Sun Jan 4 8.15 p.m. [1942]
# NEPHEW ROY’S 21st BIRTHDAY
# PARTIES FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN
# STRICTER REGULATIONS FOR WAR WORK
# MIXED WAR NEWS FROM THE EAST

The Japanese had invaded Hong Kong after first attacking it on 8th December 1941 (hours after ‘Pearl Harbour’) and the British-Canadian garrison surrendered on 25th December1941. This day is known in Hong Kong as ‘Black Christmas’.

The Philippines (a Commonwealth, formerly US territory) had been invaded by the Japanese in early December 1941 and Manila, the capital, was occupied on 1st January 1942 when US defence forces retreated to defensive positions elsewhere in the territory.

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