Thursday, December 06, 2007

Day of Infamy

In 1941, a large Japanese strike force fell on the Singapore Naval Base, after British warnings to leave south-east Asia alone fail to persuade them.

Singapore had been a cornerstone of British Defence policy in the Far East since 1918. After the Great War, the British government devoted significant resources into building a naval base in Singapore, as a deterrent to the increasingly ambitious Japanese Empire. Originally announced in 1923, the construction of the base proceeded slowly until the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1931.

The blueprint for the new base was a dock covered 21 square miles - then the largest dry dock in the world, the third-largest floating dock, and enough fuel tanks to support the entire British navy for six months. It was to be defended by heavy 15-inch naval guns stationed at Fort Siloso, Fort Canning and Labrador, as well as a Royal Air Force airfield at Tengah Airbase. Winston Churchill touted it as the "Gibraltar of the East."

The works had been completed in 1939, arrived at a staggering cost of GBP60 million. Less than two years later, the Base was completed destroyed on the “day of infamy”.
In 1941, the moment of truth arrived at Unit 731 after many years of hard work in manufacturing and employing bacteriological weapons. General Otozoo Yamada was about to find out which of his weapons was most effective - the million man Japanese army occupying Manchuria or Germ warfare. In less than twenty-four hours, the decision would be for Germ warfare. But only because Pearl Harbour Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel had not received an order from Washington. General George Marshall had cabled Hawaii to raise Mosquito Nets, but the warning arrived too late to prevent the Day of Infamy.
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General Short
General Short
In 1941, General George Marshall sent the famous warning message to Hawaii that morning. It was actually delivered by a young Japanese-American cycle messenger, to General Walter Short, commanding general of the Army post at Pearl Harbour.

Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel commander actioned the telegram in good time to save the U.S. Pacific Fleet from certain destruction by raising the torpedo nets.

In 1980/1941, the US aircraft carrier Nimitz collided with an unnatural storm and the crew were transported from 1980 to Pearl Harbour on December 6th, 1941. Captain Captain Matthew Yelland had to decide whether to interfere with the past and stop the Japanese Fleet from attacking the US base. The true story of the voyage was portrayed in the movie Final Countdown. Played by actor Kirk Douglas, Yelland made the decision to intercept the incoming Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, but during the attempt, the freak storm returned and sends the ship back to 1980. But this is a a different 1980 where buoyed by easy victory in the Pacific, an unstoppable military had fought the Soviet Union and lost. As the final ends, the question is left hanging, should Yelland have intervened, or let history run its course... Final Countdown
Final Countdown
Kinky
Kinky
In 2005, deep sleeper agents of the government of (censored) follow Richard S. “Kinky” Friedman for the day (which actually started around noon). Caught drinking a Lonestar beer in a moving vehicle in Dallas, Texas Kinky tells traffic cops that "I admit to drinking it, but I did not swallow." Later that evening, they follow Kinky to half a dozen bars and dance halls before the agents collapse with exhaustion around 4am. At no time did they see Kinky speaking to Rat.

In 1941, a young Japanese-American cycle messenger was given a telegram for General Walter Short, commanding general of the Army post at Pearl Harbour The telegram contained General George Marshall's famous warning message to Hawaii, but it was delayed that morning by vital hours. The messenger was sympathetic to the Empire of Japan's mission to bring about a new order in the Pacific. Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel commander was not provided with good time to raise the torpedo nets, and the U.S. Pacific Fleet was destroyed.General Short
General Short

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