Robert Elliott

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Royal Engineers prepare to blow up a bridge in Malaya during the British retreat to Singapore. In the background Chinese rickshaws loaded with rice from abandoned government stocks are crossing the bridge. The Allied forces under General Arthur Percival surrendered to General Yamashita in Singapore on 15 February 1942 after a Japanese campaign in Malaya lasting nearly 70 days.

Sappers of the Royal Engineers, prepare to blow up a bridge in Malaya during the British retreat to Singapore. In the background Chinese rickshaws loaded with rice from abandoned government stocks are crossing the bridge, December 1941 (IWM)