (r)
1-1-7 Vincennes (r)

Indian Ocean (2/0; USN):
1-1-7. Exeter

Bay of Bengal (2/1; USN):
4-4-3. Ramillies
4-4-3. Royal Sovereign

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PORTS
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Yokosuka Navy Yard (6; IJN):
1+2-7 Takao (repairs 2 damage points)

Truk (IJN):

Saigon (IJN):

Singapore (IJN):

Pearl Harbor (IJN):

Samoa (9; USN):

Australia (1; USN):

Ceylon (1; USN):

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BASES
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Okinawa (IJN):

Attu (USN):

Dutch Harbor (USN):  converted to IJN control by Yokosuka SNLF

Midway (IJN):

Johnston Island (IJN):

Kwajalein (IJN):

Maloelap (IJN):

Saipan (IJN):

Philippines (IJN):

Lae (IJN):

Guadalcanal (USN):

New Hebrides (USN):

Port Moresby (USN):

Andaman Islands (USN):

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SUNK SHIPS
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1-3-7(4+) Lexington
0-2-7(4+) Yorktown
1-2-4.(1) Hermes

Turn 5

IJN Comments: The POC total is still +29 in favor of the IJN, but the situation has deteriorated precipitously for me. Three more Japanese carriers were sunk, the Victorious shot down an LBA to break IJN control of the Hawaiian Islands, and the Allied LBA held the South Pacific with minor losses after preventing the SNLF from landing on Guadalcanal for the second turn in a row.

Turn 5 Replacements:
IJN: Kure SNLF and 2 LBA to Truk
USN: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Marines and 6 LBA to Samoa

Turn 5 Removals:
443 Resolution, 443 Revenge, 444 Valiant, 444 Warspite

War Diary of the CinC of the Imperial Japanese Navy--June 15,1943:

Reverting to a more defensive posture, the IJN sent patrolling cruisers to the Japanese Islands, Aleutians, North Pacific, Central Pacific, and Marianas Islands. The front line areas of Indonesia, South Pacific, Marshall Islands, and Hawaiian Islands were entrusted to Army land-based air units for defense. The Navy's remaining carriers, battleships, and heavy cruiser squadrons were kept on alert at Truk to respond to anticipated enemy threats.

The two remaining British battleships patrolled the Bay of Bengal and the lonely Exeter patrolled the Indian Ocean. The other three British cruisers prepared to raid. All of the American ships also prepared for raids into Japanese held territory. Defense of the Allied held sea areas such as the Coral Sea, U.S. Mandate, Solomon Islands, and the Aleutians was entrusted to the numerous Allied land-based air units.

The Kure SNLF was dispatched from Truk for a second attempt at invading Guadalcanal. The U.S. Navy responded by sending the 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions to the Hawaiian Islands and the newly formed 3rd Division to the Coral Sea. The Shokaku, Zuikaku, Hiyo, Hosho, four battlecruisers, and eleven cruisers raided the South Pacific to provide cover for the planned invasion of Guadalcanal. The Akagi, Kaga, seven battleships, and two cruisers raided the Hawaiian Islands to defend Johnston Island from invasion. The American Navy countered by sending all available ships (even the newly arrived British carrier Victorious) to the Hawaiian Islands.

The cruiser Takao was quickly chased out of the Aleutians by Allied dive bombers based on Attu. It returned to Japan without loss, but the upcoming battes in the Hawaiian Islands and the South Pacific would be much more costly for the IJN. In those areas neither side was able to approach the enemy during the hours of darkness. Instead search planes sent out by both sides quickly found the enemy during the early morning hours and swarms of fighters, dive bombers, torpedo bombers, and heavy bombers immediately took to the air.

In the Hawaiian Islands the initial round of Japanese airstrikes rendered the flight deck of the Saratoga inoperable and sank both the Wasp and the Victorious. But just as our aircrews were celebrating the destruction of the last remaining enemy carriers in the Pacific, dive bombers from the American carriers hit both the Akagi and Kaga. Both venerable carriers were demolished as multiple bombs set off amunition explosions and aviation fuel fires. Adding further insult to this serious injury to our dwindling naval aviation, the Supermarine Spitfires from the Victorious shot down all of the planes in the 25th AirFlot and denuded Pearl Harbor of its air defenses. The remaining Japanese surface ships were forced to retreat ignominiously from the superior force of modern American battleships and large number of enemy cruisers. Fortunately, two of the older enemy ships were not fast enough to pursue our force, and all of the Japanese battleships and cruisers returned to Truk safely.

In the South Pacific, the air battle lasted longer but resulted in fewer losses to both sides. Unfortunately, the initial airstrikes by the enemy damaged some of the transports carrying the Kure SNLF and forced it to return to base. The Shokaku was damaged slightly by an enemy torpedo and the Hiyo was destroyed by multiple bomb hits. In return the RAAF was shot down by our Navy fighters, and the 13th Air Force suffered heavy losses from our land-based planes. However, none of our air units could inflict any additional damage on the remaining Allied air forces during a follow-up attack, while the enemy planes succeeded in disabling both the Shokaku and Zuikaku back to Truk and putting heavy damage on the Hosho. Heavily outnumbered by the planes of five enemy air forces, our two air flottes in the South Pacific were forced to withdraw to preserve their strength for the defense of the vital economic resources of southeast Asia and the home islands. As a result our naval vessels also had to retreat--the Hosho returning to Yokosuka Navy Yard for repairs, the Suzuya and Tone going to Saigon for possible deployment in the Bay of Bengal or the Indian Ocean, and the others returning to Truk.

While on my way back to Truk I received a report from the captain of I-58 stating that he had sunk a number of transports as they were approaching Johnston Island. Unfortunately this was not enough to revent the 1st Marine Division from assaulting and capturing our island outpost. The 2nd and 3rd Marine Divisions remained afloat and available for redeployment by the U.S. Navy.

The mood was very somber today when I called a general meeting of the admirals and captains of the IJN aboard my flagship Yamato. Many officers tried to put the blame for our recent reverses on the Army's failure to provide sufficient air cover in the Hawaiian Islands and the South Pacific. Others pointed out the Army's failure to push over the Kokoda Trail and capture Port Moresby. But a few forthrightly pointed out the Navy's overreliance on naval aviation and contempt for the enemy fleet that has avoided combat for over 18 months. Japanese overconfidence resulted in the pursuit of an overly conservative defensive strategy that did not eliminate the enemy's forces nor break his spirit. Enemy air bases at Attu and Guadalcanal continue to be thorns in our sides.

As CinC of the Navy I must take responsibility for this situation and prepare plans for defeating the enemy forces that will surely attempt to breach our defensive perimeter and attack the Japanese Islands. This will not be an easy task with only two operational Japanese carriers left to face the onslaught of three new American fleet carriers and five new fast escort carriers that are on their way to Samoa. Fortunately, the North Pacific, Central Pacific, Marianas Islands, and Indonesia are still under Japanese control. In the near future I foresee a climactic battle in one of these areas that should decide our fate.

The Imperial General Staff is very disappointed by the recent turn of events in the Hawaiian Islands and the South Pacific. Several cabinet ministers have expressed dismay with the continuing loss of expensive carriers and irreplaceable air crews; some have even called for my resignation. Others insist that all available forces be immediately dispatched to capture Attu and gain control of the Aleutian Islands. They fail to see the much greater threat to our economic well-being from an attack on Indonesia, the Marianas Islands, or the Central Pacific.

IJN Returns:
118 Chikuma to Midway
127 Nachi to Yokosuka Navy Yard
All others still at sea (Musashi, Kumano, Oi, 2xLBA) to Truk

USN Returns:
British to Ceylon
2nd Marines garrison Johnston Island
3rd Marines base in Australia
Indiana, South Dakota, Pensacola, Vincennes to Johnston Island
All others to Samoa

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POC RECORD       Area  IJN/USN   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
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     Japanese Islands   3   3   IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN
     Aleutian Islands   0   1   IJN  USN  ---  ---  USN
  North Pacific Ocean   1   1   ---  ---  IJN  IJN  IJN
Central Pacific Ocean   1   0   IJN  USN  IJN  IJN  IJN
     Hawaiian Islands   2   3   ---  IJN  IJN  ---  ---
     Marshall Islands   1   1   IJN  IJN  IJN  ---  IJN
     Marianas Islands   2   1   IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN
            Indonesia   3   1   IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN
  South Pacific Ocean   2   1   IJN  IJN  ---  IJN  USN
         U.S. Mandate   2   2   USN  USN  ---  ---  USN
            Coral Sea   2   2   USN  USN  ---  ---  USN
         Indian Ocean   2   0   USN  USN  USN  USN  USN
        Bay of Bengal   2   1   USN  USN  USN  USN  USN
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         IJN Subtotal           +12  +13  +13  +12  +11
         USN Subtotal            -5   -6   -1   -1   -7
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              Net POC            +7   +7  +12  +11   +4
       Cumulative POC            +7  +14  +26  +29  +29
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AREAS
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Japanese Islands (3/3; IJN):
1+0-7 Oi

Aleutian Islands (0/1; None):
1+2-7 Takao [retreats to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
2-4-* RNZAF

North Pacific Ocean (1/1; IJN):
1+1-8 Kumano

Central Pacific Ocean (1/0; IJN):
1+1-8 Chikuma

Hawaiian Islands (2/3; None):
1-4-6(4+) Akagi (r) [sunk]
1-4-5(4+) Kaga [2d] (r) [sunk]
6-9-5 Yamato (r) [retreats to Truk]
5-5-4 Mutsu (r) [retreats to Truk]
5-5-4 Nagato (r) [retreats to Truk]
4-4-4 Fuso (r) [retreats to Truk]
4-4-4 Hyuga (r) [retreats to Truk]
4-4-4 Ise (r) [retreats to Truk]
4-4-4 Yamashiro (r) [retreats to Truk]
1+2-7 Maya (r) [retreats to Truk]
1+2-7 Myoko (r) [retreats to Truk]
3-4-* 25 AirFlot [shot down; returns on turn 7]
1+0-* I-Boat
1-3-7(4+) Saratoga (r) [3d]
0-2-6(4+) Wasp (r) [sunk]
0-2-7.(2) Victorious (r) [sunk]
5+6-5 Indiana (r)
5+6-5 Massachusetts (r)
5+6-5 South Dakota (r)
5-6-5 Washington (r)
4-5-3 Idaho (r)
4-5-3 New Mexico (r)
1-1-7 Chester (r)
1-1-7 Chicago (r)
1-1-7 Houston (r)
1-1-7 Indianapolis (r)
1-1-7 Louisville (r)
1-1-7 Minneapolis (r)
1-1-7 New Orleans [1d] (r)
1-1-7 Northampton (r)
1-1-7 Salt Lake City (r)
1-1-7 Pensacola (r)
1-1-7 Vincennes (r)
1-1-7 Wichita (r)
0-4-3 1st Marines [3d; invade Johnston Island; return on turn 7]
0-4-3 2nd Marines

Marshall Islands (1/1; None):
3-4-* 24 AirFlot

Marianas Islands (2/1; IJN):
6-9-5 Musashi (r)
1+2-7 Nachi

Indonesia (3/1; IJN):
3-4-* 21 AirFlot

South Pacific Ocean (2/1; IJN):
1-3-8(4+) Shokaku (r) [1d; disabled to Truk]
1-3-8(4+) Zuikaku (r) [disabled to Truk]
1-2-4(3+) Hiyo (r) [sunk]
0-1-4(1+) Hosho (r) [1d; retreats to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
4-3-6 Haruna (r) [retreats to Truk]
4-3-6 Hiei (r) [retreats to Truk]
4-3-6 Kirishima (r) [retreats to Truk]
4-3-6 Kongo (r) [retreats to Truk]
1+2-7 Ashigara (r) [retreats to Truk]
1+2-7 Atago (r) [retreats to Truk]
1+2-7 Chokai (r) [retreats to Truk]
1+2-7 Haguro (r) [retreats to Truk]
1+1-8 Suzuya (r) [retreat to Saigon]
1+1-8 Tone (r) [retreat to Saigon]
1+1-7 Aoba (r) [retreats to Truk]
1+1-7 Furutaka (r) [retreats to Truk]
1+1-7 Kako (r) [retreats to Truk]
1+1-7 Kinugasa (r) [retreats to Truk]
1+0-7 Kitakami (r) [retreats to Truk]
3-4-* 22 AirFlot [retreats to Truk]
3-4-* 23 AirFlot [retreats to Truk]
0-3-3 Kure [2d; disabled to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
2-4-* RAAF [shot down; returns on turn 7]
2-4-* Naval
2-4-* 10th A.F.
2-4-* 11th A.F.
2-4-* 13th A.F. [3d]
2-4-* 14th A.F.

U.S. Mandate (2/2; None):
2-4-* 5th A.F.

Coral Sea (2/2; None):
2-4-* 7th A.F.
0-4-3 3rd Marines

Indian Ocean (2/0; USN):
1-1-7. Exeter

Bay of Bengal (2/1; USN):
4-4-3. Ramillies
4-4-3. Royal Sovereign

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PORTS
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Yokosuka Navy Yard (6; IJN):

Truk (IJN):

Saigon (IJN):

Singapore (IJN):

Pearl Harbor (IJN):

Samoa (12; USN):

Australia (1; USN):

Ceylon (1; USN):
1-1-7. Devonshire (r)
1-1-7. Dorsetshire (r)
1-1-7. Shropshire (r)

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BASES
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Okinawa (IJN):

Attu (USN):

Dutch Harbor (IJN):

Midway (IJN):

Johnston Island (IJN):  converted to USN control by 1st Marines

Kwajalein (IJN):

Maloelap (IJN):

Saipan (IJN):

Philippines (IJN):

Lae (IJN):

Guadalcanal (USN):

New Hebrides (USN):

Port Moresby (USN):

Andaman Islands (USN):

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SUNK SHIPS
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1-4-6(4+) Akagi
1-4-5(4+) Kaga
1-2-4(3+) Hiyo
0-2-6(4+) Wasp
0-2-7.(2) Victorious

Turn 6

IJN Report: The IJN lead has been reduced to 25 POC. The USN controlled areas worth 11 POC, and the IJN held areas worth 7 POC. Only 1 CA was sunk this turn, but a very big battle is expected in the Japanese Islands on turn 8.

Turn 6 Replacements:
Yokosuka SNLF returns to Yokosuka Navy Yard.
Sasebo SNLF and 26 AirFlot return to Truk.
RAAF returns to Samoa.

Turn 6 Removal:
British withdraw Shropshire in place of Victorious.

War Diary of the CinC of the Imperial Japanese Navy--January 15,1944:

The loss of Admiral Nagumo and the first carrier division (Akagi and Kaga) in Hawaiian waters last year was a serious blow to the IJN. Without them it was not possible to defend our forward perimeter against the onslaught of new American carriers and the replenished Allied air forces. Fortunately, the Japanese Islands remained out of reach of enemy forces, and the Emperor's life has not been endangered.

During the second half of 1943 the IJN defended a contracted defensive perimeter in Indonesia, Marianas Islands, Central Pacific Ocean, and Aleutian Islands. Decoy patrollers were dispatched to the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the North Pacific to lure Allied forces away from the main line of defense. This was accomplished to some extent, but one of our fast cruisers (Tone) did not return from the Bay of Bengal. Her last message indicated that she was being strafed by enemy airplanes and under attack by two British battleships. Fortunately, the Suzuya was able to escape from six enemy cruisers (three British and three American) in the Indian Ocean and return safely to Saigon. Also, the Chikuma avoided combat with an American battleship and two cruisers in the North Pacific and docked at Dutch Harbor.

The Japanese Islands were patrolled by a single Japanese cruiser. Control of the Central Pacific by the Kumano and the 26th AirFlot was not challenged by enemy forces, and Midway was not invaded. Indonesia was held by the remainder of the fleet, with air cover provided by the 2nd carrier division (Shokaku and Zuikaku) and the 21st and 22nd AirFlots. The Marianas Islands were held by two Japanese land-based air groups.

The Kure and Yokosuka SNLFs were sent to the Aleutian Islands to capture Attu and reinforce Dutch Harbor. Enemy land-based fighter-bombers were able to disable the transports carrying the Kure SNLF, but the Yokosuka SNLF successfully invaded Attu and ensured Japanese control of the Aleutian Islands. Fortunately, the American 2nd Marine Division that was threatening to invade Dutch Harbor was instead diverted to the Marshall Islands, where it invaded Kwajalein Atoll.

The enemy did not feel strong enough to risk a night action against our battleships, battlecruisers, and heavy cruisers in Indonesia. Most of his battleships and cruisers were deployed in the South Pacific to support the invasion of Lae, while his fleet carriers and most of his escort carriers sortied into the Marianas.

The Sasebo SNLF was able to reinforce our positions in northern New Guinea just before the enemy invaded Lae. Unfortunately, the American 3rd and 4th Marine Divisions were able to overwhelm our defenses and establish an Allied air base. Japanese control of Indonesia is now threatened by Allied air units for the first time in two years.

In the Marianas the 23rd and 24th AirFlots were quickly shot down by the air groups of 3 new American fleet carriers and 3 escort carriers. Our last remaining submarines were lost during this action, unable to sink or disable any of the American carriers. For the past two weeks American newspapers and radio broadcasts have been gloating of a "Marianas Turkey Shoot" and predicting that more of the same is in store for the weakened Japanese air forces. We will see what they have to say after our divine wind, the Kamikaze, scatters their fleet.

The Hosho has been repaired and during 1944 the IJN will launch six new aircraft carriers. This will augment the strength of our fast carrier squadron and increase our chances of beating back an enemy attack on the home islands. Unfortunately, recent reports from our naval pilot training schools have been rather dissapointing. There has not been enough time or resources to properly train the new pilots because of the heavy losses sustained by our experienced carrier pilots and aircrews in previous campaigns.

Imperial General Headquarters was pleased with the capture of Attu and the minor losses suffered by the Navy during the last six months. However, the loss of 2 air groups in the Marianas to attacks launched from American carriers is perceived as a bad omen of future setbacks. Our inability to damage or sink any of the enemy carriers was particularly disappointing. I fear that soon the enemy will have an overwhelming advantage in naval aviation and will be able to raid the Japanese Islands with impunity.

Turn 6 IJN Returns:
Takao to Attu.
Kumano to Midway.
Shokaku, Zuikaku, Oi, 3xLBA to Yokosuka Navy Yard.
All others still at sea (8xBB, 4xBC, 11xCA, 1xCL) to Philippines.

Turn 6 USN Returns:
British to Ceylon.
Fleet in SPO bases at Lae.
Fleet in Marshalls bases at Kwajalein.
Fleet in Hawaii bases at Johnston Island.
Fleets in other areas base in Samoa.

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POC RECORD       Area  IJN/USN   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
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     Japanese Islands   3   3   IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN
     Aleutian Islands   0   1   IJN  USN  ---  ---  USN  IJN
  North Pacific Ocean   1   1   ---  ---  IJN  IJN  IJN  USN
Central Pacific Ocean   1   0   IJN  USN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN
     Hawaiian Islands   2   3   ---  IJN  IJN  ---  ---  USN
     Marshall Islands   1   1   IJN  IJN  IJN  ---  IJN  USN
     Marianas Islands   2   1   IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  ---
            Indonesia   3   1   IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN
  South Pacific Ocean   2   1   IJN  IJN  ---  IJN  USN  USN
         U.S. Mandate   2   2   USN  USN  ---  ---  USN  USN
            Coral Sea   2   2   USN  USN  ---  ---  USN  USN
         Indian Ocean   2   0   USN  USN  USN  USN  USN  USN
        Bay of Bengal   2   1   USN  USN  USN  USN  USN  USN
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         IJN Subtotal           +12  +13  +13  +12  +11   +7
         USN Subtotal            -5   -6   -1   -1   -7  -11
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              Net POC            +7   +7  +12  +11   +4   -4
       Cumulative POC            +7  +14  +26  +29  +29  +25
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AREAS
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Japanese Islands (3/3; IJN):
1+0-7 Oi

Aleutian Islands (0/1; USN):
1+2-7 Takao
0-3-3 Kure [2d; disabled to Truk]
0-3-3 Yokosuka [invades Attu; returns on turn 8]
2-4-* 11th A.F. [disabled to Samoa]

North Pacific Ocean (1/1; IJN):
1+1-8 Chikuma [retreats to Dutch Harbor]
5+6-5 South Dakota (r)
1-1-7 Pensacola
1-1-7 Vincennes

Central Pacific Ocean (1/0; IJN):
1+1-8 Kumano
3-4-* 26 AirFlot

Hawaiian Islands (2/3; None):
1-1-7 Salt Lake City (r)
1-1-7 Wichita (r)
2-4-* Marine
2-4-* 7th A.F.

Marshall Islands (1/1; IJN):
0-2-7(2+) Belleau Wood
5+6-5 Indiana (r)
1-2-7 Baltimore
1-2-7 Boston
0-4-3 2nd Marines [invade Kwajalein; return on turn 8]

Marianas Islands (2/1; IJN):
3-4-* 23 AirFlot [shot down; returns on turn 8]
3-4-* 24 AirFlot [shot down; returns on turn 8]
1+0-* I-Boat
1-3-7(4+) Essex (r)
1-3-7(4+) CV 10 (r) [disabled to Samoa]
1-3-7(4+) CV 16 (r) [disabled to Samoa]
0-2-7(2+) Cowpens (r)
0-2-7(2+) Independence (r)
0-2-7(2+) Monterey (r)

Indonesia (3/1; IJN):
1-3-8(4+) Shokaku [1d] (r)
1-3-8(4+) Zuikaku (r)
6-9-5 Musashi (r)
6-9-5 Yamato (r)
5-5-4 Mutsu (r)
5-5-4 Nagato (r)
4-4-4 Fuso (r)
4-4-4 Hyuga (r)
4-4-4 Ise (r)
4-4-4 Yamashiro (r)
4-3-6 Haruna (r)
4-3-6 Hiei (r)
4-3-6 Kirishima (r)
4-3-6 Kongo (r)
1+2-7 Ashigara
1+2-7 Atago
1+2-7 Chokai
1+2-7 Haguro
1+2-7 Maya
1+2-7 Myoko
1+2-7 Nachi
1+1-7 Aoba (r)
1+1-7 Furutaka (r)
1+1-7 Kako (r)
1+1-7 Kinugasa (r)
1+0-7 Kitakami (r)
0-3-3 Sasebo [lands at Lae; eliminated by 3rd Marines; returns on turn
8]
3-4-* 21 AirFlot
3-4-* 22 AirFlot

South Pacific Ocean (2/1; USN):
0-2-7(2+) Princeton (r)
5+6-5 Alabama (r)
5+6-5 Massachusetts (r)
5-6-5 Washington (r)
4-5-3 Idaho (r)
4-5-3 New Mexico (r)
1-1-7 Chester (r)
1-1-7 Chicago (r)
1-1-7 Houston (r)
1-1-7 New Orleans [1d] (r)
1-1-7 Northampton (r)
0-4-3 3rd Marines [invade Lae; return on turn 8]
0-4-3 4th Marines [invade Lae; return on turn 8]
2-4-* Naval
2-4-* 10th A.F.

U.S. Mandate (2/2; USN):
2-4-* 13th A.F. [3d]
2-4-* 14th A.F.

Coral Sea (2/2; USN):
2-4-* RNZAF

Indian Ocean (2/0; USN):
1+1-8 Suzuya [retreats to Saigon]
1-1-7 Indianapolis (r)
1-1-7 Louisville (r)
1-1-7 Minneapolis (r)
1-1-7. Devonshire
1-1-7. Dorsetshire
1-1-7. Exeter

Bay of Bengal (2/1; USN):
1+1-8 Tone [sunk]
4-4-3. Ramillies [disabled to Ceylon]
4-4-3. Royal Sovereign
2-4-* 5th A.F.

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PORTS
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Yokosuka Navy Yard (6; IJN):
0-1-4(1+) Hosho (repairs 1 point of damage)

Truk (IJN):

Saigon (IJN):

Singapore (IJN):

Pearl Harbor (IJN):

Samoa (15; USN):
1-3-7(4+) Saratoga (repairs 3 points of damage)

Australia (1; USN):

Ceylon (1; USN):

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BASES
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Okinawa (IJN):

Attu (USN):  converted to IJN control by Yokosuka SNLF

Dutch Harbor (IJN):

Midway (IJN):

Johnston Island (USN):

Kwajalein (IJN):  converted to USN control by 2nd Marines

Maloelap (IJN):

Saipan (IJN):

Philippines (IJN):

Lae (IJN):  converted to USN control by 4th Marines

Guadalcanal (USN):

New Hebrides (USN):

Port Moresby (USN):

Andaman Islands (USN):

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SUNK SHIPS
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1+1-8 Tone

Turn 7

IJN Report: Brad and I have completed turn 7 with the USN gaining 9 POC to cut the IJN lead to 16 POC. The IJN carriers, battlecruisers, and heavy cruisers raided the Bay of Bengal, sank two British cruisers, and shot down the 5th A.F. to break USN control of that area. Unfortunately, the LBA disabled the patrolling IJN cruiser. Fortunately, the F-boat missed when shooting at the Shokaku. Pearl Harbor and Maloelap converted to USN control by isolation.

Turn 7 Removals and Replacements:
The I-Boat is removed.
Both British BB are decommissioned.
Returning Marine comes back to play in Australia.

War Diary of the CinC of the Imperial Japanese Navy--May 15,1944:

Faced with overwhelming American carrier strength in the U.S. Mandate, I dared not send the meager Japanese carrier forces (3 CV, 4 CVL) within range of Samoa. Neither could my surface fleet risk attack by the enemy carriers, even though it is as strong as the enemy's surface fleet. Fortunately, only two of the enemy carriers could reach the Japanese Islands. The Army deployed all four of its currently operational air groups to the Japanese Islands and ensured that Japan would continue to control its home area.

The Suzuya was sent on patrol to the Bay of Bengal where two British cruisers sortied from Ceylon to oppose her. The other two fast cruisers, Chikuma and Kumano, were deployed in the Aleutians to watch for an attempt by the Americans to sneak back into Dutch Harbor or Attu.

Most of the Allied LBA was deployed in the Hawaiian Islands (3), Marshall Islands (2), South Pacific (2), and Indonesia (2). Only one LBA was deployed to the Bay of Bengal. Nearly the whole American Pacific fleet went to Indonesia to support General MacArthur's return to the Philippines. The 1st Marines spearheaded the invasion of Leyte and were quickly followed by many other American combat and support troops. Only remnants of the once proud Japanese 14th Army were able to hold out in a few strongpoints on Mindanao, Luzon, and on Corregidor.

All Japanese surface ships were forced to leave the Philippines and sail for home waters. The eight slower battleships, escorted by four cruisers, returned immediately to the Japanese Islands. The four fast battlecruisers and seven heavy cruisers joined the Suzuya in the Bay of Bengal. In addition, all of our carriers were dispatched from Yokosuka Navy Yard to the Bay of Bengal to gain valuable combat experience. Only the Chitose failed to reach its destination, experiencing engine trouble and returning to Yokosuka for minor repairs.

The skirmish in the Bay of Bengal began with an early morning surface action as the two British cruisers tried desperately to close with the Suzuya. Fortunately, their shells fell short as the big guns on our battlecruisers and well aimed salvos from the Japanese cruisers tore the enemy ships apart. Both British cruisers sank immediately. Our ships could not stop to pick up survivors as the carriers needed to launch combat air patrols against incoming dive bombers of the 5th Air Force. All of the enemy planes were shot down, but not before a few managed to disable the Suzuya and force her to return home. In the midst of this action, an American or British submarine launched torpedoes at the Shokaku, but did not cause any damage. The Japanese pilots and sailors were welcomed as heroes when their ships returned to Yokosuka Navy Yard.

Imperial General Headquarters, however, was not impressed with the sinking of two more British cruisers by our fast carrier strike force. They insisted that SNLF and Army reinforcements be immediately dispatched to recapture the Philippines and reestablish our lines of communication to Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, our dwindling stocks of oil and ammunition will make this almost impossible. Instead we can only hope that our fleet and reinforced land-based air units will be able to defend the home islands against attack by the vast American armada that is sure to appear off the coast of Japan in the near future.

The Kure SNLF had to leave Truk to avoid bombardment by enemy planes. After sailing to the Japanese Islands it was orderd back to Truk for possible raids into the enemy rear areas during the fall of 1944.

Turn 7 IJN Returns:
2x118 Chikuma, Kumano to Attu
Kure SNLF [2d] back to Truk
All others to Yokosuka Navy Yard

Turn 7 USN Returns:
Exeter to Ceylon
South Dakota to Lae
Salt Lake City, Wichita to Samoa
4x127 to Pearl Harbor
Everything else to Phillipines

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POC RECORD       Area  IJN/USN   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
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     Japanese Islands   3   3   IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN
     Aleutian Islands   0   1   IJN  USN  ---  ---  USN  IJN  ---
  North Pacific Ocean   1   1   ---  ---  IJN  IJN  IJN  USN  USN
Central Pacific Ocean   1   0   IJN  USN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  ---
     Hawaiian Islands   2   3   ---  IJN  IJN  ---  ---  USN  USN
     Marshall Islands   1   1   IJN  IJN  IJN  ---  IJN  USN  USN
     Marianas Islands   2   1   IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  ---  USN
            Indonesia   3   1   IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  USN
  South Pacific Ocean   2   1   IJN  IJN  ---  IJN  USN  USN  USN
         U.S. Mandate   2   2   USN  USN  ---  ---  USN  USN  USN
            Coral Sea   2   2   USN  USN  ---  ---  USN  USN  USN
         Indian Ocean   2   0   USN  USN  USN  USN  USN  USN  USN
        Bay of Bengal   2   1   USN  USN  USN  USN  USN  USN  ---
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         IJN Subtotal           +12  +13  +13  +12  +11   +7   +3
         USN Subtotal            -5   -6   -1   -1   -7  -11  -12
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              Net POC            +7   +7  +12  +11   +4   -4   -9
       Cumulative POC            +7  +14  +26  +29  +29  +25  +16
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AREAS
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Japanese Islands (3/3; IJN):
6-9-5 Musashi (r)
6-9-5 Yamato (r)
5-5-4 Mutsu (r)
5-5-4 Nagato (r)
4-4-4 Fuso (r)
4-4-4 Hyuga (r)
4-4-4 Ise (r)
4-4-4 Yamashiro (r)
1+2-7 Takao (r)
1+1-7 Aoba (r)
1+1-7 Furutaka (r)
1+1-7 Kako (r)
1+1-7 Kinugasa (r)
1+0-7 Kitakami
1+0-7 Oi
0-3-3 Kure [2d]
3-4-* 21 AirFlot
3-4-* 22 AirFlot
3-4-* 25 AirFlot
3-4-* 26 AirFlot

Aleutian Islands (0/1; IJN):
1+1-8 Chikuma (r)
1+1-8 Kumano (r)

North Pacific Ocean (1/1; USN):
1-1-7 Salt Lake City
1-1-7 Wichita

Central Pacific Ocean (1/0; IJN):

Hawaiian Islands (2/3; USN):
2-4-* 7th A.F.
2-4-* 10th A.F.
2-4-* 11th A.F.

Marshall Islands (1/1; USN):
2-4-* 13th A.F. [3d]
2-4-* 14th A.F.

Marianas Islands (2/1; None):
5+6-5 Indiana (r)
1-2-7 Baltimore
1-2-7 Boston

Indonesia (3/1; IJN):
1-3-7(4+) Bunker Hill (r)
1-3-7(4+) Essex (r)
1-3-7(4+) CV 10 (r)
1-3-7(4+) CV 12 (r)
1-3-7(4+) CV 16 (r)
1-3-7(4+) CV 18 (r)
1-3-7(4+) Intrepid (r)
1-3-7(4+) Saratoga (r)
0-2-7(2+) Bataan (r)
0-2-7(2+) Belleau Wood (r)
0-2-7(2+) Cabot (r)
0-2-7(2+) Cowpens (r)
0-2-7(2+) Independence (r)
0-2-7(2+) Langley II (r)
0-2-7(2+) Monterey (r)
0-2-7(2+) Princeton (r)
5+9-7 Iowa (r)
5+9-7 New Jersey (r)
5+6-5 Alabama (r)
5+6-5 Massachusetts (r)
5-6-5 Washington (r)
4-5-3 Idaho (r)
4-5-3 New Mexico (r)
1-1-7 Chester (r)
1-1-7 Chicago (r)
1-1-7 Houston (r)
1-1-7 Indianapolis (r)
1-1-7 Louisville (r)
1-1-7 Minneapolis (r)
1-1-7 New Orleans [1d] (r)
1-1-7 Northampton (r)
1-1-7 Pensacola (r)
1-1-7 Vincennes (r)
0-4-3 1st Marines [invade Philippines; do not return]
2-4-* RAAF
2-4-* RNZAF

South Pacific Ocean (2/1; USN):
5+6-5 South Dakota (r)
2-4-* Naval
2-4-* Marine

U.S. Mandate (2/2; USN):
1-2-7 Canberra II

Coral Sea (2/2; USN):
1-2-7 Quincy II

Indian Ocean (2/0; USN):
1-1-7. Exeter

Bay of Bengal (2/1; USN):
1-3-8(4+) Shokaku [1d] (r)
1-3-8(4+) Zuikaku (r)
0-3-7(3) Taiho (r)
0-1-4(1+) Hosho (r; SR=1)
0-1-6(1) Chitose (r; SR=6; returns to Yokosuka Navy Yard)
0-1-6(1) Chiyoda (r; SR=2)
0-0-4(1) Ryuho (r; SR=3)
4-3-6 Haruna (r)
4-3-6 Hiei (r)
4-3-6 Kirishima (r)
4-3-6 Kongo (r)
1+2-7 Ashigara (r)
1+2-7 Atago (r)
1+2-7 Chokai (r)
1+2-7 Haguro (r)
1+2-7 Maya (r)
1+2-7 Myoko (r)
1+2-7 Nachi (r)
1+1-8 Suzuya [disabled to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
1-1-7. Devonshire [sunk]
1-1-7. Dorsetshire [sunk]
2-4-* 5th A.F. [shot down; does not return]
1+0-* F-Boat

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PORTS
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Yokosuka Navy Yard (6; IJN):

Truk (IJN):

Saigon (IJN):

Singapore (IJN):

Pearl Harbor (IJN):  converted to USN control by isolation

Samoa (15; USN):

Australia (1; USN):

Ceylon (1; USN):

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BASES
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Okinawa (IJN):

Attu (IJN):

Dutch Harbor (IJN):

Midway (IJN):

Johnston Island (USN):

Kwajalein (USN):

Maloelap (IJN):  converted to USN control by isolation

Saipan (IJN):

Philippines (IJN):  converted to USN control by 1st Marines

Lae (USN):

Guadalcanal (USN):

New Hebrides (USN):

Port Moresby (USN):

Andaman Islands (USN):

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SUNK SHIPS
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Turn 7:
1-1-7. Devonshire
1-1-7. Dorsetshire
2-4-* 5th A.F. [shot down]
0-4-3 1st Marines [invaded Philippines]

Turn 8

IJN Report: On turn 8 the IJN was able to control the Japanese Islands and prevent USN control of the North Pacific. The USN held areas worth 12 POC, and the IJN earned 3 POC. As a result the USN gained 9 POC to reduce the IJN lead to 7 POC. Brad needed to control the Japanese Islands to win, but his carriers were only able to shoot down half of the Japanese LBA.

Turn 8 Replacements:
Sasebo, Yokosuka SNLF and 23, 24 AirFlots at Yokosuka Navy Yard
2nd, 3rd, 4th Marines at Pearl Harbor

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Units Available at the Start of Turn 8
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Side  CVs  CVLs  BBs  BCs  CAs  CLs  LBA  NLF
---------------------------------------------
IJN    5    4     8    4   15    2    6    3 
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USN    9    9    11    0   16    0    9    4 
---------------------------------------------
RN     0    0     0    0    1    0    0    0 
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War Diary of the CinC of the Imperial Japanese Navy--October 15,1944:

Almost all of my forces had to be deployed in the Japanese Islands to face the expected onslaught of American carriers against the home islands. All of the Japanese battleships, heavy cruisers, and light carriers were sent out on patrol there. One cruiser was sent on patrol to the Central Pacific. Only four fleet carriers, four battlecruisers, and eight cruisers were kept in reserve as a raiding force. All six of the Japanese land-based air units were deployed in the Japanese Islands.

The U.S. Navy patrolled with two cruisers in the North Pacific and with single ships in the U.S. Mandate, Coral Sea, South Pacific, Marianas, and Indonesia. The last surviving British cruiser patrolled the Bay of Bengal. In addition, a large force of nine cruisers and eight escort carriers was sent to patrol the Japanese Islands. The enemy land-based air units were deployed in the Hawaiian Islands, Marshalls, Marianas, and Indonesia.

The Kure SNLF was sent to the South Pacific to invade Lae. Both the Sasebo and Yokosuka SNLFs were sent to Indonesia to recapture the Philippines. The American Marines were sent to the North Pacific and Central Pacific (two divisions each) to attack Dutch Harbor and Midway.

In response to the enemy's patrollers, two fast cruisers were sent to the North Pacific, a single battlecruiser was sent to Indonesia, and another battlecruiser was sent to the Marianas in an attempt to break the enemy's control of those areas. In turn the enemy sent one of his raiding battleships to the Central Pacific to break Japanese control and support the invasion of Midway. All of the enemy's remaining vessels (9xCV, 1xCVL, 8xBB, 2xCA, 1xSS) joined the American patrollers in the Japanese Islands for the final showdown with the Japanese Navy and Airforce.

The cruiser New Orleans missed the Kure SNLF during a night action in the South Pacific allowing the Japanese marines to temporarily recapture Lae. In Indonesia the RAAF and the RNZAF sank the Hiei during a day action. This allowed the Sasebo SNLF to invade the Philippines and the Yokosuka SNLF to also land there. As a result all of the Allied air units in both the Marianas Islands and Indonesia were forced to retreat. However, the battleships Idaho and New Mexico remained on patrol in both sea areas.

In the Marianas the Haruna caused heavy damage to the Idaho, but the Idaho sank the Haruno with her initial broadside. Since the USN continued to maintain control of the South Pacific, Indonesia, and the Marianas Islands our forces in New Guinea and the Philippines could not be resupplied and had to be evacuated. Lae and the Philippines reverted to USN control. Truk, Saigon, Singapore, and Saipan also converted to USN control by isolation during October 1944.

In the Central Pacific the Chikuma caused minor damage to the Washington before being disabled by the American battleship. The 2nd and 3rd Marines recaptured Midway and established an American airbase in the Central Pacific.

In the North Pacific the Kumano disabled the Baltimore and the Suzuya put 2 points of damage on the Boston. In return the American heavy cruisers sank the Suzuya. During a second round of night action, the Kumano sank the Boston breaking USN control of the North Pacific. However, the 4th and 5th Marines successfully invaded Dutch Harbor and establshed an American airbase there.

The main fleet action took place in the Japanese Islands. It began with a bloody night engagement that saw the battleships on both sides virtually destroy each other. Before daybreak, six of our battleships were sunk (including my flagship Yamato), and the other four battleships and battlecruisers forced to return to port, some with heavy damage. Fortunately, two of the enemy battleships were also sunk and the other six enemy battleships were forced to return to Pearl Harbor (many with significant damage). Initially the cruisers from both sides did not inflict much damage on each other. The greater number of Japanese surface ships allowed them to shoot at five of the American carriers. Unfortunately, even though minor damage was inflicted on several of the enemy carriers, only one was forced to immediately return to Pearl Harbor.

When the sun rose over the Japanese Islands in the morning, the initial exchange of air strikes resulted in the sinking or crippling of all of the Japanese carriers, the loss of half of our land-based air units, and the sinking or disabling of all of the enemy fleet carriers and a third of his escort carriers. During the afternoon, additional attacks by our surviving land-based air units sank or disabled the remaining six enemy escort carriers, denuding his fleet of air cover. Our experienced air crews avoided further loss, despite the enemy's best efforts to shoot them down.

These land-based air units ensured the continued control of Japanese waters by our forces. The remaining enemy ships were forced to withdraw, but not before a final surface action took place as dusk fell around the Japanese Islands. During this action the nine remaining Japanese cruisers sank two enemy cruisers and disabled two others. Since the enemy refused to agree to an armistice, his retreating ships were pursued by our cruisers. One more enemy ship was sunk, and all the others were chased back to Pearl Harbor. Unfortunately, two of our cruisers were also sunk during the pursuit.

Imperial General Headquarters proclamed that a great victory has been won by our forces defending the homeland. Brave sailors, pilots, and marines have thrown back the enemy invaders and decimated their fleet. The loss of Japanese pilots in the Marianas last year has been avenged. The divine wind or kamikaze has once again saved Japan from imminent invasion. Unfortunately, the cost has been very high. Only one of our carriers remains afloat and more than fifty percent of our airplanes have been shot down. Very few capital ships remain to oppose another attempt by the enemy fleet to raid Japan. It is time to sue for peace and avoid any further bloodshed.

USN Comments: The US newspapers sell this battle as a necessary holding action, one that alowed the liberation of Saigon, Singapore, Phillipines, Saipan, Midway and Dutch Harbor. With the destruction of Japan's entire battleship and carrier force, they are in no position to launch a counterattack. USN losses were heavy, but a lot more ships will return to the battlefield.

The last of Japanese foreign possessions, Attu, will be liberated in the coming months. The battered USN will regroup and hit them again, reinforced by the Atlantic fleet. (and unlike in our world, production of Essex and Bataan class ships would not have ceased...)

Even if defeated, the USN will have more ships. One more battle and there will be no more Japanese navy.

Privately, pentagon officials questioned the wisdom of attacking Japan this month. Next month we would have had forward bases, additional ships and a chance to establish a base nearer Japan. The political pressures that forced the move are lost on them.

End-of-Game USN Comments:

Good game Nick. Kinda like the first one. You got an advantage early and played it very well. I underestimated the damage your Pearl raids did and took a chance turn 2 that cost me too many ships. If I had been more conservative I might have made back the surface deficit, instead of throwing more ships down the drain. Although I do wonder what would have happened if I had saved Lae turn 2.

I was rather proud of recovering Hawaii a turn early. I think my counterattack was OK, but there was probably a way to get one more POC. If I had lost by half a POC I would have wanted to look harder at turns 6-8.

In the end your surface advantage was somewhat negated by poor shooting. But your LBA came through in the end. Generally though, if the best USN can do is a battle in Japan short some surface, it is a sign of very strong IJN play.

End-of-Game IJN Comments:

I had a good first turn. Eight battleships and one cruiser were destroyed in Pearl Harbor, and both British ships and the 5th A.F. were eliminated in Indonesia. On the second turn my lead in surface ships increased as Brad lost 6 cruisers, while I only lost a light carrier.

On the third turn I captured Pearl Harbor and sank all of the turn 3 reinforcements, but the six Allied LBA in the Hawaiian Islands also sank 5 Japanese carriers. By the end of turn 5 only two operational Japanese carriers were left to face the turn 6 USN reinforcements.

My attempts to invade Guadalcanal with a single SNLF on turns 4 and 5 both failed, partly because Brad's commitment of LBA to the Aleutians and North Pacific diverted the extra SNLF that could have made a difference in the South Pacific. This allowed Allied LBA to control the South Pacific on turn 5 and put added pressure on Indonesia and the Marianas on turn 6. Similarly, the Central Pacific and North Pacific were exposed when I lost control of the Hawaiian Islands on turn 5 after the Victorious shot down my LBA.

Brad gave up a lot of POC (by not patrolling many areas on turns 3 and 4) to preserve his fleet. Having a lead of 29 POC allowed me to give up a lot of areas on turns 6, 7, and 8 and still win the game. Concentrating my fleet in Indonesia on turn 6 avoided losses and only reduced my lead by 4 POC. Staying out of reach of the American carriers on turn 7 again avoided losses but gave up 9 POC. On the last turn I had to protect the Japanese Islands against nearly the entire USN fleet. Fortunately, my six LBA (with the support of 5 carriers and a large surface fleet) were up to the task.

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Units Remaining at the End of Turn 8
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Side  CVs  CVLs  BBs  BCs  CAs  CLs  LBA  NLF
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IJN    1    0     2    2    9    2    3    1 
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USN    5    5     9    0   11    0    9    2 
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RN     0    0     0    0    1    0    0    0 
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POC RECORD       Area  IJN/USN   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
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     Japanese Islands   3   3   IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN
     Aleutian Islands   0   1   IJN  USN  ---  ---  USN  IJN  ---  ---
  North Pacific Ocean   1   1   ---  ---  IJN  IJN  IJN  USN  USN  ---
Central Pacific Ocean   1   0   IJN  USN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  ---  ---
     Hawaiian Islands   2   3   ---  IJN  IJN  ---  ---  USN  USN  USN
     Marshall Islands   1   1   IJN  IJN  IJN  ---  IJN  USN  USN  USN
     Marianas Islands   2   1   IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  ---  USN  USN
            Indonesia   3   1   IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  IJN  USN  USN
  South Pacific Ocean   2   1   IJN  IJN  ---  IJN  USN  USN  USN  USN
         U.S. Mandate   2   2   USN  USN  ---  ---  USN  USN  USN  USN
            Coral Sea   2   2   USN  USN  ---  ---  USN  USN  USN  USN
         Indian Ocean   2   0   USN  USN  USN  USN  USN  USN  USN  ---
        Bay of Bengal   2   1   USN  USN  USN  USN  USN  USN  ---  USN
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         IJN Subtotal           +12  +13  +13  +12  +11   +7   +3   +3
         USN Subtotal            -5   -6   -1   -1   -7  -11  -12  -12
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              Net POC            +7   +7  +12  +11   +4   -4   -9   -9
       Cumulative POC            +7  +14  +26  +29  +29  +25  +16   +7
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AREAS
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Japanese Islands (3/3; IJN):
1-3-8(4+) Shokaku [1d] (r) [sunk]
1-3-8(4+) Zuikaku (r) [sunk]
1-2-7(3) Amagi (r) [sunk]
1-2-7(3) Unryu (r) [sunk]
0-3-7(3) Taiho [3d]
0-1-4(1+) Hosho [sunk]
0-1-6(1) Chitose [sunk]
0-1-6(1) Chiyoda [sunk]
0-0-4(1) Ryuho [sunk]
6-9-5 Musashi [8d; sunk]
6-9-5 Yamato [sunk]
5-5-4 Mutsu [sunk]
5-5-4 Nagato [2d; disabled to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
4-4-4 Fuso [sunk]
4-4-4 Hyuga [sunk]
4-4-4 Ise [1d; disabled to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
4-4-4 Yamashiro [sunk]
4-3-6 Kirishima (r) [disabled to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
4-3-6 Kongo (r) [2d; disabled to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
1+2-7 Ashigara [1d]
1+2-7 Atago [sunk]
1+2-7 Chokai [sunk]
1+2-7 Haguro [disabled to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
1+2-7 Maya [sunk]
1+2-7 Myoko
1+2-7 Nachi
1+2-7 Takao [disabled to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
1+1-7 Aoba (r)
1+1-7 Furutaka (r) [sunk]
1+1-7 Kako (r) [sunk]
1+1-7 Kinugasa (r) [disabled to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
1+0-7 Kitakami (r)
1+0-7 Oi (r) [disabled to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
3-4-* 21 AirFlot [shot down; does not return]
3-4-* 22 AirFlot [shot down; does not return]
3-4-* 23 AirFlot
3-4-* 24 AirFlot [2d]
3-4-* 25 AirFlot [shot down; does not return]
3-4-* 26 AirFlot
1-3-7(4+) Bunker Hill (r) [disabled to Pearl Harbor]
1-3-7(4+) CV 10 (r) [2d; sunk]
1-3-7(4+) CV 12 (r) [1d; disabled to Pearl Harbor]
1-3-7(4+) CV 16 (r) [sunk]
1-3-7(4+) CV 18 (r) [1d; sunk]
1-3-7(4+) Essex (r) [3d; retreats; disabled to Pearl Harbor]
1-3-7(4+) Intrepid (r) [1d; disabled to Pearl Harbor]
1-3-7(4+) Saratoga (r) [sunk]
1-3-7(4+) Ticonderoga (r) [disabled to Pearl Harbor]
0-2-7(2+) Bataan [2d; retreats; disabled to Pearl Harbor]
0-2-7(2+) Belleau Wood [disabled to Pearl Harbor]
0-2-7(2+) Cabot [sunk]
0-2-7(2+) Cowpens [sunk]
0-2-7(2+) Independence [sunk]
0-2-7(2+) Langley II [sunk]
0-2-7(2+) Monterey [disabled to Pearl Harbor]
0-2-7(2+) Princeton [disabled to Pearl Harbor]
0-2-7(2+) San Jacinto (r) [1d; disabled to Pearl Harbor]
5+9-7 Iowa (r) [5d; disabled to Pearl Harbor]
5+9-7 Missouri (r) [6d; disabled to Pearl Harbor]
5+9-7 New Jersey (r) [1d; disabled to Pearl Harbor]
5+9-7 Wisconsin (r) [sunk]
5+6-5 Alabama (r) [4d; disabled to Pearl Harbor]
5+6-5 Indiana (r) [sunk]
5+6-5 Massachusetts (r) [disabled to Pearl Harbor]
5+6-5 South Dakota (r) [2d; disabled to Pearl Harbor]
1-2-7 Canberra II (r) [disabled to Pearl Harbor]
1-2-7 Quincy II (r) [disabled to Pearl Harbor]
1-1-7 Chester  [retreats to Pearl Harbor]
1-1-7 Chicago [sunk]
1-1-7 Houston [disabled to Pearl Harbor]
1-1-7 Indianapolis [1d; sunk]
1-1-7 Louisville [disabled to Pearl Harbor]
1-1-7 Minneapolis [sunk]
1-1-7 Northampton [disabled to Pearl Harbor]
1-1-7 Pensacola [retreats; sunk]
1-1-7 Vincennes [retreats; disabled to Pearl Harbor]
1+0-* F-Boat

Aleutian Islands (0/1; None):

North Pacific Ocean (1/1; USN):
1+1-8 Kumano (r)
1+1-8 Suzuya (r) [sunk]
1-2-7 Baltimore [disabled to Pearl Harbor]
1-2-7 Boston [2d; sunk]
0-4-3 4th Marines [invades Dutch Harbor; does not return]
0-4-3 5th Marines [lands on Dutch Harbor]

Central Pacific Ocean (1/0; None):
1+1-8 Chikuma [disabled to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
5-6-5 Washington (r) [1d]
0-4-3 2nd Marines [invades Midway; does not return]
0-4-3 3rd Marines [lands on Midway]

Hawaiian Islands (2/3; USN):
2-4-* 11th A.F.
2-4-* 13th A.F. [3d]
2-4-* 14th A.F.

Marshall Islands (1/1; USN):
2-4-* Naval
2-4-* Marine

Marianas Islands (2/1; USN):
4-3-6 Haruna (r) [sunk]
4-5-3 Idaho [4d]
2-4-* 7th A.F. [disabled to Pearl Harbor]
2-4-* 10th A.F. [disabled to Pearl Harbor]

Indonesia (3/1; USN):
4-3-6 Hiei (r) [sunk]
0-3-3 Sasebo [invades Philippines; does not return]
0-3-3 Yokosuka [lands on Philippines; retreats to Yokosuka Navy Yard]
4-5-3 New Mexico
2-4-* RAAF [disabled to Australia]
2-4-* RNZAF [disabled to Australia]

South Pacific Ocean (2/1; USN):
0-3-3 Kure [2d; invades Lae; does not return]
1-1-7 New Orleans [1d]

U.S. Mandate (2/2; USN):
1-1-7 Salt Lake City

Coral Sea (2/2; USN):
1-1-7 Wichita

Indian Ocean (2/0; USN):

Bay of Bengal (2/1; None):
1-1-7. Exeter

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PORTS
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Yokosuka Navy Yard (6; IJN):

Truk (IJN):  converted to USN control by isolation

Saigon (IJN):  converted to USN control by isolation

Singapore (IJN):  converted to USN control by isolation

Pearl Harbor (15; USN):

Samoa (USN):

Australia (1; USN):

Ceylon (1; USN):

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BASES
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Okinawa (IJN):

Attu (IJN):

Dutch Harbor (IJN):  converted to USN control by 4th Marines

Midway (IJN):  converted to USN control by 2nd Marines

Johnston Island (USN):

Kwajalein (USN):

Maloelap (USN):

Saipan (IJN):  converted to USN control by isolation

Philippines (USN):  converted to IJN control by Sasebo SNLF; but
  converted to USN control by isolation at the end of the turn

Lae (USN):  converted to IJN control by Kure SNLF; but converted
  to USN control by isolation at the end of the turn

Guadalcanal (USN):

New Hebrides (USN):

Port Moresby (USN):

Andaman Islands (USN):

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SUNK SHIPS
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Turn 8:
1-3-8(4+) Shokaku
1-3-8(4+) Zuikaku
1-2-7(3) Amagi
1-2-7(3) Unryu
0-1-4(1+) Hosho
0-1-6(1) Chitose
0-1-6(1) Chiyoda
0-0-4(1) Ryuho
6-9-5 Musashi
6-9-5 Yamato
5-5-4 Mutsu
4-4-4 Fuso
4-4-4 Hyuga
4-4-4 Yamashiro
4-3-6 Haruna
4-3-6 Hiei
1+2-7 Atago
1+2-7 Chokai
1+2-7 Maya
1+1-8 Suzuya
1+1-7 Furutaka
1+1-7 Kako
0-3-3 Kure [invaded Lae]
0-3-3 Sasebo [invaded Philippines]
3-4-* 21 AirFlot [shot down]
3-4-* 22 AirFlot [shot down]
3-4-* 25 AirFlot [shot down]
1-3-7(4+) CV 10
1-3-7(4+) CV 16
1-3-7(4+) CV 18
1-3-7(4+) Saratoga
0-2-7(2+) Cabot
0-2-7(2+) Cowpens
0-2-7(2+) Independence
0-2-7(2+) Langley II
5+9-7 Wisconsin
5+6-5 Indiana
1-2-7 Boston
1-1-7 Chicago
1-1-7 Indianapolis
1-1-7 Minneapolis
1-1-7 Pensacola
0-4-3 2nd Marines [invaded Midway]
0-4-3 4th Marines [invaded Dutch Harbor]

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Notes:
Raiding ships are marked with (r).
Required speed rolls are shown as (SR).
Repairs are indicated within parenthesis, e.g. (repairs 2d).
Combat results are indicated within brackets, e.g. [2d; disabled].
Returning air and land units arrive at any friendly port.

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