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359 9/20/2021 1:15:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #18: 1 / Edwin Booz: Defense Consultant
Allied player immediately receives 1 permanent amphibious shipping point. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
I thought the 16-12 corps was British, not Indian. Sigh... :)

SEAC HQ with 2 units
358 9/19/2021 6:26:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message I reread the supply rules and I think I see it... so units that are within range of an HQ but otherwise OOS take a step loss, but aren't eliminated if already reduced. Got it. That probably means I should have used an activation somewhere along the way to bomb the lone PM Brigade, but never mind. Please replace it in the file if you don't mind.
357 9/19/2021 6:24:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Hi Didier,

First off, my apologies for failing to upload a file! I have just uploaded the one I had prepared, but apparently failed to upload. Or it may be Dropbox acting up, which also happens sometimes...

A few clarifications:

- I reduced the full-strength 4th Indian Corps, not the already-reduced 2nd Indian for the Gandhi card. This may have been confusing in my log transcript.

- I think I need a rules primer on the PM Brigade. I know ANZAC HQ is nearby, but it has been covered by my unnegated AZOI for a number of attrition phases now. Since that would prevent it from receiving the necessary supply by sea, doesn't that mean it would suffer a step loss?

Feel free to replace PM Brigade if I am missing something in the rules (which will mean that I have misunderstood how supply works pretty dramatically!). Aside from that I think my turn is as I intended in this latest file.

Thanks,
Kirill
356 9/19/2021 1:37:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Rereading the Gandhi card, it can only reduce a full strength Indian corps, so [2 Ind Corps] cannot be eliminated.
I don't know if this may impact your last moves, so I will let you upload the file.
355 9/19/2021 1:31:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message The PM brigade is within range of ANZAC hence not eliminated. They await patiently for some reinforcements to arrive!
You are indeed at 2 draws this turn (it is about drawing new cards, not those from the discard pile).

You continue to line up bad news for me: kamikaze, Gandhi. This is looking worse and worse :)

I don't see your file in Dropbox, so I will create one based on your log (keeping the PM brigade in play).
354 9/18/2021 6:34:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #35: 3 / Operation KE: Guadalcanal Evacuation
Choose a Japanese occupied coastal hex. Up to 3 Japanese ground units in the chose hex and all adjacent hexes (that do not have to be coastal hexes) may conduct strategic naval movement (with no amphibious shipping points required) from these hexes to any single friendly port hex. No battles may be initiated. The move is unaffected by Allied air ZOI, however all other conditions for a strategic naval move apply.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
OK, I'll try to settle things up retroactively and line up my ducks in the CBI...

* 1905 (Dacca) : [4 Ind Corps] suffers a step loss.
- for the Gandhi card
- applying kamikaze losses...
* 3416 (Palau Islands) : [27 AF] suffers a step loss.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : [CV Essex] suffers a step loss.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : [CV Wasp] suffers a step loss.
* Eliminated JP Naval Units: [BB Kongo] moves to 3813 (Saipan/Tinian)
- I think you said Kongo comes back
- also I'm pretty sure PM brigade is dead?
* 2018 (Batavia): [PM Bde] is eliminated

OC on South HQ 2+3=5 acts

* 2006 (Akyab) : [ED Army] Activates.
* 2006 (Akyab) : [15th Army] Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon) : 28th Army Activates.
* 2107 : 38th Army Activates.
* 3407 (Kure) : [CVE Kaiyo] Activates.
* 2006 (Akyab): [15th Army] moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 2006 (Akyab): [ED Army] moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 2107: 38th Army moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 2008 (Rangoon): 28th Army moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 3407 (Kure): [CVE Kaiyo] moves to 3813 (Saipan/Tinian)

No battles, BTY.
353 9/18/2021 6:27:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message For the record, I don't think my exchange-draw for Imperial Intervention counts against my 3 card limit right, so I'm still at 2 out of 3 cards drawn?
352 9/18/2021 6:21:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
For Gandhi...
351 9/18/2021 6:20:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #21: 3 / Mahatma Gandhi: Worker Strikes in India
Can only be played in reaction to an Offensive activated by the SEAC HQ. Cancels a SEAC HQ offensive and the Allies must reduce one full strength Indian Corps (cannot eliminate a reduced unit, if none available, no additional effect). Draw one Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
I will also play this in reaction to your SEAC offensive this last play.
350 9/18/2021 6:15:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
For kamikaze...
349 9/18/2021 6:14:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #81: 2 / Kamikaze Attack
Play prior to one battle of the Offensive that is within 11 hexes of Tokyo (3706) and within extended range of a Japanese air unit. The Japanese player eliminates two Allied naval steps (Japanese player's choice, may not eliminate a unit unless there is no other option), while reducing the Japanese air unit whose range was used one step (even if this would eliminate the air unit). No more than one Kamikaze per battle, but more than one Kamikaze per offensive is allowed. Draw One Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
348 9/18/2021 6:14:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message OK, thanks Didier, I appreciate it. So I'll start by playing the Kamikaze retroactively and drawing.
347 9/18/2021 1:09:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message Yes Kamikaze is a proper reaction card to Carrier raids, and it was my mistake to resolve the battle Immediately.
You can adjust in the next file, in that case I could eliminate only the two carriers.
346 9/17/2021 8:30:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Hi Didier,

Sorry for the delay, things have been busy on my end...

I had a belated realization, which I wanted to raise at the risk of compromising the game (which is probably beyond repair anyway). I am holding a Kamikaze card--while I couldn't have played a reaction card to change the intel condition of your surprise attack on Saipan, could I have played it in reaction to hurt your ships? You resolved the attack yourself so it didn't occur to me until now.
345 9/15/2021 2:36:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #67: 3 / Curtis LeMay: Firebombing of Japan
Randomly remove one card from the Japanese hand if a B29 Long Range Bomber air unit is on a hex (not Air Units in China Box) within range of Tokyo. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Last preparations before the final assault. No battle.
344 9/14/2021 4:21:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Heh, for all the good it will do me!

I missed your request re: 5 AF initially, uploaded a second file with that unit moved.
343 9/13/2021 2:27:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message You are getting close to Dacca!

Note: I forgot to move 5AF to Madras, can you please do it in your file?
342 9/13/2021 2:23:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
7


Message from Allies:
battle B
JP 8
AP 19
341 9/13/2021 2:22:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

7
6


Message from Allies:
battle A ground
JP 56 (-1)
AP 26
340 9/13/2021 2:20:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

5
0


Message from Allies:
battle A a/n
JP 47
AP 31 (+1)
339 9/13/2021 1:09:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Draw Extra Strategy card
338 9/13/2021 1:09:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #59: 1 / Ultra Information: Japanese Burma Operation is penetrated
Intelligence: Intercept. Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
I intercept and draw a card
337 9/12/2021 8:14:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #58: 3 / Western Force: Conquest of Sumatra
Activation: South or South Seas HQs only. Logistic Value: 5 Paratroopers: Prior to movement place a Japanese control marker in a hex that is within extended range of an active Japanese air unit if (1) the hex is either unoccupied or is occupied solely by a Dutch regiment; and (2) the hex is not within an unneutralized Allied air ZOI. Eliminate the Dutch regiment.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
I'll go for broke in the CBI...

* 2206 (Lashio) : 15th Army Activates.
* 2106 (Mandalay) : Korean Army Activates.
* 2107 : 38th Army Activates.
* 2206 (Lashio) : 10 AD Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon) : 3 AD Activates.
* 2212 (Saigon) : 21 AF Activates.
* 2106 (Mandalay) : [5 AD] Activates.
* 2212 (Saigon): 21 AF moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 2107 : 38th Army Deactivates.
* 2106 (Mandalay) : ED Army Activates.
- so I can move as a stack and prevent disengagement...
* 2106 (Mandalay): Korean Army, ED Army moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 2206 (Lashio): 15th Army moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 2206 (Lashio): 10 AD moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2106 (Mandalay): 10 AD joins Battle B
* 2008 (Rangoon): 3 AD joins Battle A
* 2008 (Rangoon): 21 AF joins Battle A
* 2106 (Mandalay): [5 AD] joins Battle A

BTY for resolution.
336 9/12/2021 8:07:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Haha well, in essence this is the same as if your Watchtower attack succeeded brilliantly!
335 9/11/2021 5:10:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message File posted, BTY
334 9/11/2021 5:09:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allies:
Both CVs and Kongo are eliminated.
Reaction with Mogami
JP 7
333 9/11/2021 5:08:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Allies:
AP 38 (+4)
332 9/11/2021 5:08:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #84: 3 / U.S. Carrier Raids
Activate: Central Pacific HQ only. Logistic Value: 0 Intelligence: Surprise Attack, which cannot be changed by a reaction event card. Conditions: Only US Carrier naval units may be activated. This card cannot be cancelled by a weather card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
A carrier raid on Saipan. I resolve it immediately since you cannot cancel or modify it.
331 9/11/2021 3:00:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #58: 3 / Western Force: Conquest of Sumatra

Message from Japanese:
Will draw this instead...
330 9/11/2021 3:00:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Discard Strategy card #54: 3 / WAR IN EUROPE: Minor Axis Victory
OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
329 9/11/2021 2:59:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Play Strategy 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:
The Emperor will try to get everyone to work together...
328 9/11/2021 2:59:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message I was spared last turn by my great cards and your poor dice, so I can't complain, but on the whole I still think a PW victory is out of reach. Really wishing I'd played Tojo for the event! :)
327 9/9/2021 12:48:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #36: 3 / Operation Cherry Blossom: Bougainville Landing
Activate: Any HQ. Logistics Value: 5 Arleigh Burke: US CA naval units have 2 added to their attack strength for the duration of this Offensive.

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
Some strategic redeployment, no battle

I don't how you feel about our game now, but I certainly feel the pressure :)
326 9/9/2021 12:03:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message Subs hit, and it's your move!
325 9/9/2021 12:03:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 6 cards.

324 9/9/2021 12:02:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Japanese:
Rolling for subs...
323 9/9/2021 12:02:00 AM Sep-Dec 1943 Japanese Message OK, R&R posted...
322 9/7/2021 1:09:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Message file up, you can do your R&R
321 9/7/2021 1:08:00 PM Sep-Dec 1943 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

320 9/7/2021 1:06:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies End Turn
319 9/7/2021 1:06:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Change US Political Will From 4 to 3
318 9/6/2021 11:22:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Japanese:
Yeah, I had all the luck cards and dice-wise!

Sorry for the delay, after some consideration I'll just play this to FOQ.
317 9/4/2021 2:40:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message This hasn't been a great turn for the Allies, clearly :)
BTY for the last card
316 9/4/2021 2:13:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 15 hits, I suppose I'll flip Bunker Hill.

I will confess that part of me was hoping for a blowout result for you that would allow me to wriggle out of my promise to play though Turn 7 and resign with honor! But the dice spared us and I have no excuse but to continue. :)

BTY for PBM.
315 9/4/2021 2:10:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Japanese:
...wow. I guess I can't fault my dice luck this game. Still, with the +4 that's x0.5, so 50 hits. 48 hits is enough to flip everyone.

JP is left with 30 factors to shoot back.
314 9/4/2021 2:07:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Japanese:
BH(B)

AP: 99 (+1 for 43, +3 for surprise)
313 9/4/2021 2:05:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message OK, I think the Japanese force has 69 which is an auto against the one-step.

On to the main event...
312 9/4/2021 2:04:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Japanese:
Let's do A first.

AP: 2, rolling for the crit.
311 9/4/2021 2:03:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message "The rise and fall of Imperial Japan depends on the outcome of this one battle."

I don't have an intercept card, so this may be the end of the line for the plucky Japanese.
310 9/4/2021 12:20:00 PM May-Aug 1943 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:
Ouch, this is not good news for me. I will soon be crushed in Northern India!

Time for a big naval battle in the Pacific.

Note I upgraded the module to 5.10 (which fixes some bugs). Hope you can do it too!
309 9/4/2021 11:47:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #39: 2 / Subhas Chandra Bose: Pro-Japanese Indian Army
2 Ground Replacements: The Japanese gain two ground replacement steps that must be used immediately. The recipent ground unit must be within 3 hexes of Rangoon (2008) to receive the replacement. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Me too, in this case enlisting our Indian volunteers.
308 9/4/2021 9:14:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #66: 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:
a bit of reorganization in the CBI, no battle
307 9/3/2021 12:29:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message That's a good point Didier, hadn't thought of it! FWIW, I did intend for them to all come through Mandalay, on the assumption that I might lose and they'd have to retreat but at least would be stacked together. But I agree, I will try to be more attentive in future situations like this.

I think it's BTY, but no rush at all. We've got a holiday weekend coming up, which in theory means more time to play, but in practice means more time with the baby and less in front of the computer... :)
306 9/2/2021 11:31:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message You’re of course right about the ED army, not sure why I thought for a moment that it had to retreat to its original hex!
In this situation, what is not clear is from which hex it came since you moved it directly to Akyab and it could have come from hex 2007 or 2106. This makes me realize we should actually split movement hex by hex (to be absolutely thorough :)
305 9/2/2021 5:56:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Anyway, I did my PBM on the assumption that my interpretation is accurate.

* 2008 (Rangoon): [ED Army] moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2106 (Mandalay): 3 AD moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 2106 (Mandalay): [5 AD] moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 2008 (Rangoon): [5 AD] moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2106 (Mandalay): [2 AD] moves to 1916 (Palembang)
304 9/2/2021 5:50:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Well, that was extremely bloody! For a second I thought the 9 was my ground combat roll...

OK, I will now carry out my PBM, but one question--why does ED Army retreat all the way back to Rangoon? I know it started the offensive there, but I don't think it's required to retreat all the way to its starting point (or at least I've never played it that way).

Rule states: "9.5 Retreat

A retreating Offensive ground unit that entered a hex by ground movement must retreat into the hex from which it entered the battle."

I've always understood this to mean "the adjacent hex from which it entered the battle hex."
303 9/2/2021 1:23:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

9
6


Message from Allies:
4 steps on each side, we hold the ground!
battle B
JP 8
AP 24
302 9/2/2021 1:20:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

3
6


Message from Allies:
I was really hoping for less than a one result for you
let's see how the ground battle goes
JP 54 (+1)
AP 54
301 9/2/2021 1:18:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
5


Message from Allies:
battle A air/naval
JP 52
AP 12 (+1)
300 9/2/2021 12:53:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Allies:
Trust me, you've had my full attention in the CBI for a while. There is just not much I can do about it so far :)

intel roll
299 9/2/2021 1:11:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #58: 3 / Western Force: Conquest of Sumatra
Activation: South or South Seas HQs only. Logistic Value: 5 Paratroopers: Prior to movement place a Japanese control marker in a hex that is within extended range of an active Japanese air unit if (1) the hex is either unoccupied or is occupied solely by a Dutch regiment; and (2) the hex is not within an unneutralized Allied air ZOI. Eliminate the Dutch regiment.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
Alright, I'll try to draw your attention in the CBI.

EC on South HQ 2+5=7 acts

* 2008 (Rangoon) : ED Army Activates.
* 2106 (Mandalay) : Korean Army Activates.
* 2107 : 38th Army Activates.
* 2106 (Mandalay) : 5 AD Activates.
* 2305 (Myitkyina) : 3 AD Activates.
* 1916 (Palembang) : 8 AD Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon) : [2 AD] Activates.
* 2106 (Mandalay) : 25th Army Activates.
* 2107 : 38th Army Deactivates.
- I want to prevent disengagement
* 2106 (Mandalay): 25th Army, Korean Army moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 2008 (Rangoon): ED Army moves to 2006 (Akyab)
* 2305 (Myitkyina): 3 AD moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2008 (Rangoon): [2 AD] moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 1916 (Palembang): 8 AD moves to 2106 (Mandalay)
* 2106 (Mandalay): 5 AD joins Battle A
* 2106 (Mandalay): 3 AD joins Battle A
* 2106 (Mandalay): [2 AD] joins Battle A
* 2106 (Mandalay): 8 AD joins Battle A
* 2106 (Mandalay): 8 AD joins Battle B

BTY.
298 8/31/2021 12:40:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message file up
297 8/30/2021 7:05:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message AP gets the +1 bonus but is still at x0.5, so flips the air. JP gets no hits.

BH(F) as far as I can tell is an auto for both A/N and ground. Kwajalein falls!

I didn't bother activating anyone in reaction, so I have no PBM. File up for yours.


296 8/30/2021 7:03:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

4
5


Message from Japanese:
No hits there.

BH(E)

AP: 27
JP: 10 (crit)
295 8/30/2021 7:02:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
1


Message from Japanese:
Whoa! Double crit! Both sides take a step loss.

BH(D)

AP: 4 (crit)
JP: 10
294 8/30/2021 7:00:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

9
9


Message from Japanese:
No crit, air unit is eliminated.

BH(C)

AP: 4 (crit)
JP: 8 (crit)
293 8/30/2021 6:58:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

1
7


Message from Japanese:
No crit, LRB unit is eliminated.

BH(B)

AP: 5 (10 at long range, rolling for crit)
JP: 69
292 8/30/2021 6:56:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

1
5


Message from Japanese:
BH(A)

AP: 4 (for crit)
JP: 49
291 8/30/2021 6:55:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
Subs miss. Drawing card...
290 8/30/2021 6:54:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

7


Message from Japanese:
Subs...
289 8/30/2021 6:54:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #75: 1 / Submarine Attack
During an offensive before the beginning of the combat phase against any active Allied naval units or against any active Allied naval unit, if no battle hexes were declared during the Offensive. On a die roll of: 0-4: Allies lose one naval step (Japanese choice; can eliminate a unit). 5-9: No Effect. Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Subs will take a shot...
288 8/30/2021 6:54:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Japanese:
roll for int
287 8/29/2021 8:34:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #75: 3 / Operation Detachment: Iwo Jima
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 8 if US Central Pac HQ, for all others: 4 Conditions: An Allied ground unit must make an amphibious move to a hex within 10 hexes of Tokyo or this card may only be used as an OC.

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
The marines are making another attempt at capturing Kwaj
Let's hope the weather is more forgiving this time! :)
286 8/29/2021 1:05:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Future Offensive 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:
Yeah, those monsoons are a doozy! I think that must be one of the hardest things about playing AP, not knowing when you're going to have an entire offensive canceled.

I'll do a redeployment.

CF HQ 2+4=6 acts

* 3607 (Nagoya) : 3 AD Activates.
* 3709 (Iwo Jima) : 7 AD Activates.
* 3813 (Saipan/Tinian) : [37th Army] Activates.
* 2212 (Saigon) : ED Army Activates.
* 2915 (Davao) : [27th Army] Activates.
* 2813 (Manila/Corregidor) : 14th Army Activates.
* 2212 (Saigon): ED Army moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 2813 (Manila/Corregidor): 14th Army moves to 2212 (Saigon)
* 2915 (Davao): [27th Army] moves to 2813 (Manila/Corregidor)
* 3607 (Nagoya): 3 AD moves to 2305 (Myitkyina)
* 3709 (Iwo Jima): 7 AD moves to 3607 (Nagoya)
* 3813 (Saipan/Tinian): [37th Army] moves to 3709 (Iwo Jima)

No battles, no PBM, BTY.
285 8/28/2021 2:20:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message and yes, you do have +1 activation in Burma/India now that you control Rangoon and have the bridge built!
284 8/28/2021 2:19:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #51: 2 / Chenault: 14th Air Force Offensive
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Condtions: Only air units may be activated. Bonus: The Allied player receives the non-LRB 14th AF air unit in any friendly, in supply airbase in North India or in the China air unit box. If neither of those locations is available, then bring the air unit into any friendly in supply airbase. If the US AVG air unit is in play, immediately remove it from the game. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
well this turn will be much tougher than I anticipated
I do some troop repositioning in India, no battle
283 8/27/2021 12:07:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Actually I think I have 4 acts because of Kwai Bridge, but I didn't use all of them in any event.
282 8/27/2021 12:06:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #83: 2 / Invasion of Java: Battle of the Java Sea
Activation: South HQ only Logistic Value: 4 Long Lance Torpedoes: Japanese CA naval units add 2 to their attack strengths for the duration of this offensive.

OC: 4 EC: 6

Message from Japanese:
OK, a very modest advance in the CBI.

OC on South HQ 2+1=3 acts

* 2008 (Rangoon) : 38th Army Activates.
* 2305 (Myitkyina) : [37th Army] Activates.
* 2008 (Rangoon): 38th Army moves to 2007
* 2007: 38th Army moves to 2107
* 2305 (Myitkyina): [37th Army] moves to 2205 (Ledo)

Battle hex in Ledo, but which is unlikely to produce any actual casualties. BTY.
281 8/26/2021 12:25:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Yes, back to you
280 8/25/2021 6:30:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message I know, I did a double take when I saw not one but two weather cards! I don't think I've ever drawn two at once before.

I guess it's back to me for my next card...
279 8/25/2021 2:00:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Gosh, that was a good draw you had this turn!
And I haaaate those damned weather cards! :)
278 8/25/2021 1:36:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #19: 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:
Your instincts are good... I'm afraid you're right. :) Now the question is whether you have another ISR card to redraw it and play it a third time!
277 8/25/2021 12:58:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #9: 3 / Olympic and Coronet: the Invasion of Japan
Activate: US SW or Central Pacific HQs only. Logistic Value: 12 Conditions: In order for this card to be played as an event at least one Japanese Islands hex must be declared a battle hex and the potential for a ground combat must exist in the designated Japanese Islands battle hex. Bonus: The Allies temporarily gain 4 ASPs that can be used for the duration of this Offensive.

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
ok let's try again
I am suspicious though... your last play makes me think you have another weather card! :)
276 8/25/2021 12:34:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
For Panama Canal.
275 8/25/2021 12:34:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #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:
Well, I think I can guess what's coming next...

We'll sabotage the canal to slow down the relentless flow of US shipping.
274 8/24/2021 7:37:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Forgot to mention that the last file restarts from #105 so don't load as a continuation file.
This is simply too much work trying to undo this massive operation :)
273 8/24/2021 7:24:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Return Strategy card to hand #9: 3 / Olympic and Coronet: the Invasion of Japan

Message from Allies:
272 8/24/2021 7:24:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Discard Strategy card #73: 2 / WAR IN EUROPE: Major Allied Victory
OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
271 8/24/2021 7:23:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #52: 1 / Roosevelt-Nimitz-MacArthur: End of US Army-Navy Dispute
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: If this card is played as an event, the Allies have the option to discard a card of their choice and replace it with any card from the discard pile (not those removed from play). Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
I think I will try again...
file up
270 8/23/2021 11:29:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message And to keep things moving I'll just play my PASS, so you can continue!
269 8/23/2021 6:52:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
For the typhoon...
268 8/23/2021 6:51:00 PM May-Aug 1943 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:
That is... terrifying.

Fortunately for the bad guys, your concerns about the weather were justified. I will rain all over this nightmare!
267 8/23/2021 3:03:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Future Offensive card as Event #9: 3 / Olympic and Coronet: the Invasion of Japan
Activate: US SW or Central Pacific HQs only. Logistic Value: 12 Conditions: In order for this card to be played as an event at least one Japanese Islands hex must be declared a battle hex and the potential for a ground combat must exist in the designated Japanese Islands battle hex. Bonus: The Allies temporarily gain 4 ASPs that can be used for the duration of this Offensive.

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
Time to see what the navy is capable of, the real work begins.
Unless our weather forecasters did a really poor job...? :)
266 8/22/2021 5:23:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #26: 2 / Chiang Kai-shek: Anti Communist 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: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
OC on CF HQ 2+2=4 acts

* 2813 (Manila/Corregidor) : 9 AD Activates.
* 3704 (Hakodate) : [27th Army] Activates.
* 2212 (Saigon) : [35th Army] Activates.
* 3706 (Tokyo) : ED Army Activates.
* 2813 (Manila/Corregidor): 9 AD moves to 2620 (Makassar)
* 2212 (Saigon): [35th Army] moves to 2715 (Jolo)
* 3704 (Hakodate): [27th Army] moves to 2915 (Davao)
* 3706 (Tokyo): ED Army moves to 2212 (Saigon)

No battles, no PBM, BTY.
265 8/22/2021 3:00:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message file up, bty
264 8/21/2021 6:13:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message (Also "auto" wasn't the right term for what happened, but you know what I meant...)
263 8/21/2021 6:03:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Actually I also needed to fix my ASPs so I uploaded on after all. :)
262 8/21/2021 6:01:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Auto! That's what I get for leaving it out on the front lines to dry. Never rationalized/fixed my deployments in this area after the opening turns.

I didn't bother with a file, please delete Ryujo and do your PBM.
261 8/21/2021 6:00:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Japanese:
Surprise achieved! Rolling for AP.

AP: 30 (+4)
260 8/21/2021 6:26:00 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:
The Ryujo is threatened. Although I doubt this will stay a surprise, but who knows :)

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