Asahi Shimbun

Japanese map of Singapore printed the day Britain capitulated

Japanese map of Singapore printed the day Britain capitulated

DESCRIPTION: Interesting Japanese maps of the Malaysian Peninsula and Singapore, Malaysia printed on February 15, 1942 (Showa 17).

Japanese map of Singapore published the day Britain capitulated to Japan in February, 1942.

Japanese Map of Singapore. 1942. (6.5" x 4.5")

Maps and text related to Malaysian history, terrain and climate, natural resources, population, and administration. Smaller map of Singapore contains information related to fortifications, broadcast towers, airfields, and oil storage facilities.

Translation (partial): "In 1824 Singapore reached the southern coast of the island of Singapore, which the Englishman Raffles purchased from the King of Johor for $600,000. With a population of 600,000, it is the base of the British East Asian Fleet, along with Malacca in the Strait of Malacca and Jiyoji Town on Penang Island, and is the cornerstone of world shipping that connects the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean."

February 15, 1942, was a significant day during World War II as it marked the fall of Singapore to the Japanese forces. Singapore, then a British colony, was considered a crucial strategic stronghold in Southeast Asia. On that day, Japanese troops launched a major assault on Singapore, breaching the defensive lines and rapidly advancing. The British and Commonwealth forces, vastly outnumbered and lacking in supplies and reinforcements, were unable to hold back the Japanese onslaught.

Printed by Seiko Printing Co., Ltd. For Asahi Shimbun, Japan Publishing Culture Association Member Number 101503B. (1)

(1) Asahi Shimbun is a major Japanese newspaper established in 1879. It covers domestic and international news, with a progressive editorial stance. Known for investigative journalism, it has print and online editions and is influential nationwide. During February 1942, Asahi Shimbun, like other Japanese newspapers, operated under strict government censorship and propaganda regulations due to Japan's involvement in World War II.

CREATOR: Asahi Shimbun




CONDITION: Fair.  Paper used but solid. Folds, as issued. Grubby. No holes, tears, or losses.

COLORING: Litho color


SIZE: 10 " x 14 "


PRICE: $400


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