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Badly outnumbered

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The Japs, 120,000, altogether between us and the Chinese and the English soldiers are only about maybe 10,000. So 10,000 against 120,000 is a big… but we had a pretty tough time. Because Hong Kong is all mountains, there’s no level field and you had to run from one place to the other, you know, and shoot what you could and hide where you could. It wasn’t very orderly for one thing, you know, because everybody was running from one way to the other and everybody got most of them maybe you were on your own, you know, you had to go where you could and fight yourself out but we got kind of, once the Japs started to land on Hong Kong itself, it didn’t take them very long. The Island is only about 15 by 15 miles and it’s not very much room to that you can run to. So the Japs took us prisoner for a while the same, that day when the governor surrendered the island.

Mr. Leblanc talks about the balance of power and the terrain.

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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Anciens Combattants 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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