From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
India: 8th Marines withstood an attack by 5th Division in the woods north of Calcutta. Tomorrow, though Imperial Guards will join the attack. The Marines will get roughed up, but the real trick will be to extract them from the front lines. The best thing is that the Allies now have B-17s and Liberatores that can slow the rate of enemy advance. The KB remains parked near Sumatra's west tip. Karachi has 350k supplies and Bombay 450k. The convoy system from USA to Capetown and from there to Karachi and Bombay is now fully functional, with lots of fully-laden cargro vessels inbound to India.
Reinforcements: 27th/B Div. begins loading at Perth tonight. So, 27th Div. is enroute, as is 18th UK Div. another UK Div. that arrives at Aden over the next two weeks, and two more Marine regiments. The USA RCT enroute to Socatra is about ten days out, so even in the unlikely event Steve sends his carriers there, the Army will arrive first.
China: The entire MLR is beset by the enemy - from the Indian border to Changsha to Ankang to Lanchow to Yenan to Hami - but everything looks good everywhere that's critical. Only at Lanchow do I not have enough information to know how tight my defenses are. Steve is trying to get something going in the two hexes east of Changsha, but the Chinese should be able to handle that. The Chinese haven't suffered a defeat/retreat/mass-loss-of-squads since the very start of the game, when a few units got caught in the open. So the Chinese army is in the best possible condition right now.
North America: Quiet.
Macro Strategy: Obviously, China is the locus of Steve's primary plan. My only question at this point is whether his India expedition is intended to tie up the northeastern part of that country to prevent supply and reinforcements from going to China, or whether Steve really intends to pull a Q-Ball on me here. With some reservations, I am skeptical that he will come full bore in India. I just think the Allies have too much there (and coming) and have had too long to prepare the necessary speed bumps and redoubts to prevent the place from being isolated. North America is fine now, but I'm still keeping a wary eye out in Oz. I've essentially stripped it of all outside support, now, so that it would be in trouble if Steve committed ten divisions there. But I don't think he has anything like that available any longer.
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