1945: Hong Kong liberated from Japan by British Armed Forces

The time has come when their strength and permanence will again be displayed before the entire world.

King George
King George

On this day in 1945, Hong Kong was liberated from Japan by British Armed Forces.

King George VI in London, sent a message to its people, which read over Hong Kong radio by Rear Admiral Cecil Harcourt, Commander of the British task force, to whom Hong Kong was surrendered.

The message said: “I send to my- people and the peoples under my protection in the Far East who have suffered the horrors of Japanese oppression a message of warm sympathy and heartfelt thanksgiving for their delivery.

The thoughts of the Queen and myself have been constantly with you during your years of suffering, so bravely borne, and in the dawn of the day of liberation we rejoice with you that the ties” which unite my peoples everywhere will now be fully restored.

I know full well that these ties of loyalty and affection between myself and my Far Eastern peoples have never been broken, and that they have been maintained in darkness and in suffering.

The time has come when their strength and permanence will again be displayed before the entire world.

The traces of cruel and ruthless oppression cannot be wiped out in a day, and the work of restoration will be long and heavy. But it is work which we will be united in pride and in confidence, sure in the faith that peace, security and happiness will, with God’s help, soon be restored.

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