From: La Salle, Colorado
June 6, 1942
Assets continue to flow up from Tulagi--Lunga to the Marshalls as we prepare to blast the American lodgement there.
Troops are now nearly all in position to take Dutch Harbor, Akutan, and Cold Bay. Right now we're only waiting for the 7th ID to arrive in Theatre.
This operation shall be similar to what Dan did (meaning a distraction), however, I am not leaving my troops to die on a hopeless mission nor will I simply scatter my ships KNOWING there shall be a counterstroke. YES: I am bitter over the BS of his Marshall's Landing. I shall go through the particulars of who is landing where on the next update.
KB refuels and nails Makin and Tarawa with afternoon Kate strikes. With fuel they now move slightly NE making sure the seas are clear of Allied FLEEING SINGLE SHIP TF's (Very BITTER...).
During the night BB's Ise and Hyuga deliver a devastating bombardment to the troops on Tarawa. They inflict only 187 Casaulties but absolutely PLASTER the Port (goes from 0 to 97% Damage). This will serve to keep Fort building minimalized.
Bettys at Roi Namur shall begin AF attacks at both Makin and Tarawa tomorrow.
The 14th ID arrives at Nauru where it shall unload and then reload picking up more supplies for the Assault Landing at Tarawa. They shall be facing the 7th Marine Regiment and a TK Bn. YUMMY!
The troops shall enter Noumea tomorrow. Two ID and a Brigade are well into Luganville planning while another ID is planning a Makin Assault.
I took Cloncurry about a week ago by a TK Reg and it is now driving on Normanton. He just took Cloncurry back this turn. Want him somewhat distracted due to not having ANY useful troops up here other then two TK Reg and the 90th Inf Reg. Support Troops and an ID is on the way from China departing there in about a week.
The Force threatening Geraldton is nearly back to Carnavon where 50% of it shall be lifted and dropped off at Aussie Bases to garrison them. Will go through those specifics later.
Man Dan really missed the bus on re-taking Burma over the last month. He has buckets of troops in Regiment and Brigade strength in the jungle hexes along the Burma Border. He SHOULD have attacked. I have moved enough troops here to hold. Three ID will be departing China in a few days to provide some serious teeth to this region where I might try to hit several of these hexes to drive the troops back.
Imperial Guards is now fully unloaded at Port Blair. It will take a NUKE to take that base back.
Have ordered the (9th Air Fleet HQ, an Air Flotilla, and several Base Forces from China to Langsha, Padang, and Georgetown to provide serious air support for WHEN Dan comes this way. Plenty of Engineers are digging in along the western shore of Sumatra with a minimum of a Regiment/Brigade at each point.
Continuing to inflict serious losses on the Chinese. This turn saw victorious cleansings of hexes (83,52---79,56). The Japanese lose a 1,000 men and destroy over 5,000 Chinese. Troops moving in all directions shifting garrisons and getting things in order. Changteh is now on the target list as troops begin moving into the base hex.
Aircraft are pounding Kweilin and Changteh. AF's at both locations are 100% damaged. Hitting the troops there right now as well.
Forgot to mention a little development: CV Hiyo, CVL Ryujo, CL Yahagi, and three modern DD joined the Fleet over the last week. They are all formed up, passing North Luzon, and heading to Oosthaven to join-up with Junyo and 3 CVE based there.