Surviving the Japanese Onslaught (Hardback)
An RAF PoW in Burma
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These are the first-hand memoirs of the late William Albert Tate (W.O, RAF Bomber Command) framed within the factual history of his service career in the Royal Air Force between the years 1938 and 1946, penned by his son. This gripping narrative relays William's first-hand recollections of his time spent as a Japanese Prisoner of War, when he was incarcerated for two years in Rangoon Gaol, after bailing out of his Wellington over Burma. Tales of the harsh brutalities inflicted by his captors and the unsanitary conditions in which he and his fellow captives were held offer a real sense of the everyday realities experienced by Japanese Prisoners of War at this time. Jungle diseases, enforced starvation, sadistic torture tactics and the ever present threat of aerial bombardment all beset these prisoners. William and his son meditate on the legacies of enduring such trials as these in an engaging account of survival against the odds.
As featured inSouthern Times (Adelaide)
As featured in.The Mirror 9/3/17
As featured in.The Daily Mail 9/3/17
The book contains plenty of pictures which make this personal tale all the more vivid.Navy-Net Reviews
Reading the academic texts one is unlikely to comprehend the full horrors of war. It is personal accounts like this that bring out so much more. Books like this put ‘flesh on the bones’ so to speak.
Summing up, at only 150 pages, a shorter book than the others I have had recently: however, one that educated me so much.
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As featured on British Military History!British Military History, Rob Palmer
In my earlier life, during the first years of my fifty-plus years of gainful employment, I worked with a man who had survived being a POW in Burma. Many of his colleagues urged him to tell his story, but I recognised his need to keep it forever secret, and so it was. It takes a form of extreme courage to set down a memoir of what you went through in those dark days. William Tate's story is extraordinary and terrible. It will fascinate readers, but they can never really appreciate the depths of horror these men and women went through on our behalf.Books Monthly, January 2017 – reviewed by Paul Norman
This new book features the memoirs of the late WilliamFiretrench
Albert Tate who died in 2007 at the age of 85. The first-hand account
of an RAF aircrew has not previously been published and it adds
further personal insight that is valuable. Essential reading.
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As a young man Stuart Young endured the horrors of the Japanese prisoner-of-war camps and survived. Later in life, in graphic detail, he recorded the experience – the dreadful conditions, the brutal treatment, the sickness and starvation, the merciless routine of forced labour. Yet he also recorded the comradeship among the prisoners, their compassion and strength, and the pastimes and entertainments that helped them to come through an ordeal that is hard to imagine today. The narrative covers the entire course of his war, from his final days in his home town of Nottingham, his voyage with his…By Stuart Young, Tony Pollard
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