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    Tony Banham(Author)

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Almost 2,000 British Prisoners of War were aboard the Japanese freighter Lisbon Maru when an American submarine torpedoed and sank her in October 1942. This book tells the story of those men, from the fighting in Hong Kong, through the sinking, and for some, to liberation and beyond. Although never previously studied in any depth, the sinking of the Lisbon Maru was the most costly American on British "Friendly Fire" incident of the Second World War. Of the 4,500 of Hong Kong's garrison who perished during the war, 1,000 died directly or indirectly from this sinking. From American, British, Hong Kong and Japanese sources, this book reconstructs the fateful voyage of the Lisbon Maru, and the experiences of the captives, the captors, and those on board the submarine that sank her.The book will be of interest to anyone wishing to know more about the "Hellships" that caused the deaths of almost 20,000 Allied Prisoners of War during the Second World War, or the experiences of Allied POWs in Japan.

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  • PDF | 342 pages
  • Tony Banham(Author)
  • Hong Kong University Press (1 Oct. 2010)
  • English
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  • By Guest on 28 April 2017

    Many years ago, I would listen to stories relating to the life and subsequent death of my uncle Charlie, my fathers elder brother but there were always gaps that could not be filled until I bought a copy of this book. It is hard to imagine the horror of the dreadful situation my uncle and his fellow gunners must have felt. Only by reading this book can the whole sad event be put into perspective.

  • By Boris on 29 November 2012

    My Mother's fiancee was a prisoner on the Lisbon Maru and unfortunately drowned being locked in one of the holds that the Japs battened down and locked. It is a true account of the cruel and very nasty side of the Japanese troops in general and the subsequent kindness of the Chinese fishermen. A sad reflection on the Japanese troops disregard for humanity at the time .

  • By D. J. Morley on 23 May 2006

    This is the perfect companion to Not the Slightest Chance-The Defence of Hong Kong 1941.Tony Banham's meticulousresearch cannot be faulted. Once again he has excelled intelling the story as if he had experienced it himself.I would highly recommend it to any one who has an interestin what happened in those dark days. As one of those whosurvived I cannot praise it enough.

  • By Chelsea Boy on 22 March 2013

    My father was on the Lisbon Maru and because he never talked about it I had no idea what he went through. Well up until now anyway. Read it and weep....literally.

  • By john pritchard on 6 July 2014

    This book means such alot to our family,as my uncle was onboard this ship,when it sank,He was in hold three,when the tragedy happened.its a sad read,but something we also need to know aswell.the book gives lots of detail aswell.Overall,I am very pleased with the purchase,although it was not cheap to buy.

  • By Graham Soden on 12 May 2016

    I'm only here because my father was one of the lucky ones. He rarely talked about it, a friendly fire incident which claimed so many lives. Your story's told Dad. History now, but best we never forget. Read and Learn. A good factual document of history.

  • By ÆÞelwulf rodrickson on 23 October 2016

    In War : ResolutionIn Defeat : DefianceIn Victory : MagnanimityIn Peace : GoodwillI'm sorry but the Japanese will never have my goodwill.Thank you to the author for keeping the memory of these men alive.


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