51 Canning Rise
179872 Singapore, Singapore
tel: +65 6330 0510
fax: +65 6330 0590
The Battle Box, nine metres below ground in the centre of Fort Canning Park, was the underground bomb-proof bunker of Britain's HQ Malaya Command during World War II. The site is of particular historical significance as the place where General Percival reached the fateful decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on 15th February 1942.
Today the Battle Box is a war museum, where visitors can relive the last few hours prior to the British surrender. Air raid sirens and the sounds of the close-by bombing help convey the fear and claustrophobia experienced by the occupants, and being privy to the conversations between the commanders instils the sense of desperation felt during these final hours. Visits to the Battle Box are by guided tour only, lasting approximately 45 minutes.