Memorial Day 2008

In May 1942 New Zealand was invaded.

  

It was of little strategic value to fight this far from the American mainland and it can be argued that it was in fact counter to the US war effort to expend resources when they were fighting a war they were not winning.

Two things saved New Zealand froma real invasion. A handful of Australian territorials on the Kakoda Trail and the US Navy getting into a fight in the Coral Sea they had little real expectation of winning. Although it uasually assumed that the Japanese had intended to invade Australia next their actual target was New Zealand from which they planned to isolate Australia. The currency for the ocupation had already been printed.

In stead of Japanese, we got Marines. A lot of them never got home again.

From here they left and fought in the Pacific War eventually driving the Japanese Empire back to its own islands;

Kwajalein
Guadalcannal
Saipan
New Georgia

Peleiu
Bouganville
Iwo Jima
Tarawa
Okinawa

Cape Gloucester

We asked, they came.

Thankyou very much.

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One Response to Memorial Day 2008

  1. Brunon P Bielinski says:

    [Edit] Comment deleted, violation of zero tollerence policy on memorial posts. I apreciate your point Brunon, but you’ve got an entire world in which to crap on America. Not on one of my posts that acknowledges their sacrifice for us thanks.

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