TDDH: April I 42
This game is winding down. There are only 6 turns left, and the Japanese are now in firm control of Luzon.
The weather remains unchanged from last turn:
- Zone 11: Clear/Calm
- Zone 12: Clear/Calm
- Zone 13: Mud/Calm
Formosa produces another resource point. The 31st baseforce at Batangas flips to its mobile side, preparing to move.
The Japanese land the 4th infantry division on Panay, at San Jose de Buenavista, the only area not covered by the Allies. It is only an anchorage, so it can’t be used as a conduit for supply until a baseforce unit arrives to augment the anchorage.
As the transports are only spending 6 movement points to offload the landing division, the 4th division can move advance across the island. While the landing is taking place, the 31st baseforce brigade, along with the recently arrived regiment from Brunei (regiment from Singapore still loaded), load onto transports and head to Panay, as a follow up force.
The 4th division lands at San Jose, followed by the light regiments, followed by the 31st baseforce brigade. After the light regiments have unloaded, those transports turn for Formosa to pick up supplies. The transports carrying the baseforce return to Lucena to refuel. The transports carrying the supplies have to wait for the port facilities to get up and running before being able to deliver the supplies.
All units delivered to San Jose (except the baseforce) move around the southern spur of the mountains and come to a stop on the outskirts of Iloilo.
There is not enough left in Marivelles to withstand the IJA. Two Japanese divisions move down the road and overrun Marivelles easily. (Americans generate 1.5 replacement points, Filipinos gain 0). The overrun is important because it does not require the expenditure of attack supply.
The 14th corps leaves behind some artillery for the bombardment, as well as the 5-7-8 mt. regiment, and heads twords the port of Lucena to load up to assist in the conquering of the central islands.
The armor battalion and siege artillery are released from Manila, replaced by the construction regiment, and moves to western Luzon and takes position at Iba. The siege artillery joins the 16th corps, preparing for the bombardment of Corregidor.
Transports return to Lucena and unload the resource point. The IJN bombers raid Zamboanga one more time, this time delivering three hits to Merchant-1, sinking it. All units return to Lucena to refuel, then the 3SAF naval group returns to the Corregidor sea box to cut the Allied supply line.
Next turn, the bombardment of Corregidor can begin.
The Allies on Corregidor enter U-4, their 4th straight turn out of general supply. The last resource point is spent to keep the units in supply for the week.
At this point, however, the Allies start checking for unit elimination. And the units start melting away…..
- US Philippines cadre: eliminated
- 2nd Filipino infantry division
- Filipino 31d infantry brigade
- Filipino 51d infantry brigade: eliminated
- US 60CA heavy AA regiment
- US 515CA heavy AA regiment: eliminated
- US 91PS siege/coastal mortars regiment: eliminated
- US 92PS siege/coastal artillery regiment
- US 59 railroad artillery regiment
- US 147 artillery regiment
- US 88Psr artillery batallion
- Filipino 1/1 artillery battalion: eliminated
I’m surprised at the number of troops that have been eliminated. Three American units and a Filipino brigade, both key to the defense of the island. Now the defenders have, after supply considerations, only 14.5 defense factors. They may not hold out for long.
On Panay, now that the Japanese have a foothold, troops are rushed to defend Iloilo. The noose gets tighter and tighter around the neck of the Allies. How much longer can they hold out?
Just a quick note to end this. I did not intentionally leave that back door for the Japanese. I did not discover the ability of a baseforce unit to use an anchorage as a port until a couple of days ago. That could come in useful in the future.