From: Glasgow, Scotland
Dec 9th to Dec 14th, 1941
Mixed progress in the first week of the war.
In the process of getting floatplane pickets set up in this area, but I'm hampered by a shortage of suitable AV-style ships or aviation support.
Debating sending a fast transport to flip the Aleutians and an AV for longer eyes but currently nothing is available so its a moot point.
Nothing out of the ordinary here, with the out of position Chinese units getting whacked. I do get burned at the Ichang sailent, with Chinese units routing the IJA garrison here, but the situation is otherwise stable.
I've a two-pronged advance going on towards Changsha and Sian, with a third IJA force collecting itself at Canton to march northwards in the next week or so.
The paratrooper attack on Kweilin has stalemated, but it seems the local reserves are being commited to crush the Japanese paratroopers, which should work in my favor.
Allied air power has vanished from Luzon, so IJN Zeros are moving out and the shorter IJA planes are replacing them to suppress Clark.
IJA units are clearing up the island and preparing for the siege of Clark.
We're ashore at Davao, and will start clearing the Americans out.
There's a big naval engagement to the south-west of Davao, as Force Z sorties to disrupt the landings. They catch the Mini-KB out of position, and a surface engagement with IJN fast battleships isn't exactly encouraging.
Night Time Surface Combat, near Gorontalo at 72,95, Range 9,000 Yards
BB Kongo, Shell hits 1
BB Haruna, Shell hits 15, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Asashio, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Akatsuki, Shell hits 1
BB Prince of Wales, Shell hits 3
BC Repulse, Shell hits 5
CL Danae, Shell hits 5, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CL Dragon, Shell hits 1
CL Durban, Shell hits 4, on fire
DD Electra, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Express, Shell hits 1
The Durban is promptly torpedoed by an IJN sub, but it's a bad trade all round. The reinforced Mini-KB and some slow battleships are grouping at Babeldoab to shield further moves in this region.
Usual advances down the Malay peninsula, but two Indian brigades will be trapped and destroyed in Georgetown, which is a bonus.
The CL Mauritius and two RN DD's catch a convoy off Miri and sinks the lot. IJN 2E bombers fail to sink her.
KB is swinging past Wake to support the landing here in a day or two.
A horde of USN CA's and DD's in the Lower Gilberts sink one of the AMC raiders and catch a few insignificant invasion convoys, and the remaining IJN convoys in the region will run for the hills.
The Australian cruiser Adelaide sinks an invasion convoy off Kaiving. While the IJN's Yubari and two DD's intercept her shortly afterwards, they fail to sink her, leaving her to run to port with some moderate battle damage.
More combat ships are en-route to this theatre from other regions.