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Not the Slightest Chance

The Defence of Hong Kong, 1941

This book represents the first attempt to piece together all existing accounts of the December 1941 Battle of Hong Kong and the fighting between the Garrison and the invading Japanese. Banham makes use of the Garrison’s small size – only 14,000 soldiers – to weave a historical account from the perspectives of individuals, rather than big battalions. His story covers the fighting phase by phase, and considers the individual actions that made up the battle, the military strategies, and the many controversies that arose both during the struggle and after.

452 pages

Table of Contents


1 The Background Hong Kong, 1841 to 1941 The Causes of War

2 The Battle The Week Immediately Preceeding the Fighting The Battle

3 Phase I: The Loss of the Mainland

4 Phase II: The Siege of the Island

5 Phase III: The Invasion of the Island

6 Phase IV: The Forcing of Wong Nai Chung Gap

7 Phase V: Pushing the Line West and Encircling Stanley

8 The Week Immediately Following the Fighting

9 Conclusion

10 Epilogue



Annotated Bibliography


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