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World War 2 Trail by National Heritage Board


Commemorating WWII in Singapore - The Battle for Singapore

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The Battle for Singapore began when the Japanese troops reached our shores on 8 February 1942 and ended with the British surrender of Singapore on 15 February that same month.

World War II was A Time to remember, especially for those who survived the Japanese occupation of Singapore. The tenacity and resilience of the survivors enabled them to live through one of the darkest periods of our nation’s history. It is also this determination which sees us on a new trajectory from 45-65: Liberation, Unrest... A New Nation, a city in a garden and home, from Singapore to Singaporeans.


World War II

Learn how Singapore, despite being dubbed by newspapers as a “Gibraltar of the East”, fell to the Japanese during World War II.


A Time to remember

Be inspired by the stories of four survivors who lived through the war to get a glimpse of life during the Japanese Occupation.


45-65: Liberation, Unrest… A New Nation

Explore Singapore’s tumultuous 20-year journey towards independence following the end of World War II.


We Built a Nation

Following our separation from Malaysia, our first generation of leaders managed to build up our Nation despite facing long odds.

Dive Deeper

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Look back at stories we've published in our Bicentennial year, 2019.
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BALIKSG - Reflections of Singapore

BalikSGExplore old Singapore in Augmented Reality with the BALIKSG app!