Les Bird with the Marine Police unit before an anti-smuggling patrol, in 1991. His memoir, A Small Band of Men, tells high-octane tales of life working as a member of an elite unit during colonial-era Hong Kong. Photo: Les BirdLes Bird with the Marine Police unit before an anti-smuggling patrol, in 1991. His memoir, A Small Band of Men, tells high-octane tales of life working as a member of an elite unit during colonial-era Hong Kong. Photo: Les Bird
Les Bird with the Marine Police unit before an anti-smuggling patrol, in 1991. His memoir, A Small Band of Men, tells high-octane tales of life working as a member of an elite unit during colonial-era Hong Kong. Photo: Les Bird

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High-octane tales of life in Hong Kong’s Marine Police in colonial-era commander’s memoir A Small Band of Men

  • Les Bird’s book about his time in an elite unit of Hong Kong’s Marine Police is a humorous romp
  • Policing priorities have changed since colonial times, and he foreshadows darker issues the city faces today

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Les Bird with the Marine Police unit before an anti-smuggling patrol, in 1991. His memoir, A Small Band of Men, tells high-octane tales of life working as a member of an elite unit during colonial-era Hong Kong. Photo: Les BirdLes Bird with the Marine Police unit before an anti-smuggling patrol, in 1991. His memoir, A Small Band of Men, tells high-octane tales of life working as a member of an elite unit during colonial-era Hong Kong. Photo: Les Bird
Les Bird with the Marine Police unit before an anti-smuggling patrol, in 1991. His memoir, A Small Band of Men, tells high-octane tales of life working as a member of an elite unit during colonial-era Hong Kong. Photo: Les Bird
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