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- Major Maurice Albert Parker
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- 01 August 2005
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Major Maurice Albert Parker:
Under heavy attack Brigadier Wallis began his mainland demolition work at breakneck speed.. His troops were under an artillery barrage and an air bombardment that shook the world around them. Even under heavy artillery bombardment from the British 6" and 9.2" guns of the 8th Coastal Regiment of the Royal Artillery the Japanese advanced quickly. They captured the key strong point at Shing Mun Redoubt which was a well fortified position which, it was said, could hold for 5 or 6 weeks. It held for 5 hours. Wallis' position had quickly become untenable.
The Royal Scots, the Rajputs and the Punjabs fought a rear-guard action that inflicted moderate losses on the enemy but under tremendous pressure they withdrew to the Gin Drinkers Line. The British expected they could hold out there for a least a week but in an incredible 12 hours the Japanese were on their doorstep. Somehow they had advanced the 40 kilometers from the Chinese border and on the morning of December 9, were pounding on the gates of the Gin Drinkers Line.
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