From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
John is fighting hard with what he has. He's exacting a toll. But there's no question he's on the bad end of things here.
Operations at Sea: The Astoria TF sinks DD Asakaze, which wasn't damaged in yesterday's fray. Then a Japanese CL/DD force tangles with the Astoria TF, sinking a DD and putting one torp into Astoria (she later takes another from Nells and has moderately heavy damage). The USN damages several IJN DD plus CL Kimo (on fire, heavy damage). The Japanese raiders don't get through to molest the beach. IJN subs put torps into several ships including an xAP carrying the US Army battalion to Exmouth.
Operations in the Air: Nells and Bettys sortie, doing the aforementioned damage to Astoria and sinking BB New Mexico with four torps. Allied LBA roughs up Carnavon a bit. USN carrier aircraft sink another half dozen merchant vessels at Exmouth.
Operations on the Ground: The Japanese at Carnavon deliberate attack, running their AV down to zero. There's basically 21st Regiment and an Air Flotilla HQ there. My guys counter and should win easily, but don't. Tomorrow, with reinforcements doubling my AV, my guys will shock attack. I'm hoping the situation persuades John that he has to empty his airfield, which would help me greatly. UP at Exmouth, John has 400 AV and 6th Aussie is 116 AV. The Aussies have good supply and no disruption, so there's a small chance they can hold. Two USN CAs will bombard.
Tomorrow: The big question is what to do with my CVs. There is a host of IJN merchant shipping (tankers, xAPs, etc.) at Port Headland. I could go in an hammer them, but there's some risk from the airfields at Broome and Corunna Downs (both level three). Also, I'm down to 76% sorties, so do I conserve, do I attack, or do I remain close to Exmouth and USS Astoria to provide a measure of protection until Carnavon falls? This feels like one of those situations where you stay on the attack, but I'm mulling it over.
Long Term: Given the situation - John has strongly reinforced Exmouth and appears to be reinforcing Port Headland, plus the sortie percentage - I may consolidate my goals just a bit to focus on Exmouth. (I am assuming that Carnavon is already decided, which in and of itself is a major victory). What I may do is focus on Exmouth, using two or three regiments of Americal, an American combat engineer units, plus whatever else I can cobble together. I think I can win that campaign by using LBA from Carnavon (when it falls), a decent number of ground troops, plus carriers offshore to keep the IJN away (unless and until John commits the KB).
Bay of Bengal: Port Service unit plus Indian CD unit ashore at Ramree. Bettys from Rangoon fly ineffectively. Some kind of IJN combat TF may be coming in. Akyab looks really good (with 10th USAF HQ and a squadron of Beuforts, she even has torp capacity). The armored unit is on the front lines.
China: Looking good.
NoPac: Japan active in the Aluetians but not approaching Akutan yet.
Pacific: KB still loitering at Jaluit. I have supply ships meandering well to the east awaiting an opportunity (which may never come) to slide in. John may elect to keep his carriers in the Gilberts until that theater is secure, relying on other stuff to hold the line in western Oz. That may be a workable strategy.
I wonder if Perth (port level five) and AE Mauna Loa (6350 tons) together are sufficient to replenish carrier sorties? That would help alot.
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