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This photo taken on December 2, 2016 shows a general view looking north from Jardine's Lookout, the site of fierce fighting where French civilians along with Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps battled the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong during World War II. Seventy-five years ago, a handful of idealistic "Free French" took up arms to defend the British colony of Hong Kong in a futile battle against Japanese invaders. But their sacrifice, though largely unknown in their homeland, is not forgotten in Asia. There are six names on the worn stele that pays tribute to them in a corner of the British military cemetery in Stanley, on a hill in the south of Hong Kong island. / AFP / Isaac LAWRENCE / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: "HONGKONG-JAPAN-FRANCE-HISTORY-WWII" Feature by JACQUES CLEMENT (Photo credit should read ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images)

This photo taken on December 2, 2016 shows a general view looking north from Jardine's Lookout, the site of fierce fighting where French civilians along with Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps battled the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong during World War II.
Seventy-five years ago, a handful of idealistic "Free French" took up arms to defend the British colony of Hong Kong in a futile battle against Japanese invaders. But their sacrifice, though largely unknown in their homeland, is not forgotten in Asia. There are six names on the worn stele that pays tribute to them in a corner of the British military cemetery in Stanley, on a hill in the south of Hong Kong island.


 / AFP / Isaac LAWRENCE / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: "HONGKONG-JAPAN-FRANCE-HISTORY-WWII" Feature by JACQUES CLEMENT        (Photo credit should read ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images)