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The Japanese formally surrender 12th Sep 1945

On 12 September 1945, five Japanese generals and two admirals led the delegation that formally surrendered to Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, British Supreme Allied Commander in Southeast Asia, at the Municipal Building of Singapore (now known as City Hall).[1] The signing of the Instrument of Surrender marked the end of the Japanese Occupation in Southeast Asia. The anniversary of the surrender was subsequently observed as a public holiday, "Victory Day", during the colonial period.[2]

1. Turnbull, C. M. (2009). A history of modern Singapore,1819–2005 (p. 221). Singapore: NUS Press. Call no.: RSING 959.57 TUR-[HIS].
2. Victory day is Sept. 12. (1946, August 21). The Singapore Free Press, p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.


The information in this article is valid as at 2013 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

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