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spartan18a

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Early Raids in the Pacific Ocean Campaign WIP
« on: December 08, 2016, 04:34:01 AM »

This a project in WIP and with some help from the community, as it has been suggested, we can easily finish it and maybe add it to a bigger campaign.
http://patrulla-azul.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=142



Why this campaing?
Well, it is a gap in knowledge in most history books, or at least for me. It seems that after the attack on Pearl Harbor we always jump straight into Midway. I've always wondered what had happened in that period in between those two well-known historical events. In addition, I wanted to try to make an easy online/offline campaign for my squadron when I found the most incredible sources and I just could resist the temptation of trying. I made 3 missions, almost half way until I finally got bogged down.

Campaing Structure

First of all I found the perfect Bibliography:
http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar//USN/USN-CN-Raids/index.html#CONT

Then I found the perfect map which is also included now in CUP: The Marshall Islands (beta) by DaveOD06
http://www.sas1946.com/main/index.php/topic,41808.0.html
But the best of all was the wonderful template!!!! With this wonder I managed to create the first three missions.
Here is a quick mission template with objects populating each base
Download Marshalls 1942 mission template:
https://dl.orangedox.com/DwEn8mbKvHfxrXwFhF/Marshalls%201942%20Template.zip

Missions:
Mission 1: The Raid on the Marshall and Gilbert Islands, February I, 1942 (Task Force HOW) Enterprise
Mission 2: The Raid on the Marshall and Gilbert Islands, February I, 1942 (Task Force FOW) Yorktown
Mission 3: Action off Rabaul, February 20th
Mission 4: The Raids on Wake and Marcus Islands, February 24th and March 4th
Mission 5: The Raids on Wake and Marcus Islands, February 24th and March 4th
Mission 6: The attack on Lae and Salamaua, March 10th

Note: This was an online campaign in a virtual squadron. In a static campaign some missions could be divided up in many more, e.g. going to different atollls and flying different plane types.  ;)   

Watch video from 35:50 to 43:05
Battle 360º Cap 01 Call to Duty
February 1, 1942


Vídeos of the first three missions:
Mission 1


Mission 2


Mission 3


Why did I get bogged down?

In mission 4 I had to change the map and move to Wake island. The problem was that the map was empty. I found a great picture of a map with the Japanese defenses at that time but I had two problems, first I could hardly read the blurred legend in the map as I zoomed in and secondly, I got lost with some many objects. I was obsessed with historical rigor and I just couldn't get there.

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar//USN/USN-CN-Raids/maps/USN-CN-Raids-9.jpg



Today, I will upload the three missions I made for HSFX online and, if anyone wants to adapt them to CUP and finish the other 3, be my guest. This is some kind of collaborative work :) I did as much as my limited knowledge allowed me to. Some experienced campaign maker can finish it in the blink of an eye.

The briefing is in Spanish but I translated and summarize from the Bibliography source mentioned above. I wouldn't mind turn it back to English if we wish to finish it.

Here is the link to my Mission Files:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4ojmv822hfhjw9a/AACwYdPVhM0CFMNPYsrzeFJqa?dl=0

I have deleted the _ru and it seems to work in CUP but some minor error with objects.
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Re: Early Raids in the Pacific Ocean Campaign WIP
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2016, 05:04:18 AM »

This was already done with Motorhead's Campaign mod http://www.sas1946.com/main/index.php/topic,41494.0.html, in USN Dgen campaign you start with four raids in February 1942, with Kwajelein, Rabaul, Wake and Marcus Island, then Lae and Salamua raid in March then it goes to Coral Sea Battle and then Midway etc like 200 subcampaigns over 14 main campaigns for USN USAAF USMC IJN and IJA plus a few for other allied nations. His campaigns are huge with 100 plus planes in some missions check it out under campaigns section called 'Pearl Harbor - Tokyo' V2.0 and it does work with vp medias modpack but you have to install a few aircraft mods to get all the campaigns to generate.
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Re: Early Raids in the Pacific Ocean Campaign WIP
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2016, 05:14:10 AM »

That's interesting news that Motorheads campaign works with VP Media's Modpack. What additional aircraft do you need to install?
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Re: Early Raids in the Pacific Ocean Campaign WIP
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2016, 06:54:28 AM »

Hey Spartan

I agree with you wholeheartedly about this time frame in the Pacific theatre.
The first SEOW Campaign I built was based on the Task Force 8 Raid in Feb 1942.
As a tremendous base reference , I suggest you track down - likely at a University library near
you - Samuel Eliot Morrison's series "History of United States Naval Operations in World War II".
It is the most detailed broad strokes work I have found for this theatre in 40 years of interest.
I think this period falls between Volumes III-VII.
For the Japanese counterpart , I suggest "The Imperial Japanese Navy" by Paul S. Dull.
Good luck - I look forward to your results - perhaps by then I'll have WaW installed !

This is a useful Website :
http://pacific.valka.cz/forces/

as are these :
www.combinedfleet.com/

Oh, and the skinners in this community rock - they have made skins for most of this era (they made some for my campaoign) , but if you need a specific one , make a request - I am betting one of them will step up for you in a matter of days.

Kopfdorfer
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Re: Early Raids in the Pacific Ocean Campaign WIP
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2016, 09:35:42 AM »

I will check if the first 3 missions work in CUP ...
Updated first link too  :)

Thanks for the info, I´ll check it
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Re: Early Raids in the Pacific Ocean Campaign WIP
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2016, 02:32:04 PM »

Great thread and a good reference point, thanks Spartan.  We will all be back here often to check, and contribute too.  An interesting project set.
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Re: Early Raids in the Pacific Ocean Campaign WIP
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2016, 11:46:57 AM »

If someone could help me a bit with the Japanese objects on Wake (according to the map above), I could easily make the next Mission 4 in CUP and then try to convert the frirst three into CUP too and in English.
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Re: Early Raids in the Pacific Ocean Campaign WIP
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2016, 07:22:02 AM »



From Wikipedia:

Aerial photograph of the attack on Wake Island by aircraft from Carrier Air Group Five (CVG-5) from the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) on 5 October 1943. Unbeknownst to the attackers this led to a cruel war crime. Two days later, fearing an imminent invasion, Rear Admiral Shigematsu Sakaibara ordered the murder of the 98 captured American civilian workers remaining on the island since its capture in 1941, kept to perform forced labour for the Japanese. They were taken to the northern end of the island, blindfolded and machine-gunned. After the war, Sakaibara and his subordinate, Lieutenant-Commander Tachibana, were sentenced to death for this and other war crimes. Several Japanese officers in American custody had committed suicide over the incident, leaving written statements that incriminated Sakaibara. Tachibana’s sentence was later commuted to life in prison. Legend: A: burning fuel dumps B: Mitsubishi A6M2 and A6M3 Zero fighters C: gun positions D: trenches and barbed wire positions.
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