“The Second World War came to Burma in December, 1941. In quick succession, the American Pacific fleet was devastated at Pearl Harbor, the American Far Eastern air forces destroyed in the Philippines. Hong Kong was threatened and Siam (Thailand) concluded a peace treaty with Tokyo. Burma was exposed. By May, 1942, it would be occupied from China in the north to Rangoon in the south. With amazing speed and minimal forces, Tokyo had cut the Burma Road supplying the Nationalist Chinese, set forces on the threshold of a restive India and added the Burmese oil fields to Japan’s Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere”.
This episode is written by Tom Hall.
Tom holds a degree in history from Cornell College and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin. He is co-author of a number of references regarding technology law, but his heart remains in history. As a military historian, he refers to himself as an “armchair field marshal.”