Singapore Sidelined by Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill

British Prime Minister

A British politician, army officer and journalist, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for two terms—from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955.

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Council of Military Personnel

A group that included defence chiefs who advised Winston Churchill on war matters.

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British Prime Minister

Malaya can wait. I do not take an alarmist view about the defence of Singapore at the present time.

Singapore Sidelined by Winston Churchill

The Chiefs of Staff Committee
The Chiefs of Staff Committee

Council of Military Personnel

A group that included defence chiefs who advised Winston Churchill on war matters.

Council of Military Personnel

Malaya is in need of help. We hope to speed up the dispatch of land reinforcements. By June, 170 Brewster Buffalo and 40 Glenn L. Martin aircraft, one squadron of flying boats and one squadron of Bristol Beaufort bombers will be sent for the defence of the Far East.
The Singapore Free Press
The Singapore Free Press

A Local Newspaper

First published on 8 October 1835, the Singapore Free Press was the second English-language newspaper to circulate in Singapore.

A Local Newspaper
Jan 1941
The majority of well-informed people do not believe that the Japanese in their present difficulties
The Japanese advanced quickly and made huge gains at the start of the Second Sino-Japanese war, occupying Korea, Taiwan and Manchuria. However, by 1938 a stalemate had set in and military experts were confident that Japan’s difficulties in China and her fear of a Russian attack would be enough to discourage a Southeast Asia campaign.
will branch out and attempt fresh ventures.
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The Malayan Campaign

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill

British Prime Minister

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When we think of the insane ambition and insatiable appetite which has caused this vast, melancholy extension of the war, we can only feel that Hitler’s madness has infected Japanese minds and the root of the evil and its branch must be extirpated together.

The Malayan Campaign

A Local Newspaper

The Japanese began to land in British territory in northern Malaya at about six o’clock—that’s 1am local time—yesterday. They were immediately engaged by our Allied troops, who were there waiting for them.
A British Reporter
Dec 1941
Lieutenant General Yamashita Tomoyuki
Lieutenant General Yamashita Tomoyuki was the commander of the 25th Japanese Army. Nicknamed the Tiger of Malaya, he is credited with forcing the unconditional surrender of the British, despite his invasion force being severely outnumbered. After the war, he was tried for war crimes. He was convicted and hanged as a war criminal.
wrote this poem on the eve of the attack. This verse stood out to me:

The arrow leaves the bow/ It carries my spirit towards the enemy/ With me are one hundred souls/ My people of the East.

It seems that his ambition is to conquer all of the Asiatic peoples of the East.

Singapore Surrenders to the Japanese

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill

British Prime Minister

A British politician, army officer and journalist, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for two terms—from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955.

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British Prime Minister

I speak to you all under the shadow of a heave and far-reaching military defeat. It is a British and Imperial defeat. Singapore has fallen.

This is one of those moments when the British race and nation can show their quality and their genius. This is one…
Charles McMoran Wilson
Charles McMoran Wilson

A Physician

He became Winston Churchill’s personal physician in May 1940 and travelled frequently with the Prime Minister.

A Physician
Circa 1942
Prime Minister, the fall of Singapore has indeed left a scar on your mind. Even months later, you sat in your bathroom enveloped in a towel. You had stopped drying yourself and gloomily surveyed the floor saying, “I cannot get over Singapore.”
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