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The British had been overconfident that the Japanese would attack from the sea and thus pointed the naval defenses towards the sea. They even described Singapore as an "impregnable fortress". Moreover, the weapons that the British had were far weaker than those of the Japanese. The British found it unnecessary to use tanks in the jungle while The Royal Air Force could offer the ships no protection as their planes had already been destroyed by the Japanese. Hence, the battleship "Prince of Wales" and the battle cruiser "Repulse" were sunk by fast Japanese torpedo bombers. The British soldiers in Singapore were recruits, with little fighting experience. To their disadvantage, Lt. Gen Percival, leader of the British forces, was less experienced in jungle warfare compared to Japanese Lt Gen Yamashita.
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What was Australia's involvement in the fall of Singapore?

Australia, having been part of the British Empire had soldiers, if only a small amount, garrisoned in Singapore. When Singapore fell 85000 prisoners were taken, British and Australian. Australia were now underthreat as one of the reasons for Singapore to be taken was to get an advantage over Australia. Australia's main force was in Europe and Australia's main line of defense was destroyed. This lead to Australia looking to America as its "chief defender" of sorts, instead of its traditional defender, Great Britain. The loss of "The Gem of the British Navy" played a major part for the change in heart of Australia, the 'failure' of Britain. Where as America appeared to be regathering itself and had not lost the more important features of its Navy, unlike Britain.

Where is Singapore?

Singapore, also known as the Republic of Singapore, is located in Southeast Asia. It is an island state at the southern tip of the Malaysia Peninsula. It is one of the few remaining city-states in the world and the smallest country in Southeast Asia. It is a country of approximately 4 million people, governed by a party named PAP (People's Action Party) which took over the Singapore government in 1965. History Singapore was known as Temasek, which was then governed by Malaysia. Sir Stamford Raffles then got the governance of Singapore from the rightful Malaysian Sultan Hussein, and developed Singapore into an important port in the trade between China and India. During World War 2, Singapore fell to the Japanese for two and a half years. It was then known as Syonan-to . After WW2, Singapore attempted to break free from British colonization, as many were unhappy with the British for being unable to protect Singapore. Singapore first achieved self internal governence and then the British gave up the external governence in terms of army etc later on. Singapore then went on to become a state of Malaysia, the new name of the former Malaya. Singapore achieved independence in 1965, after it broke out of Malaysia. Also, Twilight hottie Jackson Rathbone, was born there! Singapore is located in South-East Asia, south of West Malaysia, south of Java of Indonesia and east of Sumatra of Indonesia. South-East Asia. It's Singapore, and it's Northwest of Indonesia and Southwest ofMalaysia.

What is Singapore?

Singapore is a safe country.Other country thicks Singapore is smalland cant do anythings but we build up tall buildings as fast ascould . Even Sentosa has opened new shops and places that we canplay.

What is the capital of Singapore?

Singapore's capital city is Singapore (the entire country is the city-state itself). The city of Singapore is the capital of the Republic of Singapore.

What are the causes of the fall of Singapore to the Japanese?

The soldiers were inexperienced and untrained unlike the Japanese who had real fighting experience in China. The Indians were trained for the desert environment while the soldiers were given lousy guns as the British had financial problems while fighting the Germans in Europe. The British spent too much time in relaxation as they thought that Singapore was an impregnable fortress so they underestimated the Japanese. The British had only 130+ slow and lousy planes' machines are often jammed while the Japanese had 600+ high-tech and modern planes. Although the British had 2 battle cruisers , 4 destroyers and many other slow ships. These make up a fleet. HMS Prince of Wales, HMS Repulse, HMS Electra, HMS Express, HMS Tenedos, HMS encounter, HMS Jupiter and HMAS Vampire. Prince of Wales had the best air- tracking system that time, but were not in working condition. An air-craft carrier called HMS Indomitable was supposed to go with them, but were damaged before reaching Singapore. They were all destroyed by Japanese's torpedo bombers and many people died. The planes did not arrive in time to provide air cover. The British had lost total control in both the skies and the seas. As for land, although the Japanese are greatly outnumbered more than 4 to 1, they fought bravely under a brillant and fierce General, General Yamashita. In the end, General Arthur Ernest Percival decided to surrender as his armies were tired thirsty and hungry. The POW is up to a total of 12,000

Why Singapore was governed?

Singapore has an great harbor, and was thusly controlled by Great Britain. Because it was a major British military installation, the Japanese had to take it.

What is the meaning of Singapore?

The name "Singapore" is actually derived from the Malay word "Singapura", which literally means "Lion City". Legend states that Sang Nila Utama, a prince from Palembang, founded ancient Singapore and named it "Singapura" after he spotted an animal that resembled a lion. Recent studies, though, have found that lions have never lived there, and the beast Sang Nila Utama saw was likely a tiger.

Why was the fall of Singapore important?

The 1942 attack on Singapore was important in World War II becauseSingapore was considered a vital part of the British Empire andsupposedly impregnable as a fortress. Singapore's surrender wasshowing the world that Japan was a force to be afraid of. The British government heavily underestimated the Japanese Army.They had been told that they were poor fighters, and they assumedthey would be no match for the great power of the British Army. TheJapanese onslaught through the Peninsula took everyone by surprise,and the British plans were lost in the rush to defend Singapore. i hope that helps :)

Singapore is in what country?

Actually, Singapore itself is a country. Hard to believe right? its so small but very safe :) im from Singapore too. Kid, you don't believe me? ask your teachers and parents.

What hemisphere is Singapore in?

Singapore is in the Northern hemisphere. But only just- Singapore's latitude is 1 o 17', or 137 km (85 mi) north of the Equator.

What timezone is Singapore in?

Singapore is 8 hours ahead of UTC, meaning that to get the time in Singapore add 8 hours to the time in London (Greenwich Mean Time).

Why did Singapore fall?

The British army in Singapore did not expect an attack to Singapore from Malaysia. Malaysia was full of forests and the middle stretch was all mountainous areas. In addition, there were more than 100,000 soldiers of the British army situated in Malaysia. In this case, the British army placed all the major cannons facing the sea. The naval defence of Singapore was formidable. However, the Japanese troops invading South East Asia were specially trained for battles in jungles. This gave them an advantage over the British soldiers garrisoned in Malaysia at that time, who were predominantly trained for desert warfare. Hence, Malaysia quickly fell into the hands of the Japanese. The troops in Singapore were all soldiers that retreated back here from Malaysia. In addition, the British army were not as well equipped as the Japanese, who had mini-tanks that were capable of travelling through jungles. When the British were faced with an army of low morale and lack of proper equipment, they could do nothing but hand over Singapore to the invaders.

How big is Singapore?

It is very small and cannot be seen on the world map but it isabout 274.1 sq miles (710 km squared)

Is Singapore in Nigeria?

No, Nigeria is a small village in Singapore. HaHa..both the question and the answer is trying to be funny. Nigeria is no where near Singapore.

What happened during the fall of Singapore?

Japan captured Singapore from England; Britain surrendered her military unconditionally. Many of the soldiers in Singapore, regardless of their race, were held as POWS (prisoners of war).

What is the Singapore Spirit?

The Spirit of Singapore. Kiasu and Kiasi.. Also known as rude, crude, socially impolite, mannerless, third world people, and slobs

When did the fall of Singapore happen?

The fall of Singapore happened on February 15th 1942 - and isconsidered one of the greatest defeats in the history of theBritish Army and probably Britain's worst defeat in WWII.

Why is Singapore named Singapore?

It was rumored that the prince of a civilization in Jakarta came to Singapore to seek to expand his area of governance. When he first landed on this island, he saw a huge creature which resembles a lion. Hence, he named the island "Singapura", which in Malay translates into "Lion City". Singapore is simply derived from the Malay word "Singapura".

What can you do when you are in Singapore?

Go shopping, ride the Singapore Flyers, watch movies and tourists like to go to Sentosa. If you like animals, you have to go to the zoo. Then, there's the Bird Park.

When and how did British Singapore fall to the Japanese?

Singapore fell to the Japanese in 1942. The Battle of Singapore was fought in the South-East Asian theatre of World War II when the Empire of Japan invaded the Allied stronghold of Singapore. Singapore was the major British military base in South East Asia and nicknamed the "Gibraltar of the East". The fighting in Singapore lasted from 8 December 1941 to 15 February 1942. It resulted in the fall of Singapore to the Japanese, and the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history.[2] About 80,000 British, Australian and Indian troops became prisoners of war, joining 50,000 taken by the Japanese in the Malayan campaign. Britain's Prime Minister Winston Churchill called the ignominious fall of Singapore to the Japanese the "worst disaster" and "largest capitulation" in British history. (source Wikipedia)

Is Singapore in Vietnam?

No it is not. SINGAPORE · Complete Name: Republic of Singapore · Native Name: Singapora, Xinjiapo, Singapur, Singapore · ISO-Code: SGP · Capital: Singapore VIETNAM · Complete Name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam · Native Name: Việt Nam · ISO-Code: VNM · Capital: Hà Nội

Maplestory- How do you get out of Singapore?

The only known way out of Singapore (CBD Area) is through the same way you went in, through the Airport. The ticket can be costly, (20,000 Mesos) for new players, so it is not recommended for those of a low level, and those who have low funding.

What is the singapores personality?

"Young, open minded Asian, but with conservative values, self-supporting, interested in technology, embarrassed about a colourful past, decisive, non-smoker, seeks Foreign love, doesn't play games."

Population density of Singapore Singapore?

With a population of about 4,987,600 people excluding tourist in a small area of 710.2 km2 it is known to be the third most densely populated country. It's really not that crammed as long as you know where are the crowded places to avoid. Or else just keep walking along with everyone else.

How did the Battle of Singapore impact Singapore?

It showed that Singapore is not invincible. The Natives view the British as weak and unworthy to lord over them. As a result, natives see that the British are not capable of governing their colonies. Hence, the idea of separation is brought about.

Is there a mayor in Singapore?

Nope. Singapore follows a unitary system of Governance where the Central Government(i.e. the Legislature/Executive/Judiciary) is the only layer of government. The 'Mayor'(s) of Singapore is the leader of the Community Development Council(CDC) without any major legislative/executive functions.

Does Singapore have earthquakes?

Never. Singapore hasn't really experienced natural disasters before. Except for Waterspouts, but they're quite rare and nobody have been injured in those before.

Why is Singapore?

Singapore is just like the United States. If Singapore crash, the entire South-East Asia will be in turmoil.

What was the main reason for the fall of Singapore?

There are actually a few. You can judge for your own which is the main one Firstly, General Percival underestimated the Japanese power. The British thought that the Japanese were inferior to them. Ironically, the Japanese were way more advanced in terms of their technology. The Japanese 'Zero' fighter planes destroyed more than half of the British old and outdated planes. Secondly, General Percival did not have a very good intelligence service. For example, he did not know that the Japanese were outnumbered by the British almost 3:1, but thought that the British were the ones who were outnumbered. The Japanese General Yamashita was gambling on his ignorance of this to surrender, which he did. Thirdly, the Japanese intelligence was very wide. They had fishermen in the straits do surveys of the areas of Malaya and Singapore; Japanese people who owned lands in Malaya and Singapore; Japanese photographers who owned studios in both Malaya and Singapore to take photographs of roads, railways and military installments; and lastly, Japanese military who operated incognito. An example would be Colonel Tsugunori Kadomatsu waitered 6 years at British Officer's Club. Lastly, the British were distracted by the war in Europe and North Africa . The British would protect their homeland first before defending other places. Therefore, there was a priority to the war in Europe against Germany. The best troops and equipment were being used in Europe, and they did not have enough resources to divert to the South-East Asian (SEA) colonies as Britain was financially drained after the first world war. Also, after the HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse sunk off the coast of Kuantan, the British could not spare any more ships, thus losing a strong naval presence in the far east.

What about the Singapore?

Singapore is good............ do you want to go to the universal studios...... many things can buy there....... do you want to go to the Singapore city......... it is good there too.....

Are there beaches in Singapore?

Yes. The ones at East Coast Park and Sentosa are the most popular. Pasir Ris Park and Changi Beach aren't quite as nice as the first two locations.

How does the Singapore president contribute to Singapore?

The President of Singapore generally holds limited power. He is in charge of maintaining foreign relations with other countries. Other than that, the President also acts as a safeguard because he has the ability to veto the use of government reserves in Singapore. In addition, he control appointments to key civil service appointments, and he can examine the enforcement of the Internal Security Act and Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act. Plus, he can authorize corruption investigations on any member of the parliament.

Why was the fall of Singapore so important for Australia?

During World War 2, the Australians were part of the Allies,fighting alongside Britain in the battle of Singapore. The port ofSingapore was often used by the Australians for refuelling ofwarship, warplanes and such, therefore Singapore was also veryimportant to the Australians. Surrendering Singapore to theJapanese was just like surrendering one of their most vital portsfor the war to the Axis. Singapore was also a very important andeasily accessible port for the Allies near South East Asia.Therefore, it can be seen that this loss was devastating toAustralia - politically, economically and for the Australians'morale - as well as Allies fighting in the region. It also meantthat Australia had to turn to the USA for assistance as theJapanese encroached, leading to the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Why Singapore named as Singapore?

that will be because of sang nila utama , he called the island singapura as in the island he first saw a singa (lion) . Singa means Lion.pura means city. AND because we have good harbour our famous icon is the merlion. Mer means sea, so its sea lion.

Why did Singapore fall in the hands of the Japanese?

The British did not suspect that the Japanese would attack Singapore and the maps were not updated, which made the British think that the only way the Japanese could get to Singapore was through the forests or by sea, but the Japanese took the highway riding on bicycles and brought tanks. The Japanese were also more well trained and the British failed to prepare for the attack. They also caught the British off guard using a fake attack north-east and started the real attack north-west. They were powerful and sandwiched the British troops, took control of reservoirs, cutting of water supplies for the British

How could the fall of Singapore have been prevented?

The fall of Singapore could have been prevented in many ways, butin my opinion if the British had not been so complacent they mayhave been able to prevent Singapore from falling to the Japanese.Many of the British soldiers took the Japanese lightly. They didnot think that they would be able to capture Singapore as theyregarded it as an impregnable fortress. In addition, it could havealso been prevented if the British had more and better aircrafts.The British only had 158 aircrafts. which were already obsolete,when the Japanese started their invasion. By contrast, the Japaneseseverely outnumbered them and had more advanced fighter planes.This caused the British to easily lose control of the skies,helping the Japanese.