Could The Japanese Invaded India From Ceylon In 1942 ?

The Imperial Navy was led by men who in hindsight we can see lacked strategic vision. The Japanese armed forces committed some strategic blunders. Firstly they could not for whatever reason annihilate the US aircraft carriers at Pearl Harbor. They also had no plan for a landing on the east coast of the USA. Secondly they started an Indian Ocean domination exercise in March 1942, but had no plans to invade India from Ceylon after they had achieved complete superiority in the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal.
 The Japanese task force led by Admiral Naguma established a stranglehold

around Ceylon. The British fleet was on the run and orders had been given to evacuate to East African ports. Bu Naguma had no marines and thus despite holding the whiplash had no plans for an invasion of India from Ceylon.
In case the Japanese General staff had widened their strategic vision and after having achieved complete domination of the Indian Ocean, it was an easy matter to Invade India. The British at that time had hardly any troops in South India and what ever force available was placed on

the border of Assam and Burma. South India was practically defenseless and at that particular time they perhaps required just 2 divisions to conquer south India.
In addition Gandhi had launched ‘Quit India’ movement in 1942 and the entire country was in ferment. This was a ripe moment for the Japanese to strike. The fact is that this option of an invasion of Ceylon was never discussed and a golden opportunity was allowed to lapse.
Perhaps one factor was the US fleet which the Japanese were intent on annihilating to dominate the pacific. But the fact remains that the Japanese in 1943 did advance into Burma and from there they had plans to proceed to Delhi with the Indian national army fighting on their side.
This is one of the if’s of history. What if in 1942 the Japanese had mounted an invasion of South India.? There is ever chance hat the war would have taken a different course and maybe India would have been rid of the British earlier. Though whether the japs would have been enlightened conquerors is another matter.

Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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