Of the first 11 U-boats assigned to the Monsun Gruppe at the base, only U-168, U-183, U-188, and U-532 arrived between October and November 1943. [2] By early 1945 the liberation of Malaya was planned to commence on 9 September under the code name Operation Zipper. In August 1943 the Allies set up South East Asia Command to oversee the war in South East Asia, including Malaya. [18], Nonetheless, some stayed hidden in the jungles with the communists, and when Chin Peng and remnants of the Malayan Communist Party ended their struggle in 1989, two former Japanese soldiers emerged from the jungle with the communists and surrendered.[18]. The Japanese wanted the support of the Indian community to free India from British rule, and did not consider the Malays to be a threat. When liberation started on October 20, 1944, Zonification was used with more frequency and impunity. Of primary concern were the ethnic Chinese who were known to financially support both Nationalist and Communist forces in China fighting the Japanese. Fighting continued until 18 January, and despite efforts by the 2/19th and 2/29th Battalions, the Johor defensive line collapsed. By early 1945 the liberation of Malaya was planned to commence on 9 September under the code name Operation Zipper. As the Japanese campaign progressed more Indian troops were captured with significant numbers being convinced to join the new force under Singh. More than 200,000 Japanese troops passed through the island under Operation Exodus. [16] Air strength in both Malaya and Sumatra was estimated to be a little more than 170 aircraft. The liberation force was led by Lord Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander of South East Asia Command. A convoy of landing craft carrying Indian troops entering the bay at Singapore, 1945. In the period between the Emperor's announcement and the arrival of Allied forces in Malaya sporadic fighting broke out between the Chinese and Malay communities, particularly in Perak. The allied powers were not prepared for this. After the Singapore surrender, British forces reached Kuala Lumpur, where the Commander of the 29th Army surrendered on 13 September 1945. Name and mistranslation. Sergeant Eiko Yoshimura, the Head of Kempeitai in Ipoh, was sentenced to death by hanging for the torture and abuse of civilians, including Sybil Kathigasu. [13][14] The time zone was also moved to align with Japan. The Japanese undertook recruiting, particularly with the Indian and Malay populations, both prior to and after the occupation. The fol­low­ing lists the ex­tent of the au­thor­ity of the British Mil­i­tary Ad­min­is­tra­tion in Malaya. [58], In addition to Japanese troops, some 7,000 Japanese civilians who had lived in Malaya prior to or during the occupation were also repatriated to Japan.[59]. 1942: Singapore forced to surrender. On 16 December 1941, the British left Penang to the Japanese, who occupied it on 19 December. Malaya was gradually occupied by the Japanese between 8 December 1941 and the Allied surrender at Singapore on 16 February 1942. [9], Once occupied Malaya was placed under the Malay Military Administration (Malai Gunsei Kumbu) of the Imperial Japanese Army. Specific incidents include Kota Tinggi, Johore on 28 February 1942 (2,000 killed); Gelang Patah, Johore on 4 March (300 killed); Benut, Johore on 6 March (number unknown); Johore Baharu, Senai, Kulai, Sedenak, Pulai, Rengam, Kluang, Yong Peng, Batu Pahat, Senggarang, Parit Bakau, and Muar between February and March (estimated up to 25,000 Chinese were killed in Johore); Tanjong Kling, Malacca on 16 March (142 killed); Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan on 15 March (76 killed); Parit Tinggi, Negeri Sembilan on 16 March (more than 100 killed, the entire village);[37] Joo Loong Loong (near the present village of Titi) on 18 March (1474 killed, entire village eliminated by Major Yokokoji Kyomi and his troops);[38][39] and Penang in April (several thousand killed by Major Higashigawa Yoshinura). British carrier borne aircraft attacked targets along the West Coast of Malaya and aircraft of the United States Seventh Fleet attacked targets on the East Coast as a prelude to Operation Zipper. [25] By the end of the war there were 758 Kempeitai stationed in Malaya, with more in the Thai occupied Malay states.[26]. [18] There was even a secret plan to massacre all Allied PoWs on the island. Japanese spies, which included a British intelligence officer, Captain Patrick Stanley Vaughan Heenan and Lord Sempill also provided intelligence and assistance. The assault was scheduled for 9 September 1945, but was forestalled following the Surrender of Japan on 15 August 1945. Gradually the more repressive policies towards the Chinese were lifted and advisory councils were formed. Another link forged by Fujiwara was with Ibrahim Yaacob of Kesatuan Melayu Muda a pro-independence Malay organisation. [21] A British Military Administration was formed to govern the island until March 1946. [11] HMAS Hawkesbury was the sole Australian warship during the Japanese surrender, escorting the repatriation transport Duntroon. The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) were concentrated in the middle, from where they advanced north from Segamat, clashing with the advancing Japanese army at Gemas on 14 January. Nonetheless, in the context of the politics of the Malay Peninsula, the series of key events that transpired during this 1945–57 period can be more implicitly interpreted as a process of "recolonisation." On 28 March mines were dropped in several harbours and the last Malaya mission by the 20th Air Force took place on 29 March when attack was made on a mix of targets. Operation Jurist referred to the British recapture of Penang following Japan's surrender in 1945. Children of Singapore cheer the arrival of the 5th Indian Division, 5 September 1945. Lai Teck was not suspected as being a traitor until after the war. The 25th Army's Chief of Staff was the Superintendent and its Chief of General Affairs Department Colonel Watanabe Wataru its executive officer. 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