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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

Label
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
Creator
Subject
Genre
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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Cataloging source
COO
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1968-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Crager, Kelly E.
Dewey number
940.54/725209591
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
D805.B9
LC item number
C73 2008eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Texas A & M University military history series
Series volume
116
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Burma-Siam Railroad
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Prisoners of war
  • Prisoners of war
  • Oral history
  • Texas
  • Burma-Siam Railroad
  • Oral history
  • Prisoners of war
  • Burma
  • Japan
  • Texas
  • Thailand
  • Kriegsgefangener
  • Weltkrieg
  • Eisenbahn
  • Südostasien
Label
Hell under the rising sun : Texan POWs and the building of the Burma-Thailand death railway, Kelly E. Crager
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-191) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
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
744540813
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 196 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781603444163
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)744540813
Label
Hell under the rising sun : Texan POWs and the building of the Burma-Thailand death railway, Kelly E. Crager
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-191) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
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
744540813
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 196 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781603444163
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)744540813

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