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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; large print edition (18 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848840039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848840034
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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By GDD TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jun. 2015
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This book lacks the brilliance to ever be a classic but from an historical pov I believe it's an essential read so that younger people can appreciate for themselves the depths the Japanese would stoop to in order to torture allied POW's in contravention of all the accepted rules of warfare, even those previously adhered to by Tokyo.
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Brilliant story and a tragic one also, A young man just enlisted is sent to Hong Kong as a Naval rating and within no time is captured by the Nips. The story is about his capture his movements into various P O W camps and final repatriation.
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A really good read, I worked with a guy many years ago who was a POW in Singapore, he used to catch snakes and sell them to the Japenese to live, his stories were very vivid. This book I am sure has been sanitised somewhat, but none the less a story of true courage. It should always be remembered what the soldiers, sailers and airmen of the "Commenwealth" had to endure in those terrible times.
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I googled the author to find that he had, sadly, died earlier this year. A very human man who went through an inhuman experience and I would have liked to meet him.

His book is quite different from others written by military men of their experiences as it is not a blow by blow account but a series of impressions and I found this to be powerful as it gave an overview of his observations of colleagues and captors.

Highly recommended.
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The youth of today have no grasp of sacrifices made so they can indulge in their activities, I recommend this book to them.
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Well written enjoyable read I do not think that I could ever have forgiven them ',,,,, hhhhh kkkk lllll jjjjjj yyyyy
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If anyone reads this book and doesn't cry then they are not human. It is a harrowing tale of what happened during WW2 to prisoners of war under the Japanese. People (especially children) should be MADE to read it so that what happened during this time is never forgotten.
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Easy to read, this is a gripping account of the author's fortunes in WW2, from recruitment to imprisonment by the Japanese. As with other accounts spanning a lifetime there is soul searching in later life, and a need to try and understand the character and the brutality meted out by the captors. For this reader at least, reconciliation is a difficult concept. The author writes with a dash of wit and all important humour - an essential ingredient for survival in vile conditions.
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