A memorial is dedicated to French civilians who died fighting for Hong Kong.
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Seventy-five years ago, a handful of idealistic "Free French" took up arms to defend the British colony of Hong Kong in a futile battle against Japanese invaders.Dremeaux, who has written a thesis on the French presence in Hong Kong in the interwar period, feels there is much to learn from these men, who in 1941 chose to fight in a battle some 10,000 kilometers from their homeland.Hong Kong was a British enclave, and there was nothing forcing them to defend it, he adds.Dremeaux picks up the trail of the Free French at several key moments in the 17-day "Battle of Hong Kong," including the fight for the island's sole power plant.While only six names are on the stele, Dremeaux believes around 10 took a stand against the Japanese.Roderic Egal, who was in transit from Shanghai when the invasion began, Henri Belle, a sailor passing through Hong Kong who took up arms, and Paul de Roux, a director of the Banque d'Indochine.Roux did not fight but set up a resistance network.
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