From nirvana to starvation: the story of the Canadians who defended wartime Hong Kong squib

Growing up in Toronto during the 1950s, Mike Babin occasionally heard his father Alfred talk about serving during World War Two. But it was not until his 20s that he learned the full extent of his dad’s involvement as a member of the Royal Rifles of Canada, a regiment that fought during the ill-fated Battle of Hong Kong, when the city’s British colonial rulers were forced to surrender to Japan.Across Canada many residents observe Remembrance Day each year on November 11, but few know the story…
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