From: The Coastal Elite
January 26th, 1943
I conduct additional sweeps and further bombings on Ceylon, so now all three airfields there show decent damage and I'll divide my bombers to now swathe all three in bombs so he can't repair them one-by-one. The real interesting thing here is the significant forces that the island now appears to have, which is different from a few weeks ago. 15k men at Colombo, 18k at Koggala, and 7k at Trincomalee: 40k men in total between all three locations - that is a significant garrison (that I'd love to destroy)! I am now thinking of allocating additional forces for the landings and I have some questions for that. I'm well aware of the importance of preparation for the initial landings, so as to prevent damage and disablement. Will reinforcement landings in the same hex where a landing has already happened also suffer big penalties or is it like a river crossing hex that has already been assaulted? That is, can I land a 100% preppred division one day and then, say, a 50% prepped division the next day without a serious cost?
Here is John's email with the turn. Again, I find areas (in bold) that are questionable. Namely, I doubt the full fleet is in R&R. Lol.
When the Fleet is getting R&R I like to use my AOs add lift capacity to my fuel and oil hauling ability. Those guys weren’t too far away so I THOUGHT it would be an EASY and somewhat safe trip to Koggala. BIG MISTAKE!
Elsewhere in India, we noticed two turns ago that John has significant forces and ~130 fighters at Akyab. We thus have set the British division heading there tro retreat back. Furthermore, sigint implies John is sending another division there (maybe already partly there). I'm not sure what his plans are here, but if I successfully take Ceylon, this garrison can quickly be isolated and is at risk of great suffering from the air, sea, and land.
Chittagong will be in service soon enough and while at risk from bombardment, has a level 7 airfield.
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