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Lost Victories; The Battle of Stalingrad: Jan II, 1943 (Axis)

Axis northern sector (click to enlarge)

The Stalingrad front has collapsed. Only a few remnants of the 14th Panzer Army have survived. At this point, all the Axis wants to do is delay, delay, delay.

The reality is that the Axis front is shattered. There are gaps in the line miles wide, but fortunately, the Soviets are unable to exploit them. Read more…


Lost Victories: The Battle of Stalingrad: Jan I 1943 (Soviet)

The situation: Soviet initial phase (click to enlarge)

The Soviet turn begins with the Axis lines in disarray. The Soviets should be able to rush through and get into the Axis rear.

In a perfect world. The reality is that the Soviet supply lines are still very tight, especially in the northern sector. The circled area shows the rail line that the Axis are tenaciously hanging onto, refusing to leave and let the Soviets advance. I’m sure every post sounds like a broken record. The whole offensive hinges on this rail line. Read more…

Lost Victories: The Battle of Stalingrad; Jan I, 1943 (Axis)

It has been well over a year since anything was posted about this game. Several things have contributed to this, but the battle has raged on. Slowly, but it has raged on. Now I have to try to sort through the turns and remember what happened.

The German Sixth Army has been swept from Stalingrad, and the Soviets are starting to squeeze the pocket. In the north, parts of the Soviet line were starting to give under German pressure, but the Soviets poured reinforcements into the line to shore up the front lines.

In the end, the Soviets continue to put pressure on the Axis. The line in the northern sector is cracking. The south is completely vulnerable if the Soviets can reduce the Stalingrad pocket quickly. Read more…

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.

Amphibious landing on Panay (click image to enlarge)

Amphibious landing on Panay (click image to enlarge)

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.

Luzon (click image to enlarge)

Luzon (click image to enlarge)

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

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
Units lost due to lack of supply (click image to enlarge)

Units lost due to lack of supply (click image to enlarge)

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?

Filipino reaction to IJN landings (click image to enlarge)

Filipino reaction to IJN landings (click image to enlarge)

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.


TDDH: March IV 1942


Manila +2


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

The weather remains unchanged from last turn.


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 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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