The Battle of Hong Kong 1941: A Spatial History Project 1941年香港戰役地圖

Project: Digital scholarship project

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Project co-developed with the University Library.

The Battle of Hong Kong (8-25 December 1941) was one of the first battles of the Pacific War and was the most significant military engagement between two regular armed forces that took place in Hong Kong in its modern history. The invading Japanese forces of around 35,000 strong faced a garrison of 13,500 consisted of British, Indian, Canadian, and local troops. In eighteen days, the two forces fought in the New Territories, Kowloon, and Hong Kong Island. The garrison suffered 3,445 casualties (KIA, WIA, and MIA) and the attacking force 2,218. Around 4,000 civilians were killed and wounded. Hong Kong then entered a period of Japanese rule that lasted for three years and eight months.

The spatial history project “Hong Kong 1941” uses geographic information systems (GIS) to build a web map about the Battle of Hong Kong and a database of British military installations in Hong Kong during the Second World War. It offers an easy-to-use historical database for educators, tourists, and conservation professionals. The Principal Investigator of the project is Kwong Chi Man, Associate Professor of the Department of History, Baptist University. He and his research team have studied the Hong Kong battle since 2011, collecting first-hand data from the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, Australia, and other places. As of June 2021, he has six works on the topic (with one forthcoming). The research team also created the “Hong Kong Resistance: the British Army Aid Group, 1942-1945 (” in 2020 to explore the underground resistance movements in Hong Kong during the Second World War.
Effective start/end date1/04/211/09/21


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