Hong Kong 1941–45

First strike in the Pacific War


Author: Benjamin Lai

Illustrator: Giuseppe Rava

This 96 page paperback book is number 263 in the Campaign Series of books available from Osprey Publishing.

On 8th December 1941, as part of the simultaneous combined attack against Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) invaded the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia and the British colony of Hong Kong. After only 18 days of battle the defenders, a weak, undermanned brigade, were overwhelmed by a superior force of two battle-hardened IJA divisions. What defines the battle of Hong Kong was not the scale – just 14,000 defended the colony – but the intensity of this battle, fought not only by the British Army, Navy and Air Force but also Canadians, Hong Kong’s own defense force, the Indian Army and many civilians.

The campaign itself is characterized by a fierce land battle, with long artillery duals and as well as fast naval actions with intense actions at the Gin Drinkers Line as well as the battle of Wong Nai Chung Gap where a handful of defenders took on an entire Japanese regiment. Less known but equally important are individual acts valor such as CSM John Robert Osborne winning a posthumous VC, throwing himself over a Japanese grenade to save fellow combatants.


  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Opposing Commanders
  • Opposing Forces
  • Opposing Plans
  • The Battle
  • Aftermath
  • The Battlefields Today
  • Further reading
  • Index

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