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The Defence and Fall of Singapore


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Brian Farrell is Professor of History at National University of Singapore, where he has been teaching Military History since 1993. He is an authority on British Empire military history and in particular the fall of Singapore in 1942. His other books include The Basis and Making of British Grand Strategy 1940-1943: Was There a Plan?, Between Two Oceans: A Military History of Singapore From First Settlement to Final British Withdrawal (co-authored), Sixty Years On: The Fall of Singapore Revisited (co-edited) and Leadership and Responsibility in the Second World War (edited).


An original and provocative new history of the battle that marked the end of the British Empire.--Hew Strachan An exhaustive account of the clash between Japanese and British Empire forces ... A multi-pronged attack on those who made the defence of Malaya and Singapore their duty.--BBC History Magazine Startling ... reveals the real reason why the daring attack failed.--The Daily Express Excellent ... fills a yawning gap in the historical record.--Times Literary Supplement A complete and authoritative account ... a compelling read.--The British Army Review

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