Death on the Hellships: Prisoners at Sea in the Pacific War Hardcover – June 1, 2001
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I was able to fill in many blanks by reading Mr Michno's account. Interestingly, I have several Japanese acquaintances whose parents were involved in the war and they were told even less that I was. The Japanese definitely wanted to forget this nightmare in their history. Unfortunately for them, it was their own people who brought it on themselves. I would hope more children of ex-POWs might add what they were told about their fathers' experiences as a "Nip POW".
Tom Stadtmiller- 4 August 2011
The details in this book answered a few of the questions that I had about this transport in ww2. I now want to find out more..................
"Death on the Hellships" is a veritable Dante's Inferno at sea, the tragedies chronicled month by month. Michno's research into previously classified records and with survivor first-hand accounts far surpasses that of anyone who has touched upon this topic before, and he deserves great credit for rescuing this important story before it was lost forever in the fog of the past. It is not a tale for the faint-hearted. Although the subject covers too broad a time and geographical area to permit in-depth narratives of every prison ship voyage, Michno does provide a wealth of survivor stories illustrating the experiences of these unfortunate men and women. Anyone who reads the history of this tragic episode of modern war will not soon forget it.