From: The Coastal Elite
Dec 27th, 1943
A bit late and referred to as a late Xmas present by John, but Allied troops have landed at Port Blair and Little Andaman, hopefully gaining a foothold and forward airbase to support additional planned landings in the area. John was a bit bombastic in his messages once he spotted the TF coming 2 turns ago and certainly structured his message in a way to imply Japanese counter forces were coming, but cognizant of John's proclivity towards mind games and thinking this might be a bluff considering we know where most of his forces are, we continue onward, of course.
John 3rd Quote:
Would love to pick-up our pace since we have MAJOR action coming!
While the KB, etc. are far away, we know some cruisers/CBs/CAs/DDs might be in the area, and mini-KB, though much decimated, was last seen a couple weeks ago fleeing towards Soerabaja. Accompanying the landings are 1CV/3CVL and 2 CVEs. 2 additional Yorktowns are on their way from Perth to support additional landings.
We elected to overload Port Blair because given the danger in the vicinity we wanted to take the base in as little time as possible. Based on the disparity in the AV, this should happen soon enough: ~1500 AV landed currently vs. a garrison of ~400 AV. The Japanese CD units are a nuisance that seem to cause heavy damage to some transports regardless of what you do: seems like you need to embed multiple combat ships into a landing TF. That said, my damage so far is relatively light.
I was a bit worried about Japanese LBA, given that John has multiple large airfields in the vicinity, but right now this is partially alleviated by Rangoon and Moulmein being put out of commission. 2 days ago, Rangoon had 300 fighters, today is has 11. Major Japanese airfields nearby and still in commission for the Japanese are Sabang, Victoria Point, and Tavoy.
Meanwhile, troops are pushing down towards Rangoon by land: it appears to me John might be evacuating partially.
KB and much of the IJN are still way to the east near Wake Island, etc. where John has been carousing after a vain attempt to try and catch my secondary carrier force that went back towards Pearl Harbor.
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