|In 1941, a large Japanese strike force fell on the Singapore Naval Base, after British warnings to leave south-east Asia alone fail to persuade them. |
Singapore had been a cornerstone of British Defence policy in the Far East since 1918. After the Great War, the British government devoted significant resources into building a naval base in Singapore, as a deterrent to the increasingly ambitious Japanese Empire. Originally announced in 1923, the construction of the base proceeded slowly until the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1931.
The blueprint for the new base was a dock covered 21 square miles - then the largest dry dock in the world, the third-largest floating dock, and enough fuel tanks to support the entire British navy for six months. It was to be defended by heavy 15-inch naval guns stationed at Fort Siloso, Fort Canning and Labrador, as well as a Royal Air Force airfield at Tengah Airbase. Winston Churchill touted it as the "Gibraltar of the East."
The works had been completed in 1939, arrived at a staggering cost of GBP60 million. Less than two years later, the Base was completed destroyed on the “day of infamy”.
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|In 1941, General George Marshall sent the famous warning message to Hawaii that morning. It was actually delivered by a young Japanese-American cycle messenger, to General Walter Short, commanding general of the Army post at Pearl Harbour.|
Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel commander actioned the telegram in good time to save the U.S. Pacific Fleet from certain destruction by raising the torpedo nets.
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|In 1941, a young Japanese-American cycle messenger was given a telegram for General Walter Short, commanding general of the Army post at Pearl Harbour The telegram contained General George Marshall's famous warning message to Hawaii, but it was delayed that morning by vital hours. The messenger was sympathetic to the Empire of Japan's mission to bring about a new order in the Pacific. Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel commander was not provided with good time to raise the torpedo nets, and the U.S. Pacific Fleet was destroyed.|