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529 3/5/2019 8:52:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Moderator Change Moderator player Moderator player changed from Chris Thibault to Chris Thibault
528 2/24/2019 6:50:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Thank you for the game Jon, and for your message
i will send Chris the result of our game
mat
527 2/24/2019 6:47:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Change US Political Will From 1 to 0
526 2/24/2019 6:47:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Japanese:
JP7

India brings PW to 0, end of the game
525 2/24/2019 6:46:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #56: 3 / WAR IN EUROPE: Minor Axis Victory
Decrease the War in Europe marker a number of spaces equal to the value associated with the year of the current game turn: 1942: 2 1943: 1 1944: No Effect 1945: No Effect Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
JP6
(forgot to play it on the previous turn)
524 2/23/2019 5:25:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #79: 3 / Soviets Invade Manchuria
Manchuria: If Tojo has resigned, then this card MUST be played as an event, otherwise it can only be played as an OC. If played as the event the Japanese permanently lose two Resource Hexes (3302 and 3303). Place a Soviet Flag in each hex to denote Allied control that counts for Progress of the War. Bonus: If China has not surrendered, move the China marker two boxes toward or into the Stable Front box.. RESHUFFLE: If played as an OC or discarded, place this card back in the deck and reshuffle the deck at the end of the game turn. If played as the event, permanently remove this card from the deck and do NOT reshuffle. This card may not be played as a Future Offensive.

OC: 3 EC: 0

NOTE: Deck will be reshuffled before next deal.Message from Allies:
play as Event have no choice
523 2/23/2019 10:29:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message in fact, you have no choice, you must PBM in Funafuti

i go on
522 2/23/2019 10:23:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 8/2

Bde eliminated
Control taken
521 2/23/2019 10:22:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

2
0


Message from Japanese:
Tarawa, ground:

USMC: 8 drm+4
IJN: 2 drm+3
520 2/23/2019 10:20:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

9


Message from Japanese:
Intel roll
Interception on 0-2
519 2/23/2019 7:27:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #25: 1 / Operation Lilliput: Buna, New Guinea Offensive
Activate: SW HQ only. Logistic Value: 3 Conditions: May only activate US air and US/Australian ground units (an exception to the Allied HQ National Command rules). US Reservist Enter Combat: US ground units have their attack strength reduced by one for the duration of this Offensive.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
play as oc on C Pac HQ for 4 units -
1. act Lexington CV ,Miss BB , M marine to attack Tarawa

your reaction Mat
518 2/23/2019 2:12:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #68: 2 / Japanese Army/Navy: Central Agreement
This event ends a Japanese inter-service rivalry. Flip the Japanese Inter-Service Rivalry marker to its Strategic Agreement side. If the Japanese Inter-Service Rivalry marker is already on Strategic Agreement side there is no additional effect. Bonus: If this card is played as an event, the Japanese have the option to discard a card of their choice and re-place it with any card from the discard pile (not those removed from play).

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
JP5: Comb. Fleet for 5 units

[7AF]: Mandalay -> Leyte, strategic
[5AF]: Bangkok -> Morotai, strategic
25AF: Morotai -> Biak
3SN: Wake -> Biak, strategic
BB Nagato: Miri -> Ulithi, strategic

Over to you
517 2/23/2019 1:53:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message There is a problem with vassal: everything between lines 488-496 is missing on vassal. This happened sometime when an old file is opened before doing a new log

i clean the map right now
516 2/23/2019 1:44:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Emergency Move:

24AF to Buin
515 2/22/2019 7:35:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message 1. wasp CV to Darwin
2. N Carolina BB to Darwin
3. 14AF LRB to Cape York
4. US Asia to Gili Gili

over to you Mat
514 2/22/2019 7:00:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Control of Buna taken
You can PBM, then i will do my emergency move and play
513 2/22/2019 6:57:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Japanese:
Battle C (A/N):

JPN: 5
512 2/22/2019 6:56:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 4AF eliminated
511 2/22/2019 6:56:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Japanese:
Battle B:

USA: 10 drm+4
510 2/22/2019 6:56:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Japanese:
Battle A

Yamato: 9
509 2/22/2019 6:54:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 28 hits
Yamato reduced
51AF eliminated
508 2/22/2019 6:54:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Japanese:
Battle A:

28 drm+4
507 2/22/2019 6:53:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Japanese:
Intel roll
Interception on 0-6
506 2/22/2019 6:28:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #71: 2 / Victor Plans: MacArthur Liberates The Philippines
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 if SW Pac HQ, for all others: 4

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
play event on SW Pac HQ for 8 units -
1.act 2MAW fighter to attack Biak
2. act 14AF LRB to DArwin to attack Biak
3. act WASP to hex 3221 Aroe to attack Biak
4. act N Carolina BB to Biak for attack
5. act US Asia CA to Buin to attack
6. act 11AF & 13AF LRB to attack Buin
7. act 2M marine to move to 3922 Buna to attack

your reaction Mat
505 2/21/2019 4:58:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message hi Jon, i send you a file
Mat
504 2/20/2019 4:31:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #55: 3 / WAR IN EUROPE: Major Axis Victory
Decrease the War in Europe marker a number of spaces equal to the value associated with the year of the current game turn: 1942: 3 1943: 2 1944: 1 1945: No Effect Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
No file, darts night here
Over to you
503 2/20/2019 3:08:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message thats three zero's in a row you rolled Mat your sacked

No PBM your go Mat
502 2/20/2019 8:47:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message nothing, you can pbm
501 2/20/2019 8:47:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Japanese:
no effect

jpn: 5
500 2/20/2019 8:46:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Japanese:
Surprise

ALL: 10 drm+3
499 2/20/2019 8:46:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Japanese:
intel roll
success on 0-3
498 2/20/2019 8:45:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message no error with 2MAW:
line 481: "2MAW fighter to Sarong strategic move"

But if you want to change it, no problem for me.
Mat
497 2/20/2019 7:13:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #3: 1 / Prime Minister Curtin
2 Ground replacements: The Australians get two ground replacements that must be used immediately to bring Australian ground units from reduced to full strength, or from the eliminated plie to reduced strength or full strength, which are placed in any friendly Australian port. Any unused replacements are forfeit. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
play as oc on Anzac HQ for two units
1. act SEAC fighter & move to Gili Gili to attack Buna
2. act 2 Aus inf to move by sea to hex 3923 for 2 amphib

your reaction Mat
496 2/17/2019 3:05:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message no effect

PBM:

CVL Ruyjo to Dacca
CA Takao to Rangoon
BB Nagato to Miri
[CV Shokaku] to Batavia
BB Kongo to Singapore
495 2/17/2019 2:59:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
3


Message from Japanese:
Battle B:

JPN: 24
UK: 6
494 2/17/2019 2:58:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 5AF lrb eliminated
493 2/17/2019 2:57:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Japanese:
Battle A
no die for JPN, at least 10 hits

die roll for USA (critical needed)
492 2/16/2019 9:49:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message successful can not move any units fire away Mat
491 2/16/2019 9:48:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Allies:
reaction roll to stop surprise attack 0-7 -2
490 2/16/2019 1:24:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Any reaction card?
489 2/16/2019 1:23:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message In fact, SEAC HQ is supplied, but units in Battle A and B are OOS.
And 33rd UK Corps can not be activated to reach a battle hex because not stacked with a naval unit
488 2/16/2019 1:15:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #29: 3 / Combined Fleet: Battle of Santa Cruz
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: Only air and naval units may be activated. Effective Aerial Torpedo Tactics: Increase Japanese aircraft carrier naval units attack strength by 2 for the duration of the Offensive.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
JP3

South HQ for 5 units

BB Nagato: Batavia -> Colombo
CV Shokaku: Batavia -> 1207
BB Kongo: Rangoon -> Maldive
CV Ryujo: Rangoon -> 1507
CA Takao: Dacca -> Colombo

Battle A: Colombo (Nagato, Takao, Ryujo)
Battle B: Maldive (Kongo, Shokaku)

SEAC HQ OOS
487 2/16/2019 6:37:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message pbm
1. Wasp CV & N Carolina BB to Darwin
2. 14th AF LRB to Cape York
your card Mat
486 2/15/2019 8:31:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message BB NC reduced

You can pbm
485 2/15/2019 8:29:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Japanese:
Return fire:

22
484 2/15/2019 8:29:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 14 hits,

51AF flipped
483 2/15/2019 8:28:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Japanese:
Surprise, your attack:

28 drm+4
482 2/15/2019 8:28:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Japanese:
Interception on 0-4
481 2/15/2019 4:56:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #73: 2 / WAR IN EUROPE: Major Allied Victory
Increase the War in Europe marker a number of spaces equal to the value associated with the year of the current game turn: 1942: 1 1943: 2 1944: 3 1945: 3 Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
play as OC on SW Pac HQ for 4 units -
1. act Wasp CV & N Carolina BB to attack Biak
2. 14AF LRB to Darwin to Attack Biak
3. 2MAW fighter to Sarong strategic move
480 2/13/2019 6:52:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 26AF to Wake
CVs to Truk

Saipan and Guam OSS
479 2/13/2019 6:43:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message all units back to their starting position
478 2/13/2019 6:23:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Your attack were 17 with the 211 in wake

25 hits vs 5

Reduced Northampton and Enterprise

AA succesfull, contol taken

211 elimintaed (no emergency move available)

you can pbm
477 2/13/2019 6:19:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

8
0


Message from Japanese:
A/N Battle for Wake:

IJN: 25
USA: 16 drm+1
476 2/13/2019 3:54:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message successful activate C Pac HQ for 5 units
1. act 7AF LRB Midway
2. act Enterprise CV , N Orleans CA , Northampton CA to hex 4812 & attack Junyo only joking

Roll away Mat your good at rolling 9's
475 2/13/2019 3:30:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

3


Message from Allies:
Yes Switch the units Mat I can do it if I get a good reaction dice roll , will not make any difference to this game.
Reaction roll 0-6 needed
474 2/12/2019 12:52:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message oops, i miscount my attack, i need Akagi instead of Zuiho.
May switch these units?
473 2/12/2019 12:40:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #80: 2 / Submarine Launched Air Attack on the Panama Canal: I-400
Allied Reinforcements for the next game turn are delayed. Place those reinforcements in the delay box when they arrive. If reinforcements are already delayed, there are no additional effects. Place the Panama Canal Attack marker on the game turn track as a reminder. Draw one Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Comb HQ for 5 units:

CA Mogami: Cam Ranh -> Palau Is., strategic
CV Junyo: Truk -> 4812
CVL Zuiho: Truk -> 4611
26AF: Ewinetok
3SN Bde: Truk -> Wake, 1 ASP

Wake, Saipan and Guam OOS

All units axcept Mogami in the battle for Wake
472 2/12/2019 4:46:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message PBM
1.Washington BB to Saipan
2.Wasp CV & N Carolina BB to Darwin.

over to you Mat
471 2/11/2019 8:19:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 51AF: Hollandia -> Biak! sorry

The file is good
470 2/11/2019 8:19:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message PBM:

26AF: Hollandia -> Truk -> Ewinetok
CV Junyo: 3216 -> Truk
CVL Zuiho: 3117 -> Truk
25AF: Hollandia -> Palau -> Morotai
51AF: Hollandia -> Truk
469 2/11/2019 8:06:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message I have seen a problem on the map: line 413, for the replacement of this turn, i have written:

2 ground:
[19Arm]: Ewinetok
[27Arm]: Rabaul

But the unit are still in the dead pool.. i place these on the map
468 2/11/2019 6:39:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message All good Mat
I will destroy the 28th air in Hollandia
over to your PBM
467 2/9/2019 7:22:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message oh, i made a small error as i have changed my activated units.. i must place an air unit in Hollandia and a CV in 3117 to allow my ground unit to AA into Biak.
Do you allow me to modify the placement of my units?
That does not change at all the battles configuration
466 2/9/2019 6:57:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message IJN: 14 hits, CV Wasp reduced

USN: 28 hits
You can reduced Yamato + 1 air for 28
or eliminate 1 single unit for 20
465 2/9/2019 6:55:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

9
2


Message from Japanese:
Battle B in Biak:

You can only hit Yamato + 1 air unit

USN: 28, drm+1
IJN: 56
464 2/9/2019 6:53:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message BB Washington reduced
463 2/9/2019 6:52:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Japanese:
Battle A in Davao

i roll only for me, as per 9.2.F.4, you can not hit me

IJN: 16
462 2/9/2019 6:48:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Future Offensive card as Event #45: 3 / Operation Sho-Go
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 5 if Combined Fleet HQ, otherwise: 4. Intelligence: Intercept. Bonus: If a Kamikaze attack reaction card is played in conjunction with this card, increase the effect of the Kamikaze reaction card by one additional Allied naval step loss in one battle. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Battle A in Davao
Battle B in Biak

Comb HQ activated for 8 units:

BB Yamato: Miri -> Biak, Battle B
CVL Zuiho: Davao -> 3216, battle A
28AF: Biak -> Aitape, Battle B
51AF: Palau -> Aitape, Battle B
25AF: Ulithi -> Palau -> Aitape, Battle B
26AF: Ewinetok -> Truk -> Aitape, Battle B
CV Junyo: Truk -> 3216, battle A
2SN: Miri -> Biak, 1 ASP, battle A
461 2/9/2019 5:57:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Sorry Mat this pain will not last much longer -

Forget Marine
2. activate Wasp CV & N Carolina to attack Biak hex 3319
460 2/9/2019 3:51:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Sorry Jon, only 3NZ for ground units
459 2/9/2019 3:35:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #44: 2 / Operation Squarepeg: Green Is. Invasion
Activate: Anzac HQ only. Logistic Value: 2 Intelligence: Surprise Attack. Conditions: Any air or naval units may be activated, but the only ground unit that can be activated is the 3rd NZ division.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Play as event on Anzac HQ for 3 units -
1. activate 2M marine to us strategic movement to Darwin.
2. activate Wasp CV & attack Kendari hex 2719
3. activate Washington BB attackDavao hex 2915

yor reaction card only Mat
458 2/8/2019 9:12:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 5AF to dead pool

my PBM:

CA Takao to Dacca
BB Kongo to Rangoon
BB Nagato to Batavia
[CV Shokaku] to Batavia
BB Yamato to Miri
457 2/8/2019 9:03:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Japanese:
Battle B:

IJN: 43 drm+3
456 2/8/2019 9:03:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Warspite sunk
455 2/8/2019 9:02:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

3


Message from Japanese:
Battle A:

IJN: 29 drm+4 (surprise + bonus card)
454 2/8/2019 9:01:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message that's a surprise
453 2/8/2019 9:01:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

9


Message from Japanese:
intel roll
452 2/8/2019 8:59:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message
"Also Page 11 of rule book with the mutual ZOI the jap player is using LRB's against the Singapore fighter ZOI , so by rule 6.4 the jap LRB's can not neutralize the fighter ZOI so how can Batavia ever get into supply ?"

Japanese has no LRB units!
See p.4:
Long Range Bomber (LRB): Only the Allied player has LRB units. LRB units are all air units with ranges of 6 or greater.
451 2/8/2019 8:56:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message "So Mat if I had my fighter there I would not be out of supply unless you used a lot of CV's."
That's true, but if you had placed your fighters in Colombo, British in Akyab would be OOS.. 1 non-LRB is not enought here to have a full protected supply path.
450 2/7/2019 3:07:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Also not playing reaction card fire away Mat
449 2/7/2019 6:51:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Rule 6.4 LRB air zoi are shit useless your right as per usual.
So Mat if I had my fighter there I would not be out of supply unless you used a lot of CV's.
Also Page 11 of rule book with the mutual ZOI the jap player is using LRB's against the Singapore fighter ZOI , so by rule 6.4 the jap LRB's can not neutralize the fighter ZOI so how can Batavia ever get into supply ?
448 2/6/2019 7:30:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message How can we be OOS when air does not affect land supply & I have air cover over Madras Mat ?
447 2/6/2019 7:23:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #8: 3 / Operation C: Indian Ocean Raid
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: May activate only Naval units. Bonus: Add 1 to all Japanese air-naval battle die rolls if any Commonwealth naval units are present in the battle.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
South Seas for 5 units:

[CV Shokaku]: Dacca to 1607 (that makes all allied HQ and units OOS)
BB Nagato: Rangoon to Madras
BB Yamato: Rangoon to Akyab
BB Kongo: Dacca to Akyab
CA Takao: Dacca to Akyab

Battle A: Madras (Shokaku+Nagato)
Battle B: Akyab (Yamato, Kongo, Takao)
446 2/6/2019 5:05:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message PBM
1. (5AF) LRB to Colombo
2. 5AF fighter to Akyab for the final show down
3. (Warspite) BB to Madras
445 2/6/2019 4:44:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Made a little erroe, battle B, my attack was 50, but that s not change the result
444 2/6/2019 4:44:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message I rolled a 9 in Battle hex A so your lowest defence unit takes a hit ?
443 2/6/2019 4:36:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 5AF lrb reduced

my PBM:
none

file sent, you can pbm
442 2/6/2019 4:33:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

1
2


Message from Japanese:
Battle B:

US: 4 drm+1
Jp: 55
441 2/6/2019 4:32:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message SEAC eliminated

7AF reduced with critical (lower defense)
440 2/6/2019 4:30:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Basically if I wanted the result I was after I needed a CV unit to go to Akyab with the AA but put it into battle hex A so then if you got the Special reaction it would battle at Akyab.
439 2/6/2019 4:29:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

9
9


Message from Japanese:
Battle A:

Br: 4
Jp: 42
438 2/6/2019 3:43:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Agree Mat I see what they are saying now in 7.24
You can assign unused Air & CV units in a port to cover a AA landing , but they will only battle if the special reaction happens. All good, that rule could definitely be better written.
Will let you roll the dice for the Game. Thanks again for your patience Mat. Bloody Aussies
437 2/6/2019 2:26:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message your order for 5AFmakes me think that the priority was to fight if Akyab if J reaction (" if no reaction By Jap...").
That's why i have though that 5AF was assignate to cover Akyab and i have roll for reaction and reacted with 5AF not in A

Tell me what you think now before we go on!

Best regards, mat
436 2/6/2019 2:22:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message this is the instruction you gave when playong the card:

4. activate 5AF Fighter & move to Calcutta to cover landing at Akyab if no reaction By Jap take part in Battle hex A

the problem is that you can not wait to know if Akyab is a battle hex or not (step 6) to assigante 5AF into Akyab or battle A. You must do this in step 3
435 2/6/2019 2:12:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message So yes:

you can in step 2 move 5AF to allows the brit to AA thanks to the ZOI of 5AF.
Then in step 3 , you can assignate 5 AF in battle A

But be warned: If Akyab becomes a battle hex, then this new battle hex will has no air unit to fight for. A single air unit in reaction in akyab will make the AA canceled (read 9.3 and 9.32)
434 2/6/2019 2:05:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message What ever the 5AF is assignated to, its ZOI exits and allows the AA. Lets see the sequence:

Step 1: Activation, OK

Step 2: Moves,
5th end its moves into Calcutta, 5AF isnot yet assignated to anythung but its ZOI exits and allows the brits to AA in Akyab.

Step 3: Declaration of battle hexes, and you "MUST state which units will participate in the battle for that hex" (in the middle of 7.24). For the 5AF you have the choice with partipate in a battle OR covering Akyab, not both, and these is explain in the last paragraph of 7.24.

May be the confusion for you is here: Step 2, the ZOI is "Covering" Akyab, Step 3 the assignation of covering means 5AF Akyab means 5AF wil fight in akyab if it becomes a battle by Special reaction.

Step 4 and 5, no problem

Step 6: Special reaction, to know if akyab becomes battle hex. And "any air and carrier units assigned to cover the landing in the hex where the new battle hex was created will take part in the battle in that hex". This is the 2nd paragraph of 7.27

but in this step, what ever the AA hex becomes a battle hexes or not, the decisions in step 3 can not be revised, that s mean a unit assignated to cover a AA hexe can not switch to paticipate in abatlle declarate in step 3

Step 7: intel condition by reactin player
etc....
433 2/5/2019 8:56:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message before i go, here's a deal:

You are OK with the situation (5AF ftg was assignated to cover Akyab, Akyab is not a battle hex, i reacted into A and B with 5AF not participating as it has been assignated to caver Akyab) (i am sure about this rules, we can ask to the moderator if you want to)

We forgot my rolls, and we go up in the offensive Sequence. You can choose the unit you re activate, move these and assignating them to battle or cover of AA hex. Then, i can manage the reaction steps as it is new

tell me
432 2/5/2019 8:44:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message got to go

tell me if the sequence is now clearer for you
431 2/5/2019 8:41:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Any carriers that ended their move in a friendly port hex and any activated air units THAT ARE NOT PARTICIPATING IN A DECLARATED BATTLE HEX may (but are not required to) be assigned to cover a battle hex within their range the same way.

Mark Herman is taking of something to treat "the same" way. and the same way is the beggining of that paragraph: a CV (or air unit later in the paragraph) must Either participate in a given battle (a declared battle hex) OR cover an AA hex.
If this AA hex becomes a battle hex via Special Reaction, the unit must take part in THAT battle.

if the hex doesnt become a battle hex, you can not go up in the Attack sequence from step 6 to 3 to change how you asignate your units in the Offensive
430 2/5/2019 8:27:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message a precision for Step 3:

A given unit cannot both be assignated to a battle hex AND assignated to cover an AA

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