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Philip CRACKNELL
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I live in Hong Kong - formerly a banker and now following my interest in writing and history especially military history with a particular focus on WW2 in Hong Kong.
I live in Hong Kong - formerly a banker and now following my interest in writing and history especially military history with a particular focus on WW2 in Hong Kong.

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A reflection on Japanese and German War Crimes (Aug 2017)
I had just made a presentation to a class of 12-year olds at an international school in Hong Kong on the subject of the Battle for Hong Kong. I had talked briefly, without going into too much detail, about some of the war atrocities committed in Hong Kong f...

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Afternoon in Hong Kong
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HMS Thanet (Monthly Blog - July 2017)
HMS Thanet was ordered in 1917 from the Tyneside ship builders Hawthorn Leslie, a company established  in 1866 by the amalgamation of A. Leslie & Co. (shipbuilders) at Hebburn-on-Tyne and R & W Hawthorn (locomotive manufacturers) at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She...

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Following the route taken by 'D' Coy Royal Rifles of Canada - June 2017
Following the route taken by 'D' Coy Royal Rifles of Canada on Saturday 20th December 1941  It was a wet week in Hong Kong, which had started with a No. 8 typhoon. The nine-day weather forecast predicted nothing but intermittent storms. On Saturday 17th Jun...

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Monthly Blog - May 2017 A tale of two batteries I was in London in May, and although not related to the Battle for Hong Kong, I thought I would begin with an article about the ruins of a coastal defence battery at Dungeness, in South East Kent, dating back ...

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