This is a set of four Asahi Shimbun press photographs from the Battle of Singapore. Each photograph illustrates a different aspect of the battle and the British surrender of the 'Gibraltar of the East'. Winston Churchill called the surrender of over sixty thousand British troops on February 15, 1942 'the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history'.
The Japanese did not launch an amphibious invasion of Singapore itself, instead they chose to invade the Malay peninsula to the north of Singapore. By marching overland, this allowed Imperial Japanese forces to attack Singapore from the north, an eventuality for which the British defenders were not completely prepared. The top horizontal photo depicts part of the Japanese army on its march south toward Singapore. Here, members of the army act as pylons for a make-shift bridge across a river, expediting their unit's advance. The middle horizontal photograph captures Lieutenant General Arthur Ernest Percival's ignominious walk under a flag of truce to negotiate the surrender of Singapore. Percival was the commander of British Commonwealth forces in Singapore. The bottom horizontal photograph appears to show the British delegation negotiating the surrender of their forces to the Japanese with Japanese officers. Three Japanese aircraft are featured in the fourth and only vertical photograph in this set. The wing of a fourth aircraft appears on the top right, indicating that the image was taken from said fourth aircraft.
These four photographs were published by Asahi Shimbun in 1942.
The Asahi Shimbun (朝日新聞; January 25, 1879 – Present), translated Morning Sun Newspaper, is one of Japan's oldest and most venerable daily newspapers. The Asahi Shimbun began publication in Osaka on January 25, 1879 as a small-print, four-page illustrated paper. The paper was founded by Kimura Noboru (company president), Murayama Ryōhei (owner), and Tsuda Tei (managing editor). In 1888 the newspaper expanded with a branch in Tokyo and began issuing the Tokyo Asahi Shimbun. The the Osaka and Tokyo papers formally merged under a single imprint in 1940. Almost from its inception the newspaper was known for its liberal views. The Asahi Shimbun continues to publish from Osaka today. More by this mapmaker...
Very good. Even overall toning. Light soiling. Old crease in one corner of each photograph. All four appear to be lithographs as they are not printed on photo paper. Blank on verso.