Battle for Malaya

Battle for Malaya

The Indian Army in Defeat, 1941–1942
Kaushik Roy
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 11/01/2019
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-04415-0
Bookmark and Share

Other formats available:

Buy from Amazon


This title is not yet available. You may pre-order this item and it will be shipped to you when it is available.

The defeat of 90,000 Commonwealth soldiers by 50,000 Japanese soldiers made the World War II Battle for Malaya an important encounter for both political and military reasons. British military prestige was shattered, fanning the fires of nationalism in Asia, especially in India. Japan’s successful tactics in Malaya—rapid marches, wide outflanking movement along difficult terrain, nocturnal attacks, and roadblocks—would be repeated in Burma in 1942–43. Until the Allied command evolved adequate countermeasures, Japanese soldiers remained supreme in the field. Looking beyond the failures of command, Kaushik Roy focuses on tactics of the ground battle that unfolded in Malaya between December 1941 and February 1942. His analysis includes the organization of the Indian Army—the largest portion of Commonwealth troops—and compares it to the British and Australian armies that fought side by side with Indian soldiers. Utilizing both official war office records and unofficial memoirs, autobiographies, and oral histories, Roy presents a synthesis of history from the top with history from below and provides a thick narrative of operations interwoven with tactical analysis of the Battle for Malaya.

Author Bio

Kaushik Roy is author of many books including; India and World II: Armed Forces, and Society, 1939–45, and Indian Army and the First World War 1914–18, as well as journals articles in First World War Studies, International Area Studies Review, Journal of Global History, Journal of Military History, Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, Modern Asian Studies, War in History, and more. He is Guru Nanak Chair Professor in the Department of History, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, and Global Fellow at Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway, and specializes in various aspects of medieval and modern Indian and Asian military history.

Customer Reviews

There are currently no reviews
Write a review on this title.

Table of Contents

List of Maps




List of Abbreviations


1. The Rise of the Singapore Naval Base

2. The Allied Ground Forces in Malaya

3. The Invasion

4. Defeat at Slim River

5. Disaster at Muar and Johore

6. Endgame in Singapore Island