Holmes provides a vivid description of the sadistic cruelty inflicted on prisoners, arguing that this followed the Japanese samurai tradition of contempt for warriors who surrender, despite evidence that mistreating prisoners was deliberate government policy.
Between stories of suffering, often illustrated with photographs hidden till after the war, the author describes the exhilarating months after Japan's surrender when prisoners received their first nourishing food and often first clothes in four years. Dickson's newly discovered letters provide a lively picture of day-to-day life in postwar Thailand as the Allies slowly organized to evacuate tens of thousands of POWs.
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Already a veteran of fighting in the Middle East, he was returning home with his battalion in January when it was diverted to Java. Eventually, the battalion joined masses of American, British, Australian and Dutch prisoners working under brutal conditions on the Singapore-Burma railway, where 15, POWs and far more civilians died. Holmes provides a vivid description of the sadistic cruelty inflicted on prisoners, arguing that this followed the Japanese samurai tradition of contempt for warriors who surrender, despite evidence that mistreating prisoners was deliberate government policy.