From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
3/14/42 and 3/15/42
NoPac: My subs are reporting the presence of "carrier aircraft." I don't think there are many carriers up here nor any fleet carriers, judging by what I'm seeing down south.
West Coast: Hornet arrived at Norfolk, upgraded aircraft, and is now departing for Capetown.
Pacific: The four American carriers are far to the SW of Tahiti and will alter course to take them to a point near Auckland (still five days or so distant). There are three possible uses: (1) If John splits his carrier TF and sends a smaller part (see below) back into the Coral Sea, I want a shot at them; (2) If John sends the full KB back into the Coral Sea, my carriers will shift south, try to evade detection, and make for Melbourne or Adelaide; and (3) If the KB moves into the Indian Ocean, the American carriers will take station between Noumea and Luganville and look for an opportunity to strike a meaningful IJN transport or combat TF. Inflicting damage is the secondary goal. The primary goal will be to draw the KB back into the Pacific (as John won't be able to expand with my carriers there). My carriers would then sprin to the Indian Ocean in hopes of an opening for an invasion of Cocos Island.
Oz: The KB has divided into three big and equal parts. Two parts are nearing Adelaide, the other is moving off the Tasmania's west coast looking for Allied ships in that area. There aren't any to speak of. Over the past two days, the KB has hammered another dozen ships - two AM, one AS, several xAKL, two small xAP and a few XAK. John could get a few more lingerers, but most of my ships are far to the west now. John isn't moving fast, thank goodness. He does have a combat TF led by CA Suzuya off the SW cape of OZ. This TF picked off an AM, but John had better be careful. Half of the Allied navy will be at Esperance tomorrow, including Prince of Wales, New Orleans, Australia, and a bunch of other CA, CL and DDs.
DEI: Singers AA firing sharply reduced but not enemy attack yet.
India: No sign of what must have been a Mini KB in the Bay of Bengal. Two IJN BBs bombarding Port Blair on consecutive days. American Bobcats engineers just unloaded at Diego. (I really like that, for some reason.) A US Army infantry battalion will arrive at Attu in a day or two, giving the defenses at the island some teeth. 7th Oz Division is 40+ prepped for Cocos and is fully at Bombay.
China: MLR looks good. John is working the Changsha to Liuchow front hard, but thus far ineffectively. 75+ American P-40Es tangle with a vast array on enemy aircraft and raids, beginning with a sweep by 25 Zeros (John downed ten of mine, I got one of his) followed by a series of battles that went much more favorably to the Allies, which downed many Sallys and a fair number of Oscars. The problem is that, following the turn, I have 53 fighters that are unable to fly. So, I moved 40 good fighters to Chungking and Kweilin, but now I'll lose a host of fighters on the ground. I hate using fighters in China for this reason.
Weird, Weird, Weird Behavior: John apologized about commenting on turns before I could see them and promised not to do it again...and then did it again the very next day. When I brought this to his attention with a "What the heck???" comment followed by an inquiry, he didn't even address the breach, apologize, or say "oops, won't happen again." His original comment was minor: "Furball." But that told me immediately that there had been a big air battle over Changsha, because I know John's terminology and that was the only possible location for an air altercation. Okay, no big deal...except how does somebody apologize, agree not to do something, do it again two turns later, and then decline to address or apologize for the breach? I am at a loss for words (well, sort of....).
My comment following John's "Furball" note: "What the heck? I thought "no comments about a turn before I see it" was settled and agreed on? "Furballs" is a comment. When I saw it I knew it meant "air battle over Changsha." I didn't want to know that beforehand. I want to be able to watch the replay totally unprepared for what's going to happen, just like you do. Of course, if you want to discuss or comment after I've seen the turn, that's fine. I'll be around for at least two more hours. I aint watchin' no stinkin' Super Bowl. :) "
John's next message: "Well...it COULD have meant my Siamese hurled a monsterous HAIRBALL/FURBALL on the armchair next to the computer right before I sent the turn...it was disgusting to be truthful. Course...it MIGHT have meant something else too..."
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