FIGHTING in Singapore is now taking place on a
line running from about Ang Mo Kio Village,
MacRitchie Reservoir and Pasir Panjang.
This is revealed in the official communique
issued at 5.30 pm yesterday. The communique says:
"Severe enemy pressure has been
maintained on the Western Front during the last
24 hours, and his attack is being supported by
increased air and artillery support.
"Shelling today has been frequent on
forward areas on Singapore town. He has also
carried out low level dive-bomb attacks on our
forward areas, and there have been many high
level bombing attacks in the town area by large
formations of aircraft.
"Fighting is now taking place about Ang
Mo Kio Village, MacRitchie Reservoir, Pasir
The intense artillery barrages which British
guns in Singapore put up during the past two
nights had their effects on the enemy, it is
It is also learned from authoritative sources
that several Japanese tanks have been destroyed
Yesterday was probably Singapores worst
day since fighting began in Malaya. There was
almost continuous shelling of the area, while air
bombardment was heavy.
There was a tremendous surge of relief in
London yesterday when a radio message gave the
lie to the Axis reports of Japanese troops
mopping up the Imperial forces in Singapore, and
that the last phase had almost ended, declared
Robert Johnson, broadcasting from London last
Both strategically and symbolically,
Singapores loss would be bad, said Mr.
Wickham Steed during his talk on World
Affairs;, but we see no use in pretending that
after all, it would not matter much.
"It is not untrue that our resistance in
the Malay Peninsula and Singapore has gained time
for reinforcements to be sent, there or
elsewhere," added Mr. Steed.
General Percivals forces including the
Australians, are offering stout resistance
against great odds, said a broadcast from Tokio,
which added that hand to hand fighting was
proceeding yesterday morning round the Singapore
racecourse and there was energetic resistance,
with uninterrupted British bombardments.
The defiance of our general resistance was
emphasised in other broadcasts. A Tokio announcer
said in English: "The enemy is apparently
determined to die in order to live up to the
British Empires prestige."
It is believed that six enemy aircraft were
brought down on Thursday by our anti-aircraft
batteries but yesterdays enemy air losses
are not yet known.
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