From: La Salle, Colorado
October 3, 1942
Troops continue unloading at Cold Basy without issue. The Imperial Guards Brigade is unloaded and the 56th Inf Div will be done tomorrow. The Assault Strength of the Japanese is now approaching 1,200 to the Allies projected 600. Tomorrow will see a Base Force and CD unit begin unloading.
The American and Canadian forces get hit by a BC-led TF during the night, are then hit during the day by 80 Fighters escorting 20 Kates and 36 Helens, and during the day they get periodically bombarded by Japanese artillery as it moves into assault positions for the coming attack. With no opposition, the assult will be advanced from the scheduled date of October 15th. The first attack is scheduled for October 10th. This should allow for nearly everything left (including another Brigade of Infantry) to arrive.
A powerful Surface TF of 3 BC, 1 CA, 2 CL, and 9 DD depart Adak for Cold Bay. They have been given the assignment of making a sweep of the seas around Kodiak. The redoubtable Tanaka commands this TF. The American BBs have not been seen for a while and there at least 3-5 TF present at the target site. This attack will be covered by LR CAP and will be timed with the CV Raid in the Gulf of Alaska.
Turning 90*, the KB begins a move due east towards its intended raiding waters. The 4 CV TF will rendezvous with the Replennishment TF and refuel tomorrow. Expect the TF to be in position to attack by October 7th or 8th. In staying under our 450 plane in-one hex rule, the CVs shall operate in two pairs each. The first will be the faster CVs of Shokaku, Zuikaku, Hiryu, and Soryu (270 planes) and they will operate 2-3 hexes further east of the slower sets. The western prong of the attack shall have Akagi, Kaga, Junyo, and Hiyo (246 planes) for its core.
ASW TF damage both the Whale and Shark with no TT fired against them this day.
The first two CVE will be on-station tomorrow waiting for Allied warships to hit Exmouth Bay. The second pair of CVEs left Soerabaja today to rendezvous. A small freshly repaired TF of 1 CA, 1 CL, and 3 DD arrive from Singapore in time to strengthen the screen around the cumbersome Escort Cvs.
The starving troops of Bataan will be attacked by the Japanese forces for the first time in nearly 8 months. The Vietnamese Inf Div arrived and so it will form the core of the attack. Considering how long this seige has lasted, I have NO IDEA as to whether or not this will end quickly quickly...
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