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Savage Christmas: Hong Kong 1941
Excerpt  (3:20) 1991, director: Brian McKenna
Two army units in Hong Kong were the first Canadians to engage in WWII land combat. About 2000 Canadians were posted to this British colony. 290 were killed during the 1941 invasion, and a similar number died later in Japanese POW camps. Veteran Robert Clayton recounts the Japanese attack of December 1941 and how a comrade saved his life.
In the autumn of 1941, nearly 2,000 Canadian soldiers were sent to Hong Kong at the request of the British government. Most of the soldiers were inexperienced and poorly trained, but Britain's military leaders thought a symbolic show of strength would deter a Japanese attack on the colony. Canada's soldiers found themselves in the midst of a desperate battle they could not hope to win. On Christmas Day, 1941, the British colony of Hong Kong officially surrendered to Japan. The surviving defenders became prisoners of war. Over the next three and a half years, many of them would come to envy the dead.

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Savage Christmas: Hong Kong 1941
1991, director: Brian McKenna
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