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General William Tecumseh Sherman surely knew what he was talking about when he said, "War is hell." The Second World War provided many variations on this theme; from Germany's extermination camps to the horrors of combat in the swamps of New Guinea to the frozen battlefields of the Russian Front. Allied servicemen and women suffered misery and death in many forms; from the fever wracked jungles of the Pacific islands to the flak filled skies over Germany, to the torpedoed merchant seamen adrift in the freezing North Atlantic. But a special corner of hell was reserved for those who were unfortunate to become prisoners of the Japanese Empire. This dark chapter in the history of WWII is revealed in this gripping documentary, featuring true first hand accounts of the unbroken survivors of that hell. Includes rare archival footage, interactive maps and commentary by noted historians. Bonus Features: Extended interviews with authors Kristi Negri and John D. Lukacs, author of "Escape from Davao."

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 242 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004X7UAMY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,107 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Dave on May 21, 2014
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The main video includes interviews from five or six survivors, while the bonus video includes another survivor, a daughter of a survivor and a couple of others that included a rescue team in the Dutch area of islands occupied by the Japanese that were somewhat disconnected from Tokyo.

For the money and if one has no or little concept of the Japanese atrocities that somehow have been forgotten and increasingly dwarfed by the ongoing mass media hysteria over a much smaller group of 'holocaust' victims, this video is a beginning of discovery that by some estimates, includes over a 100 million victims at the ruthless hands of the Japanese military that operated within the confines of totalitarianism; total authority by the state with a brutal pecking order from the top down that includes beatings by rank down to civilians and of course, attrocites to the lowest.... the prisoners that surrendered, rather than die in battle.

When younger and Japan was becoming the China of today with American imports (think Sony, etc.) I often wondered why the WW II military veterans of the Pacific carried an ongoing hatred of the Japanese; including their imported products, as none of this was taught in the public school system.

As an example, from accountings included in these videos, only about 5% of B-29 crews survived the Japanese camps and they would have died if the war had not ended... grown men down to less than 90 pounds, diseased and starving.

There are better videos, better live accountings, but they also cost substantially more and difficult to find.
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