Battle Story: Singapore 1942 by Chris Brown

By Chris Brown

The autumn of Singapore is still a crushing defeat that despatched shockwaves round the British Empire throughout the moment international warfare. Singapore had constantly been obvious as an impenetrable citadel that will guard the British Empire's stake within the some distance East - a legacy of the nice days of world dominion. The British military have been conscious of the danger to Singapore and Malaya from the 1st days after Pearl Harbor, yet they seen the japanese military as an inferior scuffling with strength, incapable of status as much as the defences and proficient troops of the British. but, in December 1941 the japanese introduced a rapid assault at the Singapore airfields, approximately wiping out the complete fleet of RAF frontline aeroplanes. On 10 December the japanese additionally destroyed of the Royal Navy's ultimate battleships off the Malay coast. abruptly, the destiny of Singapore rested completely within the palms of the military. regardless of having 90,000 British infantrymen published in Singapore they have been fast beaten through the rate and ferocity of the invading jap forces, numbering 75,000 males. The brutality of the japanese strategies and their sheer ferocity surprised the British and so they have been quickly pressured to retreat. by means of January/February 1942 the British final stand melted away and the japanese swept into the town, slaughtering those that stood of their approach. Over 100,000 males have been taken prisoner and plenty of hundreds of thousands (possibly as much as 50,000) citizens of town have been massacred. to appreciate what occurred and why learn conflict tale.

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A R House The Second Stand-down On 16th January 1968, the Prime Minister announced in a statement to the House of Commons that Civil Defence was to be placed on a ‘care and maintenance’ basis. Recruitment would cease immediately and the Auxiliary Fire Service, along with other Civil Defence services, would be formally disbanded on 1st April 1968. From all over the UK, a stockpile of AFS vehicles, equipment and uniform was taken to various Home Office supply stores. Despite there being the appliances and equipment in place to meet the predicted effects of the results of a nuclear attack and despite well rehearsed plans, the recruitment levels of men and women in the AFS never reached national targets.

H Cartwright Archive equipped buildings still stand and are to be manned in an emergency - who by? The doubts about the viability of Home Defence without trained personnel stand out. The defence of the people in wartime demanded that there should be no misunderstanding, but the Government would not submit its scheme to an impartial study. Without doubt a noble service had been sacrificed on the altar of financial expediency. A spontaneous movement, spearheaded by a march of some 2,000 volunteers down Whitehall failed to move the Government but the Government edict could not destroy the knowledge of the success and efficacy of a job well done over two decades.

The Bombshell But within a few months all was changed. On the 16th January 1968 the Prime Minister (the Rt. Hon. …’. This unexpected and major change of policy was said to be part of the Government’s efforts to make devaluation work by means of a progressive and massive shift of resources from home consumption. com F Raine-Allen The unofficial Stand-down parade in Whitehall in March 1968. The protest had no effect on the Government decision. com 7. 1968 Stand-Down and West would be preceded by a deterioration in the political situation over a period of weeks rather than days and might spread over a longer period.

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