Our first campaign that we will look at is from Malaya.
We detail some of the key people in the Malaya Campaign:
LT Gen Percival
LT Gen Heath
MAJ Gen Gordon Heath
LT Gen Yamashita
We look at the numbers for both sides. Yamashita was fighting significantly outnumbered, so how did he make up the numbers?
Armoured warfare – who had the advantage with tanks?
In late 1941 the war is going quite badly for the Allies, the Germans are at the gates of Moscow.
The Royal Navy sends Prince of Wales and Repulse to defend Singapore and Malaya. After Japanese landings, Force Z moves out to defeat the Japanese only to be sunk. Churchill describes it as the greatest naval disaster ever in the history of the Royal Navy.
The Japanese fight at Jitra and win. Within the first 100 hours, they have achieved control of the air, control of the sea and started to dominate on the land.
Yamashita pushes aggressively south down Malaya. A series of major withdrawals continue. He leapfrogs down the Western coast of Malaya outflanking the Allies out of prepared defences.
Wavell takes command of the ABDA command and he orders a 150 mile retreat.
We look at COL Tsuji, the God of Operations and how he prepared the strategy for the Japanese attack.
Wavell meets MAJ GEN Bennett and likes the aggressive spirit that he displays. An inexperienced divisional staff takes over command of 3 divisions.
The Battle of Muar is fought and lost and significant casualties are suffered by the Allies.
The situation is so bad in the air that unarmed flying club planes are used for recon.
The Japanese advanced 740 km in one month and 1 month and 23 days with a force ratio of 1:2, not the expected 3:1. How did they manage such a marked victory?