Nineteen-year-old Jack Finnigan is a born troublemaker. He has grown up defying authority and leaves his small town to enlist in the Royal Rifles, expecting adventure . . . and not afraid of danger. Little does he know what awaits across the Pacific, where his untested regiment is being sent to defend the vulnerable British colony of Hong Kong.The Royal Rifles and the WinnNineteen-year-old Jack Finnigan is a born troublemaker. He has grown up defying authority and leaves his small town to enlist in the Royal Rifles, expecting adventure . . . and not afraid of danger. Little does he know what awaits across the Pacific, where his untested regiment is being sent to defend the vulnerable British colony of Hong Kong.The Royal Rifles and the Winnipeg Grenadiers, many of them young and untrained, quickly find themselves in the thick of battle as the Japanese attack on Sunday, December 7, 1941 (the same day as the bombing of Pearl Harbor). After nearly a month of fighting, the colony falls to the Japanese.Jack writes about the fierce battles during those hard weeks, the surrender and capture of his unit, and his brutal time in the POW camp. In those desperate battles and horrendous conditions, he befriends a once-despised sergeant and learns to work with him in order to survive....
|Title||:||Defend or Die: The Siege of Hong Kong, Jack Finnigan, Hong Kong, 1941|
|Number of Pages||:||208 Pages|
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Defend or Die: The Siege of Hong Kong, Jack Finnigan, Hong Kong, 1941 Reviews
Although I am a little tired of the Scholastic Historic Diary series, Dear Canada and I am Canada, Chan's title is outstanding - partly it is her subject and the oh-so-honest way she tells her story of the fall of Hong Kong to the Japanese in December 1941 through the eyes of a young soldier, Jack Finnigan - she doesn't spare us from how brutal this campaign was and - worse still - how terrible the Japanese treated POWs. But it is also her writing that makes this book really come alive - a strong narrative voice that tries to tell the truth as seen through the painful gaze of Jack as he tells the story of the Canadian regiment decimated by this action A fine fiction indeed!
Well done. This whole operation was a massive cock-up from beginning to end, but Gillian Chan has done a great job of focusing on the viewpoint of one Canadian solider, thus humanizing a political situation and hopefully tweaking the interest of readers who would never have heard about this situation otherwise.
Boys with an interest in war stories and who can stomach the gory details will enjoy this novel. Jack is stationed in Hong Kong in WWII and is captured along with his companions. Conditions in the camps are terrible and they all wonder if they will survive. A great book for showing that not all the battles Canadian have fought were in Europe. Readers will shed tears at the touching ending.
My grandson lent me his copy of this book to read as my father had been with the Winnipeg Grenadiers in Hong Kong. I found this was a very readable account of the Siege of Hong Kong and some of the terrible events. Chan wrote this book as a diary and it is very believable-I liked the Jack Finnegan character and enjoyed the book very much.A good read for all ages.