INTRODUCTION  
 
 
 

The only known WW2 British coastal battery on mainland Malaysia.
This website is a personal historical project of mine and was first created in January 2006. Currently this is the only website on the internet specifically documenting this historical WW2 site at Pengerang. This project does not pretend to be a serious academic study of coastal batteries, but purely exsists to inform and educate the casual user, like myself.

During WW2 the Pengerang battery was part of Singapore's defences defending the eastern approach to the Royal Naval base at Sembawang, and also providing close defence of Calder Harbour. As far as I can tell, the Pengerang battery did not come under direct attack during Singapore's fall. What's interesting to note, was that Pengerang must have been one of the last British military footholds held on the Malayan mainland, right up to their surrender on Singapore on 15th February 1942!

Today at least 95% of the land that the WW2 Pengerang facility once occupied is now taken up by Johor's 2nd largest 75 hectare naval base, KD Pularek, a naval training academy.
On this naval land would have been the coastal battery, defensive positions and the observation post. The observation post and its admin buildings would have been on top of the 600 foot hill, then called Johore Hill, now known as Bukit Pengerang.

So far I have made 6 trips to the battery and on each trip I have found something new. As you can imagine the area is very overgrown and hard to properly study by one person alone.
As of yet I have been unable to locate any period plans of the Pengerang defences and so can't really be sure of its full extent and composition. And with much of the battery on protected Naval land it's now impossible to see exactly what is left of the original facility.


Thanks goes to the fellow historians I have met on the internet and for their sharing of information. Much of this website would not be possible without their generosity and love of history.