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Eastern FortressA Military History of Hong Kong, 1840-1970$
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Chi Man Kwong and Yiu Lun Tsoi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208708

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208708.001.0001

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Hong Kong Defence During the Age of Empires, 1883–1919

Hong Kong Defence During the Age of Empires, 1883–1919

(p.33) 4 Hong Kong Defence During the Age of Empires, 1883–1919
Eastern Fortress

Kwong Chi Man

Tsoi Yiu Lun

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter deals with the transformation of the British planners’ preoccupation from coastal to landward defence between 1880s and 1919. It begins with the discussion of the garrison and the evolution of the coastal batteries Hong Kong, and then moves on to look at the Battle of the New Territories in 1900 and the emergence of the landward defence line in Kowloon proposed by the local commanders from 1908 to 1919. This chapter also studies the role played by Hong Kong during the First World War.

Keywords:   Landward defence, imperial strategy, Back Door, First World War, New Territories

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