By Brereton Greenhous
This is often the tale of a "no army probability" crusade that slowly changed into a nightmare. The e-book offers new solutions to a few tough questions starting with a dialogue of why Canadian troops have been despatched to Hong Kong on the request of the British warfare place of work. have been the British duplicitous in making this request? used to be Canadian leader of the final employees, Lieutenant-General Harry Crerar, in charge of placing his personal pursuits above these of his males in telling the minister of nationwide Defence that there has been "no army chance" in sending the "C" strength? The e-book recounts the formation of the "C" strength and its departure to Hong Kong the place it arrived simply 3 weeks prior to the japanese assault. It outlines the process the conflict from December eight, 1941, till the inevitable give up of the garrison on Christmas Day. It locations acceptable emphasis at the Canadian contribution, refuting 1947 allegations via the British General-Officer-Commanding - allegations that have been purely made public in 1993 - that the Canadians didn't struggle good. Greenhous assaults those fees with sturdy facts from individuals and eye-witnesses. ultimately, the booklet tells the tale of existence and loss of life within the felony camps of Hong Kong and Japan.
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Extra info for C Force to Hong Kong: A Canadian Catastrophy (Canadian War Museum Historical Publication)
One ex-corporal (who deserted before the unit sailed for Hong Kong) told the Royal Commission that, while in Jamaica, he "saw a 3-inch mortar once, but was not allowed to examine the sight as he was told that it was too delicate. R. Sutcliffe, who had served in the British Army during the First World War. As the senior major, he had inherited command in the summer of 1941, upon the promotion of his predecessor to brigadier, but he does not seem to have had a very thorough understanding of the state of his battalion.
Cloned from its British equivalent, it consisted of some eight hundred officers and men, organized into a battalion headquarters which included intelligence, police and medical personnel; a headquarters company with six specialist platoons — signals, pioneer, mortar, Universal carrier, anti-aircraft and administration; and four rifle companies, each made up of a company headquarters and three platoons. Every platoon had a headquarters element composed of an officer, a sergeant, six men (signallers and runners), and three ten-man sections, each equipped with a magazine-fed light machine-gun.
Nevertheless, White's men had done little to inspire confidence in their ability to hold on, should another attack be launched, and the Winnipeggers were ordered to take up a position behind the Scots' seaward flank, just beyond the base of the Kowloon peninsula, where they could cover the Castle Peak coast road and the southwestern slopes of Golden Hill2.