relating to Guam
Kong Veterans Commemorative Assocation - books on Allied POWs
Containing Information about Prisoners of War of the Japanese in World
War II - ADBC site
in Japanese - POW Research Network Japan (English
about Internment Camps In Asia During WWII -
Books about civilian internees and camps
Reading - Linda Dahl's website
Manila Bibliography (PDF) - great collection
of over 500 titles (courtesy of Roderick
Hall, one of the authors of Manila Memories;
see also the Philippine
Scouts website for this and other book updates)
From Fukuoka Camp #1 website:
Research by Dwight Rider:
Hog Wild-1945: The True Story of
How the Soviets Stole and Reverse-Engineered the American B-29 Bomber
a fellow researcher at Mansell.com,
puts to rest many a myth, mystery and conspiracy tale in his extensive
study into the last B-29 casualty of WWII, the Hog Wild, and the legend
surrounding that POW relief supply flight. This well-documented book is
a definite read (or rather, intense study) for anyone interested in a
basic background history on B-29 strategic bombing, POWs of the
Japanese and their camps in Korea, details about what was really going
on with Japan's A-bomb research, and the Russian plot to get their
hands on a B-29 in order to build their own.
A very enlightening
supplement to the above story, giving background
history on the rumors regarding Japan's atomic bomb test in August 1945.
Biological and Chemical Weapons Programs; War Crimes and Atrocities:
Who's Who, What's What and Where's Where – 1928-1945
Ever-expanding work by Dwight Rider on
everything you ever wanted to know
(and more!) about Japanese bio-chem-weapon research, including Unit 731
and its affiliates.
Burn before Reading: The Japanese Atomic
Bomb Program, the Battles of the Chosin Reservoir, and the Cave at
Intelligence analyst Rider gives his
readers an eye-opening story about a mystery that lies within a
cave in North Korea, and the struggles that many in intelligence work
The Japanese Wartime Atomic Energy and
Weapons Research Program – Seishin (Chongjin), Northern Korea. 1938 -
Kuroda Papers: Translation and Commentary
The Best Books on WWII History?
Some thoughts by Dwight Rider on the recent publication of Richard
, said to be "one of the six best books in English
about World War II"
Here is a list of what I
consider the best:
The Second World War
by Winston Churchill
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William
Hiroshima by John Hersey
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
With the Old Breed by E. B. Sledge
Guadalcanal Diary by Richard Tregaskis
The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan
Though I have read all of them, none is my favorite. There are
far too many aspects of the war for anyone to address all of them,
other than in passing, in just one book.
In the Pacific
, John Costello wrote a lot (The Pacific War:
), and not very well, I say. How he got by with some of
the mistakes he makes in his book, I will never know. I have, I think a
copy of all his books for reference, but they are not my first choice.
Gavan Daws (Prisoners of the Japanese: POWs of World War II in the
) sems to stand high on POW's held by Japan
, but he
also had his own agendas in writing the book. There are some very good
POW memoirs and memoirs of Bataan that should not be overlooked. There
are also several must-have books on codebreaking
I myself do not think you could become much of an expert on any single
aspect of the war just by reading six books. You might become an expert
on just one battle by reading six books on that subject, but
not the entire war.
I have hundreds, thousands(?) of books, and I am learning a heck of a
lot through Tower of Skulls
. He brings a sort of
pro-and-con argument to everything. I nearly worship "Vinegar Joe"
Stillwell, and I know he had his faults, but I learned a few things
that most have only glossed over. I would not call it the best book I
have ever read, but like the most recent works on the Battle of Midway,
he is clearing away a lot of the clouds. My biggest issue with Tower
is that I thought it was 750 pages long, but it ends
at about page 571 with the surrender of Wainwright on Corregidor. I was
left wanting more. Hard to say if it is the "best," but I was
unhappy when I finished the book. I was and remain eager to see the
Audiences/Captive Performers: Music and Theatre as Strategies for
Survival on the Thailand-Burma Railway 1942-1945 by Sears A.
The story of how music and theatre helped the 61,000 POWs (sent to SE
Asia camps) survive their ordeal. Downloadable e-book. See also Rice and Shine: Unpublished Treasures from
the FEPOW Concert Party Archive.
Hope: A True Story of War and Survival by David L. Britt
"The book covers the life of Chester Britt -- his time growing up in La
Crosse, his time at West Point where he graduated in 1940, his combat
in the Philippines beginning right after Pearl Harbor was attacked...
and then on Bataan, his ordeal of the Bataan Death March, his 3-1/2
years as a POW of the Japanese, and then his life after the war...
until his early death in 1953 due to health issues from his time as a
POW. We are supporting the SPECIAL
OPERATIONS WARRIOR FOUNDATION with proceeds from our book."
Future website: http://www.honormediallc.com/
|Never Give Up by Myra Jones
"Drolan Chandler's personal story, as told to his niece, Myra Jones, of
his combat and prisoner of war experiences during World War II in the
Pacific Theater. 376-page book contains 200+ photographs of POW camps,
etc., and eighteen maps. Available also as e-book. Use coupon code
9VPUZ8 to obtain a $2.99 discount."
|Never Forgotten... The story of the
Japanese Prisoner of War Camps in Taiwan during World War II
by Michael Hurst
"The story of the Japanese prisoner of war camps on the island of
Taiwan (Formosa) in the Second World War... the only book ever written
that provides the complete story of all the Taiwan camps and the men
who were interned in them."
|Prisoner of Japan, 1942 to 1945: Lessons
from a Survivor of the Battle of Bataan by John Hanson
Hanson was liberated at Nagoya POW Camp #6.
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|The Edge of
Terror: The Heroic Story of American Families Trapped in the
Japanese-occupied Philippines by Scott Walker
"Story of brave American civilians on Panay during WWII. Drawing on
diaries, memoirs, family interviews, and military archives, Walker
describes daily life during the occupation and the danger these
Americans faced in their efforts to serve both God and country."
|Valley of the
Shadow: An Account of American POWs of the Japanese by
Whitney H. Galbraith
historical narrative of Colonel Nicoll F. “Nick” Galbraith, U.S.
Army, GSC, describing his three-and-a-half years as a prisoner of the
Japanese, from the surrender of Corregidor in May, 1942, until August,
1945, when he and his fellow prisoners were rescued/released from Camp
Hoten, in Mukden, Manchuria." Note from author: "Col. Galbraith was
Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright’s G-4 Logistics Staff officer during the
Fall of the Philippines and surrender of Corregidor. This and several
other first person accounts of senior officers of USFIL have recently
been published which offer additional insights to American POWs in the
Pacific. I have named them in my bibliography."
Squadron: The Story of B Squadron, 3rd The King's Own Hussars, in the
Far East 1942-45 by Brian Williams
"My late father-in-law served with the British Army's 3rd Hussars and
was captured in Java in 1942. I am writing a history of what happened
to his unit after capture."
|Bataan Survivor: A POW’s Account of
Japanese Captivity in World War II by David L. Hardee;
edited by Frank A. Blazich Jr. (2017)
"Personal memoir of Colonel David L. Hardee, first drafted at sea from
April-May 1945 following his liberation from Japanese captivity... a
thorough treatment of his time in the Philippines... carefully edited,
illustrated and annotated to unlock the true depths of Hardee’s
experience as a soldier, prisoner, and liberated survivor of the
|Heroic Survivor: An Incredible Story of
Survival in the World War II Pacific Theater by Captain
Lowell E. Pursell USAF (Retired)
"We are letting you know that my father's book is now published as an
Ebook. This is his story as he wrote it upon his return to the US in
1945. What we did was to write around his story putting together
pictures and family memories. I am glad that after 71 years it is
finally out as the book he wanted it to be and is no longer sitting in
my basement. It is a true piece of the American history of WWII in the
Pacific theater and the experiences of our POWs." --Virginia
by Warren Jorgenson (Tate Pub. 2015) - Good biography covering this
Marine's time in the Midwest US, Shanghai, Corregidor and Hanawa.
|Deadline: Captain Charlie's Bataan Diary
by Charles Underwood (2013)
|CUB: Harrowing Stories of Army Life in
China, Bataan and Korea by Mike Gaffney (2014)
- A Chronicle of Defiance: An epic account of The Sparrows - Battle of
Britain gunners who defended Timor in 1942 as part of Sparrow Force
by Grant McLeod McLachlan (2012) - Impressive and well-researched work
|Bataan: In Pursuit of Truth - The True
Story of Bataan, Plus: The Battle of Manila by Tillman J.
My Japanese Pow Diary Story by
Tillman J. Rutledge (1997)
|The Emperor's Guest
by John Fletcher-Cooke (2013) - New edition of a 1971 book, very well
written, reading like a historical novel but no fiction at all here.
The author, who was a British officer in the RAF and captured in Java,
gets right into his story of being a POW -- first at Boei Glodok,
Batavia, West Java, then at Innoshima (Hiroshima #5), Zentsuji
(Hiroshima #1), and Miyata (Fukuoka #9), Japan, where he was liberated.
Great detail. He was a Member of Parliament for two years from 1964. In
1969, he went back to Japan for a visit to Zentsuji, the camp then a
|The Jungle Journal: Prisoners of the
Japanese in Java 1942-1945
by Frank and Ronald Williams (2013) - Story of a young Royal Artillery
officer, Lieutenant Ronald Williams, who was held as a prisoner of war
in the Japanese-occupied Dutch East Indies from 1942–45, a true account
of the alternate horror and banality of daily life, and the humor that
helped the men survive the beatings, deprivation, and death of
comrades. Told through the diary and papers of Williams and others, The Jungle Journal
includes many cartoons and poems produced by the prisoners, as well as
extracts from the original Jungle Journal (a newspaper created by the
men under the noses of their guards), describing the survival of hope
even in desperate straits, a testament to those men whose courage and
fortitude were tested to the limit under the tropical sun.
|Scattered Under The Rising Sun: The Gordon
Highlanders in the Far East 1941-1945
by Stewart Mitchell (2013) - Detailed work on the history and movements
of a whole unit, the Gordon Highlanders 2nd Battalion, with many
individual stories by the men themselves. In the Appendix is a list of
every Gordon Highlander who was in the 2nd Battalion and in Singapore
in 1941, over 1000 men, 700 of which include their photographs.
Mitchell is a volunteer researcher at the Gordon Highlanders Museum.
See additional news article, "New
book records experiences of Gordon Highlander POWs."
for War - The Epic Saga of the Civilian Contractors and Marines of Wake
Island in WWII
by Bonita Gilbert (2012) - A thorough background history of Wake Island
and the 1,145 civilian contractors who assisted the Marines in
defending Wake Island at the very outset of the Pacific War, and what
happened to those amazing men as captives of the Japanese. Remember
Pearl Harbor, Remember Gallant Wake!
|Ed & Ivet: The True Story
of a World War II POW Romance
by William Bacon (2010) - "War, like hurricanes, can also leave new
beginnings in its wake," writes William Bacon, weaving a fascinating
story of beauty from ashes. His father, Ed, was a
civilian worker with the CPNAB on Guam,
captured by the Japanese at the outbreak of WWII, and sent to
several camps in Kobe. It was while imprisoned there that he
met Ivet, the
daughter of Turkish civilians, who would often pass by the
camp, from which sparked a lasting romance. A very well-written
and movie-worthy read.
|A Child in the Midst of Battle
by Evelyn Berg Empie and Stephen H. Mette - An amazing story of how
non-interned civilians survived WWII in Manila, as told by a young girl
who was there with her family. Here is a book that should be in every
|The Barbed-Wire University: The
Real Lives of Prisoners of War in the Second World War
by Midge Gillies - Stories based on the experiences of POWs, what they
really did and learned in camps, and how they survived the brutalities
and horrors, in both Europe and the Far East.
|In Good Hands: The life of Dr Sam
by Dr. Ian Pfennigwerth - "The remarkable story of Sam
Royal Australian Navy doctor – who, as a prisoner of the Japanese,
saved the lives of countless Allied servicemen... working with other
American medical personnel striving to cut the POW death toll in three
camps in Kyushu, including the dangerous shipyard on Kouyagi Island in
from the Shadow of the Sun: A Story of Love, Survival and Joy
by Ronny Herman de Jong - Fascinating story based on the diary of the
author's mother, Jeannette Herman-Louwerse, and the author's
autobiography telling about her life as a child in the Dutch East
Indies prior to WWII, during the war while at a prisoner camp
her family, and her struggles and joys afterwards.
An American soldier's heartfelt story of intense fighting, surrender,
and survival from Bataan to Nagasaki
by Francisco L. Lovato - Biography of Master Sgt. Frank Lovato,
captured on Bataan and spent time at O'Donnell, Omuta #17 and Fukuoka
|A Brother's Hero
Malikowski - Very
informative self-published work on the author's brother, Francis W.
Malikowski, who was with the 20th Air Base Squadron at Nichols Field in
the Philippines, captured on Bataan, and imprisoned in several camps to
end up at Hiroshima camp #4 (Mukaishima). Copies are available for
purchase from the author at 1342 Glen Echo Rd., West Chester, PA 19380.
A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand - A MUST
READ! Amazing story of Louis Zamperini,
former Olympic runner, who was captured by the Japanese after his B-24
crashed in the Pacific and endured 2 years of abuse as his captors
tried to break his will and use him for propaganda purposes. Don't
forget to read the original story Zamperini wrote in 1956, which has
been updated in this 2011 (2003) book, Devil at My Heels: A Heroic Olympian's
Astonishing Story of Survival as a Japanese POW in World War II.
Praying Hard for You," Love Letters to a Death Camp: The World War II
Ordeal of Bill and Jo Brenner
by Linda McCaffery - Story of William Brenner, an Army doctor taken
prisoner by the Japanese in the Philippines and eventually shipped to
mainland Japan, to spend time at Fukuoka camps #6-D (Tanoura) and #25-B
(Omuta).Very interesting history of related WWII events.
by Timothy C. Ruse - A biography of Carl Ruse, survivor of the Bataan
Death March, and POW at Camp O'Donnell, Cabanatuan, Davao
Colony, and Nagoya #5 Yokkaichi.
of Canopus: The War Diary of a Lucky Old Lady by
Everett Perry - Details the history WWII’s USS Canopus (AS 9)
and her crew as prisoners of
war of the Japanese. 250 photographs and maps illustrate the journey of
this ship and her crew as POWs of Japan. Each step in this heroic ship
to prisoner of war story is fully covered including a roster of the 548
shipmates captured and held as POWs of Japan.
From Davao: The Forgotten Story of the Most Daring Prison Break of the
D. Lukacs - Called by the War Department "the greatest story
the war in the Pacific" in 1944, twelve special men, survivors of the
Bataan Death March, Corregidor veterans and two Filipino convicts,
broke out of the reportedly escape-proof Davao Penal Colony on Mindanao
in April 1943 -- the only large-scale escape from a Japanese prison
camp in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
the Men Alive: Australian POW doctors in Japanese captivity
by Rosalind Hearder - Story of 106 Australian medical officers who did
an amazing job of keeping POWs alive. Good selection of photos, some
showing the ingenious devices created to help patients.
Gordon Highlander if ever I saw one
by William Ross Young and John Duff - True account of a young Gordon
Highlander's experiences as a Japanese POW in Singapore, the Burma Siam
Railway and Mainland
|Bataan Diary: An American Family in WWII,
by Chris Shaefer (2004) - Based on the diary of Lt. Col. Frank Loyd, a
very well-written story of Americans who evaded or escaped capture by
the Japanese in the Philippines and their activities with Filipino
guerrillas. Beautifully interwoven with the diary and correspondence of
Loyd's wife at home in the US.
Reunion by Boudewyn van Oort - Memoir of Java. In
particular, story of South African Volunteers [Not read or reviewed]-
in The Darkness by Michael & Elizabethy M.
Norman. Not particularly highly rated by ex POWs. All too many errors.
McNab by Brian Coutts. British POW rescued at
Captured, Last Freed - Story of Ed Hale,
survivor of the USS Penguin
sinking on the first day of the war.
Captivity" by Al Young. This book is destined to
become the classic POW story. If you want
one of the five best books ever written about the POWS, this has to top
your list. Beautifully written emotional, factual and the author
clearly places you into the mind of a prisoner. If you want to buy just
one book to understand the story of the POWs, buy this one book.
Journey - A Wake Island Civilian POW's Story
by Leilani A. Mahnino; Hellgate Press (2001) Central Point, OR. A
detailed and well illustrated story of the civilian cintractors
captured on Wake Island, Almost half of these men perished in captivity
and close to 200 endured the horrors of the Sasebo POW Camp. This is
the single best book about the civilians captured on Wake Island... in
fact, highly recommended even for the story of the Marine who almost
stopped the Japanese invasion.
Call by D.Burke Penny. The full and detailed story
of the 33 Canadian Corps of Signals captured in Hong Kong. Detailed
story but with a unique perspective on how the families at home endured
during the war. Published by the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Assoc.
men must live" by Kenneth
B. and James T.
Murphy, I West Publications, 6789 Quail Hill Parkway #715,
Irvine CA 92603, published 2009. Memoir of Army Air Corps Tech Sgt
James T. Murphy captured on Bataan and eventually rescued at Sendai #6,
Hanawa. Extensive description of initial attacks on Nichols Field,
Bataan battles and experiences in various POW camps. Exceptionally good
detail of the hell ship, Noto Maru. The values instilled in him as a
youth allowed him to survive [June 2009].
|Ambushed Under the Southern
Cross: The Making of an American Merchant Marine Officer and His
Ensuing Saga of Courage and Survival
This is a fabluously detailed story of Merchant Marine Capt (Ret).
George Duffy, captured when his ship, American Leader, was sunk by a
German commerce raider. He was transferred to Japanese control and
spent time in Java, Singapore and Sumatra. One of the rare books that
tells of the experiences on the "Sumatra" Death Railway. Beatuifully written story of his youth, his
years of education to become a merchant Marine officer and the years of
experience before the war. This book is an absolute "must have" for
historians of the Merchant Marine in the early war years.
Bowls of Rice: A Prisoner of War Comes Home
Enrichment: How Japan's Companies Built Postwar Fortunes Using American
of the Emperor: The Secret History of Japan's Mukden POW Camp
"Linda Goetz Holmes has done it again. As with her seminal work, Unjust
that exposed the depth of Japanese industrialists and manufacturing
companies' involvement in the pursuit of war profits, she now reveals
the truth behind the rumors and horrors of the Mukden prisoner of war
"Like an onion, Holmes peels away the layers of secret
horrors, one layer at a time. At last, we see the proof of Japanese
medical experiments by the notorious Unit 731 on American prisoners at
Mukden, the largest fixed POW camp in the Empire. She carefully
documents the use of germ warfare experiments upon the men and the
endless brutality and torture of the prisoners by Japanese guards and
Japanese nationals. The full story of the four men who sought to escape
is told in detail and Holmes traces not just their escape but their
capture and the abuse of the remaining POWS in revenge for the 'loss of
face' by the guards.
"Holmes spares no one in telling the truth
about the Mukden camp, including the utter incompetence of most
American officers, especially the ranking officer, Major Stanley H.
Hankins. Few ever cared about the suffering of their subordinates and
were willing to steal their food and medicine for their personal use.
It is not a story of honor, but truth is rarely pretty.
magnificent work of research and narrative that is destined to be the
definitive work about the Mukden POW camp." -- Roger Mansell, director,
Center For Research Allied POWS Under the Japanese
Plum: The Ill-fated 27th Bombardment Group and
the fight for the Western Pacific by Adrian R Martin and Larry
W. Stephenson [Review]
Burma Railroad - The Drawings of Jack Chalker
sample pages give you an idea of the depth of anguish suffered by the
men who slaved for Japan on the infamous railroad. While not reviewed,
we have seen numerous example of Jack Chalker's drawings and believe
this should be part of any serious POW book collection. (Cover Image)
December, The Battle of Hong Kong by Ronald C.
A thorough review of the battle for Hong Kong from a Canadian
perspective. Parker's father, Major Maurice A. Parker, was Commanding
office of D Coy, Royal Rifles of Canada. The Canadian forces in Hong
Kong were the Royal Rifles of Canada and the Winnipeg Grenadiers. (Not
The History of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
by Julie Summers.
Thorough review by British historian Jonathan Moffatt.
I Get Out Alive, World War II Letters and Diaries of William H.
McDougall Jr., by William H. McDougall, Jr, edited
by Gary Topping (ISBN 978-0-87480-891-9). University of Utah Press,
Salt Lake City, 2007; 336 pp., 6 x 9, 20 black & white photos.
Decorations, Medals, Awards and Honours by Vincent
The book documents the decorations, medals, awards and honours
including citations given to soldiers of the Canadian Army that fought
at the Battle of Hong Kong, December 1941. Following the battle they
became Prisoners of War of the Japanese from January 1942 until August
Defining Years of the Dutch East Indies, 1942-1949 - Edited by
Jan A. Krancher
Survivors' Accounts of Japanese Invasion and
Enslavement of Europeans and the Revolution That Created Free Indonesia
by Jan A. Krancher. Published by McFarland. 24 of 60+ interviews
selected to present a picture of their internment and story of their
efforts to survive, during and after the war. Krancher has done an
excellent job, not just describing the horrors of Japanese internment
but has researched in depth the long ignored period called "The
Bersiap", the time when the Indonesian fought a war of terror against
the Dutch. Here again, the terrorist of the Islamic world attacked and
slaughtered innocent men, women and children to drive the Dutch from
their midst. The parallels to day cannot be ignored. It is not history
that repeats itself but human nature. Well done. Credit card orders:
Call McFarland's toll free - 800-253-2187 or order through publisher's
of the East Indies: Biography of the Van Dooremolen Family by
revelation of events during World War II that have missed the world's
conscience... until now. An epic story of
faith, romance and a Dutch families struggle to survive their P.O.W.
internment during World War II. It is the story of Hendrika and Adolf
Van Dooremolen. Comment by Center:
Well done. She was interned in Java while he endured the Death Railway
and eventual rescue at Fukuoka
#21 Nakama POW Camp.
Sinking of the Lisbon Maru- Britain's Forgotten Wartime Tragedy
by Tony Banham
Noted author and historian, Banham has again proven his
literary talents. The horrors of the hell ship are seen through the
eyes of the survivors. The Japanese hostility towards Europeans
motivates their action to murder the prisoners- locking down the
hatches and denying them a chance for rescue. A magnificent study of
human nature at its best and worse.
The story of US Marine Edmond Babler and his
experiences in Japanese Prisoner of War Camps during World War II. self
published, Authorhouse, Bloomington IN, 2004. Fairly good narrative of
Babler's experiences from capture on Carregidor to labor details at
Palawam, McKinley Field, Nielsen Field, Zeblon Field, voyage on the
Noto Maru and slave labor at Fukuoka Branch #5 Omine. Major error in
description (not witnessed) of the massacre on Palawan.
Colonel of Tamarkan - Philip Toosey and the Bridge on the River
Julie Summers. Simon & Shuster; See review by
noted historian, Jonathan Moffatt.
On My Shoulder by Geoffrey Monument
soldier captured in Mayaya details his experiences including camps in
Taiwan, Tokyo and Sendai #2 (Furukawa - Iwaki Coal Mine)- A simple book
and a good read.
AM ALIVE by Jackson, Charles R. (Edited by B.H.
Marine captured on Corregidor and rescued at Kamioka.
And Tragedies- Corregidor and its aftermath
by Baker, Arthur B. (As told to J. Carlile Baker)
Surprisingly well told story of POW taken to AOMI Mine on northern
Honshu. Well written story with great detail regarding the Omi (Aomi)
Camp... which is rarely discussed.
Reviewed and highly
of the Empire - The Japanese Internment of Allied Civilians in
Every so often, a book is produced that simply "wraps up"
the whole story. Japan interned and mistreated thousands of Allied
civilians in the conquered areas of China. With years of research,
editing and careful documentation, Dr. Greg P. Leck has produced the
finest book ever written about civilian internees in China.
illustrated, Leck has woven a masterpiece of history. Stories of joy,
sadness, murder and horror from numerous former inmates creates a
silken tapestry of the times. One senses the ordeals and thrumphs in
exquisite detail. Includes a complete nominal roll of all internees. If
you want one book about the China internee experience, this is an
absolute "must have". Expensive but truly worth every penny.
Conduct Under Fire - Four American Doctors and their Fight for
Life as Prisoners of the Japanese 1941-1945.
Awarded the 2007 Colby
Medal for historical writing. John Glusman, son of a Navy doctor
captured on Corregidor, recounts the
devotion and friendships of his father's ordeal and those of his three
fellow Navy physicians.
From 6-S-7 Jack Leaming's amazing memoir
Shot down on
the Marcus Island Raid in early March 1942. Sent to Ofuna, Zentsuji and
finally rescued at Toyama
A GI's story of Bataan and Beyond
of the very best POW books ever written.
A Must have for any student of the POW
experience; definitely one of the five best. The story of John Poncios'
experiences from Bataan to Hirohata. [Our
FULL Review] Extremely
well written (Amazon
Through the Night: A B-29 Pilot Captive in Japan
(As told by Ernest Pickett)
of B-29 airman shot down on first air
raid over Japan when Yawata was bombed by B-29s out of China [Our Review]
Night’s Journey into Day: Prisoners of War in Hong Kong and Japan,
1941-1945 by Charles Roland (2001)
recap of the defense of Hong Kong
and the experiences of the POWS, a great deal centered upon their
health. Outstanding discussion of the various Jap hospitals, Sendai #2
and Nagasaki camps. Massacres in Hong Kong well described along with
civilian experiences. Excellent descriptions but even better
discussions relating the
Japanese treatment of POWs and their concepts of Bushido vis a vis
prisoners. Best possible book to understand the fanatic devotion to
Japan and the Emperor. Scary parallels to today's Moslem terrorists.
A combined set of three outstanding books. Ray
Parkin's "Out of the Smoke", "Into the
Smother", and, "The Sword and the Blossom".
Recounts his experiences on the HMS Perth (sunk),
the Death Railway and eventual slavery in the Ohama Mines (Hiroshima
Each book, alone, is a literary masterpiece of Australian military POW
experiences but together, a legacy that will last for centuries. If
you had but one book to keep about the POW's ordeal, this is the single
best. See FULL REVIEW
Notify Alec Rattray
A young Scottish
officer, Captain Atholl Duncan, maintained a detailed diary and, along
with letters and notes written before and during the war, author Meg
Parkes recreates a stunning portrayal of his life before and after the
surrender on Java. If read only for the experiences, maps and
illustrations while captive on Java, the book is worth every cent.
Interspersed with copies of actual letters, diary entries, photographs
and maps, Parkes paints a lavish portrait that reflects the experiences
of hundreds. First of two books leads the reader from Java, via hell
ships to Hokkaido and thence to Zentsuji. The
good news? The
sequel, '...A.A. Duncan is
OK', which covers the years 1944-1946 is now
available. Plan to purchase the set.
Slightest Chance [Cover]
Defense of Hong Kong,
1941 by Tony Banham. An
absolute must have reference book
for anyone who want to know what happened in the
battle for Hong Kong. Banham accounts for almost every econd of battle
and every man who fought.
Like the "Unsung
Heroes of the RAF", Banham's book is the single best
summation of this almost forgotten battle. A linked web site give the
disposition of every single soldier and almost every civilian
iincluding the internee camps. If ever an author deserves an OBE from
Queen Elizabeth II, Banham merits two. Highly priced but still
War Forgiven Guilt [Cover Picture]
often overlooked 13th Air Force. In fact, we know of no other book on
the subject. Author David Witts flew over 50 missions to rescue downed
fliers, secret runs deep into enemy territory, and searches for enemy
ships. The facts are indisputable as he retained the rescue squadron's
entire action logs for the campaign. Witts's plane was the PBY that
flew behind the Japanese lines to rescue the Palawan survivors who made
it to the coast of China. His "second hand" account of the massacre
paints a vivid picture. An unusual page turner even though not specific
to individual POW experiences. A brilliant contribution to history.
Exerpt from another review:
book is wonderful beyond description !!! It captivates so much that
deserves to be said and circulated .... is so well written that I am
spellbound by it's magical coverage. While reading and trying to
memorize - I couldn't help but imagine my being able to get your
permission (attributing your book as the source of some classic
excerpts) to use them in future speeches to a variety of audiences!"
Heroes of the RAF - [Detailed
Review by Center
the Far East. An absolute must have reference book
for anyone seeking information on the RAF POWS. Gives name, rank, etc.
plus what happened to almost every man or group of men as they were
transported for slavery. The authors have contributed the definitive
accounting that will forever serve history. They have done what the
British government failed to do, account for their men in the Far East.
See also the RAF
in SE Asia.
The Secret Camera: A Marine's
Story: Four Years as a POW by Terence S. Kirk
One of the two best books ever written about the China Marines
and slave labor in Tobata (camp
site). Contains the only pictures ever taken inside a
Japanese POW camp by a POW during the war. Photos reveal the deliberate
starvation of the men.