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The barbed-wire university : the real lives of Allied prisoners of war in the Second World War

Author: Midge Gillies
Publisher: London : Aurum, 2011.
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This extraordinary social history will redefine our picture of the POW camps and leave us with renewed admiration for the initiative, creativity and fortitude of men in wartime captivity, men whose whole lives and post-war careers were transformed by their time as POWs.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Midge Gillies
ISBN: 9781845136291 1845136292
OCLC Number: 746302050
Description: xix, 486 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Europe. Becoming a POW ; Settling In and Getting by ; Uses for a Red Cross Parcel Number 1, String ; Friendships and Feuds ; Sport ; Uses for a Red Cross Parcel Number 2, Cigarettes ; 'Stalag Happy': Imaginary Worlds and Other Ways of Escape ; Uses for a Red Cross Parcel Number, 3, Tins ; POW Artists --
The War in the East. Surrender ; Changi ; Turned Out Rice Again: Food and Cooking ; Make Do and Mend ; Entertainment : 'You'll Never Get Off this Island!' ; Sport ; Recording Captivity Through Art and Photography ; POW Doctor ; Taking Flight: Escape Through Birdwatching ; Survival Teams ; Escape Through Study ; University of Kuching ; Languages and Communicating with the Outside World ; Hidden Wireless Sets ; Religion ; The Magic of Letters from Home ; The Changi Murals --
Europe. Reading for Profit ; Gardening and Birdwatching ; Study ; Music and Theatre --
The Far East.; 'Upcountry' : The Thailand-Burma Railway ; Art and Medicine on the Railway ; Archaeologist on the 'Death Railway' ; Entertainment and Ingenuity in Thailand ; 'Home' Again : Changi Gaol ; The POW Diaspora --
Freedom. Somewhere Near the End ; Victory in the Far East ; Homecoming --
Ex-POWS. Aftermath.
Other Titles: Real lives of Allied prisoners of war in the Second World War
Responsibility: Midge Gillies.
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Drawing on letters home, diaries and interviews with redoubtable survivors now into their nineties, Midge Gillies recreates the daily lives of a truly remarkable group of men. It is a story by turns  Read more...

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Many eye-opening facts in a bright new history of POWs...I'm finding it enthralling -- Ian Jack The Guardian Rich and insightful panorama of POW life. Every one of the pages hums with human interest Read more...

 
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