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By Gregory J. W. Urwin

Told the following for the 1st time in shiny aspect is the tale of the defenders of Wake Island following their hand over to the japanese on December 23, 1941. The very popular army historian Gregory Urwin spent many years gaining knowledge of what occurred and now deals a revealing examine the U.S. Marines, sailors, infantrymen, and civilian contractors in captivity. as well as exhaustive archival study, he interviewed dozens of POWs or even a few of their jap captors. He additionally had entry to diaries secretly saved via the prisoners. this knowledge has allowed Urwin to supply a nuanced examine the japanese guards and the way the american citizens survived three-and-a-half years in captivity and emerged with a miles reduce demise cost than such a lot different Allied team of workers captured within the Pacific.

In half, Urwin says, the reply lies within the Wake Islanders’ institution of life-saving groups that saved their dignity intact. Their mutual-help networks inspired those that faltered less than actual and mental torture, together with what's at the present time known as water boarding. The booklet notes that the japanese camp respectable liable for that warfare crime was once sentenced to lifestyles imprisonment by way of an American army tribunal. so much Wake Islanders spent the battle at camps simply outdoors Shanghai, one of many few areas the place jap experts accepted the pink move to help prisoners of conflict. the writer additionally calls awareness to the generosity of civilians in Shanghai, together with Swiss diplomats and the yankee and British citizens of the fabled foreign payment, who supplied meals and garments to the prisoners. additionally, a few guards proved to be much less vicious than these stationed at different POW camps and infrequently went out in their approach to reduction inmates. because the first old paintings to completely discover the captivity of Wake Island’s defenders, the publication bargains info no longer present in different international struggle II histories.

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