From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
11/30/42 - D+20, Operation Des Wallace
At Sea: You've already seen the report of the surface clash between Yamato/Musashi and Devonshire. Huzzah for the RN! Unless John is able to replenish at Tandjoen, he sent his TF back to Medan for a third straight night, which means they would've been low on ammo. CL Achilles has moderate damage (40s SYS), so she'll need time at Colombo. The main KB shows up SW of Sibolga and commits her strike aircraft en masse to hit the Allied troops at Medan, destroying one squad and disabling two). The CVE KB is west of Sibolga, in the open and probably ten hexes from the KB. John won't keep 'em separated, I'm sure.
Allied Carriers: Posted near Colombo. On the offchance that the CVE KB remains too isolated and/or that the KB uses up to many sorties in ground strikes, the CVs will move to a point of Koggala, a position from which it can: (1) recover fighters from Sabang (or send more); (2) cover the LOC between Sabang and Colombo as some damage ships return to the yards and important supply, fuel and reinforcement TFs prepare to go to Sabang; and (3) hit Port Blair if a variety of unlikely circumstances come together.
On the Ground: Japanese invasion of Sibolga, consisting of 2nd Division (last seen at Luganville) and a regiment, preceded by major bombardment action (Haruna, Kirishima, Kongo, Hiei) and bombing by LBA. It appears that the RCT has vanished. 2nd Div. is probably pretty weak, but so are my three RCT, which are at half strength. Given the J/R terrain, this campaign favors the defender, so I'll conserve AV and fight defensively. 10th IJA Div. is marching this way from Tandjoen. At Medan, the Allied troops are badly disrupted by enemy air strikes, both KB and LBA. The attack fails, though Japan suffers 100+ squads mostly disabled, but about a dozen destroyed. A fresh Indian division just arrived and will shock attack tomorrow. If this fails...well, yikes. (Thank goodness John didn't send 10th Div. here by rail from Tandjoen.)
In the Air: No night attacks by Japan. For reasons given yesterday, I'm not assigning any fighters to night defense until I receive notice going forward that it's a threat. For the sake of "avoiding even the appearance of impropriety," I'll give John a free shot at Sabang. I hope he doesn't employ them. I'm toying with what to do tomorrow. I'd like to give the troops at Medan some CAP. Do I shift some of my fighters forward to Langsa? If so, I can then bring forward to Sabang some of the Burma B-25s to do some ground pounding. Or do I mainting max CAP at Sabang? Not sure yet.
Overall Situation: Some things are going well (the surface combat, IMO) while others have been vexxing (the prolonged campaign to take Sibolga and now the effort to capture Medan). The two sides are now in proximity and a bloody attritional campaign should continue for weeks or months. Too early to know who has the upper hand, but with Sabang strong, the Allied carrier fleet intact, the Allied combat ship presence on the increase, and lots of good fighters providing CAP, I feel like the Allies currently have about the strongest defensive position possible.