From: Glasgow, Scotland
January 23rd to February 4th, 1942
The Allied CV force up here vanishes, and I manage to run in a few hundred supply points to Adak, giving me a nice forward search capability here for the foreseeable future.
I've started getting eyes out in to the Kuriles as well, and I've plans in place to get the Japanese bases on Sakhilin well developed before the year is out.
Not much of note here, bar this nice windfall on Feb 3rd...
Sub attack near French Frigate Shoal at 175,95
CV Saratoga, Torpedo hits 2
No sign of serious damage, but a fleet CV out of the fight is always a big plus. I'll see if we can't get another hole in her as she straggles back to Pearl.
Interesting events are taking place here.
Suva fails to fall, and the Allied enclave on Fiji clings on. The Allies are reinforcing, which I'm overjoyed at seeing. The current situation is that the ground battle is stalemated - one IJA division and the Guards Mixed Brigade can't dislodge a US Infantry division and assorted units and vice versa.
At sea, we have this stunning IJN attack on US transports off Fiji:
Night Time Surface Combat, near Suva at 132,160, Range 7,000 Yards
AP Harris, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
AP Tasker H. Bliss, Shell hits 1
AP Henry T. Allen
AP President Jackson, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
AP President Monroe
AP President Polk, on fire
Elsewhere, Jakes flying from Nadi on Fiji put bombs into a few more AK, and Netties flying from Noumea put bombs into another AK in the region.
Things are shaping up much as I'd hoped. I'm holding the KB at Truk, waiting for the oilers to collect fuel from Balikipapan and two divisions to arrive from China. At which point, the Combined Fleet will sortie and land two more divisions on Fiji and push the Americans back into the sea before withdrawing the divisions back to Rabual.
In the interm, I've sent a collection of support ships and a light crusier force to Noumea to assist in interdicting Allied efforts to reinforce Fiji. I'm glad that we've found the Allied line in the sand, as I'm in a good position to attrition it on my terms over the next six months.
The IJA doomstack is just outside Singapore, waiting for the last few units to rejoin before crossing the causeway. I want to maximimze the inital assault so as to hopefully keep casualties low and the battle short.
We're taking the first steps towards a landing on Java, with units gathering to invade Dempasser to serve as the stepping stone on to Java itself. I'll likely leave Java until Singapore has fallen, or I may just take a coastal hex and wait before moving inland.
Still not moving here, as I'm in no rush. The AVG are still kicking around so we're taking care to not get ambushed.
Singyang falls at last, breaking Chinese resistance in the central plains. The IJA's tanks chase them down, as the infantry and artillery moves towards Changsha to break open the centre of the Chinese position.
Meanwhile, the advance towards Sian has became something of a meatgrinder, which again suits me. I've additional artillery en-route from Manchuria to help effect a breakthrough.