The Malaya campaign was the first stage of the Japanese move south to secure valuable natural resources. The plan involved landings in southern Thailand and northern Malaya, then approaching the British stronghold of Singapore overland through the Malaya peninsula. General Yamashita's 14th Army succeeded in completing the campaign ahead of schedule in only ten weeks, capturing valuable supplies and over 130,000 Allied prisoners of war. Japanese losses amounted to approximately 3,500 men killed in action.
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8 December 1941 – 15 February 1942
|Frame 1||Dec 1941 – Feb 1942|
Gen Yamashita’s 25th Army was responsible for occupying Malaya and removing the British from their base in Singapore.
|Frame 2||8 Dec 1941|
The 5th Division lands at Patani and Singora, in southern Thailand, and the Takumi Detachment at Kota Bharu, in northern Malaya.
|Frame 3||8 Dec 1941|
The Uno Detachment lands at various points in Southern Thailand to secure the rear of the 5th Division in Malaya.
|Frame 4||8 Dec 1941|
Elements of the Imperial Guards Division move with the 15th Army into Thailand before turning south to join the 25th Army in Malaya.
|Frame 5||10 Dec 1941|
Bombers and torpedo planes from the 21st and 22nd Air Flotillas sink the British ships Prince of Wales and Repulse off the coast of Malaya.
|Frame 6||End of Jan 1942 |
Japanese forces push back the British, Indian, and Australian troops defending Malaya onto the island of Singapore.
|Frame 7||8 Feb 1942|
Japanese forces cross the Johore Strait and attack Singapore Island. The campaign is completed in ten weeks with Percival’s surrender on 15 February.
Gen Yamashita Tomoyuki (Chief of Staff: Suzuki S˘saku)
Lt Gen Matsui Takur˘ (Chief of Staff: Col Kawagoe Shigesada)
11th Infantry Regiment
21st Infantry Regiment
41st Infantry Regiment
42nd Infantry Regiment
5th Reconnaissance Regiment
5th Field Artillery Regiment
5th Engineer Regiment
5th Supply and Transport Regiment
Lt Gen Mutaguchi Ren’ya (Chief of Staff: Takeda Kazuhiro)
124th Infantry Regiment (Kawaguchi Detachment)
55th Infantry Regiment (Koba Detachment)
56th Infantry Regiment (Takumi Detachment)
18th Mountain Artillery Regiment
12th Engineer Regiment
12th Supply and Transport Regiment
Imperial Guards Division (originally with 15th Army)
Lt Gen Nishimura Takuma (Chief of Staff: Imai Kamejir˘)
3rd Imperial Guards Regiment (3rd Battalion only)
4th Imperial Guards Regiment
5th Imperial Guards Regiment
Imperial Guards Reconnaissance Regiment
Imperial Guards Field Artillery Regiment
Imperial Guards Engineer Regiment
Imperial Guards Supply and Transport Regiment
1st, 2nd, 6th, 14th Tank Regiments
3rd Air Group (Lt Gen Sugawara Michi˘)
4th, 15th, 23rd Independent Engineer Regiments
3rd Independent Mountain Artillery Regiment
3rd, 18th Field Heavy Artillery Regiments
Vice Adm Ozawa Jisabur˘
Southern Expeditionary Fleet
Escort Fleet (7th Squadron, 3rd Torpedo Squadron)
22nd Air Flotilla (Rear Adm Matsunaga Sadaichi)
12th Air Flotilla (Rear Adm Imamura Osamu)
9th Base Force (Rear Adm Hiraoka Kumeichi)
4th, 5th Submarine Squadrons (Rear Adm Yoshitomi Setsuz˘)
Hainan Base Force
Camranh Bay Base Force
Army: 3,500 killed, 6,100 wounded
Hong Kong, Pacific
Celebes, Ambon, Timor