From: Kyiv, Ukraine
Situation on 8/02/42
Airstrikes on Dacca and Mandalay. Japanese don't do much damage.
China. Japanese bombed Chungking and destroyed 1 howitzer. Allies responded with a night raid on Tientsin supply depots. Moderate damage was reported.
Since Rockhampton has been secured and there are no signs of Japanese presence nearby, it is Townsville which will be enduring Allied airstrikes in the foreseeable future.
Japanese bombarded Ellice I. and tried to land there but were thrown back into the sea. Good thing that I reinforced Ellice beforehand.
TF 30, led by Rear Admiral Kimura, was counterattacked by a mixed group of Wellingtons/B-17s from Fiji. Sixty-six tac bombers did significant damage to TF 30 and even sank 2 DDs (Fubuki- and Hatsuharu-class). This is how the amphibious assault went:
### Lt General Horii vs. Rear Admiral Turner
Losses: 19 squads, 2 arty, 2 afvs for Japanese; 1 squad for Allies. Odds 0.
Losses: 48 squads, 3 arty, 3 afvs for Japanese; 36 squads, 1 arty for Allies. Odds 0.
Losses: 41 squads, 4 arty, 1 afvs for Japanese; 51 squads for Allies. Odds 0.
### General Terauchi vs. Rear Admiral Turner
Losses: 34 squads, 7 arty, 1 afvs for Japanese; 19 squads, 1 arty for Allies. Odds 0. The Japanese 56th Inf Div left the atoll in disgrace.
TFs 51 & 52 wisely obeyed my orders and took the southern route (northeast of Fiji), not the northern one (just south of Ellice). Japanese carriers were parked at the spot two squares north of Ellice I. Since they couldn't bomb my recon floatplanes and didn't attack any land targets, I can only assume that the carriers were waiting for my ships to pass by.
Nauru depots, the poor Nauru depots... are burning again. No rain to put the fires out, no rain.
Weekly sub/antisub operations:
We sank 1 Japanese merchant.
Japanese sank 1 Allied merchant and 1 submarine.
< Message edited by Istfemer -- 5/18/2019 7:54:21 PM >