BAAG Report KWIZ #68 Naval Reports – sketch plan of Naval Dockyard 1944
Elizabeth Ride has sent BAAG Report KWIZ #68 , dated 29th September 1944, and noted earlier: After KWIZ #4, the Naval section is not included in the AWM papers, and does not appear again until KWIZ #66, and then in a slightly different format.
HF: I am afraid because of time constraints I am no longer able to summarize and list the most salient points in KWIZ reports as I did with the BAAG Naval Intelligence Reports, many of which are listed in our Index.
HF: If you are able to provide images of vessels or locations mentioned in this report or information about subjects referred to which you think is relevant to our website I would be delighted to hear from you.
The British Army Aid Group (BAAG) was a military intelligence unit which operated in China between March 1942 and December 1945, originally as a branch of MI9. The officers were mainly European men with a Hongkong connection, and the operative agents were mostly local Hongkong men and women who offered their services, often at great risk, in occupied Hongkong and outside, in the fight for the restoration of their home and freedom. Throughout the the war the BAAG provided unique intelligence – military, political and economic – about conditions in both Hongkong and China; they also gave medical and humanitarian assistance to civilians and military alike, and eventually were able to play a part in the restoration of legal rule in Hongkong.
- For general information about the Elizabeth Ride collection, her father Sir Lindsay Ride, and the British Army Aid group during WW2 a very useful introduction is through http://gwulo.com/node/13968
- The BAAG papers are kept at the Hong Kong Heritage Project https://www.hongkongheritage.org/Pages/FindingAids/LibraryCollection/Elizabeth_M_Ride_Collection.aspx
Our Index contains several examples of BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summaries, other BAAG material plus many articles about Hong Kong during the Second World War.
This article was first posted on 11th May 2019.
Related Indhhk articles:
- BAAG Report KWIZ#1, Naval Reports
- BAAG Report KWIZ#2, Naval Reports
- BAAG Report KWIZ#3, Naval Reports
- BAAG Report KWIZ#4, Naval Reports
- BAAG Report KWIZ #66 Naval Reports – information about Taikoo, Aberdeen, Kowloon & Cosmopolitan dockyards
- BAAG Report KWIZ #67 Naval Reports
Our Index contains numerous examples of BAAG reports, extracts from them and other articles related to Hong Kong during World War Two.
As far as ship names go this is a very accurate account, suggesting the agent used had access to better quality information and was more aware of the Japanese language rather than attempting to render Kanji in Cantonese.
The destroyer “Ichihasu” is in fact Hasu 蓮 which was one of a number of old destroyers used on the China coast, usually to escort convoys in a rough triangle Shanghai-Hong Kong- Takao (Kaohsiung) and return.
Anri Go 安利号 was ex the Chinese ship An Lee 安利 built 1905, 1668 gross tons.
Chohatsu Maru 長発丸 was ex the Hong Kong registered ship Stanley 祥発 built 1904, 459 gross tons.