October 20th 1942
The 2nd British Division and 16th British brigade, together with the Langsa Base force reached and attempted to recapture Langsa in the island of Sumatra. The allied advance met with stiff resistance from the Japanese 21st Division and 4 infantry regiments. Now, the Japanese counterattack met with determined resistance from the allied forces that prepare to retreat to Sabang.
In Koepang, the allies attempt yet again to dislodge the enemy invaders and, this time, it seems the breaking point is near for the beleaguered Japanese forces. At one to one odds, the enemy suffered a thousand casualties against 500 allied.
October 21st 1942
The Imperial Japanese Navy tries, once again, to forestall the inevitable. A potent surface task force including the heavy cruisers Haguro, Nachi, Mogami, Suzuya, Kumano, Aoba and Furutaka approach Koepang at night with the intention of attacking the transports and bombarding the defenders. This time, things are different. The cruiser force meets an allied Battleship covering force including Colorado, Oklahoma, Idaho, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, and the heavy cruisers Pensacola, New Orleans, Minneapolis and Vincennes. Aided by radar, the allies detect the enemy force at 20,000 yards and, when the range closes to 12,000 yards, the allied forces open fire on the surprised Japanese ships.
CA Haguro, Shell hits 1
CA Nachi, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Mikuma, Shell hits 1, on fire
CA Kumano, Shell hits 3
CA Aoba, Shell hits 1
CA Furutaka, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Kagero, Shell hits 1
DD Shiranui, Shell hits 2
DD Amagiri, Shell hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
The surprised Japanese only score one hit on Colorado, Idaho, CL Concord and DD Lardner.
As daylight breaks, the allied forces attack the Japanese yet again. Running short on ammunition and supply, the enemy suffers a thousand casualties against only 300 by the allied forces.
Appear at places to which he must hasten; move swiftly where he does not expect you.