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The Six-Day War of 1899Hong Kong in the Age of Imperialism$
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Patrick H. Hase

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098992

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098992.001.0001

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The Campaign: An Assessment

The Campaign: An Assessment

(p.149) 6 The Campaign: An Assessment
The Six-Day War of 1899

Patrick H. Hase

Hong Kong University Press

The Six-Day War cannot be seen as a shining example of British military genius. In fact, it was a “text-book case of how not to conduct a campaign”. The problems of poor military intelligence are covered. It also describes the logistical failures in supplies and transport. It then evaluates the problems of command and the inadequate reports. Capt. E.L.C. Berger's actions in the Six-Day War show his understanding of what a standard British colonial war should consist of: it was, in every respect, a copy-book example of a small-scale British military operation. At the same time, Military Headquarters in Hong Kong do not seem to have taken any of these late nineteenth century writers' advice to heart at all. Every error that could be committed was committed: all of Reginald Clare Hart's and Charles Callwell's maxims failed to be observed. It must be a matter of conjecture as to what Lord Roberts would have done with William Gascoigne if this campaign had come under his command, and if the facts of how it was managed had been drawn to his attention.

Keywords:   Six-Day War, British military operation, Capt. E.L.C. Berger, British colonial war, military intelligence, Reginald Clare Hart, Charles Callwell, Lord Roberts, William Gascoigne

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