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The War in the Pacific has turned; thousands of the previously invincible

Japanese soldiers are now being captured in New Guinea and interned at

the Cowra Prisoner of War Camp. Unlike other POWs, the traditional

Japanese Bushido Code and their fanaticism leaves them ill-equipped

for surrender and imprisonment. Ashamed, subdued and sullen, one

man, Second Lieutenant Maseo Naka is an exception. Obstructing the

Australian authorities at every turn, he was the first Japanese soldier to

escape from Cowra.This action becomes the precursor for the more than

1000 Japanese prisoners who escape in the bloodiest Breakout of World

War II that ultimately saw 234 Japanese and four Australian guards killed.

His escape and the defiance, guilt, and shame that motivated it, led to his court-martial.

Naka nevertheless stands-out as very human, another tragic victim of the global inferno that was World War II. Adhering to the Samurai Code of Bushido, he doggedly undertakes actions that he views as necessary for the maintenance of his “honour”. Through the insights of those around Naka, together with new research including the personal accounts of Australian interrogators, the author shows how this handsome loner provided the impetus for the dramatic events in the early hours of August 5, 1944 where hundreds of Japanese soldiers stormed the Camp defences for honour, or death! 

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2019
August 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
208
Pages
PUBLISHER
Big Sky Publishing
SELLER
Big Sky Publishing
SIZE
10.5
MB

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