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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Table of Contents
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