Posted by: Gregoryno6 | December 9, 2013

The Japanese were busy on both sides of the Pacific that day.

Propaganda film of Tokyo’s surprise landing in northern Malaya, timed to coincide with the attack on Pearl Harbor.

And  a segment (I assume) from a longer documentary on the progress of the Rising Sun south into Singapore.

The Japanese were brutal, but the British in Singapore were complacent. Almost to the end many on the island refused to accept the notion of an Asiatic race producing soldiers superior to the King’s Army. We’ve since learnt something about the training methods used by the Japanese. Soldiers were paired for hitting contests; any soldier who pulled his punches was beaten soundly. Other exercises were designed to inflict humiliation. The result was a fighting force tuned for maximum damage, physical and psychological.

 

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