In the Shadow of Death (Paperback)
The Story of a Medic on the Burma Railway, 1942–45
Idris (Taff) James was a driver in the Royal Army Service Corps and one of the thousands of young British soldiers taken prisoner by the Japanese in early 1942. He was ordered to become a medic by his Company Commander, who must have been a very shrewd judge of character. His account of the conditions and suffering endured by his fellow prisoners and himself makes for the most extraordinary and disturbing reading.Taff suffered from dysentery, malaria, beri beri and cholera but, unlike so many, he survived.His description of the courage of his fellow captives and, regrettably, the failings of some in authority, give grounds for serious thought. If you only read one book by a POW of the Japanese, this is the one.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, CASPER HILEMAN
Mr. Barwick and Pen and Sword publishers remind us of the brutality of the Imperial Japanese Army and state. I am from one of those far-flung places occupied by the 1940s Japanese Empire and this does the stories of tragedy and brutality as well as human endurance justice. Read this book.
This is a horrendous story of mans' inhumanity to man, and being written in 1946 the memories were very fresh in his mind, which comes across very much in the book. Written by the author to get rid of some bad nightmares this is a tale of courage under exceptional circumstances lasting years.ARRSE (Army Rumour Service)
5 out of 5 Mr Mushroomheads for an excellent and humbling book.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Darya Silman
I recommend the book for history and memoir lovers. The cover hides stories of human tragedies and human kindness, making the book an unforgettable read.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Brenda Carleton
Those intrigued by WWII who seek a different perspective, please do read this book. The information is astounding and the photographs fascinating, some haunting. The map in the front really helped as this is an area I am sadly unfamiliar with.
I defy anyone not to be moved by this book and it is one that I would recommend to anyone who has any interest in this part of the War.NetGalley, Hazel Howorth
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Alayne Emmett
We should never forget what this men suffered and how they fought for their lives at this terrible time. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.