In 1941, after graduating from the University of Sydney, Russell Braddon enlisted in the Australian army. Together with thousands of other young Australian soldiers, he was sent to Malaya, where Allied forces were attempting to halt the territorial expansion of the Japanese. Although much vaunted as an impregnable fortress, Singapore proved instead to be a deadly trap, and Braddon spent almost four years as a prisoner of war after the city fell to the Japanese. This is not only the harrowing record of the years he spent struggling for survival in the notorious Pudu Gaol, in Changi, and in the tragic H Force on the Thai-Burma railway, but also of the equally brutal treatment of the native populations by the Japanese and the hollowness of the Greater Asian Co-prosperity Sphere they promised. Braddon emerged from Changi on swollen legs and ulcerated feet, from calls with desperate illnesses such as beri-beri and other starvation diseases, malaria and dysentery. Intelligent, tough, resourceful and tough in body and spirit, he was determined to surmount his ordeal. He even sharpened his mind by memorising the sole available book Mein Kampf! The Naked Island vividly portrays battle and prison life as experienced in the ranks. It is a tale of heroism, horror, squalor, starvation and disease endured with fortitude, ironic humour and extraordinary ingenuity.
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This work is a first-hand account of a Japanese prisoner of war. It comments on the brutal Japanese treatment of native workers and any who were not Japanese, and it reveals the reality of the "Greater Asian co-prosperity sphere" promised by the Japanese.Product Description:
This is a first-hand account of the author's experiences as a Japanese PoW during World War II. Russell Braddon spent three years in captivity, witnessing the horrors of Singapore's famous Changi prison as well as the building of the infamous Burma-Siam railway.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140149759