From: La Salle, Colorado
March 30, 1944
We are at the end of March.
On the 30th, the 2nd TK is picked up and sets sail for Formosa. Tomorrow, the 31st, the 19th will arrive and it will also be grabbed and shuttled north. Looks like the Pare Pare--Makassar--Watampone gambit has worked. Deployed two precious divisions, used them to crush the equivalent of an Allied Corps, took very few casualties, gained experience, and are now getting away scott free. NICE!
The Chinese never actually crossed into Indochina. I saw arrows kick on showing movement. This is when I emailed Dan. They are now departing as well as a few units in Burma. Very nice.
As stated earlier, troops arrive at Haiphong in the form of a Naval Guard and Expeditionary Force. It is only about 125 AV but that was what I could there quickly with. Additional troops arrive at Samah and the other base there. There is a Naval HQ, 2 large Base Forces, 3 smaller BF, and two Construction Units.
Reinforcements are arriving at Bangkok. A Brigade, multiple Engineering units, and several base Forces. They will move up and aid the troops already digging Forts at all bases coming out from Burma.
As a result of Dan's aborted Indochina Invasion, I have 3 ID and the 3rd TK Div moving rapidly towards the SW Corner of China. There might be enough force there--along with what is already present-- to perhaps make Adar quite happy.
1. Kido Butai arrives at that Southern Hokkaido port to pick-up CV Ryukaku, 2 CAs, and 3 DDs that just completed repairs and upgrades.
2. BB Mutsu and Musashi, along with escorts, make Singapore and disband for some repairs. Am thinking of bringing them to Pt Blair and bombard Dan's AF at Ramree and along the coast. Could use the 6 CV/CVL of the Decoy Kido Butai to protect them on those bombardment runs. COULD hit his Fighters and bombers doing that. Might be a decent idea...
3. A CA TF (2 CA, 1 CL, and 5DD) disbands at Manila for repairs.
4. Have a TF getting ready to pick-up a Brigade at Amchitka. They are covered by 2 Kongos, a CB, 2 CA, and 6 DDs.