Accession Number : ADA298126

Title :   Operational Art: Lessons from Japan's Malaya Campaign and Capture of Singapore.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Chiaravalle, Susan M.

PDF Url : ADA298126

Report Date : 16 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 41

Abstract : The Japanese Malaya Campaign and capture of Singapore is a classic illustration of the mastery of Operational Art. On 8 December 1941 Japan launched the invasion of Thailand and Malaya with the intent of capturing Singapore. Nearly the entire world watched, shocked, as the considerably outnumbered Japanese forces advanced over 700 miles through the "impossible" Malayan jungles, capturing the "impregnable" Fortress Singapore in only 70 days. This paper attempts to evaluate the source of Japan's tremendous success by focusing the analysis on some elements of the Japanese concept of the Operational Idea in Campaign Planning as well as their application of the Principles of War in the hope of developing lessons of value for future practitioners of the Operational Art.

Descriptors :   *LAND WARFARE, *ATTACK, *JAPAN, *JUNGLES, MILITARY HISTORY, LESSONS LEARNED, MILITARY DOCTRINE, THAILAND, MALAYA, SINGAPORE.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE