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Singapore Chronicles: Japanese Occupation

Singapore Chronicles: Japanese Occupation

Singapore Chronicles: Japanese Occupation

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s Independence, the Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press are jointly launching the Singapore Chronicles series in 2015. This 50-volume series seeks to record, explain and offer insights into what makes Singapore, Singapore. Covering a wide range of subjects, from the philosophical to the mundane, the fundamental to the practical, these Singapore Chronicles titles include Constitution, Presidency, Housing, Transport, Demography, CPF, Sports and Food. Each volume in this series will serve as a primer on the subject. Written by leading experts, they will focus on key aspects of the subject, providing analysis as well as an historical account. Readers will gain an insight into what makes Singapore tick and also why it has chosen certain “paths un-trodden”.


This is a short account of the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, which lasted for from February 1942 to August 1945. Those tumultuous days are largely forgotten nowadays, especially by the younger generation, but they were a time of living dangerously. As this account brings out, life and death were often not more than a hair’s breadth apart, and Singaporeans had to fight for their very survival and existence. If any good came from those years, it was that Japan’s defeat of British colonial rule led to the realisation that Singaporeans could stand on their own feet, which led to the eventual establishment of
the Republic of Singapore.



1. Why Did Japan Invade Malaya and Singapore in 1942?
2. Japanese Intelligence
3. British Intelligence Prior to the Japanese Occupation
4. The Japanese Occupy Singapore
5. The F Kikan, the Indian National Army and the Indian Independence League
6. The Japanese Administration of Singapore and the Japanese Surrender
7. Conclusion

Further Reading

The Author
Dr Leon Comber is a Visiting Senior Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. He has written extensively on Malaysian, Singaporean, and Southeast Asian subjects. He served as a Major in the British-Indian Army in World War II taking part in military operations against the Imperial Japanese Army in Assam and Burma. His interest in and association with Singapore / Malaysia goes back to the time he first landed at Morib Beach on the west coast of Malaya on 8 September 1945 after the Japanese surrender with British and Indian forces as part of “Operation Zipper”. He subsequently took part in
the official surrender of the Japanese armed forces in Kota Baru, Kelantan, in December 1945. Some of his more recent books are: Templer and the Road to Malayan Independence. The Man and His Time; Malaya’s Secret Police 1945–1960: The Role of the Special Branch in the Malayan Emergency; and Singapore Correspondent: Political Dispatches from Singapore (1958–1962).
Weight 114.00 grams
Author Leon Comber
ISBN 978-981-4747-12-7
Size 129 mm x 196 mm (portrait)
Extent 88pp
Hardcover / Softcover Softcover
Illustrated or Black & White Black & White
Language English
Our price: US$15.00

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