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Sun 30 Jan 2011
Sun 13 Feb 2011: 7.00am - The Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk
Category : heritage
The Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk
Sun 13 Feb 2011: 7.00am - 12.30pm
With the Raffles Museum Toddycats,
volunteers of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research,
Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, NUS
In collaboration with the National Archives of Singapore, NHB.
||It is 13th February 1942, the Japanese troops that stormed through Malaya have invaded Singapore.
Approaching Singapore City from the west, a seasoned Japanese army is forced to engage the small force of the Malay Regiment on the high ground of Pasir Panjang Ridge.
A fierce battle ensues amidst the confusion from the aerial bombardement, burning fuel, loss of communications and the early deaths of senior officers trying to keep their men coordinated.
The soldiers of the Malay Regiment battle on for nearly two days and a company is wiped almost to the last man by the numerically superior Japanese.
Shortly after, on 15th of February, 1942, General Percival marches down Bukit Timah Road to surrender to General Yamashita of the Japanese Imperial Army.
The battle accounts in the grounds we frequent left a strong impression on the Pasir Panjang Heritage Guides, and thus we commemorate the Malay Regiment's defense of the ridge every year. We will share with you stories about the Battle of Pasir Panjang, the geography, history and the flora and fauna of the area that first drew us to explore the ridge decades ago.
The National University of Singapore is built on parts of old battle ground and still contains a WWII military outpost that strategically oversaw Jurong, Bukit Timah and Singapore City. In 1954, the ridge was renamed 'Kent Ridge,' and the old stone marker commemorating the renaming can still be seen today.
- Everyone is welcome if you can wake up early enough.
- You have to be physically fit enough to walk some 3km at a moderately quick pace and climb some stairs.
- Please register so we have an idea of numbers and in case of last minute updates, by filling in the form at: http://tinyurl.com/bpp2011-reg
- Meet us at the University Cultural Centre at 7.00am [map: http://tinyurl.com/map-nusucc]
- We will end at National Archives' World War II Interpretative Centre at the Reflections at Bukit Chandu (RBC) via Kent Ridge Road, The Gap and Kent Ridge Park.
- This could take at least five hours and get quite hot at parts so please bring at least one litre of water, an umbrella and some sandwiches or snacks.
- The guides will carry on alking to Vivocity thereafter. Feel free to join us.