You are supposed to be smarter than everyone else... Was it not Sun Tzu who said to avoid the enemy when he is stronger, and to strike him when he is weak or in disorder. Or do you not know who Sun Tzu was? Were they? Unfortunately, this is not demonstrated in their early naval night combat actions. 1. During the pursuit of Force Z(Prince of Wales & Repulse): from combinedfleet.com's Chokai TROM 2. During the Battle of Sunda Strait: Several Japanese torpedoes miss their intended targets and continue on to smash into the hulls of Japanese transports close to shore. While the American cruiser, USS Houston and the Australian cruiser HMAS Perth are eventually both sunk, several Japanese transports are sunk, eventually lost, or damaged by the errant IJN torpedoes. 3. The Battle of Balikapapan: In a night action, 4 US destroyers get in amongst Japanese transports participating in the invasion of Balikapapan and sink 3 transports & 1 patrol boat, and damage a further 2 transports, before the Japanese escorts of a light cruiser and destroyers realize that they are there. The Japanese cruiser and destroyers gave chase but the American four-piper destroyers escape without incurring any damage. Seems that the "Masters at night combat" were quite the bunglers early on. This is one of the reasons why the Japanese were underestimated in the night actions of the Solomons campaign. Ummm.... The British have no carriers in the this early in the Pacific War. HMS Indomitable only arrives in late January, having been diverted to pick up a load of Hurricanes and deliver them to Singapore. These were flown off to Sumatra on January 27, 1942. She would then transport aircraft to Ceylon in March, 1942. HMS Formidable does not arrive in theater until March 26, 1942. HMS Hermes was under refit in December & January, and then resumed convoy defense duties in February, 1942. As to Battleships, well we know the story of Prince of Wales & Repulse...But, HMS Warspite is undergoing overhaul & refit in the US in December, 1941, and will not arrive in Sydney, Australia until February 20, 1942. HMS Royal Sovereign does not arrive at Addu Atoll until January 26, 1942. After which, she is used for convoy escort in February & March. HMS Resolution does not arrive in Colombo, Ceylon until March 25, 1942. HMS Ramillies does not arrive in Colombo, Ceylon until March 2, 1942. Soooo...It looks like the British have no battleships or carriers, after the sinkings of Prince of Wales & Repulse, with which to contest the early Japanese landings. Another of Mjolnir's fantasies squashed...I swear this is starting to feel more like "Whack a Mole" than an intelligent discussion. Only about 12,000 Indians of some 40,000-45,000 Indians captured at Singapore joined the Japanese First Indian National Army. FYI, the First Indian National Army was nominally formed by the Japanese in February, 1942, with some 200 men, and then officially in April, 1942. It was quickly disbanded in December, 1942, after the Indian Army leaders and the Japanese had a falling out.