From: Richmond, VA
Just sent the 1/3 turn back. Need to get our AAR game together, although I must admit this is not proving to be game with a great deal of early excitement. In general our opponent is moving at what in my estimation is a conservative manner, only landing troops under friendly air cover.
Will go theater by theatre to try to give an overall picture:
Burma: Opponent captured Mergui with raiding paras today, but otherwise no activity. We've taken advantage by pushing approx. 50K supplies and two brigades into Rangoon. One more, 63rd Indian is on the way from Colombo, which will allow us to reconstitute 17th Indian Div. We'll have approx. 1,000 AV in Burma with the AVG and misc. RAF units to contest the skies at least until he can get setup at Moulmein. No illusions about truly stopping him, but I think we can significantly delay progress.
China: Essentially quiet, we took Sinyang. I don't think he's paying a great deal of attention. In all honesty neither are we.
Last stands: We're down to Bataan on Luzon. Only about 300 AV albeit decent supply. Might hold another week or two. We've shot down an obscene number of IJA bombers here, probably over 100 in the last two weeks because he keeps flying without escort.
At Singapore he got a 1:1 yesterday and has a big advantage in AV. I suspect it doesn't last more than a week. He hasn't done much about cleaning up the rest of Malaysia, but that will be a backwater, not much we can do with it.
DEI: He has air superiority over Java, but probably has 6 weeks of ground combat to take Batavia and Soerbaja depending on how many assets he commits. Kaga and light carriers are operating in the Java Sea. This is great training for the pilots but aside from that not sure what purpose it serves.
He landed on Timor at Dili (who else immediately though of this base when those Bud Light commercials came out?) but still hasn't come to Koepang. We have RNN and CL Marblehead in the area and may see if we can score some easy kills.
SWPac: Tons of sub activity off Brisbane and Sydney. He damaged CA Canberra somewhat significantly (39 Flt). Coupled with his actions in SoPac it seems like there's a good chance his long term are in this theatre.
SoPac: To the extent there's excitement, this is where it is. He has taken Luganville and Noumea. We did not contest, just too early in the war for us to push assets forward. We've been working under the assumption the KB is around, but to his credit he's kept them out of air search range so that's not a certainty. We have been trying to get USN CAs in a position to take a shot at Noumea, but now he's got Betties there (although no torps as yet) and a big SCTF so that seems inadvisable at the moment. We're pulling back to Suva. The USN carriers have been hanging around looking for opportunity but are undetected, they're on the way to Auckland for gas now. We're pushing a few reinforcements into Suva; US FA Bn and a construction unit. He will get Fiji if he comes soon, but we'd obviously like to avoid giving it up so if he dallies a few weeks we'll build up.
Christmas Island and Pago Pago received the first reinforcements, neither is impregnable, but they should put up a decent fight.
We're moving most of our available units to NZ right now, with the intention that we'll push them forward if appropriate or use them to defend NZ.
CentPac: We have SigInt he's moving on Wake, but we have a supply convoy there now unloading undetected. USMC DB squadron is stationed there. We also decided to send in an add'l USMC def Bn, but they are a week out.
NoPac: No activity as yet.
So big picture he's taken New Caledonia, which I don't love, but if you can get there in 1941 it's tough to defend. Aside from that, nothing that really bothers me. I feel like he seems very Pacific oriented, with that in mind we're thinking of sending I Aus Corps to Australia. Other hot topics of debate are what do with our last USMC Def Bn, our big Coastal Arty unit and the Americal Div. Opinions on all that welcome.