AI game - up to 10/44.
Used the first one to hold Timor. Held 2nd in reserve initially, used it to reinforce my stand at Cox's Bazzar then spearhead the counter attk into Burma from India. In early 44 Timor garrison released to "port hop" up Indonesia, leap frogging a couple of US Divisions. 2nd Div is back in reserve with Rangoon taken (7/44), let the Brit/Indian units handle Bangkok, Aussies have an eye on leading into Hong Kong in late '44 or early '45. (IJ still holds Singapore, but I've got enough already engaged to take it...).
Key play was keeping Timor out of Japanese hands. It was quite dicey for a bit. Got the Division in place on both ends of the island just before hvy IJN fleets showed up. They got Raba (still hold it, I by passed and am letting the Div+ left their starve to death...) but it looked like the show of force between the Division and airframes committed kept them off or from going to Timor...which helped keep Darwin, which helped free up maneuvers around Port Morsby (which I was also able to hold), which help turn the tide in early '43...
I did "waste" the first divisions armor and engineers in a futile attempt to hold a western port in Sumatra. Won't make that mistake again... I didn't think I could sustain the whole Div there, good choice in retrospect, so opted for Timor as the place to make my Indo-DEI stand with an intent to protect Darwin/Morsbey corridor.
I think I spent about a week of game time from when it showed up till I decided to make the stand on Timor. With a "live" vs AI opponent suspect you will need to be decisive immeadiately if you want to use the first division to make a stand (where ever that may be) The AI is a bit "scattered" in it's approach. Suspect most live opponents will be a bit more focused, not giving you the time to watch the attacks develop... based on my current game, my $s on Timor...with Burma/SE India corridor (Cox's bazzar, et al) as a close second choice if he's make a strong move there. There should be enough you can bring from OZ to hold Port Morsbey. I liked the saftey blanket of holding the second division in reserve... with Political Points short early on there's not much availble to react with.
Good Gamming. Kevin