From: Los Angeles
Slow progress moving to the north end of the island - I may just have to take the bases via amphibious assault to speed things up.
Palembang is down to below 350 oil due to manpower bombing by allied bombers. It doesn't seem right that by bombing a city you can destroy oil wells - especially when resources, port, airfields and such are not touched. It seems oil is very susceptible to FIRES - way more than anything else. I am trying to repair the oil but not sure if its worth it right now.
After 2 weeks of trying to get a foothold in Sumatra I finally have one - Kaladjatik. I am air lifting troops and supplies in and have more troops embarked on a transport TF heading there. I now have 2 CVs in the area so they will provide air cover instead of relying on land-based fighters.
Once I get the division landed (or most of it) I will move out and secure more bases then hit Batavia. Theatening Batavia should relieve some of the air pressure on Palembang - although it is too late.
I think you've got the two islands mixed up here -- last time I checked the map, Palembang was on Sumatra, and Batavia on Java. And yes, this is a classic decision for the Japanese player. Do you take Java first, and preserve Palembang, or Sumatra so as to get the oil flowing as soon as possible?
Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers?