25 October 1945. Commanded by Brig.-Gen. A.W.S. Mallaby, Indian troops arrive in Surabaya to escort internees to safety. Their job is hampered because the internees are camped on the far side of the city. The same day, British forces enter Palembang as part of the operation to repatriate thousands of Allied POWs and civilian internees from Sumatra. This is achieved over the next few weeks with far less trouble than on Java where, within days of the British arrival, an initially cordial welcome turns hostile largely due to British blunders.
25 October 1945. King Sihanouk receives Lt. Col. Murray in audience for the first time. By now, with the king safely under French guidance, there is no suggestion of the British establishing quasi-diplomatic relations with a self-styled independent state.