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Defend or Die: The Siege of Hong Kong is a fictional diary written by Gillian Chan. It is the eleventh book in I Am Canada and Chan's second book for the series. The book was published in February 2015 by Scholastic Canada. It was followed by Brothers in Arms by Don Aker.


"This book is dedicated to the memory of all those who fought to defend Hong Kong in 1941, and especially to the men and women of C Force."

Book description[]

"The sergeant stayed behind with a Bren gun, firing from his hip, trying to slow down any pursuit that might come. And it was coming. Glancing over my shoulder, I saw lines of Japanese soldiers running along the ridges on either side of the valley. If they caught up with us before we could get out of it, we were dead men.
Jack and his Royal Rifles platoon, inexperienced and vastly outnumbered, fight to defend Hong Kong against the invading Japanese army. Through shelling, gunfire and hand-to-hand combat, they risk their lives in an attempt to take the high ground, but are forced back time and again by fierce enemy troops...



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of Defend or Die characters


Main article: Gillian Chan



  • Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre (2015) - commended[4]


"The publisher wishes to thank Janice Weaver for her careful attention to the facts, and Tony Banham, author of Not the Slightest Chance, The Defence of Hong Kong, 1941, and We Shall Suffer There, Hong Kong's Defenders Imprisoned, 1942-45, for his detailed comments on the story."


  • The cameo on the cover of the book was provided by Leonard Conolly. The background is a detail of a 1941 photograph titled The Japanese Campaign and Victory 8 December 1941-15 February 1942.[5][6]


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