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Shing Mun Redoubt シンムン歴史

September 9, 2008

Before the summer holidays, I finally managed to head out to Shing Mun.  It’s home to one of Hong Kong’s water reservoirs as well as dozens of wild rhesus monkeys and wildlife of other sorts.
夏休み前、シンムンへ行きました。この所に香港の貯水池があると、たくさんアカゲザルとほか野生生物がいります。

The British introduced the monkeys in the early 1930s; around the time construction of the reservoir began.  There are now so many of them that the locals know the area as ‘Monkey Mountain’.
1930時代、アカゲザルは英国人がシンムンに伝えられた。このごろ現住人は所が「猿山」と言います。

There is another side of the area’s history that I was interested in seeing though (well, I wanted to see the monkeys too); the remnants of fortifications built to defend against the Japanese during the Second World War.
本当に猿を見たかったけどシンムンのほかの面を見たかったです;日本の軍勢を防ぐの要塞です。

A massive string of tunnels and pillboxes was built to defend the reservoir.  The tunnels were named after main streets in London.  Not merely a way of staving off homesickness in the Londoners of the 1st Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment, the naming had a strategic link; the names of the tunnels follow the same pattern as in London allowing the British to navigate them quickly.
たくさんトンナルを作りました。ロンドンの道の名前と言いました。それは作戦でした。英国軍勢はトンナルが簡単な操縦しました。

The complex was built in 1938 but in 1941 it fell within 4 days of heavy fighting against the Japanese 228th Regiment. You can walk through many of the tunnels still though make sure you bring shoes you don’t mind getting dirty and a flashlight since the insides of the tunnels are pitch black after about 15 feet.
1938にトンナルを作りましたが1941に四日中日本の228連隊を占領しました。このごろトンナルに入ってもいいですが黒くて泥です。そしていい靴を履くと懐中電灯を持ってきったほうがいいです。

At one end of the Shaftesbury tunnel is an interesting bit of graffiti.  It reads: wakabayashi tai senryou (若林隊占領). Basically, ‘captured by Wakabayashi’s unit’.
シャフトブリのトンナルに面白いグラフィティがあります。若林隊占領と言います。

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