This is a short presentation that summarizes the war in the Pacific. Provided as a MS PowerPoint file, it includes 4 pages of teaching notes.
Savage Christmas is a film that is available from the National Film Board website as a live stream and first aired in 1991. From the NFB website: “In the autumn of 1941, nearly 2,000 inexperienced Canadian soldiers were sent to Hong Kong at the request of the British government as a symbolic show of strength that would deter a Japanese attack on the colony. Canada's soldiers found themselves in the midst of a desperate battle they could not hope to win. On Christmas Day, 1941, the British colony of Hong Kong officially surrendered to Japan. The surviving defenders became prisoners of war. Over the next three and a half years, many of them would come to envy the dead.”
The accompanying discussion notes offer suggestions to teachers that are linked to specific times and events in the film.
Savage Christmas: Hong Kong 1941 live streaming: National Film Board. Unfortunately, this film is only available in English.