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244 8/5/2020 9:33:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #46: 2 / Operation Brewer: Admiralty Is. Invasion
Activate: SW PAC HQ only. Logistic Value: 1 Intelligence: Surprise Attack. Bonus: MacArthur's Navy - applies only if US Inter-Service Rivalry is in effect. The allies may activate US Navy units OR US Army units and a maximum of one non-carrier US naval unit

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
* 3720 (Wewak) : SW Pac HQ (Rivalry) Activates.

Activations:
* 4222 (Buin) : BB Washington Activates.
* 4222 (Buin) : SF Brigade Activates.
* 4321 : CV Wasp Activates.

Movement:
* 4828 (Noumea): BB Washington moves to 4222 (Buin)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): CV Wasp moves to 4321
* 4024 (Gili Gili): SF Brigade moves to 4222 (Buin)
* Allied ASP Marker uses 2/2 ASP

Battles:
* Francisco (Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 4222 (Buin)
* 4321: CV Wasp joins Battle A
* 4222 (Buin): BB Washington joins Battle A
* 4222 (Buin): SF Brigade joins Battle A

Trying to catch Japan by surprise while they focus on the CBI.
243 8/3/2020 12:18:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #25: 3 / Operation KA: Battle for the Eastern Solomons
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Allied Tactical Confusion: US aircraft carrier naval units have their attack strength reduced by 2 for the duration of this Offensive.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
South HQ for 5 as follows:

[33 Army] + 1ASP from Samar/Leyte to Iwo Jima
28 Army from 2209 to 2208
25 Army from Hanoi to 2208
Kor Army from Saigon to Kwai Bridge
Kongo from Singapore to Miri

No battle hexes so back to you. File sent.
242 8/3/2020 11:23:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message * : 6 AD is eliminated

Allied PBM:

* 4424 (Rennell): [CV Enterprise] moves to 4828 (Noumea)
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): BB Washington moves to 4828 (Noumea)
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): BB North Carolina moves to 4825 (Espiritu Santo)
* 4624: CV Lexington moves to 4825 (Espiritu Santo)
* 4623: CV Wasp moves to 4825 (Espiritu Santo)
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): BB Mississippi moves to 4825 (Espiritu Santo)

Over to Japan for next play.
241 8/2/2020 11:37:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Well it's a replaceable unit. Darn it, I should have raided Rabaul. Third time's the charm and all that. I'll get my PBM in shortly.
240 8/1/2020 10:17:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message That was bound to happen eventually. So there is nothing for me to do. The 6AD won't even get a shot so you can go directly to your PBM. No file for this unfortunate encounter.
239 8/1/2020 10:14:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Japanese:
OK having done that we need to see if we know about this attack at all. Again 7 or less.
238 8/1/2020 10:14:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

3


Message from Japanese:
The first thing to see is if I can make a special reaction roll for Green. Need 7 or less
237 8/1/2020 3:47:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #45: 3 / Operation Flintlock: Marshall Is. Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 8 if US Central Pac HQ, for all others: 4

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
* 5808 (Oahu) : Cen Pac HQ (Rivalry) Activates.

Activations:
* 4826 (Efate) : [M Brigade] Activates.
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : BB Mississippi Activates.
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : BB North Carolina Activates.
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : CV Wasp Activates.
* 4828 (Noumea) : [CV Enterprise] Activates.
* 4828 (Noumea) : BB Washington Activates.
* 4828 (Noumea) : CV Lexington Activates.

Movement:
* 4826 (Efate): [M Brigade] moves to 4121 (Green) (1/2 ASP)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): BB Mississippi moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): BB North Carolina moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4828 (Noumea): BB Washington moves to 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): CV Wasp moves to 4623
* 4828 (Noumea): [CV Enterprise] moves to 4424 (Rennell)
* 4828 (Noumea): CV Lexington moves to 4624

Battles:
* Francisco (Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 4423 (Guadalcanal)
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): BB Mississippi joins Battle A
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): BB North Carolina joins Battle A
* 4423 (Guadalcanal): BB Washington joins Battle A
* 4623: CV Wasp joins Battle A
* 4624: CV Lexington joins Battle A
* 4424 (Rennell): [CV Enterprise] joins Battle A

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained.
236 7/28/2020 10:46:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #71: 3 / High Altitude Interceptors
2 Air Replacements: The Japanese receive 2 air replacement steps. These steps may be used immediately or recorded as replacement steps for future use. Bonus: Add +1 to Strategic bombing die rolls until the Allies control a supply eligible airbase within 5 hexes of Tokyo. Place the High Altitude Interceptors marker on the game turn track as a reminder. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Place 2 air replacements on record track and add High Alt Interceptors marker to turn track. Log file with all of these markers added on the way. If you prefer showing the markers in some other fashion feel free to change them.
235 7/28/2020 6:29:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message No log from me either.
234 7/28/2020 6:29:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Allies:
Real life keeps interfering, I meant to do this as soon as you played. Then I forgot!

233 7/24/2020 10:16:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Japanese:
I will play into the Future Offensive box. No file for this so back to you for next card play.
232 7/24/2020 5:39:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #15: 2 / Heroic Repair: Emergency Battle Repairs
2 Naval Replacements: The Allies gain two US naval replacements that must be used immediately. Unused replacements are lost. If the Allied Player brings a naval unit from the eliminated pile back into the game it is placed within range of a US or Joint HQ, in any friendly, in supply port.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Well this turn has been disastrous on all fronts. I made a major mistake here, time to lick our wounds and fall back

* 1805 (Calcutta) : SEAC HQ (Rivalry) Activates.

* 2108 (Kwai Bridge North) : 66 Army Activates.
* 2108 (Kwai Bridge North) : 33 British Corps Activates.
* 2208 : [1 Ind Corps] Activates.

* 2108 (Kwai Bridge North): 66 Army moves to 2107
* 2108 (Kwai Bridge North): 33 British Corps moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 2208: [1 Ind Corps] moves to 2108 (Kwai Bridge North)

No Battles.
231 7/22/2020 8:56:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message No problem. I hope things calm down for you in the near future.
PBM as follows:
23AF to Sarong
22AF to Saigon
4AD to Soerabaja
3AD to Medan
5AD remains at Bangkok
File on the way.
230 7/22/2020 5:56:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message I'm just going to send poor CA London to die. 96 is way too thick for my blood. I won't bother sending a file. I've been quite busy, sorry.


229 7/22/2020 5:55:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Allies:
Draw for Coast Watchers
228 7/22/2020 5:54:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #8: 1 / Australian Coast Watchers
Intelligence: Intercept. Conditions: Can only be played if Japanese air or naval units are activated for the current Offensive. Draw one Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
227 7/21/2020 3:00:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #32: 3 / Operation I-Go: Air Offensive
Acitvation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: Only air units may be activated. Air Shuttle: The Japanese gain a +1 die roll modification during air-naval combat if the battle is within 6 hexes of an inactive Japanese CV or CVL naval unit.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
I will go for a massive overkill air raid so that even if I get the zero roll it will be effective.
South HQ for 5 units as follows:

All are attacking hex 2108.
1) 5AD from Bangkok
2) 3AD from Saigon to Bangkok
3) 4AD from Medan to Bangkok
4) 22AF from Soerabaja to Phnom Penh
5) 23AF from Sarong to Phnom Penh
That should be 96 factors. I will also get a +1DRM due to the inactive Junyo at Saigon. And again no ZOI entered.
File on the way.
226 7/21/2020 12:01:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Haha! Lunch. Famous last words...

PBM
* 3922 (Buna): [7AF Air] moves to 4024 (Gili Gili)

Over to Japan.
225 7/20/2020 9:45:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message I've got work today but I will finish Battle and PBM at lunch time.
224 7/19/2020 5:57:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message I'm now morbidly curious. I can't remember the last time I rolled a 1x in this game. Maybe I should stop rolling until 1944, at least then if I roll 0 it will be 50%
223 7/19/2020 3:39:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Change Japanese Divisions Available in China From 7 to 5
222 7/19/2020 3:37:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message You are right about one thing. If the die doesn't turn around for you there won't be much hope. However, it is way too early for me to get excited about a string of good luck.

You are stuck with 25% effective so you may flip one of the two air units.
I do 100% but I only have 5 participating air units so I can only use 50 of the hits. I will flip everyone except 5AF LRB.
To simplify things I intend to move whoever doesn't take a hit back to Truk so I will put the hit on 25AF and leave him at Admiralty.
SO PBM is
27AF and [Akagi] back to Truk
[25AF] stays at Admiralty
[26AF] stays at Buin
File on the way.
221 7/19/2020 3:29:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
8


Message from Japanese:
By the way, you are correct it is 28AF at Davao (old eyes have a hard time telling sixes from eights).

South Seas HQ will send 4 as follows:
25AF from Admiralty Islands supports
[26 AF] from Buin supports
27AF from Truk to Kavieng supports
[Akagi] from Truk to 4019 supports
That totals 68 attack factors for me vs 42 for you.

1st die is Allied attack, 42 factors and +1DRM
2nd die is JP defense, 68 factors and no DRM
220 7/19/2020 3:02:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Japanese:
Unfortunately for me, this is eventually going to work. Just hope it isn't right now. Intel roll needing 6 or less.
219 7/19/2020 12:35:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #57: 2 / Axiom: British Amphibious Rangoon-Singapore Operation.
Activate: Any Commonwealth or Joint HQ. Logistic Value: 5 Conditions: Only Commonwealth and Chinese units plus US air units may be activated.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : ANZAC HQ (Rivalry) Activates for 6

Activations:
* 3922 (Buna) : Aus Air Activates.
* 4024 (Gili Gili) : 7AF Air Activates.
* 3922 (Buna) : 10AF LRB Activates.
* 3822 (Lae) : 5AF LRB Activates.
* 3822 (Lae) : 5AF Air Activates.
* 3720 (Wewak) : 11AF LRB Activates.

Movement:
* 4024 (Gili Gili): 7AF Air moves to 3922 (Buna)

Battles:
* Francisco (Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 4021 (Rabaul)
* 3720 (Wewak): 11AF LRB joins Battle A
* 3822 (Lae): 5AF Air joins Battle A
* 3822 (Lae): 5AF LRB joins Battle A
* 3922 (Buna): Aus Air joins Battle A
* 3922 (Buna): 10AF LRB joins Battle A
* 3922 (Buna): 7AF Air joins Battle A

If at first you don't succeed...
218 7/19/2020 12:32:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Slight correction: It's 28AF that was in Biak I believe?
217 7/18/2020 8:14:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #42: 3 / Ichi-Go: China Offensive
Move the China marker one box to the left toward Government Collaped box. If moved into the Government Collapsed box China surrenders immediately. Remove from play if use as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Will move the deck chairs around.

Comb Flt for 6:
1) [19Army] + 1ASP, Hakodate to Attu/Kiska (probably way to late but I need to at least try).
2) 26AF from Biak to Davao.
3) Junyo from Davao to Saigon.
4) Nagato from Palau to Jolo (2715).
5) 2AD from Marcus to Guam.
6) 21AF from Guam to Marcus.

No battles. File on the way soon.
216 7/18/2020 4:39:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message No Problem, but all I know is, even with the +1 I can't keep rolling 2's forever if I want to win.

* 4222 (Buin) : [26 AF] suffers a step loss.

PBM:
* 3822 (Lae): [13AF Air] moves to 3624 (Cape York)
* 4024 (Gili Gili): 5AF Air moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 3721 (Madang): 5AF LRB moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 3922 (Buna): 7AF Air moves to 4024 (Gili Gili)

10AF LRB stays put.
215 7/18/2020 3:40:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Sorry, forgot about the new year. Please include the flipping of one air unit in your PBM file.
214 7/18/2020 3:34:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message It's 1943, I get a +1 for US Air so I get 17 hits. I'll check your log to see which one I flip.
213 7/18/2020 3:00:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Well, that was pitiful. We both blow it and only score 25%. That takes 33 down to 9 so no damage to the JP. My 65 goes down to 17 so I can flip one unit. I will chose to flip 13AF at Lae.

My PBM sends 27AF back to Truk. Everyone else remains where they are. Your PBM next. File on the way in a few minutes.
212 7/18/2020 2:55:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

2
0


Message from Japanese:
OK, South Sea HQ can send 3 helpers. The attrition begins.

Activate 25AF, 27AF and 26AF. 27AF needs to fly from Truk to Kavieng, everyone else can reach without moving. That gives me 65 factors but I can only hit 4 attackers so even if I score 100% I can't distribute more than 40 hits.

First die is Allied attack with 33 factors and no DRM
Second die is JP defense with 65 factors and no DRM
211 7/18/2020 2:46:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Japanese:
Need 6 or less to avoid a total black eye.
210 7/18/2020 11:54:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #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:
* 3720 (Wewak) : SW Pac HQ (Rivalry) Activates for 5

Activations:
* 3624 (Cape York) : 13AF Air Activates.
* 3626 (Cairns) : 5AF Air Activates.
* 4024 (Gili Gili) : 7AF Air Activates.
* 3721 (Madang) : 5AF LRB Activates.
* 3922 (Buna) : 10AF LRB Activates.

Movement:
* 4024 (Gili Gili): 7AF Air moves to 3922 (Buna)
* 3626 (Cairns): 5AF Air moves to 4024 (Gili Gili)
* 3624 (Cape York): 13AF Air moves to 3822 (Lae)

Battle:
* Francisco (Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 4021 (Rabaul)
* 3822 (Lae): 13AF Air joins Battle A
* 3721 (Madang): 5AF LRB joins Battle A
* 3922 (Buna): 10AF LRB joins Battle A
* 3922 (Buna): 7AF Air joins Battle A
* 4024 (Gili Gili): 5AF Air joins Battle A (extended range)

That's 5 air units and 33 strength I believe.
209 7/18/2020 9:47:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message No problem, life continues to happen and we must adjust as necessary.
208 7/18/2020 7:49:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Apologies for the Delay. Work and Home have been crazy busy for me. I'll put in my move today.
207 7/15/2020 9:54:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Post Battle Moves

22AF back to Soerabaja
3AD to Saigon
4AD to Medan
5AD to Bangkok

File on the way.
206 7/15/2020 9:14:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Hmmm.... 2208 is inland... You know what, I think it's not worth it. Do your worst which will be at least 20 points, more than enough to eliminate 1B and reduce poor 1 Ind XXX.

I won't generate a log file for this one...


205 7/15/2020 8:44:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allies:
Rolling for Intel!(0-7)
204 7/14/2020 2:15:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Future Offensive card as Event #16: 3 / Operation RI: New Guinea Offensive
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: Only air and ground units may be activated.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
Will open with the FO card. South HQ for 5 units.

1) 25 Army transport Kuantan to Hanoi.
2) 5AD Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi.
3) 4AD Bangkok to Hanoi.
4) 3AD Saigon to Hanoi.
5) 22AF Soerabaja to Hanoi.

That is a total of 82 AF all hitting hex 2208 and not that it will matter much but I didn't enter any enemy air ZOIs. Over to you for battle, file on the way.
203 7/13/2020 10:22:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #58: 2 / Operation Romulus: British Arakan Offensive
Activate: SEAC HQ only. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: Only Commonwealth and Chinese units plus US air units may be activated.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
* 1805 (Calcutta) : SEAC HQ (Rivalry) Activates for 5

Activations:
* 1805 (Calcutta) : 15 British Corps Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon) : 33 British Corps Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon) : 66 Army Activates.
* 2108 (Kwai Bridge North) : 1B Division Activates.
* 2108 (Kwai Bridge North) : 1 Ind Corps Activates.

Movement:
* 2108 (Kwai Bridge North): 1 Ind Corps moves to 2208
* 2108 (Kwai Bridge North): 1B Division moves to 2208
* 2008 (Rangoon): 33 British Corps moves to 2108 (Kwai Bridge North)
* 2008 (Rangoon): 66 Army moves to 2108 (Kwai Bridge North)
* 1805 (Calcutta): 15 British Corps moves to 2008 (Rangoon)

No Battles, No PBM, Japan is up next.
202 7/13/2020 10:17:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

201 7/13/2020 10:02:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

200 7/13/2020 10:02:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Subs Miss! Japan gets a full 7 card hand, so do the Allies.
199 7/13/2020 10:01:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Allies:
Sub Roll (Turn 5, 0-5)
198 7/13/2020 9:55:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Will use the Naval Repl to heal the Yamato
Bring [35 Army] back at Ulithi
Bring [19 Army] back at Hakodate

Back to you for the sub roll. Even if the subs hit I am not going to want to go first so it should be your play first.
197 7/13/2020 8:15:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Replacements:

Air
* Eliminated AL Air Units : 10AF LRB restored to full strength.
* Eliminated AL Air Units: 10AF LRB moves to 3922 (Buna)
* Eliminated AL Air Units : 11AF LRB restored to full strength.
* Eliminated AL Air Units: 11AF LRB moves to 3720 (Wewak)

Ground
* Eliminated AL Ground Units: [M Brigade] moves to 4826 (Efate)
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : XIV Corps restored to full strength.

Naval
* Eliminated AL Naval Units: [CV Enterprise] moves to 4828 (Noumea)

China
* 2106 (Mandalay) : 5 Army restored to full strength.
196 7/13/2020 10:43:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message My reinforcements as follows:
28AF to Biak
8AD to Sasebo
[33 Army] to Samar/Leyte

File on the way.
195 7/13/2020 9:30:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Diverted! Oh Well. Over to Japan For Reinforcements.
194 7/13/2020 9:29:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Allies:
Allied R&R:

Reinforcements
* Off Board: SW Pac HQ (Rivalry) moves to 3720 (Wewak)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: 2 MAW moves to 5018 (Tarawa)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: BB Washington moves to 4828 (Noumea)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: 2M Division moves to 4828 (Noumea)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: CA London moves to 1307 (Columbo)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: 4 Ind Corps moves to 1905 (Dacca)
* Allied Reinforcement Chart: BB Massachusetts moves to Delayed Reinforcements Box
* Allied Reinforcement Chart: CVL San Jacinto moves to Delayed Reinforcements Box
* Allied Reinforcement Chart: XXIV Corps moves to Delayed Reinforcements Box
* Allied Reinforcement Chart: SEAC LRB moves to Delayed Reinforcements Box

Roll for XXIV Corps (0-5 -1 DRM ISR)
193 7/13/2020 9:23:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies End Turn
192 7/11/2020 2:29:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Change US Political Will From 7 to 5
191 7/11/2020 2:28:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message For National Status Segment Malaya and Philippines surrender. SL Corp and P Bde are removed.

Political Will goes down 2 to +5.

There will be no attrition. So back to you for Reinforcements. This time I suspect you will need to do your Replacements after my Reinforcements but maybe not.
190 7/11/2020 2:24:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #3: 2 / Col. Tsuji, Unit 82: Jungle Warfare
Activate: Any HQ Logistic Value: 3 Intelligence: Surprise Attack Conditions: Only Japanese ground units may be activated. Bonus: In any ground combat that occurs in a Malaya, Jungle or Mixed terrain hex for the duration of this operation, the final die roll modifier for the Japanese in any ground battles is +4.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
The game is basically over so we will just experiment for a few turn before surrendering.

Tsuji as event on South HQ for 4 units as follows:
1) 25 Army from Singapore to Kuantan. This is the only battle.
2) 38 Army port to port Singapore to Palau Isl.
3) [16 Army] port to port Tjilatjap to Koepang.
4) [17 Army] and 1 ASP Kendari to Vogelkop.

The battle is automatic so 3 Ind Corp is eliminated and 25 Army can't be damaged. That is probably the last resource space I will be taking. Thus ends the Offensives Phase.
189 7/11/2020 9:16:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Battle Results:
* 4021 (Rabaul) : [BB Yamato] suffers a step loss.
* 4021 (Rabaul) : [CA Aoba] suffers a step loss.


* 4121 (Green): CV Wasp moves to 4825 (Espiritu Santo)
* 3822 (Lae): 1 MAW moves to 3720 (Wewak)
* 4021 (Rabaul): BB North Carolina moves to 4825 (Espiritu Santo)
* 4021 (Rabaul): BB Mississippi moves to 4825 (Espiritu Santo)
* Aus Air stays put.

The card may have been great but it amounts to only an effective loss of a single step, for me the results were disappointing for such a card. I was really hoping to cause more attrition.
188 7/9/2020 2:00:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message But if I can't roll higher than 2 also maybe things won't go so well after all. That yields 7 useless hits for no net damage to the Allied attackers.

There is no PBM for me so back to you. I won't make a log file for this so include the flipping of my ships in your PBM file.
187 7/9/2020 1:56:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Japanese:
The miracle comes through for the JP. If your die rolls won't come in higher than 2 I still have a chance. You have 30 hits and it takes 28 to flip Yamato and Aoba so I can return fire with 26. Here is my shot on 26 factors with no DRM.
186 7/9/2020 1:52:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Japanese:
You can't play the game based on a single card that your opponent might have but this is now the second time that you have had what is probably the worst possible card for the situation.
Here is the attack roll on 59 factors with +3DRM
185 7/8/2020 11:26:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #13: 3 / Operation Watchtower: Guadalcanal Invasion
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 5 Intelligence: Surprise Attack Conditions: A maximum of one ground unit may be activated for this Offensive.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
No Pain, No Gain:

* 3823 (Port Moresby) : ANZAC HQ (Rivalry) Activates for 6

Activations:
* 3720 (Wewak) : 1 MAW Activates.
* 3922 (Buna) : Aus Air Activates.
* 3822 (Lae) : [3 Aus Corps] Activates.
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : CV Wasp Activates.
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo) : BB North Carolina Activates.
* 4828 (Noumea) : BB Mississippi Activates.

Movement:
* 3720 (Wewak): 1 MAW moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): CV Wasp moves to 4121 (Green)
* 3822 (Lae): [3 Aus Corps] moves to 4517 (Kusaie) (AZOI neutralized and opens route to Kusaie)
* 4828 (Noumea): BB Mississippi moves to 4021 (Rabaul)
* 4825 (Espiritu Santo): BB North Carolina moves to 4021 (Rabaul)

Battles:
* Francisco (Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 4021 (Rabaul)
* 4021 (Rabaul): BB Mississippi joins Battle A
* 4021 (Rabaul): BB North Carolina joins Battle A
* 4121 (Green): CV Wasp joins Battle A
* 3922 (Buna): Aus Air joins Battle A
* 3822 (Lae): 1 MAW joins Battle A

This is quite Risky, but at some point I have to incur risk. Faint Heart never won Fair Lady.
184 7/7/2020 4:52:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Japanese:
Well, that is unfortunate. I will play into my Future Offensive box. So no file for me either. Back to you for a last shot at making POW or filling your FO box.
183 7/7/2020 12:56:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Change War in Europe value From -7 to -6
182 7/7/2020 12:56:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #42: 2 / WAR IN EUROPE: Minor 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: 1 1944: 2 1945: 3 Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
The Allies finally accomplish something In Europe.

(I'm currently having lunch, I won't submit a log file for this one)
181 7/7/2020 12:28:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #15: 3 / Mahatma Gandhi: Independence Campaign
Move the India marker one box toward India Revolts, if already in India Revolts box no additional effect. to the unrest box. Bonus: The Allies lose 1 ground replacement step next game turn and any other ground replacement steps available during the next game turn can only be used for non-Commonwealth ground units. Remove from played if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Didn't have good timing on when these Gandhi cards came out. Use for Ops on Combined Fleet HQ for 6

1) 25AF from Eniwetok to Admiralty Islands
2) [1SN] port to port Manila to Kavieng
3) 26AF strat redeploy Osaka to Bougainville
4) Soryu Miri to Palau
5) Mogami Cam Ranh to Singapore
6) Kongo Cam Ranh to Singapore

No battles, log file on the way.
180 7/7/2020 12:02:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
Taking my 3rd and last card draw for the turn.
179 7/7/2020 12:02:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #64: 2 / Weather: Halsey's Typhoon
Allied Offensive is canceled. All units are placed back at their starting locations. The Japanese player may reduce one full strength Allied CA or DD naval unit (Japanese player choice) that was activated for the canceled Offensive. This can only reduce, not eliminate, the naval unit. If none of the specified naval units are available, there is no additional effect. Draw one Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
I was hoping you would wait one more play before forcing me to play this. Probably won't matter in the end but I can't hold it forever.
178 7/7/2020 9:25:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Future Offensive card as Operations #22: 2 / Orde Wingate: Chindits
Cancel the activation of one Japanese ground unit that activated in Burma or Northern India (Allied player's choice). Place the deactivated unit back in its starting hex. 77 SF Bde: The Allies gain the 77 Special Forces Brigade as a reinforcement during the next game turn (it cannot be delayed). Place the unit on the game turn track as a reminder. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : ANZAC HQ (Rivalry) Activates for 3

Activations:
* 3624 (Cape York) : 13AF Air Activates.
* 3626 (Cairns) : 5AF Air Activates.
* 3822 (Lae) : [3 Aus Corps] Activates.

Movement:
* 3822 (Lae): [3 Aus Corps] moves to 3820 (Admiralty Islands)
* Allied ASP Marker uses 1/2 ASP

No Battles, we are attempting to be sneaky
177 7/5/2020 3:29:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message That move is not sufficiently threatening. I will take my Pass. Back to you, I'll send a file.
176 7/5/2020 8:51:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #83: 2 / China Offensive: Battle for Central Honan
Move the China marker one box to the right toward the Stable Front box, unless this would put the China marker in the Stable Front box, in which case no effect.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Some Defensive posturing.

* 1805 (Calcutta) : SEAC HQ (Rivalry) Activates.

Activations:
* 2106 (Mandalay) : B Ind Division Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon) : 1 Ind Corps Activates.
* 1905 (Dacca) : 33 British Corps Activates.

Movement:
* 2008 (Rangoon): 1 Ind Corps moves to 2108 (Kwai Bridge North)
* 1905 (Dacca): 33 British Corps moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 2106 (Mandalay): B Ind Division moves to 2206 (Lashio)

No Battles.
175 7/3/2020 2:00:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message PBM as follows
Nagato back to Palau
Hiei to Ulithi

I have seen odd strings of die rolls before but not many like this. Of course your bad luck is showing up in battles that were almost automatic so we shall see what happens when the important things start happening.
174 7/2/2020 11:33:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message I only seem able to roll 0s and 9s and in the wrong order!

M Brigade eliminated. Japan takes back Saipan with no loss
173 7/2/2020 11:32:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Allies:
Ground Battle at Saipan. The A/N is Automatic max Bombardment effort

* 3813 (Saipan/Tinian) : [M Brigade] suffers a step loss.
* 3813 (Saipan/Tinian) : W Brigade is eliminated

Japan gets +2 Air, +2 Naval, -2 Terrain Mix.

J: 18 (autowin since you will inflict at least 9 hits)
A: 4 (+3)
172 7/2/2020 11:28:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

9


Message from Allies:
Intel Roll... though I think it's pointless...
171 7/2/2020 8:02:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #22: 2 / Weather: Monsoon Rains Cancel Offensive
Allied Offensive is canceled. All units are placed back at their starting locations. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
I will not pass and will let you teach me why that isn't a good idea.
Comb Flt for 5 activations.

1) 14Army + 2ASP from Manila to Saipan
2) Nagato from Palau to Saipan
3) Hiei from Ulithi to Saipan
4) 21AF from Guam supports Saipan battle
5) 3AD from 2812 to Saigon
File on the way
170 7/2/2020 5:14:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Is it time for a pass? I think it's time for a pass. We'll pass, no log file submitted.
169 7/2/2020 12:22:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message PBM as follows:
Nagato to Palau
Hiei to Ulithi
26AF to OSaka
25AF to Eniwetok
2AD to Marcus

Later in the game when I am averaging one intel miss per turn I'll look back on this and smile.
168 7/2/2020 9:36:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Darn it, I could have used that for a critical hit... bad timing on the 9... oh well.

That means the bombers are flattened in Saipan. So no roll there.

For Manila... I believe this a Japanese Autowin since the minimum is 11 hits (0.5x). Due to the AA the R Corps will score at least 5 hits and WILL reduce the 1 SN. However even at 2x it can't cause further losses. So I won't roll for these either:

* : [11AF LRB] is eliminated
* : [R Corps] is eliminated
* 2813 (Manila/Corregidor) : [1 SN Bde] suffers a step loss.

* Japanese Resources are now at 12
* 2813 (Manila/Corregidor) is now Japanese controlled.

SW Pacific goes to the Turn Track.
Marked Japanese use of ASP.
167 7/2/2020 9:30:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

9


Message from Allies:
Intel Die Roll...
166 7/2/2020 9:16:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message Lol! No problem, I too cursed inept Allied Generalship in New Guinea. Thanks for the good wishes. I will roll for this shortly...
165 7/1/2020 2:00:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Happy Canada day!

By the way, the "inept leadership" comment was with regard to the die roll of zero which speaks poorly for the officers at the front, not the inspired leadership provided by the Allied supreme commander.
164 6/30/2020 2:44:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #10: 3 / 2nd Operational Phase: Solomon Island Expansion
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 Conditions: May only be played as an event if the Japanese Inter-Service Rivalry marker is on its Strategic Agreement side.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
Comb Flt for 9

1) 14 Army from 2812 to Manila (battle A).
2) 1SN + 1 ASP 2911 to Manila (battle A).
3) Nagato Palau to Saipan (battle B).
4) Hiei Palau to Saipan (battle B).
5) 21AF Guam supports Battle B.
6) 26AF Palau to Guam supports Battle B.
7) 25AF Kure to Guam supports Battle B.
8) 2AD Peiping to Osaka
9} 28 Army from Bangkok to 2209.

That should be 73 factors vs. 2 in Battle B. Battle A is all ground with JP at 22 and US at 5. File on the way.
163 6/30/2020 2:10:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Even with inept leadership the Allies prevail, Lae falls, PoW to 1, 19 Army eliminated, Takao emergency move to Eniwetok. Missed flipping 2 Aus Corp by one.

In PBM all my units return to their starting locations. You have no PBM so I'll go right into my next play and send a file with this resolution and my move.
162 6/30/2020 1:58:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

0
6


Message from Japanese:
The Kent does not score and is eliminated.

Ground battle next.
1st die Allies with 34 factors and a -2DRM
2nd die JP with 9
161 6/30/2020 1:55:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Japanese:
SS HQ will send 5 units to make sure Kent does not return.
Yamato from Rabaul
Nagato and Hiei from Palau
Tenryu from Kwajalein (just in case you roll that 9)
[Akagi] from Truk
That should add up to 79 (including Takao) which guarantees at least 20 hits so the only roll needed is to see if Kent can score. This roll is for Kent.
160 6/30/2020 1:45:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

2


Message from Japanese:
The first question is, do we even see this coming? Intel roll needing 5 or less.
159 6/29/2020 10:26:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #31: 3 / Black Day: US New Guinea Air Offensive
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 Conditions: Only air units may be activated.

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
Sure why not? Lae Part 2:

* 3823 (Port Moresby) : ANZAC HQ (Agreement) Activates for 4:

Activations.
* 4024 (Gili Gili) : CA Kent Activates.
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : [3 Aus Corps] Activates.
* 3922 (Buna) : [XI Corps] Activates.
* 3922 (Buna) : 2 Aus Corps Activates.

Movement:
* 3823 (Port Moresby): [3 Aus Corps] moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 3922 (Buna): [XI Corps] moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 3922 (Buna): 2 Aus Corps moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 4024 (Gili Gili): CA Kent moves to 3822 (Lae)

Battles:
* Francisco (Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 3822 (Lae)
* 3822 (Lae): [3 Aus Corps] joins Battle A
* 3822 (Lae): [XI Corps] joins Battle A
* 3822 (Lae): 2 Aus Corps joins Battle A
* 3822 (Lae): CA Kent joins Battle A

158 6/27/2020 8:28:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
For the ISR card.
157 6/27/2020 8:28:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #34: 2 / US Army/Navy Dispute: Slows US Reinforcements
Flip the US Inter-Service Rivalry Marker from its Strategic Agreement to its Inter-Service Rivalry side. No additional impact if Inter-Service Rivalry is already in effect. Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Sorry for the delay. Had multiple webex meetings with my engineering organization.

I will put you back into ISR. Drawing my second card next. I won't make a log file for this so back to you for your next shot at Lae.
156 6/26/2020 5:15:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Message That looks correct to me. I have no PBM and your remaining unit is immaterial since they are all standard Japanese armies.
155 6/26/2020 4:02:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message Looks like the JP gamble has paid off.
Allies score 50% for 39 hits which will leave one reduced Army (I'll pick the 19th for no particular reason).
JP scores 100% for 36 hits which will flip all 3 of the 22 strength Corps.
With equal losses JP holds the port.

My PBM as follows:
Nagato and Hiei back to Palau
Yamato back to Rabual
23AF back to Sarong

You retreat back to your start spaces so you should be OK on stacking.

I'll hold here for your confirmation that I did that all correctly. Personally I think retreating back over the Owen Stanley mountains should cost you another step. I will have to bring that up with Mark H the next time I see him.


154 6/26/2020 3:50:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

2
4


Message from Japanese:
You do not roll a 9 so 10AF LRB is eliminated no damage to the Empire. So the Ground Battle will be

1st die Allied with 78 factors and -2 DRM
2nd die JP with 36 factors and no DRM

I initially short changed you, it is 78 factors.
153 6/26/2020 3:43:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Japanese:
Air/Naval first. Only need to roll to see if you can score the critical.
152 6/26/2020 3:42:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Message South Seas HQ responds with 5 units.

[19 Army] + 1ASP from Vogelkop to Lae
Yamato from Rabaul to Lae
Nagato from Palau to Lae
Hiei from Palu to Lae
23AF from Sarong to 3820 support Lae

Air/Naval will be 4 Allied factors vs 83 JP factors
Ground will be 72 Allied factors vs 36 JP factors
151 6/26/2020 3:31:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Japanese:
Intel roll
150 6/25/2020 11:51:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #53: 3 / Operation Forager II: Invasion of Saipan and Tinian
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 if US Central Pac HQ, for all others: 4

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : ANZAC HQ (Agreement) Activates for 5

Activations:
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : 3 Aus Corps Activates.
* 3922 (Buna) : 2 Aus Corps Activates.
* 3922 (Buna) : XI Corps Activates.
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : XIV Corps Activates.
* 3727 (Townsville) : 10AF LRB Activates.

Movement:
* 3823 (Port Moresby): 3 Aus Corps, XIV Corps moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 3922 (Buna): XI Corps, 2 Aus Corps moves to 3822 (Lae)
* 3727 (Townsville): 10AF LRB moves to 3721 (Madang)

Battles:
* Francisco (Allies) creates Battle Hex (A) in 3822 (Lae)
* 3822 (Lae): 3 Aus Corps joins Battle A
* 3822 (Lae): XIV Corps joins Battle A
* 3822 (Lae): XI Corps joins Battle A
* 3822 (Lae): 2 Aus Corps joins Battle A
* 3721 (Madang): 10AF LRB joins Battle A

One. Big. Battle. Over to Japan.
149 6/24/2020 11:41:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #3: 2 / Col. Tsuji, Unit 82: Jungle Warfare

Message from Japanese:
Reclaim this.
148 6/24/2020 11:41:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Discard Strategy card #82: 3 / Indian Worker's Strike
OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Discard
147 6/24/2020 11:40:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Play Future Offensive card as Event #33: 2 / Imperial Intervention
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:
Will end the conflict with my FO card. I'll be discarding and replacing.
146 6/23/2020 11:54:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #33: 2 / Quadrant Conference: Burma Offensive
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 3 Conditions: Only air and ground units may be activated. Bonus: 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. In addition, the Allies may immediately construct the Jarhat Trans Route for no cost. If Jarhat already constructed the either Ledo or Imphal can be constructed.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : ANZAC HQ (Rivalry) Activates for 4

* Francisco (Allies) toggles American ISR (Agreement)

Activations:
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : 2 Aus Corps Activates.
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : XI Corps Activates.
* 3727 (Townsville) : XIV Corps Activates.
* 3626 (Cairns) : 3 Aus Corps Activates.

Movement:
* 3823 (Port Moresby): XI Corps, 2 Aus Corps moves to 3922 (Buna)
* 3626 (Cairns): 3 Aus Corps moves to 3823 (Port Moresby)
* 3727 (Townsville): XIV Corps moves to 3823 (Port Moresby)

Bonus:
*Francisco (Allies) toggles Jarhat Route (Built0
145 6/22/2020 10:13:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
My first card of the turn.

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