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Prisoner of the Turnip Heads: The Fall of…

Prisoner of the Turnip Heads: The Fall of Hong Kong and the Imprisionment…

by George Wright-Nooth

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This is a frank account of the internment of British civilians and soldiers following the capture of Hong Kong by the Japanese in 1941. Wright-Nooth's role wasn't particularly heroic, and he was no particular fan of the British establishment in Hong Kong. But he tells his story with a passion, a debt to those who died. That passion sustains the story, which even with the best efforts of Mark Adkin his co-author, is dry and disjointed at times. It must also be said that this history pulls no punches. Wright-Nooth names those who he believed be cowards and traitors amongst his fellow internees, and relates with satisfaction the fate of many of the Japanese who were later tried and executed. But not all is black and white in this history, and for that this can truly be said to be one of the most honest accounts of captivity from WW2. Recommended if you have an interest in the war, or in Hong Kong. ( )
  nandadevi | Dec 18, 2013 |
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It took endurance beyond belief. On Christmas Day, 1941, Hong Kong fell to the Japanese Army, and George Wright-Nooth--along with many other British soldiers and personnel stationed there--became their prisoner. This is their shocking story, captured in Wright-Nooth's secret diary, kept at great risk. What unfolds is the horrifying tale of near starvation, cruel beatings, and massacres. The term "turnip heads" comes from the nickname that the Chinese called the Japanese, their long-time enemies.

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The author uses extracts from his own diary and accounts from fellow prisoners to provide this record of experiences of the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong and subsequent years of imprisonment.

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