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The Resource Hell under the rising sun : Texan POWs and the building of the Burma-Thailand death railway, Kelly E. Crager

Hell under the rising sun : Texan POWs and the building of the Burma-Thailand death railway, Kelly E. Crager

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Hell under the rising sun : Texan POWs and the building of the Burma-Thailand death railway
Title
Hell under the rising sun
Title remainder
Texan POWs and the building of the Burma-Thailand death railway
Statement of responsibility
Kelly E. Crager
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Late in 1940, the young men of the 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery Regiment stepped off the trucks at Camp Bowie in Brownwood, Texas, ready to complete the training they would need for active duty in World War II. Many of them had grown up together in Jacksboro, Texas, and almost all of them were eager to face any challenge. Just over a year later, these carefree young Texans would be confronted by horrors they could never have imagined." "For more than three years, the Texans, along with the sailors and marines who survived the sinking of the USS Houston, were prisoners of the Imperial Japanese Army. Beginning in late 1942, these prisoners-of-war were shipped to Burma to accelerate completion of the Burma-Thailand railway. These men labored alongside other Allied prisoners and Asian conscript laborers to build more than 260 miles of railroad for their Japanese taskmasters. They suffered abscessed wounds, near-starvation, daily beatings, and debilitating disease. 89 of the original 534 Texans taken prisoner died in the infested, malarial jungles. The survivors received a hero's welcome from Gov. Coke Stevenson, who declared October 29, 1945 as "Lost Battalion Day" when they finally returned to Texas." "Kelly E. Crager consulted official documentary sources of the National Archives and the U.S. Army and mined the personal memoirs and oral history interviews of the "Lost Battalion" members themselves. He focuses on the treatment the men received in their captivity at the different camps they occupied, and surmises that a main factor in the battalion's comparatively high survival rate (84 percent of the 2nd Battalion) was the comradery of the Texans and their commitment to care for each other
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DLC
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1968-
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Crager, Kelly E.
Dewey number
940.54/725209591
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
D805.B9
LC item number
C73 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Texas A & M University military history series
Series volume
116
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Burma-Siam Railroad
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Prisoners of war
  • Prisoners of war
  • Texas
  • Oral history
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Hell under the rising sun : Texan POWs and the building of the Burma-Thailand death railway, Kelly E. Crager
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-191) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Becoming soldiers -- Across the Pacific -- Defense of Java and capitulation -- Becoming prisoners : the learning period -- "Hell ships" and Changi -- Into the jungle -- "Speedo!" -- Out of the jungle and liberation -- Becoming whole -- Appendix : Prisoners held by the Japanese
Control code
ocn145378792
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 196 pages
Isbn
9781585446353
Lccn
2007022276
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)145378792
  • (Sirsi) a1891993
Label
Hell under the rising sun : Texan POWs and the building of the Burma-Thailand death railway, Kelly E. Crager
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-191) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Becoming soldiers -- Across the Pacific -- Defense of Java and capitulation -- Becoming prisoners : the learning period -- "Hell ships" and Changi -- Into the jungle -- "Speedo!" -- Out of the jungle and liberation -- Becoming whole -- Appendix : Prisoners held by the Japanese
Control code
ocn145378792
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 196 pages
Isbn
9781585446353
Lccn
2007022276
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)145378792
  • (Sirsi) a1891993

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