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1941-12-25 Governor Young surrender Peninsula Hotel view blue

By the afternoon of 25 December 1941, it was clear that further resistance would be futile and British colonial officials headed by the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Mark Aitchison Young, surrendered in person at the Japanese headquarters on the third floor of the Peninsula Hotel. This was the first occasion on which a British Crown Colony had surrendered to an invading force. (1940-08-03 British Somaliland fell to the Italians but this was a protectorate.) The garrison had held out for 17 days. This day is known in Hong Kong as “Black Christmas”.

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