Emperor Hirohito reluctantly gives his approval for the attack on Pearl Harbor. As Tojo said, “With war, if you don’t try it, you can’t know how it will turn out.”
It’s the beginning of the end for the Allied defense of Burma. While Gen. Slim’s men are pushed back, their Chinese Allies in the Shan States of attacked and scattered. Their only hope of survival is to head back home. Another seemingly Japanese victory.