From: Kyiv, Ukraine
Situation on 5/2/43
Japanese forces succeed in cutting off a bunch of Australian land forces in a surprise invasion.
Following a major Allied SIGINT blunder (a 'most regrettable failure of intelligence, both on part of the equipment and the brains', as one intel official unrelated to the incident privately characterized it), the Japanese launched a massive amphibious assault at Rockhampton -- and pulled it off, capturing the beat up base in the process.
The Japanese sent every major warship they could muster to Rockhampton, together with the bulk of Imperial merchant fleet. I'm not kidding here; I could count at least 20 Jap Tfs in total splashing around off the coast of Rockhampton.
Two strong CVTfs to screen the rest of the invasion fleet.
Three strong BBTfs, each of them consisting of 1 CVE,3 BBs,3 CAs,3CLs/CLAAs commanded by Kondo, Yamada and Kusaka.
One Tf composed of 5 CAs,2 CLs, commanded by Takahashi.
One Tf composed of 5 CLs, commanded by Omori.
Total Allied Lcu casualties from naval bombardments:
An extended series of amphibious landings followed. After initial supply troubles invading forces of Lt.Gen Mutaguchi overwhelmed Rockhampton (Odds: 6), costing me quite a lot of capable aircraft. Prolonged lack of supply (primarily due to much too severe penalties to effectiveness of distant supply convoys that were present in recent EXE versions) was the deciding factor in its fall. General Wavell surrendered with the base. HQ Malaya is no more. A few badly battered Australian units retreat to Brisbane in the aftermath of the brutal end-of-turn battle, but others continue to hold their ground.
Also, I think the aforementioned intelligence fail contributed a lot. SIGINT failed to get the destination info from a suspicious enemy task force we spotted earlier. It failed 3 times in a row and I had no SIGINT points left to try my luck some more. I made a guess and boy, did I guess wrong. A D-Day scale Japanese invasion of the fortified Allies-controlled Australian mainland is not what I was expecting this week to bring about.
Total Allied & Japanese Lcu casualties from land combat:
Also, 7 of my Rockhampton-based MCSs were either sunk in port or later at sea, as part of an escaping Tf.
Nothing of much importance happened elsewhere this week. Just the small opportunistic raids on exposed supply depots & lcus -- the regular (and boring) Pacific War stuff.
Weekly sub/antisub operations:
We sank 4 Japanese merchants and 1 tanker.
Japanese submarines sank 2 Allied merchants.
1 Allied sub was lost to Japanese ASW.
We require more carriers. Any carriers will do, really.
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