First In, Last Out (Hardback)
An Unconventional British Officer in Indo-China
As featured by Mail Online - Amazing photos of young British officer who went to Vietnam and ended up commanding Japanese troops in war
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This is the astonishing tale of two episodes in the life of Colonel J P Cross, jungle fighter and linguist extraordinaire.
As a young officer at the end of the war against Japan in 1945, he took part in counter-insurgency operations against the Vietminh at a time of chaos and confusion. Sent to the area to help disarm the defeated Japanese, Cross found himself commanding a battalion of the very same troops against the Vietminh.
That period provides the backdrop to Cross’s experiences as British Defence Attache to Laos between 1972 and 1976. His mastery of the languages of he region allowed him rarely-accorded access to high Laotian political circles.
Allowed to wander at will even by the Communists, he was in the unique position to survey the subterfuge and rivalry surrounding an overlooked yet fascinating sideshow to the Vietnam War. A remarkable man, J P Cross provides an absorbing account of his life amidst the cut and thrust of Laotion politics.
As featured inThe Daily Mail 20/3/17
Prisoner of the Rising Sun (Hardback)
This is the story of a young man thrust into the Royal Navy in distant Hong Kong. He relates some of the humorous situations in which he found himself and provides a realistic account of what life was like for servicemen in pre war Hong Kong. It describes the prelude to war from his point of view and his part in the Battle for Hong Kong. There follows the story of what happened to him when taken prisoner and life and death in prison camps in Hong Kong and Japan. It tells what it was like to be shipped to Japan in the hold of Japanese merchantmen with constant fear of being torpedoed. In Japan…By Stanley Wort
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