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on 19 September 2013
I had never given much thought before of those troops who fought but were from Ireland. Always assumed they were neutral and therefore not involved. I was very wrong and it is clear that they suffered greatly, as did so many thousands from other nations. I have been reading about the Far East POW situation for years as my late father was a FEPOW for three and a half years and did not talk about it on his return. You learn something new every day. It was informative and worth reading.
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on 11 February 2014
Sadness, inspirational, anger, are all the kind of feelings that you get from reading this wonderful book, which although harrowing at times, shows great courage and the will to survive. We must never forget the price paid by these men for the freedom we enjoy today. It's hard reading at times but we'll worth it.
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on 16 September 2013
A truly harrowing but eye opening read. It's hard to fathom just how cruel the Japanese were during WWII. A must read. Disturbing. Had to put it down several times but had to finish it as a tribute and acknowledgement of what happened to not only my fellow Irish men and women, but all those who had the misfortune to fall into the hands of their Japanese captors.
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on 28 December 2013
A very good account of the terrible suffering these men and women endured.
It would have been interesting to know how they were treated in Ireland after the war.
There are stories of hostility because of their service in the British Armed Forces
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on 23 January 2014
compeling reading of how the treatment by the Japanese during captivity
and how many decided to serve in the in the british forces during the 2nd war
I thourghly recommend this book
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on 5 July 2014
not a story just facts and numbers, being irish slaves was about as much as he told us, small paragraphs of info of what he was told by others glad when it was read
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on 23 September 2013
this is a very little known aspect of British prisoner of war history under
the sadistic and brutal regime of the Japanese. The entire history of this period is slowly
disappearing unfortunately, and it is reassuring to have available such in depth
information from the people at the bottom who actually survived, living to tell the tale.
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on 17 April 2015
Interesting book , touching made me cry in places with the brutality and inhumanity of man against man
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on 3 January 2015
This is a very moving account of the atrocities committed by the Japanese on allied pow's during WWII, a must read
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on 17 November 2013
This book tells of the struggle that prisoners went through just to stay alive, it's packed full of events that would make the average person give in to. A riveting read and highly recommended.
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