From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
4/24/45 and 4/25/45
TNNBT: On the 24th, Death Star and The Herd moved only three hexes. I nearly wept with despair. A cumulative of 19 hexes in five days. At that rate, the approach was going to take a month; Erik would have bonus time aplenty to move ships, men, base forces, etc. around the map. Too much time.
Then, on the 25th, DS & TH made six hexes. The clouds lifted. The sun shone again. 25 hexes in six days. I can live with that.
DS & TH are now SE of Tokyo and making, generally, for Chichi Jima. Erik has full info and is watching carefully. Thus far no signs of organized opposition.
Allied subs showed up in numbers today around the coast of Indochina, in the Philippines and in other likely places. There were clashes in which I lost two subs and Erik lost an AV (and aircraft), an E and an SC. The exchange is satisfactory, because the main thing is to give him info to mull over. The more info the better. The more inconsistent the better.
In upgrading a recon squadron from P-38 to Superfort, I forgot that upgrading automatically sets range to the max. That crazy squadron has a range of 55 and perhaps 500 bases and dot hexes within range...and chose one of the most significant possible. Yipes! Tomorrow, recon from Burma will light up Indochina and Hainan Island while squadrons from Hokkaido do the same for coastal China, the west coast of Korea and Formosa.