Did more Japanese fight the Americans or British and Commonwealth?

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Did more Japanese fight the Americans or British and Commonwealth?

Post by Admiral Bloonbeard » 29 Jun 2021 07:19

I heard someone claim more Japanese men fought against the British and I would like to hear how true this is.

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Re: Did more Japanese fight the Americans or British and Commonwealth?

Post by Sheldrake » 29 Jun 2021 12:03

On the face of it it looks nonsense

Japanese forces in the Philippines were around 500k - biggest land operations New Guinea Solomons - maybe 200-300k? (against US and ANZAC)

Japanese forces in Malaya C 30k
Japanese forces in Burma C.300k (but against British Chinese and Americans)

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....far more Japanse troops fought againts the Chinese - C.1.1million plus one million allies/auxiliaries

600k Japanse plus similiar number of auxiliaires faced the Red army in 1945.

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Re: Did more Japanese fight the Americans or British and Commonwealth?

Post by Takao » 29 Jun 2021 17:07

Usually it is "tied down" or "kept occupied"...Never heard of "fought".

Mostly, it is creative accounting as a salve for the lack of much British success in the Pacific.

About 300 thousand - 350 thousand Japanese troops were not the Burma-India theater at any one time.

Hump flights flew out of India to supply the Southern Chinese...So, hey we can add the Japanese troops fighting in Southern China in. Japanese occupation troops for Singapore, Malaya, & Hong Kong would probably add a bit more to the total.

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Re: Did more Japanese fight the Americans or British and Commonwealth?

Post by Admiral Bloonbeard » 29 Jun 2021 18:05

Sheldrake wrote:
29 Jun 2021 12:03
On the face of it it looks nonsense

Japanese forces in the Philippines were around 500k - biggest land operations New Guinea Solomons - maybe 200-300k? (against US and ANZAC)

Japanese forces in Malaya C 30k
Japanese forces in Burma C.300k (but against British Chinese and Americans)

But

....far more Japanse troops fought againts the Chinese - C.1.1million plus one million allies/auxiliaries

600k Japanse plus similiar number of auxiliaires faced the Red army in 1945.
I see. Well I was talking to a teeaboo who was bashing American contribution to the war and said we did nothing in World War 2, and that Britain could have won World War 2 alone :lol:

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Re: Did more Japanese fight the Americans or British and Commonwealth?

Post by Sheldrake » 29 Jun 2021 19:51

Takao wrote:
29 Jun 2021 17:07
Usually it is "tied down" or "kept occupied"...Never heard of "fought".

Mostly, it is creative accounting as a salve for the lack of much British success in the Pacific.

About 300 thousand - 350 thousand Japanese troops were not the Burma-India theater at any one time.

Hump flights flew out of India to supply the Southern Chinese...So, hey we can add the Japanese troops fighting in Southern China in. Japanese occupation troops for Singapore, Malaya, & Hong Kong would probably add a bit more to the total.
In the context of the question the question of the TO Smith book on Vietnam covers the disputed boundaries between the China and SEAC theatres.

In retrospect the Chinese Nationalists (Taiwanese?) did the lion's share of fighting.

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