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Mother's Apple Pie: The True Story of Japanese POW Alan Nixon, 196 Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) Paperback – 16 May 2006
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Features experience of Far East Prisoner of War in Chungkai, Japan during WW2.
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This is an authentic and well-written book, which I can state with authority as I also served in the same camp as Alan Nixon.See all Product description
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When the book progresses to his life in the war and his eventual capture, you begin to get a feel of actually being there, sharing his experiences. I got the impression that the diary quotes more frequently referred to good memories (of comradeship and the like) than to bad, however you still get to understand the dire situations that the men had to endure under the Japanese as POWs.
Unfortunately, a little over halfway through the book, the diary entries suddenly stop and the story continues (for a few pages) with quotes from Alan Nixon and other former POWs. This doesn't however, detract from the continued poignant passages. The remainder of the book is about life for Alan Nixon after the Army. Although I was initially disappointed with this (desiring more moving accounts of a harsh life as a POW), I soon became engrossed in his new life as a husband and father living overseas, learning how he stuggled against medical, political, psychological, personal, and physical difficulties, with specific references to how his former POW days affected his immediate family, his decisions, personal views of difficult situations, treatment of his family, his working life and his retirement.
At a personal level, it also provoked some fond memories of my late father, who had served on His Majesty's Royal Naval warships during and after WWII.
All in all, this book is an extremely moving and personal account of someone's entire life, someone who endured (bravely) some of the most extreme physical and psychological torture that any human being should have to bear, and how they lived their life subsequently.