From: The Coastal Elite
November 5th, 1942
It would seem that there is still some fight left in John in India as he seems to take an offensive action. Over the last week or so, I have been gradually reducing Vizagapatnum with minimal forces and it was at 0 forts last turn. John, however, has other ideas and over night he flights in parts of the Imperial Guards Division and 5th Division to raise a garrison that was below 50 AV last turn to ~131 this turn. Moreover, the dreaded Liz makes an unexpected appearance and effectively wipes out my Humber I's and Marmon Harrington's in the area. Moreover, a heavy surface force seems to be on its way from to south, either to bombard or something else.
I don't know what John's plans are here, but I suspect he is attempting to extract these units (which I will try interdict). I'm guessing the 5th and Imperial Divisions were flown in from Ceylon, so it seems he has reinforced that area, which is valuable information (though there is also heavy radio activity at Diego Garcia). If not that, John is trying to open another front to try to force me to take pressure off from Calcutta. If that is the case, I'm happy to simply reinforce my very dug-in forts at Bezwada and Raipur with various small units not being used in my offensive land campaign, which I will do for now. If John tries to hold Viza, he can simply do continuous bombardments of any force there as its a coastal hex. It's not worth attempting to do so until Ceylon is taken.
But I very much suspect John just wants to get his troops out.
Around Rajshashi, my tanks are moving north to wipe out his tank divisions that fled that way. Those battered divisions and a Japanese para assault division seem to be converging on ~120 AV of tanks, but my own tanks are moving to support them. In the South, 1500 AV is about to shock his 11 units that fled south from Rajshashi, before moving to put pressure on Calcutta. 1000 AV is recuperating in Rajshashi still. I have several base units on the way to turn that into a forward air base, as its airfield level is 3(4).