Preparing the British for the Battle of Singapore. Photo in color
In 1941, American photographer Karl Meadans visited Singapore and took quite a few photo in color of the British Commonwealth troops. In February 1942, as a result of the surrender of Singapore, these soldiers died or were captured by the Japanese.
Defeat of the British at the Battle of Singapore
The loss of Malay by the British and the surrender of Singapore in 1941-1942 were the result of one of the worst sins of a professional intelligence officer: underestimating the enemy. These color photos show the preparation of the British army for the defense of Singapore.
Winston Churchill called it “the worst catastrophe that ever fell upon the English army.” On February 15, 1942, the British garrison of impregnable Singapore, located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, surrendered to a much smaller Japanese landing force. About 130,000 well-equipped British, Australian and Indian soldiers and officers, who had everything in order with ammunition, capitulated to 35,000 hungry, exhausted Japanese, whose ammunition was almost exhausted, and they themselves were almost at their last gasp. In Japan, they were surprised by the ease of victory, and in the military history of the British Empire, this defeat was its greatest humiliation.