THE BURMA – SIAM RAILWAY : THE SECRET DIARY OF DR. ROBERT HARDIE 1942-45.

Hardie, Dr. Robert.


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Imperial War Museum, 1st ed., 1983. 192 pp., photo-frontis., + cold., + b&w ills. D.j., 25 x 18cm. Some discolouring to d.j., o/w FINE Some 61,000 Allied prisoners of war were forced by Japanese captors to work on the notorious Burma – Siam railway. Over 16,000 died from sickness, exhaustion and malnutrition. Dr. Hardie was a medical officer who spent over three years as a P.O.W. on the railway after the fall of Singapore. In appalling conditions, using surgical instruments improvised out of scrap metal and with totally inadequate supplies of drugs and dressings, he fought to stem the ravages of beriberi, cholera, malaria, tropical ulcers, dysentery and other diseases. Here is his remarkable contemporary diary illustrated with his wartime sketches and watercolours which he managed to keep concealed.


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