Surviving The Sword

Surviving The Sword: Prisoners of the Japanese 1942-45

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, Military History, The Second World War
Paperback Published on: 02/02/2006
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Synopsis

Many of the prisoners held by the Japanese during the WWII were so scarred by their experiences that they could not discuss them even with their families. They believed that their brutal treatment was, literally, incomprehensible. But some prisoners were determined that posterity should know how they were starved and beaten, marched almost to death or transported on 'hellships', used as slave labour - most notoriously on the Burma-Thailand railway - and how thousands died from tropical diseases. They risked torture or execution to draw and write diaries that they hid wherever they could, sometimes burying them in the graves of lost comrades.
The diaries tell of inhumanity and degradation, but there are also inspirational stories of courage, comradeship and compassion. When men have unwillingly plumbed the depths of human misery, said one prisoner, the artist Ronald Searle, they form a silent understanding of what solidarity, friendship and kindness to others can mean. The diaries and interviews with surviving prisoners drawn on in SURVIVING THE SWORD will tell a new generation about that solidarity, friendship and kindness.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349119373
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Weight: 366g
  • Dimensions: 203 x 180 x 33 mm

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Surviving The Sword
Surviving The Sword
Well written and and a very informative book, telling of the horrors of life as a Japanese POW. Only complaint a bit repetitive in places, otherwise a grea... READ MORE
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