From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
Battle of the SW Cape: At least one Japanese carrier TF is west of Carnavon. I don't think John will employ carriers in this region unless he feels he has enough to handle whatever he surmises I have present. So, I think he either brings most of them (if he has plans in this region - plans to invade or plans to seek and destroy my ships) or else sends them elsewhere to do his bidding in a region I've left vacant. We'll see.
Saga of the New Orleans: Ah, the vagaries of war. After the sharp battle in which New Orleans and Exeter took heavy damage and Prince of Wales light damage, I separated the ships into separate TFs and ordered each to flee towards the northwest and relative safety. New Orleans somehow went exactly the wrong way - back towards Perth and the concentration of enemy carriers. So I wrote her off as lost. I had essentially no hope for Exeter and high hopes for Prince of Wales. So, what happens? New Orleans is the only one still afloat! She's one hex from Esperance, where she'll hook up with anti-sub escorts for the cruise to Melbourne. She's not safe yet, but she's a heckuva lot safer than she was two days ago. She'll become one of the heroes of the early war - a symble that all free and good people shall rally around.
DEI: Batavia is still in Allied hands. Dutch patrols are still flying from that base and from Manado. I haven't gotten any thrilling ship info - just lots of miscellaneous stuff - but still.
India: Still awaiting something at Port Blair. John is actively reconning the Imphal to Ledo line. I'm not sure why at this late date. Perhaps he's looking to see if I'm gathering an offensive force.
China: Four Chinese attacks, three of which result in 1:1 odds. None succeed, but all still hold promise, though John is beginning efforts to reinforce. Most importantly, the MLR remains intact.
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