Time has come to another After Action Report for my new War in the Pacific campaign.
It is January 1st 1942 in game time. The situation for Allies is pretty bad. With exception of Wake, which is still tightly in US hands – new reinforcements, new supplies and small naval squadron to guard it from any eventual Japanese invasion – Japanese is faring better than historically.
Good news comes from China. Chinese invasion of Vietnam turned into spectacular failure. However, Chinese troops have liberated Pakhoi.
In Malaya Japanese are pushing towards Singapore. They have taken Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan and most of west coast. Thankfully, evacuation is underway. Large number of cargo vessels is in Singapore, and they have started putting some of Malaya force in Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands and Ceylon.
In Borneo, Japanese have taken Brunei.
Philippines is one huge mess. Japanese have taken Davao by storm, and from that point onward everything went to smithereens. Entire Mindanao is taken with hundreds of troops surrendering. Even worse was capture of Jolo Island, at the very nose of US Navy squadron. Subsequent raids helped only take couple of Japanese cargo ships. Northwards, Japanese are pushing in Luzon. Naga was lost. The only good news is successful evacuation of cargo ships from Naga and PT boats sinking few Japanese cargo ships.
But the last day of 1941 was the most dreadful. Japanese aircraft careers came to Sulu Sea and did mini-Pearl Harbor on Dutch base of Tarakan. Significant number of cargo ships, previously evacauted from Philippines, was sunk. But worst thing happened to USN squadron – Houston, light cruiser Marblehead and a destroyers were sunk.
Elsewhere, things aren't that eventful. British are consolidating defence line on the Burmese-Indian border. There are attempts to strengthen Rangoon with new supplies.
Australians are pushed from Rabaul, but the new base in Lunga (Guadalcanal) is being constructed.
Plans to construct new headquarters for South Pacific in Luganville is being put in motion. New base is going to be constructed at Baker Island, as well as in Aleutians.
So far, Allies have lost 416 planes to Japanese 258. In terms of shipping, what seems to be balance was struck in Japanese favour on December 31st. Allies has lost 34 ships – 2 cruisers, 4 destroyers and 3 submarines included – to Japanese 18, which includes 2 destroyers. It seems that Japanese are being able to sustain the losses at this rate.