More than 10% of Hong Kong's defenders were killed in battle; a
further 20% died in captivity. Those who survived seldom spoke of
their experiences. Many died young. The little 'primary' material
surviving - written in POW
camps or years after the events - is
contradictory and muddled. Yet with just 14,000 defending the
Colony, it was possible to write from the individual's point of
view rather than that of the Big Battalions so favoured by God
(according to Napoleon) and most historians.
The book assembles a phase-by-phase, day-by-day, hour-by-hour, and
death-by-death account of the battle. It considers the individual
actions that made up the fighting, as well as the strategies and
plans and the many controversies that arose.
Not the Slightest Chance will be of interest to military
historians, Hong Kong residents and visitors, and those in the UK,
Canada, and elsewhere whose family members fought, or were
interned, in Hong Kong during the war years.
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