March 1, 1942
General games notes. Ironman nasty, hard, two day turns.
The Japanese should take Clark AF base soon. They have continually attacked it and left Manila alone. Supplies are getting scarce, and what is worse is that supplies no longer flow from Manila thru Clark to Bataan. Overall, I think the Japanese have done a good attack in PI. I don’t think Manila can hold out until April if the Japanese attack as furiously there as they did at Clark. The PT boats stung the Japanese early twice before I stopped using them as it seemed gamey to me…
In China the 104th Division, 19th Indep Mxd Brgde, and 23rd Army were surrounded and destroyed at Kukong. Two other LCU groups could be surrounded and destroyed west of Kukong but I have elected to fight defensively there for now. Wenchow fell to a combined land and sea assault. Very large enemy air force units roam most of China while the Flying Tigers are based at Kunming and have only been in one or two small fights. In the north, there is a stalemate in the mountains.
The north Pacific is quiet, and Allied base building is slowly working its way west to Attu.
No sight of the main KB has been seen since Dec. The Japanese have been using CVL task forces to raid around Java, Midway and once Palmyra. The Yamoto has not been seen since the first week of the war, although there is a BB fleet now cruising around north of Java.
In Burma, the Japanese have built up 8 units at Moulmein.
Once Singapore and PI fall, the Japanese will be left with lots of troops. It will be interesting to see where they go.
The victory point ratio is 1.4 down from a high of 1.7. I am expecting a lot of bad events in March: the fall of PI, Singapore, Java, Sumatra and perhaps Port Moresby. Port Moresby is being heavily reinforced, but I suspect once Japanese bombers show up it will become untenable.
This game is great fun...many thanks to AndyMac for making it.