What are we looking at today?. Review Pacific Theatre Pearl Harbour Battle of Hong Kong Axis Family Trouble. Review: What should I know about Blitzkrieg. Literally means lightening war. “German way of war” Effective battle technique used by the Germans whereby:
Battle of Hong Kong
Axis Family Trouble
The following slide will show two examples of Japanese wartime atrocities...
The steps of downtown Nanjing were littered with dead bodies as Japanese soldiers raped and murdered their way through the city.
The Japanese government used civilians as targets for practise. Age, gender or class were of little consequence.
Japanese troops enter Saigon. The stage is set for the Pacific War.
Artificially deepened channel
Ford Island (defensive headquarters)
“I was the last man to leave secondary aft because I looked around and there was no one left. I followed the Major down the port side of the tripod mast. The railings, as we ascended, were very hot and as we reached the boat deck I noted that it was torn up and burned. The bodies of the dead were thick, and badly burned men were heading for the quarterdeck, only to fall apparently dead or badly wounded. The Major and I went between No. 3 and No. 4 turret to the starboard side and found Lieutenant Commander Fuqua ordering the men over the side and assisting the wounded. He seemed exceptionally calm and the Major stopped and they talked for a moment. Charred bodies were everywhere.”Marine Corporal E.C. Nightingale
He was aboard the USS Arizona when the explosion ripped open the ships sides and engulfed the whole thing in flames.
From the Japanese perspective:
Was the attack on Pearl Harbour a success?
“Leaving aside the unspeakable treachery of it, the Japanese did a fine job.”
New Territories- Primary Defense
Mainland Chine ends
City of Hong Kong
25 December 1941at 3:15pm
British officially surrender the colony of Hong Kong to Japan
As the Americans enter the war in the Pacific and Europe, the defeat of the German and Japanese armies can be seen to
happen quickly. Hard won gains by both empires taken
away by a military giant roused from slumber.
With this, the Allies create a two front war for the Nazis.