As the Second Sino-Japanese War raged between China and Japan during the late 1930s, Great Britain was forced to examine its plans for the defense of Hong Kong. It was quickly found that the colony would be difficult to hold in the face of a determined Japanese attack.
A new defensive line was built extending from Gin Drinkers Bay to Port Shelter. This set of fortifications was modeled on the French Maginot Line and took 2 years to complete. Centered on the Shin Mun Redoubt, the line was a system of strong points connected by paths.
Taking possession of the colony, the Japanese would occupy Hong Kong for the remainder of the war. During this time, the Japanese occupiers terrorized the local population. In the wake of the victory at Hong Kong, Japanese forces embarked on string of victories in Southeast Asia which culminated with the capture of Singapore on February 15, 1942.
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