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Military Youth Monument
The Military Youth Monument is located in Ban Tha Nang Sang, Bangmak sub-district, AmphoeMueangChumphon district. The Monument was built to commemorate the bravery of military youth in their fight against the Japanese troops invading Thailand in December 1941, during the World War II era.
The children fought against the Japanese troops invadingThailand at Aow Ban Kho Son bay in Chumphon province on December 8, 1945, in order to attack Myanmar and Malaysia, their colonies since the World War I era. The location of the monument is the battle area between the Military Youth and the Japanese troops.
According to the history, Japan signed the Tripartite Agreement with Italy and England after the World War I in order to start the war again. After the Pearl Harbor Attack on December 7, 1941, Japan sent the troops to attack Myanmar and Malaysia invading Thailand. At that time, the Government of the U.S. and England did not accept the request for military support from the Government of the Field Marshal PlaekPhibunsongkhram.
On December 8, 1945, the Japanese Navy invaded Thailand on Bangpu, Samutprakan province with no resistance from Thai people until they reached PrachuapKhirikhan province. However, the Japanese troops had to fought with Thai police at SuratThani province before going to Nakhon Si Thammarat province. At Chumphon, another Japanese troops invaded at Aow Ban Kho Son bay at 2a.m. on December 8, 1945. They had to wait until dawn as the bay too deep for them to disembark. Therefore, Chumphon Police Troops and the Military Troops had a time to prepare themselves for the fight.
The Japanese troops, with 4,000-5,000 soldiers armed with modern weapons, got stuck at the Tha Nang Sang bridge and the fight continued for about 7 hours. Nevertheless, the Thai troops and the Military Youth could resist them until they were instructed to stop the fight and permit the Japanese troops to continue marching to Kraburi district, Ranong province with the intention to occupy the Victoria Point in Myanmar. After the fight, the Chumphon’stroop lose 5 men and other 5 were injured. Fortunately, no casualties from the Military Youth.