This book is a carefully researched account of the traumatic experiences of officers and men in the Far East Theatre. The 2nd East Surreys were a good example of the experiences of British Regiments before WWII and during it in the Far East. – Highly Recommended
NAME: Last Post Over The River Kwai, The 2nd East Surreys In The Far East, 1938-1945 FILE: R2811 AUTHOR: Cecil Lowry PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 211 PRICE: £19.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, World War 2, Second World War, Far East, POW, Japanese brutality, Forgotten Army, trauma, comrades, courage, British Army
IMAGE: B2811.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y4qhrfx8 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This book is a carefully researched account of the traumatic experiences of officers and men in the Far East Theatre. The 2nd East Surreys were a good example of the experiences of British Regiments before WWII and during it in the Far East. - Highly Recommended The 2nd East Surreys deployed to Shanghai in 1938 and experienced China in the throws of war where the Japanese ruthlessly attacked with great brutality. They were redeployed to Singapore and took part in the battles that led to the surrender of British Forces there. Although the defeat was the worst in British history, and demonstrated many failings by politicians and senior Army officers, the East Surreys fought with courage and determination before experiencing three and a half years of brutal treatment by their Japanese captors. The treatment of POWs by the Japanese has raised condemnation. There was much gratuitous violence inflicted on POWs and the use of prisoners as slave labourers under the most brutal conditions with lack of food, water, and medical facilities. Many died, but the East Surreys achieved a surprising survival rate and there were many examples of comradeship and courage under the most traumatic circumstances. This is not a book for the faint hearted because it provides a graphic presentation of the experiences of British soldiers during prolonged captivity in unbelievable hardship.