Summary
When Japanese forces invaded Hong Kong in December 1941, it marked the start of a dark period for the city, with citizens interned in POW camps and left to starve on the streets....more
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Life under Japanese occupation
How was Hong Kong’s Chinese population treated?
What You Need To Know
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Defending Hong Kong
Remnants of war
Life under Japanese occupation
The Battle of Hong Kong
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The Battle of Hong Kong:
18-day
standoff that ended when the British surrendered the city to Japan on Christmas Day, 1941
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In January 16, 1945, the US Navy dispatched
471 planes
to attack the city, dropping 150 tonnes of ordnance.
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There are estimated to be approximately
200 pillboxes
scattered throughout Hong Kong with 150 of the pre-WWII military emplacements located.
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