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Shadows of the Empire

Shadows of the Empire

By To Jo
A deep dive into the rear guard actions of the British Empire, beginning at the beaches and jungles of Malaya
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Ep 11 - Strategy Rethink and Kampar
Alarm bells ring in Allied capitals after Jitra and wheels are in motion to reinforce the garrison defending Malaya and Singapore. Malaya Command seizes the opportunity to fight it’s version of an ideal battle with ample artillery and un-flankable positions, determined to maul the Japanese for 10 days. Despite grievous casualties, Yamashita exploits British caution with an outflanking maneuver from the Sea, further cementing his reputation as the Tiger of Malaya, and forcing a British withdrawal in four days.
April 04, 2022
Ep 10 - Losing Northern Malaya
Reeling from Jitra, 11th Indian Division decides to next resist the Japanese at Gurun. Meanwhile, the RAF faces high casualties and begins to abandon Northern Malaya to fall back on defending Singapore. The Island of Penang falls and the crisis deepens in Northern Malaya leading to a leadership change. 
December 01, 2021
Ep 9 - Disaster at Jitra
The Japanese using a vanguard of about 500 men equipped with some small tanks and light guns, rampage through the best prepared defense line Malaya Command would have in the campaign. The surviving 11th Indian Division was effectively smashed, with Brigades decimated, heavy equipment abandoned, and morale shattered.
July 26, 2021
Ep 8 - Force Z
Over the objections of the Admiralty, Churchill orders the HMS Prince of Wales and Repulse to the Far East in December 1941. The Japanese prepare to hunt and destroy "Force Z" and two days after hostilities begin, disaster strikes. 
May 20, 2021
Ep 7 - The Japanese Landings
The main Japanese landings in Thailand are carried off largely without any resistance, the window for Operation Matador comes and goes without the green light, and the Japanese successfully dogfight a foothold at Kota Bahru forcing the 8th Indian Brigade to withdraw and surrender the Coast and the northern airbases.
April 02, 2021
Ep 6 - Operation Matador: Taking the Bull by the Horns
Operation Matador: the Empire’s one chance, in theory, to forestall a Japanese invasion of Malaya and the subsidiary plan to advance to the Ledge.
February 20, 2021
SOE Short - The Indian Pattern Carrier
To meet the demand for scout cars for the British Indian Army and New  Zealand, the Indian Pattern Carrier was developed. Marrying the Canadian  Military Pattern trucks made by Ford and GM along with an armor package  from Tata Steel in India, the IPC proved to be an effective scout car  in operations and not to mention it looks like a moon buggy.
January 22, 2021
Ep 5 - A Tale of Two Armies (Updated)
(Fixed for Audio Glitches at the end of the Episode) Our best estimates have the Japanese forces at about 60,000 men against a  Malaya Command of 86,000, and despite the protestations from some  sources, it’s highly unlikely that the Japanese ever managed to equal  let alone exceed British Empire forces. So the question remains: how the  heck did they win? And so quickly? And with relatively light losses?
January 22, 2021
Ep 4 - Malaya Command and the Defense
Malaya Command at the eve of War finds itself under equipped and over stretched. Its senior commanders do not have good relations and the one plan it could execute to win the coming campaign will not be put into action.
December 12, 2020
Ep 3 - The Gamblers
Imperial Japan in the Fall of 1941 decides to go to war to conquer South East Asia and to strike at Pearl Harbor. Lt. General Yamashita is assigned to lead the Malaya invasion force and crafts a daring plan to land in neutral Thailand and advance to the Base. 
November 25, 2020
Ep 2 - The Wheels Come Off
The defeat of France in the Summer of 1940 upends Britain's plans for the Second World War. Britain takes steps to remain in the war while its lack of naval resources in the Far East become apparent as the Singapore strategy evolves, and the Americans are brought into it's war planning. 
November 06, 2020
Ep 1 - Malaya and the Singapore Strategy
Britain enters into the Interwar years balancing budget cuts, growing discord in the Empire, and an aggressive Imperial Japan. It's solution is the building of a "Gibraltar of the East" but the reality was a far cry from the marketing.
October 23, 2020
Trailer - Shadows of the Empire Podcast
Welcome to the Shadows of the Empire podcast, a deep dive into the rear guard actions of the British Empire beginning on the beaches of Malaya...
October 21, 2020