7th - 10th of January 42'
The IG has caught up to the retreating Allies near Tongoo, but they're not strong enough to start routing them. Some bombers are moving in to slow down the Japanese advance.
Lots of battles on the plains, a small number of Chinese corps have been left behind to harass the Japanese there and it's taking some time before these get destroyed. Main axis of advance is still towards Sian, with moves out of Canton as well and moves in the South to clear the coast.
Small naval battle as Boise and a small number of DD raided Mindanao. A light DD force opposed them, one old Japanese DD was sunk alongside a PB. One Clemson-class DD is damaged moderately, but it might be in danger as sys damage is high and there are no safe ports in range. All in all I don't consider it a victory, Boise is lightly damaged but will need a good port for repairs, so won't be available again for the fights in the DEI.
Some of the more important moves :
- 41st Division is being shipped to Christmas Island, the first base to be secured on the line to Australia.
- 6th Australian Division is arriving in Aden, they're being shipped to Oz by way of Cape Town
- Royal Sovereign is moving to the DEI, it'll replace Prince of Wales, which will then move to join the fleet defending Australia.
- The carriers are assembling on the West Coast, they'll escort the first convoys to Pago Pago.
I started off the war weakly, without much of a plan besides harassing the Japanese a bit in the DEI. After the fall of Palembang that's about the only thing I can really do there, a fortress Java doesn't really appeal to me and I don't have the assets moving to actually pull it off anyway. At the moment I'm preparing for a quick invasion of the Marshalls, which I might pull of if KB reveals itself elsewhere. A good part of a marine division is prepping for this, but I still need to find the transports and base forces that'll also be needed for this operation. DaBabes means a lot less base forces(or at least smaller ones), so I'm really scrambling for those at the start.