When Singapore fell so ignominiously to the Japanese in February 1942 many tens of thousands of men, women and children were left to their own devices. To stay in Singapore meant certain captivity and every probability of barbarity at the hands of the Japanese that so many tried to escape. This book tells of some of the remarkable and shocking experiences that lay in store for those who chose this option. The only way out was by sea and every sort of craft was pressed into service. Ahead lay terrible dangers; storms, shipwreck, sharks, piracy, capture by a merciless enemy, starvation and death through thirst to name but some.
This is a shocking and inspiring book that tells of great courage, extraordinary endurance, appalling atrocities and even cannibalism.
SINGAPORE’S DUNKIRK The Aftermath of the Fall
The options facing the thousands of men, women and children stranded when Singapore fell to the Japanese in February 1942 were stark. Stay and be interned by a cruel enemy, or take to the treacherous seas and sail in inadequate boats. This shocking but inspiring book tells the stories of those who risked a terrible death to flee. It speaks of courage, extraordinary endurance, appalling atrocities and even cannibalism.