By John Grehan, Martin Mace
Dispatches during this quantity contain that at the a ways East among October 1940 and December 1941, by way of Air leader Marshal Sir Robert Brooke-Popham; the dispatch on operations in Hong Kong among eight and 25 December 1941, through Major-General C.M. Maltby, normal Officer Commanding British Troops in China; the record at the air operations throughout the campaigns in Malaya and Netherland East Indies among December 1941 and March 1942; and the real dispatch by way of Percival detailing the autumn of Malaya and castle Singapore.
This distinctive selection of unique files will turn out to be a useful source for historians, scholars and all these attracted to what was once essentially the most major classes in British army heritage.
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Never in the history of the British Army had such a large force laid down its arms to an enemy. (HMP) 13 A captured Japanese photograph, creased by folding, showing Lieutenant-General Arthur E. Percival signing the unconditional surrender of the British and Commonwealth forces at the Ford Works Building near the Bukit Timah Road, Singapore. Lieutenant-General Tomoyuki Yamashita can be seen on the extreme left. (HMP) 14 Japanese officers stand with Lieutenant-General Arthur E. Percival following the surrender of British forces on 15 February 1942.
B. This consisted of branches of Naval, Army and Air Force intelligence, and was under the administrative control of the Admiralty, the officer in charge of the Naval Section acting as head of the Bureau. B. was somewhat unbalanced in that attention was mostly concentrated on Naval intelligence, while Army and Air intelligence took a minor place, the latter especially being quite inadequate. B. fulfilled its functions and showed that a combined intelligence staff of the three Services is a workable proposition.
Air Vice-Marshal Pulford became Air Officer Commanding, Far East, vice Air Vice-Marshal Babington on the 26th April, 1941, and Lieutenant-General Percival took over the duties of General Officer Commanding, Malaya, from Lieutenant-General Bond on the 16th May,1941. The strength of the Army and of the Air Force in Malaya in November, 1940, is given in Appendices D and I respectively. In Malaya, as in Burma and Hong Kong, there was a War Committee, which sat under the Governor. The main reason for the defence of Malaya was to preserve the facilities of the Naval Base at Singapore.