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This Pacific War Podcast is a full rundown of the Battle of Hong Kong that occurred during the Pacific War (WW2)
The Battle of Hong Kong was fought from December 8-25th of 1941 and is one of the first battles of the Pacific War. The Empire of Japan attacked the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong without declaring war against Britain. The Hong Kong garrison consisted of British, Indian, Chinese and Canadian units. Brad St.Croix helps explain why the battle occurred, what occurred during the battle, what occurred after the battle and what was the Canadian experience.
The Canadian Army (C Forec) consisted of a battalion of the Royal Rifles of Canada (From Quebec) and one from the Winnipeg Grenadiers (From Manitoba) alongside a brigade headquarters. When Hong Kong fell on December 25th of 1941, infamously known as Black Christmas, the surviving allied garrison units became POW's. The POW's faces years of brutality and many perished as a result.
The Battle of Hong Kong saw multiple cases of war crimes, atrocities such as the St Stephen's College Massacre and many myths were perpetuated about the battle overall. Brad St.Crois goes into depth about why these myths persist and why documentaries such as "The Valour and the Horror " don't do the real history justice.
Dr. Brad St.Croix has a PhD in history and did his dissertation on the Battle of Hong Kong. He studies and creates videos with a strong emphasis on Canadian military history. Please check out Brad St.Croix's Youtube Channel @OTDMilitaryHistory and also find him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/OTDCanMilHis