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The Lone FlagMemoir of the British Consul in Macao during World War II$
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John Pownall Reeves, Colin Day, and Richard Garrett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208326

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208326.001.0001

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The Beginning

The Beginning

(p.11) Chapter I The Beginning
The Lone Flag

John Pownall Reeves

Hong Kong University Press

Macao’s isolation began when Japan attacked Hong Kong on 8 December 1941. Communication was cut off, and many people, including Reeves’ wife, who were stranded in Hong Kong could not return. After eighteen days of intense fighting, Hong Kong fell on Christmas Day, and Macao’s long isolation began in earnest. The chapter begins with what happened after news about the Japanese attack reached Macao, followed by a brief introduction to Macao including history, population and the challenges that Macao would face during the Japanese Occupation.

Keywords:   Macao, Hong Kong, Pearl Harbour, Japanese attack, World War II, British Consul, British community, Japanese invasion, defence, isolation

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