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In the Shadow of Death (Paperback)

The Story of a Medic on the Burma Railway, 1942–45

WWII Prisoners Of War Military

By Idris James Barwick
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 304
Illustrations: 32 photos
ISBN: 9781399014427
Published: 16th December 2021

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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 stars

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.

NetGalley, Darya Silman

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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.

NetGalley, Brenda Carleton

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 stars

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.

NetGalley, Alayne Emmett

About Idris James Barwick

Idris Barwick survived the War and went on to enjoy a long life in his native Wales. He died in 2000. His daughter Elizabeth Garland has been instrumental in bringing this book to our notice.

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