A remarkable story of survival during World War IIa Scottish soldier that survived work camps, five days adrift at sea, and the atomic bomb Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders, captured by the Japanese in Singapore Forced into manual labor as a POW, he survived 750 days in the jungle working as a slave on the notorious Death Railway and building the Bridge on the River Kwai Subsequently, he moved to work on a Japanese hellship, his ship was torpedoed, and nearly everyone on board the ship died Not Urquhart After five days adrift on a raft in the South China Sea, he was rescued by a Japanese whaling ship His luck would only get worse as he was taken to Japan and forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki Two months later, he was just ten miles from ground zero when an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki In late August 1945, he was freed by the American Navya living skeletonand had his first wash in three and a half years This is the extraordinary story of a young man, conscripted at nineteen, who survived not just one, but three encounters with death, any of which should have probably killed him Silent for over fifty years, this is Urquharts inspirational tale in his own words It is as moving as any memoir and as exciting as any great war movie 24 color illustrations...
|Title||:||The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific|
|Publisher||:||Skyhorse Publishing First Edition edition October 1, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||675 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific Reviews
It took me a while to become engaged with this memoir. I've read so many personal POW accounts that it's only when I start spotting the differences that I really get interested. Urquhart's account is probably the loneliest I've read. Where Wade's account in "Prisoner of the Japanese" was extremely clinical, factual, and emotionally distant, he touched on some of the relationships he had with other prisoners and there was a sense of camaraderie with his fellow prisoners. Urquhart had a few people that he engaged with in certain camps, but mostly he was left alone.
Author Alistair Urquhart was a member of the Scottish Gordon Highlanders. His group was sent to Singapore in 1939 and by December, 1941, the Japanese had seized control. Singapore, Britain's main outpost in the Far East, fell to an invading force only 1/3 the size of the defenders. Urquhart and thousands of others became prisoners of the Japanese. This began a 3 1/2 year odyssey for Urquhart which saw him endure sadistic treatment at the hands of the Japanese.
Alistair Urquhart is to be very highly commended for this historic description of mans inhumanity to man ! This true story is highly descriptive however, I very much doubt that any of us could ever truly understand what these Prisoners of War had to go through some 70+ years ago. I also got a feeling that the author's style of writing was in a modern style and somewhat closer to this present age than the time under examination. This comment is purely made under my perception that the author's style of writing is more akin to the current years than that of the 1940's, which for me, I found very readable.
This is the second book I have read about this very brutal episode in WWII. It beggars the mind to read of the level of suffering inflicted on the surviving members of the British Army in Singaphore after the fall to the invading Japanese Army. That anyone survived is a testament to human grit and our capacity to defy inhuman treatment. It reads like an apocalypse story of alien invasion. The only thing missing is humans being served as food.
Incredible!! This book is so realistic that everyone needs to read it to gain a perspective of how demoralizing, damaging and unbearable it was for prisoners of the Japanese Army during WWII. One man, who was from Scotland, wrote his story in detail. One wonders how he survived, mentally and physically. Most didn't. His story is a real eye-opener. I gained a different perspective on the mind-set of the Japanese. They were cruel beyond belief. The 'death march' process brought tears as I read it. The Forgotten Highlander is not just a war story, it's a chronicle of years of captivity and torture. It is a reality check on what could happen if..........