70 years ago today, officers and men of 1 Federated Malay States Regiment stood their defensive line at Bukit Chandu. Within a few hours, that became their last stand in the bid to defend Malaya from the invading Japanese army.
The defensive line started a day earlier where this regiment along with the remaining of the Indian Brigade was ordered to defend Pasir Panjang ridge. They fought gallantly but the offensive Japanese brigade was too overwhelming. By night, they were ordered to withdraw and take position at Bukit Chandu instead.
This line was defended by two Malay officers, 2nd Lt. Adnan Saidi and 2nd Lt. Abas Abdul Manan.
The invading Japanese Imperial Army 56th Regiment supported by light tanks was far too superior in size and materiel for the defending men of 1 Malay. After running out of ammunition, by late afternoon Bukit Chandu fell. The leader, 2nd Lt. Adnan, resorted to hand combat after the Lewis Gun he manned ran out of bullets and demonstrated the amazing gallantry not to admit defeat. He was wounded and eventually captured. He was tortured. The brutal Japanese soldiers dragged him from the fox hole, placed in a gunny sack hung from a cherry tree and stabbed him, as his mortal wounds brought him to make his Maker without uttering a single sound of pain.
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