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The Men Who Lost Singapore

Ronnie McCrum

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ISBN 10: 9814722391 / ISBN 13: 9789814722391
Published by NUS Press 2017-05-30, 2017
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Title: The Men Who Lost Singapore

Publisher: NUS Press 2017-05-30

Publication Date: 2017

Book Condition: New

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The British military failure against the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1942 is a well-documented and closely examined episode. But far less attention has been paid to the role of the colonial governor and his staff during this period, an oversight Ronald McCrum corrects with this insightful history. As McCrum shows, the failure of the civil authorities in conjunction with the military to fully prepare the country for the possibility of war was a key factor in the defeat. In The Men Who Lost Singapore, McCrum closely examines the role and responsibilities of the colonial authorities before and during the war. He argues that the poor and occasionally hostile relations that developed between the local government and the British military hierarchy prevented the development and implementation of a strategic and unified plan of defense against the growing threat of the Japanese. Consequently, this indecisive and ineffective leadership led to significant losses and civilian casualties that could have been prevented.

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"A must-read for anyone wishing to understand why Singapore's fall occurred in the manner it did."--Greg Kennedy, King's College, London

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