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Too Young

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Because I was so young that it really didn’t scare me any. You know, I was too young to know the danger, I guess. And the war started we fought for days and nights until it was finished. We didn’t have no sleep and that lasted from what, from the 8th til Christmas Day. That’s about two weeks, a couple weeks and we didn’t sleep for two weeks. We just kept on eating when you could and fight and we didn’t really give out. It was the English Governor of the Island that give up the Island. Then the Japs had us walking the start to prison camp. It was a prison camp on the Island nearby the harbor. There was some in Kowloon and after that I stayed there in Hong Kong for maybe two years and the next two years I spent in Japan.

Mr. Leblanc recalls that when the war started, it was pretty much round the clock fighting until the capitulation.

Jean Leblanc

Jean Leblanc was born in New Richmond, Quebec in 1932. His mother died when he was only three years old and he lived with his father and brother until he joined the army in 1940 at 16 years of age. Mr. Leblanc admits that he really didn't know what the army was all about at the time of enlistment.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
February 2, 1999
Person Interviewed:
Jean Leblanc
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Royal Rifles of Canada

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