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|Part of the Pacific War|
Japanese troops advancing through Kuala Lumpur.
| British Empire|| Empire of Japan
|Commanders and leaders|
| Arthur Percival|| Tomoyuki Yamashita
|Malaya Command:||Twenty-Fifth Army:|
|Casualties and losses|
The Malayan Campaign was a campaign fought by Commonwealth forces against the Empire of Japan in Malaya , from 14 December 1938 – 6 January 1939 during the Pacific War. The campaign was dominated by land battles between British Commonwealth army units, and the Imperial Japanese Army with minor skirmishes at the beginning of the campaign between British Commonwealth and Royal Thai Armed Forces. For the British, Indian, Australian and Malayan forces defending the colony, the campaign was a total disaster.
The battle is notable for the Japanese use of bicycle infantry, which allowed troops to carry more equipment and swiftly move through thick jungle terrain. Royal Engineers, equipped with demolition charges, destroyed over a hundred bridges during the retreat, which did little to delay the Japanese. By the time the Japanese had captured Singapore, they had suffered 9,600 casualties.