Herbiesan listens in stunned silence.
"Re read the figures please"
The Staff officer visibly flinches. His hand are visibly shaking...
"Sir, the following divisions managed to get across the river befoore the battle:
2nd guards, remains at nominally full strength,
33rd division, at 80%
55th division at 80%"
He hesitates again.
"Read them!". the dictators voice lashes across the room
"Sir!.......ah, ah, the following divisions were thrown across the river............
38th, at 75% , 54th, at 40%, 28th at 15%, 8th at 50%........sir, 20th Army, Burma Army have been shattered.
57th rests at bangkok, at , at 50%, ............we have no news on the Thai units, they appear to have collapsed totally. Artillery also is badly broken..........."
The silence, the horror in this dark room, is heavy. Heavy and dangerous.
'the Akyab army?
"56th, 5th, 12th, 9th, 18th, and 4th divisions have finally cleared the jungle, and are moving south on Rangoon."
What went wrong?
Plenty my friend
But plenty you could not stop, or forsee.
Heavy bombers close the fields, the fighters vanish, and thus the reaping begins..............
Very well then. Moulmien line it is. And the fields, the fields, this time we must keep them open...........
But. But herbiesan, what of those shattered divisions?. Even if we get them away, where will we rebuild them?. What will we replace them with?
This is the enemies main thrust, his main effort. We must treat it as such.
herbiesan surveys the great map. selects units.
Issues his orders.
With great effort, he controls the rage that fills him.
Must not seem weak, must not display doubt............not in front of them, these idiots who call themselves generals.......
"I attach no blame........we must recover the situation with boldness. 15th Army must recover the retreat. Get the army to moulmien"
he turns to leave, turns about again. 'Amend that. All Thai units to Rangoon. I have never trusted them, lets leave them somewhere from where there is no retreat."