Akagi and Kaga were spotted in the north pacific as they sunk a single US DD prowling the harbors around Dutch Harbor. Since Canoe now knows there are CVs there I dont think he will attack. Im moving the CVs south towards Midway to perhaps raid Hawaii and/or the West Coast.
Northern China is in Japanese hands, save a base or two. Langchow was captured without a fight, and even with the forts intact. Chinese supply situation must be dire right now.
Sumatra is cleared by 3 Divisions from Singapore. They will now shift to India. I have 5 divisions moving to India now, and the KB will accompany them as escorts. Still no sign of the US CVs since Indomitable took a torpedo off Ceylon.
Im building up the defences in the areas where I dont want Canoe to attack. Most notably around Guadalcanal, Shortlands, Tarawa, Kawajelein, Ocean Island, Einetwok, Wake. I want to guide him into an attack in the north pac.
The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close.
In its place we are entering a period of consequences..