The contents of 'THE REMORSELESS ROAD' from the jacket's front flap.
THE REMORSELESS ROAD
Singapore to Nagasaki
An RAF officer's account of capture and Japanese prison camps in Word War II
by James McEwan
This is a compelling and at times harrowing account of the author’s experiences whilst serving in the RAF during the Second World War. His autobiography recounts his posting to the Far East, where he served alongside those resolute airmen who fought the Japanese against all odds and to the bitter end, the survivors eventually laying down their arms. Then follows his account of the ordeal and humiliation of imprisonment for the last three-and-a-half years of the war, with only the atomic bombs putting an end to their plight. This is a story that had to be told. It records events that should never be forgotten. The book is a fascinating account of the bravery and fortitude that British airmen displayed in those most difficult of times. It also gives much-needed remembrance to the sacrifices those men made.
The book is split into three sections, detailing the main events the author experienced during the war. After joining the RAF at the beginning of the Second World War, he was posted to Singapore, where he served as an Intelligence Officer and was witness to the loss of half his squadrons’ strength in the Battle of Endau. In 1942 he was dispatched as King’s Messenger to Java with classified documents. There, his comrades faced impossible odds against the Japanese, eventually launching a last desperate sortie. Finally, they were forced to submit to the mortifying ritual of laying down their arms.
Transformed immediately from airmen to prisoners, the men still managed to retain their dignity and defiance despite their treatment and the conditions they were forced to endure They were brutally beaten to extract information (which they refused to divulge) and forced to toil in tunnels in Honshu where conditions were harsh and starvation shrank their bodies. The death rate was high, and even time would never heal their wounds to their bodies. The atomic bombs brought eventual release and McEwan returned home, a different man. This book documents events that will fascinate and disturb.