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Before Hiroshima: Forgotten Prisoners of War in Japan, Burma and the Far East

We asked Dr Jeynes - Why this book? She explained:

"My father was a prisoner of war (POW) in Japan for three years (see his photograph below) and while many people think of VE day in May, they forget those in the Far East (FEPOWs) were still imprisoned until August 15th after the US bombed Hiroshima. Note orders had already been issued by Japanese High Command for ALL POWs and interns (women and children) to be executed “by whatever means” immediately if the Allies started to attack – this was just 2 days before Hiroshima."


Before Hiroshima: Forgotten Prisoners of War in Japan, Burma and the Far East is not just a history of events, nor the personal story of her father as a FEPOW (although clearly this is also a part of the whole picture), but also includes comments and stories from families in UK, Canada and Australia as these represented the biggest proportion of prisoners taken in the Far East.

FEPOW, POWs, WWII,

VJ Day is 15th August 2020 - the date to commemorate the end of the war in the Far East. A FEPOW Medallion was produced to remember the 70th anniversary - 2020 is the 75th anniversary so maybe this year will see greater recognition of those who were always referred to as the Forgotten Army. 


183 @ A5 pages, soft cover, bound with copies of letters, newspaper cuttings, photographs 

ISBN: 978-0-9926100-9-8 £16.00 plus p&p

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