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Escape from Hong Kong

Tim Luard

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083763
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209312 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083763.001.0001
Escape from Hong Kong

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On 25 December 1941, the day of Hong Kong's surrender to the Japanese, Admiral Chan Chak—the Chinese government's chief agent in Hong Kong—and more than 60 Chinese and British intelligence, naval, and marine personnel made a dramatic escape from the invading army. They travelled on five small motor torpedo boats toward Mirs Bay, landing at a beach near Nanao. Then, guided by guerrillas and villagers, they walked for four days through enemy lines to Huizhou, before flying to Chongqing or travelling by land to Burma. The breakout laid the foundations of an escape trail jointly used by the British Army Aid Group and the East River Column for the rest of the war. Chan Chak, the celebrated “one-legged admiral,” became Mayor of Canton after the war and was knighted by the British for his services to the Allied cause. His comrade in the escape, David MacDougall, became head of the civil administration of Hong Kong in 1945. This narrative account of the escape draws on a wealth of primary sources in both English and Chinese, shedding new light on the role played by the Chinese in the defense of Hong Kong, on the diplomacy behind the escape, and on the guerillas who carried the Admiral in a sedan chair as they led his party over the rivers and mountains of enemy-occupied China.

Keywords: World War II; Hong Kong; South China; Japanese occupation; escape story; East River Column; guerillas; Royal Navy; Chinese Army; Chan Chak

Book.  384 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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Cloak and Dagger Boys in Escape from Hong Kong

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Exit Strategy in Escape from Hong Kong

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