From: Upstate New York
Good to know people are following along. For a while, I felt like I was just carrying on a pointless monologue.
Here's the next update.
Dec 22nd 1941
The TF with the 96th JAAF Bn and the 36th Field AA Bn unloaded. This brings me to a total of 204x8 cm AA guns and 8x20 mm AA guns (plus a handful of the 13.2 mm AA MGs, but these are pretty much useless). Iím also thinking of spending a few PPs to bring down some 10 cm AA guns in those tiny AA units that start the game in Japan and Korea. Theyíre really cheap (5 PPs each) and based on their stats, they really pack a whallop. Iím almost hoping Bill decides to send his 4Es on a raid to Palembang. With all these AA guns in place, his bombers are going to get roughed up pretty good.
The 6th Tank Rgt took Lahat unopposed. The 1st Tank Rgt moved one hex further SE. ETA Oosthaven Ė two days.
Still hanging out providing CAP for the transports unloading supply at Wake.
The 2nd RTA Division reached the coast one hex SW of Moulmein.
The entire 42nd Rgt is in Kluong. It will now start marching toward Johore Bharu to join other troops from Mersing that are on there way there as well.
The 11th Rgt started its march NE from Temuloh along the rail line hit the old Kota Bharu garrison. The 41st Rgt, 5th Eng Rgt, 5th Recon Rgt and 5th FA Rgt are all heading west to get to the main road.
The 55th and 56th Rgts and the 18th Mtn Gun Rgt performed another attack against the 6th and 15th Indian Brigades one hex SE of Alor Star. This time the odds were 6:1and again brought about a slightly favorable casualty ratio. This is going to grind out for a long time I think.
The Imperial Gds and the 14th Tank Rgt are heading SE from Alor Star to help out the 55th and 56th Rgts.
The 2nd and 56th Divisions finished unloading at Mersing and are heading to Johore Bharu.
The AVG and some Oscars from Patani tangled in the skies above Singapore. No planes were lost by either side directly, but the aircraft losses screen shows that 2 H81-A3s were OPs losses.
Nine Zeros of the Yamada Detachment swept Batavia and shot down one of the Dutch Buffalos. It looks like Batavia is his main bomber staging area. Recon showed 67 bombers here, but only 5 fighters. Recon also shows that Merak now has three units there. Iím guessing these might be aviation support units as Palembang would just in range of H81-A3s if they were stationed there. With his bombers at Batavia, he could escort them with H81-A3s at Merak. Not a good thing for me.
Iím going to see if the AVG is still in Singapore by sweeping the place with some Oscars again. If theyíre not there, Iím going to hit Merak and Batavia hard. I have a few SCTFs in the area that can have their mission changed to bombardment. These could bombard Merak (after the DMSs at Palembang get down there and gauge the mine threat). I can get Netties to Singkawang. From there, they can hit Batavia.
The airfield is 83% of the way to level 5. Two more turns and I can fit 50 more engines there.
Miri fell to the 4th Rgt. I forgot to mention this operation in my last couple of updates, so here it is in a nutshell. The 4th Rgt sailed with the TF carrying the 2nd Division to Mersing. About a dayís sail from Mersing, the transports carrying the 4th Rgt detached and headed to Miri. They landed yesterday without incident and took the base today with a deliberate attack.
Manila fell to the 9th and 20th Rgts and the 16th Eng Rgt. The only damage incurred was one point to the light industry.
Sallies and Netties from Takao and the Sonias and Anns from San Fernando failed to launch again today, but at least now I know why. I had set their escorts to target Batan. I assume that with no escorts set to target Clark, they didnít want to fly. That has been remedied. Weíll see if the fly now.
The 1st Kure SNLF is still marching to Butuan.
The 1st Sasebo SNLF Coy arrived at Oroquieta yesterday and the base fell to the land-based row boat corps (occupied before the attack actually commenced). From here, they will march to Dumanquilas.
The 146th Rgt is finally finished unloading at Watampone. It will march to Makassar along with the 2nd and 8th Tank Rgts.
The 1st Independent and Bandasan SNLF Coys are on there way to Lautem and the III/66th NG is on its way to the hex NW of Dili.
None showed up again today.
Transports at Wake are unloading extra supply.
Up next, Rabaul. I am going to use the 144th Rgt and the Maizuru 1st SNLF to try to take the place. I hope this is enough. I doubt it though. Iím suspecting that Bill may have had his carriers down here earlier to cover a TF carrying reinforcements. If so, Iím thinking of buying out some units to assist. Right now, Iím leaning toward a couple of high-experience infantry Rgts from Manchukuo.
Yes, Iím thinking about Java already. I was going to wait a bit, but with Bill massing his bombers at Batavia (presumably to hit Palembang), Iím getting nervous. The 38th Division is loaded up on transports and on its way to Cam Ranh Bay from Hong Kong. The 121st Bde is already there and also boarded onto ships waiting to join up once they arrive.
From here, Iím thinking of two landing sights Ė Kalidjati and Semarang. Kalidjati has a nice level four airfield and Semarang has a level five port. Also, a quick march to Djokjakarta from Semarang cuts the island in two.
I know Iím going to need more than just these troops, so hereís a list of what else may be available in the next few days: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Saseblo SNLFs (the 8th will garrison Koepang), 4th Rgt (currently at Miri), 124th Rgt (currently at Kluong), 91st NG (currently at Praboemoelih) and the 146th Rgt and 2nd and 8th Tank Rgts (currently on their way to take Makassar).