Scattered Under the Rising Sun: The Gordon Highlanders in the Far East, 1941-1945

Scattered Under the Rising Sun: The Gordon Highlanders in the Far East, 1941-1945

by Stewart Mitchell

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The harrowing true story of the Scottish battalion that spent over three years in Japanese captivity during World War II.
Posted to Singapore in 1937 with their families, the members of the 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders found themselves fighting bravely when the Japanese invaded Malaya in December 1941. But by mid-February came the surrender of Singapore, and those who were not killed became POWs.
After initial incarceration in Singapore, the Gordons were dispersed to work on the famous Thai-Burma railway, in the mines of Taiwan and Japan, and on other slave labor projects. The conditions they existed under defy modern comprehension. Others died trapped in hell-ships torpedoed by allied submarines. Of the thousand men involved initially, over four hundred had died before liberation in summer 1945. Despite their diverse backgrounds, all the men had been bound by close regimental spirit, and all suffered hard labor, starvation, brutality, and tropical diseases. Rank was no protection from death.
The author of this history has researched the plight of these extraordinary men, so many of whom never saw their native Scotland again. Despite the grim conditions, he captures the strong collective regimental spirit and the humor and cooperation that saved so many who would otherwise have perished. This is an inspiring tale of courage and survival against appalling odds.

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ISBN-13: 9781783830367
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 01/19/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 22 MB
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About the Author

Stewart Mitchell became Volunteer Researcher at the Gordons Museum, Aberdeen in 2005 after a career in environmental protection. He lives with his wife at Bridge of Down, Aberdeen.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Foreword Lieutenant General Sir Peter Graham KCB CBE xi

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Prelude - The Road to Singapore 7

Chapter 3 The Battle for Singapore 35

Chapter 4 Captured! - The Distribution of Gordon Highlanders PoWs 61

Chapter 5 'Their Road Was Long and Their Pleasures Few' 105

Chapter 6 Liberation 145

Appendix The Men of the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders 167

Bibliography 209

Index 210

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