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Japan surrenders

Electrical equipment at the Yenangyaung oilfields is destroyed as part of the scorched earth policy used in the face of Japanese advance.
Electrical equipment at the Yenangyaung oilfields is destroyed as part of the scorched earth policy used in the face of Japanese advance.
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Following the expulsion of the British from Malaya and Burma and the retreat of the Far Eastern fleet to East Africa, the British were determined to recapture lost territory, striking back at Japan in 1943.

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Further reading

  • Kirby, S., The War Against Japan, 3 vols. (London: HMSO, 1957-61)
  • Dockrill, S., From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima. The Second World War in Asia and the Pacific (London: Macmillan, 1994)
  • Slim, W., Defeat into Victory (London: Cassel and Company, 1956)