End of Empire100 days in 1945 that changed Asia and the world.

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    9 October 1945. Lt. Col. E. D. Murray is sent to Phnom Penh by General Gracey to release Allied prisoners of war, disarm the Japanese and re-establish order. He is accompanied by a platoon of Gurkhas and some support personnel. Members of the Cambodian cabinet soon convince him that Prime Minister Son Ngoc Thanh should be removed from office. Shortly after his arrival, French officials are released from detention and other civilians from house arrest. Hailed as a ‘liberator’ by the semi-official newspaper Cambodge, two days later Murray flies back to Saigon where he convinces Gracey that Thanh should be arrested by the French. Their recently arrived commander, General Leclerc, agrees.

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