Diego Suarez during Operation Ironclad

The Invasion of Madagascar

September 3, 2017 PE Matt 0

Plans to take the Vichy French island of Madagascar, codenamed Operation Ironclad, had been laid even before the Japanese fleet made their incursion into the Indian Ocean in April 1942. The fear was that the […]

The Fall of Rabaul

May 6, 2016 PE Matt 0

As the invasions of the Philippines and Malaya were proceeding according to schedule, the Japanese began the second phase of their offensive – this time, taking Allied positions to the east. Amongst the most important […]

The Invasion of Malaya

November 6, 2015 PE Matt 0

The jewel of the British Empire in Asia was the island city-state of Singapore, which was strategically located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula. The city controlled the sea routes between the Indian Ocean […]

The Fall of Hong Kong

October 23, 2015 PE Matt 0

One of the few remaining ports on the Chinese coast that was not under the control of the Japanese was the British colony of Hong Kong. Strategically located at the mouth of the Pearl River, […]

The Invasion of Canton

May 15, 2015 PE Matt 0

Although the Japanese had successfully eliminated most Chinese air opposition in Southern China during the autumn of 1937, shipments of new aircraft from foreign partners continued to arrive in the area. American, British, German and […]