World War 2 Trail

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Sarimbun Beach Landing

Battle at Kranji Beach

Withdrawal to Singapore

Jurong-Kranji Defence Line

Bukit Batok Memorials

Battle at Bukit Timah

Force 136 Historic Marker

Execution of Captured Rimau Commandos Historic Marker

Battle at Pasir Panjang

Labrador Battery

Sentosa Beach

Keppel Harbour

Sook Ching Inspection Centre

Fort Canning Command Centre

Kempeitai East District Branch

Former Cathay Building (now The Cathay)

Indian National Army Memorial

Seletar Airfield

Punggol Beach Massacre

Changi Beach Massacre

World War 2 Trail

34 loved this Trail

  1. Sarimbun Beach Landing
  2. Battle at Kranji Beach
  3. Withdrawal to Singapore
  4. Jurong-Kranji Defence Line
  5. Bukit Batok Memorials
  6. Battle at Bukit Timah
  7. Force 136 Historic Marker
  8. Execution of Captured Rimau Commandos Historic Marker
  9. Battle at Pasir Panjang
  10. Labrador Battery
  11. Sentosa Beach
  12. Keppel Harbour
  13. Sook Ching Inspection Centre
  14. Fort Canning Command Centre
  15. Kempeitai East District Branch
  16. Former Cathay Building (now The Cathay)
  17. Indian National Army Memorial
  18. Seletar Airfield
  19. Punggol Beach Massacre
  20. Changi Beach Massacre

The Second World War came to Malaya and Singapore on 8 December 1941, more than two years after it broke out in Europe. After the Fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942, the island was renamed Syonan-To (Light of the South) and it spent the next 3 years and 7 months under the Japanese Occupation (1942–45). The war ended in the Asia-Pacific with the signing of the Instrument of Surrender in Singapore on 12 September 1945.

War, National History, Defence
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National Heritage Board
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Download World War 2 Trail Booklet

As part of the efforts to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, the National Heritage Board launched a new World War II Trail in 2013. This contains information about the historic sites and events associated with the Battle for Singapore and the Japanese Occupation. It identifies war sites all over the island. Each site marks either a battle area, such as the invasion sites at Sarimbun beach, or commemorates a significant event during the Occupation, such as the Sook Ching massacre sites.

There are permanent plaques emplaced at 20 of the 50 sites. These plaques were installed by National Heritage Board to mark the significance of the sites in relation to the war. Fourteen of the plaques were unveiled in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the war while the remaining six plaques were unveiled in February 2012 as part of a series of national events marking the 70th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore.

The information, while interesting, has been kept succinct. It is intended purely as an introductory guide highlighting significant war sites. We hope the brochure will be a useful guide as you explore these World War II sites on an island once feted as an “impregnable fortress”.