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
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
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.