4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

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  • Location:Singapore, Singapore
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Singapore 1942 Battlefield Tour

Calling history and war buffs! Learn about the Battle of Singapore, which took place over just eight days in 1942 during World War II, on this coach tour with an informative guide who explains the realities and myths of the disastrous battle in an insightful way. You’ll hear why Singapore, nicknamed the ‘Gibraltar of the East,’ fell to the Japanese so quickly as you explore historical war sites like Labrador Battery, Battlebox, Alexandra Hospital and Kranji War Cemetery. 

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour Battle of Singapore tour
  • Enter Battlebox at Fort Canning Hill
  • Visit the Kranji War Cemetery, a Commonwealth War Grave commemorating war heroes
  • Drive past the Alexandra Hospital, site of the infamous massacre
  • Explore Labrador Battery, site of Fort Pasir Panjang and WWII 6-inch gun battery
  • Uncover battlefield myths with your expert guide!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Learn about the Battle of Singapore and the fallout from WWII from a passionate guide who makes this tour a particularly insightful and moving experience.

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What You Can Expect

Singapore 1942 Battlefield Tour

Battle of Singapore Tour with Kranji War Memorial

Your historical tour starts at the National Museum of Singapore, near Fort Canning Park, where you’ll meet your guide out front.

Highly knowledgeable about Singapore’s fascinating history, your guide will provide commentary about the Battle of Singapore, when the Japanese invaded Singapore in February 1942 during WWII. Listen to stories of strategy and intense fighting; learn about the various troops who fought on the side of Singapore—Australian, British, Indian and Malayan; and hear how Singapore was defeated in only eight days under the command of British officer Arthur Ernest Percival.

As you tour the city by coach, see landmarks like Labrador Battery, the site of Fort Pasir Panjang; Battlebox, the British Far East Command Centre where the decision was made to surrender to the Japanese; and Alexandra Hospital, where a horrible massacre took place. Then visit Kranji War Cemetery, which is part of the Commonwealth War Graves that honor heroes and heroines of war.

After this enlightening experience of debunking some of the myths that surround the Battle of Singapore, your tour ends with return to the National Museum. 

Customer Reviews

Barbie Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our guide, Helena, was so knowledgeable and presented everything in an interesting way. My 12 year old grand-daughter enjoyed the tour too.

Judy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our guide was knowledgeable and was able to teach us lots about Singapore's history during the war. The Kranji War Memorial is a very moving place to visit. Highly recommend it as a way to give honor to those who died in the war.

William E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Most informative. We were fortunate to have had Winna as our guide. Highly recommend.

Cheryl G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide was fantastic. Every site was very interesting. Cemetery was amazing, touching and very moving. I'm pleased to have learnt more about Singapore's history. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Kay T Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Very interesting and informative tour, excellent and knowledgeable guide.

plawrence19671979

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Something that moved me to tears.....A well organised tour.

Fiona T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Brilliant guide who knew her information extremely well. Great tour

Noel H T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

Excellent tour - Helena was most knowledgable on the subject. Well paced.

Geoff W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2011

Excellent and interesting tour !! ,Carol was an expert guide even went well out of her way to meet us at Little India MRT!, .We had lived in Singapore 10 years ago for a year and only ever went to Changi so this tour was great to hear about the significance of the sites of Mt Faber and Labrador Nature Reserve ,we also went to the Kranji War Memorial and it was very moving for me when we had a minutes silence that I had a lady next to me crying that had come to see a relative's resting place.

Mark W Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2009

The guide had exceptional knowledge and was able to answer all questions. She was happy and obliging. We weren't rushed and were given all the time we needed. The Kranji War cemetary was very moving, and is a must see for those visiting Singapore.
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