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British Tanks in Java – 1942

Forgotten Heroes of the Malaya – NEI Campaign In December 1941, the Commonwealth forces were driven relentlessly down the Malayan peninsula in a humiliating series of military disasters. Defenceless against swarms of strafing Japanese fighters and harassed by scores of … Continue reading

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It’s nice to be appreciated

The Historical Novel Society just published a very nice review of our joint effort “Pearl Harbor and More…”  I’m proud to be one of the contributing authors! Have a look at https://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/pearl-harbor-and-more-stories-of-wwii-december-1941/ Here are the Stories: Deadly Liberty by R.V. Doon: … Continue reading

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The other side – The Nakajima Ki.27

The air war in Malaya began on December 8, 1941. And contrary to popular belief,  the few Commonwealth fighter squadrons were not opposed by the lethal Mitsubishi A6M “Zero’s” but initially by the nimble Nakajima Ki.27 fighter. This airplane was … Continue reading

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December 9, 1941 -The day the British lost the air war in Malaya

Excerpt from: “A Rude Awakening” Just after midnight, when the Japanese troop ships had heaved into sight about a mile offshore, a single British 18-pounder gun had opened fire on them. Thus, one hour before the Japanese struck at Pearl … Continue reading

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453 Sqn RAAF Brewster Buffaloes in Malaya

The sad fate of No. 453 RAAF Squadron in Malaya, 1941 My research for “A Rude Awakening” yielded this extraordinary story of a freshly created RAAF squadron that lost five pilots, had seven severely wounded and went down from 16 … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor and More, A virtual blog tour

Over the past weeks I have informed you all about our project: “Pearl Harbor and more”. Launched on November 1, we have had excellent editorial and reader reviews, lifting the set to an average rating 0f 4,7 on a scale … Continue reading

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Forgotten Heroes of the 1941 Malayan campaign – 3

Squadron Leader Arthur Stewart King Scarf was the first RAF officer to win (posthumously) a Victoria Cross during the Malayan campaign. Arthur “Pongo” Scarf was a regular, Cranwell educated RAF officer who had joined the RAF in 1936. He served … Continue reading

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