From: La Salle, Colorado
Nov 28, 1942
A somewhat interesting turn. As hoped the CVs are spotted. Pull the KB back SE towards Sibolga. They will be used to smack the troops there in a couple of days. Have a rendezvous set with my AOs. Have got nearly 125,000 fuel on my AOs. We can stay at sea for a while if needed...
Strikes fly and hit the Allied troops in all the open hexes. Major casualties (250+) done to the 41st ID.
Port Blair has been getting the attention of between 15-40 4EB everyday. The attacks a beginning to show on the AF so I bring in a full Sentai of Tojos. Tomorrow's strike should find 80 fighters instead of the normal 30 or so. We'll see if that stings him or not.
Order another Para drop at Trinkat and add a two Sentai Helen strike to operation. SHOULD be enough to do it!
My personal nightmare of moving through the Phuket hex with the 48th comes true when my unescorted TF encounters a CA, CL, 2 CLAA, and 2 DDs. The bad guys (as I hold my head in my hand) close to 2,000 yards blast two AK, an SC, and E and then LEAVE! I lose only about 255 troops. WOW! OK. The TF retreats to Victoria Point and begins unloading. OK. Why not? We'll let it unload and then move the 48th down through the Railroad. Could have been far worse.
If he tries for Victoria Point this turn, he will find 4 I-Boats in his path and a couple of DDs.
12th ID arrives at Singers and begins unloading. Will repack onto about 40 ships and move up to Tand???.
Medan gets the tender ministrations of BBs Yamato and Musashi as well as 3 CA. They do pretty well and inflict nearly 400 casualties on the 32nd ID. Afternoon air strikes do nearly 200 casualties to the 1st Marine Division. No Allied air activity over Medan. The expected Allied SHOCK ATTACK occurs and it nets only a 1-3 result. NICE!
Since it appears the bombardment didn't use hardly any AMMO, I order the BBs in again. Add another 100 or so bombers to the previous tally.
A couple of units began embarking on the RR yesterday and should arrive tomorrow. Add reinforcements being flown in from Victoria Point and we should see AV go up some before the next attack.
Done loading the SNLF Assault Brigade and it shall hit Siberoet tomorrow. BB Fuso Covering the Invasion. LOTS of bombers hitting the target as well.
As said earlier the KB is spotted. Order the CVEs up about 5 hexes to try hit a couple of TFs in the shipping lane. They will stay there ONE day and retire. The CVEs do fly a little strike of 26 Zero and 8 Kate and claim an AK for the effort.
Peel off all 4 BC with 6 DD to Cover the Sibolga TF.
Dan's use of these endless one ship TF as tripwires for approaching enemy warships and CVs drives me NUTS. Over the last month with his feigned Aussie Invasion and this action here, I have probably picked off 12-18 ships. They have been mostly AKs but I've also nabbed a couple of DDs. Grrr...
I-17 plants a TORP into AO Neches west of Sabang.
Here are the forces attacking at Medan: