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The Resource Battle for Hong Kong, December 1941, Philip Cracknell

Battle for Hong Kong, December 1941, Philip Cracknell

Label
Battle for Hong Kong, December 1941
Title
Battle for Hong Kong, December 1941
Statement of responsibility
Philip Cracknell
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
On the same day as the Pearl Harbor attack, forces of the Japanese Empire attacked the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong without warning. Philip Cracknell provides a research-driven narrative about the Battle for Hong Kong in 1941, which commenced on 8 December and lasted for three weeks until the surrender on Christmas Day 1941. Hong Kong had become a strategic liability, an isolated outpost. It would be sacrificed but not without a fight. The main priorities for the British in Asia were Malaya and Singapore. The Crown colony was gallantly defended but it was a battle against overwhelming odds. Crucially, as a resident of Hong Kong for thirty years, the author knows every inch of the ground. He challenges some assumptions, for example the whereabouts of A Coy, Winnipeg Grenadiers on 19 December, when the company was destroyed during a fighting retreat. What exactly happened and where were the actions fought? One can still see so much evidence, in the form of pillboxes, gun batteries and weapons pits. Bullets and other relics can still be picked up lying on the ground. The defending troops mainly consisted of British, Canadian, Indian and Hong Kong Chinese. Dozens were massacred, including over fifty St John s Ambulance personnel - a grim pointer to the hell of the Pacific war that followed. Over the following nearly four years of occupation, an estimated 10,000 Hong Kong civilians were executed. The battle for Hong Kong is a story that deserves to be better known
Cataloging source
YDX
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Cracknell, Philip
Dewey number
940.54251
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Sieges
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Hong Kong (China)
  • Hong Kong (China)
Label
Battle for Hong Kong, December 1941, Philip Cracknell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Historical prelude -- Hong Kong before the war -- Battle on the mainland -- Evacuation from the mainland -- The Royal Navy -- The island under siege -- Invasion of the island -- The Battle for Wong Nai Chung Gap -- The navy counterattacks -- Chaos and confusion -- The army counterattacks -- East Brigade strikes back -- Escape from the Ridge -- The siege of Repulse Bay Hotel -- The Japanese advance -- The Battle for Stanley -- The massacre at St Stephen's College -- Surrender
Control code
000066252131
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
320 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781445690490
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)1083033460
Label
Battle for Hong Kong, December 1941, Philip Cracknell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Historical prelude -- Hong Kong before the war -- Battle on the mainland -- Evacuation from the mainland -- The Royal Navy -- The island under siege -- Invasion of the island -- The Battle for Wong Nai Chung Gap -- The navy counterattacks -- Chaos and confusion -- The army counterattacks -- East Brigade strikes back -- Escape from the Ridge -- The siege of Repulse Bay Hotel -- The Japanese advance -- The Battle for Stanley -- The massacre at St Stephen's College -- Surrender
Control code
000066252131
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
320 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781445690490
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)1083033460

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