Published On: March 2, 2024- Last Updated: March 3, 2024- 2 min read-

Battle For Singapore 82nd Anniversary

Attention, history buffs! This year marks the 82nd anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. To commemorate this, the National Heritage Board has partnered with museums, academics, and interest groups to organize “Battle for Singapore 2024”.

This series of events, held from 15th February to 3rd March, commemorates Singapore’s experiences in World War II through guided tours, talks, exhibitions, and film screenings.

With offerings in both physical and virtual formats, Battle for Singapore 2024 provides opportunities to engage with our nation’s tumultuous wartime past.

Events will be held at various historical sites, some of which are not typically accessible to the public. This allows participants to explore both well-known and lesser-known WWII stories and places across Singapore, as well as get a peek behind the curtains that are usually closed.

Listen to riveting first-hand accounts from war veterans, gain new perspectives on Singapore’s survival and resilience during the occupation, and appreciate the significance of this defining period in shaping our history. Those who lived through these experiences first-hand will recount the struggles and hardships of that time, detailing what they had to do to survive and the standard of living back in those days. It’s sure to be a humbling experience, providing perspective on our current lives and what was sacrificed to ensure the life we live now.

Highlights include the special program “Toys at War” at the Mint Museum of Toys, which examines how toys were used to normalize, encourage, and celebrate war efforts across Allied and Axis powers from 15th to 28th February.

The museum’s WWII collection features figurines of iconic war heroes, collectibles of Sikh soldiers who bravely fought in the Battle of Singapore (Fun fact: 60% of the British army that fought in Singapore during WWII were Sikh), propaganda toys, fighter planes, and battleship toy models that have left a lasting legacy. These toys fall under one of four categories: Nazi-Themed toys, Sikh Ethnic toys, Heroism toys, and War Legacy toys. You can have a look at their official website to see some of the toys that represent this time.

There are also original clippings of newspapers published during this time, as well as magazines. Visitors can also try assembling their very own classic 1950s Flying Glider Plane model, used to represent legendary fighter aircraft like the Spitfire and Zero. Both original models are showcased in the museum.

As of now, the locations have not been released apart from the toy museum, but check back at the official National Heritage Board website for updates.

For more thrilling activities check out the newest addition to Singapore’s exciting lineup of experiences this year – Haven XR‘s groundbreaking virtual reality (VR) theme park creation.

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