Surrender if Hong Kong; Wikimedia Commons

Surrender of Hong Kong; Wikimedia Commons


On Christmas Day 1941 (“Black Christmas”) the Governor General of Hong Kong surrendered to the Japanese.

In the 18-day battle, the British suffered 11,848 casualties and Japan suffered 2,754.

Following the surrender, Imperial Japanese troops committed many atrocities against both men and women including bayonetting patients in hospital beds, forcing victims to dig their own graves before being murdered and rape.