The Lone Flag: Memoir of the British Consul in Macao During World War II by John Pownall ReevesThe Lone Flag: Memoir of the British Consul in Macao During World War II by John Pownall Reeves

The Lone Flag: Memoir of the British Consul in Macao During World War II

byJohn Pownall Reeves

Hardcover | July 1, 2014

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When Hong Kong fell to the Japanese on Christmas Day 1941, Macao was left as a tiny isolated enclave on the China Coast surrounded by Japanese-held territory. As a Portuguese colony, Macao was neutral, and John Reeves, the British Consul, could remain there and continue his work despite being surrounded in all directions by his country's enemy. His main task was to provide relief to the 9,000 or more people who crossed the Pearl River from Hong Kong to take refuge in Macao and who had a claim for support from the British Consul. The core of this book is John Reeves' memoir of those extraordinary years and of his tireless efforts to provide food, shelter and medical care for the refugees. He coped with these challenges as Macao's own people faced starvation. Despite Macao's neutrality, it was thoroughly infiltrated by Japanese agents. Marked for assassination, he had to have armed guards as he went about his business. He also had to navigate the complexities of multiple intelligence agencies-British, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese Nationalist-in a place that was described as the Casablanca of the Far East.

John Pownall Reeves (1909-1978) was British Consul in Macao from 1941 to 1946.
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Title:The Lone Flag: Memoir of the British Consul in Macao During World War IIFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pagesPublished:July 1, 2014Publisher:Hong Kong University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9888208322

ISBN - 13:9789888208326

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As a micro-history, The Lone Flag is an excellent work for undergraduate and graduate students. It will serve general military, British, diplomatic, and Asian historians very well. The Royal Asiatic Society is to be congratulated for publishing such a valuable primary source and making it available to the wide audience it deserves.