Singapore Burning: Heroism and Surrender in World War II

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Churchill's description of the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942, after Lt-Gen Percival's surrender led to over 100,000 British, Australian and Indian troops falling into the hands of the Japanese, was no wartime exaggeration. The Japanese had promised that there would be no Dunkirk in Singapore, and its fall led to imprisonment, torture and death for thousands of allied men and women. With much new material from British, Australian, Indian and Japanese sources, Colin Smith has woven together the full and terrifying story of the fall of Singapore and its aftermath. Here, alongside cowardice and incompetence, are forgotten acts of enormous heroism; treachery yet heart-rending loyalty; Japanese compassion as well as brutality from the bravest and most capricious enemy the British ever had to face.

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"A meticulopus account of the advance on Singapore... an excellent opportunity to revisit these hard
questions." -- Sydney Morning Herald, August 27, 2005

"He has a sharp eye for the telling anecdote...incidents well known to Australians... are fresh in the telling." -- Book Talk, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, August 20, 2005

"a magisterial account...Colin Smith knows how it feels to be a soldier and his story is unforgettably well told"
Neal Ascherson -- The Observer, 12 June,2005

'Smith succeeds brilliantly in weaving hundreds of individual stories into a coherent whole' -- Sunday Times

'Smith tells the story vividly . . . a fine history of what now seems primarily a particularly poignant and horrifying human tragedy' -- Literary Review

...beautifully told, shrewd and fair in its judgments and on occasions wryly funny...the definitie book on this extraordinary drama -- Daily Telegraph May 21,2005

About the Author:

Colin Smith is an author and award-winning journalist. He covered many wars for the Observer and served terms as its Defence, Middle East, Asia and Washington correspondent. His previous books include (with John Bierman) Alamein: War Without Hate.

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