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Singapore's Dunkirk (Paperback)

Military > Biographies > Military Biographies WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Japan & the Pacific Front WWII > Battles & Campaigns > The Fall of Singapore

By Geoffrey Brooke
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781473822917
Published: 28th July 2014



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When Singapore fell so ignominiously to the Japanese in February 1942 many tens of thousands of men, women and children were left to their own devices. It was truly 'every man for himself'. To stay in Singapore meant certain captivity and every probability of barbarity at the hands of the Japanese that so many tried to escape. This book tells of some of the remarkable and shocking experiences that lay in store for those who chose this option. The only way out was by sea and every sort of craft was pressed into service. Ahead lay terrible dangers; storm, shipwreck, piracy, capture by a merciless enemy, starvation and death through lack of water to name but some.

This is a shocking and inspiring book that embraces great courage, extraordinary endurance, appalling atrocities and even cannibalism.

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This book tells a shocking story, but inspires because it embraces great courage, extraordinary endurance, appalling atrocities, and even cannibalism. It is a book not to miss.


The book reads well and is written in an easy to read style. I admit to generally reading books in bite-sized chunks but this one I became engrossed in and could not put it down. The narrative is very personal and absorbing as it details many of the escape attempts by people on board various ships, boats and rafts. Some of the stories are harrowing, but this is due to the honesty of the author in his writing.

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