World War Two Was The Largest Ever Global Military Conflict

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World War Two was the largest ever global military conflict and lasted from 1939 to 1945. The war was fought mostly between the Allies who mainly consisted of the United Kingdom, United States of America and the Soviet Union and the Axis, mainly Nazi Germany, Italy and Japan. The Axis were formed out of mutual goals and to secure each of their own expansionist interests while the Allies were created in retaliation to stop their aggression throughout Europe and Asia. There were many theatres of war throughout such as the South-East Asian theatre which was one of the bloodiest conflicts during the war and lasted from 8 December 1941 – 9 September 1945. The balance of power shifted continuously throughout the theatre. Many defeats occurred on…show more content…
Singapore was also renowned known for its strategic location within South East Asia and capturing the base would provide a significant boost in capabilities of naval invasions to other islands (Bergland, 2014, Online). Taking over Singapore would have crippled the Allies’ offensive capabilities within the South East Asian and Pacific regions while Japan could proceed to invade the oil rich islands of the Dutch East Indies with much more ease and less fear of counter-attack. On the 8th of February 1942, the Japanese put this strategy into effect and invaded. General Tomoyuki Yamashita, nicknamed “The Tiger of Malaya”, was in command of the Battle of Singapore, he and his soldiers were outnumbered at a one to three ratio. His men were also limited to just two bowls of rice each and 100 rounds of ammunition a day. Yamashita’s strategy, or more famously known as “Yamashita’s Bluff”, was an ingenious tactic to fool the Allies into believing the Japanese had more troops, supplies and equipment than what the soldiers really had. Yamashita himself also stated “My attack on Singapore was a bluff – a bluff that worked. I had 30,000 men and was outnumbered more than three to one. I knew that if I had to fight for long for Singapore, I would be beaten. That is why the surrender had to be at once...” (Ron Taylor, 2011, Online) Soon however Yamashita’s bluff had paid off as he and his men marched into Singapore

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