The Battle Box is a museum and a tourist attraction, popularly known as the Fort Canning Bunker. The Battle Box was built in 1936 as a World War II British underground command centre inside Fort Canning Hill in the heart of the city of Singapore. The Malaya Command had a part of their headquarters here. It was inside the walls of Battlebox that the British decided to surrender Singapore to the Japanese. Now, the Battlebox museum unveils true causes that led to the disastrous and largest capitulation in British History.
Since the World War II, the Fort Canning Bunker was looted in the aftermath of the Japanese surrender and sealed closed due to safety concerns. Its location was also forgotten until a journalist rediscovered the remains and brought the museum back into the public eye. The Fort Canning Bunker later developed into a museum, representing the final days of the Battle of Singapore. The name BattleBox was given and formally opened in the year 1997, on the 55th anniversary of the surrender of Singapore. Built 30 feet beneath the Fort Canning Hill, the BattleBox was constructed with reinforced concrete walls as three feet to withstand direct hits from bombs and shells.
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