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The Resource End of empire, by Four Square Productions and Crest Communications Production, (electronic resource)

End of empire, by Four Square Productions and Crest Communications Production, (electronic resource)

Label
End of empire
Title
End of empire
Statement of responsibility
by Four Square Productions and Crest Communications Production
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This film tells the harrowing story of the Japanese occupation of Singapore from 1941-45. Archival film as well as fascinating interviews with two historians, Professors A. Jayathurai and Brian Farrell relate the tragedy of this important theater of war. But it is the story of Alexander Cockburn a young Scotsman who had recently signed on for a four-year stint as a pharmacist in the bustling colonial city that gives the dramatic history a personal dimension. Instead of enjoying a brilliant career in Singapore, Cockburn witnessed its swift and violent end, as well as the symbolic end of the British Empire. In the 1930s it was widely believed that Singapore was an impregnable fortress. When the well-trained and equipped Japanese invaded Northern Malaya in 1941, shortly after Pearl Harbor, they easily defeated the under-prepared Indian, New Zealand and Australian troops who had joined the British there. When British officials realized Singapore would fall, they evacuated the colonials, leaving the Chinese, Indian and Malay populations to fend for themselves. Throughout this, Cockburn worked as a medical volunteer, cleaning up the bodies left from Japanese bombing. Two British battleships were sunk with nine hundred British sailors lost and the British surrendered after six weeks. Under the Japanese occupation, one hundred thousand prisoners of war were arrested and imprisoned or executed in six weeks. Cockburn was taken prisoner by the Japanese and spent four years in horrendous conditions, with almost no food or medicine available. He used his experience as a pharmacist to help his fellow inmates as much as he could. It is estimated that twenty to thirty thousand people perished in captivity. As Prof. Jayathurai says, "Churchill gave up Malaya for the defense of Europe. This was the end of the British Empire; everything after that was borrowed time."
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
Intended audience
For College; Adult audiences
Language note
This edition in English
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Crest Communications Production
  • Four Square Productions
Runtime
45
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cockburn, Alexander
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Singapore
Target audience
general
Label
End of empire, by Four Square Productions and Crest Communications Production, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?FLON;1630783
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Originally released as DVD
  • Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1630783/flon
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (45 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a209895
  • (OCoLC)747795960
Video recording format
other
Label
End of empire, by Four Square Productions and Crest Communications Production, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?FLON;1630783
Publication
Note
  • Originally released as DVD
  • Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1630783/flon
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (45 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a209895
  • (OCoLC)747795960
Video recording format
other

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