The fall of Singapore, 15 February 1942

The surrender of Singapore was one of the largest and most dramatic reverses suffered by British forces in the war, or indeed in modern British history, with 130,000 personnel becoming prisoners of the Japanese, included in this total were 15,000 Australians. Understandably, Singapore has become a focus of major historical contention ever since.

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Smoke from fire on naval base at Singapore island spreads clouds over city.
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