“War in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, December 1941-May 1942”
Dr. Geoff Babb
Thursday, December 7, 2023 | 3:00 p.m.
In December 1941, from Wake Island to Burma, Japanese forces overran and overwhelmed key allied bases and facilities. British, American, Dutch, and Chinese forces were unable to stop the onslaught. By May 1941, the Dutch East Indies, Burma, Malaya and Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Philippines were all in enemy hands. The invasions of 1942 saw the peak of Japanese expansion in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
of the Second World War.
Dr. Babb was commissioned from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He served as a US Army Military Intelligence Officer in Washington, DC and after completing education as a China Foreign Area Officer, was then assigned to Joint and Army Headquarters in Hawaii. He later was posted to the Command and General Staff College faculty at Fort Leavenworth. He earned a Masters in East Asian Languages and Cultures, and a Doctorate in History from the University of Kansas.
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