December 14th 1941
The day started as expected, then got really enjoyable, then there was a moment of "¤%#&!!!!" before some thoughts along the lines of "I knew it, I knew it!".
The IJA capture Palembang and Sinkawang, and they land at Kavieng. At Kavieng however no escorts are spotted, so the Oz Cruiser Force will move ahead and try to inflict damage to the IJN.
Fighting on land
Surprisingly Hong Kong held for the day, and even better the fort still stands. This is due to a vastly reduced IJA combat value modifier.
For some strange reason the Japanese keeps sending in Nates over the city. We are grateful as this is one fighter our Buffalos can handle. Although our guys only shoot down 2-3 planes per day, this is good since they lose none themselves.
Where do we start... Well, after yesterdays battles, the Dutch Cruiser Force split up into two units, the damaged ones and the undamaged ones. I was happy sacrificing the damaged ones to allow the undamaged ones to get away. The IJN however did not block the exit from Palembang, but rather chased our TFs down towards Batavia. The result was very one-sided and painful to watch.
Then, the commander of Force Z, espesially picked for his agression, decides to not return to Soerebaja as ordered, but heads further towards the PHI. He then attacks and mauls a Japanese invasion force. Something that was well recieved. Repulse however took ONE hit, and this was enough to give her a TF of her own. The remaining cruisers then found two IJN flattops, and I thought I could get lucky even if the IJN did have a BB in the TF. Instead our cruisers and destroyers decided to abourt the battle, as did the IJN. I guess we all know what the result of that ended up as...
Force Z is now broken into 3 parts. Repulse and escort is ordered back to Soerebaja at flank speed, as is the un/lightly damaged cruisers and destroyers. The badly damaged cruisers (Boise being among them, she is not a lucky ship under my command, ever ), are ordered to sacrifice themselves by driving at the enemy flattops, hoping to either engage them, or force them to back off, or to use their flights on these cruisers. We will see how it unfolds.
Summary of the last two days
A clear IJN victory for sure. They have sunk alot, and themselves not lost that much. We did however stop an invasion of the southern coast of Borneo, but that is only delaying the inevitable.
"Hun skal torpederes!" - Birger Eriksen
("She is to be torpedoed!")