Friday 9 January 1942
|Rikusentai (Japanese marine troops) unit in landing craft, awaiting beach assault, unknown date.|
|The reconnaissance of Truk on 9th January 1942, by F-Lt R. Yeowart and crew in a specially fitted Hudson Mk IV of No. 6 Squadron. The operation, involving a return flight of 1,405 statute miles, was the longest sea reconnaissance which had been undertaken by the R.A.A.F. in a land-based aircraft. The concentration of enemy shipping and aircraft seen at Truk gave warning of the Japanese thrust south to New Britain and New Ireland in the next two weeks. Australian War Memorial 128121.|
|The Malayan Campaign. The Kunishi Detachment advancing on a muddy secret coastal path through coconut palm trees dragging their bicycles. 9 January 1942 Credits: Takao Fusayama.|
|"General de Gaulle making a speech to the assembled ships companies" De Gaulle is visiting Free French merchant ships in Liverpool on 9 January 1942. © IWM (A 7013).|
|"General de Gaulle addressing the ship's company during a visit to one of the Free French Merchant Ships" Liverpool, 9 January 1942. © IWM (A 7011).|
|"HMS Cleopatra, British Dido Class cruiser. 9 January 1942, at anchor in Scapa Flow." © IWM (A 7062).|
A military man can scarcely pride himself on having 'smitten a sleeping enemy'; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten. I would rather you made your appraisal after seeing what the enemy does, since it is certain that, angered and outraged, he will soon launch a determined counterattack.This may be the source of the infamous "we have only awakened a sleeping giant" quote that is often attributed to Yamamoto.
|The first production TBF-1 Avenger at the Grumman factory in Bethpage, Long Island, New York, January 9. 1942|
The only way I could have beaten Louis that night was with a baseball bat.Baer ends his career with a 52-7 record with 46 knockouts.
|A dentist at work at the Army Dental Centre in Belfast, 9 January 1942.|