Its been a couple more weeks in game since my last update so here we go.
Burma has been very quiet - with an occasional night time raid on Magwe and Rangoon by a handful of bombers which is broken up by my nightly patrol of Oscars.
I am slowly upgrading my Oscars to Tojos and have been fielding them sparingly - they are definately an improvement and seem to be a match for the
British Hurricanes Rob is fielding. I have captured all of the 'Southern' half of Burma and the entire rail and am trying to decide if I want more or
While I am still moving troops from Singapore to Rangoon to prep for the invasion Of ceylon I thought I would do some more damage to China and limit
the flow of supplies from Burma to China even moreso. I previously took the Chinese base of Tsuyung via paratroopers and then evacuated them. Rob
has made no move to take the base back and I know he gives China a very low priority and would rather ignore it than spend time there. So I am moving
a pair of divisions to Lashio and will move into China and take the Chinese base Paoshan. Paoshan has some resources and Light Industry I could use
and gives me a wider gap for Rob to fly over when he begins airlifting supplies into China (if he hasn't started already). I will then either pull back
and leave only the minimum garrison there or continue to march all the way to Kunming via Tsuyung. It is trail most of the way and will take a while
but I'm not doing much else in Burma with these units right now. if I took Kunming as well it would close the door on supplies moving via land from
Burma to China as well as net me more resources as well as Heavy & Light Industry. It would also eliminate the western china threat to my half of
Recon plane equipped subs have spotted a british TF moving around Ceylon and say there are both BBs, Cruisers and DDs in it. It has moved into India
around Madras (or at least thats where I last saw it). Not sure if Rob is beginning to plan some operations or what, but I need to keep an eye on them
for my invasion plans. I have Nells at Rangoon and if they come within range I would love to put some torps into them.
I am having trouble hauling all the fuel / oil from both Palembang and Medan but am moving it as fast as I can. I am also scouring all my bases and
TFs for any xAKs that can be converted into TKs and am converting them as soon as I can. I am using the xAKs with both cargo and liquid tanks to haul
both resources and oil from Palembang and concentrating on using TKs to haul the fuel.
The conquest on Java is moving along and I should take Tjilatjap this next turn (or 2 at most) which will finish off any allied presence north of
Soerbaja. I have also taken Malang (west of Soerbaja) and have a Regiment sitting there keeping the troops from the south out of Soerbaja. Intel reported
ships in Soerbaja harbor so I bombed it for a few days killing a dozen or so AMcs - I was hoping for some damaged subs or such but only minor ships
were there. I have sense targeted my bombers on his airfields to both kill aircraft there and to prevent the buildup of forts, He probably has level 4+
forts there already and it will be a tough nut to crack - will take a week of so to break it.
I have finally pushed all Chinese units north of the railroad except in bases he controls on the rail. I have 1 Chinese unit being pushed back now
and that is the last one - it sneaked by my front line but was caught by recon and troops were sent to corral it and smash it back north. My troops got
in place behind a river and he crossed right into them and was smashed. It has been easy pushing them back since then.
Rob is still bombing Dili despite the fact that I haven't had troops there for 2 weeks. I am building up Boela and Namlea to provide mutual support
for Ambon which is targetted almost daily by B-17s from Darwin. I have 60+ fighters there that are holding their own and keeping the airfield operational.
They even manage to kill a few B-17s now and then but most of the losses are from ops. Once these 3 bases are built up I will push forward and take
Koepang where Rob has built me a nice airfield and port. I will drop engineers there to build forts and to keep the airfield up - this will allow me to
start sweeping the seas north of Oz of shipping by placing Nells / Betties there. Koepang will also help support my invasion of NW Oz if I do it.
After looking at other bases I saw the usefulness of Milne Bay and have taken it - landing a small base force and some engineers there. Not sure I will
do anything with it, but it would be a nice base for Rob to flank the Solomons from so I took it.
Manila keeps serving as the gathering point for most fo the resources of the Islands and large 50k-100k convoys run from it to Japan weekly.
Nothing but building going on here. Forts and Airfields are whats being built for future defense.
Recent intel shows 5k men at Attu and 25k at Amchitka, I am sure most of the men at both places are engineers or base forces with a small (100-150 AS)
combat unit. I am partolling the area as I'm surprised Rob hasn't reinforced them yet but thats good for me. My Invasion force will smash whatever
is at Attu and then join in on the fun at Amchitka. In all I will be using roughly 4-5 Divisions for this invasion and it should be enough to take both
bases providing they land safely and I don't get unlucky with losses or air attacks.
Allied Ships Sunk:
TK - 3
AMc - 14
Japanese Ships Lost:
TK - 1
xAK - 1
I have noticed a lack of aircraft in the South Pacific (both Solomons and Kwajelein area). I am gathering the aircraft in Manchukuo and Korea and will
be buying out select units. Has anyone had any trouble from stripping air units out of Manchuria ? Or how about stipping combat units out of here
as long as I stay above the 'magic' 8k number ?
All of my stockpiles (Resources, Oil and Fuel) seems to have grown by 10+ days each they are holding steady - it seems I cannot haul cargo back to
Japan fast enough to seriously increase them.
Both my Naval and Merchant Shipyards continue to decline but its by acceptable amounts as my stockpiles are still rather large. I have increase Merchant
Shipyards by roughly 20 units and that has lowered the decrease there from 75ish to like 10-20 per turn. I am planning another increase soon but
need to decide where.
ManPower 973,595 (4k+ increase per turn)
Heavy Industry 353,661 (~4k increase per turn)
Armaments 151,370 (~50 increase per turn)
Vehicle 555 (Usually moves up to 1500 or so and then drops back down as units upgrade)
Naval Shipyard 14,173 (350 decrease per turn)
Merchant Ship 5959 (~20 decrease per turn)