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Zero Night: The Untold Story of World War Two's Greatest Escape - The Untold Story of World War Two's Greatest Escape... Zero Night: The Untold Story of World War Two's Greatest Escape - The Untold Story of World War Two's Greatest Escape (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R802 R623 Discovery Miles 6 230 Save R179 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Guarding Hitler - The Secret World of the F hrer (Paperback): Mark Felton Guarding Hitler - The Secret World of the F hrer (Paperback)
Mark Felton
R422 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R77 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Based on intelligence documents, personal testimonies, memoirs and official histories, including material only declassified in 2010, Guarding Hitler provides the reader with a fascinating inside look at the secret world of Hitlers security and domestic arrangements. The book focuses in particular on both the official and private life of Hitler during the latter part of the war, at the Wolfs Lair at Rastenburg, and Hitlers private residence at Berchtesgaden, the Berghof. Guarding Hitler manages to offer fresh insights into the life and routine of the Fuhrer, and most importantly the often indiscreet opinions, observations and activities of the little people who surrounded Hitler but whose stories have been overshadowed by the great affairs of state. It covers not only the plots against Hitlers life but the way security developed as a result. His use of doubles is examined as is security whilst travelling by land or air. As little has been written about the security and domestic life of Adolf Hitler, Guarding Hitler allows the reader to delve deeper into this previously overlooked but nonetheless fascinating aspect of the worlds most infamous man.

Ghost Riders - Operation Cowboy, the World War Two Mission to Save the World's Finest Horses (Paperback): Mark Felton Ghost Riders - Operation Cowboy, the World War Two Mission to Save the World's Finest Horses (Paperback)
Mark Felton 1
R282 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R49 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

April 1945. As Allied bombs rain down on Europe, a 400-year-old institution looks set to be wiped off the face of the Earth. The famous white Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, unique and precious animals representing centuries of careful breeding, are scattered across rural Austria and Czechoslovakia in areas soon to be swallowed up by Soviet forces – there, doubtless, to become rations for the Red Army.

Their only hope lies with the Americans: what if a small, highly mobile US task force could be sent deep behind German lines, through fanatical SS troops, to rescue the horses before the Soviets arrive. Just five light tanks, a handful of armoured cars and jeeps, and 300 battle-weary GIs must plunge headlong into the unknown on a rescue mission that could change the course of European history.

So begins Operation Cowboy, the greatest Second World War story that has never been fully told. GIs will join forces with surrendered German soldiers and liberated prisoners of war to save the world’s finest horses from fanatical SS and the ruthless Red Army in an extraordinary battle during the last few days of the war in Europe.

Zero Night - EXPORT EDITION - The Untold Story of the Second World War's Most Daring Great Escape (Paperback, Export Ed):... Zero Night - EXPORT EDITION - The Untold Story of the Second World War's Most Daring Great Escape (Paperback, Export Ed)
Mark Felton
R369 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R81 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'The story of a lesser known - but perhaps the greatest - escape of Second World War prisoners has been told in a new book.' The Scotsman 'This is undeniably history as it should be told and a thundering good read.' History of War Magazine Oflag VI-B, Warburg, Germany: On the night of 30 August 1942 - 'Zero Night' - 40 officers from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa staged the most audacious mass escape of the Second World War. It was the first 'Great Escape' - but instead of tunnelling, the escapers boldly went over the huge perimeter fences using wooden scaling contraptions. This was the notorious 'Warburg Wire Job', described by fellow prisoner and fighter ace Douglas Bader as 'the most brilliant escape conception of this war'. Months of meticulous planning and secret training hung in the balance during three minutes of mayhem as prisoners charged the camp's double perimeter fences. Telling this remarkable story in full for the first time, historian Mark Felton brilliantly evokes the suspense of the escape itself and the adventures of those who eluded the Germans, as well as the courage of the civilians who risked their lives to help them in enemy territory. Fantastically intimate and told with a novelist's eye for drama and detail, this is a rip-roaring adventure story, all the more thrilling for being true.

Operation Swallow - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape from Berga Concentration Camp (Hardcover): Mark Felton Operation Swallow - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape from Berga Concentration Camp (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R660 R524 Discovery Miles 5 240 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The true and heroic story of American POWs' daring escape from a Nazi concentration camp.

In this little-known story from World War II, a group of American POW camp leaders risk everything to save hundreds of fellow servicemen from a diabolical Nazi concentration camp. Their story begins in the dark forests of the Ardennes during Christmas 1944 and ends at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in the spring of 1945. This appalling chapter of US military history and uplifting Holocaust story deserves to be widely known and understood.

Operation Swallow provides a historical, first person perspective of how American GIs stood up against their evil SS captors who were forcing them to work as slave laborers. A young GI is thrust into a leadership position and leads his fellow servicemen on a daring escape. It is a story filled with courage, sacrifice, torture, despair, and salvation. A compelling narrative-driven nonfiction book has not been written that takes the reader deep into the dark story of Operation 'Swallow' and Berga Concentration Camp--until now.

Written from personal testimonies and official documents, Operation Swallow is a tale replete with high adventure, compelling characters, human drama, tragedy, and eventual salvation, from the pen of a master of the modern military narrative.

Reading, Thinking, and Writing About History - Teaching Argument Writing to Diverse Learners in the Common Core Classroom,... Reading, Thinking, and Writing About History - Teaching Argument Writing to Diverse Learners in the Common Core Classroom, Grades 6-12 (Paperback)
Chauncey Monte-Sano, Susan De La Paz, Mark Felton
R1,061 R922 Discovery Miles 9 220 Save R139 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Although the Common Core and C3 Framework highlight literacy and inquiry as central goals for social studies, they do not offer guidelines, assessments, or curriculum resources. This practical guide presents six research-tested historical investigations along with all corresponding teaching materials and tools that have improved the historical thinking and argumentative writing of academically diverse students. Each investigation integrates reading, analysis, planning, composing, and reflection into a writing process that results in an argumentative history essay. Primary sources have been modified to allow struggling readers access to the material. Web links to original unmodified primary sources are also provided, along with other sources to extend investigations. The authors include sample student essays from each investigation to illustrate the progress of two different learners and explain how to support students' development. Each chapter includes these helpful sections: Historical Background, Literacy Practices Students Will Learn, How to Teach This Investigation, How Might Students Respond?, Student Writing and Teacher Feedback, Lesson Plans and Materials.

Operation Swallow- EXPORT EDITION - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape From Berga Concentration Camp (Paperback): Mark... Operation Swallow- EXPORT EDITION - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape From Berga Concentration Camp (Paperback)
Mark Felton
R375 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R75 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Operation Swallow is the true story of how a small group of American soldiers, inspired by a charismatic but reluctant leader named Hans Kasten, worked to save hundreds of fellow servicemen from a Nazi plan to turn Jewish prisoners of war into concentration camp slaves. It begins in the snowy forests of the Ardennes during Christmas 1944 and ends at the charnel house of Buchenwald concentration camp in spring 1945. It is a remarkable battle of wills between a young GI thrust into a leadership position he didn't want and an SS officer who will stop at nothing to complete his orders. Written from personal testimonies and official documents, it is an escape story replete with courage, sacrifice, torture, despair and salvation. Even more remarkably, it is a story that has barely been told before, a chapter of US military history that the American government tried to suppress for decades - and an uplifting story that deserves to be widely known.

Ghost Riders - Operation Cowboy, the World War Two Mission to Save the World's Finest Horses (Hardcover): Mark Felton Ghost Riders - Operation Cowboy, the World War Two Mission to Save the World's Finest Horses (Hardcover)
Mark Felton 1
R569 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R113 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

April 1945. As Allied bombs rain down on Europe, a 400-year-old institution looks set to be wiped off the face of the Earth. The famous white Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, unique and precious animals representing centuries of careful breeding, are scattered across rural Austria and Czechoslovakia in areas soon to be swallowed up by Soviet forces – there, doubtless, to become rations for the Red Army.

Their only hope lies with the Americans: what if a small, highly mobile US task force could be sent deep behind German lines, through fanatical SS troops, to rescue the horses before the Soviets arrive. Just five light tanks, a handful of armoured cars and jeeps, and 300 battle-weary GIs must plunge headlong into the unknown on a rescue mission that could change the course of European history.

So begins Operation Cowboy, the greatest Second World War story that has never been fully told. GIs will join forces with surrendered German soldiers and liberated prisoners of war to save the world’s finest horses from fanatical SS and the ruthless Red Army in an extraordinary battle during the last few days of the war in Europe.

Ghost Riders - When US and German Soldiers Fought Together to Save the World's Most Beautiful Horses in the Last Days of... Ghost Riders - When US and German Soldiers Fought Together to Save the World's Most Beautiful Horses in the Last Days of World War II (Hardcover)
Mark Felton; Read by Alex Hyde-White
R659 R552 Discovery Miles 5 520 Save R107 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Today is a Good Day to Fight - The Indian Wars and the Conquest of the West (Paperback, New edition): Mark Felton Today is a Good Day to Fight - The Indian Wars and the Conquest of the West (Paperback, New edition)
Mark Felton
R482 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R102 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Blood, guts, dust and hatred: the real history of the American West. Today is a Good Day to Fight covers the period from the initial penetration of the region by settlers and prospectors in the 1840s until the end of the Indian Wars in the 1890s. It explains the history of white-Indian conflict from the military point of view, showing how the United States used its army to wage terrible wars of conquest upon Native American peoples in order to take the land from them and enrich the growing nation, and how the Indians never really stood a chance in trying to defend their homelands. Highlighting the fractious and bitter relations between tribes unable and unwilling to unite in time to stave off their common enemy, it portrays the utter bitterness of the conflict between white and Indian, and how both sides resorted to increasingly foul acts of war and slaughter as the conflict progressed. A dirty, underhanded and scrappy conflict, the outrages committed by both sides fuelled bitterness and resentment that still exists in America today.

Castle of the Eagles - Escape from Mussolini's Colditz (Paperback): Mark Felton Castle of the Eagles - Escape from Mussolini's Colditz (Paperback)
Mark Felton 1
R258 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R43 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

High in the Tuscan hills above Florence, an elaborate medieval castle, converted to a POW camp on Mussolini's personal orders, holds one of the most illustrious groups of prisoners in the history of warfare. The dozen or so British and Commonwealth senior officers includes three knights of the realm and two VCs. The youngest of them is 48, the oldest 63. One is missing a hand and an eye. Another suffers with a gammy hip. Against insuperable odds, these extraordinary middle-aged POWs plan a series of daring escape attempts, culminating in a complex tunnel deep beneath the castle. One rainswept night in March 1943, six men will burst from the earth beyond the castle's curtain wall and slip away. By assorted means, the three Brits, two New Zealanders and a half-Belgian aristocrat will attempt to make it to neutral Switzerland, over 200 miles away.

The Sea Devils - Operation Struggle and the Last Great Raid of World War Two (Paperback): Mark Felton The Sea Devils - Operation Struggle and the Last Great Raid of World War Two (Paperback)
Mark Felton 1
R287 R238 Discovery Miles 2 380 Save R49 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

July 1945. Eighteen young British, Australian and New Zealand special forces from a top-secret underwater warfare unit prepare to undertake three audacious missions against the Japanese. Using XE-craft midget submarines, the raiders will creep deep behind Japanese lines to sink two huge warships off Singapore and sever two vitally important undersea communications cables. Success will hasten ultimate victory over Japan; but if any of the men are captured they can expect a gruesome execution. Can the Sea Devils overcome Japanese defences, mechanical failures, oxygen poisoning and submarine disasters to fulfil their missions? Mark Felton tells the true story of a band of young men living on raw courage, nerves and adrenalin as they attempt to pull off what could be the last great raid of World War Two.

Zero Night - The Untold Story of the Second World War's Most Daring Great Escape (Paperback): Mark Felton Zero Night - The Untold Story of the Second World War's Most Daring Great Escape (Paperback)
Mark Felton 1
R258 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R42 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'The story of a lesser known - but perhaps the greatest - escape of Second World War prisoners has been told in a new book.' The Scotsman 'This is undeniably history as it should be told and a thundering good read.' History of War Magazine Oflag VI-B, Warburg, Germany: On the night of 30 August 1942 - 'Zero Night' - 40 officers from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa staged the most audacious mass escape of the Second World War. It was the first 'Great Escape' - but instead of tunnelling, the escapers boldly went over the huge perimeter fences using wooden scaling contraptions. This was the notorious 'Warburg Wire Job', described by fellow prisoner and fighter ace Douglas Bader as 'the most brilliant escape conception of this war'. Months of meticulous planning and secret training hung in the balance during three minutes of mayhem as prisoners charged the camp's double perimeter fences. Telling this remarkable story in full for the first time, historian Mark Felton brilliantly evokes the suspense of the escape itself and the adventures of those who eluded the Germans, as well as the courage of the civilians who risked their lives to help them in enemy territory. Fantastically intimate and told with a novelist's eye for drama and detail, this is a rip-roaring adventure story, all the more thrilling for being true.

Devil's Doctors: Japanese Human Experiments on Allied Prisoners of War (Hardcover): Mark Felton Devil's Doctors: Japanese Human Experiments on Allied Prisoners of War (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R565 R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Save R113 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The brutal Japanese treatment of Allied POWs in WW2 has been well documented. The experiences of British, Australian and American POWs on the Burma Railway, in the mines of Formosa and in camps across the Far East, were bad enough. But the mis-treatment of those used as guinea pigs in medical experiments was in a different league. The author reveals distressing evidence of Unit 731 experiments involving US prisoners and the use of British as control groups in Northern China, Hainau Island, New Guinea and in Japan. These resulted in loss of life and extreme suffering. Perhaps equally shocking is the documentary evidence of British Government use of the results of these experiments at Porton Down in the Cold War era in concert with the US who had captured Unit 731 scientists and protected them from war crime prosecution in return for their cooperation. The author's in-depth research revealed that, not surprisingly, archives have been 'combed' of much incriminating material but enough remains to paint a thoroughly disturbing story.

Final Betrayal: Mountbatten, Macarthur and the Tragedy of the Japanese Pows (Hardcover): Mark Felton Final Betrayal: Mountbatten, Macarthur and the Tragedy of the Japanese Pows (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R567 R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Save R113 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book examines the period between the unconditional surrender of Japan on 14 August 1945 and the arrival of Allied liberation forces in Japanese-occupied territories after 2 September 1945. The delay handed the Japanese a golden opportunity to set their house in order before Allied war crimes investigators arrived. After 14 August groups of Allied POWs were brutally murdered. Vast amounts of documentation concerning crimes were burned ahead of the arrival of Allied forces. POW facilities and medical experimentation installations were either abandoned or destroyed. Perhaps the greatest crimes were continuing deaths of Allied POWs from starvation, disease and ill-treatment after the Japanese surrender.The blame rests with the American authorities, and particularly General MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander in the Pacific. MacArthur expressly forbade any Allied forces from liberating Japanese occupied territories before he had personally taken the formal Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945. Vice Admiral Lord Mountbatten, Commanding Allied forces in Southeast Asia, protested against this policy, believing that pandering to MacArthur's vanity and ego would mean condemning many starving and sick prisoners to death. Deaths among British and Commonwealth POWs were significant as opposed to American POWs who were already largely liberated in the Philippines and elsewhere.MacArthur's and the American leadership's obsession with sidelining the British in Asia cost hundreds of British and Commonwealth lives, hundreds and hundreds of lives, that otherwise would have been saved if Mountbatten had been permitted to proceed with his liberation plans.

Real Tenko: Extraordinary True Stories of Women Prisoners of the Japanese (Paperback): Mark Felton Real Tenko: Extraordinary True Stories of Women Prisoners of the Japanese (Paperback)
Mark Felton
R366 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R68 (19%) Out of stock

The mistreatment and captivity of women by the Japanese is a little known and poorly documented aspect of the Second World War. In The Real Tenko, Mark Felton, who has a fast growing reputation as an authority and author on the war in the Far East, redresses this omission with a typically well researched yet necessarily gruesome account of the plight of Allied service-women, female civilians and local women in Japanese hands.Among the atrocities shamefully committed by the Emperor's forces were numerous massacres of nurses; that at Alexandra Hospital, Singapore being perhaps the best known. The lack of respect for their defeated enemies extended in full measure to both European and Asian women and their vulnerability was all too often shockingly exploited. Those who found themselves imprisoned fared little better and suffered appalling indignities and starvation. Also covered are the hardships of gruelling marches under extreme conditions. Whereas the sexual enslavement of so called 'Comfort Women' has been regarded as affecting only Asiatic women, it transpires that this horror was experienced by whites as well.The Real Tenko is a disturbing and shocking testimony both to the callous and cruel behaviour of the Japanese and to the courage and fortitude of those who suffered at their hands.

Slaughter at Sea - War Crimes of the Imperial Japanese Navy (Hardcover): Mark Felton Slaughter at Sea - War Crimes of the Imperial Japanese Navy (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R920 R815 Discovery Miles 8 150 Save R105 (11%) Out of stock

Even the most knowledgeable reader will be shocked by the extent of the crimes committed against servicemen and civilians revealed in this chilling new study. From the regular execution of POWs to the abandonment of survivors, Mark Felton takes a detailed look at this dark chapter in the history of the Japanese navy in World War II. Prior to this account, Japanese war crimes at sea have received relatively little attention compared to coverage of the Japanese army's barbaric conduct. Written by a longtime resident of the Far East, this new work takes into account the culture that led to such appalling atrocities. Upon publication in the UK, the book drew major news coverage.

Children of the Camps: Japan's Last Forgotten Victims (Hardcover): Mark Felton Children of the Camps: Japan's Last Forgotten Victims (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R920 R815 Discovery Miles 8 150 Save R105 (11%) Out of stock

Children of the Camps: Japan's Last Forgotten Victims tells the truly heart-rending stories of Caucasian and Eurasian children who ended up imprisoned inside Japanese internment camps throughout Asia. It is written from the perspective of the survivors, who are all elderly today, and the effects that it had on their lives and families.

Survivors' testimonies run right through the book, as we follow their traumatic change of circumstance and experiences from prewar privilege into the horrors of the internment camps and finally the uncertainties of the immediate postwar period when liberation often meant discovery of the loss of parents.

The Japanese treatment of Allied children was as harsh and murderous as that of their parents and military POWs, but this whole episode has been overlooked. Children were plucked from comfortable colonial lives and forced to mature hastily in terrible circumstances, where survival became a daily game, and where their lives were constantly threatened by disease, starvation and physical abuse.returncharacterreturncharacterMany of these children were separated from their parents, or they saw their families destroyed by the Japanese. Most witnessed almost daily episodes of bestial violence that no child ever should see, and the entire cumulative experience has had a deep and lasting effect into their adult lives. They are among the last victims of Japanese aggression, and even over 60 years later many carry the mental and physical scars of that atrocious episode.

Holocaust Heroes - Resistance to Hitler's Final Solution (Hardcover): Mark Felton Holocaust Heroes - Resistance to Hitler's Final Solution (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R806 R719 Discovery Miles 7 190 Save R87 (11%) Out of stock

Holocaust Heroes is an inspiring book that examines the incredible--yet tragic--examples of Jewish resistance in ghettos and concentration camps during the days of the Nazis' "Final Solution." The Warsaw Uprising during the spring of 1944 is the most infamous rebellion, but there were other occasions of Jews and other prisoners fighting back--often with stunning results--against their murderers via the armed Jewish resistance. Destroying gas chambers, efforts to take over camps, and escaping en masse were just some of the brave methods attempted to stop the machinery of the Holocaust throughout Poland and the Ukraine. In virtually every case, the brave men and women who rebelled against their captors, paid dearly with their lives. Holocaust Heroes recounts the stories of these individuals who fought against victimization and acted with bravery, resourcefulness, and resistance to fight against their tragic fate. An important and original addition to the bibliography of the Holocaust, these stories are uplifting, inspiring, and profoundly moving.

Last Nazis: the Hunt for Hitler's Henchmen (Hardcover): Mark Felton Last Nazis: the Hunt for Hitler's Henchmen (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R920 R815 Discovery Miles 8 150 Save R105 (11%) Out of stock

The heinous crimes committed by the Nazis will inevitably appal mankind for ever. Interest in the hunt for those who have escaped justice since 1945 is huge. A surprising number of war criminals remain alive 65 years on despite the on-going campaign by the Simon Weisenthal Center, who launched 'The Last Chance' campaign in 2008. Since 2001 no less than 76 legal decisions have been won against Nazi war criminals and collaborators, half of them in the USA. Yet the author reveals that there are many more alive and free today and their stories are no less shocking for the passage of time.He also covers those who died recently before trial as well as those who have succeeded in escaping justice or only suffered very minor punishment.The author spares no effort to shock the reader with his accounts of the appalling crimes committed by these evil men and women.

Operation Swallow - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape from Berga Concentration Camp (Standard format, CD): Mark Felton Operation Swallow - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape from Berga Concentration Camp (Standard format, CD)
Mark Felton; Read by Fred Sanders
R785 R560 Discovery Miles 5 600 Save R225 (29%) Out of stock
Operation Swallow - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape from Berga Concentration Camp (Standard format, CD, Library... Operation Swallow - American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape from Berga Concentration Camp (Standard format, CD, Library Edition)
Mark Felton; Read by Fred Sanders
R2,033 R1,392 Discovery Miles 13 920 Save R641 (32%) Out of stock
Fujita Plan (Hardcover): Mark Felton Fujita Plan (Hardcover)
Mark Felton
R920 R815 Discovery Miles 8 150 Save R105 (11%) Out of stock

After the staggering success of the Pearl Harbor surprise attack, the Japanese plotted to maintain the initiative and spread fear and panic among the civil population of the United States and Australia.
With his usual skilled research the author has uncovered numerous plans. Some like the midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour and the daring Seaplane air raids on Oregon were put into effect. Others never reached that stage due to either impracticality, bad luck or counter-espionage.
The Fujita Plan throws fascinating new light on a little known aspect of the Second World War.

Ghost Riders Lib/E - When Us and German Soldiers Fought Together to Save the World's Most Beautiful Horses in the Last... Ghost Riders Lib/E - When Us and German Soldiers Fought Together to Save the World's Most Beautiful Horses in the Last Days of World War II (Standard format, CD)
Mark Felton; Read by Alex Hyde-White
R1,727 R1,190 Discovery Miles 11 900 Save R537 (31%) Out of stock
China Station - The British Military in the Middle Kingdom, 1839-1997 (Paperback): Mark Felton China Station - The British Military in the Middle Kingdom, 1839-1997 (Paperback)
Mark Felton
R580 R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Save R117 (20%) Out of stock

The Author, who lives in Shanghai, sets out to demonstrate that the British military has been at the forefront of many of the great changes that have swept China over the last two centuries. He devotes chapters to the various wars, military adventures and rebellions that regularly punctuated Sino/British relationships since the 1st Opium War 1839-1842\. This classic example of Imperial intervention saw the establishment of Hong Kong and Shanghai as key trading centres. The Second Opium War and the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions saw the advancement of British influence despite determined but unsuccessful efforts by the Chinese to loosen the grip of Western domination. The Royal Navys might ensured that, by gunboat diplomacy, trading rights and new posts were established and great fortunes made. But in the 1940s the British grossly underestimated Japanese military might and intentions with disastrous results. After the Second World War the British returned to find that the Americans had supplanted them. The Communists victory in the Civil War sealed British and Western fates and, while Hong Kong remained under British control until 1997, the end of British rule was almost inevitable. But the handover was a masterly piece of pragmatic capitalism and the former Colony remains an economic powerhouse with strong British influence.

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