What an incredible story! I can't believe how the Japanese were so cruel to the POWs and other people and how the imprisoned soldiers had to endure so much. This is a story that all need to read and hear; we can not let these soldiers stories go unheard.
This story is heartbreaking and amazing to hear. To hear the horrors that POWs had to endure I can't imagine. Thi is a book to read if you want to learn more about World War II in Singapore.
Of interest - The Railway Man by Eric Lomax. Another Scot POW
This easy reading memoir is one of those rare books that are hard to put down. An incredible story of survival indeed. As an historical record this book had to be written. How a man (and I suspect he was one of very many) managed to survive one life threatening crisis after another is a testament to the human will to survive. It is important we remember how many people not only those who lost their lives but also those who survived and how if affected those who shared their pain and supported them when they returned. Near the end of this book we find out how the British Government conned these heroes out of past wages and pensions. Mr. Urquhart says that in order to be discharged from the military he had to sign a document saying that he agreed never to talk about what happened to him. He says the government of the day was anxious to resume trade and commerce with their former enemy and wanted these years of terror and torment to fade quietly away. I see a similarity with what is happening with our returning troops today and how wrong it is. I hope this book becomes widely read and the author received credit for terrible conditions he endured in the service of this country. This book would make an awesome movie that would require somebody with Mr. Spielberg's talent to do it justice. Thank you Alistair Urquhart.
A riveting read, an amazing story.
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