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World War 2 Simulation Student Journal: China & Finland

China 8, 1938

As China, we are at a clear and unfair disadvantage to start the war. We had just been beaten by Japan which took some of our land which had our resources. This led to the Japanese having a huge advantage over our Asian theatre. Our plan is to try to survive the first hull of Japanese attacks, then get enough resources from the U.S to get our military strength high enough to put up a fight against the Japanese. We also have some allied militaries like the British and French to help with the Japanese attacks. 

Finland 8, 1938

As Finland, we want to stay out of the war and out of Foreign affairs. We have the strength to hold our own if we need to, but if we have enough resources. We will really be a really strong country. We want to try to become allies with the Germans because we need some help with the bigger countries that are around us that might try to go to war with us. Our main plan is just not to do anything unless absolutely necessary. If all goes well, you will hear from us for a long time to come. 

China 8, 1939-

1939 was calm for China for the first half or so of it. We didn’t have our resources yet from the U.S, they were still being shipped to us from the U.S. So our plan was to stay away from any war with Japan since we knew that they were bigger and stronger than us. The Japanese attacked North China and as the foreign minister, I told our President that we should pull our troops back and let them take it until we were stronger and were able to put up a fight against them, but the president decided against it. The outcome was known from when he sent them in. He knew we had no chance against them. We lost North China and thousands of troops. Our plan now is to try to see if other allies around us can help us. 

Finland 8, 1939

Finland had an easy 1939. Nobody came for us and as Finland that was amazing. We have to stay out of war if we want to live. We also have an alliance with the Germans that if we go to war, they will help us if they can. One of our neighboring countries being Norway was taken by Great Britain. This is scary for us because it seems that Great Britain is just going to push further towards us and take us over at any time. Our plan for now is the same as it was to start. Just lay low and stay out of the war. 

China 8, 1940

Right to start 1940, we were attacked again by the Japanese, this time in South Central China. At this point we had the resources to have our military at a stronger point than last year, but even with that and the help of the British, the blow of soldiers we lost last year was the turning point of this battle. The Japanese took out the British and the rest of our soldiers. Leaving us with no soldiers. At this point our only plan is to survive and hope that the British can keep them out of parts of our country and keep part of China intack. 

Finland 8, 1940

1940 was a very slow year for Finland. No other countries came to battle us and we didn’t try to battle anybody. Listening to the radio, we heard about China get attacked by the Japanese again and losing. Also lots of battles between the Germans and Italy going against the French. Not a lot to talk about for this year. Our strategy is still the same, stay out of the war and survive. 

China 8,1941

We have been defeated. The Chinese were taken out by the Japanese. We were outnumbered and outplayed. The Japanese were too powerful for our weak army. On the bright side our allies took part of our country back in Manchukuo. The USSR were able to defeat the Japanese and take this part of our country back. Even though it means nothing for us, it was a small win for the allies. The USSR also took out the Japanese in Korea to take hold of that as well. It seems like the Allies are pulling ahead in the war, but it is just the beginning. 

Finland 8, 1941

To start the year, it was just like every other year, no movement and no war for us. Then came the Russians, 2,500 strong coming right for our throats. We thought we would have the help of the Germans, but they failed to help us. So gave our best, but lost. Losing our country. It was heartbreaking. Thinking we were going to be able to survive a little bit longer and be a lot stronger. We were sadly mistaken. 

Journal five 1942, Battles 24-38

China 8, 1942

The Japanese kept coming and attacking our land little by little. This year it was India. We couldn’t do anything about it since we had lost all of our troops. So they took it from us. Another heartbreaking loss for our country. We are helpless, defenseless. We are just sitting ducks hoping that our allies can and will keep us afloat. 

Finland 8, 1942

We were not able to survive any longer, but we could still listen to what went on in the war. The Germans sent hundreds of troops into Great Britain leading to a loss for the Germans. Italy attacked Greece and ended up with the win. Lots of small victories for  different countries, but now the question is will they become bigger in the long run. 

Journal six, 1943 Battles 38-

China 8, 1943

With the war evolving to something big, Japan is still reigning supreme over the Asian Theatre. Taking over the U.S country of the Philippines, and of our countries in Tibet. Still not being able to do anything about it, they took it with ease. Japan also took Burma, pretty much sealing that they now have all parts of our country but one. Nearing the end of our countries life we were heartbroken even more. If we would have made one decision differently years ago, we would have been able to put of more of a fight then you see now. 

Finland 8, 1943

Lots of war went on in 1943, seems to be the year which people tried to turn the tide of the war. Italy loses the battle to get French North Africa while Great Britian takes Libya from Italy and takes away some of Japans ships in the Central Pacific. A big surge in movement towards the Allies, but can they keep it up. Can the Allies win the Final Stretch? 

China 8, 1944

Not a lot happened in the Asian theatre during 1944. The U.S takes back Hawaii after the attack of Pearl Harbor against the Japanese. This leads to a huge win for the Allies. This seems like the turning point for what is to come in the hopeful final years of the war. 

Finland 8, 1944

Not much really happened in 1944, lots of stuns to keep armies in territories while flanking the other way and countries sending few men to capture land with no other armies there. At the end of the 1944, the French, UK, and U.S all sent thousands of troops to capture Belgium. With Germany being far outnumbered by the Allies, they lost Beligium and the Allies took control. This was a huge win over the Axis Powers and was indeed a turning point in the war. 

China 8, 1945 

This was the final year of the war, no movement or battles on the Asian Theatre. Japan had taken most of our land and had majority of the other countries in the Asian Theatre. This makes them the winners of our Theatre. We put up a fight, but were greatly outnumbered and had lost most of our land. If one decision was made differently, this is a whole different story for the Chinese I believe. 

Finland 8, 1945

To wrap up the war, we had three humongous battles take place. First being France, the U.S and G.B all sending their troops to try to take over Italy. This ended in a surprising victory for the Italians. Second, the U.S led the charge with the help of G.B and France to Attack the Germans. This was a war for the ages. Thousands of soldiers from both sides ready to slaughter each other for the biggest battle of the war. At the very end of the battle, the Germans came out on top. Not with a lot of troops left, but they had won the battle. To wrap things up, I believe there is not enough evidence to prove the either the Allies or Axis had won the simulation. They each had an equal amount of land. So in my eyes, I deem this a draw . World War 2 Simulation