World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Fall of Java

The Japanese conquered Java in eight days. They surged inward from the northern coasts, took the capital at Batavia, chopped up the long island into isolated bits, reduced the naval base at Surabaya and the Army's mountain stronghold at Bandung. On Java there was no Bataan. The Japanese victory was complete and swift.

How Did it Happen? Recriminations by the bitter Dutch defenders told part of the story, but only part: promised Allied reinforcements did not arrive; an Allied High Command was imposed upon the Dutch, without the Allied troops, planes and ships which would have made the joint command...

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