Creepy and iconic WWII British Bunker built by the British before 1942 sees life again; when it was recently open to the public, for the first time, as part of National Heritage Board's (NHB) Battle for Singapore project. Footsteps echoed through in it once again. About the size of two five-room flats, the well-preserved structure was opened to the public for the first time after more than seven decades.

It is part of their efforts to commemorate Singapore's fall to the Japanese 73 years ago and its subsequent liberation three years later, Straitstimes Singapore, reports. After consulting a 1945 British Naval Base map from Australia's National Library, NHB learnt that it is the last surviving bunker of the British Naval Base's Armament Depot, Asia One, reports.

NHB's group director of policy Alvin Tan said: "We hope that Singaporeans will get to learn more about World War II history and remember the wartime bravery, resilience and sacrifices of soldiers, Prisoners of War and civilians through these activities." "We decided to open up the bunker because it is a well-preserved structure which played an important part in the British Far East defence policy," he said.

[Via Asia One]

This bunker is one of 18 underground storage bunkers, which were part of the British Naval Base Armament Depot. Explosives were stored in these bunkers, back then, carts on a railway track would send ammunition into the underground bomb-proof facility. The ammunition supported the British Naval Base's operations nearby.

Bunker was later used by the Japanese, during the occupation, to store their own ammunition which included anti-aircraft weapons and rifles.

[Via Straitstimes Singapore]

Bunker is behind a locked gate along Attap Valley Road in Woodlands and lies behind two large steel doors. Getting to the historic bunker requires a 10-minute trek over sodden ground and careful navigation across creeping vines. Muddy, ankle-deep water awaits beyond the bunker's two rusty steel doors, which are about twice the height of an average person. Inside, two British-built steel cranes, which have stood the test of time, remain affixed to the dimly lit facility's steel ceiling, Asia One, reports.

[Via Straitstimes Singapore]

Bunker was decommissioned in 2002 and returned to the Singapore State. Researchers found the Attap Valley Road Bunker to be of "historical interest".

[Via Straitstimes Singapore]


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