From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
5/22/42 and 5/23/42
Another good spell for the Allies:
North America: Quiet, 'cept an SSX put a sub in a TK at Los Angeles.
Pacific: Stout kB division A is making it's way southeast, passing between Midway and French Frigate. My TFs are far enough to the southeast that danger is almost nonexistent. My troops are bound for several ports, including Luganville, Noumea, and Fiji. Vindicators score three thousand-pound hits on AMC Kongo, which had been previuosly damged in a surface engagement.
Oz: Quiet at the moment. Supply levels look good.
Bay of Bengal: Stout KB divisions B is in the western Bay of Bengal. Possibly, Steve will land at Viz or vicinity. The Allies are pushing to catch up to 18th Div. at Asanol, hoping to work out a 1700 to 500 AV advantage.
China: The Chinese beat up on three weak, isoalted IJA units, destroying 100 squads in the process. I'm trying to figure out if I can afford to shake loose part of my northern MLR to reinforce the center and south. It's a long march between these outposts, so it's tough going.
Battle of Attrition: It is important for the Allies to engage in a positive attrition campaign - attrition is part of the game and unevoidable, so long-term the Allies need to make sure it's under favorable terms so that it helps avoid auto vic. In the past three days, the Allies have scored roughly 60 points in ships sunk (two AMC and a DD), roughly 15 for planes downed, and a net 15 for bases captured. This at a cost of perhaps 10 aircraft and one xAK). On the key 4x auto vic scales, that's a net difference of about 300 points. Of course, not every day will be like thise three, but we'll take 'em when we get 'em.
Now that we're nearing the end of May, here's how the points potential breaks down:
1) Base points: the Japanese juggernaut has slowed considerably. Steve can still pick up some points here and there - mainly in Oz and SoPac - but the Allies are getting in position to push back. India, for inrstance, is no longer ripe for the picking.
2) Aircraft: Japan has less than a 2:1 advantage here, and I think this will continue. The Allies are starting to draw better fighters and many pilots have good experience now. Too, I think the Allies are in good position in the two theaters that might be hottest - India and North America. I don't think the air war is going to prove fruitful for Steve.
3) Army: Steve has a better than 10x advantage here. All the key western bases with big garrisons have fallen. Steve can still pick up some points in China, but overall this ratio should slowly, gradually improve in favor of the Allies.
4) Ships: Steve is hurting here. He's sunk 1900 points but lost at least 1200. That's not a strong ratio and it's been decidely narrowing in the past month or so. Steve is a bit aggressive with his carriers and combat ships, so there is potential to score more points, though a blunder can be likewise costly.