Monday, January 21, 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

Aug 1934 - JAPANESE ON US SOIL

Honolulu: At 5am PST waves of marines of the Imperial Japanese Navy landed all along the western coast of Oahu, precipitating a refugee crisis among the island's nearly 200,000 residents. General panic set in during the night as the Japanese carrier-fleet was sighted barely 50 miles off shore. Shortly thereafter Honolulu went dark as the first wave of carrier-based zeros appeared over the city and began bombing strategic installations across the island. Civilians are making every effort to abandon the islands. All available ships, including private yachts, have been commandeered by US military officials in an attempt to evacuate as many civilians as possible in the teeth of the relentless Japanese assault. American shore batteries proved ineffective against the big guns of Vice Admiral Mikawa Gunichi's escort battleships, the Kirishima, Hiei, Kongo and Haruna. While valiantly defending US soil, American forces have, for the most part, been impotent in mounting an effective defense without the presence of the main US Pacific battlefleet. [Above: The light carrier USS Princeton afire north of Honolulu.] Casualties are significant and mounting.


Heavily outnumbered and overpowered, US Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers [right] courageously attack the Japanese carrier fleet and invasion forces as they approach Oahu.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

April 1934 - Britain Offers India Parliamentary Representation

London: Attempting the force the genii of Indian separatism back inside the bottle, King George approved measures to create India seats in Parliament. Stopping short of granting outright autonomy or independence, the House of Commons passed a resolution yesterday offering India full representation in the Westminster Parliament. The measure may be too little too late, however, as anti-British agitation continues throughout India. The Dutch Prime Minister, Hendrikus Colijn, responded to the situation by quipping that "if the British Empire can't keep a lid on her subject peoples in Asia perhaps it was time that the Dutch show them how." Colijn's brutal participation in the Aceh War in Sumatra is well-remembered by many Indians, however, who are likely to oppose vigorously any Dutch intervention on the sub-continent.

April 1934 -Viet Minh Destroyed in Canton

Shanghai: Officials from the KMT Chinese Army liaison in Shanghai are confirming reports of the wholesale destruction of a Vietnamese communist army in the interior of Canton Province. The Viet Minh had crossed in China late last year and had been reputedly stirring up trouble among Cantonese farming communities in an attempt to foment revolutionary activity against Generalissimo Chaing's government. Red luck ran out, however, when Ho Chi Minh's peasant army found itself surrounded by three KMT armies [above photo] moving south against the Japanese incursion into Hong Kong. It is not know if Ho was among the communist leaders captured in the engagement or the fate of those taken - British observers traveling with the Chinese army are reporting the large-scale execution of communists by KMT forces, which brings into question the methods of General Chiang as he attempts to maintain control of China.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Religious Political Uproar in Tibet


Lhasa: Tibet is in chaos as Communist troops under Zhou En-lai secured strategic positions throughout the province. The communist take over of Tibet was facilitated by anger over the appearance of former Chinese Emperor Puyi and the remnant of his opium-soaked entourage and Buddhist unrest following the death last year of Thubten Gyatso, the 13th Dalai Lama. Feuling the disquiet is the recently released prophecy of the deceased Dalai Lama which states:

"Very soon in this land deceptive acts may occur from without and within. At that time, if we do not dare to protect our territory, our spiritual personalities including the Victorious Father and Son may be exterminated without trace, the property and authority of our monks may be taken away. Moreover, our political system, developed by the Three Great Dharma Kings will vanish without anything remaining. The property of all people, high and low, will be seized and the people forced to become slaves. All living beings will have to endure endless days of suffering and will be stricken with fear. Such a time will come."

April 1934 - General Chaing Makes Good on Promise: KMT Reoccupies Hong Kong

Hong Kong: The Pearl River Delta has been swept clear of all Japanese forces as elements of the Chinese Republican Army finally entered Hong Kong this evening, crossing from the mainland under the cover of darkness. The city was spared the agony of enduring a protracted engagement in the streets as the Japanese had abandoned their positions weeks ago. Public bragging and disdain for Japanese military prowess aside, KMT  officers appeared privately relieved that the only thing left for them to do in Hong Kong was change the flags.