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- DescriptionTrapped in the depths of Japanese-held territory, it was rare for Allied prisoners of war to attempt escape. There was little chance of making contact with anti-guerrilla or underground organisations and possibility of Europeans blending in with the local Asian populations. Failure, and recapture, meant execution. This was what Lieutenant Commander R.B. Goodwin faced when he decided to escape from the Shamsuipo PoW Camp in Kowloon, Hong Kong in July 1944 after three years of internment. With maps and kwledge of the country or the language, Lieutenant Commander Goodwin set out across enemy territory and war-torn China. Because of the colour of his skin he had to travel during the hours of darkness for much of what was an 870-mile journey to reach British India. Few of his fellow prisoners gave him any chance of succeeding, yet, little more than three months later, he was being transported to the safety of Calcutta. For his daring and determination Lieutenant Commander Goodwin was awarded the Order of the British Empire.
- Author BiographyRalph Burton Goodwin was born in New Zealand on 15 July 1902. His first served with the Royal Navy in February 1941, being based at HMS Tamar in Hong Kong. He was taken prisoner when the Japanese captured Hong Kong in December 1941. After the war Goodwin worked for the United Nations. He died in September 1994.
- Author(s)Ralph Burton Goodwin Obe Rnzvr
- PublisherPen & Sword Books Ltd
- Date of Publication30/11/2015
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationBarnsley
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintFrontline Books
- Content Note8 pages of b/w plates
- Weight540 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine30 mm
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