another cheesecake update....
Looking down at is watch, the crystal scratched from African desert sand, the band bleached
by Libyan sun, he stared at the second hand. The dispatch before him, confirmed by the Americans,
purported a heavy volume of radio traffic in southern Java. Only eight more tanks had been offloaded
at the pier in Carnarvon yesterday. He ordered the small force of twenty north, to Exmouth. Iven
would allow another twenty four hours for the freighter to unload before considering ordering it south.
He would be ready to absorb the blows if the IJN turned it's attention to his command. If the IJN
had sent the main body of KB or a division of it west to meet him, he would be allowing the Yanks
to apply pressure in the east. Short of a landing on northwest Australia propper he would try and
hold them here, particularly capital ships.
Halsey was frustrated he was not on a bridge. The fiji's were secure and far from the impending landings.
His assignment to SoPac command by Nimitz was gracious but he belonged in front, leading with
the Pacific trade winds in his face. Unspotted, but hundreds of miles out was AMPHIB-K task force.
It should close on the target in the next twenty four hours. If they were unspotted tomorrow night
they would go in. This would be the most precarious time of his command.