Escape from Singapore


'Dalforce' (also known as Singapore Overseas Chinese Anti-Japanese Volunteer Army) was formed in Singapore during 1942 by Colonel John Dalley who had previously been responsible for counter-intelligence operations in Malaya. The unit consisted of about 2,000 Chinese under British officers and was only in existence for a matter of weeks. In fact, prior to its formation, the authorities in Malaya had, for political reasons, vetoed the setting up of any exclusively Chinese force. The recruits left their training camps on 5 February and a company of 'Dalforce' fought alongside 22nd Australian Brigade before the surrender of Singapore on 15 February 1942. Photograph Courtesy of SGFilmhunter

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