18 December 1941

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War at Sea

German submarine U-434 sunk off Madeira

British bombers attack the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau

Far East

Japanese troops land on Hong Kong island

Hong Kong 1941-45 - First strike in the Pacific War, Benjamin Lai. Looks at the eighteen day long battle of Hong Kong, a gallant but doomed British and Commonwealth attempt to defend the colony against a larger Japanese army with powerful air support. Also covers the Chinese resistance, the fate of the POWs and the eventual liberation of Hong Kong. A good history of one of the earliest battles of the Pacific War. [read full review]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 December 2007), 18 December 1941 , http://www.historyofwar.org/secondworldwar/date/1941_12_18.html
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