From: La Salle, Colorado
December 11, 1941
Three TFs depart Paramushiro Jima. The target list includes Attu, Adak, and Amchitka. Troops and engineers loaded. We'll take these bases and begin construction for future moves in the Spring.
Multiple TFs headed to Wake and Midway. Three CVEs (42 Claude, 15 DB, and 24 TB all are old airframes) Cover the landing at Wake. A Bombardment TF of BB's Ise and Hyuga will hit the base before landing. The MIdway Landing will make for a point two days away and will wait for the authorization to move forward pending the success of Wake. We have a total of two SNLF Assault Brigades and the Imperial Guards Regiment from Tokyo.
Land and capture Tarawa.
Manus and Rabaul fall. A Regiment holds Rabaul with a Reinforcement TF arriving in two days with an Air HQ, BF's, and Engineers.
Ternate fell earlier and this turn sees a BF begin unloading.
Am taking a strong risk and trying to run an Amphib TF into Kendari before the enemy can get on his feet. Two days to target there...
CARDIV2 moves around the SE corner of Borneo. The CVLs join-up and meld into one TF now carrying around 250 planes. LOTS of targets nearby but but bad weather RUINS the day. CRAP! Move the TF so it will be equadistant from Batavia and Soerabaja tomorrow. Am dragging the coat-tails of the TF in an attempt for get his air to attack so they can be totally chewed up by my Zeros.
TFs are now beginning to load in preparation for Landings at Tarakan and Balikpapan.
The invasion of Luzon begins as the 48th ID lands unopposed at Aparri.
A second Invasion TF is headed for Naga with follow-on TFs closing in.
A Daitai of Zeros sweep Iba today and the 28 Fighters encounter 13 P-40s. A number of P-40s are shot down for no loss.
Several Surface TFs account for 1 AP, 6 AKL, 2 AK, and an AM.
Brunei will be taken next turn.
TFs on the way to Pontianiak. Landing in 3-4 days.
My 4 DD TF arrives at Palembang to find no opposition. The HUGE Fast TF carrying a Brigade and Base Force will land tomorrow. This is my bid to take the base FAST!
The Mersing Landing has the Allies seriously stirred up. A Strike Force of 28 Fighters and 40 Bombers attack the 4th ID as it moves towards cutting the RR Line permanently. Those planes encounter 21 Oscars and 14 Zero flying CAP. The CAP beats up the enemy Buffalo's and Hurricanes quite nicely and then bags about 8-10 bombers. The remainder get through but only do 8 Casualties. The ID moves 17 miles in one day.
No attack upon the Paras at Malacca so we deny the escape route another day.
Take hex 90,40 near Taiyuan with a 4-1 assault yielding 2,234 Chinese Cas (125 Squads)
Kweiteh falls to a two ID attack in a 116-1 result! Chinese lose 1,098 Cas (134 Squads)
I-165 SINKS TK Semiramis with 2TTs near Toboali
I-155 SINKS AK Demothenes with a pair of TTs just off Oosthaven
So far, so good...
I've moved as fast as possible so Jorge cannot recover and try to land a punch. As any JFB knows, a successful counter-punch by the Allies at any point in the DEI can really throw the time table way off!
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