From Shanghai to the Burma Railway, The Memoirs & Letters of Richard Laird, A Japanese Prisoner of War

This book, based on the memoirs and notes of Richard Laird, starts from colonial era Shanghai and therefore is rare in that it covers the real start of World War Two through to the victory over Japan and the return to peace. The writer of the source documents provides not only detail of his experience as a soldier and POW, but that period coming into the Japanese assault on China and then on through the rapid Japanese advance into Indo China, Malaya and Singapore – Very Highly Recommended.

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NAME:    From Shanghai to the Burma Railway, The Memoirs & Letters of 
Richard Laird, A Japanese Prisoner of War
FILE: R3207
AUTHOR: Richard Laird, editor Rory Laird
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £19.99                                                               
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT:   World War II, World War 2, World War Two, WWII, Second, Far East, 
Malaya, Singapore, Shanghai, British Empire, colonial life, POW, Japanese occupation

ISBN: 1-52677-111-X

PAGES: 184
IMAGE: B3207.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: This book, based on the memoirs and notes of Richard Laird, starts 
from colonial era Shanghai and therefore is rare in that it covers the real start of 
World War Two through to the victory over Japan and the return to peace. The writer 
of the source documents provides not only detail of his experience as a soldier 
and POW, but that period coming into the Japanese assault on China and then 
on through the rapid Japanese advance into Indo China, Malaya and 
Singapore – Very Highly Recommended.


Historians have largely overlooked large parts of the conflict in the Far East, as Japan tried to expand in search of raw materials that were being denied by the US. We record WWII as running from September 1939 until surrender of Japan after the two nuclear attacks by US bombers on Japanese cities. In reality, the Second World War began when Japanese troops expanded through Manchuria into China in a bitter war with many atrocities by Japanese troops as they drove deep into China. In the process, they bombed and occupied the commercial centres from Shanghai. They fought the USSR to a standstill in the border conflicts and then took advantage of the war in Europe to sweep down through the colonies of Indo China, Malaya, Singapore and Indonesia, knocking loudly on the Australian northern door.

The writer has described his period of captivity but for him and so many others, Japanese surrender did not automatically lead to peace and a return to pre-war civilian life. For many Europeans, and those of European heritage, who had spent most or all of their lives in the Far East, life did not return to normality. Some, as was to be the case for the writer, ended up coming back to the British Isles and making a new life in their closing years.

This is a compelling story that deserves to be widely read.