Chapter

Introduction

Geoffrey Charles Emerson

in Hong Kong Internment, 1942 to 1945

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622098800
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206977 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622098800.003.0007
Introduction

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This section describes the Stanley peninsula as the site of the internment camp for 3,000 non-Axis and non-Chinese civilians in the colony after Hong Kong surrendered to Japan. It also describes the location of the Stanley peninsula on the southeastern side of Hong Kong island, about nine kilometers from the city. At the tip of the peninsula is Stanley Fort, and moving inland is Stanley Prison and its grounds, St Stephen's College and Preparatory School, and Stanley Village. It notes that during the final hours before the surrender, on 24 and 25 December 1941, very heavy fighting occurred on Stanley peninsula as the Allies were pushed back towards Stanley Fort. It further notes that in buildings at St Stephen's College and within the prison grounds, hand-to-hand combat had taken place and Japanese troops had gone on a rampage of killing and raping at a hospital set up for wounded soldiers.

Keywords: Stanley peninsula; Hong Kong; Stanley Fort; Stanley Prison; St Stephen's; Stanley Village; Allies; Japanese troops

Chapter.  6084 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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