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Title: Desperate Siege: The Battle of Hong Kong.
Description: Toronto, Doubleday Canada. 1980. (ISBN: 0385146949) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 252 pp, 8 1/2" H. B&w photographs, maps. "On Christmas Day 1941, Hong Kong, 'the Gibraltar of the Orient', crumbled under the massive onslaught of crack Japanese invasion troops. The Winnipeg Grenadiers and the Royal Rifles of Canada, ill equipped and unblooded, fought side by side with four other British Commonwealth units to defend the Crown colony. For eighteen days, the heavily outnumbered soldiers surpassed all expectations, winning lasting honour on the battlefield before being marched off to spend four and a half years in Japanese prison camps. They had endured constant air strikes, artillery barrages, vicious assaults, and hand-to-hand combat. Their heroic sacrifice is made all the more tragic when one realizes that, from the start, they were considered expendable. Base on interviews with survivors of the battle and the POW cages, (this) is a powerful tale of human courage in the face of impossible odds." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light to moderate edge wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, several small tears archivally taped, light water marks on lower inside of flap-folds, light fading to spine colour. Very Good/Good.

Keywords: Aberdeen, Hong Kong, World War Ii, Second World War, Armaments, Atrocities, Bowen Road Military Hospital, Charles Boxer, British Army, British Navy, Royal Navy, Casualties, Chinese Army, Kay Christie, Dr. John Crawford, Devil's Peak, Gwen Dew, Colonel Doi

Price: US$ 15.00 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 30105

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