One Soldier's Story 1939-1945: From the Fall of Hong Kong to the Defeat of Japan

By George S. Macdonell | Go to book overview

Introduction

On January 7, 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill wrote to General Hastings Ismay, Chief of Staff of the British armed forces, the following remarks:

This is all wrong. If Japan goes to war with us, there is
not the slightest chance of holding Hong Kong or reliev-
ing it. It is most unwise to increase the loss we shall suf-
fer there. Instead of increasing the garrison, it ought to
be reduced to a symbolic scale. Any trouble arising there
must be dealt with at the peace conference after the war.
We must avoid frittering away our resources on unten-
able positions. Japan will think long before declaring war
on the British Empire, and whether there are two or six
battalions at Hong Kong will make no difference to her
choice. I wish we had fewer troops there, but to move
any would be noticeable and dangerous
.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Table of Contents 9
  • Foreword 11
  • Preface 13
  • Acknowledgments 15
  • Introduction 17
  • Chapter One - Enlistment 19
  • Chapter Two - Wolseley Barracks — Boys’ Town 31
  • Chapter Three - The Royal Rifles 39
  • Chapter Four - Hong Kong — The Colony and Its Defences 65
  • Chapter Five - The Battle for Hong Kong 71
  • Chapter Six - Prisoner of War (1942–1945) 93
  • Chapter Seven - Japanese Surrender and Rescue 127
  • Chapter Eight - Going Home 151
  • Chapter Nine - Back to School 163
  • Chapter Ten - The Transition 183
  • Epilogue 199
  • Bibliography 201
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