“I have it in me to be a successful soldier. I can visualize great movements and combinations”
Never Another Gallipoli
Never Another Gallipoli
Paradigm Shift towards the USA
"If you're going through hell, keep going"
"Without any inhibitions of any kind, I make it quite clear that Australia looks
to America, free of any pangs as to our traditional links or kinship with the
United Kingdom.We know the problems that the United Kingdom faces. We know the constant threat of invasion. We know the dangers of dispersal of strength, but we know too,
that Australia can go and Britain can still hold on... "
-John Curtin: "The Task Ahead" December 27th, 1941
The Singapore Strategy was evidently lacking in large scale protection of Asia, though with The British Raj and the European Theater, England was spread thin and lacked any strategy involving a larger scale garrison in Asia. After the Fall of Singapore on the 15th of February 1942, which Churchill called the the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history". With troops tied up in Burma, North Africa and Europe, Singapore lacked support. The implications of the defeat was phenomenal. For the people of Singapore, it meant the horrible mistreatment and abuse of the Singaporean people who would suffer at the hands of the Japanese until their surrender, as well as the introduction of propaganda, replacing film and newspaper and Japanese lessons in School. For the Australian people it meant the there was no allied stronghold left between the Japanese an Australia, with Britain seemingly out of the picture, accelerating the Australian gravitation towards America (amplified by the bombing of Darwin 4 days later). This also meant that thousands of Allied soldiers were taken as Prisoners of War, to be worked to death, starved, massacred, tortured at the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army. This created much bitter resentment towards both the cruelty of the Japanese and the failure of the British. Due to the logistical nature an effective defense in Asia, I would argue that Churchill couldn't have done much at all to halt the brutal Japanese advance. This would mainly be due to problems of sourcing manpower and supplying the troops, both obtaining the supplies and delivering them would have been extremely difficult with the air superiority of the Zero fighters and the strength of the Japanese navy, it would've proved a nightmare for both Australia and Britain. To defeat the Axis powers, Australia and England would both have to pursue closer bonds with the USA to survive, forging a military alliance that still exists between us today.
The war in Asia has a significant impact on the world we live in today. World War 2 established stronger relations between Australia and most of Asia, as well as the USA. This has lead to the establishment of respectable ties between nations forming both military and economic strategic alliances which still exist, such as the amicable ties between Australia and Singapore today.