12 Feb '17, 7am

The Fall of Singapore: '75 years on, I'm still looking for answers'

The Fall of Singapore: '75 years on, I'm still looking for answers'

W hat followed over the next six weeks would be remembered as one of Britain’s greatest military failures, as well as arguably the darkest mark on Winston Churchill’s legacy as a wartime leader. Japanese troops landed in Singapore on February 7th. There, they unleashed a ferocious ground invasion that British, Indian and Australian forces were scarcely readied for. In swamp-like conditions, the battle-hardened invaders were unpredictable and far more at adept in jungle warfare than the British. Advancing on Singapore with tens of thousands of men, Allied forces – healthy in numbers but left woefully exposed through a series of strategic errors both on the ground and in Britain – were comprehensively beaten within a week. Singapore fell, and with it the Japanese took almost 100,000 prisoners of war, including 25-year-old Tom. Finding out quite what happened next to his brot...

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