This is the tale of a seventeen yr previous boy who ran clear of domestic to affix the Canadian military on the outbreak of the second one international conflict in 1939. It describes the fateful adventures of 2 regiments dispatched to the Pacific to stand the japanese, and the braveness of 2 thousand younger infantrymen who, while confronted with an most unlikely job hundreds of thousands of miles from domestic, behaved with honour and contrast. notwithstanding they misplaced the conflict of Hong Kong, they succeeded in displaying the area the mettle of which they have been made.
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Notably, to not fear, the japanese couldn’t struggle at evening. Of the entire error Maltby made, his unquestioned simple assumption of the japanese loss of army ability and basic incompetence was once essentially the most critical. as soon as most sensible commanders are to blame of underestimating their enemy, difficulty for the warriors lower than isn't really lengthy in coming. As we have been quickly to determine, the japanese military was once specifically informed to assault and struggle at evening. sooner than lengthy, i may see that if the japanese attacked, due to the fact that our naval forces were withdrawn to Singapore, lets no longer be provided, lets now not be strengthened, and lets no longer be evacuated. This was once now not Dunkirk at the English Channel, a couple of miles from England. Hong Kong used to be an remoted, unprepared army loss of life catch. If the japanese attacked, we had innovations: lets die at the battlefield or develop into prisoners of a savage enemy who was once no longer even a signatory to the Geneva conference at the therapy of prisoners of battle. i will be able to simply think the emotions of our veteran senior officials once they unpacked and started to evaluate the army scenario they now confronted. If I, at my point, might see the defence difficulties even dimly, think what they observed via their skilled eyes. i will basically wager that our senior officials was hoping the japanese wouldn't assault Hong Kong and that we might be transferred to the eu theatre of conflict whilst it used to be acceptable to take action. i believe my corporation commander, significant Parker, shared my anxiousness approximately our vulnerability from the excessive flooring simply because, once we were in Hong Kong for per week or so, he despatched for me. He gave me a wide map of the island and advised me to take a few of my males and climb as much as the excessive flooring above Ty Tam Tuk Reservoir and discover and mark at the map the course which may be from Mount Butler west to the road lower than Aberdeen. We assembled and, built with compasses, binoculars, and directions, climbed as much as the elevation required and surveyed and marked the direction shall we stick to to Aberdeen and the road to the west. We have been cautious to mark all water catchments, barbed cord, and any pillboxes or shielding works we came upon. on the finish of the reconnaissance, I went over our findings with significant Parker intimately. the reply to his query relating whatever that may deter an enemy from relocating around the similar course from Mount Butler used to be summed up through me as “practically not anything. ” We by no means observed a unmarried British soldier or any severe, man-made obstacle to an invading strength relocating west from Mount Butler to Aberdeen. inside of a number of weeks, that's precisely what the 229th jap Regiment did to separate the island protecting forces in and locate and kill Brigadier Lawson, our Canadian brigade commander, at his HQ at Wong Nei Chong hole. significant Parker had reconnoitred the excessive floor from Mount Butler east to Sai Wan, and jointly we joined the 2 routes in a gathering at corporation HQ incorporated our platoon commanders and our moment in command. whereas Parker by no means expressed his strategies in my presence as he listened to my document, i may feel his deep drawback concerning the details.