Reassessing the Japanese Prisoner of War Experience by P-TaylorFrancis


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									Reassessing the Japanese Prisoner of War Experience
Author: R. P. W. Havers

Edition: 1
Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Life at the Changi Prisoner of War Camp, Singapore, 1942-5
Chapter 2. 15 February 1942: Surrender and Captivity
Chapter 3. Initial POW Adjustments to Captivity: March-August 1942
Chapter 4. The Selarang Barrack Square Incident Chapter 5. Changi: September 1942-September 1943.
Part I.
Chapter 6. Changi: September 1942-September 1943. Part II.
Chapter 7. Return from the Railway: September 1943-May 1944
Chapter 8. Changi Gaol: MAy 1944-September 1945
Chapter 9. Conclusions: Bowed but not Broken

This book explores the history of the Changi Prisoner of War camp at Singapore between the surrender in
1942 and the eventual liberation by British forces in September 1945. Changi was the largest camp
maintained by the Japanese, and it was from here that most POWs began their journeys to that notorious
example of mistreatment of POWs, the Burma-Thailand railway. Although Changi has generally been
considered in similar terms as the railway, a site of brutality and Japanese indifference to their captors,
this book demonstrates that life at the former British base was very different.
For the thousands of British, Australian, Indian and Malay troops captured at Singapore in February 1942,
captivity meant three long years of disease, neglect and starvation. Yet the POWs at Changi responded
to captivity with courage and imagination, and through ingenuity and tremendous resilience created a
vibrant prison camp community. In this history, the author discusses the forms of POW resistance to the
Japanese, and examines the ways in which they improved their material position at the camp.

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