From: The Coastal Elite
April 15th, 1943
I think John was expecting more fireworks (his email in sending the turn states he would very much be interested in doing another for whatever plan he has), but, again, I will sit and think upon it and gather advice from here. Not much happens this turn, but John moves his KB and various surface forces back south a bit as a large number of transports, maybe even an LSD, and escorts are at Koggala. I think this is to cover those transports while also providing heavy ASW duty (John's bombers are causing damage to my subs). Meanwhile, the Japanese division northeast of Colombo moves into Colombo proper.
Again, this could be an evacuation, but what I think will happen, now, is that John will attempt a counter-landing at Colombo and the most strong piece of evidence for this is the division now sitting in Colombo. It makes no sense for it to move there otherwise. Perhaps John is hoping to landing in the night and following day while trying to entice me to a shock of deliberate attack of his unit. No doubt, this will coincide with bombings and bombardments. KB2 will provide cover to a certain extent, but will also want to devote bombers and some fighters to escort/strike duty.
1. I have two BBs and various CAs/CLs/DDs at Trivandrum that can attempt a disruption of any landing at Colombo, perhaps doing a flank speed maneuver.
2. I have a large number of DBs/TBs and escort fighters within the 6 hex range of Colombo to strike at any landings.
3. My other BBs are on their way to Bombay for ammunition replenishment and will be available to provide additional support later on if the investment of Colombo is long.
4. John will inevitably have to retire for fuel or ammo and I can quickly reinforce and resupply Colombo.
What would you do?
Elsewhere, and this might be why John sounds a little annoyed in his email, I strike at a corner of the world that hasn't seen much action of focus lately. I hit a supply convoy at Port Moresby. Perhaps this will hurt John's focus a little bit or draw some attention.