Tonny Banham

in We Shall Suffer There

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099609
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207677 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the events that occurred in 1942, which started with the continuous efforts of the Japanese to gain control of their new conquest. Their initial focus was to rationalize the camps and hospitals and take a consensus of the “European” civilians. A few prisoners were able to escape during the initial months, but due to the lack of food and malnutrition diseases, most prisoners could not. Due to these escapes, the Japanese decided to separate the officers from the men, and a special officers' camp was built along Argyle Street. During the last few months of 1942 POW were shipped to the factories, docks, and mines in Japan, thus spreading the prisoner-of-war camps across Shanghai, South China, and even Japan.

Keywords: 1942; European civilians; malnutrition diseases; lack of food; POWs; POW camps; officers' camp

Chapter.  36266 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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