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Intelligence Gathering & Jujutsu - Part 3 - When does the war in the Pacific start for the Japanese?



Before we look at the activities of the Japanese in the first half of the twentieth century on a covert level, we must obtain some context by looking at the overt activities of the Japanese Empire.

From the restoration of the Emperor Meiji in 1868, Japan embarked on a rapid process of modernisation and militarisation.  By 1920 it had the third largest Navy in the world.

When we consider war in the Pacific we tend to focus on either the invasion of China in 1937 or the bombing of Pearl Harbour in 1942, however Japan's military activities in the region stretch back much further in time.

Japan's war in the Pacific essentially starts with the restoration of the Emperor Meiji in 1868.

Meiji Restoration
1868

Start of the Empire of Japan
1868

Imperial Navy Established (Dominated by Satsuma)
1868

Conscription Introduced
1871

Imperial Army Established (Dominated by Choshu)
1871

First Sino-Japanese War
1894
1895
Japanese Invasion of Taiwan
1895

Boxer Rebellion
1899
1901
Russo-Japanese War
1904
1905
Protection/annexation of Korea
1905
1945
World War I
1914
1918
Siberian Intervention
1918
1922
Japanese Invasion of Manchuria
1931
1932
Second Sino-Japanese War
1937
1941
Invasion of French Indochina
1940

World War II (Pacific)
1941
1945
End of the Empire of Japan
1947



Map By Original Author: User:San JoseDerivative Author: Dead Mary - This file was derived from:  Second world war asia 1937-1942 map de.png, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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