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Hong Kong Internment, 1942-1945Life in the Japanese Civilian Camp at Stanley$
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Geoffrey Charles Emerson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098800

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098800.001.0001

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(p.35) Introduction
Hong Kong Internment, 1942-1945

Geoffrey Charles Emerson

Hong Kong University Press

This section describes the Stanley peninsula as the site of the internment camp for 3,000 non-Axis and non-Chinese civilians in the colony after Hong Kong surrendered to Japan. It also describes the location of the Stanley peninsula on the southeastern side of Hong Kong island, about nine kilometers from the city. At the tip of the peninsula is Stanley Fort, and moving inland is Stanley Prison and its grounds, St Stephen's College and Preparatory School, and Stanley Village. It notes that during the final hours before the surrender, on 24 and 25 December 1941, very heavy fighting occurred on Stanley peninsula as the Allies were pushed back towards Stanley Fort. It further notes that in buildings at St Stephen's College and within the prison grounds, hand-to-hand combat had taken place and Japanese troops had gone on a rampage of killing and raping at a hospital set up for wounded soldiers.

Keywords:   Stanley peninsula, Hong Kong, Stanley Fort, Stanley Prison, St Stephen's, Stanley Village, Allies, Japanese troops

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