The Battle Box in Singapore is a famous historical site and hugely popular with the tourists. The Battle Box is actually a bunker built inside the Fort Canning and during the War it served as the Headquarter of the British army. General Arthur Ernest Percival and his army-officers used the Battle Box as their Headquarter before the Japanese took over Singapore. The Battle Box is under the management of the Legends Fort Canning Park.
A tour around the historical site, Battle Box
A tour around the renowned historical site comes for a cost of S$8 for the adults and S$5 for the children. The guided tour commences with a video- film shown in the ticket-booking office, picturing the events leading up to the Japanese Occupation. The tickets resemble the security-passes given out during the World War 2. Then the tourists are taken to a tour of the bunker, located at a distance of hundred meters from the ticket-booking office.
Although the bunker has been fitted with an air-conditioning device, its historical importance remains unaltered. Wireless headsets are provided to the tourists to facilitate their tour and to make it more knowledgeable.
The visitors are then directed to the switchboard- room which was the centre for communication during the War.
The next leg of the tour takes them to the other rooms where various communication processes such as the use of the telegram and morse code were operational at the time. This tour is accompanied by the presentation of video and audio clips of the operators carrying out their duty diligently.
The tourists are then led to the General Percival's real office where they can find a one-on-one meeting in progress between both the animated figures of the General and an official named Simmons.
The bunker is the last room and the final leg of the tour where the crucial decision of surrendering to the Japanese Forces was taken by General Percival and all his officers. Wax figurines display the final conference as vividly and exactly as possible. A video image of the General Percival peeps out from behind his waxed-figure.
After that the tourists can visit the gift-shop and the small museum situated at the extreme end of the Battle Box.
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