Events occurring on Wednesday, October 12, 1938  
  The Japanese-Chinese Conflict  
  The Japanese launched a major Fall Offensive in southern China by landing forces at Bias Bay, near Hong Kong. The Japanese were taking advantage of the Czechoslovak-German Crisis in Europe. The campaign’s goals were to gain control of several major cities from the Chinese and the Japanese forces at Bias Bay would advance north towards Canton.  
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The destroyer HMS Sikh (F 82) was commissioned. Her first commander was Commander John A. Giffard.  
  October 1938 Calendar  
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The objective of is to provide a day by day account of the events that lead up to and were part of the greatest conflict known to mankind. There are accounts for the activities of each particular day and timelines for subjects and personalities. It is the of this website intent to provide an unbiased account of the war. Analysis, effects caused by an event, or prior or subsequent pertinent events are presented separately and indicated as text that is italicized.

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