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The Heroes Of Rimau : " Unravelling The Mystery Of One Of World War II's Most Daring Raids " : [Hardcover]

Lynette Ramsay Silver , Major Tom Hall
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Oct 1991
On September 11, 1944, the British submarine "Porpoise" slipped quietly from Fremantle Harbour, bound for Indonesia. It was carrying the 23 Australian and British members of Operation Rimau who, under the leadership of the remarkable Lieutenant-Colonel Ivan Lyon of the Gordon Highlanders, intended to repeat the successful Jaywick raid of 1943 by blowing up 60 ships in Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour, 19 days later, the preliminary part of the operation successfully completed, the submarine commander bade farewell to the raiders at Pedjantan Island, promising to return to pick them up in 38 days' time. A handful of Chinese and Malays and the conquering Japanese were the only people ever to see the 23 men again. According to the scant official post-war record, the mission was an utter failure. All of the party were captured of killed - ten of them beheaded in Singapore only five weeks before the Japanese surrender in, it was claimed, a ceremonial execution. The fate of eleven of the others remains officially unknown. After a 31 year search, Major Tom Hall, with the assistance of writer Lynette Silver, has overturned the official version and uncovered the truth. Aided by thousands of Japanese and Allied documents and by the first-hand accounts of several Indonesians and Malays, sole witnesses to the events of 1944, they have established the fate of every member of the party and unravelled the story of "The Heros of Rimau" - a story that has for 45 years been all but lost, distorted by hearsay and fantasy, by military cover-ups and conspiracy, by official bungling, ineptitude and apathy. This book not only chronicles a feat of extraordinary daring in the face of overwhelming odds - a gripping tale of inspired courage, self-sacrifice and eventual tragedy - it also exposes the appalling sequence of events which has, until now, resulted in the shameful suppression of the truth about one of the most amazing stories to emerge from World War II.

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  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd / Leo Cooper; 1st. UK Edition edition (Oct 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850523346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850523348
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,106,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I have only read the first two chapters but feel that I must make some sort of comment regarding this book. I do intend to give an overall rating once I have finished but so far I have not been impressed by Silvers tone. I found myself checking to see who had actually written this book as I was so frustrated by the blatant anti-British sentiment that I felt sure it must have come from a Japanese author!

Whilst not wishing to play down the role of the brave Australians defending the Island of Singapore, she makes out that these guys were all 7ft well muscled warriors and the English spineless, spindly cowards. Silver is Australian by the way - not surprisingly.

Obviously there were massive mistakes made by everyone involved at a senior level with the entire Singapore debacle, but Silver is scathing in her criticism of everyone involved (unless they are Australian of course), including and especially Winston Churchill - recently voted by us in the UK as the Greatest Briton of all Time!

Hindsight is wonderful isn't it.....

I only hope that the rest of the book pays homage to the brave men featured as a result of the painstaking research by Tom Hall, and not as a platform for Lynette Silvers most unwelcome anti-British agenda.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true story so gripping and close to the facts 15 Oct 1999
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This is an beautifully written book that flows faultless from start to finish. I was first fascinated with Operations Jaywick and Rimau after seeing the dramatization on TV in the late 80's/early 90's. However, like most TV and film, it left me gasping for more information. I wanted to know why those heroes died the way they did. By sheer luck I found this book and could not believe the decades of effort that Major Tom Hall put into finding the closest to the truth. And indeed the horrific situations grippingly described in this addictive book are a fitting tribute to my generation group 55 years ago - I am currently 25 years old. The selfless attitude of the young men who risked their lives for our freedom makes you proud to have even learnt their names. We will never know quite what happened to these men, and that is all part of the mystery that draws you in. However, I hope that I can pass on this story through the many generations to come so they realize that whilst they may not have lived through these times, they must NEVER forget. Bravo!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Once you pick it up you can't put it down. 23 Aug 1998
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An outstanding achievement in historical research of the many heroes of WWII. This book is a factual account of a joint Australian and British raid by sea on the Japanese held port at Singapore. The men of this daring raid are true heroes will forever be remembered. It should be noted that Major Tom Hall (Australian Army retired) had a great deal of input into this book and without his assistance would not have been possible. The exploits of the 2 operations "Jaywick" and "Rimau" are also covered in at least 3 other publications and made into 2 television mini-series produced in Australia. The men involved in these operations were all members of the elite Australian "Z" Special Forces. The men of the second raid were all eventually executed (butchered) by the Japanese at Changi Singapore only 6 weeks before the surrender of Japan at the end of WWII. Some of their close relatives IE: sons and wives are still alive and well today. Col Ivan Lyons son also joined The Gordon Highlanders and has since retired and lives in country England. The wife of Captain Bob Page, Mrs Roma Page is living in Canberra, Australia and is still very active in war veterans affairs. Her life story is also inspirational. I highly commend this book to anybody that believes in factual heroes and men of true grit. Once you've read it you'll be hooked for life !
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