From: Alberta, Canada
We've reached June 20/42 and I really need to do a proper update. There have been number of developments.
More American 4E's have been committed to China at Chungking, almost 50 now.
I'm stalled at Langchow, but reinforcements are on the way. I'm pretty pissed off that 100% prepped troops have performed so badly in two attacks, but it is what it is. I've essentially had two of three divisions beat up badly. Three more divisions are en route. Perhaps if I finally cut off some oil the Chinese supply situation will deteriorate.
I've eliminated a pocket of nine Chinese LCU's at Pingsiang. 35k casualties to the Chinese.
I'm way behind in China, but I am making some progress.
Port Blair is finally in Japanese hands.
Lashio has been captured and I'm now moving on Paoshan.
I've taken roughly 3/4's of the island and getting closer to moving on Batavia.
Three deliberate assaults against Manila so far, but it still holds. The Allies are out of supply and it's just a question of grinding them down until an assault succeeds. My four divisions are in decent shape. I'm bombing Manila from the air and ground and throwing in a few naval bombardments on occasion. It's just a matter of a few more weeks I think.
I'm getting everything in place to move on Darwin. It's going to be a tough fight, but I can't let Francois keep it.
Allied forces have been moved to Milne Bay and Rossel Island. Allied BB's with no air cover were providing cover. In the last few days Japanese LBA torpedo bombers and submarines have sunk an xAP, BB Warspite and BB Mississippi. At least two other old U.S. battleships were torpedoed.
I'm hoping to use the forces currently on Luzon to mount a counterattack in New Guinea and the Solomons.
Supply in the Home Islands continues to grow with almost 1.9 million now stockpiled. Fuel is holding it's own and slowly increasing. Oil is dropping, but I've only now focused on getting oil out of the DEI. I have huge surpluses of fuel and oil at Palembang and Singapore which I am shipping out. I can't get the oil to move, but I think fuel is moving from Singapore to Saigon and CRB. However, I wonder if taking fuel from CRB is sucking it out from China and Manchuria. My HI in these areas is almost completely dry of fuel, so HI and supply production is down substantially. I'm going to top up Port Arthur, and start drawing solely from Fusan again to see if that brings the fuel from Saigon and CRB further east.
The Tojo IIa went into production June 1st, but I'm only producing 40/month and just upgraded a 36 aircraft Sentai with 24 Tojo's.
I'm getting the fuel and oil situation sorted out and have begun increasing shipments of fuel for naval operations in the DEI and Solomons.
Aircraft R&D is going ok.
I'm still behind where I want to be, but I am feeling better about my situation. I have some major concerns at Darwin that will require a major effort to rectify. I pooched China, but I continue to grind away and make progress. Will I knock it out now, probably not, but I have to continue to fight here as there is no other option.
Francois has been quiet. He's either planning a massive knock out blow, or just biding his time as I'm way behind schedule. He's sacrificing nothing of consequence and his aircraft and pilot pools will be in great shape when he does move. Nothing I can do about my poor start, but I'm working on improving my position. I will hit the Allies wherever they have established themselves for at least the remainder of 1942. A lot can happen in six months.
I'll try to revive the AAR since my enthusiasm has improved somewhat, but overall I'm not happy with my gameplay. I have six months to make my mark then hunker down for the onslaught. Less if Francois has a major coup in mind.
Luck is the residue of design - John Milton
Don't mistake lack of talent for genius - Peter Steele (Type O Negative)