Feb 5, 1944
Brad is driving me crazy...
Another massive landing on the other side of the map.
Ramree island is invested. A full indian division, supported by a motorized brigade, landed at Ramree Island. LSIs and LSTs, supported by a RN cruiser force.
The invaders met 3 rather weak infantry regiments and a mortar battalion.
I forgot to give escort to 2 Judy sentais... they took off from Rangoon and got slaughtered by his LRCAP from Akyab. 40 of them got shot down with only a few passing through and making the attack, placing only a single 500kg bomb on a British CL...
We got a little revenge in central Burma, where we ambushed 80 Vengeances attacking the 48th/C Div moving in the jungle east of Akyab...downing 70 of them for no loss. The Burma air Army continues with its incredible score!
At Sarmi the landings continue unmolested. I'm holding my counter move here, waiting for his CVs to pop up.
So now we have American CVEs near Hollandia, more near Port Hedland (with some APAs spotted there), a cruiser force in the Bay of Bengal (approx. 14 hexes NW of Port Blair), not to consider the fake invasion of Wake Island and the series of decoy TFs in the I.O. west of Sumatra...
He's clearly trying to attack on multiple vector, in order to puzzle my defences and unbalance me.
Here now I need discipline. I cannot go and defend everywhere, nor I can react to every attempt of his to drive away my attention, my focus.
My bet: his CVs may be in two places basically: hidden in the Coral Sea, behind New Britain, waiting for a penetration towards Woleai (CENTPAC), or in the I.O., in order to jump on Sumatra as soon as I eat one of his other baits.
Also they could be near Cylon...waiting for an operation against the Adamans...
Sarmi is important, but not decisive.
Ramree is important. But he has already landed there. I have a plan to defend my western Burmese flank.
The Mariannas are covered.
The Kuriles are impracticable (blizzard time).
Sumatra, the Adamans and Timor are the priorities. Discipline Greyjoy. Stay focused and don't go hunting lullabies and ghosts .