I once said on this board that I considered General Percival the worst British Commander of WW II. Some folks defended Percival and I have done some research into him and his Command. Percival was held in high esteem by Sir John Dill, later CIGS, who as Director of Military Operation, sent Col Percival out to study the situation in Malaya and Singapore in 1936, when Dill started to appreciate the forthcoming trouble. Percival made his report and was eventually promoted to command a Division of the BEF. According to Leadership in Battle, By Brigadier Sir Jack Smyth VC, the role of British land forces in Malaya was, Close defence of the Naval base Singapore, Internal security and finally the defeat of any enemy land forces which might gain a footing on the Malaya mainland, in that order. It had been estimated that 336 first line where required for defence of Malaya/Singers and this should have been completed by end of 1941. In October 40 the 336 figure of first class a/c was upgraded to 556. By this last date the Navy had accepted that it would not have much to spare in capital ships for the Far East. There where only 140 second rate aircraft available for defence when Percival took over. Percival was Commander land Forces, the C in C Far East being Air Chief Marshal Brooke Popham and Percival was under his orders. Percival requested 17 extra Infantry Battalions and 2 Tank regiments in addition to the extra a/c that had been recommended. I understand these forces existed in UK. Last night we had on the local TV Nation Geographic channel The Generals. A British made series and it held Percival as the ultimate berk. Two British general officers, Sir Julian Thompson and Lt Gen Irwin defended the protagonist's side, Yamishata and Percival but neither mention anything of the pre war Defence Plan. The Prog is made for US TV audience in my opinion and I will go further and say that so much of the US antipathy to the Old British Empire, which they helped dismantle, stems from the pathetic defence of the Philippines and successful escape of MacArthur. john Far too long a post.