The Invasion of the South
The Invasion of the South
Army Air Force Operations, and the Invasion of Northern and Central Sumatra
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"Contents [War History Series Vol. 34] Editor’s Note About the Senshi S.sho (War History Series) A Note on Japanese Military Aviation Foreword Preface Introduction: The Army’s Strategy for the Areas to the South [of Japan] and the Changes in the Employment of Aviation (Until the Spring of 1941) 1. The First Initiatives for a Strategy Against the U.S. Forces in the Philippines and the Army Air Service 2. Incorporating the Strategies Against Britain in Malaya and the Army Air Service 3. Incorporating the Strategies Against France in French Indochina and the Army Air Service 4. The Army Air Service and the Overall Strategy for the South Including the Invasion of the Dutch East Indies 5. Acceleration of the [Army] Air Service’s War Preparations for [the Operation in] the South 6. The Composition and Equipment of the Army Air Service Part I The Army Air Service’s Preparations for the Southern Invasion Operation (May – November 1941) Chapter 1 The War Preparedness of the Air Forces in the South Around the Opening of Hostilities Between Germany and the Soviet Union (May – August 1941) 1. The Intelligence of the Opening of Hostilities Between Germany and the Soviet Union; the Worsening Situation in the South for the [Japanese] Air Forces 2. The Army Air Service’s War Preparation After the Opening of Hostilities Between Germany and the Soviet Union 3. The Stationing of Forces in Southern French Indochina 4. The Shift in Focus to the South of the Preparations of the [Army] Air Service Chapter 2 The War Preparations of the Army Air Service After the Plan for the Southern Invasion Had Been Roughly Decided (August – October, 1941) 1. The Decision on a National Policy with the Determination Not to Flinch from War 2. A Comprehensive Study of the Employment of the Army and Navy Air Services 3. The Army Air Service’s Full-Scale Preparations for the Southern Operation Chapter 5 The Air Operations in Preparation of the Capture of Singapore and Palembang (January 1942) 1. The Speeding-up of the Invasion Operation of the South and the New Plan of Employment of the Air Arm 2. The Plan of the Air Operations Against Singapore and Palembang 3. The Air Operations of the Third Air Force in Southern Malaya and Sumatra 4. The Third Air Force’s Advance of Bases Toward Southern Malaya Chapter 6 The Palembang Paradrop Operation and Support for the Capture of Singapore 1. Establishing the Conditions for Launching the Operations 2. The Execution of the Paradrop Raiding Operation Against Palembang 3. The Air Operation to Support the Singapore Operation 259 Chapter 7 The Invasion of Java: The Success of the Stepping-Stone Tactics 1. Acceleration of the Preparations for the Java Invasion Operation 2. Finishing the Preparations for the Java Invasion [Operation] 3. The Progress of the Java Invasion Operation 4. The General Situation in Malaya, Sumatra and Java After the Java Operation Part III The Air Operations in the Final Period of the Invasion of Key Areas in the South (Until June 1942) Chapter 1 Evaluation of the [Military] Gains and Examination of a Policy for Subsequent Operations (March – April 1942) 1. The Evaluation of the Situation from a Higher Strategic Perspective 2. Air Strength’s Wastage and Replenishment, and the Countermeasures 3. The General Principles for Conducting the Future Operations 4. Preparation of the Air Defense Arrangements of the South 5. The Southern Army’s Lessons of War Concerning Its Air Arm Conclusion Notes List of Signs and Abbreviations (Chiefly Related to the Army Air Service) [Attached Tables] List of Brief [Career] Histories of Key Air Service Personnel in the Army’s Southern Air Operation Specifications of the Japanese Army and Navy Aircraft [Employed in] the Southern Invasion Operation Addendum: War History Series Volume 5, Chapter 4 Editor’s note Chapter 4 The Invasion Operations Against Both Central and Northern Sumatra and the Andaman Islands, as well as the Transport Oper

Wim Remmelink (ed.)

The Invasion of the South

Army Air Force Operations, and the Invasion of Northern and Central Sumatra

Between 1966 and 1980, the War History Office of the National Defense College of Japan (now the Center for Military History of the National Institute for Defense Studies) published the 102-volume Senshi S.sho (War History Series). The present book completes the trilogy of English translations of the sections in the Senshi S.sho series on the Japanese operations against the former Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). The first volume (The Invasion of the Dutch East Indies, 2015) details the army operations, the second volume (The Operations of the Navy in the Dutch East Indies and the Bay of Bengal, 2018) the navy operations, and this third volume the army air force operations. The three volumes provide an unparalleled insight into the Japanese campaign to capture Southeast Asia and the oil fields in the Indonesian archipelago in what was at that time the largest transoceanic landing operation in the military history of the world. It was also the first time in history that air power was employed with devastating effect over such enormous distances, posing complex technical and logistical problems.

Wim Remmelink

Willem Remmelink was the executive director of the Japan-Netherlands Institute in Tokyo for more than twenty-five years. He is a specialist in Japanese and Indonesian history.