C Force to Hong Kong: A Canadian Catastrophy (Canadian War by Brereton Greenhous

By Brereton Greenhous

This can be the tale of a "no army threat" crusade that slowly become a nightmare. The e-book offers new solutions to a couple of tricky questions starting with a dialogue of why Canadian troops have been despatched to Hong Kong on the request of the British battle place of work. have been the British duplicitous in making this request? used to be Canadian leader of the final employees, Lieutenant-General Harry Crerar, accountable of placing his personal pursuits above these of his males in telling the minister of nationwide Defence that there has been "no army threat" in sending the "C" strength? The e-book recounts the formation of the "C" strength and its departure to Hong Kong the place it arrived simply 3 weeks earlier than the japanese assault. It outlines the process the conflict from December eight, 1941, till the inevitable hand over of the garrison on Christmas Day. It locations acceptable emphasis at the Canadian contribution, refuting 1947 allegations by means of the British General-Officer-Commanding - allegations which have been purely made public in 1993 - that the Canadians didn't struggle good. Greenhous assaults those fees with strong proof from individuals and eye-witnesses. eventually, the booklet tells the tale of existence and demise within the legal camps of Hong Kong and Japan.

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1 The effect of these new arrivals on local morale bore no relationship to their numbers or their military capabilities. "Then came the Canadians," wrote the Dutch-born construction engineer, Jan Henrik Marsman, who had business in Hong Kong and the misfortune of arriving there six days before the Japanese attack. Somehow, their arrival apparently cinched Hong Kong's complacency. In 1939, nobody had thought Hong Kong could be defended successfully. After the arrival of the few thousand Canadians, everybody felt that the Crown Colony could and would be 35 36 • "C" Force to Hong Kong defended successfully.

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They're bombs coming," he shouted, his mouth wide open and eyes fixed on the sky above. The first bomb destroyed the guard house, the second one made a big hole in our parade ground, the third one swallowed up a corner of our quarters, and the fourth fell right in the middle of the building. What a shock! We were knocked down and nearly fell over the balustrade. We knew for sure then that we were not facing some kind of British demonstration. About twenty bombs fell on our barracks. 8 Two Canadian signallers, a sergeant and a private were wounded.

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