MALAYA AND SINGAPORE
REPORT DRAWN UP BY MAJOR H.P.THOMAS O.B.E., I.A.
This report is intended to give a general outline of the conditions under which the campaign was conducted, to clear up certain misconceptions, throw light on obscurities and so discourage ill-founded and superficial judgments on men and events.
The narrative is the result of the study of a number of written reports and recent interviews with over fifty officers, civil servants and private individuals of all classes and races, all of whom were present in malaya at the time. They include some with an unrivalled knowledge of the country and its people.
In the absence of official documents and the impossibilty of studying at leisure such papers as are available, no claim is made for meticulous accuracy in regard to such detail as is included; nor indeed is it likely that an exact and detailed account will ever be available owing to the destruction of official records prior to capitulation.
New Delhi, May 30, 1942.