The Savage Wars of Peace.
A virtual lecture to mark the 78th anniversary of VJ Day.
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The war in the Far East ended abruptly, violently and chaotically following the nuclear bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While the Imperial Japanese Army had been defeated in Burma and was losing the war in the Pacific, her army in Malaya, Hong Kong, French Indo-China, the Netherlands East Indies, Manchuria and Siam was undefeated. Many of these countries saw the end of the war as their chance for independence and Gurkha, Indian and British troops became responsible for restoring colonial rule and became locked into open combat. The Allies’ most pressing task was recovering their prisoners of wars and civilian internees knowing little about their condition or locations in camps across South East Asia, China and Japan. Japan’s sudden surrender created a seismic resetting of the political and social order in the Far East as power vacuums were exploited for political gain and rapid decisions were made with consequences which reverberate today.
The lecture, originally presented at the Museum in January 2023 is given by Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Mike Tickner who served a full career as a Regular Army officer and has a long-term interest in the Indian Army. He regularly speaks to military and civilian groups, clubs and museums, has led battlefield studies to the Far East and he writes the occasional article. Having spent many rainy nights on the North German plain and Salisbury Plain, he has also served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. He is a trustee for the Kohima Museum and families in British India Society.
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