Did Tatiana lose a couple of spotters on her journey?
Leadership/training commandIs Josh Jaroshek enough of an aviator where he gets pulled towards the test pilot programs as some of the fighter aces did (i.e.Dick Bong, Don Gentile), or is he more of the leadership path (i.e.Don Blakeslee, David Schilling).
Or, "be patient, weedhopper"?
I honestly think some people are over thinking the Tatiana story a bit - yes she's very good/lucky but in real life some snipers were very good/lucky. They're the snipers who became famous names during the war. Plenty weren't as good/lucky as her and they're the ones who became a helmet on a rifle in some field somwhere...I can see that as a writer that she is mostly a 2-D placeholder as I felt like I needed someone's eyes to look through at Leningrad.
Part of this is that any mistake is likely to be a fatal mistake and it is hard to tell a story through dead eyes (not impossible, but hard)
And some of it is that the character has not spoken deeply to me unlike some of the other characters so I use her merely as an illustration.
I can see what you're saying.
Or worse, blown apart.I honestly think some people are over thinking the Tatiana story a bit - yes she's very good/lucky but in real life some snipers were very good/lucky. They're the snipers who became famous names during the war. Plenty weren't as good/lucky as her and they're the ones who became a helmet on a rifle in some field somwhere...
minor point ... I think its usually rendered as BalikpapAnBalikpapen, Borneo August 18, 1943
Three squadrons of medium bombers began their initial run in. Two batteries of medium anti-aircraft guns were flinging shells at the formation. The first bursts were off to the side and low but soon corrections were scoring the aluminum sides of the North American products. Two squadrons of Republic built fighters criss-crossed the air over the bombers looking for a fight that was not being presented to them. The bombardier lined up on his target as the lead bomber flew past the refinery that was barely operational as almost no oil was heading north back to Japan any more. Instead, they were seeking the airfields that housed the occupied port's defenders. Hundreds of bombs began to rain down as the five Dutch squadrons escaped with light losses on another combat mission that was becoming a routine milk run.
Reinforcements for Luzon ?a big troop convoy was being held in the northern Formosan port
Good question:Reinforcements for Luzon ?
We have seen the AmeriTim division is already in Luzon. May I ask how many Army divisions have you assigned for the PTO in TTL? In OTL 13 were deployed by Q1 1943 and rose to a total of 22.
I'm guessing the general condition of the uniformed Filipino forces are considerably higher than this time historically. Is that the case? You've got a substantial number of Filipino forces on Bataan that have considerable *and successful* battlefield experience. Not only veteran footsoldiers, but also with their own leadership in higher command levels, accustomed to working with large formations. Leaders like Captain Ibling (and hundreds of others like him) should be a very solid base to build from.(snip)
A division of Filipino Scouts are being raised on Palawan with the guerrillas being the core of that force.
Thanks a lot for the answer!(snip)
There are Division HQs in New Caledonia and Samoa. These units are the first raided for attachments and detachments. For instance Samoa lacks half the surgeons that they should have and a regiment from the New Caledonia division is on Guadacanal.Thanks a lot for the answer!
So between the Bataan garrison and the newly raised Phlippine Scouts, the USA has 3,5 additional divisions for light duty that didn't have in OTL. Also, if I remember correctly you had posted in the past that there is 1 KNIL division with more training.
Are the divisional garrisons in New Caledonia and Samoa field divisions or division-size garrisons? If its the latter, is it safe to assume that the OOB is 2 infantry divisions fewer than OTL? So there is the potential to see anything from 2 to 9 additional divisions in the ETO come 1944? I remember also that you posted that NG divisions at were shipped in the ETO in 1944 are already on their way. It will be a very interesting 1944.