From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
8/18/42 and 8/19/42
Bay of Bengal: The IJN carrier TF is still nosing around the Bay of Bengal, but hasn't made any strikes. Japanese LBA, mainly from Rangoon, has sortied against shipping at Ramree, with the Japanese losing decisively in the air, but sinking an xAKL. The airfield is operational again, so building resumes.
Burma: No further Japanese grounds attacks. Allied units are in the middle of shifting hexes. I think in another week, the Allies will move out of the jungle and begin offensive manuevers to threaten various LOCs. John will respond violently in the air, I think, which will add yet another ingredient to what has become a complicated recipe for him to put together. Thus far, the Allies have performed very well in the air battle - and since the Tojo is John's go-to fighter, that's a pleasant development. Now Burma is a big iron kettle with a simmering, bubbling, complex stew. Overall, the Allies are doing well, but we're only just starting and so very much is going to happen. Right now, the Allies are following Longstreet's counsel at Gettysburg - take the good terrain and fight defensively. I could use my big forward aifields offensively (sweeps, bombing, etc.), but I don't want to chance it. Allied fighter pools are too tenuous to risk right now except in unusual circumcstances. So the Allies continue to wait the various thrusts and probes that will eventually (IMO) lead to Pickett's Charge, which will consist of a massive commitment of enemy combat vessels in and around Ramree. P.S. The results of this Pickett's Charge are going to be very messy for the Allies, but the cause requires it.
China: Everything looks fine. Chinese bombers are training for low naval strike missions. Eventually, once the B-25s come on line in 1943, I'm going to buy these units and give them duty in India and Burma.
NoPac: No major SigInt reports and no signs of imminent enemy moves.
Pacific and Oz: Quiet.
John Email for the 7/24 Turn: Speaking of lucky...I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO sick of my STUPID pilots impaling themselves on your fighters. If I could get in just one or two strikes in a COORDINATED manner this would be a welcome change. Done with venting...
John Email for the 7/27 Turn: I am done with sending my land-based torpedo bombers into Ramree. That is a promise.
My Thoughts: Since John was obviously pulling out his hair, I knew he'd keep this rash promise for a week or so. So I pulled my fighters out of Ramree and ended up with two unmolested weeks to land reinforcements and build the airfield up to level four. He ended his promise this week with two raids by Kates, but I don't think he's real pleased with the results to this point.
John Email for the 8/16 Turn: Another set of 18.1” rifles enter Kaigun’s service!
My Thought: Thanks for the intel. I knew this meant Musashi was available. However, I also interpreted this as meaning Musashi had gone into action at Ramree Island. So I reminded John not to comment on current turns before I have a chance to view "the movie." OpSec failures are greatly appreciated, but not when they get in the way of enjoying the movie!