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Canadians, The Very Best!

Canadians, The Very Best!

Mr. Bérard reflects on his lifelong resentment of Japan, has harsh words about Canada’s military decisions but finishes by expressing his total respect for the officers and men with whom he served.

I was Charged With Sabotage, I Thought I was Finished

I was Charged With Sabotage, I Thought I was Finished

Mr. Bérard describes working in the Kawasaki steel yards and being beaten for alleged sabotage of a pipe elbow.

I was Right on top of the Engine.

I was Right on top of the Engine.

Mr. Bérard describes being shipped to Japan, defiance of the Geneva Convention by the Japanese, and an entertaining arrival in Nagasaki.

The Japanese Forced me to Saw Their Legs Off

The Japanese Forced me to Saw Their Legs Off

Mr. Bérard describes being forced under threat of death to “shorten” the bodies of the dead to fit the smaller Japanese caskets, and risking his own safety to ensure that proper burials took place.

He Shouldn’t Have had Three Pips up There, he Should Have had Three Halos.

He Shouldn’t Have had Three Pips up There, he Should Have had Three Halos.

Mr. Bérard discusses the fact that the POW’s were blessed with terrific doctors. Despite this, these MD’s often suffered disappointment and humiliation.

Caster Oil Did the Trick

Caster Oil Did the Trick

Mr. Bérard describes the food at Sham Shui Po, and how his discomfort leads to an unusual dietary supplement.

He was so Weak and so Gone, he was Eating Flies

He was so Weak and so Gone, he was Eating Flies

Mr. Bérard describes Sham Shui Po barracks, and relates difficulties dealing with flies, bedbugs and general hygiene. He talks about respect given and returned for a bar of soap.

How Many of us are Going to be Left Around Here?

How Many of us are Going to be Left Around Here?

Mr. Bérard describes volunteering to nurse diphtheria patients at Sham Shui Po, and being reprimanded by the camp doctor over a Christmas singsong with those patients.

Inside the Wall Was a German Uniform

Inside the Wall Was a German Uniform

Mr. Bérard describes being held prisoner in a mansion, and accidentally finding a German uniform behind a false wall.

It (a grenade) Landed Right on the Breach of That Weapon

It (a grenade) Landed Right on the Breach of That Weapon

Mr. Bérard describes the events surrounding the surrender of his platoon, and a swift Japanese reprisal for a grenade attack by one of the prisoners.

That was Paddy Joe . . . He’d Been Blown to Bits

That was Paddy Joe . . . He’d Been Blown to Bits

Mr. Bérard describes his desperate individual search for his closest friend but finding only his boot. He commends his men for holding their position in his absence.

We Hadn’t a Chance at All

We Hadn’t a Chance at All

Mr. Bérard reflects on the dilemma of the Hong Kong defenders from a tactical perspective.

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