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Penang War Museum, Part 2: Lights Suddenly Went Out?!

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Hi everyone! I’ve shared some general information regarding a trip to the war museum in my previous post. So, in this post, I will be sharing my experience while exploring the spots in this museum.

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When you arrived at the entrance, you will see this army mannequin. So what makes this museum unique and different from other museums? The uniqueness is, when we go to a museum, we will see a lot of artifacts inside the museum building, but the building is just a normal building right? While this war museum, not only the artifacts (bomb, cannon, and gun), but the building itself is an original war building used during the 1930s.

I’m done with my introduction, let’s take a look at what is available here.

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Kamikaze Jacket

This Kamikaze Jacket was used by the members of special corps in the Japanese air force charged with the suicidal mission in Malaya in the crashing of British battleships, The Prince of Wales, and Repulse in the South China Sea on 10th December 1941.

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This relic was found by Mr. Johari bin Shafie on 10th August 2002, during excavation works at war museum sites.

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World War 2 Bomb
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Ammunition Tunnel

When we are done looking at the guns and bombs used during World War II, we went inside a tunnel that is used for ammunition storage. Right after we went inside it, our smartphone said “No Service”. I can say that everything was fine until we get into a second tunnel which was extremely dark. No lights at all. You can’t even see your finger in front of your face. Hahaha! But, hey remember when I told you we get into a second tunnel right?

Yes! The first tunnel and the storage room are bright. They installed a few lamps in there. But, what scared us was when we got out of the second tunnel, everything was dark! Even the previous storage room and the tunnel were dark too! I guess maybe they put a sensor in there? Or is it the light suddenly went out?

Before I forgot, the second tunnel’s height was less than 150 cm (plus-minus), so for those who have that model height should become a “nenek kebayan” for a while.

I’m done with my not-so-horror story. Let’s take a look at what is inside this museum.

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Ammunition Storage – With Lamp
Unused Cannonball

Ammunition Storage (Tunnel):
Nine meters underground, the robust stonewalls were designed to withstand enemy fire. As highly explosive ammunition was stored, soldiers were required to strip their underclothes and change into special clothing and footwear before entering the storage area. The ammunition hoists transferred shells to the six-inch gun above.

All the above information are gathered from the research carried out by the proprietor of the war museum Malaysia

Some canoe frame was found

On December 16th, 1941, the Japanese Army sneaked into Penang and captivated this British Fort. General Tomoyuki Yamashita used this canoe to sneak through the sea route at the mangrove forest areas to avoid being detected by the British and their ally.

The frame of this canoe was found by the late James Tait (ex-POW) at the Kampong Belacan coastal, Batu Maung, Pulau Pinang on December 18th, 2002.

The effects of the bomb
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Original 36 steps to cannon bay and steel bar from England since 1930.

Anti-air-craft pits

Anti-Air-Craft Pit:
There are about 20 anti-air-craft pits that were built by the British across the hill (Bukit Batu Maung) in Penang. In place are anti-air-crafts with a double barrel and a firing range of 14,000 feet, to protect the fort from a Japanese air raid. The Japanese had to fly over 14,000 feet sometimes up to 16,000 feet to escape from being shot down.

All the above information are gathered from the research carried out by the proprietor of the war museum Malaysia

Trench Route

Trench Route:
The Royal British Engineers built a 5 kilometres trench route across the hill. The purpose was to protect British soldiers on duty. The normal size of a trench route is about 10 ft in depth and 8 ft in width.

All the above information is gathered from the research carried out by the proprietor of the war museum Malaysia.

Hand Siren With Stand

This hand siren with stand is a portable alarm device that was used technically by the Malay Army since the British era. This siren was used to warn of security and fire threats.

Axe that was used to behead human
British Barracks
Cook Room
Malay Barracks

That’s all for now. There were a lot of other spots in this museum includes a torture room (A room that still has bullet holes on the wall), an observation tower, a water tank, etc. If you want to have a look at this surviving World War II fort, you should come here.

I listed down a blog that shared about this war museum for your reference:

  1. MStar
  2. Malaysia Traveller
  3. Penang Travel Tips
  4. Histourism

That’s all for now. Thank you so much for reading my blog post. Related post “Penang War Museum, Part 1: Things You Need To Know“.

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