Battle of Malaya, 1941

Background The Japanese Invasion of Malaya began just after midnight on 8 December 1941 (local time) before the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was the first major battle of the Pacific War, and was fought between ground forces of the British Indian Army and the Empire of Japan. Kota Bharu, capital of Kelantan State on Malaysia’s northeast coast, was, in 1941, the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) and Royal Read More…

Defense of the Calumpit Bridges, (Jan 1942

Background: The Philippines Campaign (Filipino:Labanan sa Pilipinas) or the Battle of the Philippines, fought 8 December 1941 through 8 May 1942, was the invasion of the Philippines by Japan and the defense of the islands by Filipino and United States forces. The Japanese launched the invasion by sea from Formosa over 200 miles to the Read More…

Battle of Pelembang, (Feb 1942)

Background: The Battle of Palembang was a battle of the Pacific theatre of World War II. It occurred near Palembang, on Sumatra, on 13–15 February 1942. The Royal Dutch Shell oil refineries at nearby Pladju (or Pladjoe) were the major objectives for the Empire of Japan in the Pacific War, because of an oil embargo Read More…

Battles of Khalkhin Gol (1939)

Background “The Battles of Khalkhyn Gol were the decisive engagements of the undeclared border conflicts fought among the Soviet Union, Mongolia and the Empire of Japan in 1939. The conflict was named after the river Khalkhyn Gol, which passes through the battlefield. In Japan, the decisive battle of the conflict is known as the Nomonhan Read More…