From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
1/26/45 and 1/27/45
There will be a bit of a lull in the action as the Allies bring forward additional troops and begin to consolidate their hold in eastern China. The lull will not last long and it should end with a bang:
China: A giant reinforcement convoy just unloaded the following troops at Haiphong: 1st Cavalry Division, 33rd Infantry Division, 6th Infantry Division, 9th Australian Division, 17th Oz Brigade, 25th Oz Brigade, 9th Marines, 766 Tanks, 713 Flame Tanks, plus support and engineers. That's well over 2000 AV of experienced troops. They will head by rail to Hengyang, near Changsha, and then by land to the front in China. Their target is Nanchang, the important base east of Changsha. Elsewhere, the Allies continue to move on Foochow and Kukong, with other movements intended to secure the LOC.
Carriers: The Allies are rotating carriers in and out of the main battle group. Bennington just arrived. CV Intrepid and CVL Langley just left Capetown. Several damaged carriers are heading to Capetown.
Task Force 138: The Allied carrier TFs have been following TF 138 for more than a year now. Through the heavy fighting in the central and west DEI, the breakout into the South China Sea, the invasion of Hainan Island and coastal China, the back-and-forth reinforcement convoys between the DEI and China, and the big engagements like the recent Battle of Hong Kong. At this point TF 138 is fatigued and due to rest. Here's her roster with SYS damage in parentheses: CA Pensacola (12), CA Quincy II (6), and DDs Bryant (14), Cowell (24), Nicholas (5), Sampson (11), Anderson (10), Dunlap (2), Flusser (4), Selfridge (5), and Norman (12). This TF never tasted defeat.
San Diego: For the first time since the opening of the war, the Allies have emptied San Diego of troops. This was my main staging point for troops heading for SWPac. Since all American troops have been heading to SWPac since the end of the Kuriles invasion back in June '43, this has been a busy port. Added to the logjam was a chronic shortage of transports - I have lost alot during the game. But so many, many transports have come on line over the past few months that I've been able to move all the troops to the front.
Points: The Japanese lead is down to 400 points. In the WitP game that Miller and I played, the Allies drew even a year earlier (January 1944).
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