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Indochina
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Indochina was a French colony east of Thailand and south of China with the South China Sea to the east, so named due its position halfway between India and China. In the mid 20th century, the colony birthed three countries: Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.

Indochina in Days of InfamyEdit

During World War II, Indochina was owned by Vichy France. Japan was given the rights to base troops in Indochina by the Vichy French. It was noted that if France denied this to Japan, the Japanese would have gone in, anyway. This way, France maintained a ghostly sort of sovereignty over the area.[1]

Indochina in In the Presence of Mine EnemiesEdit

Indochina remained part of Japan's empire after the Second World War.

Indochina in Joe SteeleEdit

After the fall of France in 1940, Japan occupied airfields and naval bases in northern Indochina to assist in their campaign in China. The following year, the Japanese pressured the Vichy regime to allow them to move into the whole region. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill tried to prevent this since it put too much pressure on Malaya and Singapore while US President Joe Steele also opposed it due to the threat to the Philippines. Neither succeed and their territories were invaded by the Japanese.[2]

Indochina in Southern VictoryEdit

Following France's defeat in the Great War, the Empire of Japan "persuaded" France to hand over the former French Indochina for a suitable amount of compensation which came as a respite for the battered French economy.

Later, the Japanese persuaded the Netherlands to do the same with the Dutch East Indies.

Indochina in The Two GeorgesEdit

Indochina was the Holy Alliance's toe-hold in Southeast Asia.

Indochina included Siam as well as Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.[3]

Indochina in The War That Came EarlyEdit

Indochina was an important colony for the French Empire in Asia.

When World War II began in 1938, French forces in the colony were left isolated as France itself came under attack from Germany, and almost lost Paris.

On 12 January 1941, the Empire of Japan attacked Indochina, and quickly conquered it.

Indochina in WorldwarEdit

Indochina was overrun by Japan during World War II. The area was recognised as Japanese territory after the Peace of Cairo was signed in 1944.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Days of Infamy, pg. 19, HC.
  2. Joe Steele, pg. 234, HC.
  3. Map The Two Georges, frontispiece.

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