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Hong Kong 1941-45: First strike in the Pacific War (Campaign) Paperback – June 17, 2014
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“Very interesting insights into a somewhat overlooked facet of WWII.” ―Toy Soldier & Model Figure
“The author does a superlative job of telling the story of this entire campaign, especially the influence of the resistance after the British surrendered. It is pretty obvious that the author is either a resident or very familiar with the area as he is able to provide insights that others would not. It makes for a great read and combined with period photographs and excellent art work, is a gripping tale. A book that you will very much enjoy reading and one I can highly recommend.” ―Scott van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (August 2014)
“Tells the story of Japan's action against Hong Kong, the British surrender, the years of Japanese occupation, and the eventual reestablishment of British control over the colony when the war ended in 1945. It provides a very compelling look at how the defenders--and later prisoners--faired at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Army. This book is highly recommended to those interested in WWII history in general and the Pacific War in particular. It is a very interesting and educational read.” ―IPMS/USA
“Recommended!” ―Cybermodeler Online
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"Hong Kong 1941-45" is a new Osprey Campaign Series book, authored by Benjamin Lai, with illustrations by Giuseppe Rava. It follows the usual format, with an upfront comparison of the opposing commanders, their forces, and their plans. The heart of the narrative is a detailed recounting of the actual fighting, from the assualt on Hong Kong's border redoubt to the reduction of its last ditch holdouts on Hong Kong Island itself. The story is an exciting one, and told in a relatively even-handed manner. The author does not avoid the topic of alleged Japanese atrocities, but limits the details in favor of staying on topic. The aftermath of the fighting, in which Chinese Communist Forces cooperated with a British liaison group to rescue prisoners of war and other detainees, makes for a fascinating conclusion. Recommended for its insight into a largely overlooked part of the Second World War.
Having served in Hong Kong with 7th Gurkha Rifles (1979-1981), I found certain elements of the book particularly fascinating - if only because I had been to the site in question. That, however, is no precondition for anyone wishing to similarly enjoy this excellent work.
On the day after Pearl Harbour, Imperial Japanese Forces issued instruction for the invasions of the Philippines, Thailand, Malaya and the tiny British Colony of Hong Kong. Because of its relative lack of importance, the occupation of Hong Kong is largely overlooked. This work, however, provides a full appraisal of those dark days and of the brutality which became synonymous with Japanese military behaviour throughout WW2. I deliberately mention this aspect because the author provides a potted account of the sinking of the Lisbon Maru. Of the 1,834 (British and Commonwealth) POWs who were captured in Hong Kong and placed aboard that ship, only 716 eventually survived!
In a well-thought-out work, we commence with an Introduction and Chronology of Events which combine perfectly to set the scene for the detailed descriptions which follow.Read more ›
The period of the occupation and the events of liberation at war's end get much shorter treatment. For clandestine activities during the war we must apparently await further declassifications.
It is a typical Osprey book in that it is thin and well illustrated. For all that, it falls nearly alone into an empty niche. The Japanese capture of HK is dismissed in most histories in a single clause in a single sentence about the initial campaigns of the Pacific War. A lot of things happened here in late 1941 that deserve to be remembered and studied.
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very interesting facts, good writing---I could almost feel the desperation of the losing fight against the invadersPublished 15 months ago by Ernesto Manzo
A bit disjointed, not linking the actions clearly, but at least making the reader more aware of the heroic effort to defend the colony by a totally inadequate and undersupplied... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Charles D. Burton
This is a great little book on a not too well covered topic. My parents lived in HK at the time of the fall to the Japanese. This is a book that they will enjoy reading. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Wine Teacher
Great book about early years in Hong Kong - lots of history and culture revealedPublished 22 months ago by Lauren C Mache
Concise history of the tragic defense and fall of Hong Kong. Well illustrated with pictures and maps. Excellent way to get an overview of a significant historical event.Published 22 months ago by Big D
Very interesting part of Hong Kong history during World War II. A must buy for those who wants to get a little historic introduction about the Pacific War.Published 22 months ago by Sunny K Lam