The battle for Hong Kong had been a fierce and bloody affair. The embattled Commonwealth troops were now holding on by their fingernails. The Japanese had managed to cross onto Hong Kong Island and quickly spread out to all areas, taking the fight with them. In the city proper, the Japanese were making their final push, only streets away from key installations and the British Divisional HQ. The stalwart Indian defenders threw all their resources into the defences including divisional artillery firing over open ground in the city streets. On the eve of Christmas, the Japanese struck, perhaps for the last time.