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Bamboo Cage: The P.O.W. Diary of Flight Lieutenant Robert Wyse, 1942-1943
Contributor(s): Vance, Jonathan (Editor)

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ISBN: 0864925298     ISBN-13: 9780864925299
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2009
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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- History | Military - Canada
- History | Military - World War Ii
- Biography & Autobiography | Military
Dewey: B
LCCN: 2009424487
Series: New Brunswick Military Heritage
Physical Information: 0.36" H x 5.52" W x 7.76" L (0.39 lbs) 146 pages
- Cultural Region - Canadian
- Chronological Period - 1940's
Features: Bibliography, Illustrated, Index, Maps
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:

In 1942, RAF flight controller Robert Wyse became a Japanese prisoner of war on the island of Java in Indonesia. Starved, sick, beaten, and worked to near-death, he wasted away until he weighed only seventy pounds, his life hanging in tenuous balance. There were strict orders against POWs keeping diaries, but Wyse penned his observations on the scarce bits of paper he could find, struggling to describe the brutalities he witnessed. After cleverly hiding his notes in a piece of bamboo next to his bed, in December of 1943, he carefully hid his notes inside a bottle beneath his prison hut. After the war, he wrote to the Dutch authorities, asking them to dig up his diary and return it to him.

In this detailed and frank portrayal of life under Japanese occupation, Wyse reveals the both the best and the worst of human nature. He criticized his fellow soldiers for botching the defence of Java and Sumatra and admonished his captors for their brutality. Yet, Wyse also describes the selfless efforts of the Dutch civilians who helped the prisoners by doing whatever they could as well as his first-hand observations of acts of self-sacrifice among the prisoners themselves.

Bamboo Cage is volume 13 in the New Brunswick Military Heritage Series.

Contributor Bio(s): Vance, Jonathan F.: - Jonathan Vance is a professor and Canadian Research Chair in Conflict and Culture in the Department of History at the University of Western Ontario. He has been interested in the history of prisoners of war for over thirty years and has written several books on the topic, including The Encyclopedia of Prisoners of War and Internment.
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