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No Mercy from the Japanese: A Survivor's Account of the Burma Railway and the Hellships 1942-1945


No Mercy from the Japanese: A Survivor's Account of the Burma Railway and the Hellships 1942-1945

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    John Wyatt(Author) Cecil Lowry(Author)
By the laws of statistics John Wyatt should not be here today to tell his story. He firmly believes that someone somewhere was looking after him during those four years. Examine the odds stacked against him and his readers will understand why he hold this view. During the conflict in Malaya and Singapore his regiment lost two thirds of its men.More than three hundred patients and staff in the Alexandra Military Hospital were slaughtered by the Japanese - he was one of the few survivors still alive today. Twenty six percent of British soldiers slaving on the Burma Railway died.More than fifty men out of around six hundred died aboard the Asaka Maru and the Hakasan Maru.Many more did not manage to survive the harshest Japanese winter of 1944/45, the coldest in Japan since record began. John's experiences make for the most compelling and graphic reading.The courage, endurance and resilience of men like him never ceases to amaze.
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  • By EJN on 4 July 2013

    This account of the dreadful experiences of a FEPOW is helped by references to other works & is not wholly reliant on an elderly man's memory. This makes it stand out from many memoirs. Understandably, FEPOWs de-personalise what they went through and put a stoic twist on their sufferings. The author here was present at the Alexandra Hospital atrocity and helpfully uses other works to get the event across to the reader.The events of the 500 mile chaotic retreat through Malaya are laid out for us only briefly, but this book is not about the horror of war, it is about the inhuman treatment that the shameful Japanese Imperial Army dished out to POWs. It is interesting how FEPOWs show mercy to the Japanese in their memoirs after receiving none from them. Maybe that's how these great, ordinary men survived post-war.The author concludes his narrative by saying how lucky he was to survive his captivity in a very personal voice.Nobody can say that they "enjoyed" reading a book like this, but it is a good read.

  • By Brandy Thomas on 15 August 2013

    I am 81yrs now,but as a child during the war, I had to concentrate on the horrors of being evacuated etc etc.I have now read John Wyatt's book, which makes me realise what horrors our soldiers,airman, and the navy lads were going through at that same time.My Father served in the first World War, but although shot, he survived, enjoying a good life after that until he died at 96yrs.How I regret not persuading him to talk to me about that awful war, but in those days they refused to talk about their awful experiences. The shock of living through a SECOND W.W. having their children taken from them for safety reasons, must have been almost too much.Thank you John, amongst others, for giving the younger generation a chance to read how lucky they are now in Great Britain. Brandy Thomas Oxshott Surrey.

  • By Darren on 19 March 2017

    Well written and easy to feel like you are really there in that absolute hell. I have profound admiration for all that fought to survive in this time

  • By acabookic on 29 May 2016

    A very well written and touching story. I find it amazing how people found the strength to survive in absolute hell when there was such unnecessary cruelty. I know from living in the far east for 15 years how exhausting the climate is but I had the luxury of being able to retreat to air conditioning and not having to do slave labour with practically no food. You can only be amazed by a man like John Wyatt.

  • By artymag on 8 September 2017

    Gruesome tale and so true. Their suffering and died and nobody knew that their lives were similar to the German atrocities.Thank you for writing this in graphic detailm

  • By Murray Christie on 6 March 2017

    interesting history relevant to or family...'good' read

  • By Guest on 3 June 2017

    easy to read not finished it yet but so far good

  • By JessicaLambert on 14 August 2013

    John .Your record of the queen Alexander hospital stands out . Enjoyed your book very much - a brave and loving man .Adds to my father and his treatment as a fellow POW in Singapore and on the railway

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