From: Lone Star Nation
May 7, 1943
Two years to VE Day.
Mingo duds on an ASW SC near Pescadores, return fire puts a DC into the sub. Pompon misses an E near Tokyo. Near Kwaj, Scorpion first duds on a PB, then torpedoes and sinks the xAK it was escorting.
CF somehow divines that we were hiding out mini subs at Kiska and sweeps it with DDs, sinking both minis present. Probably SigInt. Their next sweep of Amchitka will find Japanese mines.
CF continues to raid the Tulagi airfield and we continue to let him. Tulagi was always designed as a foreground to soak up attacks. Our Solomons air power relies on bases farther up the chain, primarily Munda and Shortlands.
We close off three of four hex sides into Broome. An armor unit will now clean up the last hex side. We have almost completed the isolation of two Aussie Divisions here.
Koepang goes to forts 5.
There are no enemy air attacks today. Quite a surprise - perhaps the enemy fighters are worn out, as weather was good.
We had our Nells at Port Blair launch a night raid on overstacked Chittagong airfield with frankly disappointing results. This deterrent effort will continue, however, as it may force redeployment or at least cause CF to use up an air group slot on night CAP. The IJN at Singapore is further readying a bombardment mission to Chittagong, but this will take time.
We DA Magwe and are both pleased and concerned. Raw AS is well in our favor, but forts were at level 5, more than we expected. Still, we knock them down to level four and get a decent 1:1 (close to 2:1). Casualties are 2578(111) vs 2543(25). Bottom line, we will take this base unless the Allied air force ruins our troops. The IJAAF will give maximum effort to prevent this.
However, Magwe won't fall quickly, which sets up the possibility of reinforcement from Meiktila. We still have one infantry division en route, and could throw in more troops if we risked weakness at Taung Gyi and its approaches. On the plus side, our armored corps, ignored for a day by the Allied air force, will cross the river and be positioned 1 hex NE of Magwe and 1 hex West of Mandalay. We should be able to seize Mandalay and at least temporarily cut the LoC to Meiktila and Magwe. The fun will be in making this stick. If he hasn't already, CF will surely see the danger to Meiktila tomorrow, with only one hex left to escape from (Mandalay), and that hex garrisoned by one small unit with three armored divisions only a day away on a good road.
The war in Burma hangs in the balance over the next week. Times like this are when you realize how fun this game truly is. Will Operation Scorpion be Japan's Saratoga or her Gettysburg? I guess we will all have to wait and find out! Our troops are in good shape and we DA again tomorrow at Magwe.
A seemingly innocuous BA at long besieged Tienshui sets in motion a plan dubbed Operation Edelweiss by Cribtop HQ. More on this later.
Kure Naval Base
Akagi, Kaga, Ryujo, the two Tone class CAs, and about 6 DDs arrive to begin their refits.