This catastrophe has decided the fate of Malaysia and Singapore. After Pearl Harbor, the destruction of the most powerful in the region of British ships meant that Japan won supremacy at sea in the whole of East Asia. Now, the Japanese could easily be planted landings on the coast of Malaysia, and Singapore could not be supported from the sea. Starting from December 10, British troops without support from the sea and the air, constantly retreating along the coast south to Singapore. They suffered heavy losses from the pursuing from the flank and rear of the Japanese - one British division was completely destroyed, and the other lost a significant part of the personnel and equipment. British commanders have dumped off Malaysia. First of all, it is hoped to defend Singapore, which pulls together the main force, including the reinforcements arrived from Egypt (45 thousand. Pers. And 141 aircraft). But these hopes were illusory. The fact that Singapore is only strengthened by the sea. With virtually no land fortress was protected. Before the war, the British leadership considered unthinkable attack on the castle through roadless covered jungle Malaya. But just such an attack and carried out the Japanese, denying all previous calculations of British strategists.