World: Week of Disaster

Each day opened with fresh withdrawal, closed with fresh defeat. In the five weeks since war's outbreak, the Japanese had driven 200 miles south. Last week was the worst. It opened with the British hanging on below the tin center, Ipoh. It closed with the British 100 miles south in grim retreat below the Federated Malay States' capital and rubber center, Kuala Lumpur.

At that point nearly all of Malaya's tin and rubber was gone; now only the naval base was left and its site. Singapore, was already within such close reach of the...

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