By Charles G. Roland
Affliction, hunger, brutality, and compelled labour plagued the life of tens of millions of Allied POWs in international conflict II. greater than 1 / 4 of those POWs died in captivity. lengthy Night’s trip into Day centres at the lives of Canadian, British, Indian, and Hong Kong POWs captured at Hong Kong in December 1941 and incarcerated in camps in Hong Kong and the japanese domestic Islands. reports of yank POWs within the Philippines, and British and Australians POWs in Singapore, are interwoven through the booklet. hunger and illnesses reminiscent of diphtheria, beriberi, dysentery, and tuberculosis a lot of these unlucky males, affecting their lives not just within the camps through the battle yet when they again domestic. but regardless of the dispiriting situations in their captivity, those males chanced on how one can enhance their life, maintaining their morale with such occasions as musical live shows and entertainments created solely in the a variety of camps. established principally on hundreds of thousands of interviews with former POWs, in addition to fabric culled from data worldwide, Professor Roland information the extremes the prisoners continued — from having to consume fattened maggots on the way to stay to picking hunger by means of buying and selling away their skimpy rations for cigarettes. No past e-book has proven the fundamental dating among virtually common sick well-being and POW existence and dying, or offers this sort of entire and independent account of POW lifestyles within the a long way East within the Forties.
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Albert’s Convent The story of the temporary hospital in St. Albert’s Convent during December 1941 began on 12 December when four nursing Sisters, including Sister D. Van Wart, 40 VADs, and several voluntary trained staff, were sent to open a relief hospital in this large Spanish institution. 53 One day the Chinese house where the nurses lived took a direct hit on the dining room just at lunch time. Fortunately, the cooking stove was temperamental and lunch was late, or many of the nurses The Eighteen-Day War: 8-25 December 1941 / 27 would have been injured or killed.
Fehily (an Irish doctor eventually released because of his nationality and therefore neutral status) who had been returned to run Kowloon Hospital, were joined by Drs. 15 Early the next day a Japanese doctor arrived to collect Drs. ” They went first to the Kowloon Hospital, where they found all nurses and medical staff had been removed the day before to the Chinese YMCA. As additional survivors came in, they heard news of friends and were surprised and delighted at how few casualties there had been among them.
White overalls were the worst colour to wear when crawling about in air-raid shelters. Moreover, Bowen Road Hospital was situated half-way up the Peak and could be seen by the enemy through binoculars. 36 A full description of the work of Bowen Road Hospital appears in a later chapter, as most of its existence was as a POW hospital. Queen Mary Hospital This multistoried institution was located on the west side of Hong Kong Island and was the main hospital caring for the European inhabitants of the colony during peacetime.
Long Night's Journey into Day: Prisoners of War in Hong Kong and Japan, 1941-1945 by Charles G. Roland