April 26th 1942
Burma Headquarters: Lt General Christison CnC Burma Command: 3km south of Katha.
"the Dutch are making a last stand on Java sir."
"and Sumatra?" echoes the Burmese theater commander.
"radio intercepts reports the last support personel are heading for the northern coast." replied the orderly. "doubtful any evacuation for them now, under the present conditions, sir."
"Yes, the Japs hit Port Blair yesterday and the bloody bastards may have gotten the best of the fleet to boot." The general opined.
"Whats our situation Major?"
"Thiry-one hundred rifles with a furtherseventy-five hundred support personel,fifty-nine guns, mostly two pounders and morters, and one hundred and seven trucks and carriers, sir." came the crisp reply.
" Sir the moral is at best shaken, most of the boys are strung out from Katha over 75km of trail. They will not withstand a regimental sized assault."
"Sir, we just received word Akyab was hit lst night by battleships of the Imperial navy, most of the aircraft were destroyed or damaged including the Americans. The town is on fire, the airfield wrecked, and the port smashed. I think we are done in Burma sir."
" Good night Major, give orders for all the ground crews to break camp and head north first light. And Major?"
"Any word about Australia?"
"The lead elements of the 4th Australian Cavalry Brigade has made Terapo Sir." The Major was staring at the dirt floor of the leanto, "There are reports of a large naval engagement, we are hopeful.."
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