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Guests of the Emperor: The Secret History of Japan's Mukden POW Camp Hardcover – June 15, 2010
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The Mitsubishi Corporation needed additional skilled workers for their factories. Against the Geneva Convention, the Japanese culled `skilled' workers from the prisoners in the Philippines and put them on a Hell ship destined for China. The men were forced to live in fetid conditions during the voyage. They joined additional British and Australian prisoners who were shipped from the failed defense of Singapore. From here, these men were transported to the Mukden prisoner camp where the men became slave labor for the Japanese war effort.
There seemed to be no end to the war crimes of the Japanese. While at Mukden, the nefarious Unit 731 came to the camp to subject the men to medical experiments.
Holmes draws on personal interviews from some of the remaining survivors, local Chinese witnesses, and official records from both American and Japanese archives. The stories are complemented with numerous black & white photographs and hand drawings. She did an excellent job of researching and retelling the story of this regrettable chapter of World War II.
I highly recommend this book for readers interested in the Pacific Theater of World War II.
In the bitter cold frozen Manchuria, mal-nutrition POWs suffered with little medicine and care with a high death rate. International Red Cross to the camp was done in a show case. Japanese captors withdrew the relief supplies with window dressing. Americans were subject to hard labor along with the embarrassment of the American team leadership of Major Stanley Hankins. Many died of pneumonia exposure, starvation and untreated diseases from malnutrition. It is heart-warming to read about that recently Professor Yang connected to the relatives many years after Sgt. William Lynch being executed after escape capture. It would be an honor to bring his remain home . British intelligent intercepted on the Japanese communication on methods for execution - mass bombing, poisonous smoke, poisons, drowning, decapitation on prisons on Japan's surrender or a breakout (P.Read more ›
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This book was a gift for my father-in-law. His father was a POW. He was very thrilled to get this book. Very accurate historically.Published 19 months ago by luckiegrrl