Bataan

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Bataan

Postby tsweeney » Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:19 pm

The Battle of Bataan (7 January – 9 April 1942) was a battle that represented the most intense phase of Imperial Japan'sinvasion of the Philippines during World War II. In January 1942, forces of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy invaded Luzon along with several islands in the Philippine Archipelago after the bombing of the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. The commander-in-chief of all Filipino and American forces in the islands, General Douglas MacArthur, consolidated all of his Luzon-based units on the Bataan Peninsula to fight against the Japanese invaders. By this time, the Japanese controlled nearly all of Southeast Asia. The Bataan peninsula and the island of Corregidor were the only remaining Allied strongholds in the region. Despite a lack of supplies, Filipino and American forces managed to fight the Japanese for three months, engaging them initially in a fighting retreat southward. As the combined Filipino and American forces made a last stand, the delay cost the Japanese valuable time and prevented immediate victory across the Pacific. The surrender at Bataan, with 140,000 soldiers surrendering in the Philippines altogether,[1] was the largest in American and Filipino military histories, and was the largest United States surrender since the American Civil War's Battle of Harper's Ferry.[2] Soon afterwards, Filipino and American prisoners of war were forced into the Bataan Death March.[3]

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Re: Bataan

Postby Vinny » Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:32 pm

Excellent action-packed diorama as always Tom. Thanks for the back story as it brought it all to life.

Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing!
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Re: Bataan

Postby tsweeney » Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:57 pm

Vinny thanks for your comment It seems you are the only one looking at my dioramas


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Re: Bataan

Postby jaydee » Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:15 pm

Nicely done again Tom. :o)b It's a phase of the war that gets little attention considering the cost in lives.

More or less downhill all the way for Japan after this though.

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Re: Bataan

Postby tsweeney » Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:55 pm

Jaydee the beginning of the end was at Midway when the Japanese fleet was almost entirely destoyed

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Re: Bataan

Postby jaydee » Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:59 am

Midway or as in Japanese Naval code Objective "AF" was no doubt pivotal in the war,but to be honest attacking Pearl Harbour and then declaring war was always going to work out bad for Japan.

Churchill referred to El Alamein as " The End of the Beginning " and that was the point I was alluding to regarding the war in the Pacific. Don't start a fight you cannot hope to win.


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