IN LATE 1944 as the Allied forces, spearheaded by British Commonwealth troops, were launching a major offensive against Japanese-occupied Burma, an equally significant military plan aimed at retaking Malaya and Singapore by force was simultaneously being drawn up by the Allied Southeast Asia Command (SEAC).1
Codenamed Operation Zipper, the original plan was to begin with an attack on Phuket Island where two forward airbases would be established to enable the Royal Air Force to regain air superiority over Malayan airspace. This would then be followed by an amphibious assault on the western coast of Malaya by 100,000 infantry troops to capture ...
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