~ ‘All Quiet On The Irrawaddy’ By John Tim Finnerty, 1979 ~
A book by the author John ‘Tim’ Finnerty. Seeking adventure the author left Southern Ireland in 1933 to join the British Army. Within a year he was on anti-piracy guard on the Yantze-Ki-Yang when the Chinese communists started their long march which brought them to power fifteen years later. During his stay in China till February 1936 and for the next five years in other parts of the Far East, he saw what was plain for all to see, that Japanese aggression would not end in China.
Shortly after their attack on Pearl Harbour, Malaya, and Burma, the author moved with his battalion by air from Imdia to Burma, part of a small army whose aim it was to stem the Japanese advance, at least till the monsoons broke, in mid May 1942, so as to give India some chance to mobilise. He was wounded and taken prisoner during a major battle in the Yenangyaung oil fields. Later on at a death march he eye-witnessed atrocities and was sentenced to death after brutal interrogation and a trial conducted in Japanese and Burmese.
Within hours an attack by the Chinese Nationalists on the Japanese headquarters resulted in a swift move back to be re-united with the main body of POW’s. Some days later all were moved to Rangoon Central Jail, those who survived three years of hell ere liberated in 1945. Arriving back in India the author learned that having been officially reported killed in action in 1942, he would receive loans from the Red Cross, instead of Army pay, till officially resurrected.
The book has 225 pages.
Printed in Great Britain by New Horizon.
~ Dimensions ~
The book is 8.3 inches (21cm) tall by 5.5 inches (14cm) wide.
~ Condition ~
The book is in good condition. All pages are intact, and the dust jacket is intact. The cover has a stain.