Sunday, March 7, 2010

British WW2 Pillboxes in Kuantan


The British WW2 pillboxes is actually a hardened field defence bunker intended to protect Malaya from the Japanese invasion anticipated to be by sea
but ended up to be by land and worse still they came by bicycle because of the about turn in Siam
which allowed the Japanese to past through without a fight.

The most famous pillbox in town is the one at Telok Chempedak beach
and looks well preserved with a new coat of cement.



















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The Tanah Putih Pillbox is still on dry land and is located
on the right side of the old Tanah Putih Bridge across the Kuantan River
if you are driving out of town.




There is another pill box on the other side of the bridge
but i haven't seen it for a very long time
and is only visible during very low tide.






A monitor lizard taking its own sweet time to walk away from me.




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Pantai Pelindung 1 Pillbox is at the edge of the beach.










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Pantai Pelindung 2 Pillbox is already on the beach
and is at the mercy of the waves during high tide.







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Sungai Karang Pillbox at the river mouth is already on the beach
and will be flooded during high tide.


An Indian family enjoying their picnic behind the shade of the pillbox.










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Pantai Batu Hitam Pillbox is partly hidden by a muslim cemetry.








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Sungai Belat Pillbox not Sg Soi as stated in the map is half sunken into Sg Belat
for as long as i can remember and it is still there.







View Kampung Sungai Soi Pillbox in a larger map


I hope to find a few more pillbox in Kuantan and will add on here.

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14 comments:

Alpha Ace said...

actually what the WW2 pill boxes means ya?

geeee... do you purposely hunt/search for it? why do you looking for it? it was situated on all different locations which far from each other lehhh .....

thomas said...

The British call it pillbox but it is actually a defence bunker build to defend the then Malaya from the invasion of the Japanese,i hunt for it just to keep a record because older people tends to forget and younger ones don't even know.

Nikel Khor said...

wah...tis thing so uncommon d wor..but is add on for me la..

thomas said...

yah!Forgoten history.

zzkang said...

great effort!!!

thomas said...

zzkang,
welcome to my blog,
hope to find a few more when i am free.
at the moment i am working in Malacca
and hope to have some stories from there.

Alpha Ace said...

but bro, how you had know their individual existence and their location???

and how long have you took to visit all of them???

i'm really curious leh~

thomas said...

Kuantan is my hometown but before this i only know of 5 pillbox and the other 2 are newly found in a few hours search checking the beach front of the targeted sites.

encikkacang said...

nice info...pls share with us at http://panggilanpertiwi.forumotion.net/

joe kemaman said...

GREAT INFO.. there are some pillboxes on the way mersing-kota tinggi....believed they are built by japanese soldier during its invasion..people use this route to JB from east coast...

i support your appreciation of our country history..

thomas said...

joe,
These pillboxes on the Mersing Kota Tinggi road are also build by the British to stop the Japanese advance to Singapore.

Engineer said...

Are you located in Kuantan, I woould like to meet you as I am interested in the history of Kuantan and you seem very knowledgable?
enjinear2@yahoo.com

thomas said...

Engineer,
I am staying in KL now,
if you're interested about the history of Kuantan
i would suggest you get this book,
Early Kuantan in Pictures 1903 to 1963
from Chan Chew Photo studio
by the way,where are you from?

DOL said...

TQ & TQ for ur effort

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