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Author :  Jim Brigginshaw

Publisher : Pen & Sword Books

This is the remarkable and unique story of Jim Bodero. Having been captured by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore in 1942, Jim was first sent to work in Burma, to build what has become known as the Death Railway. Unlike many of his comrades, Jim survived this ordeal, only to be transferred to Nagasaki, Japan, where he was sent to work in the nearby mines.

Jim describes how the conditions in the ‘Hell pits of Sendryu’ were even worse than those experienced in Burma, but were ultimately the reason why he survived the war. On 9 August 1945, the Americans, dropped the second nuclear bomb on Nagaski. Fortunately, Jim was deep underground at the time, but through this book he re-lives the harrowing aftermath of the attack when the ground shook violently.

Badly debilitated by the daily privations of working in the mine, weakened by chronic starvation, as well as suffering from the tropical diseases he contracted during his time on the Death Railway and on nightmarish prisoner-transport ships, Jim might have survived the war, but his experiences were to leave a legacy of pain that was to last a lifetime.

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 147

ISBN: 9781526740106

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# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / A Soldier’s Kipling

Posted by AT on Vendredi 24 août 2018

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Author : Edward Erickson

Publisher : Pen & Sword Books

Rudyard Kipling was one of the most versatile writers of the Victorian age - a journalist, storyteller, historian and poet. One of the major subjects of his poetry was the British army and the way it waged its campaigns during Queen Victoria’s ‘little wars’, and it is this aspect of his writing that Edward Erickson explores in this absorbing and perceptive study.

Kipling’s military poems offer insights into the profession of arms and how soldiers were trained and fought in distant expeditionary campaigns - they bring to life the world of the Victorian soldier in the most evocative way. Although not a soldier himself, Kipling wrote about timeless themes of military and wartime service, the experience of combat, unit cohesion and individual courage.

A Soldier’s Kipling is an original contribution to the understanding of Kipling’s work and his times, and it should lead to a fresh appreciation of a facet of his writing that has not been focused on so closely before.

THE AUTHOR:

Edward J. Erickson was born in Norwich, New York, USA. He recently retired from a long distinguished US Army career which included service in senior positions in Europe and the Middle East, in particular in Turkey and Iraq. He is one of the foremost authorities on the Ottoman Army during the Great War.

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 204

ISBN: 9781526718532

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