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By Terrill J. Clements

The yankee Volunteer team, or 'Flying Tigers', have remained the main recognized outfit to work out motion in international battle II. Manned by means of volunteers flying American plane received from the British, the AVG fought bravely within the face of overwhelming odds in China and Burma sooner than the U.S. access into international conflict II. Pilots reminiscent of 'Pappy' Boyington, R T Smith and John Petach grew to become family names as a result of their exploits opposed to the japanese military Air strength. The AVG legend was once created flying the Curtis P-40 Tomahawk and Kittyhawk. This quantity dispels the myths surrounding the colors and markings worn via those recognized combatants.

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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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