THE HISTORY MUSEUM:. JAPANESE OCCUPATION. Map of H.K. What ?. The Invasion of H.K It was also called: “The Battle for H.K ’’ «The Fall of H.K » . When ?. It lasted 17 days from the 8 th to the 25 th of December 1941.
The H.k, British, Canadian, Indian troops, under the command of major- gener. MaltBy, defended h.k
The Japanese troops, under the command of takashi sakai, attacked h.k
Only 3 days after the fall of H.K, the Japanese organized a parade in Stanley to celebrate their new victory. Indeed they were one step closer to achieving their dream: to control a unified Asia doubted the “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere”. Now they welcomed « Captured territory of H.K » into the fold.
Parade through H.K
Dongjiang Guerillas fighting in trenches
A hand-out of a Japanese language learning radio program
Japanese soldiers arrested the western bankers and kept them in a Chinese hotel.
The document of surrender was signed by Japan on 15 September
The British cruiser HMS Swiftsure, entering Victoria Harbour through North Point on 30 August 1945
Hong Kong was handed over by Imperial Japanese Army to the Royal Navy on 30 August 1945; British control over Hong Kong was thus restored. The "30 August" was declared as the "Liberation Day", and had been a public holiday in Hong Kong until 1967. Later, the length of the Japanese stay became a metonym for the occupation : the invaders have forever imprinted this period in the Chinese minds, and have associated it with painful memories.
Liberation of Hong Kong in 1945. Picture taken at the Cenotaph in Central, Hong Kong.
Celebration of a "New Hong Kong" after Japanese occupation