April 20, 1943
The enemy pounded for two days in a row Boela, closing the airstrip once again. Enemy's P-38s keep on sweeping Timor AFs... the only open airfield i have in the area now is Koepang...but i know it's just a matter of time before he sweeps me to death and finishes me off with his 4Es.
SDBs from Bathrust Island keep on pounding Babar and Saumlaki, destroying my supplies stock there (already turned "red").
We're waiting for another naval bombardment sessions...probably Taberfane or Saumlaki.
I'm trying to rebuild my air force in this area, but it's not easy. Supplies are lacking and the last month bombings have dried out a lot of them. At the same time i just realized i cannot compete with the P-38s on sweep with the combo Zero/George... i'd need some Tojos, but the IJAAF is busy defending Burma and guarding Singapore, Palembang, Batavia and Sosarbaja (all places reachable from Cocos Is...)
It's confirmed that there's an enemy CVTF lingering near Ndeni. Probably a couple of CVEs and a CVL, along with several warships waiting at Lungaville. He's up to something here, that's for sure. The KB has been spotted, unfortunately, by a lucky sub (Tautog) during its trip from Truk to Rabaul. We avoided the enemy's attack but, now that my path has been discovered, i switch the "lights" on, placing all my DBs and TBs on ASW/NavS. We have slowly moved 2 hexes southeast of Rabaul...but the enemy Catalinas based at Karaikira spotted us and got a 10/10 DL.... at least its presence should slow him down a bit. I don't think he'll try a move against Rossell, Milne or PNG with the KB so close. A landing at Tassafaronga or, even more, Tulagi or Lunga would be pretty damned risky, even if his CVs are parked out of my sight.
The presence of not less than 10 enemy subs spotted between Truk and Rabaul tells me that he's creating a early-warning shields for SPWAC and CENTPAC...which may only mean he's ready to advance here.
He could be planning a move here with his unseen CVs. The KB is close enough to forbid any deep penetration, so i don't think he's going to try anything particularly bold. Tabiutea is being built so i think he will first expand its facilities before committing to another leap.
In the meanwhile we're building fast Ponape and Kusiae. The 90 Inf Rgt has just being bought and is moving to Ponape, along with 2 artillery units from China.
More engineers are being shipped from Rabaul to Kusiae, along with a couple of strong SNFL units.
Planning to move an Air HQ Flottilla to Ponape ASAP.
More AA units are gathering to these two locations
We haven't forgot this theatre. A Tank Division, divided into 3 regiments, will occupy the bases of Bankoleng, Padang and Siberoet, joining the forces already present there. 3 Artillery units are being shipped, along with the 1st Tank Div to the named locations.
Christmas Island has been reinforced recently. Now 540 AVs are present, behind 4 forts. Not an easy landing site i'd say.
The 61st Division is already aboard ships, moving, divided in regiments, to Onnekotan, Paramushiro and Shimushiri Jiima.
In the meanwhile we have re-organized the defence of Wake and Marcus, changing completely the philosophy of the kind of defence we want for our atolls.
Wake now has the static CD unit (heavy and useless imho, but can't choose here), an AT unit (with 47mm AT gun), a IJA battallion, a crack-experienced SNLF unit (with 90 exp and light tanks) and an indipendent light tank company. 5997 men
Marcus has an AT unit (always with 47mm AT guns), a Tank regiment (with medium tanks), a crack experienced SNLF unit, an IJA battallion, an AA unit (with the 8cm AA gun) and 4 pieces of 150mm guns, along with a small base force (with only 8 aviation support) and a small engineer company. 5986 men
The idea here (and i'm doing the same for Ponape and Kusiae) is to maximise the Anti Armour value instead of the general AV value. SNLF units alone are really poor defenders, but i hope that the very expeirenced ones, packed with some decent armour and AT guns can defend themselfs.
I've read somewhere about an IJA player fortifying the Bonis already in 1942... i haven't even started to do that in mid 1943 ... i have nothing to send there now, but they are next on my list!
The campaign for Western China is officialy over. We have lost the momentum here few months ago and now my time has run up, so i have to quit. I'll create a defensive perimeter east of Kunming and simply let those chinese live.
In Central China we're reducing the last enemy strongpoint that we want to clear...in order to open a major road for the plains. nothing particularly interesting but those divisions cannot be bought out yet (no PPs left) so why not keep on defeating the chinese anyway?
I'm relocating some minor IJAAF units to defend the industrial cities conquered in China. Nicks are based at Lanchow, Chengtu, Changsha and Sian. Soon we'll also have Nicks at Canton and HK (as soon as i have enough PPs to transform some 1E light bomber units to FB)
I'm creating fuel stocks at Saipan and Manila...better to start building some reserves on my backwaters...