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Voyage to Japan

Voyage to Japan

Mr. Harrison describes being tested for dysentery prior to being shipped to Japan. Aboard the ship, the men are housed with boxes of ammunition. The vessel leaks so badly that even the Japanese guards don't wish to go aboard. Arriving in Japan, he is sent to a camp in Nagoya.

Cigarettes as Currency

Cigarettes as Currency

Mr. Harrison describes the importance of cigarettes as currency in the camps.

Payne's Note

Payne's Note

Mr. Harrison expresses his shame at allowing a note to the parents of his friend Johnny Payne to fall into the hands of the wrong person.

Diphtheria

Diphtheria

Mr. Harrison describes an attempt by a captured Indian doctor to get a horse, which would enable him to make diphtheria serum; the request is denied. However, when the epidemic became a threat to the Japanese, serum was made available.

Beri Beri

Beri Beri

Mr. Harrison describes his experience with both dry and wet beri beri. Although he suffered with 'electric feet' from the dry beri beri, his worst experience was with wet beri beri, where the swelling from fluid in his lower limbs caused his toes to split open. He thanks his doctor for one night of morphine induced sleep.

Garlic Therapy

Garlic Therapy

Mr. Harrison is able to purchase garlic, which he initially uses to flavor his rice. As an added benefit, garlic helps alleviate the symptoms of pellagra. In fact, his septic sores heal completely.

Dr. Crawford and the Kamloops Kid

Dr. Crawford and the Kamloops Kid

Mr. Harrison admires the dignity with which Dr. Crawford endured abuse at the hands of the Kamloops Kid, who would slap him around every time he requested medications for the ill.

Sudden Blindness

Sudden Blindness

Mr. Harrison is reading one night when he suddenly becomes totally blind.

Kai Tak Airport

Kai Tak Airport

Mr. Harrison describes sabotaging the concrete mixture used on the runway extension.

Rations

Rations

Mr. Harrison describes the fact that cooking rice was a skill the Canadians took a while to master, with serious gastrointestinal consequences. Other than rice, watery green tea and a bit of bread were all they had to eat.

Taken Prisoner

Taken Prisoner

Mr. Harrison describes the details of his forced march to Sham Shui Po camp.

Final Battle

Final Battle

Mr. Harrison describes raking the advancing Japanese with Bren gun fire and grenades, exacting a heavy toll on the enemy. This allowed the Canadians to safely retreat to the Aberdeen Reservoir. The following morning the island of Hong Kong is surrendered.

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