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250 7/21/2019 12:25:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #18: 1 / Bridge on River Kwai: Death Railroad
If the Japanese control hexes 2108 and 2109, they become Trans Routes for the remainder of the game and any Japanese HQ that can trace a continuous Trans Routes via the Kwai RR to Rangoon has +1 added to its efficiency rating if any units are activated in Burma or Northern India. Place the Bridge Over the River Kwai marker near this location as a reminder. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
event
249 7/21/2019 12:13:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

248 7/21/2019 12:13:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Japanese replacements: 1 Naval
247 7/18/2019 8:46:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message sending updated log file
246 7/18/2019 8:46:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Also forgot to set ASPs to 4 since I did the Edwin Booze thing on move 35.
245 7/18/2019 8:42:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Forgot to place CA London in delayed box.
244 7/18/2019 4:34:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

243 7/18/2019 4:29:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message no reduction in japanese hand size
242 7/18/2019 4:28:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
Sub warfare roll
Turn 4 = -4 DRM, 1942= +1 DRM
roll is...
241 7/18/2019 4:28:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 0-sided die x 0



Message from Allies:

240 7/18/2019 4:23:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Allied Air & Naval, US Naval are lost
239 7/18/2019 4:20:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Allied Ground Repls (2)
Rebuild US 1 Mar Div to full (two steps)
238 7/18/2019 4:15:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message All units remain in delayed box
237 7/18/2019 4:14:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
Roll for WIE: 0-1
14 AF

roll is....

236 7/17/2019 11:54:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese End Turn
235 7/17/2019 11:53:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message I think the Allied reinforcements are delayed this turn...Japanese Reinforcements:
7th Air Division to Kendari...
37th Army reinforces Eniwetok...
27th Air Flotilla to Ponape...
234 7/17/2019 11:17:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Change US Political Will From 5 to 4
233 7/17/2019 11:17:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Attrition:
I don't see any?
232 7/17/2019 11:16:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message US Political Will +5 - 1(Philippines) +4...
231 7/17/2019 11:15:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Political phase:
National Status: Philippines surrender...US Political Will -1
230 7/16/2019 10:58:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Winston said "Strike fast! Strike hard!"
229 7/16/2019 10:41:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Allied PBM

CV Indomitable returns to Dacca
SE AF retires to Dacca
SEAC AF retires to Akyab
228 7/16/2019 7:44:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message 27 hits reducing 15th Army.......
227 7/16/2019 7:43:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Allied Air attacks on 15th Army....
27 air +3 surprise

226 7/16/2019 7:39:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Reaction roll.....0-2 = success.......
225 7/16/2019 6:58:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #17: 2 / China Airlift
Hump Operations into China: Flip the Burma Road Status marker from its No Hump to Hump side for the remainder of the game. Bonus: The AVG air unit (which normally cannot receive replacements) or a 14th AF air unit (either one) immediately receives a replacement step if it is in Northern India, Burma, or the Air units in China box. This replacement can be used to bring a 14th AF air unit (but not the AVG) back from elimination in any friendly in supply Northern India or Burma airfield. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Activate SEAC HQ (1+2oc)
========================
Activate Units:
CV Indomitable 10-12-2 @ Dacca
FE AF 7-9-2 @ Dacca
SEAC AF 10-10-2 @ Akyab
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Unit Movements:
FE AF to Rangoon
SEAC AF to Rangoon
CV indomitable to 1907
========================
Battle Hex A: 2108
Both air and naval bomb the land unit there.
No one moved within an Imperial AZOI so no -2 Air Recon bonus.
Initial Condition Surprise
224 7/16/2019 5:41:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Japanese have no further cards commander..
223 7/14/2019 8:29:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Allies Play a Pass
222 7/14/2019 9:43:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Japanese:
221 7/13/2019 10:26:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Allies:
220 7/13/2019 10:07:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Well this looks ominous!!!!
219 7/13/2019 9:12:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #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:
Activate Combined Fleet HQ(3)+3(OC)=6 activations...
CV's Akagi, Shokaku, & Soryu + BB Hiei at Tokyo...
23rd AF at Taihoku...
18th Army at Tokyo...
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CV's + BB Hiei sail to Eniwetok...
23rd AF flies to Bougainville...
18th Army sails to reinforce Rabaul...
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No battle hexes.........

218 7/13/2019 8:48:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Change US Political Will From 6 to 5
217 6/11/2019 5:24:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Allied PBM.
CV & 2 BBs return to Gili-Gili
216 6/11/2019 5:20:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Discard Future Offensive card #4: 1 / Arcadia Conference
OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
This was still in my hand. I'm just discarding it now.
215 6/10/2019 4:31:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Battle at Bougainville...
US dr8=(1)=43 hits 26th Air Flotilla eliminated...
IJN dr3=.5/10 = 5 hits no effect...
214 6/10/2019 4:29:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

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Message from Japanese:
US 43 air/naval factors...
IJN 10 air factors...
US roll first..........
213 6/8/2019 5:52:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Allies:
Activate HQ: SW Pac (2+1oc)
======================
Activate Units:
BB Miss, BB N.Carolina, & CV Wasp at Gili-Gili
======================
BB's move to Bouganville to bombard AB there
CV moves to 4123 to support Bouganville bombardment
======================
Battle Hex Bouganville
43 A/N factors
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Intel Condition: Changed to Intercept

This was originally a held Future Offensive card.
212 6/8/2019 5:46:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message I'm going to use the same card and do something similar and you can use your successful intelligence change roll.
211 6/8/2019 2:35:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Return Strategy card to hand #4: 1 / Arcadia Conference

Message from Allies:
Returning to deck

Ghormley is about to be replaced as there is great consternation amongst the Admirals and Generals!!
210 6/8/2019 12:34:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message US ASP's used...Marine X used 1 then 1st Marine Division used 1 = 2/3....see #142 & #192....that's what was indicated on the US amphibious shipping used track anyhow...were there more than 3 ASP's available?
209 6/8/2019 12:07:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
air reconnaissance OC1-2....
208 6/5/2019 9:51:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Play Future Offensive card as Operations #4: 1 / Arcadia Conference
This event ends a US inter-service rivalry. Flip the US Inter-Service Rivalry marker to its Strategic Agreement side. If the US Inter-Service Rivalry marker is already on Strategic Agreement side there is no additional effect. Bonus: The Allied player receives the ABDA HQ, which is place in any in supply port in Java, Borneo, Sumatra or Celebes. If no such port is available this HQ is removed from play for the remained of the game. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Activate HQ: SW (2+1oc)
==========================
Activate Units:
13th AF 10-10-2 @ Lae
BB N.Carolina 16-16 @ Gili-Gili
XIV Corps 22-12 @ Gili-Gili (2 ASPs) All Asp's now used
==========================
BB & XIV Corps to Rabaul
13th AF Supports Invasion at Rabaul
==========================
Battle Hex Rabaul
26 A/N, 22-12/2 Ground
==========================
Initial Cond: Surprise
207 6/5/2019 9:02:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Stalin is asking Roosevelt & Churchill when they are going to open the second front in Europe!!
206 6/5/2019 6:41:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #52: 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:
Allies suffer defeat! War in Europe +1 to -1...
205 5/23/2019 6:26:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Allied PBM
Wasp, N.Carolina, Miss retire to Gili-Gili
204 5/23/2019 3:25:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message US dr4-2(mixed)=2=.5/12 = 6 hits eliminating SNLF instead of the 31st army....
203 5/23/2019 3:23:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message forgot to use 'mixed terrain' value also!..
202 5/23/2019 3:17:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Japanese used 1 ASP/7 transporting 31st army...
201 5/23/2019 3:14:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message US Political Will drops from +6 to +5 upon hearing of the debacle at Guadalcanal...
200 5/23/2019 3:11:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Battle of Guadalcanal ground fight...
Jpn dr7+3(US amphibious assault)=10=x2(12 factors = 24 hits wiping out 1st Marine Division...
US dr4 = (1)hit = 12 hits eliminating 31st army unless SNLF is preferred??
199 5/23/2019 3:08:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

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Message from Japanese:
Ground battle for Guadalcanal...
IJN 9-12 + 3-6 = 12 factors +3 v US amphibious assault....
US 12-12 1st Marine Division 1/2 for amphibious assault...
Jpn roll first......
198 5/23/2019 3:06:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Guadalcanal air/naval battle results...
IJN dr4=.5/12 factors = 6 hits = NE...
US dr9=critical hit with 43 hits sinking CA Aoba...
197 5/23/2019 3:05:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

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Message from Japanese:
Battle of Guadalcanal...air/naval...
IJN CA Aoba 12-10...
US BB North Carolina 16-16 & BB Mississippi 15-12 supported by CV Wasp 12-12-2...total 43 air/naval factors...
IJN roll first........
196 5/23/2019 3:03:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message 31st army, transported by heavy cruisers led by Aoba, sail down the slot to reinforce Guadalcanal...! Banzai!!
195 5/2/2019 5:12:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message 31st 'army' is alerted at Rabaul!.........
194 5/2/2019 5:04:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Intelligence roll dr4-2(air)=2 = intercept....
193 5/2/2019 5:03:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Japanese intelligence roll....-2
192 5/2/2019 4:52:00 PM May-Aug 1942 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:
Activate HQ: CenPac (3+oc1=4)
========================
Activate Units: All @ Espiritu Santo
USS CV Wasp 12-12-2
USS BB N.Carolina 16-16
USS BB Miss 15-12
US 1st Mar XX 12-12 (ASP 2 of 3)
========================
Unit movement:
All to San Cristobal where CV Wasp go on support station
Rest of units to Guadalcanal
========================
Battle Hex: Guadalcanal
US A/N 43
US Mar 12-12/2 currently -2 DRM for mixed
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Initial Intel Cond is surprise
oc:2
191 5/2/2019 4:39:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Does this action mean Rear Admiral Ugaki is not longer interested in seizing the Hawaiian Islands?
190 5/2/2019 4:09:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Looks like the prep stage for a "BIG PUSH" in SE Asia!!
189 5/2/2019 3:06:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #9: 3 / Rear Admiral Matami Ugaki: Seizure of Hawaiian Islands
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 Conditions: Maximum 1 ground (any size) unit may be activated. Bonus: Naval units for both sides may move up to 21 hexes.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
Activate South HQ +3(OC)=4 activations...
16th, 17th, & 38th armies + 22nd Air Flotilla in the DEI area...
16th, 17th & 38th armies all strategic transfer to Hanoi...
22nd Air Flotilla moves to Medan...
188 4/24/2019 9:09:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message there must have been craters in every square mile of Guadalcanal........
187 4/24/2019 8:54:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Allied PBM: All US Naval units retire to Espiritu Santo.
186 4/24/2019 8:38:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message US dr0+3 surprise attack = '3'=.5/52 factors = 26 factors reducing the South Seas detachment....
185 4/24/2019 8:36:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
52 factors air/naval attack on Guadalcanal....
184 4/24/2019 8:34:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message 5-2=3 = surprise attack!........
183 4/24/2019 8:34:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Reaction roll -2 air reconnaissance OC2...
182 4/24/2019 8:19:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #19: 2 / Anakim Operation: Burma Offensive
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 3 Conditions: Only ground and air units may be activated.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
Activate HQ: CenPac (3+oc2)
=========================
Activate Units:
US CA Northampton 9-8 @ Funafuti
US BB N.Carolina 16-16 @ Espiritu Santo
US BB Miss 15-12 @ Espiritu Santo
US CV Wasp 12-12-2 @ Espiritu Santo
==========================
US CA Northampton to Guadalcanal
US BB N.Carolina to Guadalcanal
US BB Miss to Guadalcanal
US CV Wasp to San Cristobal
===========================
Battle Hex: Guadalcanal 52 Air/Naval bombarding ground unit
===========================
Initial Intel: Surprise
Operation is oc2
181 4/24/2019 8:06:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message no problem Commander!.........
180 4/24/2019 8:00:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Return Strategy card to hand #19: 2 / Anakim Operation: Burma Offensive

Message from Allies:
Return to hand
179 4/24/2019 8:00:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message We're having a "Bad Day at Black Rock" happening here!

Let me take back the oc2 card and start afresh! SORRY ADMIRAL!!!
178 4/24/2019 7:17:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message on an 'OC' card only 1 attack can be made....
177 4/24/2019 3:35:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #19: 2 / Anakim Operation: Burma Offensive
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 3 Conditions: Only ground and air units may be activated.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
Same move but with the proper card and oc2 being played.
176 4/24/2019 3:34:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Return Strategy card to hand #25: 1 / Operation Lilliput: Buna, New Guinea Offensive

Message from Allies:
returning to hand
175 4/24/2019 1:33:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message from #129 apparently I had 19th army at Samar/Leyte so I guess I had already captured it......
174 4/24/2019 1:28:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message I think the ships can only go 5 movement points can't they with a '1' OC??
173 4/24/2019 1:31:00 AM May-Aug 1942 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:
Activate HQ: CenPac (3+1=4)
=========================
Activate Units:
US BB N.Carolina 16-16 @ Espiritu Santo
US BB Miss 15-12 @ Espiritu Santo
US CA Northampton 9-8 @ Funafuti
US 10 AF LRB 4-10-6 @ Funafuti
=========================
Unit Movements:
US BB N.Carolina to Kwajalein Bombard Imperial Air/Naval - Battle Hex A
US BB Miss to Buin Bombard Imperial Air - Battle Hex B
US CA Northampton to Guadalcanal Bombard IJN Ground - Battle Hex C
US 10 AF LRB to Nauru, Bombards Eniwetok Air - Battle Hex D
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Initial Condition Surprise with oc:2
172 4/24/2019 12:19:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message With Manilla falling the Japanese now how 13 resource centers under their control.
171 4/24/2019 12:16:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message on checking my map Samar/Leyte was already Japanese controlled. Just Jolo that remains of Philippines.
170 4/24/2019 12:06:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Manilla is captured but Jolo and Samar/Leyte will wait till the political phase before changing sides.
169 4/24/2019 12:06:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Change US Political Will From 5 to 6
168 4/24/2019 12:05:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message You were correct about the philippines waiting till the Political Phase to surrender.
167 4/23/2019 11:46:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Wait... The Emperor promised to recall all over seas forces back to the home islands this turn. :)))
166 4/23/2019 11:45:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message PBM no changes........
165 4/23/2019 11:37:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message I don't think the Philippines actually fall until the political phase do they??
164 4/23/2019 10:36:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Philippines falls....

Jolo and Samar/Leyte now controlled by Japanese
163 4/23/2019 10:35:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Change US Political Will From 6 to 5
162 4/23/2019 10:35:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Manilla captured
161 4/23/2019 10:31:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Allies: Die roll request
Request: 10-sided die x 2

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Message from Allies:
Battle Hex Manila 18 ground 6 air/naval factors....

Ground Battle
IJA 18 +2 Air +2 Naval -2 Mixed
vs
Res Corps(-) 5

IJA roll is first....
==================
Philippine Reserve Corps is overwhelmed by second assault on Manilla!! The islands have fallen into Imperial hands.
160 4/23/2019 10:29:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
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Message from Allies:
Battle Hex Manila 18 ground 6 air/naval factors....

Ground Battle
IJA 18 +2 Air +2 Naval -2 Mixed
vs
Res Corps(-) 5

IJA roll is first....
159 4/23/2019 10:27:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message At least our boys can say they weren't surprised!! :))))
158 4/23/2019 10:25:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Allies:
Well lets see if we can change the intel condition oc5 no DRMs

roll is....


157 4/23/2019 9:41:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Battle Hex Manila 18 ground 6 air/naval factors....
156 4/23/2019 9:40:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #28: 3 / Big Tokyo Express Operation: Battle of Cape Esperance
Acitvation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: Only one ground unit (of any size) may be activated. Bonus: Place the Tokyo Express marker in any Japanese controlled hex. See Emergency Supply Routes for the use of this marker.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
Activate Combined Fleet HQ(3)+3(OC)=6 activations...
3rd SNLF at Guam to Ominato...
CVL Ryujo at Davao to Manila...
14th Army at 2912 assaults Manila again...
25th Air Flotilla at Kure to Eniwetok...
27th Army at Ominato to Saipan/Tinian...
21st Air Flotilla at Miri to Sarong Island...
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155 4/8/2019 6:11:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Admiral King was concerned about Admiral Nimitz sending N.Carolina to do the surprise raid. Something to the effect that we already have a bunch of BBs out of action at Oahu!! Especially with no supporting air cover!!
154 4/7/2019 7:04:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies Message Well the N.Carolina battle group is living right for the moment!!
153 4/7/2019 2:00:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
per card #27..........
152 4/7/2019 1:59:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Message Miss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
151 4/7/2019 1:59:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
I-19 attack...

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