From: The Coastal Elite
Sep 18th, 1943
@BB The CVs will hit Eniwetok and then move south, the situation requires their immediate support around Lae.
First we get this confirmation:
CV Soryu is reported to have been sunk near Ontong Java on Aug 24, 1943
Contrary to what I thought last turn, John reinforces Lae! So, for now my forces will sit and wait and build forts. John can't stick around forever, especially once he knows my CVs are closing on the area. Unfortunately, they shock attack this turn despite being set to Deliberate and this might have been from my Paratroop unit being forced to shock attack, I don't know. Anyways, this means I will have to land the first Marine division eventually, which is nicely located nearby at Buna and 100% prepped. I have 200-300 more AV I can throw at the battle; once my carriers are in position, I can sustain bombardments with cruisers and fast BBs on Lae to reduce it and hopefully bag a few divisions.
However, that isn't the nice thing about this turn. The nice thing about this turn is one Mk. 6 mine manages to sink a Nagato-class battleship! We had seen an N1K1 Rex destroyed on the ground and thought it strange, but only belatedly discovered this when reading the combat report. I had placed a lot of mines at Lae and just outside of it, putting my DMs in great danger and losing a CM in the process. I had thought I'd get some DDs and xAK/xAPs - never would I have though I'd get so lucky as this. Never doubt the prowess of a Mk. 6 mine again, for it can make a battleship's magazine explode! We can only assume poor ammunition storage practices on the part of the Japanese...
Port Moresby becomes a level 9 airfield tomorrow, Milne Bay will soon be level 8, we can then station ships right next to Lae with LBA protection, even from Japanese carriers. Coupled with CVEs, this can be potent fighter protection. CV Bunker Hill arrives at the Panama Canal.
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