Tuesday, January 30, 2007

3 Comments:

Blogger Monsterball said...

Its a sad, sorry tale of negligence, incompetence, laziness, underestimating the Japanese, and failure to engage the local people to help support the defence. The last two factors probably due to the usual British racism in Asia.
In mitigation, you need to read other WWII history to understand what else Britain was involved in at the time of the Japanese invasion - and they were having a very tough time elsewhere. So distant Malaya was probably a low priority compared to events in Europe and North Africa.

8:51 PM  
Blogger James Wong Wing On said...

In your opinion, how serious was the impact of Patrick Hennan's treachery?

2:17 AM  
Blogger Monsterball said...

Hi James,
Whatever information Patrick Heenan passed to the Japanese may have helped them destroy the RAF in Malaya more quickly but, strategically, not much difference to the final British defeat.
RAF airfields in Malaya were poorly defended against air attack - simply not enough anti-aircraft guns and no radar.
The principal RAF fighter in Malaya - the Brewster Buffalo was totally outclassed by the Japanese Zero, and they got shot down like ten-pins. At that point in time the Japanese Zero was probably the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world.

2:56 AM  

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