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Ipoh

Ipoh (101.070E 4.610N) was the center of Malaya's richest tin mining area in 1941 (30,000 tons per year.) Rubber was also produced in quantity in the surrounding region (something like 350,000 tons a year.) The population was mostly ethnic Chinese attracted to life under British rule. The town had an airfield, though it did not base any combat aircraft until after war broke out.

Ipoh was garrisoned by 28 Indian Brigade when war broke out. It fell to the Japanese on 21 December 1941 and remained in Japanese hands throughout the war.

Rail connections

Butterworth

Kuala Lumpur


References

Van Royen and Bowles (1952)



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