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Hong Kong 1941-45: First Strike in the Pacific War (Campaign) Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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"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)
"Very interesting insights into a somewhat overlooked facet of WWII." --"Toy Soldier & Model Figure
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"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"

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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The invasion and conquest of Hong Kong formed part of the staggering series of Japanese conquests across the Far East in late 1941 and early 1942.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 31746 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KAB26QK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #484,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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These publishers produce a number of similar-looking books which include different themes. One is devoted to specific warships, vehicles or weapons of war and another provides comparisons between opposing sides such as German soldier vs. Russian soldier or two types of warship and so forth. Another topic within this arrangement is specific battles such as, for example; "The Naval Battles of Guadalcanal." The one outstanding feature from all these works, however, is the excellent artwork provided by different artists. This particular book is written by Benjamin Lai and illustrated by Giuseppe Rava - both of whom are new to me.

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 instructions 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.
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I was disappointed that there were so few original pictures and the photographs tended to be ones that have appeared elsewhere, with one incorrectly described as being the E Brigade headquarters. The text was on the 'light' side and anyone who has read extensively on this subject will not, I suspect, find a great deal that adds to their knowledge. However, for others, it is a perfectly adequate introductory book on the war in Hong Kong.
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The book gives a very good insight to what happen to Hong Kong during the WWII from both side. So many previous books are written by one side and do not give a balance view of the attack and the defense of Hong Kong. I have learnt that there were many commonwealth troops which helped to defend Hong Kong from the invasion by the Japanese. I fully recommend this book for all fans of military history, in particularly the history of 2nd World War in Far East Asia.
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