By Brereton Greenhous

This can be the tale of a "no army danger" crusade that slowly became a nightmare. The e-book offers new solutions to a couple of tough questions starting with a dialogue of why Canadian troops have been despatched to Hong Kong on the request of the British conflict place of work. have been the British duplicitous in making this request? used to be Canadian leader of the overall employees, Lieutenant-General Harry Crerar, responsible of placing his personal pursuits above these of his males in telling the minister of nationwide Defence that there has been "no army possibility" in sending the "C" strength? The publication recounts the formation of the "C" strength and its departure to Hong Kong the place it arrived simply 3 weeks sooner than the japanese assault. It outlines the process the conflict from December eight, 1941, until eventually the inevitable hand over of the garrison on Christmas Day. It areas acceptable emphasis at the Canadian contribution, refuting 1947 allegations through the British General-Officer-Commanding - allegations that have been in basic terms made public in 1993 - that the Canadians didn't struggle good. Greenhous assaults those fees with strong facts from members and eye-witnesses. ultimately, the booklet tells the tale of existence and dying within the felony camps of Hong Kong and Japan.

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K. Lawson, MC, the army's director of military training, was promoted to brigadier and appointed commander of "C" Force. Lawson had been born in England, but his family had emigrated when he was still a child. He had enlisted in 1914 and gone overseas with the first contingent of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, serving in every non-commissioned rank before being commissioned in the Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade (CMMGB) in December 1916. Three months later he had been appointed to the staff of the CMMGB, where he served for the remainder of the First World War.

The mortar platoon was equipped with six 3-inch mortars and each rifle platoon headquarters section had one man-packed 2-inch mortar. Light machine-guns and mortars were the core of a battalion's firepower. There were twenty tracked, open-topped, and very lightly armoured Universal carriers (usually called Bren gun carriers) for tactical and offroad transport. However, their cross-country capability, although better than that of wheeled vehicles, was restricted, and their carrying capacity quite limited.

22 There is no direct evidence that he spoke with Crerar but he certainly had a word with the prime minister. "23 If one unit could be taken from the Class C list, then there was no apparent reason not to select the other from the same source. Indeed, that would help deflect any accusations of favoritism. In pairing the Royal Rifles of Canada and the Winnipeg Grenadiers, Crerar explained to Ralston: As these units are going to a distant and important 22 • "C" Force to Hong Kong garrison where they will be detached from Canadian forces, a primary consideration is that they should be efficient, well-trained battalions.

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