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.
To buy a Kindle edition:
To buy a paperback edition:
To buy for Kobo e-readers please click here
To buy for other e-book formats please click here