Hong Kong's morale was high due to their confidence in the 'fortress' status of the colony, as well as expectations of quick relief by the Chinese. By December 14, the defense of the mainland was over when the garrison was forced to retreat to the island as General Sakai's reinforced 38th Division overwhelmed the main line of resistance. The next night, the bulk of three regiments -- aided by squalls and fifth columnists -- crossed over to the island. The Japanese fought their way inland despite fierce resistance and counterattacks. By Christmas Eve, the exhausted British East Brigade had been forced south onto the Stanley peninsula. There they were determined to hold the high ground around Stanley Village -- the last defensive position before Fort Stanley. The Japanese spearheaded their nighttime attack down the narrow isthmus with three light tanks and assault engineers.
Attacker: Japanese (Elements of 229th Regiment)
Defender: British / Canadian (Elements of British East Brigade and Canadian Royal Rifles and 1st Middlesex)
Turns: 8 Players: 2 OBA: Japanese Night: Yes
Stanley Village, Hong Kong Island, China 1941-12-25