From: lost in space
It's now 9th of January - the biggest discovery playing 3 day turns is the surprise factor (again). Basically trying NOT to be surprised when the KB strikes deep in your waters during those 3 days - must be paranoid.
Kido Butai showed up east of Tarakan, which I thought would be just to support the invasion of Ternate, Morotai in the Moluccas. Nope. In 3 days it wrecked havoc down the south side of Borneo, into the Java Sea, then south of Makassar and Kendari. A little TF picking up a Dutch Bn was obliterated at Bandjarmasin, some AVP moving to Kendari, some DDs in Balikpapan, all gone. To make matters worse, it was a pincer attack around both sides of Borneo, with a CVL coming down the West side, joining up with KB to join up for strikes on Soerbaja, before moving off ESE towards Kendari. Now they're just S of Kendari, with a heading of SE. Evacuation of Darwin will commence - they'll go westward. Got reprieve, KB went into armpit of Celebes, W of Manado, E Donggala, looks like still SE heading.
Soerbaja, Tjilitap, Batavia have been emptied of shipping, most going to Ceylon or Cape Town, this primarily due to the next item.
KB wasn't the biggest problem, Miss Betty came a calling. Had tried getting one more fuel convoy (3 TKs and 2 DDs) out of Palembang - they somehow missed 1 TK, the rest bought it. Had tried to get the Padang Bn (on Sumatra's Indian Ocean side - middle) lifted to Java, Miss Betty found them too. Bettys also struck Batavia, but unlike the others, had some Fighter protection.
Tarakan, Balikpapen still in Dutch hands, sigint says not for long - have Jap units planning for Tarakan, Balikpapan, Makassar and Kendari. Have tried to build up Koepang, have done way too little to be more than a roadbump in the IJN express. Java has only received remnants of the Bandjermason Bn flown over. Medan was reinforced with a Bn just up the road, otherwise, not much improvement - looks gloomy. TF popped 1 hex NW of Ambon, total surprise, expected them to land somebody in Ambon, but went for base 1 hex NW instead, Namlea - damn, a 1 (1)Port and 2(3) Afd. Will be hosting Bettys in no time.
Was able to withdraw all but 1 Filipino Div in Manilla into Clark Field. Have undergone 3 days of attacks so far there, all Deliberate, all less than 1-2,last one was hammered 1-102, have stopped and now Bombarding - I lose 300 men each bombardment attack. 4k supply in Clark, lots of units resting in Bataan. Have 776 Assault in Clark, 30k supply and another 680 Assault in Bataan.
Had moved the remaining P-40 to Cagayan, was just able to get the adjoining forces into Cagayan same time as Japs came in. Held Cagayan for 5 days, on 7 Jan - they finally got 2-1 on a shock attack. Most frustrating not being able to save any of the P-40s squadrons. Cagayan falls on 8 Jan, shock attack - fall back in Malaybalay - they're toast. Had a dozen P-40s there, all gone.
Had a very damaged sub in Manilla, it limped down to Puerto Princessa - hoping it will take a while to mop up and the Permit can fix enough flotation (38 - 1 Major) to limp south some more.
Also, about Christmas, had evaced the remaining Filipino xAKs - used a direct path E between the Jimas and Marianas, then N of Marcus then to Midway. Lost 3 to BB Kongo, but over a dozen have made it to Midway - tho half low on fuel, awaiting a tanker TF. Total saved, an AO, 2 AS, AVD, xAP, 4 xAK, 9 xAKL.
Burma - Malaya
Pegu, Moulmein, Mandalay have been drawing air attacks, 1 AVG squadron in doing a fine job covering Pegu and Moulmein, has 41 kills, but 18 of 27 planes are in the maintenance shed.
Have 2nd Burma Brigade, SE of Pegu, serving as a scout - looking for signs of any IJA units - no sign so far. Also have 13th Burma Rifles Bn 2 hexes SE of Taung Gyi on main track doing the same. Have 227 Assault in Pegu, another 171 in Rangoon keeping it quiet (150 garrison). Have 1 Chinese Div in Lashio, with 3 more and an HQ on the way. Only Sigint for area, is a unit planning for Tavoy.
In Malaya, the Japs just entered Malacca (65 Assault dug in), with 5k men, but over 200 AFVs, run away! Have 106 Assault in Johore, 93 of the 27th Ozzies now coming down from Mersing, and 297 in Singapore with 39k supply. Have 82 AC, 72 operational, 29 Buffs, 24 Torps, 9 Search. Hoping they last til February.
Have been trying to form a line, from the west Nanning to Luchow (2 hex E), SE to Wuchow, E to Kukong, NE to Changsha, NNE Ichang and then Nanyang, Loyang. N to Yenan then NE to dot base Paotow. I'm trying to cover river crossings especially in front of Changsha. Only disputed spot is Nanning - where the Chinese are barely keeping the forts up, it has 128 Assault, but is unimportant, only leads to Luchow and 432 Assault. Sent the Arty in Chungking to the front line, divided between Luchow, Changsha and Sian. Jap air raids have been heavy, some raids to Chungking, so now have 2 squadrons of the AVG here. 90% of the "bulge" units have escaped, leaving some on the main RR line NE of Sinyang.
New Guinea, South Pacific
Got the 2nd Aussie Cav unloaded (well, most) in Port Moresby, had problem when juggling ships at the dock and having to split up TF so to maximize dock space, had 1 leftover ship decide to go home without unloading. That's because when you split it off, it defaults its destination as home port! Turned it around, but now its risky. Had been just getting unescorted Sally raids, but now have Oscars in Finschhafen and Zeros in Rabaul. Have 198 Assault in PM, half of that the 2nd Cav. But only 4k supply, (5 if xAP unloads OK).
Moved an A-24 Banshee squadron to PM, to see if they are still super Dive Bombers. They are, 1 4 plane strike made 3 hits on a ship. Exp is only 41, but most raids score hits on docked ships at Lae and Finschhafen (a few at sea). However, if run up against CAP they do get hammered, morale is down to 31.
Noumea had 56 AV, 5k supply, 1k fuel, with 18k on ships in the roadstead. Need a traffic cop! With the Port only a 2, already have had to divert some APs with the 2nd Marine Def to Auckland to reload unit as Amphib.
Pago Pago has 10k supply being unloaded, backlogging some 80k fuel (some I'll send some to Oz). Once offloaded, Pago can act as my fuel/refuel hub.
Still getting a IJA Coy planning for Canton, so still have CA Chicago & Chester TF there.
Got following Sigint:
So I think they'll need a reception. Have 3 CVs in Pearl, so sending all of them to Marcus for much needed target practice. Not sure they'll get there in time (now around Midway), but need the experience. Still bummed cannot swap out the Buffs on Lady Lex yet.
- 41st Ind.AA Gun Co is loaded on a Japanese xAK moving to Marcus Island.
- 41st Inf Div loaded and on way to Brisbane, halfway between Seattle and Pearl
- US Ftr Cmd HQ, Port Svc Det, Cst AA Regt, 26k supply for Noumea - near Canton
- EAB for Noumea (Amphib) west of Palmyra
- I US Amphib Hq - Noumea - 10 hexes N Palmyra
- 11th PS w/P40s, BF, 16k supply - 8 hexes SW of Pearl
- 34th Inf Regt, USA BF - Noumea, a few days out of San Fran
- Cst Arty Rgt - Amphib - Efate - loading in San Fran
- Hurrican Sqdn, AT Regt, 2 AA Regt - Colombo - 10 hexes W of Colombo
- 15k fuel, 10k Supply - unloading Karachi
- 7th Hussars - Bombay - loading in Aden
- 2nd Royal Tank - Calcutta - loading in Aden
- 76k supply & 66k supply - Bombay - on way to enter map from Cape Town
- AA Regt, 18k Supply - Colombo - transit box to Indian Ocean
Starting to get supply and units flowing - but the DEI looks lost already, as well as Malaya. Philippines looks OK, should hold for awhile. Burma is still weak, not sure if I'll be able to get my guys over the mountains after the IJA turns to Burma. Think I'll be able to hold Noumea-Pago, doubling AV in Port Moresby helps, but the TOTAL lack of ANY fighters in Oz is killing me, need fighters in PM so I can get supply up there. Actually think China may be good, supply the main question - have no replacements set, and alot of guys are resting.
Carriers, have Yorktown in San Diego awaiting escorts, with Lex, Sara, and the Big E will soon have the Kiddo Buttkickers assembled! Or KB shark bait. Need to update those Lex Buffs.
In the Sub war, I have 2 confirmed sunk subs - 1 off Pearl, the other off Vancouver Island. I have lost 2 at sea (Shark & Pike) as well. Also had 2 SS sunk at Pearl on 7 Dec. 1 is about to sink, and 14 have over 10 damage and are on their way to dry dock. May be seeing more ASW groups hunting. The Dutch Boys have done well, but with the Java Bugout, no AS there to re-arm.
PS - Only "house" rule I've been using, is no PTs. Put them all in port and let them be sunk by port attacks. They just seem much more effective than in real history, where they had a high nuisance factor, not a convoy crusher ability.
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