Battle For Singapore

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Photograph: National Heritage Board
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Photograph: Singapore Land Authority

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It's been 78 years since the start of a dark chapter in Singapore's history: the Japanese Occupation. And February 15 marks the Battle of Singapore – aka the Fall of Singapore – where the British colony was defeated by the Japanese military forces, in which Winston Churchill called it "the worst disaster" in British history. From now until February 29, journey beyond the history books and uncover the unfrequented stories of World War II (WWII) in Singapore with a wide variety of programmes organised by the National Heritage Board.

Strap into a comfy pair of kicks and join in any of the 74 guided tours including trips to two lesser-known WWII-related sites, the Former Admiralty House (now Canberra House) and Former View Road Hospital, as well as soapbox tours at National Museum of Singapore.

Broaden your mind further with public talks on topics such as prisoner-of-war art and the Nanyang Mechanics, eye-opening tours at the Former Ford Factory and around Sentosa island, and engaging storytelling sessions by wartime survivors and their relatives at the Eurasian Heritage Gallery. For the full list of programmes to register, check out museums.com.sg. 

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