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Publisher's Summary

Memoirs by former prisoners of war of the Japanese invariably make for moving story but Colonel Owtram's account of his years of captivity has a special significance.

After being captured in Singapore and transported to the infamous Burma railway, he was appointed the British Camp Commandant at Chungkai, one of the largest POW camps.

Many ex-prisoners testified to the mental and physical courage that he showed protecting POWs from the worst excesses of their captors. Of course his account does not admit to this, but what is clear is that in addition to the deprivation and hardship suffered by all POWs, the author bore heavy responsibility for those under his charge and the daily trauma of dealing with the unpredictable Japanese.

It is not only the prisoners who suffered but their families at home. The postscript by the author's daughters vividly demonstrates the agonies of doubt and worry that loved ones went through and the effect of the experience on all.

©2020 H C Owtram (P)2020 Pen and Sword Military

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  • John F Doherty
  • 27-02-2021

The true story o f Bridge on the river Kwai

As my favorite movie of all time is Bridge on the river Kwai, this book was particularly interesting and informative. I can see how many of the scenes in this epic film were based on true events. It is amazing how the human body and mind can survive through brutal and horrific treatment and conditions.

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