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Japanese Atrocities Against the Chinese

Japanese Atrocities Against the Chinese

The atrocities he witnessed against Chinese civilians still weighs heavily in Mr. Flegg's memories.

Kiotski! Kiotski!

Kiotski! Kiotski!

Mr. Flegg describes being harassed by the guards in the barracks. The command 'Kiotski!' or 'Attention!' was quickly learned. A slow reaction or an improper bow usually resulted in being rifle butted.

Kamloops Kid Aka Inouye

Kamloops Kid Aka Inouye

The Kamloops Kid was a notorious guard at Sham Shui Po. Mr. Flegg provides two examples of how devious and sadistic this man was.

Captain Saito

Captain Saito

About 50 men, including Mr. Flegg, witness one of Doolittle's bombing raids while he is a patient at Bowen Road Hospital. Their cheers enrage Captain Saito, the chief medical officer and a judo expert. He lines up the men, judo chops them all unconscious and has his guards "put the boots" to them to wake them up.

Eventful Voyage to Japan

Eventful Voyage to Japan

Mr. Flegg survives a dangerous voyage to Japan. His first ship is holed and makes it to port listing badly. He is transferred to a tanker which is sailing in a convoy. The convoy is torpedoed, but his vessel escapes only to then face a storm with thirty foot seas.

Will to Live

Will to Live

Mr. Flegg offers insight into how hard work and starvation reduce men to skeletons, but whose spirit still enabled many of them to work and survive.

Rotten Fish and Maggot Soup

Rotten Fish and Maggot Soup

At the mine, Mr. Flegg's work crew 'feasts' on a soup made from rotten fish and maggots.

Giving Up

Giving Up

Mr. Flegg comments on how fragile life could be for those who were overworked and starving.

Liked As a Honcho

Liked As a Honcho

As a honcho, essentially a shop steward, Mr. Flegg was well liked by his men. He earned their respect because although he didn't have to work, he was always helping his men in the mine.

Life in Camp was Difficult

Life in Camp was Difficult

Mr. Flegg discusses several aspects of daily life in the Oyama camp; clothing, heat, and personal hygiene.

Mail Censorship

Mail Censorship

Mr. Flegg discusses the two pieces of mail he received in his time overseas, one a postcard signed by everyone in his hometown, and the other, a hollowed letter from his dad.

Flea Bitten

Flea Bitten

Mr. Flegg talks about a pest unique to Japan - fleas, and how it was impossible to get rid of them.

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