Dave willott searches hong kong battle sites with a metal detector for second world war relics, and unearthing watch of a young private killed in desperate last days of defence against japanese. The battle of hong kong (8–25 december 1941) was one of the first battles of the pacific campaign of world war ii on the same morning as the attack on pearl harbor , forces of the empire of japan invaded british hong kong and met the stiff resistance of its garrison, composed of local troops as well as british , canadian and indian units. The battle of hong kong was fought december 8 to 25, 1941, during world war ii (1939-1945) as the second sino-japanese war raged between china and japan during the late 1930s, great britain was forced to examine its plans for the defense of hong kong. The first was a military battle at hong kong and the second was a battle for survival in japan’s pow camps the veterans’ third struggle was a battle for recognition of the human rights violations they experienced during wartime, and a battle for compensation from the canadian government for those injustices. Giant is awaken: america joins the fight battle of hong kong japanese-canadian internment apology - while american president, franklin d roosevelt, knew that eventually america would enter the war, he realized that getting involved in the war was unpopular for millions of americans isolationism.
The story of the battle of hong kong was the story that could never really be written more than 10% of its defenders had been killed in battle a further 20% died in captivity those who survived the fighting and 3 years 8 months in brutal pow camps seldom spoke about their experiences. Though few in hong kong speak today of the city’s canadian defenders, the battle of hong kong is far from forgotten in canada for one thing, canada suffered hefty losses in hong kong. Glory recalled : hong kong 1941 is a project created to commemorate the forgotten soldiers who gave their lives in the battle of hong kong in december 1941.
The battle of hong kong was among the biggest black marks in canadian history, failing to defend the territory in hong kong against the japanese thesis the canadian soldiers were ill-equipped and under-trained resulting in the loss over hong kong. Map depicting the battle of the hong kong island from december 18 to december 25, 1941 in the end, canadian troops lost the 1914 battle of hong kong, one of japan’s first major second world war. The japanese invaded hong kong on 8 december and overran its meagre defences in 17 days in their first land combat of the war, canadian troops fought valiantly in a vicious, unequal struggle losses were heavy: 290 killed in action and hundreds wounded.
- a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the battle of hong kong, and the legacy of the canadian soldiers who fought in one of the first land battles in the pacific during the second world war - an outstanding addition to any military or history-themed collection and a thoughtful gift for military enthusiasts. This fine silver coin pays tribute to the bravery and resolve of these canadian soldiers throughout the battle of hong kong a poignant addition to your military-themed coin display order yours today. The valour and the horror was a canadian television documentary miniseries, which aired on cbc television in 1992 the series investigated three significant canadian battles from the second world war and was a co-production between the cbc, the national film board of canada (nfb) and galafilm inc the films were also broadcast by radio-canada, the french network of the cbc. Hong kong : hong kong was a battle honour awarded to units that fought on that island during the war against japan in the second world war only two regiments of the canadian army were so employed, at hong kong in december 1941 background while japan had been an ally of britain in the first world war, their alliance ended in 1922. What was the outcome of the battle of hong kong for canadian soldiers.
Canadian soldiers mounted one of the most valiant defenses of the war during the battle of hong kong, commemorated now on a silver coin from the royal canadian mint the battle of hong kong raged from december 8 to december 25, 1941. The battle of hong kong (8–25 december 1941), also known as the defence of hong kong and the fall of hong kong, was one of the first battles of the pacific war in world war ii on the same morning as the attack on pearl harbor , forces of the empire of japan attacked the british crown colony of hong kong. Remembrance series canadians in hong kong in the second world war, canadian soldiers first engaged in battle while defending the british crown colony of hong kong against a japanese attack in december, 1941 the to hong kong, more than 1,050 were either killed or wounded this was a casualty rate of more than 50%.
The hong kong veterans memorial wall, on the rideau river near canada’s parliament buildings, lists the names of the 1,975 men and women that helped defend hong kong the 17 day battle was canada’s first military engagement of the second world war. The canadian force of 96 officers, including two nursing sisters, and 1,877 men disembarked at hong kong on nov 16 where they formed part of a garrison of some 14,000 british and indian troops and hong kong volunteers. A wrist watch found in the hills of hong kong, once owned by a canadian soldier who was killed in action during the battle for hong kong in december 1941, in the battle for hong kong in december 1941 the watch had once belonged to twenty-one-year-old rifleman ray donald jackson who served with 'd' coy rrc side view the back door was.
Despite a valiant fight, canadian troops took heavy losses at the 1941 battle of hong kong, one of japan's first major second world war victories those who weren't killed or wounded in the defeat. The battle of hong kong is a significant aspect of world war two and canadian history because: it was the first battle in the pacific campaign of world war ii, it was the first major battle that canadian soldiers engaged in the pacific and asian regions of the world, and it lead to a four year struggle of survival for canadian soldiers. This new coin for the royal canadian mint celebrates the bravery of the canadian soldiers who fought in the battle of hong kong (december 8-25, 1941)the battle took place on the rugged jungle terrain of hong kong island the canadians were extremely outnumbered but fought off the japanese invasion as long as they could until they surrendered on christmas day. Hong kong in world war two was a british colony with the invasion of malaya and thailand on december 8th 1941, the capture of hong kong was an obvious extensio.