The Battlebox is a former British underground command center in Fort Canning Hill. Built in the 1930s, it was part of the headquarters for Malaya Command, the army that defended Singapore during WWII.
What to Expect
On a fateful February morning (15 February 1942), surrender stared them in the face. The British, Australian and Indian Army commanders had already endured 70 days of brutal fighting down Malaya and Singapore – a land mass 800km in length. Their forces were short on food, water, ammunition and petrol. They faced a formidable enemy that was hell-bent on taking Singapore. Before World War II, Singapore was known as an “impregnable fortress.” How did the mighty British Empire come to this?
The momentous decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942 was made in the Battlebox, an underground command center in Fort Canning Hill. It was part of the headquarters of Malaya Command, the army that defended Singapore in WWII.
The surrender marked the beginning of the end of the British Empire, and the start of the darkest chapter in Singapore’s modern history. Today, the Battlebox is a museum that debunks the myths and unveils the true causes of defeat surrounding the “worst disaster and largest capitulation in British military history.”
A Singapore-based heritage consultancy with over 20 years of experience in the heritage sector is behind a massive effort to save the former underground command center from obscurity and preserve it for future generations.
In the first phase of re-opening, the bunker will open only for English-language guided tours by a team of dedicated docents. Subsequent phases will allow free and easy visitors into the Battlebox with multimedia guides, and bring in 3D experiences depicting major air, land and sea battles in Malaya and Singapore.
- Admission to the Battlebox
- English-speaking guide
What's Not Included
- Meals and drinks
- Optional activity cost