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Confrontation and Punishment

Confrontation and Punishment

Mr. Ross describes how the prisoners made crude maps, his personal confrontation with a guard who caught them doing so, and helping a friend during the group’s incarceration in a dungeon.

Sabotage

Sabotage

Mr. Ross describes the efforts of the POWs to sabotage equipment in the coal mine at Omini.

Dangers in the Coal Mine

Dangers in the Coal Mine

Mr. Ross describes the organization of the work crews at Omini coal mine and elaborates on some of the mine’s dangers.

Disease and Execution

Disease and Execution

Mr. Ross describes some of the diseases that ravaged the POWs and describes an incident that probably saved his sick friend’s life and almost cost him his own.

Selection For Japan

Selection For Japan

Mr. Ross describes how prisoners were selected to go to Japan and discusses the physical and emotional environment aboard the ship during the voyage to Japan.

Surgery in a Japanese Hospital

Surgery in a Japanese Hospital

Mr. Ross describes being diagnosed with appendicitis by his battalion’s doctor and being sent to a Japanese hospital to be operated on.

Life as a POW

Life as a POW

Mr. Ross describes the living conditions in North Point POW camp and discusses slave work at Kai Tek airport.

Christmas Day on Stanley

Christmas Day on Stanley

Mr. Ross describes the Royal Rifles’ Christmas Day assault on the town of Stanley and the British surrender the next day.

Battle Conditions

Battle Conditions

Mr. Ross describes the battle conditions faced by the Royal Rifles, particularly being vastly outnumbered and lacking any tactical support.

Interested in War

Interested in War

Mr. Ross describes his recruitment path which eventually saw him join the Royal Rifles of Canada.

Sergeant As a Father Figure

Sergeant As a Father Figure

Mr. Henley describes an amusing incident in which his sergeant, an older, family man, steers him away from a brothel.

“Blighties” and a Good Sleep

“Blighties” and a Good Sleep

Mr. Henley discusses the fact that a 'blighty', a condition or wound requiring hospitalization in England, offered everyone a good night's sleep. However, his rehab requires being awakened at 4 am every morning to have his leg wound irrigated.

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