Singapore History Consultants Pte Ltd
The momentous decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942 was made in the Battlebox, an underground command centre in Fort Canning Hill. Built in 1936, it was part of the headquarters of Malaya Command, the army which defended Malaya and Singapore during WWII. The surrender marked the beginning of the end of the British Empire, and the start of the Japanese Occupation – the darkest chapter in Singapore’s modern history. Today, the Battlebox is a museum that unveils the true causes of defeat surrounding the “worst disaster and largest capitulation in British military history”.