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The Resource Surviving the sword : prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45, Brian MacArthur

Surviving the sword : prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45, Brian MacArthur

Label
Surviving the sword : prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45
Title
Surviving the sword
Title remainder
prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45
Statement of responsibility
Brian MacArthur
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Describes the ordeal of American, British, and Australian prisoners held by the Japanese during World War II, revealing the hardships that they endured as well as the strength, determination, and friendship that helped many of them to survive
  • During World War II, there were few fates that could befall a soldier so hellish as internment in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. To this day, many survivors -- most of whom are now in their 80s -- still cannot talk about their experiences without unearthing terrible memories. Surviving the Sword gives voice to these tens of thousands of Allied POWs and offers us a powerful reminder of the terror and deprivations of war and the resilience of the human spirit. In this important book, Brian MacArthur draws on the diaries of American, British, Dutch, and Australian Fepows (Far Eastern prisoners of war), some of whose recollections are published here for the first time. These soldiers wrote and kept their diaries, in secret, because they were determined to record for posterity how they were starved and beaten, marched almost to death, or transported on "hellships"; how their fellows were summarily executed by guards or felled by the thousands by tropical diseases; and how they were used as slave labor -- most notoriously on the Burma-Thailand railway (later depicted in The Bridge on the River Kwai). The diaries excerpted here make plain why the Fepows have always believed that their brutal treatment by Japanese and Korean guards was literally incomprehensible to those who did not live it. - Jacket flap
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
MacArthur, Brian
Dewey number
940.54/7252
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
D805
LC item number
.M23 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
  • Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
  • Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
  • Prisoners of war
  • Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945)
  • World War (1939-1945)
  • Atrocities
  • Prisoners of war
  • East Asia
Label
Surviving the sword : prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45, Brian MacArthur
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 435-439) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Author's note -- Map : Construction of the Burma-Thailand Railway -- The "Fepow" prayer -- Introduction -- Part one. Surrender -- Interlude : "We feel let down rather" -- Changi -- Interlude : Christmas in captivity -- The railway of death -- Interlude : A walk along the River Kwai -- The real story of the bridge on the River Kwai -- Interlude : Boon Pong -- "Speedo" -- Interlude : Smokey Joe's -- Sonkurai : Valley of the Shadow of Death -- Interlude : Ave Maria -- The railway opens -- Part two. Survival -- Books -- Food -- Religion -- Jungle medicine -- Smoking Gone with the Wind -- King Rat -- Letters -- Entertainment -- Sports -- Ingenuity -- The "canaries" -- Officers and gentlemen -- Part three. The hellships -- Interlude : A happy ending -- Japan -- Interlude : The "Jap-happy" -- Haruku -- Interlude : A conjuring trick -- Sandakan -- Interlude : Mozart -- Changi 1944-45 -- Interlude : "Don't let this thing drag on much longer" -- Freedom -- Interlude : Bushido -- Home at last -- Epilogue : The last post -- Postscript : What became of them?
Control code
ocm56413352
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxx, 458 pages
Isbn
9781400064137
Lccn
2004054193
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, 1 map
System control number
(OCoLC)56413352
Label
Surviving the sword : prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45, Brian MacArthur
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 435-439) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Author's note -- Map : Construction of the Burma-Thailand Railway -- The "Fepow" prayer -- Introduction -- Part one. Surrender -- Interlude : "We feel let down rather" -- Changi -- Interlude : Christmas in captivity -- The railway of death -- Interlude : A walk along the River Kwai -- The real story of the bridge on the River Kwai -- Interlude : Boon Pong -- "Speedo" -- Interlude : Smokey Joe's -- Sonkurai : Valley of the Shadow of Death -- Interlude : Ave Maria -- The railway opens -- Part two. Survival -- Books -- Food -- Religion -- Jungle medicine -- Smoking Gone with the Wind -- King Rat -- Letters -- Entertainment -- Sports -- Ingenuity -- The "canaries" -- Officers and gentlemen -- Part three. The hellships -- Interlude : A happy ending -- Japan -- Interlude : The "Jap-happy" -- Haruku -- Interlude : A conjuring trick -- Sandakan -- Interlude : Mozart -- Changi 1944-45 -- Interlude : "Don't let this thing drag on much longer" -- Freedom -- Interlude : Bushido -- Home at last -- Epilogue : The last post -- Postscript : What became of them?
Control code
ocm56413352
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxx, 458 pages
Isbn
9781400064137
Lccn
2004054193
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, 1 map
System control number
(OCoLC)56413352

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