Surviving The Sword: Prisoners of the Japanese 1942-45 Paperback – 2 Feb 2006
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Brian MacArthur has made a significant contribution to the literature of the war in the Far East, which is still much less known to us than the matching struggle in Europe (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
MacArthur does justice to these men. He lays bare the horrors, so awful that, reading of them, one is amazed that there were any survivors. But he also pays tribute to the courage the vast majority showed in their determination not to die, and especially (Allan Massie, TIMES)
Commendably, in this first essay into military history, he has allowed the voices of these veterans of the Far East Prisoners of War Association to speak to us directly across the 60-year void; they echo from the mouth of a tropical hell with an awful eloquence . . . a deeply moving read (John Crossland, SUNDAY TIMES)
Brian MacArthur's compelling story of the extraordinary suffering of British, Australian, Dutch and American prisoners of the Japanese provides excruciating detail . . . the capacity of men to inflict misery on each other is almost balanced by their abil (TLS)
* Magisterial history of the Japanese prisoner-of-war experience, a gut-wrenching narrative that resonates to this day.See all Product Description
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On a recent diving holiday, I had left "Surviving The Sword" on a communal table whilst I was on a dive boat.When I got back in the evening, five people had been sampling the book and over the next few days,they couldn't wait for me to finish it, so that they could borrow it!
It is an account of the suffering and triumphs of the prisoners of the Japanese in WW2.Reading about the conditions of starvation and beatings they had to endure, it is amazing any-one came back.The book also gives vivid accounts of the dedication and bravery of various officers and doctors that kept several thousand men alive in those terrible times.
The spirit and resourcefulness of the Australian, British and Dutch prisoners is brought to life in this wonderful book.
In WW2 about 4% of German prisoners of war died.27% of Japanese prisoners of war died.Reading Brian McArthur's book, you can see why there was a huge difference in the numbers.However, the author manages to capture the prisoners' determination to help each other, whilst struggling to survive themselves.
Buy this book, but you will have trouble keeping hold of it!
There is no doubt that any member of the British or Allied forces who had the mis-fortune to be taken prisoner by the Japanese suffered in one way or another. Some suffered more than others. Many as we now know, did not live to tell the tale of their suffering or experiences and death was I am ashamed to say, was a merciful release from the agony and torture of their life in captivity.
The author consulted over 150 diaries of ex prisoners of war and spent an unbelievable amount of time delving into the depth of the archives to research what it was really like, in the notorious Japanese prison camps and along the many hundreds of miles of the infamous "Death Railway".
As one would expect, the subject of torture and deprivation is covered in great detail, however the reader is also treated to a fascinating insight into the inspirational way s in which the men boosted their morale - they entertained themselves with camp concerts, sporting events and education courses, however it is the most resourceful way in which they made improvised medical equipment and drugs and performed life saving surgery that I found the most remarkable.
Many readers will be shocked at what they read and once again, many will also ask the question, "how could another human being treat their fellow men like this?" Besides being an interesting read, this book with its superb black and white photographs and excellent maps on the inside covers, will provide an ideal source of reference, however it will also serve as memorial to the brave men who suffered in the cause of freedom many decades ago.
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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An inspiring book in many ways: it tells how the Far East PoWs managed to help and care for each other in the face of appalling hardship. Read morePublished on 15 July 2014 by Alastair