South-East Asian theatre of World War II

South-East Asian Theatre Of World War II

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The South-East Asian Theatre of World War II was the name given to the campaigns of the Pacific War in Burma (now Myanmar), Ceylon, India, Thailand, Indochina, Malaya and Singapore. Conflict in the theatre began when the Empire of Japan invaded Thailand and Malaya from bases located in Indochina on December 8, 1941. The main landing at Singora (now Songkhla) on the east side of the Isthmus of Kra preceded the bombing of Pearl Harbor by several hours. Action in the theatre officially ended on September 9, 1945.

Initial Japanese successes

The Allies suffered many disastrous defeats in the first six months of the war. Two major British warships, HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales were sunk by a Japanese air attack off Malaya on December 10, 1941. Following the invasion, the government of Thailand formally allied itself with Japan on December 21. Japan invaded Hong Kong in the Battle of Hong Kong on December 8, culminating in surrender on December 25. January saw the invasions of Burma and the Dutch East Indies and the capture of Manila and Kuala Lumpur.

The Japanese Southern Expeditionary Army Group's 1st Raiding Regiment (also known as the 1st Parachute Brigade) was used with...
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