December 13, This Day during the World War ll

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December 13, 1941 – The Battle of Jitra was a major engagement fought between the invading Japanese and Allied forces during the Malayan Campaign of the Second World War. The battle lasted from 11–13 December 1941. The resulting defeat compelled Arthur Percival to order all Allied aircraft stationed in Malaya to withdraw to Singapore. Major General Murray-Lyon—realizing that the positions at Jitra were still not ready—ordered Brigadier K.A.Garrett to take the 1/14th Punjab and the 2/1st Gurkha Rifles to positions on the Trunk Road north of Jitra, in an attempt to delay the Japanese advance until 12 December. Garrett placed the 1/14th Punjab (Lt.Col. James Fitzpatrick) at Changlun, 6 mi (9.7 km) from the Thai border, and the 2/1st Gurkhas (Lt.Col. Jack Fulton) at the village of Asun (Kampung Ansun) just a few miles north of Jitra Lt.Col. Fitzpatrick’s 1/14th Punjab—supported by the 4th Mountain battery (from 22nd Mountain Regiment,IA)…

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