From: La Salle, Colorado
Nov 10-17, 1942
Thought I might cover Dan's shipping losses and then do a detailed Combat Report of the 17th.
CVE Long Island and Copahee take one bomb each.
AVP and AK SUNK
3 AK Damaged
5 AK SUNK
CA New Orleans Damaged
1 APD and 4 AK SUNK
2 DD, 1 AP, and 2 AK Damaged
DD Buchanon, AR, AO, KV, AP, 5 AK SUNK
DD, AE, AV, and 4 AK Damaged
1 AK SUNK
DD, 4 AK and 1 AP Damaged
BB South Dakota hit by 2 bombs from Vals
1 DD and 3 AK SUNK
2 DD and 6 AK Damaged
1 AP and 5 AK SUNK
1 AP and 3 AK Damaged
1 AP and 5 AK SUNK
3 AP, 1 TK, and 1 AK Damaged
November 17, 1942
The situation in Northern Sumatra is precarious but not TERRIBLE. Dan has Sabang and all the western islands down to but not including Enggano
Sibolga is under attack and won't hold for much longer. Two Naval Guard have held off 5 Regiments worth of Inf for nearly a week. Give them credit for delaying him this long. Theyw ill get support in the form of BB Bomb this turn coming up. Would love to land reinforcements here but doubt if I'll get the chance.
He has landed at Padang but won't get it. I now have reinforcements landed/landing there and will soon attack to drive him out and away.
THINK we have stopped the western side of this disaster at this present point. He will get Sibolga and that is it for the moment. Have counterlanding forces headed to Nias, Sinabang, and Batoe. They will get there within a week and take back the islands. Not much is currently on any of these islands as Dan is totally focused on other bases currently. Any landing will land with Prep very low so I expect total disorganization but will cover using LBA to bomb the troops and, as said, there do not appear to be any real combat units present.
Elements of the Imperial Guards (50 AV) hold Langsa with Fort-3. They will hold for a while. Dan began landing troops there this turn from 3 Invasion TF.
Elements of 4th ID and an Engineer Unit hold Medan (AV--75) behind Sz-2 Forts
Tand??? has four Army HQ units in it and Forts-2. AV is roughly 100 and there is a CD unit present.
PLAN: 10th ID is just two days from Singapore. Will offload it and then reload the ID onto smaller AKL for a quick run-in to Tand???. If I can get that ID there then Eastern Sumatra shall stabilize for the moment. Figure on losing everything north of Tand???
Phuket and Langkari have fallen but have 4th ID and another ID getting ready to take them back.
Alor Star continues to hold but just barely. He has elements of 18th ID, 99th Indian Brigade, and 762nd TK Bn. Elements of Imp Guards and a Garrison unit are present. A BF just arrived as well. He nailed Alor Star with a CA and 2 CL, then BBs North Carolina and South Dakota, and finally BB Washington, 2 CA, and 1 CLAA without getting ANYTHING! More troops fly-in by TR and a Thai Brigades should arrive in two days.
BIG NEWS is that he took Singora with a 7-1 assault using Paras. Have two THAI Brigades that should be there ASAP. Missed arriving to PREVENT this exact scenario by one lousy day. Order SWEEPS by two Tojo Sentai to knock down the fighters that shall certainly come next turn to this base. Also order damaged BBs Mutsu and Hyuga to bombard it from the eastern side.
Comment: WHY do this? He should focus all he's got on Sumatra and expand that bridgehead as much as possible before my massed reinforcements arrive. All I see is anything brought here as being sent to die. They are a distraction but not a fatal attack. Maybe he thinks Burma and Pt Blair need supplies or something. They don't. Rangoon and bases up there have nearly 150,000 and Pt Blair has nearly 50,000.
OK. Time to pack and get ready to go home. Will check back in from home in about 5-6 hours.
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