A former underground command centre in Fort Canning Hill known as the Battle Box, was built in the late 1930s and formed part of the Malaya Command Headquarters during the Battle for the Lion City. It was also the site where Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival made the fateful decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942. Today, the Battle Box is open for daily guided tours unveiling the true causes of defeat surrounding the largest capitulation in British military history. Groups can discover how the underground command centre functioned as a bunker during WWII, replete with features such as communications and air defence rooms.
The centre underwent a revamp between the years 2014-2016 at a cost of US$550,000. For those with a genuine interest in WWII history, the Battle Box provides a unique, interactive experience that focuses on an event that’s not commonly covered by museums. Currently, admission is only with a guided tour. Contact us now for more details.