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'As early as 1923 Britain began building a massive naval base as Japan's naval power in the area became more apparent.'Singapore's days as a British colony were numbered when Japanese troops started to move swiftly down the Malay Peninsula in early 1942.

It would be years - and cost the lives of thousands who died in appalling circumstances - before the Japanese announced its own surrender. By doing so, they could cut the Burma Road which carried vital fuel and ammunition supplies to its enemy, China.He refused to provide the Japanese with any information, despite being tortured. He died in June, and was buried behind the Batu Gajah prison in Malaysia in an unmarked spot.After Singapore was liberated in 1945, his remains were taken to the country, where British officers held a funeral and memorial service (pictured above)'Britain also did not believe that Japan would ever be bold enough to fight both Britain and America at the same time.Pictured above, Percival and colleagues on their way to surrender In a series of black and white photos newly released in a book entitled The Surrender of Singapore by Stephen Wynn, Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival (bottom right, not facing camera) who was the General Officer Commanding Malaya in WW2, can be seen signing the surrender document handing Singapore over to the Japanese on 15 February 1942The photographs have been released in a book entitled The Surrender of Singapore by Stephen Wynn.In a series of black and white photos Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival who was the General Officer Commanding Malaya in WW2, can be seen signing the surrender document handing Singapore over to the Japanese on 15 February 1942.The British greatly underestimated the fighting prowess of their enemy, and Japanese forces controlled the air and surrounding seas.

British Lieutenant-General Percival was eventually forced to surrender 136,000 men in Singapore to the Japanese army.

The naval base and resources available were not enough and just two months after the Pacific War began, British Lieutenant-General Percival was forced to surrender 136,000 men in Singapore to the Japanese army.

It was on 15 February, 1942, after a week of fierce, last-ditch fighting, that Percival surrendered Singapore and hostilities ceased.

It is estimated just under 400,000 British people were killed in WW2 and over 60million people killed worldwide.

Japan officially surrendered Singapore on 12 September 1945 after the US military dropped two Atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August.

Britain began building a naval base in Singapore in 1923.