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Entry # Time Turn Player Card Number Ops Type Entry
60 10/23/2020 3:07:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese 34 2 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:
ISR...
47 10/16/2020 11:34:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese 25 3 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:
Operation KA, 6 Activations, South Seas

1) 25 NAF (Woodlark) - Activate. Attack Gili-Gili (Battle C)

2) 26 NAF (Gasmata) --> Buin. Attack Guadalcanal (Battle B )

3) Shokaku (Truk) --> 4625. Attack Efate (Battle A)

4) Zuiho (Truk) --> 4625. Attack Efate (Battle A)

5) Yamato (Rabaul) --> Efate (Battle A)

6) Hiei (Rabaul) --> Efate (Battle A)
46 10/12/2020 11:46:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies 82 2 Operations #82: 2 / China Offensive: Battle of Changsa-Hengyang
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:
OC on SW PAC (2+2)

Noumea [Enterprise] to Port Moresby

Gili Gili 2 MAW to New Georgia

Townsville Washington to Gili Gili

Cairns [Wasp] to Guadalcanal

No battles, no PBM, back to you.
44 10/9/2020 7:48:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies 24 2 Event #24: 2 / Skip Bombing Attack: Battle of the Bismark Sea
The Japanese permanently lose one Amphibious Shipping Point unless it is their last ASP. Bonus: Prior to battle, if an active Japanese CA, CL or APD naval unit moved within the extended range of a U.S. non-LRB air unit it loses one step. If more than one naval unit qualifies, Japanese player's choice. Draw one Strategy Card. Remove from play if use as an event.

OC: 2 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
-1 ASP
.....and a draw.
43 10/9/2020 2:22:00 PM Sep-Dec 1942 Japanese 42 3 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:
3OC Ichi Go with South Seas for 5 activations

18-12 Truk to Lae

18-12 Rabaul to Lae

9-12 Lae to hex 4022 via AA (1/3 ASP)

AD at Lae to Buna
34 10/4/2020 11:21:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies 29 2 Event #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:
EVENT on ANZAC (4+1)

Port Moresby: I Corps and 3 AUS Corps attack Lae, AUS AF supports-A

Cape York: 5th AF LRB activates, does not participate in attack

Cairns: [XIV Corps] SGT Port Moresby

Back to JP to resolve.
32 10/2/2020 10:34:00 AM Sep-Dec 1942 Allies 27 1 card as Event #27: 1 / Operation Vengeance: The Death Of Yamamoto
Immediately remove the Japanese Yamamoto Combined Fleet HQ from its current hex location and replace it with the Japanese Ozawa Combined Fleet HQ in that location. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 1 EC: 0

Message from Allies:
P-38s do the deed.
22 9/30/2020 9:43:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese 73 2 Event #73: 2 / Ants: Japanese Barge Traffic Reinforcement
Activation: South or South Seas HQ only Logistics Value: 3 Bonus: If the Allies have not yet played the PT Boats event (Allied card 23) flip the Japanese ASP marker to its Barges side. The Japanese can use Japanese Barge movement until the Allied play of the PT Boats event cancels this capability. Remove from play if used as an event.

OC: 4 EC: 6

Message from Japanese:
South Seas HQ for 5 activations

Wewak Army to Lae

Tainan Air to Hollandia

3 activations unused

Barges in effect

No battles
19 9/27/2020 1:47:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies 40 3 Operations #40: 3 / Operation Dexterity: New Britain Invasion
Activate: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 5 if US SW HQ, for all others: 3

OC: 3 EC: 5

Message from Allies:
OC on ANZAC (3+1)

3 AUS Corps Cairns SGT to Port Moresby

[I Corps] Townsville SGT to Port Moresby

3 NZ Noumea SGT Gili Gili

[PM Brigade] AA New Georgia (2/2 ASP)

Back to JP

10 9/21/2020 7:53:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese 44 3 Event #44: 3 / Tokyo Express: Bougainville Reinforcements
Activation: Any HQ. Logistic Value: 4 Bonus: The Japanese temporarily gain 2 ASPs that can be used for the duration of this Offensive. Place the Tokyo Express marker in any Japanese controlled hex. See Emergency Supply Routes for the use of this marker.

OC: 5 EC: 7

Message from Japanese:
Play 3/Tokyo Express

Log 4 + Comb Fleet 3 = 7 activations

1) SS Bde (Lae) --> Port Moresby (by land, 3MP) BATTLE A

2) Aoba (Lae) --> Port Moresby BATTLE A

3) Nachi (Kavieng) --> Noumea BATTLE B

4) Kamikaze (Rabaul) --> Townsville BATTLE C

5) 25th NAF (Woodlark) -- Activate; attack Port Moresby BATTLE A

6) 26th NAF (Gasmata) -- Activate; attack Port Moresby BATTLE A

7) 21st NAF (Biak) --> Rabaul (via Hollandia, Admiralty Isl); Attack Gili-Gili BATTLE D

Place TOKYO EXPRESS marker in Buin
5 9/14/2020 9:33:00 AM May-Aug 1942 Japanese 84 1 Event #84: 1 / JN25 Code Change
Intelligence: Intercept Draw one Strategy Card.

OC: 3 EC: 0

Message from Japanese:
JN25; CF HQ for 6 activations
Rabaul: 21 AF to Bougainville, CA Aoba, CA Nachi, CL Tenyru, battle B
Lae: 25th AF to Gasmata, battle B
Sarong: 26th AF to Admiralty Island via Hollandia, battle B
4 9/11/2020 6:58:00 PM May-Aug 1942 Allies 13 3 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:
Event on SWPAC (5+2)
1 MAW Efate to Espiritu Santo
North Carolina and 1 MAR Division Noumea to Guadalcanal (1/2 ASP)-A
[Enterprise], [Wasp], and [Lexington] Noumea to 4424- support A
Northampton Noumea to Rabaul-B

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