From: Fairbanks, Alaska
This game is moving forward, at what seems like a breakneck speed at points - I've never had an opponent that gets as turns back to me quickly as Bill.
We're at January 20th, and I'm behind my schedule for conquest in the DEI. Singapore and Palembang remain untouched, and I haven't moved south toward Darwin yet. Java is also completely untouched by my forces. This is a problem that I have playing as the Japanese - after the first couple rounds of invasions here, I'm never quite sure where to get the troops for the next rounds that will allow me to finish the job.
Mersing has just fallen, leaving Singapore as the last allied holdout on Malaya. I have 5,000 AV that is prepping and assembling on its doorstep, ready to invade. I'm hoping that this will be enough AV to make good progress against the forts here.
In China, I've pushed Bill off the rail line, and am moving strongly against Sian in the East. I have another thrust in the West, and a third in the middle. I'm looking for a weakness in his line, and the fact that I have the rail line now will allow me to shift my forces to exploit a hole faster than Bill can plug it.
In Burma, Jacks has completely withdrawn - probably to the jungle line that stretches north from Akyab. My forces are now working on filling that void.
In the Soviet Union, I have 2,000 AV that has crossed the border and is now one hex away from the Soviet rail line. Last turned they brushed off some Soviet Armor regiments, and they should reach their destination in three days. Bill already has defenders in the target hex, probably more armor. I'm bombing heavily to try and soften up those armor units, as well as working to slow down other reinforcements that he's rushing to prevent me from blocking his vita rail line.
Meanwhile, I have another group of about 5,500 AV that I've kept in reserve, waiting for Bill to pull his troops away to squash my intrusion on his rail line. This second group of forces will now move to cut off the rail line in a second location, ideally creating a pocket of supply starved troops between them that they can pincer. Bill has (a little over-dramatically, I think) stated that he has "lost the war", but this is nonsense - he's the allies, and it's 1942. It's a long game and even if I do make gains in the Soviet Union Bill has three years and the whole rest of the map to change the narrative.