Monday, June 8, 2009

Never forget...

I'm not talking about the Tiananmen incident. I'm talking about the June 6th invasion of Normandy beach some 65 years ago. I believe the success of that invasion changed the scope of the war. Without a foothold and forward bases in mainland Europe, the Allied forces would not have had a chance to strike deep into German industrial areas. The Russians needed the forces in the western front to disrupt German plans and regroup. The victory in Europe enabled US to focus on the battle in the Pacific.

Ironically, we may not have many of the technologies today if not for WW2... Within a span of 4-5 years, many new technologies were introduced. Planes flew higher, tanks ran faster and ships sailed further. Very often I think to myself, what if Pearl Harbor never happened?

One very scary possibility. Many of us may not be around~ Heard from many seniors born between 1940-1945 that they were the results of the Japanese occupation. Apparently those young and single women would have been caught and sent into comfort stations. So, in a bid to save themselves/their children, many arranged for the women to get married and have a baby... although I've heard stories that sometimes even pregnant women were raped as well...

If not for WW2, Singapore may still be part of the British empire along with many other colonies in South Asia. Things in the Middle East may be very different (no Israel). Things in countries around Germany will be very very different...

Oh well... it all started from a very dumb decision to attack Pearl Harbor~

2 comments:

Nomad said...

devasting decision perhaps but dumb may not be the best description...

Historical past, the Japanese felt that they "had" to do it for various reasons which cannot be nailed down to a specific. In their own world, the Japanese felt that their decision was the "right" one, to progress their nation, to get the petrol, and not to mention national pride of not being told what not to do by the americans..

One has to remember that before the war, Japan and america had once shared a close historial past but nationalistic pride, economy priorities won the day and thus changing the surface and the future of the world forever..

WhiteDuskRed said...

You're right, dumb is not the right world. Added that just because I think they are all dumb~

Many strategic reasons, the most important was because they wanted the Philippines as well. There was always the threat of the Americans looming around somewhere out there in the Pacific which they had to face sooner or later. So they struck first.

Still, if we can re-enact everything from the 1930s to 1940s, it would be interesting to see how everything would have played out if the Japanese left Pearl Harbor alone...

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