From: the bridge of the DNTK Kitakami
December 25th, 1941
The war keeps its pace on land. Two turns ago the Japanese took Dadjangas, Puerto Princesa, Tavoy, Georgetown and Ternate. This turn they increased their pace, and took Butuan, Mersing, Sandakan, Lunga, Rabaul, Singkawang, Manado, Temuloh, Mergui, Vanimo and Langkawi. For all the resistance I am putting up in the air, on land I am not doing that well, I think (with the exception of setting up defenses at key points).
IJN CVLs are 8 hexes W of Singapore, KB-3 is 4 hexes NW of Ambon moving W, and KB-1 is 3 hexes NE of Vautupu moving E. I fear they are covering an invasion of Canton Island and/or Baker Island. The other KB CarDiv is not detected at this point, although there is a strong surface force 13 hexes west of Johnston Island, moving NE, which might mean action against Midway.
On the land side of things, 17th Indian Div is now formed up, and marching from Rangoon towards Pegu, to join the 1st Burma Div and the 46th Indian Bde. Additional forces will pour in as available and allowed by enemy air. 18th Brit Div will begin downloading in Sumatra this turn. Will have to move 1-2 fighter units to cover them with LRCAP, but at least they are there. If allowed to reach Palembang before the enemy attacks it, it will be an interesting situation. Medan's defenders are in place, and only two commando units are still on their way to Palembang, where forts are at 1.33.
In China I lost two battle against stragglers with heavy losses on my side. They were to be expected, so I don't fret. However, the defenses of Wenchow and Wuchow were strengthened, and Ichang has been under Chinese bombardment for a few turns. The Japanese division there did not abandon their post. 5th & 6th Chinese Corps, and the 3rd, 7th & 8th New Chinese Corps have been transferred to NCAC command, and have begun arriving in Lashio. I have not recombined the divisions into corps yet, hoping this will allow them to absorb reinforcements more quickly. So far, 127 Chinese squads have reinforced these units (no other Chinese Inf units are set to accept reinforcements).
44th and 45th Indian Bdes have arrived in Colombo. One is earmarked for Diego García. The other one was planning for Port Blair, but it has already been lost. Where do you think I should deploy it?
Any and all comments are welcome.
Tenno Heika Banzai!