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By Marc Favreau

The main damaging battle in human background, international conflict II keeps to generate an astonishingly wealthy trove of ancient fabric, writings, and first-person memories, that are necessary to any appreciation of this such a lot pivotal of ancient events.

A People's heritage of worldwide conflict II brings the whole diversity of human event in the course of global struggle II to lifestyles via probably the most bright debts and photographs on hand anyplace. This concise and available quantity comprises first-person interviews via Studs Terkel; infrequent archival images from the place of work of battle details assortment; propaganda comics from Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss); narratives of wartime studies from writers together with historian Howard Zinn, civil rights activist Robert L. Carter, and celebrated French writer Marguerite Duras; and decisions from the writings of a few of the world’s best historians of the battle, together with John Dower, Philippe Burrin, David Wyman, and Eric Hobsbawm.

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The last to leave was Capt. N. Forsythe OC of C Coy, 2/14 Punjab. 2in guns, were able to inflict considerable damage on the IJN, in particular its cruiser, even at extreme range; and because of this incident, for much of the remaining battle of Hong Kong, the IJN kept an arm’s length from the shores of Hong Kong and played a minor role in the subsequent battle. The decision to withdraw and the speed with which it was done appeared to have taken the Japanese by surprise. The most probable explanation was that the Japanese expected to have to take Devil’s Peak by full-scale attack with ample bombardment because, just a day earlier, an infantry attack without any artillery preparation had been driven off with heavy losses, and the Japanese probably thought that the British were stronger than they had anticipated.

Com 6 (H) I I MG E AS T LA M MA NN E 0 0 West X East West X East 51 IJA troops landing on Hong Kong Island. These troops were all carrying Type 38 rifles, the standard rifle of the Japanese throughout World War II. The long bayonets would have been blackened for night operations. Note that the landing craft are merely boats and not dedicated landing craft. (Author’s collection) No. 4 Coy was at High West, No. 5 Coy at Mt Davis, No. 6 Coy in an anti-aircraft role was deployed along the northern shores of Hong Kong Island.

7in. QF guns (G) No. 3 AT Troop – 6 x 2-pdr AT guns (M) 5th AA Regt HKSRA – Lt. Col. F. D. 7in. AA and 3in. guns – Maj. W. A. C. H. Morgan 18th AA Bty – 8 x 40mm Bofors and 6 x Lewis Guns – Maj. C. RochfortBoyd Men of No. 2 (Scottish) Coy, HKVDC, parading in Wanchai on the last Sunday before the start of the Pacific War. The OC, Major Henry Russell Forsyth, was killed in a desperate rearguard action on the night of 23 December 1941. For his actions Forsyth was awarded a mention in dispatches. 7in.

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