15 October 1945. The CCP central committee orders its central and northern forces to concentrate on the ‘transportation campaign’, aimed at deterring and eliminating the northward-marching Nationalist army. The most capable cadres and troops are to be mobilized for this purpose.
15 October 1945. Teungku Daud Beureu’eh and three other prominent Aceh ulama (Islamic scholars) agree to a statement declaring the struggle against the Dutch return is a holy war (jihad fi sabilillah) and a continuation of the ulama-led struggle of the last years of the Aceh War fifty years earlier (see p. 254 as well as opposite).
15 October 1945. Thai authorities arrest former Thai premier Field Marshal Phibun Songkhram and key aides, including former foreign minister Wichit Wichitwatankan, on allegations of war crimes. The move, clearly aimed to impress the victorious Allies, targets those deemed responsible for the wartime alliance with Japan and the declaration of war on Great Britain and the United States.
15 October 1945. The commander of French forces in Indochina, General Leclerc, flies to Phnom Penh and arrests Son Ngoc Thanh, who is flown immediately to prison in Saigon. By accident or design, King Sihanouk is absent from Phnom Penh on a religious pilgrimage.