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Last Post over the River Kwai (Hardback)

The 2nd East Surreys in the Far East 1938–1945

WWII Prisoners Of War Military

By Cecil Lowry
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 211
ISBN: 9781526736918
Published: 28th November 2018



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Last Post Over the River Kwai is the carefully researched account of the experiences of the officers and men of 2nd Battalion The East Surreys during the Second World War.

Stationed in Shanghai in the early 1940s, the Battalion was deployed to Malaya and fought gallantly to slow the Japanese advance. After heavy losses the survivors found themselves POWs in Singapore in February 1942 after the humiliating surrender which Churchill described as Britain’s worst ever military disaster.

The next three and a half years saw members of the Battalion suffering appalling hardship at the hands of their brutal Japanese captors, whether in Singapore, on the Death Railway, Malaya or Japan itself, as wells as on hellships. Many died but remarkably the majority survived to tell their story. Their prolonged captivity with unbelievable hardship, deprivation and cruelty makes for distressing but inspiring reading.

This book is a carefully researched account of the traumatic experiences of officers and men in the Far East Theatre. The 2nd East Surreys were a good example of the experiences of British Regiments before WWII and during it in the Far East. - Highly Recommended

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This is a story of great endurance, personal courage and Regimental pride so deserves to be told, and re-told so we never forget.

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