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  • Witness To War

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    In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore in 2017, the National Museum of Singapore launched an international exhibition Witness to War: Remembering 1942 in September 2017. The exhibition sought to explore the fall of Singapore within a larger geopolitical context, and to complement the existing World War II narrative at the National Museum which focused primarily on the Battle of Singapore and the Japanese Occupation.

  • 1942 and the Fall of Singapore

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    The passage of time opens a window for hindsight to enter, allowing us the privilege of retrospection. In this context, a pivotal event like the fall of Singapore to the Japanese army on 15 February 1942 and subsequent military occupation by the Japanese has invoked, over the years, a long and still unending river of memories, publications, documentaries, public exhibitions and other forms of remembrance, so much so that it could arguably be regarded as "the most remembered event" in the history of Singapore.

  • 45-65: Liberation, Unrest... A New Nation

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    A collaboration between the National Archives of Singapore and the National Museum of Singapore, 45-65: Liberation, Unrest... a New Nation traced Singapore's post-war history from 1945 to 1965 through six different themes.

  • Lim Bo Seng

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    Lim Bo Seng is a war hero who fought to reclaim Malaya and Singapore back from the Japanese during World War II. A loyal Chinese patriot and freedom fighter, he sacrificed his life at a young age of 35 during the war.

  • Lieutenant Adnan and the Battle of Bukit Chandu

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    One of the last great battles of the Japanese invasion took place on 14 February 1942, fought by the brave soldiers of the Malay Regiment.

  • Dalforce: Dalley's Desperadoes

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    One of the military units that defended Singapore from the Japanese was a group of Chinese volunteers with barely any training or weapons.

  • A Time to Remember

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    Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, photographer Nicky Loh meets four survivors who have lived through the trying times of the war, and captures vignettes of their stories.

  • Why We Should Remember WWII

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    What’s Up, Singapore’s newspaper for students, asked Education Minister (Schools) Ng Chee Meng about World War 2. Why is it important that today’s young Singaporeans know about events 75 years ago?

  • World War II

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    World War II in Singapore began on 8 December 1941, when Japanese planes dropped the first bombs on the island, killing 61 and injuring 133 people. Sensing the nation’s vulnerability and lack of defence preparations by the British, Japanese Troops began their invasion from the north in Malaya and eventually reached the shores of Singapore on 8 February 1942.

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