From: Fairbanks, Alaska
December 30th, 1941
Sorry for the lack of updates and progress - my new job takes me out of town for weeks at a time, and I've had a terrible time gettin WitP:AE up and running on my laptop. I'm hoping that I'll solve that this week, so that Jacks doesn't have to wait weeks on my turn when I'm out of town.
Overall, the war is still quieter than expected. That means that I'm kicking myself quite a bit for not reinforcing the DEI, Guadacanal and other positions early in the war, as it turns out I had plenty of time to do so.
Very quiet here, except for a small carrier raid on Johnston Island which my naval search didn't manage to catch before it hit, sinking a small re-supply TF.
Jacks has invaded Petropavlovsk with two IDs, which will be more than enough to overwhelm my defenses. At least 1/2 of the KB is standing by 6 hexes off and bombing my airfield here regularly, which has prevented me from building any more forts. This oil and resource rich base will fall to Jacks within the week, giving Jacks a oil source closer to the Home Islands than Palembang.
The good news for me is that Jack's amphibious TF composition was less than ideal, which means that his invasion TF has stuck around for four turns now, and is getting beat up badly by Petropavlovsk's sizeable naval fort.
I've been slower in this game to set up my important lines of supply, so I'm working to fix that now. Supply is being brought forward to my island bases, and in the near future I'll begin to move significant men and materials from the West Coast to begin forming a defensive perimeter. I didn't do this early because I've been caught too far forward by the Japanese player before, and I didn't want to repeat that mistake. However, this game is moving at a slower pace, which means that I may have time to build a more robust defense.
The Philippines are holding out quite well, with Jacks wary to move into my key bases on Luzon. I've used the time this has bought me by using my PBY units here to pick up isolated base forces and infantry units scattered around the Philippines, increasing my AV on Luzon by 500+. Both Clark and Manilla will be tough nuts to crack.
Dutch East Indies
Very quiet here. A patrolling carrier force prevents me from mounting any major amphibious operations to pick up isolated base forces here, but for now I'm content to build forts so that when Jacks does come calling he'll have a more difficult time.
Jacks now has an ID in Moulmein. I'm bombing it, but the Jungle terrain means that I'm doing next to no damage. Moulmein is only lightly defended, and will server as only a speedbump. I have no need to defend Rangoon, I'm much rather fight on the Imphal line, so I'm working harder to reinforce there than to make a fight over this less favorable terrain.
My defensive line here is complete. Now I'll begin the process of moving heavily damaged Corps back to Chunking and perhaps even to India before the road closes to re-supply and train. Jacks and I are engaged in a low-intensity and largely inconclusive air war here, with both of us using second and third string aircraft.
I'm in serious trouble here. I didn't move quickly enough or in enough force to prevent Jacks from seizing an rail-line hex in good terrain, cutting off the entire southern Soviet Union. I have massive tank formations here, but for some reason they are getting absolutely wrecked by Jacks IDs. I'm now moving in significant artillery to try and disrupt Jack's stack here enough to put a dent in it, but unless I can do something quickly, I will lose almost the entire Soviet Union.
Very quiet on this front. Most of my USN subs have pulled into Pearl, where they'll undergo a lengthy conversion process to be able to fire a more reliable torpedo before being sent back out to hunt.
I am significantly ahead on this front, though Jacks has been able to sweep more successfully in the Philippines now that I have withdrawn my P-50s.
No major changes here. I have picked off a few of his ships here and there, with no large sinkings. Jacks hasn't managed much large prey either, but he did catch a fleeing Soviet tanker and cargo TF with the KB before they could make it to safety.