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

Chapter Eight
Going Home

On the 17th of September, we arrived in Tokyo Harbour. In the harbour was an awesome spectacle. Hundreds upon hundreds of warships were anchored, row on row, as far as the eye could see, with their Stars and Stripes and pendants fluttering in the breeze. Here, assembled in one place, was the mighty American fleet, as well as the warships of Great Britain, Australia, Canada, and other nations. There were aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, transports, minesweepers, tankers, submarines, and countless other types of naval vessels. This was the largest assembly of naval power in one place in the history of the world, and a sight that would be never seen again.

By this time, within its giant wartime navy, the United States had one hundred aircraft carriers at sea. Almost all of these were riding at anchor, side by side, across a seemingly endless expanse of open harbour as far as the eye could see. As these great rows of giant flat-tops swung at their moorings, there was a constant traf-

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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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