Bamboo Cage: The P.O.W. Diary of Flight Lieutenant Robert by Jonathan F. Vance

By Jonathan F. Vance

In 1942, RAF flight controller Robert Wyse turned a jap prisoner of conflict at the island of Java in Indonesia. Starved, ill, crushed, and labored to near-death, he wasted away until eventually he weighed purely seventy kilos, his existence striking in tenuous stability. there have been strict orders opposed to POWs protecting diaries, yet Wyse penned his observations at the scarce bits of paper he may perhaps locate, suffering to explain the brutalities he witnessed. After cleverly hiding his notes in a section of bamboo subsequent to his mattress, in December of 1943, he rigorously concealed his notes within a bottle underneath his legal hut. After the battle, he wrote to the Dutch gurus, asking them to dig up his diary and go back it to him. during this specific and frank portrayal of existence lower than jap career, Wyse unearths the either the easiest and the worst of human nature. He criticized his fellow squaddies for botching the defence of Java and Sumatra and admonished his captors for his or her brutality. but, Wyse additionally describes the selfless efforts of the Dutch civilians who helped the prisoners via selflessly doing no matter what they can in addition to his first-hand observations of acts of self-sacrifice one of the prisoners themselves.

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