30 Mar 1939

Pacific Ocean
  • Japanese troops occupied the Spratly Islands (Japanese: Shinnan Shoto) in the South China Sea. They were to be administered by Japanese authorities in Taiwan. The Japanese Navy would soon built a seaplane base and a submarine base on the island of Itu Aba (Japanese: Nagashima). ww2dbase [Spratly Islands, South China Sea | CPC]

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