By Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson
15th February, 1942
This was a shameful battle of incompetence on the British side and a brilliantly executed military exercise by the Japanese who were seriously underestimated in their tactical skills.
Nevertheless, the inexcusable massacre of unarmed nurses and patients at the end was appalling. Perhaps they may have been better off dead, however, than face the grizzly conditions of prison life under the Japanese which was no less inexcusable.
Britain’s colonialists generally viewed the Japanese with contempt. Military historian Antony Beevor wrote, “A state of emergency was declared in Singapore on 1 December , but the British were still woefully ill prepared. The colonial authorities feared that an overreaction might unsettle the native population. The appalling complacency of colonial society had produced a self-deception largely based on arrogance. A fatal underestimation of their attackers included the idea that all Japanese soldiers were very short-sighted…
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