Japanese troops surrender to British forces in Singapore. A view of the England naval base in Singapore. The Japanese troops at the base. A view of the city. The British troops disembark a ship. The troops with guns on their shoulders walk on the port. The people of Singapore greet them. Civilians greet British troops on trucks. Singapore prisoners cheer. A prisoner smokes. The Singapore prisoners at the Japanese prison camp. Several views of the prisoners showing Japanese torture. British General Lord Louis Mountbatten arrives for a meeting. Japanese delegation lead by General Seishiro Itagaki enters a hall for the meeting. The Japanese delegates and British officials in a hall for the meeting. Mountbatten looks into the surrender document. Itakaki signs the surrender document. People seated during the meeting. The British troops stand in formation in the background. The British flag is raised.
United States prisoners after being released from a Japanese prison camp at Cabanatuan in the Philippines during World War II. 511 Allied prisoners after being liberated from the Japanese prison camp. Soldiers get off a truck. Liberated soldiers share their experiences of the life at Japanese prison camps. Sergeant Robert speaks that he was taken prisoner in Singapore. He says that a number of prisoners lost their lives due to diphtheria, cholera and other diseases. He was taken to Thailand and brought back to Singapore from where the prisoners went aboard a Japanese ship. Majority of the prisoners lost their lives after the Japanese ship was sunk due to American air attack near Luzon. Then he was taken to the Cabanatuan prison camp. Another liberated prisoner Sergeant Samuel Goldy expresses gladness on being released by the Americans after 3 years of imprisonment.
On January 30, 1945, 121 members of the 6th Ranger Battalion and 286 Filipino guerrillas are seen setting out on a 30 mile trek behind Japanese lines, to free Allied prisoners of war (POWs) and civilians from a Japanese camp near Cabanatuan City, in the Philippines, during World War 2. They stretch out in a long, informal column as they traverse low flat lands and ford a wide shallow river. The men carry weapons and supplies (some on their heads) as they move along, almost like a Safari. Scene shifts to rescued prisoner, Major Emil P. Reed, U.s. Army Medical Corps,26th Cavalry. He was the senior officer among prisoners at the Cabanatuan prison camp number 1. He recounts being told by the Japanese Commandant that commencing January 7th, they were free at their own risk, but also assured them they would not be molested by the Japanese if they stayed within their regular camp area. Sergeant Samuel E. Goldy, Signal Corps, also speaks a few words about that period when Japanese were departing. Next the camera records the Rangers and Filipino guerillas returning with the approximately 500 freed POWs. Some Filipino women and children watch them return. At one point, the cadre climb aboard army trucks and continue their journey in a convoy. The POWs climb down from their trucks at the 92nd Evacuation Hospital, in Guimba, Luzon. Some take pleasure is simply lying down on the grass at the site. Many gather around hospital staff handing out packages of treats, including cigarettes, candy and the like. A couple of them express pleasure as they smoke cigarettes. Two frail and injured are seen hobbling with canes. Some appear seriously malnourished. A group are seen trying on new clothes. A British prisoner, Sergeant Robert Bell, Manchester Regiment, British Army, speaks of his experience. He was taken prisoner in Singapore and sent to Thailand where he worked to build a railway for the Japanese. Many prisoners died there from disease and malnutrition. He was one of a small number who survived after being on a Japanese ship with other prisoners when it was sunk by American dive bombers. Sergeant Walter Ring, of San Roque, Luzon, is seated, relaxed on a chair, as he recounts his experiences. Two young Filipino boys sit on the grass at his feet. He reaches to one, whom he says is his son Louis and to the other, his son Sam. His captivity began on Bataan in 1942. Finally, after rest and rehabilitation, the former POWs are seen heading away from the battle fronts to be transported back to the U.S.A.
Japanese troops advance in Singapore during Battle of Singapore of World War II. Animated map shows Singapore strong points. Japanese troops cross Johore Strait and wade ashore on Singapore beach. Camouflaged artillery fires and infantry move up as Japanese planes bomb Singapore. Explosions occur and smoke rises on ground. Japanese infantry make final assault on Singapore. British prisoners are taken.
Japanese troops surrender Singapore and Hong Kong to British troops in Pacific Theater. Surrender ceremony takes place at central military academy hall.
Fall of Singapore in World War II. View from military vehicle as Japanese troops enter Singapore. The Supreme Court Building. Surrendering defenders walking in opposite direction from entering Japanese. The statue of Sir Stamford Raffles in front of the Victoria Theater and Concert Hall. View of the Clock Tower atop the Victoria Theater. The Cathay building, Singapore's tallest, with Japanese flag flying atop, . Japanese troops celebrating their victory. Brief overview of Singapore and bay.