From: St.Petersburg, Russia
ORIGINAL: John 3rd
FatR--How fast are you and Yubari moving in your game?
We're on December 11th. I've successfully invaded Mersing, but it will take a few more days to get reinforcements and aircraft support there, so I'm afraid that Yubari will be able to evacuate most of his troops, and the main benefit will be avoiding one month of marching down the peninsula. The cost is one DD, one large xAK and, unfortunately, it seems that LSD also will go down. Yubari lost a ton of planes trying to attack my fleet, covered by Mini-KB from Singapore.
PH raid was disappointing, with only two BBs going down even after the repeat attack, but the losses are relatively low (on the second day I launched only bomb-carrying Kates at 9k).
On Luzon, I've landed at Laoag and Vigan so far. Yubari aggressively moves troops towards my landing sites, so we can expect a clash on the next turn. He also attacked the landing zones with Catalinas and his warships (thankfully, US destroyers got bombed in Manila, so Houston and Boise had no escort). The cost is a large xAK, a xAKL, heavy damage to HIJMS Kuma and light damage to a few warships. The cost to USN is one PG, apparently because my planes were held on the ground/off target by weather when it was a good time to butcher his warships.
My most problematic theater so far is China. I got soundly defeated at Ichang (which seems to be impossible to hold), and the situation south of Nanyang doesn't look good, as I was outmaneuvered. Moreover, Yubari moved at least 2/3rds of AVG there and currently holds air superiority. I don't know where he gets air support to make both them and the entire Chinese bomber force to fly.
Air losses are slightlty in my favor so far. My pilot losses probably are 2-3 times worse. I've sunk 2 old British CLs, 4 TKs and 2 DDs outside of PH attack so far (the rest is small fry). One DD was sunk in Manila, one TK by a sub, the rest by Mini-KB.