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Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong

Discovery of US plane wreck sheds light on one of Hong Kong's darkest days

Bombs from the Avenger squadron rain down on Hong Kong.

It was January 16, 1945, a day that saw the heaviest American bombing of Japanese targets in Hong Kong. Between 9am and 5pm, 154 tonnes of bombs were dropped, and hundreds of thousands of machine gun rounds were fired.

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 10:09am

Book sheds light on Hong Kong's war tribunals

Clockwise from top left: Japanese vice-admiral Ruitaro Fujita signs Japan's surrender in Hong Kong September 16, 1945; a parade in Central a month later; the Union flag is raised at Government House. Photos: Public Records Office, AFP, SMP Pictures

Memories of the cruelty of the Japanese forces in Hong Kong have faded over time - and even less is known about the aftermath of the city's second world war occupation.

28 Apr 2013 - 7:25am

British major served as judge and prosecutor in Hong Kong tribunals

Major Murray Ormsby

Of all the people Suzannah Linton interviewed for her book on military tribunals in Hong Kong after the second world war, it was retired Major Murray Ormsby who made the greatest impact.

28 Apr 2013 - 7:57am

A black day recedes from living memory

Ever since I heard a newspaper editor rail against the coverage that his own newspaper devoted ('wasted', he said) to the 40th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy I tend to wonder, whenever they come around, if there's any point to anniversaries.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Written in the scars

It's a cool and blustery day. Daphne Sewell Erasmus wanders around the grounds of St Stephen's College with her teenage granddaughter, Hannah. The walk brings back many memories for Erasmus, 76 , not of carefree school days but of her family's struggle to survive as wartime detainees - the college buildings served as part of the civilian internment camp under Japanese occupation.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Stanley was hard, but others were worse

If Dr Bernice Archer had to choose where to be imprisoned during the second world war, she would have picked Stanley above other camps.

'Firstly, it was a mixed camp,' says the British academic, who interviewed mothers and former child internees for her research on civilian detainees.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Uphill battle to save military relics

Dozens of military sites built during the second world war have fallen into ruin after decades of neglect despite some bearing historic grading, and experts are up in arms over slack government protection.

University researchers have identified more than 100 damaged sites in a 10-year survey and urged officials to create a conservation strategy.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

French remember fighters

Seventy years after the battle of Hong Kong started, the French consulate and members of the French community gathered at Stanley Military Cemetery to commemorate the French Resistance fighters who died trying to protect the city from the Japanese invaders.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Stanley camp survivors revisit a place of pain

Daphne Erasmus has been reliving some painful memories.

'You were always hungry, there was never enough food,' recalls Erasmus, who was detained with her parents in the Stanley internment camp after the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong.

'For the families without gardens to grow vegetables it was particularly difficult. Even now I never let any food go to waste.'

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Parts of two historic schools declared monuments

Buildings of the only surviving pre-war government school and a school that was turned into an internment camp during the second world war have been declared monuments.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Out and about

Seventy years have passed since the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong and the last prisoners of war and civilian internees are now in their dotage. Over the decades, many memoirs based on the occupation have been written, although their historical accuracy and general readability have varied widely.

23 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

School exhibits wartime artefacts

Artefacts chronicling the massacre of allied soldiers at St Stephen's College during the second world war were displayed yesterday as preparations for a museum at the Stanley campus gather pace. The exhibition is being held on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the massacre by occupying Japanese soldiers.

11 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

History of schools during the Japanese occupation

King George V School

23 May 2010 - 12:00am

East River Column

East River Column by Chan Sui-jeung Hong Kong University Press HK$250

6 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

The war at home

Growing up in Britain, businessman and writer Tony Banham had a diet of cinemas churning out stories of derring-do, such as The Great Escape. Television offered Colditz. But those tales of heroics and good-looking men with 60s haircuts not looking quite as malnourished as they should have been told a heightened story of the European theatre of the conflict of the second world war.

31 May 2009 - 12:00am