Events for Wednesday 15th February 2012
On This Day in History
Singapore falls to Japan15th February 1942
In one of the greatest defeats in British military history, Britain's supposedly impregnable Singapore fortress surrenders to Japanese forces. Singapore, located off the Malay Peninsula was considered invulnerable to attack because of its big defensive guns. However, the weapons, which used armor-piercing shells and the flat trajectories necessary to decimate an enemy fleet, were not designed to defend against a land attack on the unfortified northern end of the island.
Further ReadingSingapore's Dunkirk
(Hardback - 272 pages)
by Geoffrey Brooke D.S.C RN
When Singapore fell so ignominiously to the Japanese in February 1942, many tens of thousands of men, women and children were left to their own devices. To stay in Singapore meant certain captivity. This book tells of some of the remarkable and shocking experiences that lay in store for those… Read more...Only £19.95 at Pen & Sword Books.