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Most of the world has never even heard of Singapore let alone the Battlethat took place there That battle was won not by great tactics asuperior strategy or better equipment no it was won by stupidity andJapan came out on top This battle would be a better example of militaryfailure than triumph The British were so dumb as to point theirartillery in the wrong direction Trueman and the Japanese lostthousands of men to the mangroves of Singapore Trueman Yes the Battleof Singapore was a Military fiasco the likes of which had never beenseen since General Custers final stand at little big horn but whatdrove the two military forces involved to make such blunders Youllsoon find out Singapore is an island just of the tip of Malaya Chris Trueman saysthat it controls a major trade area and is therefore of majorimportance In 1941-1942 Britain controlled Singapore and found it to bevery lucrative to trade in that any trade ship that came down the Straitof Malacca would have to go strait past Singapore Some people even wentas far as to call it The Gibraltar in the far east Trueman Thiswas because the Strait of Gibraltar between the tip morocco and thebottom tip of Spain controls the entrance to the Mediterranean from theAtlantic Ocean These strategic points show up all around the world withthe Panama Canal the Suez Canal the strait of Bob-el-Mandeb TheBering Strait And the Torres Strait All of which control vital sealanes John Costello said that when Britain set up a settlement on Singaporethey never could have imagined that it would blossom in to an economicsuperpower in the orient As Singapore was flourishing the rest of theworld was falling into war With Germany threatening Great Britain andJapan savagely attacking China the Pearl Harbor and the various USisland bases were the only thing stopping Japan from taking the rest ofthe Far East Peter Thompson a historian that has written a book on theBattle for Singapore
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