Books on the
Battle of Hong Kong
The Battle of Hong Kong The Royal Rifles of
Canada, The Winnipeg Grenadiers.
The saga is told from a Canadian perspective, using the words of
those soldiers who fought that, long ago, almost forgotten
Ronald C. Parker, the son of a WWll Hong Kong veteran, has
written a book that tells the wrenching story
of one of the great battles of World War ll , “The Battle of
Hong Kong ”.
He is the son of Major Maurice A. Parker, Commanding Officer of
“D” Company, The Royal Rifles of Canada.
for purchase, $19.95 plus shipping. Read Reviews.
the Slightest Chance
Quote from the jacket: This book assembles a phase-by-phase,
day-by-day, hour-by-hour account of the battle. It considers the
individual actions that made up the fighting as well as the
strategies and plans and the many controversies that arose.
Years of research, and superb writing skills, have made this is
the book by which all other books on The Battle of Hong Kong
will be measured.
Available through Amazon
The Sinking of the
Tony Banham's second book. It
is more narrative in style, and documents the fate of all aboard
the Lisbon Maru from the fall of Hong Kong through to death or
liberation - and for many of the survivors.
An associated website, the
Lisbon Maru, documents that ship and its fateful voyage.
This book, "The Sinking of
the Lisbon Maru" is now available through
Again Tony Banham proves to
be a master of research, a wizard with words. and sets the bar a
notch higher for authors who tackle the story of The Battle of
Hong Kong and it's aftermath.
Another forgotten chapter of the Battle of Hong Kong and the
suffering of those who fell captive to the Japanese.
We Shall Suffer There
This book sets out to describe — in their own words as far as
possible — the fates of Hong Kong’s POWs and Internees from the
moment of capture through, for those who survived, to the
moments of liberation and homecoming. Space, of course,
precludes telling every individual’s story, but by covering
every camp, every draft to Japan, and every hospital, some idea
of each individual’s experience should be conveyed; hopefully,
the sample documented here can speak for all. As in Not The
Slightest Chance, each death is examined and reported. Clck
Tony Banham is a long-term resident of Hong Kong, having arrived
in the 1980s. He has been studying the Battle of Hong Kong for
almost twenty production of numerous television documentaries,
and helped many children of veterans in their researches into
their fathers' war years. He is the author of Not the Slightest
Chance: The Defence of Hong Kong, 1941, and The Sinking of the
Lisbon Maru: Britain's Forgotten Wartime Tragedy . Available
The Damned tells the largely
unknown saga of Canada’s first land battle of the Second World
War -- fought in the hills and valleys of Hong Kong in December
1941 -- and the terrible years the survivors of the battle spent
as slave labourers for the Empire of Japan.
Their story begins in the
fall of 1941, when almost 2,000 members of the Royal Rifles and
Winnipeg Grenadiers were sent to bolster the British garrison at
Hong Kong. In the seventeen day battle for the colony following
the attack on December 8, the Canadians suffered grievous
losses: 927 men were either killed or wounded and, by the end of
the battle, 1,185 soldiers and two nursing sisters had been
captured -- a casualty rate of 100 percent, the very definition
of a military catastrophe. The second part of their story -- of
how the Canadians survived the horrid conditions of Japanese POW
camps -- lasts three and a half years. Many prisoners died, some
from malnutrition or disease, some as a result of torture, and
others from the effects of brutal slave labour in factories,
shipyards and coal mines.
But despite the circumstances, the young Canadian soldiers
remained unbowed and unbroken. Theirs is a story of
determination and valour, of resilience and faith. Listen to
George MacDonnell's interview about The Damned.
The Code of Love
The Code of Love by Andro Linklater tells the moving true story
of a love that survives separation, madness and war. In the
spring of 1939, Pamela Kirrage, headstrong and beautiful, met
Donald Hill, a handsome RAF pilot. After a golden summer of
courtship, they became engaged. In September, with Britain now
in conflict with Germany, their plans disintegrated.
Hill was transferred to Hong Kong. Sensing that he was caught up
in the sweep of great events, he began a diary in an old school
exercise book. However, officers serving abroad were forbidden
to keep such records, so Hill devised a secret code that
transformed his words into numbers. When Hong Kong fell to the
Japanese and Donald was captured and sent to a prisoner of war
camp, he took his diary with him.
The Code of Love, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, is now
available from bookshops and from
Roses in December
The Battle of Hong Kong took
place between 8th December and 25th December 1941. This is the
tale of the Stanford family and how they were affected by this
It tells of life in the Army, life in the colonies, the battle,
the infamous Lisbon Maru, and how the family coped with the war,
evacuation, repatriation, and post war.
The book is available through Lulu Publishing in 3 formats.
The book shown is approx.$20 Can.
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George Thomas Palmer's
This book has not been
published and is available only as a cerlux bound document (81/2
x 11) It is the story of Michael's grandfather's Journey from
Prince Edward Island to Omine Camp in Japan and back home.
It is a well researched, informative account of a member of "C"
Force to Hong Kong written through the eyes of a grandson.
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'C' Force Decorations,
Medals, Awards and Honours
by Vincent Lopata
The book documents the decorations, medals, awards and honours
including citations given to soldiers of the Canadian Army that
fought at the Battle of Hong Kong, December 1941.
Following the battle they
became Prisoners of War of the Japanese from January 1942 until
(164 pages) Paperback: $17.81 Download: $10.00
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