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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:24 AM

This thread is intended for participants in an exercise exploring what Japan might have achieved if she had adopted different strategies with regards to military, logistical and economic policies. I would like to conduct actual Supreme Imperial Council meetings to determine Japan's course of action here. I would also ask that only participants in the exercise post here and when posting try and refrain from posting things that could not have been known. Example: In 1941 we wouldn't know that Germany surrenders in 1945 or that the Soviet Union wasn't defeated.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 11:25 PM

Members of the Supreme Council, Empire of Japan

In my capacity as Intelligence Officer to the Supreme Council, I have prepared a timeline of important events that have led up to the situation we now see ourselves in.

*01 Sept 1939-Germany invades Poland.
*08 Sept 1939-US Government declares a Limited National Emergency.
*17 Sept 1939-Russia invades Poland.
*29 Sep 1939-The German and Soviet governments met to sign a Treaty of Friendship and to formally divide their Polish conquest.
*30 November 1939-Russia invades Finland.
*26 January 1940-US will not renew 1911 Trade Agreement with Japan. Trade allowed to continue on a day to day basis.
*12 March 1940-End of war between Russia and Finland.
*17 April 1940-Secretary of State Cordell Hull warned the Japanese government that the United States would oppose any change in the status quo of the Netherlands East Indies by other than peaceful means.
*22 June 1940-France signs armistance with Germany.
*23 June 1940-Free French Government formed in England and recognized by Britain. Britain severs relations with Vichy French Governmant.
*25 June 1940-Taking advantage of the French armistice, the Japanese government demanded the right to land military forces in French Indo-China. In support of this demand, the Japanese navy dispatched warships to ports in French Indo-China.
*02 July 1940 Vichy France Government established. (Fully recognized by US, Canada, Australia, Russia among others)
*03 July 1940-Battle of Oran and Mers el-Kabir. British demand surrender of French fleet and when refused attack, resulting in the loss of several ships and the deaths of 1,297 French servicemen.
*04 July 1940-British seize French ships located in ports under their control.
*05 July 1940-Vichy France severs diplomatic relations with Britain.
*16 July 1940-Prince Konoye made Prime Minister in Japan and forms new government.
*18 July 1940-Britain closes Burma Road, cutting main supply route to Nationalist Chinese.
*26 July 1940-US inposes restrictions on exports of aviation gas, lube oil, and scrap metal on Japan.
*27-30 July 1940-Pan American Conference, meeting in Havana, decided to allow members to take over and establish trusteeships over European colonies in the Western Hemisphere, whose mother countries had been overrun by the Germans. This policy applied to Dutch and French colonies in the Caribbean, in South America, and off the Canadian coast.
*09 Aug 1940-British troops withdrawn from northern China.
*12 Sept 1940-U.S. Ambassador to Tokyo Joseph Grew warned Secretary of State Cordell Hull that Japan might interpret the American embargo on oil exports as sanctions and retaliate against the U.S.
*22 Sept 1940-Japan reaches an agreement with the Vichy French government for limited basing of Japanese troops in Indo-China. Japanese troops invade northern French Indochina in an effort to cut off supply lines to Chinese forces. Hanoi and Haiphong occupied and access to Sino-Vietnamese Railroad for Chinese supplies denied.
*22-25 Sept 1940-Free French forces supported by the British attack Vichy French forces in Dakar. Invasion fails.
*26 Sept 1940-In an effort to undermine the Japanese war economy, the Roosevelt administration placed a ban on the exportation of scrap iron and steel from the United States to countries outside the Western Hemisphere (with the exception of exports to Britain), effective October 16th.
*27 Sept 1940-Tripartite Pact signed between Germany, Italy and Japan.
*08 Oct 1940-Japan protests scrap metal ban by considering it economic warfare and declaring it an "unfriendly act".
*09 Oct 1940-Free French and British forces seize Cameroon from Vichy France.
*16 Oct 1940-US imposition of complete ban on sales of scrap iron and steel to Japan takes effect.
*18 Oct 1940-Britain at the urging of the US re-opens the Burma Road. This re-opens the major supply line to the Nationalist Chinese.
*13 Nov 1940-British launch carrier air attack on Italian fleet at Taranto.
*17 Dec 1940-FDR fireside chat: "Well, let me give you an illustration: Suppose my neighbor's home catches fire, and I have a length of garden hose 400 or 500 feet away. If he can take my garden hose and connect it up with his hydrant, I may help him to put out his fire. Now, what do I do?"
*13 April 1941-Japan signs five year neutrality pact with Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
*08 June 1940-British and Free French Forces invade French mandated country of Syria. These forces clash with Syrian Nationalists.
*22 June 1941-Germany invades the Soviet Union.
*24 June 1941-Roosevelt Administration pledges military aid to Russia.
*02 July 1941-Nationalist Chinese sever relations with Axis Powers.
*12 July 1941-Britain and Free French obtain Armistance with Vichy France and gain control over Lebanon and Syria.
*24 July 1941, Japan reaches an agreement with Vichy France to station troops in Indo-China, effectively granting military control.
*26 July 1941-President Franklin Roosevelt "froze" all Japanese credits in the United States in response to the Japanese occupation of French Indo-China. The British government adopted the same policy in the United Kingdom as well. This brought American-Japanese trade to a halt.
*17 August 1941-Roosevelt warns Admiral Nomura that further military actions in the Pacific would result in American actions to protect interests.
*6 September 1941-A deadline of early October set by Japan, for resolution of the dispute by diplomatic measures.

Respectfully submitted,

Colonel Neuchi Bobimoto, IJA

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 06:45 PM

The first step is what date are we at?

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:00 PM

Thank you, Colonel for your briefing! Now the date would be good and we have to meet up for the setting of our first operations.

The IJA is ready and is awaiting the orders.

BTW, Colonel is your Intelligence Service able to give me some informations on British forces at India? Please contact me via the safe line to my PM the Informations are classified as "For your eyes only"!. Thank you in advance.

Sincerely

Gen. Nishio

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:56 AM

The deadline for the diplomatic resolution of the US trade and oil embargo is set, but many radical officers within Japan's military begin to chafe under the Emperor's desire to avoid war. A plot is hatched. Assassination was an often used tool in Japanese politics, to include the, November 14th 1930, attempted assassination of Prime Minister Osachi Hamaguchi, the May 15 1932 assassination of Prime Minister InukaiTsuyoshi, the attempted coup by Army officers in 1936 during the "February 26 Incident" where three very high ranking government officials were killed, a fourth narrowly escaped death, and a fifth, Kantaro Suzuki was wounded. The Emperor is still held in sufficiently high regard that outright assassination is not considered a viable option for him. The disgruntled officers, while dissatisfied, will not allow their revered Emperor to be harmed. They did feel the Emperor is too passive and something must be done. They then decided to kidnap him, keep him sequestered and rule in his name. Simultaneously they would assassinate those high officials that were trying to avoid war. New officials could then be placed in office whose views mirrored those of the conspirators and written confirmation of their legitimacy be issued in the name of the Emperor.

A mid-Level Intelligence Officer, Colonel Neuchi Bobimoto becomes aware of the plot in September and begins to investigate how widespread it might be. When he realizes that it is quite widespread through all levels of the military, he knows he must go outside the military for help if he hopes to stop the plot. He goes to Baron Tekisasu Belasar, an old friend of Emperor Hirohito, from his school days, a fellow classmate at the Gakushūin Peers School. He is a wealthy, well respected, aristocrat, not involved in the government or politics. His family however has a long history of serving the Emperors. Belasar's father was a notable Naval hero, having commanded a key ship during the Battle of Tsushima in 1905. He went on to serve as a top military adviser to Hirohito's father, Emperor Yoshihito, and was influential in building Japan's Naval power. Belasar's grandfather was a powerful Daimyo and Samurai, and was an early supporter of Hirohito's grandfather, the Emperor Meiji, against rebellious warlords. Belasar decides to notify an old, trusted friend of his fathers in the Kempeitai. They start investigating. They quickly verify Col. Bobimoto's suspicions and become fearful for the Emperor's safety because the plot is even more widespread than at first thought and infects so many levels of the Japanese military. They identify many conspirators, but are unsure of the level of involvement of many other prominent figures. Belasar reaches out to a recently retired Admiral that is a close family friend and had actually served as a young ensign under his father at Tsushima, Admiral Rikanaga (rkline56). When Belasar and Col. Bobimoto lay out the situation to him, like an old warhorse, he rallies to the cause. He recommends that they immediately take steps to secure the Emperor's safety. He contacts a trusted former subordinate, now a Naval Captain at Yokosuka Naval Base. Without asking for permission from his higher command, Captain Karonada (Carronade) forms up and force marches a company from the Yokosuka Special Naval Landing Force directly to the Imperial Palace, meeting Belasar and Col. Bobimoto along the way. Arriving at dusk, Captain Karonada secures the palace and deploys his men to protect the Emperor. Belasar enters the Emperor's residence to meet with him. Col. Bobimoto leaves the area to rejoin Admiral Rikanaga and coordinate the securing of important military objectives and apprehending the conspirators.

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Edited by USMCPrice, 22 April 2012 - 01:13 AM.
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 01:18 AM

Night had just fallen. A young captain and a lieutenant of the Imperial Japanese Army stood shivering in the shadow of a doorway. They intently watched a building across the street. They see the door open across the street and the aide holds the door open for the general who follows him. The general is Hideki Tojo, Army Minister of Japan under the Konoe regime. General Tojo is a charismatic officer, well connected and well liked within the Army. Tojo had voiced his opinion that Japan should avoid war with the west, he also was known for his deep devotion to the Imperial Institution. If the plan to seize the Emperor was to succeed he must be eliminated. The two young officers rushed from the shadows and each raised a pistol. Shots ring out and Tojo and his aide fall to the ground. The general dead and his companion severely wounded. The two officers flee the scene, disappearing into the night.
....more to follow

Edited by USMCPrice, 22 April 2012 - 01:15 AM.
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"I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you f**k with me, I'll kill you all."Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders
"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary."Gen. Alfred Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 03:07 AM

I can use the game WITP for data base info on troops and loc.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 10:12 AM

Wow, have you ever tried to write a book? You should! I´m staying tuned!!!
Regards, Ulrich

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 02:28 PM

Night has just fallen. It is Thursday, October 2d, 1941. Kaigun Daisa (Captain) Michizane (Mikebatzel), a member of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's planning staff, was pouring over plans for the Pearl Harbor raid. He was making sure nothing had been missed, that every potential problem had been evaluated and re-evaluated. Like his commander, he too had served as a naval attaché to the United States. He had enjoyed his posting there and had made many friends. He had learned English and spoke it fluently. He shared Yamamoto's hesitancy for starting a war with them, because he too recognized the potential power of their industrial might. Michizane was a student of history. When in the United States he had studied their Civil War, he had visited many of the battlefields that lay near Washington. Just six years earlier, in 1935, he had accompanied friends to a reenactment at Chancellorsville, in Virginia, on the 72nd anniversary of the battle. U.S. Marines, U.S. Cavalry and the Cadets from VMI had reenacted it. In their history he saw the character of their people. When aroused they would fight and fight fiercely, despite horrendous losses and many defeats. neither side would quit, he understood these people, he liked them. That is not to say he was not angered by many of the recent actions taken by the Roosevelt administration, he was. He felt the American government had treated Japan unfairly, but governments and peoples are separate things. His commander, Admiral Yamamoto was an extremely popular officer within the Japanese Navy, but was disliked by many of the military officers and politicians that favored war with the U.S. The Admiral had expressed his feelings that war with the U.S. would be a mistake on numerous occasions. His political enemies were eager to force Yamamoto out of his influential position and into obscurity, but the admiral's popularity and close relations with the Imperial family prevented this, so there was little they could do. Until now. The phone rang on Captain Michizane's desk, one of his old and respected commanders, Admiral Rikanaga, was on the other end. He said, "Listen closely my friend. Tonite the fate of the Empire and the very life of our Emperor hangs in the balance. You must do what I say, do it quickly and with discretion. Assassins are afoot tonight, we don't know when they will strike but it could be at any moment. Isoroku's life is in danger, you must get him away from there and hide him until the conspirators can be crushed. Tell him it is the Emperor's will. Now go and act quickly, we have not a second to waste. Once he is safe, contact Admiral Takao at the Naval Academy at Etajima, he will give you further instructions." Click, the line went dead.
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Edited by USMCPrice, 22 April 2012 - 01:18 AM.
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"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary."Gen. Alfred Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 11:10 PM

Here is my rough proposal for invasion. the 33rd and 55th inf div and 3 tank regiments for Burma, the 5th, 18th and IG for Malaya plus a tank regiment. The 23rd will ship to Rangoon for Burma reassignment once Hong Kong falls. The 65th and 21st Bde will be used to seize Tarakan and Balikpappan. 4th Rgt will help take Kuchan in NW Borneo for a critical airbase and then be available where needed. The 48th div plus a second possible for Palembang and the 4th, 54th, 2nd div for Java. The 56th is available for Palembang or reserve. I would like to try a surprise preliminary attack on Palembang using APDs and subs to land troops in advance of the main invasion. There are a couple of possibilities. Seizing the government/ governor of Palembang to try to force a quick surrender. seizing the families of key figures. eliminating key defences or communications. Having Palembang would give us a major airbase for attacking Singapore and to cover Java in the north For naval support I propose using the Akagi, Kaga, Zuikaku and Shokaku as one group with the mission of attacking Singapore. If based at Formosa the carriers should be able to get close enough for a dawn attack. We can use the second group Soryu,Hiryu Zuiho and Ryujo to support or to cover the south Borneo operations. Once Singapore is neutralized the carriers groups can then hit Java and interdict shipping. Additional attacks can hit Rabaul and key bases in New Guinea. When the Junyo and Hiyo arrive can help support a Port Moresby operation if the other carriers are not available. THe ruijo and Shoho are due to arrive soon. We should leave the air groups in the Phillipines at the start in case the US does get involved.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:53 PM

Captain Michizane, sat at his desk, stunned. What was happening? What should he do? Admiral's Rikanaga and Takao were well known, well respected, patriotic men, but to take the suggested action with no more than a phone call and no explanation was too much to ask. "He who hesitates is lost", "We have not a second to waste", the Admiral's words and old sayings bounced around inside of the Captains head. "What to do? What to do?" he asked himself. He debated with himself for what seemed like hours but were in fact seconds. He picked up the phone and spoke with the Ensign on duty as Officer of the Day. "Send a car, a driver, and two petty officers to my office immediately. Make sure they are carrying sidearms. I have an errand of the most urgent nature." He left every thing as it was, grabbed his coat and hurried out the door, making sure he locked it. "Leaving those papers on my desk, unattended, is a breach of security. It cannot be helped." He hurried down the stairs and out the door, just as the car pulled up. Two burly Petty Officers, each with a Type 14 Nambu pistol holstered on his duty belt exited the car and saluted. Michizane returned the salute and entered the back seat of the staff car, followed by one of the Petty Officers. The other quickly ran around the front of the car and slid into the passenger's seat beside the driver. "Driver," Michizane commanded, "to the Admirals flag ship and be quick about it. There are assassins out tonite and the Admiral is in great danger". The car sped off......

Edited by USMCPrice, 22 April 2012 - 01:19 AM.
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"I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you f**k with me, I'll kill you all."Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders
"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary."Gen. Alfred Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 01:06 PM

At precisely 2000 hours 02 October, 1941, the staff car pulled up to the residence of General Sugiyama Hajime, Chief of the Imperial Japanese Army General Staff. A sergeant rapidly exited the passenger side door, opened the door to the rear seat, snapped to attention and saluted. General Sugiyama returned the salute and slid into the rear seat next to Lt. General Kitano Kenzo, former head of the Kempeitai in China and now commanding the 4th Division, IJA. He had flown in from China yesterday to coordinate the operation. As the car pulled off and General Sugiyama stared, impassively, straight ahead, General Kitano spoke, "Tojo is dead, our people should be visiting Admiral Yamamoto any moment now. Major Tetsujo should be on his way to the Imperial palace within the next 20 minutes. All is going according to plan."
Sugiyama grunted in acknowledgment and continued to stare straight ahead. Inwardly he still fumed at being severely berated by the Emperor himself during a meeting almost a month earlier. On 5 September 1941, on the verge of the war against the United States and Great Britain, Hirohito chastised him for having earlier predicted in 1937 that the Japanese invasion of China would be completed within three months, and challenged him over his confidence in a quick victory over the Western powers. The Emperor was a fool, as were the others that feared war with the US. Tonite things would change and the Imperial Army would take control of the Empire and lead her to glorious victory. He and his associates were the true patriots. Sugiyama remained silent, engrossed in his own thoughts with only the sound of the windshield wipers, sweeping away the light mist, interrupting the quiet..............

Edited by USMCPrice, 11 May 2012 - 12:34 PM.
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"I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you f**k with me, I'll kill you all."Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders
"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary."Gen. Alfred Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 01:59 PM

2015 hours, 02 October 1941
The three Japanese officers stood, impassively watching the soldiers rushing from the barracks, carrying their rifles and struggling into their light marching kit. No emotion betrayed itself in the major's face, but inwardly he sneered in disgust at the soft, undisciplined, clumsy troops he saw forming up in the quadrangle before him. These were not the tough, professional soldiers, hardened by campaigns and combat that until recently he had commanded in China. He and the two captains had spent the majority of the last decade fighting Nationalist and Communist Chinese forces and the Russians. One of the captains spoke to the major, under his breath, "Haa, they call these soldiers! The general was correct, our homeland has grown soft."
Only a little over thirty minutes earlier the three officers had come to Captain Sukai's quarters. When he first saw them, he knew, he sensed, that they were hard, dangerous men. He had looked into their eyes, cold, black, dead eyes. The kind of eyes one only sees in men that have become too familiar with death, he was afraid. The leader of the three men. a major, had handed him a set of orders signed by Lt. General Kitano. Captain Sukai recognized the name instantly, Kitano had commanded the Kempaitai in China. "Damnit," the Captain thought, "I should be drinking Saki, served by a pretty Geisha, right now instead of standing here with these fierce men, carrying orders probably involving the secret police." The major knew that Captain Sukai would cooperate, he knew he would not question the validity of the orders he was now reading, he could smell the fear in the pudgy little officer. Captain Sukai quickly donned his uniform and accompanied the three officers to the barracks that housed the captains infantry company. Arriving at the barracks a few minutes later the captain told the duty NCO to send someone to get the company sergeant and the ordinance officer. When the company sergeant arrived ten minutes later he was told that he had ten minutes to have the company fall in on the quadrangle, in proper uniform, with weapons and light marching gear.
The major looked approvingly at the company sergeant as he barked orders at the soldiers. It was obvious that he was a veteran by his manner and the way he carried himself. "Maybe these amateur soldiers would be adequate if they have NCO's like this". Still he wished he had veteran troops to accomplish his mission.
"Company Attention", bellowed the company sergeant. The troops, somewhat raggedly, snapped to attention.
"Sling Arms" The company, by the moves, prepared and slung their rifles on their right shoulders.
"Soldiers, at my command you will file through the sally port and draw 80 rounds and one grenade from the ordinance officer stationed there. Squad leaders once outside, reform on the street, in company formation on the company guide. Have your squads load their weapons and standby to march.
"Company..Right Face" Again, somewhat raggedly the soldiers faced to their right.
"By files from the left...guide on the sally port...forward....march!"
The first squad leader commanded, "1st squad forward march" as the other squad leaders turned their heads slightly to the right and commanded "stand fast".
The company filed through the sally port, drawing live ammunition. Because of this the soldiers knew, something serious was about to happen.......

Edited by USMCPrice, 22 April 2012 - 01:25 AM.
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"I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you f**k with me, I'll kill you all."Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders
"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary."Gen. Alfred Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:16 PM

Captain Sukai stepped in front of Major Tetsujo, snapped to attention and reported the company formed and ready. Major Tetsujo returned the salute and ordered Sukai to "post". The Major in his command voice ordered, "Company Attention!"
.... "Fix bayonets"......the light from the streetlights flashed off cold steel as the company executed the order. "Port Arms" the slap of hands on metal and wood was the only sound in the quiet night....... "Right Face" ........ "Forward March". The sound of hobnailed boots, rhythmically striking the cobblestones, broke the silence of the misty night, as the company moved off......

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"I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you f**k with me, I'll kill you all."Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders
"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary."Gen. Alfred Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:52 PM

Tekisasu Belasar hung up the phone and turned to his Emperor, "That was Colonel Bobimoto, the news is mixed your highness. Tojo is dead, but thanks to Captain Michizane, Isoroku is safe." Belasar paused, a worried look on his face. "Apparently he was only minutes ahead of the assassination team sent to dispatch the Admiral. Fortunately, the Captain had the foresight to arm the sailors that accompanied him because shots were exchanged. All three assassins were slain, in addition to one of Isoroku's aides and one of Michizane's men was wounded. They are now, as we speak on their way to Etajima. I have all confidence that Admiral Takao will keep him safe." Belasar thought to himself, "well the next few hours will tell, I need to go speak to Captain Karonada and let him know the situation". Belasar bowed to Hirohito and excused himself, they must be prepared.........

Edited by USMCPrice, 22 April 2012 - 01:31 AM.
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"I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you f**k with me, I'll kill you all."Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders
"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary."Gen. Alfred Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 04:01 PM

General Toshizō Nishio had dozed off, he was suddenly awakened to the sound of hobnailed boots striking the pavement in unison, outside his hotel room. The general rushed to the window and looked down upon the street as a company of infantry, bayonets fixed to their rifles, marched by. He recognized the major marching beside the formation, as an officer he had served with in China. "This is not good", he thought. Tetsujo, was one of the more vocal and radical of the officers in the "China" clique. Why was he marching a company of soldiers, with fixed bayonets, through the streets of the capital at night?..........
"I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you f**k with me, I'll kill you all."Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders
"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary."Gen. Alfred Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 04:37 PM


Major Tetsujo reached the intersection less than a half mile from the Imperial Palace and halted the formation.


Companeeee Halt!

Ordurrrr Harms!
Inpahlaaace Rest!
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"Sergeants check your men; make sure their weapons are loaded and ready. Have them drink water and standby."

They had been waiting only a few minutes when another company of infantry approached down the road to the right. The captain leading this company halted them about 50 yards short of the intersection, and issued orders similar to those Tetsujo had given to his formation only a short time before. Major Tetsujo watched as the captain, accompanied by two lieutenants walked towards him. They halted in front of the major, snapped to attention and the captain saluted, barking, “Sir, Captain Katura reporting.” Major Tetsujo came to attention and returned the salute, saying “at ease men”. The major turned and motioned for his officers to come over. He pulled a map of the Imperial Palace from his pocket and motioned for the other 5 officers to gather around. “Gentlemen, our mission tonight is of great import to the Empire, you are all veterans of China, you have been personally selected because of your abilities and combat experience. We will approach the compound from this direction,” he said pointing to the map, spread out on the ground. “My company, with Captain Horai leading the two assault platoons will be in the lead.” “Lieutenant,” he said, motioning to one of the two officers that had accompanied him on his visit to Captain Sukai, “you will command the third platoon and once we have gained entrance to the compound your men will break to the right and left as soon as they are through the gate and move through the compound and around the walls clearing and securing the area outside the palace.” “Captain Katura, your company will follow in trace. When we reach the destination you need to break off your first two platoons and block the roads leading in, here and here,” the major said, pointing to the locations on the map. “You need to keep the area isolated and prevent any reaction forces from intervening.” “Your third platoon will act as our reserve force and will be stationed here.” “Captain Horai, your two platoons are the assault element. Your first platoon will rush the outer compound, seize and secure the gate. You should only be facing less than twenty of his Imperial Guards and they are more or less ceremonial troops. Second platoon will, upon reaching the plaza, break one squad left and one squad right and provide supporting fire. The third squad of second platoon, will follow your platoon, in trace, and they will carry the assault forward on the palace itself once you’ve seized the compound gate. Captain Horai, I expect you to accompany this third squad.” “After the gate to the compound is seized, the two supporting squads will reform and move to reinforce Captain Horai and the main attack. As already covered, Lt. Asahi and the third platoon will follow in trace and secure the compound surrounding the palace and guard Horai’s flanks.” The major straightened up and looked at his officers. “Our mission is to seize the Emperor, so once inside the palace no shooting. You will have to rely on rifle butts and bayonets. We can’t chance having the Emperor killed by a stray bullet. The Emperor is not to be harmed! Once all objectives have been secured, I will signal with a green flare. All forces except Horai’s first platoon, which will be tasked with guarding the Emperor and Katura’s blocking forces, will reassemble inside the compound, in the courtyard in front of the palace. At which time I will assign defensive positions so we can hold the palace until the transfer of power takes place.” “Any questions gentlemen?” All the officers but one nodded no, their faces reflecting the seriousness of the task they would soon undertake. The major pointed at the lieutenant and said, "What is your question". The lieutenant pointed at Capt. Sukai, who was sitting on the curb,near the company, and was obviously winded from the exertions thus far. "What about him?" The major looked the lieutenant square in the eyes and replied, "If he gets in the way, kill him." Then turning his gaze back to the group he said, “Alright then, return to your men and make sure all is in readiness. I will give the order to move out shortly. Good luck.”…… .....

Edited by USMCPrice, 22 April 2012 - 01:35 AM.
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 02:08 AM

General Nishio turned away from the window and walked back to the desk in his room. He sat down heavily, wiping the sleep from his eyes. He was tired both physically and emotionally. The physical fatigue was related to his last assignment as a military observer to Germany and the long trip home. The emotional fatigue was because he saw clearly how the "China" faction that appeared to now control the government was steering his country towards national suicide. He rubbed his red eyes again and stared at the stack of papers on one side of the desk and a single piece of paper on the right hand side. The stack of papers were related to the report he was finishing concerning his recently concluded assignment with the German Army. It was due on Monday, October 6th. The lone paper was the hardest letter he had ever written. It was his resignation. He intended to tender it immediately after submitting his report and answering any questions related to it. It was hard because at 37 he had spent over half his life in the military, having entered the Imperial Japanese Military Academy, in Ichigaya at the age of sixteen. He had graduated, 2nd in his class in 1924, along with his close friend, the Baron Takeichi Nishi. In the last 17 years he had fought and bled over a great deal of the world in the service of the empire. He had been a faithful and skilled soldier. He was well known within the IJA for his tactical abilities, his courage and coolness in combat. He was beloved and respected by his men and most of his brother officers. There were those that fairly despised him, these were generally officers that owed their positions to the status of their birth or political connections. To the real soldiers, Toshio Nishio was the man you wanted leading you, or beside you, or supporting you, and to his commanders the man to assign the toughest job on the most critical spot on the battlefield. He would win and not at the cost of carelessly throwing away the lives of his men. His men loved him, not because he was soft, because he wasn’t. He would drive them harder and ask more of them than any other officer in Japan’s Army, but he would always be there right beside them. They called him "the Other Nishio", or "the good Nishio", in reference to the other Toshio Nishio that served in the Imperial Japanese Army. His own men and close friends called him "oushi", the Bull, because of his great size and strength and because of the rage that sometimes came over him. He rose from the chair, went over to the bed and dug a bottle of Vodka from his musette bag. He looked at the bottle, he had taken it from the body of a dead Russian soldier two months earlier, when the Panzer unit he was attached to overran and destroyed a soviet unit that had tried to delay the German onslaught. He had acquired quite a liking for the clear liquid while he was in Russia. He walked to the night stand, picked up a glass and poured himself a stiff drink and drank it quickly down. He poured another and downed it also. Setting the bottle on the nightstand he returned to his desk, sat down and again stared at the papers. His eyes again grew heavy and again he fell into a deep sleep.......

Edited by USMCPrice, 11 May 2012 - 12:52 PM.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 11:23 PM

It was close to nine o'clock at night as Admiral Takao stood in the archway leading to the front doors of the Naval Academy and watched the cadets falling into formation on the street out front. The cadets carried their rifles, cartridge belts, 40 rounds of ammunition and a long bayonet. Kaigun Daisa Noka Shijin stood in front of the cadets, hollering orders at the cadet officers as he tried to rapidly bring order to the chaos. Noka was a teacher in the naval engineering department, but had been made acting Commandant of Cadets when it was discovered that the previous commandant was involved in the conspiracy. The Superintendent of the school, Admiral Takao, upon learning of his treason had him placed under arrest and had asked Captain Noka to temporarily assume his duties. Takao was well known and respected within the Japanese Navy. He was held in high regard not only for his abilities as a naval officer, but for his high intellect and innovative mind. Takao had been placed in his position not only because of his excellent academic credentials, but also so that he could serve out his final years before retirement in peace, out of the way, not questioning the decisions that were leading his country on a collision course with the western powers. As Takao stood watching the cadet battalion forming up before him, his mind wandered back over his life and the events that had led him here.............

Edited by USMCPrice, 12 May 2012 - 12:46 AM.

"I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you f**k with me, I'll kill you all."Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders
"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary."Gen. Alfred Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 12:45 AM

Major Tatsujo halted his companies, they were now three blocks from the grounds of the Imperial Palace. He once again called his officers forward, once more he made sure they fully understood their parts in the plan. When he was satisfied that all was in order he sent the officers back to their respective posts. He turned and faced his men, Companeees, Ahhhhtennnhut! The soldiers snapped to attention. Tetsujo smiled inwardly as he heard the single "whooomp" as the companies executed the order in perfect unison. Phoooort, harms! He heard their hands slap the wood of their rifle stocks as the soldiers executed the command as one. He drew his sword and turned. Turning his head to the right he ordered, Foooorwarrrd, march! The companies stepped off in unison, they had taken just a few steps when he again turned his head to the right and gave the command, Duhhhhble Tiiiime, March! The troops responded as one with a shout of "Hieee" as they started to trot. The rhythmic "crump, crump, crump, crump, of boots simultaneously striking the ground greeted his ears, as the troops jogged in perfect concert behind him. The deed would soon be done,he thought, the Empire would be saved...........
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 12:10 AM

Admiral Takao had graduated from the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy in 1906, too late to have participated in the great naval victories over Russia during the "first great war of the 20th century", the Russo-Japanese War. However, in recognition of his academic performance, he was assigned to the staff of the war's great hero, the Admiral that western writers had termed, "the Nelson of the East", Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō. Admiral Togo liked the intelligent young officer and often engaged him in casual conversations, Takao reminded him of himself when he was a younger man. Admiral Togo himself was known as somewhat of an intellectual, having a solid education in naval science. Togo had studied naval science for seven years in England as an apprentice officer, from 1871 to 1878, together with sixteen other Japanese students. In 1872 he served as a cadet on HMS Worcester. In 1875 he circumnavigated the globe as an ordinary seaman aboard the training-ship Hampshire as part of his training at the Thames Nautical Training College. He graduated in 1878, 2nd in his class. He studied mathematics, then attended the Royal Naval Academy and the Royal Naval College. When Japan ordered several modern warships from English shipyards, Togo was assigned to supervise the construction of the ironclad warship Fuso being built at Samunda Brothers Shipyards. In 1878, Lieutenant Togo returned to Japan aboard the Kongo class, armored, sail-steam corvette Hiei. It would be 27 years later, when now Admiral Togo, led the Japanese Fleet in its great victory over the Russian Fleet at the Battle of Tsushima Straights on 27 and 28th May, 1905. Sir George Sydenham Clarke, of Britain's Committee of Imperial Defense, wrote in 1906 that, "The battle of Tsu-shima is by far the greatest and the most important naval event since Trafalgar". It was the first defeat of a Western Power by an Asian nation. Togo's leadership had gained him world renown and catapulted Japan into the club of the world's great naval powers.
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Takao Waizu, upon graduation from the Japanese Naval Academy in 1906 was assigned to the old Fuso, now reclassified as a coastal defense ship due to her advanced age. Takao served aboard her until she was decommissioned in April, 1908. His superiors had noted his intelligence and he was sent to England to study at the School of Naval Architecture and Marine engineering, Royal Naval College. He completed the course 2nd in his class and when the battle-cruiser Kongo, the last major warship to be built outside of Japan, was being built he was assigned to supervise its construction. The Kongo was laid down in January 1911 at Barrow-in-Furness by Vickers Shipbuilding Company. When she commissioned in 1913 and returned to Japan, Takao was not aboard her. Now a Lieutenant, J.G., (Kaigun Chui) he was assigned as a naval observer to the British Fleet and diligently studied British operational practices. This is where he was when war with Austria-Hungary broke out in July 1914. A month later after Japan was approached by Britain with an urgent request for aid, Japan herself declared war on Germany. Takao and Togo remained close and corresponded regularly, the young naval officer writing his famous mentor with his experiences in the Great European war. From 1914 to 1924, now Fleet Admiral Tōgō was put in charge of the education of Crown Prince Hirohito. Togo would often read Takao's letters to the young prince and thus the future Emperor came to know a man he'd never met. Hirohito's favorite letter was the one where Takao told of his experiences at the Battle of Jutland. The letter was written in such a descriptive manner that the future Emperor could feel the decks swaying under his feet, hear the thunder of the naval guns and the shouts of the sailors. He made Togo read it to him often and if he closed his eyes he could swear he could smell the cordite in the air. Lieutenant Takao had been assigned as an observer and gunnery officer on Rear Admiral David Beatty's battle-cruiser HMS Lion. In December 1915 he was on Lion when she opposed Admiral Hipper's raid on Scarborough. He took part in the naval action in January 1915 at Dogger Bank. He faced the German's again on the last day of May 1916 when the Lion led Beatty's battle-cruiser fleet in another confrontation with Admiral Hipper in the opening engagement of the Battle of Jutland. Takao performed well but was wounded severely in the action and was hospitalized upon their return to port.

In December 1916, Britain again requested Japanese assistance. Japan responded by sending cruisers and destroyers to Cape Town and to the Mediterranean. In February 1917, the newly promoted Kaigun Daii Takao, was still in a great deal of pain from his wounds, but had recovered sufficiently that he was able to convince the physicians to release him from the hospital by concealing his pain. He wished to return to battle at sea, but was ordered home to Japan. He hid his suffering and reported himself fit for duty shortly before the Second Special Naval Squadron under Rear Admiral Sato Kozo left Singapore for Malta, on 11 March 1917. Takao would not sail with them. The Admiral Sato's squadron would arrive in Malta on 16 April, 1917 and immediately begin protecting Allied troop convoys from attack by German submarines. In April 1917 Britain requested additional destroyers be sent to the Mediterranean, and Japan agreed to send her their new Momo class. Takao was assigned to command one of them, the Yanagi. As soon as he assumed command he began preparing the ship and crew for deployment to the Malta. Takao readied himself, once more, to join the fight in the worlds first global war. His fluency in English and experience working with the Royal Navy would make him quite valuable and he would prove adept in helping coordinate the Japanese and British naval squadrons. On 25 June the Yanagi as part of the 15th Destroyer Flotilla left Japan and would serve in the Mediterranean from August through the end of the war. The Armored Cruiser Izumo, commanded by Kaigun Chūsa Rikanaga, served as the flagship of the flotilla and Rikanaga served as the flotilla commander. Commander Rikanaga would come to rely heavily upon the talented young officer. On 11 November 1918 the war ended, the Central Powers were defeated. In December 1918, Rikanaga took the Izumo along with the destroyers Hinoki and Yanagi to Scapa Flow to guard the interned German High Seas Fleet, and to take possession of seven German U-boats that were to be transferred to Japan as war reparations.
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The three ships sailed back to Malta with the seven U-boats in March of 1919. Kaigun Chūsa Rikanaga and the Izumo then continued on, making ports of call in Genoa, Naples and Marseilles before returning to Japan in July 1919.
Takao Waizu, still suffering from the after effects of his wounds and worn down by his hard service in the Mediterranean, was at his own request, relieved of command of the Yanagi and returned to Japan aboard the Armored cruiser Nisshin, along with eight destroyers and the ex-German U-boats.

Sir?....Sir?.....the voice was faint and far away.......
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 11:58 PM

Captain Noka approached the Admiral standing at the top of the steps, under the archway. He noticed that the Admiral had a blank stare and appeared to be staring at something very far away. "Sir", Noka said gently, no response. "Sir", he said again, this time slightly louder. This time Admiral Takao responded, his eyes regained focus and his mind returned to the present. "Yes Captain?" "Sir!", Noka snapped to attention and saluted, "the Cadet Battalion is formed and ready." Takao, returned the salute, smiled slightly at his protégé, and said, "Very well Captain." "You will be overall commander, you will detach 9th and 10th Companies to stand guard here and secure the Academy. They are the youngest cadets and I wish to spare them from harm if at all possible." Noka noticed that the Admiral suddenly looked weary. Takao's eyes now staring past Noka and looking over the youngsters standing in formation before him. "Noka," he continued, "you will be the overall force commander, you will take personal charge of 1st, 2nd and 3rd companies and they will be given the most important objectives." "Ensign Masutaro Yahara will take command 4th company and they will be charged with providing the boat crews and transporting the battalion to the docks in Hiroshima." "Once they have transported the cadets, they will stand by and guard the boats and docks until the rest of the battalion completes their missions and return." The older man looked down at the ground and paused for a moment, then he suddenly looked up, staring Noka squarely in the eyes. This time the weariness was gone and his eyes had become hard. "You will assign an officer instructor to each of the other companies, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. Each will have one of these lists with the conspirators to be arrested" he said, handing Noka several lists. "The use of deadly force is authorized, but I wish them to be taken alive, if possible". He continued, "Once each conspirator has been arrested a detail will be detached and assigned to escort them back to the docks." "When as many as possible have been apprehended, they will be returned to the Academy where they will be held until we receive word on how they will be handled." He handed Noka another list, "These are your objectives, all are of military importance and our ability to seize and hold them until the plot is crushed, may decide whether our government survives or falls." "You will take and hold these objectives at all costs, until such a time as you receive word from me that you are relieved." Takao placed his hand on the younger mans shoulder and said, gently, "do you understand." Noka shook his head in the affirmative and said, "Yes sir. It will be done." Takao straightened, came to attention and commanded, "Captain Noka, take your post, take charge of the battalion and standby to execute your orders." Noka came to attention, saluted, and replied "Yes Sir!" Takao returned the salute and watched Noka return to his position in front of the battalion. Noka came to attention and screamed, "Cuhdett Bahtallion, Ahhhtention!" A thousand pairs of heels slapped together in unison.........
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:54 AM

Move the rest out later.

Typhoon Babe (international designation: 7709, JTWC designation: Super Typhoon 10W, PAGASA name: Miling) was the strongest typhoon of the 1977 Pacific typhoon season and caused major damage in the Ryūkyū Islands, Japan. The lowest pressure recorded in association with the typhoon was 907.3hPa on Okinoerabu Island. According to newspaper reports, Babe was "the worst typhoon to threaten Japan in 18 years". Japan Meteorological Agency gave a special name to Babe: Okinoerabu Typhoon (沖永良部台風 Okinoerabu Taifū). Unusually, a Hurricane Babe existed in the Atlantic basin at the same time.

Forty to Fifty foot walls of water pounded the bridge that night. Use the people on deck as a scale at about 6'. The bridge was high (I reckon 40' above surface at least), we used to go all the way up the top mast underway to get air. I was on the bridge for the mid-watch after hanging on to my rack in fitful sleep from 9-12 PM. The mess decks were closed at 6 PM after a huge swell sent sailors, mystery meat and bug juice into the port bulkhead, with considerable force. We were trying to get out of the Straits of Taiwan after running all day so the sea was compressed between the mainland and Taiwan like a supercharger. About 3 am one of the frames, number 86, I believe, running through the MM and BT quarters cracked. She was a tough girl and saved the crew of 1,100 that night, good old Bethlehem Steel . It was a weird feeling not knowing if we were going to make it. USN retired her in 1979. Attached File  okc5.jpg   97.89KB   21 downloads Singapore 1975

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Oh cra> moment

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:28 PM

Great story Rick! Unfortunately the Japanese vessel is mis-identified. Here's a picture of the actual Cruiser Izumo.
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She served in the Japanese Navy from 1900 until sunk in 1945, by US aircraft.

The Japanese ship in the picture you provided is the Fubuki class destroyer Shinonome.
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