I also write pure historical work, using my real name, Martin Lee. The first historical fiction book deals with the fall of Singapore and its impact on four young squaddies sent out to protect the colony.

I lived in Singapore for ten years and used to love exploring the old remnants of pre-war colonial architecture and buildings. I find out by chance that the Manchester Regiment was based in the city from 1938 until its fall in 1942.

True to the myth, they were given the task of defending the beaches on the opposite side from the Japanese invasion. As a part of the Singapore  force they played no part in the defence of Malaysia.

During the fighting only 19 men died out of a battalion strength of over 800 men. In the years that followed, over 400 men were to perish from ill treatment, disease, starvation and malnutrition.

This book is a tribute to those men and deals with the period from 1938 to 1942. Subsequent books will deal with the death camps in Thailand and their treatment back in England.

It is published by Endeavour Press. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XKLJRKN

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