Seventy-seven years ago, inside the Battlebox, the momentous decision to surrender Singapore to the invading Japanese was made by Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival, General Officer Commanding Malaya Command.
On 4 February, Lt Gen Percival’s son, Brigadier (Retired) James Percival, retraced his father’s footsteps in the World War II-era underground command centre, currently managed by Singapore History Consultants Pte Ltd. He was accompanied by his wife Ann, and his daughter and son-in-law, Lady and Lord Acton.
The Battlebox team was honoured to host them on a tour of the Battlebox - A Story of Strategy & Surrender™. Of the tour, Brigadier Percival gave it a solid stamp of approval. He said: "The portrayal of the campaign is infinitely better now than it was when I was here before. It's totally different. It's more comprehensive and I think it's a fairer assessment of what went on than it had been before."
For more information about The Battlebox Tour - A Story of Strategy & Surrender™, visit www.battlebox.com.sg.