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The Coolie Generals: Britain's Far Eastern Military Leaders in Japanese Captivity [Kindle Edition]

Mark Felton
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Dozens of British and Commonwealth officers of the rank of colonel and above were captured by the Japanese at the fall of Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Burma. These senior officers, many of whom were decorated war heroes, were separated from the men and formations, and shipped around the Japanese Empire in one group, kept alive so that the Japanese could ritually humiliate them at every opportunity. In direct contrast to how the Germans treated captured Allied senior officers, the Japanese inflicted the same appalling regime of starvation, beatings and hard labor on these senior prisoners, and several died through such abuse. Prominent personages treated in this way included General Percival (G.O.C. Malaya) and a host of major-generals, brigadiers, colonels and senior colonial officials. The detailed post-war testimonies given by these prominent prisoners greatly aided the Tokyo War Crimes tribunal in exposing the nature of Japanese treatment of Allied P.O.W.. It was an extraordinary story of middle-aged military professionals living a day-to-day existence at the behest of cruel and capricious gaolers. All previous P.O.W. books on the Far East have concentrated upon the well-known sufferings of the thousands of more junior officers and other ranks taken prisoner, and largely ignoring the fates of the men whose command decisions actually led to captivity.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 966 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword (22 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AE7DHFO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Devil's Doctors
"Uncovers the shocking links between Allied POWs and the infamous Unit 731, at the Mukden POW Camp in Northern China, and proves that the British and American governments co-operated post-war, using data derived from Japanese experiments for chemical and biological warfare purposes." Guardian

The Last Nazis
"This 200-page hardback is designed to shock readers with accounts of the heinous crimes commited by evil men and women. It succeeds."
Dover Express, Folkstone Herald, Deal Express

Children of the Camps
"Survivors' testimonies run right through the book, as we follow their traumatic change of circumstance and experiences from pre-war priviledge into the horrors of the internment camps."
WW2 Re-enactors Magazine

21st Century Courage
"HEROISM is an ever-popular theme in the publishing world. There are an abundance of books recounting tales of bravery during both of the World Wars, but this title is slightly different in that it focuses on modern-day feats. A collection of well-written chapters highlights the bravery of both military and civilian medal winners. The author sets out to show that the firefighters, police officers, civilians and Service personnel of today are the equal of their forbearers. He has succeeded in producing an inspiring tribute to the courage of 21st century citizens."
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Today is a Good Day to Fight
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"A no-holds barred book ... successfully strips away the myths that may still govern Western minds." The Oxford Times

The Real Tenko
"This well-researched book has to be read." The Ministry of Defence

"The Real Tenko has to be read but be warned, such is the grim nature of its contents, reaching the end of this disturbing and harrowing account is a relief." Soldier

"This book is a testimony to the courage and fortitude of those who suffered at the hands of the Japanese."
Britain at War Magazine

Japan's Gestapo
Featured in the Sunday Express on 2 August 2009 and was voted 'Best Book of 2009' in The Japan Times

Slaughter at Sea
Featured in the Mail on Sunday on 4 November 2007

"A serious and in-depth study of a little known and dark aspect of Naval warfare, the author has uncovered numerous atrocities committed against civilians and sailors alike by the Imperial Japanese Navy in the Second World War. He examines the outrages and the culture that made them possible in a chilling and disturbing book." Naval and Military Press

Dr. Mark Felton spent nearly a decade teaching in Shanghai, where he organised the Poppy Appeal and was involved with many historical and World War II commemorative projects. As well as writing several acclaimed books, he has published widely in historical periodicals around the world. He lives in Colchester, Essex, with his wife and son.

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Should i say I loved this book ...should I say it was involving and well written and ignore it's horrific subject matter maybe now it's possible not so long ago it was too painful to contemplate. We learn that General Percival he was a man who needed exactly what Field Marshall Montgomery had in spades - that extremely rare ability that singleminded grip on his appointed task in hand to dominate overawe and inspire his staff demanding conformity with his orders completely careless of any opinion they had formed of him.

In contrast Percivals staff were more at war with each other than they were at war with the Japanese invaders. They were an undisciplined self centred mob precipitately put in charge of an unstructured army composed of mostly unblooded soldiers who desperately needed a strong and united leadership. Many other Generals would have failed as he did because the officer culture of overwhelmingly heedless self regard was so strong - it was implacable!

After Singapore's inevitable and un-neccessary surrender Percival did his best for his men and he redeemed himself he stood out in comparison with many other staff officers of other Nations who distanced themselves from their humane reponsibilities to their charges throughout his harsh imprisonment he was a thorn in the flesh of the Japanese administration attempting to look after the unfortunate men who had been under his command.

If you can read this kind of book you will be rewarded by its insight into the life of a singularly unlucky and unfortunate man who didn't deserve his fate of simply being the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 21 Jun. 2014
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This part oh history seems to be missing from a lot of the books on the POWs in the Far East. This book is well worth a read if you enjoy WW 2 history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Coolie Generals. 20 Mar. 2014
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This was very good indeed. It arrived on time, was well packed and I was thoroughly interested in the book. General Percival's son is a friend of mine but I learnt much more than I ever knew about his Dad and the fall of Singarpore and the aftermath. JW
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3.0 out of 5 stars Collie Generals 8 Jan. 2015
By Richie
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It may seem tasteless in the face of such a litany of horrendous cruelty but I found there to be a terrible "sameness" in this factual but rather colourless account.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 24 Mar. 2015
By Peter G
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I feel that the book lacked ending. Throughout it mentions the cruelty but not what happened if anything to the Japanese officer's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Dec. 2014
By derekb
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Still reading it but already I know it is a superb book
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