In December 1941 the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour announced the entry of a vicious and sinister player into the wider World War. On the following day Japanese troops invaded British possessions in Malaya and China, threatening the strategic centres of Singapore and Hong Kong. The atrocities committed by the Japanese throughout the 1930s in China provided a horrific preview of the inhumanity which would be unleashed against the people of these colonies along with those on many lesser known islands throughout the Pacific.
Ranged against the invading Japanese were a rag-tag collection of Imperial troops and local volunteers. Their fight was without hope, with no chance of land-based reinforcements to assist them. Yet they fought on to the bitterest of ends; captivity at the hands of a most bestial power for the lucky ones, if they could indeed be referred to in such terms; a careless, brutal murder, often in hospital beds, for the weak or wounded.
The following Japanese list is a broad one, covering much of the period from 1941 to the end of 1942. If using this list for the attack on Hong Kong then no armour may be selected as supports. The British lists include Commonwealth and Empire forces and is specifically for the period of December in 1941 through to the fall of Singapore in early 1942.
The Japanese list may be found here: Japanese List 1941-2
Those for the defenders of Hong Kong and Malaya here: British Far East 1941
With Chain of Command published we thought we would kick off the army list downloads in the most appropriate manner with Poland in 1939. Poland had been a battleground for centuries and in September 1939 it was the unprovoked German invasion which triggered the beginning of the biggest war known to man. Over the coming