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April 1899: The War

Patrick H. Hase

in The Six-Day War of 1899

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9789622098992
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207592 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622098992.003.0005
April 1899: The War

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This chapter starts by considering the burning of the matsheds during 3 and 14 April. The action on 15 April (Battle of Mui Shue Hang) is described. While this Battle of Mui Shue Hang was successfully undertaken by the British troops, it was clearly only a success because of the fire-power of Fame's guns. It had been decided that the Flag-Raising Ceremony would be brought forward a day, from 17 April to 16 April, since the military action being taken, where the British had not yet formally taken the territory over, was extremely doubtful in International Law. The Battle of Lam Tsuen Gap and the Battle of Shek Tau Wai on 17 and 18 April, respectively, are summarized. A particular problem for the British troops was that the artillery failed to take part in the Battle of Lam Tsuen Gap, and, indeed, in any of the engagements of the Six-Day War, other than the shelling with shrapnel of the insurgents at the She Shan ridge at mid-day on 17 April. On 16 April, there was information that the insurgents at Castle Peak were planning an attack on Yaumatei. An unpleasant incident that took place during the fighting was the murder of Tang Cheung-hing. On 19 April, the insurgents surrendered and there were troop movements in the Western New Territories.

Keywords: Mui Shue Hang; Lam Tsuen Gap; Shek Tau Wai; British troops; Flag-Raising Ceremony; Six-Day War; Yaumatei; Tang Cheung-hing

Chapter.  17724 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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