HC Deb 23 March 1927 vol 204 c401W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if, without detriment to the public interest, he can state what is the strength of the military and naval forces now at Shanghai belonging to Great Britain and to each of the principal foreign countries?


The British military forces at Shanghai consist of eight regular battalions of infantry, together with the necessary ancillary troops. The only other foreign Power which has despatched troops, as distinct from naval forces, to Shanghai is France. The following is a statement of the naval forces now at Shanghai, including those at Woosung:

Great Britain.—5 cruisers and I gunboat, and 1,000 Royal Marines.

United States.—1 cruiser, 3 torpedo boat destroyers, 3 gunboats, 1 oiler and 1 transport, with 1,200 Marines.

Japan.—4 cruisers, 3 torpedo boat destroyers, and 2 gunboats.

France.—1 cruiser, 2 gunboats and I despatch vessel.

Italy.—1 cruiser, 1 torpedo boat destroyer and I gunboat.

Netherlands.—1 cruiser.

Spain.—1 cruiser.

Portugal.—1 sloop.