GUN OPERATIONS ROOM

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Gun Operations Room

The Gun Operations Room is modelled after one of Churchill’s war rooms in London. Occupying its centre is a large rectangular table – its longer side is the length of five classroom desks placed side by side and its shorter side could fit four such desks – atop which is a large white map of Malaya and Singapore framed by a one-foot wide wooden surface. There are some wooden blocks and model aircraft scattered on the map. On the wooden sides of the table are more wooden blocks and thumb-length letterings in plastic. On the walls of the room are big maps of the Asia-Pacific region, Malaya and Singapore. There is a metal door on each of the walls.

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Gun Operations Room

This was where information on enemy aircraft was received by these two soldiers – the ones wearing the headsets. The information came from secret stations located along the coast of Malaya and also along the coast of Singapore. Men at work in these secret stations would be on the lookout for enemy aircraft flying in from the sea, in this case, the South China Sea. In those days, the equipment was not so advanced, so these men had to rely on their eyes to gauge the heights at which the aircraft were flying. Once the information was plotted on this map here, it was the turn of the two tellers, the ones manning the telephones, to relay the information to anti-aircraft positions which would then bombard the enemy aircraft.

This is NOT the original Gun Operations Room. The original room is the locked room  between this room and the Surrender Conference Room.

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