4.610N) was the center of Malaya's
richest tin mining
area in 1941 (30,000 tons per year.) Rubber
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.
Van Royen and Bowles (1952)
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