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1,000 days on the river Kwai

1,000 days on the river Kwai

Owtram, H. C., author

Memoirs by former prisoners of war of the Japanese invariably make for moving reading but Colonel Owtrams account of his years of captivity has a special significance. After being captured in Singapore and transported to the infamous Burma railway he was appointed the British Camp Commandant at Chungkai, one of the largest POW camps. Many ex-prisoners testified to the mental and physical courage that he showed protecting POWs from the worst excesses of their captors. Of course his account does not admit to this but what is clear is that in addition to the deprivation and hardship suffered by all POWs, the author bore heavy responsibility for those under his charge and the daily trauma of dealing with the unpredictable Japanese. It is not only the prisoners who suffered but their families at home

Book. English.
Published Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Pen & Sword Military, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: H.C. Owtram
ISBN: 1473897807, 9781473897809
Physical Description: 208 pages ; 24 cm
Subject: Owtram, H. C.; Warfare and Defence.; World War, 1939-1945 Personal narratives, British.; World War, 1939-1945 Prisoners and prisons, Japanese.
Alternative Title: One thousand days on the river Kwai; A thousand days on the river Kwai