British begin to rebuild Hong Kong
7 September 1945. A British planning unit formed in 1943 to prepare for the re-occupation of Hong Kong arrives in the colony, establishing a British Military Administration (BMA). This body begins to provide relief, rebuild the government, restore infrastructure and resettle the currency of the colony. The first British food convoy arrives later in the month, saving the colony from possible starvation. The swift rehabilitation of Hong Kong allows the resumption of international trade by December. The BMA will continue until May 1946, when the civilian government is re-established.