Victory in the Pacific
Play-by-E-Mail Ladder Tournament

* * Game #1, Round Four * *
John Pack (IJN; Bid 1.5) vs. George Young (USN)

Turn 1
Japanese Islands (3/3; Japanese): 5-5-4 Nagato, 4-4-4 Hyuga

Aleutian Islands (0/1; None): 1+0-7 Oi, 0-3-3 Yokosuka

Central Pacific Ocean (1/0; Allied): 4-4-4 Fuso, 4-4-4 Ise (R), 4-4-4 Yamashiro (R), 1+2-7 Ashigara (R), 1+2-7 Atago, 1+2-7 Chokai, 1+2-7 Haguro, 1+2-7 Maya, 1+2-7 Myoko, 1+2-7 Nachi, 1+2-7 Takao, 1+1-7 Kako, 1+1-7 Kinugasa, 1+1-7 Furutaka, 1+1-7 Aoba, 1+0-7 Kitakami, 0-1-4(1+) Hosho (R), 1-1-7 Chicago, 1-1-7 Portland, 1-1-7 Astoria, 1-3-7(4+) Lexington --> (Night) Lexington sunk, Astoria takes 1 damage, Aoba sunk; USN withdraws; Chicago, Portland, and Astoria sunk.

Marianas Islands (2/1; Japanese): 5-5-4 Mutsu (R), 1+1-8 Tone, 1+1-8 Suzuya

Indonesia (3/1; Allied): 33-4-* 21 AirFlot, 3-4-* 22 AirFlot, 3-4-* 23 AirFlot, 3-4-* 24 AirFlot, 4-5-6. Prince of Wales, 3-3-6. Repulse, 2-4-* 5th A.F. --> 5th A.F. shot down; Prince of Wales sunk, Repulse takes 1 damage; British withdraw.

South Pacific Ocean (2/1; Allied): 3-4-* 25 AirFlot

Marshall Islands (1/1; Japanese): 3-4-* 26 AirFlot

Pearl Harbor (0; Allied): 5-5-3 West Virginia, 5-5-3 Maryland, 4-4-3 Arizona, 4-4-3 Pennsylvania, 1-1-7 New Orleans, 1-1-7 San Francisco --> Oklahoma takes 1 damage, West Virginia, New Orleans, and San Fransisco sunk; Tennessee takes 3 damage, California takes 4 damage, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Maryland sunk.

Hawaiian Islands (2/3; Allied): 4-3-6 Haruna, 4-3-6 Hiei, 4-3-6 Kirishima, 4-3-6 Kongo, 1+1-8 Chikuma, 1+1-8 Kumano, 1+1-8 Mikuma, 1+1-8 Mogami, 1-4-6(4+) Akagi, 1-4-5(4+) Kaga, 1-3-8(4+) Shokaku, 1-3-8(4+) Zuikaku, 1-2-8(3+) Soryu, 1-1-8(3+) Hiryu, 0-1-5(2+) Ryujo, 0-0-5(2+) Zuiho, 1+0-* I-Boat, 4-5-3 Tennessee (3d), 4-5-3 California (4d), 4-4-3 Nevada, 4-4-3 Oklahoma (1d), 1-1-7 Indianapolis, 1-1-7 Minneapolis, 1-1-7 Salt Lake City, 1-1-7 Northampton, 1-1-7 Chester, 0-2-7(4+) Enterprise, 1-3-7(4+) Saratoga, 2-4-* 7th A.F. --> I-Boat torpedoes Enterprise for 2 damage; USN withdraws.

U.S. Mandate (2/2; Allied): 1-1-7 Pensacola, 1-1-7. Canberra

Coral Sea (2/2; Allied): 1-1-7 Louisville, 1-1-7 Houston (R), 1-1-7. Australia

Indian Ocean (2/0; Allied): 1-1-7. Exeter (R), 1-1-7. De Ruyter (R)

Bay of Bengal (2/1; Allied): 4-4-3. Revenge, 1-2-4.(1) Hermes

Japanese
Allied
Neutral

Japanese Islands (3)
Aleutian Islands (0)
Central Pacific Ocean (1)
Marianas Islands (2)
Indonesia (3)
South Pacific Ocean (2)
Marshall Islands (1)

U.S. Mandate (2)
Coral Sea (2)
Bay of Bengal (1)

North Pacific Ocean
Hawaiian Islands
Indian Ocean

12 PoC
5 PoC


IJN gains 7 PoC.

IJN Comments: The USN came out of the air raids looking pretty decent -- 4 Battleships and the LBA made it out of Pearl Harbor and the Repulsive survived in Indonesia. However, the results of the location uncertain rolls more than compensated for that bit of good fortune -- the I-Boat took a carrier out of action for Turn 2 (possibly longer if it's unable to repair next turn) and a group showed up in the Central Pacific. The first round night action turned that bad situation even worse for the US. The only thing the Allies have to show for the loss of a big CV and 3 CAs is a Japanese CA. To make matters worse, only one operational CV can base in Australia -- which minimizes the Allied threat to Indonesia next turn and frees a couple of LBA for use in the South Pacific and Marshalls.

Turn 2
Japanese Islands (3/3; Japanese): 1+0-7 Oi

Aleutian Islands (0/1; Japanese): 1+1-8 Suzuya, 0-3-3 Sasebo

North Pacific Ocean (1/1; None): 1-1-7 Quincy

Central Pacific Ocean (1/0; Japanese): 1+1-8 Chikuma, 1-2-4(3+) Junyo (R), 4-5-3 New Mexico (R), 4-5-3 Idaho (R) , 1-1-7 Vincennes (R), 1-1-7 Indianapolis (R), 1-1-7 Minneapolis (R), 1-1-7 Salt Lake City (R), 1-1-7 Northampton (R), 1-1-7 Chester (R) --> Vincennes disabled; IJN withdraws; Indianapolis disabled.

Marianas Islands (2/1; Japanese): 1+0-7 Kitakami

Indonesia (3/1; Japanese): 3-4-* 21 AirFlot, 3-4-* 22 AirFlot, 3-4-* 23 AirFlot, 3-4-* 24 AirFlot, 4-4-4. Warspite, 4-4-3. Royal Sovereign (R), 4-4-3. Ramilies (R), 4-4-3. Resolution (R), 1-1-7. Dorsetshire, 1-2-4.(1) Hermes --> Hermes sunk; British withdraw.

South Pacific Ocean (2/1; Japanese): 2-4-* 7th A.F., 2-4-* 10th A.F., 2-4-* 11th A.F.

Marshall Islands (1/1; Japanese): 3-4-* 25 AirFlot, 3-4-* 26 AirFlot, 1+0-* I-Boat, 1-1-7. Canberra, 1-1-7. Australia, 1-3-7(4+) Saratoga, 0-2-7(4+) Hornet, 0-2-7(4+) Yorktown --> Hornet takes 1 damage, Yorktown sunk, 26 AirFlot shot down; Hornet sunk, 25 AirFlot shot down.

Hawaiian Islands (2/3; None): 4-3-6 Haruna (R), 4-3-6 Hiei (R), 4-3-6 Kirishima (R), 4-3-6 Kongo (R), 1+2-7 Takao, 1+2-7 Nachi, 1+1-8 Kumano, 1+1-8 Mikuma, 1+1-7 Kako, 1+1-7 Kinugasa, 1+1-7 Furutaka, 1-3-8(4+) Shokaku (R), 1-3-8(4+) Zuikaku (R), 1-2-8(3+) Soryu (R), 1-1-8(3+) Hiryu (R), 0-0-5(2+) Shoho (R)

U.S. Mandate (2/2; Allied): 5-5-4 Mutsu (R), 5-5-4 Nagato (R), 4-4-4 Hyuga (R), 4-4-4 Fuso (R), 4-4-4 Ise (R), 4-4-4 Yamashiro (R), 1+2-7 Ashigara, 1+2-7 Atago, 1+2-7 Chokai, 1+2-7 Haguro, 1+2-7 Maya, 1+2-7 Myoko, 1-4-6(4+) Akagi (R), 1-4-5(4+) Kaga (R), 0-1-5(2+) Ryujo (R), 0-0-5(2+) Zuiho (R), 0-1-4(1+) Hosho (R), 0-3-3 Yokosuka

Coral Sea (2/2; Allied): 1+1-8 Mogami, 1+1-8 Tone, 4-5-3 California (4d), 4-5-3 Tennessee (3d; R), 4-4-3 Nevada (R), 4-4-3 Oklahoma (1d; R), 1-1-7 Houston (R), 1-1-7 Louisville (R), 1-1-7 Pensacola (R), 1-1-7. De Ruyter --> De Ruyter sunk, Mogami and Tone sunk.

Australia (1; Allied): 0-2-7(4+) Enterprise (Repairs down to 1d)

Indian Ocean (2/0; None): 1-1-7. Exeter, 1-1-7. Cornwall

Ceylon (1; Allied): 0-2-7.(2) Indomitable, 0-2-7.(2) Formidable

Bay of Bengal (2/1; Allied): 4-4-3. Revenge, 3-3-6. Repulse (1d)

Japanese
Allied
Neutral

Japanese Islands (3)
Aleutian Islands (0)
Marianas Islands (2)
Indonesia (3)
Hawaiian Islands (2)
U.S. Mandate (2)

North Pacific Ocean (1)
South Pacific Ocean (1)
Marshall Islands (1)
Coral Sea (2)
Indian Ocean (0)
Bay of Bengal (1)

Central Pacific Ocean

12 PoC
6 PoC


IJN captures New Hebrides and Dutch Harbor by invasion; Attu, Singapore and the Philippines by isolation.

IJN gains 6 PoC for a total lead of 13 PoC.

IJN Comments: I capitalized on the principle USN weakness in CVs by playing a two-prong strategy that I believe forces the USN to fight in a battle where they risk their remaining CVs while trying to take advantage of their surface superiority. At a minimum, I believe a suicide carrier against the Yokosuka NLF in the U.S. Mandate is required when using a blocking strategy. As it is, the engagements went badly for the US -- losing the Hermes for no return in Indonesia, gaining no attrition at all in the Central Pacific (though they did save Midway), and losing two of the remaining CVs in exchange for two IJN LBA in the Marshalls, and gaining only a one CA edge in attrition in the Coral Sea. The US flags in the South Pacific and Marshalls, together with saving Midway and Lae, are George's biggest gain. However, the fact that the slow half of the IJN navy is based in New Hebrides (behind the block) and that LBA can safely patrol the U.S. Mandate next turn negates much of the benefit of this US counter-strategy. In fact, the final gain will be measured in the number of patrollers I can get into Hawaii next turn as well as the raiding speed rolls of the Turn 2 and 3 reinforcement CVs. The PoC position is quite good for the USN, but I've never worried about that early on -- a good perimeter will take care of that on its own during Turns 4-6.

Turn 3
Japan (6; Japanese): 1-2-4(3+) Junyo, 1-2-4(3+) Hiyo --> Junyo and Hiyo failed raiding speed rolls to the Hawaiian Islands.

Japanese Islands (3/3; Japanese): 6-9-5 Yamato, 4-5-3 New Mexico (R), 4-5-3 Idaho (R) --> Idaho sunk, Yamato disabled with 9 damage.

Aleutian Islands (0/1; Japanese): 1+0-7 Oi

North Pacific Ocean (1/1; Allied): 1-1-7 Indianapolis

Central Pacific Ocean (1/0; None): 4-3-6 Haruna (R), 4-3-6 Hiei (R), 1+1-8 Kumano, 1+1-7 Kinugasa (R), 1+1-7 Furutaka (R), 1+0-7 Kitakami (R), 0-3-3 Kure --> Kure invades Midway.

Marianas Islands (2/1; Japanese): 1+1-8 Mikuma, 1-1-7 Minneapolis (R), 1-1-7 Salt Lake City (R), 1-1-7 Northampton (R) --> IJN withdraws.

Indonesia (3/1; Japanese): 4-4-4. Valiant, 4-4-4. Warspite (R), 4-4-3. Royal Sovereign (R), 4-4-3. Revenge (R), 3-3-6. Repulse (1d), 1-1-7. Dorsetshire, 1-1-7. Exeter, 1-1-7. Cornwall, 0-2-7.(2) Indomitable, 0-2-7.(2) Formidable, 0-2-7.(2) Illustrious

South Pacific Ocean (2/1; Allied): 1+1-8 Chikuma, 4-4-3 Oklahoma (1d; R), 1-1-7. Canberra (R) --> Oklahoma sunk, Chikuma disabled.

Marshall Islands (1/1; Allied): 4-3-6 Kongo, 4-3-6 Kirishima (R), 1+2-7 Nachi (R), 1+2-7 Takao (R), 1+1-7 Kako (R), 1+0-* I-Boat, 4-5-3 Tennessee (3d; R), 4-4-3 Nevada (R), 1-1-7 Houston, 1-1-7 Louisville, 1-1-7 Chester (R), 1-1-7 Pensacola (R), 1-1-7 Vincennes (R), 1-1-7 Quincy (R), 1-3-7(4+) Saratoga (R), 0-2-7(4+) Enterprise (1d; R) --> Houston and Louisville sunk, Kongo disabled with 3 damage, Kirishima disabled; I-Boat sinks Enterprise; IJN withdraws; Kako escapes, Chester sunk; Takao disabled; Vincennes disabled, Nachi sunk.

Hawaiian Islands (2/3; Japanese): 5-5-4 Mutsu (R), 5-5-4 Nagato (R), 4-4-4 Hyuga, 4-4-4 Fuso (R), 4-4-4 Ise, 4-4-4 Yamashiro (R), 1+2-7 Ashigara, 1+2-7 Atago, 1+2-7 Chokai, 1+2-7 Haguro, 1+2-7 Maya, 1+2-7 Myoko, 1+1-8 Suzuya, 1-4-6(4+) Akagi (R), 1-4-5(4+) Kaga (R), 1-3-8(4+) Shokaku (R), 1-3-8(4+) Zuikaku (R), 1-2-8(3+) Soryu (R), 1-1-8(3+) Hiryu (R), 0-1-5(2+) Ryujo (R), 0-0-5(2+) Shoho (R), 0-0-5(2+) Zuiho (R), 0-1-4(1+) Hosho (R), 5-6-5 North Carolina, 4-5-3 Mississippi, 5-5-3 Colorado, 0-4-3 1st Marines, 0-4-3 2nd Marines, 2-4-* RAAF, 2-4-* RNZAF, 2-4-* 5th A.F., 2-4-* 7th A.F., 2-4-* 10th A.F., 2-4-* 11th A.F. --> 5th A.F. and 11th A.F. shot down, RAAF takes 3 damage, 10th A.F. takes 2 damage, Hiryu and Zuiho sunk, Shokaku disabled; RNZAF and 7th A.F. each take one damage; 10th A.F. shot down, Zuikaku, Soryu, Ryujo, and Shoho disabled; RNZAF shot down, Kaga takes 3 damage; North Carolina sunk, 5-5-3 Colorado and 4-5-3 Mississippi disabled with 5 and 1 damage respectively, Myoko disabled with 2 damage, Atago and Suzuya disabled; RAAF shot down, Akagi takes 4 damage; 1st Marines sunk; Kaga disabled; 2nd Marines sunk; Hosho sunk; IJN withdraws.

U.S. Mandate (2/2; Japanese): 3-4-* 21 AirFlot, 3-4-* 22 AirFlot, 3-4-* 23 AirFlot, 3-4-* 24 AirFlot

Coral Sea (2/2; Allied): 4-5-3 California (4d), 1-1-7. Australia

Indian Ocean (2/0; Allied):

Bay of Bengal (2/1; Allied): 4-4-3. Ramilies, 4-4-3. Resolution

Japanese
Allied
Neutral

Aleutian Islands (0)
Central Pacific Ocean (1)
U.S. Mandate (2)

North Pacific Ocean (1)
Indonesia (1)
Hawaiian Islands (3)
Coral Sea (2)
Bay of Bengal (1)

Japanese Islands
Marianas Islands
South Pacific Ocean
Marshall Islands
Indian Ocean

3 PoC
8 PoC


IJN converts Midway by invasion, Samoa by isolation.

USN gains 5 PoC to reduce the IJN lead to 8 PoC!

IJN Comments: Despite good odds to end the game early by taking Pearl Harbor and Samoa, the Allies manage a close victory in the Hawaiians. That plus the areas conceeded to the Allies freely makes this turn a PoC disaster for the IJN. Fortunately, complete control of the U.S. Mandate should help rectify the PoC situation somewhat in the next two turns. The key benefit of Samoa -- splitting the USN position in two -- should also play an important role in the next two moves. The attrition this turn was also in the IJN favor -- rather dramatically with the huge upset in the Marshall Islands (which not only saved the bases but took out 3 USN CAs and a CV in exchange for some damage and 1 CA). However, the best thing about this turn from the IJN perspective (aside from Samoa) is the capture of Midway and the closure of the Northeast corner to the Allies. The only remaining bases in the perimeter are Lae and Guadalcanal. Those bases, together with the Allied Home Areas and running up a few PoC, will be the key objectives in the next two turns.

Turn 4

Position after all Movement

Japan (6; Japanese): 1+2-7 Myoko (Repairs 2d), 1-4-6(4+) Akagi (Repairs 4d)

Japanese Islands (3/3; None): 6-9-5 Yamato (9d), 4-3-6 Kongo (3d), 1-2-4(3+) Junyo

Aleutian Islands (0/1; Japanese):

North Pacific Ocean (1/1; Allied): 1+1-8 Kumano, 4-4-3 Nevada (R), 1-1-7 Northampton, 1-1-7 Quincy (R), 1-1-7 Minneapolis (R) --> Kumano sunk.

Central Pacific Ocean (1/0; Japanese): 1+1-8 Chikuma, 4-5-3 Tennessee (3d; R), 4-5-3 New Mexico (R) --> IJN withdraws.

Marianas Islands (2/1; None): 1+1-8 Mikuma, 5+6-5 South Dakota (R), 1-1-7 Indianapolis (R), 1-1-7 Salt Lake City (R) --> IJN withdraws.

Indonesia (3/1; Allied): 3-4-* 21 AirFlot, 3-4-* 22 AirFlot, 3-4-* 23 AirFlot, 4-4-4. Valiant (R), 4-4-4. Warspite, 4-4-3. Ramilies, 4-4-3. Resolution (R), 3-3-6. Repulse (1d; R), 1-1-7. Dorsetshire, 1-1-7. Exeter, 1-1-7. Cornwall --> Exeter disabled; British withdraw.

South Pacific Ocean (2/1; None): 1+1-7 Furutaka, 1+0-7 Oi, 3-4-* 25 AirFlot, 3-4-* 26 AirFlot

Marshall Islands (1/1; None): 1+1-8 Suzuya, 5+6-5 Indiana (R), 1-1-7 Pensacola (R) --> Pensacola sunk, Suzuya sunk.

Hawaiian Islands (2/3; Allied): 5-5-4 Mutsu (R), 5-5-4 Nagato (R), 4-4-4 Hyuga (R), 4-4-4 Fuso (R), 4-4-4 Ise (R), 1+2-7 Ashigara, 1+2-7 Chokai, 1+2-7 Haguro, 1+2-7 Maya, 1+2-7 Takao, 1+2-7 Atago, 1+0-7 Kitakami, 1-4-5(4+) Kaga (3d; R), 1-3-8(4+) Shokaku (R), 1-3-8(4+) Zuikaku (R), 1-2-8(3+) Soryu (R), 0-1-5(2+) Ryujo (R), 0-3-3 Yokosuka, 0-3-3 Sasebo, 2-4-* Marine, 2-4-* 7th A.F. (1d), 2-4-* 13th A.F., 0-2-6(4+) Wasp (R) --> Wasp sunk, Marine, 7th A.F., and 13th A.F. shot down, Yokosuka disabled with 3 damage, Sasebo sunk.

Samoa (Japanese): 1-2-4(3+) Hiyo (Failed speed roll to Hawaii)

U.S. Mandate (2/2; Japanese): 3-4-* 24 AirFlot

Coral Sea (2/2; Allied): 4-4-4 Yamashiro (R), 4-3-6 Kirishima (R), 4-3-6 Haruna (R), 4-3-6 Hiei (R), 1+1-7 Kako, 1+1-7 Kinugasa, 0-0-5(2+) Shoho (R), 1+0-* I-Boat, 5-5-3 Colorado (5d), 4-5-3 Mississippi (1d), 4-5-3 California (4d; R), 1-1-7 Vincennes (R), 1-1-7. Australia (R), 1-1-7. Canberra (R), 1-3-7(4+) Saratoga (R) --> Saratoga disabled with 1 damage to Australia; I-Boat sinks California; USN withdraws; Coloradao and Mississippi sunk, Haruna sunk.

Australia (1; Allied): 5-6-5 Washington (Failed speed roll to Marianas)

Indian Ocean (2/0; None):

Ceylon (1; Allied): 1-1-7. Devonshire, 1-1-7. Shropshire, 0-2-7.(2) Illustrious

Bay of Bengal (2/1; Allied): 4-4-3. Royal Sovereign, 4-4-3. Revenge

Japanese
Allied
Neutral

Japanese Islands (3)
Indonesia (3)
South Pacific Ocean (2)
Hawaiian Islands (2)
U.S. Mandate (2)
Coral Sea (2)

North Pacific Ocean (1)
Bay of Bengal (1)

Aleutians Islands
Central Pacific Ocean
Marianas Islands
Marshall Islands
Indian Ocean

14 PoC
2 PoC


IJN gains 12 PoC to increase the IJN lead to 20 PoC!

IJN Comments: At the beginning of this turn, I realized that I could reverse some of my PoC misfortune if I concentrated on the South Pacific, Coral Sea, Indonesia, and Hawaii. Ownership of all four (given my base situation) would give me 7 free areas (i.e., needing only one cruiser each) on Turn 5. In fact, loss of the Coral Sea (if I kept the U.S. Mandate) would only shrink this by one area (the Mandate itself). I made my move on that basis. I got an assist when all three Allied LBA went to Hawaii (even though it made ownership of that area uncertain) since it gave me a lock on the Mandate and South Pacific. The Allies responded by taking huge risks in the Coral Sea and Hawaii. They didn't pay off and the turn was a disaster for the Allies. The initial day/night rolls both favored the Allies in the Coral Sea and Hawaii (as was expected). However, the phenominal luck I enjoyed in Hawaii (downing 3 LBA and sinking the Wasp on a single round with only 17 shots) made it so that the Allies were barely able to save Johnston Island -- let alone put up the close fight I was expecting after the Hiyo failed its speed roll. In the Coral Sea, another disaster stuck the USN -- the Saratoga missed the Shoho but was disabled itself. That enabled my 2 patrolling CAs to own the area. Of course, with the success this turn, there is no way the USN can hold the IJN under 29 PoC -- which, considering the IJN total of 8 after 3 turns, is a huge turnaround. The only bright spot for the USN is that they will probably not lose Pearl Harbor with 7 LBA on board!

Turn 5

Position after all Movement

Japan (6; Japanese): 6-9-5 Yamato (Repairs 3d down to 6d), 4-3-6 Kongo (Repairs 3d)

Japanese Islands (3/3; Japanese): 6-9-5 Musashi

Aleutian Islands (0/1; None):

North Pacific Ocean (1/1; Allied): 1+1-8 Chikuma

Central Pacific Ocean (1/0; None): 1+2-7 Myoko

Marianas Islands (2/1; None): 1+0-7 Oi

Indonesia (3/1; Japanese): 3-4-* 21 AirFlot, 3-4-* 22 AirFlot

South Pacific Ocean (2/1; Japanese): 1+1-7 Kinugasa, 3-4-* 24 AirFlot, 0-3-3 Yokosuka (3d), 0-3-3 Kure, 2-4-* RAAF --> RAAF takes 3 damage...

Marshall Islands (1/1; None): 1+0-7 Kitakami

Pearl Harbor (12; Allied): 5+6-5 Massachusetts, 1-1-7 Wichita, 0-4-3 3rd Marines

Hawaiian Islands (2/3; Japanese): 5-5-4 Mutsu (R), 1+2-7 Ashigara, 1+2-7 Chokai, 1+2-7 Haguro, 1+2-7 Maya, 1+2-7 Takao, 1+2-7 Atago, 1+1-7 Kako, 1+1-7 Furutaka, 1-4-6(4+) Akagi (R), 1-4-5(4+) Kaga (3d; R), 1-3-8(4+) Shokaku (R), 1-3-8(4+) Zuikaku (R), 1-2-8(3+) Soryu (R), 1-2-4(3+) Junyo (R), 1-2-4(3+) Hiyo (R), 0-1-5(2+) Ryujo (R), 0-0-5(2+) Shoho (R), 1+0-* I-Boat, 2-4-* 5th A.F., 2-4-* 10th A.F., 2-4-* 11th A.F., 2-4-* Naval, 2-4-* RNZAF, 0-2-7.(2) Victorious --> 5th, 10th, 11th, and Naval A.F. shot down, Shokaku and Junyo disabled, Hiyo takes 2 damage; Victorious sunk; RNZAF shot down... USN accepts surrender terms.

U.S. Mandate (2/2; Japanese): 1+1-8 Mikuma

Coral Sea (2/2; Japanese): 5-5-4 Nagato (R), 4-4-4 Hyuga (R), 4-4-4 Fuso (R), 4-4-4 Ise (R), 4-4-4 Yamashiro (R), 4-3-6 Kirishima (R), 4-3-6 Hiei (R), 3-4-* 23 AirFlot, 3-4-* 25 AirFlot, 3-4-* 26 AirFlot, 5-6-5 Washington, 4-5-3 Tennessee (3d), 4-5-3 New Mexico, 2-4-* 14th A.F. --> 14th A.F. takes 3 damage...

Australia (1; Allied): 0-4-3 1st Marines, 0-4-3 2nd Marines

Indian Ocean (2/0; None): 5+6-5 Indiana (R), 5+6-5 South Dakota (R), 4-4-3 Nevada (R), 1-1-7 Northampton (R), 1-1-7 Quincy (R), 1-1-7 Minneapolis (R), 1-1-7 Indianapolis (R), 1-1-7 Salt Lake City (R), 1-1-7 Vincennes (R), 1-1-7. Australia (R), 1-1-7. Canberra (R), 1-3-7(4+) Saratoga (1d; R)

Ceylon (1; Allied): 3-3-6. Repulse (1d), 1-1-7. Dorsetshire, 1-1-7. Exeter, 1-1-7. Cornwall, 1-1-7. Devonshire, 1-1-7. Shropshire, 0-2-7.(2) Illustrious

Bay of Bengal (2/1; Allied): 4-4-3. Ramilies, 4-4-3. Royal Sovereign

IJN converts Pearl Harbor to compel USN surrender!

Final IJN Comments: Until the Midwest Open this year, it'd been two years since I managed to convert both Samoa and Pearl Harbor. Now I seem to be using up my lifetime supply of luck all at once! From my perspective, the game hinged on four very lucky results for me -- Turn 1's USN CV losses with no IJN loss, the minimal losses to IJN CVs during the major engagements on Turn 3, 4, and 5 (I don't recall ever having 9 CVs with 29 bonus shots after 5 turns before), the stunning success against USN LBA in Hawaii on Turn 4, and, finally, a similar success right now on Turn 5 (though, after examining the rolls, I think the Turn 4 win was the more spectacular of the the two).

Any USN commander would be hard pressed to overcome the luck I've enjoyed (9 CVs beating 5 LBA and a CVL is pretty good but 5 CVs beating 3 LBA and a CV the turn before without a scratch is extreme). In fact, I felt like Turn 4 was the only turn I really made a good move (with the decision to box out the USN fleet and rack up the PoC on Turn 5).

Although that battle didn't finish, one interesting tactic this turn was my agreement to day action in the South Pacific. Even though it's a one-on-one LBA war that I could end by invading both Lae and Guadalcanal, I elected to fight. If the USN shot at the NLF, my LBA would get lots of shots and be nearly certain to win (converting both islands by isolation). If the USN shot at the LBA, the NLF could take the islands if anything went wrong.

The biggest surprise this turn was the the Allied Marines did not try for the Philippines. They probably wouldn't have won in Indonesia, but with the Marianas uncontrolled on Turn 4 they could have secured that base. Of course, with Pearl flipping it doesn't matter -- but without that base, I think the USN would have been hard pressed to win even if the fight had gone well in the Hawaiians.

Thanks to George for playing out a tough position. It's tough to lose the top spot to the vagaries of the dice server.

Final USN Comments: You're right as to the conclusion. Game's over. Congratulations. I thought it looked like a very interesting game after Turn 3, despite my sinking only 3 ships that turn with over 50 shots (and losing more ships to a lot fewer). But nothing worked right.

I agree generally with your comments. Most important DR of the game was probably the Turn 3 Day/Night in the Marshalls (with only 1/6 chance of a night action). Had I held the Marshalls (and converted them), Turn 4 would have been much more challenging for you.

Turn 1 was definitely a disaster -- another night action against the odds (although the odds were not as long). Your sub was effective on almost every turn (sinking or damaging a ship on all but Turn 2).

And as you point out, the minimal damage to your CVs on Turn 3 was a real killer. Turn 4 merely added insult to injury, with the Saratoga missing the Shoho. Still, had I held the Marshalls on T3 (above average chance), I would have had a chance even with all the other events.


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