The Fall Of Hong Kong December 1941

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Hong Kong’s PreparationAs a whole of all the British Forces that were defending Hong Kong, we lacked preparation to whom we were going to battle. As a member of the Middlesex Regiment, I think we were the most prepared out of all the other troops that were sent to Hong Kong since we were trained as the machine gun battalion while all the other troops hardly ever used grenades or antitank guns. In a total of 900 men that were sent to Hong Kong representing the Royal Scots, their most experienced officers were sent back to Europe while leaving some, that were not determined to train and be prepared but would rather play baseball instead while the others had been sick with Malaria. All the part time Winnipeg Grenadiers and the Royal Rifles of Canada were too young and have not completed any basic training at all, that adds up to 2000 men having a lack of training. The Rajputs and Punjabis had all their experienced officers and troops in Europe and India, strengthening Hong Kong with hastily trained troops. The last group defending Hong Kong were the Hong Kong Volunteer Corps, they had 1000 men that were too old for the professional army but were amazingly enthusiastic to fight in defence of their home and they knew the local area well. Adding on to all that, rumours were passed around us about how the Japanese could not see well at night and needs glasses and we were only expecting 5,000 Japanese troops instead of the actual total of 50,000 well trained and experienced troops that attacked us equipped with a strong air force. Each of their troops took part in many victories in defeating China.The policy of the British Government towards Hong KongThe policy of the British Government towards Hong Kong was to never surrender because even if we lose at the end, it would still delay their attacks on other Asia countries but if we just surrendered, the Japanese would win and conquer all of Asia. Mr. Winston Churchill putted off the Japanese and also lifted our spirits in those who were defending Hong Kong by announcing there would not be the slightest chance of the Japanese taking over Hong Kong when he clearly knew Japan was too strong to defend.The events that revealed about the defences of Hong KongThe events that revealed about the defences of Hong Kong include the Gindrinkers...

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