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 grew to become a eastern prisoner of conflict at the island of Java in Indonesia. Starved, ailing, crushed, and labored to near-death, he wasted away until eventually he weighed purely seventy kilos, his lifestyles putting in tenuous stability. there have been strict orders opposed to POWs maintaining diaries, yet Wyse penned his observations at the scarce bits of paper he may possibly 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 conscientiously concealed his notes inside of a bottle underneath his criminal hut. After the conflict, he wrote to the Dutch professionals, asking them to dig up his diary and go back it to him. during this special 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 infantrymen 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 by way of 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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