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  • #16
    Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
    The IJN had finally built up a sizable reserve of crude oil by around September or October. When war came, the Admirals were very surprised to learn they had to share this oil with the Imperial Army and the Civilian Economy.

    I can't say if the ILA was ready to launch attacks into Malaya.

    Pruitt
    Singapore would have been a prime target, as latex rubber and tin were in short supply and in great need in wartime Japan.
    The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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    • #17
      The problem is the Tin and Rubber were not near Singapore. Singapore is an island off the Southern tip of Malaya. Because the Japanese wanted to neutralize the British Fleet, they decided to strike Malaya before the DEI. In the early days of the campaign, the IJA flew in from Indochina. When they took several airfields in North Malaya, they were able to reach Java and Sumatra. The rubber plantations were in wooded areas. Tin was located in deposits along the West coast. Both were shipped out of small coastal ports.

      Pruitt
      Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

      Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

      by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
        The problem is the Tin and Rubber were not near Singapore. Singapore is an island off the Southern tip of Malaya. Because the Japanese wanted to neutralize the British Fleet, they decided to strike Malaya before the DEI. In the early days of the campaign, the IJA flew in from Indochina. When they took several airfields in North Malaya, they were able to reach Java and Sumatra. The rubber plantations were in wooded areas. Tin was located in deposits along the West coast. Both were shipped out of small coastal ports.

        Pruitt
        Good point.
        Singapore was the transshipment port for latex rubber - tin I'm not certain of....plus Singapore as the choke point for the Malacca.

        Despite having the 1940 defence plan for Malaygapore,Japan's invasion plan was cautious.
        The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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