Lightly defended, Guam and Wake Island quickly fell to Japanese forces. The Japanese then turned their attention to the Philippines. After about three months of tough fighting, the Japanese took the Bataan Peninsula in April. Corregidor fell the following month. The Japanese also continued their strikes against British possessions in Asia. After seizing Hong Kong, they invaded Malaya from the sea and overland from Thailand. By February 1942, the Japanese had reached Singapore, strategically located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and the colony surrendered fairly easily. Within a month, the Japanese had conquered the resource-rich Dutch East Indies, including the islands of Java, Sumatra, Borneo, and Celebes. The Japanese also moved westward, taking Burma. From there, they planned to launch a strike against India, the largest of Great Britain’s colonies.By the time Burma fell, Japan had taken control of more than 1 million square miles of Asian land where about 150 million people lived. Before these conquests, the Japanese had tried to win the support of Asians with ideas against colonization. But after these sucesses, the Japanese quickly quickly were known as conquerors. They often treated their new colonies with harshly.