From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
12/8/42 (What Next Portion)
KB: it seems that at least two IJN fleet carriers launched against Enterprise, though the mouseover of the IJ TF shows a heckuva lot of aircraft in the TF (59 F 194 B 10 A). It's not the full KB, because other Japanese fleet carriers launched decent strikes against the USN DDs NW of Pearl. I'm confused and a little uncertain. I think the main KB strike vs. Pearl came from the NW, but here are at least two fleet carriers in a much different position. I'm also surprised if Steve would actually go hunting for Ent or Lex using the "godlike knowledge" of force dispposition that we have in the game. This stiike might have been accidental, but it's unlikely.
US Carriers: Anyhow, the Japanese lost something like 15 Kates in the strike, so if this force is just two fleet carriers, Steve may pull back. Ent is ordered to steam south, where Lex is to rendezvous with her. The Japanese launched at a range of 8, so Steve may try to orchestrate another such strike. I dunno.
CenPac: CA Indianapolis is in good position to hit Japanese shipping at Nauru should it stick around another night.
Eastern DEI: SigInt report a Japanese BB heading for Ambon and an enemy ground unit on a Maru bound for Koepang. The Allies will detail a sizeable force to counter this deep penetration - Force Z, which still has plenty of ammo, will move from just north of Batavia over to Soerabaja. Houston, Boise and a mishmash of DDs and a Dutch CL will rendezvous at Makassar.
Western DEI: Lots of IJ shipping around Kuching. This is a serious incursion, too, but I don't think the Allies can do anything effective against a powerful force. I'm leaving a TF of several CL and some DDs in the vicinity just incase.
Philippines: Most of the Manila shipping did manage to depart the harbor and disperse into the islands to the south. From there they break in several directions, so Steve has to "round up a bunch of cats," as John III likes to say.
China: The Japanese are on the move here too. I'll trying to form my usual MLR - Nanning/Kweiling/Changsha/Chengte on the south, with Sian and the forests to the east and northeast (true) to the north (with efforts to slow and maybe block the Japanese around Chengchow and Singyang. If the Chinese can get into bases with forts or into good terrain hexes, they seem to do okay. I don't want to lose Sian, Chengte, or the Changsha/Kweilin complex.