From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
J-Day in SoPac: The Japanese are landing in force at Luganville (2nd Div.) and Efate (Mixed Guards Brigade). I expect landings at Koumac (two IJA divisions) to commence tomorrow. A few observations: (1) These landings should succeed; (2) These are typical "all infantry, little support" operations that sometimes get John in trouble; (3) it's great to see 2nd Div. at Luganville. I'd had SigInt that it was bound for Milne. This tells me a little about John's use of decoy (though possibly this was a last minute diversion from Milne to Luganville). It also helps me understand that John's spidey senses weren't tingling about Milne. Good. No sign of the KB, which mysteriously vanished somewhere south of New Caledonia.
China: The Japanese are bombing the stew out of the Chinese stack, which will continue to take it on the chin until making the next hex, which is wooded. The troops have covered 14 miles thus far. Even if John's three tailing divisions catch up and attack, which is likely, the only route open for retreat by my guys is the desired route on the good road leading to Kweilin. So the Chinese have made it, though in depleted condition that will be more depleted after the expected attack in two days.
Burma: The fast transport TFs are 33 hexes from Colombo. I had a replenishment TF positioned south of Cocos, so this TF refueled and may not have to stop at Colombo. If so, D-Day at Ramree Island might be 10 days away.
India: With three divisions going into SoPac, the all-clear can sound for India. Troops can begin to move forward to the front, though I'll leave decent defenses around Calcutta and a reserve around Bombay. Besides that, though, the Allies will reinforce the Burma front.
Cocos Island: An RN DD sniffed around south of Cocos and triggered high detection 10/10, which was what I hoped to do. An RN CLAA will approach from the SW to do the same thing. John won't fall for such a weak feint, but it will at least give him something to think about as other sectors are about to heat up.
Oz: With three divisions tied up in SoPac, John certainly won't be moving into the critcal sections of Oz in strength any time soon if ever. The Allies can shift troops around a bit, begin to plan for the overland campaign against Carnavon, and shift some strength further north to add more oomph to the Townsville and Cairns garrisons.
Pacific: The Gilberts invasion TFs continue to move SW without detection. A Glen sub did find a small supply TF on a routine mission near Christmas, which I don't think would give John any intel.