Scenes from Sumatra - Alastair Campbell HillAlmondsbury: Mary Campbell Hill, 2002, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Black & white drawings; Maps; Frontispiece portrait; Appendices (3);
From the cover: “Alastair Campbell Hill’s account of his experiences as a prisoner of the Japanese from 1942 to 1945 pulls no punches in its description of the inhuman treatment inflicted on himself and fellow prisoners of war, many of whom did not live to tell the tale.
A pilot in the Royal Air Force, he and his crew arrived in the then Dutch East Indies just as Singapore was overrun by the Japanese. After a series of hair-raising experiences in the air and on the ground, Campbell Hill was captured and sent to a POW camp in Java where his pre-war experience as an actor found an outlet in the organisation of a remarkably full programme of entertainments. Here he met Lt Col Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop, the Australian surgeon who became a hero to thousands of prisoners for his leadership, medical care and courage in standing up to the Japanese.
The author’s transfer to a notorious ‘work camp’ in Sumatra saw the start of a long period of cruelty at the hands of the guards and steadily declining health as a result of near-starvation and tropical disease.”