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No Mercy from the Japanese (Paperback)

A Survivor's Account of the Burma Railway and the Hellships 1942–1945

Military > Prisoners of War WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Japan & the Pacific Front

By Cecil Lowry, John Wyatt
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 160
Illustrations: 32
ISBN: 9781526753441
Published: 25th April 2019


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By the laws of statistics John Wyatt should not be here today to tell his story. He firmly believes that someone somewhere was looking after him during those four years. Examine the odds stacked against him and his readers will understand why he hold this view. During the conflict in Malaya and Singapore his regiment lost two thirds of its men. More than three hundred patients and staff in the Alexandra Military Hospital were slaughtered by the Japanese - he was one of the few survivors still alive today. Twenty six percent of British soldiers slaving on the Burma Railway died. More than fifty men out of around six hundred died aboard the Asaka Maru and the Hakasan Maru. Many more did not manage to survive the harshest Japanese winter of 1944/45, the coldest in Japan since record began. John's experiences make for the most compelling and graphic reading. The courage, endurance and resilience of men like him never ceases to amaze.

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This story is full of hope and love for life.

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How one person could survive through so much is a miracle. I found this book to be very profound, and it was written in such a humble manner that it leaves you with a feeling of amazement that someone could go through so much and come out the other end. This is truly compelling read.

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About Cecil Lowry

Born two and a half years after the end of the war with Japan, Cecil Lowry is the son of Hugh Lowry, who was a Far Eastern Prisoner of War (FEPOWs).
After a career in Sports management he retired as Assistant Director of Sport at the University of Manchester in 2002 to concentrate on writing. This is his third book, following successes with No Mercy from the Japanese (with John Wyatt, Pen and Sword, 2008), Last Post over the River Kwai (Pen and Sword, 2018) and Two Years of Tenko, Life as a 16 year old in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp (2015).
Cecil lives in Stockport and has two sons and two grandchildren who may be unique in having two great-grandfathers who were FEPOWs.

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