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Pacific War 7 – Invasion of Philippines

Pacific War 7 – Invasion of Philippines

Background and Forces US forces Philippines, rich islands which United States owned ever since the US-Spanish war, were important to Japanese for many reasons. They were a rich source of raw materials, but more important was their strategic location. Located between Japan and Southeast Asia, Philippines would allow the US Navy to interdict any traffic … Continue reading Pacific War 7 – Invasion of Philippines

Pacific War 3 – Preparations Before the Invasion of Malaya

Pacific War 3 – Preparations Before the Invasion of Malaya

Introduction – the Strategic Realities Malaya had for long time been safe, but this had rapidly changed in the last decade. Japanese imperial ambitions had led them to sieze and annex Manchuria in 1931 – 1932. In 1934, Japane renounced the Washington agreements, and in 1937 invaded China. Meanwhile, tensions had been rising in Europe, … Continue reading Pacific War 3 – Preparations Before the Invasion of Malaya

Pacific War 2 – Attack on Pearl Harbor

Pacific War 2 – Attack on Pearl Harbor

Introduction While this was understood only by a few people, by 1941. Japan and the United States had been on a collision course for a whole decade. Slide towards the conflict started arguably in 1902., with the signing of the Anglo-Japanese alliance between the Great Britain and Japan. But that the two countries were on … Continue reading Pacific War 2 – Attack on Pearl Harbor