From: Glasgow, Scotland
10th December to 14th December
A few interesting turns.
A RO boat east of Canton Island gets the Enterprise in it's sights. The torpedos miss.
Dutch and American subs are proving a problem, nothing severe, but at least a ship per turn. They knock out two tiny tankers off Pescadores. In return, I'm massively stepping up ASW assets. If it sails, had depth charges and can't be used on the frontline, it's being sent to hunt subs.
Running for the hills takes on a new meaning. Hardly any resistance anywhere. Chengchow and Loyang are abandoned. Same with Nanning in the south, but Wuchow is garrisoned.
With the massive Chinese withdrawal, it's hard to wreck Chinese corps, but I'm doing my best with the air force. Instead of a direct push on Sian, I'll flank around past Yenan. The terrain is just as bad, but there will be fewer Chinese than pushing from the Nanyang axis.
My limited offensives are meeting nothing, so after another week or two I'll need to have a look at something major to force Chinese troops to fight.
Hong Kong is due to fall any day. Two 1:1 attacks go off, along with massive IJA and IJN air bombardments.
Invasions of Canton and Baker island are loaded and sent on their way. The KB diverted here in the hope of stumbling on the Enterpise, so they'll sit tight for a turn or two till the islands have a Japanese flag above them.
Wake is invaded, for the loss of 1 xAP and damage to a couple of ships. The units are in a good state after a 1:1 shock attack with plenty of supply. The ships will pull off and let a deliberate attack go in tomorrow.
15th Army starts moving towards the border. I wonder if the British will adopt the same attitude as the Chinese.
Singkawang falls in a early rush. Some fighters and a floatplane unit are flown in, with more to come. The usual slaughter of the merchant fleet of the region continues, but I suspect most of it has escaped by this point. Mini-KB operates on the fringes of the Eastern DEI, acting as a deterent for Force Z. Some Dutch crusiers are sighted in the Java Sea, but other than that not a glimpse.
Same as China. The British ran hard for Singapore and still haven't stopped. IJA armour is chasing them, and the Imperial Guards still haven't got off their trains to fight yet for the speed of the Japanese advance. We're making excellent progress, so no reason to stop. With Singawank ours, I can start sweeping Singapore from normal range, and start culling the AVG.
The Americans run for Clark (anyone see a trend developing here?), and leave Manila and most other bases wide open. I'll secure Manila and elsewhere before settling down to siege Clark and Bataan.
I mix my usual strategy up here. Rather than rush to bottle up Clark and Manila, I'll focus on securing Minadano and the outlying islands before turning inwards.
Economy and Industry
Convoys are sorted, and production is looking good. This remains my weakspot, and I hold of on the temptation to increase Oscar production by another thirty or so planes just to wait and see what happens. Naval points still aren't sorted, but that's of a lesser concern.
Obviously a Sir Robin all over the board. I'm going to push hard to keep on the tails of the running Allied units. The hard part is not over-extending while doing it.
New Caledonia, certainly. The South Pacific hasn't even seen a whiff of an Allied unit yet (though two AMC raiders did run in to something at Fiji, likely the American artillery units), and if there's real estate going on the cheap, I'll invest. I can't defend it, but it will be a handy buffer.
China is a concern. Normally by the end of December I've managed to kill off a good number of healthy Chinese corps. The current total is just one. While that means that a great deal of Chinese troops can fight another day (and in better terrain), supply production for the Chinese is slashed due to all the bases they gave up without a fight.
By mid-January, I'm hopping to be making a big push for Changsha to break the Chinese center. This will be accompanied by a massive air offensive to drive the Chinese underground and eat up as much supply as possible. The AVG being elsewhere is a big, big boost to this.
Any comments from the peanut gallery?