Allenby wrote:Russe11 wrote:Australia raised the 9th Division of the AIF for the defence against the Japanese (6th, 7th and 8th were in the middle east and N Africa). ABDACOM's strategy of placing forces all over the region, rather than concentrating forces however meant that almost the whole division was lost.
6th, 7th and 9th AIF Divisions were all allocated to the Middle East and were raised in 1939-1940.
8th AIF were raised in 1940 and were assigned to ABDACOM. Lark, Sparrow and Gull Forces were spread across Rabaul, Ambon and Timor as reinforced battalions, whilst the bulk of the Division went to Malaya under Bennett, where it performed relatively well; though there's always been a cloud regarding their conduct in the aftermath of the attack on Singapore Island where it's alleged they basically disintegrated then buggered off as a marauding mob. Very harsh criticism largely spread by Heath, whose own Corps had hardly showered themselves in glory.
Spare a thought for the British 18th 'Eastern' Division though; 2/3 rds of which got off the boat at Keppel Harbour with all their equipment just in time to surrender without firing a shot.
Many allied units were not trained for Jungle Warfare, the Indian brigades were the first to fight the Japanese and the first man to die at Kota Bahru where the Japanese first landed a few hours before the attack on Pearl Harbour was a Muslim soldier in one of the Punjbi Dogra Battalions. I think his name was Hassan something from Hyderabad in India.
Most of the Officers where British and they died early in the fighting, the poor Punjabi's were a long way from home, with little training and a lot of them were doing well in the start of the campaign but later the Japanese brought up light tanks, pathetic little tankettes really... but decisive deadly weapons in this fight because the British had no Tanks.
I think the Australians and the Indians fought bravely, at Kampar the Indian division backed with British Artillery held the Japanese up for two weeks before being outflanked and forced off the valley.
Later the Australians too gave a good account of themselves at Gemensah bridge where they ambushed and slaughtered about a Battalion of Japanese troops on bicycles. My Grandfather said the Japanese hated that and were very angry about the losses suffered at the hands of the Australians and Indians... apparently the allies also shot any Japanese troops left behind in attacks... which made the Japanese slaughter allied wounded and prisoners too. Really nasty fight.
What made it more nasty was that the newer troops were not used to tropical conditions. The Japanese had been "prepared" for this for a while but the Allies didn't stand a chance because their leaders were very bad. Percival, Gordon Bennet and others like them were hopeless. Even Archie Wavell couldn't do much because he had very little resources left and the Japanese were being helped locally.
I personally think all troops did what they could in this brutal episode of world war 2 but the leaders on the allies side were poor. Yamashita was the best general all round, and he opposed the war but had to fight it anyway. As part Japanese I feel shamed by men like Colonel Tsuji and others in the headquarters staff... they were good planners but very brutal and mean characters.
Mattywheels wrote:Sounds like you've all got some good ideas - best to try and keep the rules as simple as possible though, introducing rules for this occurrence and rules for that could make the day very confusing indeed.
Rather than get to carried away in planning, its probably an idea to get an idea of numbers - pop a thread up on the main general forum and ask who would be keen to take part in a PTO game
Ah yes good point. Also location is important too, I am always sort of on the move and I am sure others might well be dotted around. I know the re-enactment society is very thin hence why not so many regular meetings. I was sort of hoping to get more interest and maybe start somewhere in the middle of England as a location. However if more interest is down South or up North then perhaps the site should be considered in those places.
Obviously I wasn't thinking of a game anytime soon, late summer being the soonest really. But no harm in planning this early on.