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Reassessing the Japanese Prisoner of War Experience

The Changi Prisoner of War Camp in Singapore, 1942-45

Reassessing the Japanese Prisoner of War Experience by R P W Havers
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Popular perceptions of life in Japanese prisoner of war camps are dominated by images of emaciated figures, engaged in slave labour, and badly treated by their captors. This book, based on extensive original research, shows that this view is quite wrong in relation to the large camp at Changi, which was the main POW camp in Singapore. It demonstrates that in Changi the Japanese afforded the captives a high degree of autonomy, that this in turn resulted in a prison camp society that grew and flourished, in contrast to other Japanese POW camps, and that it fostered an independent and combative spirit, and high morale.
Taylor and Francis; December 2003
235 pages; ISBN 9781135788780
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Title: Reassessing the Japanese Prisoner of War Experience
Author: R P W Havers; R. P. W. Havers