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Moon Over Malaya: The 2nd Argylls and Plymouth Argyll Royal Marines in Malaya and Singapore

Audrey Holmes McCormick

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ISBN 10: 0752499726 / ISBN 13: 9780752499727
Published by Spellmount, 2014
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Title: Moon Over Malaya: The 2nd Argylls and ...

Publisher: Spellmount

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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What really happened in Singapore and Malaya during the dark days of December 1941 to February 1942? Contrary to received wisdom, Singapore was not given up without a fight, as the testimony of the men interviewed here attests. For many, of course, escape was not possible and they ended up in the notorious Japanese Pow camps. Their suffering also forms part of this classic study. The fighting at the Slim River in Malaya in January 1942, a rearguard to keep the Japanese back until reinforcements could reach Singapore, is dramatic enough on its own. Seven Battalion commanders would die there; only two brigadiers and two battalion commanders would survive. The story of the camps is unforgettable: the Japanese soldier had been ordered to shoot the comatose man "to prevent the spread of cholera," but he was shaking so much he could not produce a fatal shot. So Primrose took the rifle, walked up and from six inches shot the man dead. The Japanese accused him of murder.

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Jonathan Moffatt is a member of the Royal Marines Historical Society and a founder member and Chairman for three conferences of the Researching FEPOW History Group, and a founding member of the Malayan Volunteers Group. He has featured in a number of TV and radio programs relating to the Fall of Singapore, and has written six Times obituaries of British Malayans. He coauthored In Oriente Primus: a History of the Malayan Volunteer Forces. Audrey Holmes McCormick was born in Singapore and is a journalist, TV researcher, and producer.

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