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    Today in World War Two: Singapore surrenders, 15th February 1942

    Today During World War 2: Singapore Surrenders - [February 15, 1942]

    The Battle of Singapore was fought in the South-East Asian theatre of the Second World War when the Empire of Japan invaded the Allied stronghold of Singapore. Singapore was the major British military base in South-East Asia and nicknamed the "Gibraltar of the East". The fighting in Singapore lasted from 8--15 February 1942.

    It resulted in the fall of Singapore to the Japanese and the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history."

    Extremely rare Japanese footage.

    --- Quick Overview: The Battle of Singapore ---

    Date: 8-15 February 1942
    Location: Singapore
    Result: Japanese Victory, the Empire of Japan occupies Singapore

    Casualties
    Allied Forces: 5,000 killed & wounded - 80,000 captured
    Empire of Japan: 1,700 killed - 2,800 wounded

    1942 The Taking of Singapore - Japanese Footage Only - YouTube

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    Malaysia and Singapore was generally a pretty awful tactical effort on the part of the allies, if me memory serves me correctly.

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    Not only did Japan carry out sneak attacks on Hawaii, Thailand, Vietnam .... but they also provided Mao Tse Tung with the opportunity to subject China to 40 years of inept Communist Agony. I've never heard a Japanese apologize for this excruciating mauling of Chinese Society. The Allies were overly generous to Japan & Germany. Many more Japanese & German Politicians and Generals should have been executed after WW2 War crime trials. They are 2 of the world's most powerful & richest nations. I doubt very much that either Japan or Nazi Germany would have been so generous to captured Nations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdnski12
    They are 2 of the world's most powerful & richest nations.
    Amazing what can be done when you don't have a military sucking at the public purse

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    Ha ha....good point.

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    How about the treacherous Sikhs, who were working for us, and turned against us, to work for the Japanese, inflicting severe, and brutal treatment on our boys, aspecially in Changi jail ??...................Treacherous bastards.!!!!/

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    A few years ago....I forget the circumstances but my travelling mate and myself were allowed into the existing Changi prison to view the alter made by captured Allied soldiers from empty shell cartridges and other war debris along with a lot of ingenuity. Behind the alter was the museum within prison walls....both very interesting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cdnski12
    They are 2 of the world's most powerful & richest nations.
    Amazing what can be done when you don't have a military sucking at the public purse
    Both learned from their mistake. Thought you could only get world dominance through military means.

    Also both started from scratch. USA was very keen not to allow US europeans to create impoverished nations turning to another extreme. So seeded capitalism very generously.

    The fall of Singapore showed the absolute worst of British Imperialism. Great for keeping the natives in tow but totally inadequate to protect itself against the might of a mother imperial empire. A shame to this day. One that Churchill took very hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoff View Post
    How about the treacherous Sikhs, who were working for us, and turned against us, to work for the Japanese, inflicting severe, and brutal treatment on our boys, aspecially in Changi jail ??...................Treacherous bastards.!!!!/
    I think "working for us" sums it up. They were fighting against the British Empire. After the war the New Indian Nation never acknowledged "Indians" who fought for the British. Even to this day they cannot claim pensions. (Not 100% sure of this)

    World was then and still is now totally screwed up with who belongs to whom and which bit of swamp belongs to me and not you. Freedom fighter to one side, Terrorist to the other.

    How in gods name do we put The Ukraine and Syria back together?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ch1ldofthemoon View Post
    Singapore Surrenders - [February 15, 1942]
    Fascinating video -- well worth watching.
    Thank you, "ch1ldofthemoon" for posting.

    The short shot of the Raffles statue is eerie (at 09:33).

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