December 15, 1941
CR: Pillsbury and Pope, fleeing the PI via northern Borneo run into CL Kashii and a small TB. They set the imperial cruiser on fire. S-36, operating in the western PI hits with two fish and sets an xAK on fire. There are reported casualties. DMS Hopkins finds a sub off Lahaina, reports a hit on her. DD Express finds I-153 off Kuching and reports 5 hits. IJ air reacts to unloading transport at Port Blair and is met by a small element of the AVG, downing one Nell, damaging some more and protect the merchant. The AVG in China scores its first kills downing a Nate and Ann, also protecting the frail Chinese below from harm. Hong Kong holds, Ambon holds, but several Chinese formations are routed.
FLT: (Burma)The front line has moved to Burma. The 11th Burma rifle Bn, on the frontier spots IJA troops due east. The unit is poorly led, poorly equipped, and un ready. There are no good choices to lead it and is not expected to hold one day. A reinforced Burma Bde is waiting at Moulmein. It is better led and with some AV hope to hold for a day or two. Forts at one and 39%.
Almost 50% of the Bde is still disrupted though. I am trying to reform the 13th Indian Bde by bringing forward two Bn from Rangoon to Moulmein before the IJA finishes off the 11th Burma Rifles. The AVG ground element reached Rangoon, remained in strategic move and awaits transport to Port Blair. Two squadrons of the 51st FG are release from the USA to Cape town. I send another nine plane element of the AVG to Port Blair.
FLT: Malaya, Singapore is getting supply from Java. Interesting little situation on the ground at Alor Star. Singers forts at 2 and 45%. Fighter strength is maxed. I spend a 7 PPs to get a Dutch SAG reasonably well led.
FLT: SWPac: First resupply ship reaches PM. Rahul still in our hands. I release Lexington from patrol duty in the Solomon Sea. I do not want her cornered.
CR: At 2,ooo yds Houston takes a shell from a minesweeper and allows her and her charge to escape off Bangii. Porpoise hits a CM with a dud off Legaspi. Off Miri the RN puts up a fight. The Mauritius will go down in the evening but she and her escorts dish out some punishment setting a CA on fire, hitting three others. Her escort helps and sets two destroyers on fire. Exeter bombards Victoria Point. I need to keep the Zeros off this base for a few days. A couple of more Nells are downed over Port Blair by the AVG while another merchant arrives and begins to unload. 33 Nells lay an egg over another SAG near Kuching. CL Marblehead and company continue to patrol the northwest corner of Borneo. Taiping, Hong Kong, Chengchow, Naga, Kudat and Ambon fall.
Burma: The 11th Burma rifles have at least 1 IJA unit moving to cross the frontier. TF410 with the 48th Gurkha Bde is ordered to flank and should make Port Blair tonight.
PI: I think I will get a big xAK full of supplies into Manila tonight. fingers crossed.
DEI: Supply unloading at Singapore.
The war progresses. In the PI the IJA is slow approaching Manila and Clark. They are only debarked on Luzon and one or two dot bases. I wish I could get some supply in there. I may try a flotilla of subs from Pearl just for fun. In China he is probing and chasing down units in the plains which are not heading west but rather east. I’m having fun with this. There is a strong probe in the north and one just south of Changsha, but no emergency yet. The Wenchow area is untouched and I control the road and rail net. In the Pacific, the Gilberts are quiet. I am ashore at Luganville and hoping to make a rapid deployment to the Guadalcanal Tulagi area. Lack of engineers is severely hampering the time table. Regards to political points, I had 600 plus banked as of the 19th but spend 50 on Chinese leadership in the Changsha sector. I have only bought out one PBY squadron from the PI and one KIA unit from Malaya thus far since the original expenditure of PPs on DESRON-21. The destroyer squadron is divided into two divisions and lurks in the southern Solomon Islands.
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