From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
Singapore: Fell today. This frees up seven IJA divisions to "do their thing." I'll soon know if Steve's email was maskirovka or genuine by where he deploys those units.
Victory Points/Auto Victory Meter: The fall of Singers results in a sizeable harvest of points for squads destroyed. At this point, the VP differential should be maxing out, though Steve can still shoot for points a variety of ways. Japan: 23,216; Allies - 7,712. Steve would have to have 4:1 at any point in 1943 to achieve auto victory. He'll pick up more points, especially in China and perhaps in SoPac. However, by the autumn of 1942, the Allies are usually in a position to begin to whittle at the differential pretty effectively.
India: 7th Marines just arrived at Capetown and will head to India (rather than Oz, though I can change that if a crisis develops).
China: Japan is uber bombing Chungking. An IJ para assault at Lanchow failed, because the Allies un-evacuated the city. :)
North America: Quiet. Steve is useing a Glen to recon Los Angeles. With occasional 1/0 detection levels, do you think that would give him ship totals in the port? IE, do you think he'd get sufficient info to detect the sudden reduction of shipping from 125 to about 10?
Gilberts: I like this operation more for what it gives me than what it takes from Steve. With the KB near Perth, and with two Allied CL TFs stationed just south of Tarawa for months now, I can configure my approach to Tarawa and vicinity such that a big ambush will be detected. IE, it should be safe to approach. The Allies will probably first land at Tabituea and Abemama, with a smaller scouting force landing at Tarawa. If the latter looks tough, I'll retire. If it looks promising, we'll go in and then try to extract 32nd Div. promptly.
KB: Near Exmouth. I think a Perth invasion is incoming.