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Did you know that in 1941-1942, the humble bicycle was used by the
Japanese Army to travel 1000 kilometres quickly from Kota Bahru
southwards to invade Singapore? Thousands of Japanese soldiers came
down in a manner and speed that totally surprised the British and Allied
Forces.

The British surrendered Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942.

(Left stamp shows the advancing Japanese Army with their bicycles.
Picture from ‘Singapore – Journey Into Nationhood’

Right stamp shows Gen Yamashita dictating terms to Gen Percival.
The “Japanese Occupation” ended on 12 September 1945.)

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Written by victorkoo

17 March, 2008 at 10:00 am

Posted in Philatelic Book

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