|Escape From Hong Kong: Admiral Chan Chack’s Christmas Day Dash 1941|
|Friday, 17 August 2012 18:58|
Author: Tim Luard
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
From Baird Maritime
With a cover picture of an early Royal Navy MTB cruising at speed off the south coast of Hong Kong Island, this delightful book is immediately attractive.
While pulled together and co-ordinated by the author, a former BBC correspondent in Beijing, the book also benefits from the efforts of a considerable committee of the descendents of a number of the participants in this amazing multi-national adventure.
The fall of Hong Kong at Christmas 1941 was one of the less glorious chapters of British military history. Poor leadership, both political and military, pervaded. Lambs were led to the slaughter house.
But, as often happens in such depressing situations, examples of heroism and daring shone through. This was one of those. A Chinese-led escape by a substantial party of British naval reservists and army personnel who lived to fight another day.
Well told and inspiring.
Ordering information:Hong Kong University Press Hong Kong, SAR Web: www.hkupress.org
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