This unique collection of original documents will prove to be an invaluable resource for historians, students and all those interested in what was one of the most significant periods in British military history.
"Grehan, Mace, and Mitchell present unabridged dispatches from Air Chief Marshal Sir Robert Brooke-Popham, Major-General C.M. Maltby, Lieutenant General Arthur Percival, and Air Vice-Marshal Sir Paul Maltby. The surrender of Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival to the Japanese Commander, Lieutenant-General Tomoyuki Yamashita on Sunday, February 15, 1942, prompted Churchill to call the fall of Singapore “the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history.” The dispatches of Percival, Brooke-Popham and the two Maltby brothers are reproduced exactly as they first appeared to the general public some seventy years ago<-->unedited and unmodified. Summing up the reasons for the tragic defeat, Major-General C.M. Maltby cited three: the Empire was not prepared for war on the scale necessary for the purpose, the war in Europe sapped resources to the point where only a fraction of the strength could be deployed, and the added problem that the Japanese were more formidable than expected. Four sections are: Air Chief Marshal Sir Robert Brooke-Popham’s dispatch on operations from 17 October 1940 to 27 December 1941; Major-General C.M. Maltby’s dispatch on operations in Hong Kong, 8 December 1941 to 25 December 1941; Lieutenant General Arthur Percival’s dispatch on operations, 8 December 1941 to 15 February 1942; Air Vice-Marshal Sir Paul Maltby’s dispatch on air operations during the campaigns in Malaya and Netherland East Indies, 8 December 1941 to 12 March 1942." ~ProtoView