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Last Man Out: Surviving the Burma-Thailand Death Railway: A Memoir
     

Last Man Out: Surviving the Burma-Thailand Death Railway: A Memoir

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by H. Robert Charles
 

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From June 1942 to October 1943, more than 100,000 Allied POWs who had been forced into slave labor by the Japanese died building the infamous Burma-Thailand Death Railway, an undertaking immortalized in the film "The Bridge on the River Kwai." One of the few who survived was American Marine H. Robert Charles, who describes the ordeal in vivid and harrowing detail in

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From June 1942 to October 1943, more than 100,000 Allied POWs who had been forced into slave labor by the Japanese died building the infamous Burma-Thailand Death Railway, an undertaking immortalized in the film "The Bridge on the River Kwai." One of the few who survived was American Marine H. Robert Charles, who describes the ordeal in vivid and harrowing detail in Last Man Out. The story mixes the unimaginable brutality of the camps with the inspiring courage of the men, including a Dutch Colonial Army doctor whose skill and knowledge of the medicinal value of wild jungle herbs saved the lives of hundreds of his fellow POWs, including the author.

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Charles was one of the few POWs to survive the building of the infamous railroad--basis for the classic film The Bridge on the River Kwai--that took the lives of more than 100,000 imprisoned Allied soldiers and enslaved natives over 16 months from 1942 to 1943. His 1988 memoir details his captivity and the horrors bestowed by the Japanese. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781616737603
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Publication date:
11/15/2006
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
547,191
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

H. Robert Charles was born in Pitcher, Oklahoma, Charles grew up on a wheat farm and cattle ranch near Hutchinson, Kansas, and enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 1940. He was a machine gunner aboard the USS Houston at the time it was sunk by the Japanese in Sunda Strait, March 1, 1942. He swam nine hours, was picked up off the coast of Java by the Japanese, and held forty-three months in slave labor camps in Burma, Thailand, and Saigon.

Repatriated at the end of the war by British paratroopers and Office of Strategic Services personnel, Charles spent time at a hospital in Calcutta before returning home.

After graduating from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Charles later joined Parents Magazine in New York, serving as family home editor.

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Last Man Out: Surviving the Burma-Thailand Death Railway: A Memoir 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author recounts very little of the actual atrocities perpitrated on the pow by the japanese the story needs to be told you wont find it here