Cardboard Wars

War is the continuation of politics by other means

TDDH: March IV 1942


Japan

Manila +2

Weather

  • Zone 11: Clear/Calm
  • Zone 12: Clear/Calm
  • Zone 13: Mud/Calm

The weather remains unchanged from last turn.

Supply

Although the Allied supply status for this half of the turn is U-2 and defense strengths are being halved, supplies have been released from Corregidor (last turn) to keep the Allied defense strengths up.

Reinforcements & Replacements

The final Japanese reinforcements arrive at Brunei last turn. These battalions form into a light regiment, and await transport to Luzon.

Another light infantry regiment arrives at Singapore. It is also awaiting transport to Luzon.

The 4th infantry division, at Olongapo, receives replacements and is rebuilt to full strength.

There is not a lot to report from the front this week. The Japanese are waiting for the Allied supplies to run out before they begin their assault.

Transports are dispatched to Singapore and Brunei (1 each) to pick up the regiments that are awaiting transport. They are unescorted because there are no more threats in the area. These transports reach their destinations and load the troops, returning to Batangas. The troops from Brunei offload, but the troops from Singapore have to wait until next turn.

Enough transport and landing craft are kept in reserve at Batangas, loading supplies and preparing for the next phase of the operation.

The destroyers blockading Corregidor slip into Batangas and refuel, before leaving port and taking station astride the supply line again.

The 4th infantry division moves across the Zambales mountains to San Fernando, where they hop a train and move to Batangas. They load during the exploitation phase to facilitate the beginning of the operation to take Panay. The transports leave Batangas upon completion of the embarkation and sits off the coast of Panay.

Another bomber from Singapore arrives at Clark Field. Two other bombers are left stationed at Singapore, due to a lack of range.

Mar IV turn, the war begins to expand from Luzon (click image to enlarge)

Mar IV turn, the war begins to expand from Luzon (click image to enlarge)

IJN bombers are dispatched to Zamboanga to bomb the last of the transports at Zamboanga, Merchant-1 (TR no hits), Merchant-2 (TR 1 hit) and Merchant-3 (TS 1 hit). No AA means the IJN can line up their targets carefully and sink them. The IJN only manages to sink Merchant-2 & 3, Merchant-1 refuses to get hit by anything. The one group of transports are all the USN has left. The bombers return to Batangas, Manila & Lucena.

IJN bombers line up their targets (click image to enlarge)

IJN bombers line up their targets (click image to enlarge)

The Allies

Supply

Supply status for all Allied troops on Luzon goes from U-2 to U-3 this half of the turn. Next turn, the Allies start checking for elimination.

The Allies do not spend the final resource point, and start withdrawing into Corregidor. All units are now defending at half-strength.

Defenders of Corregidor (click image to enlarge)

Defenders of Corregidor (click image to enlarge)

 

The last defenders of Bataan (click image to enlarge)

The last defenders of Bataan (click image to enlarge)

 

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