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timeline of Japanese expansion during World War II

Chopping et al, Exploring History

1931 Japan began to take control of Manchuria.
1937 Japan invaded China – Japanese war in the Pacific began.
1939 WW II began. Britain and Australia at war with Germany and her allies.
1941 7 December – Japan attacked the US naval base at Pearl Harbour without warning.

8 December – US and Australia declared war on Japan. POW camp at Cowra constructed.

1942 February – Darwin bombed by Japanese planes, other Australian cities were soon hit.

May – mini-subs attacked Sydney Harbour, and later Newcastle.

1943 Escape of Japanese POW from Featherstone prisoner camp, New Zealand.
1944 First serious rumours of a Japanese breakout.

4 August – Japanese POW commandant told that some prisoners would be sent to Hay.

5 August – Mass breakout.

15 August – Last prisoner rounded up.

1945 August – Atomic bomb dropped on Japan. War ends. Last Japanese POW sent home in 1946.

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