Seventy years ago Japan stunned the United States with its dawn assault on Pearl Harbour. With most of our fighting men overseas, New Zealand was unprepared and vulnerable. Lawrence Watt looks at how we responded to the threat of invasion
Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 5, 2011 16:03:14 GMT 12
"Japan followed its lightning blow against the Pacific Fleet with an attack on the British colony of Malaya. Two Royal Navy battleships were destroyed."
Oh dear... this is incorrect. Japan attacked Malaya almost two hours before the first wave of attacks took place at Pearl Harbour. That was on the 8th of December 1941 local Malaya time, which was still 7th of December 1941 in Hawaii due to the International Date Line.
Also the two ships attacked and sunk, HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, were not sunk till the 10th of December Malayan/Singapore time.
Post by Luther Moore on Dec 5, 2011 16:23:28 GMT 12
That's very interesting,cheers for posting it.There is a place up the road from me in Sydney where we used to play as kids that still has all the defence bunkers and gun emplacements that runs all along the coast,it's a reminder of how real the threat of Japanese invasion really was.