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Sekadar mengingat ~

"Bank Kerapu" in Kota Bharu...
..now a War Memorial dedicated to World War II..
..and the building itself is historical..
Another pillbox from the WW2 era..
..neglected but luckily still intact...
..located by the road to the airport..
Quote:
" ......He remembers long, staccato bursts of machine-gun fire as well as deafening cannon fire that, to the terror-stricken villagers, seemed to go on for an eternity.

“The British troops in the pillbox nearest the beach perished but those in the second pillbox managed to retreat. By 7am (on Dec 8 ), the Japanese had overrun the British defences.......... "


"He" was there. Read his story HERE


Hari ini 8 Disember 2005,
64 tahun yang lepas,
tika itu sejam sebelum segerombongan Mitsubishi Reisen* menghadiahkan buah tangan kepada Pelabuhan Mutiara,
tentera Mentari Terbit telah berkunjung ke sebuah pantai di timur laut Semenanjung Tanah Melayu.
Kalungan kawat duri dan periuk api menyambut kehadiran mereka di gigi air.
Lantas dirasmikan pula dengan hamburan pertama dari mulut mulut senapang dan meriam
dari barisan pertahanan British yang telah sedia menanti.

Yang pasti, seterusnya adalah sejarah yang terabadi di dalam buku teks sekolah
yang mungkin kalian ambil tahu sekadar mahu lulus peperiksaan.

Bukan apa.
Sekadar mengingat.


A pillbox, remnant from the British Defense Line which guarded Kota Bharu ( but failed ) from the Japanese incursion.
Luckily, the neglected World War II relic is still intact and can be found by the rightside of the road heading to the Pengkalan Chepa airport.
It is reported that there are about 15 pillboxes of such kind scattering along Kelantan shoreline, from Tumpat to Bachok. Personally, I had identified one in Melawi, one in Jalan Pengkalan Chepa, one in Kota Bharu town, one by the air strip inside the airport ground ( you might notice it when you board the plane ), and one on a piece of land owned by the Malaysian Airport Berhad, near the airport.


Related ( of my past entries ) :

WORLD WAR 2 BATTLE GROUND : Sabak Beach
http://raykinzoku.fotopages.com/?entry=375689

WORLD WAR 2 PILLBOX : Melawi Beach
http://raykinzoku.fotopages.com/?entry=520054

WORLD WAR 2 PILLBOX : Kota Bharu
http://raykinzoku.fotopages.com/?entry=521832

WORLD WAR 2 THE BEGINNING OF THE END : HIROSHIMA
http://raykinzoku.fotopages.com/?entry=31399

IMPERIALISM : What did we learn ?
http://raykinzoku.fotopages.com/?entry=605085

Nota Lutut:
*Mitsubishi Reisen : Japanese for Mitsubishi Zero Fighter Plane of the World War 2 era, Zero = Rei , Fighter = Sen



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