Browse By Visit Learn Search Search Search Submit Browse By EDUCATORS EXPLORERS Visit Trails Museums Learn Stories A Journey of Devotion Chetti Melaka of the Straits Founding of Modern Singapore Traditional Trades Street Names in Singapore World War 2 Collections National Museum of Singapore Asian Civilisations Museum Peranakan Museum Indian Heritage Centre National Gallery Singapore Singapore Art Museum Places National Monuments Historic Sites Museums Buildings and Sites Trails Resources Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage Videos Publications National Symbols WWII IN SINGAPORE Commemorating WWII in Singapore - The Battle for Singapore 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. Start exploring 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. Read story 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. Read Story A Time to remember 45-65: Liberation, Unrest… A New Nation Explore Singapore’s tumultuous 20-year journey towards independence following the end of World War II. Read Story 45-65: Liberation, Unrest… A New Nation We Built a Nation Following our separation from Malaysia, our first generation of leaders managed to build up our Nation despite facing long odds. Read Story We Built a Nation Dive Deeper Look back at stories we've published in our Bicentennial year, 2019. 1 The Arrival 2 Community 3 Self determination Explore More National Monuments Trails National Collection Publications Museums BALIKSG - Reflections of Singapore Explore old Singapore in Augmented Reality with the BALIKSG app!