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A Sense of History:
a select bibliography on the history of Singapore

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Singapore, 1941-1945: The Military Campaign


Allen, Loius . Singapore 1941-1942. 2nd rev. ed. London: Frank Cass, 1993. 351p. 
[D767.55 All]

Ash, Bernard . Someone had blundered: the story of the "Repulse" and the "Prince of Wales".  Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1961. 305p. [D767.5 Ash]

Attiwill, Kenneth . The Singapore story. London: Muller, 1959. 253p. [DS599.6 Att]

Barber, Noel . Sinister twilight: the fall and rise again of Singapore. London: Collins, 1968. 319p. [DS596.4 Bar]

Franklin, Alan  & Franklin, Gordon . One year of life: the story of H.M.S. Prince of Wales. Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1944. 93p. [D767.5 Fra]

Bennett, Geoffrey . The loss of the 'Prince of Wales' and 'Repulse'. Shepperton, UK: Allan, 1973. 111p. [D767.5 Bee]

Bennett, H. Gordon . Why Singapore fell. Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1944. 262p. 
[D767.5 Ben]

Bhargava, K. D.  & Sastri, N. V.  Campaigns in South-east Asia, 1941-42. Calcutta: Combined Inter-Services Historical Section, India & Pakistan, 1960. 424p. Part of the series entitled: Official history of the Indian Armed Forces in the Second World War, 1939-45. 
[D767.6 Off]

Brailey, Nigel J.  Thailand and the fall of Singapore: a frustrated Asian revolution. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1986. xii, 288p. Give an insight from the Thai perspective. [DS585 Bra]

Bridge, Carl . The Malayan campaign, 1941-2, in international perspective. South Asia. n. s., special issue, 19:169-182, 1996. [DS331 SA]

Brooke, Geoffrey . Singapore's Dunkirk. London: Cooper, 1989. 300p. [D767.55 Bro]

Brown, Cecil . Suez to Singapore. New York: Random House, 1942. 545p. An indictment of the colonial regime in the form of a detailed diary kept until mid-Janurary 1942. The author was an American journalist who was on the Prince of Wales when she was sunk. [D811.5 Bro]

Callahan, Raymond . The worst disaster: the fall of Singapore. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1977. 293p. [D767.55 Cal]

Chapman, F. Spencer . The jungle is neutral. London: Chatto & Windus, 1949. 378p. 
[D767.5 Cha]

Chippington, George . Singapore: the inexcusable betrayal. Hanley Swan, UK: Self Pub. Association, 1992. 256p. [D767.55 Chi]

Clisby, Mark . Guilty or innocent?: the Gordon Bennett case. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1992. 134p. [D767.55 Cli]

Cody, Les . Ghosts in khaki: the history of the 2/4th Machine Gun Batallion, 8th Australian Division A.I.F. Carlisle, W.A.: Hesperian Press, 1997. 374p. Has an account of the campaign in Malaya and Singapore, the surrender in Singapore and the Changi POW camp. [D767.813 Cod]

Collier, Basil . The war in the Far East, 1941-1945: a military history. New York: Morrow, 1969. 530p. [D767 Col]

Connell, Brian . The return of the tiger. London: Evans Brothers, 1960. 207p. An account of Operation Jaywick and Operation Rimau and the role played by Lieut.-Col. Ivan Lyon. [D767.55 Con]

Connell, John . Wavell, Supreme Commander, 1941-1943. London: Collins, 1969. [DA69.3 Wav.R]

Connolly, Ray  & Wilson, Bob . Cruel Britannia: Britannia waives the rules. Belmont, N.S.W.: The Authors, 1994. 123p. [D767.55 Con]

Corr, Gerald H.  The war of the springing tigers. London: Osprey, 1975. 200p. The story of Subhas Chndra Bose and the Indian national Army. [D767.63 Cor]

Crisp, Dorothy . Why we lost Singapore. London: D. Crisp, 1944. 178p. Comprises newspaper articles written in 1942 and 1943. [D767 Cri]

Cruickshank, Charles . SOE in the Far East. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983. 285p. [D767 Cru]

Danaraj, T. J.  Japanese invasion of Malaya & Singapore: memoirs of a doctor. Kuala Lumpur: T. J. Danaraj, 1990. 166p. [DS596.4 Dan]

Dol, Ramli . The Malay Regiment, 1933-1942. Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 38(1):199-243, 1965. Contains an account of the battle of Singapore from February 8 to 15, 1942. [DS591 RASMJ]

Dol Ramli . History of the Malay Regiment, 1933-1942. 127p. Academic exercise - Dept. of History, University of Malaya, 1955. Contains an account of the battle of Singapore from February 8 to 15, 1942. [UA853.1 Dol]

Donahue, Arthur G.  Last flight from Singapore. New York: Macmillan, 1943. 168p. 
[D792 Mal.D]

Elphick, Peter . Singapore: the pregnable fortress: a study in deception, discord and desertion. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1995. 441p. [D767.55 Elp]

Elphick, Peter  & Smith, Michael . Odd man out: the story of the Singapore traitor. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1993. 265p. [D767.55 Elp]

Eyre, Donald C.  & Bowler, Douglas . The soul and the sea. London: Hale, 1959. 192p. Recounts the story of the small ships which fled at the fall of Singapore. [D767.55 Eyr]

Falk, Stanley L.  Seventy days to Singapore: the Malayan Campaign, 1941-1942. London: Hale, 1975. 301p. [D767.5 Fal]

Farrell, Brian P.  Singapore, Fall of. IN Sandler, Stanley, ed. World War II in the Pacific: an encyclopedia. New York: Garland, 2001. Pp. 533-536. [D767 Wor]

Fay, Peter Ward . The forgotten army: India's armed struggle for independence, 1942-1945. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1993. 573p. The story of how Subhas Chandra Bose attempted to liberate India with an army of former British Indian soldiers - the Indian National Army (INA). [D767.63 Fay]

Field, Stanley E.  Singapore tragedy. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1943. 262p [DS594 Fie]

Fujii, Tatsuki . Singapore assignment. Tokyo: Nippon Times, 1943. 122p. The author was an American-educated Japanese journalist who worked with the Singapore Herald from 1939-1942 and was editor of the Syonan Shimbun during the Japanese occupation of Singapore. [DS599.6 Fuj]

Gallagher, O'Dowd . Retreat in the East. London: G.G. Harrap, 1942. 190p. Impressions of a South African correspondent of the London Daily Express who was on the Repulse when she sank. [D767 Gal]

Gammans, Leonard David . Singapore sequel. London: Signpost Press, 1944. 32p. Written to counter wartime allegations of British failure in Malaya. [DS597 Gam]

Gilmour, Oswald Wellington . Singapore to freedom. London: E. J. Burrow, [1943]. 127p. 
[D811.5 Gil]

Glover, Edwin Maurice . In 70 days: the story of the Japanese campaign in British Malaya. 2nd ed., rev. and enl. London: F. Muller, 1949. 248p. Author was the general manager of Malayan Tribune who had worked in Malaya as a journalist since 1927. Final chapter has impressions of post-war Singapore. [DS596.4 Glo]

Goh, Leslie . The fall of Singapore: a reappraisal. 87p. Academic exercise - Dept. of History, University of Singapore, 1976. [D6 *1976 4]

Gough, Richard . SOE Singapore, 1941-42. London: W. Kimber, 1985. 245p. [D767.55 Gou]

Grenfell, Russell . Main Fleet to Singapore. London: Faber, 1951. 238p. [D770 Gre]

Gurcharan Singh . Japanese offensive. Jalandhar, India: ABS Publications, 1990. 291p. 
[D767 Gur]

Hall, Timothy . The fall of Singapore. North Ryde: Methuen Australia, 1983. 223p. 
[D767.55 Hal]

Hashim, Wan . Perang Dunia Kedua: peranan gerila Melayu Force 136. Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 1993. 242p. [D767.5 Hw]

Holmes, Richard  & Kemp, Anthony . The bitter end. Chichester: Antony Bird, 1982. 212p. [D767.55 Hol]

Hough, Richard Alexander . The hunting of Force Z: the brief, controversial life of the modern battleship, and its tragic close with the destruction of the 'Prince of Wales' and 'Repulse'. London: Collins, 1963. 255p. Published in the United States under the title Death of the battleship. [D777 Hou]

Hoyt, Edwin P.  Three military leaders: Heihachiro Togo, Isoroku Yamamoto, Tomoyuki Yamashita. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1993. 176p. [DS881.91 Hoy]

James, David H.  The rise and fall of the Japanese Empire. London: Allen & Unwin, 1951. 409p. Has chapters on the Japanese conquest of British Malaya and Singapore (pp. 202-245). [D767.2 Jam]

Kennedy, Joseph . The ending of a myth: the fall of Singapore, 1942. Historian, 33:3-8, 1991/92. [D1 HL]

Kenworthy, Aubrey Saint . The tiger of Malaya: the story of General Tomoyuki Yamashita and "Death March" General Masaharu Homma. New York: Exposition Press, 1953. 112p. [D804 Jap.Y]

Kinvig, Clifford . Scapegoat: General Percival of Singapore. London: Brassey's, 1996. 278p. 
[D767.5 Kin]

Kirby, S. Woodburn . Singapore: the chain of disaster. London: Cassell, 1971. 270p. [D767.5 Kir]

Kirby, S. Woodburn , et al. The war against Japan. Vol. 1. The loss of Singapore. London: H.M.S.O., 1957. An official historical account. [D767.5 Kir]

Koh, Kelvin Wee Khiang . Link in a 'chain of disaster'?: Lewis Heath and the Malayan Campaign. 84p. Academic exercise - Dept. of History, National University of Singapore, 1999. [D6 *1999 6]

Laurie, Clayton D.  Prince of Wales and Repulse, Sinking of. IN Sandler, Stanley, ed. World War II in the Pacific: an encyclopedia. New York: Garland, 2001. Pp. 484-486. [D767 Wor]

Leasor, James . Singapore: the battle that changed the world. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1968. 325p. [DS596.4 Lea]

Lebra, Joyce . Jungle alliance: Japan and the Indian National Army. Singapore: Donald Moore for Asia Pacific Press, 1971. 255p. [DS849 Ind.L]

Lee, Cecil . Sunset of the Raj: fall of Singapore 1942. Edinburgh: Pentland Press, 1994. 292p. [D767.55 Lee]

Legg, Frank . The Gordon Bennett story. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1965. 309p. [U55 Ben.L]

Leo, Tin Boon . Force 136: the Malayan episode. 102p. Academic exercise - Dept. of History, National University of Singapore, 1987. [D6 *1987 10]

Lodge, A. B. The fall of General Gordon Bennett. Sydney: Allen & Unwin , 1986. 347p. 
[U55 Ben.L]

Mackenzie, Compton . Eastern epic. London: Chatto & Windus, 1951. Vol. 1 recounts the involvement of Indian troops in the campaign. [D764 Mack]

McKie, Ronald . The heroes. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1960. 285p. The story of Operation Jaywick and Operation Rimau., two marine raids into Japanese-held Singapore from bases in Australia. [D767.55 Mack]

Malkasian, Carter . Yamashita Tomoyuki (1885-1946). IN Sandler, Stanley, ed. World War II in the Pacific: an encyclopedia. New York: Garland, 2001. Pp. 608-612. [D767 Wor]

Mant, Gilbert . The Singapore surrender. Kenthurst, NSW: Kangaroo Press, 1992. 229p. 
[D767.5 Man]

Menon, K. R.  East Asia in turmoil: letters to my son. Singapore: Educational Publications Bureau, 1981. 306p. [D767 Men]

Middlebrook, Martin  & Mahoney, Patrick . Battleship: the loss of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse. London: Allen Lane, 1977. 366p. [D777 Mid]

Montgomery, Brian . Shenton of Singapore: governor and prisoner of war. Singapore: Times Books International, 1984. [DS599.51 Thom.M]

Moore, Michael . Battalion at war: Singapore 1942. Norwich: Gliddon Books, 1988. 164p. [D767.55 Moo]

Morrison, Ian . Malayan postscript. London: Faber, 1942. 196p. Short, compelling account by the London Times correspondent. [DS596.4 Mor]

Owen, Frank . The fall of Singapore. London: Michael Joseph, 1960. 216p. [DS596.4 Owe]

Palit, D. K.  The campaign in Malaya. Rev. ed. Dehra Dun, Uttar Pradesh: Palit & Dutt, 1971. 153p. [DS596.4 Pal]

Percival, Arthur Ernest . Operations of Malaya command, from 8th December, 1941 to 15th February, 1942. London: H.M.S.O., 1948. 101p. [DS596.4 Per]

Percival, Arthur Ernest . The war in Malaya. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1949. 336p. [DS596.4 Per]

Playfair, Giles William . Singapore goes off the air. London: Jarrolds, 1944. 1 vol. [D767.5 Pla]

Plotkin, David George . Rage in Singapore: the cauldron of Asia boils over. New York: Wisdom House, 1942. 315p. [DS596.4 Plo]

Potter, John Deane . A soldier must hang: the biography of an oriental general. London: Muller, 1963. 210p. The story of General Yamashita. [D804 Jap.Y]

Reel, Adolf Frank . The case of General Yamashita. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1949. 323p. [D804 Jap.Y]

Reid, Carline . Malayan climax: experiences of an Australian girl in Malaya: 1940-1942. Hobart, Tasmania: Mercury Press, 1943. 116p. [D767.5 Rei]

Robertson, John . Australia and the "beat Hitler first" strategy, 1941-42: a problem in wartime consultation. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 11(3):300-321, 1983. [DA10 JICH]

Sareen, Tilak Raj . Japan and the Indian National Army. Delhi: Agam Prakashan, 1986. 239p. [D767.63 Sar]

Sheppard, Mubin . The Malay regiment 1933-47. Kuala Lumpur: Dept. of Public Relations, 1947. 52p. [DS597 Gre]

Shores, Christopher ; Cull, Brian  & Izawa, Yasuho . Bloody shambles. Vol. 1. The drift to war to the fall of Singapore. London: Grub Street, 1992. 392p. [D785 Sho]

Silver, Lynette Ramsay . The heroes of Rimau: unravelling the mystery of one of World War II's most daring raids. Kuala Lumpur: S.A. Majeed, 1992. 314 p. “Tells the story of the two allied commando raids on Singapore Harbour in 1943 and 1944. The first, code-named Operation Jaywick, was declared successful because the entire team returned safely after attacking seven Japanese ships. But the Japanese blamed the raid on the local population, resulting in the Double Tenth Massacre on Oct 10, 1943, in which 57 people were arrested and tortured on suspicion of involvement in the raid. Fifteen of them were killed later. The second raid, known as Operation Rimau, was a similar but more ambitious plan to use a new submarine to blow up 60 ships. At the last minute, things went horribly wrong and, forced to split up and flee, everyone of the crew's 23 men perished. A fictionalised account of the raid was published which explained the deaths of 13 of the men, but the rest was shrouded in a mystery that Silver's book succeeded finally in throwing light upon. ” – Straits Times, 4 May 2001. [D767.55 Sil]

Silver, Lynette Ramsay . Krait: the fishing boat that went to war. Kuala Lumpur: S. A. Majeed, 1992. 181p. [D767.55 Sil]

Simson, Ivan . Singapore, too little, too late: the failure of Malaya's defences in 1942. Singapore: Asia Pacific Press, 1970. 165p. [D767.5 Sim]

Smyth, John . Percival and tragedy of Singapore. London: Macdonald , 1971. 298p. [D767.5 Smy]

Swedin, Eric . Indian National Army. IN Sandler, Stanley, ed. World War II in the Pacific: an encyclopedia. New York: Garland, 2001. Pp. 259-261. [D767 Wor]

Swinson, Arthur . Defeat in Malaya: the fall of Singapore. New York: Ballantine Books, 1970. 160p. [D767.5 Swi]

Tan, Beng Luan , ed. A battle to be remembered: oral history extracts of war-time Singapore. Singapore: Oral History Dept., 1988. 35p. [D767.55 Bat]

Tan, Chong Tee . Force 136: story of a WWII resistance fighter. Singapore: Asiapac Books, 1995. 324p. Translated by Lee Watt Sim & Clara Show. [DS599.51 Tct]

Tan, Peter Kim Seng . General Percival and the fall of Malaya, 1941-1942: a reassessment. 76p. Academic exercise - Dept. of History, National University of Singapore, 1983. [D6 *1983 12]

Taylor, Lawrence . A trial of generals: Homma, Yamashita, MacArthur. South Bend, IN: Icarus Press, 1981. 233p. [JX5441 Man.T]

Thomas, Shenton . Restricted papers and correspondence: documents concerning certain evacuations from Singapore on February 13, 1942. Microfilm.

Tomlinson, H. M.  Malay waters: the story of little ships coasting out of Singapore and Penang in peace and war. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1950. 199p. Recounts the activities of small ships during the Japanese campaign. [HE900 Tom]

Trenowden, Ian . Operations most secret: SOE: the Malayan theatre. London: W. Kimber, 1978. 231p. [D767.5 Tre]

Tsang, Jan Nam . Force 136. Pulau Pinang: Jawatankuasa Sejarah Lisan dan Perpustakaan, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 1991. 2 vols. [D802.1 Tsa]

Tsuji, Masanobu . Singapore 1941-1942: the Japanese version of the Malayan campaign of World War II. Singapore: Oxford University Press, 1988. 358p. Reprint. Originally published in 1960 under title: Singapore: the Japanese version. Tsuji[D767.5 Tsu]

Uhr, Janet . Against the sun: the AIF in Malaya, 1941-42. St. Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 1998. 252p. An account of the 8th division of the Australian Imperial Force and the campaign against the Japanese in Malaya during 1941-42.[D767.5Uhr]

Ward, Ian . The killer they called a god. Singapore: Media Masters, 1992. 346p. [DS599.61 War]

Warren, Alan . Singapore 1942: Britain’s greatest defeat. Singapore: Talisman, 2002. 370p. [D767.55 War]

Watson, Bruce . Sieges: a comparative study. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1993. 176p. Has a chapter entitled "Singapore, 7 December 1941 to 15 February 1942" (pp. 107-128). [UG444 Wat]

Weller, George Anthony . Singapore is silent. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1943. 312p. [DS596.4 Wel]

Wetjen, Richard F.,  et al. The battle of Singapore. Military Review, 74(4):34-45, 1994. [U1 MR]

Wigmore, Lionel . The Japanese thrust. Canberra: Australian War Memorial, 1957. 715p. [D767.8 Aus.W]

Willbanks, James H.  Malaya, Japanese conquest of. IN Sandler, Stanley, ed. World War II in the Pacific: an encyclopedia. New York: Garland, 2001. Pp. 361-365. [D767 Wor]

Wyett, John . Staff wallah at the fall of Singapore. St. Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 1996. 225p. [D767.55 Wye]


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