Bat­tle sta­tions

Sin­ga­pore’s war sites

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It took just eight days for Sin­ga­pore to be changed for­ever. Eight days of pun­ish­ing fight­ing and gun bat­tles for the Al­lies to sur­ren­der to the Ja­panese.

It was Fe­bru­ary 1942. Ja­panese troops in­fil­trated Sin­ga­pore from Malaya, now Malaysia, in the north. It was not un­ex­pected, but Bri­tish com­man­der, lieu­tenant- gen­eral Arthur Per­ci­val, ig­nored in­tel­li­gence re­ports and ral­lied troops and re­sources to de­fend Sin­ga­pore from a south­ern sea-based at­tack. Only small reg­i­ments of Aus­tralian and In­dian forces pro­tected Sin­ga­pore’s north.

Fast-for­ward 75 years and Sin­ga­pore’s an in­de­pen­dent, thriv­ing me­trop­o­lis with a unique

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