1942 Jan 4
I received 30 Landing Ships this turn. Have 4 Oilers.
My ships that happen to be on convoy lanes managed to sink 1 Merchant.
But the Enemy got a lucky hit in sinking one of my Destroyers. Considering it was one of Australia's understrength air units that had to move to get in range, it was a lucky shot to get 3 hits.
I will being doing some variation of this kind of build each turn.
1 Infantry Division, always.
If shipyards are available, I will build Landing Ships and/or Oilers. This turn there are enough to build one of both.
That uses them up, so until they are available again the fillers will be Trucks and AA.
I received 3 divisions this turn from initial game queued production.
Now that I have Rabaul, Kido Butai moves there to refuel for the S. Pacific campaign.
Wake Island, which is a VP hex in this game, is taken.
I move two marine units from Japan down to the Solomon Islands area in preparation for landings.
I send my subs to blockade Fiji.
The Naval Air in the Gilberts are moved to Rabaul.
Landings are made on the small islands and undefended ports including Port Vila, Henderson Field,, Manas, Keviena, and Espirito Santo.
These are part of an ongoing port taking campaign to open Australia to supply.
In order for the Japanese to be able to supply units through Ports on Eastern Australia they have to take all the ports in New Guinea (including DEI ones), Solomon Islands, and New Caledonia. They also have the restriction that the Australian ports only open up when the Northern most ports are taken. So you have to take them in order from Cairns southward if they are going to be usable.
But the killer for the Japanese making Australia a permanent conquest is they must hold all these ports. All the US has to do is take one back and disaster hits. With loss of supply also comes loss of movement through them. The Japanese will have to be very careful. At the slightest sign that they may lose access they will have to withdraw their troops. So in the Scenario Australia is strictly a side show to waste the initial Allied response.
But that doesn't prevent me from taking ports and resupplying them from ships. I hold Rock Hampton and make another landing at Mackay. This will cut all rail connections between the southern and northern ports splitting the east coast.
Not much going on here for the same reason as Australia. I have to take a lot of ports around Borneo before I can supply an army strong enough to take Batavia. But I get the ball rolling with unopposed landings to take all of Borneo. The only action against Batavia is to blockade it while resupplying my previous landings using Coastal ships.
The advance on Singapore continues. Hopefully I will be in position to attack about time they get reduced enough from lack of supplies for me to easily take them.
China - Heavy Rain so little action.
The Indian forces try to hold the Salween river line with just two division. I move over an air unit and attack with my army unit, 14th, supported by one division. It takes two round of 3:1 attacks to force them to retreat. I then advance my units and attack the 13th Brigade but it holds.