As a young man Stuart Young endured the horrors of the Japanese prisoner-of-war camps and survived. Later in life, in graphic detail, he recorded the experience - the dreadful conditions, the brutal treatment, the sickness and starvation, the merciless routine of forced labour. Yet he also recorded the comradeship among the prisoners, their compassion and strength, and the pastimes and entertainments that helped them to come through an ordeal that is hard to imagine today. First he was held at the notorious Changi camp in Singapore Island, then in the camps in Thailand that accommodated POWs who were forced to work on the 'Death Railway'. Perhaps the most revealing passages of his memoir recall the daily experience of captivity - the ceaseless battle to survive the backbreaking work, the cruelties of the guards and ever-present threat of disease. His account gives a harrowing insight into the daily reality of captivity and it shows why he was determined to document and make sense of what he and his fellow prisoners suffered. About the Author Stuart Young was captued by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore in 1942 and spent the rest of the war in prisoner-of-war camps.
He survived the war in spite of the cruel conditions in which he was held, and in later life wrote this graphic account of his experiences.
Dr Tony Pollard is a leading battlefield archaeologist, perhaps best known as the co-presenter, with Neil Oliver, of the television series Two Men in a Trench. Formerly he was a key member of GUARD, the Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division. Among his many publications are Past Tense: Studies in the Archaeology of Conflict (with Iain Banks), Two Men in a Trench: Uncovering the Secrets of British Battlefields (with Neil Oliver), War and Sacrifice: Studies in the Archaeology of Conflict (with Iain Banks) and, as editor, Culloden: The History and Archaeology of the Last Clan Battle.
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