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Battlefield Study Visit
Battlefield Study Visit (BSV) programme is conducted for the World War II Malayan Campaign and Fall of Singapore. It includes a 3-hour lecture and a site visit to various related historical sites in Singapore.  This programme is proudly brought to you by SAFTI Military Institute Singapore, with Lionheartlanders Pte Ltd as the officially appointed tour operator.
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Official Tour Operator


Tour Synopsis


The programme aims to provide the participants with a better knowledge of British preparations for war in the Far East and the main causes of their defeat. It relates closely to global events at that time and provides a systemic analysis, particularly to the war in Europe, the rise of Japanese militarism and the strategic conditions faced by Britain in the Far East. The lecture includes effective staff-aids, such as slides (with pictures) and videos to enhance learning. The lecturer includes answering both factual and conceptual queries during the Question & Answer session. A site visit programme includes visiting 5 of the sites listed below.


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Sarimbun Beach Landing Site in Singapore holds historical significance as the landing site of Japanese troops during World War II. This serene beach now serves as a reminder of the island's wartime past, with remnants of pillboxes and fortifications still visible along its coastline. Visitors can explore this site to learn about Singapore's wartime history, the impact of World War II on the region, and the importance of preserving historical sites for future generations.


Lim Chu Kang Road End marks the northernmost point of Singapore's road network, offering a glimpse into the island's rural countryside. This remote location is surrounded by lush greenery, farms, and nature reserves, providing a contrast to the urban landscape of the city-state. Visitors can experience the tranquility of the countryside and learn about Singapore's efforts to balance urban development with the preservation of its natural heritage.

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Woodlands Waterfront is a scenic coastal park offering stunning views of the Johor Strait and Malaysia's skyline. It features a waterfront promenade, playgrounds, and lush green spaces, making it a popular destination for leisure activities and family outings. Visitors can learn about the importance of preserving coastal ecosystems, enjoy recreational opportunities, and appreciate the beauty of Singapore's waterfront landscapes.


Former Ford Factory, where the British surrendered to the Japanese in 1942, is a historical landmark showcasing Singapore's wartime past. Explore its evolution from automotive plant to wartime site, with exhibits detailing the Battle of Singapore's impact on civilians and the post-war reconstruction efforts. Gain insights into Japanese aggression, British defenses, and the lasting legacies of World War II.  You can explore its transformation over time, from its automotive origins to its role in World War II history. 

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Labrador Battery is a historic coastal defense fortification built in the 19th century to protect the island's southern coastline. Visitors can explore the remnants of gun emplacements and underground tunnels while learning about Singapore's military history and its strategic importance in the region. The site offers insights into colonial-era defense strategies and the challenges faced by early settlers in safeguarding the island from potential threats.


Fort Siloso, located on Sentosa Island, is a well-preserved coastal fortification that offers a glimpse into Singapore's military history. Visitors can explore WWII memorabilia, gaining insight into the strategic significance of coastal defense and the challenges faced during the Japanese invasion. Additionally, the site provides an opportunity to learn about mistaken identity casualties, highlighting the human toll of war and the importance of historical remembrance.

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Reflections at Bukit Chandu offers a poignant exploration of the Defence of Malaya through immersive exhibits and narrations. Visitors can delve into the pivotal Kent Ridge defense and the harrowing Battle of Pasir Panjang, gaining a deeper understanding of the Alexandra Hospital massacre and the British defense status during World War II. The site also honors the heroic actions of Lieutenant Adnan Saidi, providing insight into his bravery and the sacrifices made by individuals during times of conflict.


At the Changi Chapel and Museum, visitors gain a profound awareness of the indomitable spirit and unwavering commitment of Prisoners of War (POWs) during the Occupation of Singapore. Through selected accounts of POWs and civilian internees, visitors discover inspirational stories of adversity and resilience. Additionally, the museum provides insights into the activities that took place at Changi and its adjacent areas during the Occupation, offering a comprehensive understanding of this pivotal period in Singapore's history.

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Kranji War Memorial serves as a solemn tribute to soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in duty. Visitors can participate in symbolic ceremonies that honor the fallen and conduct walks around the graves, where significant individuals are highlighted, commemorating their contributions. Additionally, the memorial provides wreaths for the Observance Ceremony, allowing visitors to pay their respects and reflect on the profound impact of war.


Bukit Batok Memorial offers insight into Singapore's lack of strategic depth and the relentless advance of the Japanese during World War II. Visitors can appreciate the significance of the Battle of Bukit Timah, which saw some of the heaviest fighting on the island. Exploring the war memorials at Bukit Batok Hill allows for reflection on the sacrifices made during wartime and the importance of commemorating those who lost their lives in defense of their homeland.

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Civilian War Memorial serves as a poignant reminder of the purpose of a country's defense, highlighting the sacrifices made by civilians during World War II. Visitors observe moments of silence to honor those who perished, reflecting on the importance of self-reliance and resilience in times of adversity. Additionally, the memorial prompts consideration of the risk of complacency in an uncertain security landscape, emphasizing the ongoing need for vigilance and preparedness.

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