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By I C McGibbon. In Dust Jacket small nicks at top, First Edition 1981, frontispiece, Black and White Plates, maps including folding colour maps, 446 pages, Published By Historical Publications Branch department Of internal Affairs by The Government Printer Wellington.
A Very Good Plus Copy.
'For twenty years the strategic basis of New Zealand's defence policy was 'the main fleet to Singapore' strategy- the theory of a properly defended Singapore Naval Base to which adequate British naval forces would be despatched to defend the Empire east of Suez. In the event a fleet, far smaller than originally planned, arrived at Singapore in December 1941, only to suffer immediate annihilation; the Base held out, not for months predicted by British experts but rather just seven days before falling to attacking Japanese forces on 15 February 1942. This book, then, is essentially a study of why New Zealand placed reliance on an unsatisfactory strategy, which was always admitted to be second best to that in which a battlefleet was permanently based in the Pacific. The evolution of post-war arrangements for the protection of the British Empire in the Far East and Pacific Ocean is traced, with emphasis upon the procrastination which marked the provision of the necessary facilities. There is a description of the dilemmas confronting British strategists in the late 1930s: conscious of imperial commitments, yet anxious to obey the dictates of sound strategy, they were obliged to plan for war with three powerful enemies, knowing that to fight ever two would be to court disaster. New Zealand's approach to the problem of security is discussed in detail'
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