By Charles G. Roland
Illness, hunger, brutality, and compelled labour plagued the lifestyles of tens of millions of Allied POWs in global battle II. greater than 1 / 4 of those POWs died in captivity. lengthy Night’s trip into Day centres at the lives of Canadian, British, Indian, and Hong Kong POWs captured at Hong Kong in December 1941 and incarcerated in camps in Hong Kong and the japanese domestic Islands. reviews of yank POWs within the Philippines, and British and Australians POWs in Singapore, are interwoven through the ebook. hunger and illnesses equivalent to diphtheria, beriberi, dysentery, and tuberculosis troubled these kinds of unlucky males, affecting their lives not just within the camps in the course of the warfare yet once they back domestic. but regardless of the dispiriting situations in their captivity, those males stumbled on how you can enhance their life, maintaining their morale with such occasions as musical live shows and entertainments created completely in the quite a few camps. established principally on 1000's of interviews with former POWs, in addition to fabric culled from records around the globe, Professor Roland info the extremes the prisoners persevered — from having to consume fattened maggots with a view to reside to selecting hunger by way of buying and selling away their skimpy rations for cigarettes. No past e-book has proven the fundamental courting among nearly common in poor health future health and POW existence and demise, or presents this type of entire and independent account of POW lifestyles within the a ways East within the Nineteen Forties.
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But to suggest that they were sent into battle untrained is misleading. 24 The related question that needs to be answered, though, has been hotly debated by US historians in connection with the attack on Pearl Harbor: was the Allied leadership culpable in thinking, as late as the end of September 1941, that Japan would not attack in the immediate future? The Canadian government and its military hierarchy knew that the Royal Rifles and the Grenadiers were not combat-ready. Was there in fact any realistic hope that they would have an opportunity to complete training before combat began?
But nothing appears alongside these dates. 1 For Arthur Thomas, Winnipeg Grenadiers, the war didn't end until 29 March 1953. He had been seriously ill as a prisoner, hospitalized continuously from April 1942 till war's end. He returned to Canada nearly blind, with both legs weak and with troublesome abnormal sensations. The state of his legs worsened over the next year, his blindness did not improve, and he received a 100 percent pension. He died of a myocardial infarction at age 43. 2 One man, Rifleman David M.
Schrage, didn't get as far as Hong Kong in 1941. He died aboard the transport ship Awatea, somewhere on the Pacific Ocean, on 31 October 1941. Schrage was a victim of patriotism and bravado and lethally bad luck. And improperly self-treated diabetes. What was this place these men travelled so far to defend and, too often, to die for? The Colony of Hong Kong The Crown Colony of Hong Kong consisted, until 1 July 1997, of Hong Kong Island and, across a narrow channel, a portion of the mainland bordering China.
Long Night's Journey into Day: Prisoners of War in Hong Kong and Japan, 1941-1945 by Charles G. Roland