|The route towards the Twins|
|Japanese 6.5 rounds and chargers for loading.|
|Courtesy: Stuart Woods|
|Courtesy of Stuart Woods|
This is what it may have looked like in 1941. It was an American brand although this tube (below) was manufactured in London. It was manufactured in a number of other countries before the war.
|Sourced from internet|
On the battlefields of Hong Kong (2)
In late January 2017, I went for another trek with Stuart Woods on the battlefields around Stanley. We started at a watercourse leading uphill from near the American Club at Tai Tam. We made our way up this rocky watercourse until it petered out, after which we were forced to crash through the thick vegetation, ascending until we reached Notting Hill. At Notting Hill, we found over 30 rounds of spent 303 ammunition which had been fired from units of HKVDC and Royal Rifles Canada who had been sent up from Palm Villa (the home of M.K. Lo located near where the American Club is situated today) to clear the ridge-line Notting Hill-Bridge Hill on 21 December 1941. These troops acted as the left-flank guard for the brigade-level attack that took place that day by East Infantry Brigade on the Tai Tam X-Roads (first objective). The second objective was WNC Gap by way of Gauge Basin and Stanley Gap Road.
On Notting Hill, we found over 30 rounds of spent 303 ammunition both Canadian (Royal Rifles of Canada) and British (HKVDC). We also found two mortar bomb caps with the words inscribed "Remove before firing". It is interesting to discover that at least one 2-inch mortar was deployed on this ridge-line. These weapons were in short supply and likewise ammunition for both the 3-inch and 2-inch mortars. One or two 3-inch mortars were deployed by the main assault force moving up Island Road towards the Tai Tam X-Roads.
The Canadian troops and Volunteers on Notting Hill were firing from this position at Japanese troops on and around Bridge Hill, and possibly although at long range at Japanese troops on Red Hill. The photo below shows our approximate route from Island Road (using 1941 nomenclature) up to Notting Hill, Bridge Hill, Sugar Loaf and down a steep and rocky ravine back to Island Road.
|Our route is shown in black|
|Looking from Sugar Loaf to Bridge Hill (the bump in the mid-ground)|
|Two-Inch Mortar bomb cap|
|Mortar bomb and screw-off cap|