On this day: the fall of Singapore in 1942

Surrendering troops of the Suffolk Regiment are held at gunpoint by Japanese infantry.

Suffolk Regiment troops held at gunpoint by Japanese infantry.

The Battle of Singapore ended on the 15th of February 1942, when Singapore fell to the Japanese.

Japanese_shooting_blindfolded_Sikh_prisonersJapanese soldiers shooting blindfolded Sikh prisoners

Japanese soldiers shooting Sikh prisoners

Japanese_air_raid_on_singapore_-_February_8_1942

Japanese air raid on the 8th of February 1942.

Fighting in Singapore, at the time a major base for British soldiers, began on the 8th of February.

Hawker Hurricane of No. 232 Squadron RAF shot down on 8 February 1942.

Hawker Hurricane of No. 232 Squadron RAF shot down on 8 February.

The fall of Singapore was the largest fall of British-led troops in history, with some 80 000 British, Australian and Indian troops becoming prisoners of war.

LieutenantGeneral Arthur Percival led by a Japanese officer walks under a flag of truce to negotiate the capitulation of Allied forces in Singapore on 15 February 1942

Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival walks under a flag of truce to negotiate the capitulation of Allied forces

Many Australian and British soldiers died in captivity in the infamous Changi Prison.

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3 thoughts on “On this day: the fall of Singapore in 1942

  1. Reblogged this on Amaruvi's Aphorisms and commented:
    Chilling photo of Japanese soldiers shooting Sikh prisoners in Singapore during WW II. Lest we forget these fallen heroes.

  2. Ankur says:

    these fallen soldiers and POW formed the subhash chandra bose’s army and fought for indian independence

  3. […] the Fall of Singapore, the Japanese Imperial Army began the Sook Ching, or the “purge through cleansing” of […]

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