Название: Images of War - The Fall of Malaya and Singapore Автор: Jon Diamond Издательство: Pen & Sword ISBN: 9781473845589 Год: 2015 Формат: PDF (conv) Страниц: 224 Для сайта:gayrussia.ru Размер: 45,0 МБ Язык: Английский
In just 10 weeks from 8 December 1941 to mid February 1942, British and Imperial forces were utterly defeated by the numerically inferior Japanese under General Yamashita. British units fought hard on the Malayan mainland but the Japanese showed greater mobility, cunning and tactical superiority. Morale was badly affected by the loss of HMS Prince of Wales and Repulse to Japanese aircraft on 19 December as they sought out enemy shipping. Panic set in as military and civilians withdrew south to Singapore. Thought to be an impregnable fortress, its defences against land attacks were shockingly deficient. General Percival's leadership was at best uninspired and at worst incompetent.