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More than 1001 Days and Nights of Hong Kong Internment

A Personal Narrative

A diary of life at the Stanley Internment Camp in Hong Kong in the 1940s.

More Than 1001 Days and Nights of Hong Kong Internment is the wartime journal of Sir Chaloner Grenville Alabaster, former attorney-general of Hong Kong and one of the three highest-ranking British officials during the Japanese occupation. He was imprisoned by the Japanese at the Stanley Internment Camp from 1941 to 1945. During his internment, he kept a diary of his life in the camp in small notebooks, hiding them until his release in 1945. He wrote his wartime journal on the basis of these notes. The journal records his day-to-day experiences of the fall of Hong Kong, his time at Stanley, and his eventual release. The book is an important primary source for understanding the daily operation of the Stanley Internment Camp and the period immediately after the fall of Hong Kong.

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Table of Contents

The Japanese Invasion of Hong Kong
The Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong
The Stanley Internment
Chaloner Grenville Alabaster: A Biography

1. Book I: The Japanese Invasion
Part I: The Period of Hostilities (8–27 December 1941)
Part II: Internment at Prince’s Building – South-East Corner (27 December 1941–10 January 1942)
Part III: Internment at Prince’s Building – North-West Corner (January–March 1942)

2. Book II: Stanley Internment Camp, 1942
Part I: Preliminary Note
Part II: Stanley Camp in 1942 until American Exodus (March–July 1942)
Part III: Stanley Camp in 1942 after American Exodus

3. Book III: Stanley Camp in 1943
Part I: Early 1943: Evacuation Issues Continued
Part II: July 1943: The Arrests of Internees

4. Book IV: Stanley Camp in 1944
Part I: First Half of 1944: Fighting Boredom and Hunger
Part II: Late 1944: Allied Counterattacks

5. Book V: Stanley Camp in 1945
Part I: Early 1945: Decline of the Japanese Rule in Hong Kong
Part II: August 1945: The War Ends

Appendix I: Timeline (Written by Grenville Alabaster)
Appendix II: Biographies
List of Editors

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