From: the flight deck of the Zuikaku
9 Dec 41
This is the turn that hurts. After Mike’s Air Forces (Philippines & Singapore) were pounded yesterday, my air forces demolished them today, and there wasn’t anything Mike could do about it. On the flip side, I had could have taken Mersing and cut off Singapore today, but had to “survive” another bombardment there by the Aussie brigade.
Today’s crappy ship haul:
Some of my ships are returning to port to rearm, some are hanging around just in case, and the rest are heading SW to try and catch some more riff raff.
Still nothing heading into or out of Pearl (nor did I expect anything so soon).
KB will be about 4-5 hexes from Wake tomorrow. They’ll provide support for the invading forces, which will be 3 hexes out tomorrow.
Tabiteuea was liberated.
Malaya: The Aussie brigade bombarded my liberators at Mersing getting themselves trashed some more. I’m assaulting tomorrow and have a tank regiment and the 5 Division cav set to pursue. Regardless of where the Aussies retreat to, they’ll follow and cut off Singapore.
Five more Buffalos were shot down over Singapore at a cost of a Zero.
Philippines: A total of 18 Allied fighters rose over Manila and Clark, and 12 were shot down. Bombers got a couple more on the ground.
Tomorrow, the rest of the 48 Division will land at Lingayan. The idea here is to push on to Clark Field. If I can get lucky, I can take Clark Field and cut off the Allied troops at Manila. I doubt this happens, but it’s a plan, right?
Tomorrow, the 65 Brigade will land at the base just to the east of Manila. They’ll push into Manila. The thought here is for Mike to leave forces at Manila to defend it. It is unlikely the 65 Bde will take Manila, but if they cause some Allied forces to remain in Manila, it is more likely those forces will be cut off from Bataan.
It looks like a lot of Allied riff raff from the Philippines is heading east. I have some CL/DD groups along with Hosho & Zuiho in that area to pick them off.
I’m attacking Hong Kong. We’ll see how it goes.
I had a lot of rambling about air R&D that I just deleted. Stream of consciousness babble. I am going to try for the Ki-94. Only 1 factory needs to be the Ha-44, which is good.
Sam, George, Frank, the usual suspects for mid war. More later.
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