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January 10, 2022

Just After Japanese Surrender, These Vintage Photos Capture Street Scenes of Hong Kong in 1945

The Japanese occupation of Hong Kong ended in 1945, after Japan surrendered on 15 August 1945. Hong Kong was handed over by the Imperial Japanese Army to the Royal Navy on 30 August 1945; British control over Hong Kong was thus restored. 30 August was declared as “Liberation Day”, and was a public holiday in Hong Kong until 1997.

Hong Kong in late August 1945

General Takashi Sakai, who led the invasion of Hong Kong and subsequently served as governor-general during the Japanese occupation, was tried as a war criminal, convicted and executed on 30 September 1946.

These amazing photos from WWII album of Blake Smith’s father that captured street scenes of Hong Kong in late August 1945, just after the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong ended.

Bomb shattered jetty, Hong Kong, August 31, 1945

Bombed buildings in Hong Kong, August 1945

Boys from ship rickshaw ride in Hong Kong, August 31, 1945

Centre Street at Sai Ying Pun, looking towards Des Voeux Road West from the junction with Queen's Road West, Hong Kong, August 1945

Chinese boy making rope, Hong Kong, August 1945

Chinese celebrate Japanese surrender, Hong Kong, August 1945

Chinese sampan, H.M.C.S. Ontario in background, Hong Kong, August 31, 1945

Crossing drawbridge in Kowloon, August 31, 1945

Empress returning allied POWs leaving Hong Kong, August 1945

Filming officers of Allied forces, Hong Kong, August 1945

Kings Theater, Hong Kong, August 1945

Kowloon Street setting off firecrackers in celebration, August 31, 1945

Lei Yue Mun Barracks, Hong Kong, August 1945

Mt. Cameron memorial to dead Canadian troops, Hong Kong, August 31, 1945

Pot makers in Hong Kong, August 1945

Pottinger Street, looking towards Queen's Road Central, from the junction with Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong, August 1945

Queen's Road West, westbound from the junction with Queen Street. At far end when the road turned to right, junction with Hollywood Road was seen at left hand side, Hong Kong, August 1945

Repulse Bay showing Eucliff and Repulse Bay Hotel, Hong Kong, August 1945

Russian orchestra entertaining, Hong Kong, August 1945

Street scene in Hong Kong, August 1945

Street scene in Hong Kong, August 1945

Woman doing laundry in gutter, Hong Kong, August 31, 1945




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