From: Glasgow, Scotland
Situation of the war as of 16th Jan, 1942
Token American forces garrison Adak. IJN air support units garrison Attu, and IJN search has the region under close watch. The IJN achived a stunning victory here on 1st Jan, sinking an American light crusier and a destroyer in exchange for a single IJN destroyer despite being ambushed and the T crossed.
Offensive operations are planned in this region, but limited. Based on moves so far, this appears to be an important theater for the Allies, so the pressure is on to make it as difficult for the Allies as possible. The Mini-KB is currently in transit for the Home Islands for some quick repairs and air group resizes, and will be deployed to the 5th Fleet AO some time afterwards.
One USN CV is sunk by an eight hex strike from the KB in the aftermath of Pearl Harbour.
Wake, Ocean, Nauru, Tarawa, Taibuitea and Canton Island are all captured. USS Saratoga appears to intefere with the inital invasion of Canton Island, but is struck by a torpedo from an I-boat and withdraws the following day. An seaplane base is established on Canton Island to extend the search envelope of the Empire.
Taibuitea will be built up in order to enable torpedo-bombers to operate in the region, with Tarawa and possibly one other base built up to support it.
Rabual, Port Moresby and Tulagi are all secured.
An SNFL Company lands at Ndeni, but fails to capture the base (by me forgetting to order them to attack, rather than due to resistance). They then move to Luganville, where a USA regiment and engineers counter-invade, and crush the couple of hundred Japanese defenders. Due to this, Luganville is now a high priority target, but fears of a trap require the KB to be present to cover any counter-invasion.
ANZAC crusiers attempt to ambush a Japanese troop convoy loading troops after the fall of Port Moresby, but are sent packing by the IJN DD escort. They're attempting to escape at full speed, but this is unlikely. While there are few troops loaded, the loss of the shipping will hurt.
Quiet inital moves here are shatted by a sortie of the ABDA fleet. Force Z intercepts a small IJN surface combat force flagged by a light crusier, utterly destroying it. Force Z then vanishes.
The USN crusiers intercept the Mini-KB, and come within shooting range of the carriers, but are driven off doing only light damage to the flight decks. Two carriers are laid up for a fortnight in Babeldoab repairing systems damage, so KB is transfered to this AO in order to cover.
ABDA forces attempt a Fortress Timor strategy. Significant air and naval assets are spotted around Koepang, and B-17s and British crusiers close Ambon, the first Japanese airstrip opened in the region. The IJN responds with a massive redeployment to the region, with two battleship task forces, two air headquarters and the KB being deployed to suppress Koepang.
The result is a complete naval and air blockade of the base, and the KB sinks several large xAP's carrying a significant number of Allied troops. The IJA details the 65th Brigade for the invasion of Koepang, while two SNFL units secure eastern Timor with minimal resistance. The destruction of the units garrisoning Koepang (along with the long list of aircraft damaged in bombardments) will be a welcome haul.
Tarakan and Balikipan are secured, and are currently serving as forward refueling depots for the IJN units in theater.
Darwin is a medium term objective for this AO.
Besides the continual air bombardment of Singapore, Malaya is quiet, along with much of the Western DEI. Singkawang is secured, and air bombardment of Palambang airstrip was met with no Dutch resistance whatsoever.
Nearly 3k Japanese AV will attack Singapore next turn while two regiments and a SNLF are at sea to invade Palambang, with IJN ships covering the ocean and Nells, Zeros and Oscars covering the skies.
Following massive reinforcement from China, the IJA barrels a path in to the Chinese interior. Sian and Changsha are the targets. Sian is certain to fall by the end of January with a significant Japanese army investing it, and Changsha is not predicted to last to March. Recon flights indicate a drastic Chinese strategy - a complete withdrawal from the Luichow-Chansha area to the intetior.
Wuchow has fallen, and two divisions are currently engaged in mop up operations, while a armoured push of three regiments are heading for the northern Chinese oil resources, backed up by a division.
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