|Stage 1: Stanley View to Repulse Bay View|
|Stage 2: Repulse Bay View to Gauge Basin|
East Infantry Brigade had spent the whole day on Friday 19th December withdrawing from the eastern sector of the Island in order to avoid being cut off by the rapidity of the Japanese advance. In the process they lost most of their mobile artillery, because the batteries found themselves on the front line and there were no lorries to tow the 6-inch and 4.5-inch howitzers out of their positions and there were no mules to transport the 3.7-inch howitzers. Only one howitzer was successfully withdrawn to Stanley. This was the 3.7-inch howitzer at Tai Tam Fork Battery. The loss of so much of the mobile artillery would have a huge cost in East Infantry Brigade's subsequent counterattacks which were made with inadequate mortar and artillery support. On Friday night the withdrawal to the Stanley perimeter was completed. The next day, on Saturday 20th, East Brigade would counterattack WNC Gap in an effort to join hands with West Brigade. That was the plan, and now everything depended on Brigadier Wallis and East Infantry Brigade to break through.
|The brow at Stanley View - Stanley ahead and Repulse Bay behind.|
|This view taken from the hillside shows the cutting and road gap at Stanley View|
|The wartime toilet block - now being devoured by a tree|
|The 1941 toilet block at Stanley View|
|A splinter proof shelter (stuffed full of wood) on the hillside south of the road at Stanley View|
|A cluster of two splinter proof shelters covered by undergrowth at top of Headland Road (Stanley View)|
|Two destroyed splinter proof shelters on the hillside north of the road near the machine gun pits. These two shelters had been occupied by squatters at some time after the war.|
|As one gets closer to Repulse Bay View you get a view of Violet Hill|
|Hidden from view the splinter proof shelter at Repulsec Bay View with the inevitable rubbish and plastic bottles.|
|Workmen's Quarters adjacent to Tai Tam Bungalow|
|The ruins of Tai Tam Bungalow|
|The second water catchment (much shallower than the first).|
|The water catchment ends here right next to the road track which led to Stanley Gap Road and WNC Gap|
|An open area on the road that the battery came up from Tai Tam X-Roads. The battery could have been deployed here when they were ambushed by 'D' Coy|
|Another view of the open area (possible site of the Japanese mobile battery). The path taken by 'D' Coy was on the hillside across the reservoir|
The mobile battery and troop column had been fired on, that morning, by Bren gun carriers from No. 3 Platoon (Carrier Platoon) No. 1 Coy, HKVDC, as they approached the dam over the lower reservoir and the Tai Tam X-Roads. The battery had fired on Cash's bungalow thinking that was the source of fire. The battery crossed the dam and turned right at the X-Roads driving up to Gauge Basin. 'D' Coy took them by surprise. The Japanese had no idea that Canadian troops had infiltrated into that area. 'D' Coy had struck back and struck hard, destroying the battery and causing heavy casualties to both men and mules. George MacDonnell wrote that after the surrender the Japanese tried to find out who had led this audacious raid on the battery, and the Japanese positions at Gauge Basin, but that they were met with a wall of Canadian silence.
My thanks to Geoff Moore for posting this pic on FaceBook Page Battle of Hong Kong - the pre-war photograph shows Repulse Bay, Repulse Bay View and the water catchment running from Stanley View to Repulse Bay View and gives perspective. It was taken from the road above Eucliffe.