Following the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in 1942, the Allied Forces were imprisoned and transported north to labour camps in Burma where the Japanese were constructing a railway. Thousands of prisoners died there of exhaustion, cholera and starvation. For over twenty years SJ Flower has interviewed survivors all over the world and scoured the archives to build up a picture of what occurred in the camps. Her sources are British, Australian, Dutch, American, Swedish, Italian, Thai and Japanese. Many of the principal witnesses had never spoken of their experiences. She has also had access to private files which have added information about the military, medical, diplomatic and intelligence aspects.
After the Japanese surrender in 1945, the camps were opened and the men transported home. The story of the construction of the Railway is well known through film and TV. But this is the first book which draws together all the strands of this tragic story of survival.
SJ Flower graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Since 1991 Jane has been Consultant on Archives and historical documents at Christie's London. During this time she has compiled numerous catalogues of historical manuscripts and has researched major items offered for sale relating to the history of Australia and South East Asia. She is the leading international expert on this subject. Her book is long-awaited and will be a hugely important contribution to the history of the Second World War.
SURVIVAL UNDER THE SUN: the story of Allied Prisoners of the Japanese in Burma and the Burma Railway - Delivery: December 2016
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