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WWII Pillbox at Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore

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Oct. 2nd, 2008 | 10:31 pm
posted by: zermine in abandonedplaces



It is likely that this pillbox was manned by men of the Malay Regiment during the battle for Pasir Panjang Ridge when the Japanese 18th Division were advancing along Pasir Panjang Road.  Information from http://www.fortsiloso.com/defences/pasir.htm

It was used in the defense against the invading Japanese army. More about the Battle of Pasir Panjang , you could look into here :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Pasir_Panjang

http://www.s1942.org.sg/s1942/bukit_chandu/directory_battlediary2.htm

On to the photos :

http://s151.photobucket.com/albums/s133/zer-zer/pillbox/



The front " window " , most probably a Bren Gun mounted here.



The rear of the pillbox. Port holes could be seen on the wall. Probably infantry manning the pillbox will stick their rifles through it for the rearward defense.



Entrance to the pillbox. 





Inside the pillbox.



Side view of the pillbox. Showing the wall.
 

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Kris

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from: body_electronic
date: Oct. 2nd, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
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NEAT!

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gwen666

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from: gwen666
date: Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
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The fall of Singapore is such an infuriating story.
Pity more of these emplacements weren't built, particularly on the west of the Island where they were really needed.

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Zermine

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from: zermine
date: Oct. 3rd, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
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Indeed a sad fact to the defense of Singapore during WW2. More sad news was that most of those pillboxes were gone due to re-development. Sentosa which once a truely a fortress with self provided water catchment and reservoir, a hospital and barrack, turned into a tourist hotspot. Most of the British military installations were gone except for the preserved Fort Siloso. Others like Fort Connaught were gone except for one of the deserted bunker I last heard still remains. For its fate now, I don't know. May check it out one day.

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acroamatic

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from: acroamatic
date: Oct. 3rd, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
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Zermine, great work!

I've pointed to this post at Pasir Panjang Heritage.

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Zermine

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from: zermine
date: Oct. 31st, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
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i post with the wrong account. should be Krisgage not this

http://krisgage.livejournal.com

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