From: Lone Star Nation
July 21, 1942
A good day in China!
We have shifted the Karachi wolf pack to the tip of the subcontinent. We also have another wolf pack near Colombo. This is because of several recent "heavy volume" intercepts from Colombo.
4th Fleet, SE Fleet, 14th Army
It appears that the enemy armor in NW Oz is not advancing after all. There is also no sign of the B-17s.
We will soon upgrade the Rangoon Nells to G3M3 and then swap them with Bettys currently at Port Blair.
Airfield buildapalooza: Prome to 4, Toungoo to 2, Calcutta to 7.
So far, the enemy has responded to Operation Red Dragon with a series of local counter attacks by existing stacks near Kukong and Changsha. We believed we had sufficient force defending the sides of the developing kessel, CF apparently disagreed. Today is judgment day, and our forces are not found wanting.
First, we DA the former Kweilin garrison at 76, 53, achieving a 2:1 and retreating 6 LCUs a second time, which should leave them shells. Casualties are 7352(526) vs 982(1). Our armor pursues, leaving the new enemy occupied hex "unowned." This means our armor can move to cut the enemy off from Hengyang.
CF tries two Allied DAs. The first, at 77, 56 (near Wuchow), is a 1:2 affair with casualties 2385(20) vs 871(2). We have lots of supply nearby to recover and will use the IJAAF wing at Canton to pound the enemy here.
Next, a much bigger DA at Changsha goes in at 1:2, destroying one enemy LCU and resulting in casualties of 10249(287) vs 4067(13).
Thus, with his only reserves still at Chungking, CF finds himself stuck at the bottom of the bag with 17th Army's crack troops only three hexes of good road away from closing the top of the sack on up to 45 LCUs.
His situation here, IMHO, is dire. He has lost 1,575 Chinese squads in a week, while our main maneuver force is about to slam the back door to Changsha. Meanwhile, two more divisions will reinforce the IJA in the region over the next few days. He can still abandon Changsha, but that is fine with us as the loss of the Changsha cluster should cripple supply on a strategic scale for the Chinese army.
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