Singapore: the Battle that Changed the World

When Singapore fell to the Japanese on 15 February 1942, it was a devastating blow to the Allies, the British Empire and signalled a significant turning point in history. It was the greatest defeat for Britain since Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown in the American War of Independence. Its impact was arguably even

James Leasor’s story begins as far back as the early nineteenth century, with imperialism and the settlement founded by Sir Stamford Raffles. He charts the years leading up to Singapore’s defeat and the realisation that the West was not invincible.

Written just over 20 years after the end of WW2, it includes direct, first hand input from many of the main players involved including that of Lt-Gen Percival, the British commander who signed the surrender document, shortly before he died.

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2 Thoughts.

  1. Pingback: 15 Feb 2012 – 70th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore – James Leasor – Bestselling Author

  2. Hello there,

    I’m from Malaysia and Singapore was its capital back in 1942, so this has a direct connection to me as both my parents were very young children forced to love through the horrors of Japanese occupation. The book itself gives a welcome non academic street level view of the said events. Leasor gives insight of the everyman’s view from the small Chinese businessman to the deluded colonial elites, out of touch and to whom Leasor apportions a large slice of the blame for the fall of Singapore.

    Truly eye opening and thoroughly captivating. the best book I’ve read on the Far East in WW2.

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