Toward the end of December, 1942, not many days after Japan’s initial acts of treachery against the territories of the United Nations, the tiny island of Hongkong fell to the Japanese invaders who had launched their assault from the Chinese mainland. Since then, a meager amount of authentic information has filtered through from the Far East regarding the fashion in which the British crown colony has been used by the conquerors to meet their war needs. Just recently, however, it was revealed that the enemy-occupied island is serving as a major repair base for the Merchant Marine and Navy of Japan in the Southwest Pacific. There Chinese shipyard workers are worked relentlessly to recondition Japanese warships, tankers, and freighters which have been damaged by American warplanes and submarines. In order to hide the effectiveness of the war of attrition being waged constantly by our air and sea forces in the Pacific, these crippled vessels are towed into the enemy base under the cover of darkness.
Hongkong--British Naval Station and Imperial Outpost
By James K. Eyre, Jr.