History Lesson 2 (Week 5) (SBQ (State 2 "PEE"s (Point: State how…
History Lesson 2 (Week 5)
Who caused the fall of Singapore?
Weaknesses of the British
The two ships that they thought were very strong ended up getting sunk by the Japanese because they did not have aeroplanes to cover them.
General Percival spread his men along a 70 mile coast line, which caused his men to be spread out too thinly. In the end, the attack was not as spread out as they thought.
The attack on Singapore happened around the time the attack on Pearl Harbour happened. The Royal Air Force lost almost all their frontline aeroplanes even before the attack on Singapore even started.
The British were also fighting the Germans in North Africa or were in Britain to defend their homeland
British troops did not have training in Jungle warfare, which was how they would be fighting in Malaya
Over confident, believed they were an "impregnable fortress"
No tanks because the British felt that tanks were useless in Jungle warfare
Strengths of the Japanese
Used bikes because they were easier to maintain as compared to horses
Trained in Jungle conditions, hence they were much more prepared as compared to the British
Their kits were more accustomed for jungle warfare
Japan had many bombers
Coordinated with land attacks to take over places very quickly
The Japanese had set up Manchukuo and taken over parts of China, giving them their resources
Singapore stood out because they did not take cover, which made it an easier target for the Japanese
Yamashita was trained in Germany about war tactics that he would later use to help Japan
Their leader was fierce and compared to a tiger whereas the British's leader was compared to a bunny, completely unprepared for this new form of war
Treatment of the POWs by the Japanese
Chinese treated unfairly(with harsher conditions) as compared to Malays and Indians because they helped the China soldiers in fighting the Japanese
Various torture methods
Cutting off fingernails
Information provided in the source
State 2 "PEE"s
Point: State how the treatment was like
Evidence: Quote evidence from the text to support your statement(P)
Explain: Explain how the evidence proves your point