Return to: December 7, 1942
The Original Plan
On December 7, 1941 the Japanese Emperor and his Major General Yamamoto decide to postpone the attack on Pearl Harbor for one year to prepare for a massive invasion and attack on the American Pacific Fleet. The Japanese though do not call off their plans to attack British territories in Asia. The Japanese with this extra force sends a massive invasion force into Indochina to invade Thailand where from there they invaded Malaysia and also they sent an invasion force into Hong Kong. They also renewed their attacks on China taking more of the crippled nation. This new attack seemed to be going well for the Japanese.
The Allies response to this attack from the Japanese shocked the Allies but war was still not yet declared. On December 8, 1941 it was made official and the Dutch East Indies also joined the war to help prevent a surprise attack. In the United States this was met with mixed reaction. Most did the same with the Europe situation,"Who cares, it's not our war to fight", but some took with fear that the attack could have been on American boys. FDR met this attack with worry as he now knew he just might become cornered between tyrants and lose everything that he is trying to protect. Polls showed that around 30% of the American population favored a war with Japan while only 5% favored a war with the entire Axis powers and 65% favored no war. FDR was caught in a pickle he could not get out of. For the next three weeks and rest of the month Hong Kong fell to Japanese forces. Thailand fell within two weeks and much of the Malay Peninsula had fallen to Japanese forces. As for China little progress was made except for in the north where stunning Japanese victories brought much of the north under Japan's control. As the new year approached the war in just a few weeks was looking very dark.
The Pacific War
As the Japanese continue their advance into Asia they decide to make a surprise attack on Malaysia and Indonesia. The Japanese meet fierce resistance but by March the Dutch have retreated all the way back to Java island. In Burma the British are fighting with what little force they have as the Japanese have by now prevented any secret American-aid from coming to India and other Allied lands. In May the American Navy reports increased Jap activity near Midway, the Philippines, and Hawaii. In the East Indies, Japan has taken all of the Dutch East Indies and is closing in on Australia as they capture much of Papua New Guinea. In June the Brits make a final stand at Port Morseby. The Japanese send nearly three thousand men to fight the British along with numerous naval and air support. After three weeks of bloody fighting the Brits leave with whats left of that garrison and flee to Australia. Meanwhile, the Americans reluctantly bulk up forces at bases in the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, Midway and numerous other islands. On July 2 the Japanese begin air raids on Australia as they eliminate much of the forces in the north. The next week they begin shelling the area and by July 24 they have begun an invasion of Northern Australia. The Brits then sell its remaining islands in the Pacific except for Australia and New Zealand and other small islands near-by to the United States. The Japanese now realize they must speed up in Australia or risk again postponing Pearl Harbor. Meanwhile in India, the Japanese our stopped outside Calcutta as they have failed to defeat Britain but have managed to take Burma in a sweeping victory. In August the Japanese claim of northeastern, north-central, and what they have gathered up along the coast as part of the Empire of Japan as China is falling back into the west. In September the Japanese conquer all of northern-Australia and the British are begging America to join the war but a mute response causes morale to collapse and by November only southeastern-Australia remains. The Japanese decide to keep the attack on America planned for December 7 as on November 22 the British leave Australia in a Dunkirk-like fashion in Sydney and Japan now claims all of Australia. Now that they have captured Australia, the Japanese make more plans for December 7. They decide to invade French Indochina, renew an offensive in India to capture Calcutta, in China they will bomb facilities to bits, and send invasion forces to Midway, Guam, Wake, the Philippines, and Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. Then the day arrives: when it is not even 8:00am in Oahu, the Japanese launch their attack and troops make landings all across the island while the American Pacific Fleet is left to burn to the bottom of the sea. In French Indochina, the Japanese begin to steamroll from all directions. In India, the Japanese have surrounded Calcutta as reinforcements arrive to invade the city while ships shell the harbor and airfields. As for China the Japanese have been able to secure much of the south and have finally overrun all of the Mongolian areas of China in the north and the coast belongs to Japan. In Midway, Guam, and Wake Island the Japanese have taken much of the islands as the Americans are so unprepared to the point that they can't even fire their guns because they forget about the bullets leading to massive casualties and prisoners of war. In the Philippines the invasion won't be over for some time but the Japanese have gotten a head start and are already preparing for the eventual conquering of the islands. By the end of the year the Japanese have secured Midway, Wake, and Guam and have taken other American islands such as the Marianna Islands. In the Philippines, the Japanese have surrounded Manila as the Americans are unable to get reinforcements fast and the battle quickly turns for the worst. And in Hawaii the Japanese have taken all of the islands accept for the big one, Hawaii. Meanwhile the Japanese have forced the British into submission in Calcutta and they have offered peace to Britain since the Brits are on the verge of total annihilation.
Now that the Japanese have successfully attacked their new enemies, they can now finish them off. Throughout all of February and March, the Japanese invade and conquer Hawaii Island after massive bloodshed and secure the Philippines in a blitzkrieg-style attack. The British decide too fight on as they won't give in to surrendering. The Japanese decide they must invade New Zealand to make peace with Britain. The invasion starts on March 25 and ends on April 25, one month later as though the Brits have the will-power but they don't have the fire-power to defeat the Japanese. On May 20 they surrender and only conquered lands are kept by the Japanese but that only leaves India with Britain. As for France and America, the French lose everything except for French Polynesia which is then sold to the Americans but Free French forces still occupy the islands along with American soldiers. As for the United States, the only thing that goes on are massive sea battles with what's left of the American Pacific Fleet(more like what escaped Pearl Harbor). Most of these battles occur near the West Coast and near the Aleutian Islands. Meanwhile in China the Japanese have secured much of the country and offer a peace deal to China: The deal is that the Chinese will only lose Manchuria and will have a puppet government that will be part of the East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. They reluctantly accept and the war in Asia is over but the war in the Pacific is not. The Japanese decide to distract the Americans with a mediocre invasion of French Polynesia but the real target will be the Aleutian Islands which will be a set up for the invasion of the Alaska and the rest of Western North America but it won't take place 'til spring 1944 when the Japanese are prepared to launch the attack so for the rest of the year they make weak attacks against the weak American Navy and make the Americans think they will invade California but it is just a trick and they fall for it.
As the Japanese continue their game with the Americans they prepare their troops to invade Polynesia and plan out the real target, the Aleutian Islands. On March 21 the Japanese invade Polynesia and the Americans believe this is the target but they are fooled again. Three weeks later the Japanese finally invade the Aleutian Islands. The Americans are caught off guard and within days much of the island chain is overrun. As the months progress the Americans lose much of coastal Alaska and in Polynesia all but a few islands have been seized. Eventually by July of 1944 the Americans have virtually a knife to their throat as all of Polynesia has fallen and in Alaska the battle may soon tip over into the lower 48. FDR ways his options and decide it may be best to surrender now before it is too late. On August 8, 1944 the United States surrenders to the Empire of Japan unconditionally. In September they discuss the peace deal and it is signed as the Treaty of Vancouver and the terms are thus:
- The United States will lose all Pacific territory except for its Pacific Coast and will also have to surrender the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.
- All Japanese in Internment Camps must be released immediately.
- And lastly, all Japanese in America that want to leave may leave without question for the next ten years.
The United States accepts and the Japanese also make a deal with the other Allied Powers: the Japanese will take what they have conquered except for in India where all of its lands will be restored. The Allies accept. Now that the Pacific War is over the Allies can turn to face the even greater danger of Nazi Germany.