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5.0 out of 5 stars Surviving the Sword by Brian MacArthur, 21 Dec 2012
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To me, this is the most comprehensive book to date concerning the horrors of those unfortunate to fall into Japanese hands. As someone has already stated, it would be impossible to produce such horror on film. I can now appreciate the relatives of the officer in the film "The Bridge over the River Kwai" being so incensed with the complete inaccuracy of the film as well as the Officer it was supposed to portray. In real life he was one of the few officers who actually worked manually alongside his men forcing officers under his command to do so.
It was also his attention to detail that saved many prisoners lives because through his total commitment to cleanliness, it was the only Japanese Prisoner of War Camp to escape Cholora. He also encouraged his men to leave out bolts or try and use sections of rotted would in the hope that the bridge would collapse.
An amazing soldier who was much admired by ALL the prisoners under his command. A friend of mine who was taken prisoner, along with the rest of his unit as soon as they landed, actually went along to see the film. He thought is was a joke as he said that their clothes rotted very quickly and the prisoners in the film were far to fat. Another friend, whose father was lucky enough to survive, was kept in Hospital in England still being fed via a fountain pen filler until; fit enough to rejoin his wife and son.
I agree with all the other readers, and hope that many more will take time to read this very worthwhile book to try and understand what actually did happen and the thousands of soldiers who died in agony from horrific diseases.
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