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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 before the War

Hong Kong before the War

Chapter:
(p.143) 7 Hong Kong before the War
Source:
Eastern Fortress
Author(s):

Kwong Chi Man

Tsoi Yiu Lun

Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208708.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the war preparation of the Hong Kong Government between 1939 and 1941. Initially, the Hong Kong Government, led by Geoffrey Northcote, was not interested in preparing its defence because of his conviction that the Colony would be easily destroyed by air raids. When he was away from the Colony from late 1940, however, many works were conducted by the acting governor, Lt. General Edward Felix Norton, to augment the civil defence of the Colony. Although the works were infested with corruption and wastage, they served their purpose during the coming Battle of Hong Kong in 1941.

Keywords:   Mimi Lau, Edward Felix Norton, Geoffrey Northcote, Air Raid Precaution, air raid tunnels, empire ships, war preparations

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