From: The Coastal Elite
What does his force disposition look like? Have you been stockpiling fuel and supplies on Ceylon? Personally, I don't see a reason to take Bombay when you can go deeper south and threaten to cut off anything he might have in the north. Taking Bombay would probably be easy enough, but its also not much of a existential threat to occupying IJA forces, can potentially be contained and certainly the IJA should have ample time to reposition and regroup, and is a slow launching point from pushing further in. A deeper push south would be far more dangerous to the IJA and you already have a close-by launching point with Ceylon in your hands.
Then again, I have no idea as to the actual disposition of his forces: if he has only a smattering of forces holding the north, I guess you can quickly take it. If he has re-concentrated his main defenses back towards the Burmese border,a landing in the south might not be as devastating. Other potential easy and nearby landing points that might not be as provocative as, say, Calcutta, could be Madras.
Just voicing my initial thoughts. I should go back and read the rest of your AAR to get a better view of the Indian situation. Even if you decide on Bombay, staging your forces in Ceylon and making a show of it for the IJN/IJA could make your opponent think you plan to conduct a landing from there into the bay of Bengal, potentially having him reinforce the south at the expense of the north.
Ah, it's the worry of KB, which is a good one. I still think a Calcutta operation is viable if you know it's at Truk. Nonetheless, your safest bet is Madras and Bombay as you say. I think Madras has the benefit of being very close to Ceylon and your airbases there.
< Message edited by Anachro -- 7/31/2020 10:32:49 PM >