Military History Tours Fall of Singapore 78th Anniversary Tour
Fall of Singapore 78th Anniversary Tour
Join Military History Tours (MHT) as we attend the 78th Anniversary Service for the fall of Singapore.
On January 31st 1942, the Allied forces in Malaya withdraw across the causeway that separated Singapore from Malaya. Percival spread his men across the entire coastline of the island leaving himself spread too thinly, even though he had 90,000 British, Indian and Australian troops under his command. On February 8th, 1942, 23,000 Japanese soldiers attacked Singapore. At 2030 on February 8, Australian machine gunners opened fire on vessels carrying a first wave of 4,000 Japanese troops towards Singapore Island. The victory by the Japanese Force stunned the world and they took 100,000 men prisoner in Singapore. Amongst the deaths in captivity, 9000 of these men were to die while building the Burma-Thailand railway.
This being the 78th Anniversary of the surrender and the commencement of such a horrific time for our force, we would invite you join us as we attend the Official Commemoration Service at 0700 on 15th February 2019 and to take in with us this short campaign that means so much in Australian history. The Australian 8th Division, was deployed to Singapore in August 1941. We will visit the areas where the men of the Division fought before viewing the Ford factory where the Surrender was signed, Kranji Cemetery, Changi and more.
Costs: 5 days/4 nights. Based on share twin or share double $(AU)1,995.00 per person. Single Supplement additional cost $795.00. (Price may vary due to volatility of the Australian Dollar on the international currency market.)
Day 1. 12 February 2019 - Singapore: On arrival at Singapore Changi Airport, you will be met and
transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2. 13 February 2019 - Singapore: After breakfast we commence our tour of the areas where the campaign was fought and also visit some of those special locations that have been preserved for history. The tour includes the area where the 22nd Brigade deployed, the Namazie Estate, Ana Keng area and Lim Chu Kang Road overlooking the Straits of Johore.
Following lunch we visit the Ford Factory, the site of Percival's surrender before returning to Kranji War Cemetery where we will hold an intimate wreath laying service. In the evening we will hold our Tour Dinner. (BD).
Day 3. 14 February 2019 - Singapore: Today we continue our tour of the historical sites of the campaign including Changi Museum and Fort Canning (The Battle Box) which was Percival's Bunker and HQ. Following the morning tour you will have free time to explore other areas of Singapore and maybe take in some local markets or shopping. (B)
Day 4. 15 February 2019 - Singapore: An early start for today we attend the Official Commemorative Service at the Kranji War Memorial Cemetery. The timing of the Service is yet to be announced but in previous years has commenced at 0700 and as we would be required to be at the Cemetery before 0645, we will arrange a brunch following the conclusion of the Service. There will be an opportunity for guests to lay a floral tribute at the conclusion of the Service.
There may be other official activities scheduled for the day and therefore, at this stage, we will leave the remainder of the day to be programmed at a later time. (Brunch)
Day 5. 16 February 2019 - Singapore to Australia: After breakfast there will be time to buy those special gifts before we transfer to the Changi International Airport for our return flights to Australia. (B)