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We Shall Suffer There: Hong Kong's Defenders Imprisoned, 1942-45 [Hardcover]

by Tony Banham
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April 7, 2009 9622099602 978-9622099609

We Shall Suffer There chronicles the experiences of Hong Kong's Prisoners of War and civilian internees from their capture by the Japanese in December 1941, to -- for those fortunate or resourceful enough to survive -- liberation, rescue, and repatriation.

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"Tony Banham's sequel to Not the Slightest Chance does not disappoint. The general reader is given an arrestingly poignant study full of detailed information about Hong Kong's wartime POWs, while scholars are shown how the modern researcher can profitably use information technology when managing information concerning the lives of several thousand individuals. This is a definitive work which will stand the test of time." -- Peter Cunich, The University of Hong Kong; director of the HKU Centenary History Project

About the Author

Tony Banham is a long-term resident of Hong Kong, having arrived in the 1980s. He has been studying the Battle of Hong Kong for almost twenty years and has written on the subject, aided in the production of numerous television documentaries, and helped many children of veterans in their researches into their fathers' war years. He is the author of Not the Slightest Chance: The Defence of Hong Kong, 1941, and The Sinking of the Lisbon Maru: Britain's Forgotten Wartime Tragedy.

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  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Hong Kong University Press (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9622099602
  • ISBN-13: 978-9622099609
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,307,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Banham was born into an academic family in Norfolk. He is nephew of architectural historian Professor Reyner Banham and great nephew of 1945 Member of Parliament Edwin Gooch. He graduated in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire and had an initial career in research & development with Royal Dutch Shell and the European Space Agency at ESRIN. At the age of 30 he moved to Hong Kong, working there for a variety of software vendors including Informix and, today is a senior executive based in Hong Kong with Oracle. He is a licensed pilot and is married with two sons and has made Hong Kong his permanent home.

Tony Banham is founder of the Hong Kong War Diary project, which studies and documents the 1941 defence of Hong Kong, the defenders, their families, and the fates of all until liberation. His published books are considered to be examples of some of the best research on the Hong Kong experience during the Second World War. Mr. Banham is also very active in the "human side" of historical research relating to the era and often speaks at various symposia on the subject and carries on an active dialogue with survivors of the conflict and their families. He also maintains a close association with various diplomatic services, government agencies, and other official parties associated with providing care and services to those involved in the conflict. He serves, at the request on the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, on a special government panel which reviews and grants the payment of pensions to veterans (or their survivors) who served Hong Kong during the period.

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If I may be permitted to paraphrase that old cliché about buses; I had never previously seen any books by Tony Banham and then three came along at once. This is my final review of that trio and mention of those other works is included for very good reasons: Firstly the subject matter is the fall of Honk Kong during WW2 with each book complimenting the others enormously. Secondly, each is a triumph of meticulous research. So much so in fact that I earnestly believe these books will come to be regarded as the definitive works on the subject.

In this work, the author continues his study of the former British Colony during WW2 by embarking on, what some might consider, as an unusual aspect by following the trials and tribulations of those who were captured and imprisoned by the Japanese. Whilst I have no way of knowing whether `every' relevant person involved is named in this work, few, if any, can have been overlooked.

In his first two books (Not the Slightest Chance - The Defence of Hong Kong 1941 and The Sinking of the Lisbon Maru - Britain's Forgotten Wartime Tragedy), Banham recounts the heroic defence of Hong Kong and the sinking of the Japanese freighter on which so many POWs needlessly died when that ship was sunk. In this work we follow the fortunes of those who were captured alive and enter their world of almost total deprivation at the hands of their captors as they endured so much hardship whilst being deliberately starved to the point of death. This is more than just another harrowing tale of man against man at time of war and one which needs to be read in order to be understood.

In spite of my own military background during I experienced many atrocities, what I found most surprising was the almost routine nature of the dying.
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