This is the tale of a seventeen 12 months outdated boy who ran clear of domestic to hitch the Canadian military on the outbreak of the second one global warfare in 1939. It describes the fateful adventures of 2 regiments dispatched to the Pacific to stand the japanese, and the braveness of 2 thousand younger infantrymen who, while confronted with an most unlikely activity hundreds of thousands of miles from domestic, behaved with honour and contrast. notwithstanding they misplaced the conflict of Hong Kong, they succeeded in exhibiting the area the mettle of which they have been made.

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