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Eastern Fortress: A Military History of Hong Kong, 1840-1970

Chi Man Kwong and Yiu Lun Tsoi


Celebrated as a trading port, Hong Kong was also Britain’s “eastern fortress”. Likened by many to Gibraltar and Malta, the colony was a vital but vulnerable link in imperial strategy, exposed to a succession of enemies in a turbulent age and a troubled region. This book examines Hong Kong’s developing role in the Victorian imperial defence system, the emerging challenges from Russia, France, the United States, Germany, Japan and other powers, and preparations in the years leading up to the Second World War. A detailed chapter offers new interpretations of the Battle of Hong Kong of 1941, when ... More

Keywords: Hong Kong, Britain, China, Military, Japan, World War II, Colony, Gin Drinker’s Line, Defence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9789888208708
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208708.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chi Man Kwong, author
Hong Kong Baptist University

Yiu Lun Tsoi, author
Mu Kuang English School, Hong Kong