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I Am Canada: Defend or Die: The Siege of Hong Kong, Jack Finnigan, Hong Kong, 1941 Canadian Title

By Gillian Chan   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443113052 Hardcover
192 Pages | 4.64" x 6.78" | Ages 10 to 14

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443142731 Ebook
192 Pages | Ages 10 to 14

A captivating and rarely told World War II story: that of the Canadian troops sent to defend Hong Kong from the invading Japanese.

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 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.