31 Dec 41
A Japanese SC hits a mine at Singawak, probably sinking it. A small victory, but that's all the Allies are getting at this point.
I tried to move a couple of Dutch CL's and DD's to Manando to bombard. I knew there were Betty's based there, but last time they did not have torpedoes. First I-160 gets a torpedo hit on CL Java, which aborts the mission, disbands in Kendari's port, and goes into Pier mode repair. I'd never seen a ship automatically go into Pier mode repair before. I would have preferred it not, as now it will take 2 more days to get it out of the port, and he will most likely bomb the port from Manando.
With my fleet still down by Kendari, Betty's attack with torpedoes, getting a hit on CL Tromp. I guess I was lucky, as Betty's fly morning and afternoon, but only get 1 torpedo hit.
I have been unsuccessful in doing any surprise naval intercepts, other than sending in some PT boats here and there. Kudos to my opponent, he's slow and steady, and covers his bases, literally.
An abandoned Chengchow is lost.
East of Canton, in the woods, a Japanese division and one artillery unit crush a Chinese corp, getting a 3 to 1. The road is open to Kukong now, which I'm reinforcing as much as I can.
I've identified Chinese units that can be bought out with political points. There aren't many, but there are some near the Burma border, and others being routed in eastern China. If I can, and have time to move them through Burma, I'll buy them out, move them to India, and rebuild them there.