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Malaya At War – The Final Retreat 2020

Malaya 2020 WHI

Malaya at War – The Final Retreat

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In August (10-19th) 2019 we held the first in a series of Conferences-Seminars on “Malaya at War” followed by an eight day battle sites tour visiting the Japanese landing site at Kota Bharu, and many historic WWII sites throughout the Malaysian peninsula such as Penang, Taipang, Sungai Siput, Ipoh, Papan, Batu Gajah, Kampar, Port Dickson, Gemas, Segamat, Muar and Parit Sulong.

The next in the series will be held in September (4th-13th) 2020 and cover the final days of defence of Johor then follow the line of advance of the Japanese onto Sigapore Island leading to the surrender of the Allied Forces at 17:15 Thursday 15th February 1942.

Professor Brian P Farrell – Professor of Military History at the National University of Singapore and a world expert on the Malayan Campaign of WWII will be the guest presenter at Johor on the week-end of 5-6th September.  He will be presenting the history of the final days on peninsula and the fighting that followed on Singapore before so called “Fortress Singapore” was surrendered by General Officer Commanding Malaya Lt General Arthur Percival  to Lt General Tomoyuki Yamashita of the 25th Imperial Japanese Army.

You may express your interest in this Seminar and post Battlesites visit by emailing battlefieldsoftheworld@live.com.au

Malaya At War – Military History Conference August 2019

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MALAYA AT WAR

Remembering The Malayan Campaign
& The Malayan Emergency

10 – 11 August 2019 Royale Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur

The Military History Conference will be held from 10th August till 11th August 2019. The theme for the Conference is called “Malaya at War – Remembering the Malayan Campaign and Malayan Emergency”. The Conference will feature distinguished speakers such as Rear Admiral (R) Guy Griffiths, AO, DSO, DSC, who served on board the HMS Repulse that was sunk by the Japanese aircraft on the 10th December 1941 and Rear Admiral (R) Tan Sri K. Thanabalasingam who was the first Malaysian to be appointed as the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy. For the Malayan Emergency, we have the Commissioner of Police (R) Tan Sri J J Raj Jr, who was the OCPD of the Pagoh District when the Bukit Kepong tragedy occurred. The conference is for one and a half days with a full day dedicated to the Malayan Campaign and another half day to the Malayan Emergency. It will be a memorable conference.

To secure your reservation please call (Mr) Dennis Weatherall on land line (02) 9520 6023 or Mobile: 0428 280 536. Or direct email dweatherall_eng@bigpond.com THIS IS A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSISTANCE

Conference Programme

Day 1: (Saturday – 10.08.2019): Malayan Campaign

8.00am Registration 9.00am Welcome Address 9.20am Keynote Address, Rear Admiral (R) Tan Sri K. Thanabalasingam, First Malaysian to be appointed as the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy. 9.40am Morning Tea 10.00am Defence of Malaya, 1941-42, Speaker: Professor Brian Farrell Professor of Military History, Department of History, National University of Singapore 10.40am Force Z – Battlecruiser HMS Repulse and the Malayan Campaign Speaker: Rear Admiral Guy R. Griffiths, AO DSO DSC RAN (Rtd) Patron, HMS Repulse Survivors Association, Served on board the HMS Repulse (1941), Former Flag Officer Naval Support Command and Chief of Naval Personnel, Royal Australian Navy 11.20am Kuala Lumpur at War, 1939-1945, Speaker: Mr Andrew Barber, Author, Military Historian 12.00pm Lunch 2.00pm The Battle of Kampar 1941-42, Speaker: Mr. Harchand Singh Bedi, Military History Researcher 2.40pm The Story of Sybil Karthigasu – A WWII Malayan Heroine, Speaker: Mr. Law Siak Hong, President, Ipoh Heritage Society 3.20pm Wreckage, War Relics and War Historical Sites, Speaker: En. Shaharom Ahmad, Malaysian Military Historian & Researcher 4.00pm Afternoon Tea, 4.30pm Preserving War Historical Sites and Promoting Military History Tourism in Malaysia, Panelists: (i) Mr. George Yong, Malaysian Battlefield Guide (ii) En. Zafrani Arifin, Malaysian Battlefield Guide (iii) Mr. Henry Ong, Head, Business Development, Holiday Tours & Travel Sdn Bhd (iv) Mr. Dennis Weatherall, Australian Military Historian, Accredited Battlefield Guide, Moderator: Mr Seumas Tan, Research Director, War History Institute, End of Day One Conference

Day 2: (Sunday – 11.08.2019): Malayan Emergency

9.00am Emergency in Malaya (1948 -60) Speaker: Mr. Christopher Hale, Documentary Producer & Non-Fiction writer 9.40am The Bukit Kepong Incident,  Speaker: Tan Sri J J Raj Jr, Retired Commissioner of Police, Royal Malaysian Police, He was the OCPD of Pagoh when the Bukit Kepong tragedy happened. 10.20am Morning Tea 10.50am The Role of British Propaganda during the Malayan Emergency (1948-60) Speaker: Assoc. Professor Dr. Kumar Ramakrishna, Head of Policy Studies and Head of National Security Studies Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 11.30am Special Branch projects in the Second Malayan Emergency, Speaker: Datuk Dr Leong Chee Woh, PMW, PGB, JMN, JBS, KMN, AMN, AMP, ABS, PPB, KPK, TP (Ph.D) Former Deputy Director of Special Branch (Operations) and Senior Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Malaysian Police, Recipient of Malaysia’s second highest gallantry award, Panglima Gagah Berani (PGB), Pioneer leader of the Malaysian Police special elite counter-terrorism unit known as E3F Squad.
12.10pm Lunch End of Day Two Conference

Conference Programme: Please Note that the topics and speakers may be subject to change.

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Cooper’s Last

To the readers of this web site I wish to introduce (or re-introduce) to you to one of the best qualified battlefield guides in the world – Graeme Cooper.

290bf15I’ve worked with “Coops” on the battle sites of the Western Front the Beaches of Normandy and his speciality Waterloo.  I’ve also walked the battlefields of the South African Zulu and Boer Wars on a “busman’s picnic tour” back in 2010 when we as members of the Guild of Battlefield Guides went to study those battles of 1879-80 and 1899-1902. 

“Coops” is a great fountain of knowledge and the best of story tellers, you can see what he describes before you look at the topography of the battle scene.  Sadly “Coops” will be escorting his last tour in 2018. This will be my great friends last field trip, as we are all putting on the years.  

If you want an exceptional guided Battlefield experience this is one you just can’t pass up !  For further information in Australia – New Zealand or Oceania please make contact with me (Dennis J Weatherall) at Battlefields of the World, by phone (+62 2) 9520 6023 or by email at: battlefieldsoftheworld@live.com

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Tour Preview: 76th Commemoration of the Fall Of Singapore

It is officially here, the preview itinerary of the Commemorative Tour of the 76th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, running in February 2018. This is our initial preview and prices will soon be available upon application. You can review the details of this programme here!

To pre-register for this tour or to lodge your expression of interest please contact Dennis Weatherall on dweatherall_eng@bigpond.com

The Liberation of Singapore WWII

On the 12th September this year- 2017, it is the 72nd Anniversary of the Liberation of Singapore from the Japanese occupation that was between the 15th February 1942 to the day the Japanese Commander forcibly surrendered to the British – 12th September 1945.

There are many Australian servicemen still alive today from the terrible day the 15th February 1942 when they were forced to lay down their arms by the British General commanding “Fortress Singapore”. This visit is open to all ex servicemen and women along with their families, children and grandchildren.

This visit will operate between Saturday 9th and Friday 15th September – Battlefields of the World “Liberation” tour covering all the sites where action took place in those WWII days long ago.

The full itinerary will be posted in the next few weeks along with the land only cost, this will allow intending travellers to extend their stay if they wish, or travel pre the tour dates. We’ll also offer an extension to Thailand to enable a visit to the Thai – Burma Railway where many of the military prisoners from Singapore were taken to be forced labor on the Japanese railway, others were sent to North Borneo to build an airstrip. Out of more than 2,400 POW’s sent to Sandakan in North Borneo, only 6 survived to see the Japanese brought to justice.

Available Now: The 2017 Anglo-Zulu Boer War Journey

Battlefield Guide Dennis overlooking Elands River

Join us on our next Anglo-Zulu Boer War  Tour
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