The endless battle the fall of hong kong and canadian pows in imperial japan. The Endless Battle 2019-02-05

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But the soldiers stuck together, bound by their camaraderie, loyalty to King and Country, and collective desire to sabotage the Japanese war effort. Sometimes in his uneasy rest he screamed in Japanese as he revisited the horrors of his endless battle. Only twenty-seven local veterans got off the train that day. The Vickers gunner opened up on the car and the enemy took into the woods. He read how he had heard from a news dispatch that Japan would be at war with Great Britain and her allies, and also the United States of America, in the near future. In 1920, Japan joined the League of Nations and became one of its four permanent members. Flanagan watched his comrades and friends die from hunger and disease, while he, also hurting, slowly declined.

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The endless battle : the fall of Hong Kong and Canadian POWs in imperial Japan (Book, 2017) [aimtheory.com]

the endless battle the fall of hong kong and canadian pows in imperial japan

About twenty minutes after the Canadians opened up on the machine-gun nest, they saw four enemy tanks coming from Tai Tam. Based on his first-hand accounts The Endless Battle explores the Battle of Hong Kong and its long aftermath through the eyes of the soldiers. At a turn in the road by the petroleum dump they ran into about fifty Japanese soldiers. Flanagan resumed his civilian life after losing four years to the war. The survivors were taken captive. When they were opposite the Canadians on the hill, the Japanese opened fire with machine guns, but none of the men were wounded. Artillery opened up on the enemy who were on the eastern side of Mount Parker in front of Tai Tam Gap headquarters.

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The endless battle : the fall of Hong Kong and Canadian POWs in imperial Japan (Book, 2017) [aimtheory.com]

the endless battle the fall of hong kong and canadian pows in imperial japan

They were dead but not forgotten, according to Andrew. He said many times that he loathed the Japanese authorities of that time for developing such a horrific war machine, which unleashed unthinkable misery and destruction on the world and the Japanese people. Issued in print and electronic formats. On Christmas Day 1941, the Canadians stacked their weapons after receiving orders from the governor general of Hong Kong to surrender. At about 2100 hours, the Canadians came down from the hill, too late for supper. He would say that a flag should never touch the ground, because it meant surrender, something he had no intention of doing. Writing intimately and sensitively about the lingering effects of the trauma of the soldiers held in captivity, Andy Flanagan shows both the heroism of individual soldiers and the terrible costs of war.

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WORLD WAR: THE ENDLESS BATTLE: The Battle of Hong Kong takes a heavy toll on the men of The Royal Rifles of Canada in December 1941.

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As Flanagan and his fellow young comrades encountered the cruel depths of war, his exciting journey quickly turned into a never-ending nightmare. He would say that during the war the average civilians in Japan were almost as desperate as he was. George Steeves, and Alfred Elsliger, Royal Rifles. But the soldiers stuck together, bound by their camaraderie, loyalty to King and Country, and collective desire to sabotage the Japanese war effort. Andrew and the men came onto the highway below the turn in the road behind where the Japanese tanks were stopped. The survivors were taken captive.

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The Endless Battle

the endless battle the fall of hong kong and canadian pows in imperial japan

Please Note: Illustration s are not available due to copyright restrictions. Andrew said they were backed into a corner, with no other place to retreat. You know, in spite of the fear, I felt there was something familiar about the whole fighting affair. Together, these nations formed the Axis alliance, the formal name of the aggressors that the Allied powers had to defeat. Kinnie was killed at 1700 hours. With his storytelling, Andrew made it clear that he did not harbour hatred for Japanese people.

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The Endless Battle: The Fall of Hong Kong and Canadian pows in Imperial Japan by Andy Flanagan

the endless battle the fall of hong kong and canadian pows in imperial japan

Andrew and several Hong Kong Volunteers took up a position on the side of the road, and they were soon rewarded when several enemy soldiers tried to pass them. After the First World War Japan was generally a peaceful nation. Pope asked me where we lads from down home learned to fight. Andrew had to leave the trunk behind in the heat of the battle, but he removed the whisky and put it in his knapsack. Meanwhile, Germany invaded Poland, unleashing the war in Europe. In 1941, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King committed Canadian troops to the defence of Hong Kong.

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The endless battle : the fall of Hong Kong and Canadian POWs in imperial Japan (Book, 2017) [aimtheory.com]

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We acknowledge the generous support of the Government of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Government of New Brunswick. Earlier that day when they'd moved out, Andrew had been in charge of the major's trunk that was filled with his belongings, including four bottles of whisky. Cover design by Julie Scriver. Throughout this period the British maintained open logistical doors at Hong Kong and Rangoon. This is a story every Canadian deserves to hear.

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The Endless Battle: The Fall of Hong Kong and Canadian pows in Imperial Japan by Andy Flanagan

the endless battle the fall of hong kong and canadian pows in imperial japan

Writing intimately and sensitively about the lingering effects of trauma suffered by the soldiers held in captivity. At 2000 hours we were told that the Governor of Hong Kong had surrendered the island. On Christmas Day the island fell to the invaders, and its defenders were ordered to surrender by the governor of Hong Kong. But the soldiers stuck together, bound by their cameraderie, loyalty to King and Country, and collective desire to sabotage the Japanese war effort. Based on his first-hand accounts, The Endless Battle explores the Battle of Hong Kong and its long aftermath through the eyes of the soldiers.

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They took shelter in a small trench but when forced out they went up into the hills and then back to Palm Villa. At 0500 hours on the twenty-second, Kinnie, Penichio, and Andrew took a Bren gun to a pillbox at Palm Villa. They were in Stanley Fort, where Andrew saw the Union Jack on the ground being trampled by the Japanese. Within two short months, after a hard-fought but disastrous battle against the Imperial Japanese Army, the island fell to the invaders on Christmas Day, and its defenders were ordered to surrender by the governor of Hong Kong. When Andrew and several men got back to the turn by the petroleum dump, a Hong Kong Volunteer officer asked them to go up Red Hill where an enemy machine-gun nest was firing at their men on the other side of the high road. Moreover, it also provides a glimpse of some of the popular motivations and impulses encouraging enlistment within Canadian society during the early part of the war. Through this account we meet several young New Brunswick men who faced the pain of war together as they courageously fought to defend Hong Kong.

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