Hong Kong, 1941-45

Hong Kong, 1941-45

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On 8th December 1941, as part of the simultaneous combined attack against Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) invaded the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia and the British colony of Hong Kong. After only 18 days of battle the defenders, a weak, undermanned brigade, were overwhelmed by a superior force of two battle-hardened IJA divisions. What defines the battle of Hong Kong was not the scale - just 14,000 defended the colony - but the intensity of this battle, fought not only by the British Army, Navy and Air Force but also Canadians, Hong Kong's own defence force, the Indian Army and many civilians. The campaign itself is characterized by a fierce land battle, with long artillery duals and as well as fast naval actions with intense actions at the Gin Drinkers Line as well as the battle of Wong Nai Chung Gap where a handful of defenders took on an entire Japanese regiment. Less known but equally important are individual acts valour such as CSM John Robert Osborne winning a posthumous VC, throwing himself over a Japanese grenade to save fellow combatants.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 184 x 248 x 8mm | 357g
  • Osprey, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 75 MONO; 13 COL
  • 1782002685
  • 9781782002680
  • 247,475

Table of contents

Origins of the campaign /Chronology /Opposing commanders /Opposing armies /Orders of battle /Opposing plans /The campaign /Aftermath /The battlefields today /Further reading /Index
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This is a fast-paced and engrossing account of the fall of Hong Kong and its aftermath (guerrilla warfare). [...] There is a lot to offer the wargamer, with a good range of map and tabletop scenarios and without the need for a vast investment in figures and equipment. Recommended. (Chris Jarvis, Miniature Wargames, June 2014)
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About Benjamin Lai

Benjamin Lai was born in Hong Kong, educated in the UK, and went on to serve as an officer in the British Territorial Army in the 1980s and 1990s. Fluent in both Chinese and English, he currently works as a development and business consultant in China.
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