The fighting in Singapore lasted from 8 to 15 February 1942. The Japanese victory was decisive, resulting in the Japanese capture of Singapore and the largest British surrender in history. … In the lead up to the battle the British destroyed the causeway into the city, forcing the Japanese to embark on a naval crossing.
Why did the Japanese attack Singapore?
Their aim was to capture Tengah airfield and Bukit Panjang village. Subsequently, the Imperial Guards division would attack the Causeway sector and aim to take Mandai village and Nee Soon. On the night of 8 February 1942, the Japanese began to bombard the northwestern coastline of Singapore.
Why British lost to the Japanese in Singapore?
The British Empire’s air, naval, and ground forces which were needed to protect the Malayan peninsula were inadequate from the start, and the failure of General Percival to counter the pincer movements of the Japanese led to the withdrawal of British Empire forces to Singapore.
Was Singapore a British colony?
The Colony of Singapore was a British Crown colony that existed from 1946 and succeeded by the State of Singapore in 1959. When the Empire of Japan surrendered to the Allies at the end of World War II, Singapore was returned to the British in 1945.
What happened to General Percival after Singapore?
In April 1941 he was promoted to lieutenant general and appointed GOC (General Officer Commanding) Malaya. Percival has gone down in history as the man who surrendered 136,000 men after Singapore surrendered in February 1942. … Churchill called the surrender “the worst disaster in British history”.
Could the British have held Singapore?
And yet, even if Great Britain had staved off the 1941–42 invasion attempt, for reasons of imperial prestige it could never have abandoned Singapore. Instead, it would have been condemned to an endless effort to keep the island resupplied and reinforced.