From: the flight deck of the Zuikaku
13 Oct 42
Burma: I sent a bombardment force to Chittagong, where he has most of his fighters. It was composed of 4 CA, 2 CL and DD escort. The bombardment destroyed only 1 Hurricane on the ground, but damaged a couple dozen planes and did heavy damage to the airfield along with light damage to the port. I should have targeted the airbase with my 100+ bombers for today but didn't think of it. Too bad. I have another CA bombardment force ready to hit Chittagong again tomorrow.
During the day, I shot down 2 Martlets at a cost of 3 Tojos over Cox's Bazaar. Hmm.. I caught his bombers over my army and got 2 more P-40Ks and 11x bombers(!) for no loss. Banzai!
I had a division also crawling over the river into the hex just east of Cox's Bazaar. It made it there today and caught the 267 armored regiment in move mode during it's shock attack. Here's the result:
Ground combat at 55,43 (near Cox's Bazar)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 12810 troops, 120 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 444
Defending force 1420 troops, 14 guns, 93 vehicles, Assault Value = 141
Japanese adjusted assault: 604
Allied adjusted defense: 169
Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1
Defender: terrain(+), op mode(-), leaders(+)
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(+)
Japanese ground losses:
708 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 50 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Allied ground losses:
265 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 17 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 32 (19 destroyed, 13 disabled)
Units retreated 1
Defeated Allied Units Retreating!
267th Armoured Brigade
I'm not sure how long it'll take to rebuild that brigade, but it is trashed for the time being. It retreated into Cox's Bazaar. The only supply path Cox's Bazaar has is through the jungle hex to the north. The road is cut. So is the supply path for Akyab.....again.
51, 52, 58 Construction Battalions - Tokyo - They are all Southern Army units. They will move as a group to build forts where needed. I'm not sure where I'll send them first. They need replacements so I have time to decide.
54-57 Construction Battalions - Keijo - The first 3 are Southern Army units and the last is Kwantung Army. I'm buying that last one out. All four, after filling out with replacements, will work as a group to build forts as well.
53 Construction Battalion - Shanghai - CEA - I'm buying this one as well and will use it, possibly with the first 3 bns, as fort construction troops. This will give me 2 big piles of engineers to work on forts quickly. I'll probably assign transports and escorts to stay with them so they can move on to the next base as soon as they are done building.
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