THE BATTLE OF HONG KONG To help defend the Crown Colony, Canada sent a force of 1,975, consisting of two battalions – the Winnipeg Grenadiers and the Royal Rifles of Canada; a brigade headquarters group; and various specialists details.
In respect to this, what happened in the Battle of Hong Kong?
From 8 to 25 December 1941, almost 2,000 troops from Winnipeg and Quebec City — sent to Hong Kong expecting little more than guard duty — fought bravely against the overwhelming power of an invading Japanese force. When the British colony surrendered on Christmas Day, 290 Canadians had been killed in the fighting.
Where was the Battle of Hong Kong?
When was the Battle of Hong Kong?
December 8, 1941 – December 25, 1941
Why did Hong Kong fall so easily to the Japanese?
Hong Kong boasted coastal defense batteries which could have defeated a naval invasion. Unfortunately, the invasion came by land. British guns intended to sink ships proved little use when against ground troops.