From: Lone Star Nation
April 4, 1943
Ground battles in Burma today.
Steelhead torpedoes and sinks a small 1250 capacity tanker near Truk. These working torps are no fun.
All major Kuriles garrisons are in place. Shimushiri makes forts 4. We are working on a plan to raid damaged enemy CAs at Dutch Harbor while flooding the area with subs. Then if CF runs we maybe pick them off. Need a brighter moon, though.
B-25s raid Tulagi again while B-24s hit Port Moresby. Is all this a prelude to invasion, a feint, or advanced training?
KB arrives at Truk to rest up and remain in position to deal with any moves in the Pacific.
Port Hedland makes airfield 1. We didn't improve this field thinking the base wouldn't stay in our hands for long, but now want an airstrip to assist with our slow developing offensive aimed at Derby and Broome.
Two attacks today with ok results.
First, 14th Division draws the unenviable task of establishing a bridgehead over the river from Akyab to the hex just to the East, where a battered but still decent sized Commonwealth force is trying to retreat through the jungle. The SA comes off at 1:3, casualties are 106(8) vs 2128(13). Painful but necessary. The division's remaining AS should be strong enough to invoke the bridgehead rule, preventing a further SA when the infantry of 17th Army arrives tomorrow or the next day. Very interesting to see disruption and morale minuses applied to the Allies here. They are in bad shape.
Next, we try a DA in hex 56, 49 near Toungoo, where two Indian Divisions are trying to retreat. We get a 1:1, casualties 854(5) vs 1101(5). We were a little greedy here and kept 1st Armored Division on pursuit orders. We will try again tomorrow with the tanks committed to the fight this time. As near Akyab, the Indians have the morale malus. In addition, one enemy unit got its AV smashed pretty good if the replay is to be believed.
CF's attempted withdrawal in Burma is logical and interesting. Operation Scorpion may have to adjust on the fly. Our main goal is to neuter the Commonwealth forces by depleting their replacement squad pools.
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