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340 6/27/2022 5:23:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message It is getting late here. I get the “simplicity” (no incentive for me to get involved in this fight) so I suggest you go ahead, resolve and complete the turn :)
339 6/27/2022 4:07:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #77: 3 / Fuel Shortage: Japanese re-deploy fleet
Due to fuel shortages the Japanese player may move the Combined Fleet HQ and up to 4 naval units of any type from their current location to any port hex which is within 3 hexes of a resource space. The movement of the HQ and naval units may not enter an unneutralized Allied air ZOI.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
I am going to make this super simple.
Activate South HQ: Logistics 3+1+1=5 army units.
1. Kor army Lashio to Myitkyina. [A]
2. 7th AD Mandalay, supports [A]
3. 5th AD Rangoon to Mandalay, support [A]
4. [4th AD] Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok-Mandalay, support [A]
338 6/27/2022 11:05:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message This was arguably "over-killed" :)
In fact, I didn't want to engage in any other battle at this stage because my losses have been pretty high this turn!
PBM
* 3921 (Gasmata): 11AF Air moves to 3520 (Hollandia)
* 3820 (Admiralty Islands): 5AF LRB moves to 3814 (Guam)
* 3820 (Admiralty Islands): 11AF LRB moves to 4612 (Wake)
* 4021 (Rabaul): [BB Massachusetts] moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)
337 6/27/2022 9:51:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message A weather card would have been nice to have here, but as noted earlier it would have been more useful to maintain control of Colombo.

No reaction. Ground combat is automatic DE with no loss to attacker. Over to you for PBM. No file needed by me here.
336 6/27/2022 9:49:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

1


Message from Japanese:
Intel Roll: 0-5 for Intercept.
With 40 a/n factors supporting the Marine division this is a formality. South Seas HQ has few units in range to activate. Looks more like a PBM opportunity for the US.
335 6/27/2022 9:44:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Japanese:
Thanks! I will save the big surprise for next turn.
334 6/27/2022 3:25:00 AM May-Aug 1943 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:
* 5808 (Oahu) : Cen Pac HQ (Agreement) Activates 6+3
* 5808 (Oahu) : X Corps Activates.
* 5108 (Midway) : 7AF LRB Activates.
* 4316 (Ponape) : 7AF Air Activates.
* 4020 (Kavieng) : 5AF Air Activates.
* 3520 (Hollandia) : 11AF Air Activates.
* 4022 : 2M Division Activates.
* 3416 (Palau Islands) : [BB Massachusetts] Activates.
* 3814 (Guam) : 11AF LRB Activates.
* 4110 (Marcus) : 5AF LRB Activates.
* 4022: 2M Division moves to 4021 (Rabaul)
* 3520 (Hollandia): 11AF Air moves to 3921 (Gasmata)
* 3921 (Gasmata): 11AF Air joins Battle A Rabaul
* 4020 (Kavieng): 5AF Air joins Battle A
* 3416 (Palau Islands): [BB Massachusetts] moves to 4021 (Rabaul)
* 5108 (Midway): 7AF LRB moves to 4316 (Ponape)
* 4316 (Ponape): 7AF LRB joins Battle A
* 3814 (Guam): 11AF LRB moves to 3820 (Admiralty Islands)
* 3820 (Admiralty Islands): 11AF LRB joins Battle A
* 4110 (Marcus): 5AF LRB moves to 3820 (Admiralty Islands)
* 3820 (Admiralty Islands): 5AF LRB joins Battle A
* 5808 (Oahu): X Corps moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)
333 6/27/2022 1:43:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Sure no problem.
Well, now I know some of the troubles I can expect ahead!
332 6/26/2022 7:56:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #34: 2 / US Army/Navy Dispute: Slows US Reinforcements

Message from Japanese:
Oh, crap! After playing the card I noticed that I have already drawn 3 cards for the turn so cannot draw a replacement.

I would like to return the card to my hand and save it as my Future Offensive card, but I need your permission for that. Let me know if that is OK.
331 6/26/2022 7:54:00 PM May-Aug 1943 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:
Next turn? You mean there is more?! When I look at those delayed reinforcements and think of them added to the USN forces already on the map I despair!

US Army/Navy accord falls apart after the Davao Debacle, each side blaming the other. We will see if it matters much.
330 6/26/2022 3:44:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Allies:
saving this for next turn
329 6/26/2022 2:30:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message - Japanese PBM
* 2106 (Mandalay): 9 AD moves to 3306 (Pusan)
* 2008 (Rangoon): Tainan AG moves to 2909 (Tainan)
* 2106 (Mandalay): [4 AD] moves to 1913 (Kuala Lumpur)
* 2106 (Mandalay): 5 AD moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
328 6/26/2022 12:21:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message 14 hits on each side
[SEAC Air] suffers a step loss
[2 AD] suffers a step loss
PBM
* 1905 (Dacca): CA London moves to 1406 (Madras)
* 1807: [CV Indomitable] moves to 1307 (Columbo)
327 6/26/2022 12:19:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

4
4


Message from Allies:
SEAC LRB is eliminated
battle C
JP 28
AP 28
326 6/26/2022 12:18:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
2


Message from Allies:
[ 66 Chinese Army] is eliminated
battle B
JP 40
AP need crit
325 6/26/2022 12:16:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

9


Message from Allies:
battle A
JP 18 (drm 0)
AP can't hit
324 6/26/2022 12:15:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message * 1805 (Calcutta) : SEAC HQ (Agreement) Activates.
* 1307 (Columbo) : SEAC Air Activates.
* 1406 (Madras) : CA London Activates.
* 1308 (Trincomalee) : [CV Indomitable] Activates.
* 1905 (Dacca) : [BB Warspite] Activates.
* 1406 (Madras): CA London moves to 1905 (Dacca)
* 1308 (Trincomalee): [CV Indomitable] moves to 1807
* 1807: [CV Indomitable] joins Battle C
* 1307 (Columbo): SEAC Air moves to 1805 (Calcutta)
* 1805 (Calcutta): SEAC Air joins Battle C

323 6/26/2022 12:10:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Allies:
intel roll (-2)
322 6/25/2022 8:31:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Sent Tainan AD to Rangoon, as he can fight will full effect from there.
321 6/25/2022 8:26:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #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:
Unusual use for this card.

Activate South HQ: Logistics 6+1+1=8 units.
1. Kor army Mandalay to Lashio. [A]
2. [4th AD] Akyab-Mandalay, attack Ledo. [B]
3. 2nd AD Rangoon-Akyab, attack Dacca. [C]
4. 5th AD Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok-Rangoon-Mandalay, [B]
5. 7th AD Hanoi-Mandalay, [B]
6. Tainan AD Tainan-Yungning-Mandaly, [A]
7. 9th AD Pusan-Wenchow-Yungning-Mandalay, [C]
8. 6th AD Koepang-Makassar
320 6/25/2022 11:31:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message PBM
* 3115: [CV Lexington] moves to 3615 (Ulithi)
* 3115: [CV Wasp] moves to 3615 (Ulithi)
* 3115: [CV Enterprise] moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)
* 3115: [CVL San Jacinto] moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)
* 2915 (Davao): XXIV Corps moves to 3615 (Ulithi)
* 2915 (Davao): [BB Washington] moves to 3615 (Ulithi)
* 2915 (Davao): [BB North Carolina] moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)
* 2915 (Davao): [BB Massachusetts] moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)
* 3416 (Palau Islands): 14AF LRB moves to 3709 (Iwo Jima)
* 3416 (Palau Islands): 5AF LRB moves to 4110 (Marcus)

319 6/25/2022 11:31:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message PBM
* 3115: [CV Lexington] moves to 3615 (Ulithi)
* 3115: [CV Wasp] moves to 3615 (Ulithi)
* 3115: [CV Enterprise] moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)
* 3115: [CVL San Jacinto] moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)
* 2915 (Davao): XXIV Corps moves to 3615 (Ulithi)
* 2915 (Davao): [BB Washington] moves to 3615 (Ulithi)
* 2915 (Davao): [BB North Carolina] moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)
* 2915 (Davao): [BB Massachusetts] moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)
* 3416 (Palau Islands): 14AF LRB moves to 3709 (Iwo Jima)
* 3416 (Palau Islands): 5AF LRB moves to 4110 (Marcus)

318 6/25/2022 11:04:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message - I will transfer the hit on CV Akagi to the CV Junyo.
CV Akagi restored to full strength.
[CV Junyo] suffers a step loss.
* [23 AF] moves to 1917 (Teloekbetoeng)
* 2715 (Jolo): CV Akagi moves to 2616 (Tarakan)
* 2915 (Davao): BB Yamato moves to 2616 (Tarakan)
* 2715 (Jolo): CVL Ryujo moves to 3014 (Samar/Leyte)
* 2915 (Davao): [BB Nagato] moves to 3014 (Samar/Leyte)
317 6/24/2022 1:25:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message I didn't expect such a fierce reaction!
I assign 50 hits as follows
* 2915 (Davao) : [BB Nagato] suffers a step loss.
* 3014 (Samar/Leyte) : [23 AF] suffers a step loss.
* 2715 (Jolo) : [CV Akagi] suffers a step loss.
* 2915 (Davao) : [BB Hiei] suffers a step loss.
So final strengths are 63 (US) vs 67 (JP), and the AA fails.
Back to you for PBM
316 6/24/2022 9:54:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Allies attack with 102 factors, [2+1] = 51 hits.
Japanese defend with 97 factors [7] for 97 hits.

Japanese have 4 air/carrier units so use 94 of their 97 hits to flip all three BBs and all four CVs. Allied attack strength is reduced to 63 factors.

Need to stop here for allied hit distribution to determine victor in the air/naval battle.
315 6/24/2022 9:48:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

2
7


Message from Japanese:
I have counted the factors at least three times and am pretty sure I have it correct.

1st - Allies attack with 102 factors, +1drm
2nd - Japanese defend with 97 factors
314 6/24/2022 9:42:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #45: 3 / Operation Sho-Go
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 5 if Combined Fleet HQ, otherwise: 4. Intelligence: Intercept. Bonus: If a Kamikaze attack reaction card is played in conjunction with this card, increase the effect of the Kamikaze reaction card by one additional Allied naval step loss in one battle. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 5 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Time to make a stand against the US Offensives! This would be a killer card if it was an Ambush, but we will have to accept battle on more or less equal odds.

Will go with the option for fewer, but stronger units.

Activate South HQ: Logistics 4+1 = 5 navy units
BB Negato Bangkok to Davao. [A]
BB Yamato Singapore to Davao. [A]
CV Akagi Teloekbetoeng to Jolo. [A]
CVL Ryujo Tarakan to Jolo. [A]
23rd AF Samar/Leyte, supports [A]

BB Hiei & CV Junyo at Davao brings Japan to 97 attack.
Allies force is 102 attack factors.
313 6/24/2022 2:29:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Future Offensive card as Event #65: 3 / MacArthur "moral obligation": US Invades Philippines
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 8 if SW Pac HQ, for all others: 6 Conditions: This card may only be played as an event if at least one battle hex is declared in a Philippine hex. 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. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : SW Pac HQ (Agreement) Activates 8+2
* 3416 (Palau Islands) : CVL San Jacinto Activates.
* 3416 (Palau Islands) : BB Massachusetts Activates.
* 3615 (Ulithi) : CV Wasp Activates.
* 3615 (Ulithi) : BB North Carolina Activates.
* 3615 (Ulithi) : XXIV Corps Activates.
* 3615 (Ulithi) : CV Lexington Activates.
* 3615 (Ulithi) : CV Enterprise Activates.
* 3615 (Ulithi) : BB Washington Activates.
* 4517 (Kusaie) : 14AF LRB Activates.
* 3709 (Iwo Jima) : 5AF LRB Activates.
* 3416 (Palau Islands): BB Massachusetts moves to 2915 (Davao)
* 3416 (Palau Islands): CVL San Jacinto moves to 3115
* 3115: CVL San Jacinto joins Battle A Davao
* 3615 (Ulithi): CV Enterprise moves to 3115
* 3115: CV Enterprise joins Battle A
* 3615 (Ulithi): CV Wasp moves to 3115
* 3115: CV Wasp joins Battle A
* 3615 (Ulithi): CV Lexington moves to 3115
* 3115: CV Lexington joins Battle A
* 3615 (Ulithi): BB North Carolina, XXIV Corps, BB Washington moves to 2915 (Davao)
* Allied ASP Marker uses 4/5 ASP
* Allied ASP Marker uses 5/5 ASP
* 3709 (Iwo Jima): 5AF LRB moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)
* 3416 (Palau Islands): 5AF LRB joins Battle A
* 4517 (Kusaie): 14AF LRB moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)
* 3416 (Palau Islands): 14AF LRB joins Battle A
312 6/23/2022 3:59:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Change US Political Will From 5 to 4
311 6/23/2022 3:59:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #74: 1 / Tokyo Rose: Mrs. Iva Ikuko D'Aquino
Reduce US Political Will by one. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Let's get this event played now.
310 6/23/2022 3:58:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
Replacement card for submarine attack, my 3rd and final draw for the turn.
309 6/23/2022 3:56:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Japanese:
0-4 to sink the HMS Hermes
308 6/23/2022 3:55:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #24: 1 / Submarine Attack
Play during an offensive; at the end of all combat 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:
My replacement card for the previous submarine attack was...another submarine attack. Let's hunt the CVL.
307 6/23/2022 12:48:00 AM May-Aug 1943 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:
And I use this card to send further reinforcements
* 3023 (Darwin) : ANZAC HQ (Rivalry) Activates 3+1
* 3023 (Darwin) : CA London Activates.
* 3023 (Darwin) : 3NZ Division Activates.
* 3023 (Darwin) : 2 Aus Corps Activates.
* 3023 (Darwin) : CVL Hermes Activates.
* 3023 (Darwin): CVL Hermes moves to 2825 (Wyndham)
* 3023 (Darwin): 3NZ Division moves to 1308 (Trincomalee)
* 3023 (Darwin): CA London moves to 1406 (Madras)
* 3023 (Darwin): 2 Aus Corps moves to 1406 (Madras)
PBM
* 2825 (Wyndham): CVL Hermes moves to 3023 (Darwin)
306 6/23/2022 12:47:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message I feared you had withhold a sub attack card, so nope I didn't want to take my chance to move the carrier. But fortunately, these were dud torpedoes!

I gave some thought about playing China Airlift of course, but you play the last 2 cards this turn and I figured you might control Dacca by end of the turn. So I'd rather use OPS to help my defense there a bit.

305 6/22/2022 4:50:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Change War in Europe value From -1 to -2
304 6/22/2022 4:26:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
Replacement card for submarine attack.
303 6/22/2022 4:24:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Future Offensive card as Event #57: 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:
The dice have stopped cooperating with me. That always makes things more difficult.

Let's play the FO card now for some good news from Europe.
302 6/22/2022 4:23:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Japanese:
0-7 to sink the BB Warspite!
301 6/22/2022 4:23:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #86: 1 / Submarine Attack: I-58 sinks the USS Indianapolis
Play during an offensive; at the end of all combat 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: 0-7: Allies lose one naval step (Japanese choice; can eliminate a unit). 8-9: No Effect. Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Not my preferred target, but it appears the CV is not going to sortie any time soon, so I-58 seeks the BB Warspite.
300 6/22/2022 4:22:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Interesting! You would leave the Chinese out of the war by not playing that card for the event. I would almost certainly have played that event at some point, but since I do not know your hand I am "Whistling in the Dark", so to speak.
299 6/22/2022 12:09:00 PM May-Aug 1943 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:
* 1805 (Calcutta) : SEAC HQ (Rivalry) Activates 2+1 (one unused)
* 1406 (Madras) : [BB Warspite] Activates.
* 1308 (Trincomalee) : SEAC LRB Activates.
* 1406 (Madras): [BB Warspite] moves to 1905 (Dacca)
* 1308 (Trincomalee): SEAC LRB moves to 2205 (Ledo)
298 6/22/2022 9:55:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Not going to make much progress there without surprise.

* 5 AD moves to 2012 (Singora)
* 5 AD moves to 1913 (Kuala Lumpur)
* 2 AD moves to 2008 (Rangoon)
* 7 AD moves to 2409 (Hanoi)
297 6/22/2022 1:49:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message 10AF LRB is eliminated
296 6/22/2022 1:48:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

6
4


Message from Allies:
I react with 10AF LRB to soak damages
JP 49
AP need crit
295 6/22/2022 1:42:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

0


Message from Allies:
intel roll
294 6/21/2022 4:31:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #6: 2 / China Operation: Doolittle Raid Reprisal
May only be played as an event after the allies have played the Doolittle Raid card as an event; Allied card #6 Move the China marker one box to the left toward Government Collapse box. If moved into the Government Collapse box China surrenders immediately. Remove from play if use as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Activate South HQ: Logistics 2+1+1=4 units
1. [4th AD] Akyab, attack Dacca. [A]
2. 2nd AD Rangoon to Mandaly, support [A]
3. 7th AD Singora-Rangoon-Mandaly, support [A]
4. 5th AD Singapore-Singora-Rangoon, support [A] at extended range.
293 6/21/2022 4:10:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #25: 1 / Operation Lilliput: Buna, New Guinea Offensive
Activate: SW HQ only. Logistic Value: 3 Conditions: May only activate US air and US/Australian ground units (an exception to the Allied HQ National Command rules). US Reservist Enter Combat: US ground units have their attack strength reduced by one for the duration of this Offensive.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
* 3023 (Darwin) : ANZAC HQ (Rivalry) Activates 1+1
* 2719 (Kendari) : Aus Air Activates.
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : CA London Activates.
* 3823 (Port Moresby): CA London moves to 3023 (Darwin)
* 2719 (Kendari): Aus Air moves to Turn 7 (Sep-Dec 1943)
292 6/21/2022 3:12:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message None of my cards scream to be played at this time, so I will use my PASS.

Back to you.
291 6/21/2022 12:52:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message everybody goes back to Ulithi
290 6/21/2022 8:48:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message 51AF eliminated in surprise attack.
Back to you for PBM
289 6/21/2022 8:48:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

8


Message from Japanese:
Intel Roll, 0-6 for intercept
288 6/20/2022 12:48:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #64: 2 / Tradewind Taskforce: Morotai Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 if US SW Pac HQ, for all others: 3

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : SW Pac HQ (Rivalry) Activates.
* 3814 (Guam) : M Brigade Activates.
* 3615 (Ulithi) : 1M Division Activates.
* 3416 (Palau Islands) : 2M Division Activates.
* 3615 (Ulithi) : BB Washington Activates.
* 3615 (Ulithi) : CV Enterprise Activates.
* 3615 (Ulithi) : CV Lexington Activates.
* 3615 (Ulithi): 1M Division moves to 3515 (Yap)
* Allied ASP Marker uses 1/5 ASP
* 3416 (Palau Islands): 2M Division moves to 4022
* Allied ASP Marker uses 2/5 ASP
* 3615 (Ulithi): CV Lexington moves to 4413
* 4413: CV Lexington joins Battle A Wake
* 3615 (Ulithi): CV Enterprise moves to 4413
* 4413: CV Enterprise joins Battle A
* 3615 (Ulithi): BB Washington moves to 4612 (Wake)
* 3814 (Guam): M Brigade moves to 4612 (Wake)
* Allied ASP Marker uses 3/5 ASP
287 6/20/2022 12:43:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message I suspected this is the kind of move you would happily cancel.
However don't expect me to believe you actually have NO weather card in hand. We'll see about that by the end of the turn! :D


286 6/19/2022 5:32:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Japanese:
Replacement card for ISR
285 6/19/2022 5:31:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #11: 2 / US/British Second Front Conference - Germany First: US Inter-Service Rivalry
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:
If I had a weather card, I would cancel your activation! But, alas, I have to play with the cards I hold.

Allies will attempt to generate dissent in the Japanese command structure.
284 6/19/2022 12:20:00 PM May-Aug 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #30: 2 / Operation Sandcrab-Cottage: Recapture of Attu and Kiska
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Conditions: If there is at least one Japanese occupied Aleutian Island hex(hexes 4600 to 5100 inclusive) this event MUST be played as an event to declare a minimum of one battle hex against a Japanese occupied Aleutian Island hex OR this card must be discarded. If there is no Japanese occupied Aleutian Island hex this event may be played as an OC. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
* 1805 (Calcutta) : SEAC HQ (Agreement) Activates 2+1 (one unused)
* 1406 (Madras) : SEAC Air Activates.
* 1308 (Trincomalee) : 4 Ind Corps Activates.
* 1308 (Trincomalee): 4 Ind Corps moves to 1307 (Columbo)
* 1406 (Madras): SEAC Air moves to 1307 (Columbo)
283 6/19/2022 11:40:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Draw Strategy cards Drew 6 cards.

282 6/19/2022 11:39:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Message Success! Japanese ASPs -1, now 4 (but 1/2 due to ISR)
Japan will draw 6 cards and has one PASS.
Japan will NOT use their FO card to play first. Allies to take the first action of the turn.
281 6/19/2022 11:37:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Japanese:
Japanese will take no replacements this turn.

Allied turn 6 Strategic Submarine Warfare Roll.
Success on 0-6.
280 6/19/2022 5:48:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 cards.

279 6/19/2022 5:47:00 AM May-Aug 1943 Allies Message Replacements
* Eliminated AL Ground Units: 4 Ind Corps moves to 1308 (Trincomalee)
* Eliminated AL Air Units: 10AF LRB moves to 1308 (Trincomalee)
* Eliminated AL Air Units: 5AF LRB moves to 3709 (Iwo Jima)
* 3615 (Ulithi) : CV Enterprise restored to full strength.
* 3615 (Ulithi) : CV Lexington restored to full strength.
* Eliminated AL Naval Units: [CV Indomitable] moves to 1308 (Trincomalee)

278 6/18/2022 7:54:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Change game turn Game turn changed to May-Aug 1943
277 6/18/2022 7:53:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message All that hard work, undone by a single card at the end of the turn. Nothing to do but pick up the pieces and try to do it again!

51 AF moves to 4612 (Wake)
50 AF moves to 3209 (Okinawa)
9 AD moves to 3306 (Pusan)
276 6/18/2022 9:27:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message I did further research and found confirmation that they go to the Delayed Reinforcements box, so I played correctly.
275 6/18/2022 8:13:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message Quick question before you place your reinforcements: it is actually not so clear to me where units on the turn track (and not further delayed to Europe) should go: on the map or to the Delayed Reinforcements box?
274 6/17/2022 4:37:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message that XIVth corps keeps on getting swamped by the European theatre!
Sorry I realize I forgot to write my placements before rolling:
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: CVL San Jacinto moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: BB Massachusetts moves to 3416 (Palau Islands)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: XXIV Corps moves to 3615 (Ulithi)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: SEAC LRB moves to 1308 (Trincomalee)
* Delayed Reinforcements Box: SEAC Air moves to 1406 (Madras)
273 6/17/2022 4:33:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 5

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6
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Message from Allies:
WIE rolls
XIVC
IC
13AF
13 LRB
Sangamon CVE
272 6/17/2022 4:28:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies End Turn
271 6/17/2022 4:28:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Change US Political Will From 4 to 5
270 6/17/2022 4:27:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Operations #29: 2 / Operation Toenails: New Georgia Invasion
Actiavte: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Artillery Support: During all battles for this Offensive, the Allies receive a +1 die roll modifier during Ground combat.

OC: 2 EC: 4

Message from Allies:
I send some reinforcements to North India. The British corps will probably arrive too late though...
* 3023 (Darwin) : ANZAC HQ (Agreement) Activates 2+1
* 3023 (Darwin) : SEAC Air Activates.
* 2719 (Kendari) : [PM Bde] Activates.
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : 15 British Corps Activates.
* 2719 (Kendari): [PM Bde] moves to 3023 (Darwin)
* 3823 (Port Moresby): 15 British Corps moves to 3023 (Darwin)
Overstacking
* 3023 (Darwin): 15 British Corps moves to Turn 7 (Sep-Dec 1943)
269 6/17/2022 4:01:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Allies:
as per #78
268 6/17/2022 4:01:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message This is not the juiciest target on the map but I'll pick Zuiho, which is eliminated. Perhaps North India can hold a little while longer after all :)
267 6/17/2022 3:58:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

6


Message from Allies:
sub roll
266 6/17/2022 3:57:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #78: 1 / Submarine Attack: British X Craft Attack Singapore
Play during an offensive before the beginning of the combat phase, or at the conclusion of the Offensive if no battle hexes are declared during the Offensive. On a die roll of: 0-7: Japanese lose one naval step (Allies chooses, can eliminated a unit). 8-9: No Effect. The target naval unit must be inactive and in a non-Japanese Islands port hex. Draw one Strategy Card. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Let's try some sneaky sub hit...
265 6/17/2022 9:56:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #41: 3 / Patrick Hurley: Chinese Nationalist and Communist Reconciliation Fails
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:
Activate Combined Fleet HQ: Logistics 3+3=6 army units
1. 27th army Attu SNT to Pusan
2. ED army Wake SNT to Okinawa
3. 'T' AD Okinawa to Tainan
4. 17th army Okinawa to Saigon
5-6. Nothing more I care to do.
264 6/17/2022 9:53:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Return Strategy card to hand #41: 3 / Patrick Hurley: Chinese Nationalist and Communist Reconciliation Fails

Message from Japanese:
I hate it when the rules get in the way of my carefully considered plans. Let's do this the proper way and return the card to my hand first.
263 6/16/2022 6:29:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Operations #41: 3 / Patrick Hurley: Chinese Nationalist and Communist Reconciliation Fails
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:
ISR makes it difficult to counter-attack the USA offensive. I will recall what troops I can to prepare the defense of the empire.

Activate Combined Fleet HQ: Logistics 3+3=6 army units.
1. Kor army Mandalay to Lashio. [A]
2. Tianan Air Okinawa-Swatow-Hanoi, support [A]
3. 27th army Attu SNT to Pusan.
4. ED army Wake SNT to Tokyo.
5-6. Nothing more I care to do.
262 6/16/2022 3:12:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message This was not unexpected
PBM
* 4314: CV Wasp, [CV Lexington], [CV Enterprise] moves to 3615 (Ulithi)
* 4415 (Eniwetok): BB North Carolina moves to 3615 (Ulithi)
* 4415 (Eniwetok): BB Washington moves to 3615 (Ulithi)
* 3416 (Palau Islands): 11AF LRB moves to 3814 (Guam)
261 6/16/2022 3:06:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message So close. [25th AF] and [CL Tenryu] eliminated with no loss to the US forces. No file for this, so you may post your PBM.
260 6/16/2022 3:04:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
70 attack factors, +1drm, no need to feed more fuel to that fire. Allies will get at least 18 hits to eliminate the air/naval units at Eniwetok. Return fire of 8 factors requires a critical hit to do damage.
259 6/16/2022 2:59:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

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Message from Japanese:
Not likely to react in any event, but we must check the Intel condition in any event. 0-7 for Intercept.
258 6/16/2022 12:47:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #63: 3 / Operation Stalemate: Invasion of Pelelu and Ulithi
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 6 if US Central Pac HQ, for all others: 4

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
* 5808 (Oahu) : Cen Pac HQ (Agreement) Activates 6+3
* 4316 (Ponape) : 7AF Air Activates.
* 4222 (Buin) : CV Wasp Activates.
* 4222 (Buin) : [CV Lexington] Activates.
* 4222 (Buin) : BB North Carolina Activates.
* 4222 (Buin) : [CV Enterprise] Activates.
* 4222 (Buin) : BB Washington Activates.
* 4715 (Kwajalein) : M Brigade Activates.
* 3823 (Port Moresby) : 5AF Air Activates.
* 3416 (Palau Islands) : 11AF LRB Activates.
* 4316 (Ponape): 7AF Air joins Battle A Eniwetok
* 4222 (Buin): BB Washington moves to 4415 (Eniwetok)
* 4222 (Buin): BB North Carolina moves to 4415 (Eniwetok)
* 4222 (Buin): CV Wasp, [CV Lexington], [CV Enterprise] moves to 4314
* 4314: CV Wasp joins Battle A
* 4314: [CV Lexington] joins Battle A
* 4314: [CV Enterprise] joins Battle A
* 4715 (Kwajalein): M Brigade moves to 3814 (Guam)
* Allied ASP Marker uses 4/4 ASP
* 3823 (Port Moresby): 5AF Air moves to 4020 (Kavieng)
257 6/15/2022 9:33:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Japanese:
Will save this card for next turn.
256 6/15/2022 1:59:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #1: 1 / Bataan Death March: Atrocity
Increase US Political Will by one if the Japanese control Manila (2813). Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
Relieving the political pressure a little bit
255 6/14/2022 4:25:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #78: 1 / Tainan Air Unit: Reinforcement
The Japanese player receives the Tainan Air Unit. This unit may be placed on any friendly, in supply, airfield that is within range of an in supply Japanese HQ. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
Place in Okinawa
254 6/14/2022 2:55:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Future Offensive Message from Allies:
Well you will soon conquer India and hold it, I have no doubt about that :)
Meanwhile I am saving this one
253 6/14/2022 1:18:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message Japanese PBM
[CVL Zuiho] moves to 1307 (Columbo)
BB Yamato moves to 2015 (Singapore)
CV Akagi moves to 1917 (Teloekbetoeng)
CV Shokaku moves to 2415 (Miri)
23 AF moves to 3014 (Samar/Leyte)
252 6/14/2022 1:16:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Message That may have been the high point for the Japanese in this game. Now to see if I can hold that position on the Indian sub-continent.

Will the Japanese ever get the last card play of a turn? I will need to use my PASS to do so, so let's use the PASS now and see what else the allies for us.

BTY
251 6/14/2022 12:07:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Draw Extra Strategy card Message from Allies:
as per #43
250 6/14/2022 12:06:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Play Strategy card as Event #43: 1 / Japanese Army/Navy Dispute
Flip the Japanese Inter-Service Rivalry Marker from its Strategic Agreement to its Inter-Service Rivalry side. No additional impact if Inter-Service Rivarly is already in effect. Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
it is not a big surprise for you, so I play it now so you can follow on with your next card immediately
249 6/14/2022 12:05:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Message [4 Ind Corps] is eliminated
[1 Ind Corps] is eliminated

you got all rolls needed this time!
248 6/14/2022 12:03:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

9
0


Message from Allies:
10 hits, no damage
ground battle
JP 18 (+1)
AP 16
247 6/14/2022 12:02:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

4


Message from Allies:
[CA Exeter] is eliminated
battle C air-naval
JP 20
246 6/14/2022 12:02:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Allies:
25 hits...CV Indomitable eliminated
battle B
JP 16
AP no response
245 6/14/2022 11:59:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 2

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Message from Allies:
no reaction possible so I resolve immediately
battle A
JP 50
AP 17
244 6/14/2022 11:52:00 AM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Die roll request Request: 10-sided die x 1

5


Message from Allies:
intel roll (-2)
243 6/13/2022 4:44:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Japanese Play Strategy card as Event #47: 3 / VADM Kondo: Conquest of the Dutch East Indies
Activation: South or South Seas HQs only. Logistic Value: 7 Float Plane Tactics: Japanese CA naval units add 2 to their attack strengths for the duration of this Offensive.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
Vice Admiral Kondo can sense the tension between the Army and Navy Commanders and insists on conducting an operation now, before things get worse.

Activate South HQ: Logistics 7+1+1=9 units
1. BB Yamato Colombo to Madras. [A]
2. [33rd army] Colombo AA vs Maldive Is. 2/5 ASP
3. CVL Zuiho Colombo to 1206, support [A]
4. CV Shokaku Teloekbetoeng to 1507, support [A]
5. CV Akagi Singapore to 1706, support [A]
6. 23rd AF Palembang-Singora-Rangoon, attack Dacca. [B]
7. Kor army 2107 to Mandalay. [C]
8. 2nd AD Rangoon, support [C]
9. 17th army Medan SNT to Okinawa
242 6/13/2022 3:22:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Return Strategy card to hand #43: 1 / Japanese Army/Navy Dispute

Message from Allies:
I'll try that one!
241 6/13/2022 3:22:00 PM Jan-Apr 1943 Allies Discard Strategy card #83: 2 / China Offensive: Battle for Central Honan
OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:

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