WOMEN BEYOND THE WIRE: A STORY OF PRISONERS OF THE JAPANESE 1942-45.

Warner, L. & Sandilands, J.


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2nd imp., 1982. Xiii + 289 pp., photo & other plates + maps + ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Insc., o/w V.G.+. The whirlwind Japanese assault on Malaya in December 1941 left only one escape route for women and children ' the sea. Leaving the burning city in small vessels they fell into a trap. Japanese bombers and warships destroyed the fleet and many survivors were cast upon the shores of Sumatra. There they were left to wither in remote jungle camps for 3 ' years, forgotten by the Allies and a burden to the Japanese. More than half of them were to die but in the squalor of the camps they built a community and even a culture. This is the extraordinary story of one actual prison camp.


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