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The Fall of Singapore: 90 Days: November…

The Fall of Singapore: 90 Days: November 1941-February 1942

by Justin J. Corfield

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This book looks to be good on paper as a book that seeks to detail day-by day, the Japanese invasion of Singapore. It also puts a section on WW2 events occurring around the globe as the Japanese advances through the Malayan Peninsula. However, I was deeply disappointed by this book as it seems to focus more on listing down the people who died each day as well as giving them mini-biographies. Not that I don't consider their names important, but i think the book seems to be overpriced considering that it is just essentially a list of those who died each day with the narrative on the fall of Singapore taking a back seat. I maybe exaggerating but i think half of the pages of this book is just a list of those who died each day as well their mini-biographies(i.e. where the deceased studied,where they grew up). (Note:There were also mini-biographies of soldiers who survived the war). The typographical errors scattered around the book did not help it either. I don't like giving out low ratings since i know that writing books are not easy and that authors put in considerable efforts in writing books, but this book is just a big disappointment. The only praise i can give for this book are the wonderful pictures included in this book. ( )
  zen_923 | Mar 3, 2017 |
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This book provides a day-by-day history of the Malayan Campaign and the Fall of Singapore from the first alerts as the British prepared to move their forces on to a war footing on 29 November, through the fighting, to the Japanese imposing their rule on the Chinese in Singapore on 26 February - a total of 90 days. For each of the 90 days, all the major developments - military and political - are detailed along with information on every Allied soldier who died on that day. As such it is the first book that demonstrates the nature of the fighting each day - with intense battles followed by days of relative inactivity. With the Malayan Campaign and the Fall of Singapore symbolising the end of British power in Southeast Asia, and also the beginning of the end of the British Empire, this book draws from army war diaries, published histories of the campaign, biographies and autobiographies of people involved, and family stories, as well as visiting most of the places connected with the conflict.… (more)

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