From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
Port Blair: This important base falls. That frees up two IJA divisions and gives Steve considerably more room to operate. I wonder if he'll send the troops forward. It would be a blessing, probably, if he diverted them to Sabang, though I am making good use of that base for patrol aircraft.
India: 8th Marines gets away. I am guardedly optimistic the Japanese won't be able to catch up (I think Steve may be lamenting the absence of his armor in India right now - most of those units are in China, Oz, and the SWPac islands). Nearly 500k supply at Karachi, with 450k at Bombay. Much more inbound. Another engineer unit (this one a good American outfit) arrives at Socatra.
Reinforcements: 18th UK Div. is halfway between Cocos and Diego, with lots more reinforcements trailing. The route still seems open.
Japanese Intentions: I can only guess that Steve is gathering a truly massive invasion armada. That's the only reason I can think of to park the KB where it's at. If he's coming, and it's massive, I'd say the objective will be Ceylon or India's west coast. If it's the former, he can pick it up on the cheap now. If it's the latter, Bombay has 450 AV, Karachi 800 (with 200 enroute), Bhaumgat (spelling?) 300 (that's the port closest to Karachi), and lots of other units not far away. So a rear-door play shouldn't meet with easy success. Not to mention the Allied carriers, which have refueled, recovered their aircraft, and are making their way slowly SE (true). If Steve moves for Ceylon or Viz, I might raid Sumatra. If he comes for the West Coast, my carriers will force the issue.
China: Lanchow Sector: Now 10 IJ units in the mountains NE (true) of Lanchow, with about 20 still in the original hex. Lots of Chinese units in the mountains all over the place. I think the Chinese can counter whatever he's up to. Some might note that this entire campaign somewhat resembles the Atlanta Campaign. Johnston kept countering Sherman effectively, but kept retiring while doing so, so that gave up alot of ground. The Chinese have pulled back some, but we're not yet in a Johnstonesque mode. The MLR is still intact.
North America: Five good American AA units at San Fran and points south are moving to East Coast. If things still look quiet on the West Coast by the time they arrive, they'll move to Capetown. I still have scads of AA units at Seattle, Vancouver, and several other important bases.
Port Moresby: Oops, those USN destroyers go in tonight, not last night. :) IJ combat ships are present, so let's see what happens.
Oz: Something seems to be moving south towards Port Headland. CA Australia and CLs Boise and Mauritius are present to provide cover.
< Message edited by Canoerebel -- 8/8/2012 9:50:24 PM >