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S. C. It did not mention Britain or war. ” Pleasant Craigie and Embassy Counselor Paul Gore-Booth showed initiative by burning the embassy’s confidential papers and codes and phoned staff members who lived outside the compound to bring their bedding and clothes to the embassy. Singapore was now waking up to war, learning that Hawai‘i, Hong Kong, and the philippines had been attacked. The Singapore Free Press put out a single-sheet extra with the news. Troops deployed mobile antiaircraft guns in appropriate places.

There was no such declaration to enter the war in Europe. On December 11, however, Hitler came through on his promise to the Japanese and declared war on the United States. Some have argued that this decision was another of Hitler’s egregious mistakes; however, 20 | axis powers in 1941 Hitler had already come to the understanding that the Americans would fi nd a way to enter the European war. Others assumed that Hitler believed the Japanese would so tie up the American military in the Pacific that it would prevent any American assistance to the Allies in Europe.

The destruction of the Japanese bases at Truk and the liberation of the Caroline Islands was one of the swiftest and most decisive battles of the Pacific war, and while the Japanese military fought on until August 1945, it never again had control of the waters or the skies. In 1986, the Caroline Islands became part of the independent Federated States of Micronesia. Further Reading: John W. Dower, War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War (Pantheon, 1987); William Manchester, Goodbye Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War (Little, Brown, 2002); Floyd W.

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