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very well written by a brave man
on 4 July 2013
This account of the dreadful experiences of a FEPOW is helped by references to other works & is not wholly reliant on an elderly man's memory. This makes it stand out from many memoirs. Understandably, FEPOWs de-personalise what they went through and put a stoic twist on their sufferings. The author here was present at the Alexandra Hospital atrocity and helpfully uses other works to get the event across to the reader.
The events of the 500 mile chaotic retreat through Malaya are laid out for us only briefly, but this book is not about the horror of war, it is about the inhuman treatment that the shameful Japanese Imperial Army dished out to POWs. It is interesting how FEPOWs show mercy to the Japanese in their memoirs after receiving none from them. Maybe that's how these great, ordinary men survived post-war.
The author concludes his narrative by saying how lucky he was to survive his captivity in a very personal voice.
Nobody can say that they "enjoyed" reading a book like this, but it is a good read.