Brian Farrell, Garth Pratten

When Imperial Japan unleashed the Pacific War, Australian forces went into action in Malaya and later on Singapore Island. This book covers the role of Australians in the Malaya campaigns, 1941-42.
Date Published :
March 2016
Publisher :
Big Sky Publishing
Series :
Australian Army Campaigns Series
Illustration :
full color throughout
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9780980567441
Pages : 254
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
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When Imperial Japan unleashed the Pacific War in December 1941, Australian forces went into action, as part of a larger British Empire force, to defend Malaya and Singapore. Australia's principal contribution to defending Malaya and Singapore was the 8th Division. Originally raised for service in the Mediterranean, the division was committed piecemeal to Malaya and its performance was bedevilled by poor command decisions in the face of an enemy better prepared on all counts for the campaign at hand. The 8th Division, however, also reflected some strengths of the AIF at large: stubbornness in positional defense, effective and flexible small unit tactics and leadership, and skill and determination in close quarter combat. Singapore was lost more in spite than because of Australian efforts, but its loss underlined Australia's strategic dependence on 'great and powerful friends' during the Second World War.

About The Author

Brian P. Farrell is Deputy Head of the Department of History at the National University of Singapore, where he has been teaching military history since 1993. Farrell’s research interest is the military history of the British Empire. He has published more extensively on the defence and fall of Singapore than any other scholar, his main work being The Defence and Fall of Singapore 1940-1942, for which he drew extensively on Australian primary sources. Farrell also uses the ground as a primary source, has toured the battlefields of Malaya and Singapore extensively, and provided many of the photos and travel notes for this project from his own work.

Dr Garth Pratten is a senior lecturer in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He has worked as an historian for both the Australian Army and the Australian War Memorial, and taught history at Deakin University. He has been a member of the Australian Army Reserve for seventeen years. The grandson of a veteran of the siege of Tobruk, Garth's principal historical interest is the Australian experience of the Second World War, with a particular focus on the conduct of military operations. In April 2006 he was awarded the Australian Army's C.E.W. Bean Prize for Military History for his PhD thesis on Australian battalion commanders in the Second World War.

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