Past military conflicts in Kinmen, the one-time frontline in defense of the main land of Taiwan and Penghu Archipelago, leave the Island much evidence of it. Defensive facilities and after-war memorials scattered around the island virtually turned the small land into a battlefields space, silently speaking of the pivotal role in once played ; meanwhile they now serve as convincing monuments powerfully pleading world peacefulness.

The remote Kinmen Island was at a disadvantage in military conflict. Luckily, its uplift structure composed of a composition of granite and granite gneiss enables underground construction. Starting from 1956, military stations and posts were first laid out beneath the ground, marking the beginning of the establishment of subterranean world. Since then, military facilities were progressively moved below ground through out the entire period of the odd-dated bombarding. Canals were built in 1963in Jhaishan(翟山)and Jiougong(九宮) to facilitate sealift supply. Cingtianing Hall(擎天廳)was subsequently constructed in 1962,followed by the accomplishment of the Granite Hospital and the Reception Hall a tunnel hotel, in 1978.Local resident were busy in constructing air defense basement in or hear their houses. From 1976 on ward,a series of project were aimed to bring a majority of village facilities underground, such as those in Cyonglin and Jincheng.

From a battlefield of Nationalist-Communist conflicts to political arena during Cold War and an isolated military output, Kinmen has its significance in the modern history .As flames or war have faded with time, what was left behind, however ,are sites and traces of the past, uttering the shattered old times and momeries of historic events.

M18 "Hellcat" Tank Destroyers
Manufactured by the US General Motors Corp., M18 Hellcat is a tracked vehicle with toursion bar suspension. It was widely used in World War Ⅱ and the first armored vehicle given to the ROC armed forces. Max speed:88 kilometers per hour Fording depth:1.22 meters
M5A1 "Stuart" Light Tank
US made M5A1 improved light tanks from General Dynamics, were active in World War II, and in addition to their US military use, were provided as military aid to US allies. They were widely used in counter-insurgency operations in China’s northeast, as well as the Battle of Zhoushan and in Hainan Island. They performed exceptionally in the battles on Kinmen in 1949, fondly known as the "the Grizzly Bear of Kinmen”. Maximum speed: 56 km / h, trench width: 1.828 meters, wading depth :0.914 meters.
M24 "Chaffee" Light Tank
The M-24 Light Tank was the main armored vehicle that substituted the M 8, the Bear of Kinmen. It featured high mobility, strong fire, eirm protective armor and efficient radio communication ability. This tank was an indispensable for the protion of this island on the first line
M108 105mm Self-propelled Howitzer
A lightweight towed howitzer with excellent ground mobility, M 108 105 mm self-propelled howitzer is amphibious and air-portable. Its turret can turn 360 degrees.Max speed: 56 kilometers per hour.Max rate of fire: 10 rounds per minute.Max range:11500 meters.
LVT-P4
This landing crait which was under the command or a tank battalion of ROC Marine Corps , has the capabilities of carrying soldiers, equipment, and supplies, and making surprise attacks and landing. During the "823" campaign, our landing crafts had transported 3400 tons of supplies and materiel to maintain the incessant combat strength of the Kinmen Defense Command. The Chinese Communists dream of blockading Kinmen was thus shattered and the LVT took highest credit.
M42 40mm Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun
M42A1 Twin 40mm is a towed armored vehicle that provides medium range air defense and is capable of high-speed firing at ground targets. Max speed:45 miles per hour Max rate of fire:120 rounds per minute Range:1,650 meters(surface-to-air);4500 meters(surface-to-surface)

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