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We Shall Suffer ThereHong Kong's Defenders Imprisoned, 1942-45$
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Tony Banham

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099609

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099609.001.0001

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We Shall Suffer There

Tonny Banham

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses the events that occurred in 1942, which started with the continuous efforts of the Japanese to gain control of their new conquest. Their initial focus was to rationalize the camps and hospitals and take a consensus of the “European” civilians. A few prisoners were able to escape during the initial months, but due to the lack of food and malnutrition diseases, most prisoners could not. Due to these escapes, the Japanese decided to separate the officers from the men, and a special officers' camp was built along Argyle Street. During the last few months of 1942 POW were shipped to the factories, docks, and mines in Japan, thus spreading the prisoner-of-war camps across Shanghai, South China, and even Japan.

Keywords:   1942, European civilians, malnutrition diseases, lack of food, POWs, POW camps, officers' camp

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