Japanese Pillbox / Tunnel on Mt. Cameron [????- ] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Japanese Pillbox / Tunnel on Mt. Cameron [????- ]

Current condition: 
Ruin

I found this very interesting Japanese position on Mt Cameron last week.

We started at the valley near the top between the two summits, and followed the path down past the old covered reservoir towards middle gap rd. A couple of hundred metres down we jumped down the left side into the stream valley and found this Japanese Pillbox. It is U-shaped with two loopholes, one facing upstream and the other downstream. There was a tunnel in the middle of the pillbox about 3 metres deep and then bending away into the hillside. I jumped down for a look, but the tunnel only went into the hill about 10m. The original roof has collapsed but you can see where the support beams once held it up. 

This is the first time I have come across a Japanese Pillbox and tunnel with this design. There is a much bigger tunnel network on Black's link (see: http://gwulo.com/node/3112) with a brick gun position in front, but that is little more than a small wall with a loophole to fire out of.

Japanese PIllbox / Tunnel, Mt Cameron
Japanese PIllbox / Tunnel, Mt Cameron


Japanese PIllbox / Tunnel, Mt Cameron

Japanese Tunnel / Pillbox
Japanese Tunnel / Pillbox Mt Cameron

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Comments

That's very unusual. What was it built to protect?

The Japanese war memorial wasn't far from here. There's the comment from the Japanese Major that the memorial was a tomb where all the Japanese would gather to die when Hong Kong fell. Could this pillbox be part of defences around this centre of the island where the Japanese would retreat to?

Regards, David

Hi there,

The site of the Japanese memorial and the pillbox were on two different sides of Wanchai Gap.  Under Google Earth I draw a path linking up Cameron Building and the approximate location of the pillbox.  The elevation profile of the path shown the pillbox could not see the memorial site at all as Mount Cameron itself was in the way.

This made me wonder what is the strategic value of this pillbox.

My 2 cents,

T