World Battlefronts: The Way to Singapore

To U.S. homebodies, the field where U.S. soldiers were giving their lives (see p. 16) seemed the most urgent. But to the Allied strategists, there was no more important battlefield than Malaya. On that battlefield Singapore was at stake. At Singapore the future of the Allies in Asia was at stake.

As everywhere, the Japanese made a spectacular beginning in Malaya. Their plan was shrewdly devised and fanatically attempted. It was defined by nature as much as by man.

East Side, West Side. Malaya (see map p. 20) is divided by a great watershed....