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Henrik Reschreiter
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The weather clears up and it is bright sunshine again in the West Pacific.

A number of HQs are detected on both sides; this hasn’t meant that much so far, as all are guarded well. But maybe it is time for some strikes, but there are so many things that need hitting…

The single left over PRC SOF achieves little, but makes it home. The Allies change their emphasis and go full out for naval control. This means targeting the stock of theatre weapons. One CM gets blown up, though at the expense of a US SOF team.

In the air, again a fierce battle. 14 PRC planes take on 13 Allied ones. A lot of the PRC forces are however by now reduced, or of poor quality. Despite the AWACS advantage, this is going to be unpleasant for the Mainland Chinese…

Things started well. The PRC stealth fighters yet again single out US squadrons. F-15Es go straight down on a roll of 0…again. Some already depleted F-16s get shredded. So far so good. The tail end of the quality of the PRC air-force however pays the price of trying to get numbers into the air. Plane after plane crashed into the waters, most having not even seen their enemies…
The final tally: 2 US destroyed, two more damaged, and three aborted. For the Allies, 6 kills (all old and most already damaged, though one intact J11 also was amongst them), one more damaged, one aborted.
A big boost of VPs for the Allies (12 vs. 6 VP gained), and 7-7 left standing. The PRC could delay the Allied air dominance for another turn, but the price was steep…
The Allies went all in, with nothing really left for ground support. The PRC however did hold back at least some fighter-bombers for strikes and ground support. Let’s see if this is worth it.

At sea, the Allied navies are pushing back PRC influence. Only extensive use of area denial weapons, in an unsustainable amount, allow the PRC to still hold the straights…

The war is raging at sea offshore. With the Allied navies pushing to interdict the Straits, the PRC launches despite the risk repeated strikes against the allied vessels fighting off-shore.
The ensuing air-combat facing off stealth fighters on each side sees some US F-35s getting aborted, but claiming a few scalps of irreplaceable J-20s in return.
The old H-6 bombers manage to inflict a strike2 against one of the ROC SAGs, and in return B-2As strike the PRC SAG once.

Wild Weasels ‘only’ take out one more mobile SAM launcher in the bridgehead.

Kaohsiung, surrounded from all sides, gets attacked in earnest. Despite helicopter and air support, and also with Allied helicopter support, significant casualties are inflicted on the attackers for no gain…for now(1/-).
Mech regiments of the 1st Mech Div in the meantime take uncontested a number of towns on the passes to the east side, and on the southern of the island (9 town, so 9 VPs!!! Yikes!).

The northern front also keeps on pushing, but the PRC are running out of strength soon. The freshly landing 91st Mot Inf Div should help here (bridgehead and 1 ports open, and one with only 1 strike left, so stuff gets over the straights quite quickly now).
They attack the middle of the ROC line, and with a 1/2R blast through the defences at the expense of a Marine Arm Batt.

The naval battle offshore continues with lots of explosions being heard on land. The damaged PRC SAG gets hit several times again (becoming another X), and radio contact ceased to a ROC flotilla, presumed lost with all hands at sea. It comes at a steep price, but the PRC naval defences are holding for now it seems.

The land counterattack is inconclusive (1/1), but further thins the ROC lines.

At sea, the JP SAG takes a hit, whereas the PRC CV close defence systems shoot down the incoming missile at the last second.

It is the end of the turn, and it is the end of an era. The US in particular receive a mass influx of elite air, and a second carrier wing, stealth fighters, you name it…

The US now have 4 stealth air wings, 9 elite air units (strength 4 or 5), and 2 at strength 3, all bar one at full strength. They can even start keeping multi-purpose aircraft in reserve for ground support. On top and in reserve, they can withdraw damaged and low strength units from frontline service to avoid cheap VPs for the PRC.
The PRC have 3 stealth units (2 damaged), 4 strength 4 units, and 7 low utility aircraft strength 2 (most already damaged)…

This turn might well have been the last hurray before the tide is eventually turning against the PRC for good.




PRC now 164 (+22)
Allies 75 (+19)

The air fighting carnage for air space control was too costly for the PRC. They could compensate only by taking the southern tip of the island, so the next turn is again with the PRC holding the initiative.
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Why is there a carrier in Tainan? Also, note that the motorized guys can't land at a beachhead.
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Well,c the picture is actually not from the end of the turn, but from the start of the next, I just didn't have the file anymore.

Some units are OOS is the giveaway for the weather roll.... And I thought it says for naval units to retreat to a sea zone or closest port. Though I didn't look up if a captures port is a possible target location. If yes, then staying there allows for radar cover of the area, instead of going out to sea...

Good catch about the mot unit, yes, I knew that once, but clearly forgot it again. Did some of the moves in many tiny sittings in between other stuff, so wasn't always fully concentrated, and didn't always time to reread rules....:(
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Sure...but there isn't a Port in that hex.
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Could you please post the Nval Display picture ? I am very curious to see the situation.
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Toadkillerdog wrote:
Sure...but there isn't a Port in that hex.


Haha, true, they should be in the Hunei port one to the west :)
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solea wrote:
Could you please post the Nval Display picture ? I am very curious to see the situation.


and here it is

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