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‘The New Order’, No.1, 16th Feb 2602 No.1
BRITISH ARMY SURRENDERS IN SINGAPORE
DRAMATIC MEETING BETWEEN VICTOR AND VANQUISHED GENERALS
THE NEW ORDER
SIR SHELTON THOMAS TO BE HELD AS HOSTAGE BY NIPPON ARMY
No.1., 16th February, 2602 No. 1.
WAR EDITION PUBLISHED DAILY
The death knell of Singapore has been tolled. The much-vaunted Imperial Force have surrendered. The fortress of the Lion City has fallen like a thunder smitten oak. The gateway to the unlimited treasure of the East has been forever slammed on the British. The gigantic doors of the prison house of Asiatic peoples has been thrown open. The trumpet call of the liberation of Asians have been sounded. The rule of the White Man in greater East Asia has begun.
The historical significance of the fall of this city need not be over emphasised. It is as yet too early to envisage the extent of the benefit of this event on Asia. But one thing is certain. The most treasured possession of the British, prestige, which is more prized than a hundred Singapores, had been irreparably shattered. After the bitter humiliation suffered by their complete and unconditional surrender at Singapore the British can never hope to rule an Asiatic people again.
The East, once the centre of the world’s culture and civilization, the master of the arts of peace and war, had once again begun to lift her head. The inferiority complex of Eastern Peoples which has been the result of long domination by foreigners had driven them to find solace in the great deeds of their respective heroes in the dim past. It need no longer be so. Like a mighty dragon shaking itself after a long and heavy slumber Dai Nippon has shown the world what an Eastern people are capable of when roused.
Dai Nippon has given the lead. It is now the solemn duty of all Asiatic peoples to band themselves into one great brother hood, sink their petty difference in the wide ocean of their common cause and work shoulder to shoulder with Nippon to hasten the dawn of the New Order to break in its fullness on a war-torn world.
NIPPON IMPERIAL H.Q. ANNOUNCED AT 10.10 P.M TODAY THAT THE BRITISH ARMY IN SINGAPORE HAD UNCONDITIONALLY SURRENDERED AT 7.50. PM. TODAY.
SINGAPORE FRONT 15th
THE BRITISH ARMY IN MALAYA HAS AT LAST SURRENDERED. LIEUT. GEN. A.E. PERCIVAL THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE BRITISH ARMY, MET LIEUT. GEN YAMASHITA AT THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY AND SIGNIFIED HIS WILLINGNESS TO SURRENDER UNCONDITIONALLY.
Thus is the short space of 69 days the British army in Malaya has been obliged to surrender to the Nippon army. Fighting with great determination inspired by the August virtue of our Emperor the Nippon Army has scored a great victory.
At 2.30 p.m. today some British soldiers suddenly appeared on the front. They were the British Staff Major C.H.D. Wilde carrying a white flag and few privates.
Nippon army at once deputed Lieut. Colonel to enquire whether the British army was willing to surrender. The Lieut. Col. asked the British Officer in Japanese whether the British Army were willing to surrender. Major Wilde replied in the affirmative. Before the meeting ended at 4.15 Major Wilde promised that at 5.30 p.m. Lieut. Gen. Percival would come to the Nippon army headquarters to discuss details.
At 6.15 p.m. Lieut. Gen. A.E. Percival the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army accompanied by Staff Officer K.S. Torrence, Sub-General T.A Newbegin and Staff Major Wilde arrived at the Ford Motor factory at Bukit Batu which was the appointed place. Through the wired window of the factory one could see the hell fire of Singapore still burning.