A true story of 1930s Malaysia, of jungle operations, submarines and spies in WWII, and of the postwar Malayan Emergency, as experienced by an extraordinary man. Rubber planter Boris Hembry was a part of Freddy Spencer Chapman’s covert Stay Behind Party in Japanese-occupied Malaya, a member of the Secret Intelligence Service, and he formed the first Home Guard unit in Malaya during the Emergency. Required reading for this period of Southeast Asian history.
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I stumbled across this book and was attracted because it appeared that Mr. Hembry had fought alongside F. Spencer Chapman (author of The Jungle is Neutral). As a fan of Mr. Chapman's book, and in awe of his exploits in WWII, I thought I'd enjoy this book as well. As it turned out, Mr. Hembry and Mr. Chapman worked together only briefly in the first few days after the Japanese invasion, but Mr. Hembry's story is a great tale in itself, and very well told. In fact, while no one can trump Mr. Chapman's heroism, Mr. Hembry's work probably did more to help win the war. The book covers Mr. Hembry's life in Malaya from 1930-55 and while I read it for the WWII aspect I found it all very interesting. The book was written, not for publication, but for Mr. Hembry's grandchildren. So many thanks to his son and and family for publishing the book for those of us interested in this much overlooked part of WWII. If you've enjoyed Mr. Chapman's book, and other great books such as The Burma Road and The Naked Island, I highly recommend this engaging tale.