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November 07, 2021
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Walking Tour

Battle of Hong Kong Walking Tour with Philip Cracknell: WNC Gap Battle Trail

Battle of Hong Kong Walking Tours with Philip Cracknell (maximum of 12 people per tour, two people per individual booking.) These tours are suitable for adults and children over the age of 13. Please note the difficulty level of the walking, bring water and wear appropriate clothing and footwear.


WNC Gap Battle Trail

  • Date: Sunday 7 November
  • Time: 8:00 – 13:00
  • Place: Start at the barrier to Tai Tam Country Park, end at the bottom of Black’s Link.
  • Price: HKD400 per person
  • Description:  We will start at the 3.7-inch howitzer battery on what was Stanley Gap Road, now Tai Tam Reservoir Road. We will then move to the Stanley Gap area and see the remains of the mess hut where prisoners captured during the fighting in this area were kept in black-hole conditions. We will see the ruins of the 3.7-inch AA Battery before proceeding to the two pillboxes on the western slopes of Jardine’s Lookout (PB 1 and 2). We will then look at a Japanese defence tunnel before descending the hillside to Sir Cecil’s Ride. We will finish at WNC Gap where we will visit West Infantry Brigade HQ and Brigadier Lawson’s bunker. Our final stop will be PB 3 which is one of the best preserved PBs on HK Island. On this walk we will be exploring the battlefields around Stanley Gap, Jardine’s Lookout and WNC Gap, and reviewing the fighting that took place mostly on Friday 19 December 1941, which was the day after the Japanese landings. This was the crucial battle. Your guide will explain what happened at each location, and provide context with an overview of the Battle for Hong Kong.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Featuring (click on author names to read more)

Philip Cracknell’s Battle for Hong Kong December 1941 was published by Amberley in July 2019.