From: La Salle, Colorado
March 2-3, 1942
The beat rolls on...
Loading up the Kawafuto Brigade for landing at Umnak. Should serve as a diversion from Aussieland. Moved a small STF of 5DD to Attu and they are now on their way to Dutch Harbor to see what they find.
Paramushiro Jima My two AO depart on the 2nd heading SE to redndezvous with the Junyo--Nisshin--Yamato TF once it gets up here.
From Jaluit a STF of 1 CL and 4 DD depart heading to Pago Pago looking from trouble.
A lot of movement as SS take-up their patrol areas and the KB moves down to support operations in the region between NZ and southern Australia.
Tjilatjap falls on the 3rd and 10 Dutch units surrender. The only troops left on Java are at Bandoeng. My ID move towards there immediately and should have the base within 4 days. This will then free-up the 3 ID needed for Geraldton.
Already detailed the events above. The landing shreds my SNLF Assault Brigade so I immediately lift it off and will bring it back to Java to rebuild. Hiryu and Ryujo stay in the after and go after several TF spotted at extreme range.
Take hex 58,46 (west of Mandalay) and troops now move to cross the river before heading into Swebo. Move 3 BF units to Mandalay to advance my airpower. Have a large BF unloading at Rangoon on the 3rd.
Pt Blair has been held by my 1st Raiders for nearly 6 weeks but I need these Paratroopers for Australia so they are being lifted out and sent to Corunna Downs.
The 90th and 4th Inf Brigades depart Tarakan and head for Pt. Hedlund. They will be used to support the Paratroopers once a base is taken.
Mopping up the area continues. Several Allied ships fled the fall of Singapore and they have been sunk. The ships sunk include a couple of AM with a ML sunk on the 2nd.
Take Mornington Isle on the 3rd.
Exmouth falls on the 2nd with no troops defending it. The APD TF that dropped off the troops will now swing around to Carnarvon and grab that. I will move Engineers into both locations and begin AF expansion. It would be nice to do the whole Western Australia Landing under cover of LBA.
As stated above the 2nd Aust ID was bombed on the 3rd. This makes the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th ID present north of Daly Waters.
Some positive news here as troops cut in behind the Chinese MLR on the road NW of Nanyang. The six units below this are now cutoff from supply. We'll see if I can now BLAST those troops out and begin the drive on Sian. The rate of attacks here is directly related to supply so this is serving to slow things down even more.
3-2: Wyndham AF-3
3-3: Madang Pt-2
3-2: CV Junyo
The TF I can now form-up at Kure shall consist of the new CV Junyo (27Z, 18 V, 12 K), CVL NIsshin (21 Z and 12 K), BB Yamato, 1 CL, 2 Moon-Class DD, and 6 other DDs. Everyone will be together on the 4th and the TF shall depart of the 5th.
< Message edited by John 3rd -- 4/17/2012 4:56:18 PM >