Good grief! Definitively a command in need of a good shake up and the removal of dead wood.
Altering an old expression. Maybe a little bit of bleeding now may help reduce some of the bleeding later on. Keith Park will have to kick some butt. I don't know if he was suited for that or not.
I don't know if in OTL this lecture from Major Wards or something like it occurred. If so there is one of the biggest butterflies flapping when General Percival is prevented from speaking and General Gort instead addresses the officers and praises Major Wards and states that the gathered officers should take seriously Wards' descriptions of the IJA.1941, Friday 11 April;
There was a polite round of applause, before Lt Gen Percival got up to say something, but as he turned to address the audience, he noticed Lord Gort walking forward. “Ah Lord Gort sir, an unexpected pleasure, do you wish to address us”. “Yes, please Arthur, I do. Gentlemen I feel a note of thanks must be given to our speaker Major Wards, for providing us such an interesting and refreshing look at the Japanese Army. This current war with Germany and Italy, and as did the last war, has seen modern weapons making marked differences to how we do things, part of the continuing change in how warfare evolves. But some things never change, and the maxim of ‘never underestimate your enemy’ is one of them.
If, and I do say if, Japan was to attack us, I wouldn’t want people to be under the illusion that it would be a cake walk, indeed, as Major Ward has explained how they operate, it would be far from it. But, should they come, we will be ready for them, and again I emphasise the word ‘will’ because woe betide anyone who doesn’t take this lecture, and the need for us all to improve, seriously”. Gort led a round of applause, before turning to Major Wards and asking if the Major would be so kind as to have breakfast with him tomorrow.
^^^^ Just trying to extrapolate how the Major's presentation and Lord Gort's commentary might be processed by the officers present. I could imagine for some both comments are taken with a bit of an eye-roll followed by looking for a drink refill. For other ears, Lord Gort's straight forward endorsement of Major Ward's preso, would probably be taken very seriously.
The General having Major Ward stick around for a personal visit at breakfast would likely be noted by scuttlebutt, and have extra meaning to those who were present the night before.
How might the concepts of Japanese Army fighting practice be considered in new training plans?
There won't be any training plans aimed specifically at countering the Japanese Army, but a realisation that the threat they face is serious. Malaya Command still faces the challenges of training both at low level, small unit commanders as well as formation level, but will begin to include the jungle as part of the battleground, and not dismiss it as impenetrable. Most units, Australians aside, badly need training, having a lot of new recruits within their ranks.I don't know if in OTL this lecture from Major Wards or something like it occurred. If so there is one of the biggest butterflies flapping when General Percival is prevented from speaking and General Gort instead addresses the officers and praises Major Wards and states that the gathered officers should take seriously Wards' descriptions of the IJA.
A very clear indication of the fact that the British and Commonwealth forces in Malaya are under a far more determined and professionally minded leadership with Gort. I wonder what Percival would've said to the gathering if Gort hadn't stepped up? It's almost a microcosm of this ATL.