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Japan's War In Colour [DVD]
Japan's War In Colour [DVD]

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, very brief history of Japan's War commencing with ..., 27 Aug. 2016
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An excellent, very brief history of Japan's War commencing with China and ending with the Fall of the Japanese Empire. Superb.


Indonesia, Etc. - Exploring the Improbable Nation
Indonesia, Etc. - Exploring the Improbable Nation
by Elizabeth Pisani
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, easy to read, 27 Aug. 2016
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An excellent, easy to read, entertainingly written, travelogue. Well worth buying. If Elizabeth Pisani ever gets round to doing a second edition, and I hope that she does one day, there are a number of points that I, personally, thought could do with covering or changing. They are: (i) painting the Dutch as somehow the same as the Japanese is, I think, a grave mistake. The great western Empires, including the Dutch, had much that was good, whilst the Japanese Empire of World War II had nothing good about it.

(ii) The animist rituals should carry a "do not try this at home" warning. There is real power in them ... all of it bad.


Combat Classics, King Rat - Bryan Forbes.(Audio in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish. Subtitles in Arabic, Portuguese, Hindi, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish ...)
Combat Classics, King Rat - Bryan Forbes.(Audio in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish. Subtitles in Arabic, Portuguese, Hindi, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish ...)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good film marred by some poor research, 19 Aug. 2016
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A good film marred by some poor research, or at least that was my feeling. Firstly, the camp just didn't feel especially Japanese. Not enough bowing and hitting of prisoners.

Secondly, if the crucifixion scene in the film To End all Wars jarred, the anti-God rant in King Rat also jarred. What is clear from war memoirs is that some men lost their faith and some had their faith strengthened. There simply wasn't enough religious content in the film King Rat to be true to what happened in the main camps where men had time on their hands. By all accounts there were some well attended religious services.

Thirdly, the amount of food consumed towards the end of the film is far too much. The amount would at least make the men ill and, in some cases, even kill them.


The Bridge on the River Kwai [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
The Bridge on the River Kwai [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entertainment. Just don't take it as being historically ..., 13 Aug. 2016
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Pure tosh, of course, but it has to be THE Japanese POW film nevertheless. There can hardly be a genuine war memoir post Bridge on the River Kwai written by a Far East Prisoner of War veteran that does not mention this film and how far from what really happened it is. At the same time, the war memoirs do mention it, which says it all, really. Excellent entertainment. Just don't take it as being historically accurate. Not even a little bit.


William The Silent: William of Nassau, Prince of Orange 1533-1584
William The Silent: William of Nassau, Prince of Orange 1533-1584
by C V Wedgwood
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, easy to read, 13 Aug. 2016
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An excellent, easy to read, entertaining history of the start of the Revolt of the Netherlands against Spanish rule in the 16th Century and its leader, William the Silent. Of general interest in that it goes some way to explaining why Catholic Spain, ie Philip II, (and, to a lesser extent then, but of much graver importance later, France, ie Louis XIV and Napoleon Bonaparte), were "The Enemy" for around three hundred years and had to be beaten.


Sisters of War [DVD]
Sisters of War [DVD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film. I was initially misled by the DVD ..., 12 Aug. 2016
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An excellent film. I was initially misled by the DVD cover, which looked more like Europe than the Far East, but it is definitely the Far East during World War II, NOT Europe. Based on what really happened on New Britain, I thought it kept remarkably close to what really happened. If anything it understated Japanese brutality and callousness towards the male POWs caught in or around New Britain, where the death rate far exceeded that of the POWs who worked on the Burma Railway. For some reason the film failed to mention that the Head of the Catholic Mission had been a German soldier on the Western Front in World War I, which is why he knew how to build a bomb-proof shelter.


Paradise Road (1997) Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible DVD.
Paradise Road (1997) Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. A much shorter and somewhat more polished version ..., 12 Aug. 2016
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Excellent. A much shorter and somewhat more polished version of the BBC TV series called Tenko, or at least that is how I saw it. What I haven't understood is why Margaret Dryburgh was called Margaret Drummond in the film. I kept wanting to say "It is Dryburgh, not Drummond".


TO END ALL WARS: A True Story About the Will to Survive and the Courage to Forgive
TO END ALL WARS: A True Story About the Will to Survive and the Courage to Forgive
by GORDON ERNEST
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars In many respects an excellent book. Well worth reading, 12 Aug. 2016
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In many respects an excellent book. Well worth reading. No doubt about it.Covers in graphic detail what it was like to work on the Burma Railway. Whether rightly or wrongly the author has kept the very significant spiritual aspect of the book to a simple: I believe in God, and accepting Jesus as Lord & Saviour is A Good Thing. Some war memoirs directly, (those of Bep Groen in Java), or indirectly, (those of Laurens van der Post and of Ronald Williams also both on Java), cover the Occult in the camps. Gordon Ernest doesn't mention it at all. For something that so obviously is a Christian religious tract that seems like a strange omission. There are other omissions that seem strange in the circumstances. For so many men attending such informal church services it is surprising that nothing is said about visions and messages that some will have received. Probably the most important scene, (which, strangely, I don't recall seeing in the film of the same name), for me is when the dying man argues his case for having shot dead a Malay presumably in circumstances where there might have been an alternative, (eg arrested / imprisoned or even severely wounded), and dies in peace when he knows that he has been forgiven by God for that. Excellent.


Brief History of Indonesia: Sultans, Spices, and Tsunamis: the Incredible Story of Southeast Asia's Largest Nation
Brief History of Indonesia: Sultans, Spices, and Tsunamis: the Incredible Story of Southeast Asia's Largest Nation
by Tim Hannigan
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars although I'm not sure that anyone could have done a better job than the author did here, 12 Aug. 2016
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It is exactly what it says on the tin: A Brief History of Indonesia. I found the early stuff somewhat confusing, almost inevitably really, with a lot of names I could neither pronounce nor remember, although I'm not sure that anyone could have done a better job than the author did here. As a European I started to find the book really interesting with the arrival of the Portuguese. From that point onwards I found the book an easy, interesting, and often humorous read. Excellent.


To End All Wars
To End All Wars
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4.0 out of 5 stars In many respects an excellent film. The problem is that I have read ..., 12 Aug. 2016
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In many respects an excellent film. The problem is that I have read the book. In the book it was an Argyle who went forward to admit to stealing a shovel that hadn't been stolen by anybody, and was beaten to death for it, and not, as in the film, an American who ended up in a wheelchair. In fact I don't recall the book having any American in it. There were some Americans in South East Asia and some did end up working on the Burma railway, only the one in the film is a work of fiction. Robert Carlyle's character in the film appeared to me to 100% fiction as well, including the failed stealing of firearms and breakout, which reminded me more of an incident that happened in Europe, not the Far East. In addition, whilst there would appear to have been an incident of Crucifixion somewhere in South East Asia, it wasn't at any camp the author of the book was at, and I am not aware that anybody ever volunteered for it to happen to them. I saw the film before I read the book, but as I watched the film there were bits that seemed "contrived", to say the least. Sadly, I was entirely right. Four stars, tops.


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