World: Ghost of Sea Power

Singapore's great naval base, supposedly the reason why Singapore must be held, lay abandoned and defenseless between the two Japanese landings. But it did not have the air of a mighty fortress. It looked like a ghost of power. This huge establishment for sea war, which had cost the British Empire $400,000,000 and 19 years, which had been promoted even by the late great Socialist Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, this cradle big enough for the entire British and U.S. Fleets, had been rendered powerless because the Nips had come unexpectedly by land instead...