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History Notes - 4-24-06 - History Notes XVII Early Japanese...

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History Notes – 4/24/06 XVII. Early Japanese Victories A. Lands Conquered – Hong Kong, French Indo China, French colonies, Malasia (including naval base at Singapore, country of Burma, Thailand, the Dutch East Indies as far south as New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Marshal Islands, the Marianas Islands, Guam, Wake Island, and three of the Elution Islands Huge sphere of influence – White Rule in Asia and South East Asia – Now Gone – GOAL: ELIMINATE WHITE RULE – Gates of India, and threatening to invade Australia B. Fall of the Philippines 1. General MacArthur – “I will return” * He was in charge of 36,000 soldiers * He was to defend and protect the Phillippines – No way to get reinforcements or supplies to MacArthur – He had to take on 200,000 Japanese soldiers – Hard fighting * The U.S fought a retreating war * They literally ran out of supplies * He was given orders to evacuate – we could not risk getting MacArthur lost as a P.O.W – whisked off to safety – entire command left 2. “Batan Death March” * Bayonnetted, beheaded, etc.
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