04 Sep '17, 10pm

Singapore: The Battle That Destroyed the British Empire in Asia.

Singapore: The Battle That Destroyed the British Empire in Asia.

In the darkest days of World War II, when disaster after disaster almost overwhelmed the Allies, it took a lot to shake a leader like Winston Churchill. But when the news arrived that the fortress of Singapore had surrendered to the Japanese on February 15, 1942, along with eighty thousand British troops, even Churchill was stunned. “He felt it was a disgrace,” recalled Lord Moran , the prime minister’s physician. “It left a scar on his mind. One evening, months later, when he was sitting in his bathroom enveloped in a towel, he stopped drying himself and gloomily surveyed the floor: ‘I cannot get over Singapore,’ he said sadly.” Seventy-five years later, it is difficult to conceive of just how devastating the fall of Singapore was. It was the largest surrender in British history, a humiliation to British arms that would linger for years in the minds of friends and foes al...

Full article: http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/singapore-the-b...

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