Last Post Over the River Kwai is the carefully researched account of the experiences of the officers and men of 2nd Battalion The East Surreys during the Second World War. Stationed in Shanghai in the early 1940s, the Battalion was deployed to Malaya and fought gallantly to slow the Japanese advance. After heavy losses the survivors found themselves POWs in Singapore in February 1942 after the humiliating surrender which Churchill described as Britain’s worst ever military disaster. The next three and a half years saw members of the Battalion suffering appalling hardship at the hands of their brutal Japanese captors, whether in Singapore, on the Death Railway, Malaya or Japan itself, as wells as on hellships. Many died but remarkably the majority survived to tell their story. Their prolonged captivity with unbelievable hardship, deprivation and cruelty makes for distressing but inspiring reading.
LAST POST OVER THE RIVER KWAI The 2nd East Surreys in the Far East 1938-1945
A blow by blow account of the war against the Japanese in Malaya in Singapore 1941/2. The Surreys were one of the first regiments to engage the Japanese on the Thai border in December 1941 and suffered tremendous casualties during the defence and retreat from this part of Malaya.. They lost one out of every three men during the conflict and in the prisoner of war camps.