Chapter

Last Ship Out

Tim Luard

in Escape from Hong Kong

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/9789888083763.003.0001
Last Ship Out

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This chapter is about the events of December 7 1941. The chapter describes Hong Kong on the eve of the Japanese invasion during World War II and introduces some of the main characters in the book. Its central theme is the departure from Hong Kong of the Ulysses, the last passenger ship to leave the colony before the invasion. The chapter concludes with the first bombing of Hong Kong by Japanese aeroplanes on the morning of December 8, marking the beginning of the invasion.

Keywords: World War II; Hong Kong; South China; colonial life; Japanese invasion; Ulysses

Chapter.  4060 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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