December 7, 1941: 71 years ago..
Dec 7, 1941, nearly 71 years ago, 11.45 PM local time, The British defence troops on the Badang and Sabak beaches reported ships anchoring about 1 and a half miles from the coast. The Japanese convoy of ships consisted of three large transport (Awajisan Maru, Ayatosan Maru, Sakura Maru) escorted by five Sendai Light Cruisers and squadron of destroyers (isonomi, Uranami, Shikinami and Ayanami). The army was from the 56th Infantry Regiment of the 18th Division of 25th Army under the Command of Major General Hiroshi Takumi. Shortly afterwards, the beaches artillery opened fire and was replied by the Japanese. This event indicated that the war had begun in Kelantan. In conjunction with 71st anniversary of the Japanese troops landing in Kota Bharu,
I will highlight about some historical artifacts found in Kelantan, Kota Bharu in particular. Pillboxes were built by the British Army in 1939/1940 as barricades during World War II. For this purpose, these pillboxes were constructed along the coast that is from Tumpat, Kelantan to Kuala Besut, Terengganu. Apart from the coastal areas, such construction are also found at other strategic places such as the Kelantan riverside and near the airport of Kota Bharu. A Pillbox is made by of concrete cement that could accommodate 9-12 soldiers. Each box has a narrow hole at every corner which is meant for observing and shooting enemies with guns. At present, there are 25 pillboxes discovered, but most of them are sunken due to the coastal erosion throughout each year.
LEFT SECTOR OF KELANTAN BEACH DEFENSE.
1) Jubakar Pantai, Tumpat.
2) Pengkalan Chepa.
CENTRAL SECTOR OF KELANTAN BEACH DEFENSE.
3) Jalan Post Office Lama, Kota Bharu.
4) Pulau Kundor, Pantai Cahaya Bulan.
RIGHT SECTOR OF KELANTAN BEACH DEFENSE.
5) Kampung Perupok, Bachok.
6) Pantai Kuala Belongan, Bachok.
7) Pantai Melawi, Bachok.
8) Pantai Kuala Rekang, Bachok.
9) Pantai, Kuala Ger, Bachok.