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A clear readable facsimile of a classic account of the Malaya Campaign,
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This review is from: War Against Japan Volume I: The Loss Of Singapore: History Of The Second World War: United Kingdom Military Series: Official Campaign History: The Loss of Singapore, Official Campaign History v. I (Paperback)
This is a facsimile copy of the first volume of the British Official History of the war against Japan. Some amendments have been made by a borrower (the original was held by Bournemouth Libraries).
It is focussed on the campaign in Malaya (December 1941 to February 1942). It contains summaries of contemporary events in the Philippines and "Dutch East Indies", but NOTHING on the Retreat through Burma, which is contained in the second volume.
The narrative is painstaking and yet remarkably clear.
The preface clearly states the limitations of the sources available; the normal (near) contemporaneous unit diaries and other records were lost during the campaign. There are clear influences from the Japanese sources available in 1957.
The Author was judicious in not assigning 'guilt', though his opinion of Percival's generalship does not appear high.