2nd.ed., 1989. (X) + 224 pp, 16 photo-plates + a map. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Chief Ordnance Artificer William Johns had fought in the cruiser HMS EXETER against the battleship GRAF SPEE at the River Plate in 1939. Over two years on he was still serving in EXETER when she went into action at the Battle of Java Sea. Two days later while his crippled ship was struggling to make Colombo, she was sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait. Picked up out of the sea by the Japanese, Johns was taken to a POW camp on Celebes where half-starved prisoners were forced to work down the mines. This is the extraordinary story of one sailor’s determination to fight and survive. FROM THE PLATE TO YOSHIKUMA : THE SURVIVAL OF ONE OF EXETER’S SAILORS.