From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
Malaya: The Victoria Point invasion TFs begin loading. The first wave is three APDs carrying a detachment of an Indian brigade. Recon shows VP is ungarrisoned, so the hope is that the Allies can land, sieze the base, bring in aviation support from Port Blair by air transport, and have local CAP up and running to provide cover for the rest of the invasion. Steve might try to thwart that by air transport of his own. The second wave will consist of the bulk of the Indian brigade, 26th Indian Division, two armored units, and two AA units. Once these get ashore, the plan is for the armor to race inland to take Chumpion, also believed to be vacant, and then to split and head north and south to move on two other bases that may be empty. As this is going on the Allies will bring forward several units currently posted at Port Blair. Four American and one RN carrier to provide cover as necessary. The APD component could be ready to come ashore in three or four days. VP by Christmas!
DEI: A large mock invasion TF will gather near Singkawang. The Allies will feint towards Kuching, including massed 4EB raids and some bombardments by sea. I am pretty confident Steve is expecting a real move on Kuching, so I hope this will persuade him to move his air forward, thus buying some "space" for the Malaya invasion. Beuforts sortied with little escorts against an enemy fast transport mission to Singkep and got chewed up in the process.
Burma: The first Allied unit should arrive in Rangoon tomorrow or the next day. Up at Magwe, the scene of the "Very Happy Stalemate" that dragged on so long, it appears that the isolated IJ army is quickly shedding AV, undoubtedly because of supply problems and daily Allied air attacks. Two IJA divisions are stuck out here, so it's a major sitatuion.
NoPac: Onnekotan forts go to level three with 206 AV. I'm still hoping to get 500 AV here before spring, but finding the units and the political points will be challenging. Para has 670 AV with 4.6 forts. I'm shooting for 1,500 AV and 6 forts by spring, but I might be pushed to even get 1,000 AV here.
SWPac: Landings at Boela uncontested and apparently undetected. 80 AV ashore with a base force unit. Sea Bees on the way. The eastern DEI appears wide open - lots of vacant and important Allied bases with no apparent enemy patrols or recon going on.