The Forgotten War in Burma, Part 2


Because the previous episode of the podcast came out a week late, I put the pedal to the metal and got Episode 49 done in twelve days, so I’m starting to catch up!

Today we look at the climax of World War II in the China-Burma-India theater.  Here in 1944, Japan invaded India, and launched its last offensive in China, while the American general Joseph Stilwell led a campaign to take back northern Burma.

The Forgotten War in Burma, Part 1



Episode 48 of the podcast is finally up!  Originally I was planning to have it finished by July 16, but several factors came together to make it late, from a week-long trip out of town to a fierce storm that has knocked out power in my home city.  Still, I did not rush the recording, because as they say, haste makes waste.  I have learned that if I get it right the first time, I won’t have to redo it later.

Anyway, with this episode the podcast returns to Southeast Asia during World War II.  This time we look at what happened in Burma, modern-day Myanmar, from the middle of 1942 until early 1944.

The New Guinea Campaign, Part 3



With today’s episode, the podcast finishes covering World War II in New Guinea.  Although the war turned in the Allies’ favor in 1942, the struggle here would go on until the war ended everywhere else.  The Allies find out that in every territory occupied by Japan, it is at least twice as hard to drive the Japanese out, as it was for the Japanese to invade the territory in the first place.  Also, today is the second anniversary of the podcast’s launching.  Happy birthday, podcast!

The New Guinea Campaign, Part 1



Though I am out of town this week, Episode 45 is now available for your listening pleasure.  This is another World War II episode that is not set in Southeast Asia, but next to it.  Today we begin the long jungle war in New Guinea, as the Japanese stage their first invasions of the world’s second largest island.  Meanwhile to the southeast, in the Coral Sea, Japanese and American aircraft carriers meet.  The result is a crucial battle, halting the Japanese advance toward Australia from the sea.

The Indian Ocean



Today we have a diversion from the narrative the podcast has been following lately.  When Japan conquered Southeast Asia in early 1942, it gained access to the Indian Ocean, and the Japanese ventured into that ocean afterwards.  This episode will look at what followed:  the invasion of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the bombing of Ceylon (modern Sri Lanka), and a battle between the British, French and Japanese for Madagascar.  Although this area is not in Southeast Asia per se, I believe you will find the stories interesting, because they are really obscure to those people who don’t live around the Indian Ocean.  That includes the host; I did not hear any of this in school!  Now listen and enjoy.