The Royal Norfolks were to become part of one of the biggest blunders in Britains military history. Three battalions were to be destroyed if not in battle but in the aftermath as Japanese prisoners of war. In battle they gave it their all but had very little chance to excel. They were put into an already dire position in Malaya and Singapore as the Japanese made an all out assault in the Far East, snatching the resources they needed for their aggressive intentions.
The towns and small villages of Norfolk with their fields of plenty, gave up their young men to three and a half years of torment and horror, working as slave labour, many dying on a starvation diet of rice. This is the story of the 15,000 men who made up the strength of these three Norfolk Battalions.