From: Denver, CO
October 25th, 1942
As planned, wave after wave of our bombers and Nicks attacked the 2nd British Division. The jungle and moderate clouds prevented us from doing much direct damage. Their AA guns were firing often though, so hopefully that burned up some supply. In any case, the British didn't attack. The 55th Division reached Jameshedpur and will turn west and march on the British. If the British don't attack tomorrow, or my troops hold, then we will be fine because the 55th will arrive on the scene the day after tomorrow.
We did lose a fair amount of planes, about 13, to flak. Tomorrow we will continue but we'll fly in at a higher altitude of about 11,000. Plus I'll stand down the Nicks to give them a rest.
Southwest of Jameshedpur, where the main stack is, our attack does well with a 5:1 result. Everyone except for a Ghurka Battalion and the XXXIII HQ retreat to the rough jungle hex to the southwest. The enemy loses 5,000 men, 70 guns and 107 vehicles in the process. That should render the two Indian divisions combat ineffective so they will be easily trapped and eliminated shortly. One more attack will clear the hex.
Meanwhile, to the northeast of Ranchi, the 38th/B attacks the enemy troops from Ranchi and pushes them back inflicting 30% casualties. That stack is down to about 900 men over two units.
Finally, the surprise of the day, is at Raipur. Our two armor divisions cross the river into the base. I was expecting just a light garrison force. However, along with three small units (including the 6th Heavy AA), was the 268th Motor Brigade which was showing a decent AV. Thankfully our numbers carried the day with a 6:1 result. The enemy units retreated northwest taking heavy losses of 1,250 men, 75 guns and 172 vehicles lost. We also captured 8 Hurricane IIc Trop on the ground. Our armor will rest a day to gather supplies, and then will resume the speed run to Nagpur. The 4th SNLF, already in strat mode at Calcutta, will rail in to cover the garrison until other smaller units arrive via water transport.
Another railway junction is captured
Bombings continue on the retreating stack. Our troops will enter their hex tomorrow. We'll see if we are able to attack again before the enemy reaches Daly Waters. Failing that, I will use the small SNLF units to surround Daly and the two divisions will move in to run them out of supply.
In the swamps east of Darwin we attack with the 19th Nav Guard and 2 tank regiments. We manage a 2:1 result and inflict about 500 enemy casualties versus 11 for us. Supplies are low so I'll rest tomorrow and then resume the attack. There are about 2,700 enemy troops left so it shouldn't take to long to eliminate this stack.
Ternate expands airfield to size 3