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The Remorseless Road: Singapore to Nagasaki (Airlife's Classics) Paperback – 30 Jul 2001


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; New edition edition (30 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840373016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840373011
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,678,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book, as there is a family connection to the Singapore to Nagasaki saga - my great uncle was captured by the Japanese, travelled that route and was interred near Nagasaki, suffering at the hands of his captors.

Forced to clear the streets of radioactive waste, before being freed to return home, only to die of radiation associated illnesses.

The book is well written, while a personal account of one man, it sets the scene well, gives a feel of the atmosphere at the time and portrays the plight of the people involved - civilians, Allied troops, frequently mentioning the Japanese in a contextual manner, rather than demonising them completely.
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Vildebeests vs. Zeros and Captivity in Japan 24 May 2006
By James Doucette - Published on Amazon.com
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James McEwan arrived in Singapore on January 13, 1942, and was posted to Seletar Airbase as the Intelligence Officer for 36 and 100 Squadron. These Squadrons flew the Vickers Vildebeest, a single engined open cockpit biplane with a cruising speed of around 82 mph. With the help of surviving aircrew members McEwan has pieced together the astounding story of the brave men who flew combat operations in these obsolete bombers. Their most dramatic operation was their attack on Japanese ships conducting a landing operation at Endau, Malaya. Half the aircrews were killed pressing home their attacks through hordes of Zero fighters. The first half of the book covers McEwan's service with 36 and 100 Squadrons in Singapore and Java, up until the author's capture in March 1942. The second half of the book picks up the story on the authors arrival in Japan in November 1942. He spent the rest of the war at Ohama on Honshu where the POW's worked a coal mine. In August 1945 the author saw a strange mushroom cloud appear in the distance over Nagasaki. I very much enjoyed the detailed accounts of the previously neglected combat operations of the Vildebeest.
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