Birchall, Wing Commander Leonard
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A telling of the speaker's experiences in the war. The necessity for some information not to be conveyed, in particular war atrocities and war crimes committed in Japan, due to the fact that the war criminals in Japan have not yet been brought to trial and it would be detrimental to the Allies and their endeavours to bring them to justice for what they have done if the crimes were spoken of in public at this time. The story of the speaker's brief service in Ceylon, and his capture by the Japanese shortly after arriving in Ceylon in 1942. Questioning by the Japanese. Treatment of the speaker and his fellow prisoners: interrogation, food, hygiene, etc. Details of the other prisoners. Transfer to a camp in Yokohama. Malnutrition and skin diseases suffered by the prisoners. How medicine was obtained. Smuggling in oil and peanuts. The Christmas of 1942. The arrival of supplies from the Red Cross. The relationship between food and morale. The speaker's relationship with the Japanese. Transfer to another camp in 1944 and repairing torpedo ships. Seeing a B29 in November of 1944. Problems with sand and fleas. Results of the raids in 1945 over Tokyo. Demolition work after the first raids. A description of the raids and the Japanese people. Transfer to a new area up north, called the Sendai area, up into the mining camps. The bad conditions of the mining camps. The stoppage of the movement of food as the railways were tied up, many of the stations having been knocked out in the raids. Hearing about Hiroshima through the underground. Hearing the war was over. The first planes arriving on August 30th. A story of buying and eating a cow, and then a horse. Assisting Japanese who had been in a train accident with the medical supplies dropped into the camp by the Americans. The morale of the prisoners; what kept them going.