New PDF release: Captured: The Forgotten Men of Guam

By Roger Mansell,Linda Goetz Holmes

In the years prior to the outbreak of the conflict within the Pacific, Guam was once a paradise for the army, Marine and civilian staff of Pan American airlines, who came upon themselves stationed at the island. even though their apprehension in regards to the destiny of the island elevated as they expected a eastern assault within the fall of 1941. presently after the assault on Pearl Harbor, Guam was once bombed and the japanese invasion quickly followed.

In the takeover of the island, the japanese practiced a fast brutality opposed to the captive american citizens in addition to local inhabitants, after which instantly got rid of the yankee army and civilian group of workers to Japan. just a fortunate few escaped, together with 5 military nurses and based Ruby Hellmers and her child Charlene, who have been transported again to the US aboard the Swedish send Gripsholm in mid-1942.

In Captured, Mansell tells the tale of the captives from Guam, whose tale before has mostly been forgotten. Drawing upon interviews with survivors, diaries and archival files, Mansell files the hobbies of yankee army and civilian males as they went from one eastern POW camp to a different, slowly ravenous as they played slave hard work for jap businesses. in the meantime, he describes the brutal horrors suffered through Guamian natives in the course of Japan’s profession of the island, particularly because the jap ready for American forces to re-take this U.S. ownership in 1945.

Moving tales of liberation, transportation domestic, and the aftermath of those awful reports are narrated because the booklet attracts to a detailed. Mansell concludes that America’s loss of army training, disbelief in Japan’s targets within the Pacific, and concentrate on Europe all contributed to the captivity of greater than 3 years of agony for the forgotten american citizens from Guam because the Pacific struggle raged around

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