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Hong Kong 1941-45: First Strike in the Pacific War (Campaign, Band 263) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 17. Juni 2014


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  • Taschenbuch: 96 Seiten
  • Verlag: Osprey Publishing (17. Juni 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1782002685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782002680
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,4 x 1 x 24,9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 89.441 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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"The author does a superlative job of telling the story of this entire campaign, especially the influence of the resistance after the British surrendered. It is pretty obvious that the author is either a resident or very familiar with the area as he is able to provide insights that others would not. It makes for a great read and combined with period photographs and excellent art work, is a gripping tale. A book that you will very much enjoy reading and one I can highly recommend." --Scott van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (August 2014)

"Very interesting insights into a somewhat overlooked facet of WWII." --Toy Soldier & Model Figure

"Tells the story of Japan’s action against Hong Kong, the British surrender, the years of Japanese occupation, and the eventual reestablishment of British control over the colony when the war ended in 1945. It provides a very compelling look at how the defenders—and later prisoners—faired at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Army. This book is highly recommended to those interested in WWII history in general and the Pacific War in particular. It is a very interesting and educational read." --IPMS/USA

"Recommended!" --Cybermodeler Online

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Benjamin Lai was born in Hong Kong, educated in the UK, and went on to serve as an officer in the British Territorial Army in the 1980s and 1990s. Fluent in both Chinese and English, he currently works as a development and business consultant in China. The author lives in Shanghai, China.

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ned Middleton am 15. August 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
These publishers produce a number of similar-looking books which include different themes. One is devoted to specific warships, vehicles or weapons of war and another provides comparisons between opposing sides such as German soldier vs. Russian soldier or two types of warship and so forth. Another topic within this arrangement is specific battles such as, for example; “The Naval Battles of Guadalcanal.” The one outstanding feature from all these works, however, is the excellent artwork provided by different artists. This particular book is written by Benjamin Lai and illustrated by Giuseppe Rava - both of whom are new to me.

Having served in Hong Kong with 7th Gurkha Rifles (1979-1981), I found certain elements of the book particularly fascinating - if only because I had been to the site in question. That, however, is no precondition for anyone wishing to similarly enjoy this excellent work.

On the day after Pearl Harbour, Imperial Japanese Forces issued instruction for the invasions of the Philippines, Thailand, Malaya and the tiny British Colony of Hong Kong. Because of its relative lack of importance, the occupation of Hong Kong is largely overlooked. This work, however, provides a full appraisal of those dark days and of the brutality which became synonymous with Japanese military behaviour throughout WW2. I deliberately mention this aspect because the author provides a potted account of the sinking of the Lisbon Maru. Of the 1,834 (British and Commonwealth) POWs who were captured in Hong Kong and placed aboard that ship, only 716 eventually survived!

In a well-thought-out work, we commence with an Introduction and Chronology of Events which combine perfectly to set the scene for the detailed descriptions which follow.
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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ramones 16 TOP 1000 REZENSENT am 26. August 2014
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Die Nummer 263 der "Campaign"-Serie des renommierten englischen Militärverlages Osprey behandelt den Angriff der japanischen Streitkräfte auf die englische Kronkolonie Hongkong am 8. Dezember 1941. Auf 94 Seiten erfährt der Leser alles über die Kampfhandlungen - von den Plänen beider Seiten über die Führungspersönlichkeiten bis zu den eingesetzten Truppeneinheiten und ihrer Bewaffnung. Nach harten Kämpfen kapitulierten die Truppen des United Kingdom am 25. 12. 1941 und gingen in die brutale japanische Gefangenschaft. Der Autor bemüht sich, ausgewogen zu berichten, er verschweigt weder die Grausamkeiten der Angreifer noch die teilweise taktische Unfähigkeit der Verteidiger. Insbesondere die "Royal Scots" schneiden als undisziplinierte und unzuverlässige Trunkenbolde ziemlich schlecht ab.

Hongkong blieb bis Ende August 1945 von Japan besetzt, dann wurde es wieder vom United Kingdom in Besitz genommen. Das Werk widmet sich auch dieser Zeit, in der Chinesen und Europäer gemeinsam einen verdeckten Kampf gegen die Besatzer führten, u.a. abgeschossenen US-Piloten zur Flucht verhalfen. Wie immer in dieser Serie mit hervorragendem Fotomaterial, detaillierten Zeichnungen und übersichtlichen Karten im "3D-"birds-eye-view"-Design. In leicht zu lesendem Englisch, sehr zu empfehlen, auch wenn die japanische Seite vielleicht ein Spur zu kurz kommt. Und die "Kempetai" war nicht die "japanische Gestapo", wie zu lesen ist, sondern die japanische Militärpolizei.
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A gallant defense... 23. Juni 2014
Von D.S.Thurlow - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As the Second World War approached in the late 1930's, the British colony of Hong Kong was generally considered indefensible against its most likely opponent, Imperial Japanese forces already operating in eastern China. On December 08, 1941, Japanese air, ground and naval forces struck at a variety of allied targets in the Far East, including Hong Kong. The British garrison of the colony, including local volunteers and two just-arrived Canadian Army battalions, put up a gallant and desperate defense, holding out for 18 days against superior forces. This is their story.

"Hong Kong 1941-45" is a new Osprey Campaign Series book, authored by Benjamin Lai, with illustrations by Giuseppe Rava. It follows the usual format, with an upfront comparison of the opposing commanders, their forces, and their plans. The heart of the narrative is a detailed recounting of the actual fighting, from the assualt on Hong Kong's border redoubt to the reduction of its last ditch holdouts on Hong Kong Island itself. The story is an exciting one, and told in a relatively even-handed manner. The author does not avoid the topic of alleged Japanese atrocities, but limits the details in favor of staying on topic. The aftermath of the fighting, in which Chinese Communist Forces cooperated with a British liaison group to rescue prisoners of war and other detainees, makes for a fascinating conclusion. Recommended for its insight into a largely overlooked part of the Second World War.
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The invasion and occupation of Hong Kong explained. 15. August 2014
Von Ned Middleton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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These publishers produce a number of similar-looking books which include different themes. One is devoted to specific warships, vehicles or weapons of war and another provides comparisons between opposing sides such as German soldier vs. Russian soldier or two types of warship and so forth. Another topic within this arrangement is specific battles such as, for example; “The Naval Battles of Guadalcanal.” The one outstanding feature from all these works, however, is the excellent artwork provided by different artists. This particular book is written by Benjamin Lai and illustrated by Giuseppe Rava - both of whom are new to me.

Having served in Hong Kong with 7th Gurkha Rifles (1979-1981), I found certain elements of the book particularly fascinating - if only because I had been to the site in question. That, however, is no precondition for anyone wishing to similarly enjoy this excellent work.

On the day after Pearl Harbour, Imperial Japanese Forces issued instruction for the invasions of the Philippines, Thailand, Malaya and the tiny British Colony of Hong Kong. Because of its relative lack of importance, the occupation of Hong Kong is largely overlooked. This work, however, provides a full appraisal of those dark days and of the brutality which became synonymous with Japanese military behaviour throughout WW2. I deliberately mention this aspect because the author provides a potted account of the sinking of the Lisbon Maru. Of the 1,834 (British and Commonwealth) POWs who were captured in Hong Kong and placed aboard that ship, only 716 eventually survived!

In a well-thought-out work, we commence with an Introduction and Chronology of Events which combine perfectly to set the scene for the detailed descriptions which follow. Here we find short biographies of the two opposing commanders, an assessment of the opposing forces, the ‘Order of Battle’ and the different plans employed by each side. The ‘Battle for Hong Kong’ was not a single engagement. Instead we learn of the 2nd MTB Flotilla - which carried out a suicidal attack on Japanese craft which were landing troops, the Battle of North Point Power Station, the Annihilation of East Brigade, the Battle for Wongneichong Gap (Where W02 Osborne (Winnipeg Grenadiers) was killed earning the first Canadian VC of WW2) and much more besides. These are followed by ‘The Aftermath’ and ‘The Battlefield Today.’

The well written text is made all the more interesting by the anecdotes and snippets of personal information that might so easily have been overlooked. The Japanese commander, for example, visited his wounded troops in hospital – something which was very rare for Japanese generals. On the other side, Major General Francis Festing was twice appointed GOC Hong Kong and later went on to become a Field Marshall.

It is, however, the artwork which I most admire. In this instance we have standard maps showing advances made by troops and the movement of boats in addition to those which show the ground in sharp relief. Elsewhere there are artistic interpretations of the land and sea battles. These and the accompanying text are all supported by a first-rate selection of historic and modern images thoughtfully produced in order to convey the intended message. All things considered, I really can’t think of a better way in which the invasion and occupation of Hong Kong might have been explained.

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Disappointing 17. Dezember 2014
Von Jim Werbaneth - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I wanted to like this, as my library did not have a stand-alone volume on the fall of Hong Kong. Yet, I ended up disappointed. The writing is erratic, and at times weak, with a strange tendency by the author to use exclamation points way too much. In addition, there are some issues that make one question just how much Mr. Lai understands the forces of the Pacific War. For example, he consistently refers to shot down American pilots as having the rank of "Flight Lieutenant." Over the years I've seen the Osprey Campaign Series' quality improve. Yet this is something of a step back, requiring basic proofreading and editing.
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Bungle in the Jungle! 8. November 2014
Von A. M. Steiner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It is amazing how much bungling went into the British planning, and execution of the defense against the Japanese in this campaign. The one bit which was contrary to the standard mismanagement was a group of geezers, of which the youngest was about 55 years of age, and some with combat experience back to the Boer War, fighting tooth and nail with their enemy. That part of the book was a real eye-opener!
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Good book on a subject not well covered in books 13. Dezember 2014
Von Wine Teacher - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a great little book on a not too well covered topic. My parents lived in HK at the time of the fall to the Japanese. This is a book that they will enjoy reading. It will bring back painful memories also.
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