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MACRITCHIE RESERVOIR – SYONAN JINJA

Syonan Jinja was a former Shinto shrine in the middle of the MacRitchie Reservoir forest. It was built by the Japanese Imperial Army during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore in World War II. When the British forces re-occupied Singapore, the Shrine was destroyed. It is such an interesting piece of history, we thought we had to see it for ourselves. And so, our journey into the jungle began

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1942: BRITISH FORCES IN SINGAPORE HAVE SURRENDERED UNCONDITIONALLY

Prime Minister Winston Churchill described the fall of Singapore as "the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history". The Japanese claimed to have taken 60,000 Imperial troops in Singapore - 16,000 British, 14,000 Australian and 32,000 Indian soldiers. They also captured a large amount of equipment. The high number of prisoners was not surprising as the troops had been ordered to defend Singapore until the last possible moment so no major evacuation had been ordered.

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