From: USA now in Brasil
January 20, 1942
In North Africa the British have taken Benghazi.
The adoption of the "Final Solution to the Jewish Problem" takes place in the Wannsee suburb of Berlin.
I'd like you all to know that when I enter things about the war and policies of the governments involved it's nothing other than presenting facts as we know them. I do not want to offend anyone, but what happened, happened so please remember I'm enhancing a story, not being political.
I have learned another valuable lesson about Steve's tendencies, expensive lesson, in that the KB is prowling on the eastern edge of his empire in force and that future raids will only be conducted when he's spotted and I feel he can't interfere. The KB ran me down even though I retired at full speed for two days on a southerly course. I didn't linger around Wake, hit and run, and yet I got nailed. I did stop to replenish the TF and then continued to retire a mission speed, again to the south. All of this was done outside of his LBA patrol range. Good guessing and planning on Steve's part. The Big E will return as an Essex class flattop later on and the war goes on.
Steve is doing an excellent job of appearing to keep his shipping inside of Nell and Betty range. The IJN is lurking in invasion areas with BBs that I dare not challenge, for now. I'm having a difficult time trying to spot an opening where I can dash in and out for a quick hitter.
My subs, especially the Dutch and British, are taking a toll on his APs, TKs and AKs but this is not enough to be more than an annoyance to him. My sub mining ops by the USN has been fairly effective with the occasional hit and the tying up of assets. As Steve lays his minefields it becomes more dangerous for me to continue this mining offensive. I plan on spreading it out more to the periphery of his Empire in addition to his big bases and the Home Islands.
The Aluetians continue their build up as Anchorage would be extremely difficult for the Japanese to take. Given this I hope to expand to the west here in force.
I'll be starting my ship upgrades in another 2 1/2 months and plan to give this a very high priority. Smaller vessels will be done at Pearl and CVs, BBs, CAs, CLs and some DDs will be done on the West Coast. I'll rotate the ships being done as convoy escorts and when done some will be off to Alaska.