From: Lone Star Nation
February 25, 1943
All quiet in the Kuriles. Not so much in Burma.
I-180 torpedoes and sinks the kamikaze xAK trying to re-supply Broome. The appearance of this vessel proves that the Allied beachhead here is already suffering supply issues.
ASW harasses Seawolf near Singers.
Despite a significant augmentation of already robust air search patterns, the Allied CVEs are nowhere to be seen. Surprisingly, the damaged AMC is still afloat, and the fact that she is neither attacked nor spotted by enemy CV air means the enemy TF made a big move back. Was this a feint? Is CF pulling back before a quick run in, hoping to catch us returning to normal? Cribtop Intel doesn't know for sure, but believes the fact the Allies didn't bull ahead once spotted significantly decreases the odds this was an invasion.
Milne Bay goes to airfield 3. Tomorrow we begin loading up engineers from Gasmata to move out to the DEI. The SE Fleet AO's defenses are nearing completion.
Allied air flies in numbers and gets good hits on our divisions withdrawing from Chittagong. After the move phase, only two infantry divisions are still in the clear hex, and they should get into the jungle tomorrow. The whole army will march back to CB and then advance on Akyab. Intention is to use an armored regiment to cut off the base in hopes we can force a surrender. This would open up CF's right flank and leave a decent sized Indian force in danger of total isolation, which would in turn put 17th and 15th Armies on the edge of the central valley and put the Commonwealth right into disarray. Then the monsoon will come and curtail what CF is capable of in this AO.
The Allies, probably thinking they were facing a recon unit, try a DA in the road hex between Prome and Toungoo. I suspect CF was surprised to find the dug in 1st IJA Armored Division. Odds were 1:16, casualties 954(4) vs 69(1). The three LCUs committed to the attack (two Indian Divisions and a Brit recon unit), show tons of minuses from weeks of unopposed bombing by Helens. We imagine they are pretty roughed up.
A few more surprises. CF has finally gotten a base force to Meiktila as today's recon shows 20-some fighters. Two big Tojo groups will sweep tomorrow, followed up by all our Helens hitting the airfield. Also, a sub on picket duty south of Ceylon picks up a TF reported as 4 ships, including a CA. Could be an ASW TF, could be something more interesting.