Unearthed bombs recall Hong Kong's WWII 'Black Christmas'

Updated 0243 GMT (1043 HKT) February 3, 2018

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Hong Kong (CNN)The discovery of two World War II-era bombs in Hong Kong's Wan Chai district in the past week has raised interest in the city's largely forgotten wartime history, which saw a blitzkrieg campaign to take the then-British colony, leading to more than three years of Japanese occupation.

Held by the Japanese from late 1941 until the end of the World War II, the city was often the target of US Army Air Corps, and later Navy bombers, intent on disrupting Japanese shipping in the Pacific theater.
Japanese military installations and supply ships clustered around the city's Victoria Harbour were a target of heavy US Navy bombing, Chi Man Kwong, an assistant professor at Hong Kong Baptist University said.
The bombs discovered this week would have fallen into the harbor and have only been unearthed with land reclamation and construction work, he said.
Hong Kong Police bomb disposal officer Alick McWhirter confirmed the newly found bombs were of US design.
Bomb disposal expert Adam Roberts, left, rests his foot on a defused US-made bomb dropped during World War II a day after it was discovered on a harborfront construction site in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong on February 1.