From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
4/21/42 to 5/3/42
We are flipping turns - usually four to six a day. The turns don't take long, at this early stage of the war. This marvelous uncomplexity and the speed we're playing at is a great deal of fun.
China: No changes in the MLR or the situation. Dave's has moved his forces around a bit in the Sian sector, which had previously been hot and very worrisome. He's either waiting for reinforcements or trying to figure out how to handle the strongpoint of Sian or both. This is the most troubling sector. Elsewhere, he keeps probing along the lengthy MLR, moving troops forward, only to find Chinese garrisons in good defensive terrain. At the moment, then, China is okay due to lack of enemy concerted attacks.
Burma: Two Japanese divisions are facing a rag-tag bunch of Allied troops at dot-base Katha. 1st Burma division is the heart of the Allied defense, which thus far has withstood a couple of deliberate attacks. So far the Japanese have taken heavier losses. Elsewhere, the Allies have knocked out more than half of Magwe's oil. The isolated Allied expeditionary army is very slowly moving further into the remote jungles, hoping to somehow find a way to China. Dave is ignoring the units at the moment.
Port Blair: Imperial Guards landed about three days back. My little bastion has proved weak indeed. There is an Indian brigade (trained from 30 exp. up to 46 at the time of attack) behind 3.98 forts (augh!) in jungle terrain and 100% prepped. I figured any enemy landing here would be hampered by lack of prep, but the IG came ashore in pristine condition. After two or three deliberate attacks, the base is about to fall. (Over at Sinabang, a mixed brigade landed against no opposition and got badly disabled, so IG must've been prepped.) KB is loitering around this area.
Singapore: No enemy attacks. Supply down to about 130k. Subs are bringing it in from Colombo, but only about six of them. More will participate soon.
DEI: Dave has take Batavia and all other occupied bases. The DEI is his, except for vacant island mop-up duty.
SWPac/SoPac: Other than a couple of subs, no enemy activity. The Allies are working on defenses at Luganville and Efate, with small garrisons sorta on the order of Port Blair...which means I'm not confident.
CenPac: Other than a couple of subs, no enemy activity. I've been working hard on Midway since the opening days of the war but it might be no more staunch than Port Blair.
NoPac: A combat engineer unit and another engineer unit are Adak are building forts. This is too far forward and therefore vulnerable. I won't bring in infantry until forts are 4. Similar fort building is going on at Dutch Harbor and Kodiak.
Air War: Japanese losses are 400+ Allied losses. This has been good, thus far.
Political Points: To this point, I've only bought out a few restricted units. Most PPs are spent on army, navy and air force commanders.
Experience: The game seems totally different this time around. I finally have enough experience that I (typically) know what I want to do, when and where. There's not a feeling of needing to be everywhere at once. There's not a feeling of needing to do something! quick! yesterday! Troops come in and go where they're needed. The West Coast, India and Oz are well protected. I've built almost no base facilities, instead concentrating on forts. It's fun to feel like I'm in control of the game rather than the game in control of me. And, nevertheless, I've got the usual troubles and some special self-inflicted ones (Allied expeditionary army, cough, cough.)
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