Operation Mailfist

This was a British unrealised plan by Admiral the Lord Louis Mountbatten’s South-East Asia Command for the recapture of Singapore from December 1945 (spring/August 1945).

The operation was to have used the forces of Lieutenant General O. L. Roberts’s Indian XXXIV Corps, namely Major General D. C. Hawthorn’s Indian 23rd Division, Major General F. J. Loftus-Tottenham’s 81st (West Africa) Division and Brigadier C. R. Hardy’s British 3rd Commando Brigade.

Port Swettenham in eastern Malaya, earmarked for earlier seizure in ‘Zipper’, was to have been the base for this operation and, after the surrender of Japan, Singapore was in fact reoccupied in ‘Tiderace’.