I am mindful that 2015 has seen atrocities around the world and this festive period will be bleak for many. In the second in my series, I continue to look at some of the military events which took place around the globe:
1941 – Japan seizes control of Hong Kong at the expense of the UK
This day is known in Hong Kong as ‘Black Christmas’ and was one of the first battles of the Pacific campaign of World War II.
Japan’s unprovoked act of aggression was met with stiff resistance from Hong Kong but within a week the defenders abandoned the mainland, and less than two weeks later, with their position on the island untenable.
Japan announced the surrender of the colony by radio broadcast on Christmas Day, 1941.
1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as Soviet President
Four days before he announced is resignation, 11 of the former Soviet republics had established the commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) effectively dismembering the USSR. The Soviet Union, had for all intents and purposes already ceased to exist.
Gorbachev’s policies of Glasnost (meaning openness) and Perestroika (restructuring) and his reorientation of Soviet strategic aims contributed to the end of the Cold War. He was awarded the Otto Hahn Peace Medal in 1989, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 and the Harvey Prize in 1992, as well as honorary doctorates from various universities.
2006 – An Army Christmas in Iraq
Thousands of troops were in Iraq over Christmas with many of them on duty. Army padres held services in every unit for those who wished to attend.
Those attacking them did not take the day off. British soldiers made the best of it and put up decorations and were served their Christmas dinner by their serving Officers.
I hope you found my insight into historical military events interesting? Please share this post if so.
I would like to dedicate this post to all those serving away from home over the Christmas period and on behalf of us all at Kirintec wish you a safe holiday period – with a special thought to those families without their loved ones.
photo credit: White House Xmas tree from the blue room, 2011