The biggest plus about this fantastic docmentary is that it gives one an in sight into the thinking of those on the "other side" in this case, the Japanese. When Japan marched through Singapore,Malaya (as it was then) Thailand,Borneo, the Phillipines and then New Guinea, they left great misery and destruction in their wake.
It's refreshing to see a WW2 documentary that is balanced, accurate and doesn't tell the world the Americans were the only combatants who stood up to the enemy.
The massacre of nurses told by Matron Vivienne Bullwinkle is one tale I've heard many times, but it doesn't lose it's horror with the repeat tellings. A group of Australian nurses in Singapore were ordered by their Japanese captives into the sea and subsequently machine gunned down. Immediately prior to this
other medical staff were marched off around a bend out of sight.
The terrified nurses didn't need to ask what happened to their comrades as the returning Japanese soldiers were wiping the blood from their bayonets.
This telling of what took place in Asia during the Japanese occupation is told with typical understated matter of factness by British, Australian,American and other survivors.
The coverage of the war in New Guinea seemed particlarly poignant and accurate to me.
Even with all this human suffering, the Burma Railway, starvation, executions, the old Japanese men explaining the war from their point of view makes one realise they too suffered and died in their millions (as in Nagasaki and Hiroshima) and that we should ALL remember these lessons to ensure we don't allow it to happen again.