WWII Battlefield walk

WWII Battlefield walk, Hong Kong

WWII Battlefield walk
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I H
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My best day out in Hong Kong
Oct 2020
My military past has meant I have completed a number of these military walks, or 'Battlefield Tours/Staff Rides' as we called them, the one I joined Martin on this week was one of the best. I would unequivocally recommend his tour of the Wong Nai Chung Gap in a heartbeat; if time was on my side, I would also ask him to guide me along the Gin Drinkers Line too.

This was a battle that not many know about and fewer understand. From the allied side, it's also a battle that involved so many different nationalities and so many acts of gallantry - each man and woman a hero. It was also a battle that had some wicked challenges that we would find hard to understand in our contemporary operating environment.

Why so good? Well Martin has an enthusiastic enthusiasm to pass over information and an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things to do with this battle that can take you from the 'super strategic' to the 'on your belt buckles tactical' whilst walking 100 meters. He also seemed to aim his brief at what I wanted to know. This was not limited to military facts - we even spent a short time discussing the concept of the Jardine/Matheson business relationship.

Although Martin discussed all the military phases of the battle on a stage by stage basis (including the aftermath etc), another aspect that was discussed was the way this battle affected the people of Hong Kong - I believe this was because of his military background and his obvious love of Hong Kong.

The tour's administration, meeting and travel were all spot on - no fault could be found. Likewise, Martin has a portfolio of briefing materiel, maps etc to bring the issues alive and/or had granularity. In sum, it was very well thought through (Martin even apologised because we were talking too much - I could have listened to him all day). In follow-up Martin has also signposted me to some great on-line information and some reading for homework (a task I am looking forward to).

Would I recommend Martin's tour? Yes.
Was it value for money? I would have paid more!
Did it hit the mark? In spades.
Written October 14, 2020
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Robert W
Burnaby, Canada24 contributions
WWII Battle of Hong Kong History Tour
Mar 2017 • Family
My wife, 9 year old son and I recently went on this very interesting walking tour of WWII battlegrounds on Hong Kong Island. The tour was excellent as it takes you into parts of Hong Kong (Wong Nai Chung Gap) that a visitor may never go to and the trek is easy and scenic. Martin, our guide, was very knowledgeable and personable and was able to answer all of our questions. He provides plenty of history and information and it kept us, especially my son, interested. Martin injects personal commentary at times but it is obvious he loves the subject matter. To make this very good tour even better would be to be more descriptive of the battles that took place in certain areas (i.e. near the pillboxes). The price of the tour includes all transportation. It generally starts with a bus ride from the meeting point in Central but Martin paid for a taxi to take us up to the Wong Nai Chung Gap to get the tour started sooner which I thought was a nice gesture. Martin also followed up with links of videos and literature that had come up in our conversation which was very much appreciated. We felt we got good value from this tour and also learned a lot.
Written April 14, 2017
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scarybear
Melbourne Australia351 contributions
Great for a WW2 buff
Dec 2014 • Family
We met Martin at the meeting point and travelled by public transport to the start location. Martin, our guide was very informative and enthusiastic about the WW2 Battlefield. if you are a WW2 buff then this is the perfect tour for you. if you are not then perhaps there is a bit too much information. The walk was very pleasant and easy to walk, the scenery was great, we were lucky and had perfect weather to do this.
Written December 28, 2014
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bonnieyp1
Sacramento, CA67 contributions
very interesting WWII walk!
Nov 2012 • Couples
My husband and I did the WWII walk at Wong Nai Chung Gap, our guide was Martin who was an excellent guide for this walk due to his knowledge and passion about the subject, in addition we also learnt a lot about Hong Kong's culture from him. If you are interested in history, especially war history, I highly recommend taking this tour with 'Walk Hong Kong'. Besides the historical aspect of the walk, we also got some good exercise from walking the trail. There were stairs and inclines, but most people in OK shape should be able to do it without any problems.
Written November 22, 2012
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