No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

10th December, 1941 : Japanese units land on the island of Guam and occupy it within a few hours.

The Japanese land at dawn on the northern tip of Luzon, near Aparri and Gonzaga, and on the island of Camiguin. American resistance is vigorous, but in vain.

Powerful Japanese air attack on port installations at Cavite; one American destroyer, two submarines and a minesweeper are damaged. Two Japanese minesweepers and a submarine are sunk.

The Prince of Wales and Repulse are sunk by Japanese bombers and torpedo aircraft.

About Ludwig von Gress

Born in communist Europe, interested in defence matters on a macro scale, with a cavalry “devil may care spirit” from his grandfather and cautious effectiveness of asymmetric warfare approach from his guerilla father. He sometimes despairs that he may be the only one taking the defence of Australia seriously.
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