This day in history – 8 December 1941

On 8 December 1941, war broke out in the Pacific when Japan landed troops on the beaches of Kota Bharu, in the north of the Malayan Peninsula.

This attack was meant to coincide with the bombing of the United States Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor which was going on simultaneously, on the other side of the International Date Line, but instead commenced over an hour earlier.

At about 1.00am, beneath the full moon and monsoon rain, Japanese soldiers from the 56th Regiment of the 18th Division comprising of nearly 5300 men clambered ashore amidst a barrage of machine-gun and mortar fire, fired from Allied pillboxes and other fixed defence positions along beaches of Sabak and Badang.

As the Japanese troops swarmed the beaches of Kota Bharu in the north, the population of Singapore found themselves rudely awakened and greeted to this new state of war by the thunderous blasts and shockwaves from bombs dropped by Japanese twin-engined Nell bombers that flew overhead.

As there were no orders for a blackout, the street lights of Singapore were not switched off and thus carelessly providing the Japanese bombers with a convenient, shining beacon beneath the night sky.

Requests to scramble and intercept these enemy bombers were turned down out of fears of friendly fighter planes being caught in the crossfire from defending anti-aircraft guns. This was despite experienced pilots such as Flight Lieutenant Tim Vigors, a veteran of the Battle of Britain, being the one who made the request.

By daybreak, the bombing raid had left the population of Singapore reeling with over 60 dead and more than 700 injured.

To learn more about what happened in Singapore during WWII, join the Battlebox Tour: A Story of Strategy & Surrender ™. Not only that you get to explore a former WWII underground command centre, but this is also your chance to discover the tactics that were used by both the Allied and the Japanese forces which ultimately led to the Fall of Singapore in 1942. There can be no better way to learn about this important part of Singapore history than inside the very place where the momentous decision to surrender Singapore was made more than 70 years ago!

The Battlebox is the #1 museum in Singapore for the 2017 Travellers’ Choice Award

Dear visitors to the Battlebox – all of us at the Battlebox are overjoyed to announce that we have been named the #1 museum in Singapore for 2017 by TripAdvisor for its annual Travellers’ Choice Award!

At the same time, we have also been named the #14 museum in Asia for 2017.

Read about this in the news.

Meanwhile, the Battlebox is #9 out of 826 “things to do in Singapore” on TripAdvisor.

Your compliments and feedback continuously spur us on to give the best in our tours and service.

Despite the odds and the challenges, we will continue to do our very best to ensure your visit to the Battlebox is a fruitful and memorable one.

Once again, thank you for your support – your ticket price goes entirely towards paying for the maintenance and survival of the Battlebox as a crucial historical site in Singapore.

Please keep the reviews and feedback coming in!

Celebrate Singapore’s 52nd birthday with the Battlebox this August

To celebrate 52 years of Singapore’s independence this 9 August, the Battlebox is offering a special promotion for its Story of Strategy & Surrender™ tour for Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs).

On every Thursday and Friday of this month, and on National Day (9 August 2017), all Singapore citizens and PRs can enjoy a promotional price of $15 per Adult Ticket (usual price $18).

Validity dates: 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31 August 2017 

Tour time slots (subject to availability):
Mondays: 1.30pm, 2.45pm, 4pm.
All other days: 9.45am, 11am, 1.30pm, 2.45pm, 4pm.

Terms and conditions:
– This promotion is valid on the dates of 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31 August 2017, and is subject to availability.
– This promotion is only open to Singapore citizens and PRs, and they must show their Identity Cards when buying tickets.
– Tour slots are limited. For groups of 5 or more, please call 6338 6133 or email to check for availability.
– This promotion is only valid for 1 Adult Ticket per person.
– This promotion is not valid with other discounts, vouchers or membership privileges.
– The Battlebox Team reserves the right to close a particular slot without advance notice.