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Here we go. I figured I would put out a report on a game of Burma campaign scenario 2. I am the Japanese and I have finished my first turn. The special rules we are playing with are the allies get the reduced strength c-46, 4.8 where the allies get the big 5.5 guns (which cost vps to use), rule 4.6 that make allied tanks powerful (which they were historically) and a couple special ones I made up. First the Japanese can eat their mules (1 mule equals 1 sp) and finally if the INA units are involved in any combat that the Japanese player is not the winner in they are eliminated forever. I thought that was a good rule because they are strong units that can help the Japanese a lot. However morale and equipment was bad. I figured if the Japanese are doing well then they would continue to hang around. However if they run into difficulties then they would melt away due to desertion. These rules all favor the allies but I believe they are accurate and proper to use.

Japanese turn 1 report March 15. Bad supply and reinforcement rolls. No reinforcements and only 1 sp in Mandalay. Not too much to worry about yet because there are good Japanese stockpiles and we are at almost full strength. 2sps (entire Japanese rail capacity) are immediately sent north to Mitch. It is important to get as much up there as soon as possible because the Chindits will cut the rail lines immediately (1/2 vp per turn and just good strategy). It will be hard to get supplies from Mandalay up north through Bhamo. The Japanese have two trucks only and they will be needed to supply the Imphal offensive for the most part. It will be hard to keep the 18th division in supply. But there are ten sps up north right now. So we have time.

Northern Front: Supplies are shifted around and a battalion is sidestepped to block Merrill's direct path through the mountains. Everyone else hedgehogs and prepares for the Chinese onslaught. Artillery units are placed in reserve. One battalion guards Mitch to the north (allies can't get there for some time though) and one battalion moves to protect the HQ from a possible Chindit assault from the southeast (I don't think its very likely due to supply constraints and dispersal concerns). Tanaka and the 18th division are in for a rough time. Let's see how they can do. A trickle of reinforcements will arrive throughout the next month. Here's hoping the low Chinese morale and thievery (1/2 of sps lost at Ledo) keep the Chinese from making too much progress too fast.

Central front: The area is going to be surrendered to the Chindits for now. The railroad will be cut. It is simply too difficult to keep open. I also don't want to disperse battalions there just to get destroyed by quality Chindit attacks. I also want the Imphal offensive to be as powerful as possible as quickly as possible so I moved two 15th division battalions straight towards Imphal. I want to hold Indaw and Hopin for now. Indaw is safe for one turn but needs to fortify as quickly as possible. Wait for reinforcements before considering anything against the Chindits (one average brigade and one lower quality brigade). Should be interesting. The Chindits cannot go south of B.30 so the Japanese HQ at Wunthe is safe from them. They also cannot cooperate with Stilwell and the Chinese. The Chindits must also use truck movement to draw, so they must stay close together (not enough mules and there are only so many planes). That is what I am hoping at least.

Kohima Front: Time is of the essence. The entire 31st division jumps across the Chindwin and is rushing towards Kohima. Two regiments in the north, one regiment south with the 15th. 4 water buffaloes and 2 mules support Sato's advance. Nothing to do but wait and see.

Imphal Front: The 15th division (along with the INA) jump the Chindwin. Unlike the 31st division it can expect SOME supplies from Wunthe via 1 wagon. Three different axis exist. One to the south, straight west and north. Let's see how the Limey's react. Flexible for now, but the 15th is the weakest of the 3 assault divisions.

South Imphal Front: The Tamu road is slow going, as I don't want to waste fuel yet (1T per tank and artillery unit). I don't have the power to threaten him there either. I need to be very conservative with supplies and want to make sure my few artillery attacks are as effective as possible. I'm going to try and let the 15th outflank him from the north. See if I can destroy a weak battalion or two and get some of his dumps on the road (or at least force him to destroy those dumps). A single battalion of the 213th regiment is attempting to force the mountains to the west. Although I am weak on the Tiddim road now is not the time for the Brits to attempt an attack to the south right now. He might try to block the Chindwin at Sittang but that comes with real risks and I will be using buffaloes for supply for the 15th soon.

The real important front is the Tiddim road right now. Starting on the 15th gives the Japanese a real chance to destroy the very good 17th Indian. The 215th regiment rushes up and cuts the north road. The weak artillery unit guards the precious mule and combat supplies. They are very weak but the terrible terrain will require a lot of power for the allies to destroy these roadblocks. And if they can survive 1 TURN they can flip and hedgehog for free, making time extremely important for both sides here. Two engineer brigades move to attack from the south, attempting to put the pressure on from the south. A battalion of the 213th regiment helps guard the supply line, but can't move fast enough to add to the attack. The elite 214th regiment with artillery are moving VERY FAST (6 mps) through the mountains hoping to cut the road further to the north as quickly as possible. Water buffaloes are providing supply (the red x is to show that 1 of the 2t of buffaloes there have been eaten). Trucks are shuttling supplies from Mandalay as quickly as possible.

Allied reaction: The allies use their aircraft to shuttle supplies (pretty effective) to the Chindits and to crush the Japanese Oscars at Mitch (I'm not spending a T to put them back in supply). They B25s launch an attack on the 15th division columns in strat mode but only get a dg result and a B25 step loss from flak (thank goodness)!

Japanese attacks: The only one is in the south at Tiddim. The two engineer battalions attack the West Yorkshires. 1t of supply used but they fail the surprise roll (even with the plus 2 modifer) but they get an 8 for a total of 10 which results in AO1/D01. I kill one of the engineer battalions (Japanese replacements come back pretty quick and they can be placed at divisional HQs) and I retreated his battalion north one hex. His Indian battalion to the south is now cut off! Will he attempt to rescue it or resupply it? We shall see. I want those supply dumps too! The only thing left in the cleanup phase is to remove the DG from the column from the 15th division in the middle.

Overall: Losing the Oscar step sucked but isn't very important. The battle for the Japanese is going to be fought on the ground. The fact he had to use an aircraft to kill it (keeping it from doing another mission) is probably the best I could hope for. I wish my attack to the south went better but a good reinforcement roll could fix that. Lets see how the fight to trap the 17th goes! See the attached pic.

This game is one of my favorite of all time. I am very excited to play it. Its a lot different than your average OCS game but the battles are utterly fascinating, especially the Imphal Kohima struggle. The paucity of supplies and the rotten terrain make the ideal tactic to put yourself in a position to force the other side to attack (especially the Japanese)! The allies will have more flexibility to attack, especially with the ability to do airdrops and airfield resupply. But they only have so much supply and their artillery uses a whole lot. We shall see how things go. I'll keep posting as long as people are interested.
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sscharlesk wrote:
I'll keep posting as long as people are interested.


Yes please!
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The allied player is a bit inexperienced so we have yet to finish the first turn. A bit of learning so the first two turns or so are going to be a joint effort. In the meanwhile I thought I would introduce some of the characters in our drama.

Akira Watanabe, a NCO from the 58th regiment of the 31st division. He hails from the Nigata region (central part of the island on the coast facing Korea) in Honshu. 25 years old, he was drafted when he was 18 and was part of 116th division originally raised in the spring of 1938 in response to the growing need for more troops in China. Although he has been fighting for almost six years he is fully loyal to both the Emperor and the idea of the greatness of his nation. Originally a regular soldier his ability to survive and bravery has garnered him some promotions through the years. The coming battle will test him and his comrades to their absolute limit.

Hachiro Maruyama, a Lt. in the 55th regiment of the 18th division. He is originally from Kurume, a small town on the island of Kyushu. 28 years old, he has been in the IJA since he was eighteen years old. It is the only life he has ever known. His father fought the Germans in the siege of Tsingtao in 1914, helping to force their surrender in late 1914, as a member of the very same division. Maruyama was with the division when they captured Singapore in 1942. That is but a distant memory now. Gone are the plentiful rations captured from the British and the comforts of Dora Nawa are not available in Burma. Maruyama knows the difficult situation facing the 18th division, but is still confident. Having fought the Chinese for years he has developed a pathological hatred for them and welcomes their attempts to try and take Mitch and complete the Burma road.

Jun'ichi Sakurai, a 23 year old tank commander in the 14th Independent tank regiment of the IJA. He hails directly from Tokyo, where he attended technical schools and received excellent vocational training in maintenance and engine repair, making him a prime candidate for the fledgling Japanese tank forces in early 1940. He was with the regiment when they paraded through Saigon in 1940 when the French surrendered their colony to the Japanese without a struggle and he was with the regiment during the conquest of Burma in 1942. He commands a Type 97 Chi-Ha which is very quick and has a 57 mm gun as its main armament. Although still loyal to the Emperor he has real misgivings about the upcoming March On Delhi. His tank was adequate against the poorly equipped troops he helped rout in 1942. But fuel and ammunition are in short supply and he and his comrades now know the British have tanks that are superior to his.

Kenji Yamada, a 19 year old foot soldier in the 214th regiment of the 33rd division. He is from the mountains of central Honshu in the Gunma Prefecture where he and his family (and countless generations before) have struggled to scratch out a living farming millet and rice on the steep slopes of Japan's mountains. He was drafted in late 1942, when Japanese confidence was still very high and completed his training early in 1943. He was shipped south before US submarines became more effective and received more training in Thailand before he was sent to join the 214th regiment in early 1944. Although he has missed all of the previous battles of the 33rd division he is made aware of the victorious reputation of the division and is extremely proud to be a member. Upon crossing the Chindwin in early March 1944 he was provided with rations of rice and salt sufficient for about twenty days. He is used to being hungry. Growing up in Japan during the turbulent 1930s he never had enough to eat as a child. So hunger is not new to him. He listens to the advice of the older soldiers and supplements his rations with wild grasses, small lizards and whatever small fish he can catch out of the Chindwin. What is new to him is the rugged climate of Burma. The mountains here are far higher, more rugged, intimidating and impassable than the mountains he loves back home. The odds of him surviving the upcoming battle are not good.

Major Saburo Mori, an officer in the staff of the 15th army. He is a career soldier and knows no other life, despite being born into a relatively wealthy family. Hailing from Yokohama, near Tokyo his father was killed in the early 1930s during a feud with officers from the Imperial Japanese Navy. Many suspect it was a vendetta from another important family. The attackers were never found. Mori has carried the knowledge that the Navy was responsible for his father's death for many years and as such he has come to hate and despise the IJN. Their failings in the Pacific must now be made good by the IJA on the mainland of Asia. A pragmatist he understands the abilities of the Japanese army and their tactics and doctrine, but also their limitations. He despises Renya Mutaguchi (a violent womanizing drunk) with a passion, as do most of the other officers in his staff but understands the importance of following orders. He does not for one second believe that Mutaguchi will be riding into Delhi on a white charger anytime soon but he is a supporter of the attack on Imphal, for he knows if the Japanese do not attack the British will. Destroying the bases at Imphal and Dimapur will make Southeast Asia safe from the allies for at least the next two or three years. He will be liaison for Mutaguchi, visiting the 15th and 33rd division as quickly as possible, reporting to Mutaguchi on the progress of the assaults via radio and courier.

More characters should come into play as reinforcements arrive.
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Reports of heavy fighting along the Imphal-Tiddim road have reached Major Mori. There is no telling how the combat is going, only reports of heavy losses on both sides. The allied airforce is very active as well, causing Mori to curse the 5th Air division's commander. Mutaguchi's demands for adequate air cover have not been honored. However rumors of several B-25s shot down have reached Mori's ears. Although initially skeptical a Captain from the 51st regiment (15th division) has produced a prisoner, a Lt. Dan Block, USAAF from Pasadena, California. When questioned he revealed nothing except for defiance and expressed delight at the knowledge of having disrupted the Japanese marching columns, who had neglected procedure and continued marching rather than dispersing. Although delighted at the weakening of the Allied Air Forces Mori curses under his breath as he sends the prisoner back to Wunthe with a Kenpeitai escort. The 15th division is in danger of falling badly behind schedule. No word from Sato up north. Rumors of a garrison being destroyed by a surprise attack near Indaw have him concerned, but he (and his commanding officer) remain fixated on Imphal.

Reports of large numbers of British soldiers landing in the rear area of the 15th army have reached Lt. Maruyama up north. He has heard rumors the vital rail line has been cut (later to be confirmed). Maruyama remains confident. The supply dumps are full and his troops have been cut off for days before and still fought through hordes of Chinese troops.

Allies have the initiative for turn 2. They will probably choose to go first.

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keep them coming!

Any chance to make the pics a bit bigger please?! So much easier to follow! Cheers
 
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hreschreiter wrote:
keep them coming!

Any chance to make the pics a bit bigger please?! So much easier to follow!


When you click on image, it takes you to individual pic entry--there is a tab "original"; it should display file in its original size.

And yes, keep them coming.
 
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Thanks for the kind words gents. I'm just having a bit of fun with this, if you can tell (probably my favorite game of all time). Does everyone like my idea of introducing some characters to the story and using their experiences for the reports? They are completely fake, but I did use unit histories and the knowledge of where they are from in Japan to make them more believable (isn't the internet amazing). If people like them I will continue to use them. If people think they are dumb let me know and I will drop them. I'm hoping to encourage as many people as possible to play this game. Amazingly interesting!

PS If anyone is looking for excellent reading on this subject get "Road of Bones" by Keane or "Burma The Longest War" by Allen (the best and most complete book on the entire campaign). I think Keane's book is only five US dollars on Kindle!
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I'm reading this one right now. Very concise but quite good (to me anyway) since I have never read anything previously on the subject.



I never realized the ignorance of American Politics was just as prevalent then as it is now. Its obvious that the United States will never learn from its mistakessoblue
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The sounds of heavy artillery interrupt Kenji Yamada as he munches one of his precooked rice balls while taking a ten minute break during the march north in the damnable hills. The artillery is a welcome change to the whining of the water buffaloes unwillingly accompanying his unit(to get the buffaloes to move on the rough paths the soldiers have had to light some of their tails on fire) . He is exhausted and to make matters worse he is freezing at night because of all the sweating he has soaked both his uniform and undershirt that stubbornly refuse to dry. The brutal NCO in charge of his squad kicks him and his men and puts them back into line and the march north is resumed, even as the NCO and other officers look back over their shoulders. Yamada knows the troops of the 215th regiment are fighting with the Indian troops to the south of his battalion. But he and his comrades know that they must continue the march towards Imphal without pause. Although he and his comrades consider the 215th rank amateurs in comparison to the elite 214th he prays for them.

After much difficulty Major Mori has been able to make contact with Sato up north via a tenuous radio link. The damned fool is whining about the Allied air power breaking up his marching columns. Some of his units are significantly behind schedule and one battalion has suffered serious losses. Mutaguchi is rumored to have threatened Sato with mandatory hari-kiri should he fail in his mission at Kohima.

Mori is more concerned with issues closer to hand. Apparently Yanagida is in high spirits. He claims his 215th battalion is still blocking the 17th division on the Imphal-Tiddim road, although he cannot guarantee how long they will hold. Mori knows the 215th is currently out of communication with the rest of the division and has limited supplies of ammunition. He heard from one of his best friends from HQ who came up with a supply column that an attack at Indaw had been beaten back with heavy losses and breathes a sigh of relief. But he now doubts that the 15th army can expect any real reinforcements to cross the Chindwin.

Jun'ichi Sakurai is not a happy man. While he and his comrades wait for additional fuel to arrive he has been impressed as a porter, helping to haul supplies up to the front, just like a coolie. He is enraged, as are most of his comrades. The only thing that brings a smile to his face is the fact he has seen a steady trickle of Indian POWs being moved south by the Kenpeitai and INA guards. The selfish swine had already stripped the POWs of all of their valuables so there was nothing left for Sakurai or his comrades. He prays for fuel and the chance for his unit to show their mettle.

Lt. Maruyama now knows the rail line has been cut and he and the 18th division are on their own. He hopes the 56th division (the sister division in the small 33rd army) can send some troops to assist him and his men. His confidence is somewhat shaken when he hears the clanking sounds of mechanical movement to the north and knows that tanks are on their way. He warns his men who prepare satchel charges and multiple grenades tied together.

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PS If anyone is looking for excellent reading on this subject get "Road of Bones" by Keane or "Burma The Longest War" by Allen (the best and most complete book on the entire campaign). I think Keane's book is only five US dollars on Kindle!


I too would recommend the Allen book. I think it is not just the best book on the Burma campaign, but one of my favorite military history books, period.

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Major Mori smiles to himself. That bastard Mutaguchi might just be crazy enough to succeed. Taking a decrepit boat down the Chindwin to Kalewa he sees a steady stream of prisoners from the 17th Indian division filing past. Hundreds of them. All the fragmentary reports from the 215th indicate that they are still holding the Tiddim road shut and British attacks are growing more feeble. According to the radio reports the 215th is fortifying its position and has even captured a few Bren Machine guns, along with a large quantity of ammunition and foodstuffs on a mule train. Just like Mutaguchi planned, thought Mori. Although pleased at the apparent destruction of the 17th division Mori is concerned at the possibility of the most of the 33rd division getting bogged down in the mountains. He is pleased to learn that Yamauchi is moving with acceptable speed again. If only those damnable planes could stay grounded! He remembers with disdain a British Fighter Pilot he met in captivity, a Group Captain Mandrake and makes plans to personally interrogate the next allied airman captured.

Akira Watanabe leads his men through the mountains with pride. He and his men have killed a small patrol of Gurkhas, whom he and his men have come to hate and fear. As a result he and his men were able to enjoy one of their best meals in months, as the Gurkhas were carrying their rations and the white officer in charge even had a half a bottle of scotch, which Watanabe was gracious enough to pass around his entire squad. He knows he and his men will be in heavy contact with the British any day now and is confident. According to intelligence reports the hovel he and his men are supposed to take is called Ukhrul. It is not a handsome place, but he has been told it commands a rough track through the mountains that will lead them to the vital all weather road the British depend upon.

Maruyama and his men have repelled a major Chinese/American attack, destroying several ungainly tanks in the process. Their Chinese crews allowed themselves to become separated from their supporting infantry and he and his men were able to destroy them with their satchel charges and grenades. Unfortunately the tankers did not carry any rations with them, as Maruyama and his men (as well as the rest of the 18th division) are quite hungry. He is also dismayed when he hears that planned reinforcements from the 56th division were diverted to the south.

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A heavy rainstorm descends from the heavens, causing Major Mori to cry in frustration. Yamauchi simply shrugs. He is not a well man, thought Mori. This rainstorm will ground the allied airforce but slow his already struggling columns down even more.
 
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[ImageID=https://boardgamegeek.com/image/3763369/sscharlesk?size=orig...]Major Mori's communications with Sato to the north have been cut. The damn radios just can't reach through the pouring rain. He better be making progress, thought Mori. Reports from spies have indicated that the northern route to Imphal is basically open.

All reports indicate that the 17th Indian division has ceased to be combat effective for the present. There are some stragglers still holding up the northern advance of the 215th regiment but the destruction of the 17th has forced the British to shift their reserves to the south. Mori has relayed orders from Mutaguchi that Yanagida is to get his division moving north and NOW. Sakurai's division has shot its bolt in the Arakan and reinforcements can be expected to arrive soon. Mori also shoots off a quick message to Col. Miyazaki, commander of the elite 58th regiment to attack at Ukhrul immediately.

Jun'ichi Sakurai is elated. Fuel finally arrived and he and his battalion have arrived at the passes that they will need to batter through to take Imphal. He scattered a small column of Indian soldiers with a couple of HE rounds from his 57 but he has yet to see any British armor.

Kenji Yamida is exhausted but elated. He and his regiment have almost reached the plains of Imphal. From a tall hill nearby he can even see the plains and one of the southern airfields. But he knows heavy fighting remains ahead. He has spotted numerous columns of enemy troops but has yet to come in real contact. Thank god the rain has appeared to slacken.

Akira Watanabe is enraged. He and the entire regiment were poised to launch a devastating attack at Ukhrul. Reports had indicated that the town was held by one understrength battalion. Those slow pricks from the 15th division even had a battalion in place ready to exploit the expected breakthrough. For gods sake the road to Imphal is almost completely open! Then the 2nd battalion was delayed due to the rain and some moron from his own battalion accidently let off some signal flares, alerting the Brits. Miyazaki cancelled the attack rather than see the regiment decimated. Only a few casualties were suffered by both sides. Unfortunately one of them was a Lt. Saito of Watanabe's own company. Saito was the last son of his family. His older brother, a Col. in charge of a POW camp on the River Kwai was killed earlier in the war during either a commando or air raid on the railway from Bangkok to Rangoon. The road to Imphal is still open and the rain is slackening. The regiment regroups and awaits reinforcements from the 15th. With a little bit of luck they can still take Imphal. For Lt. Saito and his brother as well as the emperor.

In game terms the attack on Ukhrul was a fiasco. I wasted 2T of supply and failed the surprise roll and got a minus five shift! That meant the combat was resolved on the worst possible table. Fortunately I rolled a 12 adjusted to 13. Allies got the intiative roll for the 3rd turn in a row and will probably take it. But take a look at the map. I think the road to northen Imphal is still open. Reinforcements will arrive but if I can get a double turn quickly things could get ugly for the allies near Imphal, even if I can't force an automatic victory. In the 17th division's sector he has lost two brigades, a battalion and the artillery section as well as a mule. I have lost two battalions. Exchange slightly in favor of Japanese.
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Does your opponent not know the value of units in Reserve Mode? Your third turn and the Reserve Markers are all still stacked nice and neat in the corner.
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I have told him! Especially the tanks. In Burma they are worthless alone but when stacked with allied units they make them extremely powerful!
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[ImageID=https://boardgamegeek.com/image/3764936/sscharlesk?size=orig...]Lt. Maruyama and his men have been forced to retreat. Something he had sworn never to do. But the tanks and the Chinese and the blasted Americans were simply too much. They even broke through the lines and destroyed a battery of artillery. He and his men have no choice but to attempt to form new lines further south. He passes by a crashed B-24 bomber and manages to crack something resembling a smile. All is not lost. Reinforcements are on the way from the south, where those blasted allied airborne are still battering their heads against Indaw.

Accompanying Yanagida and his staff Col. Mori has learned that the British have left the Shenam Pass weakly defended. Although still struggling through the mountains Sato's progress has forced the British to react strongly up north. Springing into action Mori orders Yamauchi to subordinate a couple of his battalions to Yanagida and prepare to attack. He even hijacks a regiment of the INA and puts them in line to help with the attack. He then summons Col. Ueda, commander of the 14th Independent Tank regiment. He ensures that precious fuel is made available for all three of his battalions (over sixty tanks). One of them will provide the only artillery support for the attack from their 57mm guns. The others await in reserve. Col. Mori tells Ueda to prepare to exploit the expected breakthrough onto the plains of Imphal. Rather than threaten him, he emphasizes the importance of the attack (British reinforcements are arriving via aircraft every day now) and how much the nation and the Emperor are depending upon him and his men. Ueda grimly nods.

The attack on the Shenam pass has been a complete success. Mori sends the word off the Mutaguchi and the 15th army HQ. The lone British battalion defending the pass was defeated and retreated en masse towards Imphal completely demoralized. Even the damnable Indians performed well, thought Mori. A battalion of the 213th regiment was in reserve along with two battalions of the 14th. Exploiting the total collapse the infantry battalion heads north to cut off the enemy brigade holding up the southern flank of the 15th division outside of Mintha and the tanks head straight through the pass and onto the plains.

Jun'ichi Sakurai is elated. He and his comrades have broken through the British defenses and are at the very gates of Imphal. Sakurai has even managed to pick up a can of British corned beef from an overrun outpost, a rare delicacy for the Japanese fighting man. He and the other tanks in his unit are poised to overrun half of the Imphal plain and help to trap the British units defending the approaches. There are still numerous British troops defending in the area and they have outrun their infantry support so their position is precarious but Sakurai remains hopeful. If they can maintain the intiative they may be able to make the British panic and force their withdrawl, just like in 1942. A whole lot of ifs, thinks Sakurai. His thoughts are interrupted by the start of yet another rainstorm.

Turn 5 coming up and Japanese rolled the intiative. Result was rain for weather, meaning restricted air ops only. Although that will continue to slow the 31st down (they have had a disastrous game) if I take the initiative and do a double turn I could cur off basically all the units defending Imphal from the East and he won't be able to resupply via air, forcing attrition roles. I'm not sure quite yet. Check out the map for the situation below.

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