February 15, 1942
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SUNDAY, 15 FEBRUARY 1942
The British Army on Singapore under the command of Lieutenant General Arthur Percival at the Ford Factory officially surrenders Singapore to the Japanese Army under the command of General Tomoyuki Yamashita. Afterwards, roughly 80,000 British, Indian, Australian and Malayan soldiers on Singapore became Prisoners Of War (POW) the largest British led surrender in the history of the British Empire. They join roughly 50,000 Allied POWs cpatured earlier during the Malayan Campaign. Prime Minister Winston Churchill calls the fall of Singapore to the Japanese "the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history".
IJA: Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) 25th Army under the command of General Tomoyuki Yamashita at the Ford Factory accepts the surrender of the British Army on Singapore under the command of Lieutenant General Arthur Percival. In the Philippines at
Santo Thomas University used to detain civilian prisoners, three attempted to escape
but all three were captured and shot.