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Malaya At War – The Final Retreat 2020

Malaya 2020 WHI

Malaya At War – Military History Conference August 2019



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 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:

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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

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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Vietnam Re-vistited, 2016, the 50th Anniversary of the Battle Of Long Tan


Battlefields of the World is proud to announce that our 2016 Programme for the 50th commemoration of the Battle Of Long Tan. We have a fantastic programme covering the Australian Areas of Operation in the South that can be extended to cover further sites relevant to the Vietnam War in the North and then if desired on to Dien Bien Ph.  For more information JUST CLICK HERE!

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Gallipoli Tour Departures with Lt Col Peter Sweeney – Ammendment Notice

Gallipoli Departures escorted & guided by Lt.Col Peter Sweeney have amended costs, due to the decline in the rate of exchange between the Australian and US Dollar since the Gallipoli programme was costed back in July 2014 up until 2nd February 2015. This applies to both the July & October 2015 departures. The new cost for the Land Only on both departures is now AUD 3,850.00 per person share twin. With a single supplement of AUD 575.00 for a sole use room. Airfares are additional to the Land cost and we have many discounted fares available on first class carriers ex Australia to suit your home uplift port and possible stop off ports enroute to or from Turkey and beyond

Join Us In Gallipoli – With Lt Col Peter Sweeney (Ret’d)

"Those Heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives .. You are now living in  the soil of a friendly country, therefore rest in Peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lay side by side, here in this Country of ours ... You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears, your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well!" Ataturk, 1934

“Those Heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives .. You are now living in the soil of a friendly country, therefore rest in Peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lay side by side, here in this Country of ours … You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears, your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well!” Ataturk, 1934

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweeney RFD (Retired)

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweeney RFD (Retired)

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweeney RFD (Retired) joined the Australian Army Reserve (Infantry Corps) as an Officer Cadet in 1966 and served, raising through the ranks until he officially retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2000. He has received a number of Awards and Commendations during his service, and during his service and since retirement has travelled to a number of Historical Battlefields across the world including Gallipoli, Islawanda, Rorkes Drift, Pearl Harbour and Normandy to name a few. Today Peter is a Gallipoli Specialist and member of the Guild Of Battlefield Guides (UK).

We have been incredibly lucky to have Peter ask to lead two great departures to Gallipoli in 2015 – the year, 100 years on from when the ANZAC Forces landed in the Dardanelles during World War I.

11 days, Australia to Australia, we spend a brief time in Istanbul before heading down to the Dardanelles for an in-depth look at the battlefields of the Gallipoli Campaign. From Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair, where the Australian and New Zealand Forces were stationed. To Kabatepe, and the Turkish positions, to the French area of operation in Cape Hellas to Sulva Bay in the North where the British Landed.

We have 2 fantastic departures, one in July and one in October, for more information, read on ..


Gallipoli, 100th Anniversay Tour

hp photosmart 720The visitation of Anzac Cove and the Gallipoli Peninsula in the Dardanelles over ANZAC Day (25th April) has become something of a pilgrimage for many Australians, especially in recent years … and next year, 2015, is the 100th Commemoration of the Landings at Anzac Cove in World War I, and it is turning into a huge year for attendance, with actual allowed places being drawn by Ballot.

If you would like to visit Gallipoli over the 100th Anniversary we have a fantastic tour available, with limited spaces, and the ability to help get you to the formal services if you are a ballot ticket holder, or you can join us at an informal gathering away from the cove.

For more information on our tour please click here!