The Sunday Times, Feb 15,
Defence Stubbornly Maintained
BRITISH, Australian, Indian and Malay troops, and
including now men of the Straits Settlements
Volunteer Force, are disputing every attempt by the
Japanese to advance further towards the heart of
There was a strange diminution of activity during
last night, with little shelling and no bombing of
the city area. Reasons for this were still unapparent
when we went to Press at 7 am. British guns had been
heard again from 6 am and after a while there was
The official communique issued at 5.30 pm
yesterday (Saturday) stated:
"During yesterday afternoon, enemy attacks
developed in the Paya Lebar area, and in the West.
Both were in considerable strength.
"Today, the enemy has maintained his
pressure, supporting his attacks with a number of
high level bombing raids by large formation of
aircraft, continual shelling by his artillery, and
low diver-bombing attacks. His artillery have also
shelled the town intermittently throughout the night
and this morning.
"Our troops - British, Australian, Indian and
Malay - are disputing every attempt to advance
further towards the heart of Singapore town.
"In the town itself, the civil defence
services are making every effort to deal with the
damage and civil casualties caused by hostile
shelling and bombing."
It is understood that our artillery engaged some
of the enemy forces with considerable success
inflicting about 100 casualties.
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