From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
Celebes: I'm still not sure which IJ units are bound for Palapo, but there are several. John's fighter aren't contesting the air space, cadre withdrawal by air transport continues in good order. The force there is much smaller than the other two bases; a Kiwi brigade being the most significant.
Fun House: So very much going on, much of it just below the surface, but about to bubble up to the top. Over at Marcus, a YMS drew to within four hexes before enemy nav search sighted it. Down in the Gulf of Carpentaria, the forward movement continues in good order (the vanguard LST's made five hexes today). By tomorrow, the trailing CV TF will draw to within mutual CAP-support distance of each other. The day after, they'll all rendezvous with the LST TFs in the Banda Sea. The armada should then have a couple of quiet days in waters near big Allied airfields on Ceram. Then the push begins. That sounds kind of drawn out, but it isn't.
CVE Manila Bay remained stationary today and didn't encounter any enemy subs. Her damage lowered a bit. Tomorrow, I hope, she'll make Cooktown, where a big ARD awaits.
7th Australian Div. came very close to catching up to the Herd. Well, the lead elements did. I'm weighing weather to continue sending the scattered little TFs forward under cover of sporadic LBA, or whether to hold the division in Australia until things get heated up, drawing John's attention away.
Burma: Allied attack at Toungoo comes in at less than 1:1, but does considerably more damage to the Japanese army.
Vietnam/Burma: I have a house rule problem. My little army in China - two corps and one division - are restricted. I never thought about it until John raised the issue via email this morning ("Are your Political Points paid for this little Indochina Incursion? Hmmm… You have to be careful as our Poppy Fields are in full bloom currently.). This, in turn, raised questions about the Allied army in Burma. I replied to John this way:
They aren't paid for!, I never thought about it. I apologize.
I would buy them out, but most of the units are permanent restricted. So I've stood each unit down until we decide what to do. I propose that they retire to China by the closest road or jungle hex routes that make sense. Does it make sense to do so under some kind of cease fire? They haven't don't any real damage yet, and I'd hate to have them obliterated by your bombers as they slink back home. (By the way, the Viet militia are not triggered after 1942; and it's the country line, not Hanoi, that triggers them in '41 and '42.)
I checked to make sure there aren't any unrestricted, unpaid for Chinese units in Burma. There aren't.
I also checked Indian units in Burma. There are several. All but one of those is in the northern Burma/Assam region. The only exception is 23rd Div. at Toungoo.
My memory is that we had an exception to the Restricted Unit/PP rule that allowed restricted Indian units to operate in northern Burma/Assam. I've tried to find that exception mentioned in my AAR or our emails, but the latter go back only to July 2015 (not to when we began the game) and I haven't found anything in my AAR using the search function and using Google. I'm nearly positive that you and I discussed this via email about what we remembered about house rules a year ago, while we were involved in the Sumatra campaign (I think naval bombing or night bombing was the issue at the time). I'm pretty sure I also mentioned this in my AAR. But I can't find anything. I opened a few old game files from August 1943 (we played those turns last year) and December 1942 (we played those turns in 2013) to see if I had any restricted units in Upper Burma, and found the same ones that are there now, so that's the way I've played since the early stages of the game.
I don't think we ever defined northern Burma, but the idea was to allow Allied operations where it made sense historically while preventing restricted units from pouring across the border in unrealistic numbers.
I'm open to your suggestions, but one way we can handle this is to limit restricted units to no further south than the Shwebo/Akyab line (I think we included Ramree Island too, but there aren't any restricted units there now). As for 23rd Indian Div., I can pay to buy it out as soon as I have sufficient political points. That will be about two weeks, though I'd like just a bit of latitude in case I need to spend a few PPs to replace task force or air unit commanders for key units (I don't think that will happen, but I don't want to get stuck with Admiral Ghormley if I find that he's in command of a key combat or carrier TF).
That's just a suggestion, and I'm open to your thoughts. In the meantime, I've stood down the restricted units or, in a couple of cases, started them back up roads and trails to where they belong.