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Mon 09 Jan 2012
Sun 12 Feb 2012: 7.00am - The Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk
Category : heritage
The Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk
Sun 12 Feb 2012: 7.00am - 12.00pm
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
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Singapore, Second World War.
||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 at the Ford Factory.
The battle accounts in the grounds we frequent on Kent Ridge 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 oversees Jurong, Bukit Timah and Singapore City. In 1954, the ridge was renamed 'Kent Ridge,' and the old stone marker commemorating this event can still be seen today. We discuss ths story behind this and reveal how the ridge got its present name.
- Everyone is welcome if you can wake up early enough.
- You have to be physically fit enough to walk some 5km at a moderately quick pace and climb some stairs.
- Please register so we have an idea of numbers, have your next of kin information and are able to cotanct you about last minute updates. Just fill in the form at: http://tinyurl.com/bpp2012-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 may carry on walking to Vivocity if its not too hot; feel free to join us.