Destined Meeting - Leslie BellLondon: Odhams Press Limited, 1959, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with toning to the verso, now wrapped in a removable protective sleeve. Small stamp to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned.
2nd impression, first edition the same year. Includes: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “It was inevitable that they should meet… but it required the exigencies of war on the one hand and personal suffering on the other to ordain that their separate paths should converge at the destined meeting in beleaguered Singapore.
This is the true, incredible story of Doctor Philip Bloom and his wife, who were married during the seventy days’ siege of Singapore and later interned in separate camps as prisoners of war of the Japanese.
The book centres mainly around the activities and conditions of the Changi military camp, where the medical men performed miracles of improvised surgery — utilizing filing cabinets, bedsteads and other materials to make false limbs for crippled Service men. Doctors in charge, both specialist and general, forged an unsurpassed record of service. This account alone establishes a full and lasting tribute to the medical profession as a whole, a testament of professional devotion to stand proudly for all time.
There is, too, the horrifying story of Philip’s wife, a temporary nurse, who, apart from the sufferings shared with four hundred other women and eighty children, became a victim of the dreaded Japanese Kempei Tai and was flung into a cage with sixteen men. The conditions of her incarceration were incredibly cruel and night and day the whole building resounded with the torment of prisoners undergoing sadistic torture.
The details of this camp are told for the very first time — an unbiased account compiled after intensive investigation.
This deeply moving book reveals not only the brutality and savagery of war but also the tenderness and compassion of the human spirit and its indomitable hope despite intense suffering.”