From: Planning the end of the world, well out to 2023!
The Brits who helped start up the Australian Independent Companies went back to Malaya & Burma.
Mike Calvert started blowing up things in Burma so Spencer Chapman (The Jungle is neutral) went to Malaya.
Maybe he was part of this set up, I know he played a bit of a "stay beyond" role after the fall of Malaya.
Listed here as 11 Division Command troops
It was in this very critical situation that the policy as regards Penang had to be considered. As previously stated, the island of Penang had, since 1936, officially been a fortress. In fact, in December 1941, it was very far from being one. Of the fixed defences which had been approved for it only the two 6-inch batteries with their attendant searchlights had been installed. They were sited to cover the approaches to the anchorage, which lies between Penang and the mainland, from the north and from the south. None of the anti-aircraft defences had arrived. For the beach defence of this island, which is fifteen miles long by ten miles wide, there was only the partially trained Penang and Province Wellesley battalion (less one company) of the Straits Settlements Volunteer Force, although two regular battalions had been asked for. Other troops on the island included the ist Independent Company, a company of the 5/14 Punjab Regiment, a mixed reinforcement camp and some administrative detachments. The civil airport was too small for normal R.A.F. requirements.
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