From: Brisbane, Australia
13 August 1944
I-39 pays Andaman Island a visit a get a single torpedo hit on MSW Rampur which is reported as sunk. Not sure if Todd is prepping this for an invasion or just making me think something is one the way. Anyway another one of his minesweepers goes under to add to the list of minesweepers that have been lost trying to clear my fields.
Krung Thep is hit by 106 Liberators and then another raid of 128 B-29s. A mass of damage is reported but by the end of the day the only damage is to airfield service which stands at 92. Later in the day 36 Mitchell target 50th Division with 145 casualties reported and 5 guns lost. Another 45 Mitchell pick on 119th IJA Base Force with 70 casualties and 1 gun lost. 1 Mitchell is report destroyed by flak with another 5 cut up so badly they are reported as operational losses.
The Japanese bombardment attack achieves the miserable results of 12 Allied casualties.
In return Todd launches a shock attack by the Allied forces. The Allied adjusted assault value is 2951 (raw value of 2354) against the Japanese adjusted assault value of 3313 (raw value of 1751). My decision on the previous turn to send resting units back into the field at Krung Thep has paid dividends. 2nd Parachute Regiment 79 Experience, 54 Morale, 0 Disruption, 5 Fatigue and 62 AV and 29th Independent Mixed 61 Experience, 36 Morale, 0 Disruption, 5 Fatigue and 106 AV make it in time for the fight. 35th Brigade 74 Experience, 41 Morale, 0 Disruption, 5 Fatigue and 134 AV will arrive tomorrow. The Allied attack falters at 0 – 1 odds and the Allies report 1787 casualties, 46 guns and 8 vehicles lost to the Japanese 1217 casualties and 26 guns lost. The forts remain at level 1. I must do something to repair the base damage and get those forts up otherwise one of these shock attacks will crack the defenders. Todd admitted that he went for the shock attack so soon after the deliberate attack to test the defences especially as the forts were so far down. I have decided that 48th Division 96 Experience, 19 Morale, 75 Disruption, 67 Fatigue and 201 AV Assault needs to come out of the line for some rest and time to bring that morale up some more.
Tavoy also takes more aerial punishment.
No attention to Bangkok this turn.
Kido Butai, although powerful, was a raiding force, and this is exactly how the Japanese understood its usage. 'Shattered Sword'