NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
16th February, 1942 : Singapore, the great naval base and a fortress considered to be impregnable, yesterday surrendered to the Japanese. No details are known in London as yet, but Tokyo claims the capitulation was negotiated this morning when Lieutenant-General Percival, under a flag of truce, met the Japanese Commander-in-Chief in the Ford works on Bukit Timah Hill. In a broadcast to the nation Winston Churchill described the loss of the fortress, which cost £50 million, as “a heavy and far-reaching military defeat”. The consequences for the Allies are grave. The fall of Singapore deprives the Allies of their only major dock between Durban and Pearl Harbour. Simultaneously, Japan has acquired this valuable naval asset for future operations in the Indian Ocean.
[Not a day of glory. Underestimating the enemy, defense cuts… we never learn. People vote for cowardly politicians and then die.]