March 8 through March 20
I've been slightly delinquent with my updates during holidays, but this post should bring things current.
Phillipines - Cebu is now the sole remaining Alllied base in the P.I. I've got a regiment ashore here already, but am waiting on a second regiment to land before taking the base. Ctangus still has those good old Stearmans operating out of here, so they have about two more turns of spotting for subs left in them, then it's curtains.
Java - The last of the Dutch around my bases surrendered, leaving just a few troops stuck in the mountains with a regiment of IJA infantry keeping them company until they disappear. As of the March 20, all three Japanese divisions on Java are all at Batavia resting up and waiting to load themselves onto transports.
New Caledonia - I picked up one or two more dot bases close to Noumea, and started fighter sweeps against Norfolk Island. Subs torpedoed and sank CL Concord near Norfolk between the 14th and 15th. Norfolk Island has a garrison of around 4000 troops, but the AF is still level 1, and Ctangus hasn't had much time to mine it since Noumea fell. I believe I have enough assets in the vicinity to take it, but I'm not sure I'm quite ready to yet.
Central Pacific - It's been a ghost town since Ctangus sent some of the old Pearl Harbor BBs to bombard Tabiteuea. Except for the recons that have flown over Tabiteuea since then. It's only a guess, but I have a feeling that Chuck is looking for someplace to put his old BBs to good use, and that the Gilberts area, even this early, might just be it.
Rangoon - Funny how a full IJA division will change things (every place but in China, anyway.) The stalemate in Burma has now been broken, and Ctangus is in retreat. Toungoo fell on the 17th, and Magwe was taken (uncontested and in perfect shape) on the 20th. As of the 20th he's still moving backwards, so we'll see where he choooses to make his last stand in the Irrawady Valley.
China - Holy cow, I made some modest progress here without suffering any major setbacks. Wenchow and its industry fell to the IJA on the 18th, inflicting 300+ destroyed Chinese squads/devices, and I managed to whittle away at the AVG again in the air near Nanchang that same turn. Since I was blocking roads at Wenchow, his survivors were forced to retreat in an unfavorable (for Ctangus) direction. I may now be forced to tempt fate and push on to Chusien...
Indian Ocean - Port Blair seems to be set up very nicely as a roadblock to Japanese I.O. expansion, boasting almost 20,000 troops and a level 4 airfield. My soon to be expiring amphibious bonus aside, Port Blair also makes a very tempting target. I've already run a couple of fighter sweeps, using some of the best pilots and planes I have in the game, but with only mixed results. The first time was a tie (which makes it a loss for me), while the second time I won with a 4-1 kill ratio. Current fighter play notwithstanding, this will be a major operation when I decide to pull the trigger. Nearby at Trinkat, I landed a base force to secure the dot base and to pick up an advanced position for my search aircraft. Somewhat to my surprise, Ctangus had a Brit CV covering Port Blair from the rear, and its torpedo bombers were more than happy to sink a few of my happless AKLs. Alas, these things happen, but no great loss. Until I forget to re-route my follow-up TF the next turn, and lose another three AKs to the same CV group. Not exactly stellar play on my part here...
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