From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
John's Most Recent Email Message: "SOOOOOOOOOOO close. Excellent idea Sir! Time to re=start the Steamroller. Haven’t doing much STEAMING OR ROLLING but that is OK. Time to change this. Home and working on the garage. We’ll be able to do 2-3 tomorrow."
My Interpretation: Based upon the current disposition of enemy infantry, this threat rings hollow. I think John is speaking of moving in force upon Singers and/or Clark plus some bold move with his carriers. Unless I've missed something, though, John isn't going anywhere right now. And there's one thing I've learned in this game: carrier power is just like air power; it can sting; it can strike; it can hurt; but the infantry are the ones who apply the coup de grace. And there aint no infantry available to Japan at the moment.
NoPac: Japanese base building is ongoing, with Adak and Attu just reaching level one airfields. Winter ends in two days, so we'll see who wins the base-building race. I think the Allies did real good to seize those two forward bases (Akutan and Cold Bay).
West Coast: QE will depart LA tomorrow night wtih 27th/C Div. The American carriers are now far to the south and will make a fueling stop at Tahiti.
Solomons: Some enemy dot-hex occupation work ongoing, including Shortlands.
Oz: The threat at Perth/Geraldton unclear at the moment. I don't think John has the "oomph" to do a land campaign, but a combo land/sea campaign wouldn't be a surprise. I have 300 AV at Geraldton, but only 100 at Perth until 27th/A Div. (125 AV) arrives in a couple of days.
DEI: Singers down to 2k supply. Dutch patrol boats at Batavia are bringing in a trickle of supply each day. But Batavia and Singers should fall sometime in March - the latter later, the former sooner.
Cocos Island: 7th Oz Div. at Socatra has 21 prep for this target. That division has more than 15k men, which is the stacking limit at Cocos. I also have two Americal regiments at Capetown prepping for Cocos. Am I better: (1) going with the Aussies only; (2) going with two Americal regiments, raiders, tanks, and engineers; (3) sending in raiders first to gauge the strength of the enemy, followed immediately by a strong force (probably 7th Aussie Div.)? I am very willing for this operation to be "quick scrub" mission - ie, a serious attempt to take Cocos, but retire and leave behind troops on the beach if things look impossible.
Port Blair: Out of supply and 300 AV. I feel sure John's coming here soon.
India: The defense in depth around Calcutta and on the vulnerable dot hexes and small bases to the north continues. Two Indian brigades arrive soon, which will help me better configure the "in depth" part.
China: MLR intact. John's "SOOOOOO close" comment was in refernce to an AVG ambush of unescorted enemy raids against Changsha and adjacent bases. I must have had my fighters set too high, becuase not one of the three intercepts engaged. A shame, because those lambs were ready for the slaughter.