Military Moments | The Fall of Hong Kong
Narrated by Stephen J. Thorne
On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked the American base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, invaded Malaya the next day, and marched on Hong Kong. Canada had dispatched the Winnipeg Grenadiers and Royal Rifles from Quebec City to join 14,000 Allied defence troops in the Hong Kong garrison. Undertrained, poorly armed and without their transport and heavy equipment, every one of the 1,975 Canadians became a casualty of war: 290 were killed in battle, 493 were wounded, and everyone who survived the battle was taken prisoner. In the following months, 260 Canadian PoWs died of starvation, disease, overwork and brutal treatment in the 44 months they were interned.