The Japanese forces had landed in Singapore from the north and were able to push the British back to the outskirts of the city. A vile decision to surrender was made by British Commanders at Fort Canning. On 15 Feb 42, the British surrendered. It was Chinese New Year Day in Singapore and the start of phase of darkness for the next 3 years. It was the Japanese Imperial Soldiers instead of ushering the “Year of the Horse”.
About 130,000 Indian, Australian and British troops became prisoners of war, many of whom would later be transported to Burma, Japan, Korea, or Manchuria for use as slave labour. The fall of Singapore was the largest surrender of British-led forces in history.