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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2023 3:09 p.m. PST

…. in the Most Unlikely Way

"Just 70 minutes before the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service commenced an attack on the United States naval base Pearl Harbor, another equally horrific battle was ensuing on the British island of Malaya. Shortly after midnight on December 8, 1941 soldiers patrolling the shores of Kota Bharu the British and Australian airbase for operations in Northern Malaya noticed three large ships in the distance.

These ships, the Awazisan Maru, Ayatosan Maru, and Sakura Maru, held over 5,000 troops who were quickly preparing to storm Malaya around 12:30 am. At the same time, Japanese carrier planes were less than an hour away from reaching Pearl Harbor…"

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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2023 9:05 p.m. PST

Bummer. Got to be one of the most mishandled campaigns in British history and that is saying a lot.

uglyfatbloke02 Jan 2023 3:51 a.m. PST

X2 Shagnasty – but that is an exceptionally poor article in any way one can think of…..including grammar.

colkitto02 Jan 2023 4:50 a.m. PST

I got as far as the "island of Malaya" in the OP.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2023 3:28 p.m. PST



hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2023 8:45 p.m. PST

The author of that article seems to be a bit out of her depth. She should have had it fact-checked by someone knowledgeable in the period.

OTOH, maybe she will get better with practice…


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2023 3:33 p.m. PST

Glup II!.


DBS30306 Jan 2023 3:30 p.m. PST

Utter, utter rubbish. Grammar, spelling, captioning Indian troops as "guerrillas", the idea that US forces trained in Malaya pre-war, Repulse labelled as a battleship… the list goes on and on.

Perhaps certain people should be a bit more discriminating in the material to which they choose to link. There is nothing big, clever or helpful linking to any old rubbish!

uglyfatbloke06 Jan 2023 5:19 p.m. PST

Not a single word about SS Maori Templar Space Zombie Paratroopers. Very disappointing.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2023 3:14 p.m. PST



Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2023 11:04 p.m. PST

Not a single word about SS Maori Templar Space Zombie Paratroopers. Very disappointing.

That info is still top secret ! You will be visited by a couple of chaps in black :0

uglyfatbloke10 Jan 2023 12:13 a.m. PST

Thanks for the tip-off.

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