The Six-Day War of 1899: Hong Kong in the Age of Imperialism by Patrick H. Hase

By Patrick H. Hase

In 1899, a yr after the conference of Peking leased the hot Territories to Britain, the British moved to set up keep watch over. This prompted resistance via the many of the inhabitants of the hot Territories. There ensued six days of combating with heavy chinese language casualties. This actually forgotten conflict has been completely researched for the 1st time and acknowledged in full of life sort through Patrick Hase, knowledgeable at the humans and heritage of the recent Territories.

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The most important of these were supply and the transport needed to carry it, and intelligence. Roberts discusses supply and transport in a number of places, and the difficulties arising wherever transport provided to a campaign was inadequate. He constantly bemoaned the lack of a proper Army Transport Corps in India, and the problems this brought (“It became evident . . that our onward movement would be greatly impeded by want of transport (1871) . . The inefficient state of the transport added to my anxieties (1878) .

Hong Kong in 1899 can be seen to have fallen squarely within the Imperial belief-system. It was ruled by a tiny group of cadet-officers, all men of P005-022 17 25/2/32, 0:30 18 The Six-Day War of 1899 considerable intelligence and stature, men who fitted the Imperialist cadetofficer mould perfectly, in association with the almost equally tiny group of senior managers of the great British commercial houses. 25 He was educated at King William’s College on the Isle of Man, and George Watson’s College, Edinburgh, both excellent public schools of a high reputation.

If no supplies can be obtained from the theatre of war, as is so often the case in these operations, everything in the way of food for man or beast has to be carried . . So great indeed are the difficulties that arise in many small wars from supply, that it becomes necessary to cut down the forces engaged to the lowest possible strength consistent with safety . . 44 Hart takes exactly the same view: The chief difficulties are connected with supply, transport and climate . . Troops cannot march without transport, supplies of food, ammunition, and clothing .

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