Singapore fell to the Japanese on 15 September 1942, but in 1941 Europeans on the island felt still untouched by war, lulled into security by the belief that Singapore was impregnable from the sea. However, the Planning Chief of Imperial Army Headquarters in Tokyo had realised a successful invasion could come from the north, down the Malay peninsula… Requests from less naive members of the allied forces for more men, arms and equipment were not filled. Authorities were unwilling to reveal to the civilian population the true situation. And so through accident or miscalculation, Singapore was totally unable to repel the Japanese attack. This accessible book, illustrated with black and white photos charts the course of these events.
1. The Impregnable Fortress 2. Face to Face with the Jungle 3. A Most Dangerous Enemy 4. Shell-Shock 5. Retreat 6. Pay Cash and Bury Your Dead 7. The Agony and Death of a City 8. The Lonely Frightening Wait 9. Into The Killing Area 10. A Humiliting Surrender 11. Escape and Captivity. Bibliography. Index.